Megan Alexander
Megan Alexander an Emmy nominated national news correspondent, host, emcee and actress. She can be seen every evening as a correspondent on the longest-running, top rated syndicated national news magazine television show Inside Edition. Alexander was a Special Correspondent for CBS Television with the team at Thursday Night Football, covering NFL games and related stories for all CBS affiliates around the world in 2016 and 2017. She serves as a guest commentator on shows like the Wendy Williams show, Showbiz Tonight and Fox News. She appears in the upcoming feature film “Heartbeats” (major theater release, Fall 2017) and is also is one of the Executive Producers. She sits on the Board of Governors for the Hugh O’Brian Youth foundation. Megan’s first book “Faith in the Spotlight- thriving in your career while staying true to your beliefs” came out in Fall 2016 and was a best seller on Amazon.

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Jason Lazarus Auerbach
Three time Emmy award winner Jason Lazarus Auerbach has had an extremely varied career over the past 20+ years. He has spent a good part of his life filming in all corners of the world, having to deal with all the situations that brings. This has made him a very effective problem solver who has been sought after by major studios to help in the development of television/film properties and the technical pipelines behind them.

As well as being an amazing technical asset to the companies he has excelled on the creative side of the business as well. Jason has been a key player in the creative development of numerous TV projects. Jason has also produced, shot and edited 100’s of hours of television content for major production facilities and networks. Most recently Jason has been Producing/Directing numerous documentaries and television shows around the world.

Eric Brassard
Eric Brassard

Eric runs the television division of Barry Josephson’s production company, Josephson Entertainment. Current projects include THE TICK (for Amazon), TURN (for AMC), and BONES (which recently concluded its 12 season run on FOX). Prior to joining Josephson, Eric worked for Justin Lin at Perfect Storm Entertainment where he covered SCORPION (for CBS) while managing the company’s slate of cable and broadcast development properties. Additionally, Brassard spent a year and a half at Sonar Entertainment working in series and longform development on such projects as SOUTH OF HELL (for WeTV), THE SHANNARA CHRONICLE (for MTV), and TABOO (for FX). Eric began his career as a development executive by spending four years at Sony Pictures TV under Josh Berman’s overall deal. Eric is proud to have been a part of such shows as DROP DEAD DIVA (for Lifetime) and THE MOB DOCTOR (for FOX) as well as numerous drama and comedy development projects under Berman’s mentorship. Eric grew up on Cape Cod and attended Boston University. Eric currently lives in Los Angeles with his fiancé, Scott, and their dog, Deacon (who was not named after the character on NASHVILLE or Deacon Jones).

Alan Brewer
lan Brewer is the President/Owner of New Brew Entertainment, a Los Angeles area entertainment production company. He currently serves on the advisory board for the Hollywood Music in Media Awards, has served on the Board Of Directors of the Burbank International Film Festival and is a past President of the Board Of Directors of the Nashville Film Festival (one of the longest running film festivals in the U.S.). Brewer is on the founding boards of FilmNashville and the Nashville Composers Association and is Los Angeles industry advisor to the annual packaging and distribution conference & market, Film-Com. He has been a Film Producer, Score Composer, Soundtrack Producer, and Music Supervisor on feature films and television productions for companies such as Universal, Miramax, Summit Entertainment, MGM, Fox, Warner Bros., Anonymous Content, Bold Films, CMT, and VH-1.

Starting in the music business as a touring musician and songwriter, and later moving into the producer’s chair, Brewer’s broad range of musical experience has had him in the recording studio with Pete Townshend of “The Who,” legendary “Yes” keyboardist Rick Wakeman, Sister Sledge, Rick Derringer, and Clarence Clemons of Bruce Springsteen’s “E Street Band.” He has also served as Producer on mixes of live recordings of Sting, Phil Collins, Jeff Beck, Donovan, Bob Geldof, and Eric Clapton. During his years as a touring musician, Brewer had the pleasure of performing live with the likes of John Lee Hooker, Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee and jazz composer/pianist, Cecil Taylor. His multi-faceted entertainment company, Brewman Music & Entertainment (BME), has represented such writer/artists as Narada Michael Walden, Rick Wakeman, Mark Slaughter, Danny Federici, and Cowboy Mouth for film & television music.

An early stint as Post-Production Sound & Music Supervisor for Miramax Films led Brewer into the motion picture business. His feature film credits include the Warner Bros release “American Pastime,” “Lonesome Jim” (starring Casey Affleck & Liv Tyler), “Come Early Morning,” (starring Ashley Judd, Laura Prepon, Jeffrey Donovan and Diane Ladd), David Bowie’s “Ziggy Stardust & The Spiders From Mars,” Paul McCartney’s “Rockshow,” “Tokyo Pop,” “The Burning,” “Secret Policeman’s Other Ball” (Monty Python, Peter Cook, Rowan Atkinson), and the cult horror pic “Trailer Park Of Terror,” based on the popular Imperium Comics series.

Brewer produced the Universal Pictures release, “Playing For Keeps,” directed by The Weinstein Company co-chairmen, Bob and Harvey Weinstein (starring Daniel Jordano and Marisa Tomei). He is Executive Producer for “Bad House,” a horror-thriller currently in pre-production, and his upcoming feature film projects include “Red Devil Lie,” a gritty, rural crime thriller set in Appalachia, “Hitchhiking With Larry David,” based on the popular book by Paul Samuel Dolman (Gotham/Penguin books), and “The Human Fly,” inspired by the real-life stuntman whose antics spawned a Marvel Comics series and an ongoing franchise for which Brewer has also secured an upcoming network television special. Brewer currently has several TV series in development in partnership with other highly successful TV producers including Roy Bank of Banca Studios, producer of “Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader” and former Executive Producer for Merv Griffin Entertainment.


Dave Brown
Dave Brown graduated with honors from Brown University. Starting in an agency mailroom he was promoted to agent where he discovered and brokered the initial deal for James Wan and Leigh Whannell to direct and star in the billion-dollar SAW franchise. After transitioning to management, Dave facilitated the deal for the award winning Showtime series DEXTER. Four years ago Brown and his business partner Zadoc Angell moved their management team to Echo Lake Entertainment. Echo Lake’s literary and directing clients in the TV realm are working on critically acclaimed series including NARCOS, THE HANDMAID’S TALE, THE OA, SNEAKY PETE, THE EXPANSE, UNREAL, THE ORIGINALS, GREY’S ANATOMY, and INTO THE BADLANDS. In features, Echo Lake had 5 clients on The Blacklist in 2016 and recent client movies include SAND CASTLE, the upcoming UNFRIENDED 2, and three movies currently in production. Dave is also an Executive Producer on Syfy’s hit TV series Van Helsing with Neil Labute showrunning.
Carey Nelson Burch
Carey Nelson Burch

Carey Nelson Burch serves as President of Hideout Pictures, a division of Average Joes Entertainment and the company behind CMT’s “Still the King” starring Joey Lauren Adams and Billy Ray Cyrus. Previously she was an Executive Producer at TackleBox Films while running her own company, My Own Shingle, where Hideout was a consulting client. Prior, Nelson Burch was a packaging agent at William Morris Endeavor for 12 1/2 years and had the distinction of being the only TV/Film agent in town, servicing Feature and TV producers, the country artist roster, as well as numerous projects. Before joining William Morris Endeavor, Nelson Burch was an Executive at NBC in Los Angeles. She currently serves on the boards of Leadership Music, the Nashville Film Festival, Belmont’s Film & TV Advisory Committee, Film Com and Many Hopes.

Sophia Dilley
Sophia Dilley

Sophia Dilley began her career at Film 44, where she worked on Hancock and Battleship for Pete Berg. In 2010, she joined Route One and helped oversee A Walk in the Woods and Equals. In 2014, Ms. Dilley joined Not Impossible Labs as Head of Production. She was tasked with producing commercials and documentaries illustrating the application of high tech solutions to serious real world problems. Ms. Dilley’s first project, “Don’s Voice,” attained over 1M views in 2 weeks and 1 billion media impressions; won 3 Telly Awards, 3 One Show Pencils; shortlisted for the AICP and won the SXSW Innovation Award for Connecting People in 2016. She also accepted the SXSW Innovative 3-DIY Interactive Award for “Project Daniel” along with Mick Ebeling and Elliot Kotek in 2015. In May 2015, Ms. Dilley returned to ROE, where she now focuses on film, TV and digital opportunities. Since her return she has co-produced Tallulah, Colossal and Landline and currently oversees a diverse pipeline of projects.  Ms. Dilley has two Bachelor’s degrees from Loyola Marymount University, one in Film Production and another in Political Science. She also has a Master’s degree in Project Management specializing in International Marketing and Film from Boston University.

Adam Fisher
Adam Fisher

Armed with a background in production and finance, Adam runs the day-to-day operations of Complete Production Group’s (CPG’s) West Coast office in Los Angeles where he currently serves as the companies President & Managing Partner.

Adam has created and fostered life-long relationships with many executives, Hollywood agents, producers, financiers, and industry insiders in show-business. This deep-rooted proximity to the Entertainment Industry provides a wealth of resources to CPG’s continued success.

In addition to Adam’s core duties with SAG-AFTRA Signatory & Business Affairs in TV, film and commercials, his other work includes: Creating budget plans, entertainment payroll, script acquisitions, and obtaining Letters of Intent and/or Letters of Commitment from both A-List celebrities and funders. From ultra-small budget to blockbuster studio feature, Adam, interprets the pre and post-production process and advisees you of potential pitfalls along the way.

“In the film business, crowd funding will never replace “in-crowd” funding.”

Whether you’re seeking grants, tax credits, private investors, or any type of film-centric project finance, Adam can guide you “from caution and confusion to confidence and clarity.” Having worked closely with all the key players, both above and below the line, he understands the value of finding the right people with the right resources to make things happen.

He is an active member and judge for the NY Emmy Awards, a division of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, and is a current voting member of the Grand Jury for the New York Festival’s International TV and Film Awards.

Prior to joining CPG, he was an analyst at a stock research firm that specialized in raising capital for publicly traded companies. He now uses his know-how, contacts, and knowledge of raising equity, and applies it to the entertainment industry.

Adam is a graduate of Hofstra University’s School of Communication.

David Futterman
David Futterman, Pop Network (VP – Direct Response / Paid Programming): 13 years of industry selling experience Network experience: Pop (A CBS / Lionsgate Partnership) & NBCU (USA, Syfy, Oxygen, Bravo, CNBC, Universal Sports, Mun2, Chiller & Cloo)
Mitchell Gailen
Mitchell Galin is a seasoned multiple award winning producer in the film, television and theater mediums. Through his over thirty-five year career he has developed and/or overseen the production of ten features, over twentyfive
television movies and mini- series, three series, seven documentaries
and two theatre productions.

Galin’s television producing credits include Stephen King’s The Stand
and The Langoliers both for ABC and the highest rated mini-series of
their respective years, Dune for SyFy and Season of Purgatury for
CBS. These mini-series collectively won nine Emmy awards. He also
produced the award winning film The Vernon Johns’ Story which among its many awards netted him the prestigious Christopher Award.

Currently Galin is in Atlanta prepping production for the SyFy Series Suspicion which will commence principal photography in early July and completing a documentary on Kaui’i’s historic Lawaii International Center. Additionally Galin
has a partnership with Universal Music Group Nashville to develop and produce six movies for cable with strong musical tie ins.

Galin recent productions include the pilot for a series reboot of his iconic
series Tales for The Darkside for the CW; Media a two-hour backdoor
pilot that was just picked up for series, the Hallmark movies Norman Rockwell’s Shuffleton’s Barbershop, Wedding Planner Mystery and The Shunning; and the award winning documentaries Living Hope and Honoring a Father Dream:The Sons of Lwala.

With respect to features, Galin is well known for his partnership with
Stephen King as a producer on a number of feature films including Pet Sematary and Thinner both of which were released by Paramount Pictures and New Line’s The Night Flier.

Among his current feature projects, Galin is in early preproduction on the
adaptation of Stephen King’s short story The Gingerbread Girl which Mr. King
co-wrote with the director Craig Baxley the suspense thriller The Disembodied
to be directed by Neville Page and the ensemble thriller Static created by Writer-
DIrector Eric Daniel.
Galin is a member of both the Director’s and Writer’s Guilds, The Academy
of Arts and Sciences, serves on a number of boards.

Andra Gordon
Andra Gordon is the Vice President of Development at American Entertainment Investors, a film finance firm that manages funds and advises several production companies, including Black Label Media (Sicario, La La Land). She recently executive produced The Other Half, starring Emmy-winner Tatiana Maslany and is currently producing a Dave Eggers adaptation and a feature written and to be directed by Michael and Jeff Zimbalist (The Two Escobars, Pele). She is also developing a series with Quincy Jones executive producing. At the production company Verisimilitude, Gordon worked on the award-winning films Another Earth (Fox Searchlight 2011) and Terri (ATO Pictures 2011), as well as the upcoming The Public Image is Rotten, which just premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival. She has a Master’s in Cinema Studies from NYU Tisch School of the Arts, where she received a full scholarship and Assistantship, and attended Northwestern University and the University of Colorado at Boulder for undergrad, graduating summa cum laude with a BA in English.
Charles Hopkins
Charles Hopkins currently lives in Los Angeles and is an executive at Shoreline Entertainment, an independent film sales and production company. Before moving to the United States, Charles studied at the University of Melbourne. While completing his post-graduate law degree, Charles engaged in a variety of experiences in the Australian entertainment industry including entertainment law, script development, and live comedy production. After re-locating to LA, he gained experience in production and talent management, before landing at Shoreline.

Since working at Shoreline as its Manager of Production & Development, Charles has overseen acquisitions of projects in development for the sales division, attended various film festivals and markets in an acquisitions and/or sales capacity, and negotiated a variety of deals with producers, talent, and distributors. He’s also initiated the development of several independent film projects and coordinated the production of independent features.

Mark Iannarelli
A lifelong music fan with never enough means to pursue his passion, Mark leads an effort to solve the music fan’s universal problem – too little live music.  A 17-year investment industry veteran, most recently, Mark was Managing Director at Rockefeller & Co. where he led the firm’s family office and institutional bond portfolio management team. Mark had both the unfortunate and fortunate front row seat in the bond market for the 2008 financial crisis and developed a deep understanding of the role technology has and will continue to play in transforming finance, markets, and society as whole. Mark believes a music and art renaissance is in its infancy and the potential for music and artists to center and monetize culture and marketplaces in VR is unprecedented.  Mark’s passion for live music began at his first concert in 1989 – Rod Stewart at the Grandstand at Bally’s Grand in Atlantic City, New Jersey. His experience in pent up demand for live music began buying tickets for scalpers at Ticketron at age 8.
Tim Johnson
A member of the Producers Guild of America since 2009, Tim has worn the titles of Producer, Production Manager, Department Manager and Project Manager, founder and CEO.

Currently, Tim is working as the Senior Staff Producer for VR & VFX at Legend, handling tasks ranging from development, physical production, post-production oversight, team management and client relations for projects ranging from Warner Brother’s Suicide Squad VR presentation, to Van Jones’ Project Empathy. In addition, Tim is actively developing and shopping both feature film and episodic content

William Lowery
William Lowery is in his 6th year at APA and currently heads up APA’s FILM FINANCE division, APA INDEPENDENT, which oversees business development and strategy for the agency’s clients with respect to project financing and exposure in various platforms, specifically film. Currently working with filmmakers, producers and actors residing in countries around the globe, Lowery is a regular on the festival circuit and works closely with both the major domestic studios as well as independent financing resources to seek out the best solutions for the agency’s clients at the highest level.

Current initiatives include the recent signing of the Georgia Film Academy, an agency partnership with Leigh Steinberg Enterprises, and advising the Island of Cayman on its International Film Festival.

A Vanderbilt alumni, Lowery was a contributing writer for its student paper, “The Hustler” and was a varsity football letterman graduating in 2000.

Prior to APA, Lowery was a talent manager and producer at Defy Media, formerly known as Generate.

As a writer, he has sold two original projects to studios.

APA has offices in Los Angeles, London, Atlanta, New York, and Nashville.

Rubin Mendoza
Twenty-year Industry Veteran Rubin Mendoza is a multi-award winning Producer, with hundreds of National Commercials (Apple, AMEX, Chevrolet, Subaru, Miller Lite, etc.), and some of the most iconic music videos of the past twenty years (Michael Jackson, U2, Will Smith, Jennifer Lopez, Jamie Foxx, etc.), under his belt.  He produced the Jim Carey cult comedy feature High Strung and was a Founding Partner/Executive Producer at commercial production house, RAW Entertainment from 2001-2004, with annual billing in excess of 35 million dollars.   He is also known for his out-of-the-box problem solving as well as his understanding of all aspects of the creative and physical production process.  Rubin currently works in VR production, and is also developing a feature film and two network television shows.  He is honored to be an invitee to 2017 Film-Com Nashville.
Lloyd Bryan Molander
Lloyd Bryan Molander has been a Sr. Executive focused on entertainment for over 25 years. He has held Sr. Executive positions position for domestic and international channels (public and private), including: Extreme Sports Channel (Co-founder, EP and COO); Outdoor Channel (EP and SVP); Fox Sports II, formerly Fuel TV (Launch team, Sr. Consultant & EP of Specials); Havoc TV (EP); DIRECTV CH 101 (EP), Rush HD (SP) and Edge TV (CCO and EP).  Lloyd has Executive Produced several notable feature films and award-winning documentary films, including acclaimed “Do You Dream in Color”, Six Degrees of Helter Skelter, Rising Tides and Remember Us. Lloyd Is Founder and CEO of Tenacity Entertainment, LLC and its current ventures include: Edge TV an OTT network dedicated to action sports and music, Endless Riff, a 360/VR/Social entertainment experience focused on music AND creating meaningful cause-driven documentaries.  Lloyd is a Three-time Emmy nominee with one company win, has earned 15 Telly Awards and his films have garnished accolades at many prestigious film festivals. Lloyd’s work was recognized by The Hollywood Reporter and Producer’s Guild when he was a finalist in their list of the 50 most influential people leading digital entertainment in Hollywood.  Lloyd is an active member of the Producers Guild of America, The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences and is represented by Abrams Artists Agency. Lloyd holds a Juris Doctor Degree and a Master’s in Business Management as well as graduate certificates in International Transitions and Mediation.
Jon Oakes
Jon Oakes is the Senior Vice President of Production and Development for Bold Films.

Having previously worked at Bold Films since 2007 in a number of roles, Oakes rejoined the company in November 2014 after spending two years working for Mad Chance Productions.

Oakes moved to Los Angeles in 1999 and began his entertainment career with Mod3 Productions after graduating from UCLA. While building his career as a Creative Executive, Oakes discovered, developed, and acquired the 2003 hit AGENT CODY BANKS starring

Frankie Muniz, and created the MTV reality series “Prom Date”.  After leaving Mod3, Oakes

was a valued member of teams at several companies, including WME, Phoenix Pictures, and

Original Films where he worked on such high-profile films as ZODIAC and THE FAST AND


In 2007, Oakes joined Bold as a Creative Executive. In 2008, he assumed the role of Vice

President for the company.  In this capacity, he acquired several critically acclaimed films,
including THE HOLE, released in 2012; DRIVE starring Ryan Gosling, released in 2011; and Jake Gyllenhaal’s NIGHTCRAWLER, which was released in 2014 and received an Academy

Award nomination for “Best Screenplay”.

In 2013, Oakes left Bold to join Warner Bros’ affiliate Mad Chance Productions, which produced the popular and critically acclaimed Clint Eastwood film AMERICAN SNIPER starring Bradley Cooper. He rejoined Bold Films in 2015.

Chip Pedersen
Chip is the Studio Director of Concrete Software and founder of Golden Gear Consulting and FrostBit Studio all located in the frozen tundra of Silicon Prairie also known as Minneapolis. A 30-year veteran of the Tech and Gaming industry, Chip has held senior positions at Microsoft Game Studios, Activision, Griffin International and Outdoor Partners Entertainment. His experience covers numerous platforms and genres and he has directly managed AAA development teams of 60+ professionals. Prior to joining the gaming industry, Chip honed his tech skills as a Research & Development Specialist at Apple Inc. in Cupertino, California. Chip’s team building philosophy centers around one key concept: the project always comes first.  Whether it’s strapping on motion‐capture goalie equipment for NHL Rivals, spending three days in the desert learning to shoot for the game Soldier of Fortune: Payback, or heading to the Boundary Waters to research lures for Bass Pro Shops: The Strike, Chip is one of those rare developers who not only creates games, he lives them.
Sebastian Rodriguez
Sebastian is based out of Miami and is a Big Data, Analytics and Content Development expert. He is the EVP for Media Partnerships at poder.IO – an Artificial Intelligence and Big Data Company that gives media companies and brands unprecedented power, such as content prediction by analyzing audience behavior patterns in real time through large-scale big data.
Lauren Rosenberg
Lauren Rosenberg has worked in the non-scripted TV business for over a decade at both major talent agencies and prolific reality TV production companies. The sink-or-swim environment of William Morris Endeavor Entertainment is definitely where Lauren cut her teeth, but as she discovered as the Manager of Development at 51 Minds, development was her true calling. She currently identifies, hones and sells potential reality television properties as Vice President of Development at Trooper Entertainment, a production company within Lionsgate. Over the past four years, she has created and pitched projects that have been set up at MTV, E!, OWN, A&E, TruTV, TLC, Discovery, CMT, WEtv, AMC, Animal Planet, and HGTV, and served as Co-Executive Producer on the hit Freeform series “Monica The Medium.”
Randall Ryan
Randall’s journey into game audio was an accidental one. A musician from the age of five and a touring performer/songwriter for 15 years, he stopped to co-found InternetSound in 1995. Focused largely on scoring interactive and broadcast campaigns (and later casting & directing voice talent), Randall took a flyer on creating audio for game being produced by a small developer in Indiana, which turned out to be the big hit series Deer Hunter.  InternetSound became HamsterBall Studios to re-brand more directly to the videogame industry.  HamsterBall has created audio for hundreds of games; licensed property credits include Lord of the Rings Online, World of Warcraft, Dungeons & Dragons Online, Transformers: Optimus Prime, World Series of Poker, Dancing With the Stars, Dora the Explorer, Barbie, outdoor games for Cabela’s and Bass Pro Shops, and several games with reality and produced TV show licenses. Randall and HamsterBall also continue to do advertising and interactive projects, and are currently voicing the national broadcast and social media campaigns for LendingTree.  Randall still performs the occasional live gig and thinks dogs make the best people.

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Kristina Sorensen
Kristina Sorensen is a strategic, forward-thinking executive with over ten years’ of experience in the industry. She most recently joined Franklin Entertainment, owned by DeVon Franklin, as Vice President of Development. Franklin Entertainment has a first-look deal with 20th Century Fox. Before joining Franklin Entertainment, she was Vice President of Development at Shaftesbury US where she was packaging and pitching comedy and drama projects in broadcast, cable and streaming; while also bringing in new material through her writer, agency and talent contacts.

Shaftesbury is a Canadian TV company with “Houdini & Doyle” (David Shore showrunning) on Fox. At the company, Sorensen has development with Amazon, Flower Films, MarVista, Fremantle, Dynamic Television and Federation Entertainment, just to name a few. Before that she was VP of Production and Development at Viewfinder Pictures, owned by Carol Polakoff. In this role she developed projects with writers and directors, brought in source material, pitched projects and brought in financing. She sold the TV series “Mr. Playboy” (based on the novel by the same name about Hugh Hefner) to Federation Entertainment with Justin Britt-Gibson writing. She pitched and developed “The Iron King” (Chris Kyle writing), “Untitled Cyber Crime” (Ed Burns writing) and “Alec Station” at FX.

Before joining Viewfinder Pictures, Sorensen was an executive, management associate and producer at Vie Entertainment, owned by ID-PR’s Kelly Bush. In this role, Sorensen was instrumental in shaping the company’s goals and projects since its inception and worked closely with talent (Ellen Page and Paul Reubens). Sorensen as a producer sought and secured financing and creative attachments for many projects including “Freeheld” (Lionsgate released in October 2015) and “Into the Forest” (released by A24 in 2016), and was actively developing them with writers and directors. Both films premiered at the Toronto Film Festival 2015. Sorensen also produced the sold-out production of “The Pee-wee Herman Show” on Broadway and in Los Angeles then filmed it for HBO where it was Emmy nominated. Sorensen helped relaunch and re-brand the career of the beloved television icon Pee-wee Herman by moving him into the digital space. She was active in producing two Funny or Die projects for Pee-wee Herman as well as many skits on talk shows. She was also involved in the strategy behind Pee-wee’s publicity appearances around the US and marketing for all of the live shows.
Previously, Sorensen worked at Laura Ziskin Productions for three years, mentoring under Ziskin for on-set producing of “Spiderman 3,” the 70th Annual Academy Awards, producing its pre-show and producing A Celebration of Oscars Fashion on which she partnered with Vogue and Andre Leon Talley, as well on the development side. By working at Laura Ziskin Productions, Sorensen was part of Stand Up To Cancer’s inaugural year from its inception to its emergence as a national organization. She began her career at the William Morris Agency, working in the literary department with Sara Bottfeld. She is a graduate of the University of Southern California.

Joan Tankersly
Joan, a Nashville based talent, has been an innovative leader in entertainment production for 3 decades. Her career has spanned the evolution of the Contemporary Christian music industry as an award winning art director, a multi-camera live event director for mega church audiences,
Creative Director and partner of Vividmix productions, and a broadcast concert media specialist.
Current passion is developing and marketing scripted and non-scripted television and film. She
is a risk-taker by choice who pursues integrity as an executive and excellence as a creative.
Industry Highlights:

3X Dove Award nominee, Dove award recipient

Media Coach: Shark Tank winner, 2011

Partner: VividMix/Houston, TX Media Boutique with commercial script-to-screen projects.

Clients: Halliburton, Apache Oil, Burleson LLP and Theater Under the Stars
Wardrobe Supervisor: CBN, Nashville International programming in 14 global markets Production

Designer: Lifetime Network, A Woman Betrayed Founder of Retronuvo Media for non-scripted development. Developed and pitched 5 shows, receiving offers from Discovery Studios, Dick Clark Co, Relativity TV and Daniel Soseith Productions Special Projects consultant to Generation Hope Project 2016 Detroit events, an outreach of Joel Osteen Ministries, providing creative event solutions, social media strategies and broadcast programming support Special Media Consultant to NFL Super Bowl Gospel Celebration, Houston, TX, brand strategist Special Projects consultant to Lakewood Church/City of Houston Recovers broadcast concert

Currently Developing:

The Big Ask, a non-profit Shark Tank, under contract
TX Horse Flippers, a horse story with a happy ending, currently pitching French Flip, restoring and remodeling French properties with Corey and Yann Amaro, in development Reliquarium, a docu-concert follow-up to Kemper Crabb’s Downe in Yon Forest, PBS Christmas special, in development The Mustard Seed, scripted development, pilot screenplay in progress, screening at SoHo Film Festival 2017

Current Focus:

Founder of Five Key Collective, specializing in creating, acquiring, developing and marketing
entertainment properties.

Gena Vazquez
For over 25 years, has worked as a Silicon Valley tech engineer for some of the world’s most lucrative Venture Capital firms. For 20 years, she has been instrumental in bringing the most innovative technologies into prop design for blockbuster movies. In 2010, a major studio tapped Gena to utilize her expertise in a private placement funding deal. Since then she has parlayed her experience from the Venture Capital world into notable film projects as Gena is recognized for her innovative, fiscally-rigorous ability to design and plan highly strategic film investment structures with a focus on minimizing risk, utilizing tax incentives/credits and increasing investor profits over the life of the film, developing a specialization in global distribution and merchandising.
Ric Wolfe
Ric Wolfe is in his eighth season as the Facility Operations Manager for Disney/ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live!. Ric manages the Hollywood facilities including the sound stages, security operations, wardrobe/props warehouse, green room, dressing rooms, and audio and editing space areas.

His role is to ensure that the show logistically functions. Working with the Secret Service during Presidential visits, helping to shut down Hollywood Boulevard for concerts, determining how to support skits that include wild animals or special effects, overseeing daily backlot concerts, as well as providing for the show’s guests and audience’s comfort and safety. Ric loves what he does and will tell you that he has the best job in the business.

Before joining Disney/ABC, Ric was the Vice President of Stage Operations at Brooklyn’s Steiner Studios. He started his 30-year career at The Culver Studios and Sony Pictures, initially working in studio operations and then as the Manager of Production Services. On the backlot and stages at these facilities, Ric worked with television, feature films and countless special events, including: Jeopardy, Wheel of Fortune, Married with Children, Mad Men, Bugsy, A Few Good Men, Spider-Man, The Producers, and hundreds of commercials and music videos.

As a Producer, Ric’s credits include four time festival winner Break A Leg, the award winning I Am Stamos, Lonesome Matador, Scared, Room 32, Wrong Way to Sundance, Mutual Love Life, and Pearlmageddon. He also executive produced the U.S. Comedy Arts award winner The Dancing Cow, and was Production Supervisor for the feature film Stolen staring Jon Hamm.

As a Consultant, Ric helps design production facilities all over the world. The founder of StagePro Consulting, he has established a reputation for both concept and design of service-oriented facilities, enjoying recognition in Hollywood and New York, as well as internationally from sites in Canada, The Middle East, New Zealand and Europe.

Michael Woolf
Michael has worked in many areas of interactive entertainment software and feature film development and has contributed to more than 50 video games and interactive software titles including EA Sports’ NASCAR 2000, Cabella’s Big Game Hunter, Deerhunter, Celebrity Deathmatch, World Championship Poker, World Poker Tour, and World Series of Poker. Michael also wrote the screenplay for Spongebob’s Boating Bash and created feature film effects for several films including Equilibrium starring Christian Bale and Taye Diggs.

He designed, directed or substantially contributed to the development of more than 50 interactive software titles for most of the major game publishers including Electronic Arts (EA), 2K Sports, THQ, and Activision.. He served as COO & Studio Director for Left Field Productions in Ventura, California, and most recently as product development director for a Nashville-based interactive software developer.

Michael is actively involved in the technology, film/transmedia, video game and entrepreneur communities in Nashville. At Baker Donelson, Michael works on a variety of issues including early stage business planning and formation; drafting vendor, customer, and software licensing and development agreements; developing policies and procedures; and aiding in the protection of intellectual property.

Aaron Zigman
Aaron Zigman’s resume as a songwriter, producer, arranger and musician underscores his reputation as one of the west coast’s more prolific hit makers. But Aaron Zigman has propelled himself beyond the borders of the pop world in order to establish himself as a film composer. His ability to create memorable scores in genres from drama and comedy to action films has in just a few short years moved him to the top rank of film composers today.

Zigman combines his classical background and training with a strong knowledge of contemporary music which has enabled him to quickly adapt to any assignment. His ability to be highly collaborative with directors, producers and editors and to get the music on target on budget and on time has earned him a solid reputation as one of movieland’s most sought after composers.

A native of San Diego, Aaron Zigman began training as a classical pianist at age six with his mother, a pianist and harpist. While in his third year at UCLA, Zigman signed a 4 year songwriting contract with publishing giant Almo Irving and began writing producing arranging and orchestrating for many of the top major artists in the record industry. He was one of 4 songwriters on their staff and under their aegis, he penned songs for Carly Simon, the T.V. show Fame, co-wrote with David Lasley, Jerry Knight and Steve Cropper.

In 1983 at the age of 20 he began studying with his renowned cousin George Bassman, a noted MGM composer who orchestrated for the “Wizard of Oz” and wrote the music for the films “Marty and The Postman Always Rings Twice”. He penned the Tommy Dorsey Classic, “Getting Sentimental Over You”, was the musical arranger for Lena Horne and Benny Goodman and orchestrated for the legendary Andre Kostelanetz.

Then in the middle 1980’s, Zigman broke in as a studio musician, working with producers Don Was, Gary Katz, Steely Dan and Stewart Levine. From this experience he started to get a name for himself as a producer/writer and soon wrote a big hit in pop music called “Crush On You” which was a top chart record for a group called The Jets. He then worked for Clive Davis and produced and arranged for Aretha Franklin and Natalie Cole. During this time he wrote, arranged and produced songs for many of the top singers and artists in the industry such as Ray Charles, Sting, Phil Collins, Dionne Warwick, Bozz Skaggs, Tina Turner, Seal, Carly Simon, the Pointer Sisters, Huey Lewis, Jennifer Holliday, Patty LaBelle, Chicago, Natalie Cole and Christina Aguilera.

In the 1990’s he entered the film industry, with his work being featured on film soundtracks for Mulan, What’s Love Got To Do With It, Bird Cage, License to Kill, Caddyshack and Pocahontas.

