Partner Stone House Productions and CEO DishandDine. I am a filmmaker, writer, multimedia developer and activist.
Cheryl Carlesimo handles project development and editorial direction for Stone House, and maintains contact with our clients, collaborators, publishers, writers, and talent. Educated at Fordham University (BA) and the Yale School of Art (MFA), Cheryl's first jobs in film were in Europe, where she assisted French New Wave director, Eric Rohmer, and German director, Werner Schroeter, in feature film production. Cheryl also attended the University of Paris I for a Master's in Film History and Theory. Upon returning to the US, she embarked on a free-lance career that began as the news footage researcher for the landmark HBO comedy show "Not Necessarily the News." After taking a few years off for to become mother of twin daughters, Rogan and Maggie, during which time she wrote two feature screenplays, Cheryl took a position in program development at Rabbit Ears Productions, where she ultimately became Vice President of Development and Creative Affairs, having participated in optioning major works of fiction for TV; developing a nationally syndicated PRI radio series, and creating new content in the children's storytelling arena in TV, home video, multimedia CD-ROMs, and print. Cheryl also co-authored a children's book, "The Saturday Kid", with famed illustrator, Ed Sorel. In 1997, Cheryl started Stone House Productions with her husband and Craig Rodgers. They have produced hundreds of hours of TV programming for Food Network, NBC, Animal Planet, Nat Geo, Discovery Channel, TLC, WGBH, and other networks. She lives in Norwalk, CT with her husband, SHP partner, John McCally, and believes that no day is complete without a big plate of pasta!