Anne is a producer and director who joined Ana and Jess as Head of Production on Her America: 50 women, 50 States in 2017. Most recently she was the executive producer and producer of the visual EP campaign for NLE Choppa’s freshman album Cottonwood. Prior to founding Cousins she was a member of the production team both on the ground and behind the scenes for Alicia Keys’ short film, The Gospel, which premiered at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival. While working for AK Worldwide they also oversaw a live takeover of Times Square in relation to the release of her album Here. Her commercial clients include Jeep, Mini Cooper, Ford, Asics, Clinique, Chanel, Nordstrom, Samsung, Ford, Bose and Mont Blanc.
Cousins is a full service production company working for hire and creating original content. Our founding partners Anne Alexander, Jessica Chermayeff, and Ana Veselic bring years of experience creating documentary and commercial work.
Jessica is an award winning producer and director. Working with Ana, she produced Her America: 50 women, 50 States for Lifetime, and directed Towards the North as part of Humanity on the Move, a documentary series for PBS tackling the global refugee crisis produced by Show of Force. Together Jessica and Ana produced the documentary film Kehinde Wiley: An Economy of Grace which won at SXSW, received an Emmy nomination and was shortlisted for an Oscar. She has produced for This is Life with Lisa Ling on CNN and the PBS mini-series Half the Sky: Turning Opportunity into Oppression for Women Worldwide and the follow up A Path Appears.
Jess is grateful to the Cousins who got her into this business and wanted to keep expanding the family.
Ana Veselic is an award winning director, and Emmy nominated editor. She directed Cousins’ Lifetime documentary campaign Her America: 50 Women, 50 States, which took home a Clio in 2018. She edited and produced the SXSW winning, Oscar-shortlisted short documentary, Kehinde Wiley: An Economy of Grace. After starting on films like Anniversary Party and Men in Black II, Ana landed in New York where she edited on-air docs, and wrote and directed on-air promos for cult favorite RuPaul’s Drag Race. Ana has written and directed short documentaries that cover the politics of style, nuances of gender expression, self-actualization in magic, and other entertaining and emotional narratives. Her clients include VICE, Vh1, Logo, MTV, Nickelodeon, A+E, PBS, the New York Times, YouTube, Virgin, Dove, Ford, Proctor and Gamble, Tresseme, Timberland, LG, and others. She is originally from Zagreb, Croatia.
For Ana, “Cousins” is a nice warm sounding name.
Zoë is a filmmaker and radio producer whose background is in film, photography, and music. Her career began in the music industry at Live Nation Entertainment. Pursuing documentary, she became a BRIC Arts Media Documentary Fellow, where she directed and produced the short doc For The Record, which premiered at International New York Film Festival. Zoë is a program producer and DJ at public access station 8 Ball Radio, where she hosts her own show and was the longtime producer of The Clayton Patterson Show. Her experience in visual and audio storytelling and love for community have brought her onto the Cousins team.