Although his list of pop accomplishments was formidable, creating orchestral music was still Zigman’s primary focus. It was inevitable that Zigman’s lifelong devotion to classical music would eventually lead him to the film scoring stage.

His big break came in 2000 when film director Nick Cassavetes went to hear Zigman’s classical 35 minute symphonic tone poem “Rabin” which was performed by the L.A. Jewish Symphony. The work was composed in memory of Yitzhak Rabin, the late prime minister of the State of Israel. Cassavetes was very moved and asked Zigman to score Denzel Washington’s movie “John Q”!

The success of John Q was followed by “The Notebook” which was a major box office success in which Zigman’s sound track has sold a record number of albums.

Describing his feeling on the orchestral fabric of film music Zigman says, “I try to transcend the emotional value of what I write with the orchestra. When I finally hear it played, it’s magical; the relationship is so interdependent, sharing a sound stage with a group of people I love. The sound of all these pitches and bodies together – it’s such an incredible experience”.


Adam Londy
Adam Londy serves as Vice President, Programming and Development at Comedy Central where he is responsible for developing series for the network as well as overseeing projects through production. Recent shows include BIG TIME IN HOLLYWOOD, FL, which was produced by Ben Stiller’s Red Hour Films, and WHY? WITH HANNIBAL BURESS. Adam currently has shows in development with outstanding creative talent such as Channing Tatum, Jack Black, Melissa McCarthy and Olivia Wilde.

He also develops and produces content for CC’s Snapchat Discover channel. A big part of his job is to stay abreast of up and coming comedic talent and covering comedy shows/events all over Los Angeles to find viable comedic properties and unique voices for the network.

Prior to joining Comedy Central, Adam had been working at Temple Hill Entertainment, the production company responsible for The Fault in Our Stars, Revenge on ABC, and the hugely successful Twilight franchise. He started at Temple Hill as an assistant to Marty Bowen and worked his way up to director of development and production, overseeing all aspects of development, production, and post-production for such films as 10 Years starring Channing Tatum and Tracers starring Taylor Lautner. Adam was responsible for all comedy development for the company’s first look deal at ABC Studios.

He started his career as an assistant in the television division of Creative Artists Agency, helping to package both scripted and non-scripted projects. He also worked as a development assistant for director/producer Luke Greenfield (The Girl Next Door, Role Models, and Let’s Be Cops).

Adam attended Chapman University in Orange, CA and received his B.A. in Film and Television with a minor in Advertising.

Alan Brewer
lan Brewer is the President/Owner of New Brew Entertainment, a Los Angeles area entertainment production company. He currently serves on the advisory board for the Hollywood Music in Media Awards, has served on the Board Of Directors of the Burbank International Film Festival and is a past President of the Board Of Directors of the Nashville Film Festival (one of the longest running film festivals in the U.S.). Brewer is on the founding boards of FilmNashville and the Nashville Composers Association and is Los Angeles industry advisor to the annual packaging and distribution conference & market, Film-Com. He has been a Film Producer, Score Composer, Soundtrack Producer, and Music Supervisor on feature films and television productions for companies such as Universal, Miramax, Summit Entertainment, MGM, Fox, Warner Bros., Anonymous Content, Bold Films, CMT, and VH-1.

Starting in the music business as a touring musician and songwriter, and later moving into the producer’s chair, Brewer’s broad range of musical experience has had him in the recording studio with Pete Townshend of “The Who,” legendary “Yes” keyboardist Rick Wakeman, Sister Sledge, Rick Derringer, and Clarence Clemons of Bruce Springsteen’s “E Street Band.” He has also served as Producer on mixes of live recordings of Sting, Phil Collins, Jeff Beck, Donovan, Bob Geldof, and Eric Clapton. During his years as a touring musician, Brewer had the pleasure of performing live with the likes of John Lee Hooker, Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee and jazz composer/pianist, Cecil Taylor. His multi-faceted entertainment company, Brewman Music & Entertainment (BME), has represented such writer/artists as Narada Michael Walden, Rick Wakeman, Mark Slaughter, Danny Federici, and Cowboy Mouth for film & television music.

An early stint as Post-Production Sound & Music Supervisor for Miramax Films led Brewer into the motion picture business. His feature film credits include the Warner Bros release “American Pastime,” “Lonesome Jim” (starring Casey Affleck & Liv Tyler), “Come Early Morning,” (starring Ashley Judd, Laura Prepon, Jeffrey Donovan and Diane Ladd), David Bowie’s “Ziggy Stardust & The Spiders From Mars,” Paul McCartney’s “Rockshow,” “Tokyo Pop,” “The Burning,” “Secret Policeman’s Other Ball” (Monty Python, Peter Cook, Rowan Atkinson), and the cult horror pic “Trailer Park Of Terror,” based on the popular Imperium Comics series.

Brewer produced the Universal Pictures release, “Playing For Keeps,” directed by The Weinstein Company co-chairmen, Bob and Harvey Weinstein (starring Daniel Jordano and Marisa Tomei). He is Executive Producer for “Bad House,” a horror-thriller currently in pre-production, and his upcoming feature film projects include “Red Devil Lie,” a gritty, rural crime thriller set in Appalachia, “Hitchhiking With Larry David,” based on the popular book by Paul Samuel Dolman (Gotham/Penguin books), and “The Human Fly,” inspired by the real-life stuntman whose antics spawned a Marvel Comics series and an ongoing franchise for which Brewer has also secured an upcoming network television special. Brewer currently has several TV series in development in partnership with other highly successful TV producers including Roy Bank of Banca Studios, producer of “Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader” and former Executive Producer for Merv Griffin Entertainment.


Alex Barder
Alex Barder – Strategic Film Partners

Alex Barder is the Managing Partner of Strategic Film Partners, a global content distribution, creation and strategic advisory company that finances and distributes filmed entertainment on a global basis through multiple channels including Theatrical, DVD, VOD/SVOD, Pay & Free TV, digital and other Emerging Media.
Mr. Barder, on behalf of SFP and its clients has closed deals with numerous partners that include but are not limited to Sony Pictures, New Line Cinema, Warner Bros., Lionsgate, Starz Media, Showtime, MTV Networks, Anchor Bay, Image, Gaiam, Endemol and NBC/Universal. Mr. Barder has closed deals with partners throughout the globe in most territories including North America, South America, Europe, Eastern Europe, CIS (former USSR), Mid-East, Asia and Australia.

SFP’s projects repeatedly rise to the top of industry sales charts and have combined generated over $100M+ in gross sales.
A selection of recent SFP titles include THE POWER OF FEW starring Christopher Walken & Christian Slater, THE YEAR OF GETTING TO KNOW US starring Jimmy Fallon, Lucy Liu and Sharon Stone, CROOKED ARROWS starring Brandon Routh, FREERUNNER starring Sean Faris, JUST CRAZY ENOUGH starring Chris Kattan and A LITTLE HELP starring Jenna Fischer and Chris O’Donnell. Mr. Barder previously produced THE CELL 2 for New Line Cinema & Warner Bros. and RING AROUND THE ROSIE released by Sony Pictures.

Prior to forming Strategic Film Partners in 2004, Mr. Barder amassed a wide array of studio and independent creative, sales, finance, strategic planning, marketing and deal experience having held positions at various companies including Universal Pictures based Lobell/Bergman Productions (HONEYMOON IN VEGAS, THE FRESHMAN), The Gersh Agency, UBS, Merrill Lynch and MTV Networks.

Mr. Barder is a graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts Film School and NYU’s Stern School of Business. He speaks fluent Russian and lives in Los Angeles. ”

Alexis Garcia
Alexis Garcia William Morris Endeavor

Alexis Garcia is an agent in the financing, packaging, and distribution consultancy arm of William Morris Endeavor Entertainment, where he identifies and works with clients from all artistic disciplines such as talent, international financiers, festival directors, theatre owners, and brands. He has an unparalleled expertise in identifying global financing sources and securing innovative distribution deals around the world. Previously, he practiced entertainment law at Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton, and O’Melveny & Myers, and served as Editor-in-Chief of the Entertainment Law Review, Business Editor of the UCLA Law Review, and Coordinating Editor of the Chicano Law Review.

Allen Schwalb
Allen Schwalb – Star Partners

A renaissance man from Brooklyn New York, Mr. Schwalb has substantial experience and expertise in the investment, financial, technology, sports, and entertainment industries. He is a frequent speaker on investments to investment advisors, financial planners, stockbrokers, accountants, tax attorneys and to women’s organizations. Mr. Schwalb has earned and holds five (5) Master’s Degrees in several fields including business, engineering, finance, science and technology, and management.

Allen Schwalb started in the entertainment business with a career in music, as a singer in a number of successful rock n’ roll singing groups, which had a number of top 10 hits. Mr. Schwalb was a financier for well-known record companies, successful singing groups and individual singer/performers, such as Kiss, Donna Summer and others. Allen then helped finance several musical Broadway shows, including the smash hit “Annie”, and “The First”, the life story of the great baseball player Jackie Robinson.

Mr. Schwalb is the Founder and President of Star Partners Inc., and was General Partner of seven (7)successful Star Partners Partnerships in Joint Ventures with three (3) major motion picture film studios; Warner Bros., Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) and United Artists (UA).

During the 1980s Schwalb raised more than $250 million—a quarter of a billion dollars—for four joint venture partnerships over four consecutive years, as partners with Warner Bros., named Warner Bros. Star Partners Company, which exclusively financed all of their films. There were a total of thirty-seven (37) films, which included: three Superman films (Superman II, III, IV); three Clint Eastwood films (Sudden Impact, Tightrope and Heartbreak Ridge); The Right Stuff; The Color Purple; The Killing Fields; The Mission; Little Shop of Horrors; Oh, God! You Devil!; Spies Like Us; the James Bond film, Never Say
Never Again, and many others.

Mr. Schwalb played a key role in Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer’s (MGM) and United Artists’ (UA) 1990’s rebuilding effort when MGM/UA Inc. formed joint ventures with Star Partners. As Co-General Partners with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and United Artists (MGM/UA Communications Co.), Star Partners exclusively financed all of their films in three (3) annual joint ventures for three (3) consecutive years, named MGM/UA Star Partners Co., MGM/UA Star Partners II Co., & MGM/UA Star Partners III Co. These films included: Rain Man; Moonstruck; A Fish Called Wanda; Thelma & Louise; Overboard; Rocky V; Roadhouse; The Russia House; Poltergeist III; Stanley & Iris; Not Without My Daughter; The January Man; The Mighty Quinn; the James Bond film Licensed to Kill, and others.

Films financed by Star Partners have generated in excess of three billion dollars ($3,000,000,000) in box office revenues worldwide. Including revenues from home entertainment, TV, music and merchandising, revenues worldwide, films financed by Star Partners are estimated to be greater than $5 billion. These films have received a total of sixty-four (64) Academy Award nominations and won sixteen (16) Academy Awards, including at least one (1) from every major category. In one year, four (4) of the five (5) films nominated for Best Musical Score, were films financed by Star Partners. Also, every year, for six (6) consecutive years, a film that Star Partners financed was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture of the year, totaling six (6) Academy Award nominations for Best Picture.

Amy Snow
Amy Snow – Screenwriter

After graduating from Pepperdine University, New York Film Academy, and UCLA for screenwriting, Amy gathered actors from her job on Boy Meets World to star in her first feature film Buck Naked Arson (Best Feature, San Fransisco Film Fest) which Variety described “As if John Hughes re-made Rashomon.” Amy then moved into the studio world winning the 2005 Disney Fellowship with her romantic comedy Running Mate and sold her comedy Kept Men to Paramount Pictures.

Since then, Amy has brought her trademark love of big comedies with lots of heart to projects at Fox Studios, Weintraub Films, Chernin Entertainment, Kopelson Entertainment and Dreamworks Pictures. In 2010 she made the Hit List with her spec script Launching the Pattersons and sold her original feature Kylie Claus for the Disney Channel.

In 2012, Amy wrote the romantic adventure comedy Lucky Star for actress Ziyi Zhang, as well as Family Camp and Family of the Bride for Sony Pictures, as well as the television pilots Daddy’s Girl and How to Get Your Wife to Have Sex With You. Amy is currently working on a action adventure movie and a romantic comedy for Village Roadshow Asia. Amy was born in Oklahoma, was raised in Palos Verdes, and resides in Beverly Hills. She is represented by Bryan Besser and Zach Carlisle at Verve Talent and Allison Binder at Stone, Meyer, Genow, Smelkinson & Binder.

Andrea Phillips
Andrea Phillips – Transmedia

Andrea Phillips is an award-winning transmedia writer, game designer and author of A Creator’s Guide to Transmedia Storytelling.

Her work includes a variety of projects such as The Maester’s Path for HBO’s Game of Thrones, the human rights game America 2049, The Walk with Six to Start and Naomi Alderman, and the independent commercial ARG Perplex City. Her projects have variously won the Prix Jeunesse Interactivity Prize, a Broadband Digital award, a Canadian Screen Award, the Origins Vanguard Innovation Award, and others. Her indie work includes the Kickstarted ongoing serial transmedia project The Daring Adventures of Captain Lucy Smokeheart. Andrea has spoken at TEDx Transmedia, Future of Storytelling, SXSW, and many more events.

She has cleared all of the levels of Candy Crush Saga. All of them

Andrew Catauro
Andrew Catauro

Andrew Catauro is the Coordinating Producer of POV. Since joining the series in 2008, he has been involved in the production of over 100 films for broadcast. Andrew has served on editorial panels and presented at festivals and conferences worldwide, including the Sundance Film Festival, Doc/It in Trento, Italy, and the Asian Documentary Forum in Kolkata, India. He has served on juries for the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival and the Brooklyn Film Festival. Andrew participates in the curation of films for POV through the annual Call for Entries—which yields over 1,000 submissions to the series. He also manages delivery of POV feature-length and short films available on

Andrew previously worked for the New York AIDS Film Festival and assisted Alexandra Kerry on documentary films in development. His studies in Italian Cinema earned him the Immersion Award from the Milan International Film Festival. He holds a dual bachelor’s degree from the Newhouse School of Public Communications and the College of Arts and Sciences at Syracuse University.

Company profile:

American Documentary produces US television’s longest-running showcase for independent non-fiction films, the award-winning series POV (a cinematic term for “point-of-view”). Since 1988, POV has presented over 350 of the best, boldest and most innovative documentaries to PBS audiences across the country. POV films are known for their intimacy, their unforgettable storytelling and their timeliness, putting a human face on contemporary social issues.

The series has provided a showcase for the early efforts of documentary superstars like Errol Morris, Jonathan Demme, Michael Moore, Lourdes Portillo, Alan Berliner and Freida Lee Mock, and introduced new generations of viewers to legendary films like Albert and David Maysles’ Salesman, Fredrick Wiseman’s High School and Mel Stuart’s Wattstax. POV has won every coveted industry award, including 32 Emmys, 3 Academy Awards, 15 George Foster Peabody
Awards, 11 Alfred I. duPont-Columbia Broadcast Journalism Awards and the Prix Italia.


Andrew Fogelson
Andrew Fogelson

Andrew Fogelson has had a long and illustrious career in the media and entertainment industries.

Fogelson combines an extensive theatrical marketing/distribution background with an acclaimed and profitable history as an independent film producer. Fogelson is the founder of, a 21st century digital distribution entertainment platform marketing and distributing targeted/niche movies predominately through social media and mobile applications for on-demand film programming in the global theatrical market. Utilizing its relationships with studios, exhibitors and independent film makers, TODPix is launching its first film in April, 2012 and will be distributing a variety of new studio and independent titles as well as offering studio back catalog to consumers theatrically “on demand.”

Prior to creating TODPix, Fogelson’s marketing and distribution consulting company, AFA, provided supervision and strategic management for a niche marketing and distribution plan in combination with the AMC theatre chain that has begun to prove revolutionary to the theatrical film market. The film, “Indigo,” was an unprecedented box office and home entertainment success using this strategy, providing a new business model that enables producers to take advantage of today’s digital production and marketing capabilities and was the genesis for TODPix. Fogelson and the new distribution model were featured in The Financial Times, Dec. 13, 2005. The AFA Co. also worked with Sidney Kimmel Entertainment (2005-2008) on the start of his film production business, and with Warner Bros. on its examination of the viability of Warner Independent Pictures (2009).

Fogelson has a long history of working with and for the film studios. As President of Polygram Filmed Entertainment Distribution (1994-1998) Fogelson spearheaded the creation and operation of PolyGram Films, a new motion picture distribution company which released major films such as, “What Dreams May Come” starring Robin Williams, and “The Game” starring Michael Douglas in the domestic market. Fogelson also supervised PolyGram’s successful specialized film distribution division, Gramercy Pictures, including “Mr. Bean” and “The Big Lebowski.”

Prior to PolyGram, Fogelson held many prominent leadership roles within some of the world’s largest media companies, leading them to new and record-setting success. As President of Worldwide Marketing for Columbia Pictures (1973-1977), Fogelson implemented and supervised the marketing of a film slate responsible for the company regaining profitable financial footing; and at Warner Bros. (1977-1980), where he received the highest industry marketing award for launching the “Superman” film series. He also served as President of Worldwide Marketing of United Artists, where he oversaw the introduction of the most successful Bond film ever to introduce a new lead actor.

During his tenure as President of Rastar Films (Ray Stark’s production company, 1980-1983), Fogelson supervised such hits as “Electric Horseman”, directed by Sidney Pollack and starring Robert Redford, and “Chapter Two”, Neil Simon’s hugely successful comedy. Fogelson also created his own management and consulting business, AFA Co., which has served entertainment and media companies on a broad range of marketing, distribution, and production and corporate activities. Fogelson’s production credits include the highly profitable classic “Blue Thunder”, and the teen film “Spring Break”, a Columbia Pictures’ moneymaker often credited as being the first film to re-invigorate the teen film genre of the 1980s.

Over his career, Fogelson has also been credited with several groundbreaking accomplishments, including creating the budget for, developing and supervising the industry’s first tracking awareness study in 1978. “Oh, God” and “Goodbye Girl” were the first two films to use this tool to measure audience awareness and receptivity to a film. Both titles became the core of WB’s 1979 annual financial analyst meeting. Fogelson also conceived, fought for, and implemented the first studio network TV buy to support the launch of “Dirty Harry”, Clint Eastwood’s iconic and hugely successful feature film detective series (1972). He was retained by NRG, Neilson’s entertainment research company to examine a potential ‘greenlight’ tool to help studios decision making (2010), and at WB, where he supervised the first adaptation of an existing ‘4-wall’ distribution model for studio films. From this model films such as “Billy Jack” and “Jeremiah Johnson” (1972-3) were distributed.

Anne Marie Gillen
Anne Marie Gillen – Gillen Group LLC

Anne Marie Gillen, CEO of Gillen Group LLC is a consultant and executive coach to independent producers and equity investors advising on script evaluation, business plans, financing, worldwide distribution and single film and/or film company cash flow projections – motto is “Fusing Business & Creativity.”

She is the co-author of the 3rd edition of The Producer’s Business Handbook – published by Focal Press and co-branded by . Her second book The Business of Show Business for Creatives is come out November 2013 published by Focal Press and co-branded by American Film Market (AFM). The AFM is produced by the Independent Film & Television Alliance®.

Gillen is a lecturer and panelist and gives workshop seminars for such organizations as: AFM; Bloomberg BNA, Puerto Rico Film Commission, California Lawyers for the Arts, NALIP (National Association of Latino Independent Producers), Pratt University, UCLA Film School, USC Film School and Chapman University.

Prior to launching her own company, Gillen was the Chief Operating Officer of Morgan Freeman’s company, Revelations Entertainment. She led the company in the strategic financing and distribution of Revelations’ projects. During her tenure, Revelations Entertainment produced Along Came a Spider for Paramount; developed and produced Port Chicago Mutiny for NBC Network; and developed, independently financed and produced Under Suspicion starring Morgan Freeman and Gene Hackman for Sony.

Prior to joining Revelations Entertainment, Gillen was CEO of Electric Shadow Productions. Gillen financed and was Executive Producer of its first feature, Fried Green Tomatoes which was released by Universal and starred Kathy Bates and Jessica Tandy. It was nominated for two Academy Awards and three Golden Globes.

Gillen began her career at Hemdale where she was Vice President of Acquisitions and Ancillary Sales. During her tenure, Hemdale was one of the leading independent film companies producing such films as: Platoon winner of Best Picture and Best Director, Hoosiers, The Last Emperor winner of nine Academy Awards including Best Picture, Director and Screenplay.

Gillen was Chairman of the Board of Living Literature/Colors United for 10 years – a non-profit, multi-racial education-based performing arts society for at-risk students in Watts. She was Executive Producer of the feature-length documentary on Colors United entitled Colors Straight Up, which received an Academy Award nomination. Ms. Gillen is the proud recipient of several Commendations from the City of Los Angeles for her outstanding community efforts to improve opportunities for the youth of Watts.

Anthony Zerbe
Anthony Zerbe

Hailing from Long Beach, California, talented character actor Anthony Zerbe has kept busy in Hollywood and on stage since the late 1960s, often playing villainous or untrustworthy characters, with his narrow gaze and unsettling smirk. Zerbe was born May 20, 1936, in Long Beach, and served a stint in the US Air Force before heading off to New York to study drama under noted acting coach Stella Adler.

He made his screen debut as “Dutchie”, one of Charlton Heston’s fellow cowhands in the western Will Penny (1968), played a miner in The Molly Maguires (1970), was a post-apocalyptic, lunatic messiah in The Omega Man (1971), hustled a naive Paul Newman in The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean (1972), played a leper colony leader in Papillon (1973) and a former lawman gone bad in Rooster Cogburn (1975). Zerbe also starred alongside David Janssen in the TV series “Harry O” (1973) as the urbane, nattily dressed Lt. K.C. Trench, Janssen’s sometime nemesis, for which he picked up an Emmy Award.

Definitely in strong demand for sinister roles, Zerbe played a crazed scientist in the corny KISS Meets the Phantom of the Park (1978) (TV), was an arrogant father in The Dead Zone (1983), made a great Gen. Ulysses S. Grant in “North and South, Book II” (1986), starred in the military drama Opposing Force (1986) and suffered a grisly demise in an airlock full of money in the James Bond thriller Licence to Kill (1989). Most recently, Zerbe has been seen as “Councillor Hamann” in The Matrix Reloaded (2003) and The Matrix Revolutions (2003).

In addition to his extensive television and film appearances, Zerbe has appeared in Broadway productions including “The Little Foxes”, “Terra Nova” and “Solomon’s Child”. He was in residence for five summer seasons at The Old Globe Theatre playing several key Shakespearean characters to strong critical acclaim. He has also held residencies at the Theatre of the Living Arts in Philadelphia, the Arena Stage in Washington, D.C., and the Huntington Theatre Company in Boston. In 2003 he toured across several states with Roscoe Lee Browne in their production of “Behind The Broken Words”, a performance of 20th-century poetry, comedy and drama.


Barrett J. Leigh
Barrett J. Leigh (Klausman) – Producer, Director, Writer

Barrett J. Leigh (Klausman) fluctuates between producing independent features, studio projects, and a newly spawned entertainment service company. He’s developed and managed multi-million dollar films as well as world wide promotions, branding, and companion projects. His most notable studio film experience is saturated with Romantic Comedies like Knocked Up, Year One, Funny People, Bridesmaids, and This is 40, while also peppered with blockbusters such as, Fast and Furious 3 – Tokyo Drift, National Treasure and the first three Pirates of the Caribbean films.

Currently his focus is strictly in the grass roots, having recently produced the soon to be released film After Darkness starring Kyra Sedgwick and Tim Daly and currently producing Atmosphere Entertainment & Arise Pictures feature film Sins as well as Sony Affirm’s feature film All Saints.

Ben Howard
Ben Howard – Provident Films

An experienced marketing and management professional, Ben Howard is the Senior Vice President for both Provident Films, which he helped form, and Provident Label Group. This is Ben’s second stint with Provident Music Group, having served as Reunion Records’ Vice President of Sales and Marketing in the 1990s.

From 1997 through 2003, Ben was the Vice President of Marketing for Big Idea Productions, the home of the leading children’s property, VeggieTales. After the successful release of Jonah: A VeggieTales Movie, he formed Cedar Partners, an entertainment company that produced the movie The Second Chance. That film became the first release by Provident Films.

On the music side, he works with Reunion Records, Essential Records, and Flicker Records, whose artist rosters include Michael W. Smith, Casting Crowns, Jars of Clay, Third Day, Brian Littrell, Pillar, Red, and Leeland. Ben earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Alabama and his MBA from Vanderbilt. He lives in the Nashville area with his wife and three children.

Beth De Voe
Beth De Voe – Producers Rep

With 25 years experience in the entertainment industry, beginning with a degree from New York University Film School, her earliest work included film marketing and sales at United Artists Classics, MGM and New Yorker Films and eventually, film acquisitions at many festivals and markets around the world such as Sundance, Telluride, Toronto and Cannes.

Since then, she been the Vice President of Marketing for Ingram Entertainment, the largest home entertainment distributor in the world located in Nashville, TN, as well as a film producer, producer’s representative, and sales agent for a variety of film and television products both domestic and international.

Beth Lebovitz
Beth Lebovitz

Graduate of George Washington University (’90)

Principal and Senior VP Warehouse & Logistics Company (1994-2010)

Currently in process of setting up Development & Production company
Developed “Bullied to Silence”, Premiering @ Boston Film Festival 2012

Partner, TODpix

Owner, ALORA, motion picture and television development and production.

Betsy Smith
Betsy Smith – Primeridian Entertainment

Betsy Smith is the Director of Development at Primeridian Entertainment, an independent financier that develops, produces and finances engaging and innovative content for television and feature films.

After graduating from the University of Kansas, Betsy moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in entertainment. She began her career working in the UTA mailroom and soon moved into development at 20th Century Fox. She went on to become an executive at Alex Young’s 20th Century Fox based production company, Giant Pictures. During her time at Giant Pictures and Fox, she was involved in developing KNIGHT AND DAY and THIS MEANS WAR as well as numerous of the studio’s franchise films, including: AGENT 47, A GOOD DAY TO DIE HARD, X-MEN: FIRST CLASS, and PREDATORS.

At Primeridian, Betsy is responsible for evaluating potential financing opportunities, and overseeing the day-to-day creative development and packaging efforts for all TV and film projects.

Bob Ezrin
Bob Ezrin Producer Pink Floyd – Alice Cooper

Ezrin was born in Toronto, Ontario. In a career as a music and entertainment producer that has, as of 2010, spanned 40 years, Bob Ezrin has worked on recordings with artists including: Alice Cooper, KISS, Pink Floyd, Lou Reed, Hanoi Rocks, Roberta Flack, Peter Gabriel, Dr. John, Nils Lofgren, Kansas, Rod Stewart, Berlin, Nine Inch Nails, The Jayhawks, 30 Seconds to Mars, The Darkness, Jane’s Addiction, Julian Lennon and Deftones among many others.

In recent years, Ezrin has produced a live and TV extravaganza to reopen the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans, starring Green Day and U2; was music producer on The Clearwater Concert celebrating Pete Seeger’s 90th birthday at Madison Square Garden, worked on an album and live opera with L’Orchestra di Piazza Vittorio in Rome, Italy; co-produced Peter Gabriel’s new album, Scratch My Back; co-produced “The House Rules”, the new album by Christian Kane; produced singles for the Canadian Tenors and young pop sensation Fefe Dobson for her album Joy and worked with The Feeling on their new album. As well he recently reunited with Alice Cooper working on the new album Welcome 2 My Nightmare and on the current live show and numerous other related projects together, and he recently completed a new Nashville album by stage, TV and film superstar Kristin Chenoweth entitled Some Lessons Learned for Sony.

On February 18, 2010, Ezrin mobilized Young Artists for Haiti. Fifty Canadian artists recorded a rendition of hip hop star K’naan’s “Wavin’ Flag” for the victims of the Haiti quake. The song was reworked by Ezrin to include specific lyrics for Haiti and will be released in the coming weeks with proceeds going to Free the Children, War Child Canada and World Vision Canada.

In May 2009, Ezrin co-produced The Clearwater Concert at Madison Square Garden celebrating the 90th birthday of musician and activist, Pete Seeger, and starring over 50 guest artists including Bruce Springsteen, Dave Matthews, John Mellencamp, Ben Harper, Joan Baez, Tom Morello, Ani DiFranco, Emmylou Harris and Kris Kristofferson. He was also co-producer of the PBS broadcast of the event.

Bob Ezrin has been described by Alice Cooper as “our George Martin”. Having defined the group’s sound on his first album as a producer, Love it to Death in 1971, Ezrin embarked on a long-term collaboration that by 1973 would see the release of the number one Billion Dollar Babies album a year after the success of School’s Out and Alice Cooper established as one of the biggest acts in the world. After the group separated, Ezrin continued his collaboration with Alice as a solo artist in 1975 with Cooper’s ground breaking Welcome To My Nightmare. Ezrin worked with the Alice Cooper group (and later with Alice as a solo artist) not just as a producer but also co-writer, arranger and musician.

Ezrin produced KISS’s best selling album, Destroyer, in 1976. As explained by Peter Criss during an interview in the documentary KISS: Krazy Killer (1994), Ezrin co-wrote, arranged and performed the piano accompaniment to the song Beth. He went on to produce two other albums with the band and remains close to them to this day.

Ezrin has worked with Pink Floyd on a number of occasions, co-producing the albums The Wall, A Momentary Lapse of Reason and The Division Bell. He has also co-written their songs “The Trial”, “Signs of Life”, “Learning to Fly” and “Take It Back”.

Ezrin created new theatrical, television and live events with @Radical.Media in New York including Jay-Z’s feature film, Fade to Black.

In 1993, he co-founded a computer software company called 7th Level which developed and published educational and entertainment CD-ROMs including a highly popular and groundbreaking series of Monty Python games. In 1999, he co-founded Enigma Digital, a pioneer internet radio provider. It was eventually sold to Clear Channel, where he became vice-chairman of Clear Channel Interactive. Ezrin was also Chairman of Live Nation Artists Recordings in 2007 and the first half of 2008.

Ezrin was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame in April, 2004, and into the Canadian Music Industry Hall of Fame in March, 2006.

Ezrin spends much of his time serving the community. He is on the board of directors of the Nashville Symphony. He is Vice President of The Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation, a member of MusiCounts, CARAS’ music education initiative and, along with U2’s the Edge and Henry Juszkiewicz the CEO of Gibson Guitar Corporation, he is co-founder of Music Rising (, an initiative to preserve the musical culture of the gulf coast region that was savaged by the hurricanes and flooding of 2005. He is Chairman Emeritus of the Los Angeles Mentoring Partnership and also a past Trustee and Governor of NARAS.

In 1982, Ezrin briefly appeared as the host of Enterprise, a City-TV panel show replacing Dr. Morton Shulman’s The Schulman File. He has been a keynote speaker at numerous music, entertainment and business conferences as well as a guest lecturer at various universities and colleges around North America. He has also been a frequent interviewee for documentary films and television.

In 2007, Ezrin joined the Board of Advisors of Tonic, an online media site that produces and aggregates content around goodness.

In 2008 he co-founded Beat Kangz Electronics, LLC a music technology company focused on the development and innovation of electronic musical equipment for rap and hip/hop production.[1]

In 2009 Ezrin, along with Garth Richardson and Kevin Williams, started Nimbus School of Recording Arts in Vancouver, BC.[2]

In late 2011, it was revealed that Ezrin was in the process of Remixing Kiss’ 1976 Double-Platinum album Destroyer. The deluxe version of the album will be released on February 27, 2012 in Europe and on the following day in North America.[3]

Ezrin lives with his wife and 2 dogs in Nashville where he works as a producer, mixer, arranger and writer, as well as on a variety of live, film, television and theatrical productions.

Bobby Downes
Bobby Downes – Filmmaker & President of Echolight Studio

Co-Founder & President EchoLight Studios |

In 2011, Mr. Downes formed EchoLight Studios, which is the first vertically integrated Christian movie studio to offer production financing, marketing and distribution across all releasing platforms worldwide. The studio is based out of Dallas, Texas.The last 12 years have seen Mr. Downes produce more than a dozen feature films (four of which are distributed by Sony Pictures) through Downes Brothers Entertainment with his latest projects both based on novels by New York Times best-selling author Karen Kingsbury. “Like Dandelion Dust” starring Academy-Award® winner Mira Sovino released by Twentieth Century Fox after winning more than 30 international film festival awards and “A Thousand Tomorrows” currently in development.

In 1999, Mr. Downes founded, now the largest selection of faith-affirming and family-approved movies on the Internet. As CEO, he led the company into one of 2010’s Inc. 5000 fastest growing companies. As a company they have consulted on hundreds of faith based movies, formed distribution alliances in the CBA and are known as the group with the pulse on faith-based movies and consumers.

