Hot Drop was founded by Alan Keane and Shane Perez; two long-time industry professionals who have extensive experience working in development and writing and story editing shows for a number of high profile international clients such as Aardman Animations, BBC, RTE, Irish Film Board, BRB International, Sony Video Games Entertainment just to name a few.
Shane’s Puerto Rican-Irish background has always provided a rich palette of inspiration to fuel the creative streak he displayed from a young age. He landed his first writing job at age twelve after approaching a local newspaper about a weekly kid-centric current events column. A born and bred New Yorker, Shane went on to study Film & English at Hunter College/CUNY.
To date, Shane has had one feature screenplay produced and numerous other projects sold or optioned. Shane eventually decided to experience new horizons in Ireland, his mother’s homeland. In Dublin, he worked as a film/entertainment reviewer and feature writer for a national newspaper before heading back to school and attaining his MA in Screenwriting from the National University of Ireland.
Shane has worked as a screenwriter, journalist, script editor and reader on both sides of the Atlantic, including extensive project evaluation work with the Irish Film Board as well as many of the then NY based production companies such as Miramax and New Line. Shane has received further development training from the EU MEDIA funded Sources 2 and the UCLA Professional Writers Program, and was also chosen for the prestigious eQuinoxe Germany screenwriting workshop
Recently, Shane has written several episodes of the Sony/ BRB Internacional children’s cartoon Invizimals, and Aurora World’s forthcoming animated series CubyZoo, as well as an episode of MyTeeVee.tv/Colaborator.com’s anthology series Match. Shane is currently overseeing the bible/script development of Aurora World’s forthcoming reboot of the animated YooHoo & Friends.
As if life wasn’t busy enough, Shane teaches screenwriting part-time at the National University of Ireland, at both the MA and BA level, and mentors the MA students on their thesis projects.
Alan is a graduate of NUIG’s Heuston Film Schools Master’s in Screenwriting program where he was awarded the Pat Sheerhan Scholarship to the prestigious UCLA’s professional screenwriting program back in 2005. Since then Alan has worked full time in the industry as a writer and story editor across a slew of different genres, from drama to comedy, live action to animation, helping to create content for kids and grown ups alike. Several of the shows Alan has worked have gone on to win Emmy’s, BAFTA’s and even Royal Television society awards.
Past clients/employers have included RTE, BBC, Sony, Aardman Animations and Cartoon Network just to name a few. Alan is at ease working across a great variety of genres and has worked on several international co-productions too. He gained his first producer credit at Aardman Animations on a show he also wrote and script edited. He also produced a low budget portmanteau feature film “Hotel Darklight” for the Darklight Film Festival in Dublin. 10 Short films shot over 6 days with a budget of less than 4 thousand Euros; all to be conceived, shot and delivered in less than 2 months.
Since then Alan has gone on to produce another short film, “Personal Development” which has successfully screened at a multitude of the world's top film festivals (TriBeCa, Palm Springs, Seattle International, Galway Film Fleadh, Brussels International, Washington just to name a few) and it has even picked up a few awards along the way too. Alan hopes that the success of this short film will facilitate Hot Drops next move into producing the exciting slew of Feature and Television Series ideas on our development slate.