Our team

Mike Hatton
Producer/Director/Writer - President/CEO

Mike Hatton actor/writer/producer/director best known for starring in a handful of straight-to-DVD feature films. The Second City alumnus’ 2014 feature length comedy, Live Nude Girls (producer/writer/actor), has garnered a cult following since its release topping the New York Times Movie Pulse list for three consecutive weeks. The movie’s success earned him a spot as a featured producer of the 2014 American Film Market. His latest feature film, Vigilante Diaries, stars Jason Mewes, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, and Michael Madsen.

As a director, his regional television commercials have won numerous Telly Awards and his viral videos have accumulated over 5 million hits.

As an unscripted producer, his Erik Estrada hosted un-aired game show pilot, Road Wage (Creator, Executive Producer), is the highest tested game show in the history of Scripps Networks. His notable clients include Spike TV, Warner Brothers Television, Travel Channel, University of Southern California, and Los Angeles Unified School District. He lives in The Valley with his wife, Kristine, a reporter for CBS/KCAL, and their 3 children.

Mark Sherman
Vice President - Head of Production

Mark is a Los Angeles-based actor and producer who has performed in numerous independent films and commercials for notable directors like Francis Lawrence, Jake Scott and Marc Webb. He will be seen next playing music mogul, Jimmy Iovine in Universal’s “Straight Outta Compton,” directed by F. Gary Gray.

Behind the camera, Mark got his start as a producer when he managed and oversaw the construction of a boutique sound stage with full grip and lighting rental facility. Through this endeavor, he honed his skills producing dozens of music videos. His most notable clients include Limp Bizkit, Lil’ Wayne, the Hard Summer Festival, Destructo, and Five Finger Death Punch. He produced his first feature, Live Nude Girls and assisted in selling the worldwide rights to the film. He most recently was a producer and Unit Production Manager on Vigilante Diaries, featuring Michael Madsen, UFC fighter Rampage Jackson, and Jason Mewes.

Originally from New York and then South Florida, Mark earned a degree in Psychology from The University of Florida.

Jessica Uberuaga
Vice President – Finance

Over the past 8 years, Jessica Uberuaga, Ton of Hat’s VP of Finance, has cultivated many key relationships with film financiers for equity investment in several projects.

Her role within the company is to shepherd funds into the company’s upcoming independent film and television slate.

The professional level dancer and actress’ production background started when her ballroom & salsa dance school quickly evolved into a company producing live events for clients like Macy Gray, Hemingway’s Nightclub and MGM Las Vegas. After appearing in several national campaigns, her first foray into scripted projects was to produce and star in the viral series, “Keenan’s Crush.”

Jessica has also starred in several internationally released films, including Vigilante Diaries (HBO) and MindBlown (SyFy), both produced by Ton of Hats.  She graduated with honors in Economics and Spanish from Boise State University and the University of Alicante and now resides in the Hollywood Hills.

Stephen Goldfield
Chairman of the Board / Executive Producer

Stephen “Goldfinger” Goldfield is an international man of mystery. No… really. The fun loving, wise cracking, no “BS,” business mogul is originally from Beverly Hills, California but has been spotted all over the world in his gold Rolls Royce Phantom Drophead as a rally driver in the world famous Gumball 3000.

Before joining Ton of Hats, Steve has been responsible for financing over one billion dollars for projects in both the entertainment industry as well as commercial real estate finance. Among his many ventures, he has produced motion pictures, television shows as well as having been a stock broker and stock exchange floor trader.

Steve is responsible for the relaunch of the world-renowned Cannonball Run exotic and celebrity car rally.

Graison Stemper
Vice President - Development

With over 10 years of experience in television news, talk show and infomercial production both in front of and behind the camera, Graison started her career with KPSP-2 in Palm Springs, CA and moved onto Producing for several divisions of Canadian media giant Global News in Vancouver, Canada. A strong work ethic, creative thinking and a “tell it like it is attitude” is her trademark.

Since partnering with Mike Hatton of Ton of Hats in Los Angeles, Graison has created and executive produced an unscripted docu-series set in Palm Springs, CA and other projects in the works.

Lisa Caruso
Consulting Producer

Lisa, a hybrid writer/director/producer, began her career at Universal Studios where she developed films like Spike Lee’s Clockers and American Psycho. After working with the likes of Steven Soderbergh and James Grey, Lisa moved on to co-produce the feature-length gang origin Emmy and NAACP Image award nominated documentary, Bastards of the Party, which premiered at Tribeca Film Festival and HBO.

In 2008, Lisa became an executive producer for Discovery launching PLANET GREEN network to 50 million homes. She was also an Executive Producer for Ashton Kutcher’s Katalyst Films where she created original web content that has garnered millions of views.

Lisa’s grants and awards for her screenwriting / directing include the prestigious Diane Thomas Screenwriting Award and an Audience Award for the Ton of Hats’ production, TKO, which she produced with Hatton. She has aided in the development and production of several other Ton of Hats productions.

Lisa is an avid traveler holding dual citizenship with the U.S. and Italy. She’s been to over 35 countries, so far and has trekked to the basecamp of Mt. Everest, camped in the Sahara, and walked the Great Wall. She holds an MFA in Directing from The American Film Institute and a Global MBA from The Thunderbird School of Global Management.