The H.I.S. Cast & Crew

Our Cast

Mike Paul HughesMike Paul Hughes

Aerospace rock star engineer and former rock bassist Mike Paul Hughes brings tremendous personality, savvy, curiosity and expert insight to the series HOLLYWOOD IN SPACE.

For the past two decades Mike has worked in the area of Guidance, Navigation and Control systems for spacecraft and entry systems. He received NASA’s Exceptional Achievement Medal for his role on NASA’s comet busting Deep Impact mission in 2005. Mike has worked seven years on the Orion Multi Purpose Crew Vehicle team and recently was honored with the NASA Spaceflight Awareness Award for his work in parachute flight testing. He has worked on robotic missions to Mars, Jupiter, Europa, comets and asteroids, as well as serving in mission control for Space Shuttle Discovery. He has background in classical mechanics, electromagnetism, quantum mechanics, general relativity, astrophysics, and astronomy. Mike has published numerous papers on spacecraft controls, attitude determination, and aerodynamic decelerators. He is current senior member with the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, (AIAA) and the American Astronautical Society (AAS). Mike is a Pennsylvania State University Scholar, receiving his BS with honors and distinction in Aerospace Engineering, and his MS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Southern California.

Additionally, Mike, is now in his spare time when not solving the problems of space travel, a music producer for Denver based singer songwriters such as Melissa Ivey, Erin Jo Harris and Megan Burtt. Mike was inspired to pursue the dream of being an aerospace engineer at 22 by the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster. He is a tremendous role model for the viewers, fans, teens and children who watch ‘Hollywood In Space.’

Steve LeeSteve Lee

Deep space avionics hardware and software manager. Guidance, Navigation and Control Systems Manager, Mars Science Laboratory/Curiosity

Steve is a nationally recognized engineer and personality due to his long involvement in the space program. He has been featured on several national television shows, including PBS’ hit NOVA special, “Ultimate Mars Challenge” and The History Channel’s “The Universe: Mars – The New Evidence”. In addition to being an expert in spacecraft control systems, avionics hardware, flight software, and landing radar systems, Steve is a passionate teacher and communicator.

Steve’s passion for space ignited when Apollo 11 landed on the moon on his 7th birthday. It was reinforced with the landing of Viking I on Mars on his 14th birthday and attending Neil Armstrong High School in Plymouth, MN. Of course, classic science fiction influences such as “2001: A Space Odyssey”, “Forbidden Planet”, and Isaac Asimov’s “Foundation” series further fueled his excitement for the unlimited possibilities of technological advancement.

In his career, Steve has held technical and leadership positions on the USA’s highest profile missions including: the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)/Curiosity rover, Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO), Hubble Space Telescope (Shuttle servicing mission 3A, STS-103), Terra Mission to Planet Earth, the International Space Station, and the Space Shuttle. He was awarded NASA Exceptional Achievement Medals for MSL and MRO and is the co-patent holder for Curiosity’s skycrane descent stage and rover designs. Steve holds a BS in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Minnesota and an MS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Florida.

Dr. Aline ZimmerDr. Aline Zimmer

Spaceflight Systems Engineer, Solar System Exploration

Aline has a lifelong interest in science fiction combined with an outstanding scientific education. Having been fascinated with the concept of human space flight as long as she can remember, her passion for science fiction sparked in her early childhood when watching the original Star Wars trilogy with her father. Combined with her interest in mathematics and science, this passion led her to pursue a career in aerospace engineering.

Born and raised in Germany, Aline received an MS in Aerospace Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology and a Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Stuttgart in Germany. Her Ph.D. research focused on human space missions to asteroids used for testing asteroid deflection techniques for Earth impact mitigation and providing stepping‐stones to more distant places in the solar system, thus paving the way for human missions to Mars. Aline has published her work in a wide range of internationally acclaimed technical journals and has presented the results of her research at numerous invited talks, both at international conferences and universities. For her exceptional achievements Aline received numerous distinguished grants and awards, including the Amelia Earhart Award from ZONTA International and the prestigious Leopoldina Prize by the German National Academy of Sciences, awarded to a single researcher only once every other year.

Aline has worked for European, Japanese, and US space agencies and is engaged in cutting‐edge astrodynamics research as well as the development of next generation space missions for the exploration of the solar system, investigating the formation of the Solar System, habitability of other planets and their moons, enabling human missions to asteroids and Mars, and protecting Earth from asteroid impacts. Aline was involved in the development of the MOXIE experiment which will fly to Mars in 2020 and generate oxygen from the Martian atmosphere and thus demonstrate technology crucial for enabling human missions to Mars in the future. MOXIE has received wide media coverage, nationally and internationally, including CNN, BBC, New York Times, Scientific American, and Aline currently works on developing a variety of mission concepts such as the exciting Asteroid Redirect Mission, the first-ever mission to identify, capture, and redirect a near-Earth asteroid to a stable orbit around the moon, where astronauts will explore it in the 2020s and return samples to Earth.

