SCATV Team

Brian Zipp | Executive Director
Mexican Food Connoisseur, Retired Hula-Hoop Champion, and member of the Professional Organization of English Majors, Brian Zipp has many interests. After hanging up his hula-hoop for good at the ripe old age of 7 after placing 2nd place in the El Paso, Texas, city-wide event Zippy continued his quest for fulfillment. Decades later, he has found that in community media production.

Zipp is a story-teller at heart and relishes the opportunity to work in a profession and in an environment devoted to encouraging and empowering people to share their voices–their stories, pursuits, passions, their messages and calls to action–with the larger community.

Getting his start in Kalamazoo, Michigan, at Public Media Network, Zipp has been involved in community media for more than a decade. Activities have ranged from television and radio production in all facets, to organizing and hosting regional film festivals, to connecting and partnering with members of the community and area non-profits to promote and encourage the use of the community asset that is access television.

Now at the old fire house in Union Square, Zipp continues to celebrate, remind and educate the public about the continued relevance of community media and importance of having a place where one can take advantage of the training, technology and transmission avenues available to them. Somerville is home to Massachusetts’ oldest access center, and Zipp fully intends to lead SCATV into a successful navigation through and evolution of the rapidly changing media landscape and the media needs of the community SCATV is committed to serve. You can reach him at director@scatvsomerville.org.


Erica Jones | Membership & Outreach Director
A native to Upstate NY, Erica has created a home here in the ‘Ville and has grown extremely enthusiastic with her work at SCATV. Since beginning her career in 2009 with community media, she has developed a better understanding of grassroots, community media and its significant role in our technologically-driven society. She believes through the use of media, social change can take place, which can offer a glimpse into the injustices and uniqueness of many communities. As the Membership and Outreach Director, some primary responsibilities include marketing & communications, event coordination, partnership & community building, member engagement and support, intern supervision & mentorship, facilitating community media productions including Hello Neighbor, Duck Village Stage Sessions, SCOUTV, Somerville: the Good Ole Days, Aging Well, Legacies: a Journey through the Interesting Lives of Elders and Maker Space as well as founding the Cinema Somerville Film Screening series, Rough Cut Media Series & Potluck & Lecture Series. Erica also enjoys collaborating on digital storytelling programs which increases awareness about issue-based topics impacting the Somerville community. Erica serves as the Vice Chair on the Alliance for Community Media Northeast Region board of directors. You can reach her at membership@scatvsomerville.org.


Adam Stone | Studio & Technical Manager
Adam has been involved in Public Access TV since his High School when a friend dragged him into Peabody TV. After interning at many different stations around the state and graduating in 2012 from Champlain College in Burlington VT, he went on to start up the PEG Access Stations at West Newbury and Middleton Massachusetts. After leaving West Newbury, he became the Operations Coordinator at Framingham Access TV. At Framingham, he was instrumental in Studio Operations, repairing equipment and teaching members about new tech that would be the future of creating video. As the Studio and Technical Manager for SCATV he hopes to bring new ideas and implementations to help make members shooting and editing experiences easer and faster. He is also a member of the Boston chapter of the Society of Broadcast Engineers, being on the forefront of new ideas and changes in the broadcast world. You can reach him at studio@scatvsomerville.org.


Dave Ortega | Programming Coordinator & Production Assistant
Dave Ortega has called Somerville home for 15 years. He believes that storytelling is intrinsic to being human and he loves that he works in a place that connects people and their stories with the means to tell them. He was previously involved with SCATV as a show cast and crew member and at Boston Free Radio where he co-hosted a radio show combining skit comedy, music and comics. He comes to SCATV from the National Center for Jewish Film at Brandeis University where for 12 years he worked as a Project Associate in film distribution. He has also taught comics as Visiting Faculty at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. In 2016, he created an interactive educational comics project in collaboration with the Art Lab at the Institute of Contemporary Art/ Boston. Through the years, his award-winning comics have been featured at the Small Press Expo, Comic Arts Brooklyn, New York Art Book Fair, Latino Comics Expo, Grand Comics Expo, Brooklyn Zine Fest among other places. You can reach him at programming@scatvsomerville.org.


Peter Levine | SNN Producer
Peter began his career at age 6 with a groundbreaking documentary about his family’s Thanksgiving rituals. Met with forced enthusiasm from his parents, his passion was cemented and he’s never looked back. A Pittsburgh native, Peter moved to Somerville and was immediately struck by its vibrant, diverse community.

