Wayne Derrick is an award-winning film and television director who has worked on documentary projects throughout the world and has won two BAFTA awards - the British equivalent of the Academy Award. Throughout his 30 year career in the industry, Mr. Derrick has directed a variety of historical programs that mix dramatic reconstructions, computer graphics, and stylistic interviews. He is also known for directing successful adventure television programs, including the recent National Geographic forensic series ‘The Great American Manhunt. As the director of ‘Heroes Behind The Badge,’ Mr. Derrick’s goal is to portray the true to life heroics and sacrifices of the men and women of law enforcement so they are seen in the same light as the firefighters who made the ultimate sacrifice on 9/11, and the military troops who gave their lives in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Bill Erfurth comes to flmmaking from a non-traditional background. From November 1981 to 2007, Mr. Erfurth was an officer with the Miami-Dade Police Department in Miami, Floria. Beginning his career in 1981 and working his way up the ranks to Lieutenant, in 1997 Mr. Erfurth was assigned as Commander of the Tactical Narcotics Team (TNT). This unit became the most productive unit in the Miami-Dade Police Department’s history, and was recognized nationally as one of the top units in the country. In 1995, Mr. Erfurth was approached by Dennis Collins of Jefferson Pilot Communications to host a new radio show guided into syndication by media mogul, Dick Clark. ‘Copnet- The Police Radio Network’ aired in 100 markets, and was the first nationally syndicated show of its kind to be hosted by active police officers. In 2002, Mr. Erfurth became a consultant on ‘Bad Boys II’ where he served as the technical advisor to Producer Jerry Bruckheimer and Director Michael Bay. To this day, Mr. Erfurth maintains an active and regular association with Jerry Bruckheimer Films, providing consulting and research and development services. In 2006, Mr. Erfurth worked as the Executive Producer on the feature film ‘Canvas,’ starring Emmy Award winner Joe Pantoliano and Academy Award winner Marcia Gay Harden. Most recently, Mr Erfurth rejoined Director Michael Bay as the technical advisor on the feature film. ‘Pain and Gain.’ He will also continue working with Michael Bay Films on the upcoming, ‘Bad Boys III and ‘Cocaine Cowboys’ projects. Presently, Mr. Erfurth is starring in a new television series on the National Geographic channel entitled ‘The Great American Manhunt,’ which premiered April 19th, 2012.
Christian Ramirez began his film career at a young age working for Miami-based Greenwich Studios and in the production departments on various feature films for Columbia Pictures, 20th Century Fox, and Warner Bros. In 2001, after attending film school at Florida State University, Mr. Ramirez looked to the world of publishing as a great place to further develop his skills as a writer. He would soon begin his career working as a contributing writer for Niche Media’s ‘Ocean Drive Magazine,’ a Miami-based luxury lifestyle print publication. In 2003, Mr. Ramirez penned his first screenplay entitled, ‘Model Citizen,’ which was optioned by two-time Academy Award winning producer Albert S. Ruddy (‘The Godfather,’ ‘Million Dollar Baby’). At the same time, Mr. Ramirez also wrote, produced, and directed a short film entitled ‘The Glass Agent Chronicles,’ a story he is currently expanding into a full-length feature film. In 2007, Mr. Ramirez became the Editor-in-Chief for Command Media Group’s ‘DF Magazine,’ a luxury travel publication with a focus on angling. Currently, Mr. Ramirez works as the Senior Editor for a niche publishing company that specializes in writing coffee-table style books that chronicle the histories of major multinational corporations throughout the world.
Allison Lusby is an accomplished broadcast news journalist and editor with more than 20 years of production experience. Throughout the course of her career, Ms. Lusby, has won four Emmy Awards and earned 12 Emmy nominations for shooting, editing, and producing. Always having a camera by her side, Ms. Lusby began her professional career by producing, directing, shooting, and editing commercials and long-format programs for local television. After seven years in production, Ms. Lusby transitioned into broadcasting, covering everything from general assignment, entertainment, and investigative news to special projects, hurricanes, and medical beats for ABC, NBC, CBS, and FOX. Since leaving news in 2011, the multi-faceted Ms. Lusby has worked on documentary films and corporate videos in varied roles, including as a photographer, editor, and producer. She now brings her wide range of experience and talent to “Heroes Behind the Badge.”
Craig W. Floyd is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (NLEOMF), a nonprofit organization established in 1984 to honor the service and sacrifice of America’s law enforcement officers. Over the past 25 years, Mr. Floyd has been of of law enforcement’s leading advocates--delivering speeches, hosting radio shows, publishing books, writing articles and conducting media interviews. His work as a Congressional aide, journalist, and nonprofit leader has been widely credited with changing America’s attitude toward the law enforcement profession and saving officers’ lives. Mr. Floyd helped form the Memorial Fund and has served from the outset as the organization’s chief executive officer. Under his leadership, the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial was built and dedicated in October 1991. Today, that monument stands proudly in our Nation’s Capital as a richly deserved tribute to America’s peace officers. More than 19,000 fallen law enforcement officers have their names inscribed on that Memorial, dating back to the first documented fatality in 1791. Most recently, Mr. Floyd and his organization were successful in obtaining Congressional approval of a public law to authorize the establishment of a National Law Enforcement Museum on federal land adjacent to the Memorial. On October 14, 2010, ground was broken for the Museum, which will be the largest and most comprehensive institution of its kind in the world. The Museum is expected to open in 2013. As NLEOMF Chairman, Mr. Floyd has also spearheaded a number of other important projects to honor our nation’s law enforcement officers. They include enactment of a federal law authorizing all American flags to be flown at half-staff on ‘Peace Officers Memorial Day’ (May 15); publication of the book, To Serve and Protect: A Tribute to the American Law Enforcement; and enactment of a federal law authorizing 500,000 commemorative silver dollars to be issued by the U.S. Mint honoring the service and sacrifice of America’s law enforcement officers and their families. Prior to his work with the Memorial Fund, Mr. Floyd served for 10 years (1978-1988) as Legislative Assistant for U.S. Representative Mario Biaggi (Ret.) of New York, a New York City police legend, and the founder of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund. Mr. Floyd holds a bachelor’s degree from the George Washington University in Washington, D.C. He resides in Alexandria, Virginia, with his wife, Veronica.