Cheryl F. Halpern
Director-Producer-Documentarian, Cheryl Halpern, is a co-founder and partner of HQ Creative LLC, an Emmy Award winning production company and branding agency serving clients around the world. Mrs. Halpern has a long record of public service in broadcasting, education and international affairs.
Mrs. Halpern was nominated to serve on the boards of America’s national and international broadcasting organizations by Presidents George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush. In 1990, she was confirmed as a member of the Board for International Broadcasting and as a director of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL). From 1995 through 2002, Mrs. Halpern served on the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) overseeing Voice of America, Radio and TV Marti, RFE/RL, Worldnet, Radio Free Asia and Radio Free Iraq. While serving on the BBG she helped create Radio Sawa, a new American Arabic radio voice to the Middle East. In August, 2002, she was confirmed to serve as a director of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB). She was subsequently elected by her peers as chairman of the CPB and served the two term limit.
In addition, Mrs. Halpern was a Public Delegate of the United States, with the rank of Ambassador, to the 63rd Session of the General Assembly of the United Nations. During the Obama Administration she has been a member of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Council.
Mrs. Halpern has also chaired the character education program of the Words Can Heal organization. This national campaign to curb gossip, fight verbal violence and promote the healing powers of ethical speech received bipartisan support from the US Congress as well as from diverse ethnic and religious groups. In her capacity as a Presidential-appointed US delegate to the OSCE Conference on Anti-Semitism, Mrs. Halpern addressed the plenary on children’s programming and textbook development. As the current chairman of the Queen of Sheba Foundation she has partnered in the development of “Midako”, an illustrated children’s book publishing initiative to promote literacy in Ethiopia.
As a documentarian, Mrs. Halpern has produced several commissioned as well as independently produced documentaries. Most notably, the government of Ethiopia commissioned Mrs. Halpern and her HQ Creative LLC team to produce a memorial documentary to the late Prime Minister, Meles Zenawi. A special tribute to Prime Minister Meles Zenawi was also produced for screening at the 50th Anniversary of the African Union.
Mrs. Halpern’s independently produced documentaries have provided compelling historical and cultural information to her audiences. Her films have focused on embodying the spirit of achievement and thereby providing positive visual images and messages for all; regardless of age, gender or ethnicity.
Mrs. Halpern’s documentaries have received awards from film festivals around the world. They have been screened by colleges and universities and have been included in Museum exhibits and archive collections.
Mrs. Halpern has an M.B.A., with a concentration in finance from New York University. She lives in New Jersey with her husband Fred.
MITCHELL STUART is an Emmy-Award winning filmmaker and brand storyteller with multiple groundbreaking hit digital, traditional and international campaigns and productions to his credit. He has worked with a who’s who of brands, performers and platinum selling artists including the Walt Disney Company, Clear Channel Media & Entertainment, Madison Square Garden Networks and NewsCorp,
An in-demand and award-winning Ad Man, his 361 (one brand voice, across all platforms) approach for advertising campaigns for such diverse clients as the Jeffry Modell Foundation, Z100-NY, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Crestron, iHeart Media & Entertainment and 2k Sports have shattered all records for success.
Equally at home, whether directing such sports superstars as professional boxing legion, Iron Mike Tyson; legendary comedian Richard Lewis, Tony Award Winning actor Alan Cumming; platinum selling artists like Taylor Swift, Kanye West, Lady Gaga, Sting, Katy Perry, Usher and Britney Spears, he consistency has delivered sincere performances and tremendous success.
His work in music, creating and directing the landmark digital program Stripped Raw & Real for iHeart Media & Entertainment featuring such artists as Kanye West, John Legend, Bon Jovi, Green Day, Blake Shelton and Coldplay; and the Emmy Award Winning, “Road to MSG,” for MSGN featuring such iconic artists as Jay-Z, Earth Wind & Fire and Mötley Crüe are particular highlights.
Mitchell has also created & developed television pilots for Comedy Central, POP, Lionsgate Television, New Line Television and DreamWorks SKG. He filmed his first feature film, “Come Play With Us,” a modern horror movie earlier this year in Malaysia for 2017 release.