Odyssey Impact™ is a team of exceptional film and social justice professionals who believe that powerful documentaries can motivate people to do great things. We strategically build and execute social impact campaigns around award-winning documentaries to inspire people of all faiths and good will to engage with their communities on important issues in their lives. Read our mission here.
Our commitment to helping build a better society through driving awareness, change in attitude and action has been fundamental throughout our history. The work we do with Transform Films’ award-winning documentaries, created by independent filmmakers, on the topics of mass incarceration, gender inequality and other social issues has had an impact on communities across the nation. Several of these have been dubbed best documentaries by numerous high profile outlets. Here are some of our projects.
PRESIDENT AND CEO
NICK STUART joined Odyssey in 2009 and has overseen its transformation into a multi-media production organization, focusing on social justice issues and using media to support the impact that faith-based organizations can have in working alongside secular groups to create a more just and compassionate society.
Nick’s commitment to supporting the combination of faith and secular partners in bringing about social change, came from a career as an independent television producer, presenter and journalist on both sides of the Atlantic. He saw first- hand the vital role the faith sector played in ending apartheid, bringing down communism in Eastern Europe and bringing peace to Northern Ireland and is now using media to lift up and support the civic value of the work the faith community is doing in areas like mass incarceration, financial equality and immigration.
Nick has made programming for BBC, ITV, Discovery, National Geographic and Al Jazeera English. He was EP on the feature documentary “Serving Life” with Forest Whitaker that won the Cine Golden Eagle Judge’s award, and also on “Newtown” that premiered at the Sundance International Film Festival in 2016.
He is President of Odyssey Impact and also Transform Films Inc.
DIRECTOR OF ADVANCEMENT
Ann has been a fundraising professional for over 20 years. As a mission focused professional, Ann has successfully raised millions for organizations such as The United Way, YMCA, Audubon and a private school. Through inspirational partnerships with volunteers, staff and organizations, Ann has managed Annual Fund Campaigns, Capital Campaigns, Festivals, Golf Tournaments, Lectures, Galas and securing transformative million dollar gifts from individuals and foundations. Ann received her BA from Assumption College and a Masters in Education from Cambridge College.
Kirsten is an Impact Producer for Odyssey Impact, overseeing development and production of long- and short-form documentaries and impact film production. She is an Emmy award-winning documentary filmmaker and her recent film, The Homestretch, a feature documentary about homeless high school students in Chicago Public Schools, was a co-production with Kartemquin Films and Spargel Productions, her company with film partner Anne de Mare. The Homestretch was broadcast on PBS Independent Lens as part of the American Graduate Initiative with Corporation for Public Broadcasting and ITVS. Previous film projects include the award-winning Asparagus! Stalking the American Life and the upcoming The Girl With the Rivet Gun – an animated new media project about Rosie the Riveter.
Her work has been supported by the ITVS, CPB, AmDoc, MacArthur Foundation, the Sundance Institute, Fledgling Fund, Chicken and Egg, Good Pitch and Bertha Foundation/Brit Docs. She was recently awarded the ‘2015 Spirit of Youth Award” from the National Runaway Safeline for her advocacy work supporting homeless youth surrounding the The Homestretch Impact Campaign. Kirsten is also a theatre director and arts educator and was awarded the President’s 2014 Award for Youth Programs in the Arts & Humanities. She has a diverse background in developing new content for both film and theater which focuses on social justice issues and worked several years on National Geographic’s Explorer series.
Kirsten is a Fellow at the Sundance Documentary Institute and a graduate of the Master’s Directing program at The Juilliard School.
PROJECT MANAGER OF
FAITH BASED COALITIONS
Candice joined Odyssey in 2016. She received her MS in Global Affairs from New York University and completed her master’s thesis on the role of religion on Middle Eastern geopolitics. Before joining Odyssey, she spent two and a half years living in Shanghai, China, working in marketing and international education. She also has experience consulting for the Social Science Research Council in the Religion and the Public Sphere department.
Natalie joined the Impact Team in April 2017. Prior to joining Odyssey, she worked for Reconsider on the impact campaign for the documentary Disturbing the Peace. In her previous career, Natalie was a higher education administrator at Mercy College, Siena College and the University at Albany. She holds a Master’s Degree in Higher Education Administration and Policy Studies from the University at Albany as well as Bachelor’s Degrees in Studio Art and Anthropology from Binghamton University. Natalie currently studies Film & Video at the School of Visual Arts. A proud member of New York Women in Film and Television, Natalie is the founder and director of the movies4movies film festival in Dobbs Ferry, NY.
HEAD OF PROGRAMMING
CarolAnne, who is responsible for development of new factual specials and series, has a diverse background in factual television. She’s worked in many genres including history, investigative docs, reality, pop culture, biography, wildlife and adventure, and on subject matter as diverse as shark attacks, crime bosses and how to plan the perfect wedding. She has had success as a network executive, garnering high ratings and awards.CarolAnne has also worked on the production side of the business, creating successful programs for major cable networks. Prior to joining Odyssey, she was Vice President of Development and Production at WEtv, where she was responsible for a variety of programs such as The Secret Lives of Women and My Fair Wedding With David Tutera. CarolAnne was Executive Producer at NHNZ in New Zealand, where she created shows for National Geographic Channel, Bio Channel, Animal Planet and Discovery, among others. She was Vice President of Documentary Series at A&E Television and also served as executive producer of the Biography series. During her tenure at the helm of Biography, the series won numerous awards, including two Emmys, and was consistently the highest rated series on the network. CarolAnne began her TV career at National Geographic Television, acquiring documentary films for the weekly series Explorer.
