2017 Industry Pros, Judges & Mentors


Zadoc Angell - Literary Manager, Echo Lake Entertainment. Previously, TV Literary Agent, Paradigm. Angell also teaches classes in pilot writing at UCLA.

Frances Arnold – Literary Agent/Company Director, Rochelle Stevens & Co. - London.

Karen Barna, SVP, Business & Legal Affairs, Bold Films. Worked on "Shot Caller" & "Stronger" in 2016 & is prepping "Vox Lux" & "Colette" for 2017. Previously, SVP Summit Entertainment, where she worked on the "Twilight" & "Red" franchises, & "Now You See Me", among others. Screenwriter, "Step Up 2" & staff writer on "The Mountain" (the WB).

Nicholas Bogner - Literary Manager/Producer, Affirmative Entertainment. Previously, VP Original Programming, Turner Network Television, Director of Development, Tom Cruise’s C/W Prods & Story Editor, Michael Douglas’ Big Stick Prods. Bogner also produced the movie "Soccer Mom" and has two produced credits as a screenwriter.

Matthew Carnahan – Creator/Executive Producer/Writer, “House of Lies” (Showtime). Creator/Executive Producer/Writer, “Dirt” (FX). Currently in development on film & TV projects at Miramax, Alcon, Gaumont, ITV & others.

Andy Cohen - Owner/Literary Manager/Producer, Grade A Entertainment. Andy not only represents Film & TV writers but book authors as well. Producer of "Gifted" starring Chris Evans and directed by Marc Webb, to be released by Fox Searchlight in April 2017.

Christine Conley – Director of Development, Working Title Television. Currently producing “Gypsy" (Netflix) & previously was the Executive in charge of Production on “About a Boy” (NBC). Has sold five pilots to network & has cable projects set up at HBO, Netflix, TNT, & TV Land.

Evan Corday, Partner/Literary Manager, Cartel Entertainment. Previously, Literary Manager, Evolution Entertainment.

Elizabeth Dench, Co-Owner/Literary Agent, Dench/Arnold - London.

Jim Donnelly, SVP Comedy Development, Universal Television. Previously, VP Comedy Development, CBS Studios.

Derrick Eppich – Literary Manager, Lee Stobby Entertainment. Previously, Production Executive, Energy Entertainment.

Tracy Falco – Producer, Defender Entertainment. Formerly, EVP Production, Universal Pictures, where she oversaw “Little Fockers”, “It’s Complicated”, “Savages” & “Tower Heist”. Prior to that she produced “Lions For Lambs”, “Blow”, “Rounders”, “Stretch” & “Endless Love”.

Eric Feig - Founder, Eric Feig Entertainment & Media Law, Inc., representing production companies, writers, directors, producers & actors. In August 2016, Feig formed Inkubate Entertainment with screenwriter Max Borenstein ("Godzilla", "Skull Island", the television show "Minority Report") to discover, develop & champion emerging writers. Feig is a frequent lecturer on general entertainment law, business topics, talent deal negotiations & independent film issues.

Poppy Hanks – SVP Development & Production, MACRO.  Co-Executive Producer, “Fences”, directed by & starring Denzel Washington. Previously, SVP Production, Tyler Perry’s 34th Street Films & VP, State Street Pictures.

Brad Kaplan - Literary Manager/Producer, Primary Wave Entertainment. Kaplan has sold and set up dozens of feature scripts, pitches and television series and recently produced "Mr. Church", starring Eddie Murphy and "Six" for Crackle. He has "Behind the Glass" and "Girls Can't Play Pool" in pre-production. 

Chris Leanza - SVP Development & Current Programming, Timberman/Beverly Productions. Credits include “Elementary” (CBS), “Doubt” (CBS), “Justified” (FX), “Masters of Sex”(Showtime) & Unforgettable (CBS/A&E)

Mark Lawyer – Owner/Literary Manager/Producer, Markerhouse Pictures & Management.

Mike Macari – Producer, “The Ring”, “The Ring 2” & “Rings” (in post-production). Also produced “6 Souls” & “The Invisible”. Currently, Macari is in post-production on the psychological horror film,“Temple” & the thriller, “Sadie", as well as prepping the action thriller, “Fracture" to be directed by Gonzalo Lopez-Gallego.

Navid McIlhargey – Owner/Producer, Vandal Entertainment, which has partnered on five films with FilmHouse Germany as well as developing several TV projects. Previously, EVP, New Regency, Silver Pictures & Revolution Studios. Vandal is in post-production on “The Hunter’s Prayer” (aka “For the Dogs”), directed by Jonathan Mostow. McIlhargey teaches film at UCLA.

Gayla Nethercott – Owner/Literary Agent, Nethercott Agency. Previously, Head of Literary, Don Buchwald & Assoc. Nethercott is currently on the Board of the Austin Film Festival & lectures for UCLA, USC, Columbia, the WGA & AFI.

Eric Phillips - VP, Inkubate Entertainment founded by writer-producer Max Borenstein (“Godzilla”, “Kong: Skull Island”) & attorney Eric Feig. Previously, Creative Executive, Carpool Entertainment at Lionsgate TV. Phillips also worked on FOX shows such as “Touch”, “Bones”, “Backstrom” & “Minority Report”.

Lou Pitt – Owner/Literary Manager/Producer, The Pitt Group & Alton Road Productions. Previously agent & executive at ICM & most recently produced “The Exception”, which premiered at the Toronto Film Festival.

Alex Rincon - Literary Agent, UTA. Previously worked at CAA & Green Hat Films.

Chris Salvaterra - Programming Executive, HBO Miniseries, most recently for "The Night Of". Previously, independent producer, Katonah Pictures ("Gone"); Executive, Nickelodeon/MTV, Participant Media ("Syriana", "Good Night & Good Luck", "The Visitor"), Casey Silver Productions ("Hidalgo", "Ladder 49") & Universal Pictures ("American Pie"). Salvaterra mentors through HarvardWood & speaks at many universities.

Dawn Sedgwick – Owner/Manager, Dawn Sedgwick Management - London.

Corey Sienega – President, Development & Production, Chaotic Good Studios. Previously, President of Production, David Kirschner Productions, where she developed & co-produced, “Miss Potter”, “Martian Child& “Secondhand Lions. Sienega also produced “Frailty”, “Bride of Chucky”, & “Kristy”. Launched the nationally distributed geek-culture lifestyle publication, Geek Magazine.

Ben Silverman – Co-Owner/Head of Literary, Integral Artists - Vancouver, CAN. Previously, Head of Literary, The Characters Agency - Vancouver, CAN.

Jocelyn Hayes-Simpson – Former EVP Production, Groundswell Productions where she worked on “Milk” & “Sideways”. Previously, a producer at Killer Films, working on films such as “Far From Heaven”, “One Hour Photo”, “Camp”, & “Hedwig and the Angry Inch”. Also executive-produced “This American Life” (Showtime) & ”An American Crime” (Showtime). Hayes-Simpson is currently producing PSA's for progressive non-profit organizations & working on story with writers & directors for film & television.


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