Bobby Sheehan Bio
President Working Pictures
The co-founder of Working Pictures with Sara Sheehan, Bobby Sheehan is an established director, writer, producer, and cinematographer with more than 100 hours of film, television, and digital content credits. These include veteran documentary projects Quest, The Mad Man and Mercy, Love & Grace, as well as feature documentary projects Seed and Mortal. Bobby’s television credits include The Talent Collector (AMC), Repo Men (Discovery/TLC), Jeff Koons: Beyond Heaven (Ovation TV), Mr. Prince (Ovation TV), and others. Bobby also directed Arias With a Twist: The Docufantasy, which premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival and was also shown at the Tribeca Film Festival. He is a co-founder of The Backbone Network, a free streaming platform for veterans to share their stories and bridge the gap between veterans and civilians.
Bobby is a graduate of New York University’s Tisch Film School and started his creative career as a photographer and filmmaker during the explosive art scene of the 1980s in the Lower Eastside of New York. As a rock-and-roll photographer, he captured iconic New York punk bands like the Ramones, Television, and Johnny Thunders, as well as legends such as The Rolling Stones, Johnny Lydon (Rotten), Eric Clapton, Carlos Santana, and others.
Bobby has directed more than 300 television commercials for clients, including Adidas, American Express, Budweiser, Burger King, Exxon/Mobil, General Electric, Hyundai, Merck, Motorola, Nabisco, Pepsi, and Pfizer. Bobby has also created public service announcement campaigns for non-profit organizations, including the American Cancer Society, The Partnership for a Drug-Free America, American Red Cross, Special Olympics, and Health Canada. Currently, he creates films for several organizations, including RxArt, The Vision of Children, The New York Zen Center, Force Blue, and The National Veterans Foundation, of which he is a Board Member. Bobby’s additional television credits include Cayman Went (Cayman Islands’ Board of Tourism), Listen to The World (Ovation TV), View Finder (Ovation TV), and Motor City Rising (Ovation TV).
Bobby is currently producing The United States vs. Andre Norman a documentary about disrupting the pipeline that leads communities in poverty to prison and Bowery Boy: A Native New Yorker. The autobiographical journey tells the unique story of a poor kid’s tumultuous ascent from poverty to a life of abundance.
Sara Sheehan Bio
CEO Working Pictures
Sara Sheehan has served as the executive producer and managing partner of Working Pictures since 1993, producing numerous films and television programs, public service announcements, and commercials. She served as executive producer of the critically acclaimed feature Seed (IFC Films) and narrative feature Cayman Went (Cayman Islands’ Board of Tourism), and Arias With a Twist: The Docufantasy, which premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival and was also shown at the Tribeca Film Festival. Sara served as producer and executive producer for Working Pictures’ veteran documentary projects, including Quest, The Mad Man and Mercy, Love & Grace. Sara’s television credits include the film We’ll Take Manhattan, an episode of BBC’s Dr. Who, and Connections. Sara also co-founded The Backbone Network, a free streaming platform for veterans to share their stories and bridge the gap between veterans and civilians.
A graduate of Wellesley College, Sara began her career in advertising before moving to publishing, where she worked as a contributing editor on numerous consumer and trade magazines. As a representative of these publications, Sara appeared on-camera for segments on Good Morning America and the Today Show; she also produced segments for Oprah.
Sara’s directing career began with a series of short-form documentary pieces on healthcare for designer Donna Karan’s philanthropic foundation, Urban Zen, for which she also served as executive producer. Sara made her feature debut with Mr. Prince (Ovation TV), a documentary about the legendary Broadway director and producer Hal Prince. Additional producing credits include the documentary film Privileged (President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities) and the short film I Thee Wed (United Nations), as well as a series of short films in conjunction with 92nd St Y.
Sara previously served as President of the Board of The Emelin Theatre in Mamaroneck, New York. She was instrumental in developing the theater’s sold-out film series, which brought artists and filmmakers like Frank Oz, Penelope Cruz, Pedro Almodovar, Kevin Costner, Guillermo Del Toro, and Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu to pre-screen their films. Sara currently serves as a board member for The National Veterans Foundation.
