LaughMD is the new, cutting-edge comedy cure coming to hospitals around the country
With two full, continuous 24 hour channels of family comedy and kids comedy, LaughMD delivers hilarity at the fingertips to those who most need a good laugh.
Who We Are
Chief Content Officer and Founder: Frank Chindamo
Frank created Fun Little Movies in 2003, the first U.S. company to produce comedic films for mobile phones worldwide, and launched the still-running top-deck channel of comedy videos on Sprint phones in 2004. In 2007, he was nominated by Ernst & Young for Entrepreneur of the Year. Frank is LMD’s Founder and Content Curator, and has experience ranging from the Sprint Channel to Babelgum.com, (achieving 1 million subscribers in under two months) to the current Christian content site. Truli.net. FLM produces web video series for big brands including Walmart, Petco and Kingston Technologies.
FLM has been a cover story or featured in Forbes Magazine, the L.A. Times, the NY Times, USA Today, The NY Post, the BBC, Washington Post, Variety, Hollywood Reporter, AdAge, Mashable, CBS and Wired Magazine. FLM has also won over 30 awards for the the videos they have produced, including the Grand Prize at Mobile Content World in Barcelona at the MoFilm awards, given by Kevin Spacey. FLM was also a finalist at the Cannes Film Festival for Best Short Film. In 2010, Frank produced a video for TED with Titanic and Avatar producer Jon Landau. He has lectured at numerous colleges and universities and is currently an Adjunct Professor in Web Video at USC, UCLA and Chapman Universities.
Frank created LaughMD because of the experiences he saw when he was with his family in hospitals. His father suffered from heart attacks and cancer and was in the hospital 17 times. His brother passed away after months in a hospital. And other family members have spent weeks in hospitals. Frank saw that most of the time, patients were doing nothing but watching TV, and the TV channels available to them made them more anxious, aggravated and sicker. There had to be a better way!
Frank received his Film B.F.A. from N.Y.U. and his Screenwriting & Producing M.F.A. from Columbia University.
Chief Financial Officer: Matthew Avruch
Matthew Avruch began his career in New York, quickly rising up the ranks of the financial world to become Vice President at both Drexel Burnham Lambert and Bear Stearns. Now the principal owner/founder of MRM Capital Holdings. MRM brings an array of entrepreneurial finance and strategic investment capital raising skills from pre-revenue start ups to well established small and middle market companies with strong recurring revenues and cash flow, and/or a strong competitive edge in its market. Recently the firm has helped numerous start-ups and late stage companies develop and refine their business strategies and solutions, including securing and structuring specific private equity and debt capital from an array of long established investor resources. Specialties: Ability to raise substantial equity and debt capital from private high net worth individuals and institutional resources for early and mid stage corporate growth financings, real estate acquisitions, mezzanine debt, bridge financings and various secured debt financings; Distressed Real Estate debt and REO acquisitions.
Chief Technical Officer: John Frank Rosenblum
John Frank Rosenblum began his career in the early days of the internet coding and uploading videos for large companies before pursuing the creative side of the entertainment business. With a vast knowledge of the technical side of the creating, shooting, hosting and delivery of projects for TV and film, John Frank has worked as a producer and writer in productions over the last three decades across numerous platforms. He has worked on high profile projects like: Doctor Who and Star Trek: The Next Generation as well as series for, among others, The learning Channel and The Sci-Fi Channel (SiFi). In addition, John Frank has created hundreds of hours of original programming for new media distribution by companies including Warner Brothers, Universal, Disney, Paramount, Sony, Fox, Relativity, Lionsgate, Miramax/ Dimension, Dreamworks, BBC, Comcast, AOL, CompuServe and Prodigy, and produced the content for hundreds of websites including South Park, XOMBIE, Alive!, and Digital Access. John Frank is a graduate of USCs School of Cinema and Television and is a member of The Producers Guild of America, SAG, WGA, AFTRA and IADAS.
Dr. Patch Adams
Dr. Patch Adams is the real man behind the hit movie “Patch Adams,” starring Robin Williams.
Patch is both a medical doctor and a clown, but he is also a social activist who has devoted 30 years to changing America’s healthcare system. He believes that laughter, joy and creativity are an integral part of the healing process and therefore, true health care must incorporate those aspects of life. Doctors and patients in his model relate to each other on the basis of mutual trust and patients receive plenty of time from their doctors.
Allopathic doctors and practitioners of alternative medicine will work side by side in Patch’s model. If you think that all sounds like a utopian impossibility, it isn’t. Patch and his colleagues practiced medicine at the Gesundheit Institute together in West Virginia that way for 12 years in what Patch refers to as their “pilot project.” In that time they saw 15,000 patients. From that experience onward Patch Adams has devoted his life to the study of what makes people happy.
