Faculty: Producing

Faculty

BOB BIBB (Television Marketing)

Bob is an executive who helped create two broadcast networks from the ground up: FOX and The WB. He has led the creative and media strategy for over 300 primetime television series across broadcast, cable, and digital platforms. Along with longtime collaborator, Lew Goldstein, Bibb now runs BG Company, a marketing consulting firm with clients including DreamWorks Animation, Microsoft, and Endemol Studios. Some of the long-running series Bibb managed as head of marketing include: Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Gilmore Girls, Smallville, Supernatural, Dawson’s Creek, Charmed, Felicity, and Project Runway (Lifetime). Bibb has twice been awarded “Entertainment Marketer of the Year” by Advertising Age. He is a graduate of New York University’s Tisch School and a Louie B. Mayer Fellow.

DAVID BLACKMAN (Feature Film Development)

David is the President of Production for Sony-based Laurence Mark Productions (Last Vegas, Julie & Julia, I, Robot, Jerry Maguire, As Good as It Gets, Dreamgirls, The Lookout). At Laurence Mark Productions, he is in charge of overseeing all aspects of development and production for the company. Most recently, he served as a producer on the Lionsgate film Date and Switch, starring Nicholas Braun, Dakota Johnson, Nick Offerman, Megan Mullally, Aziz Ansari and Wendi McClendon-Covey. He also served as an executive producer on Center Stage: Turn It Up for Sony Stage 6 and was co-executive producer on Summer Camp, a pilot for Nickelodeon. He is attached as a producer or executive producer on a number of feature and television projects, including a remake of Flatliners at Sony and Lady Chatterley's Lover, which is being adapted by Oscar-nominated screenwriter David Magee.

PETER BRODERICK (Alternative Distribution)

Peter is a leading distribution strategist. He spearheads the distribution of exceptional documentaries and consults with independent filmmakers around the world. He helps design and implement customized plans to maximize revenues, audience and impact. He is President of Paradigm Consulting, which specializes in state-of-the-art distribution techniques, including innovative theatrical service deals, hybrid strategies and new approaches to global distribution. Previously, Broderick was President of Next Wave Films, which supplied finishing funds and other vital support to filmmakers from the U.S. and abroad. He helped launch the careers of outstanding directors including Christopher Nolan and Amir Bar-Lev. Broderick’s reports, Welcome to the New World of Distribution and Declaration of Independence are concise guides to the latest distribution strategies. Read his articles and subscribe to his Distribution Bulletin at www.peterbroderick.com. He is a graduate of Brown University, Cambridge University, and Yale Law School.

JOSH BYCEL (The Showrunner: Half Hour Comedy)

Josh is an Executive Producer and writer under an overall deal at NBC Universal. He was an executive producer and writer for NBC's Telenova and ABC's Happy Endings and Scrubs. He has written and produced TV shows for ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, USA, Comedy Central, the WB and MTV. He has also written for the Academy Awards, hosted by Jon Stewart, and the MTV Movie Awards. He is also the Executive Director and founder of OneKid OneWorld, a non-profit rebuilding schools in Kenya and El Salvador, as well as bringing fresh water and solar power to these rural areas, and partnering each of these over-seas schools with schools in the United States. Since 2006, OneKid OneWorld has raised more than $1,200,000, with 93% going directly to projects. The lives of more than 10,000 students have been directly affected thanks to OneKid OneWorld efforts.

SCOTT CARTER (Producing the Talk Show)

Scott is Executive Producer/Writer for Real Time With Bill Maher on HBO.  He produced the first 1,100 episodes of Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher, from its 1993 Comedy Central debut to its 1997 move to ABC.  While at P.I., producer/writer Carter won eight Emmy nominations and three consecutive CableAce Awards for Best Talk Series.  In 1997 Variety named him one of 50 Creatives To Watch.  In 2007, he won the Producers' Guild Of America's Johnny Carson Award for Real Time. In 2000, Carter left P.I. for Oxygen Media to serve as Executive Producer for two seasons of Exhale With Candice Bergen.  He also produced Conversations From The Edge with Carrie Fisher: George Lucas from Lucas' Skywalker Ranch and Oxygen Forum: Al Gore, a live 90-minute town hall in 2000.  He also created The Conspiracy Zone with Kevin Nealon for what is now SpikeTV.  He was also Co-Executive Producer/Co-Head Writer For Earth To America, a two hour special on TBS in 2005.  He also served for two seasons as Co-Creator, Executive Producer/Writer for Lewis Black's Root Of All Evil on Comedy Central. Carter began his TV career as a writer for MTV's Mouth To Mouth in 1988.  He then served as producer/writer for three other Comedy Central projects produced by HBO Downtown Productions: Night After Night With Allen Havey (1989-92), SportsMonster (1990-91) and The Olympiacs (1992). Carter performed stand-up regularly through the 1980's in major comedy clubs across the country including The Comic Strip, The Original Improvisation, Catch a Rising Star, and The Comedy Store.  He has also written two full-length monologues (Heavy Breathing and Suspension Bridge) which he's performed at The Edinburgh (Scotland) Fringe Festival, The U.S. Comedy Arts Festival, Garry Marshall's Falcon Theatre, Michael Patrick King's Arcade, The HBO Workspace, Primary Stages, Manhattan Punch-line, Dixon Place, The Cleveland Performance Festival, The Skirball Cultural Center and The Murphy's Cat Laughs Festival (in Kilkenny, Ireland). His full-length play, The Gospel According to Thomas Jefferson, Charles Dickens and Count Leo Tolstoy: Discord had an extremely successful 2014 and was produced at both the NoHo Arts Center and the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles. Discord was published by Dramatists Play Service and produced by the Northlight Theatre in Chicago and by the Arizona Theatre Company. Carter was raised in Tucson, Arizona.  He attended the University of Arizona and, last year, was inducted into The University Of Arizona Wildcat Hall Of Fame.

