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OUR COMPANIES

The 5 Keys to Mastery DVD is a production of Dave & Company and 1409 Entertainment. 

   
  1409 Entertainment was founded by Al Cattabiani in May 2004, to develop, finance, and produce film, television, and video programming with uplifting underlying themes.  1409 Entertainment has several titles in distribution via Public Television and on DVD, the latter primarily through Wellspring.  In addition, several other projects are in active stages of pre-production, slated for release on satellite and terrestrial television, VOD, and DVD.
  Dave and Company has supplied news and documentary camerawork to clients worldwide for more than 30 years. During that time David Lent has also produced six documentaries, including the critically-acclaimed Life Without...Inside San Quentin, Staying Alive, and Hotel Macedonia. In the 1980's Dave and Company launched Creative Controls, which published Shooter's World and designed and marketed products for video professionals, including the SteadyBag camera support, PicupStix, LensEnd, and GelFile. David is also the author of The Laws of Camerawork, a collection of rules and anecdotes from 25 years as a shooter. Dave & Co Productions is owned by David Lent and Susan Burgess-Lent.
     
  American Public Television (APT) is the distributor of The 5 Keys To Mastery to the nation's public television stations.  For over 44 years, American Public Television has been a prime source of programming for the nationís public television stations.  With more than 10,000 hours of available programming, APT identifies innovative programs and creative distribution techniques for producers.  Each year, APT distributes more than 300 series and specials in a variety of genres including documentary, cooking and lifestyle, travel, feature film packages, drama, music and entertainment.  Additional information about APT is available at http://www.aptonline.org./

 

OUR STORIES

DAVID LENT
PRODUCER
email address:
Daveandco@aol.com

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David Lent's career in television spans thirty years.  His skill as a producer draws much from his diverse experience in the theoretical and technical aspects of the medium.   

In the 1970's, David co-produced and shot three prison documentaries, including the critically-acclaimed Life Without...Inside San Quentin for PBS. 

During the 1980's, David produced, shot, and edited a large body of corporate and documentary programming.  With Susan Burgess-Lent, he co-produced Staying Alive, a 1-hour version of Studs Terkel's best-selling book, Working, broadcast on KQED San Francisco.   

Since moving from San Francisco to Washington, DC in 1990, David has worked primarily as a news and documentary cameraman for broadcast clients.  From 1994 to 2004, he shot fifteen feature-length documentaries for domestic and international clients.

David's 2001 feature, Hotel Macedonia, premiered at the Ft. Worth International Film Festival and is licenced by the Documentary Channel.

David is the author of The Laws of Camerawork, a collection of observations and know-how from twenty-five years behind a camera.  He is also the creator of the SteadyBag camera support, LensEnd, GelFile and PicupStix - products used by shooters worldwide.


SUSAN BURGESS-LENT
ASSOCIATE PRODUCER AND BUSINESS MANAGER
email address:
 
susan@burgesslent.com

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Susan Burgess-Lent is the business manager of Dave and Co and conducted many of the interviews for THE 5 KEYS TO MASTERY.  She is also an Emmy award-winning video editor for domestic and foreign television networks and a writer. For three years, she authored a popular column for Videography magazine. Her novels include IN THE BORDERLANDS, (Xlibris, 2000) and CHASING MIDNIGHT, set in Sudan (publication pending).  She is deeply involved in efforts to prevent genocide.  In 2006, she will be based in Nairobi, Kenya to facilitate human rights projects in Sudan.

AL CATTABIANI
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER
email address:
 
al@1409entertainment.com

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Al Cattabiani has long focused on the distribution of high-end niche programming for electronic media, mostly in his former role as CEO of Wellspring Media, an independent film/TV/DVD label.

Wellspring is a leading distributor of arthouse cinema (from classic auteurs like Truffaut and Kurosawa to current masters like Alexandr Sokurov, Vincent Gallo, and FranÁois Ozon); and programming promoting holistic living (featuring leading figures like Joseph Campbell, Alan Watts, Andrew Weil, Caroline Myss, and Wayne Dyer).  

Al co-founded Wellspring in 1993 and led it as CEO through several acquisitions. When he and his partners sold it in early 2004, the company posted over $21 million in sales with nearly 50 employees.

Al then formed 1409 Entertainment in May 2004, to develop, finance, and produce film, television, and video programming with uplifting underlying themes. The new company has several titles in distribution via Public Television and on DVD (often through Wellspring). Several other projects are in active pre-production, for release on satellite and terrestrial television, VOD, and DVD.

Before starting Wellspring, Al served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Los Angeles-based Pacific Arts Corporation, best known for creating the PBS Home Video label around such acclaimed titles as The Civil War, I, Claudius, The Creation of the Universe, Amazing Grace, and Eyes on the Prize. Prior to heading Pacific Arts, Cattabiani served for six years as Director of Video Development for Fairchild Publications, a division of Capital Cities/ABC.

An active musician, Al recently founded Garagista Music (www.garagistamusic.com), a micro-label devoted to music from the Hudson Rivertowns just north of Manhattan. The labelís first two releases debuted in November í05.

Al also serves on the board of the Global Film Initiative, a non-profit foundation.

CONTACT US

Contact Us Directly:

General Questions:  questions@the5keystomastery.com
Email the Producer:  Daveandco@aol.com

Telephone: (914) 693-2408

Mailing Addresses:
1409 Entertainment
145 Palisade Street, #307
Dobbs Ferry, NY  10522

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