President, and CEO
Matthew Williams Brown II is President and CEO of Jacobs/Brown Media Group and Jacobs/Brown Press. Matt was born in San Diego in the mid 1950s. After three decades working in Los Angeles as a screenwriter, as well as an author, magazine feature writer, film and video director/producer, college media instructor, and even movie critic, all under various nom de plume, Matt returned to his hometown to embark in Jacobs/Brown with frequent collaborator Bob Jacobs. Regarding the new publishing imprint, Matt says, "It is not our attention at Jacobs Brown to crank out a great deal of product. This is absolutely about quality, not quantity -- a place where reading can truly be believing.”
Paul Barry was born in Missoula, MT and went to the University of Montana where he majored in business. Later, he spent a decade working in the production finance division of Universal Studios, followed by three years at Artisan Entertainment where he was Assistant Director of Finance. After spending several years working on the physical production side of such films as the Cohen brothers’ The Man Who Wasn't There and Disney's Freaky Friday, among others, Paul has moved into independent film producing, selling material to Paramount, Nickelodeon, and ABC Family. He recently served as the executive producer of a Nickelodeon made-for-TV movie, Swindle. Paul also finds time to serve as Vice President and Director of Business Affairs for Jacobs Brown Multi Media and, particularly, the new imprint of Jacobs Brown Press.
Director of Media and Public Relations
Barbara Asaro says, “Not to brag, but promotions, schemes and things are precisely what I do best.” And, yes, she is bragging. Barbara worked tirelessly for the San Diego Unified School District for many moons (equivalent to 33 years) before retiring from that phase of her life as Administrator, Instructional Operations in the Office of the Deputy Superintendent, then starting her own business called “It's Only Words,” where she now works tirelessly for herself, under contract for several educational entities, but primarily for the University of San Diego (USD). Speaking of “It’s Only Words,” she is also a devoted team member of Jacobs/Brown Press. She says: “When Jake [Jacobs] mentioned an exciting, new book series about Star Trek, I wanted to be a part of it. Now I can’t wait to get the books into the hands of people who will value and appreciate the work. May you live long and prosper.”
Senior Editor, Jacobs Brown Press
Dylan Otto Krider has worked as a journalist and editor for several dailies and alt-weeklies, He won the Asimov Award, the Grand Prize for the Writers of the Future, and was a finalist for Amazon's first Breakthrough Novel Award. He has been published in local and national publications including Skeptic Magazine, Kenyon Review, Writer's Digest and Dissent. His fiction has also appeared in Star Trek: Strange New Worlds (the short story “What Went through Data’s mind 0.68 Seconds before the Satellite Hit?”), Asimov's and Confrontations. Kindle publications by Dylan include The Day Sergeant Porter Lost His Finger, Breasts: Based on a True Story, and Kurt Cobain. In a Box. Might Go Off. And now he is involved editing the massive These are the Voyages book trilogy.
Susan Osborn graduated college with a major in graphic arts and came to Los Angeles looking only for a chance to be creative in design and marketing. Somewhere along the way, because she is so capable and cooperative, she was shanghaied into a couple decades of production work (film and TV), working her way up from a lowly P.A. to popular Production Coordinator (Dance Fever and Charles & Co.) to Comedy Segment Producer (The Pat Sajak Show) to writer/producer of dozens of award-winning children’s programs based on popular juvenile books, such as A Boy, a Dog and a Frog and There’s a Nightmare in My Closet, co-producer of the award-winning hybrid -- part comedy, part documentary, part reality show -- Desperately Seeking Paul McCartney, and co-writer of the recent feature film thriller In the Eyes of a Killer, to name only a few of her entertainment accomplishments. And then she was shanghaied into assisting with the research, writing, and illustrating of a book on Star Trek that was supposed to take a year, maybe two. Six years later, the first third of that book was published as the 600-plus page epic These are the Voyages – TOS: Season One. And there are two more 500-plus page plus volumes on their way. And all Sue really wanted to do was paint.
Gerald Gurian, born in Toronto, Canada, graduated in 1985 from the University of Toronto with a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Industrial Engineering. Over the next 25 years, he worked with Canada Post, Litton Industrial Automation Systems, and, for 12 years, served as a Senior Simulation Engineer for General Motors in Michigan. Since 2008, Gerald has been the author and publisher of startrekpropauthority.com -- a site dedicated to documenting the Art and Production History of Star Trek for all of its television series and feature films, with a special emphasis on The Original Series. In 2002, Gerald authored a section in the book Trekkers: True Stories By Fans for Fans (ECW Press, Edited by Nikki Stafford), and in 2012, helped to authenticate an early 1st season Original Series' Captain Kirk gold velour Command Tunic that sold in Profiles In History’s Hollywood Auction 49 for just under $100,000 -- the most expensive screen worn Shatner tunic sold to date. Gerald was also a significant contributor of rare Star Trek imagery to the book Star Trek: The Original Series 365 by Paula M. Block (Sept. 2010, Abrams Books). And now he is going where no Star Trek screen memorabilia collector has before ... providing hundreds of dazzling images for Jacobs/Brown's epic three-volume set, These are the Voyages: TOS Seasons 1, 2, and 3.
Attorney, Legal Consultant
Dawn Cushman was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico, but moved to San Diego to attend San Diego State University, from which she got her Bachelor's degree in 1976, and then California Western Law, from which she received a J.D. in 1979. Today, she lives in the Los Angeles area, where she is a Senior Associate at Ryan, Datomi, and Mosley LLP. She is also Legal Counsel for Jacobs/Brown Media Group.