Steven De Souza is one of few screenwriters whose films have earned over $2 billion at the box office. His work includes Oscar nominated “Die Hard”, “Die Hard 2”, “Commando”, “The Running Man”, and “Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life”. He has been nominated twice for the Edgar Allen Poe award for best mystery screenplay and twice for the Saturn award for best Science Fiction/Fantasy Film. In 2000 he was honored with the Norman Lear Award for Lifetime Achievement in writing.
Geoff Scott is an Emmy Award nominated and Canadian Screen Award nominated visual effects artist with 20 years of experience in film, television, commercial, and video game work. He is currently the Senior VFX Supervisor at Intelligent Creatures, a top visual effects production house. Geoff has worked on major studio film and television projects, including the Oscar winning “Chicago”, as well as Golden Globe nominated “Orphan Black”, Oscar nominated “Snow White and the Huntsman”, Oscar winning “Hugo”, “Panic Room”, “The Amazing Spiderman”, and many more. Scott is also sought-after for his work in character animation, modeling, texturing, and compositing.
Brad Wyman is the producer of over 40 films including Oscar winning “Monster” starring Charlize Theron, “Freeway” starring Oscar winner Reese Witherspoon and Golden Globe winner Kiefer Sutherland, and “Blitz” starring Jason Statham. He’s also an expert in crowd funding - as the lead on the film division of IndieGogo he tripled monthly contributions to $3 million a month in less than a year, and has acted as Chief Crowdfunding Officer for Fund Anything, during which time he oversaw several million dollar crowdfunding campaigns. He now acts as Chief Content Officer for fan driven crowdfunding platform Fanbacked.com.
Entertainment lawyer Jonathan Handel is a contributor for the Hollywood Reporter and the author of several books, including “The New Zealand Hobbit Crisis”, which tells the story of an attempt to unionize actors on “The Hobbit”; “Hollywood on Strike!”, which chronicles and analyzes the Hollywood writers strike of 2007-2008; “Entertainment Residuals: A Full Color Guide”, which describes union reuse/royalty payments in the entertainment industry; and “Entertainment Unions and Guilds: An Interdisciplinary Bibliography”. Jonathan is an adjunct professor at USC Law School and Southwestern Law School. He’s also been an adjunct professor at UCLA Law School, associate counsel at the Writers Guild, and a talent lawyer. His writing has been published in the Los Angeles Times, Variety, Los Angeles Business Journal, Daily Journal, Huffington Post, Billboard, Campaigns & Elections magazine, Forbes.com and IMDb.com.
Annetta Marion is an award-winning director and Primetime Emmy-nominated producer. She recently directed the television special “Oprah Goes to Broadway: The Color Purple” that premiered on OWN. Annetta is currently the Co-Executive Producer and a Director on the acclaimed television series “Oprah’s Master Class”. She has directed over 20 scripted projects including award-winning short films, a web series, commercials and numerous PSAs. Annetta is a graduate of AFI’s prestigious Directing Workshop for Women, and she is an active member of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, the Directors Guild of America, the Producer’s Guild of America, and she is a New York Women in Film and Television board member.
Eric Vollweiler is a world-class expert in film festival organization. He is the producer of the Saratoga Springs International Film Festival, the Marketing and Advertising consultant for the Buffalo Niagara International Film Festival, and the Marketing Specialist for the Artemis Woman in Action Film Festival. In his role as the Marketing Director of Festivals for Film Marketing Services he has worked on the Culver City Film Festival, the Marina del Rey Film Festival, the Silicon Beach Film Festival and the Film Trailer Festival. Further past events he has worked on include the Ballston Spa Film Festival, Showbiz Expo LA, FilmColumbia Film Festival, Edwood Film Festival, Ruff Cutz Indie Film Conference, Now Casting Film Festival, The Youth Actors Expo, and International Film Festival Summit.
Marcia Basichis was Senior Vice President of Aaron Spelling Television, during which time she headed development for series, movies and miniseries. She worked with key players in the entertainment industry, selling, developing and putting into production feature films and television series, including “Beverly Hills 90210”, “Melrose Place”, and the Emmy Award winning HBO movie “And the Band Played On”.
