Creative Team

Benjamin Strouse is a writer, composer and producer who recruited the talented Mars Patel team and serves as Executive Producer of the project. He is currently the CEO of Gen-Z Media (, one of the leading podcast production companies for kids and family programming.  

David Kreizman is an Emmy award-winning showrunner, writer and producer.   He began his career as an associate producer and staff writer for the long-running soap opera, Guiding Light, eventually becoming the youngest head writer in the history of daytime drama. David led his writing team to both an Emmy and Writers Guild Award before moving on to be co-headwriter of All My Children and As the World Turns, where he earned another Writers’ Guild Award. During this time, David’s teen themed primetime telenovela, Summers End, was purchased and developed by the CBS Network. David served as head writer/executive story producer for World Wrestling Entertainment in Stamford, CT. He has developed, written and produced television and digital content for AMC, Sony, Discovery, Bravo and TruTv and recently completed his debut novel for young adults.  He is the head writer of “Mars Patel”, and the executive in charge of original content at Gen-Z Media (, overseeing the writing and production of dozens of original projects. David’s greatest inspirations and frequent writing partners are his wife, Natasha, and their three kids, ages eleven, eleven and seven.

Chris Tarry is a Juno award-winning musician, writer, and producer. As an author, his book, How To Carry Bigfoot Home (Red Hen Press, March 2015), won the IndieFab book of the year for short fiction, and has been widely praised as one of the best short story collections of 2015. His writing has appeared in publications such as MAD Magazine, Funny or Die, The Literary Review, On Spec, The GW Review, and PANK. As a musician, Chris is a five-time Juno Award winner (the Canadian Grammy), and one of New York’s most in-demand bass players. He has produced countless award-winning albums, developed short films, and is the co-creator and sound architect behind “Mars Patel.” Chris also heads up the music and post-production departments at Gen-Z Media (, setting the sound standard for scripted audio programming, but his favorite job is being a parent to his two awesome kids, Chloe and Lucas, and laughing about all of it with his amazing wife, Michelle in the very Brooklyn-like town of Maplewood, NJ.

Jenny Turner Hall ( is an Executive Producer, Writer, and Director of The Unexplainable Disappearance of Mars PatelThe Guardian cited the episode she co-wrote, “The Gift,” as “Episode of the Year” in its list of top fifty podcasts. Her children are 9 and 11, and they love Mars Patel. They are her inspiration for the characters Caddie and Toothpick. Jenny also creates and produces podcasts for her organization Studio B, including The B Word and Milkwood (both available on iTunes). Outside the podcasting world, Jenny writes films and scripted television shows, with several of these projects currently in development. She has a weakness for comedy, Dungeons & Dragons, science fiction, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer.