Our Mission Is
To Accelerate Yours

Our team is a collaboration of senior-level professionals with a lot of experience, but egos are checked at the door. We start by listening so we can learn about what’s most important to you, and take time to ensure you understand the process and expected outcomes right from the beginning.

Our goal is to help you reach yours.

Phil Cooke

Co-Founder & President

Phil Cooke co-founded Cooke Pictures in 1991. He’s produced and directed film and television programming in more than sixty countries, and has been influential in shaping the stories of some of the most successful nonprofit and ministry organizations of our time. He’s been called “the only working producer in Hollywood with a Ph.D. in Theology,” and “One of the most innovative communicators of our generation.”

Kathleen Cooke

Co-Founder & Vice President

Founding Partner and Vice President, Kathleen is a Screen Actor’s Guild actress, speaker, writer, adjunct professor, as well as casting director, producer, and media consultant at Cooke Media Group. She co-founded the “Influence Lab” and founded “Influence Women” mentoring women in global media. She’s the author of “Hope 4 Today: Stay Connected to God in a Distracted Culture” and is on the national Board of Directors for the Salvation Army, 4 Word Women, and the Hollywood Prayer Network.


Dan Wathen

Executive Producer

With more than two decades in media, Dan Wathen has worked with many of today’s largest churches, ministries, nonprofits and production companies with a particular expertise in large, multi-camera television events. Dan specializes in working with a wide range of teams helping them connect better with their audience. Every organization and company has a story to tell, and making that story clear is essential. Dan speaks to groups challenging them to be uniquely creative when producing content.

Dawn Nicole Baldwin

Lead Strategist

For over 20 years, Dawn has worked with organizations of all shapes and sizes to help them tell their stories more effectively. As lead brand strategist at Cooke Media Group, she’s always on the go as a coach, consultant, and sought-after speaker. She has a passion for helping people identify their unique voices and mapping out a plan to get their messages heard. Fun facts: She led Visual Communications on staff at Willow Creek Community Church, and was on the advertising team for Big Idea Productions (Creators of VeggieTales)


Brad Knull

Producer & Director

Brad’s work has spanned the gamut of media projects, from producing a feature film which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, to productions for Fortune 50 companies like Verizon and TV shows for producers like The Jim Henson Company. But his real passion lies in non-fiction filmmaking. In the past two years Brad has worked on five continents where his deep expertise in creative development, emotional storytelling, and directing for volatile situations have been put to the test.

Laura Woodworth

Development Executive

Laura has 15+ years of production experience in award winning film, television, radio and new media including single cam and multi-cam projects and live events. Her professional strengths extend to project management, content development, traditional and digital marketing, and public and media relations. An award-winning multi-platform screenwriter and producer-director, Laura holds a bachelor’s degree in Ministerial Studies and completed post-graduate work in UCLA’s Professional Program in Producing Film and Television.


Director & Videographer

Getting his start in the documentary field, Matt is an accomplished director/videographer who has taken his guerilla-filmmaking techniques into all levels of media production, culminating in numerous promotional short films, branded content, documentaries, and even narrative features.

Executive Production Assistant

With a background in cinema production and public speaking, Karissa has worked in various fields of media and organizational leadership, as well as passionately serving as a leader at Harvest Rock Church. She actively uses her strategic thinking and communication abilities as a springboard for storytelling, ministry work and her greater desire to spread the gospel throughout the nations.

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