Bios

Writer: Carrol Mendelson

Carrol wrote, along with composer Ken Mazur "Borscht Belt Bistro," the musical. She Co-wrote "Rachel & Julio" with William Katt, which included in the title roles such performers as Lainie Kazan and Joe Bologna, Tony Plana and Liz Larsen, June Gable and Robert Burgos. She wrote and produced “Precious Piglet and Her Pals”, along with composer, Ken Mazur which won the LA ADA regional award for best original children’s musical and created a pilot for a children’s television series called "Bellyville and The Barnyard Bunch." She wrote and produced the drama "Imperfect Seed" which premiered in Florida, and was produced in Los Angeles. It is currently in development as a screenplay. Carrol Co-produced Mariette Hartley's one woman show "If You Get to Bethlehem You've Gone Too Far." She was president of Carrel Productions where she wrote and produced original material. Recently, she was host of a radio show "Carrol’s Creative Beat" where she spoke with people in all aspects of the arts.

Composer, Lyricist and Co-Writer: Ken Mazur

Composor/lyricist Ken Mazur has over three decades of experience in the music and entertainment world both in front of and behind the scenes.

Writing from his studio in Topanga California, Ken is currently in his fourth season as the composer for the multi Emmy award winning PBS TV show, Joseph Rosendo's "Travelscope," for which he has received numerous Telly Awards. Ken is also the composer for the PBS program "Rhythm Abroad" which premiered in April 2014. Ken scored the highly rated Discovery Channel Program, "Biker Build Off" from 2004 through 2006. His other TV work includes the feature length documentaries "Studio 54" and "Woodstock" for Behind the Music, VH1, One Day At A Time Reunion, CBS, the comedy series "Manhattan AZ" for USA Network, the series "Comics on Delivery" for Comedy Central, the series Lost and Found for FX and the theme song for NBC's TV special, "Dinosaurs Larger than Life."

His movie credits include "the Uninvited," "The Rose Technique," starring Jo Beth Williams, "Lucky" and "Pros and Cons" starring Larry Miller. In 2005 Ken wrote the music and lyrics for a children's musical, ""Precious Piglet and Her Pals," which won the LA 2005 ADA Award for Best Music, Lyrics and Book for an original children's musical.

Ken has:

  • Recorded over fifty albums as a session guitarist with artists such as Robert Palmer, Tina Tuner, INXS, Mink Deville, Marvin Gaye, Kid Creole, The O Jays, Herbie Mann, Ben E King, The Paul Winter Consort, and Candy Stayton; toured with Robert Palmer and Mink Deville.
  • Appeared on Broadway with Twyla Tharp as well as the musical "Gotta Go Disco."
  • Jingle credits including Chevy Truck, McDonalds, AT&T, Nintendo, Honda, Russel Athletics and Purina.
  • Amoung his other credits are the documentary "Voices from the Attic," documentary winner of the NY film Festival, and the short film, "Cat and Mousse," nominated for best prize at Cannes. Ken has won two Telly Awards for his work in commercial video.
  • Ken Mazur's official website: www.retrosmashstudio.com
  • Ken's first novel, a sci-fi detective thriller titled "The Zxap Jacket," was published earlier this year with great notices from the internet science fiction book world including SFBooks.com, SciFIFX.com and Good Reads. www.thezxapjacket.com