Adam Leipzig

Adam Leipzig

Founder & CEO

Adam Leipzig has been a producer, distributor, or supervising executive on more than 30 films that have disrupted expectations, including A Plastic Ocean, March of the Penguins, God Grew Tired of Us, Amreeka, Kekexili: Mountain Patrol, Honey, I Shrunk the Kids, Dead Poets Society, and Titus. His movies have won or been nominated for 10 Academy Awards, 11 BAFTA Awards, 2 Golden Globes, 2 Emmys, 2 Directors Guild Awards, 4 Sundance Awards and 4 Independent Spirit Awards. He looks forward to working with you!
Adam Fratto

Adam Fratto


Adam Fratto is the Vice President, Scripted Series, History & Creative Affairs, A+E Studios at A+E Networks. He is a seasoned producer and creative executive with proven track records in TV development & programming, production, and features. With a specialty in genre storytelling, he is experienced in crafting international business models and launching creative strategies. Adam recently joined international mini-studio Reel One Entertainment with the mission of launching a division that will develop, produce and distribute high-quality, globally commercial TV series. Before that, he was Head of Drama for Pukeko Pictures, affiliate of New Zealand's Weta (LORD OF THE RINGS, AVATAR, DISTRICT 9). The first of these, the award-winning CLEVERMAN, airs on Netflix, SundanceTV, BBC3, and Australia's ABC.

As an independent producer and consultant, Adam consulted with clients from tech startups to established networks. He Executive Produced YA movie SEA CHANGE for Lifetime TV and was co-EP of HAVEN, a hit supernatural drama based on Stephen King?s ?The Colorado Kid,`` for Syfy and NBCU Global Channels.

Originally from New York, Adam is a graduate of Harvard College and USC?s graduate program in Film & TV Production, where he produced Emmy-winning documentary WALKING WITH GIANTS.

After starting his exec career at Michael Douglas's Furthur Films (WONDER BOYS, SWIMFAN), Adam joined Piller/Segan as V.P. in 2002, working on hit series THE DEAD ZONE, WILDFIRE, GREEK, and indie feature BICKFORD SHMECKLER?S COOL IDEAS. From 2008 to 2011, Adam helped launch Atticus Entertainment, managing sports icon Jim Lampley?s HBO-based operation.

He is a member of the TV Academy, HRTS, and the Producers? Guild. He is also co-Founder of Harvardwood, a group of 7,000+ alums in arts, media and entertainment ( A lifelong sinophile, he has lived in Beijing, Taipei and Hong Kong.

Amy Lemisch

Producer / Former Executive Director, California Film Commission

Amy Lemisch was the longest serving head of the California Film
Commission, where she oversaw the state’s efforts to facilitate and grow
film, television and commercial production. In addition to administering
California’s multi-billion dollar Film & Television Tax Credit Program, she
oversaw a wide range of support services and coordinated with all levels of
government to create a film-friendly environment.

Under her leadership, California maintained its competiveness as a
production locale amid intense global competition. She helped shepherd
passage and implementation of the state’s first production tax credit program
enacted in 2009. She is also credited with reducing red tape and launching a
series of marketing initiatives including co-production of the annual Film in
California Conference, publication of LOCATION CALIFORNIA magazine and
administration of the Commission’s first program to expand
education/training opportunities for aspiring entertainment professionals.

Prior to her work at the Film Commission, Ms. Lemisch served for more than
15 years as a producer for Penny Marshall’s company - Parkway Productions.
Her credits include: producer on With Friends Like These, Riding in Cars With
Boys, The Preacher’s Wife and Renaissance Man; and associate producer on
Awakenings, A League of Their Own, and Calendar Girl.

Ms. Lemisch is a member of the Directors Guild of America and the Producers
Guild of America.

BK Fulton

B.K. Fulton


B.K. Fulton is founding chairman and CEO of Soulidifly Productions, LLC, a full feature film, stage and television investment and production company formed in 2017. With an unmatched output of four feature-length films produced in 2018, Soulidifly promotes a more inclusive narrative in major media. A charismatic intellectual and business savvy entrepreneur, B.K. is also an accomplished corporate executive and innovator with decades of experience in both the public and private sectors. He also is chairman of Ario, LLC, an augmented reality productivity software company that increases safety and efficiency in industrial and manufacturing environments with their award-winning and patent-pending
Ario Platform. In 2016, B.K. led a team of developers that invented EZ Reader, the world's first ophthalmologist approved digital reading glasses app.

