Jonny Harvey is producing, directing, and writing his first feature documentary, GHOST EMPIRE. 

 
Grandson of the Co-Owner of the Harvey Comics Empire, Jonny's documentary debut will shed light on the inner workings and untold story of Harvey Comics. A Tulane educated journalist, Jonny has gathered a proven team of filmmakers from all over the country to transform the words from his pages to become a feature-length documentary. 

 

Jonny graduated with a business degree in marketing, where he specialized in digital storytelling. For Tulane’s student newspaper The Hullabaloo, he pioneered a digital transition as Digital Director, where he set precedent by moving the publication to a digital-first content model. In his extensive coverage as a New Orleans sports journalist, Jonny received a Pacemaker award for his digital coverage of Tulane Athletics for The Hullabaloo and extensively covered the New Orleans Pelicans for the Louisiana newspaper The Advocate and the Vox affiliate SB Nation

 

Jonny's favorite Harvey character is Little Dot because she has, by far, the best fashion sense and style of any character in Harveyville.

Producer Declan Ryan is starting 2018 strong with a February release of a documentary called 42 GRAMS on Netflix, and producing 3 more feature films; GHOST EMPIRE, SNOWFLAKE and CAJUN CHRISTMAS.

 

His most recent work involves bringing two feature films, PARANORMAL ABDUCTION and OPEN TABLES to worldwide digital audiences in 2017.

 

Declan's career began in the early 2000’s in his hometown of Chicago. He field produced episodic documentaries for WTTW, the Travel Channel, and FOX, and shot two successful auto racing docs, FOUR BANGERS and TRAILER RACER. 

 

After witnessing the wake of Katrina’s destruction, Ryan gathered up his gear, enlisted investors, and produced his documentary HELLP in 2006. Ryan’s directorial debut came that same year with ULBERT, an award-winning documentary on bipolar disorder. It later became a standard for education in institutions across the globe. From 2008 until 2010 Declan produced and shot John Richie’s SHELL SHOCKED, a hit documentary about New Orleans’ youth and gun violence.

 

Declan's favorite Harvey characters are Dick Tracy and Richie Rich. Richie Rich was his most favorite read of all comic books, as he was fascinated with the concept of an endless supply of money. 

Mike Hogan is co-producing GHOST EMPIRE in his first effort at producing a feature. Mike studied film at Loyola University New Orleans, where he was editor in chief of two publications, one of which he created to foster a film centered outlet for student writers and filmmakers.

 

Since graduating, he's worked in film and television production in New Orleans, where he produces and co-hosts the podcast "Nola FilmCast."

 

After interviewing Jonny Harvey and learning about the Harvey Comics story on the podcast, Mike realized he wanted to see the story told so badly that he had to help produce it.

 

His favorite Harvey character is Casper the Friendly Ghost because Casper is the one ghost that doesn't scare him. 

Eva Contis has a ten-year career in film production as an editor and post-production supervisor in which she honed her skills in story and pace. She has experience in all levels of production including producing, pre-production, directing, field producing and script writing for feature films, shorts, television shows and documentaries.

 

Eva has edited several features and shorts including the Oscar-winning short film THE FANTASTIC FLYING BOOKS OF MR. MORRIS LESSMORE.

 

As a kid, with no interest in superheroes, Eva gravitated toward Harvey Comics. On road trips with her family, she'd pick up a new Richie Rich title each time they would stop for gas, and every Sunday morning she hit the Sunday Funnies with Dagwood and Blondie.

Her favorite Harvey character is Casper the Friendly Ghost, who helped her learn to deal with bullies as a kid. When she wasn't immersed in literature, her eyeballs were glued to the Casper TV Show. 

Eddie Salerno Jr is the cinematographer for GHOST EMPIRE. He joins the team with over a decade of docu-advertising, live event, and narrative Feature film experience as a Director of Photography. Eddie earned his MFA  from the American Film Institute and has received several festival accolades for his work. his do-it-all mindset, attention to detail, and vast film experience made him the perfect candidate to bring Director Jonny Harvey's vision to life.

 

Eddie has admired comic book artwork and animation his entire life and could speak for hours on the industry's cultural relevance and influence in both film and pop culture. After a phone call with Jonny and Mike, their passion to tell such an important and engaging story immediately sparked his interest and compelled him to shoot the film.

 

His favorite Harvey characters are a close tie between Casper the Friendly Ghost and Richie Rich. Knowing both characters in his youth from the unforgettable cartoons and the range of fantasy within the inherent titles, Eddie has been captured by nostalgia and his love of history that furthers his passion for GHOST EMPIRE.

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