Amaris is a diverse media company focused on producing engaging media projects that change culture through thought provoking and challenging story-telling. We own a library of 120 intellectual properties that includes multiple award winning titles for: Children, Teens & Adults
Our team has over 60 years of combined experience in: Producing, Directing, Writing & Business and Finance
Amaris' longevity and reputation provides us with relationships and direct access to top Academy and Emmy Award winning Hollywood talent. To remain nimble and agile our company purposefully maintains a small and manageable team of professionals.
As a writer/producer of 40 years Bill’s work has won over 70 national and international awards including three N.Y. Film Festivals and the C.S. Lewis Honor Award. Besides
co-creating and writing the original McGEE and ME, Bill has published over 80 children and teen books including such successes as THE INCREDIBLE WORLDS OF WALLY McDOOGLE (2.2 million books), written / directed for Focus on the Family’s ADVENTURES IN ODYSSEY (1,100 stations), and produced, written or directed nearly two dozen films.
A literary agent and manager for 20 years and Vice President of one of Hollywood's premiere agencies, Shapiro-Lichtman overseeing the careers of 200 writers, directors and producers. She served on the Board of Advisors for Children’s Television Programing and was one of the top agents representing children’s animation. Peggy was an Associate Professor in the Biola University Cinema and Media Arts Department where she instructed young filmmakers in the art of screenwriting and the entertainment business.
For over 20 years Paul has worked in the finance and accounting field. His work history includes management and executive experience in real estate development and entertainment. Serving as Chief Financial Officer for an independent dance music label Paul was responsible all financial operations for the label. Paul also serves as Chief Financial Officer for Westlake Village based mega-church Calvary Community Church.
Billy Dickson, ASC/DGA
Head of Production
As a member of both the American Society of Cinematographers and the Director’s Guild of America, Billy is a seasoned industry vet of 35 years. He is best known as director and full time cinematographer of the multi-award TV series “Ally McBeal” which earned him 2 Emmy and 4 American Society of Cinematography nominations. The feature film, “Believe”, widely released in December 2016 with Smith Global Media and Sony was written, directed and shot by Billy. "Believe" was named the 2016 Film of the Year by Christian Film Review.