KristiAn Fraga

Co-CEO

Kristian is a graduate of the prestigious film program at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. In 1997, Kristian and his partner, Producer Marc Perez, founded Sirk  Productions. 

In 2010 he wrote, directed, and produced the feature documentary Severe Clear, based on video footage shot by members of the Marines at the outset of the 2003 invasion of Iraq. The Hollywood Reporter called it “a visceral true-life portrait of the brutality and chaos of war.” The film had its world premiere at SXSW and received a Jury Special Mention at the International Rome Film Festival. Severe Clear had a 10-city theatrical release in the United States, playing in highly-regarded theaters such as New York’s Angelika Film Center and the Hollywood Arclight. In 2005 Kristian directed the feature-length documentary Anytown, USA, a look at the charade of partisan politics in an increasingly polarized nation. He won the Emerging Filmmaker Award for Best Documentary at the Minneapolis-St. Paul Film Festival and the award for Best Director at both the Trenton and Staten Island Film Festivals. Anytown, USA was also featured at the Atlanta, Woodstock, Newport Beach, and the True/False Film Festivals.  The film was theatrically distributed by Film Movement in 13 U.S. cities.  In 2001, Kristian produced and directed the award-winning PBS documentary The Inside Reel: Digital Filmmaking, which The Hollywood Reporter dubbed “a must see for anyone who loves movies.” 

In addition to producing film and television projects, Kristian has also directed dozens of award-winning commercials and branded content for clients that include Abrams, Altec Lansing, Hasbro, StarVegas, and Major League Soccer. 


Marc Perez

Co-CEO

Marc Perez is a graduate of the New York University Stern School of Business where he studied Marketing, Finance and Economics. He began his career in trading at large investment banks such as Republic National Bank (now HSBC) and UBS Brunswick Warburg.

In 1997, Marc moved away from finance into the entertainment industry by co-founding Sirk Productions, with Director/Producer Kristian Fraga. In 2005, Marc Executive Produced the award-winning documentary Anytown, USA, a look at the charade of partisan politics in an increasingly polarized nation. In 2010, he produced Severe Clear (SXSW, Rome, IDA Docuweeks) based on video footage shot by members of the Marines at the outset of the 2003 invasion of Iraq. He is currently Executive Producer of the documentary The Troublemaker: Behind the Scenes at the United Nations which recently made its world premiere at the Havana Film Festival. Marc’s television background has included the award-winning PBS documentary The Inside Reel: Digital Filmmaking and NBC Telemundo’s Tu Nite, the network’s first late night talk show.  Marc is a member of the Fort Lee Film Commission, created to secure the town's historic role as the birthplace of the motion picture industry.  He directed a documentary short, The Champion, based on the town’s rich film history with the support of a public grant.  The film won the short documentary prize at the 2015 Garden State Film Festival.

Marc also serves as Head of Creative at Sirk, managing creative for clients like consumer electronics brand Altec Lansing.   Marc is also an accomplished awarding-winning director and animator, creating commercials, videos and 2D/3D animation for clients like Konami, BET, and Schumacher & Co.   


John Sikes

President

John has been a creative catalyst and media innovator, helping clients engage their audiences for nearly two decades. His work has spanned a wide variety of companies from Fortune 500 brands to well known nonprofits. Prior to joining Sirk Productions he was a consultant for the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), where he worked on several worldwide health education/communication programs and media campaigns dealing with domestic violence, child abuse and HIV/AIDS.  

As President and Head of Production at Sirk Productions, John has produced a number of television programs and documentary feature films including the award winning PBS documentary, The Inside Reel: Digital Filmmaking, as well as, Anytown, USA and Severe Clear, two documentary films, which garnered national and international recognition.  Both films were theatrically released and have since been distributed worldwide.  His most recent documentary film The Troublemaker, is a behind the scenes look at the 63rd President of the United Nations.  He’s also representing another documentary film called PontifEX, which follows the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI and the aftermath and lead up to the election of the new Pope. John continues to produce films as well as commercials and industrials using his skills to craft entertaining and effective work for Konami Gaming, MTV, TruTV, AMC, IBM, Greentube, Tweezerman, Verizon Wireless, NYU Medical Center, New York Presbyterian Hospital, the Children’s Aid Society, the United Nations and others.  John is a graduate of the Boston University School of Public Health and University of New Hampshire.


Richard Zelman

Head of Business Development / Producer

Richard has over 20 years experience as marketing & new business director, producer and strategic planner.  Prior to joining Sirk, Rich was the Marketing Director for Tussilago Productions, a film production complex located in Gothenburg Sweden.  He was responsible for developing top-tier clients such as Carat (the world's largest digital media company), be2 (Europe's leading matching site) and Sigma (Scandinavia's leading consultancy group).  Prior to joining Tussilago Productions was partner in a New York based agency, The ZR Group.  Among his clients were Verizon, Starter, U.S. Polo Assn., Harbor Footwear and Majorica Jewelry.