Arguably the most well-known meteorologist on television, Jim Cantore is the face of America’s weather authority, The Weather Channel.
Though he is best known for his live field coverage of major weather events (such as Hurricanes Sandy, Matthew, Irma, Michael, Dorian, and Laura), his contributions span well beyond severe weather field reporting. He has reported from events such as the Space Shuttle Discovery launch, the “Winter X Games,” PGA tournaments, and NFL games. Cantore was in London hosting weather segments for NBC during the Summer Olympics and is a frequent contributor to NBC programs such as Nightly News with Lester Holt, TODAY, and multiple MSNBC shows. Cantore also serves as host to many original productions on The Weather Channel, including the award-winning Storm Stories, the network’s first signature long-form series, as well as Cantore Stories.
Jim Cantore was elected Fellow of the American Meteorological Society. He has also been inducted into the Weather Hall of Fame at the National Weather Museum and Science Center. Most recently, Jim received a News and Documentary Emmy® for his role in The Weather Channel’s Immersive Mixed Reality storytelling which depicted the danger of tornadoes.
A sought after speaker, Cantore has served as a celebrity ambassador for the American Red Cross, enabling him to further spread the message of preparedness, an issue of vital importance to him that carries over from his work. He has also appeared in a series of public service announcements for FEMA on the importance of preparing your home and family for severe weather. Through The Weather Channel, Cantore lends his famous face to L.L. Bean, as a celebrity endorser, and since 2019 has appeared in promotional commercials for brands such as Generac Power Systems.
Cantore’s ability to explain to viewers the scientific cause-and-effect of the weather transcends from meteorology to journalism, making him a household name and fan favorite. When not in the field, he covers the latest forecast and weather news on Weather Center Live.
The Emmy Award-winning “Raggs” musical TV series offers partners a truly incredible, versatile and growing brand to reach the early childhood and family demographic. The Raggs brand assets easily extend to products, live shows, sponsorships and innovative partnerships.
Staring five colorful canine characters, Raggs, Trilby, Pido, B. Max and Razzles, the “Raggs” TV series rocks with original music while presenting a strong educational foundation and demonstrating positive social skills. The modular series received the E/I, (educational and informative) certification from the Federal Communications Commission and includes an innovative mix of early elementary themed-segments related through the use of live action stories, music videos, concerts, cartoons and interviews with real kids.
“Raggs” is an international brand including TV distribution, multi-platform digital distribution, CDs, DVDs, toys, books and touring. Today, “Raggs” can be seen in the U.S. on select PBS stations, the Qubo cable network and in Spanish on NBC’s Telemundo. Worldwide, “Raggs” is seen on major networks throughout Latin America and other countries, with additional new broadcasters and outlets picking up the series. RaggsTV on YouTube is growing viewership exponentially. Key licenses include a full line of plush toys, backpacks and pillows from Fiesta Toys; special edition pianos and music books from Schoenhut Toy Piano Company and a new line of resort apparel from Grupo Textil in Mexico.
Raggs has played over 4,000 live performances around the world including four appearances at The White House, three tours with Armed Forces Entertainment to Asia and Europe, countless appearances at fairs and festivals, two performing arts tours in the U.S. and as part of a nationally televised live Christmas concert for an audience of 100,000 in Sydney, Australia.
The Raggs Band’s live event experience expanded to include a long-term partnership called “Play at Palladium with Raggs” with the Palladium Hotel Group at their all-inclusive luxury resorts in Mexico and the Caribbean. The “Play at Palladium with Raggs” program includes the Raggs Pirate Show, a full theatrical production with the costumed characters, 20 dancers and an emcee; a weekly custom breakfast with the characters and a weekly wild and crazy “Pido’s Surf Party” disco event for kids and parents. Raggs is also an integral marketing partner with Grand Palladium, frequently featured in articles such as U.S. Airways Magazine, U.S.A. Today, other city dailies, online outlets, and many blog articles.
Created by former Charlotte, NC advertising executive, Toni Steedman, for her then 6-year old daughter, “Raggs” boasts an incredible inventory of 195 half hour episodes, over 200 original and cover songs and over 1,000 segments. Over 200 producers, directors, writers, musicians, animators, set designers, costumers, actors, and crew worked tirelessly to create this series. While the original production was created in Sydney, Australia, Raggs has been translated to U.S. English, Hebrew and Spanish. New segments and production continue with the debut of 20 classic children’s songs and animated companion videos. This exceptionally large library gives “Raggs” staying power in the industry.
“Raggs” and all rights are owned by Blue Socks Media LLC, Charlotte, NC.
Courtney Dober is a versatile and energetic Australian actor, TV host, and producer with a wealth of experience both in front of and behind the camera. His experience ranges from kids’ shows, Kim & Courtney’s Theory of Awesomeness for Disney Australia, high fashion, Mercedes Benz Fashion Week, to lifestyle and travel, Getaway and Fashion ASIA. In addition, Courtney wrote, produced and hosted his own talk show, Showcase TV.
More recently, Dober acted in the lead role for two short films, Duplicity and Babel. He was a contestant on The Bachelor Winter Games, ABC7 where he represented Australia in the newest spinoff series of America’s The Bachelor. Dober also made a cameo on an episode of The Bachelor in the U.S.
Currently, Courtney stars in the adventure, reality-TV series, The Fixers. He and a crew of experienced builders travel around the world to remote locations with significant need. One recent adventure included building a bakery for the women of La Coroza, Honduras, which provides jobs and income for that community. Another 2020 project was erecting a homeless shelter for families in Wyoming.
In his limited spare time, Dober invents products such as CleverDux, color coded wristbands that correspond with medical needs (i.e.: asthma, allergy, epilepsy, diabetes, etc.). He is also a champion of the environment, an animal lover, and teaches sustainability. When he is not working, Dober can be found living and traveling in his eco-friendly van.
“Car Fix” is the ultimate “how-to” series featuring industry experts Lou Santiago and Jared Zimmerman. This dynamic duo showcases special hands-on automotive projects including modifications, upgrades, and repairs using high-end performance and aftermarket products. Lou and Jared are also known for their SpikeTV hit “Muscle Car” that featured the rebuilding old American muscle cars from the ground up. Lou ended up hosting 45 episodes of the show which delved into the lives of mechanics, painters, and auto techs as they attempted to restore classic automobiles to their glory days. Lou, a former Navy Seabee mechanic, has also hosted Discovery’s “Ultimate Car Build Off” and been a guest host for Hot Rod Magazine TV, Extreme 4×4, Horsepower and V8TV.com.