Before becoming a fulltime writer, filmmaker and entrepreneur, B.K. held senior leadership roles in technology and policy development. He was vice president of the Mid-Atlantic Region for Verizon Communications, Inc. ($5.5B revenue), president of Verizon Virginia ($3.5B revenue) and president of Verizon West Virginia ($400M revenue). Prior to Verizon, he was in senior positions with the U.S. Department of Commerce, AOL Time Warner and the National Urban League.

B.K. has been recognized as one of the “50 Most Influential African-Americans in Technology”. He is a Sloan Fellow and Computerworld Smithsonian Awards International Technology Laureates Medal recipient, with influential papers on technology permanently archived at the Smithsonian Institute. He earned his Juris Doctorate in Intellectual Property, Electronic Commerce and Telecommunications Law from New York Law School; a Master of Science degree in Management and Policy Analysis at The New School’s Milano School of International Affairs, Management and Urban Policy; a Professional Certificate in Public Policy Analysis from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard
University (Harvard Kennedy School); and a bachelor's degree in Urban Affairs and Planning, with two years of computer engineering and architecture, from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech).

A belief exemplified in how B.K. lives life is, “God blesses us all to turn our dreams and ideas into their tangible equivalents; we must have the faith, be willing to do the work and expect the outcomes.” As a servant leader, he sits on the boards of Norfolk State University, Bon Secours Health System, TowneBank and numerous civic, social and business entities.
Fulton, a native of Hampton, Virginia, is the middle child of Bennie and Flora Fulton. He is most inspired by his sister, who has Rett syndrome, and authored a children’s book entitled, “Shauna,” lovingly portraying her influence on his life. He has twin sons, Joshua and Terrell. B.K. and his wife, Jacquelyn E. Stone, Esq. are community-minded residents of Richmond, Virginia.

Brianna Ancel

Brianna Ancel


Brianna Ancel's 16 years of experience representing talent is rooted in her own career in the world of entertainment. She began as a dancer at the age of five in her hometown in Northern California. By eighteen, she was performing, teaching, and choreographing across the United States. After earning her Bachelor?s in Fine Arts from the University of California, Irvine, Brianna worked as an Assistant Director for a major talent competition.

In 1998, she joined Kazarian/Spencer & Associates as an assistant agent and was promoted to Assistant Director of the Dance Department in 2000. Equipped with several years? experience and a life-long passion for the fine arts, Brianna launched the Theatrical Department at Clear Talent Group in 2003.

She was nominated 3 consecutive years (2010, 2011 & 2012) by the Talent Manager?s Association for a Seymour Heller Award for Adult Theatrical Agent of the Year.

She is currently Vice President of Clear Talent Group as well as the Director of the Theatrical Department.

Cary Brokaw


Cary Brokaw is a highly respected and award-winning film and television producer and entertainment executive with extensive experience in film and television production, development, marketing and distribution. He has been President and Chief Executive Officer of Avenue Pictures since 1987.

Winner of Emmy Awards for Wit in 2002 and Angels in America in 2004, the PGA Vision Award in 2004, three Golden Globe Awards, three Spirit Awards and two Peabody Awards, Brokaw has developed, financed and produced over 50 motion pictures including Kiss of the Spider Woman, Down by Law, Nobody’s Fool, The Player (nominated for five Academy Awards including Best Picture), Drugstore Cowboy (voted Best Picture of the year by the National Board of Review), After Dark, My Sweet, Short Cuts, The Field , Restoration (Winner of two Academy Awards), Closer (starring Julia Roberts, Jude Law, Clive Owen and Natalie Portman and Winner of two Golden Globe Awards), The Merchant of Venice (starring Al Pacino and Jeremy Irons) and Lullaby starring Garrett Hedlund, Richard Jenkins, and Amy Adams.

