Formed in 2004, Eastern is a full service media production company with offices in New York, Los Angeles and Atlanta. With clients in broadcast, online and corporate, Eastern’s focus is on the subtle art of storytelling. Our approach pairs extensive experience with technical mastery, allowing us to deliver compelling narratives within high-gloss wrappers.

Toby Barraud


As the son of the Executive Producer of Australasia’s largest commercial production company, Toby was raised on a diet of craft service. Witnessing the horrors of 1980s commercial production somehow failed to dissuade him from following a similar path and after moving to New York he worked his way up from being a pedicab driver to his current role. Throughout this strange journey he has never forgotten Winston Churchill’s famous quote, “Success is going from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.”

Stefan Springman


During his years traveling the world recording audio for everything from million-dollar commercials to 60 Minutes segments, Stefan witnessed first-hand how dramatically people change their behavior the moment a camera is pointed their way. Developing his own theories on how to make the filming process more organic, he built the innovative Inquisitor camera system and sold his first show idea, Can’t Get a Date, based on its unique way of naturally capturing interviews. He remains an ardent observer of human behavior despite having heard and seen too much of it.

Gregg Lieberman

SVP of Development

Upon entering the workforce in 1984 all Gregg wanted was a job at a magazine. And somehow, despite his irrelevant accounting degree and zero editorial experience, he spent the next 12 years as a writer, editor and executive for a travel publishing company. Then he moved into advertising, creating campaigns for clients like Chase and Subaru, before heeding the call of Stefan and Toby and joining Eastern to help develop almost all the specials and series you see on our Shows page.

David DiGangi

SVP of Programming

David’s been to prison...four times. He’s sat astride a one-eyed gator in Florida. A fisherman from Gloucester, Mass. once handed him a human skull that he just pulled from his net — as a warning. His natural gift for diplomacy keeping him cool in the face of danger, David got away every time with a great story. Since 2001 he’s been telling all kinds of tales for television audiences on networks including History, A&E, VH1, and The Weather Channel. He’s still searching for more.

Carmen Mitcho

VP of Programming

Carmen comes to Eastern after more than a decade showrunning in the docu-series world. He began his career at E! Entertainment Television and the Style Network where he executive produced celeb-centric shows like Ice Loves CocoGiuliana & BillKimora: Life in the Fab Lane, and Taradise.  Carmen went on to produce shows for VH1, A&E, Oxygen, Pop, and The Golf Channel and has made a career of telling the stories of colorful characters including Beverly Hills plastic surgeons, Miami nail artists and Las Vegas showgirls. 

Rich Allen

VP of Programming

Rich began his career in his hometown of Chicago as a commercial editor working with clients like Anheuser-Busch, US Army, and State Farm. After finding himself constantly filling his spare time with long-form documentary projects he moved to NY (leaving his beloved Blackhawks behind) to pursue television. Since then his efforts have aired on networks like PBS, Sundance, History, Bravo, and VH1. And the Blackhawks won the Cup three times!

Brendan Waterhouse

VP of Legal

Brendan’s goal in life was to play guitar in a rock band, but when his career stalled after winning a battle of the bands in college, he opted for the most logical alternative: the law. As an attorney he’s worked in rights and clearances for Viacom and A+E Networks before joining Eastern.

Brian Douglass

VP of Post

Brian has mastered every aspect of post production, honing his skills as a producer, engineer and editor before finding his true calling building hardware and software solutions to manage file-based workflows. He joined Eastern in late 2012 and will never be allowed to leave.

Nick Predescu

VP of Production

Young Nick wanted to be an architect but the Saturdays he spent as a child at his grandmother’s workplace — CBS Broadcast Center — got him hooked on making TV instead. Nick now builds budget and production plans for Eastern’s many projects, having joined us after a dozen years as a network executive working on scripted, documentary, comedy, variety, dating, and late night series. And in his spare time Nick indulges his construction urge renovating and rebuilding his home.

Naomi Munford

Director of Casting and Development

Naomi was born and raised in Perth, Western Australia, the most isolated city in the world, where she fell in love with the glamour, intrigue and drama of American television. At 22 she took advantage of the U.S. citizenship she has through her mum and came to NYC, where she embarked on a career in casting, joining Eastern in 2014. 

Mara Weinstock

Director of Post Production

A childhood spent in front of her family’s TV prepared Mara to kick off her career as an intern at the much-loved The Jon Stewart Show, before working at MTV on series and specials like Spring Break and the VMAs. After hoofing it up in LA on Dancing With The Stars, she came back for 16 & Pregnant and Teen Mom until she got the call from Eastern, where she has been busily whipping our post team into shape.

Craig Aguilar

Director of Production

Born and raised on the mean streets of Staten Island, Craig learned early to deal nonchalantly with unspeakable terror and calm down tough characters. He’s been putting that skill to good use as Eastern’s organizational mastermind since 2010.

Shane Abercrombie

VP of Security

Shane has protected presidential candidates, A-list celebrities, high net-worth families and global fortune 500 company senior executives, and is highly trained in weapons, defensive tactics and emergency medicine. But nothing can save him from being constantly mistaken for talk-show host Steve Wilkos. “I walk the streets and people scream “STEVE!!!,” he laments. If you meet Shane, please don’t do that.