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The Chocolatiers:

Andy Fickman is an award-winning director, writer, and producer whose diverse work spans film, television, theater, and digital media. Recently, he directed the pilot for the Disney+ reboot of Wizards of Waverly Place, reuniting Selena Gomez and David Henrie. He also directed  Heathers the Musical, now in its third West End run. His other notable projects include the upcoming horror film Don't Turn Out The Lights, Buzzfeed’s One True Loves, and the family comedy Christmas Again. Fickman has helmed popular films like The Game Plan, Playing with Fire, Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2, She’s The Man and Race to Witch Mountain. Additionally, he directed the Emmy-winning Reefer Madness: The Musical and its stage productions. 

Andy Fickman, Director

Doug Rockwell and Tova Litvin are an Emmy-winning songwriting/production team based in Los Angeles, CA. Notable credits include the Marvel Rising franchise, Netflix’s Julie & the Phantoms, Disney+'s live-action musical Sneakerella, and the RIAA Certified Gold song “Flesh and Bone” from Zombies 2, which quickly garnered over 300,000,000 streams across platforms worldwide. Their song “The Other Side of Hollywood” was nominated for Outstanding Original Song in the 48th Daytime Emmy Awards, and the duo’s work on Kenny Ortega’s Julie and the Phantoms hit #4 on the Billboard charts, as well as the #1 spot on the iTunes main and soundtrack charts in the USA. Their pandemic collaboration with Tony-nominated choreographer Jennifer Weber on the musical short “While You Were Gone” was chosen by the Library Of Congress to be part of their Performing Arts COVID-19 Collection. The pair is currently developing their own stage musical, as well as an original musical TV series. Awards include ASCAP’s Screen Music Award, a Daytime Emmy Award for work on The Loud House series, and a Children’s and Family Emmy Award for Outstanding Original Song for “Finally Free” from High School Musical: The Musical: The Series.

Doug rockwell, songwriter

Emmy-nominated songwriter, comedian, writer, and actress Riki Lindhome is a powerhouse of talent, celebrated for her infectious melodies and razor-sharp wit. As one half of the wildly popular comedy duo Garfunkel and Oates, Lindhome has garnered over 80 million views on YouTube and secured a place in the Comedy Hall of Fame with three #1 albums on the comedy charts. Her versatility shines through in her contributions to television, with credits including iconic shows like Big Bang Theory, Scrubs, and the new Michelle Obama Netflix series, "Waffles and Mochi." Lindhome's knack for storytelling extends to the big screen, with memorable roles in films like "Knives Out" and the upcoming Blumhouse thriller "They Listen." A prolific songwriter, Lindhome's talents are on full display in "Wednesday" and "Another Period" as well as her solo endeavor "Dead Inside," set to premiere at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. With an upcoming Broadway musical based on the cult classic "Drop Dead Gorgeous."

riki lindhome, songwriter

Daniel Mertzlufft is a NYC-based composer/arranger most known for his viral sensations. The Thanksgiving Musical on The Late Late Show with James Corden, launching the TikTok Ratatouille musical movement, and serving as the Executive Producer, Composer, and Music Supervisor for For You, Paige, the first-ever TikTok commissioned musical. Daniel also served as Music Supervisor, composer, and arranger for Ratatouille: The TikTok Musical, a live-streamed concert that raised over $2 million for The Actor’s Fund, as well as the Music Supervisor for Dylan Mulvaney's Day 365 Of Girlhood. He is also known for his viral song “In My Head,” written with Jacob Ryan Smith and performed by Andrew Barth Feldman and Joe Serafini, which has been praised for its portrayal of joyful, young, queer love.

His original works include Grumpy Monkey: The Musical, Fashion Show, Breathe, and Dot and the Kangaroo JR, commissioned by MTI Australasia and iTheatrics.

Daniel mertzlufft, songwriter

Alan Zachary is an award-winning composer/lyricist who co-wrote music and lyrics for the Broadway musical First Date (starring Zachary Levi & Krysta Rodriguez) which played at the Longacre Theatre in New York and has since had hundreds of productions around the world and been translated into over a dozen languages. In the world of film, TV, and streaming, Alan has penned songs for High School Musical: The Musical: The Series on Disney+ as well as the critically acclaimed musical episode of ABC’s Once Upon a Time. He also contributed songs to Paramount Pictures’ Paws of Fury and has developed TV series and musical projects for ABC, Amazon, Apple, The CW, Disney Channel, FOX, and DreamWorks Animation. Coming soon: the Broadway-bound musical Trading Places directed by Tony Award winner Kenny Leon, and 13 Going on 30: The Musical (based on the romcom classic starring Jennifer Garner). Alan is a recipient of the ASCAP Foundation Richard Rodgers New Horizons Award.

