The HMC has a growing team of exceptionally talented people committed to uncovering stories and bridging the gap between fans and professionals. Wanna be part of The HMC? We are looking for podcasters & correspondents.
Co-founder of The HMC, Sarah's career spans over 20 years in the entertainment industry. She has produced large-scale, 8-figure budget events around the world from concept to creation including activations at San Diego Comic-Con, NAB, CES, E3, Sundance International Film Festival, AFI FEST. Leveraging her expert knowledge of movies and pop-culture, Sarah expanded The HMC Network and launched Film Travelers to promote economic development and tourism through the movies.
Sarah has built partnerships across North America, EMEA and Asia Pacific working with companies like Canon, Sony, Apple, Adobe, Samsung and raised millions of dollars for arts and entertainment organizations.
Sarah is a published writer whose credits include narratives on Humphrey Bogart, James Cagney, Janis Joplin and others for A&E's Biography. Her biography of famed Film Critic Pauline Kael was featured in the book, "American Women Writer’s". She holds a B.S. in Broadcasting and Film and M.S. in Film Studies and Screenwriting from Boston University.
You can hear Sarah on The Harold & Maudecast and on Conversations with Cooler People Than Me
Jake Essoe is Co-Founder of The HMC and Co-Host of The Harold & Maudecast and Host of Confessions of a Basement Dweller, game review podcast. As Producer at The HMC, Jake is part of the creative team as well as ambassador of the brand.
Prior to joining The HMC, Jake spent six years as Showroom Manager for the World-Famous Hollywood Improv. It was at the Improv where he honed his own standup skills. He has worked and performed with the most celebrated comics in the world. Jake's talents are not exclusive to comedy, while in Detroit he worked for The Shelter (of 8 Mile fame) produced albums, rap battled and worked with some of the most influential rap artists in the world. Jake has traveled all over the world and has a unique and global perspective on comedy and performing.
amanda lea miller
Managing Editor, Columnist
Amanda Lea Miller has been a pioneering force in social media and online marketing for 20 years promoting Fortune 500 brands like Sony, Canon, HP. As a member of the web and editorial team for Drum Channel, (an educational drumming website featuring live and on-demand lessons plus shows from the greatest drummers in the world), she helped define a path for artists to both monetize and leverage their talents to help educate other artists.
Amanda served as Managing Director for Cakelive Media alongside HMC Founder Sarah Mason, working on hundreds of high profile events and marketing campaigns including Camp RED for Kids, NAMM, NAB, E3 conventions, Sundance International Film Festival, AFI Fest and more. Amanda has worked in podcasting and most recently radio as the Digital Marketing Director for the Dr. Laura Program.
Amanda has been freelancing for The HMC since 2016 and officially joined the executive management in 2020. You can read Amanda's columns on the HMC Blog.
Host and Director, True Field Test
Sergio is a mulit-disciplinary filmmaker who's worn as many hats as is necessary to complete a project. In addition to being an award-winning indie writer/director of short films and music videos, he is also a prolific freelancer. His credits include editing, cinematography, motion graphics, animation and opening title design for feature films, music videos, shorts and documentary. His most recent short film "4EVR" is currently wrapping up a successful festival run and will premiere online in the coming months.
Sergio is co-host of the True Field Test podcast and is the Creator and Director of True Field Test productions.
Technical Director, Host "True Field Test"
Workflow Integration Engineer Cutter Stevens has been designing high-end VFX and and Editing workstations for companies like Sony, Apple, HP, Microsoft, Activision, Blizzard. He is a served as Technical Director for numerous A-List and VIP live-productions. He is a certified HDR & IMF Workflow Specialist, working with companies like Netflix, Hulu, Amazon to assure compatibility with movies and television shows. Additionally he is a Dolby Vision expert. Cutter has a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and Education fromTufts University. He is the Co-Host of The HMC's True Field Test podcast and Post-Production Director for our True Field Test production services.
Mike Long joined The HMC in 2017 as a Correspondent for our Lifestyle and Travel segments. Mike studied Ethnomusicology and sound design at The Evergreen State College. With his background in sound, he began traveling and recording sounds from all over the world. After spending a year traveling Europe and riding his bicycle across the United States, he continued to explore sound and culture in the birthplace of Jazz, New Orleans. In between playing shows, exploring the rich cajun and creole music scene of the south, a trips to the swamp, he worked as a guide for an international ecotourism company. His job led him to sing and dance with the Maasai in Tanzania and Rwanda, spend weeks amidst the birdsong of the coasts of Costa Rica, and to work with locals in Northern Alaska. Since leaving New Orleans, he has set out to document the sounds and musics of the remote, unusual corners of the world. With a microphone, his aim is to work toward understanding, community, and inclusivity. Mike will be kicking off a series, Acoustic Cities: Traveling with Sound, in April.
Landon Grace is an Audio and Video Producer who has been working with The HMC since the very beginning. Landon, through his company Huntsville Studio in Huntsville, Alabama, has been helping people promote their businesses for over 20 years. He has worked with clients in both the corporate and entertainment industries. His impressive bag of skills includes, live studio recording, mixing and mastering, audio editing, video production, sound system, lighting and staging and more. Landon's efforts have been a critical part of The HMC helping us go from a fan podcast to a growing media network.
Katie Jeffcoat has been integral to the expansion of The HMC, as Chief Marketing Strategist with a focus on SEO, social media and content strategy.
After getting her Honors BA in English from the University of Southern Mississippi in 2009 and MA in English Literature from the University of Vermont in 2011, Katie jumped into the world of copywriting and marketing. She now spends most of her time marketing to IT buyers in the B2B tech world, though she saves some free time to explore the more 'fun' side of marketing with projects like HMC.
Katie has an unhealthy obsession with Dr. Who, gluten-free pizza, Margaret Atwood and Benedict Cumberbatch.
Katie joined the HMC team in 2015 and has contributed to a number of projects that have helped build the HMC brand.