Brokaw and Avenue Pictures have over eighteen film projects in active development including: a contemporary version of Treasure Island, based on the classic novel by Robert Louis Stevenson, adapted by George Gallo and to be directed by Andrew Davis (Under Siege, The Fugitive, Holes) and star Samuel L. Jackson and Ansel Elgort (Fox), Almighty based on the graphic novel by Ed LaRoach and written by Ken Nolan which is currently out to directors (Universal Pictures), Garlic and Sapphires, based on the memoir by Ruth Reichl, adapted by Jonathan Tropper, and to be directed by Paul Feig (Bridesmaids, The Heat, Spy) (Fox), The Moviegoer based on the acclaimed novel by Walker Percy to be directed by Tom Hooper (John Adams, The Kings Speech, Les Miserables, The Danish Girl) (TriStar Pictures), Cities of the Plain based on the novel by Cormac McCarthy, adapted by Andrew Dominik, to be directed by Edward Berger (The Terror, Patrick Melrose) and star Timothee Chalamet, Channing Tatum and Javier Bardem (TriStar Pictures), and Krystle written and to be directed by Jeff Baena (Life After Beth, The Little Hours) and star Chloe Grace Moretz and Jason Segel.

Brokaw was partnered with acclaimed director Mike Nichols from 1999 to 2006. Brokaw and Avenue Pictures were also partnered with the late John Calley, former CEO of Sony Pictures Entertainment, at Sony Pictures Entertainment from 2004 to 2009.

Mr. Brokaw also supervises Avenue Pictures Television, which recently concluded a multiple year first-look production agreement for series television with AMC Networks. The company had previously had a threeyear overall production agreement with Warner Bros. Television. The company currently has over twenty series in active development, with seven series in development with HBO, USA, Showtime, AMC Networks and Fox amongst others. These series include The Mayor starring Alec Baldwin (HBO), Five Kings written by Daniel McBride (AMC), New Hope (AMC), Saigon (Showtime), High Wire (Fox) and The Player (WBTV).

In addition to Wit and Angels in America (winner of an unprecedented eleven Emmys, as well as five Golden Globes), Brokaw and Avenue Television also produced Normal, directed by Jane Anderson, starring Jessica Lange and Tom Wilkinson (nominated for six Emmy awards) (HBO); Path to War directed by John Frankenheimer starring Sir Michael Gambon, Alec Baldwin, and Donald Sutherland (nominated for eight Emmy awards) (HBO), and The Company starring Michael Keaton, Chris O’Donnell and Alfred Molina (nominated for 7 Emmy Awards) among many other limited series and films for television.

Avenue is also producing short form content for other new and emerging streaming platforms including Quibi (#Dog Meets World) and Hulu (Sampled).

Brokaw began his career at 20th Century Fox, where he served as Director of Special Projects, Vice President Acquisitions, Vice President of Domestic Distribution, and Executive Vice President Domestic Distribution. He was actively involved supervising the marketing and release of Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back, Breaking Away, All That Jazz, Alien and the phenomenon that The Rocky Horror Picture Show became as a Midnight Show, amongst many other motion pictures. He also served as Executive Vice President, and then President, of the Cineplex Odeon Corporation from 1979 to 1983, during which time the company grew from the 19th largest to the 3rd largest theater circuit in the world. He was also President/CEO of Island/Alive and later Island Pictures from 1983 to 1987. '

Brokaw received a BA from the University of California at Berkeley, and an MBA with Honors from the Anderson School of Management at UCLA, as well as an MFA from the UCLA School of Theater, Film, and Television.

Brokaw is a member of the Motion Picture Academy and the Producers Guild of America. He is divorced and has four grown daughters.

Chidi Ogene


Jude Chidi Ogene (“Chidi”) is the founder and chief executive officer of Charles Winnsboro Corporation, a consulting and advisory firm with a focus on sub-Saharan Africa and the African diaspora. The company’s main areas of expertise are corporate finance, infrastructure development, and higher education.

Before forming Charles Winnsboro, Chidi served in senior leadership roles with InfiLaw Corporation, a higher education management company sponsored by Sterling Partners. He joined InfiLaw in 2010 as its first General Counsel and led the transactional and regulatory aspects of over $300 million in follow-on investments in the company by private equity firms. Between 2013 and 2017, he took up operating roles with the company’s schools, serving as the Interim Dean of one school and as the President of another. He introduced several reforms at both schools, including establishing an online certificate program in regulatory compliance that doubled revenue on a year over year basis. He returned to the General Counsel role in 2017, where he worked to convert the company’s schools to non-profit institutions and restructure the company.

