MEET THE TEAM
Chief Executive Officer
Ken is an award winning filmmaker and special effects artist from Niagara Falls, NY. He has been making movies since he was ten years old. His work encompasses a variety of techniques and methodology, including stop-motion animation and trick photography. As a director, Ken is known for his “run-and-gun” style of guerrilla filmmaking. In Western New York he is known as a filmmaker who achieves high production value on a shoestring budget. His experience was cultivated by working behind the scenes on a multitude of films, from no-budget to multi-million dollar shows; Ken has worked in virtually every department at one point or another (with the exception of sound), specializing in: production, directing, writing, special effects, editing, stunts and cinematography. He has a great affinity for creature features and classic Universal Studios monster films.
Ken has written, produced, directed, shot and edited five independent feature films: Break The Sky, Crimson: The Motion Picture, Troma’s Dead Inside, Wolf House and Attack of the Killer Shrews! He is the founder of White Lion Studios, LLC and former co-owner of Little Sicily Productions. He has been featured in Sci-Fi Magazine, quoted in GQ Magazine for his work with The Asylum, and featured in a cover story for the UK’s Scream Magazine. His films have played in theaters in Hollywood, CA; Burbank, CA; Buffalo, NY; Niagara Falls, NY; North Tonawanda, NY; Honesdale, PA; Houston, TX; and Torremolinos, Spain. Ken’s vision is the guiding light of White Lion Studios, LLC as he leads the charge into a new future of independent entertainment.
Known as THE Bill Kennedy among the Lions, Bill is a graduate of THE Ohio State University with a degree in Broadcast Journalism. Born & raised in Niagara Falls, NY, Bill spent a few years living in California & found himself on every major studio lot in Hollywood gaining valuable insight & experience. He has since returned home to take care of his family & is truly grateful to have found a spot in the Lion's Den to share his passion, creativity, & dedication to his craft right in his hometown. Speaking of his hometown, Bill shocked everyone by running a campaign in 2017 for a seat on the Niagara Falls City Council and WON!! Since his return to Niagara Falls, Bill has taken part in over 20 films including several lead roles & also takes to the stage every year as "Tony" in the hilarious dinner theatre show "Tony & Tina's Wedding"
His love for film began at a young age when he would watch any movie he could get his hands on...something he still does to this day. He has portrayed various roles in independent films and made several appearances on television. His knowledge of film with regard to genre, debut dates, directors, actors, & specific scenes is uncanny. Marcus has a degree in Communications and Media Arts.
Director of Operations
An award-winning actress and costumer born and raised in Buffalo, New York, Liz graduated from Buffalo State College with her Bachelor's in Theater. There she ran the gauntlet of theater production including set and costume construction, but her main concentration was acting. Her favorite role was that of ‘Moss’ in an all-female production of “Glengarry Glen Ross.” Liz also co-taught classes in stage combat and fencing. She began working in a few local film productions until being cast as the lead in the biopic “Through A Mother’s Eyes”. Very soon after she found a home with White Lion Studios, LLC co-starring in “Wolf House” and “Attack of The Killer Shrews!”. Affectionately known as “The Lioness”, Liz adds to White Lion a myriad of talents from writing, acting, costuming, and custom fabrication. While in college Liz lived in Ireland and has visited England on several occasions.
James Ventry has a Bachelor's degree from the University at Buffalo where he majored in history. James also has a Master's degree in Secondary Education from Niagara University where he graduated with a 3.9 GPA. James was a professional boxer and fought all over the country including Heinz Field, Foxwoods Casino, and Madison Square Garden. His first venture into acting was in a starring role as the insane gangster Tommy Emerson in Crimson: The Motion Picture. James has had roles in multiple White Lion Studios, LLC productions and looks forward to his growth as an actor and business partner as he learns from all the talented members of The Lion's Den.
Client Relations Manager
Baird Hageman is a professional stuntman and partner with White Lion Studios, LLC. Baird has over 25 years in the auto body industry, and is known in the film industry as the “go-to-guy” for vehicle stunts in Buffalo, NY. With five years experience in the film industry as a stunt driver, stunt team member, custom fabricator, actor and producer, Baird is an indispensable asset to the White Lion team. Baird’s first film, Lloyd Kaufman’s “Return to Class of Nuke ‘Em High”, was quickly followed up with several Hollywood films once word got around of WNY’s own Steve McQueen. As a dirt bike racer, Baird has proven himself to be world class; winning virtually every local and national title he’s ever competed for (and he has the trophies and plaques to prove it… enough to fill an entire room in his basement).