Paul Douglas Scott
President and Founder
Known by his peers as a visionary of television, film and new media, Doug is the Founder and CEO of USM Studios Inc., one of South Florida’s largest independent production companies. Located in Coral Springs, Florida, (near Ft. Lauderdale) the company’s 26,000 square foot state-of-the-art production studio/facility serves as base for over 100 Full Time and Part Time film industry veterans who create, produce and distribute top-notch content for broadcast across North America. The studio programs are hosted by well-known celebrities and the company’s production teams span the globe to highlight the latest topics, trends and technologies that various companies and industries are advancing today.
Doug’s path to leadership mirrors that of the industry itself: continuously thriving. Prior to founding United States Media Television, Doug had over 17 years of experience in mass media in C-level and VP roles in Programming, Media Sales, Distribution and New Media. Throughout his career, Doug’s business initiatives were designed with one goal in mind: to bring timely, relevant information to viewers. His vision has resulted in a number of industry-leading innovations in television programming while catapulting many of the shows’ guests to new heights through positive brand-building. Doug’s contributions have been integral to the company’s ongoing success. His direction and passion have become hallmarks of his tenure. He has infused United States Media Television with his own brand of energetic leadership, vision and spirit. Doug keeps a sharp focus on creativity, technical excellence and the ongoing promotion of internal teamwork.
Outside the studio, Doug and his wife, Zoë, reside in prestigious Parkland, Florida. Now long-time residents with four children, they couldn’t think of a better place to call home. In addition to producing award-winning segments, Doug and Zoë’s passion to help those in need is shown through their tireless work and contributions to several non-profit organizations throughout South Florida. Doug has served on several non-profit committees; currently he’s serving on three non-profit boards and is Chairman of the Board at 4 Kids of South Florida (www.4kidsofsfl.org). Three years ago he and his wife started the Scott Family Foundation, which has assisted hundreds of homeless women and children through financial resources, and has bought and donated two homes to the less fortunate.
Jim Nicholas Veser
Senior Vice President of Production
For Jim Nicholas Veser, this year marks 11 years with United States Media Television. Jim began his career at a very early age on stage and in front of the camera. During his attendance at West Virginia University on a full theatre scholarship, he became interested in hospitality and worked in the industry while performing on Equity stages throughout the Northeast. His creative and leadership strengths eventually landed him Director of Business Travel Sales for The Ritz Carlton, Battery Park in Manhattan. Soon after, he was drawn to the warm weather and endless opportunity of television in South Florida. He began his career at Today in America with Terry Bradshaw as a Creative Director and ultimately became the Senior Producer for several shows produced by the company. In 2008, he was promoted to Vice President of Production. Jim is at home in his current position and thrives in the free and creative environment that he has created for the many Scriptwriters, Production Coordinators, Editors, Post Production and Traffic Coordinators, and Directors of Photography. Under his leadership, the team has achieved tremendous success including 28 Telly Awards won over the last few years. When he is not busy at work, Jim spends his time on stage, and most importantly, with his loving wife, Dawn, and his son, Ryan.
Vice President of Programming
Kyra Burton spent the first four years of her career as a teacher in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. As a member of the United States Media Television team, Kyra has held several positions within the company. Kyra was the company’s Production Manager for five years and was directly responsible for running all aspects of the department’s activities. While on the job, the company witnessed the successful implementation of many of the processes that are still thriving today. While possessing a strong background in all phases of production, Kyra has key experience in writing web content, magazine articles, commercials and training resources. She has written a wide variety of television segments that have appeared on regional and national television. Kyra currently writes a business blog that is published for one of United States Media Television’s popular shows. As Vice President of Programming, Kyra is responsible for ensuring that goals are met with the overall financial health of the company, including client relations, collections, strategic planning, and growth initiatives. When not hard at work, Kyra enjoys spending time in the great outdoors, jumping rope for exercise and keeping up with current events.
Vice President of Media
With more than 15 years of experience in television production, Gary Baris brings extensive knowledge of every aspect of the industry, from concept through on-air execution and media consulting. Gary was born and raised twenty minutes from New York City and received his Bachelor of Science in Marketing and Business Administration from the prestigious Villanova University, located in Villanova, PA. There, he earned Dean’s List accolades, and was also a founding father at Villanova of Beta Theta Pi fraternity. Gary has been instrumental in the development of hundreds of celebrity-hosted television segments and programs over the years that have been recognized with several Telly Awards. As an innovator in the field of television program distribution, Gary possesses a unique knowledge base of global media opportunities and oversees a seven-figure annual media spending budget placing hundreds of programs on networks like ION, Travel Channel, Discovery Channel, Women’s Entertainment, Fox Business Network and CNN Headline News, among other major national networks.
Angelo “Tony” Ferraro
This coming year will mark eight years with United States Media Television, Inc. for Angelo Ferraro. He began his career with the company as an Associate Producer, and today, serves as a Senior Producer working on hundreds of stories. He says, “For me, there’s no greater feeling of accomplishment than working on great stories that need to be told, educating viewers on the subjects, and bringing the stories to life through the magic of television.” Angelo’s enthusiasm for helping create the very best in television programming is surpassed only by his passion toward being a great husband and father.
