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Diverse backgrounds, great people

Meet the Team

Our team is ready to guide you through the film-permitting process. Our conveniently located Downtown Los Angeles office houses a full-service sign shop, a large stock of traffic control equipment, and a department dedicated to community relations. Get to know our team below, and stop by the office so we can get to know you!

Interested in joining the team? Please email your resume and cover letter to careers@lafilmpermits.com and state what position you are applying for.

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Eric Nichols
President & CEO

The son of an LAPD motor officer, Eric grew up in California. When his father started his own film permit agency, Eric couldn’t pass up the opportunity to help build something from the ground up. He began his career at PPS in 1988 delivering permits, gathering community signatures, and posting “No Parking” signs. Realizing the strong potential for growth, Eric bought PPS In 1994. He has since expanded the company both in size and in scope of services, growing PPS into the full-service agency it is today. Eric credits the success of PPS to its hard-working people and a can-do attitude. His vision for PPS is one of continued growth and expanded services.

eric@lafilmpermits.com

Chris Agnew
Vice President

Chris is a Philadelphia native with a degree in Film and Media Arts from Temple University. After spending time in San Francisco working as an Associate Producer for Legal Video Services, Chris relocated to Los Angeles and worked for the EIDC as a Film Permit Coordinator. He brought his permitting know-how to PPS in 2004, beginning as a Permit Coordinator, advancing to Head Coordinator, and finally, to Vice President. Chris thrives on the opportunities his role affords to problem-solve and think on his feet.

chris@lafilmpermits.com

Eric Chen
CFO

eric.chen@lafilmpermits.com

Noah Grange
Permit Coordinator

Noah grew up in Los Angeles with the smell of Pink’s Hot Dogs wafting through his backyard. He has worked in various capacities in the entertainment Industry since the tender age of 8 years old. Noah has been working at PPS since 2005. His extensive knowledge of production brought him into his role as a Permit Coordinator in 2007. Noah appreciates the daily challenges of his role and the opportunities to work with great people.

noah@lafilmpermits.com

Christie Hazlet
Permit Coordinator

Christie was born and raised in the Los Angeles area. She is a self-proclaimed map nerd, and she knows LA like the back of her hand. After spending time as a bartender, Christie started working at PPS as an Assistant Permit Coordinator in 2007. She moved up to her current role as a Permit Coordinator in 2010. Christie calls working at PPS a “match made in heaven” as she gets to indulge her passion for maps and her knowledge of the LA area on a daily basis. She also loves that there are still new things to learn, and knowing that people appreciate what PPS does for filming.

Christie@lafilmpermits.com

Dennis De Leon
Permit Coordinator

Dennis is a Los Angeles native who always wanted to work in the film industry. He earned his BA in Journalism from California State University, Northridge. Dennis worked at the EIDC for nearly 10 years before moving to PPS in 2010 as a signature gatherer. He worked his way up to an Assistant Permit Coordinator in 2012 and was made a Permit Coordinator in 2014. Dennis finds great satisfaction in completing a permit and enjoys the opportunity to work with a wide variety of people.

dennis@lafilmpermits.com

Christopher "Owen" Lee
Permit Coordinator

While Owen grew up on the East Coast, he has spent time living all over the world. After studying Liberal Arts at Cecil College, he enlisted in the Coast Guard where he served honorably for 11 years, attending OCS and earning his Commission in the Officer Corps. Prior to finding PPS, Owen worked in the financial industry. He joined PPS in 2014. Became an Assistant Permit Coordinator in 2015, and moved into full coordinating in 2016. He has Coordinated for more than 100 Studio-backed Television / Streaming Productions and Feature Films since becoming a Coordinator.

owen@lafilmpermits.com

Jason "JDP" Del Paine
Permit Coordinator

JDP realized the entertainment industry was his calling from a young age, growing up walking distance from the major studios of Burbank, CA. After a 14-year career in a local film office, he made the move to PPS in 2017 as a Permit Coordinator. His extensive knowledge, permitting experience, and strong work ethic has made him an ideal fit with the team. JDP has a dedicated passion for on-location filming and takes great pride in assisting productions with their permitting needs.

jason@lafilmpermits.com

Katie King
Permit Coordinator

Katie hails from South Carolina, where she earned a BA in Arts with a focus in Directing from Limestone College. After working for five years as the Associate Director at Greenville Little Theatre, Katie relocated to Los Angeles. She started working at PPS as a signature gatherer in 2014, moving into the office as an Assistant Permit Coordinator in 2015. In 2019, Katie was promoted to Permit Coordinator. Katie values the friendly environment at PPS.

