the core team

Danny Passman, President & Founder - In May 2010, he founded Crybaby Media.  As a development executive at VH1 and fuse, Danny was responsible for discovering fresh comedy talent for Best Week Ever and also developed several series such as Whitest Kids U' Know and Pants Off Dance Off.  In the digital media space, Danny was the Global Head of Programming & Content Acquisition at Joost after serving as Senior Creative Director at Dailymotion.  He is a (not so recent) graduate of Boston University.  FUN FACT: Danny was the assistant to Fran Drescher on the last two seasons of The Nanny.

Melissa Ruiz, Casting & Development Director- Melissa has a wide array of casting experience from various networks and production companies including MTV, OWN, Mundo Fox, Telemundo, and ITV Studios. From singing competitions to daytime talk shows, when it comes to casting, Melissa has done it all. FUN FACT: Melissa was once a cheerleader for the WNBA's New York Liberty team.


Amina Mamaty, Casting Associate - Amina was born and raised in Paris but very much Americanized at this point.  She has done casting and development at companies such as Fremantle Media, Eastern TV and BET.  Amina has developed an eye for the unique, the talanted and the (slightly) ratchet.