Welcome to The Traveling Picture Show Company!
TPSC is a top commercial production company headquartered in Los Angeles, California. We have a successful record of consistently creating and delivering exceptional visual content and continually strive to exceed the expectations of our clients.
As a director driven company, our award winning artists encompass the best in live action commercials representing experiential, comedy, cars, sports, pets, dialogue, lifestyle, aerial, landscape, docu, and tabletop platforms.
We are creative and innovative thinkers who collaborate with our clients, directors, and partners to achieve extraordinary results on every project.
Executive Producer / Head of Sales Dawn Clarke leads the commercial production house. TPSC is represented by MoButler Reps in the Midwest, Asprodites Reps in the Southeast/Southwest, DeVine Reps on the West Coast, and Lew & Co on the East Coast.
TPSC's roster of directors includes Gus Black, Paul Riccio, Chris Woods, PR Brown, Justin Shipley, Julian Pugsley, Todd Heyman, Austin Smithard, and Paul Street.
TPSC and its sister company TPSC FILMS are the collaboration of long time partners, Kevin Matusow, Carissa Buffel, Kate Bacon, and Chris Woods.
We look forward to working with you!
PeoplePersonnel and Bios
DawnClarkeEP / Head of SalesClose
DawnClarkeEP / Head of Sales
Dawn Clarke is a conqueror. Raised in the Boston area as one of five kids, she’s not easily intimidated. She likes the challenge of working with difficult, complex characters (no reflection on her co-workers at TPSC), is a sucker for a good story, and doesn’t take no for an answer. That’s a good thing in sales. Dawn originally wanted to be a photographer and took her first job as a freelance photographer’s assistant. When the job was over, she continued to show up daily until they thought she was on staff and her career snowballed from there.
Dawn is a master at self-sourcing business, promoting sales, and maintaining client/agency relationships. A perfect day off would start with a road trip up the California coast, discovering something new with no phone in sight, and likely end with a little wine tasting. She has a part-time cat, is a skilled cook who loves to entertain on a large scale, and doesn’t like to wear shoes.
Lauren Houlberg is about as organized as organized can get. She is a list-making junkie whose perfect day off would include catching up on Ellen, hiking, grabbing lunch with friends, and reading a good book.
Lauren, a Miami native, moved to New York where she worked in advertising for Broadway musicals and plays. Her love of musicals started with her grandmother and later prompted her to pick up the alto sax, which she still plays.
Fortunately for TPSC, she left the Big Apple (and an alternate career dream of becoming an FBI Agent) to move to LA and focus her skills on producing. A quick study, Lauren went from Intern to Staff Producer in two years. Lauren is also an active community leader who believes in giving back. She supports the Ronald McDonald House and donates her time and energy to the Junior League’s Alliance for Children’s Rights. She’s a lover of travel, roller coasters, movies, anything to do with Matt Damon, and happy hour. Her favorite meal is mac and cheese from the box. The worst thing you could ask her to do?? (˙ɥɔɐoɹʞɔoɔ ɐ llᴉʞ)
CarmenPachecoOffice Production CoordinatorClose
CarmenPachecoOffice Production Coordinator
Carmen Pacheco is a quintessential Pisces: compassionate, artistic, intuitive, gentle and wise, with a propensity for visual media and spiritual themes. She embodies both the disciplinary sensibilities of her mother, a corrections officer, and the celestial teachings of her hippie father. Raised in the wine country of Walla Walla, Washington (the town so nice, they named it twice!), Carmen is the youngest of three sisters and a self-described girly-girl although she cops to the northwestern traits of being outdoorsy and wearing flannel. Ambitious and focused, she is the first member of her family to graduate from college (with honors!), earning a BA in Communications from Washington State University with a minor in Global Studies.
In addition to having impressive creative writing, poetry, and Photoshop skills, Carmen is also proficient in non-linear editing.
And she is an expert on everything to do with The Office. Literally. She’s watched every episode multiple times and can quote verbatim upon request. She brings with her everything she’s learned from that paper company in Scranton.
A good day off would involve sleeping until at least 11am (also a Pisces trait), a hike or trip to the beach, followed by some binge watching of, you guessed it, THE OFFICE!
Celebrity crush: Marilyn Manson
KatieHoltbergPR / MarketingClose
KatieHoltbergPR / Marketing
Katie Holtberg has a sweet tooth. In fact, with a relatively new dog, an even newer husband, and a brand new house, life is pretty sweet for this advertising agency alum turned PR/Marketing Director. Appreciative of all of life’s simplest pleasures, Katie loves being around people and has an infectious smile that can light up a room.
This St. Louis native began her career at Budweiser as a brewery tour guide, thoughtfully allowing for extra tour time in the tasting room. From there, she cut her teeth as a member of an elite special events team for Anheuser-Busch—which loosely translates to being sent to every sporting event across the US (with an unlimited credit card) to meet with vendors and report back to AB. She excelled at it. Switching to advertising, Katie went to work for Cannonball on the AB/Bud Light account and after 7 years moved to RPA, working on the sports sponsorship account for Farmer’s Insurance. These days she focuses her sales and advertising background on promoting both TPSC’s commercial and film divisions in industry publications and across varied social media platforms.
In her free time you’ll probably find Katie at the dog park or making soup and entertaining with Nate.
Fun facts about Katie: She’s an only child. She was a swim coach in college. And she’s always cold….even in LA.
CarissaBuffelChief Executive OfficerClose
CarissaBuffelChief Executive Officer
Carissa Buffel, CEO of The Traveling Picture Show Company and Co-CEO of TPSC Films, is an experienced executive and producer whose prolific career has taken her around the globe producing large budget motion pictures, independent feature films, documentaries, television and numerous award winning commercials and music videos. Carissa's primary role is to guide the strategic direction of the companies by overseeing all day to day operations, and actively producing all films under the TPSC Films banner.
Kevin Matusow, the President of The Traveling Picture Show Company and co-CEO of TPSC Films, is an established producer with over 15 years of experience working in commercial advertising production and independent motion pictures. Kevin has traveled throughout the world producing creative content and has played a pivotal role in launching The Traveling Picture Show Company and its early successes. TPSC has expanded into a full-fledged production studio with divisions in film, television and commercial advertising.
ChrisWoodsPartner / DirectorClose
ChrisWoodsPartner / Director
As a founding partner of the Traveling Picture Show Company, Chris Woods is an award winning director with over 30 years of experience in commercials, documentaries, and feature films. His work has won numerous industry awards and he continues to focus on the creative development and production of material within the company's slate of projects.
Kate Bacon is a founding partner of the Traveling Picture Show Company and a producer / partner of TPSC Films. She brings 25 years of fundraising, business, and management skills to the team and collaborates on identifying and developing new projects for the company.