About Us

Swirl Films is the leading independent film & TV production company with a core focus in diversity inclusion, founded by Eric Tomosunas in 2001. They’ve produced projects including the wildly popular original drama series, Saints & Sinners, and produced high-quality films and series for BET, TV One, Bounce, Lifetime, Hallmark, Reel One, Netflix & Up TV. Swirl Films provides services and content across various areas of production spanning from script to screen, for movies, biopics, scripted series, award shows and documentaries. Swirl Films owns and operates its own 100,000 square foot film studio in Atlanta.

Our Team

Eric Tomosunas
Producer, Founder, CEO


Eric Tomosunas, has established Swirl Films as the leading independent television and urban film production company. In the last 6 years alone, he’s led Swirl Films in creating over 60+ original productions across various platforms and distributors, including BET, TV One, Bounce, Lifetime, Hallmark, Reel One, Netflix & Up TV. Notable titles include Behind the Movement: The Rosa Park Story, Saints & Sinners,” and “Uncensored” to name a few. Recognizing the value in the booming Atlanta production scene, Tomosunas purchased a 100,000 square foot film studio in Atlanta in 2019, which he operates for Swirl productions as well as major network and studio partners.

Tomosunas coins himself as a solutions-based leader working tirelessly to empower and motivate his team to push the limits of quality production. His knack for creating inclusive and original content has garnered Swirl Films numerous awards and nominations for various films and series. Hallmark’s breakout holiday film Christmas Wishes & Mistletoe Kisses won an Epiphany and Movie Guide Award, they’ve also won a Telly Award for Behind the Movement and several Swirl Films properties have earned nominations from the NAACP Image Awards. Most recently, When Love Kills: The Falicia Blakely Story received a nomination from the NAACP in the Outstanding Television Limited Series or Dramatic Special category.

Getting his start in the entertainment industry on the music side, Tomosunas always had an interest in films. A Wilmington, North Carolina native, Tomosunas recalls shooting super 8 films as a child. Those memories of creating films stayed with him throughout his career which included being a band member, a DJ, and an ADR recordist for the iconic American drama “Dawson’s Creek.”

As an independent producer, Tomosunas admits that free time is a luxury. When he’s not tied up running multiple productions out of his Atlanta-based stages, Tomosunas enjoy playing soccer and is a dedicated Atlanta United fan. Tomosunas also serves as a board member for Kile’s Beautiful Mind, a nonprofit organization focused on supporting under-served youth who have an unwavering passion for the arts and entrepreneurship.

Angela Plasschaert
COO


Angela Plasschaert, joins the Swirl Films family from A&E Studios, her role-built processes, and procedures across the company. Celebrating over three decades in the entertainment industry, Angela’s newest position will work to execute the overall strategy and growth plan for the company, while being very involved in creating original content for scripted and non-scripted productions. Before accepting her role at A&E, Angela obtained a wealth of experience in physical production, producing content that aired on many cable and TV networks. In the early 2000’s Angela’s talents were called on to navigate the world of reality TV, an unscripted environment that brought many new challenges, and began advising on such mega hits such as Fear Factor, Jackass and Mythbusters. This new industry led her to start the very first Entertainment Risk Consulting firm in the United States, specializing in producing high-risk production.

Jeffery A. Price
CFO/CPA


Jeff leads the team that ensures Swirl Films maintains its strong financial position. His responsibilities include oversight over all financial operations, including financial reporting, treasury, billing, accounts payable, accounts receivable, payroll, state incentives, tax planning, fund manager, and credit and collections. Jeff works with other team members to establish the company’s strategic plan and focus so that Swirl Films can continue its position as the number one urban film production company. Most recently, Jeff held the position of Senior Manager at Fraizer & Deeter; managing all aspects of client relations in film production companies, conservation easements funds, individual income, estate, and gift tax planning and compliance. He also served clients in the area of closely held companies for high net worth individuals and Public and Private Foundations.

Prior to working at Fraizer & Deeter, Jeff worked in the Atlanta office of Deloitte (an international tax accounting firm) and in the New York office of Andersen Tax (fka Wealth and Tax Advisory Services — a subsidiary of HSBC). Jeff received his Masters of Taxation and Bachelor of Science in Accounting (Tax) at Brigham Young University (2004).

James Seppelfrick
Head of Physical Production/Head of Production Finance, Producer Director


Having worked at Swirl Films for over ten years, James Seppelfrick is an award winning producer who has touched all areas of production, guiding projects from development to release. He has worked on over 100 of Swirl Films’ productions, helping stabilize the company’s infrastructure and instituting growth plans for the future. He’s produced and directed all sorts of projects, from scripted and unscripted television content, to award shows, stand up comedy and stage plays.

As a veteran of the United States Marine Corps, at only 20 years old, he ranked as Sergeant and was awarded two Navy Achievement Medals. After serving, he moved to Wilmington, North Carolina, where he met Eric Tomosunas and began working with Swirl Films. The arts are extremely important to Seppelfrick, and whether it be writing, reading scripts and poetry, or creating music, James is passionate about all types of storytelling.

Before entering the film industry, Seppelfrick’s dynamic leadership style worked with the Fortune 500 retailer Best Buy, where he transformed stores in four states from unprofitable businesses into some of the most successful locations. His store in Columbia, Maryland was one of the nation’s highest revenue generating stores, making close to $60 million in annual revenue with just over 100 employees.

