Mike Berry began his career in entertainment back in the mid 80's as a rapper  trying to make a name for himself, and in 1998, under the stage name 'Big Gank' he caught traction with the release of his first rap album titled, "Weight of the World," which would land inside of Billboard Charts top R&B/Hip hop albums, peaking at #75 for over 5 weeks. His sophomore album, "8mm Film" would spawn the hit single, "Me without a Rhyme," which would stay on the charts for over 16 weeks. Mike would be one of very few unsigned artist to tour on MTV"s Rock The Vote Tour.


Pushing his artistic talents even further in 2006, Mike would self publish his first novel, "The Dangerous Times,"  selling almost 2,500 copies independently, even making it into the Cleveland Public School System. But it wasn't until 2011 after meeting his now partner Tina Hobbs, did he discover the world of film making, and in 2012 he wrote, directed and co-produced his first short film, "Secrets" which went on to show in several film festivals across the country. He also wrote and directed "3rd Floor West" a Television pilot that went on to take 1st place in an international film fest, and the suspense thriller, "They came" which also did well on the film festival circuit. He has won numerous awards from festivals across the country.


His first feature film, "The Skip Thomas Project" would screen in 2012 to over 600 viewers. And two years later Mike would help adapt a stageplay written by award winning playwright Philly Weeden into a screenplay, and he would go on to Direct it as well, making it one of the biggest Indie films in Clevelands recent history, the critically acclaimed, "If You Knew Better, You'd Do Better." 


His third feature film, "Banger" is slated to begin filming May of 2015 and features actors Clifton Powell, Omar Gooding and Joe Estevez and is scheduled to be released in early 2016.

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Tina Hobbs is the current owner of HobbsStyle Casting as well as COO of Skip Thomas Productions. She received her Bachelors of Business Administration from Cleveland State University, and soon entered the workforce. But in 2011 she got her first taste of the film industry while making small appearances in several independent films. This led to her opening her own casting company to help provide local film-makers with the best talent possible.


Tina also served as Producer on many indie-films in the Cleveland area, most notably Skip Thomas Productions, "Secrets"  "3rd Floor West" and "Social Predator" as well as HWICFILMWORKS 2013 hit, "Swing Lowe Sweet Chariote." She has also produced several commercials and appeared in Hollywood films such as "I Alex Cross."


With a firm knowledge of business and a love for entertainment, Tina has positioned herself to become a key figure in the Ohio area indie-film scene, having cast and produced films viewed all over the country.