DEAN CHELEY (Legal Issues for Independent Projects)

Dean is an entertainment attorney who offers expertise in all areas of the entertainment industry, including structuring deals and negotiating contracts for individuals and corporations involved in the film and television industry. He works with book authors, screenwriters, performers, directors and producers, as well as institutions such as studios, networks, guilds and talent agencies. Prior to joining the firm, Dean litigated numerous types of entertainment disputes, including copyright and trademark infringement, rights of publicity, breach of contract and partnership disputes. Mr. Cheley received his law degree in 2006 from the University of California, Berkeley (Boalt Hall), where he was awarded the American Jurisprudence Award and was Executive Editor of The Berkeley Technology & Law Journal. While at law school, he interned at the Samuelson Intellectual Property Clinic, where he authored comments on behalf of media archives, filmmakers and libraries in response to a US Copyright Notice of Inquiry concerning orphan works and exemptions to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. Prior to his career in law, Mr. Cheley worked as a producer and consultant for companies developing new media technologies, e-commerce, and branded entertainment. He brings this experience to bear advising his clients with regard to copyright, trademark, licensing and other IP matters, as well as marketing and other promotional activities related to the entertainment industry. Dean earned his bachelor’s degree from University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in Digital & New Media Studies, an Interdisciplinary Program sponsored by faculty in the schools of Design, Film and Television and Communication.

JOHN COVENY (Producing the One Hour Television Drama)

Born in Pittsburgh into an Irish/Italian family that loved television and movies, John Coveny is the youngest of five children. The entire Coveny clan journeyed from Pittsburgh to St. Louis and eventually settled in Atlanta. There, Coveny grew up in the booming South, a transplanted Yankee, and attended Marist High School. Next stop, South Bend, Indiana, where he graduated from Notre Dame with a BBA and a harmless police record. Two weeks later, Coveny started working at Leo Burnett Advertising in Chicago, rising from a media buyer to VP/Creative Director over a 13-year career that made him realize his dreams were out West. Upon setting foot in the LA, Coveny quickly learned that the living the dream requires a lot of reality: employment as a writer in Hollywood was not overnight and eventually a spec screenplay led to a meeting that led a meeting that led to another meeting that led to yet another meeting that got him and his writing partner, Hunt Baldwin, their first big break as staff writers on FOX’s Fastlane. Finally, they were in -- with a view of a dumpster, on the back lot of WB Burbank. But their showbiz careers were underway…sort of. Fastlane was cancelled, and a career hiatus ensued. Specs were written, and the phone finally rang in 2004. It was a new unknown show called The Closer. And that is where what was meant to happen actually happened. Coveny has been writing ever since and rose to Co-Executive Producer status on The Closer while developing projects with Warner Bros TV, and Shephard/Robin: Trust Me for TNT, and most notably, Longmire, on Netflix. Coveny lives with his wife, Amelia, and their 14 year old bulldog, Matilda, in Los Feliz.

CATHERINE DENT (Working With Actors)

Catherine Dent arrested audiences as Officer Danny Sofer on The Shield (2002), playing a single woman in a world that understands brutality more than beauty. Born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and trained at the North Carolina School of the Arts, Dent made her film debut in 1994, playing Paul Newman's daughter-in-law in Robert Benton's Nobody's Fool. Since then she has appeared in a number of features, co-starring opposite Greg Kinnear in Paul Schrader's Auto Focus, starring opposite Jean-Claude Van Damme in Replicant, playing Ashley Judd's sister in Tony Goldwyn's romantic comedy Someone Like You... and appearing with Jim Carrey in Frank Darabont's The Majestic. Her independent film credits include appearances in A Girls' Guide to Sex, Jaded, A New Game , The Debutante and Dangerous Proposition. When she was based in New York, Dent appeared frequently on East Coast-based based television shows including The Sopranos, Third Watch, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and New York Undercover. Since moving to Los Angeles she has guest-starred on such series as Dharma & Greg, The X-Files, Frasier, The Pretender, Chicago Hope and The Invisible Man. In addition to her starring role on the acclaimed drama series The Shield, she also starred in Steven Spielberg's Taken on the Sci-Fi Channel. Her theater credits include the title role in Baby Doll, Maggie in Cat On A Hot Tin Roof and roles in Bang The Drum Slowly and The Street of the Sun at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles. In New York she starred Off-Broadway in Amoeba Concerto and understudied for the Sofya and Yelena roles in Uncle Vanya on Broadway.

MICHAEL DONALDSON (Negotiating)

Michael is an entertainment attorney who has been fighting for independent filmmakers for over thirty-five years. Dubbed the "'legal Obi Wan Kenobi' and fair use guru of the documentary film set" by the American Bar Association, Michael has gained a national reputation as an expert on clearance and rights-related issues. He successfully negotiated with insurance companies to offer fair use riders on the E&O insurance policies which has allowed many films to be made under the fair use doctrine. He served on the Advisory Committee for the Documentary Filmmakers Statement of Best Practices in Fair Use and currently serves on the Advisory Committee of the Stanford Fair Use Project. Michael is the past President of The International Documentary Association (IDA) and current General Counsel to Film Independent and Writers Guild of America/West Foundation. He co-wrote The American Bar Association's Legal Guide to Independent Filmmaking with his partner Lisa Callif. He also wrote Clearance & Copyright (which is in its third edition and is used as a textbook in over 50 colleges and universities).

MIKE FARAH  (Producing for the Web)

Mike is the President of Production for Funny Or Die, focused on Funny Or Die's longform premium content and new business projects. Farah has won Primetime Emmys for his work as executive producer of Between Two Ferns with Zach Galfianakis: President Obama and Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis: Brad Pitt. He has been  executive producer of Billy on the Street, airing on TruTV and TBS, @midnight airing on Comedy Central, Funny or Die's America's Next Weatherman on TBS, and the Ferrell Takes the Field special on HBO. Farah, originally from Ann Arbor, Michigan and a graduate of Indiana University, started at Funny or Die in 2008. He was named one of the top 35 Hollywood executives under 35 by The Hollywood Reporter in, was named one of “Hollywood’s New Leaders" by Variety, and was fired from his job as a food expeditor at The Standard, Hollywood.

