David Kennard: Senior Producer, Director, Writer
David Kennard has more than 40 years of international experience as a Producer, Writer, Director and Communications Consultant. He has played a leading role in the production of more than 100 non-fiction television specials, books, multimedia products and media campaigns, and has produced fifteen major international documentary series. His work as a producer and director includes:
Keeping Score with Michael Tilson Thomas
Cosmos with Carl Sagan
Connections with James Burke
The Ascent of Man with Jacob Bronowsli
We The People with Peter Jennings
Joseph Campbell: The Hero’s Journey
The Heart of Healing with Jane Seymour
Global Warming with Alanis Morrisette
The Final Hours: Amelia Earhart’s Last Flight
The Promise of Play with Jane Goodall
2001:HAL’s Legacy with Arthur C. Clarke
His work has won the National Emmy, International Emmy, Dupont Columbia, American Historical Association, National Education Film Festival, International Science Film Festival, Houston Worldfest, Alexander Hamilton, Cine Golden Eagle, BAFTA & Peabody Awards.
Kennard is the co-founder and President of InCA (Independent Communications Associates Inc), a worldwide non-fiction production company with offices in San Francisco, Toulouse (France) and Nairobi (Kenya), with a 30-year track record of documentary excellence.
David was senior Producer, Director and Writer of the 2013 documentary film A Year in Burgundy.
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Martine Saunier: Senior Producer, Consultant
Martine Saunier was born in Paris. Although she lived and attended school there, she spent every summer vacation at her Aunt’s home in Prissé, near Mâcon. Her aunt owned a winery with approximately 10 acres of vineyards planted with Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. The winemaker lived on the farm next door with his wife and children. The pinnacle of the summer vacation was the harvest in mid-September. At the age of ten, Martine was fascinated with the preparation of the cellar, the winepress, the fermenting vats and, of course, being part of the harvesting team. The crushing of the grapes, malolactic fermentation, chaptalisation, bottling, etc. were all part of her childhood life.
When Martine moved to California in 1964, she was dismayed by the absence of many of her favorite wines and started making buying trips to France. In 1965, she drove to Beaulieu Vineyards, knocked on the door, and was lucky enough to meet the great André Tchelistcheff. He told her in his good French that if she wanted good Pinot Noir, she had to go to Burgundy to get it! The seed was planted in her mind…
A few years later, Martine was offered the job of selecting wines for an importer/distributor in San Francisco and in the spring of 1969, she flew to France, bought a small VW bug and started her tour and career! The first woman to establish a wine importing company in the United States, she founded Martine’s Wines in 1979.
Martine is a member of Les Dames d’Escoffier and was formerly on the national board of AIWF. She is also a Chevalier du Tastevin. In addition, she has been decorated twice by the French Government with the title of Officier du Mérite Agricole.
Martine was Senior Producer, Consultant and star of the 2013 documentary film A Year in Burgundy.
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“The inimitable Martine Saunier knows her onions. She takes us well off the beaten track with great charm.”
— Jancis Robinson
Todd Ruppert: Executive Producer
R. Todd Ruppert is the Founder and CEO of Ruppert International, Inc. a firm with diversified interests globally in various fields including disruptive technologies, financial services, education, publishing, arts and entertainment, and youth development.
In 2012 he retired from T. Rowe Price, a global investment management firm with over $775 billion under management. He was board member, CEO and president of T. Rowe Price Global Investment Services, board member and co-president of T. Rowe Price International, and a member of the operating steering committee of the T. Rowe Price group.
Todd is a venture partner with Greenspring Associates, a US based venture capital firm with over $4.0 billion under management. He is the chairman of several firms, board president of London’s Royal Parks Foundation (USA) and board member of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. He was a founding board member of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award in the US and a global ambassador of the International Award.
Todd’s other board and advisory roles are for the following organizations. UK: Chairman of QVentures, Tengi.org, Round World Entertainment and Pall Mall Art Advisors; Nutmeg, Seedrs, DCE Partners, Tandem Bank, Infinity Creative Media, Pegasus Media Agency, Bottletop, Gold Mercury International, Investments and Pensions Europe, and Funds Europe. Ireland: Iconic Images Gallery. France/Singapore/UAE: INSEAD business school. Canada: Hubub. Cayman Islands: Bruce Nelson Cayman Ltd., SPQ Capital Limited. China: PG Pharma and Pangaea Finance Partners. Brazil: Brasilinvest Group. South Africa: Strategic African Investment Advisors Limited. (Chairman) Australia: Top 1000 Funds. Switzerland: WISeKey. US: Duke University, Kenyon College, Furman University, SenaHill Partners, Green Visor Capital, Silicon Valley Gateway Partners, MPOWER Financing, Alchemy Global, AIREX Markets, Symbiont.io, Trov, inStream Solutions, ClearServe Holding, Ogg Trading, Storelli Sports, Laurel Strategies, Jet Senters Aviation, The Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation, and the Maryland Academy of Sciences.
Todd is also executive producer of three documentary films – A Year in Burgundy, A Year in Champagne and A Year in Port. He was co-producer of Happy Days – the Musical, which toured in the UK.
Jamie LeJeune: Producer, Camera, Editor
Jamie LeJeune joined InCA four years ago with a background in anthropology and community development. Since then he has shot, edited and produced works that range from television documentary series to viral activist video and promotional pieces for local non-profits.