alan Zachary, songwriter

Michael Weiner co-wrote the score for the Broadway musical FIRST DATE, which ran at the Longacre Theatre starring Zachary Levi and has subsequently enjoyed hundreds of productions worldwide. Michael co-wrote scores for GALILEO, an original musical premiering at Berkeley Rep (director: Michael Mayer / book: Danny Strong / co-music & lyrics: Zoe Sarnak) and an adaptation of the film TRADING PLACES (director: Kenny Leon / book: Thomas Lennon / premiere: Alliance Theatre). Other musicals include SECONDHAND LIONS (book: Rupert Holmes / soundtrack: Broadway Records / premiere: 5th Avenue Theatre) and 17 AGAIN (book: Marco Pennette / licensing: MTI / soundtrack: Concord Theatricals Recordings). For film and TV, he contributed songs for the Paramount Pictures’ PAWS OF FURY, “HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL: THE MUSICAL: THE SERIES” on Disney+, and the musical episode of ABC’s “ONCE UPON A TIME.” Upcoming projects include a stage adaptation of 13 GOING ON 30 (director: Andy Fickman / book: Josh Goldsmith & Cathy Yuspa) and a commission for ATG Productions. Michael is a recipient of the ASCAP Richard Rodgers New Horizons Award.

michael weiner, songwriter

Richard Kraft has directed and produced shows at major venues including the Hollywood Bowl of such musicals as The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, La La Land, Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory, and Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmaswith with all-star casts including Billie Eilish, Sara Bareilles, Rebel Willson, Catherine O’Hara. Lea Michelle, Zoey Deschanel, Kelsey Grammer, Taye Diggs and “Weird Al” Yankovic. 

 

Kraft has also directed Alan Menken’s one-man show A Whole New World of Alan Menken, and produced the Emmy-winning Danny Elfman’s Music from the Films of Tim Burton (Live from Lincoln Center). He executive produced ABC’s Beauty and the Beast: A 30th Celebration starring H.E.R., Josh Groban, Martin Short and Shania Twain, and ABC’s The Wonderful World of Disney: Little Mermaid Live! starring Queen Latifah, Auli’i Cravalho and John Stamos. 

He’s also the book writer and lyricist for a new musical, A Beautiful Lie, directed by 3-time Emmy nominee Jamal Sims.

 

In addition, Richard directed, wrote and produced the online special Soundtrack of Our Lives: A Celebration for the Film & TV Music Community featuring Sting, William Shatner, Patti LuPone, Zachary Levi and Reba McIntire.  He directed and produced Evil Dead Live at the Ace Hotel. 

 

His award-winning feature documentary, Finding Kraftland played at over 75 film festivals around the world. Richard’s That’s From Disneyland exhibit of Disney theme park artifacts garnered great attention and money for charity. 

 

Kraft is also the co-owner of Kraft-Engel Management, one of the world’s leading agencies specializing in representing film, theatre, television and video game composers, songwriters and music supervisors.

richard kraft, Creator & Producer

Kraft-Engel Productions founded by Richard Kraft and Laura Engel, is renowned for producing an extensive repertoire of shows, concerts, albums and specials. 

 

The duo has produced shows at iconic venues such as the Hollywood Bowl and Royal Albert Hall including The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, La La Land, Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory, and The Nightmare Before Christmas. These productions have featured top-notch performers, including Billie Eilish, Sara Bareilles, Rebel Wilson, Catherine O’Hara, Lea Michele, Zooey Deschanel, Kelsey Grammer, Taye Diggs, and "Weird Al" Yankovic.

 

They have also produced A Whole New World of Alan Menken, the Emmy-winning Danny Elfman’s Music from the Films of Tim Burton (Live from Lincoln Center), and Evil Dead Live at the Ace Hotel. The Grammy-nominated Danny Elfman & Tim Burton 25th Anniversary Box Set was also a product of their collaboration.

 

Kraft-Engel Productions' work was recognized with a Telly Award for the Emmy-nominated Soundtrack of Our Lives:  This online special featured an impressive lineup, including Sting, William Shatner, Patti LuPone, Zachary Levi, Reba McIntire, Drew Carey, Darren Criss, Ted Danson, Harvey Fierstein, Holly Hunter, and Hans Zimmer.

