OUR TEAM

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Mike Zirinsky
President/Owner

 

Mike grew up in Bucks County, PA and graduated from Lafayette College, where he competed as a swimmer and received a Bachelor’s degree in Economics & Finance.  He started his career at American Express Financial Advisors and became a principal at FMWZ, where he worked for 17 years.  Mike was one of the original founding board members of PlayPenn - a new play development organization that recently developed the Tony award winning play Oslo.  PlayPenn sparked his creativity which led him to take over ownership of CMD from its founder.  CMD has flourished under Mike's leadership - they recently tripled their space and added many new services. In addition, he expanded the reach of CMD through the creation of The Voice Shop At CMD & CB Radio Tours.

Mike lives outside of Philadelphia and is happily married to Kellie.  They have two beautiful children together, Kate & Tanner, and a Maltese named Maisy.  He has his kids on a local ski race team so he gets to ski every weekend!  He spends as much of the summer as possible on his paddleboard and surfing.

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Meagan Goodspeed
Head Of Casting

 

Hailing from “The Happiest Place on Earth”, Meagan originates from Orlando, Florida where she developed a passion for the Film & TV industry. While studying Electronic Media & Broadcasting at Appalachian State University, she accepted an internship at ‘The Late Show with David Letterman’ in NYC. Meagan worked directly with segment producers to coordinate the Annual Christmas Toy Demo, Stupid Pet Tricks, and the Stupid Human Tricks segments. It was here that she had her aha! moment and decided a career in production was the perfect fit for her. After Letterman, she interned in the music department at ‘Late Night with Seth Meyers’ and pursued freelance opportunities in the creative side of the industry. She went on to work as a prop master, set decorator, and assistant art director on short films and shows including MTV's Teen Mom and NBC's Last Comic Standing. Meagan's love for traveling and languages eventually brought her to CMD where she now works as Head of Casting.

She currently lives in Bushwick and can be often found eating brunch and watching movies at the many dine-in theaters Brooklyn has to offer.

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Fridrik Ingimundarson
Executive Producer

 

Born in the states, to Icelandic parents,  Fridrik is a master of many trades.  He has worked as a chef, teacher, and even as a fish processor before transitioning into media production work.  Starting out in the art department and working on props,  Fridrik quickly rose to the level of production coordinator.  Known for his efficiency, he assumed running the show.  Since washing up on the shores of New York City, he has worked on productions with Universal, Sony, ABC and CBS as well as the films Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.

Fridrik became a producer with Lost Planet and found his niche in the audio post industry.  He started at CMD as head of production and with the growth of the company, is now Executive Producer.  When not in the office, Fridrik can be found riding one of his many custom-built bikes or skateboarding with his dog Huey Lewis.

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Alessandra Brickman
Producer

 

Alessandra is all things innovative.  Creating characters, singing in front of large groups, she knew her place was on stage, on camera, and involved in anything creative.  Growing up in a musical family, weekends were spent having family jam sessions.  Her first television appearance was on PBS 'An Evening with Dave Grusin' next to Patti Austin and Jon Secada.  After school and Two Downbeat Awards later, she moved back to NYC and landed a gig singing with Ben Folds and the Pittsburgh Symphony.  She had the rare opportunity to sing for Radio City Music Hall as a Rockette, as well as for My Brightest Diamond's album 'This is My Hand'.  In the TV & Film world she's worked as Producer, Production Coordinator, Casting Associate as well as Assistant to Director.  Alessandra's acting and studio talents opened the door to the language of voice overs.  As a producer at CMD she feels right at home in the studio environment. 

As if being at CMD all day isn’t enough to quench her studio needs, she can be found recording in the studio late nights and on weekends.  She is currently tracking vocals for NYC jazz guitarist Jeff Miles, as well as for Plasma Face's new album coming out in 2018.

Bob Kirschner Head Mixer/ Engineer

Bob Kirschner
Head Engineer/Mixer

 

Ever since his mom taught him piano in grade school, music and audio have been Bob's life passion.  As a keyboard player, electronic musician, and composer/producer he's been involved with bands Uptown Atomics and The Fluid Foundation.  After studying Recording Technology at NYU, his engineering skills led to work at top NYC recording studios.  Bob was part of Paradise Opera (along with his wife Diane), a downtown NYC theater company where he composed and performed scores for modern remakes of classical opera including 'Butterfly' and 'The Bohemian'.  At Bob's former studio City Sound Productions he recorded sessions with Pet Shop Boys, Debbie Harry, Garland Jeffries, as well as high profile names in theater including Vanessa Redgrave, Patrick Stewart and Alvin Ailey Dance Theater.  He has mixed, edited, and designed sound for spots and shows on Food Network, Bravo, ESPN, MLB, TruTV and IN Demand, as well as for award winning documentaries and shorts.  Bob was very excited to find a new home when he was hired as CMD's head engineer and mixer.

On the weekends, Bob and his family can be found upstate in their country home where he runs with his dog, swims in the river, and eats from his garden.

Rocco Vitolo Engineer

A creative spirit at heart, Rocco has been writing, drawing, and making music for as long as he can remember.  It wasn't until his high school years, though, that he discovered his passion for the studio and stage.  His love of Hip-Hop and Soul music led him to the formation of multiple bands, manning the microphone, and years of intensive vocal training, all traits that would eventually help him with his creative pursuits down the line.  He went on to study engineering at the Institute of Audio Research and became interested in not only music, but sound for film, television, and commercials, all paving the way for him finding an engineering position at CMD.

He now spends his time between the studio, producing music for local artists around the city, and singing on his off days, all of which don't sound half bad to him!

Rocco Vitolo
Engineer

 

Jessica Schechter Business Development

Jessica Schechter
Business Development

Jessica's theatrical debut started when she was three years old in her nursery school's Passover play where all the kids forgot their lines, so she played all the parts.  With a profound love for the creative and performing arts, Jessica has built many drama programs from the ground up in several camps, community centers, and even in her own high school.  Jessica has an MFA in Directing from The Actors Studio Drama School at PACE University and a Bachelors degree in Educational Theatre from NYU.  She currently works as a professional director, actor, and producer in NYC and is a director member of The Actor's Studio's Playwright Director Unit.  Jessica is producing and acting in an award winning web series called "Soon By You".  She is the resident director at Infinate Variety Productions, a theater company which tells untold stories of women in history.

Her CMD journey began with recording a singular voice over, and has now blossomed into her position as Director of Education and Business Development. She is thrilled to be a part of the CMD family, where everyone is an artist.