Anthony has been in the television industry for over 15 years. He started his career with a show hosted by the late, great Charlton Heston, and later worked with “60 Minutes” correspondent, Morley Safer. Today, Anthony enjoys working with four-time Super Bowl champion, Terry Bradshaw. Anthony has the creative ability to work on a diverse array of stories, ranging from the latest in breast cancer technology to wind power innovations of the 21st Century. He is heavily involved with his local church, Calvary Chapel Ft. Lauderdale, and presently goes on Mission trips to help the lost and the needy. He is married to the woman of his dreams Alethea. Recently they had there prayers answered with the arrival of their first daughter Olivia Grace, and are now expecting there second in November.
Ron has spent over 8 years with the company, and he took a slightly different path to his position as Senior Producer. With his previous background in healthcare and technology, Ron brings added insight, experience and knowledge to many of the medical stories he helps create. He is also a strong proponent of environmental causes, including recycling, and his support for these issues is reflected in the segments he produces. Originally from NYC and a devoted father of 3, Ron recently moved into a newly built home in a sprawling new community. He is a serious Foody, loves music, travel and his dog, D’Brickashaw Ferguson. He’s also an avid tennis player and enthusiast.
Tiffany Davidson, a New York native, moved to Florida in 2001, where she began her career with US Media Television. Tiffany has been with the company for 11 years and she has held several positions in various departments. Today, Tiffany is the Production Manager and oversees the day-to-day operations of the entire production department. As an integral member of the production team, Tiffany has developed new systems to streamline the production process. Since joining the US Media Production department, the company has been the recipient of several awards, including 28 Telly’s. After working in television for a number of years Tiffany has developed a passion for the production industry and mass media communications.
Evan Golden lives in Coral Springs, Florida and came upon his entertainment career in a moment of serendipity. While accompanying his sister to an MTV audition, Evan was spotted by the show’s producers and asked to audition for a special with Carmen Electra. Evan got that part and was asked to appear as a guest on other programs like “Trigger Happy TV”, “The Mandy Moore Show” and “Wanna Come In?”. Evan has also worked as a model appearing in national campaigns for Disney World, Aqua-Leisure, Full Armor, EPIC, Sacino’s and has been named Universal Studios Orlando spokes model, where he lead the Electricity, Twister, Grad Bash and CityWalk campaigns. Evan Golden is most recognized for his lead role in the highly publicized reality show titled, “Ivana Young Man”, hosted by Ivana Trump. After a nice long run in front of the camera, in 2005, Golden made the transition behind the scenes where he is now leading the way in television with his creative direction and utilizing the term “Edutainment.” His mission is to educate and always entertain his viewership. He is married to Nikki Golden and they have two sons, Stone & Zane.
Senior Production Coordinator
Kristen attended the University of Colorado at Boulder, where she received her degree in Broadcast Journalism and an International Media Certificate. This South Florida native celebrated her 5 year anniversary with United States Media Television in August, 2013. Currently, Kristen oversees the shoot coordination and pre production logistics for each segment. In total, she has coordinated over 600 shoots to date. When she is not producing, she enjoys the beach, traveling and attending local concerts. Kristen is also an active member of a national non-profit organization in Fort Lauderdale and strives to be involved in different philanthropic efforts throughout South Florida.
David received a Bachelor of Science degree in Telecommunications with a Television Production emphasis from Oral Roberts University. For seven years he worked as a video editor in news (WFAA-ABC in Dallas, WFLA-NBC in Tampa and WTVJ-NBC in Miami). For two years he worked for Carnival Cruise Lines Video Services where he trained and supervised the shooting and editing of wedding videos. David is currently the Senior Editor at USM Studios, where he has worked since November of 2002. He is the final stop in the Production Department and the final quality control for every show and segment as he formats them for national and regional broadcast. David also functions as Closed Captioning Director, as he oversees the closed captioning process and encodes the captioning to the shows.
New Media Director
Mike has been working at US Media Television since 2002, starting as a segment editor. He arrived after working for one of the world’s largest Cruise lines, creating training videos as well as video elements for Vegas-Style shows that were shown onboard the fleet’s ships. He has produced a kid’s show called “Jelly Bean Jungle”, which was nationally syndicated for one season. He has also produced over 300 weddings. After editing segments for our Featured Guests, he added I.T. Director to his job description, helping to run the company’s computers, which number over 100. Add creating all of the DVD’s, MP4’s, MOV’s, FTP’s and any other acronym you can think of, and his days are “action-packed”. When he is not juggling these job responsibilities, Mike and his wife try to keep up with their 2 boys, aged 8 and 10.
Scottie Robert Scott
Vice President of Research
Scottie Scott is a veteran of the United States Air Force. He was on active duty for 10 years and served in the European and Asian theaters. Scottie attended George Washington University and received his Associates of Applied Science degree from the Community College of the Air Force while in Germany. In 2001, Scottie joined United States Media Television Inc. as Vice President of Research. He is responsible for all the company’s research activities. When Scottie is not at work, he loves to spend time with his son, Jonathan, a security officer with the United States Air Force, his daughter Nicole and his girlfriend Norma.
Heather Davis is both energetic and focused. As a seasoned Contact Manager with almost 5 years of experience working in the television programming field, Heather has held a variety of job titles within the company including researcher, trainer and manager. Currently studying Human Resource Management at Broward College, Heather is highly organized and used to taking on multiple tasks at any given time. Wearing many hats within the company, she has gained a special perspective on current trends in media and in a variety of industries. She is now Senior Manager and a member of the Society of Human Resource Management. A native Floridian, Heather loves music, softball and watching sports.