Keith Neal
Head of Talent


Keith Neal, veteran producer and production executive, is the Vice President of Swirl Films. He has produced over 100 television projects with the company. From movies to series, covering scripted & unscripted shows as well as specialty programming. He helps oversee the day-to-day production of Swirl Films’ slate and is instrumental in negotiating talent deals. Keith has helped produce a lineup of successful scripted series within the company such as “Saints and Sinners” and”Tales;” as well as biopics, award shows and documentaries. Prior to joining Swirl Films, Keith Neal was a professional football player with the NFL and worked in the music industry as a tour manager and management executive.

Tia Anderson
VP Business & Legal Affairs


Dante Wyatt
Creative Director/Senior Editor


Dante Wyatt’s creativity was evident to everyone he came in contact with from an early age. As an adolescent, he excelled as an art student and upon completion of high school was offered a scholarship to attend the Art Institute of Charlotte. However, his passion for all things creative led him into music composing and production. With multiple opportunities for musical placement awaiting him, he made the career conscious decision to move from North Carolina to Los Angeles to pursue his passion full time. While in Los Angeles, his talents excelled and he was able to work with various national recording artists and produce commercially successful records.

Dante’s music was featured in numerous film and television projects such as HBO’s “Entourage” and E!’s “House of Carters”. During that time his focus evolved into the world of film and media production, and in 2006 he moved back to Wilmington to pursue a career in the emerging film industry there. There he accepted an internship with Swirl Films and was later hired as a full time editor. He was able to use the creative and artistic perspective he accumulated as an art student as well as his musical sense of timing to excel in this position. Dante has edited over 50 films and TV shows and has continued to expand his talents as an editor. He recently relocated to Atlanta, GA with Swirl Films where he accepted a position as the company’s creative director.

Abbey Sibucao

Abbey Sibucao (formerly MacDonald)
SVP of Scripted Development


Abbey Sibucao leads the development function for all original scripted programming that plays an important role in the continued growth of Swirl’s expansive slate of film and series across all broadcast, cable and streaming platforms. Abbey began her producing career in LA creating the massively popular, Stand up at Candor Comedy Specials, that was one of Huluʼs first original acquisitions She then moved into talent management and producing at New Wave Entertainment, where she produced numerous comedy specials and worked alongside projects for Comedy Central, VH1, MTV, Hulu, Netflix and Amazon. Currently she is credited with over 100 episodic executive producer credits as well as the series Last Call, that she not only created but was the show runner on. She was previously VP of Current Programming & Development at Bounce TV, where she oversaw projects from initial development through production and continued to service the content for current programming.

Nikki Byles
Unscripted Producer


Nikki Byles began her career at Swirl Films as an executive assistant to CEO, Eric Tomosunas and the executive team. Since then, Byles has risen through the ranks to become the Co-Head of Development for Swirl Films and the supervising producer for the TV One hit series Uncensored. Byles is a creative decision maker dedicated to introducing new concepts and ideas to the Swirl Films team that align with various initiatives to accelerate growth for the company. She coordinates daily production tasks and has worked with talent across more than 20 productions including, Uncensored, When Love Kills, and the Trumpet Awards.

Byles has always had a passion for giving back, she oversees Swirl Cares, the volunteer program at Swirl Films, where she coordinates community involvement with organizations such as the Tru Foundation, Camp XI, Hosea Helps, and Bigs Kidz. An alum of North Carolina A&T State University, she received a Bachelors of Science in Business Management in 2013.

The Brooklyn native enjoys watching Knicks games, going for bike rides, and traveling.

Jay Allen
Unscripted Producer


As the Co-Head of Development, Jay Allen does whatever it takes to get Swirl Films’ content out the door and onto the screen. Allen ushers projects from early development stages all the way to post-production, serving as the main liaison and point of contact for the projects he leads. One of his proudest moments is having taken the popular reality series, UNCENSORED; made for TV One, from an idea to a fully formed show that has continuously claimed the #1 Spot on Ad-Supported Cable among African-American viewers in its time slot.

Growing up in Charlotte, North Carolina, Allen is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, where he majored in Communication and Media Studies and was a member of the Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity. In his free time, Allen extends his passion for storytelling to Instagram, where he runs an account boasting more than 16,000 followers. He is also a huge fan of all North Carolina sports and enjoys cheering on his home state.

Prior to his work at Swirl Films, Allen worked for the Atlanta startup Airwatch, which sold for $2 billion in 2014.

Keith Howard
Studio Manager/VP of Strategy


As Studio Manager and Vice President of Strategy for Swirl Films, Keith Howard leads the company’s studio management, brand marketing, and strategy for present and future ventures. Howard’s vision for Swirl Films is to successfully scale the company’s studio expansions as Swirl Films continues to take on more projects. A collaborative leader throughout his career, Howard’s hands on approach enhances the work culture at Swirl Films by working directly with the members of the leadership team to execute company initiatives .

Howard’s passion for building brands, led to a successful career prior to joining Swirl Films. As Director of Marketing for the popular clothing brand Vineyard Vines, he worked directly with the company’s owners, and developed the brands College Tours and “Whale Reps” campus representative program, which is now established at 85 universities. Howard’s work at the company resulted in lending a hand to increasing the company’s yearly revenue to over $65million.

Howard enjoys organic farming and going to the gym. He is a native of Kinston, North Carolina, and graduated from the University of North Carolina Wilmington in 2004.

Partnerships

Swirl Films has negotiated partnerships that guarantee optimal exposure across networks, distribution and retail channels. Whether domestic or international, Swirl Films will get you wherever you want to be.