Marcia took Spelling Television from zero to seven primetime on-air series. And in 1995 Marcia was named one of Hollywood Reporters "Power 50 Women in Entertainment."
Early in her career, Marcia gained network television experience as a dramatic series executive at ABC Entertainment, where she was the original executive on “Dynasty” and “Battlestar Galactica”, among others. Today she is the managing partner at Brentwood Search, a boutique executive search firm.
Marcia has served on the Executive Committee and Awards Committee of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and has been a member of the American Film Institute.
J. Todd Harris has produced 40 films, including five Sundance Film Festival entries, two films that have appeared in the Toronto Film Festival, one that debuted at the Tribeca Film Festival, and another that garnered a Special Mention for the Camera D'Or at the Cannes Film Festival. His most recent productions include “Bottle Shock” starring Golden Globe winner Alan Rickman and Chris Pine, “The Kids Are Alright” starring Oscar winner Julianne Moore, Oscar nominated Annette Bening and Oscar nominated Mark Ruffalo, and “Piranha 3D” from The Weinstein Company. In theatre, he produced “Heathers the Musical” off Broadway and Broadway productions “Doctor Zhivago” and Tony-nominated “American Psycho”. Additionally, Todd is a founding member of the board of the newly created Napa Valley Film Festival. He has been a member of the Producers Branch of the Motion Picture Academy since 1999, the Broadway League since 2015, and the Producers Guild since 2016.
Leanne Pooley is one of New Zealand’s most accomplished documentary filmmakers, having directed over 20 films. Leanne has made documentaries for major broadcasters including the BBC and PBS, and her documentaries have screened in more than 100 countries. Her work includes “Beyond the Edge” a 3D feature film that was a runner-up for the People's Choice Award for Documentary at the Toronto International Film Festival, and “Topp Twins – Untouchable Girls” which won 21 International Awards including Audience Awards at the Toronto International Film Festival, the Melbourne International Film Festival, and the Gothenburg International Film Festival, amongst others. It also won Best Feature at the New Zealand Film & TV Awards, and reached nearly $2 million at the New Zealand box office, making it the most successful New Zealand documentary of all time. In 2011 Leanne’s work was recognized by the New Zealand Arts Foundation, and she was made a New Zealand Arts Laureate. She now serves as a judge for the International Emmy Awards.
Robb Skyler is an actor best known for his work on “Along Came Polly”, "Romy & Michele's High School Reunion", Oscar winning "Forrest Gump" and “Arrested Development”. He will shortly be starring in “Hands of Stone” alongside Oscar winner Robert DeNiro and Golden Globe nominated Edgar Ramirez.
Wendy Blackstone has composed scores for over 130 film and television projects, nine of which have been nominated for or won Oscars. She also holds the distinction of being the first ever female film composer signed by CAA.
Mark Stasenko is the co-founder of WeScreenplay and Coverfly, a script coverage and competition submission service that uses cutting edge proprietary software. As a writer last year he won the ScreenCraft fellowship and Francis Ford Coppola's ZoeTrope Competition, and has been a quarter finalist for the Nicholl Fellowship.
Emmy Award winning cinematographer Sam Henriques is known for his work on “The Farm” which won both the Sundance Grand Jury Prize and an Oscar nomination, and “Riding the Rails” which won the Peabody Award. His camera work includes “The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”, “The Michael J. Fox Show”, as well as work for National Geographic, Viacom, HBO, Showtime, Disney, and Martha Stewart.
Award-winning sound designer Nick Palladino has developed an international reputation for excellence, innovation and hard work. During his 25 years as the owner and creative force behind NPALL Audio Nick has worked on faith-based box office successes including “Courageous”, “Fireproof”, and “Facing The Giants”, and the number 1 box office hit “War Room”. His wide-ranging client list includes: HBO, A&E, Sony Pictures, Provident Films, NASCAR, The Walt Disney Company and CBS.
Patrick De Caumette is an Emmy Award winning composer and instrumentalist. His past work includes “Philadelphia: The Great Experiment”, “Navy Seals vs. Zombies”, and “Fever: 1793”. He has also been the house composer for Walt Disney France, and has taught at Temple University and The University of the Arts.