With Hollywood in Space, Aline hopes to spark the imagination of the viewers, engage them in science fiction as well as aerospace engineering, and inspire the next generation of space explorers!

Our Supporting Crew

Robin Berg, DirectorRobin Berg
Vizual>NOW Co-Founder and ‘Hollywood In Space’ Co-Creator
Founder and President,
Berg Entertainment International, Inc.

Award winning Director/Producer/DP with over 350 episodes of fully produced programming delivered to multiple networks.

Nine year member of the Sony ICE Team, an elite group of hand-picked production veterans, chosen by Sony to share cutting edge TV and motion-picture production, technology and equipment to industry professionals.

Featured speaker at Sundance Film Festival, NAB, CBS TV City and International Wildlife Film Festival.

Sony Pictures Trained Stereographer and 3D Production specialist.

Sony Pictures Trained 4K DP and DIT.

Robin D. Berg has a reputation for producing stunning results even in the most challenging of environments. From the jungles of Africa to the most forbidding swamps of Florida, to the open ocean.

His expertise and knowledge have been hard-won through years of experience dealing with adverse conditions, dangerous wildlife and the most difficult production environments.

His interests include, digital technology, music production, ancient history, art history, military history, and natural history.

Fascinated with marine life at an early age and certified scuba diver at the age of 9, after graduation from High School, Robin Berg enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served six years as a USN deep sea diver.

Tours of duty included working as a diver on the U.S. Navy’s Polaris Submarine Program in Guam and later attached to the Navy’s Mobile Diving and Salvage Unit or MDSU. Robin also studied oceanography at the University of Hawaii’s Manoa campus.


Gregory MarkelGregory Markel, Executive Producer
Vizual>NOW Co-Founder and ‘Hollywood In Space’ Co-CreatorFounder/CEO, Infuse Creative, LLC

Founder/CEO Gregory Markel and the Infuse Creative team are the Los Angeles Business Journal Award nominated digital agency founded in 2001 whose marketing methodologies have been written about by USA Today, Search Engine Land’s Danny Sullivan, John Batelle (Author of “Search”), Andrew Goodman, Bobby Owsinski and others.

In organic search since 1994 and paid search since 2000, Gregory is known as “one of the pioneers of SEO,” Gregory has provided SEO, search marketing, social media, mobile, TV advertising, reputation management, security and digital marketing services to an extremely diverse range of clients including; corporations, governments, politicians, celebrities, movie studios (Over 150 theatrical & indie releases including digital strategy for the global network) and C-level Executives for the last 17 years with clients & projects including Sony, Universal, Roadside Attractions, Mazda, Disney, Gibson Musical Instruments, New Line Cinema, Warner Bros.,, Participant Media, Pacificare, The BBC, Ed Hardy, Led Zeppelin, Lord of the Rings, CBS, FOX, The National Geographic Channel, Transcendental Meditation, California Legislative Bureau, Realty Executives International, and many more.

In 2003, Gregory was founder/producer of “ESEMS”, the very FIRST entertainment focused search engine marketing conference

Gregory is a regular speaker on all things digital at conferences, organizations, schools and media outlets including SMX (Search Marketing Expo), The USC Annenberg School of Digital Communities, Business Rockstars Academy, SES, (Search Engine Strategies) International since 1999, Webmaster World Pubcon, CES, Digital Hollywood, DMA (Direct Marketing Association), OMMA, EcomExpo, ESEMS, The Producers Guild, The Government of the Netherlands, TieCON, The Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival, Santa Ana and Long Beach College, and others.

kevinKevin Ryniker, Technical Direction

Kevin Ryniker is a professional animator with over 20 years experience. He produced movie trailers for Any Given Sunday, Scooby Doo, Ed TV, Driven, Ocean’s Eleven, Space Cowboys, The Power Puff Girls, The Perfect Storm, and many more. Kevin developed corporate identity packages, PowerPoint projects, logos and trade show presentations for clients like Rockwell, Qualcomm, Fujitsu, Titan and SPAWAR. His music spots include The Rolling Stones, Madonna, Pink Floyd, Paul McCartney, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Faith Hill and Hilary Duff.


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Where Aerospace Rockstars Mike Paul Hughes, Steve Lee & Aline Zimmer Boldly Go Where No Engineer Has Gone Before To Analyze Hollywood Movie Spacecraft and Tech!