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Impacting Lives Through Entertainment

Matthew Meyer  | Executive Producer, Head of Production

Joseph H. James, Jr.  | Head of Development, Executive Producer

David Allensworth | Writer, Director, Executive Producer

An award winning producer, director, James is an innovative visionary with an artistic flare for story telling and project development. His connectivity to New York and LA-based talent both in front and behind the camera is invaluable.  His labor of love docudrama Arthur! A Celebration of Life, about tennis great and humanitarian Arthur Ashe, screened in over a dozen film festivals, including The Palm Beach Int'l and the Pan African Film Festival. He won the Audience Award at the AM'FRA festival, was amongst the top films selected as the best of the African Diaspora film festival and took home the honors of best director and actor in a docudrama from The YOUnity Guild Award.   He also produced a full scale soundtrack for the docudrama, lead by nine time Grammy Award winner Alicia Keys.

Establishing Shady Tree in 2009, David has generated two multi-award winning short films, built a slate of unscripted content,  written numerous powerful screenplays, including a feature  horror film shot in 6k, for which he also directed.  He utilizes his strength in storytelling and development, production resources, and connections to financing to bring each project to fruition.

Previously, he oversaw production and created and developed content for 3 High Definition channels for Rainbow Media, and developed and was in charge of pilots and specials for VH1 in the broad spectrum of reality, documentary, and game show formats.

David is a graduate of the Professional Screenwriting Program at UCLA. He is a Producer's Council member of the Producers Guild of America.

Producer and editor extraordinaire, Matt's work can be seen on A&E, The History Channel, MTV, VH-1, The Fine Living Network, GamePlayHD and countless other networks.  Having founded the full-service Impulse Media Productions over 12 years ago, Matt's strategic partnership with Shady Tree  streamlines its production and post-production arm.

The Team

Shady Tree Films creates scripted and unscripted content with an emotional, cultural and intellectual impact on audiences. We create worlds that compel one to think upon, react and affect their own world in new light, in turn compelling us here at Shady Tree to continuously generate innovative ideas that mold into high quality production and evergreen entertainment.