RICHARD FAY  (Domestic Theatrical Distribution)

Richard is the President of Domestic Theatrical Distribution for Lionsgate Distribution. Working closely with the exhibitors and filmmakers, Fay develops, oversees and executes the distribution strategy for the Lionsgate domestic film slate. Fay has over 40 years experience in the film industry most recently as President of Summit Entertainment and before that heading his own firm, Fay Enterprises, which consulted for a number of enterprises including Deluxe Labs, several motion pictures, and in-theatre marketing companies including Movie Me and Timeplay. Prior to starting his own firm in 2005, Fay was the President of AMC Film Marketing for 10 years where he was responsible for film buying and in-theatre marketing. During his tenure at AMC, Fay was also responsible for negotiating all the film settlements with distributors and initiating aggregate film deals as AMC grew into a circuit of Megaplexes.

ALLEN FISCHER  (Representation)

Allen is a partner at Principato-Young Entertainment, one of the leading management and production companies in the business. After graduating from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, he started his career at Creative Artists Agency and transitioned into the growing field of management and production. Allen is a committee member in the Representation Peer Group of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, and his clients are some of the top writers and directors in the business. Director clients include F. Gary Gray (Straight Outta Compton, Fast & Furious 8), Jon M. Chu (GI:Joe Retaliation, Justin Bieber: Never Say Never, Now You See Me 2), Steven Quale (Into the Storm, Luc Besson’s The Lake), Ari Sandel (Academy Award winning director of The Duff, Monster High), Sylvain White (Stomp the Yard, The Losers), Mike Tiddes (A Haunted House 1 & 2, Fifty Shades of Black), Dan Attias (True Detective, Walking Dead, Homeland), Matt Shakman (Heroes: Reborn, Cutbank, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia), Tim Hill (Grumpy Cat's Worst Christmas Ever, Hop, Alvin and the Chipmunks), Larry Sher (Bastards), and Lev Spiro (Modern Family, Orange is the New Black). Allen has clients who excel in writing and directing, such as Jeff Wadlow (True Memoirs of an International Assasin, Kick Ass 2) and Laurie Collyer (Sunlight Jr., Sherrybaby, Lifetime miniseries Marilyn). Screenwriter/Television writer clients include David Hayter (X-Men, X2: X-Men United, Watchmen), Patrick Somerville (The Leftovers, The Bridge, 24), and Ashley Miller & Zack Stentz (Fringe, Thor, X-Men: First Class). Allen has clients involved in such TV shows as: Vinyl, Fargo, Ray Donovan, Masters of Sex, Bloodline, Empire, Archer, Hawaii 5-0, The Good Wife, The Following and many other network shows. Allen also represents actor/comedian/writer Ed Helms, who starred in The Hangover movies and was a cast member of The Office. On the production front, Allen’s The Sea of Trees, directed by Gus van Sant and starring Matthew McConaughey, is due for release next year. Allen is attached to produce numerous features at every major studio and is responsible for selling many scripts and pitches every year.

ALEX FRANKLIN (Hollywood and Global Responsibility)

Alex is a Lecturer in the UCLA Department of Film, Television and Digital Media where he teaches graduate and undergraduate courses about Development, Production and International Markets. He is a veteran of the Hollywood studio system, having worked as a Development and Production Executive at New Line Cinema, Dimension Films, Lionsgate Films and Artisan Entertainment, where he specialized in genre films. After leaving the world of studio development, Alex co-founded Pangea Pictures, a visual effects and post-production services company. Currently, he is Head of Film and Television at Partos Company, where he represents A-List Cinematographers, Production Designers and Costume Designers. He is a graduate of Harvard University and has an MFA from the USC Peter Stark Producing Program.

ADAM FOGELSON (Feature Film Marketing)

Adam was chairman of Universal Pictures from October 2009 to 2013. He oversaw worldwide operations for the motion picture group, including its global theatrical, home entertainment, partnerships & licensing, finance, human resources and communications divisions. Fogelson had been with Universal since 1998, beginning as Vice President of Creative Advertising and rising to President of Marketing and Distribution before his promotion to Chairman. Fogelson's succeses include an impressive array of worldwide box office hits, such as Dr. Seuss' The Lorax, American Reunion, Safe House, Contraband, Bridesmaids, Fast Five and Despicable Me.

KAREN FOSTER (PRODUCING THE ANIMATED FEATURE)

Karen has produced a variety of projects for Dreamworks Animation including feature, TV and themed attractions.  Her producing credits include:  Kung Fu Panda: Secrets of the Scroll, Secrets of the Masters, and Secrets of the Furious Five; Scared Shrekless and How to Train Your Dragon (Co-Producer).  Her themed entertainment credits include Shrek’s London Adventure, Dreamworks’ Dreamplace, multiple attractions for Dubai Parks & Resorts’ Motiongate theme park and she is currently working on a Kung Fu Panda land for Universal’s Beijing park.  Karen came to Dreamworks in 2003 as a development executive for such films as Shrek 2, Sharktale, Wallace and Gromit:  The Curse of the Were-Rabbit, Over the Hedge and Kung Fu Panda.  Previously she was Director of Development for Walt Disney Feature Animation working on Treasure Planet, Home on the Range, The Tigger Movie and Atlantis, among others.   Prior to her career in animation, Karen worked in live theater on both coasts.  She is a graduate of UCLA and The Juilliard School.

TIMOTHY GOOD (Post Production Editing)

Timothy was born and raised in Chicago, IL, and graduated from Northwestern University with a degree in Radio/TV/Film. He traveled to Los Angeles to pursue a career in film editing. After 7 years of apprenticeship with some incredible mentors, he began editing on television series such as The O.C., Gossip Girl, Fringe and Under the Dome. He co-edited his first feature film, Dead Man Down, directed by Niels Arden Oplev of the original Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. Next up, he will be co-producer on Believe, a television series from J.J. Abrams and Alfonso Cuarón. He will supervise all creative post-production. He was recently inducted into the American Cinema Editors, an honorary society of elite editors in the industry. Tim is also a visiting professor at UCLA, teaching editing to all directors and cinematographers in UCLA’s graduate MFA program.

