is an Award-winning film producer and film distributor based in St. Louis.
Before she had even graduated from high school, Gayle began to pursue what would become a lifelong passion for music - she began working at radio station KYMC 89.7 FM. She would go on to spend the next 7 years there as on-air talent, music director, program director, and station manager.
With this background in radio, Gayle transformed her knowledge of audio production to video. After graduating from Webster University with a Media/Communications degree, Gayle dove into the corporate video world, writing, lighting, shooting, and editing training videos and documentaries for a variety of clients, including Reliable Life Insurance, Crane National Vendors, and the YMCA International. She also continued expanding her career in radio, working as a line producer for the Post Modern Radio Network and as a producer for KUMR, where she produced the show "Brainstorm", which was distributed on National Public Radio.
After her brother was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, Gayle would be inspired to push her producing and organizing abilities further by becoming the captain of Team Sirius: 70 cyclists and crew members who organize events and solicit sponsors for Bike MS, an annual benefit ride. She also launched the Annual Hollywood Party MS Fundraiser, an Oscar-night event that regularly attracted more than 200 guests during its 10-year run. Gayle and Team Sirius have raised over $500,000 for Multiple Sclerosis research.
In 2005, Gayle left the corporate world and started her own company, partnering a short time later with Wyatt Weed and Pirate Pictures. She has since produced several award-winning short films, as well as the feature films SHADOWLAND, CONTAMINATION, 23 MINUTES TO SUNRISE, and FOUR COLOR EULOGY. As part of the Pirate team, Gayle was the producer and sound recordist for STREETSCAPE, a monthly magazine-style TV show that aired on the local ABC affiliate. Gayle has produced feature films and shorts for other filmmakers in the St. Louis area and worked on numerous corporate and commercial videos as Midwest line-producer.
In 2010, Gayle took a look at the way content was being distributed. Not happy with the way independent films were treated in the industry, Gayle and Wyatt launched PIRATE MEDIA GROUP, a film distribution company that helps quality independent films to get the attention they deserve.
Gayle feels it is important to share what she has learned from going through the distribution process herself, and the mission of Pirate Media Group is an open, transparent relationship with the films they represent, and working together with the producers to create the best possible outcomes for their films.
Speaking in BREAKOUT SESSION #3A (2:45 - 4 PM)