Holly Payberg-Torroija – Chief Creative Officer
Holly Payberg-Torroija is a Writer/Director and Second City Grad with over 20 years experience in all aspects of the business. Her career began at Nickelodeon studios as a PA and quickly progressed to working with and learning from some of the biggest names in the biz on shows like FRIENDS, Analyze This & Hanging Up.
In 2000, Holly was named Director of Development for Signature Pictures, where she assisted Producer Moshe Diamant in bringing 3 independent films (Feardotcom, The Musketeer & The Extremists) from development to delivery at several major studios including Paramount and Warner Bros.
Her career as a Producer began in 2004 when she and her husband, Diego Torroija, opened their commercial production company, Two Door Productions. At Two Door, she specialized in producing VFX heavy commercials for clients such as Rooms To Go, Puma & Honda, but her big break came in 2006 when she was offered the opportunity to write and produce her first feature, the family comedy The Guardians starring Ron Palillo and the pop group TGK.
Inspired by her experience with The Guardians, Holly created Two Door’s sister company Turtle in a Party Dress for the purpose of producing original content and she has been Writing, Producing and Directing ever since. Her latest projects include GG’s Java Joint (a fully Improvised web series she created around the talent of her fellow Second City Grads), The Sex Trade (an award winning scripted comedy web series she created and co-wrote with writing partner John Connon) and most recently Feathers and Toast (an award winning web series she is currently developing into a 1/2 hour series with Mhairi Morrison). She is currently in development on her second feature film.
Holly’s creative influences are Harold Ramis, Christopher Guest, Nancy Meyers, John Hughes, Cameron Crowe, Nora Ephron, The Coen Bros and Neil Simon.
Diego Torroija – VP of Production
Diego makes all our crazy ideas possible. He is an award winning Director / DP and all around Magyver type with a deep history in Post including VFX, design and graphics and makes all our creative visions come to life with ease and flair. His work can be seen all over all the projects here at the Turtle but to check out his rich body of work in its full glory you can check it at our sister company Two Door
John Connon – Writer/Producer/Actor/Chief of Sarcasm
After years of experience being edited out of many a direct-to-DVD movie, John decided to become a producer! He is the co-creator of The Sex Trade, GG’s Java Joint, and Hot Topics with Cecil & Sureg’ay. On top of that, he’s an award-winner! Lots and lots of awards, which hang on the wall of his spare bedroom! For screenwriting (The Cactus Club)*! Improv! And commercial campaigns, like Walmart and Jetson Appliances! His outrageously funny spot for Telefonica Muvistar, while not an award-winner (yet…), ran for two summers nationally! In Spain! He has just recently become full of himself. Email John at firstname.lastname@example.org
*The Cactus Club, winner of Silver Palm at Houston WorldFest Screenwriting Contest for Comedy