Wanda Sykes and veteran producer Page Hurwitz joined forces to form Push It Productions, a full-service production company dedicated to creating quality, comedy-based programming for network, cable, and digital outlets. Push It Productions first burst onto the scene by successfully reviving the NBC comedy competition Last Comic Standing, bringing in its highest ratings in 8 years. Since then, the company has landed projects with ABC, FOX, NBC, BET, OWN, and TruTV, including the award-winning, Wanda Sykes Presents Herlarious, the critically acclaimed Talk Show The Game Show, and the recently announced series Unprotected Sets on EPIX.
Push It is a women owned and operated business with an eye toward diversity in front of and behind the camera.
Danielle Ghilardi Birckhead (COO/Head of Production) started her career at The Late Night Show with David Letterman, then headed to LA overseeing various projects for Bunim-Murray, Magical Elves, and 51 Minds to name a few. She has traveled extensively, both domestic and internationally on scripted and unscripted for more than 20 years. She runs a tight ship, but always with a smile. When your call goes straight to voicemail, 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!
Beth Belew (Head of Development) joins us from ITV where she was most recently a Senior Development Consultant. She brings with her an extensive background in both unscripted and scripted comedy, having worked as a successful producer and television executive for nearly 20 years. Prior to her time at ITV, Beth was a consultant at NBC, focused on alternative comedy development, and was a Director of Development at TBS/TNT. On the producing side, she has worked on a variety of comedy projects for Comedy Central, IFC, ABC, MTV, and VH1, among others. Her producing experience spans across all genres of comedy, including sketch, game, sitcom, docu-series, prank/hidden camera, and competition. In addition to her prior work experience, Beth's passion for comedy and her vast network of relationships with executives, agents, producers, writers, and comedic talent make her a perfect fit for Push It.
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 who has previously worked at DreamWorks Animation and Warner Horizon.
Kat Korpi (Development Coordinator) Kat grew up on a ranch in Montana before making the move to Los Angeles in 2014. She loves living in California, but misses the bright stars and mountain views of her two-stoplight hometown. Prior to joining the Push It team, she worked on shows for NBC, USA, and MTV and in development at TBS/TNT and Universal Television.
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.