Prior to joining InfiLaw, Chidi practiced corporate and transactional law with law firms in New York and Washington DC. He began his legal career with Sullivan & Cromwell after graduating from Georgetown University with a combined Juris Doctor/Master of Business Administration. In addition to his degrees from Georgetown, Chidi has a LL.B. from the University of Nigeria and a B.L. from the Nigerian Law School.

Chidi is passionate about workforce development and lifelong learning. He has a green belt certificate in lean six sigma and recently completed his coursework for a certificate in blockchain strategy from Oxford University. His particular interest is in exploring how blockchain and other emerging technologies can democratize access to education, finance, and other competencies critical to personal and societal development.

Outside of his professional endeavors, Chidi volunteers with a number of pro bono organizations. He serves as the vice-chairman of the Board and General Counsel of AIDE Africa, an organization dedicated to the development of the African continent with initiatives in healthcare, agriculture, and renewable energy. He is the Chairman of the Board of AFGCEAA Corp., a 501(c)(3) public charity formed for the benefit of current students and alumni of Federal Government College Enugu (his alma mater). He is also a Trustee of the Great Alpha Foundation, a 501(c)(3) private foundation that provides financial and other assistance to the less privileged.

Aside from his wife and three children, music and movies are the loves of Chidi’s life. A birthday gift of three DVDs in 1999 (Saving Private Ryan, The Blair Witch Project, and The Matrix) started him on a quest to hear and see movies exactly the way the director intended. The quest is never ending, but software and hardware advances have brought him much closer than he ever believed possible. And just like the Don Cheadle character from Boogie Nights, Chidi dreams of opening an audio/video store one day.

David Madden


David Madden is AMC Networks’ President of Programming, Entertainment Networks, overseeing all scripted and non-fiction content development for AMC, BBC AMERICA, IFC, Sundance TV, and AMC Studios, brands that deliver some of the most popular and culturally elevant shows on television as well as an expanding studio operation. An accomplished and highly regarded programming executive with a proven record of success, Madden joined AMC Networks in late 2017 after nearly two decades at Fox, where he most recently was President of Entertainment for the Fox Broadcasting Company, responsible for all programming and development, including series such as “Empire,” “911,” “Brooklyn 99,” “Masterchef Junior” and “Grease Live.”

Prior to that, Madden was President of Fox Television Studios, which developed and produced programming for a variety of broadcast and cable networks in the U.S. and internationally. Series produced by FTVS during Madden’s tenure at the studio included “The Shield” and “The Americans” for FX, “The Killing,” for AMC and later Netflix, “White Collar,” “Graceland” and “Burn Notice” for USA, and many others. At AMC Networks, Madden has most recently overseen a new slate of upcoming programming for AMC that includes the upcoming “Dispatches from Elsewhere,” from actor and writer Jason Segel and producer Scott Rudin, and “NOS4A2,” a supernatural horror series based on the Joe Hill novel of the same name. AMC also recently renewed the popular anthology series, “The Terror” and critically hailed drama “Lodge 49” for second seasons. Current programming on AMC includes “The Walking Dead,” “Fear The Walking Dead,” “Better Call Saul,” “The Little Drummer Girl,” “Preacher,” and “Into the Badlands.” On the unscripted side, AMC is home to original series such as “Talking Dead,” “Talking With Chris Hardwick,” “Ride with Norman Reedus” and year-round documentary series “AMC Visionaries,” which immerses fans in favorite topics and subcultures like comics, horror, rap, and science fiction all led by the masters themselves, such as Robert Kirkman, Eli Roth, Questlove and James Cameron.

