David Kennard: Senior Producer, Director, Writer
David Kennard has more than 40 years of international experience as a Producer, Writer, Director and Communications Consultant. He has played a leading role in the production of more than 100 non-fiction television specials, books, multimedia products and media campaigns, and has produced fifteen major international documentary series. His work as a producer and director includes:
- Keeping Score with Michael Tilson Thomas
- Cosmos with Carl Sagan
- Connections with James Burke
- The Ascent of Man with Jacob Bronowsli
- We The People with Peter Jennings
- Joseph Campbell: The Hero’s Journey
- The Heart of Healing with Jane Seymour
- Global Warming with Alanis Morrisette
- The Final Hours: Amelia Earhart’s Last Flight
- The Promise of Play with Jane Goodall
- 2001:HAL’s Legacy with Arthur C. Clarke
His work has won the National Emmy, International Emmy, Dupont Columbia, American Historical Association, National Education Film Festival, International Science Film Festival, Houston Worldfest, Alexander Hamilton, Cine Golden Eagle, BAFTA and Peabody Awards.
Kennard is the co-founder and President of InCA (Independent Communications Associates Inc), a worldwide non-fiction production company with offices in San Francisco, Toulouse (France) and Nairobi (Kenya), with a 30-year track record of documentary excellence.
"Director David Kennard had the good fortune to be in Burgundy during the nail-biting 2011 vintage, with its spring heatwaves and harvest storms, and when he films lowering black clouds just as the six rows of Bâtard vines are due to be picked, we’re on the edge of our seats. Gripping stuff!"
— Decanter Magazine
Martine Saunier: Senior Producer, Consultant
Martine Saunier was born in Paris. Although she lived and attended school there, she spent every summer vacation at her Aunt's home in Prissé, near Mâcon. Her Aunt owned a winery with approximately 10 acres of vineyards planted with Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. The winemaker lived in the farm next door with his wife and children. The pinnacle of the summer vacation was the harvest in mid-September. At the age of ten, Martine was fascinated with the preparation of the cellar, the winepress, the fermenting vats and, of course, being part of the harvesting team. The crushing of the grapes, malolactic fermentation, chaptalisation, bottling, etc. were all part of her childhood life.
When Martine moved to California in 1964, she was dismayed by the absence of many of her favorite wines and started making buying trips to France. In 1965, she drove to Beaulieu Vineyards, knocked on the door, and was lucky enough to meet the great André Tchelistcheff. He told her in his good French that if she wanted good Pinot Noir, she had to go to Burgundy to get it! The seed was planted in her mind...
A few years later, Martine was offered the job of selecting wines for an importer/distributor in San Francisco and in the spring of 1969, she flew to France, bought a small VW bug and started her tour and career! The first woman to establish a wine importing company in the United States, she founded Martine's Wines in 1979.
Martine is a member of Les Dames d'Escoffier and was formerly on the national board of AIWF. She is also a Chevalier du Tastevin. In addition, she has been decorated twice by the French Government with the title of Officier du Mérite Agricole.
"The inimitable Martine Saunier knows her onions. She takes us well off the beaten track with great charm."
— Jancis Robinson
Jamie LeJeune: Producer, Camera, Editor
Jamie LeJeune joined InCA four years ago with a background in anthropology and community development. Since then he has shot, edited and produced works that range from television documentary series to viral activist video and promotional pieces for local non-profits.
His credits with InCA include:
“ReCreating America: Creativity in Education” (2010), Associate Producer
“Keeping Score: Gustav Mahler” (2011), Associate Producer/Assistant Editor
“Reinventing Yourself” (2012), Story Producer/Editor/Camera
Todd Ruppert, Executive Producer
R. Todd Ruppert is the Founder and CEO of RTR International, Inc. a firm with diversified interests globally in the arts, film, distribution, merchandizing, and private equity.
In 2012, after a 27 year career, he retired from T. Rowe Price, a global investment management firm with over $600 billion under management. He was board member, CEO and president of T. Rowe Price Global Investment Services, board member and president, investment services, of T. Rowe Price International, and a member of the operating steering committee of the T. Rowe Price group.
Todd is a venture partner with Greenspring Associates, a US based venture capital firm with $2.4 billion under management. He is a founding board member of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award in the US and a global ambassador and benefactor of the International Award. Todd is also president of the board of London’s Royal Parks Foundation (USA).
Todd’s other board and advisory roles are for the following organizations. UK: 1966 Entertainment, Halcyon Group, Pall Mall Art Advisors, Moni, Nutmeg, Gold Mercury International, Osmosis Investment Management, Investments and Pensions Europe, and Funds Europe. Ireland: Iconic Images. Switzerland: Millennium Associates. France/Singapore/UAE: INSEAD business school. US: Duke University, Kenyon College, Furman University, KonciergeMD, LearnVest, Trov, Cognilytics, Monitise Group, ArtStar, Little Collector, Silicon Valley Gateway Partners, the Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation, and the Maryland Academy of Sciences. Cayman Islands: Bruce Nelson Cayman Ltd., SPQ Capital Limited. China: PG Pharma, Halcyon International. South Africa: Athena Capital.
Todd is also executive producer of three documentary films – A Year in Burgundy, A Year in Champagne and A Year in Port. He is co-producer of Happy Days-The Musical, which will premier in the UK in January 2014.