In the 1990’s he was a missionary in over 20 countries using the arts to communicate God’s heart. Bobby Downes holds both Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees from California Polytechnic State University. He lives in the Dallas area with his wife and two children.

Brad Holcman
Brad Holcman

Brad Holcman recently joined A&E as Senior Director of Non-Fiction & Alternative Programming. He current executive produces “Intervention” and “Last Chance Driving School” for the network in additional to many other projects in development. He came to A&E from fox21 where he served as Director of Creative Affairs, and was responsible for overseeing the development of all reality and alternative programming including “Countdown,” “Beauty and the Geek,” “Saved,” “Untitled Jamie Kennedy Project,” and “Game Show in My Head,” as well as numerous pilots for broadcast and cable networks.

He also assisted with fox21’s current slate of scripted projects, including “Homeland,” “Sons of Anarchy” and A&E’s “Breakout Kings.” Holcman most recently served as the covering executive and lead developer of the recently sold Daniel Tosh animated series “Brickleberry.” Prior to fox21, Brad worked in Drama Development at 20th Century Fox Television. He graduated with a degree of Sports Management & Communication at the University of Michigan.

Callie Khouri
Callie Khouri – Award Winning Writer/Director

Callie Khouri is the creator and executive producer of the critically acclaimed drama, Nashville, and the Oscar Award-winning screenwriter of Thelma and Louise.

Crowned “the best new drama of 2012” by outlets including USA Today, TV Guide, Entertainment Weekly, TIME Magazine, The New York Post and The Daily Beast, Nashville earned Golden Globe nominations for its lead actresses and a Writers Guild of America nomination. Khouri led the show as its creator and executive producer for four seasons from 2012 to 2016.

She may be best known for galvanizing women and sparking nationwide debate in 1991 with her screenwriting debut, Thelma and Louise, which was nominated for six Academy Awards. She won the Oscar, the Golden Globe, the Writers Guild of America Award and a PEN Literary Award for Best Original Screenplay. Thelma and Louise took home the London Film Critics Circle Award for Film of the Year, and was nominated for Best Original Screenplay by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts.

Khouri followed Thelma and Louise with 1995’s Something to Talk About, starring Julia Roberts, Dennis Quaid and Robert Duvall. She then made her directorial debut with Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood, starring Sandra Bullock and Ashley Judd, which she also adapted for the screen. In 2006, Khouri collaborated with legendary television producer Steven Bochco and wrote and directed the television drama, Hollis and Rae. She then directed her second feature film, Mad Money, starring Diane Keaton, Katie Holmes and Queen Latifah.

Brian Herskowitz
Brian Herskowitz – Artists/Media Corporation – Horror Equity Fund

As a writer, Brian has completed well over a dozen feature films. His first screenplay KAMI HITO E (THE THIN LINE) was based on his experience as an international Judo champion training in Tokyo. From there he continued to write and his first produced feature was a low budget slasher titled DARKROOM. He wrote and directed the award-winning short film ODESSA OR BUST starring SEINFELD’S Jason Alexander, ACADEMY AWARD WINNER Red Buttons, and RUSHMORE’S Jason Schwartzman. Brian wrote, directed, and produced the documentary 1736: SOMEWHERE TO TURN – about a family crisis center for domestic abuse victims, and the short film JOANNE – the story of a woman going through hard economic times and a mid-life crisis.

Brian recently took on the duties of Voice Director for the new Animated Children’s series ANNIE SUNBEAM produced by Debbie Margolis-Horwitz.

Brian’s theatrical directing credits include the world premieres of I.A.N. (THE ITALIAN AMERICAN NETWORK), CONFESSION AND AVOIDANCE (based on the book of the same name written by his father, prolific biographer Mickey Herskowitz), JESSICA AND THE COUCH POTATO, the west coast premiere of SHUFFLE OFF THIS MORTAL BUFFALO, and the recent hit CIRCLE OF WILL. Summer 2015 he directed a reading for a new musical – LOCH LOMOND in New York City.

As a writer in TV his credits include a staff writing position on the NBC sit-com BLOSSOM, multiple episodes of the syndicated series HERCULES: THE LEGENDARY JOURNEYS, and ACAPULCO HEAT, the HBO hit comedy DREAM ON, CBS’s RENEGADE, THE EXILE, MURDER, SHE WROTE, the TV movie MURDER OF MY AUNT, the FOX Network’s YOUNG HERCULES, and CBS’s critically acclaimed was series TOUR OF DUTY (associate producer). Brian co-wrote the FOX pilot MANTIC with Jason Alexander. In addition, he worked as a punch-up writer on BOB PATTERSON, and LISTEN UP.

Working with Co-Op Productions in New York (THE GUITAR, THIS REVOLUTION), Brian line produced Candace Bushnell’s web series THE BROADROOM, which starred JENNY GARTH, JENNIFER ESPOSITO, and TALIA BALSAM.

As a feature film producer Brian just finished principal photography on UNTIL SOMEONE GETS HURT (co-writer), and BUCKY AND THE SQUIRRELS (co-director – Uncredited) a comedy from director-writer Allan Katz (M*A*S*H*, BIG MAN ON CAMPUS), MUSICAL CHAIRS, directed by Susan Seidelman (DESPERATELY SEEKING SUSAN), TIO PAPI directed by Fro Rojas, which he also co-wrote.

In addition, Brian recently became the Chief Creative Officer for Horror Equity Fund, a revolutionary new company that develops, accelerates to market, and funds entertainment projects in the Horror genre arena of the entertainment industry. As CCO, Brian is credited as EP or Co-EP with a baker’s dozen projects including STAR LEAF (currently in wide distribution), ZBurbs (in Post Production), DON’T LET THE BEDBUGS BITE (Pre-Production), SHE FEEDS (Writer-Director), THE WHANGDOODLE (Writer-Director), and CREATURE FEATURE:THE MOVIE MUSICAL (Writer-Director).

For the last twenty-five years Brian has taught screenwriting, first with WRITER’S BOOT CAMP, then with UCLA EXTENSIONS, and for the last ten years he has held the post of Lead Faculty for the prestigious BOSTON UNIVERSITY in LOS ANGELES WRITER IN HOLLYWOOD graduate degree program. In addition, Brian has been teaching a hands-on writing workshop at the Lifton Institute of Media Arts and Sciences (LIMS). His script writing textbook, PROCESS TO PRODUCT: A PRACTICAL GUIDE FOR THE SCREENWRITER, is available on and in bookstores.

Brian Williams
Brian Williams Dance Network

Brian “Bee” Williams brings vast experience in a wide range of entertainment marketing and content development to oversee the launch and growth of the Dance Network and Skyway Studios. He is a leading figure in brand integration marketing, having worked in this area for nearly ten years. In 2006, Williams launched Origin Solutions, which specialized in developing multi-platform marketing campaigns for films.

In 2007, Williams joined Brand-in Entertainment and was quickly promoted to Executive Vice President. Williams has been a part of forming strategic partnerships with several major studios and has radically grown the product integration space across all forms of media including film, television, video games, live events, and web series. Under his influence, the company’s client base expanded to include the CBS and NBC television networks, FOX Broadcasting, The CW, PBS, Spike, USA, Discovery Networks, RCA, Arista, Atlantic, and Interscope Records, FX Network, TNT, BBC, and Universal. In 2012, as a principal of New Facets Entertainment in Nashville, TN, Williams served as the head of development for film and television and oversaw new digital network models and content partnerships with top brands and content creators.

He currently serves on the Nashville based Film-Com board, Film Nashville Board and sits on the Film, Television and Transmedia Council (FTTC). He also serves as an adjunct professor at Watkins College of Art and Design.

Brad Holcman
Brad Holcman

Brad Holcman recently joined A&E as Senior Director of Non-Fiction & Alternative Programming. He current executive produces “Intervention” and “Last Chance Driving School” for the network in additional to many other projects in development. He came to A&E from fox21 where he served as Director of Creative Affairs, and was responsible for overseeing the development of all reality and alternative programming including “Countdown,” “Beauty and the Geek,” “Saved,” “Untitled Jamie Kennedy Project,” and “Game Show in My Head,” as well as numerous pilots for broadcast and cable networks.

He also assisted with fox21’s current slate of scripted projects, including “Homeland,” “Sons of Anarchy” and A&E’s “Breakout Kings.” Holcman most recently served as the covering executive and lead developer of the recently sold Daniel Tosh animated series “Brickleberry.” Prior to fox21, Brad worked in Drama Development at 20th Century Fox Television. He graduated with a degree of Sports Management & Communication at the University of Michigan.

Cameron Kadison
Cameron Kadison – Founding Partner Mortar Media

Cameron Kadison is a Founding Partner of Mortar Media in Beverly Hills, California. Mortar Media is a management and production company specializing in non-scripted television, branded content, on-camera talent and non-traditional business development. The company’s roster includes over 50 clients ranging from personalities, corporate brands, producers and production companies. In addition to representation, Cameron is currently the Executive Producer of Hollywood Medium for E!, Nicole & Jionni’s Shore Flip for FYI, Curvy Style with Timothy Snell for Centric and Transcendent for Fuse.

Cameron’s producer clients have been responsible for producing major reality shows like “Undercover Boss”, “Behind The Music”, “Punk’d”, “Laguna Beach”, “Housewives of OC”, “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” as well as several other major broadcast and cable network series. In the talent arena he currently represents talent that is featured on CBS, NBC, FOX, ABC, Bravo, Discovery Channel, E!, TLC, HGTV, MTV, VH1, OWN, Food Network, Animal Planet, Travel Channel and several other television and digital outlets.

Prior to starting Mortar Media, Cameron was a manager/producer and launched the Alternative department at Principato-Young Entertainment, one of the top management and production companies in the industry. Before joining PYE, Cameron was a television packaging agent at the William Morris Agency and the Paradigm Talent Agency in the non-scripted television space. In that capacity he was focused on packaging TV pitches with production companies and negotiating television deals on behalf of talent and producers. A graduate of Hofstra University, Cameron started his career in the Network Sales department at CBS in New York.

Caprise Arreola
Caprise Arreola

Caprise Arreola, is an accomplished and respected Talent Executive specializing in network live television specials, award shows, sporting events and concert tours for over 25 years.

Arreola recently served and completed her 15th year on the official “Academy Awards” and “Oscars Red Carpet Live” telecast, “The Daytime Emmys”, (3) “Comedy Central Roasts”, TVland Awards”, NBC’s “Betty White’s 90th Birthday: A Tribute to America’s Golden Girl”, PBS’ “David Foster and Friends” and (5) MDA Jerry Lewis Telethons.

In addition, she coordinated talent with George Clooney for 3 benefit concerts he created and produced: “Hope For Haiti Now”, “America: A Tribute to Heroes”, “Tsunami Aid: A Concert for Hope” and film producer Laura Ziskin’s (2) “Stand Up 2 Cancer” telethons,” which all aired simultaneously on all four major American broadcast networks and nominated for Primetime Emmy Awards.

Other network annual broadcasts credits include: NBC’s “The Voice”, (14) CBS’s “The Kennedy Center Honors”, “The Primetime Emmy Awards”,(4) “The American Music Awards” and (8) ABC’s “An American Celebration at Ford’s Theatre”.

Music Network Specials include, Carrie Underwood: All-Star Holiday Special, A Supernatural Evening with Carlos Santana, Celine Dion’s “A New Day, “Josh Groban In Concert”, “Faith Hill: When The Lights Go Down”, MTV “Video Music Awards”, MTV “Movie Awards” and MTV “Icon”.

Arreola coordinated World Concert Tours for Neil Diamond, Janet Jackson and Michael Jackson and (4) Super Bowl Half-Time shows which included the controversial halftime show with Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake.

Carey Nelson Burch
Carey Nelson Burch – TackleBox Films

For 12 plus years, Carey Nelson Burch had been a TV/Film packaging agent at the William Morris Agency (nine of those years residing in Nashville). Carey started her career at Paradigm Entertainment, a small production company run by Bob Banner. She was an assistant at Lorimar TV, Warner Brothers TV and later NBC, where she was promoted to a Manager of Movies and Miniseries for the Studio. In 1997, Carey was hired as a Packaging Agent at William Morris. While selling over 40 movies of the week, her biggest accomplishment was the TNT film “Door to Door: the Bill Porter Story” starring William H. Macy which won six Emmy Awards, along with a Humanitas, WGA, SAG and Peabody Awards.

The only TV/Film agent in Nashville, TN, Carey’s clients included Tacklebox Films (Director/Producer Shaun Silva), Taillight TV (Executive Producer Tom Forrest; producer of the “CMT Award Show”, CMT’s “Giants” and “Larry the Cable Guy Christmas Extravaganza”), Deaton-Flanigan Productions (producer of the “CMAs” and ABC’s “Country Music Festival”), Ruckus Films (feature film “Billy Graham”) and High Five Entertainment (CMT’s “Neighorhood Intervention”, “Meet the Wilsons”). She also serviced feature and TV producers and projects in and around the South.

Servicing CMT, Carey sold the Gurin Company’s “Singing Bee”, Fremantle Media’s “Can You Duet”, “Hulk Hogan’s Celebrity Wrestling”, PBR’s “Posse”, “Hunting
Ted Nugent”, “Neighborhood Intervention”, “Gone Country” and Horizon Entertainment’s “Emancipated”. Working with the country music roster, she secured Clint Black’s participation on NBC’s “Celebrity Apprentice 2”, Chuck Wicks and Sara Evans on ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars”, and Blake Shelton on “Clash of the Choirs” to name a few.

Carey now has her own company, My Own Shingle where she serves as a Consultant/Manager/Producer for all of her writer and producing clients and projects that range from feature films, scripted TV and reality programs. Her current company clients include Taillight TV, Lone Eagle Productions, Tacklebox Films, Camp Digital, Epiphany Films and Heinz Media Productions. Carey recently partnered with Sharlene Martin of Martin Literary Management and has secured Film and TV deals for a number of non-fiction and true crime authors.

Carey, along with Mitchell Galin and Lightworks, Executive Produced “The Shunning” for the Hallmark Channel this year. And served as Co-Executive Producer along with Ruckus Films and E1 on CMT’s recent movie, “Reel Love”, starring LeAnn Rhimes and Burt Reynolds.

Carey serves on the Governor’s Board for the TN Film, Entertainment and Music Commission; the Board of the Nashville Screenwriters Conference; the Board of Film-Com; and is the Vice President of the Nashville Film Festival. She’s a member of the Academy of TV, Arts & Sciences, the Country Music Association, the Academy of Country Music (serving on the TV/Film Committee), the Gospel Music Association, and Source. She is also a graduate of the 2010 class for Leadership Music and was recently added to the Board of Directors.

Carey Nelson Burch
My Own Shingle
[email protected]

Carolyn McDonald
Carolyn McDonald

Carolyn McDonald has been the catalyst behind some of the most prestigious projects and artists in film & television. She executive produced and directed P.N.O.K., a film featuring Irma P. Hall, Danny Glover, Robert Ri’chard and Elle Fanning. As partner of Danny Glover at Carrie Productions, she executive produced the Emmy-nominated TNT civil rights saga, FREEDOM SONG, the critically acclaimed TNT Western BUFFALO SOLDIERS and the landmark HBO trilogy AMERICA’S DREAM, winner of 4 Cable Aces and an NAACP Image Award for Best Made-for-TV Movie.

A prolific screenwriter, she co-wrote the comedy RETURN OF THE SWEETBIRDS from her story for 20th Century Fox, recently completed a production re-write on Glynn Turman’s feature directorial debut NONE SO BRUTAL, as well as BODY BY BRET a web series she will direct and produce this fall. Carolyn directed and produced the documentary, DESIGN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD for the Nashville Civic Design Center, and has produced and directed four documentaries for the Nashville Film Festival’s Youth Outreach Film Project. Carolyn studied acting with Uta Hagen, Earle Hyman, the late Geraldine Page, and at SUNY Purchase, and is an alumni of Judith Weston’s Actor/Director’s Lab.

An avid photographer, her NOUNS IN THE ROAD collection has been exhibited in private shows & galleries such as the African American Cultural Museum, Charlotte, NC, Gallery F & The Brick Factory, Nashville, TN; and several “celebrity-friends” own limited edition prints of her ‘Nouns’. Adding author to her resume, Carolyn recently wrote and published her memoir, comprised of candid essays, INFLUENTIA: 50 YEARS ON EARTH AS IT IS IN CAROLYN, and will soon release, “That Extra Something” the first in a collection of short stories entitled POSTCARDS FROM WANKERVILLE. She presently lives in Nashville, TN… (but longs to return to Paris).

Cat Zappa
Cat Zappa

Cat Zappa joined Thomas Nelson Publishers in January 2010 as Subsidiary Rights Manager under their Licensing Department. She is responsible for managing all domestic licensing opportunities including those related to film and television rights.

Prior to joining Thomas Nelson, Cat ran City Cat Productions, focusing on development and production for feature films thru Hi-Def Entertainment. In 2004, Cat was hired at Yari Film Group supporting their business and legal affairs team, but was quickly promoted to Creative Affairs Executive for their Low Budget Division where she also held the responsibilities of Production Executive for numerous pictures. Before her time at YFG, Cat worked for Touchstone Television in episodic development for an ABC series and on set as a production coordinator for numerous independent feature films.

Cat earned her Bachelor Of Arts degree from the University of South Carolina and serves on the Board of Film-Com and Women In Film and Television-Nashville.

Catherine Clinch
Catherine Clinch – Writer/Producer/Academic

Longtime WGA member, former Board of Directors member and seasoned TV veteran, Catherine’s produced writing credits include: HUNTER, JAKE & THE FATMAN, KNIGHT RIDER, LOVE BOAT, HART TO HART, FOUL PLAY, TRUE CONFESSIONS and, most recently, RESCUE BOTS. She has served for nearly two decades as an Adjunct Professor, teaching advanced video production, screenwriting, convergence media and communication theory at California State University Dominguez Hills. She was Associate Publisher of Creative Screenwriting Magazine and was a key organizer of the first five years of Screenwriting Expo. She currently writes for Cultural Weekly and Studio System News, exploring media and technology – from mobile and apps to games, second screen and online digital – and blogs for The Huffington Post. Catherine serves as a media strategy consultant and content creator through her company Clinch Digital Media. Catherine has been awarded two US Patents for inventing a new form of mobile entertainment. In the past three years, she has participated in fifteen Hackathons and won prizes for her app inventions at five of them – including the prize for Best Overall App at the AT&T hackathon two years in a row. Catherine believes than anyone who wants to build and sustain a career as a content creator needs to understand all forms of convergence media.

Charles G. Hollins
Charles G. Hollins – Digital Ensight

Charles G. Hollins is a digital strategist, application developer, and filmmaker; with an extensive interdisciplinary background in Web development, mobile technology, and digital entertainment. Charles has written, directed and produced several short films that have been distributed internationally through Sprint TV, Comedy Central India, and other networks. In 2010, he created “Five Photographs”, a cross-platform adventure which unfolds in real-time over a one week period through Web sites, social networks, digital media, SMS, and live challenges.

Mr. Hollins was a judge for the FlashForward Film Festival in New York and a speaker at several conventions, including the first Internet World convention in Southeast Asia, Digital Hollywood, and the International Content Creators Convention in Korea. Based in the Greater Los Angeles area, Charles currently leads workshops for Fox Entertainment, helping employees explore creative ways to extend film and television show narratives across digital formats and platfo

Chevonne O’Shaughnessy
Chevonne O’Shaughnessy – American Cinema International

A veteran sales agent, Chevonne O’Shaughnessy has long been recognized as one of the most respected sales persons for independent movies. The reason for her success is she always responds to what the market wants with high quality entertainment product that appeals to the worldwide market.

A woman of many languages and an accomplished businesswoman, Chevonne O’Shaughnessy served as Vice President at the established mini studio PM Entertainment for ten years. During her time at PM Entertainment she sold over 150 feature films and 2 TV series. She successfully guided the company to a dominant position within the global marketplace.

With this knowledge she and George Shamieh founded American Cinema International in 2000 to produce and distribute high quality commercial motion pictures throughout the world. In its first five years, ACI has produced 10 action/disaster films with international sales and domestic prime time broadcasts on USA, SCI-FI, and HBO Premier. The company utilizes ACI studios in foreign markets such as Canada, Spain, Brazil, and Romania to ensure tax incentives and higher production values. In Spain alone, four Movies.

Chip Murray
Chip Murray – Panda Fund

The Panda Fund partners with independent filmmakers and distributors to provide marketing funds that facilitate the distribution process. Through the provision of independent prints and advertising funds, the marketing and distribution process can be unbundled and the best combination of marketing and distribution professionals can be assembled for the benefit of a particular film. One purpose of the Fund is to provide visibility into the distribution expenses and revenue streams to insure that all stakeholders receive a clear accounting and their fair share of film profits.

The Panda Fund supports MPAA rated G, PG, and PG-13 films that are story driven, that showcase acting excellence, and the professional skills of film craftsmen, providing inspirational entertainment for all ages.

The Panda Fund is headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee at Film House, a fully capable film production facility available to selected independent film projects. The Panda Fund and Film House are working together on Deadline and Jubilee, executing a business model that encompasses development through full distribution.

Chris Kelley
Chris Kelley – Kelley Investments

Kelly is an active angel investor in companies seeking transformational improvements in technology, media, and finance, as well as in independent films and restaurants. In 2010, Kelly launched Kelly Investments, a personal investment fund whose portfolio includes MoviePass, Loyal3, Fandor, Organizer, rentLEVER, nousDecor, Evergram, Streamweaver, FetchIt, Well, Path Path, Captimo, Waywire, and more. Kelly has been a producer on multiple independent films, including Olive (film), The Power of Two, Once Upon a Time in Queens, and the award-winning documentary, Jiro Dreams of Sushi.

Kelly joined Facebook in 2005 as one of the first senior employees, and at various times served as general counsel, vice-president of corporate development and head of global public policy. He left in 2009 to pursue the Democratic nomination for Attorney General of California. In 2010, he launched Kelly Investments, a family office pursuing investments in technology, media, and finance.
Kelly also serves as co-owner of the NBA’s Sacramento Kings and as the national chair of the New Leaders Council, a progressive leadership training organization focused on public service


Christa Zofcin
Christa Zofcin

Executive Vice President, Head of Business & Legal Affairs
River Road Entertainment
Christa Zofcin is the Executive Vice President and Head of Business and Legal Affairs for River Road Entertainment (The Tree of Life, Fair Game, Food, Inc., Into the Wild, Brokeback Mountain). Her responsibilities include negotiating all major film deals such as the financing and distribution of the film as well as all talent deals (actor/writing/director/producer deals).

Previously, she served as United Artists’ Senior Vice President and Head of Business Affairs, where she ran business affairs for Tom Cruise’s studio (Valkyrie, Hot Tub Time Machine, Cabin in the Woods, Red Dawn) and also served as MGM’s Senior Vice President of Business Affairs. Prior to working for the MGM family, Ms. Zofcin worked in a similar capacity as Senior Vice President of Business Affairs for Yari Film Group as well as for other independents such as Gavin Polone’s television and film outfit, Pariah (Curb Your Enthusiasm, Gilmore Girls) (serving as General Counsel and Vice President of Business & Legal Affairs) and Media 8 Entertainment (f/k/a MDP Worldwide and Mark Damon Productions). Among those films she worked on include the Academy Award winners Crash and Monster, Academy Award nominee The Illusionist, and critically acclaimed films The Upside of Anger and The Hoax.

Ms. Zofcin holds a J.D., M.B.A., B.A. (Economics) and B.S. (Business Administration), each with honors from Pepperdine University. She is on the Board of Directors of Claris Health as well as on the UCLA Entertainment Advisory board, is a participant and fundraiser for Habitat for Humanity’s annual Power Women Power Tools Build Day, speaks on film/entertainment panels such as the Biola Media Conference, the Pepperdine Women in Business event and other entertainment law panels. She is a Pepperdine Associate’s Circle member, member of the Pepperdine Alumni Admission Outreach Team, mentor to law students specializing in entertainment law and participates in various charities such as Make-A-Wish, Aid Sudan, Step Up Women’s Network, City Hearts, Harvest Home, Ronald McDonald House, and New Life.

Cindy Bond
Cindy Bond

An entertainment industry veteran Cindy Bond is acclaimed for her pioneering work in producing, marketing and distributing uplifting, entertaining and inspirational films for families and people of faith worldwide.

In 2008 Bond co-founded Mission Pictures International, a foreign sales, marketing and distribution company, with American Cinema International co- founder and President Chevonne O’Shaughnessy. Since its inception, Mission has acquired numerous titles for theatrical, home video and TV release, and has quickly become the international destination and provider of films for the faith and family market.

Bond is also the President and Chief Operating Officer of Promenade Pictures, a U.S. theatrical distribution, marketing and production company she co-founded in 2002 with former Paramount Pictures President and MGM/UA Co-Chairman Frank Yablans and “Left Behind” Film series Executive Producer Ron Booth.

Bond is also the producer of a twelve film CG animated franchise entitled “Epic Stories of the Bible.” This feature film series debuted with Movieguide’s Epiphany Prize Nominee “The Ten Commandments” in 2007 and continues with “Noah’s Ark: The New Beginning.” Notable actors in the Biblical series include Sir Ben Kingsley, Elliott Gould, Alfred Molina, Christian Slater, Jason Lee, Michael Keaton, Marcia Gay Harden, Rob Schneider, Kristin Stewart, Ana Ortiz, Howie Mandel, and Eliza Dushku.

Formerly, Bond served as President of Norann Entertainment, a production company she co-founded in 1996 with Interstate Batteries Chairman Norm Miller and his wife Anne Miller, and served as President of Production and Acquisitions at Providence Entertainment, a U.S. theatrical distribution and production company she also co-founded with Norm Miller in 1998. Providence was renowned for pioneering faith-based grassroots marketing campaigns and for distributing the faith market breakthrough film “The Omega Code,” the #1 independent theatrical release of 1999. Other feature films Providence distributed include “Grizzly Falls,” starring Richard Harris and Bryan Brown, “Mercy Streets” starring Eric Roberts and Stacy Keach, “Revelation,” starring Jeff Fahey and Nick Mancuso, “The Amati Girls,” starring Mercedes Ruehl, Cloris Leachman, Sean Young and Paul Sorvino (a Marco Island Festival Audience Award winner and Heartland Film Festival Award of Excellence winner) and j.k.livin Productions critically acclaimed documentary “Hands on a Hard Body.”

Throughout her distinguished career, Bond also produced or executive produced other such notable films as: Movieguide Award Winner “The Joyriders,” starring Martin Landau, Kris Kristofferson, Diane Venora and Elisabeth Moss, Extreme Days starring A.J. Buckley and Dante Basco and Lifetime Network premiere “Total Stranger,” starring Lindsey Crouse, Dan Lauria and Jay Thomas. Bond also was a co-executive producer of the Hallmark Channel’s Camie Award winning “The Note,” starring Genie Francis and Ted McGinley.

Aside from her corporate responsibilities, Bond serves on the advisory boards of the Dove Foundation, the Christian Film and Television Commission, and the marketing committee of the U.S. Equestrian Federation. Bond is also a member of the Producer’s Guild, Screen Actor’s Guild, Women in film and the Biola University Studio Task Force and previously served as an advisor to The Heartland Film Festival, The Marco Island Film Festival, The James Jordan Foundation and top Christian website Bond also co- founded The Backyard National Children’s Film Festival, a festival that showcased films made by kids in conjunction with Lego and Lego Studios’ Steven Spielberg MovieMaker Set, and a co-founder of Women in Entertainment.

Cindy Cowan
Cindy Cowan

Cindy Cowan is the former president and co-founder of Initial Entertainment Group (IEG)

Cindy Cowan is the former president and co-founder of Initial Entertainment Group (IEG), a leading film production and foreign sales company. Cowan co-founded IEG in 1995 with Graham King. With seed capital of only $350,000 and no tangible assets, Cowan was able to secure a $25 million line of credit with Chase Bank to fund overhead, development and production of its projects. IEG was sold to Splendid Films in 2000 for approximately $10 million.

Between 1995 and 2000, IEG had many successes including: an Emmy nomination for Rent-A-Kid, starring Leslie Nielson; Emmy, Golden Globe and People’s Choice nominations for If These Walls Could Talk, starring Cher, Sissey Spacek, Anne Heche and Demi Moore; and won a United Nations Award for Savior, starring Dennis Quaid. IEG also saw success with its production of Traffic, starring Michael Douglas and Benicio Del Toro, which won Oscars for directing, screenplay, editing, and best supporting actor. Additional projects produced by Ms. Cowan while at IEG include Very Bad Things, starring Cameron Diaz and Christian Slater; and the Robert Altman-directed Dr. T & the Women, starring Richard Gere, Helen Hunt, Kate Hudson and Liv Tyler.

Since forming a new production company, Cindy Cowan Entertainment, Cowan has produced Scorched, starring Woody Harrelson and Alicia Silverstone and executive produced Fifty Dead Men Walking starring Sir. Ben Kingsley and Jim Sturgess.

Recently, Cowan completed production on Red Lights starring Robert De Niro, Sigourney Weaver, and Cillian Murphy. Directed by Rodrigo Cortes, this film officially premiered at Sundance, January 2012 and was the highest selling film at that festival. Cowan is also in post production on Miracle on 42nd Street, which has Alicia Keys, Terrence Howard and Sam Jackson in it, to name a few.

Cowan is currently prepping Vanished, a co-production with Pierce Brosnan’s company Irish Dreamtime, as her next film with Simon West directing. In addition, she is working on the Untitled Ben Ripley Choir Project, directed by Luis Mandoki and starring Pierce Brosnan, with producers Carol Baum, Jane Goldenring and Beau St. Clair as well as Snake, a co-production with Mark Ordesky. Also in development are: Fruit of the Poisonous Tree (a legal thriller) and a futuristic sci-fi film & game entitled Blazeball.

Cowan has recently established a low budget horror division. The first film that she executive produced under this label is the slasher film Smiley, which hit theaters October 12, 2012. The trailer for the film is a viral sensation, earning over 22 million views (in comparison, box office smash “The Avengers” has 18 million).

As well as film, Cowan is working on several television projects. She recently sold a scripted TV show to F/X that she created with Stephen Dorff and is Executive Producing. In addition, she is developing a scripted music based show with CBS and several reality shows including The Patti LaBelle Show, and a high stakes game show involving Navy Seals.

Before her tenure with IEG, Cowan headed up the production and acquisitions divisions of the Beverly Hills Producers Group. Prior to that, Cowan headed up development and acquisitions for Premiere Productions. Her career in producing began as a producer and writer for a CBS news affiliate in Miami, Florida.

In the past, Cowan has written songs for Engelbert Humperdink, and a hit for R & B artist Howard Hewitt, which went to number three on the R & B charts, as well as a few songs for the British pop star Sinatta.

Cowan sits on the board of two non-profit charities that are dear to her heart, Little Kids Rock, which is a non-profit organization that provides free instruments and lessons to underserved public schools, and Grassroots Soccer, which is part of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. GRS mobilizes the global soccer community in the fight against HIV/ AIDS.

Cindy Cowan is a graduate of Tulane University with graduate courses towards a Master’s Degree in Psychology at Harvard. Cowan is also a major equestrian winning the “World Champion” title more than 5 times in American Saddlebred five-gaited and equestrian horses.

Claire McCabe
Claire McCabe – CMT – Television

With over 20 years of experience in reality and music television, Claire McCabe has been part of the growing genre of reality television from the beginning years, having started at MTV as intern in 1993 and most recently at CMT as VP, of Original Programming and Development.

Ms. McCabe is currently working as an independent executive producer on a variety of projects and consulting with production companies helping shepherd projects with a network eye.

Her career includes 12 years at Viacom at three of their music networks, MTV, VH1 and CMT. CMT executive producer credits include: Swamp Pawn, Chainsaw Gang, Sweet Home Alabama, 3 seasons, (highest rated original series at its premiere), The Singing Bee, 4 seasons, (highest rated original premiere), along with pilots and presentations. Her VH1 executive producer credits include: Scott Baio is 45 and Single, Scott Baio is 46 and Pregnant, Breaking Bonaduce (2 seasons), celebrity music series But Can They Sing, along with pilots and presentations.

Prior to VH1, McCabe was executive producer and director of artist and label relations at Music Choice, where she executive produced concert specials with such artists as The Cranberries, Coldplay, Smashmouth and kd lang, among others.

As director of alternative programming and specials at the Disney Channel, McCabe was responsible for overseeing critically acclaimed reality series, Bug Juice for 4 seasons and working on a variety music series and specials that included, N’Sync, 98Degrees, Jessica Simpson, just to name a few.

