Lucy Barzun Donnelly
An Emmy and Golden Globe winner, Lucy developed and produced Grey Gardens, with Rachael Horovitz starring Jessica Lange and Drew Barrymore. Released on HBO in 2009 to widespread critical acclaim, the film won two Golden Globes, six Emmys and Critics' Choice, SAG and Producers Guild awards.
Lucy's producing career began with Oscar and Independent Spirit nominee Pieces of April, jointly produced with Alexis Alexanian & John Lyons and starring Katie Holmes, Patricia Clarkson and Oliver Platt. Pieces of April, by writer director Peter Hedges premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and was acquired by United Artists for ten times the production cost.
Next, Lucy teamed up with writer-director Martin Hynes to develop and produce The Go-Getter. Starring Zooey Deschanel and Jena Malone, the movie premiered at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival and went on to a theatrical release garnering critical acclaim from The New York Times and New York Magazine and launching M. Ward and Ms. Deschanel´s band, SHE & HIM. Lucy also developed and produced Friends with Kids, which sold at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival.
Donnelly teamed up with her Grey Gardens partner Rachael Horovitz to executive produce Maggie's Plan, starring Ethan Hawke, Julianne Moore and Greta Gerwig. Most recently Lucy produced Look Away, with Alexis Alexanian and Alexandra Kerry starring Matthew Broderick, Chloë Sevigny, Aidan Turner, Benjamin Walker and Shannon Tarbet directed by Andy Delaney and Monty Whitebloom and written by Jennifer Schuur.
Since starting her work in the entertainment industry, Alex has produced and directed all major forms of content. She started producing/directing television shows for Viacom and MTV, as well as producing documentaries, including the award winning HBO/BBC documentary Be Like Others. During this period, her work directing film and advertising narratives resulted in two Silver Telly Awards, including one for Allstate Insurance’s “The Jones”.
In 2009, Alex became a managing and creative director embedded into the Creative Engagement Group at global consulting firm FTI Consulting. She oversaw creative, digital and business strategy for Fortune 100 companies, directing and producing content for HSBC, Coca Cola, Reebok, and USE Consulting in the process. She also directed two fashion films for clothing brand VPL.
In 2012, Alex and Locomotive partnered with Amanda Griscom Little to launch the digital platform, Ad Your Voice, a website designed to encourage discussion of politics and policy within the online community.
In 2015, Alex Executive Produced Maggie’s Plan, starring Ethan Hawke, Julianne Moore and Greta Gerwig and produced Look Away, starring Matthew Broderick, Chloe Sevigny, Aidan Turner, Benjamin Walker and Shannon Tarbet.
After helping Locomotive raise funds Jonathon joined Locomotive full time as the CFO/COO in July 2014. He has over twenty years of media experience in both the UK and the US working in Broadcasting, Film and independent TV production.
Previously Jonathon was the CFO for Shed Media where he helped grow the company from a scripted production company with a $21m turnover into a multinational super indie with a turnover of over $150m. This was achieved by floating the company on the London Stock Exchange (AIM) which enabled an acquisition strategy, buying three production companies and a distribution business as well as organic growth. For this he won Deal of the year (2006 Quoted Companies Awards) and shortlisted for both Float of the Year (2006 Quoted Companies Awards) and Young Finance Director of the Year (2005 FD Excellence Awards).
In 2010 Jonathon with the CEO delisted Shed Media through a purchase by Warner Brothers. Both Jonathon and the CEO formed a new board with 3 representatives from Warner Bros, becoming responsible for the strategy, development, investment and business performance of the Group.
Prior to Shed Media Jonathon worked at Capitol Films where in addition of managing the finance department he also helped structure the finances for David Cronenberg’s Spider and Robert Altman’s Gosford Park.
Since joining Locomotive Jonathon has helped launch the UK TV production company with Sam Whittaker and Lucy Hillman.
Alexis has more than twenty years of industry experience as a producer and consultant to major industry players. Her career in production began on big-budget studio films, including Bonfire of the Vanities, A League of Their Own, Mississippi Burning and Striptease. Alexis founded the groundbreaking digital initiative, InDigEnt, financed by the IFC alongside Gary Winick and John Sloss.
Alexis produced nine ultra low budget features in three years, including Sundance favorites Tadpole (Miramax), Pieces of April (UA), Personal Velocity (UA), Tape (LGE) and Cannes Directors' Fortnight selection Chelsea Walls. Alexis won the John Cassevetes Independent Spirit Award for Personal Velocity and Variety named her one of 2002’s 10 PRODUCERS TO WATCH. Under her banner, Elixir Films, she went on to produce the international TV series Long Way Round (SKY-UK, BRAVO-US) featuring Ewan McGregor, and the Ethan Hawke helmed, The Hottest State (ThinkFilm).
As a consultant, Alexis is often called upon by the completion bond company, Film Finances to trouble-shoot on big-budget features struggling with creative and financial challenges. Alexis serves as the President of the Board of Directors for New York Women in Film & Television (NYWIFT), a two thousand member professional association serving women in media. She is also a frequent collaborator with the Tribeca Film Institute and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Film Programs.
Alexis was an executive producer of Maggie’s Plan starring Ethan Hawke, Julianne Moore and Greta Gerwig and produced Look Away, starring Matthew Broderick, Chloe Sevigny, Aidan Turner, Benjamin Walker and Shannon Tarbet.
Taylor Nagel joined Locomotive in the winter of 2014. Prior to Locomotive she interned for Florentine Films, the Producers Guild of America, and the Film Society of Lincoln Center. In 2013 she produced the short film titled, LETHE.
Most recently she was on the set of Locomotive’s film, LOOK AWAY.
Taylor is a graduate of Barnard College where she studied Political Science.
Jaycee Gruszecki joined the Locomotive team in the summer 2015. Before Locomotive, she worked at Sony Pictures Television, ToniK Productions, and in freelance film production. She has also held internships with Pretty Matches Productions, Seacrest Studios, MTV Networks, Safehouse Pictures, and Start Motion Pictures.
Jaycee is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, where she studied Cinema Studies and Creative Writing and was awarded the 2013 Screenwriting Prize.