Executive Producer: Aaron Harburg
Aaron Harburg is the great-grandson of lyricist E. Y. "Yip" Harburg, who wrote all of the lyrics for The Wizard of Oz, including “Over the Rainbow.” From a very young age, Aaron was fascinated by music and cinema. He eventually came to discover that he was the first in generations of his family to professionally pursue media arts – the first, in fact, since his great-grandfather. This interest now culminates in his desire to produce a documentary about the songs of Oz. Harburg has already amassed extensive experience in video production, music, and visual design, and much of this work has benefited the technological industry. His side projects, however, reveal a sense of fun and ingenuity that would have delighted “Yip” Harburg; they include the recent production, Of Love and Zombies, which won the Los Angeles Indie Film Festival Award for "Best Comedic Short." (Not surprisingly, it features homage to one of his great-grandfather's beloved songs from The Wizard of Oz.) With The Sound of Oz, he hopes to carry on his family legacy and tradition and, most especially, to provide long overdue recognition for both his great-grandfather and Yip’s frequent colleague, Harold Arlen.
Director/Producer: Ryan Jay
Ryan Jay is an award-winning director, producer, writer, and editor with over two decades of professional experience. His credits encompass production of major pop culture entertainment (in the reality, documentary, live, and live-to-tape categories); field shoots; red carpet segments; TV series and clip shows; and programming for Bravo, Showtime, Nickelodeon, TLC, MTV, VH1, Logo, and The Sundance Channel. He has worked for several nationally-syndicated talk shows, including Jerry Springer, and he interned at Entertainment Tonight.
Ryan holds a degree in Journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. On air, he is one of America’s most popular, nationally-syndicated radio film critics. On behalf of his website, RyanJayReviews.com, he can be heard “live” every Friday morning on FM stations across the country, in addition to his prerecorded weekly movie review segments for Premiere Radio Networks. He is also the featured, weekly resident film critic ofThe Morning Blend on the NBC-TV affiliate in Milwaukee, WI. Ryan is a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association which annually recognizes motion picture excellence at the Critics’ Choice Movie Awards. During his frequent appearances on the red carpet at movie premieres and events, he has interviewed many of Hollywood’s A-list celebrities. Most notably, he worked with the cast and filmmakers of Disney’s Oz the Great and Powerful and the filmmakers of Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return during the respective press weeks of their world premieres. Ryan can be found every other week in the pages of Us Weekly magazine as Fashion Police.
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