PAUL GREEN (Feature Film Financing)

Paul was the president & COO of Anonymous Content. He joined Anonymous in April 2004, after having previously worked with Anonymous CEO Steve Golin at Propaganda Films. At Anonymous, Green oversaw the operations of AC's film, television and talent management divisions, and was responsible for strategic planning for film, commercial (broadcast and internet) and music video production. He assisted with development, financing, production and distribution of films, television, commercials and digital projects. His duties included securing and negotiating outside capital and production financing. In addition he has executive produced or produced the recent films The Revenant, Fun Size, Big Miracle, 44 Inch Chest, The Beaver, Laggier, Adult World, Scenic Route, U Want Me 2 Kill Him?, The Loft and The Fifth Estate. Previously Paul served in executive positions with Icon Productions, Beacon Communications, Propaganda Films and the Walt Disney Motion Pictures Group.

RANDY GREENBERG  (International Theatrical Distribution)

Randy is a strategic, senior entertainment executive and creative marketing & distribution executive, with demonstrated expertise in those areas consulting for entertainment companies with multi-million dollar brands driving marketing strategy, media strategy, investment, marketing operations, business development, PR strategy. His past work experience also includes P&L responsibility for multi-billion dollar entertainment divisions for global entertainment companies. Over the past decade, Greenberg has run The Greenberg Group, an entertainment content and investment strategy and marketing/distribution and business affairs consultancy. Before starting The Greenberg Group, Greenberg was the Senior Vice President / Head of International Theatrical Distribution and Marketing for Universal Pictures, where he synergized and led stakeholder alliances for international theatrical box office growth by developing strategic marketing campaigns and restructured the division to align with fast emerging digital marketing platforms and opportunities. His cutting-edge digital and traditional international marketing campaigns drove the international theatrical division to $2.7 Billion in box office. In one year alone, Greenberg’s strategies produced six $100M+ international box office releases: breaking a company record and tying an industry record. Greenberg strategized and executed the overseas releases of such films as The Mummy Returns, Jurassic Park III, American Pie 2, The Fast and the Furious, The Bourne Identity, Red Dragon, 8 Mile, The Hulk, 2Fast 2Furious, American Pie: The Wedding and Intolerable Cruelty among over 40 others. Prior to Universal Pictures, Greenberg served as Vice President, International Theatrical Marketing for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM), where he synergized and led the Los Angeles international theatrical offices coordinating between all international stakeholders in home entertainment, international TV and international consumer products to drive international theatrical box office growth for the newly resurrected division. Greenberg began his career as an accounting intern at Warner Bros. Pictures and was a senior publicist/account director at DDA Public Relations representing clients including Carolco Pictures and its films Terminator 2, Total Recall, Basic Instinct, Narrow Margin, Jacob’s Ladder and Field of Dreams; Morgan Creek International and its films Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves and Last of the Mohicans among others and Miramax Pictures and its film Reservoir Dogs among many others. Greenberg received his Bachelor’s degree in Marketing/Finance from the University of Denver. He is a member of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, the voting membership for the Academy Awards/Oscars and sits on the Animation Nomination Committee.

SHEILA HANAHAN-TAYLOR (Creative Producing)

Shelia is the founder of Practical Pictures, a Production Company specializing in studio pictures with a global appeal. Known as a cradle-to-grave producer, Sheila’s skill set includes story development, marketplace analysis, fundraising and budgeting, on-set creative producing, and editing room savvy. Sheila has been involved with numerous studio franchises including Universal’s American Pie and New Line’s Final Destination 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5. Sheila also recently produced the Australian-set family film Oddball. In total, the films Sheila worked on as an executive or a producer have grossed over $2 billion dollars in World Wide Box Office, from a total production cost of $448 million. Prior to establishing Practical Pictures, Sheila was a Senior Executive at Zide/Perry Entertainment, a production company and management firm known for grooming young screenwriters. During her 6 years at Zide/Perry she was responsible for the development and coaching on some of the industry’s highest-profile pitches and spec scripts, leading to numerous sales including an unestablished writer’s idea to Touchstone Pictures for $1 Million. Prior to Zide/Perry, Sheila worked for Steppenwolf Theatre, writer/director Garry Marshall, and Oscar Nominees Gil Netter and the Zucker Brothers, developing such films as My Best Friend's Wedding. Sheila also sits on numerous film boards and teaches at Universities around the globe. From 2000 to 2008 Sheila was a visiting associate professor for UCLA’s graduate Producers Program, teaching core curriculum and serving as thesis chair. Sheila currently works with Film Independent, Carnegie Mellon, Pixar, USC’s Stark School, Columbia College Chicago L.A. and Fox Studios. At Fox, Sheila develops TV pilots with their Writers Intensive Program and films with their Global Directors Initiative.

SIMON HERBERT (CASE STUDY: INDIE FILM)

Simon is the co-writer/director/producer (with fellow UCLA screenwriting alums Phil Guidry and David Whelan) of the horror feature Savageland-- released by Terror Films, internationally. Savageland has screened at numerous festivals including: Comic-Con; Morbido Festival, Mexico; and FilmQuest Film Festival, Utah. It has won eight awards including: Best Director at the New Orleans Horror Film Festival; and Best Feature in: Nevermore, NC; Independent Filmmakers festival, CA; Eerie Horror Fest, PA; and the Atlanta Horror Film Festival, GA.

NANCY KIRHOFFER (Post Production Supervision)

Nancy is an accomplished post-production supervisor who believes "Movies are three things: picture, sound and music -- and two of those happen in post-production." Her credits include Memento, 50/50, Bernie, Tracers, Seeking a Friend for the End of the World, The Rum Diary, Soul Surfer, Drag Me to Hell, Milk, Jeepers Creepers, Donnie Darko, I know What You Did Last Summer and many more.

