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Eric Nichols
President & CEO

The son of an LAPD motor officer, Eric grew up in California. When his father started his own film permit agency, Eric couldn’t pass up the opportunity to help build something from the ground up. He began his career at PPS in 1988 delivering permits, gathering community signatures, and posting “No Parking” signs. Realizing the strong potential for growth, Eric bought PPS In 1994. He has since expanded the company both in size and in scope of services, growing PPS into the full-service agency it is today. Eric credits the success of PPS to its hard-working people and a can-do attitude. His vision for PPS is one of continued growth and expanded services.

Chris Agnew
Vice President

Chris is a Philadelphia native with a degree in Film and Media Arts from Temple University. After spending time in San Francisco working as an Associate Producer for Legal Video Services, Chris relocated to Los Angeles and worked for the EIDC as a Film Permit Coordinator. He brought his permitting know-how to PPS in 2004, beginning as a Permit Coordinator, advancing to Head Coordinator, and finally, to Vice President. Chris thrives on the opportunities his role affords to problem-solve and think on his feet.

Noah Grange
Permit Coordinator

Noah grew up in Los Angeles with the smell of Pink’s Hot Dogs wafting through his backyard. He has worked in various capacities in the entertainment Industry since the tender age of 8 years old. Noah has been working at PPS since 2005. His extensive knowledge of production brought him into his role as a Permit Coordinator in 2007. Noah appreciates the daily challenges of his role and the opportunities to work with great people.

Christie Hazlet
Permit Coordinator

Christie was born and raised in the Los Angeles area. She is a self-proclaimed map nerd, and she knows LA like the back of her hand. After spending time as a bartender, Christie started working at PPS as an Assistant Permit Coordinator in 2007. She moved up to her current role as a Permit Coordinator in 2010. Christie calls working at PPS a “match made in heaven” as she gets to indulge her passion for maps and her knowledge of the LA area on a daily basis. She also loves that there are still new things to learn, and knowing that people appreciate what PPS does for filming.

Dennis De Leon
Permit Coordinator

Dennis is a Los Angeles native who always wanted to work in the film industry. He earned his BA in Journalism from California State University, Northridge. Dennis worked at the EIDC for nearly 10 years before moving to PPS in 2010 as a signature gatherer. He worked his way up to an Assistant Permit Coordinator in 2012 and was made a Permit Coordinator in 2014. Dennis finds great satisfaction in completing a permit and enjoys the opportunity to work with a wide variety of people.

Christopher "Owen" Lee
Permit Coordinator

While Owen grew up on the East Coast, he has spent time living all over the world. After studying Liberal Arts at Cecil College, he enlisted in the Coast Guard where he served honorably for 11 years, earning his Commission in the Officer Corps. Prior to finding PPS, Owen worked in the financial industry. He joined PPS as a runner in 2014. Became an Assistant Permit Coordinator in 2015, and moved into full coordinating in 2017. Owen enjoys learning more about the behind-the-scenes aspect of filmmaking.

Jason "JDP" Del Paine
Permit Coordinator

JDP realized the entertainment industry was his calling from a young age, growing up walking distance from the major studios of Burbank, CA. After a 14-year career in a local film office, he made the move to PPS in 2017 as a Permit Coordinator. His extensive knowledge, permitting experience, and strong work ethic has made him an ideal fit with the team. JDP has a dedicated passion for on-location filming and takes great pride in assisting productions with their permitting needs.

Katie King
Permit Coordinator

Katie hails from South Carolina, where she earned a BA in Arts with a focus in Directing from Limestone College. After working for five years as the Associate Director at Greenville Little Theatre, Katie relocated to Los Angeles. She started working at PPS as a signature gatherer in 2014, moving into the office as an Assistant Permit Coordinator in 2015. In 2019, Katie was promoted to Permit Coordinator. Katie values the friendly environment at PPS.

Martin Faust
Asst. Permit Coordinator

Martin joined the PPS team from a background in production and communications. A Chicago native, he earned his BA in Communications from Loyola University Chicago in 2013. After graduating and working in the Chicago area, he moved to Los Angeles for a change of scenery and fresh opportunities to work in entertainment. Martin knew he wanted to join the PPS team after interviewing and persistently followed up until he got the job in 2016. He enjoys working with good people who excel at what they do.

Eliana Nava
Asst. Permit Coordinator

Eliana is an LA-area native with a BA in Cinema from San Francisco State University. After living in San Francisco for six years, she moved back to her hometown, where she has interned at commercial production companies and worked as a PA. She started her career at PPS in 2018 as Office Manager and was quickly promoted to Assistant Permit Coordinator. Besides being a film nerd, she’s also a history and sci-fi buff. She enjoys the challenges of learning the ins and outs of the company.

Khoa Ho
Asst. Permit Coordinator

Upon earning his degree in Film & Media Studies at University of California, Santa Barbara, Khoa spent time working in live music production and local government around Southern California. In 2018, Khoa brought his unique experience to PPS when he began working as an Assistant Permit Coordinator. Khoa enjoys exploring the challenges of film permitting and feels an unwavering sense of accomplishment in helping productions make storytelling happen.

