A division of Essex Television Group


Jim is the co-founder of Essex Television Group and Crashing Wave Entertainment. He is a self-proclaimed Gearhead and compulsive competitor.  He has traveled the world creating and producing programs for Discovery Communications, MOJO HD, Travel Channel and HDNet.  His specials have been filmed throughout the world with locations set in Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia and much of the Middle East and Africa. His public policy based programs have included Task Force Devil and Operation Sea Dragon for the Discovery Military Channel and St. Bernard Parish: After the Flood for Discovery’s HD Theater.  Dr. Danger, a 16 part HD series aired for two seasons on MOJOHD network and was filmed in some of the most dangerous places in the world. His real passion is automotive related programming. Original programs have included specials about off-road racing in Baja, Mexico and Chasing Classic Cars, which after six seasons continues to be the highest rated non-live series on Velocity. From his inner city gang days to his love of vintage Porsches, Jim has never met a challenge that he couldn’t make a film about. But the Yak tongue in Mongolia still makes his stomach turn.


Co-founder & President



SVP, Development & Production

An avid traveler, ravenous foodie and burgeoning car lover, Hannah is a television producer, writer and erstwhile editor who earned her reputation as the General while creating promos and documentary projects for a wide range of broadcast, nonprofit and corporate clients including A&E, The Biography Channel, The History Channel, ESPN and Versus.  Prior to working in television, she cut her teeth in the world of independent film as Manager of Distribution in the early days of Lions Gate Films.  As Senior Producer and now SVP of Development & Production for Crashing Wave Entertainment she has worn every hat in the haberdashery while producing “Chasing Classic Cars: Seasons 1-6”, “Dr. Danger: Seasons 1 & 2” for MOJO HD, “Newport Jazz” for the Travel Channel and the award winning “St. Bernard Parish: After the Flood” for Discovery’s HD Theater. She believes there is no such thing as coincidence.  

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Dan is a corporate and production executive, writer, entrepreneur, and Crashing Wave’s resident science guy. He is executive producer of Crashing Wave's broadcast series, specials, and digital projects and properties. A geologist and adventurer turned filmmaker, Dan spent the early years of his career in the Alaskan and Canadian Arctic producing dramatic time-lapse and nature films. While developing an OLN special about beluga whales, “Symphony in the Shallows,” he first collaborated with Jim Astrausky. Together they founded Essex Television Group in 1998, followed by two subsidiaries, Crashing Wave and Xplore Productions. Dan serves as President of Essex Television Group, Inc. He is a graduate of Boston College, with bachelor’s and master’s degrees in geology.


Co-founder & Executive Producer

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Senior Editor

An artist, dancer and musical theater junkie Jessica has been editing for over 15 years, working on a wide variety of projects ranging from broadcast series and specials, long form documentaries, corporate, non-profit and educational videos. Jessica has been fortunate to work with some excellent producers, directors and editors that allowed her the freedom to follow her instincts in developing a story and challenged her as an editor.  After joining the team in the early days of Essex Television Group, Jessica is now Senior Editor for Crashing Wave Entertainment where she oversees all aspects of post-production and spearheads editorial on Chasing Classic Cars.  Jessica is not limited to all things post-production, should the need arise she can tap dance in flippers, walk on stilts and do a full costume change in under 12 seconds.  When not in her edit suite you can find Jessica teaching dance at a local studio or heading to NYC to catch a show.  She  is fairly certain, if given a cape and a tiara she could save the world.