Big Ocean was founded in 1995 by author and filmmaker Kevin Kertscher as Indigo Studios, a documentary company dedicated to creating feature film quality non-fiction programming. In 2012, with an expansion into web video and interactive content, the company became Big Ocean Media Group. Big Ocean is a full service interactive content creator, harnessing the full power of film to share important, beautiful stories – large and small – with audiences everywhere.
Director/Producer, Kevin Kertscher
Kevin Kertscher’s 20 year film and TV career includes work on numerous feature films and documentaries. He has done work for PBS, CBN, the Boston Red Sox, the John F. Kennedy Library, and a number of universities and non-profit organizations. He produced and directed the critically acclaimed PBS documentary, RACE TO THE MOON for the American Experience Series. He was an editor on Ken Burns’ THOMAS JEFFERSON and BASEBALL, and has worked as an assistant director, cameraman, and editor on features, commercials, and music videos. He is the author of the adventure travel book, AFRICA SOLO, a Barnes and Noble "Great New Writers" selection in 1998. Kertscher is a graduate of the University of Virginia and holds masters’ degrees from Regent University and Dartmouth College.
Executive Producer, Joe Ruzecki
Joe Ruzecki works directly with our clients to ensure Big Ocean uniquely captures messaging and inspires their audiences. His career in film began as an assistant to oscar-winning producer Scott Rudin, developing successful feature films such as, SEARCHING FOR BOBBY FISCHER and THE FIRM. Joe also worked for Warner Bros. on the set of MADE IN AMERICA, starring Whoopi Goldberg, Ted Danson and Will Smith. He has experience marketing and leasing commercial real estate, closing $1 billion in transactions over 22 years. Joe served as Director of Leasing & Marketing for various property owners in the Washington DC area and was a Senior Vice President at both CBRE, and Jones Lang LaSalle. The combination of working in film and commercial real estate makes Joe uniquely qualified to understand the goals of our clients and find creative, efficient solutions for their communications needs. Joe received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Virginia.
VP Marketing and Digital Strategy, Mary Beth Schoening
Mary Beth creates marketing plans, digital solutions, and partnerships that will reach your audience. For over 20 years, Mary Beth has been formulating strategies that engage audiences using multi-media to provide wide-scale solutions and she has particular expertise in driving results through digital channels – the web, mobile, video, eLearning, eHealth, content syndication, eCommerce, online communities and interactive apps.
Mary Beth has worked with corporations including: Microsoft, IBM, EMD Serono and non-profits such as PBS and The Alzheimer’s Association. Her work has been referenced in Fortune Magazine, Boston Business Journal, the Huffington Post, and the New England Society of Healthcare Communicators.
Mary Beth graduated from Northeastern University and lives with her husband their three children in South Dartmouth, Massachusetts.
Senior Producer/Content Strategy, Alicia Green
Alicia Green has more than 20 years experience in marketing communications. Her focus is on crafting a message and conveying it through high-quality content—including videos, magazines, websites, articles, and photography. Over the course of her career she has overseen a wide range of design and branding projects and has worked as a writer, producer, editor, and public relations consultant for several companies in New York City. Most recently she was Director of Communications at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth. Alicia has a masters degree in creative writing from Dartmouth College.
Editor, Ethan Gallo
Ethan Gallo received his B.A. in Film and Video Production from the University of Rhode Island where he won several film awards. He has been an editor at Big Ocean since 2011. He is passionately interested in every phase of production, but especially enjoys transforming raw materials into a beautiful, polished product. He takes a unique approach with each project, whether it be narrative content, motion graphics, animation or technical problem solving. Outside of work he is a renaissance man with many passions, including cooking, carpentry, literature, and exploring the world with his wife Nicole. He has grown up in south coast New England and currently resides in Westport, Massachusetts.
Associate Producer/Production Coordinator, Samantha Ziegra
Samantha Ziegra developed a passion for TV and film production while in high school. She went on to earn a B.A. in Communication Studies with a minor in Business Management from Bridgewater State University, where she became a leading member of the Bridgewater Video Film Association. After graduation, she earned certificates in graphic and web design from Bristol Community College where she paved the way for a new academic program, as the first to graduate with an Associates degree in animation and motion graphics. Her field work includes, 10+ years with local cable stations, camera operation during live news telecasts for CBS and FOX affiliates, and PA work on a major motion picture, "Passionada." In 2011 she became the hub of Big Ocean, responsible for keeping every project and everybody on track. Other areas of interest include traveling, camping, and ballroom dancing.