Warren Drummond is a veteran storyboard artist. He has worked for film directors such as Oscar winner Ron Howard, Oscar winner Denzel Washington, and Oscar nominated John Singleton, on shows such as “Agent Carter” and “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”, and on films such as Oscar nominated “Straight Outta Compton”, “X Men: First Class”, “Evan Almighty”, “2 Fast 2 Furious”, and “The Fast and The Furious: Tokyo Drift”.
Hummie Mann is a two-time Emmy Award winning composer and arranger. His composing credits include “Robin Hood: Men in Tights”, “Dracula: Dead and Loving It”, his conducting credits include “The Grudge 2” and Oscar nominated “The Adams Family”. And his orchestrating credits include Oscar nominated “A Few Good Men”, Golden Globe nominated “Sister Act”, legendary TV series “Fame” and “The Simpsons”. He is also a professor at the Seattle Film Institute and the De Tao Masters Academy in Shanghai.
Ido Samuel is a prominent Israeli actor best known for his role as Yossi in "Fill The Void", a film that won 7 Israeli Academy Awards. The film also won Best Film at the Independent Spirit Awards, the New York Film Festival, the London Film Festival, and Best Dramatic Film at the Toronto International Film Festival. Samuel was most recently seen in "Unforgivable Sin", a short film which premiered at the New York City International Film Festival. He was recently cast in the indie feature "The Spark" alongside Oscar nominated Abigail Breslin, and can currently be seen in Gavin James' music video for 'Bitter Pill'.
Brian Rawlings was the Vice President of Music at the Walt Disney Company, during which time he grew the revenue six fold over a ten year period, culminating with the “High School Musical”, “Cheetah Girls”, and “Hannah Montana” franchises. Disney reported $1 billion in company wide revenue from “High School Musical” alone. Today Brian is a Senior Partner at the Back Porch Group, an agency that advises media tech startups.
Bob Schultz is the president of ScriptFest America, a non-profit educational and professional development organization for screenwriters. ScriptFest is the biggest and longest-running screenwriting conference and pitching event in the world, holding 20 events in the US, Canada, and London over the last 13 years. It has also been rated the #1 pitchfest and screenwriting conference in the world by Script Magazine. When not running ScriptFest, Bob is a full-time writer, focusing on spec screenplays and work-for-hire.
At fifteen, filmmaker Peter Hyoguchi won George Lucas' youth film festival with a sci-fi short called “The Future's Future”. Since then Peter has written and directed the dramatic feature “First, Last and Deposit” which won the New York Independent Film Festival and the San Francisco Independent Film Festival and aired on IFC. His screenwriting assignments include a collaboration with sci-fi legend Ray Bradbury on a supernatural thriller called “The Waking” for legendary horror director John Carpenter, as well as an adaptation of the New York Times Best-Seller “Killing Elvis”, and an adaptation of Herman Hesse's Nobel Prize-winning novel, “The Glass Bead Game”.
Cinematographer Brad Rushing won the MTV Music Award for Best Cinematography for his work on Moby’s “We Are All Made of Stars”, and the MTV Music Award for Video of the Year for Eminem’s “Without Me”. He has also worked on videos for Britney Spears, Lionel Richie, Enrique Iglesias, George Michael and Joss Stone, amongst others. Brad’s commercial clients include Geico, Sketchers, McDonald’s, Macy’s, and Nascar, amongst others. And his work in independent films includes “Divorce Invitation” starring Jamie-Lynn Sigler, “L.A.X.” starring Dane Cook and “Cook County” which won the Best Film Award at the Nashville Film Festival.
19 time Emmy Award winning filmmaker Nathan Thompson has filmed all walks of life, from short films, music videos, and corporate commercials, to humanitarian efforts in Africa and the war in Afghanistan. In 2012 Nathan was named National Videographer of the Year by the National Press Photographer’s Association.
Steve Hoover is the winner of the Sundance Grand Jury Award and the Sundance Audience Award for his documentary “Blood Brother”, which he directed, wrote, edited, and executive produced. His latest film “Almost Holy” opens on May 20th and is executive produced by Oscar nominated Terrence Malick and Nicolas Gonda.