Angel is a Spanish-American director-producer whose work includes commercials, film and television. Angel was a partner, director and executive producer at Ridley Scott and Associates for a decades. He recently produced the movie "King of Killers" starring Frank Grillo and Stephen Dorff.
His first feature film, "From Prada to Nada" starring Camilla Belle, Alexa Vega, Wilmer Valderrama and Oscar-nominated actress, Adriana Barraza was released by Lionsgate/Pantelion. It would go on to win two Alma Awards and two Imagen awards, including Favorite Movie, Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress. His vast experience in advertising worldwide working for Fortune 500 companies earned him numerous national and international awards, including 4 Cannes Advertising awards and an Emmy.
In 2023 Angel is producing and directing the movie Anathema starring Frank Grillo and Sean Patrick Flannery and The Gringo Who Stole Xmas starring George Lopez and Jack Kilmer.
His career began when he won a Student Academy Award for his short, "The Three-Cornered Hat" followed by the first MTV video contest for Madonna's True Blue single.
PRODUCER / DIRECTOR
Romina “Romy” Peniche earned a degree in Graphic Design from Anahuac University in Mexico City. After college, she began an 8-year stint at Televisa, where she created advertisements and promotions for its channels and TV shows. It wasn’t long before she dramatically increased her role to the position of Art Director, heading her own department of designers.
Romy then embarked upon a career as a Freelance Art Director and Copy Writer. She worked for numerous advertising agencies, including Leo Burnett and Ogilvy and McCan Erickson; creating content for brands like Coca Cola, Coors Light, Carta Blanca, Secret and IFE. By 2005, Romy’s creative progress led her to Los Angeles, where she maintained continued success, eventually joining “La Division” at Ridley Scott & Associates as an Art Director as a producer for director Angel Gracia.
By 2010, Romy changed hats for Smooth World Productions and The Cortez Brothers Productions, becoming an Associate Producer; and in a few short years, Executive Producer on a myriad of US and worldwide television commercials. Some notable projects included The Turkey Tourism starring Julianne Moore, The General Insurance with Shaquille O’Neal, and Schweppes with Hugh Laurie.
CREATIVE DIRECTOR / PRODUCER
SHANE WALKER is a seasoned producer in film and television as well as an experienced entrepreneur. He is an industry expert in the space of student generated content. Walker raised $2million to launch The U Network based out of Ball State University's startup incubator. He grew the network to over 3 million viewers. In 2005 Shane merged the network with Cleveland-based OSTN (Open Student Television Network). He was Studio Head running all programming and university relations overseeing 600 institutions in the US & UK.
Over the past 10 years, Walker has served as an Executive Producer for Showtime Networks and Relativity TV/Critical Content. Walker recently announced the birth of Student Studios, a media startup. Partners include Universities from around the world as well as Hollywood studios and talent agencies. Over the past 25 years, Shane has worked in TV and Feature Film in production, finance, and distribution. He has shepherding projects for companies like Sony, Columbia and Warner Bros at Pinewood Studios, Relativity Media, Critical Content, and Working Title.
Wabash College- Liberal Arts (85) Ball State- Telecommunications (91) Lecturer- Yale University, London School of Economic, USC, UNAM
Piers Ashworth is a British born screenwriter, producer and director, educated at Oxford University where he received a major academic scholarship and graduated with a masters degree in modern history.
Piers wrote the successful British comedy St. Trinian’s trilogy of movies, starring Rupert Everett, Colin Firth, Russell Brandt, which became the second highest grossing film in UK history, and his 2019 Fisherman’s Friends broke box office records, currently in pre-production on the sequel.
He wrote Burke & Hare, a dark comedy directed by John Landis, starring Simon Pegg, Isla Fisher and Eva Green and in 2020 his movie Fishermen’s Friends was another hi release prompting the commissioning of the sequel, currently under pre-production.
Piers has a several films in pre-production or in the late stages of development, including The Loneliest Boy In The World starring Benn Miller
WRITER / PRODUCER
Grace Alvarez is a writer, editor, and social media manager. She has worked with NASA, the Stan Lee Foundation, Visa, and various television productions and commercial campaigns. She is Angel Gracia's executive assistant, writer, and editor for projects developed by Creative Tank. She was an executive assistant for the Promise Fund of Florida, which was founded by Nancy Brinker.
In 2019, she edited the autobiography of John Loring, design director of Tiffany & Co. from 1979 to 2009. She was awarded numerous scholarships as a university student for her accomplishments in writing and academics, including several prestigious honors scholarships.