His credits with InCA include:
“A Year in Burgundy” (2013)
Producer/ Camera / Editor
“ReCreating America: Creativity in Education” (2010)
“Keeping Score: Gustav Mahler” (2011)
Associate Producer/Assistant Editor
“Reinventing Yourself” (2012)
“Arion Press: Making the 100th” (2014)
Director of Photography
James Kennard: Second Unit Director, Camera, Editor
James Kennard has worked with InCA in various capacities for over a decade before joining full-time in 2012. After studying history at Oxford University he has worked producing illustration, concept-art, animation, graphic design and film.
His other credits include:
“A Year in Burgundy” (2013), Graphics
“Arion Press: Making the 100th” (2014) Director/Editor
“Land of Songs” (2015), Camera
Polly Legendre and Alisha Lumea: Publicity and Promotions
Alisha Lumea and Polly Legendre are Polished, a branding firm that specializes in marketing, communications, strategy, photography and design for artisan and premium food, beverage and lifestyle companies and organizations. They have over 35 years of combined foodservice, production, wholesale and retail experience.
Polished has been fortunate to work with a range of clients from all aspects of food, drink and lifestyle — including food producers, government trade commissions, NGO initiatives and documentary films.
Polished Brands handled Publicity and Promotions of the 2013 documentary film A Year in Burgundy.
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Christian Coquillette has run his family’s house of Champagne Saint-Chamant since 1950. The house was originally established in 1930 by his mother and father, but was not automatically passed down to Christian. In the Coquillette family, each generation of winemakers must prove themselves independently. Christian worked hands-on in his parents’ operations, and eventually took his family’s bottles to Paris to be judged in a competition. After they won the gold medal, it was time for him to move on to his own house. He returned years later to take the helm for the family.
From the outside, the Champagne Saint-Chamant operation looks unassuming, but underneath it is an extensive labyrinth of cellars, over a mile long and packed to the brim with Champagne bottles, that date back to the early 16th century. An ardent believer in aging Champagne and in completing every part of the process by hand, it is in these cellars that Christian Coquillette keeps watch over hundreds of thousands of bottles.
Stephane is a fourth generation winemaker tucked into the small village of Chouilly. Just like his father before him, when he was ready to become a winemaker, Stephane was sent out to create his own estate instead of being brought into the family house. Stephane makes Champagne under his own label, S. Coquillette.
Stephane takes incredible pride in doing most everything by hand, with a commitment to quality at every step in his cultivation and winemaking process. From working the vines partly by plough, to using bark as a groundcover to keep weeds at bay, Stephane is deeply committed to responsible farming.
The Gonet-Médeville estate is a wine love story. Two well-known winemaking families came together in the marriage of Xavier Gonet, a young champenois oenologist with well-regarded and established Champagne vines, and Julie Médeville, a superb Sauterne winemaker at Chateau Gilette. Together, this husband and wife team founded the Gonet-Médeville label in 2000 when Xavier inherited his share of the family’s estate. The Gonet-Médeville union is unique in that their winemaking portfolio stretches across three prime wine regions of France.
The couple has spent a tremendous amount of time in the vineyards, which are planted with both pinot noir and chardonnay, working with the soil with sustainable farming techniques and controlling their yields in order to produce exquisite grapes for the best still or base wines. They are raising their young children surrounded by the family business, and are always accompanied by their faithful and scene stealing Jack Russell terrier named Bouchon (that’s cork in French).
The Diebolt-Vallois house is steeped in family tradition and continues to be a family operation. Jacques Diebolt, who took over the family estate at the young age of 17, learned the trade at his grandfather’s side. He now proudly claims to be making Champagne “the way my grandfather did.” Jacques made his first bottle of Champagne in 1959. The next year, Jacques married Nadia Vallois, who brought along her own small plot of chardonnay. Now, Isabel and Arnaud, their son and daughter, work along side their father producing the Champagne Diebolt-Vallois label.
Together they safeguard the family tradition with responsible farming and meticulous winemaking standards. On any given day, you will see Isabel climbing into a tank to personally inspect it’s cleanliness, or the brother and sister team diligently walking the vines together. It’s a family effort no matter what task is at hand.
Gosset is both one of the smallest Grande Marque Champagne producers as well as the oldest wine-making house in Champagne, founded in 1584. In the 16th century two wines vied for the place of honor on the king’s table – the wines from Ay in Champagne and the wines from Beaune, located further South in Burgundy. When technological breakthroughs brought bubbles to the wines, the Gosset family too evolved and became known for consistently superb Brut Excellence. Under the current guidance of winemaker Jean-Pierre Mareigner, the Gosset label focuses first and foremost on creating consistent and high quality wines.
Today the Gosset label is keeping its long history alive through not only robust sales and exports, but also by bringing back a bottle shape that was first used by the house in the 18th century. This bottle, or habillage, is a signature style that underscores the long dedication to bringing a high quality and unique Champagne to the marketplace.
Founded in 1829, Bollinger has grown through six generations of leadership into one of the most emblematic houses in Champagne and a global brand. Bollinger’s production methods are rooted in tradition. They continue to ferment their wines in wooden barrels, all kept in shape by the house tonnelier. In the Bollinger cellars, you will find 650,000 magnums which age for 5 to 15 years or more before being used in a blend.
In addition to vinification and quality, Bollinger is recognized for its marketing prowess, especially that of Madame Lily Bollinger who took over the house in the 1940s and traveled the world promoting Champagne. Bollinger is much beloved and known as “Bolly” by the English. It holds the Royal Warrant as one of the official Champagne of HM the Queen, as well as the distinction of being James Bond’s on-screen brand of choice sine the 1960’s.