MARIANNE KRAWCZYK (Producing for Video Games)

Renowned game writer Marianne Krawczyk has won numerous awards for her pioneering work in the creation of game worlds, stories and characters. At Sony Santa Monica, Krawczyk served as lead writer on all of the major God of War releases and has also been very involved in the overall franchise, consulting on various content including novels and comics. Krawczyk was nominated for WGA awards for God of War 3 and God of War: Ascension, and she won a BAFTA award for her character and story work on God of War 2. Krawczyk has also worked extensively with Ubisoft, THQ and Activision on other major franchises such as Skylanders, Driver, Far Cry and Prince of Persia, the latter of which garnered another WGA award nomination. Krawczyk was the lead writer on Klei Entertainment’s Shank and Shank 2, and she collaborated with J.J. Abrams and Roberto Orci on the video game tie-in to the Star Trek film franchise. Krawczyk also served as the lead writer on Hinterland Games’ The Long Dark. In addition to her work in games, Krawczyk has written exclusive content for Amazon Prime, as well as the feature Appleseed Alpha, directed by Shinji Aramaki.

NEIL LANDAU (Crafting Your Pilot)

Neil’s film and television credits include the cult teen comedy "Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead” starring Christina Applegate; Melrose Place, The Magnificent Seven, Doogie Howser, M.D., The Secret World of Alex Mack, Twice in a Lifetime, MTV's Undressed, The Young & the Restless, Monarch Cove, and one-hour drama pilots for CBS, ABC, ABC Family, Warner Bros., Disney, Lifetime, and Freemantle. Neil also served for several years as Executive Script Consultant in the international divisions of Sony Pictures Television and Columbia Pictures. His animated movie projects include the 3D animated feature Tad: The Lost Explorer (aka Las Adventuras de Tadeo Jones) which earned him a Spanish Academy “Goya” Award and Cinema Writers' Circle Award for Best Adapted Screenplay. He co-wrote and Co-Executive Produced the 3D animated feature Capture the Flag for Paramount. Neil is also credited as screenwriter on the new animated movie, Sheep & Wolves, for Wizart Animation (The Snow Queen). Neil is a professor in the M.F.A. in Screenwriting and Producing Programs at UCLA School of Theater, Film & Television (his alma mater). He is the author of the bestselling books 101 Things I Learned in Film School, The TV Showrunner’s Roadmap, The Screenwriter’s Roadmap, and TV Outside the Box: Trailblazing in the Digital Television Revolution.

WEIKO LIN  (How to Work Creatively With China’s Film Industry)

A finalist of AMPAS Nicholl Fellowship and recipient of a Samuel Goldwyn Writing Award, Weiko Lin has written for production companies such as The Mark Gordon Company, Reason Pictures, Madhouse Entertainment, Ivanhoe Pictures, Don Mischer Productions, Wanda Pictures, and The Unison Company. His Chinese language romance comedy film 100 Days was released nationwide in Taiwan and was an official selection at the prestigious Golden Rooster Hundred Flowers Film Festival in China. As producer and original story writer, Lin is following up his next Chinese language film with an action thriller for China-based Wanda Pictures set to film on location in Korea.

ERIC MARIN (Post Production Sound/Sound Design)

Eric is a film editor with extensive experience in both feature and documentary picture and sound editing and mixing. He has edited, among other films, Wedding Dress (based on the play by the renowned Brazilian playwright Nelson Rodrigues), The Monk and the Hangman's Daughter (based on a story by Ambrose Bierce), and the documentaries Breaking the Maya Code, Mysterious California (examining four novels by California mystery writers) Women of Mystery (featuring three leading American female mystery writers) and Looking Like the Enemy (about the war experiences of Asian American veterans). Most recently, Eric served as the picture and sound editor and re-recording mixer on the documentary Something Like a Sabbatical as well as the sound editor on the feature documentary Occupy the Farm and as the re-recording sound mixer on the feature documentary The Art of Observing Life about the founders of the direct cinema movement. Additionally, Eric has produced, directed, shot and edited several contemporary music and performance documentaries including Baschet: The Transfiguration of Daily Life (awarded Best Art Documentary at the Parnu International Documentary Festival 2004 and Grand Prix de la Recherche at the Festival International du Film d’Art, Paris, 2003). His works have been seen on PBS and The Learning Channel and have been screened at festivals and various venues worldwide. Other film awards include the Nissan FOCUS documentary award, the Bronze Apple from the National Education Festival, the CINE Eagle award, and the Western States Regional Media Fellowship. Eric Marin has been teaching various courses in picture editing, sound editing and sound recording at UCLA since 1997. Eric is also the recipient of UCLA’s prestigious “Distinguished Teaching Award” for 2007.

GABE MICHAEL (Digital Media: Indie)

Gabe Michael is a Director, Producer, Strategist, and Showrunner who specializes in creating digital series, sharable video content and branded entertainment programs. Recently he served as the executive producer and creative director of Forge Apollo, the video content agency. Prior to Forge Apollo, Gabe was a producer at Break Media (now Defy Media) and a producer for former YouTube multi-channel network Maker Studios, where he oversaw the popular Epic Rap Battles vertical. Praised by New Media Rockstars as having been “involved with just about every established YouTube happening on Earth lately,” Gabe’s shows and videos have amassed over 446 million views and counting. Gabe holds an MFA from UCLA’s Producers Program and an undergraduate degree in Film & Electronic Art from Cal State Long Beach.

CHRIS MODOONO (Case Study: Indie Film and TV)

Chris has to be among the tallest directors working today. At a towering 6 feet 5 inches, he possesses the unique competitive advantage of being able to spot colleagues in a crowded area quickly. An experienced Writer/Director, Chris’s most recent project was the feature film Tenured which he co-wrote and directed for Fox Digital. It premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival, won the audience award for comedy feature at the Maui Film Festival, and is now on Netflix. He co-wrote and directed the pilot Its A Hit! for The Orchard starring Abby Elliott, Tim Matheson, and Tyler Hilton. In the commercial world Chris worked on Tide’s Super Bowl campaign with Hungry Man Productions, directing several online companion spots. He has also worked with the CBS Early Show, The CBS Evening News, Food Network and HGTV on their promotional campaigns.