Adi Machness
Asst. Permit Coordinator

Adi is a Los Angeles native who got his start in production in 2010. Since then, he has worked as a production assistant on several shows, commercials, and films. He joined the PPS team as a receptionist in 2018 and in 2019, he was promoted to an Assistant Permit Coordinator. Adi is motivated by the ever-changing dynamics of the industry and the opportunities and lessons each day provides.

Brandon Dickson
Asst. Permit Coordinator

Another California local Brandon grew up in Southern California rooting for the Dodgers and Bruins. He has worked in entertainment since he was a kid and enjoys every aspect of it. Brandon has freelanced as a producer, writer and even an actor. After joining the PPS team in 2016 he is always looking for new challenges and interesting projects to be a part of.

Corey Chappell
Vice President, Field Services

Corey was born and raised in Central California. She has a background in theatre, where she has worked as a stage manager, director, and producer. Her first foray into the film world was in 2004, when she was hired as the Field Services Manager for PPS. Over the years, Corey has grown the department from just a few people to the 40+ person team she handles today. The growth potential is what initially attracted her to the position, but being surrounded by a great team is what has kept her here all these years.

Alisha Carderella
Field Services Asst. Manager

Alisha hails from The Berkshires and holds a BS in Kinesiology from the University of Massachusetts. She was formerly the Sr. Health Fitness Administrator at the NBC Fitness Center in New York City. She was also a Deacon at Madison Avenue Baptist Church and spent time volunteering through the city with the organization. Alisha became interested in learning more about the entertainment industry and decided to move to Los Angeles. She worked various jobs around the city, including some acting and production projects. Alisha joined the Field Services department at PPS in 2018 and loves learning the ins and outs of the film permit world.

Ron Gabaldon
Runners Coordinator

Ron grew up in Des Moines, Iowa and served for two years with the United States Army in Germany. He lived in Minneapolis, MN for 15 years working on commercials and non-scripted TV shows, primarily the Food Network show Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives and the late-night comedy show Drinking With Ian. He moved to Los Angeles in 2012 to avoid the cold weather and continue his personal work of writing and performing comedy. Ron is proud to be a part of the PPS team and happy to take on the challenges of permitting for a rapidly moving industry.

Aisha Wright
Field Services Coordinator

Aisha was born and raised in Northwest Indiana. She graduated from Purdue University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications, specializing in television broadcasting. After spending time working in social media marketing and exhibiting at trade shows around the world, Aisha moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career path in film and television. She joined PPS in 2017 as a Field Services Assistant and enjoys being able to watch shows she has been a part of.

Eddie Esparza
Field Services & LAPD Coordinator

Eddie has lived throughout the southwestern United States. He studied Drama at Merced College in Central California, then moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in entertainment. Eddie briefly worked for PPS as a runner, and then moved into production working as a PA. In 2010, Eddie returned to PPS as a runner and became a Field Services Coordinator in 2014.

Teresa Lee
Senior Accountant

Teresa grew up in Northern Nevada. After moving to Los Angeles, she started out as a Legal Secretary. Over the next 15 years, Teresa became an Accountant and the Administrator for three retirement facilities. In 2013, she joined PPS as an Assistant Accountant, which led to her current role as Senior Accountant. She likes working in an office where laughter is common, and she values the people at PPS.

Mady Muy
Assistant Accountant

Mady, a Miami native, knew she wanted to work in the film industry from a young age; she credits watching The Lord of the Rings for the first time as her inspiration. After earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Media Productions from American InterContinental University, Mady moved to Los Angeles to purse a Masters of Fine Arts in Producing from Chapman University. Upon graduating, she began freelancing in production. Mady joined the PPS team in 2015 as the Office Manager, moved into the Accounting Department in 2016, and loves working with people who have an affinity for film.

Phillip Contreras
Assistant Accountant

Phillip is a Los Angeles native who earned his degree in Mathematics from East Los Angeles College. While studying, he began working for PPS in 2013 as a runner. In 2018, he was promoted to Assistant Accountant and has enjoyed the steady pace being in the office provides.

Andrea Chavez
Assistant Accountant

Andrea, a tried-and-true Los Angeles soul, has spent her life soaking up Southern California and all that it has to offer. There isn’t a hole-in-the-wall she doesn’t know about and raves lovingly of. She began her professional career 9 years ago with a Medical Billing degree but soon moved into the world of accounting. She joined PPS in 2017 and, being family-oriented, loves the closeness that the PPS team provides.

Marisa Tacoma
Office Manager

A Michigan native, Marisa has spent the last ten years living around the country. While earning her BA in Film Studies at Michigan State University, she worked at Disney World in Orlando, Florida before moving to Medford, Oregon to work in digital media for Americorps. Marisa moved to Los Angeles to earn a Masters in Film Studies from Chapman University, writing her thesis on the evolving masculinity in America as told through Peter Pan films. She took on the role of Office Coordinator at PPS in 2019.

Brian Lockwood
Runner

Charles Lotta
Runner

Leo Ligan
Runner

Nicolas Brady
Runner