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Get to know the Team

Stephanie Lydecker

Founder & CEO

Stephanie Lydecker is the founder and CEO of KT STUDIOS – a full-service production company that specializes in creating and producing ambitious and diverse unscripted and scripted television, podcasts, and documentary films.

Courtney McKenna Armstrong

Chief Creative Officer

Courtney McKenna Armstrong joined KT Studios as the Chief Creative Officer. During her time at KT Studios, she has overseen the development and production of the company's slate. Armstrong's impressive track record includes working with high-profile talent, and she is responsible for creating presentations, delivering 100+ page format breakdowns, and maintaining pre-through post-production schedules.

Jeff Shane

Vice President

Jeff Shane started at KT Studios as the Senior Director of Development but was recently promoted to the position of Vice President, where he continues to play an integral role in the company's development, strategy, and creative direction.

Gabriel Castillo

Development Coordinator

Gabriel Castillo was born and raised in Arizona and graduated from Northern Arizona University where he studied Creative Media & Film. He moved to Los Angeles shortly after graduation where he plans to put forth his skillset in creative development and production coordinating to pursue a career in the industry. 

Andrew Aronow


Andrew Aronow graduated from Wayne State University in Detroit and began his professional career as a Legislative Correspondent for U.S. Congressman John Dingell. After two years, Andrew left Capitol Hill and moved to New York where he began his career in branded entertainment before leaving to work on independent films both scripted and documentary. Andrew has since moved to Los Angeles and continues to develop and work on several projects across various types of digital media.

Conor Powell


Conor Powell is a successful, award-winning podcast host, multimedia producer, and veteran TV journalist with more than a decade of experience covering major news stories and creating gripping and powerful content from around the world.

Alan Wieder


Alan Wieder is a producer, writer, and visual artist in Los Angeles. As a producer, he was the creative force behind some of reality tv's biggest hits, including Joe MillionaireMy Big Fat Obnoxious FiancéThe Apprentice, and Chrisley Knows Best. He's written feature films for Universal, Summit, and Warner Brothers and published two books.

Cris Graves


Cris Graves is an Emmy Award-winning filmmaker who has worked across platforms from film to television to online content. Her work has spanned the globe as a producer/director, filming in some of the harshest and most remote areas on our planet. Her credits include The Amazing Race, Whale Wars, and Living Undocumented. 

James Pilcher


James Pilcher is a reporter for Local 12 WKRC (CBS) in Cincinnati. He made the transition from print to TV in March of 2020 after a long and distinguished career in newspapers and for wire services. Most recently, James was the investigative reporter for The Cincinnati Enquirer, where he uncovered sex trafficking rings in southern Ohio as well as corruption at the local airport that led to changes in Kentucky state law. Some of his work has sparked statewide audits in Ohio and Kentucky and even queries from the U.S. Senate.

Joseph Scott Morgan


Joseph Scott Morgan is the Distinguished Scholar of Applied Forensics at Jacksonville State University, where he holds the faculty rank of Associate Professor of Forensic Investigations. Morgan is a leading expert on the U.S. coroner system, as well as medicolegal education.