our team

The Vortex Studios' team in Los Angeles and Traverse City has over 20 years of content production and marketing experience to bring to your next campaign. We have worked with a myriad of media companies and brands, all while delivering engaging, brand focused content.

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James Deutch

Founder & CEO

Founder James Deutch has been an Executive Producer with major media companies, international format studios and digital media studios including NBC, YouTube, AOL, Bravo, AwesomenessTV, Hearst Entertainment, Zodiak Media, CNBC & Bloomberg TV.

He has produced programming with sponsors including: General Motors, Home Depot, SC Johnson, Macy’s, Ethan Allen, H&M, Saks Fifth Avenue, Express and Johnson & Johnson.


Deutch is a graduate of Georgetown University and a member of the Television Academy, the Producers Guild of America and an Advisory Board Member of the Georgetown Entertainment and Media Alliance.


Sales & Production Executive

Sara Harding has been leading dynamic and various organizations, including at FIM Group, a private investment company that managed over $850 million in assets. Her role as COO included optimizing operations, creating and strategic initiatives, and leading the execution of the multiple organizations' tactics for growth and sustainability. During her tenure, Sara led the media company Spirituality & Health Media, Yen Yoga & Fitness, Utopia Foundation as well as curating and organizing TEDx Traverse City.

Jen Casey

Head of Sales

Jen is a veteran in the Broadcast Television and Digital Sales Industry. She spent the last 19 years of her career in New York, Chicago and Traverse City working with major advertising agencies and local businesses to develop strategic marketing and advertising plans.


She has held positions at ESPN, ABC, Clear Channel and Sinclair. Over the course of her career, she has executed successful brand campaigns with leading brands including Cadillac, McDonald's, Diageo, Mazda, Washington Wines, Shedd Aquarium and Horseshoe Casino.


Jen Casey

Head of Sales



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