 

They continue to develop new shows for the stage, concert halls and beyond. 

kraft-engel Productions

Tova Litvin and Doug Rockwell are an Emmy-winning songwriting/production team based in Los Angeles, CA. Notable credits include the Marvel Rising franchise, Netflix’s Julie & the Phantoms, Disney+'s live-action musical Sneakerella, and the RIAA Certified Gold song “Flesh and Bone” from Zombies 2, which quickly garnered over 300,000,000 streams across platforms worldwide. Their song “The Other Side of Hollywood” was nominated for Outstanding Original Song in the 48th Daytime Emmy Awards, and the duo’s work on Kenny Ortega’s Julie and the Phantoms hit #4 on the Billboard charts, as well as the #1 spot on the iTunes main and soundtrack charts in the USA. Their pandemic collaboration with Tony-nominated choreographer Jennifer Weber on the musical short “While You Were Gone” was chosen by the Library Of Congress to be part of their Performing Arts COVID-19 Collection. The pair is currently developing their own stage musical. Awards include ASCAP’s Screen Music Award, a Daytime Emmy Award for work on The Loud House series, and a Children’s and Family Emmy Award for Outstanding Original Song for “Finally Free” from High School Musical: The Musical: The Series.

Tova Litvin, songwriter

Kate Micucci is an actress/musician whose TV credits include RAISING HOPE, BIG BANG THEORY and SCRUBS (for which she wrote and performed original songs). Film credits include DON'T THINK TWICE and THE LITTLE HOURS. Kate most recently starred in an episode of Guillermo del Toro’s anthology series, CABINET OF CURIOSITIES on Netflix. She has been the voice of Velma on SCOOBY DOO since 2015. Other VO credits include Webby on DUCKTALES. Kate is one half of the Emmy-nominated musical comedy duo GARFUNKEL AND OATES. Their hour-long musical comedy special can be seen on Netflix. She has performed her solo music show PLAYIN’ WITH MICUCCI at The Steve Allen Theater and Largo in Los Angeles. Kate’s latest album, MY HAT, comes from the kid-like place that she most naturally creates from. It is produced by Grammy-nominated producer, Jake Sinclair and was recorded entirely on tape with some of Kate’s favorite musicians. Currently, Kate can be seen singing her original songs among the puppets at her residency at the Bob Baker Marionette theater in Los Angeles.

kate micucci, songwriter

David M. Rudy, a University of Miami alum with a BBA in Entrepreneurship, has built a diverse entertainment career. Starting in the mailroom at Creative Artists Agency (CAA) and rising to agent trainee, he gained invaluable industry experience. He then moved to Endeavor (now part of WME) before founding his own company, Armada Partners, representing actors from over a dozen countries, influencers, designers, and elite athletes. David also creates and produces TV and film content, including Netflix's "Pet Stars," an award-winning Super Bowl 50 commercial for PepsiCo's Doritos® brand, and an award-winning feature documentary. Passionate about storytelling, his projects cover a range of topics from the U.S. Coast Guard to environmental conservation, sports medicine, and even Hanukkah. He is also a dedicated philanthropist, supporting causes like #FirstRespondersFirst, Los Angeles music education, and created a scholarship for children of active and fallen members of the U.S. Coast Guard.

david m. rudy, producer

Jennifer Lucy Cook (she/her) is a composer, lyricist, and singer based in Los Angeles. Jen specializes in music for the stage and screen, choral work, and pop songwriting. She is an alumnus of the Johnny Mercer Foundation Writer’s Grove with Goodspeed Musicals, and her recent dark comedy musical Salem recently underwent a professional development and industry reading in New York, with plans for a full commercial production in 2025. Other theater commissions include Full House Theatre Co., British Youth Musical Theatre, and Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in London, and her musical recaps of the Bachelor recently went viral on TikTok. Her composing and vocals can be heard on Netflix (Sins of Our Mother), in the 2023 remake of cult favorite The Toxic Avenger, and in independent short films such as A Legend is Hatched,featured in multiple film festivals. Recent choral commissions include the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus, Phoenix Chorale, and Vox Femina in Los Angeles. She is the recipient of the Chorus Austin Composition Prize, the Cantus Emerging Composer Award, the HerVoice Female Composer Prize, and the Edwin Fissinger Composition Prize. Despite writing music in such a wide range of genres, Jen’s music is united by a keen love for storytelling with song. She prioritizes specific, highly emotional lyrics, melodic earworms, and infectious rhythmic grooves, and conceives every piece from a dramatic, narrative-driven perspective.

Jennifer lucy cook, songwriter

Megan Cavallari is an award-winning songwriter, score composer, and lyricist with a remarkable career in both national and international theater. Known for her work on animated musicals like "Barbie as the Princess and the Pauper" and "Barbie as the Island Princess," her music continues to captivate audiences on social platforms and can be streamed on Amazon Prime. Her staged musicals include "The Game" (Barrington Stage), "My Li’l Devil," "Hot Shoe Shuffle," "Echo Park," and "Pepita." Cavallari has also composed for twenty-four television shows and twenty-five features for major clients such as Disney, Warner Bros., and HBO, earning numerous awards including three ASCAP awards, two BMI awards, and two Cynopsis Press Awards. An NYU graduate, she is currently writing new musicals, including "I Heart My Car" with Kate McLeod and "Irena" with Kate Kerrigan.

megan Cavallari, songwriter

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