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Chris Dorsey

Chris Dorsey

Chris Dorsey is the founding partner of Denver-based Orion Entertainment, the world’s largest producer of outdoor adventure television programming. He’s helped create more than 40 outdoor television series—more than anyone in history—for nine networks and 32 of those series are still in production today. In addition to helping transform the branded entertainment model in the outdoor genre, Dorsey’s approach of fusing brand DNA with entertaining programming has captured the attention of mainstream networks looking for a new vision to engage brands with television audiences. Because of this success, he’s a highly sought after speaker and television industry consultant.

Prior to his career in television, Dorsey was a publishing executive running some of the largest outdoor titles in America, including Sports Afield, America’s oldest outdoor periodical. His work has appeared in a wide variety of national publications including The Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, Television Week, National Geographic, Writer’s Digest, and scores of outdoor periodicals. He’s the author of seven books on outdoor, natural history, and business subjects.

Because of his connections to the celebrity community, Dorsey has been retained to assist in developing campaign strategies for a wide variety of political candidates ranging from those seeking the Oval Office to governorships, Senate and House seats. His ability to craft messaging that appeals to America’s 50 million sportsmen—whether creating branded entertainment or highlighting the ties between political candidates and the passions and concerns of American sportsmen—has been at the core of his success.

Dorsey lives in Denver, Colorado, with his wife Amy and twin sons Luke and Nathan.

Gerald McRaney

Gerald McRaney

One of Hollywood's most accomplished veteran actors, Gerald McRaney most recently starred on HBO's award-winning series "Deadwood," and CBS's "Jericho," which was nominated for Best Network Television Series. Prior to that, Gerald spent eight years as the irrepressible, yet immensely likable private investigator Rick Simon on "Simon and Simon," after which he went on to become the nation's favorite U.S. Marine in "Major Dad."

Gerald has managed to avoid the pitfalls of typecasting by paying his dues as a working actor in a myriad of stage productions, TV shows and motion pictures. He is not your run-of-the-mill male lead. Over the years, he has excelled in a wide array of characters from farmer to hit man, from vigilante to Vietnam veteran, from old west gunfighter to a southern corrupt sheriff. He has the uncanny ability to realistically assume the persona of the characters he plays. "I like to mix it up and play roles that go totally against type," he explains.

An avid supporter of the military, McRaney made many visits to support the soldiers during Operation Desert Storm and Operation Restore Hope.

A measure of his popularity: both "Simon and Simon" and "Major Dad" continue to be aired in reruns to this day.

"Simon and Simon" gave Gerald the opportunity to direct. He is particularly proud of a segment he directed which dealt with adolescent drug abuse. He showed how drug abuse can be deglamorized. He, with a group of other film production professionals, formed The Entertainment Industries Council for a Drug-Free Society, an organization dedicated to lobbying producers, directors, and actors to communicate the dangers and evils of drug abuse through film and television. In that role, he has testified before the Senate Subcommittee on Investigations to obtain Senate endorsement of the group's efforts.

Gerald currently hosts "The World of Beretta," a compelling outdoor reality series that airs on the VERSUS network. He enjoys the outdoors and is an expert camper, hunter and fisherman.

He travels throughout the U.S. and elsewhere covering exceptional outdoor sporting activities.

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