At BBC America, Madden oversees programming that includes the critically acclaimed “Killing Eve;” top-rated phenomenon “Doctor Who;” Emmy® IDA-winning “Planet Earth II” and the producers’ next epic story of our planet, “Dynasties;” Emmy®-winning “Blue Planet II;” acclaimed drama “Luther;” ground-breaking unscripted series “Top Gear;” the buzzy and hilarious “The Graham Norton Show;” and the world’s largest darts championships. Upcoming series for BBC America include the punk rock thriller “The Watch,” based on Sir Terry Pratchett’s wildly popular “Discworld” novels. Madden heads programming and development for IFC, home to offbeat comedies such as “Documentary Now!,” created by Bill Hader, Seth Meyers and Fred Armisen, and produced by Broadway Video, “Brockmire,” starring Hank Azaria and produced with Funny Or Die, the fast-paced and irreverent “Baroness von Sketch Show,” and “Stan Against Evil,” starring John C. McGinley. Upcoming series for IFC include “Sherman’s Showcase,” an original musical variety sketch from “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” comedy duo Bashir Salahuddin and Diallo Riddle and executive produced by John Legend and “Year of the Rabbit,” a co-production with the UK’s Channel 4, starring Matt Berry as a drunk sleuth investigating crimes inspired by the world of Sherlock Holmes' Victorian-era London. At SundanceTV, Madden oversees a lineup of high-caliber dramas and documentary programming, including the Peabody Award-winning series “Deutschland 86,” the Leonardo DiCaprio executive produced documentary “Jonestown: Terror In The Jungle,” and critically acclaimed dramas “The Split” and “Liar.” SundanceTV’s newest series, premiering in 2019, is “State of The Union,” a ten-part short form comedy series written by the Academy Award®-nominated and BAFTA-winning writer Nick Hornby (“Brooklyn,” “An Education”) and starring Academy Award® and BAFTA-nominated Rosamund Pike (“Gone Girl,” “Hostiles”) and BAFTA-nominated Chris O'Dowd (“Bridesmaids,” “Get Shorty”).

Also central to his role at AMC Networks is Madden’s oversight of programming for the company’s expanding AMC Studios business, which allows the company to own and control more of the content it brings to fans on its national networks and emerging platforms. AMC Studios produces “The Walking Dead,” the highest-rated series in cable history, and a wide variety of popular and acclaimed originals including “Fear the Walking Dead,” “The Terror,” “Into the Badlands,” “Lodge 49” and others. The studio has also produced the Peabody Award-winning “Rectify,” and “Hap and Leonard,” as well as unscripted series “Cold Blooded: The Clutter Family Murders” and “The Jonestown Massacre” for SundanceTV.

Prior to his tenure at Fox, Madden was a producer and partner with the Paramount Pictures-based Cort/Madden Company, with more than 20 films to his credit. “Something the Lord Made,” featuring Alan Rickman and Mos Def, for HBO, won the 2004 Emmy Award for Outstanding Made for Television Movie and the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Movies for Television. Madden also produced “Save the Last Dance,” starring Julia Stiles, which grossed $90+ million domestically and sold three million soundtrack units. The Cort/Madden Company also developed a series version for FOX.

While at the Cort/Madden Company, Madden and his partner produced “Against the Ropes,” with Meg Ryan, and “The Out of Towners,” with Steve Martin and Goldie Hawn, among other films. Madden also executive-produced “Runaway Bride,” starring Julia Roberts and Richard Gere. The film grossed more than $150 million domestically.

Before Paramount, Madden was a producer and partner with Interscope Communications, where he developed and produced such films as thriller “The Hand that Rocks the Cradle,” with Rebecca De Mornay; “The Associate,” starring Whoopi Goldberg; “Operation Dumbo Drop,” featuring Danny Glover and Ray Liotta; “Renegades,” starring Kiefer Sutherland; and “Blind Fury,” starring Rutger Hauer.

Prior to becoming an executive at Interscope Communications, Madden was Vice President of Production at Paramount Pictures, supervising such hit films as “The Untouchables,” “Fatal Attraction,” “The Naked Gun,” “The Accused” and “Children of a Lesser God.” He also served as Vice President of Production at Twentieth Century Fox, where he supervised “Romancing the Stone,” “Jewel of the Nile,” “Revenge of the Nerds” and “The Fly.”

In addition to his producing career, Madden directed the Trimark feature “Separate Lives,” starring Linda Hamilton and James Belushi, and wrote and directed the Lifetime movie “A Part of the Family,” starring Robert Carradine and Ronny Cox.

Madden received a Bachelor’s Degree from Harvard University and a Master’s Degree from the University of California Los Angeles.