Collin Reno
Collin Reno, William Morris Endeavor

Collin Reno serves as Partner and Co-Head of WME’s Non-Scripted Television department. Reno joined the company in 1995 as a trainee in the world renowned Beverly Hills Mailroom, and after serving as department coordinator until 1998, he took a job as the Director of Development for Dick Clark Productions. During Reno’s two and a half years at DCP, he was involved in the development and sales of more than a dozen programs, most notably co-creating “Greed” which ran on Fox Broadcasting and was subsequently turned into a global format franchise. Foreseeing the explosion of the non-scripted television business, Reno returned to the William Morris Agency in 2001 as a talent and packaging agent, making partner in 2011.

His experience and deep knowledge of the business have placed Collin at the forefront of the Non-Scripted genre. Collin’s expertise extends through Competition, Game Shows, Lifestyle, Comedy and Event Television, representing trendsetters across these fields.

Among the many shows he helped package, are “Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew”, “Sober House”, “Confessions of a Teen Idol”, “Sex Rehab with Dr. Drew” and “Couples Therapy” for VH-1; “Long Way Round” and “Workout” for Bravo; “Pitbulls and Parolees” for Animal Planet; “Private Chefs of Beverly Hills” and “Mystery Diners” for Food Network; “Bad Sex” for Logo; “Lingo” and “That’s The Question” for GSN; “Sunday Best”, “First In” and “DMX: Soul of a Man” for BET; “Storage Hunters” for TRU TV; “Invention USA” for History; “Face Off” and “WCG Ultimate Gamer” for SyFy”; “The Biggest Loser” for NBC; “Anchor Woman” for FBC; “Celebrity Superstars” and the highly acclaimed “Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution” for ABC.

Additionally, Reno represents such clients as The Osbournes, Paige Davis, Stephanie Izard, John Henson, Kathy Freston, Jeff Corwin along with US &UK production companies Irwin Entertainment, T Group Productions , Gay Rosenthal Productions, PB&J Television, Herzog &Company, Hoff Productions, Mission Control Media, Lake Paradise Entertainment and Two Four Broadcast.

Reno received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of California Santa Barbara. While at UCSB, he worked as a student programs advocate through the Office of Development and wrote frequently for the University’s alternative newspaper, “The Campus Point”. He currently sits on the New Leadership Council for The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation.

Originally from Sacramento, California, Collin currently resides with his wife and two daughters in Los Angeles, California.

Corey Mifsud – William M Gaines Agent, Inc

Corey graduated Temple University with a degree in Magazine Journalism. Upon graduating, he moved to Los Angeles, where he began working for a feature film production company. After getting his feet wet with the industry, Corey decided to use his experience as a way to better his family’s company. Corey is now Executive Director at William M Gaines Agent, Inc, the proprietor for the EC Comics brand.

Comics have always been in Corey’s blood. His Great Grandfather, Max Gaines, created EC Comics and his Grandfather, William M Gaines, made it an iconic brand with Tales from the Crypt, Weird Science, etc. Corey now manages the property and finds ways to creatively monetize with film, television, merchandising, and licensing.

Corey’s experience with licensing and merchandising such properties as Tales from the Crypt has given him a keen insight as to how to prudently license creative intellectual property, and especially for those Film-Con attendees with screenplays and merchandisable elements, he will share his wisdom and advice.

Cynthia Fenneman
Cynthia Fenneman – American Public Television – Docs

Cynthia A. Fenneman is president and CEO of American Public Television (APT), a leading distributor of high quality, viewer-favorite programs to U.S. public television’s 350+ stations. With more than 35 years of broadcasting and production experience, she brings invaluable knowledge of the media industry to her post. During her tenure, she has led the company in new strategic and creative directions – from the 2006 launch of Create® TV, the dynamic 24/7 lifestyle channel, to the 2010 distribution of WORLD?, the nonfiction news and documentary channel.

In the ’90s and prior to joining APT, Fenneman served as president of Fenneman Productions, major projects executive on the launch team for Discovery Health Channel, and special projects director for PBS’s Democracy Project. As an independent producer, she was executive producer for programs such as A&E Biography, PBS’s Ciao Italia, and American Public Television fundraising specials. For eight years, Fenneman led the broadcasting and national/local production division at New Hampshire Public Television. For Westinghouse Broadcasting, she held numerous management and producing positions at KYW/Philadelphia, KPIX/San Francisco and WJZ/Baltimore.

Fenneman has produced a wide range of programming from the Live Aid highlights special in London to U.S. Presidential Debates and Evening/PM Magazine to daily live talk shows. She has been honored with more than 40 international, national and regional awards, including 12 Emmys® and a Peabody, and is a frequent juror for the Banff World Television Festival, duPont-Columbia Awards, History Makers and other content review panels.


DAN COPLAN (Attorney, Producer, Writer, Director)

Mr. Coplan started making movies when he was 14 years old. One of his early films “The Incredibly Awful Dr. Sporgo” won the Silver Medal at the 1974 Atlanta International Film Festival and Golden Image Certificate at the 1975 Long Island International Film Festival. Before graduating high school, he also wrote, directed, produced and starred in another short film “Of Mirrors, The Mind, and Time”. This film, a psychological thriller, was presented at the Kracow International Film Festival in 1975.

He attended and graduated from the prestigious NYU Film School.

He wrote and produced the half-hour documentary “The Dream Factory” which featured appearances by Sean Connery, Gloria Swanson, Marlo Thomas, Roy Schieder and was narrated by Eli Wallach. This film is now part of the permanent cinema collection of the Museum of Modern Art, NYC, NY.

After Graduating from NYU Film School, Mr. Coplan was employed by The Walter Reade Organization, then the foremost chain of movie theatres in Manhattan, as a Theatre Manager. Mr. Coplan spent three years with this company, during which time he developed a very keen sense for predicting the commercial success of individual motion pictures.

While still employed by the Reade Organization, Mr. Coplan was also engaged on a freelance basis to provide consulting services to CBS Entertainment in New York City regarding the analysis of prospective literary material for the possible TV Movies. Mini-series, and/or Series.

Mr. Coplan has studied acting with the noted actress Nina Foch, (“The Ten Commandments”, “Spartacus”). He recently directed the critically acclaimed one act play AThe Author=s [email protected] at The Complex in Los Angeles. He wrote and produced The Dragon Gate a martial arts film staring Academy Award Winner Haing S. Ngor (AThe Killing [email protected]) and Geoffrey Lewis ([email protected]).

Echos Of Enlightenment his critically acclaimed, awarding winning, feature motion picture directing debut has been shown around the world. It has been one of the top indie sellers at and was acquired by Netflix for its rental library.

As an attorney, Dan has sued Chuck Norris, the IRS, the Screen Actors Guild, Eric Clapton, and … has “achieved postitive results.”

He is currently producing a documentary called The Lost City Of Cecil B. DeMille, a fascinating story about one man’s 30 year quest to dig up the City of the Pharo set built for the 1923 version of The Ten Commandments

Dan Gurlitz – Soundview Media Partners

A specialist in the distribution and marketing of documentaries, Dan Gurlitz owns and operates Soundview Media Partners, a boutique firm he launched in 2010 with the primary mission of working with independent documentarians to establish and/or expand the distribution of their work.

With 30+ years of experience in film distribution, Dan has held executive positions for such companies as Entertainment One, The Disinformation Company and Fox Lorber Associates. Coupling his distribution knowledge with his passion for non-fiction work, Soundview’s projects range broadly touching upon politics, social issues, music, military, history, art/architecture and just plain entertainment. Since launching Soundview, Dan has placed close to 200 films into a variety of distribution pipelines. He has also executive produced several film and audio projects.

Soundview projects include the Emmy Award-winning Journey of the Universe, the Parents Choice® winning series Drawing with Mark, as well as the critically acclaimed Doctors of the Dark Side, Better Things: The Life and Choices of Jeffrey Catherine Jones, Art House, Bee People, Of the Land, Christiania, Operation Sussex and many more. Soundview Media Partners can be visited at

Dan Johnson
Dan Johnson – OnBuzz

Dan Johnson returns to us from Austin, Texas where he heads up a new venture, OnBuzz, a division of Techertain, LLC creating a convergence of entertainment and technology. Prior to this new venture, Johnson headed up many enterprises here in Nashville, including theideagency, which produced many broadcast/direct to video projects (McGee & Me, Secret Adventures, two biblical epics Matthew and Acts, and the Visual Bible for Kids video series.), The Idea Institute, (a funding company that funds early film development costs), Tommy Nelson, the children’s’ division of Thomas Nelson P ublishers, Integrity Film & Video, and CEO of the Visual Bible, Inc.

Prior to Nashville, Johnson served 15 years at Word Records & Music, Waco, where he led the A&R, marketing and music publishing companies through very successful years. Prior to Waco, Johnson served at the Russ Reid Company, the foremost religious/humanarian PR & Advertising company, both in Chicago and Pasadena, California. He was born and raised in Seattle, graduated from The Masters College in music and served as music and camp director at his home church in Seattle

Dan Norem
Dan Norem of Ingram Entertainment

Dan Norem has served as General Manager of Monarch Home Entertainment for the past 20 years.

Monarch is a division of Ingram Entertainment and licenses films for distribution on DVD, VOD, digital, and television.

Dan Stutz
Dan Stutz

Dan Stutz joined Exclusive Media Group in May 2011 as its Executive Vice President, Business & Legal Affairs. He is responsible for overseeing the company’s entire legal and business affairs department.

Prior to joining Exclusive, Dan was employed by The Film Department as Executive Vice President, Business and Legal Affairs. Joining that company at its inception, he conceived, structured and established the company’s business and legal affairs policies and procedures. He also provided counsel in connection with all aspects of the development, financing, production and distribution of the company’s motion pictures.

In 2003, Dan was hired as Vice President of Business and Legal Affairs at Yari Film Group where he was involved in the business and legal affairs matters on over twenty star-driven films including The Illusionist starring Edward Norton and Jessica Biel, Prime starring Meryl Streep and Uma Thurman, and Academy Award Best Picture winner Crash. Prior to joining Yari Film Group, Dan spent over four years as an associate at the boutique Beverly Hills entertainment law firm of Weissmann, Wolff, Bergman, Coleman, Grodin & Evall. Before entering private practice at the firm, Dan spent a year as a judicial clerk in United States District Court for the Honorable Judge Dickran Tevrizian. He earned a Juris Doctorate from the University of Michigan Law School, and received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California at Los Angeles.

Dan is also a member of the UCLA Entertainment Symposium Advisory Committee.

Dane West
Dane West – CEO – Regal Works – Features

Dane West serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of RegalWorks Media, Inc. RegalWorks is an early stage diversified media holding company focused on the production, distribution, and exploitation of media that promotes what is “good, true, and beautiful”. Initial subsidiaries include an independent film and TV studio, a digital entertainment network, and a media marketing company.

Mr. West was a co-founder of, Inc, a publicly traded Internet company serving the Christian market (NASDAQ: AMEN). Mr. West served as President of the Company from 1993 to 1998, which included the period during which the Company completed all its early stage funding and its IPO. He served as a Director of the Company from its inception in May 1993 until May 2001. Crosswalk was subsequently sold to Salem Communications.

After leaving Crosswalk, he was the founder and President of The West Group, a consulting firm that supported entrepreneurs in all aspects of launching and building early stage companies, particularly new media ventures. Clients included the Independent Producers Alliance (“IPA”), an independent film studio focusing on inspirational and family entertainment, in which Mr. West served as a consultant and vice-chairman of the Board of Directors.

Mr. West is an ordained minister with more than 15 years of ministry experience. His pastoral duties included developing and implementing a wide range of Christian educational programs for all age groups. This included recruiting, training, and managing of a volunteer staff of more than 300 persons. Mr. West’s ministry background had a particular focus on families that included counseling, teaching, resource development, and church-wide family event planning. Mr. West also served as the Administrative Director to the Chaplain on the ATP men’s professional tennis tour, in which he developed training materials and supported the ministry of the chaplain.

Prior to co-founding Crosswalk, Mr. West completed doctoral studies in educational administration at the University of Virginia. This program included a minor from Darden, the business school at the University. He also holds a M.A. in Christian Education from Talbot Theological Seminary (1981) and a B.S. in Biblical Studies from Washington Bible College (1978).

Mr. West is married to the former Charlene Rae Lowry. They have five sons and reside in Ashburn, Virginia.

David Acosta
David Acosta – City National Bank

City National Bank, California’s Premier Private and Business Bank®, today announced that David Acosta has joined the Entertainment team in Beverly Hills as a senior vice president and team leader for entertainment, and will specialize in serving the entertainment, media and sports industries.

Acosta joins an experienced team of Entertainment finance bankers, including seasoned veteran Norman Starr, a senior vice president and senior relationship manager, as well as senior relationship managers Judy Tu and Crockett Woodruff. He will report to team manager Dan Zbojniewicz, and focus on film and television production lending as well as sports financing.

Acosta, who has more than a decade of experience in banking, has most recently served as senior vice president for City National in New York. He joined City National in 2010 from Israel Discount Bank of New York, where he was a senior vice president and head of the entertainment, sports and syndicated finance group and head of mid-corporate banking. There, he led a team of bankers who managed relationships with sports and entertainment companies.

“He brings with him extensive experience serving the needs of entertainment, media and sports companies and is already well-known and respected in the Entertainment finance community,” said Zbojniewicz. “David is a strong addition to our team and we look forward to his contribution to the group’s continued success and growth.”

A native New Yorker, Acosta earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in philosophy from Columbia University in New York.

About City National
City National Bank is the wholly owned subsidiary of City National Corporation (NYSE:CYN). It is backed by $23.1 billion in total assets, and provides banking, investment and trust services through 79 offices, including 16 full-service regional centers, in Southern California, the San Francisco Bay Area, Nevada, New York City, Nashville, Tenn., and Atlanta. The company and its investment affiliates manage or administer $55.6 billion in client investment assets, including nearly $34 billion under direct management.

David K. Henry
David K. Henry, Senior Vice President & Managing Director

David K Henry is Senior Vice President and Managing Director, East West Bank’s Entertainment Banking Group. East West Bank provides customized financial services to the entertainment industry focusing primarily on film and television clients in the U.S. and Canada. Prior thereto he was Senior Vice President & Manager of the Entertainment Banking Groups at both Bank Leumi USA and U.S. Bank. During his nearly 20 year tenure in the media & entertainment industry, Mr. Henry has been involved with the financing of over 250 motion pictures and television series.

East West Bank
Headquartered in Pasadena, California, East West Bank is a top performing commercial bank with an exclusive focus on the United States and Greater China markets. Currently ranked among the 30 largest banks in the U.S., with $22 billion in assets and a market capitalization of $3 billion. For the past two years, East West Bank has been ranked in the top 10 of the 100 Best Banks in America by Forbes. Pursuing a vision of serving as the premier financial bridge between East and

David Preston
David Preston – Director, Writer/Publisher Relations BMI

David Preston is Director, Writer/Publisher Relations at BMI Nashville, where he assists songwriters and publishers in the administration of their musical works and signs new affiliates to the performing rights organization. Preston is a native Nashvillian and graduated from Peabody Demonstration School of Nashville and attended Denver University.

Dee Bagwell Haslam
Dee Bagwell Haslam

Professional Profile

Dee Bagwell Haslam is Executive Producer and Chief Executive Officer of the RIVR Media companies. She has headed the RIVR Media team in the production of eighty series and twelve documentaries. In addition Dee, along with Rob Lundgren, founded Rivr Media Interactive which in 2010 launched Moving Picture Books, an award winning line of animated children’s books. Before her current position, she worked in various production roles with Bagwell Communications for 20 years.

Awards & Honors

Emmy Nomination for “Whale Wars”
Parents Choice Award for Moving Picture Books
Television Academy Honor Award
Emmy Nomination for “Outstanding Special Class Series”
Delta Delta Delta Community Volunteer Award
Addy, Telly and Aurora Awards
YWCA Tribute to Women Community Service Award
The New York Festivals World Medal
Genesis Award Nomination
Junior Achievement Business Award 2011

Professional Associations

National Association of Broadcaster’s
National Association of Producers and Television Executives
Women’s Business Enterprise
Academy of Television Arts and Sciences
International Women’s Forum
The Society of International Business Fellows
Association of Governing Boards

East Tennessee Children’s Hospital Board of Directors
Emerald Youth Foundation Board of Directors
University of Tennessee Foundation Board
University of Tennessee College of Business Advisory Board
Sconset Trust Board
Webb School of Knoxville Board of Directors
Former United Way Campaign Chair

Denise Hewett – Scriptd

Denise started Scriptd as a way to empower creators/screenwriters and connect them directly with their audiences. Previously Director of Sales and Marketing at famed nightclub, The Box, where sales were increased by 17%. Seasoned television and digital producer who has worked on Ugly Betty, Sex and the City 2, with tenures at MTV and Endemol (Executive Producer). Bachelor’s Degree from Gallatin at NYU.


Diego Martinez
Diego Martinez – Nu Image/Millennium Films

Nu Image/Millennium Films has named Diego Martinez the new president of studio operations in Shreveport.

Martinez will oversee both local movie production and the construction of the company’s $10 million studio in Ledbetter Heights. Already, 6.7 acres of land has already been prepped for the first phase of the two-phase projects, which ultimately aims to expand to 20 acres.

“I am honored that Nu Image/Millennium has place such trust and faith in my abilities,” Martinez said in a press release. “My experience over the last two and a half years working for them has been the best of my career. I look forward to building the new facility and bringing much more of Hollywood to Shreveport.”

The announcement comes on the heels of Mick Flannigan’s departure from Nu Image/Millennium. To produce movies for director Renny Harlin, Flannigan is moving to Lithuania. Since October 2006, the executive producer helped the company make seven films in Shreveport.

Martinez has worked on six of the projects, having started as an art department coordinator with “Cleaner” in early 2007 and most recently worked as a production supervisor on “Streets of Blood” in May and June. Before working with Nu Image/Millennium, he worked on “The Year Without a Santa Claus” and “Ruffian” in Shreveport.

“We have watched all that Diego has accomplished over the last few years for us and are impressed,” said Avi Lerner, a founding partner with Nu Image/Millennium, in the press release. “He is the best choice for the studio and the best to continue with our studio’s building plans.”

Don Noes
Don Noes – City of Peace Media & Films

Christian music industry veteran Don Noes is currently chief operating officer and oversees business development for City of Peace Media & Films. He is responsible for operational oversight of the music labels and the Film Company, market expansion, product placement, marketing and merchandising. Noes is also a co-producer of The Identical Movie, filmed entirely in the state of Tennessee during the fall of 2012.

With more than 25 years of music industry experience, Noes began his music career at Brentwood Music in 1987. He was promoted to vice president of sales and marketing for Brentwood Music in 1992. When Provident Music Distribution was formed in 1997 with the addition of the Benson and Reunion labels, Noes was tapped as senior vice president of distribution, sales and marketing overseeing all sales and marketing for 19 record labels. His career at Provident spanned nearly 21 years. Provident Music Distribution/Sony is home to many multi-platinum and gold selling artists including: Michael W. Smith, Jars of Clay, Casting Crowns, Third Day, Bob Carlisle, Mercy Me, and many more.

After Provident Music Distribution and prior to joining City of Peace Media & Films, Noes also served as senior vice president of business development at Integra Interactive, where he was instrumental in signing partnerships with retail chains Lifeway Christian Stores and Mardel Christian Stores involving
Integra’s myMedia BurnBar kiosks. He also was responsible for securing the digital rights from major record labels and for the development of those digital product catalogs through the interactive myMedia BurnBar.

Noes served on the Provident Board of Directors for several years and also served as chairman of the Christian Music Trade Association Board and the Gospel Music Association Board of Directors.

Through the years, Noes has been involved with the music industry in various capacities, including participating with retail committees to help facilitate the exposure and growth of Christian music, as well as serving on industry standard committees and acting in an advisory capacity for a number of CBA
industry initiatives. Prior to joining Brentwood Music in 1987, Noes operated three retail stores with the Family Bookstores Corporation.

Elana Barry
Elana Barry

Elana Barry, now head of television at Anonymous Content started her career in entertainment as an assistant at ICM in Los Angeles. From there she gained her agent stripes at UTA where she was an agent in the Television Literary department for 7 years setting up series such as the ABC EIGHT SIMPLE RULES TO DATING MY TEENAGE DAUGHTER. She then when on to work at William Morris for 4 years working as a TV packaging agent in the Television department where she set up the project THE VAMPIRE DIARIES at the CW. Ms. Barry became a literary manager and producer at Anonymous Content 2 1/2 years ago representing writers and directors in prime time and cable television. She has set up television projects as a producer at ABC and CBS and most recently sold her first feature to Warner Brothers. She, along with her colleague Rosalie Swedlin, Anonymous Content and KatzSmith productions will be producing The Waiting.

Eric L. Haney
Eric L. Haney – Inside Delta Force

A Georgia native, in 1970 Eric Haney embarked upon a twenty-year world tour sponsored by the United States Army. During that period of time he served in the Infantry, the Rangers, and was one of the original operational members of Delta Force. He retired from active duty in Panamá in 1990 with the rank of Command Sergeant Major.

Post-military, Haney plied his trade as a security operative in various areas of the world, with special expertise in the Middle East and Latin America. In the year 2000 Eric’s life took a much different tack when he moved into the world of literature and entertainment. His best selling book, INSIDE DELTA FORCE, ( written by himself, by the way, no ghost writer) published around the world in fourteen languages, became the basis of the hit CBS television series, THE UNIT, of which Eric was writer and executive producer.

In addition to INSIDE DELTA FORCE, Eric is author of the military/political science book, BEYOND SHOCK AND AWE.

His new series of novels, NO MAN’S LAND, and LOW COUNTRY, chronicle the adventures of knight errant and international man of action, Kennesaw Tanner for which Eric has sold a script and has a television production deal.

Additionally, Eric is developing another original television series and has a couple of feature film projects that are in the early stages of production. Now and then you may even find him on television or the movie screen as an actor

Evette Vargas
Evette Vargas – ceo • writer • director • ep • multiplatform content creator

With a repertoire spanning TV, digital, mobile and more, Evette is emblematic of Hollywood’s new breed of multiplatform storytelling talent. Described by the New York Times as an “Artist to Watch,” Evette is an award-winning writer, director, interactive designer and co-founder of, Digital-Reign, a multiplatform production company. Evette’s works includes: mobile apps and games for SHERLOCK HOLMES, FAST AND FURIOUS, LORD OF THE RINGS trilogy, and Nissan; multiplatform content for, Interscrope/Geffen/A&M and Looney Tunes; and series for Bravo, Warner Bros., among others. Evette showruns and directs her sci-fi action thriller digital series, DARK PROPHET, which airs on DirectTV’s LaunchTV channel, stars Henry Rollins and Chase Fein. The show was in contention for two Emmys in the interactive category, premiered at Sundance 2014 and won an NBC/UNI Production Award. The Virtual Reality comic series, game app and album are in the works. Evette is currently developing projects with Viacom, Myth Merchant Films and Filmatics. A member of the WGA, The Television Academy, PGA, NYU Tisch West Alumni Council and UCLA Alumni, Evette learned to tell stories at the dinner table where the imagination ruled.

Gary Baddeley
Gary Baddeley CEO The Disinformation Company

Gary Baddeley is the CEO of The Disinformation Company (, producing and distributing documentary films. He is also a co-founder of Orson a new technology company that is developing software as a studio for the independent film community

Gayle Loeber
Gayle Loeber – NETA National Educational Telecommunications Association

The National Educational Telecommunications Association is a professional association that serves public television licensees and educational entities in all 50 states, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico. We connect people and ideas, by providing quality programming, educational resources, professional development, management support, and national representation.

Gilbert Adler
Gilbert Adler Producer/Director

Beginning in 1999, Gilbert Adler focused his production efforts on feature film and has produced over a dozen major films thus establishing himself as one of Hollywood studio executives’ favorites and generating strong relationships with the best directors and talent in the industry.

Motion Film Producer Gilbert Adler gave us major box office hits including “Valkyrie” starring Tom Cruise, “Superman Returns”, Brandon Routh, Kevin Spacey, “Constantine”, Keanu Reeves, “Starsky & Hutch”, Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson, “Ghostship” Gabriel Byrne, Julianna Margulies, “House on Haunted Hill” Geoffrey Rush, “Thir13en Ghosts”, Tony Shaloub and Shannon Elizabeth, “Dylan Dog: Dead of Night”, (Brandon Routh and Taye Diggs

In 1987, he worked as a producer on thirteen episodes of the suspense drama The Hitchhiker. His first work in the horror genre was on the 1988-1990 anthology series Freddy’s Nightmares, hosted by the fictional antagonist of the A Nightmare on Elm Street film series, Freddy Krueger. Mr. Adler was credited as a producer on all 44 episodes of the show.

The internationally acclaimed HBO television series “Tales from the Crypt” is another award winning Gilbert Adler hit. He produced this series as well as wrote, and directed many episodes during its long nine year run. Other Hollywood notables who directed this venerable series included Bob Zemeckis, Tom Hanks, Richard Donner, John Frankenheimer, Billy Friedkin, and Michael J Fox.

Adler directed multiple shows for network tv, namely “Charmed” and the re-booted “Fantasy Island” starring Malcolm McDowell. He also produced the powerful award winning Vietnam War Stories for HBO.

His motion pictures alone have grossed over $1.5 billion.

Greg Barnhill
Greg Barnhill’s music is timeless – He crosses all boundaries and genres. He is an award-winning songwriter, an A-list vocalist, a top-notch producer – in short, a brilliant musical mind.

Originally from New Orleans, Barnhill has been writing and performing his whole life. His songs have been embraced by artists ranging from Tim McGraw to Etta James, Jessica Simpson to Chicago. His current single “That Kinda Day” by Sarah Buxton, a hot new artist on Lyric Street Records, is climbing the charts, and his songwriting collaborations with Warner Bros. recording artist Joanna Cotten will be featured on her upcoming release, High Maintenance. “Walkaway Joe,” recorded by Trisha Yearwood and Don Henley, was a significant milestone in his career. “To have a hero of mine like Don Henley sing my song was incredibly humbling,” says Barnhill. That song went on to earn him a Grammy nomination as well as the respect of his peers that follows him today.

Barnhill is in high demand as a writer and performer – he travels around the world to work with acclaimed songwriters and artists such as Kim Carnes, Michael McDonald, The Neville Brothers, Steve Cropper, Linda Thompson, Jason Scheff (Chicago), Howie Dorough (Backstreet Boys), and Nick Lachey.

At his home in Nashville, Barnhill works tirelessly and constantly. His passion is palpable when you’re sharing the room with him – he has an energy and drive that doesn’t quit. Indeed, that energy and creativity is what makes Barnhill so highly regarded by his peers.

As if his chart successes aren’t impressive enough, Barnhill has also recorded, written, and produced a number of TV themes and jingles. His work on “The Today Show” theme has earned him an Emmy nomination in 2007. Other clients have included “Fox and Friends,” “The View,” “Baywatch,” “Growing Pains,” “Murphy Brown,” Crown Royal, Tennessee Titans (NFL), Nashville Predators (NHL), and many other national and regional businesses and programs.

Some have nicknamed Barnhill “Mr. Christmas” for his ability to write new holiday songs that sound like true classics. He has had holiday recordings by Lee Ann Womack, Tony Bennett, and thanks to the album Christmas Gumbo, a bevy of Louisiana’s finest artists. Barnhill co-wrote and co-produced the 14 all-new Christmas songs for the album. “Working with these artists was a dream come true for me,” says Barnhill, “I have always wanted to showcase the talent that comes out of New Orleans and Louisiana.” Aaron and Art Neville, Irma Thomas, Allen Toussaint, Sonny Landreth, Marva Wright, Jeremy Davenport and Marc Broussard are among the featured artists.

As a producer, Barnhill has been tapped to cut tracks on Broken Bow Records’ new artist Fidel Hernandez and has also worked a track from Jessica Simpson’s release, In This Skin. He is currently working with developing new artists and in the summer of 2008 will be in the studio recording his latest CD, Dinner Music with Greg Barnhill.

Barnhill’s passionate performances and songs can be heard on his own acoustic songwriter album, No Chaser, available at

Greg Pedicin – Gersh

Greg Pedicin is a literary agent who has been with Gersh for almost 14 years, representing writers, directors, novelists and playwrights for film, television and digital. He began his career practicing law in Philadelphia and New York before moving to Los Angeles in 2002.

He hails from Philadelphia and holds degrees from Cornell University and Emory University School of Law.s

Gregory Noveck
Gregory Noveck – SyFy Films

Starting up SYFY Films for SYFY Channel and Universal Pictures is just the latest chapter in Gregory’s career. Heading up this joint venture has brought together many of his skill sets and interests, from producing to trans-media development, and from science fiction to comic books. Because of Gregory’s extensive background in launching new ventures, as well as his love of genre and equal facility in both Film and Television, he was a natural choice to head the label. In his short tenure, he has acquired projects from such diverse talents as George RR Martin, Michael Tolkin, and McG. Prior to SYFY, Gregory spent eight years at DC Comics as Senior VP, Creative Affairs. While there, he focused not just on TV and Features, but animation, DTV, online and games as well. Gregory made it his mission to expand the brand beyond Superman and Batman. So, in addition to Batman Begins, Superman Returns, and The Dark Knight, film projects that Gregory worked on at DC include A History of Violence, Constantine, Watchmen, Jonah Hex, The Losers, and Green Lantern all for Warner Bros. He also developed and was the Executive Producer of Red, for Summit Ent. Gregory spearheaded a bold DTV initiative, DC UNIVERSE ANIMATED MOVIES. This critical and commercial success helped establish a new business for Warner Home Video, bringing great characters to life for their most passionate fans. In live-action television, along with shepherding the continuing success of Smallville, Gregory developed Human Target.

Upon graduating with honors from Bennington College, Gregory moved to Los Angeles, landing a position with CBS Entertainment’s Business Affairs. Gregory soon realized that his passions lay squarely in the creative process, prompting stints at Reeves, Rysher, New Line Cinema and Gaumont Television as his career progressed. Along the way, he worked on a number of films and TV shows across the spectrum including Homicide: Life on the Street (NBC), Oz (HBO), Nash Bridges (CBS), The Show (Film), Hard Eight (Film), Highlander: The Series (USA), and La Femme Nikita (USA). Gregory later joined Platinum Studios, overseeing all aspects of feature/television production and development, At Platinum, Gregory developed Cowboys & Aliens (D’Works/Uni). He subsequently developed Dead of Night (based of the best-selling Italian comic book, Dylan Dog) with Dimension Films. For TV, Gregory developed and co-produced Jeremiah (based on the popular graphic novel) for Showtime.

In 2001, Gregory joined Silver Pictures as Sr. VP, Television. In establishing a new division, Gregory quickly developed the well-received pilots Newton (UPN) and Future Tense (NBC), and launched a high-profile reality series for NBC, The Next Action Star. An avid reader and musician, he lives in Beverly Hills, California with his wife and two children.

Hadeel Reda
Hadeel Reda – Producer/Red Sea Media

Hadeel Reda has over 20 year experience in producing and financing feature films. She founded Purple Pictures, a film financing and production company in 2004 with a private equity investor, and recently completed production on THE RED MACHINE starring Billy Bob Thorton (SLINGBLADE) and James Marsden (X-MEN), and directed by David Hackl (SAW V). The company was also responsible for producing the low budget comedy THE HOTTIE AND THE NOTTIE with Paris Hilton and Joel David Moore. The film was sold internationally by Summit Entertainment (TWILIGHT) and had a modest US theatrical release. Currently, she is partnered with Red Sea Media, an international sales company, where she is packaging and arranging financing for a slate of projects as an Executive Producer, including THE SEVENTH TEAR, a Sci Fi thriller being produced by Hydraulx (SKYLINE).

Ms. Reda executive produced 16 BLOCKS starring BRUCE WILLIS and directed by Richard Donner, which was released by WARNER BROS. Her executive producer credits also include the number one U.S. box office hit HEARTBREAKERS, starring SIGOURNEY WEAVER and GENE HACKMAN; the comedy SCORCHED starring WOODY HARRELSON and JOHN CLEESE; as well as Joel Silver’s actioner JANE DOE starring TERI HATCHER. Also in an Executive Producing capacity, Ms. Reda has projects set up at Sony, Paramount, Universal, Fox and Warner Brothers with other A-level talent attached.