Head of Social Impact and Communications
Melissa C. Potter is the Head of Social Impact and Communications leading strategy and campaign management for Odyssey Impact/Transform Films. As a celebrity publicist, Melissa has worked with legendary clients such as The Roots and Grandmaster Flash and brands such as Audible and Scholastic. She’s utilized her years of experience as a communications and public affairs expert to lead issue campaigns as Associate Director of Strategic Communications for the ACLU and Manager of Public Relations and Social Media for the NAACP Legal Defense Fund.
Melissa has worked on issues of criminal justice, racial justice, immigrants rights, disability rights, voting rights and refugees and has worked with a wide range of partners, secular and faith-based. She also spearheaded the ACLU’s Celebrity Engagement Initiative. She has an MS in Public Relations and Corporate Communication from New York University and a BS in Sociology from Northeastern University.
Melissa serves as Chair of the Board of Directors for Fostering Change for Children and is an active member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated.
DIRECTOR OF FAITH-BASED COALITIONS
Anne Faustin has over a decade of experience in strategic planning and development in both the private and non-profit sectors. She previously served as the Outreach Producer for Bring It to The Table a Talking Eyes Media documentary where she identified and cultivated relationships with colleges, universities, prospect funders, and national organizations in the civil discourse space. Additionally, Anne served as the Strategic Development Consultant for the Ciné Institute, where she created a five year strategic development plan that addressed the short, and long term development goals of the film Institute. Anne served as a Working Group Consultant at the Clinton Global Initiative where she was responsible for building and leading a working group of thought leaders focused on health and wellness in the United States. She has also served as a Regional Vice President and Senior Professional Relations Representative in the Healthcare sector. Anne was born in Brussels, Belgium, and grew up in New York. She graduated from New York Medical College with a Master of Public Health (MPH) in Health Policy and Management and from Manhattanville College with a BA in Management. Anne received her Certificate in Television and Film Producing at NYU.
Lily joined the Odyssey Impact team in 2017. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Global Liberal Studies with a concentration in Politics, Rights and Development from New York University. Prior to joining Odyssey, Lily worked on the impact campaign for the documentary Disturbing the Peace, focusing specifically on educational outreach and partnerships. She also has experience working in community organizing and advocacy, and is proud to have held internship positions at The Institute for the Study of Genocide and New York’s Urban Justice Center.
David A. Dreilinger is a senior media and entertainment executive with proven leadership qualities and broad experience in large and small, public and private company environments. In addition to being COO of Odyssey Impact, he is currently CEO and Managing Director of Ducksoup Media Enterprises LLC, a consulting firm providing both business and legal services to the entertainment, media and communications industry. DME partners with distribution, production and content creation companies and their CEO’s in all media to provide individually tailored solutions for their businesses. Its projects have included, among many others, creating business analyses and strategic plans for multi-media organizations, concluding a complex deal licensing the motion picture rights in a major theatrical property, structuring the development of a cross-platform licensing property, and resolving a long-outstanding dispute among the creators of one of the iconic motion pictures of the last 25 years. Before founding Ducksoup Media Enterprises, Mr. Dreilinger was President and CEO of Lightworks Enterprises, Inc., an integrated television and motion picture production and distribution company, for which he created the strategic plan. Previously, Mr. Dreilinger was President and Chief Executive Officer of Unapix Entertainment, Inc., an American Stock Exchange-listed film, television, home entertainment and music production and distribution company, with offices in New York, Los Angeles, and Seattle. Prior to Unapix, he was Senior Vice President, Business and Legal Affairs and a member of the Board of Directors of BBC Worldwide Americas, Inc., handling all of the British Broadcasting Corporation’s business operations throughout the Western Hemisphere. Before joining the BBC, Mr. Dreilinger was Head of Business and Legal Affairs and a member of the core management team of D.L. Taffner, Ltd., the privately-held worldwide entertainment company responsible for the importation and distribution of such projects as Three’s Company, Too Close For Comfort and, Rumpole of the Bailey. Prior to that, Mr. Dreilinger was Vice President and General Counsel of Viacom, having the distinction of being the youngest in its history. Mr. Dreilinger has been an Adjunct Professor of Entertainment Law at the Syracuse University College of Law and is a member of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts. He earned a Masters of Laws in Taxation from the New York University School of Law and is a cum laude graduate of the Syracuse University College of Law. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Syracuse University.
HEAD OF PROGRAMMING
Michelle has served as Production Manager and Line Producer on projects for the likes of BBC World, ITV, Channel 4, History Channel, The Learning Channel, VH1 and HGTV.com before joining Odyssey Networks in April 2011 to work with the expanding short form production department. With over ten years in production on both sides of the Atlantic, Michelle has been involved with the production and delivery of over 100 hours of broadcast network and cable television in genres as varied as documentary, reality, games shows, live debates and comedy and has served as Line Producer for all the Odyssey feature length programming.
Ruby graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree from Fordham University and has been part of the Odyssey team since 2014 and is now the Data Manager. Prior to Odyssey, she worked at the New York Public Library and also interned with the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Her interests include painting, reading and going out for long nature walks.
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