Additionally, Dr. Adams adds to his training as a physician his experience as a street clown. In working with health care and mental health professionals, he explores the relationship between humor and therapy using his unique blend of knowledge, showmanship and hands on teaching techniques. Dr. Adams says, I interpret my experience in life as being happy. I want, as a doctor, to say it does matter to your health to be happy. It may be the most important health factor in your life.
Patch Adams, MD, is a nationally known speaker on wellness, laughter, and humor as well as on health care and health care systems. He approaches the issues of personal, community, and global health with zestful exuberance, according to Time Magazine. Dr. Adams believes that the most revolutionary act one can commit in our world is to be happy.
Lee Berk, DrPH, MPH, FACSM, FAAIM, CHES, CLS
Dr. Lee Berk is a researcher, preventive care specialist and pioneer in psychoneuroimmunology, studying the neuroendocrine and immune effects of positive emotions. He is a fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine and the American Association for Integrative Medicine as well as nationally board certified as a health education specialist and has served as a member of the board of directors for the American College of Lifestyle Medicine. In addition, Dr. Berk is an associate professor of Health Promotion and Education, School of Public Health, and associate research professor of Pathology and Human Anatomy, School of Medicine, both at Loma Linda University in Loma Linda, California. Dr. Berk is a member of the editorial board of Advances in Mind Body Medicine.
Paul “Dr. J” Jacobson, MD
In addition to being a recognized expert in the field of applied PNI (psycho-neuro-immunology) & behavioral medicine, Dr. Jacobson is a stage IV cancer survivor, massive heart attack & stroke survivor. Dr. J is branded as the Original ENDORPHO-MANIAC® and is an international speaker, trainer, coach, and mentor empowering others on how to SWIM WITH THE ENDORPHNS® by harnessing and self-regulating their body’s natural endorphin system. He is a seasoned pediatric/adult psychiatrist, board-certified forensic examiner, medical entrepreneur, and award winning comic arts media writer/producer. Dr. J is a member of the National Speakers Association, American Psychiatric Association, International Brotherhood of Magicians, and National Cartoonists Society. Dr. J will be an expert host for the LaughMD TV channel.
Geraldine Crean, PhD – New Business Development, Government Affairs
Dr. Crean has deep connections in the medical community. After 20 years at Pfizer, where she was in the Discovery Department, subsequently working in Regulatory Affairs, Business Development and Marketing, she began her own independent consultation service where she was recruited by One World Health, a Bill Gates company, to implement a program for regulatory approval of a lifesaving drug to cure “Black Fever.” Dr. Crean most recently obtained regulatory approval for two medical devices by being the direct contact to the FDA.
Dr. Crean has a Bachelor’s degree in Biology and Chemistry, a Master’s in Cell Biology, and a Ph.D. in Physiology with years of experience in bring both medicines and medical devices to both patients and hospitals through regulatory approval and direct marketing.
Cynthia Shelby-Lane, MD
Dr. Cynthia Shelby-Lane is an MD in private practice, a comedienne, anti-aging specialist and a talk show host who believes laughter is good medicine. As the creator of CASL (Cynthia Ann Shelby-Lane) Productions, Inc., she combines her two passions: laughter and medicine. For this she is featured in on Aetna’s website!
Dr. Shelby-Lane is a nationally recognized and in-demand keynote speaker, trainer, and consultant at conferences and events promoting the health benefits of humor. A practicing physician and experienced stand-up comedienne, her high energy, laugh-out-loud programs are as entertaining as they are informative in delivering her important message. On her radio series, “Dr. Shelby-Lane & The Medicine Show,” she emphasizes the therapeutic and healing power of laughter. She also coauthored the book, Getting Things Done: Keys to a Well Balanced Life.
Dr. Shelby-Lane is a graduate of The Second City School of Comedy in Chicago. She is a “doctor by day” and “comedienne by night.” When she isn’t working in the emergency room, she is performing standup at comedy clubs. She even created her own comedy troupe, Girlfriend Village & Company. “Laughter is part of our human spirit. We need to laugh and be happy to heal ourselves,” she said.
Another aspect of her career is working with Dr. Patch Adams and his innovative Gesundheit! Institute (www.patchadams.org) to carry their message of healthful laughter worldwide. Her motto: “Keep laughing!”
Dr. Shelby-Lane incorporates humor in her private practice with traditional, alternative, complementary, and integrative medicine to help her patients heal their bodies, minds, and spirits. She is a frequent speaker at workshops and seminars. She also created a 12-step program to help people laugh more and live longer. Dr. Shelby-Lane earned her MD at The University of Michigan, residency at University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston and earned a BS at Wayne State University.
Rick Feldman, Former CEO, NATPE
Rick Feldman is the former President and CEO of the National Association of Television Progam Executives. It is THE association of television broadcasters, networks, production companies and all things TV and New Media. See www.natpe.org.