Formerly Chief Executive Officer of Winchester Films, Ms. Reda founded that company in 1998 as the Los Angeles division of the UK publicly-traded Winchester Entertainment, plc, a film company focused on film financing and International distribution. As CEO, Ms. Reda established innovative film financing structures for Chuck Gordon (DIE HARD), where she arranged a 100m film fund facility, and created overall first look deals with heavy-hitting producers/directors such as Richard Donner/Lauren Shuler Donner (X-MEN) and Wind Dancer Producer Group (WHAT WOMEN WANT).

Ms. Reda joined Winchester after four years as an executive at The Walt Disney Company, where she got her start in development at the studio and quickly moved up to a position in the International Division for Disney’s feature films, Buena Vista International. Ms. Reda was part of the initial team setting up distribution and marketing in Europe. She oversaw the international marketing campaigns for THE LION KING, POCAHANTAS and Tim Burton’s THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS.

Ms. Reda graduated with a BA in Film from Emerson College Boston, MA in 1990.

Jacquie Katz
Jacquie Katz – CAA

Jacquie Katz is a TV Literary and Comedy agent at leading entertainment and sports agency Creative Artists Agency (CAA). Katz works in the Los Angeles office and represents many of the world’s leading comedians, and TV writers, directors, and producers.

Jason Atkins
Jason Atkins – Harbinger Media Group

Before Unconditional, Jason served as General Partner and Portfolio Manager of a hedge fund managing resources for some of the most prestigious groups in the nation. He made his mark as an investor who can identify coming waves of change. This vision led he and his wife Shannon to establish a foundation that has positively impacted humanitarian organizations on multiple continents.

Recognizing that art influences the ideals and pursuits of man, Jason founded The Doorpost Film Project in 2007. This passion to give hope to the world led Jason to close the investment fund and start Harbinger Media Partners LLC in 2009 with Unconditional serving as its first production.

Jason Wald
Jason Wald – Manager, Acquisitions & Distribution at Radius-TWC, The Weinstein Company

Manager, Acquisitions & Distribution at Radius-TWC, The Weinstein Company

Greater New York City Area

Jeannie Adler
Jeannie Adler – Writer/Producer

Jeannie started her own writing career as a “Layout Artist/Copy-Writer” for the prestigious Hudson’s Bay Company ( the Bay ) and soon added writing and producing Television. Adding radio and television show ‘hosting’ to her resume, Jeannie also created a television show for children, which she not only wrote but to air…… fun and challenging.

She wrote television and radio commercials and documentaries, appeared as ‘guest’ on talk shows, gave lectures, and hosted various shows til the fateful day she met her husband, Los Angeles celebrated Movie Producer Gilbert Adler

Jeannie wrote with her husband for the Internationally acclaimed television series “Tales from the Crypt”; she wrote a ballet for children ( to counter-balance the always on the edge of one’s seat plot lines of Tales from the Crypt ) and appeared in several movies herself;

As her husbands desk reached “capacity” with all the movie submissions, it became more and more “Jeannie’s job” to cull the pile, look for the most compelling stories and character’s and make the decisions with regard to the scripts that would then cross Gil’s desk!

In addition to her “Day-Job”, Jeannie is an accomplished and published photographer, who is at present, working on her new photography book!

Jeff Dobbins
Jeff Dobbins

Key Account Manager at Thomas Nelson Publishers

Key Account Manager -CRS Sales
Thomas Nelson, Inc.

Privately Held; 201-500 employees; Publishing industry

2003 – Present (9 years)
Key Account Manager -CRS Sales
Thomas Nelson Publishers

Privately Held; 201-500 employees; Publishing industry

2003 – Present (9 years)
Director of Sales
Green Hill Productions

1997 – 2003 (6 years)
Director of Sales
Spring Hill/Green Hill Productions

1997 – 2003 (6 years)
Jeff Dobbins’ Education
Tennessee Technological University
Speech Communication

1979 – 1981

Hume Fogg Vocational Techical High School
High School Diploma, Media Arts and Communications

1976 – 1979

Activities and Societies: President- Jr. Civitan Club, Football, Talent Show, School Newspaper, intern at WMAK radio station, intern at WKRN-TV, winner of Best Student Film Production,

Jeffrey Wank
Jeffrey Wank – Vice President Development Brian Graden Media

Jeffrey Wank is Vice President of Development at Brian Graden Media, which produces Pivot’s Emmy-winning series “HitRECord on TV” starring Joseph Gordon Levitt, “Todrick” (MTV), “Gay Skit Happens,” (Logo), and “Walk of Shame Shuttle” (VH1), as well as upcoming television and digital projects for A&E, the CW, Freeform, SyFy, Seeso, YouTube Red, etc. Prior to joining BGM, Jeffrey worked as a TV Packaging Agent at Rebel Entertainment Partners and as a development executive at production companies, such as Room 9 Entertainment, 315 CPW Productions, Intuitive Entertainment, and Pilgrim Studios. He has been involved in such projects as the feature film Thank You for Smoking and TV series like “The Incredible Dr. Pol” (Nat Geo Wild), “High School Confidential” (WE), “Amazing America with Sarah Palin” (Sportsman Channel), “Heartbreakers” (I.D.), and the Michael Strahan-sitcom “Brothers” (Fox), among others. A Los Angeles native, he is graduate of the University of Michigan (Go Blue!), a die-hard Utah Jazz fan, the biggest country music fan in L.A., and a walking-talking television encyclopedia.

Jennifer Andrews
Jennifer Andrews – Lionsgate

Jennifer Andrews is a graduate of Vanderbilt University. She worked for several years in the Nashville Mayor’s Office of Film, where she managed and promoted film and television production in the city. After a move to Los Angeles, she worked in domestic television for CBS /Paramount where she worked closely on such shows as Dr. Phil, Entertainment Tonight, The Insider and Rachael Ray.

Jennifer joined Lionsgate Television in 2007 and has worked on such shows as Mad Men, Weeds and Nurse Jackie. In 2010, she assumed responsibility of all non-scripted programming and development for Lionsgate Television, including many shows that are in current network

Jeremy Lister
Jeremy Lister – Songwriter

Jeremy Lister began singing and learning harmonies in church at the age of two. When his dad wasn’t looking, Jeremy would sneak into his guitar case and start picking out chords. He grew up collaborating and writing songs with his older brother Richie.

At ages twelve and thirteen, he traveled through Europe with his parents. The trip changed his perspective on life and music, and upon returning to the States, he began exploring different musical outlets, ranging from an a cappella quartet to a progressive rock band.

Setting out on his own in 2003, Jeremy moved to Nashville bringing his first EP “Shooting Star” with him. Here he began playing writer’s nights and passing his CD along to anyone who would listen.

In 2005, he released his second EP, “So Far,” and quickly gained the attention of Warner Bros. Records. The label put him in the studio, where he wrote and recorded songs during ’06. In the spring of ’07, Lister signed a record deal with WBR. His debut release, the “Just One Day” EP, was released digitally on November 20, 2007.

More recently, Jeremy has toured with Brett Dennen and Colbie Caillat as well as selling out his own headlining shows in and around the Nashville area. He is currently working on songs for his full-length album to be released later this year. Jeremy sings tenor and lead for SCS, and has a fear of flying with Jon.

Jessica Freeborn – Focus Features

Jessica Freeborn currently works as an acquisitions executive at Focus Features where she attends festivals and markets in search of films for domestic and worldwide distribution. She has overseen acquisitions including THE FOREST, Natalie Dormer and Taylor Kinney directed by Jason Zada, as well as A LITTLE CHAOS, starring Kate Winslet and Matthias Schoenaerts directed by Alan Rickman, MAPS TO THE STARS and UNDER THE ELECTRIC SKY. Additionally, she is involved with the upcoming SCORPIO RACES, a young adult novel written by Maggie Stiefvater to be directed by Matt Sobel.

After attending the American Film Institute where she earned an MFA in Producing, she began her career at Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions in the Production division until 2010. From 2010 to 2014 she worked with GK Films initially and FilmDistrict (LOOPER, DRIVE, OLYMPUS HAS FALLEN) before the transition to Focus Features.

Joe Carello
Joe Carello – AmeriComm Capital

President at AmeriComm Capital Corporation

Daytona Beach, Florida Area

Joe Kissack
Joe Kissack – Chief Operating Officer – Dance Network

Joe Kissack brings his far-reaching expertise on entertainment content and a wide variety of media platforms to the Dance Network.

As the founding principal of Ezekiel 22 Productions, a full service video and media production company, Kissack is known for his creativity, marketing knowledge and research-based solutions.

Kissack is also a highly sought after public speaker who has made appearances from coast to coast on numerous television programs on all four major networks.

During his tenure as an executive at Sony Pictures Kissack worked on dozens of nationally syndicated television shows including Seinfeld and hundreds of motion pictures.

He has also served as the CEO of the content generating How Stuff Works and a Partner of the award-winning storytelling publisher, August House. As a storyteller himself, Kissack also has extensive experience as an author and screenwriter. His first book, The Fourth Fisherman, was released by Random House in 2012.

joe Meador
joe Meador – Grand Entertainment

A 30+ year music industry veteran, Joe is a songwriter, manager, producer and performer who has worked with artists such as Rick Nelson and Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons.

He serves as president and CEO of Nashville’s Grand Entertainment Group

Joe Sabatino
Joe Sabatino – Executive Producer

This Co-Executive Producer of “Necessary Roughness” was born and raised in Commack, a suburb of NYC, Joe Sabatino grew up the youngest of 3 children; who were ruled by a strong and funny Italian mother whose word was law and carried absolute power. Enjoying a wonderful and exciting childhood, Joe attained both his mother and fathers’ great sense of humor and optimistic “glass is half full” view on life. After graduating High School, Joe attended James Madison University “JMU”, in Harrisonburg Virginia, where he played football for the “JMU” Dukes. Looking to expand his interests, Joe studied the diverse disciplines of show business when he enrolled in theatre, film and television courses. After graduating from James Madison he was scouted by various NFL teams, namely the NY Jets, Washington Redskins and the Houston Oilers. Looking once again to expand his options, Joe looked overseas and was successfully recruited to play professional football for the Torino Jaguars of Turin, Italy. After living in Europe for a couple of years and appearing in a few television commercials and talk shows as an American football player living in Italy, Joe decided to return to the United States to chase his true passion which was acting. Over the past 2 decades, Joe has had and continues to pursue his acting career on the stage and screen. His work on the CBS Television series “Vegas,” was unparalleled, starring opposite Dennis Quaid, Michael Chiklis and Carrie-Anne Moss. Opposite Michael Chiklis he portray’s, mob tough guy “Vic Borelli.” Some of his more than 200 tv and film credits include; guest starring on “Castle,” “Extant,” “Brooklyn 9/9,” “Necessary Roughness,” “24,” “Greek,” “Raising The Bar,” “Prison Break,” “Cold Case,” “CSI” and “Desperate Housewives,” to name a few. Also, you might have seen Joe on Steven Bochco’s famed “N.Y.P.D Blue” as Officer John Mackey (80+ episodes), “The Young and The Restless” as Joe Pendelton (75 + episodes) or as mafia tough guy, Miller, on “General Hospital” (31+ episodes).

If not on the small screen then you might have caught Joe on the silver screen in Warner Brothers blockbuster feature “The Ring,” Universal Studio’s “Time Cop 2,” or in Joel Schumacher’s Batman movies opposite Arnold Schwarzenegger, Tommy Lee Jones and Jim Carrey.

Constantly reinventing himself, Joe has shifted gears and now wears the “Producer’s” hat. He has partnered with Sony/ NBC Universal as Co-Executive Producer of “Necessary Roughness,” a sports drama, which aired on USA Television July 2011 to rave reviews and unheard of television ratings. After the “NR – pilot” debuted it received an extraordinary pick-up of 11 additional episodes. With a wonderful first season “Necessary Roughness” was picked up for a second season and the network gave his team a total of 16 episodes to produce. After the second season of record breaking ratings, Joe’s lead actor Callie Thorne was nominated for the prestigious, Golden Globe. Not only had his team been nominated for a Golden Globe but they were also winners of the 2012, “Voice Awards.” The USA television network wasted no time in picking up his show for a third season. Along with his wonderful fortune Joe is presently producing and directing, “Breaking Tradition” a feature length sports documentary which has already garnished theatrical distribution. Also, Joe is extremely excited about his new reality show where he just partnered with E-One Entertainment Television. The first show of its kind, Joe will be pulling back the curtain on the world of “Computer Hacking” to expose this new and constant cyber threat that impacts all . In addition to this, he’s also in development on his second scripted show, “Belly of The Beast” a television series that highlights the trials and tribulations of New York Mafia Attorney Barry Levin while defending the Bonanno crime family during the 1990’s. If his plate wasn’t full enough he’s presently working with “Pepper Jay Productions” to produce the independent feature film “Call Me Ben.” A faith based family film thats sure to entertain audiences world wide. With his wonderful experiences in front of the camera and now with a producing career, Joe feels blessed for all of his opportunities and good fortune. His advice to all is simple: FOLLOW THE FUN and FOLLOW YOUR DREAMS!!!


Joel Eisenberg
Joel Eisenberg – Writer/Producer

Joel Eisenberg is a writer and producer whose new book series, “The Chronicles of Ara”, an epic 8-volume fantasy saga written with Stephen Hillard, has been released to rave reviews by Incorgnito Publishing’s Topos Books imprint. Joel is a partner in Eisenberg-Fisher Productions and former head of EMO [email protected] Studios, feature film production companies. He is the co-founder of All Cities Media, an entertainment industry networking group. His events have been hosted by Warner Brothers, Paramount Studios, Sunset-Gower Studios and the Law Offices of Greenberg-Traurig, among others. Feature projects include “Unreleased” and “April Showers”, the latter based on the Columbine school shootings scenario. “January Rain” and “Assassin and Son” are presently in development, as is a new television version of an old horror comic book favorite (to be “re-announced” shortly). Joel is the writer of several award-winning independent feature films and producer of a slate of past and upcoming feature and television projects including “Mirkwood,” based on the bestseller and the aforementioned “The Chronicles of Ara” fantasy novel series. In early 2007, Joel was fortunate to have received substantial international publicity by locating, identifying, organizing and archiving a long-considered lost handwritten John Steinbeck archive, collectively valued at nearly $1 million. Author: “How to Survive a Day Job,” “Championship Networking,” “The Mirkwood Codex” (upcoming). Contributor: “Tales of the Dead”

John Crye
ohn Crye

After 15+ years in the independent film industry, John Crye has experienced every angle of the business, both in front of and behind the camera, and on both sides of the negotiating table. Having started his career working for Patrick Wachsberger at Summit Entertainment, Crye went on to build and run the creative department of Newmarket Films, where he spent over a decade shepherding to the screen a body of work that reads like a roll call of great indie cinema, including such films as MEMENTO, DONNIE DARKO, WHALE RIDER, THE BOONDOCK SAINTS, THE PRESTIGE and THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST.

After the success of Newmarket Films, John helped launch Wrekin Hill Entertainment, with whom he marketed and distributed such films as Peter Weir’s THE WAY BACK, and HESHER, starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Natalie Portman. During this time, John also produced, marketed and distributed the award-winning web series “Nightmare House” as a member of the independent filmmakers’ collective known as “Fewdio”.

Crye has recently launched his own company, SharpCrye, with partner Todd Sharp. SharpCrye develops and produces film and digital content, and offers extensive expertise in distribution, marketing, and social media on a consulting basis. SharpCrye Publishing, which will market and distribute books and graphic novels, launches this summer.

John Hadity
ohn Hadity – Entertainment Partners

John Hadity is the Executive Vice President for EP Financial Solutions, the film financing subsidiary of Entertainment Partners, the global leader in entertainment payroll, residuals, extras casting, tax incentives, finance and other integrated production management solutions. Hadity oversees the monetization of tax credits as well as other forms of financing that the new venture is expected to enter into.

Prior to joining EP, Mr. Hadity was the President and CEO of Hadity & Associates, Inc., a consultancy firm that specializes in risk management and production finance for film and television. With over 20 years of studio experience, Mr. Hadity previously served as the Executive Vice President of Motion Picture & Television Production Finance for Miramax Films. During his 12 year tenure with the company he was responsible for a portfolio of production budgets valued in excess of $4 Billion. He has worked closely with government policymakers on the regional, state, provincial, and national levels, both domestically and abroad, to incentivize the movement of production to these areas, resulting in over $250 Million being brought back into the studio while supporting inward investment in those territories.

Mr. Hadity is the Chair Emeritus of the Producers Guild of America East, and has served on the MPAA’s Worldwide Production and International Tax Committees. He is a graduate of Hamilton College.

John Santilli
– Aloris

John Santilli brings a wealth of knowledge in the finance and production of domestic and international films. After beginning his career on films including American Buffalo, There’s Something About Mary and Outside Providence, Mr. Santilli switched his focus to independent financing.

With a production and finance background, Mr. Santilli has been involved in the financing, development and production on dozens of films. Well-respected in the industry, he is highly sought after to create finance plans and budgets for films of all levels. Mr. Santilli and his partners in Aloris Entertainment have raised well over $100 million in private equity for independent films to date.
John Santilli
Some of his most recent films include “The English Teacher”, starring Julianne Moore, Greg Kinnear and Nathan Lane, and “Backmask”, directed by horror legend Marcus Nispel.

This fall, Mr. Santilli begins production on the independent thriller, “The Shuddering”, starring January Jones and directed by George Ratliff.

Jon Oakes
Jon Oakes – Senior Vice President Bold Films

Jon Oakes is the Senior Vice President of Production and Development for Bold Films. Having previously worked at Bold Films since 2007 in a number of roles, Oakes rejoined the company in 2015 after spending two years working for Mad Chance Productions.

Oakes moved to Los Angeles in 1999 and began his entertainment career with Mod3 Productions after graduating from UCLA. While building his career as a Creative Executive, Oakes discovered, developed, and acquired the 2003 hit AGENT CODY BANKS starring Frankie Muniz, and created the MTV reality series “Prom Date”. After leaving Mod3, Oakes was a valued member of teams at several companies, including WME, Phoenix Pictures, and Original Films where he worked on such high-profile films as ZODIAC and THE FAST AND THE FURIOUS: TOKYO DRIFT.

In 2007, Oakes joined Bold as a Creative Executive. In 2008, he assumed the role of Vice President for the company. In this capacity, he acquired several critically acclaimed films, including THE HOLE, released in 2012; DRIVE starring Ryan Gosling, released in 2011; and Jake Gyllenhaal’s NIGHTCRAWLER, which was released in 2014 and received an Academy Award nomination for “Best Screenplay”.

In 2013, Oakes left Bold to join Warner Bros’ affiliate Mad Chance Productions, which produced the popular and critically acclaimed Clint Eastwood film AMERICAN SNIPER starring Bradley Cooper. He rejoined Bold Films in 2015.

Justin Harvey
Justin Harvey – Director of Content NPT

Justin Harvey has worked for Nashville Public Television since 2002 and has been Program Manager since 2008. He is an Emmy Award winning producer and is responsible for all program acquisitions and scheduling for NPT and NPT2. Justin also works with independent producers to guide them through the unique challenges and opportunities of public television distribution, including content, funding and marketing.

Kathryn Lyn
Kathryn Lyn – Amasia Entertainment

Kathryn Lyn runs development at Amasia Entertainment, a film production and finance company that launched with 2013’s “The Call” starring Halle Berry & Abigail Breslin. Kathryn has since worked on Amasia films “Mr. Right” with Sam Rockwell & Anna Kendrick; “The Road Within” with Robert Sheehan, Dev Patel, & Zoe Kravitz; and “Careful What You Wish For” with Nick Jonas & Isabel Lucas – along with an upcoming slate of several features.

Prior to Amasia Entertainment, Kathryn was with After Dark Films, and Ridley Scott’s RSA/Scott Free Productions.

A Michigan native, Kathryn attended Western Michigan University and the Second City Conservatory (Chicago). Trivia: An avid gamer, Kathryn once took a two-year break from the film industry to work on new media geek culture content. Her editorial and branded digital work could be seen on Spike, E!, AOL, and Break Media.

Keith Emerson
Keith Emerson

Hailed as a keyboard legend, Keith Emerson has been one of the most important figures to emerge from the thriving UK rock scene of the 1960’s and 70’s. He is known as one of the most prominent leaders in the progressive rock movement, fusing rock ‘n’ roll with a myriad of musical styles, such as classical, jazz and world music. A modern wizard of electronic and acoustic keyboards, most notably the organ and synthesizer, he has set a standard by which others multiply. With both “The Nice” and “Emerson, Lake & Palmer,” Emerson has written and recorded some of rock’s most adventurous music and brought it to the masses with unmatched virtuosity and skillful showmanship.

Born November 2, 1944 in Todmorden, Lancashire, England, Keith Emerson soon became a piano sensation in his hometown of Worthing, Sussex by the time he was fourteen years old. In his late teens, he moved to London, joined the band “V.I.P.’s” and later “Gary Farr and the T-Bones,” backing their mentor T-Bone Walker at the Marquee Club in London, also touring Germany, France and the UK. Some of his early influences were jazz artists Fats Waller, Oscar Peterson, Dave Brubeck, Jack McDuff and Big John Patton. Classical composers also became influential to his music including J.S. Bach, Aaron Copland, Demetri Shostokovich, Bela Bartok and Alberto Ginestera amongst others.

In his twenties, he formed a band called “The Nice” with bassist/vocalist Lee Jackson, drummer Brian Davison and guitarist David O’List, which backed ex-Ike and Tina Turner’s singer P.P. Arnold. The group struck out on it’s own with a unique blend of classical, blues, jazz and rock. Emerson adopted the Hammond Organ as his instrument of choice during this period and soon gained fame for his outrageous stage antics and inspired musical performances. “The Nice” recorded numerous albums and appeared in a notorious concert at London’s Royal Albert Hall. Immediately after hearing “Switched on Bach” by Walter Carlos, Emerson purchased and experimented with one of the first modular Moog Synthesizers and became the first artist to tour with “The Moog” internationally with the help of its inventor, Dr. Robert Moog.

In 1970, “The Nice” broke up and Emerson formed the legendary group, “Emerson, Lake & Palmer” (ELP) with bassist/vocalist Greg Lake and drummer Carl Palmer. They achieved instant fame with their debut at the Isle Of Wight Festival in 1970. The trio announced their arrival on the scene by tearing into a furious rock adaptation of Mussorgsky’s classic “Pictures At An Exhibition”, which concluded with a barrage of cannon fire. Their first single, entitled “Lucky Man”, from their debut album, “Emerson, Lake & Palmer”, ended with a startling new sound, the lead Moog synthesizer solo. This sound took the world by storm, and the band was on its way. ELP released six platinum albums between 1970 and 1977, including “E, L & P,” “Tarkus,” “Trilogy”, the cryptically entitled “Brain Salad Surgery”, “Welcome Back My Friends To The Show That Never Ends” and “Works Vol. 1”. They headlined the massive 1974 festival California Jam playing to an audience of over 500,000. Later in 1977, ELP toured with a handpicked orchestra, which performed Emerson’s “Piano Concerto No.1”. After touring with the orchestra, ELP continued on the road as a trio, releasing two more albums “Works Vol. 2” and “Love Beach” before they disbanded in 1979.

Between 1985 and 1990, Emerson collaborated with Lake and Palmer in two separate efforts, “Emerson, Lake & Powell” and the band “3” respectively. In 1992, ELP reunited with the critically acclaimed “Black Moon”. Subsequent world tours which resulted in the live performance releases of “Live at the Royal Albert Hall” in 1993 and “Then And Now” in 1999.

In 1980, Emerson issued his first solo album, a Caribbean island inspired work called “Honky”. In addition, he recorded and released “The Christmas Album”, displaying his own unique interpretation of many classic Christmas songs along with original seasonal pieces. Soon thereafter, he turned to motion picture soundtrack composition, producing several film scores between 1979 and 1989, including the orchestral score for Universal Studios feature release, “Nighthawks”, starring Sylvester Stallone and Billy Dee Williams and cult Italian horror master Dario Argento’s “Inferno”. Emerson also realized a full length Japanese animated film entitled “Harmagedon” in which he received a gold record for the main title theme, “Children of The Light” sung by Rosemary Butler. Emerson also composed the music for Marvel Animation’s cartoon action TV series, “Iron Man” in 1994.

Emerson went on to release the occasional collection of new material appearing on-stage. He even reunited with Nice band mates Brian Davison and Lee Jackson for a show in Glasgow, Scotland, in 2002 (Vivacitas). Along with the EMI classic release of the solo piano, “Emerson Plays Emerson” in the same year He penned an autobiography, “Pictures of an Exhibitionist” in 2003. He received the compilation treatment from Castle Records in 2005 with the two-disc “Hammer It Out: The Anthology”. He toured in the USA, UK, Europe and Japan in 2004, 2005 & 2006 with his own “Keith Emerson Band”, along with occasional collaborations with various orchestras in Naples, Italy and Beijing, China to promote the environmental issues. Always diverse in musical tastes, he sometimes sits in with jazz bands while encouraging others to take a safer road.

Throughout the years, Emerson has consistently won the Overall Best Keyboardist award in the annual Keyboard Magazine Readers’ Poll, since the magazine debuted in 1975 and holds a seat of honor on their advisory board. He was recently honored at The Smithsonian Institution, along with Dr. Robert Moog, for his pioneering work in electronic music. Emerson released the new album, �Keith Emerson Band Featuring Marc Bonilla� with regular collaborator Marc Bonilla and producer Keith Wechsler in mid 2008 worldwide, and toured Eastern Europe, Baltic, and Japan following the release.

He occasionally sits in with jazz orchestra performing new arrangements of ELP pieces as well as standard jazz pieces.

In March 2010, Emerson will receive a prestigious Frankfurt Music Prize from the city of Frankfurt. In 2010, a duo tour with Greg Lake is scheduled in April, followed by an one-off ELP reunion concert in which the band will close the High Voltage Festival as the main act in London in July.

Ken Goddard
Ken Goddard – Banker

KEG Advisors is a Banking and Financial Representation firm. Ken has 40 years of commercial banking experience in the Nashville market and, as a banker, has financed several distribution contracts and a lot of the infrastructure of the Nashville film industry.

Ken Herfurth
Ken Herfurth, CEO, Walking Giants LLC

Mr. Herfurth has over 23 years of executive management and leadership expertise creating, leading and executing integrated business models, financial and legal structures, business transformations, strategies for growth, M&A activity, and start-ups across multiple industries including: entertainment, manufacturing, wholesale distribution, retail, banking, construction, information technology and technical engineering. He currently serves as an Executive Producer specializing in financing structures and operations for multiple full-length feature films through a full service film production and distribution company, Waking Giants Media. He is a partner in Performance Edge Partners, a small boutique funding and business growth company. Additionally, he has over seven years of direct Fortune 100 infrastructure, construction, strategic and business management experience with Wells Fargo Company and Supervalu Corporation. Mr. Herfurth also has, over his career, significant experience working across all aspects of corporate business systems (Operations, Financial, Technology, Sales and Marketing) with entrepreneurial to mature enterprises.

Mr. Herfurth has served on numerous non-profit public sector agencies including Collaboration for a New Century and Phoenix Rescue Mission. Mr. Herfurth holds a BS in Material Science Engineering from the University of Minnesota and an MBA from University of St. Thomas (Minneapolis, Minnesota).

Kevin Chinoy
Kevin Chinoy – Freestyle

With 15 years of experience as a producer, Kevin Chinoy has produced film, TV and theater projects that include serving as Executive Producer on Lifetime’s “Five,” MTV’s “Warren The Ape” and IFC’s “Greg The Bunny”; Producer on Ron Howard’s “Project Imagination”; Co-Executive Producer on PBS’s “Half the Sky”; Producer on Fox’s “Greg The Bunny”; Producer of the Glamour Reel Moments Film series (producing directorial debuts of 20 women, including Jennifer Aniston, Gwyneth Paltrow, Kate Hudson, Demi Moore, Courteney Cox, Rachel Weisz, Jessica Biel, Eva Mendes, Kirsten Dunst, Bryce Dallas Howard, Rita Wilson, Trudie Styler, Zoe Saldana, Olivia Wilde, and Eva Longoria); and Producer of the 24 Hour Plays on Broadway, at the Old Vic Theater in London, and in Los Angeles.

Kevin’s previous film company Cineblast produced a dozen films from 1997 to 2000, including “REMEMBERING SEX” (Toronto Film Festival 1998), “BOBBY G CAN’T SWIM” (Best First Director 1999 American Film Institute Festival), “SPRING FORWARD” (Toronto Film Festival 1999, Sundance Film Festival 2000), and “KILL BY INCHES” (Toronto Film Festival 1999). Cineblast was listed in The Hollywood Reporter short list of top NY production companies each year in its existence, until its sale at the end of 2000.

In addition to his experience in the film and television industry, Kevin has over 15 years experience as a management consultant, served as faculty at the Parsons School of Design, and received his

Kristin Wendell
Kristin Wendell – Nat Geo

Nat Geo
Development Manager at truTV
Casting Associate Producer at LES Casting
Associate Producer at Superfine Films
Production Coordinator at The Colbert Report
Field Associate Producer at Wife Swap
Production Coordinator at The Tyra Banks Show
Production Coordinator at The Dr. Keith Ablow Show
Assistant to the E.I.C at The Tony Danza Show
Assistant to the E.I.C at Who Wants to be a Millionaire
Field Production Assistant at Wife Swap
Production Assistant at The Vera Wang Show Pilo
Pre-Press Coordinator at News America Marketing

Lance McAlindon
Lance McAlindon, Front Porch Research – Features

Lance McAlindon was the leading voice of the consumer behind Procter & Gamble’s success in growing the Swiffer brand and bringing the Mr. Clean brand back into popularity with American consumers. He also was one of P&G’s representatives in the Alliance for Family Entertainment, conducting and presenting breakthrough research on consumer habits and attitudes toward the TV and theatrical landscape.

In 2010, Lance left P&G to head Front Porch Research, responsible for leading the company’s consumer research, cultural trends and grassroots marketing efforts. Taking established research techniques from Fortune 500 companies, Lance has led his team in customizing and validating a range of tools geared toward helping creatives select and optimize their work. This approach allows creatives to reach and impact the largest possible audiences. Lance’s experience turning data into insights for creative teams in the television, movie, publishing and music industries, is on the cutting edge, helping producers and distributors figure out ‘what works and what does not’.

Lance and his wife Mindy live in Franklin, TN with their two daughters and two sons.

Kristina Sorensen
Kristina Sorensen – Shaftesbury US

Kristina Sorensen is a strategic, forward-thinking executive with over ten years’ of experience in the industry. She recently joined Shaftesbury US as VP of Development. Before that she was VP of Production and Development at Viewfinder Pictures, owned by Carol Polakoff. In this role she developed projects with writers and directors, brought in source material, pitched projects and brought in financing. She sold the TV series “Mr. Playboy” (based on the novel by the same name about Hugh Hefner) to Federation Entertainment with Justin Britt-Gibson writing. She is also currently developing “Frenched” written by Kirsten Guenther with NBC International and Federation Entertainment. She pitched and developed “The Iron King” (Chris Kyle writing), “Untitled Cyber Crime” (Ed Burns writing) and “Alec Station” at FX.

Before joining Viewfinder Pictures, Sorensen was an executive, management associate and producer at Vie Entertainment, owned by ID-PR’s Kelly Bush. In this role, Sorensen was instrumental in shaping the company’s goals and projects since its inception and worked closely with talent (Ellen Page and Paul Reubens). Sorensen as a producer sought and secured financing and creative attachments for many projects including “Freeheld” (Lionsgate released in October 2015) and “Into the Forest” (sold to A24), and was actively developing them with writers and directors. Both films premiered at the Toronto Film Festival 2015. Sorensen also produced the sold-out production of “The Pee-wee Herman Show” on Broadway and in Los Angeles then filmed it for HBO where it was Emmy nominated. Sorensen helped re-launch and re-brand the career of the beloved television icon Pee-wee Herman by moving him into the digital space. She was active in producing two Funny or Die projects for Pee-wee Herman as well as many skits on talk shows. She was also involved in the strategy behind Pee-wee’s publicity appearances around the US and marketing for all of the live shows.

Previously, Sorensen worked at Laura Ziskin Productions for three years, mentoring under Ziskin for on-set producing of “Spiderman 3,” the 70th Annual Academy Awards, producing its pre-show and producing A Celebration of Oscars Fashion on which she partnered with Vogue and Andre Leon Talley, as well on the development side. By working at Laura Ziskin Productions, Sorensen was part of Stand Up To Cancer’s inaugural year from its inception to its emergence as a national organization. She began her career at the William Morris Agency, working in the literary department with Sara Bottfeld. She is a graduate of the University of Southern California.

In the past year she has been teaching workshops at Relativity School emphasizing in film and TV producing as well as the entertainment business as a whole and how to break in. She is also the West Coast Co-Chair of Nashville’s Film-Com for both film and television.

