Efran Films is an Emmy-winning production company that creates quality films for television and digital release.

Shawn Efran
Executive Producer

Shawn Efran is a Peabody- and four-time Emmy-winning producer/director. He is the founder of Efran Films, a production company focused on creating quality films for television and digital distribution. Efran Films clients include Discovery, ABC, NBC, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Time, thrillist.com, The Weather Channel, Telemundo, AOL, Scripps, Forbes, Upworthy, Cigna, Chevy, American Express, Netflix, and many more. In 2014, Efran Films’ “Women in Prison” series for the New York Times was recognized as one of the best commercials of the year. In 2015, Efran Films won an Emmy, a Polk, interviewed President Obama, and was awarded the Investigative Reporters and Editors highest honor. In 2016, the company won multiple Editor and Publisher awards. In 2017, Efran Films received a Webby, a Murrow, and a Loeb. Before launching Efran Films, Shawn was a producer at CBS’s 60 Minutes. 

Jordan J. Mallari
VP of Development

Jordan went from being a firefighter/EMT to a reality television savant! After graduating from East Carolina University, Mallari worked as the assistant to Mark Burnett for three years beginning with the second season of Survivor (CBS), and then later producing Burnett’s shows including The Casino (FOX) and The Apprentice (NBC). Since then, Mallari’s work as an executive producer, director, and showrunner has taken him all over the globe (he has worked in every state in America except Alaska). Some of his credits include Dual Survival (Discovery), Oprah’s Big Give (NBC), Outback Hunters (History), Mudcats (Nat Geo), Comic Book Men (AMC), Jockey’s (Animal Planet), Step It Up & Dance (Bravo), Ultimate BBQ Showdown (CBS) and BBQ Pitmasters (Destination America). This former firefighter has a thing for smoke and when he takes a breath from developing new digital and cable series, Jordan can be found at home firing up his Lang barbecue smoker for day-long cooks.

Brandon Kieffer
Senior Editor

Brandon Kieffer is an Emmy award-winning editor with over 12 years in the industry. When not editing he tends to be shooting imaginary weapons, thinking about having ideas, or doing the NYT crossword puzzle while simultaneously letting subway goers know when they’re being rude (which is almost always). He is currently human. 

Benita Alexander
Producer/Director

Benita Alexander hails from Perth, Australia, 11,613 miles away. She traded the land down under for sweeping views of NYC from a Brooklyn high-rise. An established producer, writer and director, she’s been honored with numerous awards, including two Emmys, the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia, and Edward R. Murrow. When she isn’t busy being a journalist and mom, the most likely place to find her is doing Salsa spins on the dance floor.

Laura Utt
Unit Production Manager

Laura’s been rocking that production life since 2006. Shortly after graduating high school, she worked on the Friday Night Lights pilot (NBC). In college, she spent her summers working as a production assistant for feature films while studying Film & Television at the University of Texas at Austin. In January 2011, after receiving her bachelor’s degree, she moved to New York City and spent 48 hours walking into every television station, determined to find a job at a network. On her third day, she started her career at CBS News. Since then, she’s worked on everything from morning news, to daytime talk shows and independent doc series. In her free time, you can find her trying a new restaurant once a week as she explores the city’s culinary scene.

Eileen Cohen
Editor

As a creative video thinker, Eileen Cohen has been cutting stories for the past 10 years. She has created content for the big and small guys: VICE, HBO, VICE News, Yahoo News, and loves an independent project. She has since buckled down at Efran Films working on client based content including Flipboard’s “ASPIREist”, Forbes’ “The Great Rewrite”, and Discovery’s “IDNOW.” In her spare time she likes projecting her video art onto New York City buildings.

Andreina Velazquez
Assistant Editor

Andreina Velazquez is a human. When she isn’t busy being a human, she enjoys astral projecting in full lotus. Her humanity is very real to her and her fellow human beings. When she was a modest ten years old, she learned that not everything is what it seems. From that day on, she dedicated her life to mastering the art of illusion.

Efran Films has offices in New York City and Toronto.
Efran Films NYC
243 W. 30th Street, Suite 302
New York, NY 10001
(212)-510-8963
Efran Films Canada
245 Eglinton Avenue East, Suite 12, Main Floor
Toronto, Ontario, M4P 3B7
(212)-510-8963