Trina DasGupta, CEO & Founder
Trina DasGupta is an award-winning producer, writer, director, and entrepreneur. She serves as Founder & CEO of Single Palm Tree Productions, a media company creating content that changes culture. Her accolades include a Cannes Lion, National Association of Broadcasters Innovation prize and Webby for Online Film & Video. Her collaborators include The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, STX Entertainment, the Apollo Theater, Vimeo Originals, Teen Vogue and Comedy Central International.
An interdisciplinary creative, Trina’s career has spanned the television, non-profit, political, and mobile industries. In television, she has worked across the Viacom brands, in particular MTV Networks, bringing in $31 million in new revenue in two years with her branded entertainment productions for top brands, such as Coca-Cola and AT&T. In mobile, Trina ran the global public-private partnership, mWomen, designing an international movement to increase women's access to technology and raising $11 million in one year for the initiative, which was launched by then U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and 35+ business partners, such as Google, Airtel and Vodafone. Trina has also advised the U.S., Australian, British and other governments on the use of technology in emerging markets, created the world's first mobile social network dedicated to HIV prevention and produced original content in 12 languages across television, radio, print and digital. Additionally, she is a regular consultant with clients including Sesame Workshop, the Kaiser Family Foundation and the Democratic National Committee, among others.
Trina is a frequent public speaker, including at prestigious events such as the United Nations, SXSW, the Paley Center for Media, Advertising Week, Mobile World Congress and the Council for Foreign Relations. She is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania with degrees from the Wharton School of Business and the Annenberg School of Communications and also sits on the Board of Directors of Girls Who Code.
Lauren Lizardo, COO
Lauren serves as the COO of Single Palm Tree Productions. She brings over ten years experience of developing business operations, including being the Founder and Principal of Lizardo Consulting, a firm that advises small business enterprises on launching services and products using the best technological solutions.
Her background includes start-up environments, international work, and transition planning and execution. She has prepared companies for sale including leading one company sale to an Employee Stock Ownership Trust, making it 100% employee owned, implemented data systems, restructured teams, engineered processes, and built company infrastructure from scratch. At SPT, Lauren advises the company on all matters from technology to hiring. The cornerstone of Lauren's style is to build lean, nimble infrastructure appropriate to a company’s lifecycle. She is known for her versatility, breadth of skills and capacity to see the big picture, allowing it to inform the steps needed to build a company.
As a lifelong adventurer, she has found herself floating on Antarctic waters and sleeping under the stars in various countries. Like Trina, Lauren has been fortunate enough to witness many amazing stories abroad and laugh her way through her travels. She joins SPT to support its devotion to celebrating all that makes us the same.
Single Palm Tree Productions works with a team of innovative, award-winning creatives across the fields of film, television, technology and culture. Our collaborators help bring our projects to life and are truly part of our family. We’re always building out the team, so please reach out if you’d like to collaborate!
Nick Collett is a BAFTA nominated comedy director. His credits include Chewing Gum, Hank Zipzer, Fried and Tracey Ullman's Show for BBC1 and HBO. Nick developed his keen eye for visuals directing music videos and commercials, while his experience on the live comedy circuit honed his performance directing and ability to land a joke. Nick has directed many Edinburgh shows including Sam Fletcher’s Good On Paper, which was nominated for a Foster’s Comedy Award and had a sell-out run at the Soho Theatre. He also received a Laurus Award for his creative work with Amnesty International.
Over the past decade, Robinne Burrell has been at the forefront of technology and emerging media, having worked with brands spanning digital, interactive, mobile and social experiences. Robinne led product development and strategy at Amazon/IMDb, myspace during its peak and Match.com/Tinder. She has built digital products for NBC’s The Voice, Comedy Central and Steven Spielberg’s The VR Company, to name a few. Standard and Poor’s identified her as part of the “Society of Industry Leaders” and Hollywood Reporter named her “The Next Generation of Industry Execs”. She has been featured on CNN and NBC and is an Executive Chair of the Interactive Peer Group for the Television Academy, the most influential board of influencers determining excellence in digital media. In 2016, Robinne authored the virtual reality user experience for "Take Back the Mic: The World Cup of Hip Hop" for Oculus which was considered for an Emmy.