 

Camilla Monet (Starting a Production Company)

Calmilla is an award-winning producer of film and television in Los Angeles. She has produced more than 10 short films shown all over the world (three of which have won Best Short Film Awards) and several which have been sold & aired for IFC, HBO & Sitv; such as The Winged Man starring Ana Ortiz (Ugly Betty), written by Oscar-nominated Jose Rivera (The Motorcycle Diaries). Monet's feature horror thriller Dark Desert Highway was exhibited in the Cannes Film Festival in a co-production with Angel & Bear Productions from Thailand. She is producing the feature Celestina, re-teaming with screenwriter Jose Rivera. Currently in development, it is being executive produced by Walter Salles (City of God) and will star Alfred Molina. Monet's latest feature, a romantic comedy called Love or Whatever, starring Kate Flannery (NBC's The Office), was selected as the feature film at the highly acclaimed GLBQ festival, Frameline36. Monet has had several television shows optioned and is currently writing an epic drama with novelist and Emmy Award-winner Jennifer Niven.

 

MAGGIE MURPHY (The Television Executive)

Maggie Murphy is the co-head of Shaftesbury U.S., Shaftesbury's newly launched division located in Los Angeles focused on development for the U.S., Canadian and international markets. Shaftesbury U.S. has a dozen projects currently in development with others set up at major U.S. networks as well as in Canada. With more than 20 years experience in television development and production, Murphy most recently served as senior vice president of development for Cookie Jar Entertainment. Prior to that, she served as president of Kiefer Sutherland’s Eastside Entertainment, part of 20th Century Fox, where she oversaw the development of comedy and drama for television, film and digital media, and brokered deals for property acquisition and Emmy award-winning writer Michael Caleo (The Sopranos) and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Lucinda Franks, among others. Before that, Murphy served as senior vice president of drama development for UPN/CW. While there, she developed the USA Networks' hit In Plain Sight, starring Mary McCormack, and helped develop shows with Sex and the City executive producer Darren Star, Black Hawk Downdirector Simon West, Vampire Diaries writer Kevin Williamson and Academy Award winner Diablo Cody, (Juno). She also supervised the creation, from inception to series, of a variety of shows including Veronica Mars and Kevin Hill.Before CW, Murphy served as senior vice president during the inception of Regency TV. In her six-year tenure there, she helped create and develop top-rated series including Roswell, Bernie Mac and Malcolm in the Middle. Murphy also served as the development executive for David E. Kelley. In that capacity, she developed Ally McBeal, The Practice and Chicago Hope.

TOM NUNAN  (Career Planning)

Tom Nunan is best known as founder and partner of Bull’s Eye Entertainment, a mid-sized independent film and television production company. During his oversight as a partner in Bull's Eye, Nunan generated a television and film slate of more than 50 projects, including creating a strategic alliance with Sony Pictures TV. Nunan and his partners achieved worldwide fame and success for producing their Academy Award-winning Best Picture Crash, as well as other beloved titles including The Illusionist, Thumbsucker and Employee of the Month. Nunan also supervised the creation and production of many high-profile television projects including the Starz cable network adaptation of the series Crash, the Lifetime series Angela's Eyes and the CBS comedies All Grown Up and The Papdits. Prior to forming Bull's Eye, Nunan was president of the United Paramount Network (UPN) now known as The CW. Nunan grew the network from two nights a week to its present schedule of six nights and had oversight of many departments including development & programming, scheduling, marketing, business affairs and a “dotted line” oversight of affiliates and sales. Nunan supervised more than 70 employees in the Los Angeles-based national headquarters, but also consulted and helped supervise the local programming efforts of many of the major market stations that help comprise the UPN web of stations. Nunan's successes while president of UPN included building many successful “event nights” of programming, including a highly rated African-American skewing Monday night schedule; a female teen drama night on Tuesdays; a science-fiction based programming grid for Wednesdays with a hugely successful W.W.E. franchise of wrestling on Thursdays. Fridays comprised UPN's Original Movie night, with Sunday's made up of a mix of younger skewing comedies and event dramas. To run a network successfully, it must include the delicate integration of all of the departments mentioned above. Nunan's training as the head of NBC Studios perfectly prepared him for transacting in all of the key network departments. As president of NBC Studios, Nunan grew the once tiniest of vertically integrated production companies into NBC's largest supplier of programming. While running the studio, Nunan oversaw a budget of more than $80 million in development costs, which led to the production of some of NBC's most cherished programs: Will & Grace, Profiler, The Pretender and even the CBS hit The King of Queens, which was generated at NBC Studios. Nunan oversaw a staff of more than 45 employees, ranging from business affairs, development/production and marketing. NBC was the No. 1 network at the time and Nunan was surrounded by some of TV's most enduring and successful executives: Don Ohlmeyer, Warren Littlefield, Steve McPherson, Jamie Tarses, Kevin Reilly, David Nevins and many others. Many on this team would go on to run other networks and studios, as Nunan did UPN. Nunan's work at growing The Fox Broadcasting Company is what led to interest from the NBC network. While at Fox, Nunan originally ran its enormously successful comedy department — leading the way with The Ben Stiller Show, Martin, Living Single, In Living Color, Mad TV, Flying Blind and many others. Nunan's success as a comedy executive ultimately led to his oversight of all of Fox's primetime — including reality, comedy, drama and late night. Nunan was part of the team that grew Fox from a two-night-a-week service to a seven-night-a-week service. Nunan began his network-programming career as the vice president in charge of movies at ABC, prior to successfully running long-form development and production for Jerry Weintraub, Chuck Fries and the Guber/Peters Company. A graduate of the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television, Nunan is now a member of the School's steering committee and teaches annually in its Graduate Producers Program. Nunan is the former president of the Hollywood Radio & TV Society and is currently chairman of the Joyful Heart Foundation, created and founded by Emmy and Golden Globe-award winning actress Mariska Hargitay. Nunan resides in Venice, Calif.

