MEET THE TEAM
Ari Mark and Phil Lott are Co-Founders of AMPLE Entertainment, a filmmaker-owned production company dedicated to hands-on, handcrafted premium content. 2019 has seen a move into feature documentaries as well as multiple documentary event series. For some of our work AMPLE has forged relationships with some of the world's best filmmakers, including partnerships with Steven Spielberg's AMBLIN Television and Jason Blum's Blumhouse Television.
To continue expanding our slate of documentaries and best-in-class non-fiction series, AMPLE has several overall deals with filmmakers (including British director, Sam Lang), while also bringing in the very best talent behind the camera, including Alex Weresow (Emmy-winning producer of "Scientology and the Aftermath"), and EVP of Production, Darren Kane (from ITV America).
Before starting AMPLE, Ari served as Senior Vice President of Original Programming for Xbox Entertainment Studios where he was challenged to jump start a digital platform's ambitious move into non-scripted filmmaking. In a short time, he produced and launched Xbox's first series, "Every Street United", a global premium documentary series led by soccer icon, Thierry Henry. He also oversaw Xbox's documentary slate, executive producing Zak Penn's cult film, "Atari: Game Over" and Greg Barker's feature documentary about the Boston Bombing, "The Thread". Mark also produced Xbox's first scripted project, "Possibilia", a choose-your-own-adventure interactive film shown at both Sundance and Tribeca Film Festivals.
Prior to Xbox, Ari worked at AMC where he oversaw their first launch into non-scripted programming. He developed the massive hit after show, "The Talking Dead", the cult hit "Small Town Security", and the critically acclaimed series, "The Pitch", among others.
Ari began his career at Sundance Channel where he quickly developed a reputation for bold programming choices and strong creative instincts. During his tenure, Ari helped develop the hit series "Iconoclasts", "The Staircase", "Architecture School", Brett Morgen's "Nimrod Nation" and "Brick City", both of which won Peabody awards. He also helped oversee their feature documentary slate, producing more than 20 films including Alex Gibney's "Human Behavior Experiments" and D.A. Pennebaker's "War Room Revisited".
Before Sundance, Mark received his MFA from San Francisco State's prestigious film program. His films, "The Gift" and "The Metamorphosis" were both acquired by Sundance Channel.
Prior to forming AMPLE with Ari, filmmaker, Phil, began his career in London, England, working on feature films and documentaries. As cinematographer, he shot "Indian Tales" for Academy Award-winning director Asif Kapadia, SXSW winning indie-feature, “Kelly and Cal” starring Juliette Lewis and Cybil Shepherd, and as writer-producer he made indie-feature "Neil's Party" released by Warner Bros. Between AMPLE's doc series slate, Phil continues his work on features including, most recently, directing 2nd unit on acclaimed IFC release, "Rust Creek", and on a feature documentary which he and Ari are currently directing.
After setting the visual style, and shooting as cinematographer, the pilot episode of Bafta-winning director Bart Layton's "Locked Up Abroad", Phil was asked to direct an episode of season one of the international hit series. This quickly led to more documentary television and becoming a sought after show-runner in the USA.
Recognized for bringing filmic storytelling and a distinctive cinematic visual style to all his shows, Phil always seeks to raise the bar of how unscripted television can look and be told.
Phil has been behind some of the most recognizable documentary series and non-scripted shows on television including directing and setting the look for the pilot episode of Emmy-winning "Undercover Boss" for CBS, Critic's Choice-nominated "The Pitch" for AMC (where he met Ari) and the Xbox Entertainment Studios hit series "Every Street United" - (where Ari and Phil decided it was time to start AMPLE).
EVP of Production
Coming to AMPLE from ITV America, Darren brings over 20-years of production experience at the highest levels.
Darren has taken the filmmaker-led mentality of AMPLE and has been able to support the many filmmakers and documentarians who work with with us. In a fast changing industry, Darren is known for developing thoughtful new models for production that allow for the way we make our films and television series to be as creative as the work we deliver and ensures that budgets are maximized and end up on the screen.
Darren and his robust production team have been battle-tested, from delivering over a 100 hours of television in the last 14 months alone, to sending crews to film everywhere from war-zones, to glaciers and jungles, from space to the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean. And always with respect, and always as an extension of AMPLE's guiding principal of honesty, integrity and being a great partner to our networks and distributors.
SVP of CURRENT Programming
Alex comes to AMPLE after a career producing at the forefront of US documentary and non-scripted television.
As a showrunner, Alex has created a name as someone who can unflinchingly tackle incredibly hard subjects and bring them to the screen with a unique, authored POV.
Alex has an enviable track record of gaining access to seemingly impenetrable organisations, including his Emmy-winning work on "Scientology and the Aftermath", and in the acclaimed "The Disappearance of Natalie Holloway". In this event series, he worked for almost a year to gain access to document the intimate journey of a family as they pressed to reopen the investigation into their daughter's possible murder.
With a passion for helping to find new ways to tell stories, Alex works day-to-day with all the filmmakers at AMPLE in a way that supports them, always allowing them to concentrate on being creative.
Alex's previous work includes network premium social experiment series including CBS's Emmy-winning "Undercover Boss" (where he met Phil on the pilot), and on "The Glee Project" from Ryan Murphy ("American Horror Story").
As Creative Director, Sam brings his filmmaker's eye to all our series. Already a central part of AMPLE's programming, Sam previously served as co-executive producer on many of our series, including "Lost Gold of WW2", "Cooper’s Treasure" and "Murder in the Heartland".
With a long-established career in the UK as one of the top director-producers working in tv, his other credits include "Hunted", "Everest Rescue", "Gold Rush", "Life on the Edge" and "So You Think You Can Dance" for production companies and networks including Channel 4, BBC, RAW, Shine, TwoFour, Renegade, Betty, RDF and more.
DIRECTOR OF FINANCE
Viviana is a key member of the AMPLE team, in charge of payroll, finance, and accounting, she runs a team dedicated to keeping all our series running smoothly. Prior to joining AMPLE, Viviana worked for Shed Media, Articulus and was across three seasons of "Don’t Forget the Lyrics" with Argyle Productions.
EXECUTIVE IN CHARGE
Sean comes to AMPLE after an extensive career producing shows for all four major broadcast networks, as well as some of the most ambitious and successful non-fiction series of the last decade including "Extreme Makeover", "Fear Factor", "Wipeout", "Undercover Boss", and ESPN’s "Sport Science".
Sean also has an enviable track record of live and live-to-tape shows, including the Super Bowl XLV Halftime Show and the inaugural NBA Awards Show.
What unites Sean's experience is scale and adaptability and after years at the cutting edge of production, his innovative approach is put to work daily on all of AMPLE's series as we strive to find bold new ways to bring powerful stories to the screen.