Lara Hoef – Zetta
Lara Hoef – Zetta

Lara is Founder and CEO of Zetta2, an audience development agency made up of award-winning content creators, marketers and audience analysts who create innovative, cross-platform brand experiences.

Throughout her career, Lara has worked for every major studio and contributed to well over 100 entertainment marketing campaigns. She’s been a producer of creative content, interactive media, social media and transmedia, and has provided strategic insights into the campaigns of many entertainment and brand properties. Lara spent five years as brand manager & transmedia producer of The Twilight Saga franchise. Her experience with the Twilight fandom and franchise has been a key inspiration to her unique insights into transmedia and audience development strategies.

Additionally, with a master’s degree in Media Psychology & Social Change, Lara melds her professional industry experience with that of social psychological understanding of digital life to inform her insights into 21st century entertainment audience development, marketing and transmedia strategies.

Lara is a member of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (Interactive Media) and the Producer’s Guild of America (New Media Council).

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Lauren Fisher
Lauren Fisher (CBS Films) Acquisitions & Co-Productions

CBS Films has promoted Lauren Fisher to manager of acquisitions and co-productions. Fisher previously served as coordinator for the department.

She arrived at CBS Films in 2011 from Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions and has worked on such titles as The Woman In Black, Salmon Fishing In The Yemen, Seven Psychopaths and the recent Sundance pick-up The Kings Of Summer.

Fisher reports to evp of acquisitions and co-productions Scott Shooman.

The Kings Of Summer will open in May followed by The To Do List in August and Last Vegas in November.

Lauren Rosenberg
Lauren Rosenberg – Trooper Entertainment

Lauren Rosenberg has worked in the non-scripted TV business for almost a decade at both major talent agencies and prolific reality TV production companies and is the Co-Executive Producer of the hit ABC Family (now Freeform) series ³Monica the Medium.”

The sink-or-swim environment of William Morris Endeavor Entertainment is definitely where Lauren cut her teeth, but as she discovered as the Manager of Development at 51 Minds, development was her true calling. She currently identifies, hones and sells potential reality television properties as the Vice President of Development at Trooper Entertainment, a production company within Lionsgate.

Over the past three years, she has created and developed projects that have been set up at MTV, E!, TLC, ABC Family, AMC, Animal Planet, and HGTV.

Laurie Pozmantier
Laurie Pozmantier – William Morris Endeavor – Television

Laurie Pozmantier joined the William Morris Agency in 2000 as an agent in the Television Department.

Prior to joining the agency, Pozmantier worked as a Senior Vice President for Ted Turner’s TNT, and an Executive Vice President at Alliance Communications. While at Alliance, she spearheaded the longform and series area, overseeing the development of more than 35 television films and series. Pozmantier primarily works with writers, directors, producers, recording artists, sports figures, and corporate clients to “package” television shows. She represents clients including Courteney Cox (“Dirt”), Queen Latifah (“Last Holiday”), Sean Hayes (“Will & Grace”), Jennifer Lopez (“The Wedding Planner”), Alicia Keys (“Smokin’ Aces”), Ice Cube (“Are We There Yet”), Kanye West, Ron Hutchinson (“Burning Season”), Starbucks, and Reader’s Digest. Pozmantier also represents true stories and life rights which she packages and sells in the feature, publishing, and television arenas. Pozmantier is a graduate of the University of Texas. She lives in Sherman

Lise Romanoff
Lise Romanoff, Managing Director / CEO of Vision Films, Inc

Lise Romanoff, Managing Director / CEO of Vision Films, Inc. has been in the Television and Feature Film Production and Distribution business for more than 25 years. In 1997, she founded Vision Films, a Worldwide Distribution Company. Today, Vision Films has a library of over 800 independent Feature Films, TV Movies, Documentaries and Music Specials.

In 2013, Vision Films announced their expansion into the domestic DVD and Video On Demand and Digital (VOD) sector of the media. Their DVD is currently released through Sony Pictures Home Entertainment and their VOD partners include iNDemand, Vubiquity, Dish, Direct TV, Amazon, iTunes, Xbox, PlayStation, Vudu, Vimeo, Google Play, Netflix, Hulu and more! Vision Films releases 2-4 titles a month and is actively acquiring top-notch independent feature films and documentaries that entertain, inspire, and inform audiences.

Lise currently holds the post of Vice Chairperson/ Secretary on the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of the Independent Film and Television Alliance (IFTA), is an active member of their Legal Committee. Lise plays active role in combatting piracy, and is an advocate for filmmaker’s rights regarding copyright laws and international trade agreements.

Lauren Fisher
Lauren Fisher (CBS Films) Acquisitions & Co-Productions

CBS Films has promoted Lauren Fisher to manager of acquisitions and co-productions. Fisher previously served as coordinator for the department.

She arrived at CBS Films in 2011 from Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions and has worked on such titles as The Woman In Black, Salmon Fishing In The Yemen, Seven Psychopaths and the recent Sundance pick-up The Kings Of Summer.

Fisher reports to evp of acquisitions and co-productions Scott Shooman.

The Kings Of Summer will open in May followed by The To Do List in August and Last Vegas in November.

Lorie Girsh Eisenberg
Lorie Girsh Eisenberg

Having worked extensively in the fields of health and public relations as one of the industry’s most decorated pharmaceutical sales reps, Lorie left the corporate world in 2008 and has been working with her husband, Joel, in various capacities as a full-service multi-media development and production entity. Lorie’s objectives are simple: To educate others and promote strong values throughout all media platforms.

Lorie also maintains a unique perspective on the entertainment business. As the wife of an active writer and producer, she is a voracious networker who has been instrumental in Joel’s building of the All Cities Media networking group with founder Eric Shaw, an organization whose mission is to “level the playing field between filmmakers and finance.”

For the women attending Film-Com, Lorie is open to discussing what it is like to know many high-profile personalities, the psychology behind celebrity, the realities behind the film business and … how to best work together with a spouse and “when to put it all to rest.”

Loucas George
Loucas George – Co-Executive Producer

Loucas George is a well renowned film & television Producer who has worked with every major television Network. With over 30 years of experience in the business Loucas has worked on everything from scripted drama to scripted comedy. His credits include The O.C., Early Edition, Commander In Chief, A Gifted Man, 12 Miles of Bad Road, Wedding Band and Life, to name a few. He has shot around the world and across the country in locations like Los Angeles, Chicago, Washington DC, New York, Philippines and Canada. Loucas currently serves as the Co-Executive Producer and UPM on the ABC/ Lionsgate production “Nashville”.

Louise Levison
Louise Levison – President Business Strategies

Louise Levison, President of Business Strategies and a financial consultant in the film industry for 25 years, is the guru of film business plans. Her clients have raised money for low-budget films such as The Blair Witch Project, the most profitable independent film in history, and for companies raising as much as $300 million. She is the author of Filmmakers & Financing: Business Plans for Independents currently in its revised and expanded Seventh Edition (Focal Press, 2013). The sixth edition of the book continues to be available in Mandarin from She also is editor of the online newsletter The Film Entrepreneur: A Newsletter for the Independent Filmmaker and Investor.

Her clients’ films include:

“The Blair Witch Project” – the most profitable independent film in history
“Trouble the Water”
“Black, White and Blues”
“Moving Midway”
“Visual Acoustics”
“Highroller: the Stu Unger Story”
“The Open Road”
“Broken Hill”
“Paradise (aka Little Chicago)”
“The First of May”
“Protecting the King”
“Baptists At Our Barbecue”
“Michael Winslow Live”

Among her corporate clients are:

Louverture Films
Louverture Film Fund I
The Pamplin Film Company
Majestic World Entertainment
WhiteLight Entertainment
Tokuma International Ltd
LightTower Entertainment
Summitworks Film Fund I
Monterrey Pictures Entertainment
Audience Alliance Motion Picture Studios
Levison is also an affiliate of the Berlin-based consulting company, Peacefulfish.
Levison writes a blog for Baseline Intelligence

She is an Instructor in the Extension Program at UCLA and has been a Visiting Professor at the Taipei (Taiwan) National University of the Arts, the University of Montana (Missoula) and Chapman University and conducted workshops at film festivals around the U.S. and overseas, including:

Film Independent
The Sundance Film Festival
ShowBiz Expo
Galway (Ireland) Film Fleadh
Producer’s Guild of America
National Assocaition of Broadcasters
National Assoc. of Latino Indepdent Producers
Women in Film
The Florida Motion Picture and Television Association
Florida Media Market
The Hollywood Black Film Festival
Texas Accountants and Lawyers for the Arts
The Cincinnati Film Commission
ALM- SRI’s Annual Film Finance & Distribution Summit
Georgia Film and Videa Center
American Black Film Festival
California Lawyers for the Arts
The Hollywood Film Festival
Austin Film Festival
Nashville Film Festival
Arizona Film Comission
The Learning Annex
The Los Angeles Venture Association
National Association of Women Business Owners

Louise Levison, President of Business Strategies and a financial consultant in the film industry for 25 years, is the guru of film business plans. Her clients have raised money for low-budget films such as The Blair Witch Project, the most profitable independent film in history, and for companies raising as much as $300 million. She is the author of Filmmakers & Financing: Business Plans for Independents currently in its revised and expanded Seventh Edition (Focal Press, 2013). The sixth edition of the book continues to be available in Mandarin from She also is editor of the online newsletter The Film Entrepreneur: A Newsletter for the Independent Filmmaker and Investor.

Among other clients’ projects are The Prophet (an animated film based on Kahlil Gibran’s book), Unlimited (Nathan Frankowski), Winter in the Blood, Redemption (Clayton Miller), Moving Midway, Redemption Road, Haunted (2012), The Harvest of Empire, High School Sweethearts, The First of May, The Open Road, Aluna, Yak: The Giant King, Visual Acoustics: The Modernism of Julius Shulman, My Father and the Man in Black, High Roller: The Stu Ungar Story, Dinner Rush and Michael Winslow Live. A few of her corporate clients are Danny Glover’s Louverture Films (2008 nominee for Best Documentary Academy Award Trouble the Water) and his Louverture Film Fund I, The Pamplin Film Company (Hoover), Hurricane Film Partners, LLC, Majestic World Entertainment, Cunningham & Maybach Films, Light Tower Entertainment (Mother’s Day) and Tokuma International Ltd (Shall We Dance, Princess Mononoke). Levison also consults with and writes plans for other entertainment companies like The Lifton Institute of Media Arts and Sciences (Los Angeles). Levison is an affiliate of the Berlin-based consulting company Peacefulfish ( and writes an industry blog for Baseline Intelligence (

Levison is an Instructor in the Extension Program at UCLA. She also has been a Visiting Professor at the Taipei (Taiwan) National University of the Arts, Chapman University (Orange County, CA) and the University of Montana (Missoula). She has presented seminars and/or been on panels at the Sundance Film Festival (including “Financing Your Film: Avoiding the Pitfalls from Business Plan to Distribution” in 2010 and 2011), Los Angeles Film Festival, Film Independent (FIND), Women in Film, Producer’s Guild of America, Galway (Ireland) Film Fleadh, National Association of Broadcasters, Hollywood Black Film Festival, American Black Film Festival, National Association Of Latino Independent Producers, Texas Accountants and Lawyers for the Arts, Austin Film Festival, Florida Motion Picture and Television Association, Cincinnati Film Commission, Independent Cinema Expo, California Lawyers for the Arts, Nashville Film Festival, The Learning Annex (New York and Los Angeles) and others.

Prior to working in the entertainment industry, Levison spent ten years in the highly regulated health care industry as Director of Corporate Strategy for both the City Of Hope, where she initiated planning for its five corporations, and Torrance Memorial Medical Center. She began her finance career as a Planning Analyst at the American Iron and Steel Institute in New York and then moved to California to work as an economist at Stanford Research Institute. Levison also has worked as a stockbroker and co-hosted a call-in radio show heard on 100 stations in the United States, Canada and Mexico on the Business Radio Network. She is a member of Film Independent (Los Angeles), Women in Film and the International Documentary Association. Levison has an M.A. in Asian Area Studies from New York University, an M.B.A. in Finance from California State University (Dominguez Hills) and a B.A. from Simmons College (Boston). Born and raised in Cincinnati Ohio, Levison graduated from Walnut Hills High School.


Lynn Elliot
Lynn Elliot – Attorney at Law

Lynn Elliot has worked in the entertainment industry for over 20 years, providing transactional and production legal services on hundreds of award-winning independent feature film and shorts, documentaries and television projects, including Alive Inside (winner of the 2014 Sundance Film Festival Audience Award winner for US Documentary), Precious: Based on the Novel “Push” by Sapphire, Closer to God, Inverse, The Rachel Zoe Project, VH1 Soul Stage and Miami Ink.

Outside of her law career, Lynn has worn many hats in the entertainment industry, as a producer, screenwriter, producer assistant and actress. Lynn graduated from Ithaca College film school and worked in film and television production and development with producers Jonathan Demme, Ron Bozman, Carl Mazzocone, Aaron Russo and Bill Carraro, and on various productions including Bonfire of the Vanities, Delirious and Law and Order.

Mark J. Dvornik
Mark J. Dvornik – Dance Network

Prior to joining the Skyway Studios, Dvornik held positions as Executive Vice President of both the Retro Television Network (of Equity Broadcasting Corporation) and the Retro Programming Services. From 2001 to 2007, he served as an Executive Vice President and General Sales Manager for Paramount Television Group, and prior to that, was an Operating Partner at Royal Palm Capital Partners.

From 1999 to 2001, Dvornik led the Paramount Television Group in Los Angeles as Senior Vice President and General Sales Manager. During this time, Paramount assumed control of Worldvision and Rysher, taking the Paramount library to house more than 55,000 hours of television. He spent more than 15 years at the Paramount Television Group, during which time he held positions as Vice President, Southwestern Regional Manager, Southwestern Regional Manager, Southwestern Division Manager, and as an Account Executive. He joined Paramount in 1985 as a Sales Trainee based in Los Angeles

Mark Rabinowitz Mark Rabinowitz
Mark Rabinowitz – Producer and Journalist

Mark Rabinowitz is the co-founder of and has been a journalist, producer, film festival pro, and media consultant since 1995. He is currently Account Director at LA-based publicity & marketing firm PMG. He has attended over 150 film festivals, including Sundance, Cannes, Toronto, and Berlin and has served on juries in Edinburgh, Montreal, Denver, Oxford and of course, Nashville! He is co-producer on Darren Dean’s in-development adaptation of Will Eisner’s landmark graphic novel A Contract With God and on the Jon Cryer & Richard Schenkman-penned Cosmodrome. He has written for Paste Magazine,, and Variety, among many others.

Mark Served as US Acquisitions and Business Development Manager for the Morgan Spurlock co-founded short documentary company Cinelan, as well as creating a blog for Cinelan’s Focus Forward initiative. He has also been an acquisitions consultant for Babelgum and Snag Films. He also worked on Ford Motor Company’s Clio award-winning campaign A political junkie at heart, Mark has staffed one gubernatorial and two presidential campaigns, as well as two Democratic National Conventions. He really likes cheese and worships at the Shrine of Swine. Praise the Lard.

Mat Baxt
Mat Baxt – Tru TV

Director of Development, truTV at Turner Broadcasting


EVP, Development at Eyeboogie, Inc.
Consulting Producer, “American Gladiators” at Reveille
Supervising Producer, Development at Extra/Telepictures

Official Mat Baxt Tidbits: first assignment as intern – get biscotti for William Shatner; second-generation game show car-winner (won 1997 Ford Escort on MTV Idiot Savants, parents won 1975 Pontiac Astre on The Money Maze); drove getaway car for Hard Copy hidden-video segment “Inside New York’s Sex Clubs”; first/worst celebrity interview – Catherine Deneuve; had height made fun of publicly by Arnold Schwarzenegger at Planet Hollywood event in 1997; proposed to wife on an airplane with videotaped help from Mel Gibson, Phil Hartman, LL Cool J, Gary Coleman and other celebrities; revolutionized recipe for tuna melt; beat thyroid cancer’s ass; was referred to by Larry King as “the man of my dreams”; parents accidentally misspelled name on birth certificate

Mathius Mack Gertz
Mathius Mack Gertz VP Acquisition and Development

As a Vice President of Acquisitions and Development, Mathius acquired and arranged traditional distribution for dozens of indie films through Entertainment One, Anderson Digital, and other companies.

Originally from a New York City background of theater and sales, Mathius has a dual aspect to his thoughts and personality, combining both creative and business sensibilities into the development process. He transferred from L.A. Valley College to become its first alumna to graduate from the USC School of Cinematic Arts, and he also holds an MBA.

In the independent film world Mathius has helped produce or executive produce many films by bringing financing, distribution and/or other elements to the package. As a sales agent he has taken films to market, pitched and sold.

Mathius consults with indie filmmakers in development and helps them to reverse engineer their projects to contain marketable elements that will attract cast, investment and distribution. He also has television, new-media and writing projects in the development and pitch stages.

Mathius also works prominently in the smaller micro-budgeted sector of indie filmmaking, a favorite of Film-Com attendees, from development and financing through distribution.

Some of these credits include:

Baby Fat

Taking Satan to the Mat (Doc)

The Sex Guru


Alphonso Bow

7 Nights of Darkness

All American Zombie Drugs

The Devil Within

Junk Dreams (Doc)

Flicks Chicks

All Screwed Up

Women Do It Better

Why Am I Doing This

Lucky Days

Meeting David Wilson (Doc)

Mathius is an active member of the Producers Guild of America and resides in Santa Monica, CA. He lectures on a variety of entertainment topics including how creative people can create their own “star system” to achieve success in Hollywood by utilizing social skills along with intelligent research and knowledge of their specialization.

Matt King
Matt King – Songwriter

Singer/songwriter Matt King lives in a world of contrasts. One inhabited simultaneously by conspicuous consumption and creeping poverty, sprawling suburbs and decaying rural communities, by embattled corporate chieftains and quietly struggling workaday Americans. King walks a winding path between these extremes, bringing a photographer’s eye to his vivid musical portraits. Yet his lens is not given to the cinematic fantasy and marketing hyperbole that has spilled into seemingly every corner of society. Rather, he strips away the artifice of contemporary culture to reveal what is, at times, a sobering reality.

His perspective draws on the determination of Appalachian forebears who endured the iniquities of coalmines and timber companies, but with a broad vision that looks askance at agri-giants in the Plains states and mass merchants on Main Street. His music is rooted in this timeless struggle-an American tenor struck in different keys by Steinbeck, Guthrie, Dylan and John R. Cash. Even upon such formidable foundations, however, King is a solitary structure if for no other reason than the alarming absence of such sentiment in millennial American music.

“As I was walking down Hard Luck RoadI met a farmer with a heavy loadHe said, Gonna dig in the dirt, gonna sow a seedAnd one good crop is all I need.”

“People sometimes make choices because they think they have no choice,” King says, perhaps speaking of the characters in his songs. “We back ourselves into corners, or we’re backed into corners, and the decisions we make about what to do or believe…I’m interested in those decisions.” In many ways, these hard choices speak to that which is most basic and human, yet they are rarely examined in the news or entertainment media. “If it’s not glamorous or titillating or depraved,” he says, “it’s not on the screen. But that doesn’t mean it’s not important.”
Matt King’s music exists in and explores the broad expanse between those ratings-getting extremes. He sees the debt-ridden farmers, the single mothers, the drunkards and the spiritually hungry. “I’m walking a tightrope,” he says, “keeping a tension between being cynical and just painting a picture the way I see it. There’s a whole world out there yearning for something more. The only way I know to give back, to fight for what certain people have always fought, is through music.”

“The devil doesn’t need to use an axeTo split the night or break my backHe steals my sleep with fear and lossA hungry woman and an angry boss.”

“The people I grew up with are riding D-9 Caterpillars, or they’ve got a kid and two jobs, or maybe they’re a computer tech,” King says, “but I don’t see a lot of places in the mainstream they can relate.” He speaks of those for whom incessant stock market reports are but a cruel reminder that there is no retirement fund, and little if any savings. Where is their American Dream?

“This music is about the human condition,” he continues. “We’re very attracted by that of the spirit. And yet we’re deeply enamored of what we’re made from-trying to maintain youth and beauty, and sucking the marrow out of both ends.”

When that pressure needs release, King sends his characters in search of the same balms we all seek. He isn’t afraid to have a little fun in his songs, or laugh at his problems. “Have I introduced you to my demons?” he smiles. “I confront them in my music, and find that they’re not that big and scary after all. Well, that’s everybody, just on different levels.”

“I have tasted Eden’s appleAnd there’s venom in my veins.”

King’s perspective is informed by a life journey that has opened his eyes to iniquity obscured by mass media’s shiny veneer. His people are “salt of the earth from western North Carolina,” he says. “It’s not anything terribly unique. It was a sad little family-a very broken family. But I don’t want to make more out of it than was there. Music was a refuge. I could disappear.”
Eventually, Matt’s escape became his reality. He signed with Atlantic Nashville in the late nineties, writing and recording two albums that generated midlevel charting singles and a few nice reviews. And yet that brush with success was prelude to a dark time of divorce, alcoholism and near financial collapse. “I lived the sins most people try to sweep under the rug, burned through them and got to the other side,” he says.

“I was buying everything that was sold to me,” he admits. “One day a voice was like, ‘You have been asleep for thousands of years.’ And that was when everything changed. But it took a lot of personal tragedy to get to that place.”

His eyes finally opened to the empty promises and shallow dreams spoon-fed through the flickering screens of our profit-driven culture. “What if you bought that thing you can’t live without and it made you happy?” King asks. “What if you were actually satisfied? If the machine’s promises came to pass, it would crumble. That’s how you know it’s a lie. And that’s what this music is about.

“I went through the machine and came out emotional sausage on the other side. But I also came out with something to say. This is just one man’s view, but for once I’m being true to myself.

Matt Steucken
Matt Steucken – Screenwriter

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Maura Dunbar
Maura Dunbar

Maura Dunbar is EVP/Chief Content Officer of Odyssey Networks. At Odyssey she develops and produces independent theatrical films, TV series and made-for-television movies.

Maura has over 23 years of extensive television programming experience as a senior level broadcast/cable executive, a creator and producer of original programming and a highly successful media consultant. Her rich and diverse experience has made her a recognized expert in programming strategies, development, packaging and production of original programming with a proven track record of identifying, buying, developing and overseeing production of over 250 television movies and mini-series, as well as an expertise in building a community around programming using new media and marketing platforms.

Previously, she was Senior Vice President of Original Programming and Development for the Hallmark Channel, where she launched the channel’s franchise of original two hour movies with hits such as LOVE COMES SOFTLY (starring Katherine Heigl). Subsequently, Maura was responsible for shepherding ADOPTION, a limited one-hour reality series (13 episodes) about the intense emotional journey of parents building families through adoption, which was a ratings success and received high-profile awards from the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute and the Gladney Foundation. She was also responsible for the development and production of the Hallmark Channels’ two highest rated original mini-series events, JOHNSON COUNTY WARS (starring Burt Reynolds, Luke Perry, and Tom Beringer), and ROUGHING IT (with James Garner and Eric Roberts). The results of her efforts made an immediate impact.

Prior to Hallmark, Maura worked for 16 years as a creative executive in the program development department of ABC Entertainment. During her tenure at the network, she developed more than 300 hours of original made-for two-hour movies and minis and had oversight of such highly rated franchises as ABC SATURDAY MYSTERY (including Columbo, Kojak, and B. L. Stryker) and the ABC SATURDAY FAMILY MOVIE.

As Vice President of mini-series and special projects, Maura distinguished herself for her ability to develop and produce content that achieved both ratings and critical success as well as garnering numerous Emmy nominations and awards, such as STEVEN KING’S THE STAND, THE SHINING, STORM OF THE CENTURY, ARABIAN NIGHTS, ME AND MY SHADOW: THE JUDY GARLAND STORY (with Judy Davis), THE BEAT GOES ON: THE SONNY & CHER STORY and, REAR WINDOW (starring Christopher Reeves).

Beyond her network executive experience, Maura fed her entrepreneurial spirit by maintaining her own programming consulting/production banner, In Promptu Media. Her impressive list of clients included: The Discovery Network, The Learning Channel, Lionsgate and Crown Media Holdings, Inc. She co-created and produced with 44 Blue Productions WHAT SHOULD YOU DO, a one-hour reality series for Lifetime Television (22 episodes), and developed with Wallis Nicita the four-hour miniseries THE LIGHT BEARER for Hallmark Entertainment. Other projects in development included feature films, non-fiction series, documentaries, half hour comedies and hour dramas.

Michael Bearden
Michael Bearden – Musical Director

Composer (13 credits)
2015Mr. Doula (pre-production)
2013April Apocalypse
2009This Is It (Documentary) (original score composed and produced by)
2007America the Beautiful (Documentary)
2006American Blackout (Documentary)
2004Dense (TV Short)
2003Allergic to Nuts (Short)
2000One Week
2000/IThe Visit
1999Arrangement (as Mike Bearden)
1994Drop Squad (as Mike Bearden)
Show ShowMusic department (10 credits)
Show ShowProducer (2 credits)
Show ShowThanks (1 credit)
Show ShowSelf (13 credits)

Michael Uslan
Michael Uslan


Mini Bio (1)
Michael Uslan was born in Cedar Grove, New Jersey, USA. He is a producer and writer, known for The Dark Knight (2008), The Dark Knight Rises (2012) and Batman Begins (2005).

Trivia (3)
Noted authority on comic book history and instructor of the first ever accredited college course on comic books. (Indiana University)

Got his first movie launched at age 28 by asking Warner Publishing for the rights (at no charge) to an old DC comic book Swamp Thing (1982).

Attended Ocean Township High School in Monmouth County, New Jersey.
Personal Quotes

When we first brought the studios the idea of making Batman as a feature, they all turned it down. Back then no one could accept the idea an old television show would make a great film franchise. It was exciting to finally break that ground in cinema history; Batman (1989) was memorable for me.

For me, the highlight came later that summer, when I was watching the Berlin Wall come down, about 1:30 in the morning on CNN, and some kid is coming through the wall into freedom for the first time, wearing a Batman hat. It was a real indicator of what that movie had done, how many people worldwide it had been reaching. It was really pretty incredible. — on the cultural impact of “Batman”

They’re different media. Yet, in a sense, comic books are frozen movies. If you look at a comic book, you are generally seeing the storyboard for a film. The great advantage of comic books, over the years, has been that, if they are frozen movies, they are not limited by budget. They are only limited by imagination. So the planet Mogo, or empires under the sea, or parallel universes, can easily be portrayed without worrying about it looking cheesy. So that’s always been an advantage. They’re also different [media], in a number of ways, because in comics you traditionally have got to read the word balloons and know what a character is thinking, as well as what a character is doing. That leads to something quite unique to comics. — on the strengths of film adapting comic books.
Well I reject the concept that comic books in movies are a genre. I have been fighting that for 33 years, with the powers-that-be in Hollywood. All I used to hear for the first 20-plus years of battle was, “Oh, Michael, comic books are hot this summer at the box office, but they’ll cool at the box office next year.”

My answer to that has always been that they are not a genre, they are not something to get hot and cold from one year to the next, they’re the exact same thing as books and plays: they are a source of great stories and colorful characters. If you talk about genres – I don’t care if you’re talking about war, Westerns, science fiction, horror, fantasy, humor, romance – anything you can find, strolling the aisles of a Borders or a Barnes & Noble, I can bring you many comic books representing each genre. Part of that battle has been getting Hollywood to recognize that comic books and superheroes are not synonymous. That’s been a huge breakthrough, just in recent years really, and as a result of that recent breakthrough, we’ve had movies like 300, Road to Perdition, and A History of Violence, that very few people realize were based on comic books and graphic novels. It’s very important to make that differentiation.

I think he’s the greatest supervillain ever created. I don’t think any other villain can touch him. I love the way Tim Burton explored the operatic values to it. I’m always intrigued by the fact that, as you had this battle portrayed between them, over the decades, at times representing good vs. evil, at times representing order vs. chaos, that you have a force of good that is cloaked in the guise of a terrifying monstrous bat, and then you have this force of evil that is garbed in the visage of the carnival. It kind of reminds me of Edgar Allan Poe’s “Cask of Amontillado. — on the character the Joker

The best way I can answer that is probably to talk generally about the industry, as opposed to talking specifically about Batman. There are times when you need to step back and realize that movie studios today are not necessarily the same things that they were many years ago. Many movie studios are international conglomerates now. They own everything from theme parks to toy companies to T-shirt companies to video companies. There’s a lot of different wheels to be greased. Sometimes, over the decades, the tail started wagging the dog. In some cases, decisions were being guided more by toys and Happy Meals than by creative filmmaking. The danger there is that the entertainment you’re making starts to feel like an infomercial for toys, as opposed to great film. Rather than being in a position where a studio dictates that a movie should be light, bright, and kiddie-friendly and family-friendly, with three or four heroes and three or four villains, and each one having two costume changes and two vehicles, to satisfy the toy and merchandising requirement, I think just letting filmmakers-great filmmakers-just go out and make great films, with a belief that if they make great films, you’re going to sell merchandising and video games and things anyway, is the best way to do it. — on the audience and critic response to “Batman Forever” and “Batman & Robin”

When I was in University I’d go to the library and they had a magazine section — with Variety — in the trades section. I used to collect addresses and telephone numbers of producers and the industry.
Apocalypse Now (1979): When I got involved with the film it was on the legal business side. The picture was very complicated in the way it was put together, both financially and legally. And for some reason there was a crisis virtually every day of production. There was always something incredible going on like the complications and the problems from Martin Sheen’s heart attack, to the sets being wiped-out by a typhoon. …I remember getting a call from the Head of Finance at United Artists one morning saying: ‘did you approve a huge cost to pay for Francis’ birthday party’?!

The other rejection sounded like this: ‘Michael you’re crazy! Batman and Robin will never work as a movie because the movie Robin and Marian (1976) didn’t do well’…(a tremendously long pause). Now, the movie this executive was referring to came out in ’76 and it was a story about an aging Robin Hood. It had absolutely nothing to do with Batman…it was so far off-base that I looked at him, stared at him. I don’t know how long, but I didn’t say a word, I just picked up all of my stuff, turned around and walked out the door.
These are my two favorite rejections: one came down the road when we tried to jumpstart the project with Columbia. I pitched, and when I was done the executive was shaking his head and said: ‘Michael, you’re crazy! Batman will never succeed as a picture because our movie Annie (1982) hasn’t done well at the Box Office.’ I said: ‘are you referring to little red-headed girl who sings Tomorrow’? He said: ‘yeah’…I had absolutely no idea what that had to do with Batman. He goes:’ Come on’ Michael, they’re both out of the funny pages’.
When you have a hit, everyone’s your friend.

There’s an endless supply of comic-book movies. …Because comics are Westerns, they’re comedies, they’re dramas, they’re mysteries and every other genre under the sun.
If you look at what Sam Raimi has done with the Spider-Man movies; audiences over the age of twelve are not particularly going to see Spider-Man battling it out in Times Square with a mechanical looking super-villain. Rather, they have fallen in love with Peter Parker and his story with Mary Jane, and the complications with his Aunt and the death of his Uncle.

Michael Woolf
Michael Woolf – Idea Alchemist / Product Development Director at DevDigital

Michael entered the video game industry in 1999 after spending 7 years working with companies like FedEx and the US Army Corps of Engineers in the early days of the internet. Within 3 years of his first game project, EA Sports’ NASCAR 2000, Michael was already leading teams and playing an integral role in the development of such projects as Cabella’s Big Game Hunter, Deerhunter, Celebrity Deathmatch, World Championship Poker, World Poker Tour, and World Series of Poker.

Michael has led teams developing projects with budgets in excess of $5M. Projects that he has worked on have collectively sold more than 15 million copies and netted nearly a billion dollars worldwide. Michael has worked in many areas of interactive software development including: product development, project management, game design, level design, production art, acting/directing, storyboarding, screenwriting, sound effects editing, voice-over, mocap, and special effects. He wrote the screenplay for Spongebob’s Boating Bash for the Wii console game and built digital sets and matte paintings for feature films including Equilibrium starring Christian Bale and Taye Diggs.

Michael is a member of the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences (AIAS), the Nashville Entrepreneur Center (EC), Project Management Institute (PMI), the International Game Developer’s Association (IGDA), American Society of Architectural Illustrators (ASAI), and the Hume-Fogg Alumni Association

In his spare time, Michael volunteers within the Nashville community, spends time with his kids, plays poker, fishes in local lakes, and continues to write and illustrate for clients around the globe.

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Mikey Schwartz-Wright
Mikey Schwartz-Wright (UTA)

Coordinator, Independent Film Group – : United Talent Agency (UTA)

Education: Boston University, then transferred to NYU and earned a BA in Sports Business Management.