ROBIN PELLECK  (New Media)

As Vice President, Digital Content for TNT & TBS Original Programming Robyn oversaw the creative development of digital extensions and custom content for all scripted drama, comedy and unscripted series for both of these Turner networks. She served as the primary contact between both networks' series productions and TNT & TBS’ advertising sales, marketing and social media teams to create digital content for linear series. Pelleck’s career began in live news at CNN, leading to many years in network sports. She is proud of her years learning from the sports television legends at Moxie Video Productions, CBS Sports and ABC Sports. NFL, NCAA, NBA, MLB, PGA Golf, Nascar, the Super Bowl, World Series, Monday Night Football, The Final Four, U.S. Open Tennis, The Masters, Indy 500 and The NBA Finals are just a few of the hundreds of live events she has covered from network control rooms. As technology revolutionized the way television is watched, digital and streaming came next. Pelleck produced the first live webcast and interactive smartphone app from New York’s Times Square on New Year’s Eve, covered the 2012 presidential election on YouTube and The Breeders Cup Enhanced Experience live at Santa Anita. Her award-winning, vast and diverse background as a writer, director and producer also includes sports documentary, commercials, television series, studio and remote production, as well as marketing for film and television. She was the founder of order24 productions, a creative and production services company that focused on multi-platform production; integrating and extending traditional television, and creative and remote production with digital and new media. Partners and clients included: Viacom, BET, CBS Sports, ABC Sports/ESPN, NBC, Court TV/TruTV, Sundance Channel, AOL, YouTube, OWN, JWT, Publicis, Edelman Digital, BBDO and Ogilvy. Pelleck began sharing her experiences at the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television in 2013. Her classes in Developing Digital Content launched the UCLA Producers Program Original Productions, YouTube Channel, generating sports and entertainment original content as a joint venture between MFA producing, directing and screenwriting students. She is a member of the Directors Guild of America and Producers Guild of America. A native New Yorker, she is a graduate of The City University of New York at Queens College.

CHRISTOPHER PEREZ (Clearance and Copyright)

Christopher joined Donaldson & Callif, LLP in 2009 and became a partner in the firm in 2014. Christopher specializes in all aspects of the firm’s practice, including representing independent filmmakers through financing, production, rights clearance and distribution. Since joining the firm, Christopher has helped hundreds of productions secure the errors and omissions insurance policies necessary for distribution. Christopher has also contributed to several of the firm’s advocacy projects, including co-drafting an amicus brief on behalf of documentary filmmaker Joe Berlinger in Chevron Corp. v. Berlinger in the Second Circuit; co-drafting an amicus brief of documentary filmmaker Lee Storey in Storey v. Commissioner of Internal Revenue in the United States Tax Court, and assisting the International Documentary Association on its submission to the Federal Trade Commission regarding net neutrality. Beginning in 2009, Christopher and Michael Donaldson successfully appealed to the U.S. Copyright Office to allow documentary filmmakers to secure an exemption from the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) for extracting material from commercial DVDs for use in their documentary films under the doctrine of fair use. In 2012, Christopher and Michael were able to renew the exemption and expand access to online sources, and in 2015 they secured an even broader exemption for documentary filmmakers so they may access material from Blu-ray discs. Christopher has lectured on fair use and other production, distribution and clearance issues at UCLA, USC, UC Irvine, Cal Arts, Columbia College of Chicago and other institutions. He has also lectured for members of the International Documentary Association and Film Independent and appeared on panels at various film festivals and the Producers Guild of America. Christopher has also written several op-ed pieces for the Daily Journal, LA Lawyer and Realscreen. In 2015, Variety named Christopher one of "Hollywood's New Leaders," recognizing outstanding entertainment industry insiders in various categories. Christopher was one of eight honorees in Law & Finance. Christopher graduated from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor with a BA in American Studies and a minor in Film and Video Studies, where he produced, directed and wrote several student films. After college, Christopher returned home to Los Angeles to work in marketing and membership development for the American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO). He studied law at the Gould School of Law at the University of Southern California. Christopher was Academic Chair of the Latino Law Students’ Association and an active member of the Public Interest Law Foundation, where he had the opportunity to participate in several legal assistance projects for the National Lawyers’ Guild, the AME Church, and Homeboy Industries in Boyle Heights. During law school, Christopher worked for California Lawyers for the Arts, Technicolor, and the Cyberlaw Clinic at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard Law School, where he worked on an array of cutting-edge entertainment, Internet, intellectual property and privacy issues. Aside from his legal work, Christopher enjoys managing and playing for his soccer team Esquire FC. He is particularly proud of the Donaldson + Callif team that won first place at the 2015 Los Angeles Film and Entertainment Soccer Tournament (LAFEST) hosted by the LA Galaxy Foundation. Christopher lives in Los Angeles with his wife Maria and his dog Bill Paxton.

BILLY RAY (Story Structure)

Bill wrote and directed Secret In Their Eyes (starring Nicole Kidman, Julia Roberts and Chiwetel Ejiofor), received an Oscar Nomination for writing Captain Phillips (starring Tom Hanks), co-wrote the feature adaptation of the hit book The Hunger Games (starring Jennifer Lawrence, wrote Shattered Glass (starring Hayden Christensen and Chloe Sevigny), and wrote/directed Breach (starring Ryan Phillippe, Chris Cooper, and Laura Linney). He graduated from UCLA’s School of Theater, Film and Television.

ADAM SAUNDERS (Case Study: Making Your Film)

Adam is the CEO of Footprint Features where he produced About Alex with Ed Zwick and Marshall Herskovitz, starring Aubrey Plaza, Jason Ritter and Maggie Grace, Family Weekend starring Kristin Chenoweth, Matthew Modine and Olesya Rulin, and Shimmer Lake starring Rainn Wilson and Ron Livingston. As an actor Saunders received an MFA from the Yale School of Drama; as a producer, he received a certificate from the UCLA School of Film and Television's Professional Program in Producing, and was the co-founder and Artistic Director of the professional theater company Footprint on the Sun, upon whose foundation Footprint Features was built. He holds a BA in Drama from Duke University.

