2018 Industry Pros, Judges & Mentors

 

Michael Andreen - Producer, "Master & Commander", "The Day After Tomorrow". Former Sr. VP, Fox Int'l Pictures, Warner Independent Pictures and Sidney Kimmel Entertainment. - London, UK

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

Jennifer Au - Literary Manager, Untitled Entertainment. Previously worked in representation at CAA, Caliber Media & The Firm.

Nicholas Bogner - Literary Manager/Producer, Affirmative Entertainment. Previously, VP Original Programming, TNT & Director of Development, C/W Prods. Bogner also produced the movie "Soccer Mom" and has two produced credits as a screenwriter.

Bradley Bredeweg - Co-creator, producer and show runner of Freeform's award winning television series,"The Fosters" and ABC's upcoming musical series "Harmony". Bredeweg also co-wrote the miniseries "Tut" starring Ben Kingsley, produced London's West End presentation of "American Idiot" and "Dear Evan Hansen" on Broadway. He is currently developing a new musical called "Headless" in collaboration with Google and "Four Eyes", a animated series for Dreamworks.

Jon Brown - Co-Founder/Literary Manager/Producer, Ensemble Entertainment. Ensemble has a first look deal at Fox Television Studios and has films and TV shows set up at Universal Cable Television, The SyFy Channel & Mandalay Entertainment.

Joey Chavez - Sr. VP, Original Programming at TNT ("Animal Kingdom", "The Alienist""Claws"). Previously, VP, Drama at NBC ("The Blacklist", "Parenthood", "Heroes", "Law & Order", "Southland".)

Andy Cohen - Founder/Literary Manager/Producer, Grade A Entertainment. Andy represents book authors as well as Film & TV writers. 

Christine Conley – Director of Development, Working Title Television. Produced “Gypsy"at Netflix & “About a Boy”at NBC. Conley is currently developing "Tales of the City" at Netflix, Chelsea Handler's show, "Unspeakable" at Hulu, a documentary at HBO, a pilot at TV Land & two pilots at ABC.

Matthew Dench, Literary Agent, Dench/Arnold - London, UK

Tracy Falco – Producer, Defender Entertainment. Formerly, EVP Production, Universal Pictures, where she oversaw “Little Fockers”, “It’s Complicated”, “Savages” & “Tower Heist”. Produced “Lions For Lambs”, “Blow”, “Rounders”, “Stretch” & “Endless Love”. She is in pre-production on the thriller, "Sympathy for the Devil", which will shoot in 2018 with Gerard Johnstone directing.

Eric Feig - Founder, Eric Feig Entertainment & Media Law, Inc., representing production companies, writers, directors, producers & actors. Feig is a frequent lecturer on general entertainment law, business topics, talent deal negotiations & independent film issues.

Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas - President, Nuyorican Productions & Goldsmith-Thomas Productions. Currently producing "The Fosters" for Freeform, "Bye Bye Birdie" for NBC, "Second Act" for STX, and "World of Dance""Shades of Blue" for NBC. Previously produced "Extant" for CBS, "13 Going On 30" starring Jennifer Garner, "Maid in Manhattan" starring Jennifer Lopez, "Mona Lisa Smile" starring Julia Roberts, "Perfect Stranger" starring Halle Berry, "Little Black Book" starring Brittany Murphy and Holly Hunter & "Kit Kittredge: An American Girl" starring Abigail Breslin and Stanley Tucci.

Ellen Goldsmith-Vein - Founder and CEO of The Gotham Group, the only major management/production company owned solely by a woman. She has produced the film franchise "The Maze Runner" and "Kodachrome" with Jason Sudeikis, Elizabeth Olsen & Ed Harris as well as "Stephanie", directed by Akiva Goldsman & "Train Man" to be directed by Michael Showalter. On the television side, she is producing "Biopunk", which Zachary Quinto will star in & executive produce and is developing Randi Zuckerberg’s bestselling book "Dot Complicated: Untangling Our Wired Lives." Most recently, The Gotham Group optioned the film rights to three of the biggest books of the summer: "The Party" by Robyn Harding; "The Lying Game" by Ruth Ware & Janelle Brown’s "Watch Me Disappear".

W. Peter Iliff - Screenwriter of "Point Break", "Patriot Games", "Varsity Blues" & "Under Suspicion". Iliff recently wrote a new version of "Varsity Blues" for Paramount and the CMT Network & sold his crime drama "O-Town" to Netflix. His novel "Bang Time" and short film, "Trump's America", which Iliff wrote and directed will both debut in 2018.

Marek Losey - Film/TV writer & director who recently finished directing "Stan Lee's Lucky Man" for NBC Universal. Previously, Losey directed the fantasy/action drama, "Beowulf" starring William Hurt and the dark comedy, "Brief Encounters" for ITV. He also directed the multi-award winning film "The Hide" for Poisson Rouge and FilmFour. - London, UK

Karen Lunder - Senior Film Exec at Imagine Entertainment, Lunder recently oversaw production on the upcoming "The Spy Who Dumped Me" starring Kate McKinnon. She also produced the award-winning "Arrival", starring Amy Adams & Jeremy Renner, "Gifted" starring Chris Evans, "The Founder" starring Michael Keaton, "Eye in the Sky" starring Helen Mirren and much more. 

