Show Hosts

Michael R. Mennenga: Host, Technical Director
If anything is a constant part of Slice of SciFi it is Michael R. Mennenga and his on-air and behind-the-scenes contributions. His insights into innovations in space exploration, his love of genre television, movies and literature, and his strange obsession with merkin collecting all color his contributions to the on-air antics of the Slice Crew. He also never tires of making everyone look and sound their absolute best, always pushing, pulling, tweaking, sliding, and twisting all those buttons and knobs on his mixer.

Samantha Roberts: News Anchor
Sam Roberts has always had a passion for fantasy and science fiction, and was lured to Slice of SciFi with the simple phrase: “stop by the studio”. Fortunately, Sam loved it and has been an anchor on the show ever since. She loves reading, playing role-playing games, doing jigsaw puzzles, and watching any number of movies and TV shows. As a child, she was convinced she could be Wonder Woman and spent a great deal of time spinning furiously around in the bushes, sure that sooner or later the transformation would happen. When not hosting a show or spinning around in the bushes, she can be found in Search Mode, looking for another pair of cute shoes.

Meghan Zehr: Geek Commentary / Technical Engineer
A geek both by nature and nurture, Meghan enjoys a wide array of speculative fiction and media. As a good English major, overwrought critical theory particularly interests her when it comes to the genre. However, her own carefully crafted analyses usually take a back seat to the fannish squeals and gushing that come out of her mouth.

While she would occasionally show up to provide geek commentary, Meghan found herself as a Slice of SciFi video engineer after foolishly uttering the words “What can I do to help?” She is also a contributing editor for It’s Comic Book Day!, not realizing that that was an open-ended question that allowed for more things to be added to her list.

Show Contributors

Noah Richman: News Anchor, Movie Reviews and Commentary

Ben Ragunton: News Anchor
Ben offers occasional commentary to whatever sci-fi, fantasy, or science related conversation might be going on at the time. He was first introduced to Slice of SciFi after getting his first iPod, whereupon he stumbled across the insane world of podcasts, and the first show he ever listened to was Slice back in 2006. Such was his interest in podcasts that when the opportunity came along to become part of one he immediately jumped at the chance, and today he is still a co-host of the Fusion Patrol podcast. Ben’s fascination with sci-fi and fantasy range from the wonderful world of Tolkien, Babylon 5 (which is how he met his partner, Keith Lane), Star Trek in all its incarnations as well as Doctor Who (through which he decided to marry his partner). When not immersed in all things sci-fi, Ben can occasionally be found indulging himself in his photography as well as performing with various choral groups around the greater Phoenix valley.

Bret Filipek: Commentary

Producers

Jeffrey Willerth: Executive Producer
Jeffrey joined the Warner Bros. sci-fi hit “Babylon 5″ for all five seasons of the show’s prime-time production. His versatile talents expanded into acting while playing the recurring role of Ambassador Kosh. Jeffrey was also the Producer’s Associate through the fourth and fifth seasons, four TNT movies and three episodes of the spin-off series “Babylon 5: Crusade”.

Since B5, Jeffrey furthered his digital filmmaking experience as a Visual Effects Coordinator for the Twentieth Century Fox feature film “X-MEN 2″ as well as two Miramax’s films, “I Still Know What You Did Last Summer” and “The Faculty”.

Other recent non-fiction programming credits include DIY, SPEED, BBN, BBC/Discovery Channel, Discovery’s Military Chanel, History Channel, Court TV, PBS, HGTV, A&E, CBS and VH1, Animal Planet, and FOX. Commercial credits include Verizon and Wal-Mart.

Jeffrey Willerth is a member of the (PGA) Producers Guild of America, (IFP/W) Independent Feature Project/West (SAG) Screen Actors Guild and the (ATAS) Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, Association of Downloadable Media (ADM).

Summer Brooks: Executive Producer
Summer enjoys putting her scifi media geek skills to good use in booking guests for Slice of SciFi, as well as using her extensive tech skills to make sure all of the geek entertainment found on the Slice of SciFi family of websites keeps humming along.

She is an avid reader and writer of scifi, fantasy and thrillers, with a handful of publishing and voiceover credits to her name. Her dream is to someday write and produce a TV series or miniseries adaptation of her favorite yet highly-underrated story series.

Summer spent many years as a Unix sysadmin and competing in amateur full contact kickboxing tournaments before moving into entertainment media production and WordPress website design. These days, she maintains the Slice of SciFi websites, and co-hosts and produces several other shows, including The Babylon Podcast and Kick-Ass Mystic Ninjas, and does voiceover & narrations for StarShipSofa and Crime City Central among others.

Manny Hebron: Producer