Director Shawn Cauthen is making his directorial debut with Netflix vs. the World. Previously, he served as the cinematographer on The Orange Years: The Nickelodeon Story, which he also helped produce and edit. Cauthen is currently directing the docu-series, Fan Level Midnight: Devoted to The Office, which tracks a documentary crew traveling cross-country to discover the enduring appeal of the show and the impact it continues to have on people’s lives. He also is attached to direct, Call Me Papa, which is based on his short documentary by the same name. The film tells the story of Anne Frank’s father, Otto, and the people around the world who wrote to him after publishing Anne’s diary. Eva Schloss, Anne’s step-sister, is featured in the documentary.
Producer Micheal Flaherty is co-founder and former president of Walden Media. Since founding Walden in 1999, Flaherty led the company as its president until 2014. Walden produced close to two dozen films that grossed over $3 billion at the international box office.
Writer Gina Keating is a longtime journalist, podcaster and author of Netflixed: The Epic Battle for America’s Eyeballs (Portfolio/Penguin, 2012). She also wrote Wondery’s top-ranked podcast for Business Wars: Netflix vs. Blockbuster vs. HBO.
Keating is currently writing and producing the podcast Raven 23: Presumption of Guilt, about four decorated Iraq war veterans who became prisoners of war in their own country. She is a principal of ThinkAgain Media, telling stories that champion the underdog, challenge conventional wisdom and confront unpopular truths.
Valerie McGowan and Flaherty have produced a number of films. These include The Little Prince which won the BAFTA Award for best family film, Step, which won the Grand Jury Award at the Sundance Film Festival, and I Can Only Imagine, which was the most profitable film of 2018.