Col. Dr. Robert Slay
Bob Slay is a practicing emergency physician, board-certified in Emergency Medicine and Internal Medicine. Dr. Slay is a fellow of the American College of Emergency Medicine and the American Academy of Emergency Medicine, and is a board examiner for the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He was consultant in Emergency Medicine to the Surgeon General, an international consultant, and is published in numerous textbooks of Emergency Medicine. Bob retired as a decorated Colonel from the U.S. Army Medical Corps, where he served as a physician member of the elite antiterrorist Delta Force during the “Desert One” hostage rescue attempt. He has written and acted in multiple national television shows, and does medical stand-up comedy as a hobby. He is the author of the best-selling book, The Battle Buddy Diet.
Dr. Jeffrey L. Gurian
Dr. Jeffrey L. Gurian is an Ex-Assoc. Clinical Professor at New York University College of Dentistry in the Oral Medicine/Oro-Facial Pain Department, where he taught and lectured for 12 years. One of the few doctors with a career in comedy, Dr. Gurian is also a nationally known comedy writer/comic/producer/author and the host of Comedy Matters TV, an internet channel with over 250 interviews he’s done with A-list comedians like Jimmy Fallon, Chelsea Handler, Jon Stewart, Bob Saget, Jack Black, Susie Essman, Lisa Lampanelli, Lewis Black, Louis CK, and so many more. He’s written for legendary comedians like Rodney Dangerfield, Joan Rivers, Phil Hartman, Richard Belzer and Gilbert Gottfried, as well as many Friars Roasts and had his own column in the legendary comedy newspaper “Weekly World News.” He also performs stand-up comedy in clubs around New York City and Los Angeles. A frequent guest on radio and TV, he recently wrote his second book “Make ‘Em Laugh” with an introduction by Chris Rock, featuring interviews with Jerry Seinfeld, Ray Romano, Billy Crystal, Colin Quinn, Jim Gaffigan, and about 30 other big stars, and he can be seen on Comedy Central’s hit Kroll Show with Nick Kroll, John Mulaney, and Amy Poehler, as well as recurring episodes of Bravo TV’s Real Housewives of New York. He was one of the doctors featured on NPR’s “Walking Through The Storm” an audio cd featuring doctors talking about how to use the mind and humor to promote physical healing, and was one of the producers of the Hamptons Comedy Festival which was the fund-raising arm for Comedy Fights Cancer. Dr. Gurian is based in NYC and you can read more about him at www.jeffreygurian.com
Ron Friedman was recently honored by the Writers Guild for having written for ALL IN THE FAMILY, BARNEY MILLER, GET SMART, THE ANDY GRIFFITH SHOW, and THE ODD COUPLE, five of the Writers Guild 101 BEST WRITTEN TELEVISION SERIES. He is a repeat Emmy and Writers Guild Award Nominee and Writers Guild Award Winner. Ron Friedman has written more than 700 hours of mostly prime time Top Ten Television in all genres and produced and/or created much of the same, created and written, or rewrote a total of 56 pilots in all genres for all major networks, and written numerous movies for television, and feature films in both live and animation, as well as works for the theater. In animation he created the G.I. JOE, DEFENDERS OF THE EARTH, and THE BIONIC SIX series, and with the great Stan Lee created, wrote and produced THE MARVEL ACTION HOUR, and also rewrote the first 64 episodes of THE TRANSFORMERS, and the animated feature THE TRANSFORMERS: THE MOVIE. Actor, standup comic, and comedy writer, Ron Friedman was the head writer for JONATHAN WINTERS, VICTOR BORGE, and DANNY KAYE, among many other celebrated comedians and performers. A member of the Writers Guild of America, SAG-AFTRA, THE DRAMATISTS GUILD, ASCAP, and Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, he is also an award-winning Architect, graduate of Carnegie Mellon University, and was Adjunct Professor of Screenwriting at USC School of Cinematic Arts for 17 years, and by special invitation, has also taught Graduate Courses in Writing the Hour Television Drama, writing the Half Hour Television Comedy, and Writing for Animation at the Knott Studios Film School of Chapman University in Orange, California for the last eight years and continues to do so.
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About Our Movies
LAUGHMD IS POWERED BY COMEDY VIDEO CONTENT FROM FUN LITTLE MOVIES.
Fun Little Movies specializes in short comedy videos ranging from 30 seconds to 5 minutes. Short videos like these are perfect for patients who may be interrupted for various reasons and may not be able to follow full, feature length programming. Fun Little Movies produces, co-produces and licenses short comedy videos for distribution on patient TVs, mobile phones, the Internet, and portable devices. Laugh MD and/or Fun Little Movies have been a cover story or featured in Forbes Magazine, the L.A. Times, the NY Times, Variety, Hollywood Reporter, CBS, Wired Magazine, etc. Click here for Press.