Shawna Brakefield-Haase is an Emmy® Award-winning documentary producer, director and former marketing executive with a diverse career spanning 25 years in entertainment.
In 2009, Brakefield-Haase founded The Brakefield Company. Since its inception, The Brakefield Company has provided development and production services to a wide range of clients and collaborators.
Over the past two years, she Co-Produced and Archival Produced three feature documentaries - the Sports Emmy® Award-winning feature documentary Momentum Generation (Emmy® Award-nominee for 'Best Music Direction' | 2018 Tribeca Film Festival Audience Award) with Priority Pictures, Sundance Productions, HBO Sports, Universal International (2018 Tribeca Film Festival), Nossa Chapa with Fox Sports Films (2018 SXSW Film Festival) and Give Us This Day with Wild West Productions for AT&T Audience (2018 Tribeca Film Festival showcase). Acting as Consulting Producer on six episodic specials of Phenoms for Fox Sports she also Archival Produced The Super Bowl That Wasn't for DG WEST for NFL Network and was awarded the prestigious international FOCAL Award for 'Best Use of Footage in a Sports Production' for Momentum Generation.
As Executive Producer, Brakefield-Haase secured talent and wrote the show concepts for Man Card starring MMA legendary fighters Stephan Bonnar and Forrest Griffin optioned by Pilgrim Studios (American Chopper, Dirty Jobs, The Ultimate Fighter, Fast and Loud), produced and directed a sizzle reel based on world famous Chef Patrick O’Connell for Figure 8 Films (Kate Plus Eight, 19 Kids and Counting, Sister Wives) and independently developed the sizzle reel and show concept titled The Drag Way around a drag racing family and crew in North Carolina.
Brakefield-Haase began her career in television distribution before serving as right hand to Gilbert Cates on the 65th Academy Awards for ABC. She went on to work up the production ranks in both television and film for New Line Cinema, NBC/Universal, CBS, Fox, Lifetime, The Disney Channel, TNT (Screen Actors Guild Awards), including producing exclusive behind-the-scenes special features of legendary rock icon Bob Dylan for Paramount Classics.
As a marketing executive Brakefield-Haase made entertainment history by conceiving and implementing the largest outreach campaign of any entertainment union. Responsible for branding SAG Indie for Screen Actors Guild, she in just four years delivered an unprecedented 89% increase in signatories, resulting in over $90 million dollars in income to performers. During her stint with SAG Indie, she produced over 130 events per year nationwide and worked on both sides of the sponsorship business including negotiations, fulfillment and activation.
Today, Brakefield-Haase serves as a producer on the feature documentary A La Calle on the crisis in Venezuela, Consulting Producer on Girls Can't Surf about the pioneer female surfers from the 80's and 90's and their four-decade fight for equal pay and advisor on the Showtime/BET feature documentary Surge. She will make her feature directorial debut in 2021 with LIfe Without Compromise about two-time Olympian, four-time world champion kayaker Eric Jackson.
Proud Member of:
Producers Guild of America
PGA West & East Documentary | Unscripted Committees | One PGA Committee
International Documentary Association
Documentary Producers Alliance | Co-Chair Regional Committee