Career Background: My first job after college was at NBC, programming on-air promos for USA and SyFy for the 2010 Winter Olympics. Shortly after, I moved back to LA and interviewed for the Agent Training Program at UTA.

Agency Tenure: I started in the UTA mailroom. One of my responsibilities was to drive around out-of-town clients. One of these clients was Daniel Espinosa, a client of [Motion Picture Literary Agent] David Flynn’s. Daniel and I hit it off. He said good things about my work ethic to Flynn, and Flynn asked me up for an interview. I got hired and worked on his desk for almost two years. I then went on to work on Bec Smith’s in the UTA Independent Film Group.

Ambitions: To represent original voices and help artists get their work made and seen by a large audience. At UTA, I have benefited from a culture where senior agents and executives always take the time to answer questions and offer advice. I would like to be in a place one day where I can do the same.

Filmmakers and films that inspire you: I thought “The Interview”was genius. In spite of a few hiccups, it was inspiring that so many people rallied behind Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg to get their movie out to audiences.

What Sundance filmmakers could learn from you: When in doubt, take Swede Alley; traffic on Main Street is a nightmare!Head of your department: Rena Ronson
Best/most useful thing you’ve learned from those above you: UTA CEO Jeremy Zimmer reminds us that we not only have to be willing to take risks, but that we have to be willing to fail to truly innovate in our business and excel in the long run. It’s among the hardest principles to apply in your work and in your life, but it’s also one of the most important.

Mitchell Galin
Mitchell Galin – Director/Producer

Mitchell Galin is a seasoned multiple award-winning producer in the film, television and theater mediums. Through his over thirty year career he has developed and/or overseen the production of ten features, over twenty-five television movies and mini- series, three series, six documentaries and two theatre productions.

Galin just completed production on the TV One television pilot “Media.” Concurrently he is producing his latest documentary on Kauai’s historic Lawii International Center, and non-denominational community project

Among his current feature projects, Galin is currently developing and packaging the adaptation of Stephen King’s short story Gingerbread Girl which will directed by Craig Baxley, the family film Blue Lights and the suspense thriller The Disembodied to be directed by Neville Page. These films are all scheduled to be shot in 2016-17.

Galin other recent productions include the series pilot for the reboot of his iconic series Tales for The Darkside. the Hallmark movies Norman Rockwell’s Shuffleton’s Barbershop, Wedding Planner Mystery and The Shunning and Paper Angels; the award winning documentaries Journey to Everest, Honoring a Father Dream:The Sons of Lwala, Survivor, Apostles of Comedy 1 & 2 as well as a Producer/Writer on the recently released feature documentary Living Hope.

Included in Galin’s other television producing credits are Sci-Fi’s miniseries Dune; CBS’ miniseries A Season in Purgatory; ABC’s Stephen King’s The Langoliers and Stephen King’s The Stand. These productions earned Galin an Emmy nomination and collectively received nine Emmy’s. He also produced the award-winning telefilm The Vernon Johns Story, which starred James Earl Jones and amongst it’s many awards netted him the prestigious Christopher Award and the CBS series Stephen King’s Golden Years. He was executive in charge of production of the critically acclaimed series Tales from the Darkside and Monsters, the latter of which he co-created. Both of these series have been on the air for almost twenty years and were well known for giving a substantial number of directors, writers and actors their first professional job. Galin is also recognized for being among the first U.S. producers that explored international co-productions. He was involved with the first U.S.-China Co-Productions, one of the initial U.S-Canadian Co-Production, the first U.S.-Hungarian Co-Production and Dune which marked the first major U.S.- Czech Co-Production in over ten years.

Galin is well known for his teaming up with Stephen King as a producer on a number of feature films including Pet Sematary and Thinner which were released by Paramount Pictures and The Night Flier, a New Line Cinema release.

Galin serves on the board, for the multiple award-winning Kid Pan Alley, a non- profit curriculum-based music enrichment program that teaches grade school children creative writing through an innovative songwriting method. Among his other charitable works, Galin produced and directed a PSA for former Governor Bredesen and Andrea Conte promoting the First Lady’s Walk across Tennessee to raise awareness for Child Advocacy and was one of the producers of Project Restore, a Nashville-centric Tsunami benefit.

While living in New York, Galin delved into the theatrical arena by serving on the boards of the Atlantic Theater Company, founded by David Mamet and William Macy, which produced the multiple Tony Award-winning play Beauty Queen of Lenanne, and the New Dramatists, the country’s most prestigious dramaturgical theater organization.

Galin serves on the board, and was the past President, of FilmNashville, the Nashville Screenwriter’s Conference and was appointed by Governor Bredesen to the Film Production Advisory Committee which completed the report that served as the basis for the ‘08 Tennessee State sponsored film incentive program. Galin has served on the boards of the Nashville Film Festival and as a consultant to the Independent Features Project, the largest association of independent filmmakers in the country. Galin is a member of the Directors Guild of America, Writers Guild of America, Producers Guild and the Academy of Television Arts. His writing and editorial work has been published both in the United States and England. He has served as a guest lecturer at Columbia University, NYU, New School of Social Research, Vanderbilt, Belmont University as well as a panelist at various film festivals including Sundance, IFP, Cannes and

Nadia Bruce
Nadia Bruce The Indie Admin, LLC

Nadia Bruce has worked in independent film distribution for more than two decades, garnering great experience and building valuable relationships with distributors throughout the world. Before starting her own Sales Agency n 2009, Nadia was VP of Business Affairs at such well known companies as Academy Award winning GK Films, Arclight International, and Gold Circle Films (known for “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” and “The Perks Of Being A Wallflower”).

Since forming her company, The Indie Admin, Nadia has handled two well-known film libraries from the ‘90’s which she had remastered into HD and which are being re-released throughout the world. Titles include such classics as “Red Scorpion”, “Maniac Cop”, and “Frankenhooker”. In addition to the library titles, Nadia has served as sales agent on several new films, including Nashville-produced “Falls The Shadow”, which debuted at Nashville’s Film Com 2011, and which has now been sold in multiple territories throughout the world, including the US/Canada, Japan,

Nikki Heyman
Nikki Heyman – POV

Nikki is the Coordinating Producer for POV where she manages all film submissions, maintains relations with PBS station programmers, is responsible for collecting deliverables, helps produce filmmaker interviews, and contributes to the curation of the series. She works with the POV executive team and filmmakers providing editorial support and feedback to prepare films for their PBS broadcast. Nikki regularly represents POV at festivals, markets, and forums, and has served on panels and juries in the U.S. and abroad. Prior to joining the staff in early 2014, Nikki interned in POV’s Programming and Production Department. Nikki was the documentarian for The Odyssey Initiative, a non-profit traveling education project. She worked as a mentor and teacher at the Apollo Outreach Initiative in Ohio, helping children of all ages become active creators of media to express themselves through film. Nikki has served as an Assistant Director, Production Manager, and Camera Operator on professional feature films and shorts, and has garnered award recognition for her own documentaries. Nikki holds a Bachelor’s degree in Cinema Studies from Oberlin College.

Nikki Levy
Nikki Levy – Wedgeworks / Fox Features

NIKKI LEVY graduated from Northwestern University in writing and began her career at the Oxygen Network in New York City. She moved to LA in ’02 and started out in the Endeavor mail room. A bunch of jobs later, she now serves as Vice President of Wedge Works World Wide, a feature film production company at Fox.

She’s worked on such films as Oscar-nominated Frost/Nixon, Diane Keaton’s romantic comedy Because I Said So, Sisterhood of The Traveling Pants and many more.

She loves all things comedy and performs her twisted work all over LA.

Aaron Espe
Aaron Espe – Songwriter

Aaron Espe writes songs which explore, among other topics, faith, family and the complexities of pursuing the American Dream. He has been featured on the BBC, MPR’s The Current, and The Editor’s Picks at CD Baby. Raised in small-town northern Minnesota, he presently lives with his wife and their dog in Nashville, Tennessee.

“Espe wears hats of Damien Rice, John Mayer, and James Taylor without any of the fanfare, arrogance, or preconception. [Songs from a Small Town] is the perfect collection of unknown folk songs. Instantly singable, effortlessly lovable, and incredibly well for the wear.”
Patrol Magazine

“[Songs from a Small Town] transports you into Espe’s world and you will be better off for having visited.”

“[‘My Whole Life’] One of the top 20 CDs we’ve found anywhere in the last year.”
Intelligent Pop (2006)

“Hearing his music is like the experience of not realizing how thirsty you are until you start drinking….There’s no doubt that this is some of the most gorgeous male folk you’ll hear.”
Tamara Turner, CD Baby

“[His] music is honest and true. A real breath of fresh air in an ocean of superficiality – with songwriting that reveals the insight of a skilled poet twice his age.”
Ron Craighead, KGLT Radio

Pam Hogarth
Pam Hogarth – Connection Sensei

Pam Hogarth has spent almost 30 years in the world of visual effects, 25 of which doing marketing, education and career guidance. Before starting her consulting company, she worked at LOOK Effects as Director of Marketing, where she significantly increased the company’s footprint in the visual effects and production industries. She continues to work with LOOK guiding their publicity and marketing.

Before being lured to LOOK, she spent 12 years helping to build Gnomon School of Visual Effects into the premiere educational institution for careers in high-end computer graphics for entertainment. During this time she advised, taught and placed hundreds of aspiring digital artists.

While doing that, she found the time and energy to devote to the growth of the Visual Effects Society where she has served multiple terms on the Board of Directors, was twice elected as the first female Vice Chair, is Chair of the Benefits Committee and has been one of the abiding Chairs of the Education Committee. Pam has also spoken at computer graphics and academic conferences here and abroad. She serves on the advisory boards of CG Society; VIEW Conference in Turin, Italy; and the Entertainment Academy at Santa Monica College. She has taught at Gnomon, Digital Media Institute, Otis College of Art and Design, and the American Film Institute.

Pam holds an MEd in Vocational Counseling from Kent State University and a BS from Springfield College in Fine Art and Psychology. She loves helping people make their dreams a reality!

Paul Harrill
Paul Harrill – Nest Features

Paul Harrill’s short films include Gina, An Actress, Age 29, which won the Jury Prize in Short Filmmaking at the Sundance Film Festival, and Quick Feet, Soft Hands, a co-production with the Independent Television Service. He is also the writer/director of the forthcoming feature, Something, Anything (in post-production). Harrill’s films have screened around the world at festivals (Rotterdam, New Directors/New Films, etc.), museums (ICA London, Warsaw Centre for Contemporary Art, etc.), and on television. His work has been supported by The MacDowell Colony and Yaddo. Harrill has also been named one of the “25 New Faces of Independent Film” by Filmmaker Magazine. Harrill is also Managing Producer at Nest Features, along with his partner Ashley Maynor, whose mission is to produce feature-length films set in the American

Penny Everhard
Penny Everhard – BMI

Penny Everhard has joined Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI) as Associate Director, Writer/Publisher Relations, Nashville, it was announced today by Jody Williams, Vice President of Writer/Publisher Relations, Nashville for BMI. Everhard will report to Williams and Clay Bradley, Associate Vice President, Writer/Publisher Relations, Nashville.

In her new position at the performing right organization, Everhard will be responsible for developing and maintaining relationships with BMI songwriters and music publishers in Nashville and throughout the Southeast region. She will also assist BMI writers and publishers with administrative and creative functions and help coordinate local and national songwriter events, showcases and seminars.

“Penny exemplifies the qualities that make a great writer relations executive,” said Williams. “She knows music, and she’s personable, focused and organized. Her contribution to our writers and publishers will be substantial. BMI is lucky to have her.”

Prior to joining BMI, Everhard served as a song plugger and creative manager at both Tom-Leis Music and Love Monkey Music in Nashville, where she created and executed opportunities for staff writers, including top-tier artist and writer co-writes. In addition to also scouting and developing new talent, she oversaw day-to-day office management, and served as production assistant for all sessions, which included hiring musicians, booking studios and processing billing. Everhard studied Business Administration at Belmont University in Nashville, where she graduated with a BBA in Music Business.

Pepper Jay
Pepper Jay – Producer

Pepper Jay began her performance career at age 5. When she wasn’t appearing in television sitcoms, such as ‘The Real McCoys,’ she was performing on stage. From ages 5 to 15, Pepper also tap danced and played her accordion for charity events and fund-raisers.

After graduating from San Diego State University, Pepper obtained a lifetime teaching credential from the State of California and taught in Los Angeles public schools for over a decade. She taught several subjects including drama, dance, Spanish, physical education, and she also coordinated and produced live shows by the 100+ member drill team. Pepper obtained her Juris Doctorate Degree from the University of San Diego. (Note: Pepper Jay was also a state and federal trial attorney for 30+ years.)

Although Pepper Jay completed her pubic teaching career in 1983, she continues to this day her private performance teaching and coaching and public speaking appearances, specializing in audience psychology for singers, actors, lawyers, and public speakers. Some of her students have received critical acclaim, such as Allison Iraheta (Top 4 on American Idol, Season 8).

In 1991, Pepper formalized her entertainment company, Pepper Jay Productions LLC. (“PJP”) and continues to produce music, film, TV, and live entertainment.

From 1993 through 2008, Pepper Jay created and hosted the Working Actors Group, offering on-camera, scene study, and cold reading workshops to working actors.

On the net, PJP produces the Actors Podcast Network, consisting of 15+ informative and entertaining shows on three channels: Actors Reporter (internet and cable), Actors Entertainment (including ActorsE Chat Show), and Actors Radio. Some of their 1400+ entertainment industry professional guests have included Joe Mantegna, Kevin Sorbo, Robert Davi, Fred Williamson, Freda Payne, and Brenda Epperson, to name a few.

Today, Pepper Jay is found on both sides of the camera.

Peter Van Steemburg
Peter Van Steemburg – ICM Partners

Peter Van Steemburg began his film career at the international distribution division of Miramax Films before joining the film finance department at Cinetic Media. He joined Magnolia Pictures and Magnet Releasing in 2008, and during his tenure, worked on the negotiation of films such as Joe Swanberg’s “Drinking Buddies,” Lars von Trier’s “Nymphomaniac,” Nicolas Winding Refn’s “Bronson” and others.

Peter currently works for ICM Partners as an agent in the Motion Picture International department.

Ra Kumar
Ra Kumar – United Talent Agency

Ra represents a variety of production companies, producers and on-air talent for network television, cable and syndication.

Prior to joining Bienstock, Ra spent the last decade working as a television packaging agent in Los Angeles. He also held various production positions with Warner Brothers Television and Fox World.

“In a swiftly changing media business, client service has to be the one constant. My philosophy is ‘client first’ as we move into the new landscape”

Ra earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Film from Columbia College Chicago and currently lives

Rachel Raney
Rachel Raney – Executive Director – Southern Documentary Fund

Rachel Raney is a seasoned documentary filmmaker and public TV/radio producer. She got her start working on documentaries for the Center for Investigative Reporting and the PBS series FRONTLINE. Since then Raney has worked on numerous independent films, many backed by ITVS, and her film Livermore aired on PBS’ Independent Lens. She also worked at KQED-TV in San Francisco, launching the documentary series Truly CA, and producing their long running arts program Spark. Recently, Raney moved to North Carolina and landed at WUNC, producing for their national daily radio program The Story with Dick Gordon.

Rich Peluso
Rich Peluso – Sony Affirm

Rich Peluso Vice President of Affirm Films, SPHE’s faith label, which played a key role in helping to bring films like Fireproof and Facing the Giants to wide audiences.

Based in Franklin, TN, Peluso most recently worked as a consultant to SPHE. Peluso had previously held posts that focus on the faith and entertainment arenas, including President of The Safe Side Company and President of EMI Christian Music Group Distribution, a division of EMI Music North America.

In his new role, Peluso will work alongside Steve Okin, Vice President of Family Entertainment, and will be responsible for acquiring, developing, and marketing films that entertain and inspire families and people of faith. In addition to identifying new opportunities for Affirm Films, Peluso will also explore ways to use SPHE’s extensive catalog to introduce new audiences to quality and uplifting entertainment.

In making the announcement, Rubin stated, “We are very impressed by Rich’s depth of experience, enthusiasm and strong relationships. His appreciation for the interests of the faith community and his desire to bring entertainment with a positive message to families everywhere make him the ideal person to round out the Affirm Films team.”

Peluso studied at Montgomery College in Maryland and the Center for Creative Leadership.

Richard Abramowitz
Richard Abramowitz – Abramorama

Richard Abramowitz is President of Abramorama, a consulting firm that serves the film industry in the production, representation, marketing, and distribution of independent films. His recent distribution projects include John Turturro’s ROMANCE & CIGARETTES, starring James Gandolfini, Susan Saranandon and Kate Winslet; THE NINES, a Sundance entry written and directed by John August, and GOD GREW TIRED OF US, winner of the Audience Award & Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival, both with Newmarket Films; Tom DiCillo’s DELIRIOUS, also a Sundance competition film; Morgan Spurlock’s SXSW entry WHAT WOULD JESUS BUY?, and THE SINGING REVOLUTION, Jim & Maureen Tusty’s renowned feature detailing the role of folk songs in Estonia’s liberation from the Soviet Union.

Among his Producer Representation projects have been BIG RIG Doug Pray’s SXSW entry about the independent trucking culture; NEIL YOUNG: HEART OF GOLD, directed by Jonathan Demme; EVE & THE FIRE HORSE, Special Jury Prize winner in the Dramatic Feature Competition at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival; KARDIA, winner of the Alfred P. Sloan Award for films about science and technology at the Hamptons International Film Festival; Sundance Documentary Competition entry THE WEATHER UNDERGROUND; and, Patrick Swayze’s ONE LAST DANCE. His client list includes Warner Strategic Marketing, Neil Young’s Shakey Pictures, Jonathan Demme’s Clinica Estetica, and Newmarket Films.

His recent production credits include ROBERT BLECKER WANTS YOU DEAD (2008, Executive Producer), a documentary about the world’s foremost death penalty advocate; Azazel Jacobs’ AFI Film Festival selection THE GOODTIMESKID (2005, Executive Producer); and ZERO DAY (2003, Executive Producer), Ben Coccio’s chilling and innovative directorial debut.

Mr. Abramowitz was a co-founder of Stratosphere Entertainment, the independent distribution and production company financed by Carl Icahn. Stratosphere’s releases included the 1997 Academy Award Nominee from Russia, THE THIEF; HIDEOUS KINKY, starring two-time Academy Award Nominee Kate Winslet, and the surprise hit, XIU XIU, actress Joan Chen’s directorial debut.

Prior to starting Stratosphere, Mr. Abramowitz was President of Green Valley Films, a motion picture consulting firm whose clients included HBO, Sony Wonder, Cabin Fever Entertainment, International Pictures, Ltd., and Island Pictures.

With a special focus on the marketing and distribution of documentaries, he has been involved with the release of four Academy Award Nominees in the Best Feature Documentary category: 4 LITTLE GIRLS, MANDELA, SOUND AND FURY and THE WEATHER UNDERGROUND, as well as numerous other non-fiction films over the past 25 years, including BLINDSIGHT, GO FURTHER, GRASS, METALLICA: SOME KIND OF MONSTER; PORN STAR, PUMPING IRON: THE WOMEN and, SUPERSTAR IN A HOUSEDRESS.

As a marketing and distribution executive, Mr. Abramowitz has been responsible for acquiring and releasing some of the most provocative and substantial films during the recent “golden years” of American independent cinema. While President/COO of RKO Pictures Distribution, he handled The Shooting Gallery’s acclaimed first feature, LAWS OF GRAVITY. Prior to that, as a senior executive at Cinecom Entertainment, he distributed John Sayles’ THE BROTHER FROM ANOTHER PLANET and MATEWAN, Jonathan Demme’s STOP MAKING SENSE and SWIMMING TO CAMBODIA, Tom Stoppard’s ROSENCRANTZ AND GUILDENSTERN ARE DEAD, and Merchant Ivory’s A ROOM WITH A VIEW, among many, many others.

He is an Adjunct Professor at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, Maurice Kanbar Institute of Film and Television, a frequent panelist and juror at film festivals around the world, serves on Advisory Boards to several major film festivals and film centers, and regularly lectures on film and the film industry.

Richard Glasser
Richard Glasser

A Motown recording artist Richard began writing music at age 14. He’s produced the soundtracks for “Crash,” “The Kings Speech” (Academy Award for Best Picture), “Sarah’s Key”, “Spy Kids, “Scream 4”, “The Tillman Story”, “I Don’t Know How She Does It”, “My Week With Marilyn”, “Butter”, “Iron Lady”, “Blue Valentine”, “The Illusionist;” “Painted Veil” (Alexandre Desplat Golden Globe Winner: Best Score); “Kickin’ It Old Skool;” “Hostage;” “Resurrecting the Champ;” “Chumscrubber;” (James Horner) “Matador;” “The Good Night”, “The Final Season” “Winter Passing;” and “Shortcut to Happiness (Chris Young).” He is currently the “Executive In Charge of Music” at The Weinstein Company.

Mr. Glasser has also served as Music Supervisor for major motion pictures such as “Hostage,” starring Bruce Willis; “Painted Veil,” starring Ed Norton and Naomi Watts; “The Illusionist”; “Kickin’ It Old Skool,” starring Jamie Kennedy; “First Snow,” starring Guy Pearce; “Gray Matters,” starring Heather Graham; “Find Me Guilty,” starring Vin Diesel; and “Even Money,” starring Danny DeVito.

His songs have been recorded by some of the music industry’s top artists, such as Stevie Wonder, Vicki Carr, Anne Murray, and Vic Damone. Mr. Glasser has worked with such artists as Ann Cusack, Tara Lipinski, Alison Lohman, Tara Reid, Burt Reynolds, Carol Burnett, Clint Eastwood, Diahann Carroll, Ed McMahon, Dick Clark, Debbie Reynolds, Doc Severinson, Joey Heatherton and many others. Mr Glasser has worked with the following entertainment companies as a music supervisor and consultant: Yari Film Group (CRASH) (Illusionist) (Painted Veil); Fintage International (Film and Music Publishing); The Mark Gordon Company (Hostage); EMI; RCA; Universal Music; Sony Pictures; Sony Music; Capital Records; Ryko Disk (Illusionist), Hollywood Records (HOAX), Splendid Pictures International (Music and Film Investment); Cutting Edge Entertainment (Co-Founder, Executive Producer & Film Investment); Warner Bros. Music (Painted Veil); Rondor Music International (Recording and Music Publishing); LBS Communications (Bay Watch) Music and TV and Film Programming; Scottie Bros. Records (Recording and Publishing companies); Screen Gems (Music Publishing); All American (TV and Film Programming); and A & M Records (Recording and Publishing). Mr Glasser has also produced the following albums: “CRASH” (both Soundtrack and Music Inspired By releases); “The Illusionist;” “Painted Veil” (Golden Globe Winner: Best Score); “Kickin’ It Old Skool;” “Hostage;” “Resurrecting the Champ;” “Chumscrubber;” “Matador;” “The Good Night”, “The Final Season” “Winter Passing;” and “Shortcut to Happiness.”

Rick Elias
Rick Elias – Songwriter

Rick Elias is a Nashville-based singer and songwriter.

From 1993 to 2002, Elias was a member of Rich Mullins’ A Ragamuffin Band.[1]

Rick was a founding member of Rich Mullins and a Ragamuffin Band. Today Rick spends his time writing and producing music in Nashville TN., and continues to perform solo throughout the U.S. and internationally. His music was featured in the 1996 movie That Thing You Do! (which was written and directed by Tom Hanks), Dawsons Creek, “My Big Fat Greek Wedding”, as well as numerous other albums, independent films, and TV shows. Rick has also produced artists such as Rich Mullins, Amy Grant, Aaron Neville, Michael W. Smith, and many others. Along with all this, he has written, performed, and produced three solo projects over the last decade, and is currently working on a fourth project. Rick’s work has been nominated and awarded by the GMA, UCMVA, and the Nashville Music Awards, and his first solo record was voted as one of the top 100 greatest albums in Christian music by CCM Magazine.

Rick Rekedal
Rick Rekedal – DreamWorks Animation

Rick Rekedal is an entertainment industry veteran in his 17th year with DreamWorks Animation. In his current role, Rick functions as global general manager within DreamWorks Animation’s franchise brand group. In addition, Rick works closely with filmmakers, development and production executives, shepherding film and TV development to maximize the potential of DreamWorks Animation’s biggest film properties.

Prior to this, Rick held posts within DreamWorks Animation as head of licensing; head of online production; and head of global interactive, helping build franchises such as Shrek; Madagascar; Kung Fu Panda and How To Train Your Dragon. Rekedal began his career in the toy industry, including work on the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Image Comics, Star Trek: The Next Generation and Jurassic Park: The Lost World. Rick’s work has received numerous awards including two Annie awards for best animated video game; two Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards for video game of the year; awards for best family board game; toy of the year and action figure of the year.

Rick sits on the advisory board for Seabourne Pictures based in Nashville, and is a graduate of Biola University with a BA in Communication. He resides with his family of 3 girls in southern California.

Ronnie McDowell
Ronnie McDowell – Singer/Songwriter Sanctioned Voice of Elvis

Ronnie McDowell has an amazing string of hit songs that he has amassed over the years, but it is his riveting stage presence and genuine warmth that fills the seats again and again. Like all great entertainers, Ronnie McDowell has a personality that remains luminous long after the lights go dim. These qualities have inspired a nationwide network of fan-clubs with more than 3,000 members, each one a devoted promoter of everything McDowell does.

Following the death of Elvis Presley in 1977, Ronnie McDowell came out of nowhere to dazzle the world with his heartfelt and self-penned tribute song “The King Is Gone” on the independent Scorpion label. The record took off immediately, gaining airplay on country and pop stations across the country and around the world. To date, “The King Is Gone” has sold more than 5 Million copies.

All of a sudden, the young man from Portland, Tennessee was a star, and he quickly proved that he wasn’t just a one-trick pony. McDowell scored a second hit for the Scorpion label titled “I Love You, I Love You, I Love You” before being wooed and signed by CBS Records – Epic label in 1979.

Ronnie McDowell charted a string of hit singles and albums for Epic between 1979 and 1986. Every single release with the exception of just one became a Top 10 Hit including the chart toppers “Older Women” and “You’re Gonna Ruin My Bad Reputation.” Other hits during his Epic years included “Watchin Girls Go By,” “Personally,” “You Made A Wanted Man Of Me,” “All Tied Up,” and “In A New York Minute.”

McDowell toured constantly to support each album release and consequently built an astounding fan base throughout the country. He sought the advice of artists such as Conway Twitty who became, in essence, not only his mentor but his friend as well. Twitty helped the young singer with advise about touring, recording and most of all entertaining the fans. Twitty was certainly the master and Ronnie McDowell quickly became his prize pupil.

Moving to Curb Records in 1986, his current label to date, McDowell scored a Top 10 hit with “It’s Only Make Believe,” a duet with Conway Twitty on what was Twitty’s breakthrough hit from 1958. Two years later Ronnie teamed up with Jerry Lee Lewis for a rocking duet that McDowell wrote titled,”You’re Never Too Old To Rock N’ Roll.” He also recorded yet another Top 10 hit with his version of the pop standard “Unchained Melody,” which also became a #1 country music video. His entertaining abilities soared and he began to draw larger crowds. He started appearing in larger venues and touring with artists such as Conway Twitty, Tammy Wynette and Loretta Lynn before headlining his own shows.

Two of McDowell’s most recent projects on Curb Records include an album of beach music with Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Bill Pinkney’s Original Drifters, entitled, “Ronnie McDowell with Bill Pinkney’s Original Drifters”. The second project is a new country album titled “Ronnie McDowell Country”, a collection of six new McDowell penned songs, and a few country standards by such Legendary writers as Buck Owens, Harlan Howard and Dallas Frazier.

Ronnie McDowell is still constantly in demand on the road and he tours relentlessly with his band the Rhythm Kings. Additionally, he often tours with Elvis Presley’s original sidemen Scotty Moore and D.J. Fontana along with Millie Kirkham and The Jordanaires staging a tribute to Elvis Presley’s music. Ronnie McDowell sang 36 songs on the soundtrack “Elvis,” the Dick Clark-produced television movie that featured Kurt Russell as the performer. He also was the singing voice for the television movie “Elvis And Me”, the ABC television series about the early years of Elvis’ career titled simply “Elvis” as well as, the 1997 Showtime special “Elvis Meets Nixon.”

While Elvis Presley has played a big part in Ronnie McDowell’s musical career over the years, Ronnie continues to entertain audiences with his own blend of romantic intimacy and country excitement! He looks great, he sounds great, and judging from the longtime adoration of his fans, he seems to grow better with each passing year!

Roxanne Benjamin
Roxanne Benjamin

Roxanne Benjamin is the Head of Acquisitions and Production for The Collective’s theatrical, digital, and home video genre brand, Bloody Disgusting Selects, which focuses on the development, production, and distribution of elevated genre content from around the world. She recently oversaw all aspects of development and production for the Collective on the feature film V/H/S, on which she was a Producer, from conception through final delivery.

The film was accepted into the Midnight Section of the 2012 Sundance Film Festival and sold domestic rights to Magnolia Pictures for over $1 million dollars. She holds a Masters in Entertainment Business Management from the H. J. Heinz College of Public Policy and Management at Carnegie Melon University and a BA in Visual Arts and Story Analysis from Belmont University in Nashville.

Prior to joining the Collective, Roxanne worked for one of the nation’s top non-profit independent film theaters, the historic Belcourt Theater in Nashville, TN, and the Tennessee Repertory Theater. From there, she moved to the Documentary Channel, where she served in various capacities including Media Associate, Programming & Planning Manager, and Film Festival Manager.

While attending graduate school, Roxanne served as an Exhibitions and Development Associate for Pittsburgh Filmmakers and the Three Rivers Film Festival, and brought the Human Rights Film Festival to Pittsburgh, overseeing programming, marketing, and community outreach. Since moving to Los Angeles, she has worked in Creative Affairs, Development, Film and Television Production, Feature Distribution, Sales, New Media Marketing, and Acquisitions. Roxanne continues to serve as a freelance journalist for online publications, primarily those covering genre film, and serves on juries and panels at film festivals around the world.

Rosemary Tarquinio
Rosemary Tarquinio

Vice President Current Programming CBS

Tarquinio has an extensive background in television, having held a variety of executive positions during the past 15 years. Most recently, she served as senior vice president for Radiant Productions for Wolfgang Petersen, where she was responsible for the conception, development and production of one-hour dramatic series, syndicated series, movies of the week and miniseries for both domestic and international outlets. Projects developed and/or produced under her aegis included

The Agency,
Killer App,
Criminal Minds and
Hotel Adlon.

Sabrina Eisenstadt
Sabrina Eisenstadt – Producer

Full Circle (TV Series) (co-executive producer – 10 episodes, 2015) (producer – 10 episodes, 2013)
– Jimmy & Richie (2015) … (co-executive producer)
– Bud & Jimmy (2015) … (co-executive producer)
– Vera & Bud (2015) … (co-executive producer)
– Ken & Vera (2015) … (co-executive producer)
– Ellen & Ken (2015) … (co-executive producer)
– Phil & Ellen (2015) … (co-executive producer)
– Paulie & Phil (2015) … (co-executive producer)
– Katie & Paulie (2015) … (co-executive producer)
– Shelly & Katie (2015) … (co-executive producer)
– Richie & Shelly (2015) … (co-executive producer)
– Celeste & Tim (2013) … (producer)
– Robbie & Celeste (2013) … (producer)
– Trisha & Robbie (2013) … (producer)
– Trent & Trisha (2013) … (producer)
– Cliff & Trent (2013) … (producer)
– Chan’dra & Cliff (2013) … (producer)
– Jace & Chan’dra (2013) … (producer)
– Stanley & Jace (2013) … (producer)
– Bridgette & Stanley (2013) … (producer)
– Tim & Bridgette (2013) … (producer)

Seth Willenson
Seth Willenson – Consultant

Seth Willenson has been head of his own consulting company for over 15 years. Prior to this he held a number of executive positions including New Line Cinema where he was a founder in 1970, General Manager of Films Inc, Snr VP Programming and Business Affairs RCA Video, Vice President of Acquisitions for video and television Paramount Pictures and lastly Snr vice President New Line Cinema

He has consulted for over 50 clients including New Line, Discovery Communications, Saul Zaentz, Polygram,
Columbia, Atari, Larry Levinson Productions amount others. Currently clients include Melee Entertainment. Rosenbloom Entertainment, and Scholastic Entertainment among others.

