Telling stories on film is Lookalike's specialty:
In 2002, Nancy and Lisa became partners in Lookalike Productions, where their first collaboration was the award-winning documentary "Emmanuel's Gift". The film highlighted the courageous efforts of Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah as he fought for the rights of his 2,000,000 fellow disabled in Ghana, West Africa. "Emmanuel's Gift" sparked a call to action. In July, 2006, Ghana's Parliament passed a Disability Bill that had been ignored for decades, guaranteeing unparalleled rights for this long-overlooked community.
In 2008, Lisa and Nancy directed and produced "Let It Out: The Movie", a documentary film presented by Kleenex where Olympic legends, Olympic hopefuls and fans share their most emotion-filled memories of the Games, as never been told before.
In conjunction with Sesame Workshop and Worldwide Pants, Lookalike Productions has completed three prime time specials for PBS. The first, "Coming Home: Military Families Cope with Change", featuring Queen Latifah, Elmo and John Mayer, tells the stories of four military families who are dealing with issues when a parent comes home from Iraq or Afghanistan with a physical or "invisible" injury. "Families Stand Together: Feeling Secure in Tough Times", with hosts Al Roker and Deborah Roberts, showcases families who are struggling due to personal circumstances relating to economic insecurity. "When Families Grieve," hosted by Katie Couric, presents families' personal stories about coping with the death of a parent, as well as strategies that have helped these families move forward. This Special received a Primetime Emmy nomination for Outstanding Children's nonfiction program.
Lisa and Nancy also directed and produced "Unmatched," a documentary film for ESPN's series, "30 for 30". The film explores the intense rivalry and remarkable friendship between Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova; told through their eyes only. "30 for 30" is an unprecedented Peabody Award winning documentary series featuring thirty films from some of today's most prestigious filmmakers.
RISE, had its theatrical premiere in over 500 theaters nation-wide. The United States Figure Skating Association commissioned Lisa and Nancy to produce and direct this documentary that commemorates the 1961 U.S. Figure Skating team that perished in a plane crash on the way to the World Championships, as well as celebrate the generations of skaters who came before and after that tragic event.
In 2012, Lookalike produced and directed a documentary film with Harpo Studios about Oprah Winfrey's Leadership Academy for Girls, which is an innovative high school whose aim is to discover, teach and inspire young South African girls to become a new generation of leaders. This prime-time special follows the first-ever graduating class, as the girls look at colleges around the United States and prepare for the exciting next stage of their lives.
Currently, Lisa and Nancy are working on a new film to kick-off ESPN's upcoming documentary series Nine for IX that commemorates the 40th Anniversary of Title IX. The subject of their film is legendary basketball coach Pat Summitt.
Prior to creating Lookalike Productions, Lisa and Nancy both enjoyed illustrious careers in network television. During her twelve year tenure as former Producer / Director at NBC Sports and Olympics, Lisa Lax became one of the most respected production talents in the business. In her role as head of NBC's Olympic profiles unit, Lax supervised the production of more than 500 feature stories on the world's best Olympians. Lax also produced and directed several documentary films that were highlights of NBC's Olympic coverage during the Atlanta, Sydney and Salt Lake City Games, including Emmy Award winning "The Wonders of Rome", critically acclaimed "Twice Born - Muhammad Ali" and "Peggy & Dorothy".
Nancy Stern's remarkable talents include a vast expertise in producing live events, network television specials and scripted dramas. Her credits are notable for their variety, quantity and quality in sports, entertainment and news. Stern was the first woman to produce the world's most famous bicycle race, The Tour de France, and the American classic, ABC's Wide World of Sports. Displaying her versatility, Stern segued into Daytime television and created a new look in Daytime Drama as consulting producer and director for the two-time Emmy Award winning soap opera "The City". She served as the co-executive producer for the primetime broadcast of the 1997 Daytime Emmy Awards. Stern also served as executive producer and director of NBC's critically acclaimed and highly rated Special "The Cosby Show... A Look Back".
Lisa and Nancy reside in New Jersey with their husbands and children.