MARISA GUTERMAN & KEITH GERCHAK (Writers/ Creative Producers) met like some classic Hollywood story - at an audition, up for the same role. Keith thought Marisa was the funniest woman he'd ever met (and she thought he was the funniest woman she'd ever met), and while neither one of them got the part (the show never aired - karma), they found each other. Over a cup of coffee, DOUBLE G FILMS was born.
DOUBLE G FILMS. Serious Comedy.
Best known for her notoriously memorable scene in THE 40 YEAR OLD VIRGIN, multi-hyphenate MARISA GUTERMAN was nominated for Leading Actress in a Special, TV Movie or Mini-Series by the Young Artist Awards for her performance in Nickelodeon's movie SHREDDERMAN RULES. An Upright Citizen’s Brigade member, she has guest-starred on numerous TV shows, including 2 BROKE GIRLS, CRIMINAL MINDS, and THE MENTALIST.
Marisa worked for Sony BMG and Sony Music for several years in San Francisco and Los Angeles in artist development and marketing. She helped to break emerging artists Adele and Sara Bareilles, and received a gold record for her work with MGMT. In San Francisco, Marisa handled the coordination for artists' touring and publicity, while working with major venues The Warfield and The Fillmore. She served as a regional rep between Sony and Amoeba Records, Rasputin, and other independent record stores. Marisa worked with the labels in the Sony Music family, including Columbia Records, Legacy and Epic.
After she left Sony, Marisa went on to pursue her own music -- part singer-songwriter, part jazz singer, the former Gibson-Baldwin Grammy Jazz Finalist was recently selected from a worldwide search by splashlife.com as one of of "30 Under 30 Musicians To Know," along with Grammy-Winner Esperanza Spalding. In addition to recording her original music, Marisa has performed with her band across Los Angeles, including regular performances at The House of Blues, The Viper Room, and Hotel Cafe, as well as in Park City at the Sundance Film Festival.
Marisa earned a B.A. from UC Berkeley, creating her own major, Art's Potential for Social and Political Change, writing her thesis on Italian Futurism and Fascism. Her writing repertoire has expanded to encompass TV pilots, sketches, and screenplays.
The great-grandson of Russian vaudevillians, KEITH GERCHAK grew up in Cleveland, OH, and went on to study acting while earning a Master Degree in Architecture at Tulane University and the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne in the UK, traveling extensively throughout Europe.
Returning to Cleveland, Keith acted as Founding Board President of a small resident professional theatre company, while working as a registered architect. He has served as project and studio director with design and management experience in a broad range of building types including retail, multi-family residential, religious, office, educational, athletic, medical, and broadcast television facilities - eventually becoming a respected designer of performing arts centers, with design and/or management responsibility for projects as large as $100 million, both in the US and abroad.
Moving to NYC, Keith expanded his theatre background to include over 50 stage credits, from Motel the tailor in Fiddler on the Roof - opposite Paul Sorvino - to Marlin the father in Disney's Finding Nemo the Musical. Most recently, he starred off-Broadway in the musical comedy The Road to Qatar. Trained in improv at The Pit in NYC and UCB and The Groundlings in LA, Keith has worked in TV, film and commercials, from his recurring role on ABC’s The Middle to the Zac Efron feature The Derby Stallion. His appearance on The Onion News Network has the rare distinction of being included in the PBS series Make 'Em Laugh, a documentary on the history of comedy that found Keith sandwiched between Mae West and Family Guy.
Keith’s writing career has ranged from contributing to two books and over a dozen magazine articles to TV pilots and screenplays - as well as rewriting parts of the Philippine National Building Code with the help of Imelda Marcos.