He has produced or executive produced over 20 movies and supervised the distribution of many others
including the Shiloh Film Series and, Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer Animated Feature Series, Chuck
Norris’ Top Dog and Forrest Warrior

He is currently involved producing moderately budgeted features for Anchor Bay including Hijacked with Randy Couture and the Mule with Sharon Stone.

Particularly relevant to Nashville he has extensive experience in films of faith and was producer of the Littlest Angel Feature and At Jesus Side animated features currently in distribution, involved with the distribution of The Omega Code, Megiddo and the Billy Graham Movie as well as Love Comes Softly

In addition Seth is currently working on the release and marketing of the feature Hank Williams Last Ride

He is a graduate of Cornell University and did graduate work at the University of Pennsylvania Annenberg School of Communications

Sierra Cowan
Sierra Cowan – Destination America

Buying Alaska (TV Series) (production coordinator – 17 episodes)
– Jaws, Claws, and Beaver Fever (2014) … (production coordinator)
– Access by Air (2014) … (production coordinator)
– Snow Machine and Bear Attacks (2014) … (production coordinator)
– No Roads In (2013) … (production coordinator)
– Dangerous Trails (2013) … (production coordinator)
Show all 17 episodes
2013When Ghosts Attack (TV Series documentary) (production coordinator – 1 episode)
– Deliver Us from Evil Spirits (2013) … (production coordinator)
2013Disney Cruise Line: Behind the Magic (TV Movie documentary) (production coordinator: Destination America)
Hide HideProducer (2 credits)
2014Ghost Asylum (TV Series) (associate producer – 2 episodes)
– Kuhn Memorial Hospital (2014) … (associate producer)
– Old War Memorial (2014) … (associate producer)
2014Buying Alaska (TV Series) (associate producer – 1 episode)
– Cabin Upgrade (2014) … (associate producer)

Gale Anne Hurd
Stacey Levin – Valhalla [Gale Anne Hurd’s Company] – Television

Gale Anne Hurd’s Valhalla Entertainment has hired veteran creative executive Stacey Levin as Vice President of Television.

At Valhalla, Levin will be responsible for overseeing the development of television projects in drama, comedy and reality for cable and broadcast networks.

Valhalla also promoted Creative Executive Kris Henigman to Director of Development and upped Hurd’s former assistant, Phillip Kobylanski to Story Editor.

Levin comes to Valhalla from Universal Cable Productions, where she has been Director of Development since April of 2011. During her time at UCP, she worked closely with the producers and writers attached to the studio’s pod deals with Hypnotic, Tagline, and since April, Valhalla Entertainment. Levin also oversaw the critically acclaimed comedy series “I Just Want My Pants Back” for MTV.

“Stacey has proven her ability to collaborate creatively and effectively on a wide array of projects in different genres with various networks,” says Hurd. “She will be invaluable to us as we expand our television production slate.”

“I have enjoyed working closely with Stacey and having her as a member of my team. Her talent relationships and her years of expertise shepherding pilots and series have been a vital part of growing UCP into a full service studio. We are fortunate that this new opportunity will keep Stacey close to the UCP family as she joins Gale at Valhalla and we look forward to a productive and dynamic collaboration,” said Maira Suro, Senior Vice President, Development and Current Programming, Universal Cable Productions

“I have tremendous respect for Gale’s creative acumen and I am excited to be involved in all the projects on Valhalla’s impressive development slate,” says Levin. “And, I get to continue working with the great team at UCP through our deal, so it’s the best of both worlds.”

Before joining UCP, Levin spent nine years at 20th Century Fox Television where she last served as Director of Current Programming from 2005 to 2011. While there, she handled creative duties on the Emmy Award-winning and Golden Globe nominated hit comedy series “Modern Family” and “Arrested Development,” as well as “King of the Hill,” “Back to You,” “How I Met Your Mother,” “Yes, Dear,” “The Bernie Mac Show” and “Still Standing,” among others. Additionally, she supervised the creative direction of drama series “Lie to Me,” “Dollhouse,” “Life on Mars,” “Vanished,” “Shark” and the reality series “The Simple Life.”

After graduating from Rutgers University, Levin started her career in the publicity department at Markham/Novell Communications in New York. She then worked as an Account Manager and Account Executive at Giddon & Company and as Manager of Communications at Nickelodeon. She moved out to Los Angeles in 2001, where she joined 20th Century Fox Television as Director of Media Relations, a position she held until transitioning to the creative department.

In addition to her work in television, Levin is also a columnist for Meltdown Comics and their website She has also sold an animated project to 20th Century Fox Television’s Inkubation program, published a book entitled “I Don’t Want to Die Alone!: True Stories of Online Dating,” and produced an anti-bullying documentary called “For Billy.”

Stephen Erin Dinehart IV
Stephen Erin Dinehart IV

Stephen Erin Dinehart IV is an educator, award-winning interactive storyteller, writer and artist, currently acting as Central Creative Officer and Wizard for his transmedia gaming start-up Narrware. A leading expert in transmedia storytelling, his work broke early ground in 2006 and has since gone on to help inspire a movement.

Dinehart has consulted and worked with Warner Brothers, Electronic Arts, Activision, Zenimax, THQ and more, on franchises ranging from The Marvel Universe, Constantine, Batman, F.E.A.R., and The Lord of the Rings, to Dawn of War and Company of Heroes. At USC’s School of Cinematic Arts he also co-designed and produced the hit independent games Cloud and Journey of Jin while on scholarship from Electronic Arts, Gene Autry and the David Lynch Foundation.

Steve Buchanan
Steve Buchanan

Steve Buchanan is the president of the Grand Ole Opry Group. The Nashville-based entertainment group is comprised of the iconic Grand Ole Opry, the Ryman Auditorium, one of the nation’s most awarded performance venues, legendary WSM-AM radio station and Gaylord Program Services, Inc.

Buchanan has led the Group since 1998 and throughout his career has been responsible for the development and production of musical productions, albums and television specials and series. He currently serves as an executive producer of both ABC’s prime-time scripted drama series “Nashville” and GAC-TV’s “Noteworthy at the Opry.”

Buchanan was named general manager of the Ryman Auditorium in 1993. During his time at the Ryman, he directed an $8.5 million renovation of the historic structure, executive-produced such noted musical productions as “Always by Patsy Cline” and “Lost Highway – The Music and Legend of Hank Williams,” and he was the co-creator and executive producer of “Sam’s Place – Music for the Spirit.” He also executive produced and developed the musicals, “Bye Bye Love – The Everly Brothers Musical” and “Stand By Your Man – The Tammy Wynette Story.”

Buchanan produced the Grammy-nominated Bill Monroe album “Live at the Opry” (1990) and Monroe’s “Cryin’ Holy Unto the Lord” (1991). He also produced numerous television specials, including CBS’ “Grand Ole Opry’s 75th: A Celebration” and the A&E special “Grand Ole Opry: 75 Years in the Making.” During the Opry’s 80th Anniversary celebration, Buchanan was responsible for the show’s monumental return to Carnegie Hall in November 2005 as well as the associated GAC-TV special and the Sony Music DVD release. In 2009, Buchanan helped organize, and served as executive producer of, another GAC-TV Special “Country at the White House”. He also executive produced “Grand Ole Opry Live” for CMT-TV and GAC-TV from 1999 until 2011.

Buchanan earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in business administration from Vanderbilt University. Buchanan received the 2012 Outstanding Service Award from Vanderbilt’s Owen Graduate School of Management. He serves as president of the Opry Trust Fund and is on the board of W.O. Smith Community Music School and is the immediate past chairman of the Country Music Association Board. He is an alumnus of both Leadership Nashville and Leadership Music. Buchanan is a member of the Academy of Country Music and the Recording Academy.

A native of Oak Ridge, Tenn., Buchanan is married to Ree Guyer Buchanan, a music publisher.

Steven Hoban
Steve Hoban – Copperheart Entertainment

Steven Hoban was born in Ottawa, Ontario in 1964 to Kenneth and Francoise Hoban. He grew up living in a number of countries due to his father’s employment with the Canadian Foreign Service. Prior to becoming a film producer his career included being VP business affairs at a completion bond company followed by co-founding and running an animation studio and R&D facility for Imax Corporation. He has produced Imax(R)3D films, feature films, short films, and animated films.

Hoban’s recent features include Nothing, directed by Vincenzo Natali (Cube) and Ginger Snaps III: The Beginning, directed by Grant Harvey (American Beer). Upcoming feature film productions include Black Christmas, a remake of the classic film from the early ’70s that launched the serial-killer genre being written and directed by Glen Morgan (X-Files, Final Destination, The One).

The short film Ryan, directed by Chris Landreth and one of Hoban’s latest ventures in CG animation, has received over 75 international awards including three from the Cannes Film Festival and in 2005 won an Academy Award(R).

Hoban’s past productions for Imax Corporation include CyberWorld, the first IMAX(R)3D computer animated film that used cutting-edge computer animation from some of the world’s leading CG artists and studios. Among the cast of characters in CyberWorld are Bart and Homer Simpson, as well as the voice talent of Woody Allen, Sharon Stone and Jenny Elfman.

Hoban produces films at his Toronto-based company Copperheart Entertainment.

Steve Rawlings
Steve Rawlings – BRI Capital

BRI Business Services, Inc. is a full-service global strategic advisory firm that operates four U.S. offices: Chicago, IL; Los Angeles, CA; New York, NY; and Nashville, TN. In addition, we have four overseas offices: London, Rome, Yadong (China) and Nanjing (China). Founded in 1988, our firm offers a wide range of services available to assist our clients in achieving their ultimate goals. Our mission is to create tangible value for our clients. Our experience spans a wide variety of industry segments and our clients also range from start-ups to Fortune 100 global firms to top tier academic institutions. Our advisory services have guided numerous clients through the sale or acquisition of their firm. Our turnaround experience includes one of the most complex restructuring projects nationally in the past five years.

Our business development, research and marketing teams are professionals who feature a unique combination of advanced academic credentials combined with abundant “real-world” experience. Our client teams are accessible, understanding and experienced.

BRI Business Services, Inc. is controlled by its management. BRI’s ultimate objective is to provide value to its clients. BRI prides itself on its integrity. We believe that at BRI relationships must be built on trust and reputation to grow and prosper in an ever-changing environment. Through its diversified skills, BRI seeks to achieve value for clients, investors, and staff with a commitment to integrity and professional standards, which reflects our ethical philosophy.

We take great pride in our ability to deliver consistent exceptional service and to put highly professional teams wherever the client may need them.

Stephen Erin Dinehart IV
Stephen Erin Dinehart IV

Stephen Erin Dinehart IV is an educator, award-winning interactive storyteller, writer and artist, currently acting as Central Creative Officer and Wizard for his transmedia gaming start-up Narrware. A leading expert in transmedia storytelling, his work broke early ground in 2006 and has since gone on to help inspire a movement.

Dinehart has consulted and worked with Warner Brothers, Electronic Arts, Activision, Zenimax, THQ and more, on franchises ranging from The Marvel Universe, Constantine, Batman, F.E.A.R., and The Lord of the Rings, to Dawn of War and Company of Heroes. At USC’s School of Cinematic Arts he also co-designed and produced the hit independent games Cloud and Journey of Jin while on scholarship from Electronic Arts, Gene Autry and the David Lynch Foundation.

Stuart Goodman
Stuart Goodman Producer

Stuart Goodman is an award-winning producer with a remarkably diverse career. He has produced and/or directed films, dramatic television, documentaries, reality, comedy, and sports programming. He is a member of the Director’s Guild of America. Stuart is also a voting member of BAFTA.

Currently, Stuart is producing Manhunters, a reality series for the A&E network. The series, which recently aired its third season, follows America’s newest, toughest, and most incredible crime fighters today, The Fugitive Task Force, a division of the U.S. Marshals.

In the arena of one-hour television dramas, Stuart produced four seasons of the award-winning A&E series, The General Motors Playwrights Theater, hosted by Lauren Bacall and Anthony Quinn, with episodes starring such luminaries as James Earl Jones, Jose Ferrer, Olympia Dukakis, Jean Stapleton, Anthony Edwards, Teri Garr, Elizabeth Shue, and Jane Seymour. This acclaimed series garnered four of Cable Television’s prestigious CableACE Awards.

Also for A&E, Mr. Goodman produced numerous episodes of their award-winning signature series, Biography, including “Teen Idols Week” (biographies of Brenda Lee, Lesley Gore and Bobby Rydell) as well as Loretta Lynn, Liberace, and James Brown.

Stuart has an extensive and varied career working in motion pictures for television. For TNT, Stuart produced Tennessee Williams’ Orpheus Descending, starring Vanessa Redgrave. As a line producer or union assistant director (creating the budgets, scheduling, hiring of the crew, day-to-day run of the set), he has worked on a number of network movies, including The Prize Pulitzer starring Courtney Cox for CBS/Hallmark and Lady in a Corner for NBC. He was the NYC second unit director for The Odd Couple – Together Again with Tony Randall and Jack Klugman for NBC/Paramount, and Room For Romance for CBS.

Recently, he was Supervising Producer on the feature film Bailey’s Billion$, starring Jennifer Tilly, Tim Curry, Jon Lovetz and Dean Cain. It was released through Echo Bridge and Arclight.

Mr. Goodman was on staff at ABC Television where he worked on hundreds of productions, ranging from the Olympic Games to Emmy award-winning dramatic specials. He has received four Emmy nominations for his camera work. In addition, he has two Emmy Awards for shows he produced and directed for ABC’s American Sportsman documentary series.

Other documentaries include The Bunny Years, a two hour special profiling the remarkable range of women who worked as Playboy Bunnies during the 25 year history of the Playboy Clubs, for A&E Network, CTV in Canada, and the BBC; for Discovery Channel and Animal Planet, Stuart produced Edge of Extinction: Saving the Leatherback Sea Turtle, which was nominated for the Canadian Emmy.

Susan Hahn
Susan Hahn – Writer – Producer – Business Development

Susan Hahn is a writer, producer, and business development executive living in Chicago. A former development professional at Filmworkers in Nashville, she continues to have strong ties and unbridled enthusiasm to the Nashville film community. Her Chicago roots run deep with a variety of professional experience, which includes: teaching screenwriting at DePaul University, development at Resolution Digital Studios, and an extensive career as a writer in advertising, branding, and marketing.

Tara Strauss
Tara Strauss – SpectreVision

Tara Strauss is a Creative Executive for Elijah Wood’s horror film company, SpectreVision, which recently premiered the Sundance hit Cooties. She oversees the Development Department and is responsible for finding and evaluating new projects for the company to produce.

After graduating from USC’s School of Cinematic Arts, Tara got her start working in the Story Department of Endeavor Agency (now known as William Morris Endeavor Agency) and quickly moved on to the Peabody Award winning Battlestar Galactica franchise. She worked as a Development Executive for Keypix Productions, which produced Disney’s Air Buddies films, and in 2012 joined SpectreVision as Creative Executive.

She is also an independent film producer currently working on a documentary feature called Without Papers”and has produced other award winning shorts that have screened at festivals across the country. She has worked for directors such as Mark Waters, John Singleton, Angela Robinson and companies like Dreamworks Animation throughout her career. She is both an avid consumer and creator of science fiction and horror content who feels passionate that entertainment as a form of art can have a great impact on culture.

Ted Rosenblatt
Ted Rosenblatt – pfg Entertainment

Professional Credentials

– Frequent panelist at seminars and a lecturer in the area of international film financing and distribution, held at top US universities such as the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).
– Court-certified Expert on international film sales and distribution who has acted as an expert-witness in relation to international sales and licensing of independent films in various litigation and arbitration proceedings.


• Over 25 years experience in the business of international independent film sales and licensing.
• Involved with all aspects of acquisition, financing, delivery, marketing, distribution and collection of receipts of films, I have been directly responsible for the sales of some 200 films.
• Co-founded PFG Entertainment, a specialized international financing and sales company, in 1991. We arrange, and advise in relation to, financing for independent film projects. We also sell independent films, documentaries and TV series, both domestically and internationally.
• Directly responsible for sales of all films sold by PFG, regularly attends the major annual international film markets like Cannes and the American Film Market (AFM).

Thoromar Jonsson
Thoromar Jonsson – Producer/Director

Producer/director Thoromar Jonsson is the co-founder and CEO of Isold Film and TV Financing, Iceland’s first private motion picture and TV investment fund. After serving as a production assistant on features and commercials by notable directors including Gore Verbinski, Tony Kaye and Ben Stiller, he served as 1st assistant director on Baltasar Kormákur’s acclaimed debut Reykjavik 101. He began his directing career in commercials, with clients including Gasprom, ARD, Allianz, Mastercard, Opel, VW, Mercedes Benz and Domino’s. In 2003, he founded O! Advertising in Iceland, serving as creative director until 2010.

In 2011, he directed his first short film Konfekt and in 2013 completed his debut feature, Ferox, with both receiving support from The Icelandic film fund. Ferox received 5 Edda Award nominations and screened at festivals around the world, including the Göteborg, Norway and Lighthouse International Film Festivals. Last year he directed The Wait, a documentary that premiered at the Reykjavik Arts Festival and is currently screening at festivals around the world.

He is currently developing 3 projects as a producer/director for New Work Pictures in Iceland, as well as building Isold’s slate of projects.

Tifanie Jodeh
Tifanie Jodeh – Entertainment Law Partners

Tifanie Jodeh is a founder and partner at Entertainment Law Partners, where she represents many corporate clients and entrepreneurs as well as individual actors, performers, writers, directors, musicians, agents, PR agencies, managers, and producers in the corporate, business, and entertainment industry.

She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Colorado, Boulder and her J.D. from Loyola Law School, Los Angeles.

Jodeh began her career as head of Business and Corporate Affairs for the prestigious personal management company of Royal and Associates in Beverly Hills, California, representing entertainment talent (mainly for Nancy Cartwright of the SIMPSONS) as well as corporate interests in the industry. From Royal, Jodeh was recruited by TFN, The Football Network, as General Counsel, to manage corporate governance, talent negotiations, development and acquisition of programming including options, live and taped sporting events, documentaries, home video/DVD and Digital distribution, news shows, reality, Internet content development and syndication. Jodeh maintained her own practice before she joined MindFusion Law, LLP as partner representing such high profile personalities and such entities as Hart-Lunsford Pictures, Diverse Talent Group, Animated Celebrities, StormMaker Productions, Saddle Ranch Productions, WayOut TV, P.S./Stargames, Care Media Holdings, PetCare TV, KidCare TV, Eurocinema, Grand Prix Rugby and AIM Group.

Tifanie has also served as VP of Business and Legal Affairs for Saddle Ranch Productions where she Executive Produced 3 feature films. She is a certified mediator, past columnist for InsideFilm, has lectured at NXTComm, Hollywood Black Film Festival, Film Break, the Slamdance Film Festival, Southern Law School and Louisiana State University and has served on panels discussing various issues in the entertainment industry.

Ms. Jodeh currently writes for HOLLYWOOD AND VINE magazine under a column entitled “Showbiz, Esq.”. She also serves as chief legal counsel for the Santa Catalina Film Festival and the Catalina Film Institue, and is on the board of directors for the Romance in a Can Film Festival in Miami, FL. Jodeh was named a “VivMagnificent Woman” in 2011 by Viv Magazine.


Tim Tortora
Tim Tortora – ASA Management, Inc.

Chairman/CEO ASA Management, Inc.

Tim is currently the founder of ASA Management, a financial services firm specializing in Outsource CFO services for the entertainment industry. Prior to founding ASA, Tim was CFO of Benji Returns Distribution a film production and distribution company that independently produced and distributed Benji Off the Leash in 900 theatres domestically generating more than $4.2MM in box office revenue. Prior to that Tim was in charge of worldwide production for ASA Management’s production services partner Milk & Honey Pictures, headquartered in Los Angeles and Prague with offices and affiliates in Mexico, Italy, Canada, South Africa, England, Spain, Russia and Italy.

Recently Tim was Executive In Charge Of Production for Oprah Winfrey’s film production arm – Harpo Films. As head of production, he was in charge of all aspects of production from deal execution through delivery with an emphasis on financial/logistical execution on such films as Tuesdays With Morrie (Jack Lemmon, Hank Azaria), Amy & Isabelle (Elisabeth Shue), The Wedding (Halle Berry) & Before Women Had Wings (Ellen Barkin). Prior to running production at Harpo, Tim was a production accountant for such projects as “Home Improvement,” “Ellen,” “The Fan” and “Metro.” During his tenure as a member of the production accounting team he was in charge of tracking, estimating and managing $1 – $85 million production budgets for Walt Disney, TriStar Pictures, NBC, ABC and CBS. Also, he has extensive experience as a Media Supervisor assigned to the Sony Pictures marketing team. During his tenure at McCann-Erickson on the Sony business, Tim was in charge of domestic theatrical strategic planning for such media campaigns as “Terminator II: Judgment Day,” “The Doors,” “Total Recall,” “Bugsy” and “Basic Instinct.” Tim started his career as a recording engineer at a post production facility making feature and record projects.

Todd Remis
Todd Remis

Todd Remis is a film producer who has a strong background in finance, having worked at some of the largest global asset management firms in Boston and NYC for close to two decades.

The first film of which he was an Executive Producer is Magic Magic, written/directed by Sebastian Silva, Produced by Christine Vachon among others, and starring Michael Cera, Juno Temple, Catalina Sandino Moreno, and Emily Browning. Magic Magic premiered in 2013 at The Sundance Film Festival, and had its international premiere at The Cannes Film Festival. The film was acquired and is currently being distributed by Sony Pictures.

He has been involved also as an Executive Producer on two other films which have recently had their US premieres.

Always Shine, directed by Sophia Takal, written by Lawrence Michael Levine, and starring Caitlin FitzGerald and Mackenzie Davis premiered at The Tribeca Film Festival in April 2016, and has screened at several festivals since. Oscilloscope has acquired the US distribution rights.

Tracktown, co-written and directed by Alexi Pappas and Jeremy Teicher, starring Alexi Pappas, and produced by Laura Wagner premiered at The LA Film Festival in June 2016.

He currently has numerous other films in various stages of production and post production as both Producer and Executive Producer.

Mr. Remis received his undergraduate degree from Bowdoin College, and his MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. More recently he successfully completed the Professional Program in Producing through the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television. He is also a member of the Advisory Board of the Independent Film Festival Boston (IFFBoston), and a member of the Screening Committees for both the Los Angeles Film Festival (LAFF) and for New Filmmakers Los Angeles

Todd Sharp
Todd Sharp – The Mayhem Group

Todd Sharp entered the film industry after nearly a decade of managing bands and owning an independent record label. After moving to Los Angeles, Todd began working on music videos for bands including Korn, Staind, Limp Bizkit, Marc Antyhony, and Enrique Iglesias. Subsequently, Todd signed on to run Arthur Sarkissian’s (Rush Hour 1, 2, & 3) production company at New Line Cinema.

Moving his focus back to artist management, Todd built a client-base of writers, directors, and content creators, that have worked for every major film studio and every television network, and have racked up credits including RATATOUILLE, THE PRINCESS AND THE FROG, THE REAPING, LEVERAGE, SUPERNATURAL, SMALLVILLE, CSI: NY, BEN 10, and many more.

Over the past dozen years, Todd has been involved in creating and building several companies, including:

-Bedlam Media, a Sony-based management and production entity with Lauren Lloyd.

-Insight, a management and production company with Matthew Lesher and David Ginsberg, that had writers, directors and actors, on nearly two dozen television shows.

-Fewdio, a horror content brand with a popular web series,”Nightmare House,” that has accumulated millions of unique views online and played at more than fifty festivals worldwide, drawing praise from such horror luminaries as Wes Craven.

-SharpCrye, a content creation company that is developing projects that create brands, exploring storytelling platforms on which to tell those stories, using social media as a catalyst.

Todd is incredibly accomplished at using social media as a marketing platform, and has been involved in producing web/social media marketing campaigns for clients including Fox Studios, Newmarket Films, Fewdio Entertainment and Screen Gems, and uses this knowledge and experience to further build his clients and projects.

Tom Schulman
Tom Schulman

1989 was the year of Spike Lee’s “Do the Right Thing” and Steven Soderbergh’s “sex, lies and videotape” and Oscar was supposed to pay homage to independent films, yet Tom Schulman won the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for “Dead Poet’s Society” and even the most vocal supporters of the indie world kept mum. It was also Schulman’s first feature film, although that same year he co-wrote (with Ed Naha) the highly successful family film “Honey, I Shrunk the Kids”. The latter was an amiable comedy about an inventor who creates a machine that accidentally reduces his and a neighbor’s children. “Dead Poet’s Society” starred Robin Williams as an iconoclastic instructor at a boarding school who inspires his students but also creates frustration in one of them, leading to tragic consequences.

Schulman began his career working in industrial films. His first Hollywood credit was as one of the executive producer of the TV-movie “Gladiator”(ABC, 1986), in which Ken Wahl becomes a highway vigilante. Schulman’s first produced writing credit was as story contributor on the ABC TV-movie “A Father’s Revenge” (1988), in which Brian Dennehy goes after the terrorists who kidnapped his daughter.

Among Schulman’s other big screen credits are the comedy “What About Bob?” (1989), with Bill Murray as the psychiatric patient from hell, and “Medicine Man” (1992), co-written with Sally Robinson, with Sean Connery as a researcher in the Amazon seeking a rare plant that can cure cancer. Additionally, Schulman was executive producer of “Indecent Proposal” (1993), the Robert Redford vehicle about a millionaire who offers a man money to sleep with his wife.

Schulman, who directed a critically acclaimed Actors and Directors Lab West Coast stage production of Harold Pinter’s “The Caretaker”, made his feature directing debut with the black comedy “8 Heads in a Duffel Bag” (1997), which he also scripted.

Tom Steinmann
Tom Steinmann – Producers Rep

Tom Steinmann has more than twenty years of experience in entertainment marketing, distribution and production in the worlds of film and music. He has worked in sales, marketing and purchasing positions for large entertainment companies, including Columbia TriStar and Ingram Entertainment, and has held VP positions in marketing, distribution and business affairs for independent record labels and video production companies. Tom continues to work as a producer’s rep for media projects in development. Over the years, he has negotiated distribution deals for properties in various stages of completion. Also working an independent producer, he brings a balance of art and commerce to the development process.


Tucker Moore
Tucker Moore – ARC Entertajnment

Tucker Moore, a 24-year-old native of Ft. Worth, Texas, is an energetic young film producer with a passion for all things creative. Along with his younger brothers, Tucker began making films at an early age to entertain and amuse his friends and family, later pursuing Radio/Television/Film studies in Austin at the University of Texas.

While still attending school, Moore’s passion for the entertainment industry led him to form Raindance Entertainment, LP and to option his first script. This, in turn, brought him to Santa Monica-based ARC Entertainment and Kickstart Productions, where he now works in development, production & distribution, both for live-action features films and animated projects. With ARC and Kickstart, Moore became involved with three separate projects in 2012: Bounty Killer, Space Warriors, and Sweetwater. The latter premieres on January 24th at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival.

Moore’s previous experience includes serving as a production assistant for The Jimmy Kimmel Live Show and ABC’s General Hospital, as well as providing script coverage for Automatik, a production partner of IMGlobal.

Moore has also played an integral role in the development and launch of the budding music career of his brother Hudson, a rising young singer/songwriter on the Texas county-rock music scene. Hudson’s latest single “Fireworks” recently hit #1 on the Texas Music Chart.

Moore currently has a wide variety of projects in various stages of development. He resides in Los

Vanessa Frank
Vanessa Frank – Producer/Director

Vanessa Frank initially started out acting for television, short films and corporate videos before moving into film and television production. Following this Vanessa worked in film distribution at Optimum Releasing and international film sales at Renaissance Films, and was Assistant to the Festival Director of the International Screenwriters Festival. In addition to her experience in the film industry Vanessa has worked as a forum organizer for UNAIDS at the United Nations, has acted as Executive Assistant to the Chief Content Officer of the world’s largest live music channel, and has run her own financial services company.

Vanessa made her directorial debut with Let The Lion Roar, a high-concept faith-based docu-drama starring Kevin Sorbo, Steven Baldwin, Oscar-nominated Eric Roberts, and John Schneider. She is currently the host of Film Talk, a talk show in which she interviews some of the brightest minds in filmmaking five days a week. Past guests include Oscar winners, Emmy Award winners and Sundance winners.

Vanessa actively collaborates with a film development organization headed by an 11 time Oscar nominated filmmaker which helps filmmakers to prepare their projects for capital funding.

Vanessa holds a Bachelor of the Arts degree in Film and Television from Surrey Roehampton University, and has a huge passion for encouraging the next generation of filmmakers.

Wesley Legg
Wesley Legg – Harbinger Media Group

Wesley, an attorney, started his career as a prosecutor for the United States Navy. After his service in the Navy, Wesley worked as a senior investment analyst for Ergon Capital from 2004 to 2009. Eager to use his talents to encourage and inspire others, Wesley co-founded Harbinger Media Partners in 2009, intent on producing entertainment true, noble, right, pure, lovely and admirable. Wesley resides in Franklin, TN with his wife Amy and their four children Max, Ava, Sam and John Wesley.

William Lowery
William Lowery – APA INDEPENDENT

William Lowery is in his 5th year at APA and currently heads up APA’s FILM FINANCE division, APA INDEPENDENT, which oversees business development and strategy for the agency’s clients with respect to project financing and exposure in various platforms, specifically film. Currently working with filmmakers, producers and actors residing in countries around the globe, Lowery is a regular on the festival circuit and works closely with both the major domestic studios as well as independent financing resources to seek out the best solutions for the agency’s clients at the highest level.

Current initiatives include the recent signing of the Georgia Film Academy, an agency partnership with Leigh Steinberg Enterprises, and advising the Island of Cayman on its International Film Festival.

A Vanderbilt alumni, Lowery was a contributing writer for its student paper, “The Hustler” and was a varsity football letterman graduating in 2000.

Prior to APA, Lowery was a talent manager and producer at Defy Media, formerly known as Generate.

As a writer, he has sold two original projects to studios.

APA has offices in Los Angeles, London, New York, and Nashville.

Tucker Moore
Yochanan Marcellino – City of Peace Media

Yochanan Marcellino is the Founder, President and CEO of City of Peace Media and City of Peace Films, formed in 2009 in Nashville Tennessee. Both companies, consider themselves “sister companies” and beautifully compliment one another, one focusing on music and music related projects, the other focusing on film and film and video related projects.

“City of Peace Films is committed to bringing stories with redeeming value to the world,” Marcellino says, “We are focusing on producing media that touches the heart. We hope that all our films and media projects, starting with The Identical, will have a positive, lasting impact on people’s lives.”

As a boy, Yochanan was raised in southern California, literally growing up in the record industry, cutting his musical teeth on ‘70s rock, pop and R&B. His father, legendary record producer Jerry Marcellino, who produced such superstars as Michael Jackson, The Jackson 5, Diana Ross and the Supremes, Frankie Valli, Lionel Richie and the Commodores, Al Jarreau, Bobby Darin and Smokey Robinson, just to name a few.

Inspired by his father, Yochanan recalls being in the recording studio during sessions with Michael Jackson, and a host of Motown superstars. So, it was no surprise when he entered the music industry at age 18, initially running his father’s music publishing company. Yochanan’s career began to unfold only two years later when he went to work as a manager for BNB–the nation’s number one management firm at the time, with an artist roster including such diverse talents as Kansas, Crystal Gayle, Jose Feliciano, Rufus, and many others.

Yochanan’s next landmark was forming FM Management which focused on the management of mainstream artists who had expanded their reach into Gospel Music Industry such as: Kerry Livgren AD (of Kansas), the writer of “Dust in the Wind”, Cindy Birdsong (of the Supremes), Kyle Henderson (of the Producers), and most recently John Waller (The Writer of “While I’m Waiting” featured in the movie “Fireproof” and “As for Me And My House” from the “Courageous” movie soundtrack album), Blake Rayne (Lead Actor and singer in “The Identical” motion picture), The Morph Kings (Music featured in the movie “The Identical”) and many other major label artists.

Yochanan also founded several successful record labels over his 38 year career including, Kerygma Records/Bright Star Records which was distributed worldwide by Sparrow Distribution, Galilee of the Nations and most recently City of Peace Media which was distributed by Provident Distribution. Yochanan has released over 60 major music projects worldwide through his record labels over the years and has also ran key divisions of several other music companies.

Today, the creative foundation of City of Peace Media and City of Peace Films represents three generations—Jerry, Yochanan and Yochanan’s sons Jordan (Director of Marketing for the two companies) and Dustin (Award winning music video director and the Director of “The Identical” starring Ray Liotta and Ashley Judd).

The primary focus of City of Peace Media and City of Peace Films is to provide a framework where music, films and video with “redeeming value” can be developed, produced and distributed worldwide, bringing a message of hope, love and encouragement to this generation