katie@lafilmpermits.com

Brandon Dickson
Permit Coordinator

Another California local Brandon grew up in Southern California rooting for the Dodgers and Bruins. He has worked in entertainment since he was a kid and enjoys every aspect of it. Brandon has freelanced as a producer, writer and even an actor. After joining the PPS team in 2016 he is always looking for new challenges and interesting projects to be a part of.

brandon@lafilmpermits.com

Eliana Nava
Permit Coordinator

Eliana is an LA-area native with a BA in Cinema from San Francisco State University. After living in San Francisco for six years, she moved back to her hometown, where she has interned at commercial production companies and worked as a PA. She started her career at PPS in 2018 as Office Manager and was quickly promoted to Assistant Permit Coordinator. Besides being a film nerd, she’s also a history and sci-fi buff. She enjoys the challenges of learning the ins and outs of the company.

eliana@lafilmpermits.com

Michaela Wright
Permit Coordinator

Michaela started working in the film industry in late 80's in the L.A. County Film Office. She also worked for a location service as well as other permit services. She has been in the business doing permits for over 30 years. Prior to this, she worked with exotic animals for use in film for commercials, movies , music videos, etc. She loves working with people and has established many wonderful rapports with the many governmental agencies that the company works with. In her free time, she loves going to the Colorado River, jet skiing, boating and fishing and will always treat a project as if it was her own.

michaela@lafilmpermits.com

Ashley Duke
Asst. Permit Coordinator

Ashley is a Denver native with a degree in Theatre Technology. She worked in the Denver theatre community as a stage manager and lighting technician, among other titles, before moving to Los Angeles in 2019. After a few more theatre gigs, she was hired into the film world as an Assistant Permit Coordinator with PPS in 2020.

Ashley@lafilmpermits.com

Anthony Mintos
Asst. Permit Coordinator

anthony@lafilmpermits.com

Melissa Hays
Asst. Permit Coordinator

melissa@lafilmpermits.com

Corey Chappell
Vice President, Field Services

Corey was born and raised in Central California. She has a background in theatre, where she has worked as a stage manager, director, and producer. Her first foray into the film world was in 2004, when she was hired as the Field Services Manager for PPS. Over the years, Corey has grown the department from just a few people to the 40+ person team she handles today. The growth potential is what initially attracted her to the position, but being surrounded by a great team is what has kept her here all these years.

corey@lafilmpermits.com

Alisha Carderella
Field Services Asst. Manager

Alisha hails from The Berkshires and holds a BS in Kinesiology from the University of Massachusetts. She was formerly the Sr. Health Fitness Administrator at the NBC Fitness Center in New York City. She was also a Deacon at Madison Avenue Baptist Church and spent time volunteering through the city with the organization. Alisha became interested in learning more about the entertainment industry and decided to move to Los Angeles. She worked various jobs around the city, including some acting and production projects. Alisha joined the Field Services department at PPS in 2018 and loves learning the ins and outs of the film permit world.

alisha@lafilmpermits.com

Aaron Chung
Field Services Coordinator

Since childhood, Aaron has always valued the power of storytelling in film, visual arts, literature and music. He was born and raised in Koreatown, Los Angeles and holds a BA in Literature from American University. He has worked as a speech and debate coach, a creative writing teacher, and a licensed real estate agent before joining PPS as a Field Services Assistant in 2022. When he is not working, he performs as Korean American alternative hip hop artist “HZU.”

aaron@lafilmpermits.com

Eddie Esparza
Field Services & LAPD Coordinator

Eddie has lived throughout the southwestern United States. He studied Drama at Merced College in Central California, then moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in entertainment. Eddie briefly worked for PPS as a runner, and then moved into production working as a PA. In 2010, Eddie returned to PPS as a runner and became a Field Services Coordinator in 2014.

eddie@lafilmpermits.com

Bree Smith
Assistant, Field Services

Brian Lockwood
Runner, Field Services

runner@lafilmpermits.com

Daniel Bulbulian-Baxter
Runner, Field Services

runner@lafilmpermits.com

Sam Coad
Runner, Field Services

runner@lafilmpermits.com

Andrew Child
Community Surveyor, Field Services

Elizabeth Hernandez
Lead Accountant

elizabeth@lafilmpermits.com

Nick Adornato
Accounting

nicholas@lafilmpermits.com

Lin Da Sov
Jr. Accountant

Mariah Cadena
Accounting

mariah@lafilmpermits.com

Maggie Wilson
Accounting

maggie@lafilmpermits.com

Stephanie Serrato
Sr. Human Resources Generalist

stephanie@lafilmpermits.com

Brian Ohleyer
Receptionist