Cathryn Michon - Screenwriter, author & director. Michon recently co-wrote "A Dog's Way Home" for Columbia Pictures starring Ashley Judd and "A Dog's Purpose" for Dreamworks starring Josh Gad & Dennis Quaid. She also independently produced, co-wrote, starred in & directed the current film "Cook-Off" with Melissa McCarthy & Wendi McLendon-Covey (available On-Demand) & "Muffin Top: A Love Story" starring Melissa Jaret Winouker. 

Mark Morgan - Founder of Mount Diablo Entertainment, Morgan is a film and television producer whose most recent pilot, the "Peter Horton/Karen Lynch Project" was just sold to NBC/Universal Television. Morgan also produced "The Riches" starring Eddie Izzard & Minnie Driver for FX as well as the "Twilight" and "Percy Jackson" franchises for Summit Entertainment & Twentieth Century Fox, respectively.

Abdi Nazemian - A producer of the award winning "Call Me By Your Name". Nazemian has also produced the upcoming film, "Little Woods", "It Happened in LA", "The Price", "The House of Tomorrow" and the documentary, "Scotty: The Secret History of Hollywood". He is an author & screenwriter whose debut young adult novel, "The Authentics", was released by Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins in 2017 and wrote "Menendez: Blood Brothers" for Lifetime, "The Quiet" for Sony Pictures Classics, and both "Celeste in the City" and "Beautiful Girl" for ABC Family/Freeform. 

Lou Pitt – Founder/Literary Manager/Producer, The Pitt Group & Alton Road Productions. 

Kenchy Ragsdale - Independent producer who most recently ran Sofia Vergara's production company at 20th Century Fox Television. Ragsdale previously developed projects at NBC, Fox Television Studios, FBC & CBS Television Studios after having started as a Writer's/Show Runner's assistant on "The West Wing" and "CSI". 

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

Steven Rogers - Writer/Producer of the award-winning film "I, Tonya" starring Margot Robbie and Allison Janney. Rogers previously wrote and produced "Love the Coopers" starring Steve Martin & Diane Keaton, "P.S. I Love You" starring Hilary Swank, "Stepmom" starring Julia Roberts & Susan Sarandon & "Hope Floats" starring Sandra Bullock. 

Chris Rossi - Screenwriter of the film, "Meadowland" starring Olivia Wilde, Luke Wilson & Elizabeth Moss and directed by Reed Morano (Hulu’s A Handmaid's Tale). He recently wrote the film “Adolescence,” directed by Ashley Avis, and starring India Eisley, as well as a film for musician Eric Benét to be produced by Primary Wave Entertainment. His latest film, “The Lights", starts filming in spring 2018, and will be produced by Matt Tauber ("Meadowland, "Preacher"). 

Nina Sadowsky - Screenwriter/Producer who has produced films such "House of Sand and Fog" starring Ben Kingsley, "The Wedding Planner", starring Jennifer Lopez, "Lost Souls", starring Winona Ryder, "Desert Saints" starring Kiefer Sutherland & "Northern Lights" starring Diane Keaton. Her second novel,"The Burial Society" will be released in January 2018 By Ballantine/Random House.

Sidney Sherman - Founder/Literary Manager/Producer at Rosa Entertainment.

Ben Silverman – Co-Founder/Head of Literary, Integral Artists. Recently became an Executive at renowned film distribution & sales company LevelFilm. - Vancouver, CAN.

Barbara Stepansky - Both a Nicholl Fellow and an award-winning independent feature film director, Stepansky most recently wrote "Flint", about the Flint Water Crisis starring Queen Latifah for Lifetime TV. She has also directed the feature thrillers "Hurt", "Fugue" & "Taken for Ransom", web series including "Ex-Best" & several short films. She is currently in development on several feature film projects.

Scott Stoops - Literary Manager, Good Fear Film & Management.

Keith Sweitzer - Owner of Paper Road Literary, Packaging & Production. Sweitzer’s last Australian feature, "John Doe", was released both in Australia and in the US by Monster Pictures & Main Street Films. In addition to features, Sweitzer is developing, packaging and producing television and online series. - Sydney, AUS

Colin Vaines - Co-producer of "Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool" starring Annette Bening. Previously produced "The Gangs of New York" directed by Martin Scorsese, "My Week with Marilyn" starring Michelle Williams, "Coriolanus" directed by and starring Ralph Fiennes & Vanessa Redgrave and many other films. Vaines is currently developing the film "The Fabulous Palm Spring Follies", continues to develop through Broadstairs Films and has launched a television company, Dreamscape Media. - London, UK

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