Co-Executive Producer - New Media
Director of Business Affairs
An Emmy Award winning producer/director with over 25 years of television, feature film and interactive experience, Robert Kirk is President of Development and co-Founder of Digital Ranch.
Kirk serves as Executive Producer of the upcoming Discovery Channel series Out of Egypt and Animal Planet¹s Animal Armageddon. He served as Executive Producer of the History Channel series Mail Call and Dogfights. He was the co-creator and Executive Producer of Dangerous Missions, also for The History Channel and co-created Weapons at War, a critically acclaimed 65-hour series for the A&E Network.
Kirk was nominated (along with his partner, Rob Lihani) for an Emmy for his three-hour special, The Last Days of World War II, and received an Emmy for his special, Remembering World War II: Pearl Harbor. He produced and directed both programs.
His feature documentary, Sugihara: Conspiracy of Kindness, won Best Documentary at the Hollywood Film Festival, and was a featured at the United Nations in New York. The program recently aired nationally on PBS.
Kirk¹s other work includes Angels: The Mysterious Messengers (NBC), Robert Redford and Sydney Pollack: The Men and Their Movies (NBC), Making of a Model (ABC), Sightings (FOX), Robots (A&E), and Sink the Bismarck (A&E).
President of Production and Owner Manager of Digital Ranch, Robert Lihani served as Executive Producer of the History Channel series Mail Call and Shifting Gears. He is the co-creator and Executive Producer of Suicide Missions (now Dangerous Missions), also for The History Channel, and Weapons at War, the critically acclaimed 65-hour series for the A&E Network.
Lihani served six years of active duty with the United States Air Force Combat Camera Service. As Captain, he led the Combat Camera team during the invasion of Panama in December 1989. He went on to be the Executive Producer on over 100 hours of television programming, including Mercury 13: The Secret Astronauts, a program on women astronauts, which won the 1999 Tribute Accolade Award from Women in Cable and Telecommunications. He also wrote and directed the three-hour special, The Last Days of World War II (for which he received an Emmy nomination), D–Day: The Total Story, The Real West, Civil War Journal, Rockets, History’s Mysteries, History Undercover and America’s Best Kept Secrets.
David Cargill is a Co-Executive Producer at Digital Ranch. Originally from Scotland, David began his television career in the UK, producing award-winning documentaries for BBC Television, and then transitioning to live news & sport with Granada TV, the UK’s largest independent network. David’s American television experience includes 10 years producing and directing documentaries for networks including The History Channel, Tru TV and Discovery. His notable commercial projects include the US Army ad campaign ‘An Army of One.’
Abe is the fast-rising star of the Digital Ranch production team. He was hired straight out of film school in 2002 and quickly worked his way up the ranks. He was the post-production supervisor for numerous Digital Ranch projects, including Mail Call, The Investigators, and Murder by the Book. In 2006 he stepped into a new role as show runner for the CGI-animated series Dogfights for the History Channel. The show quickly became a smash-hit and helped forge a signature storytelling style that Digital Ranch has become known for. After wrapping production on 30+ episodes he moved directly into another CGI series, Animal Armageddon for Animal Planet. In addition to his producing duties he works closely with Rob Kirk and Rob Lihani to push Digital Ranch in new directions: web-based content, new media, even video game development.
Valarie Sheldon is Director of Business Affairs. She began her career with television game show producer Goodson Todman Productions where she worked on shows such as Family Feud, Classic Concentration and Card Sharks. Since her transition from game shows into documentary television, Valarie has specialized in rights and clearances. She has worked on both series and specials for networks such as A&E, History Channel, Discovery Networks and PBS.
Marnella Stout has served as Controller for Digital Ranch since 2007. Marnella began her accounting career in the entertainment industry working at a music recording studio in her native Montreal, Quebec, Canada. A few years after graduating with honours from Condordia University, Marnella relocated to the US in 2001 and served as Controller for an entertainment payroll service before arriving at Digital Ranch in 2007.