Background

EcoSet was founded in 2008 as a response to the evident need to reduce the environmental impact of the film production industry.

Comprised of experienced entertainment professionals with backgrounds in Film, TV & Commercial production, we are proud to be a part of the movement to bring environmental consciousness into the entertainment and advertising industry.

Our goal is to provide practical solutions to shift commercial productions towards sustainable production practices. This transition in thinking and culture benefits the people and companies involved in the projects, the surrounding community in which we work, and ultimately the planet.

EcoSet is a certified women owned and operated business and employs professionals from the production industry. Our office is located in Los Angeles, CA. We primarily support productions in Los Angeles and New York, and are available for other markets on a case-by-case basis.

EcoSet also employs a network of hard-working freelancers as our Eco Crew. If you have a background in production with a passion for the environment, and are interested in being a part of our Eco Crew, fill out our online application

Meet the Team

Kris Barberg
Executive Director

Kris Barberg began her EcoSet adventures in 2009 in a freelance capacity, and moved to full-time in 2010 as the Executive Director of EcoSet. Her career in the film industry began in 1998, first as a videographer and editor, then working as a freelancer for ten years in commercials and features in Minnesota and Los Angeles. Kris’s passion for low-impact living combined with her knowledge of film sets drives EcoSet’s mission to help transition the commercial production industry to better practices and a more effective use of resources. Kris is the pack leader for EcoSet’s rescued dog Mister. When not at the office, she is hiking in the hillsides around Los Angeles and collecting wild edible and medicinal plants.

Amy Hammes
Donations Director, Business Development

Amy is EcoSet’s “Waste Warrior”, proving that discarded set materials can be given a new life through reuse opportunities within the local community. She has developed EcoSet’s reuse network and donation strategies, and ensures that remaining props and wardrobe find a new home with non-profits. After a long career in media advertising sales and management, she received her Masters in Public Administration and Sustainability from the Presidio School of Management giving her the tools to pursue her passion for recycling and reuse issues. In her free time, Amy is a news junkie, avid traveler and dog rescuer. She and husband Matthew and their 4 “recycled” dogs, reside in mid-Los Angeles.

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Melissa Manousos
Production Coordinator

The newest member of the EcoSet team, Melissa climbs aboard after nearly 11 years as a freelance Coordinator in the Film, TV and Commercial Production industry. She has lived and worked in New York, Miami and Los Angeles, and brings a large toolkit of abilities and insights to EcoSet. Melissa serves as liaison between Production teams and EcoSet. She is excited for the opportunity to combine her Production knowledge with a passion for sustainability and the chance to lead the push toward Zero Waste. A native of Oakland, CA, she enjoys spending her free time exploring the boundless secrets of Los Angeles, cooking delectable meals, and investigating the art of mixology.

Amanda Frost
Communications Specialist

Amanda joined the EcoSet team in 2012, supporting the company’s on-set services and internal operations. She now serves as Communications Specialist and manages EcoSet’s storytelling, client reporting and visual assets. Amanda enjoys being engaged in the materials recovery efforts from the beginning to end of each commercial, and highlighting the impact made after each production. Before joining EcoSet, Amanda spent three years as a freelancer in the film industry; most notably as Assistant Producer on ‘California Forever’ a documentary released for PBS in 2012. Originally from San Jose, Amanda earned a BA from the CSU Monterey Bay film program and resides in Glendale.

Cal Wilson
Donations and Reuse Coordinator

Minnesota native Cal Wilson joined the EcoSet team in 2013 as a part-time donations assistant. In 2014, Cal became EcoSet’s full time Donations and Reuse Coordinator. His responsibilities include overseeing EcoSet’s Materials Oasis, facilitating on-set strikes, donor partner outreach and inventory management. Prior to working at EcoSet, Cal attended Full Sail University, graduating in 2011 with a BA in Film. After graduation, he tapped into the local Minnesota film community, interning at the MN Film and TV Board and then working as a Locations Assistant and Art PA before moving to California. Cal currently lives in North Hollywood with his beautiful hometown sweetheart Hanna Rose. Cal enjoys cooking, writing and watching movies.

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Operations and Coordination Assistant

Omar got his start in commercial production in 2006 as a security guard and production assistant. As often as he could, he took unserved second meals to homeless people on Skid Row and to families in need in his own neighborhood. While on set one day in 2010, he encountered EcoSet and was relieved to learn that there was a solution to the heartbreaking amount of waste he was seeing on productions. Omar began to work as a freelancer with EcoSet in 2013, and in 2014, he was hired as the full time Operations and Coordination Assistant. He oversees the prep and wrap process, trains crew and supports the day to day operations for the company. He is teaching his three children how to be good citizens of this planet.

About the Founder

Shannon Bart started her career in television commercial production and founded EcoSet in 2008. Her attitude of effecting change in an engaging and respectful manner is a core principle of the company. Her understanding of the fast paced production environment has made EcoSet the go to company for environmental solutions on commercial productions. Shannon graduated summa cum laude from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities and is currently employed with NBCUniversal. She resides in Los Angeles, CA with her husband and daughter.