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Michael Mennies

Director of International Production

Michael Mennies is an award winning media producer, creator, manager, musician and sales director with more than twenty-five years experience in the entertainment industry.

Michael began his entertainment career in theatre and music. As the award-winning keyboard player of the original rock and pop group "The Daves" he performed more than one thousand concerts throughout the United States. Also serving as the band's manager he handled all of the group's booking, production coordination and financial management.

In 1990 Michael moved into television production at WCSC-TV in Charleston, South Carolina where he worked as a news videographer and editor before becoming the station's commercial producer. He wrote and directed more than one hundred and fifty commercials and received numerous ADDY awards as well as the South Carolina Broadcaster's Advertising Campaign of the Year..

In 1993, Michael was invited by Douglas Murray to become a member of one of the world's first ProTools film post-production sound crews at the Saul Zaentz Film Center in Berkeley, California. At the Film Center Michael worked as sound editor and supervisor on more than fifteen productions including the feature films "Species" and "Johnny Mnemonic" and sound design for The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio.

In 1996 while writing a screenplay adaptation of Nikolai Gogol's "Diary of a Madman" Michael was invited to St. Petersburg, Russia. In 1999 he moved permanently to St. Petersburg to join the CTB Film Company where he established and held the position of Director of International Sales for CTB's animation division Melnitsa Animation. In addition to successfully selling Melnitsa's feature and short films to markets throughout the world, Michael also handled a variety of other duties including sound effects editing and rerecording mixing, script translations, and supervision of the English language dubbing for Melnitsa's films.

In 2006 Michael joined The Aeroplane Productions as the Director of International Productions.