Robinne holds a B.A in Cinema/Television from USC and completed the Leadership Strategy Program at MITs Sloan School of Business. Earlier this spring she was named in the top spot as "Five People Pushing Technology You Want to Work With Now" in Forbes Magazine.
Asger Hussain is an Oscar-award winning film producer of Precious, The Paperboy, Five Fingers for Marseilles, among many others, with 15 years of experience in the motion picture industry. Asger began his career with advertising agencies Republica and DDB Denmark, overseeing campaigns for brands such as McDonald’s and Best Western Hotels. He then worked with acclaimed director/producer Lee Daniels on such films as The Woodsman, Shadowboxer, culminating with serving as one of the producers of the 2009 hit Precious. The film was nominated for six Academy Awards® and won two Oscars. In 2010 the desire to produce across different formats led Asger to create Game 7 Films, where he connected with Daniels again, developing and co-producing the Golden Globe nominated The Paperboy, starring Matthew McConaughey, Zac Efron, David Oyelowo, John Cusack and Nicole Kidman.
Jessica Pilot is the comedy talent producer for The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. She was a consulting producer on the NETFLIX Original Larry Charles' Dangerous World of Comedy and is currently casting a Comedy Central feature documentary. She was also featured in CNN’s History of Comedy, and served as a profile subject on Viceland’s Funny How?
Pilot created and produced The Village Voice’s This is Standup , a 25 episode, 5-minute documentary series profiling stand-up comedians on and off stage. Series guests included Patton Oswalt, Jim Gaffigan, and Colin Quinn. And Pilot’s writing has landed her features in Vanity Fair, Glamour, The Huffington Post, Marie Claire, BlackBook, and more, while her TV production credits include PBS, National Geographic, and MSNBC.
Joseph Purfield is a Director and Producer with in-depth experience across documentary film, television and branded entertainment. He began in the UK working on large, global television shows like The X Factor, Big Brother, and The Great British Bake Of and additionally working with internationally acclaimed networks such as the BBC, ITV, Bravo and MTV Networks. He then went on to documentary projects, delving into stories much more in-depth, most notably for the BBC1's New York Hijabis, examining what it is to be Muslim living in Trump's America, which was one of the top 10 most watched documentaries on BBC iPlayer in 2017. Enjoying the variety and the opportunity to tell stories for varied audiences, Joseph has also directed branded-content, award-winning broadcast commercials, and corporate films for for renowned brands such as Philips, Masterclass and Mercedes. In addition to production, Joseph has a number of projects in development, with topics ranging from political satire to fertility, LGBTQIA+ representation, and mental health awareness.
Philip McKenzie is an anthropologist who uses his expertise in culture spaces to advise organizations on how to best thrive in an increasingly challenging and uncertain environment. Philip’s work has placed him at the center of understanding the significance of culture as a reflection of shared values and thereby making the invisible visible.
Philip uses his quantitative background and experience as a former Goldman Sachs Trader and combines that with a qualitative understanding of the social and economic shifts we are experiencing worldwide. A true global citizen, Philip has traveled and worked extensively abroad, this includes designing and curating the global Influencer Conference and consulting for numerous clients on their internal and external cultural challenges and branding strategies particularly for diverse and multicultural audiences. Past clients include top brands such as Jaguar, Sprite, Remy Martin, Belvedere Vodka and others.
Philip is also a writer and working on his first book There Are No Shortcuts: The Revolutionaries Guide to the Future. And he is an accomplished DJ and plays music under the name 9 Is Water.
Lauren Greenhall is a filmmaker living and working in Brooklyn. She has directed TV and video for: National Geographic, The New Yorker, The New York Post, the Huffington Post, UCB Comedy and more. Her comedy videos have been featured in The Huffington Post, Gothamist, Bust, Brokelyn, Comedy Cake, and the Comedy Local.
Outside of film, she co-created "Pop Inflation: Fragments and Fears", an installation that premiered at the Rubin Museum as part of the FluxBuddha exhibit in Spring 2018. She also produced a series of live music festivals, a comedy talk show on East Village Radio and served as associate producer at Comedy Central's New York Comedy Festival.