Julie is the Executive Producer behind the American Supership series. Her love of all things nautical and military has been a large part of her life, inspired by countless family members who served in the United States Navy, Marines and Coast Guard, as well as the French Resistance in WW2. This dedication and a degree in Art History, culminated in this project to preserve the past and honor those who served.
Rod Simmons, Producer
Rod grew up with dreams of being in show business as an actor. His first taste of acting was in the 2nd grade Christmas play where he played a toy bunny. His heroes were always film and tv stars, like Carol Burnett, Peter Sellars, and Roddy McDowell. He soon grew to appreciate the works of Alfred Hitchcock, Stanley Kubrick, Steven Spielberg and George Lucas. A graduate of the University of Missouri with a BA in Radio and TV Production, he joined the Navy for job experience.... and to “see the world.” His first assignment in 1984 was on the USS Iowa (BB 61) as a “deck ape” in the deck department, but soon transferred to the ship’s Public Affairs Office for on the job training in journalism, public affairs and broadcasting. His other assignments included the Defense Information School in Ft. Benjamin Harrison, IN where he studied Basic Journalism and Basic Broadcasting; the Navy Broadcasting Detachment at the Naval Facility in Argentia, Newfoundland, Canada; USS Guadalcanal (LPH 7); Armed Forces Radio and Television Service Broadcast Center, Sun Valley, CA; and the Public Affairs Office of the Commander of the Naval Air Forces in the Pacific, North Island Naval Air Station, San Diego, CA where he was medically retired. He was discovered acting in a community theater in San Diego and returned to Los Angeles to pursue an acting career. Recently he has completed 2 years of film production course work at El Camino College, Torrance, CA where he made the Dean’s List both years. For more information, see Rod’s IMDB profile at http://www.imdb.me/rodsimmons