• 1 Julie
• 2 Daves
• 1 generous portion rich storytelling
• 1 handful of characters
• 1 side of comedy
• season with heart
Well, start with a base of a Julie and two Daves. Then add a generous portion of rich storytelling, a side of comedy and season with heart. Trust us, you’ll want a little Secret Sauce on all your productions!
Julie Stall, Dave Beatty and Dave Pemberton - three experienced media professionals - have come together and are cooking up new content for kids and grown-ups alike. They make shorts, full length series, longform specials, movies and accompanying multi-platform content. They’re live action, they’re animated and they’re not afraid to mix them up all with a zesty twist, whether it’s for broadcast television, digital & interactive media, or branded content.
The Secret Sauce Team
Julie Stall has been entertaining and educating kids around the world for over 25 years. Prior to forming Secret Sauce, she served as the Sr. VP Production for Portfolio Entertainment. As a key member of the executive team, she oversaw the planning, implementation and growth of their animation studio. A children’s television executive and award-winning producer, Julie has delivered hundreds of hours of outstanding programming to broadcasters at home and abroad. Her productions include the beloved Dr. Seuss brand The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That! (PBS/Treehouse), the hit pre-school adventure series Doki (Discovery Kids Latin America), and a number of tween comedy series for Teletoon including Freaktown, RoboRoach, and Carl Squared.
Julie also served as Vice-President, Production for Cambium Productions (now CCI Entertainment) and oversaw numerous live-action children’s series and prime-time documentary music specials.
What’s her secret sauce?
Julie strikes a perfect balance of sugar & spice. She’s a true collaborator and is known for her ability to nurture each project to its creative potential. Oh, and she manages to do it on time and budget – that’s where things get spicy!
After years in the entertainment business, Dave’s seem to have done it all. From live action concerts & comedy to animation & puppets of all sorts there isn’t much Dave hasn’t done.
As former Creative Head of Studio for Portfolio Entertainment, Dave produced the animated comedy Freaktown (Teletoon), Doki (Discovery Kids Latin America), and a number of specials for The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That! (PBS/Treehouse).
Prior to this, Dave produced Johnny Test (Teletoon & CN) and Glenn Martin DDS (CityTV & Nickelodeon). He also founded Story City – a leading Toronto pre-production studio specializing in design, boarding, editing & post production. Dave’s live-action experience includes a number of years as in-house producer and director YTV Canada. Dave earned his comedy chops working with the talented team on SCTV. He’s earned Daytime Emmy Award nominations and Canadian Screen Awards for his work.
What’s his secret sauce?
Dave’s a little salty, but always serves up a savory treat. He produces at the highest level and won’t quit until he knows it’s right. Plus, he’s pretty funny. Oh and if he suddenly screams “Bakugan Brawl”, don’t worry he’s in the middle of a series reboot…
Dave Pemberton is one of Canada’s most sought-after story artists whose career in the animation industry spans more than 25 years. In fact, Dave has been around long enough to remember working with pencils and paper!
Recently, Dave’s been storyboarding for some of Canada’s pre-eminent series like Abby Hatcher Fuzzly Catcher (Nickelodeon), Bubble Guppies (Nickelodeon), The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That! (PBS/Treehouse), Johnny Test (Teletoon/Cartoon Network) & Freaktown (Teletoon).
Prior to freelance storyboarding, Dave worked in studios throughout Ontario, lending his talents to design & layout departments. He moved on to Direct several animated series including Dog City with the Jim Henson Company and Ace Venture: Pet Detective (CBS). Whether the show is 2D or 3D, broadcast or digital, Dave brings a keen eye & outstanding storytelling to each and every project.
What’s his secret sauce?
Dave’s storyboards are meals unto themselves. He is a masterful storyteller. He can draw, he can pose, he can stage. He brings characters to life and scripts into cinema. He makes a mean smoked pork shoulder too.