Defying the odds of independent filmmaking
LANY Entertainment, (aka LANYfilms), is a multiple Emmy® Award-winning independent bi-coastal entertainment company founded in 2010, creating quality productions of all media from start to finish. Our projects include feature motion pictures, scripted television, documentaries, behind-the-scenes coverage, commercials, and quality web content. Projects currently in production include LANY Entertainment’s four-time Daytime Emmy® Award-winning and seventeen-time Emmy® Award-nominated indie drama series THE BAY and Emmy® Award-nominated THIS JUST IN, a teen situation comedy co-production with Associated Television International (ATI), airing Saturday mornings on POP TV.
THE BAY Season 1 is currently available on Amazon Prime and Amazon Instant Video. Season 2 of THE BAY is also available on Amazon Prime and Amazon Instant Video and features brand new never-before-seen episodes.
LANY Entertainment helps pioneer professionalism in the world of new media, defining the true meaning of ‘new age’ entertainment. Helmed by a multiple Emmy® Award-winning and record-breaking producer and director, Gregori J. Martin, and multiple Emmy® Award-winning producer, X Games champion, Guinness Record holder, and Emmy® Award-winning actor Kristos Andrews, the team consists of young Hollywood professionals who collectively specialize in all areas of today’s entertainment industry.
Differentiating ourselves from most production companies, LANY Entertainment can efficiently work with various budget ranges from micro to multi-million dollar budgets. Our ultimate goal is to give our clients the highest production value possible for the lowest costs.
We at LANY Entertainment strive to provide our clients with a successful and highly profitable timeless masterpiece. It’s the quality of the workflow and enthusiasm of our team that consistently attracts some of Hollywood’s greatest!
GREGORI J. MARTIN
Gregori J. Martin is a multiple Emmy® Award-winning producer and the founder, CEO, and chairman of LANY Entertainment.
Martin is best known for his four-time Emmy® Award-winning and seventeen-time Emmy® Award-nominated digital drama series THE BAY, on Amazon Prime, as well as the popular Emmy® Award-nominated teen situation comedy THIS JUST IN, airing on POP TV, where he serves as a director, a writer, and co-executive producer.
In April 2016, Martin received his second Emmy® Award for THE BAY. Recognized by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS), Martin has been nominated four times as the executive producer/creator of THE BAY. In May of 2012, THE BAY received its first nomination for “Outstanding Special Class Short Format,” its second nomination in 2015 for “Outstanding Daytime Drama Series-New Approaches,” it’s third and fourth in 2016 and 2017 respectively for “Outstanding Daytime Digital Drama Series” Martin was also awarded the 2011 Indie Series Award (ISA) for Outstanding Directing for his work on THE BAY and again nominated in 2016. In 2017, THE BAY received a record-breaking twenty-one ISA nominations including the category of “Best Drama,” with Martin receiving nominations for “Best Writing,” “Best Directing,” and more.
Martin recently directed the 3rd season of THE BAY, scheduled to be released in the spring of 2017. In 2013, Martin served as a story consultant and behind the scenes producer for the TV Guide Network (TVGN) documentary WHO SHOT THE DAYTIME SOAP?.
Prior to LANY Entertainment, Martin served as the director, writer, and president of the independent film production company Gruntworks Entertainment for approximately 4 years. At Gruntworks, Martin directed and co-produced the limited theatrically released indie motion picture RAVEN, and the psychological thriller JACK RIO, screened at the Terror Film Festival in Philadelphia, PA. Additional Gruntworks collaborations include the feature films THE INTRUDERS and SEBASTIAN.
Martin has directed a total of eleven feature films including MANHATTANITES, a feature dramedy starring several stars from the ABC and CBS daytime serial dramas, and THE SOUTHSIDE, based on a true story and tragic death of his cousin, Robert Areizaga Jr. Both films are available on Amazon.
Martin’s eleventh feature film, A PLACE CALLED HOLLYWOOD, is a satire that tells the cutting-edge story of a young man who pursues his dream in becoming a famous actor and gives a glimpse of the harsher side of Hollywood.
An X-Games Champion and two-time Guinness record holder for skateboarding, Kristos Andrews is a multiple Emmy® Award-winning producer and the Executive Vice-President for LANY Entertainment. An established TV and film actor as well, Andrews received an Emmy® Award in 2016 for his lead role as “Pete Garrett” on THE BAY.
With several credits under his belt, some of Andrews’ projects include lead roles in the indie features A PLACE CALLED HOLLYWOOD and THE SOUTHSIDE where he is also nominated for an Indie Series Award for best actor. Andrews also appeared on Nickelodeons SPORTLETS, iCARLY, and various national commercials, including WENDY’S and BEST BUY and was featured in the biggest Ethiopian film of all time, TRIANGLE. He is now currently serving as a full-time producer and EVP for LANY Entertainment and is currently producing and starring in the role of teen heartthrob ‘Tyler’ in the Emmy® Award-nominated THIS JUST IN, a popular new teen situation comedy, a co-production with Associated Television International (ATI), airing Saturday mornings on POP TV.
CAROL C. HEDGEPETH
Chief Operating Officer
An Emmy® Award-winning Coordinating Producer and Senior Producer for LANY Entertainment, Carol C. Hedgepeth currently serves as LANY’s Chief Operating Officer and as a co-executive producer. Hedgepeth joined the LANY Entertainment team in March of 2010 in the position of Executive Assistant. In 2012 and after working extensively on the feature films THE SOUTHSIDE and A PLACE CALLED HOLLYWOOD, Hedgepeth was named as LANY Entertainment’s Corporate Secretary. Hedgepeth’s duties then expanded to serving as Associate Producer of the multiple Emmy® Award-winning digital drama series THE BAY. In 2013, Hedgepeth was advanced to the position of Coordinating Producer for the series, which garnered her an Emmy® Award, and then to the position of Senior Producer where, in 2016, she and the LANY Entertainment team again won an Emmy® Award for their work on THE BAY. Hedgepeth also serves as a producer for THIS JUST IN, a popular Emmy® Award-nominated teen situation comedy, a co-production with Associated Television International (ATI), airing Saturday mornings on POP TV.
Hegepeth’s personal portfolio includes success in writing fiction where she placed as one of the top three winning finalists in two independent national writing competitions. Hedgepeth is also a 2004 recipient of “The President’s Call to Service Lifetime Award” and has been named “Who’s Who Women in Business.”
Partner / Producer
Also noted for her expertise in various professions including as a financial and real estate specialist, Celeste Fianna is a multiple Emmy® Award-winning producer and partner at LANY Entertainment. Being an entrepreneur from a young age, Celeste started in real estate as an Escrow/Transaction Coordinator at 17 and was closing deals by the time she received her license at age 18. Celeste began producing television and film shortly thereafter.
Fianna’s projects in addition to THE BAY include Destination X: California, an extreme action sports and travel program where Fianna had the opportunity to travel around the world. She is also a producer on Visions: The Art of Catherine Andrews, an insightful documentary exploring the paintings and music of noted artist Catherine Andrews. Fianna‘s acting credits include a series regular role in the Emmy® Award-winning digital drama series THE BAY, a supporting role in the indie feature film A PLACE CALLED HOLLYWOOD and in one of the lead roles in BEYOND, directed by Rob Walker and co-starring Dee Wallace. In addition to her position as Co-Producer for THE BAY, Fianna also serves as associate producer for THIS JUST IN, a popular Emmy® Award nominated teen situation comedy, a co-production with Associated Television International (ATI).