Currently, Sara is directing, producing, and hosting Wake Up, an online documentary series and transformational endeavor. Working Pictures has several projects currently in development that Sara is executive producing, including The United States vs. Andre Norman, a documentary about disrupting the pipeline that leads communities in poverty to prison; Team Atlas, a project about a team of veterans who are fighting for the sustainability of Earth and its environment; and Peace Doctor, a look at the disease of violence and how to foster peace and love.
Tony Frere Bio
Creative Director Working Pictures
Emmy nominated Producer and Conceptualist Tony Frère got his start in advertising at BBDO NY and quickly worked his way up to Creative Supervisor, Executive Producer on prestigious accounts including Pepsi, Apple, Visa, Converse, Pierre Cardin, DuPont and General Electric. Always looking to push the envelope at the agency, Tony produced the first Pepsi spot filmed in the Soviet Union, the Pepsi unity and peace message filmed at the fall of the Berlin Wall, Madonna’s infamous Like A Prayer Pepsi project and many more. He also produced Summer and Winter Olympics campaigns for Visa and annual, award winning Super Bowl projects. Expanding his scope, Tony went on to mount various international art, documentary, short form, fashion (Hermés and Italian Men’s Vogue) and music projects that expanded popular culture. Relocating to Los Angeles, Tony’s stint at Propaganda Films jumpstarted a series of collaborations with a diverse range of artists and icons including Madonna, David Fincher, Ornette Coleman, Gus Van Sant, Spike Jonze, Antoine Fuqua, Jayne Cortez, Udo Kier, Hilton McConnico, Kenny Scharf and Mike Mills.
A life-long animal advocate, Tony co-founded BeKind, an animal rescue non-profit that rescued and reunited pets with their families days after Hurricane Katrina decimated New Orleans and created PSAs to bring awareness to puppy mills and dogfighting. He also produced and debuted the PDFA Mentorship campaign and produced and filmed live events for Don’t Bungle The Jungle, the celebrity driven non-profit supporting indigenous peoples and conservation of the Amazon rain forest.
Among his long form projects, Frère produced No Subtitles Necessary, the multi-award winning documentary on legendary cinematographers Laszlo Kovacs and Vilmos Zsigmond featuring Sandra Bullock, Dennis Hopper, Vittorio Storaro and Sharon Stone that premiered in Cannes and was the lead film of the PBS Independent Lens series in 2010. A passion project, I’m Coming Back Like Lightning, chronicling the last 18 months of fiery American Indian Lakota activist Russell Means before his death in 2012 is yet to be finished and released. Tony also Executive Produced Beast, the 2018 SXSW Grand Jury Prize/Episodic winner. He has served as a lead news and documentary Emmy judge since 2011. Tony is currently mounting a small slate of narrative film projects to be shot in Mexico and exploring pushing boundaries with AR and VR experiences, continuing his heart’s desire to expand the language of visual storytelling and digital media.
Gilbert Wadsworth Bio
COO Working Pictures
With a career spanning more than 35 years, Gilbert Wadsworth has consistently maintained an imaginative approach to filmmaking. Gilbert’s roots in filmmaking began in the circus. Gilbert shaped his love for visual storytelling as a Ringling Brothers, Barnum, and Bailey Clown College graduate. Gilbert’s passion for entertainment compelled him to create several entertainment organizations. He was CEO of Indy Production House, Sterling Pacific Films, and COO of Loch Lomond Entertainment based in Santa Monica, California, producing feature films and television series for Universal, CBS, Paramount Network, Viacom, and Fox Television. In 2008 he was one of the first foreign executives invited to produce military propaganda films for the People’s Republic of China. This opportunity eventually led to him branching into creating foreign content overseas.
From 2008 through 2019, he served as Chief Operating Officer and Head of Production for Shanghai-based entertainment Corp., A2LiVE. In this role, he lead all of the company’s performance and strategic initiatives, television series, and music festivals.
Since his tenure in Asia, Gilbert has taken on the stimulating challenge of creating content as a Creative Producer and Director for the Chickasaw Nation. Gilbert’s career in storytelling has once again found a unique outlet in his support and service to First Americans and the Chickasaw citizens worldwide.
Gilbert won The Director’s Guild of America’s Finders Series Award (1998), and in 2011 he won the PMAA Golden Dragon Award for Best Advertising Campaign in Asia for the branded series Land Rover’s The Evoque Effect.