About Windsong Productions

Nice To Meet You

Windsong Productions is a creative team of directors, writers, producers, editors, colorists, and animators—all working together to make things that are super cool. “Idea people” and “technical people” don’t have to be separate categories. We think the people with the best ideas are the best equipped to execute those ideas. And we think that’s us.

The Studio

Welcome To Our Home

Our headquarters in downtown Fresno, California includes more than 10,000 square feet of studio space, 7 edit bays, a well equipped coloring suite, an audio booth, and a fully stocked bar. It’s our home away from home. Stop by and you might find us shooting a commercial, brainstorming a new TV show, building a set, or partaking of Dave’s hand-crafted cocktails.

Byron Watkins

Byron Watkins

Partner, Creative Director

Byron is the creative force behind everything we do at Windsong. He sees things that others don’t. His vision isn’t limited to the shots he sees; it includes the ability to see an entire story as it will unfold, and then find the most compelling way to tell it. His ad agency background means he knows how to think on the fly and deliver great video for all of Windsong’s projects. Byron served as post-production supervisor for the documentary ``The Art of Organized Noize``. Byron is also the founder of I Bike Fresno, a campaign that encourages people to ride their bikes in Fresno by focusing on the joy of biking.
Sara Bourbeau

Sara Bourbeau

Partner, Head of Production

Sara is Windsong’s brain, keeping all the vital functions going and letting us know exactly what we’re supposed to be doing at any given time. As head of production, Sara acts as both our lead producer and operations manager. Her degree in business/marketing with a certificate in logistics enables her to see the big picture and make sure all the moving parts are indeed moving and accounted for. Sara has a unique skill set that makes her an administrative savant, a producing genius, and an incredibly effective manager. She served as post-production manager on the documentary ``The Art of Organized Noize``. And her collection of pink Dia de los Muertos skulls is second to none.
Joshua Krause

Joshua Krause

Development/Executive Producer

Krause improves our street cred. When you’ve made a critically acclaimed documentary on Lil Wayne like “The Carter,” you automatically become the coolest cat in the office. He’s a member of the Producers Guild of America, and has trained with NYFA in Los Angeles, San Francisco State University’s Cinema Department, and Ithaca College’s Los Angeles Communications Program. His work has been seen on Showtime, Fuse, BET, Fusion, The Live Well Network, and Netflix, and screened at SXSW, Stockholm International, and Sundance. At Windsong, Krause has taken the lead in developing projects for TV, film, and web series.
Conlan Spangler

Conlan Spangler

Copywriter

A lot goes into the stories Windsong tells, but none of them would be much of a story without our copywriter Conlan. He puts words in people’s mouths, and provides much of the narrative structure for our productions. Conlan joined us after working for years as a freelance copywriter, writing print and online marketing materials, video scripts, newsletters, and everything else. He spends his free time wondering about the meaning of life and/or trying to figure out what makes certain jokes funny.
Joann Mercado Hicks

Joann Mercado Hicks

Producer/Production Manager

Whenever Joann walks into a room, she seems 10 feet tall — mostly because of her affinity for super high heels, but also because of the force of her indomitable personality. She uses her degree in mass communication and journalism (with an emphasis in public relations) to ensure Windsong is always putting its best foot forward. As a producer, she’s overseen the creation of some of our biggest projects. When she isn’t busy with all that, Jo loves spending time with her husband and her adorable godchildren.
Haley White

Haley White

Producer/Casting Director

Haley brings years of varied experience to her job as producer and casting director. Before joining us, Haley worked as a writer and editor, creating supplemental education materials and videos for students and teachers. She also does cool things in the theater scene. As a past member of several theater groups, Haley has played a bunch of different roles, so it makes sense that she so effortlessly performs the many parts of a production: casting, locations, props, logistics, you name it. Haley can make it happen.
Tony Bennett

Tony Bennett

Lead Editor

Tony is a gifted storyteller. One of Windsong’s greatest assets is Tony’s ability to take individual clips and string them together into something greater than the individual parts. Tony is a graduate of Brown Institute of Broadcasting, and brings over 25 years of video experience to his work as our senior editor. Everything he touches benefits from his style, experience, and creativity. When Tony isn’t editing video, he spends as much time as humanly possible with his wife, daughter, and two sons.
Jeremiah Belt

Jeremiah Belt

Lead Colorist/Motion Graphics Artist

Jeremiah uses the power of his mind (and his computer) to make things move (and look pretty). As lead colorist, he makes sure every hue, shade, tint and tone of our productions look accurate, whether they’re broadcast on TV or projected on a silver screen. The other half of Jeremiah’s job involves telling all the bits on a screen where to go in fully animated spots or making text and images interact with live action. Jeremiah honed his skills over the years working for ad agencies, broadcast networks and freelance before we snatched him up. When he’s not playing with shapes and colors, Jeremiah likes eating food, foodie-style, with his wife Sarah.
Evan Schafer

Evan Schafer

Editor/Colorist

Evan is a post-production whiz. From editing to graphics to color correction, he’s got skills. Evan comes to us from Asheville, NC, where he spent over a decade honing his craft working for major clients. These days, he spends his free time soaking up the California sun, riding his bike, and hanging out with his wife (sometimes all three at the same time).
Kyle Gentz

Kyle Gentz

Director of Photography/Colorist

When it comes to video, Kyle can do it all — shoot, edit, color, graphics. Kyle sprinkles his magic dust on whatever he’s working on and instantly makes it awesome. It’s a little spooky, actually. His work has even been accepted into the Cannes Film Festival. When Kyle isn’t bringing stories to life at Windsong, he likes working on his own film projects. And when he’s not doing that, he’s spending time with his wife and two sons.
Scott Coulter

Scott Coulter

Editor/Producer

Scotty’s the guy you want in your corner when you need to transform a giant pile of video footage into a coherent story fast. His diverse skill set means he’s had a hand in just about every aspect of our productions. Whether it’s editing, audio recording, archiving footage, or Fushigi Magic Gravity Ball demonstrations, Scotty always makes magic happen. He started editing in high school at the Center for Advanced Research and Technology (CART) and has continued to hone his craft ever since. He’s also a lifelong Seattle Mariners fan — so you know he knows a thing or two about dedication.
Dave Werner

Dave Werner

Audio Producer/Digital Asset Manager

Every bit of video that comes into Windsong Productions goes through Dave. He gets into the mind of the footage — cutting, archiving, and bending it to his will. It makes sense that he’s got a degree in psychology. He’s also spent years filming and editing, which made him a familiar face around Windsong even before he officially joined the team. When he’s not editing video, psychoanalyzing coworkers, or discovering new cool music, Dave likes folding paper into shapes. He calls it “origami,” but that sounds like a made-up term to us.
Nicole Spate

Nicole Spate

Production Assistant

Nicole works hard. As a PA, she’s always Johnny-on-the-spot with a helping hand and a quick quip. If you’re in a bind, her backpack probably contains whatever you need. Nicole’s background is in commercial and feature film production, including work on an Emmy award-winning commercial. When she’s not working, she enjoys taking in some good improv comedy or sketch comedy—or any comedy, really. But her favorite thing to do is hang out with Kitty, her cat.