Our Story

Stephanie, Tamra, and Michael's chance meeting led to a collaboration agreement within thirty minutes. Our partnership started with a handshake, and since 2010 we've never needed anything more. We believe that everyone's best potential can be reached when we focus on what we give to a project, putting the project's needs at the top of every list. HatLine Productions is a rewarding, fun place to work. We believe success is the natural by-product of treating each other and our partners with respect, honesty, and integrity.

Our Name

Performing improv at Renaissance fairs taught us one thing: in order to succeed, we must craft the entire audience experience so that it leads unexpectedly and inevitably to the "Hat Line--" that last moment of laughter that would make someone eager to reach into his or her pocket and pull out a few dollars to put in our hat. We realized this was the perfect fusion of art and commerce, and with that, our company name was born. Everything we do adheres to this one rule: delight our audience. Make them laugh, cry, and most importantly, leave the theater changed a little for the better.

Performing improv at Renaissance fairs taught us one thing: in order to succeed, we must craft the entire audience experience so that it leads unexpectedly and inevitably to the "Hat Line--" that last moment of laughter that would make someone eager to reach into his or her pocket and pull out a few dollars to put in our hat. We realized this was the perfect fusion of art and commerce, and with that, our company name was born. Everything we do adheres to this one rule: delight our audience. Make them laugh, cry, and most importantly, leave the theater changed a little for the better.

Performing improv at Renaissance fairs taught us one thing: in order to succeed, we must craft the entire audience experience so that it leads unexpectedly and inevitably to the "Hat Line--" that last moment of laughter that would make someone eager to reach into his or her pocket and pull out a few dollars to put in our hat. We realized this was the perfect fusion of art and commerce, and with that, our company name was born. Everything we do adheres to this one rule: delight our audience. Make them laugh, cry, and most importantly, leave the theater changed a little for the better.

Our Philosophy

HatLine's executive team is made up of producers and writers with a combined experience of thirty-two years in the film industry. Our development process begins and ends with a keen focus on budget, packaging, and distribution. We formed HatLine to tell stories, but with every step, we ensure that the business needs of the project receive the same scrutiny as the creative needs. 

 

In short, we make films, television, and web series designed to compete at the hightest levels in the global entertainment marketplace.

Our Team

Co-Founder and CCO of HatLine, Stephanie is an Emmy-nominated producer and line producer with 25 years of experience in the entertainment industry. Her films have been in over 75 film festivals throughout the world, garnering more than 50 awards, including 14 for Best Picture. She has line produced feature films, television, and web series. Stephanie began in business and legal affairs working for both independent production companies and Paramount Pictures before forming her own company. Stephanie started her career in the industry as an actress, studying with Academy-Award winning director Mike Nichols and Second City Improv founder, Paul Sills. 

Stephanie Bell

PRODUCER

Co-founder and CMO of HatLine, Tamra has been a freelance journalist and marketing consultant for over 20 years. Her first screenplay won the 2019 SLAMDANCE Screenwriting Competition, 2019 Creative World Award, Silver in PAGE and a semi-finalist in the Nicholl Fellowship screenwriting competitions. Her published works include newspaper and magazine features, and are currently focused on digital content marketing and branding. Tamra leverages her journalism and marketing backgrounds to create high-concept, commercial stories, inspired by actual events. Regardless of genre or format, Tamra’s scripts feature strong female characters, and ordinary people who achieve extraordinary things. 

Tamra Teig

WRITER/PRODUCER

Co-founder and CEO of HatLine, Michael is a writer/producer whose scripts have placed in the semifinals or higher in every major screenwriting competition, including winning the Grand Prize at SLAMDANCE in 2019. Michael’s experience in script/story development assures that HatLine properties compete at the highest level in today’s marketplace. Before writing and producing full time, Michael was Vice President of a $150M company.

Michael Lipoma

WRITER/PRODUCER

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Robert joined The Fall's producing team in 2020. He has over 25 years experience creating and producing digital content for radio, television, publishing and film. His projects have received over 30 award nominations including a Grammy and have won 11 film festival awards, a Hollywood Music in Media Award, Slamdance Best Feature script and Grand Prize awards, Creative World Award, and PAGE Silver Award. He is also an illustrator, singer/song writer, and an author of two illustrated books and a novel. 

Robert B. Vink

PRODUCER