"I want to tell stories that inspire all of us to strive for more; to reach for the stars. In particular, I'm drawn to the journeys of people wanting to live meaningful, purposeful lives and all the challenges they face in doing so."
-- Erica Messer when asked, "What kind of stories do you want to tell?"
BROADCAST & STREAMING TELEVISION SHOWS
Criminal Minds (Pararmount+)
Executive Produced, Showrun & Written by Erica Messer
The elite squad of FBI profilers are coming back!
Triage (ABC - Pilot)
Executive Produced, Showrun by Erica Messer
Medical drama that follows a trauma surgeon's career, relationships, and the evolution of medicine at the same hospital over three decades.
Criminal Minds (CBS)
Executive Produced, Showrun & Written by Erica Messe
15 Seasons on CBS (2005 - 2020)
An elite squad of FBI profilers analyzes the country's most-twisted criminal minds, anticipating the perpetrators' next moves before they can strike again. Each member of the "mind hunter" team brings his or her expertise to pinpoint predators' motivations and identify emotional triggers to stop them. The core group includes an official profiler who is highly skilled at getting into the minds of criminals, a quirky genius, the former media liaison who manages to adeptly balance family life and the job, and a computer wizard.
Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders (CBS)
Created, Executive Produced, Showrun & Written by Erica Messer & Erica Messer Productions
2 Seasons on CBS (2015 - 2017)
Award-winning actor Gary Sinise stars in this "Criminal Minds" spinoff, in which members of the specialized International Division of the FBI solve crimes and rescues Americans who find themselves in danger while abroad. Seasoned FBI veteran Unit Chief Jack Garrett (Sinise) leads the team, which includes Matthew Simmons (Daniel Henney), a military hero with lighting-fast profiling skills, and Russ "Monty" Montgomery (Tyler James Williams), a brilliant tech analyst who handles communications with the families of those who are in trouble.
The Biggest Little Farm: The Return / Earth Day Special
Executive Produced by Erica Messer, John Chester & Sandra Keats
The Disney+ Earth Day special “The Biggest Little Farm: The Return,” from National Geographic, is based on the 2018 award-winning feature documentary film that tells the story of John and Molly Chester, who abandon their urban life in Los Angeles to live on a barren farm to grow delicious food in harmony with nature in Ventura County. The new special follows John & Molly as they transform the land into a magical working farm and document the experience in this heartwarming special that is akin to a real-life “Charlotte’s Web.” Apricot Lane Farms is a beautiful, complex world that reflects our planet’s biodiversity, and this special introduces audiences to animals that will quickly burrow into their hearts, like Emma the pig who welcomes her newest litter and an adorable lamb named Moe who befriends the family. This Earth Day, see how the farmers utilize the interconnectedness of nature to help build soil health, maximize biodiversity, and regeneratively grow the most nutrient-dense food possible.
FEATURE FILM DOCUMENTARIES
The Biggest Little Farm
Executive Produced by Erica Messer & Erica Messer Productions
Directed by John Chester
The Biggest Little Farm details the inspiring life of John and Molly Chester and their extraordinary experiences as they leave Los Angeles to pursue their dream to cultivate an organic, biodynamic farm in Moorpark, CA.
Critics' Choice Documentary Awards (7 nominations, included Documentary Feature)
Berlin Film Festival (Screening)
Sundance Film Festival (Spotlight Selection; Runner Up, Festival Favorite Award)
New Orleans Film Festival (Screening)
Miami Film Festival (Nominee, Knight Documentary Achievement Award)
Heartland Film (Truly Moving Picture Award)
Annapolis Film Festival (Audience Award for Best Feature Documentary)
Gasparilla Film Festival (Grand Jury Prize for Best Feature Documentary)
Palm Springs International Film Festival (Audience Award for Best Documentary)
Sedona Film Festival (Best of the Fest, Director's Choice Award for Best Documentary)
Boulder Film Festival (Grand Jury Prize for Feature Documentary Best Documentary)
Doc NYC (Opening Night Film Selection)
American Film Festival (Audience Award for Best Feature)
Mill Valley Film Festival (Silver, Audience Award for Valley of the Docs Presentation)
Denver Int. Film Festival (Nominee, Maysles Brothers Award)
Hamptons Int. Film Festival (Audience Award for Best Documentary)
Toronto International Film Festival (Second Runner Up, People's Choice Award)
Telluride Film Festival (World Premiere)