The WorkingBug team (Annie Lukowski & Leyna Juliet Weber) create and produce original content. WorkingBug is no stranger to meeting a deadline. Or respecting a budget. Or bribing their crew with craft- service surprises. Experienced web producers Annie Lukowski and Leyna Juliet Weber have successfully launched several webseries, gaining nods from BusinessWeek to The Huffington Post and NBC’s Extra. The duo is represented by Ken Freimann of Circle of Confusion and David Tochterman of Innovative Artists.
Leyna and Annie co-authored the acclaimed webseries, ROAD TO THE ALTAR, which was nominated by the Producer’s Guild of America for Outstanding Independent Webseries. Road starred Jaleel White (Urkel, Family Matters) and Leyna (Six Feet Under), was directed by Annie and executive produced by MWG Entertainment. CNN named White one of “Eight Amazing Celebrity Comebacks in 2010.” ROAD garnered praise from the likes of Entertainment Tonight, Access Hollywood to TV Guide. The press raved, “Punch lines emerge rapid fire”; “Cleverly satirizes wedding fever”; and “Many layers of absurdity.”
Their second show, A SERIES OF UNFORTUNATE PEOPLE, guest-stars Keegan-Michael Key (Comedy Central’s Key & Peele), NFL’s Darren Sharper, Kym Whitley (We Bought a Zoo,) and Richard Riehle (Bridesmaids) as a group nutjobs you’ll love to hate. It launched on premium platform Dailymotion.com in an exclusive deal. Ashton Kutcher and Intel’s IdeaJam awarded Annie and Leyna for their creation, Match My Friend in their 2011 competition. That summer, they produced a new media commercial for the Bravo Network: Housewives at Camp. Their ongoing webseries, Random Comedies, always features a bevy of talented guest stars (including CBS’ Partners‘s Michael Urie and Meet the Brown’s David A. Arnold) and is a regular User’s Pick on FunnyOrDie.com
Even as Annie and Leyna continue working with brands, they are currently developing the dark comedy feature film Five Grand, and two television series – Breastfeeders and Nurse Dave. The Bugs have been applauded for high quality content that effortlessly translates to the big screen.
LEYNA JULIET WEBER actor/writer/producer
A native New Yorker, and an “interesting” driver, Leyna founded WorkingBug with Annie because she longed to birth maladjusted characters. It also beat waiting for Hollywood to Facebook her.
Leyna appeared in HBO’s Enlightened with Laura Dern. Other credits include: Law & Order, Six Feet Under, As the World Turns and Special Victims Unit. An accomplished voiceover artist, Leyna can be heard on cartoons, radio, and games such as Grand Theft Auto. For respectable dinner conversation, Leyna stored up vats of knowledge narrating the Discovery Channel’s Emmy Award-winning series, Assignment Discovery, for four years.
As Jaleel White’s quirky bride in ROAD, Leyna was described as “effervescent and funny… played with warmth and a great sense of physicality.” Leyna takes her comedy seriously, performing original sketch at ACME. She guest-starred with Kanye West and Andre 3000 in a Fonzworth Bentley video, and was awarded by Governor Schwarzenegger for acting/writing/producing an anti-smoking PSA, Left Behind.
When Leyna is a fiery, old redhead, she’ll describe her career recipe to her grandbabies as: one part conventional route, two parts creating her own material and ignoring rules. Mix all parts with chutzpah. There are other names to drop, so check out WorkingBug’s slate above, enjoy Leyna’s reel HERE or stalk her HERE.
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ANNIE LUKOWSKI director/writer/producer
Annie Lukowski takes her comedy seriously. With a polished, subjective camera, Annie dissects the awkward, tragic, and oh-my-Gawd moments that leave you with conversation for the morning water cooler.
Speaking to a sophisticated viewer, Annie exposes the drama of comedy. On ROAD, Tubefilter praised, “Experienced web director Annie Lukowksi keeps the visual pace quick.” Annie often collaborates with comedians and writers (including Eric Stonestreet, David A. Arnold, and David Deluise), directing their sizzle reels and web shows.
Annie earned her MFA at USC, winning a Student Emmy for producing the comedy pilot Cost of Living. She directed the festival and award-winning shorts The Protest, Waiting for Hello, and the music video In My Head. She began her Hollywood career working on the set of In the Bedroom (Miramax). Then Annie joined the art department on Wonder Woman (Warner Bros), Big Fish (Sony), and Ladykillers (Disney). Annie was the production designer on the indie feature God’s Waiting List. She has worked in marketing at DreamWorks, development at Cheyenne Enterprises (Bruce Willis), and casting with Francine Maisler. Annie produced the Behind The Scenes digital content for the 2010 and 2012 primetime specials Stand Up 2 Cancer on ABC, NBC, CBS and FOX.
Annie’s constant creative frenzy drives her to break new ground in art—and fart jokes.