Founded by Wanda Sykes and Page Hurwitz, Push It Productions’ focus is on producing quality comedy content across all genres for network, cable, and digital outlets.
About Push It Productions
Wanda Sykes and veteran producer Page Hurwitz joined forces in 2013 to form Push It Productions, a full-service production company dedicated to creating quality, comedy-based programming for network and cable television outlets. The company's diverse slate of projects includes sketch comedy, concerts, reality, talk/variety, sitcoms, and competition formats.
With Sykes and Hurwitz’ extensive experience, complementary skill sets, and their deep relationships with talent (comedians, writers, producers, actors, directors), they have been able to establish Push It as a premier player in the comedy space. Unlike any other production company, Sykes and Hurwitz are hands-on producers who actively shepherd each of their projects from conception to delivery.
Push It has a first look production deal with Universal Television, has had an award winning series on OWN, (Wanda Sykes Presents Herlarious) and successfully revived the NBC franchise Last Comic Standing, which premiered in 2015 to its highest ratings in 8 years. Currently, Push It has shows in development with VH1, Universal, and BET. Their new series Talk Show The Game Show is on TruTV.
In the past year, Push It Productions has also ramped up its development by renewing their first look production deal with Universal Television and setting up projects with NBC, USA, CW, MTV, TLC, Telepictures, BET, History Channel, TruTV and LOGO.
DANIELLE GHILARDI BIRCKHEAD (COO) has been overseeing various television productions, both domestic and international, for more than a decade. She runs a tight ship, but always with a smile. When you’re call goes straight to voice mail, there's a good chance you’ll find Danielle at yoga class, dance battling people half her age or rooting for (yelling at) the NY Giants!
CHRISTY SPITZER THORNTON (Head of Creative Development) comes to Push It Productions with 13 years of experience as a senior executive and creative producer. She has lent her talents to Pivot (Senior Vice President of Original Programming), The Peabody Awards, MTV (Vice President of Series Development), Columbia Pictures, Hearst Magazines, Condé Nast, and the It Gets Better Project.
ANGELA PAGE (Accountant) is a military brat born in the United Kingdom but has lived most of her life in California. She is a tax accountant turned production accountant working at DreamWorks Animation, Warner Horizon and has now found a home with Push It Productions.
LINDSAY HICKS (Coordinator) is a producer, writer, actor from New York by way of Texas, currently living in Los Angeles. She is known for creating, writing, and starring in The Better Half on Pivot TV as well as for her appearances and articles on After Ellen. Her acting work can be seen in the feature Suicide Kale as well as the digital series, The List on Tello.
RADIA HASSAN (Coordinator), an aspiring writer and TV fanatic, hails from the East Coast. She has worked as a freelance content writer for various travel and lifestyle online publications, and most recently as a teacher assistant at an elementary charter school.