Niall McKay is an Emmy award-winning independent producer and director, a shorts programmer for the Tribeca Film Festival, and the Executive Director and Curator of Irish Film New York.
Niall has just finished producing a historical documentary about the Filipino farmworkers for PBS. He is producing Oscar nominated writer-director Naomi Sheridan’s Bronx-based indie thriller “Boxes” and has written and directed a comedy TV series about the Irish in New York called “On The Lig”.
Niall’s documentary “The Bass Player” was nominated in 2010 for an Irish Film and Television Award. And recently, Niall hosted Irish President Michael D. Higgins for a special screening and discussion about Irish Oscar winning short films at the Lincoln Center.
Niall has been on the juries of the Cork Film Festival, the Galway Film Festival, and the student Academy Awards.
Niall has also produced documentaries for PBS and RTÉ, commercials for Lego, educational soap operas for Canal Cl@se, and augmented reality games featuring Bill Nye for Chabot Space and Science Museum.
As a journalist Niall broke the story about the NSA spying on Europe in the New York Times in 1999. And he has been a regular contributor to The Economist, The New York Times, The Financial Times, Wired Magazine and a columnist for the Irish Times.
Dan Satorius is a world-class entertainment lawyer, with a practice that focuses principally on transactions, intellectual property, business structuring and financing. Furthermore, he is a nationally regarded attorney on clearance issues including Fair Use. His clients include Academy Award, Emmy Award, Independent Spirit Award, and Peabody Award winning independent producers, writers, and broadcasters in the film and television industry. After graduating from film school and law school, Dan produced award-winning documentaries and short dramatic films. His graduate thesis film was selected as a finalist for a student Academy Award. In addition to practicing entertainment law for more than 25 years, Dan has been an adjunct professor at William Mitchell School of Law where he taught Entertainment Law. Dan is an active member of the American Bar Association's Forum on the Entertainment and Sports Industries, Co-Vice Chair of the Film and Television Division, and a member of the Governing Committee.
Kent Speakman is a producer and entrepreneur at the intersection of entertainment and technology. Examiner.com has called him “one of the most influential entrepreneurs in the entertainment industry.” He has won the iMedia Entertainment Marketing Award for “Best Digital Campaign” and “Best Mobile Entertainment Startup,” and he was awarded Evan Carmichael’s “Top 100 Entrepreneurs to Follow” in 2013 preceded by the “iMedia Top Ten Digital Marketers” in 2009.
Kent founded KONNECT – a digital, mobile and experiential agency that works with startups, brands and entertainment properties – before he co-founded FAMEUS, a new social network that connects members of the entertainment industry in innovative ways with a unique technology and that was listed on the Huffington Post’s “Top 10 Startups in LA” in 2015.
Kent has an international network of professionals and influencers, having orchestrated a variety of film and technology projects in Canada, the US, the United Kingdom, Asia and India. He has produced hundreds of events across Canada and the US, whilst working with clientele ranging from A-List celebrities, to tech mobile startups.