who we are

We are Storybeat Studio, an innovative storytelling company led by experienced content producers. We are proud to have earned multiple Emmy® Awards during our careers, having producing content with hundreds of fascinating people including President Barack Obama, Dr. Maya Angelou, Professor Elie Wiesel, Michael Jordan, Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz, and author Brené Brown.

Our team met while working at Oprah’s Harpo Studios in Chicago. There was a mutual admiration for work ethic and talent. Between the three of us, we have decades of television production, marketing, journalism, advertising, creative writing, shooting, post production, project management, workflow, social media marketing, and most importantly, a deep love of storytelling. 


Beth Augustine
Chief Operating Officer

Morning ritual: Exercise every day (this is fairly new, wish me luck) and update my Bullet Journal before the family gets up.

Favorite food: Cheese. By a long shot.

Source of inspiration: My son. I am incredibly fortunate to have him and he keeps me young whether I like it or not.

Soundtrack: This would be an eclectic mix of 80s music

Greatest Fear: Becoming jaded.

Greatest Extravagance: Great cheese

Most Treasured Possession: This is a secret.

Most admired character trait: I strive to be cheerful, upbeat and positive.

Most loved Chicago spot: It’s a tie between Promontory Point and
Garfield Park Conservatory

What do you most value in your friends: Kindness, trust, sense of humor,
and the ability to self-deprecate.

Who are your favorite writers: Michael Pollan, Jim Harrison, David Sedaris.

Which historical figure do you most identify with: I was a tomboy growing up, so, Amelia Earhart.

Secret talent: I can Juggle (not just tasks but beanbags, fruit,
and small round items in general).

Famous person, living or dead, you'd most like to meet:
Benjamin Franklin.

Bobby Brooks

Bobby Brooks

Morning ritual: Every morning, I meditate, take a shower, and drink coffee. Without these 3 steps, I don't function properly.

Favorite food: Southern Fried Chicken.

Source of inspiration: Great musical theatre lifts my soul.

Soundtrack: Moulin Rouge!

Greatest Fear: Falling from any skyscraper or mountain.

Greatest extravagance: One night at the Grand Wailea on Maui.

Most treasured possession: My cousin melted an old cobalt blue wine bottle into a simple spoon rest. It rests on my stove, usually a part of every homemade dinner.
That is my most treasured possession.

Most admired character trait: Humor. Whenever someone makes me laugh, my admiration grows.

Character trait most valued in friends: Honesty.
It's the most important quality in a friend.

Most loved Chicago spot: James N. Nederlander Theatre (aka Oriental Theatre). The beauty of that theatre always stuns me.

Hero of fiction: Boo Radley. Love him so much, my dog bears his name.

Famous person, living or dead, you'd most like to meet: Marilyn Monroe... 100%.

Lisa Weiss
Founder & CEO

Morning ritual: Getting ripped out of REM sleep by my kids.

Favorite food: black raspberries.

Source of inspiration: People watching is my greatest inspiration. I love to grab a coffee or sit outside and watch people walk by, imagining what their lives and homes look like. Curiosity definitely drives me.

Beyoncé. Anything Stevie Nicks, especially “Landslide.”

Most treasured possession:
A music box my father gave me when I was a little girl.

Most admired character trait: Courage.

Most loved Chicago spot: Lincoln Square is my favorite - but really any of our unique neighborhoods with a little culture and tea.

Hero of fiction:
Pip from Great Expectations breaks my heart. And Charlotte (Charlotte’s Web) inspires me with her kindness and courage.

Famous person, living or dead, you’d most like to meet: Anne Frank.