Eric W. Shamlin (Virtual Reality)

Eric has spent the last two decades delivering creative and technical innovation across a range of mediums. From visual effects to mixed reality, manhunts to the Olympics, and ABC News to Apple, Eric’s work has been honored with a list of Emmys, Lions, and patents. Eric is invited to speak regularly, leveraging his extensive experience at the intersection of technology, media and culture. Highlights include keynotes and presentations at the Beijing Global Innovators Conference, Unity VR Summit, CES, SXSW and the Variety Entertainment Summit.

LINDA SILLS (DOCUMENTARIES)

Linda is Series Producer on the BBC’s foreign affairs documentary strand Our World which reaches a global audience of 330 million.  As part of her brief, she executive produces and co-manages a slate of 38 films per year, overseeing the commissioning and production of stories from inception to air.  As a filmmaker she has more than 30 documentary credits for producing, writing and directing, including Saudi’s Secret Uprising which won the Best Investigative Documentary award from the Association of International Broadcasting - and the ground-breaking Fallout 9/11 which earned her a nomination in the environment category from the Foreign Press Association.  Prior to Our World, Linda was Senior Producer on the BBC’s flagship interview program, HARDtalk, producing more than 250 interviews on location around the world with leading figures including Nelson Mandela, Donald Trump and the Dalai Lama. She holds a Master’s in International Journalism from the City University in London and studied International & Comparative Politics at the London School of Economics.  In 2002, Linda took a career break from the BBC and completed the UCLA Professional Program in Screenwriting.

ANGELA SOSTRE (Line Producing/Low Budget Filmmaking)

Angela works as a freelance Producer/Line Producer. With her UPM Joel Henry, the two have produced commercials, music videos, as well as over twenty five feature films such as Spork, God Bless America, and Almost Kings (Netflix competition winner). Their recent projects include Behaving Badly, starring Elisabeth Shue, Dylan McDermott, and Heather Graham; Cold Turkey, starring Peter Bogdanovich, Cheryl Hines and Alicia Witt; and Camp X-Ray, starring Kristen Stewart.

JOHN STRAUSS (CREATING A TV SERIES)

John credits as a screenwriter include There's Something About Mary, Santa Clause II, Santa Clause III, starring Tim Allen and The Lizzie McGuire Movie starring Hillary Duff  and Freebirds, a computer animated feature, starring Owen Wilson and Woody Harrelson.  Box office receipts of the aforementioned films total in excess of a billion dollars internationally. Additionally, with Free Birds partner David Stern, John is currently writing a computer animated feature, Renaissance, for Prana Studios. He also produced  You Again for Touchstone Pictures, starring Kristen Bell, Sigourney Weaver and Jamie Lee Curtis at Disney.  He's currently producing a feature film comedy, The Brag, for 5x5 Media.  On the television side, John executive produced, the Golden Globe winning series, Mozart in the Jungle for Amazon Prime and has also executive produced , In Plain Sight for USA Network, as well as The Client List, for Lifetime Network.  John is currently writing a television pilot, Over the Top, for the Freeform network, featuring several YouTube stars. He's also writing a pilot for truTV, called Playa del Sol, based on a Swedish format of the same name, and starring Rhys Darby.  He is also adapting There's Something About Mary as a Broadway musical.

HOWARD SUBER (Strategic Thinking)

During his 52 years on the UCLA faculty, Howard Suber helped establish and also chaired the Critical Studies and Ph.D. programs, UCLA Film & Television Archive and the UCLA TFT Producers Program. He is a former UCLA TFT associate dean. He is a recipient of UCLA’s Distinguished Teaching Award as well as the prestigious 2013-2014 Dickson Emeriti Professorship Award, the highest honor bestowed upon a retired UCLA faculty member. He has also been a consultant and expert witness to all the major film studios on copyright and creative control issues, and he continues to teach the UCLA TFT courses Film Structure and Strategic Thinking in the Film and Television Industries. He is the author of The Power of Film and Letters to Young Filmmakers.

MATT TAUBER (GETTING INDIE FILMS MADE)

Matt is currently producing the AMC /Sony Pictures Television series Preacher created by Sam Catlin, Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg. He is also developing and producing a series with Fox International Channels based on the novel The Prop about a female poker player who gets caught up in the dangerous world of the Indian reservation gaming industry. In film, Matt recently produced Meadowland written by Chris Rossi.   The film features Olivia Wilde, Luke Wilson, Giovanni Ribisi, John Leguizamo and Elizabeth Moss and premiered at Tribeca Film Festival.  Matt previously produced The Great New Wonderful featuring Maggie Gyllenhaal, Edie Falco, Tony Shalhoub, Jim Parsons, Stephen Colbert and The Architect featuring Viola Davis, Anthony LaPaglia, Sebastian Stan and Walton Goggins which Matt wrote and directed with the assistance of the Sundance Institute.

EVETTE VARGAS (Multiplatform Storytelling)

With a repertoire spanning TV, digital, Virtual Reality and more, Evette is emblematic of Hollywood’s new breed of multiplatform storytelling talent. Described by the NY Times as an “Artist to Watch,” Evette is an award-winning writer, director, producer and co-founder of Digital-Reign, a multiplatform production company. Evette’s work includes mobile apps/games for Fast and Furious and Lord of the Rings trilogy; 360 content for Madonna.com, Interscope/Geffen/A&M and Looney Tunes; series for Bravo and DirectTV. Evette EPed, wrote and directed her digital series, Dark Prophet, starring Henry Rollins, which was in contention for two Emmys in the interactive category, premiered at Sundance and won an NBC/UNI Production Award. The Virtual Reality comic series is in the works. Evette is developing projects with Viacom/MTV and A+E Networks. A member of the Television Academy, WGA and PGA, Evette grew up drawing, painting and telling stories at the dinner table where the imagination ruled. Follow @VargasGirl @HearTheWarning.

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