ABOUT THE PRODUCERS

Julie Leifermann,
Executive Producer/President, Ivan's Ark Productions

Julie is a twice Emmy-nominated non-fiction and documentary television producer-director-writer who has developed and produced numerous series and specials for network, cable and digital platforms. Under her own banner for 12 years, she executive produced programs for Discovery, Animal Planet, HGTV, Fine Living, DIY, WE, and TV One. As an independent producer, some of Julie's most notable credits include: the award-winning, highly acclaimed PBS documentary series, Gardens of the World with Audrey Hepburn, her first of two Emmy nominations; creator and producer of the first two seasons of the long-running Food Network series, Food 911 with Tyler Florence, which launched his celebrity chef career; co-producer of the innovative 6-week pilot news program Channel One, which continues to air in high school classrooms across the country. In addition to her two Emmy nominations, Leifermann's work on the ABC primetime special, A User's Guide to Planet Earth earned an Environmental Media Award, and the premiere episode of the 14-part Animal Planet documentary series The Little Zoo That Could, created, written and produced by Leifermann, was inducted into the Peabody Archives Collection at The Museum of Broadcast Communications which makes available to educators TV's finest documentaries on American cultural and historical life. And Leifermann's work as a producer of the syndicated newsmagazine series, America Now News with Leeza Gibbons & Bill Rancic, garnered her second Emmy nomination and won two Telly Awards. Julie's production company, Ivan's Ark LLC is producing a feature-length documentary film based on the Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo's historic evacuation during Hurricane Ivan. She is a member of the Producers Guild of America (PGA). Her favorite Little Zoo animal is Ladybug the African lion, and she lives with her two favorite little cats, Ping and Smudge.
 

Nancy Gimbrone
Producer, Ivan's Ark Productions

Nancy is an award-winning, Emmy-nominated non-fiction and documentary television producer, director and writer. Nancy's visually compelling, story-driven programs have appeared on a wide variety of network, cable and digital platforms, including ABC, NBC, A&E, Discovery, ID, History, HGTV, Lifetime, Animal Planet, Travel Channel, PBS, TLC, USA and Food Network – for which she was instrumental in creating the popular Chefography series featuring profiles of the channel's favorite culinary hosts. Nancy's on-location production duties have taken her across the U.S. and across the globe to Europe, Asia and the Middle East. Additionally, as a producer, story editor and writer for The Little Zoo That Could TV series, Nancy poured over hundreds of hours of footage creating scripts that are packed with gripping and heartwarming story lines, absorbing drama and fascinating emotional character arcs. Nancy's recent work as Series Producer on the syndicated lifestyle program, America Now with hosts Leeza Gibbons and Bill Rancic, helped garner an Emmy nomination and win two Telly Awards in the Information and News Feature categories. Nancy is a member of the Directors Guild of America (DGA) and the Producers Guild of America (PGA), two of the most prestigious organizations in the television industry. She also has master's degrees in English and TESOL, and she teaches community college-level ESL (English as a second language).