who we are:

Upstart Productions, the creator of "All Kids Count" (AKC), is a Los Angeles based film and television production company whose primary focus is family and children's programming. AKC is the company's first and only non-profit endeavor.Who We Are Image 1

When Upstart was founded in 1982, its initial project was "The Cure," a controversial account of the world of cancer research, and actors Jeff Bridges and George C. Scott committed to star in the picture. Although the film never came to fruition, it established the company's credibility. In turn, development and production agreements with CBS, Universal, Orion, HBO, Weintraub Entertainment Group, Columbia Pictures and others were secured.

Some of our credits include "She's Out of Control" distributed by Columbia Pictures, starring Tony Danza, Ami Dolenz and Katherine Hicks. The popular comedy is ranked in the top ten all time teen films in television syndication after its initial theatrical release."The Bulkin Trail", shot on location in Park City, Utah, was a well-received holiday special starring David Hasselhoff and Sally Kirkland. The independent film was critically acclaimed and won the prestigious Golden Eagle Award from CINE presented at the Kennedy Center, a recognition that resulted in "The Bulkin Trail" being selected as the official United States entry in film festivals worldwide. It also qualified for Academy Award consideration, earned an endorsement from the National Education Association and aired on ABC Family Channel and international television networks.

Our production with the Disney Channel, "Mom's Got A Date With A Vampire," starred Caroline Rhea, Charles Shaughnessy, Robert Carradine, and Laura Vandervoort. The Halloween release tied as the channel's highest rated movie of the year, and was one of the highest in the network’s history.

Upstart's production geared for the institutional and corporate training markets, "Dynamics of Sexual Harassment", was created to prevent sexual and workplace harassment and has been recommended by the California Association of Employers (CAE) and leading labor law firms. The training program's client list includes a diverse range of employers.

Current projects in development include "Don Juan Junior," a two-hour cable movie featuring a 12-year-old Latino boy who believes he's Don Juan DeMarco, "Southern Fried Zombies," a teen comedy horror feature written by Krystal A. Pertsch, "Mom and Dad Go to College," a docu-follow reality program, "Lifeguard Academy," a half-hour drama series for pre-teen and teen audiences, and an untitled survival film about a blind 12-year-old girl lost in the wilderness, being guided by her new seeing eye dog.

Projects in development for older viewers include "Joe Baby," a mystery novel by Drew Fine adapted by screenwriter Todd Samovitz (Wonderland). "Beyond Sound," a short subject documentary that chronicles the life an unknown, Hollywood-based, hearing impaired actor. During the day, he auditions for television roles and at night, is the Master of Ceremonies of the Deaf Talent Showcase, where he's considered a star in the world of the deaf community. Of recent, Upstart secured the cooperation of the Rocky Mountain Police Chaplains Association to produce a reality television series that showcases police chaplains and their multiple roles serving law enforcement. The program was inspired by the late Reverend Bruce Brian, the first and only police chaplain killed in the line of duty. Well known and respected for spreading goodwill, love, and compassion from the hood of a police car, Chaplain Brian was bestowed the title "Minister of the Hood," which will be the name of the series.

Upstart's affiliate company, Upstart Management, is a full-service personal management firm which oversees the career development of aspiring actors. It was founded in 1994 by Gary Shaffer, a former Governor Trustee of the Television Academy and legendary Casting Director.

"All Kids Count" is an example where members of the motion picture industry dedicate their talents and resources to benefit society.