Alan Ett – Partner
Alan Ett is CEO of AECG, LLC a community of companies founded in 1991 which has been focused on the establishment of strong relationships in the production, broadcast and creative communities as a provider of a wide range of services, products and opportunities.
From 1976-1978 Mr. Ett was on the faculty of The Berklee College of Music in Boston, Mass. In 1979, he went to Europe to perform a three week international jazz concert tour that resulted in a stay of three years and encompassed 12 countries and teaching assignments throughout Western Europe. During this stay in Europe he became highly influenced by, and performed with, avant garde theater throughout Germany, Austria and France.
Upon his arrival in Los Angeles in 1984, Mr. Ett became involved in the computer industry working on the original version of the production budgeting program “Movie Magic” and consulting with Roland Corporation in the development of the first MIDI software, the MPS or Music Processing System. He also worked with Alias Research and Robert Abel companies, among others, on the first computer generated graphics for animation. At this time he was involved in theater production at the renowned Victory Theater, which became his introduction to the Los Angeles production community.
Mr. Ett then became focused on producing music for the television industry when he received his first assignments composing and producing music for Columbia Pictures Television sitcoms “Who’s the Boss”, “227” and “Married…with Children”. Since then he has created musical scores for thousands of hours of television, videos, film, CD Roms and DVD’s.
In 1998 Mr. Ett founded the television production company CPG, which produced reality programming for The History Channel and Discovery. CPG was also the company responsible for the documentary “Conspiracy of Kindness” bringing to light the amazing story of the life of Chiune Sugihara, the Japanese ambassador to Lithuania at the onset of WWII who saved thousands of Jews from the Nazi death machine. The movie has won every major film festival it has entered including the Hollywood Film festival and was the recipient of the prestigious Pare Lorentz award from the IDA.
Upon meeting Jonathan Axelrod in 2009 they formed the TV production company Axelrod-Ett, which, since inception, has produced 25 made for TV movies. They are the creators of the highly successful Garage Sale Mysteries franchise starring Lori Loughlin for The Hallmark Channel that was instrumental in the launch and success of the Hallmark Movies and Mysteries channel. They have also created the movie franchise “Darrow and Darrow” featuring Kim Williams-Paisley, Tom Cavenagh and Wendi Malick.
Axelrod-Ett has a wide variety of projects in development in a variety of media and formats as they strive to optimize the opportunities presented by the ever-changing media landscape while remaining true to the core mission of great story telling with great story tellers.
Mr. Ett completed his BA in psychology at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; undergraduate studies in music at University of Miami, Fla. and the Masters of Music degree from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, Mass. He has been on the faculty of many different institutions worldwide teaching on every grade level from kindergarten to graduate school and remains committed to the evolution of our culture and our children.
Jonathan Axelrod – Partner
After graduating from the American Film Institute at 17, Axelrod began his entertainment career writing films for Warner Brothers, MGM, and Paramount. He worked on the feature film A Star is Born for Barbra Streisand and worked with such directors as the legendary Stanley Donen, Cy Howard, Elaine May, and John Frankenheimer.
From 1977-1983 Jonathan developed and supervised more than 40 telefilms including the Emmy Winning Jericho Mile, and Friendly Fire. He was also responsible for ABC’s highest rated show The Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders. He was promoted to Vice President of Drama steering the direction for Dynasty and The Greatest American Hero among many other prime time hits. His tenure at ABC also included a stint as Vice President and Senior Executive of Prime Time TV overseeing all comedy, drama and variety development where he was involved with such memorable shows as Bosom Buddies and Police Squad.
In 1983 Axelrod segued to Columbia Television where he was Executive Vice President of Worldwide Production. There he revitalized the company and put ten shows on the air including Designing Women and Mike Hammer, Crazy Like a Fox and in New York The Mickey Rooney Show. He also helped Columbia become a major supplier of telefilms with such productions as The Blue and the Grey, RFK, Sadat and LBJ the Early Years.
In 1986, Axelrod then took over as president of New World Pictures for a three-year term. For this start up company, he oversaw such feature films as Crimes of Passion with Kathleen Turner and Girls Just Want to Have Fun, as well as the critically acclaimed series Crime Story and the miniseries Sins.
As an independent producer, Axelrod produced the Cable Ace Award winning Against the Wall for HBO, The Secret Passion of Robert Clayton for USA and The Price She Paid for CBS and the syndicated series Hollywood Babylon.
In 1992 Axelrod tried his luck at sitcoms. From 1992 – 2007 Axelrod Executive Produced Dave’s World, followed closely by Can’t Hurry Love, Brother’s Keeper, Movie Stars, and Some of My Best Friends. From 1992- 2003 Axelrod continued his association with John Frankenheimer. Their Company was involved in Wallace(HBO), Andersonville(TNT), Burning Season(HBO) and RFK(FX). In 2006-2007 Axelrod ex-produced the hour drama Sex, Love and Secrets (Denise Richards) For UPN and CBS Studios.
In 2007 Axelrod joined the Obama campaign until Nov. ’08.
In 2009, Axelrod met Alan Ett and their Axelrod-Ett Productions vehicle was formed. Since then, the company has developed and executive produced the “Garage Sale Mystery” and “Darrow & Darrow” franchises for Hallmark Movies & Mysteries in addition to top ratings earners “A Christmas Detour” and “Coming Home for Christmas” for Hallmark Channel.
As of 2018, “Garage Sale Mystery” is the longest running film franchise on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries.