Dustin Beck is a Technology Consultant for Emerald Bayou Studios. Beck, who was referred by and works in collaboration with Cisco Systems, brings fifteen years of experience in the advanced high-tech consulting industry and has worked with many of the leaders in his field. He specializes in providing business relevant solutions to dynamic companies in need of technology, helping them keep pace with their rapidly changing growth needs. Having worked across many verticals, including entertainment, media management, mobile technologies and communications, Mr. Beck is uniquely qualified to assist the Emerald Bayou team in cutting edge technology development for the present and future.
Possessing an extensive background in several areas of the entertainment industry, he started his career with Walt Disney Entertainment in Orlando, Florida as a technician for live show events and parades. Shawn was honored to be selected as an opening crew member at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park working as a lead lighting technician. He later worked for Universal Studios as a technician and eventually became a Technical Director for three other theatrical companies.
Recruited by Presentation Services Audio Visual, he was appointed Production Manager of large show events working for companies like Lockheed Martin, Pfizer Pharmaceuticals, and the U.S. Department of Defense to name a few. Upon moving to Virginia, Shawn was the Senior Production Supervisor for Concerts and Events at Busch Gardens and key special effects makeup artist for Howl-0-Scream. Detail-oriented with effective time management, Shawn is an asset to Emerald Bayou Studios.
Marquetta Cheeks, owner and CEO of Emerald Bayou Studios, is a writer/ director/ producer, whose
35-year career spans film, television, theater, and music working in Los Angeles and New York. As president of EBS, her many responsibilities include overseeing the company’s 6 sister companies, all entertainment products, and the production training program. Beginning her career with Richard Pryor and working for major companies like WARNER BROS. (film, television, and records) and INTERSCOPE FILMS. She is proficient in film, television, theater, and music productions, contract negotiations, budget administration, project development, promotion, marketing and publicity. Marquetta is skilled at managing and coordinating multiple projects for companies (CBS, RCA, Arista Records) with large crews (NAACP Image Awards - Halle Berry, Denzel Washington, Jay Leno) and film budgets up to $100 million (What Dreams May Come).
A native of Louisiana, Marquetta graduated from prestigious Southern University in Baton Rouge with a B.A. in Broadcast Journalism. Being a trained musician with a love for the creative arts and a passion for film, it was only natural that Marquetta would pursue a successful career in the entertainment industry.