Jumpstart films

Media Production Company

112 Washington Place
Pittsburgh, PA, 15219


With budgets and funds to consider, choosing a production company brings several criteria to mind. One considers not simply "what" a marketing/ad campaign does, but how it engages its audience. Do your customers feel a real, visceral connection to your product or company? Imagine how much further your advertising dollars will go once you present your market with a message that truly captivates them.

So what does JumpStart do?

We make commercials, internet and social media content, features, short films, documentaries, music videos and anything new and unique that clients would like to experiment with. Our expert team is made up of filmmakers, designers, artists, music composers, editors and more. We combine these skills and talents on every project we undertake, always making sure to add a little Hollywood flair to every JumpStart production.

Director Tom Kurlander on the set of JumpStart Films "All of the Suddens" (2018).

Director Tom Kurlander on the set of JumpStart Films "All of the Suddens" (2018).

ABOUT tom Kurlander


Tom Kurlander has worked in the entertainment and marketing industry for over two decades.  Tom began his career as an Assistant Publicist for Columbia Pictures in New York before moving to Los Angeles and a career in front of the camera as a film and television actor, appearing in Young Guns II, Flatliners, Kindergarten Cop and many other films, television shows and commercials.  He began his directorial career making documentaries about families for special occasions through his production company, Family Shorts. (Visit: www.familyshorts.com)

In 2007, Tom founded JumpStart Films, a progressive marketing and film company, channeling his filmmaking skills into delivering high-end content for corporate clients, organizations and small businesses.   Tom’s directorial work is known for its cinematic style and sophisticated aesthetic, married to strong storytelling and messaging.

Kurlander is also an accomplished songwriter who along with award-winning composer Kyle Simpson, produces original music, scores and jingles for many JumpStart projects. Tom earned a Bachelor of Science in Marketing from Miami University and is a graduate of Shady Side Academy and the Birch Wathen Lenox School in New York.  

about debbi casini klein

Executive Producer

Debbi Casini Klein has worked as a producer/writer/interviewer in the television and radio industry for three decades.   As a producer and executive producer, her many award-winning local shows include “Pittsburgh’s Talking,”  “Cappelli and Company,” “Good Day Cleveland,” and “The Morning Exchange” in Cleveland, Ohio.  Her national credits include work with PBS, ESPN, ABC News, Good Morning America and The Food Network.   As a freelancer, Debbi has produced commercials, telethons, industrial videos, and feature stories for television and radio.  She has also works as a media trainer, special events coordinator, and also as a publicist for local authors.  

Her accomplishments include 24 Emmy nominations, five Emmy Awards, 12 Pennsylvania Association of Broadcasters Awards, two National Gabriel Awards, a National Women in Radio and Television Award (AWRT), a National Telly Award, and National Advertising Age Vanguard Awards.   She also works as a part-time travel agent and in her spare time volunteers for many charities.   Debbi lives in Churchill, PA with her husband and two children.