He is grateful to be in a position to both help share the stories of the community and to help members develop their skills and interests. If you are interested in getting involved in Somerville Neighborhood News, please get in touch with him (shameless plug): news@scatvsomerville.com. When not producing SNN, Peter spends his time as a cellist, a low-fi animator, and freelance videographer.


11206085_10102782300868642_4206796074378634877_nHeather McCormack | Youth Media Coordinator & Boston Free Radio Manager
Heather McCormack is a 6 year resident of Somerville who is passionate about using the power of community media to engage all people, especially those who are traditionally underrepresented, in telling their stories in ways that are empowering, accessible, and active in promoting social change. She graduated from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2010 with a BA in Communication and a Certificate in Latin American, Caribbean, and Latin@ studies. After graduation she began working at the Mystic Learning Center in Somerville, where she worked with youth age 5-21 in the Mystic Housing Development and developed a number of media and creative arts programs, including co-directing the Wild Tales youth theater program, collaborating with SCATV in creating a Film Production summer workshop series, and much more. In 2015 she received her M. Ed from the Harvard Graduate School of Education’s Prevention Science and Practice program, winning the coveted Intellectual Contribution/Faculty Tribute award. Additionally, she has been involved in radio since the age of 14, when she got her first radio show at WHAB in Acton-Boxborough Regional High School. More recently she co-hosted a local politics and activism talk show on UNRegular Radio, and is thrilled to be able to unite her multiple passions into her new role at SCATV as the Youth Media Coordinator and Boston Free Radio manager. You can reach her at HMack@scatvsomerville.org.


Jason Corey | Front Desk Media Coordinator
Jason is a Somerville native & Somerville High School alumni. He has been involved with SCATV for many years, being introduced via Next Generation Producers during his freshman year at Somerville High. Since then, Jason has developed a passion for all aspects of media. He has attended the University of Rhode Island for Film/Media & is an avid photographer. When Jason isn’t manning the front desk at SCATV, he’s running & maintaining his wedding photography business. Find him at the front desk or at jcorey@scatvsomerville.org.


Hans Elmidor | Front Desk Media Coordinator
Hans has been involved in the videography field since the age of 16 as a Somerville High School student. He quickly learned that video was his career of choice. In 2011, he formed a video production company called Vision to Images Productions. Under this production company he began a new TV/web show called The Entertainer’s Show which provides a platform for underground performers who wish to pursue a career in the performing arts. Hans is eager to take these skills to next level into the commercial video world through his production company and is happy to be a creative sounding board for SCATV members. You can reach him at helmidor@scatvsomerville.org.


Will Duncan | Emerson College
William Duncan is a senior at Emerson College studying Writing for Film and Television. He’s fascinated with the absolutely absurd and the deepest, darkest depths of the human brain, and hopes to stick hisself somewhere between the two. Unfortunately, he has tiny hands and can hardly operate a camera, let alone edit a masterpiece! It seemed Will was doomed to live a life of avarice and woe. But One Day, while walking through one of the Emerald Necklace’s many beautiful gardens, Will fell way, way down into a well, stranded there for days. He screamed nonstop for over thirty-six hours, suffering from dehydration and extreme bouts of sleep apnea. Then, as quickly as this whole debacle began, Erica Jones found him and very well saved his life. He decided to become her apprentice, on the spot. Now, he spends his days training, training, training at SCATV, learning all that he can from the innumerable allies and assets that make up this incredible creative community!


Susie (Shitong) Zeng | Boston University Intern
Susie is a motivated multi-media freelance filmmaker and producer with a background in China and work experience in the States. After pursing her undergraduate degree in Film and TV from Boston University, she is eager to devote her career into TV producing as well as production. Before interning at SCATV, Susie has interned at NewTV with the award-wining Folklorist team and WCVB-TV’s Chronicle. She was also a producer and director at BU’s Campus TV station BUTV10. All these valuable experiences have not only strengthened her skill sets, but they’ve assured her about the passion of storytelling. Susie is especially interested at cross-cultural issues.

 


Andre | Student of Life
Andre is a film fanatic and a lifetime music lover. His fascination with music to picture began at a young age with his obsessive playlist making, creating the soundtrack to his life as well as everyone around him. Before interning at SCATV he attended at Berklee College of Music for Music Supervision. When Andre isn’t filming, he’s helping others create films at his Rolehat Film Club. And although, he lives in Melrose, he has grown a love for Somerville along with its amazing and extraordinary inhabitants. You can reach him at andre@scatvsomerville.org