Fahad AlOtaibi


Fahad AlOtaibi is a writer and film director based in Saudi Arabia, and increasingly around the world, who has been working in the industry since 2010. Fahad works with world-class brands for TV commercials and creative campaigns. Fahad is the owner of RGB Production, and is the co-founder of Jaras for Creative Writing.
Fernando Ferro

Fernando Ferro


Fernando Ferro is an Emmy-nominated Venezuelan Film and Television Producer. At 24 he became show runner to the first bilingual political satire show, ``Rick Sanchez``. Since then, he has produced ``telenovelas``, alternative programming, and in 2016 - 2017 produced his first film, ``Vandal``. In late 2016 he formed his own banner ``LA Familia Productions``, with the main focus to finance, develop, and produce content for the Hispanic voices in the United States and abroad. He is currently directing his first film, with the entire process being documented for MediaU. Fernando is represented by Paradigm Agency.
Harold Fraser

Harold Fraser

Acting CFO

Since 2006, Harold Fraser has been a full-time instructor in the Steven G. Mihaylo College of Business and Economics at California State University, Fullerton. He has taught in the Management Department in the areas of Strategy, Operations, Entertainment & Hospitality Management, and Supply Chain Management.

He is a co-founder of Mihaylo College’s Entertainment & Hospitality Management program. Prior to joining CSUF, Fraser served as the head of global operations for Paramount Home Entertainment through most of the 1990's and subsequently helmed Panasonic's international optical disc manufacturing and distribution business based in London during the early 2000s.

In the 1980's Fraser ran marketing and supply chain operations for the motorcycle division of American Honda Motor Company. He received his BA from Stetson University and his master’s degree from the University of Southern California.

In addition to full time teaching, Fraser is a consultant in the entertainment industry. Fraser resides in La Habra, CA with his wife Julie and has two grown children.

Jordan Ancel

Jordan Ancel

Advisor and Swiss Army Knife

Jordan Ancel is an award-winning writer & director, serial entrepreneur, author, and artist with strong leadership skills and a commitment to inspiring success in others by providing CEOs, entrepreneurs, and artists with his unique brand of coaching and problem solving.

With over 20 years experience in the entertainment industry, startups, internet advertising, marketing, and branding, his profound understanding of these industries give him the tools to conceive and execute high-concept ideas with great success.

He currently sits on the advisory boards of the startup education platform, and developing theme park, Game Nation, Inc.

Jordan consults CEOs entrepreneurs, and artists on creative direction, growth, product development, cause-based partnering, and Social Media Marketing. A partial list of clients include The Actors Green Room, Smart Women Rising, Blu Jam Caf? Restaurant Group, True Remedies Beauty, Le French Butcher, Kettlebell Concepts, Inc., Adam Leipzig, among many others.

Previously, Jordan was integral in launching Amp?d Mobile, a cutting-edge multi-million dollar mobile entertainment company/MVNO/world-class e-commerce mobile media portal. He oversaw multiple teams, plus outside vendors, to produce the multi-million dollar website, including front-end design, back-end CMS, and original content by joint partners such as MTV, Warner Music, Sony Music, College Humor, Break. com, and BMI.

From Amp?d, Jordan joined 30sixty Advertising Director of New Media, a department he started, where he oversaw the production of online advertising campaigns for Paramount Pictures, Sony, Warner Bros., and HBO. He was also responsible for the creation and deployment of interactive games and websites to coincide with theatrical and DVD releases of feature films.

Marcia Dawkins

Marcia Dawkins


Marcia is a master of persuasion and communication. Mixing time-tested principles with state-of-the-art instruction techniques, she won awards for her teaching on two continents, virtually, and in multilingual environments (Spanish, Chinese, and English). Along the way she worked for a startup, earned a fellowship in the Ivy League, spoke at The Mayo Clinic and UNESCO, and gave a piano recital at Carnegie Hall. As a full-time professor at the University of Southern California, she used her expertise to create two original courses, author three books, 10 articles, and 80+ op-eds. Her first book, Clearly Invisible, was nominated for the Grawemeyer Award. Her research has been recognized by the Social Science Research Council, the National Communication Association, the Eastern Communication Association, and the NAACP. Now a highly sought-after public speaker and media commentator, Marcia has appeared on BBC World, NPR, AOL Originals, ABC News, HuffPo Live, and a number of podcasts. Her CV includes being: corporate educator for Performance Learning Concepts, columnist for Truthdig, communication manager at FutureBrand, co-founder of app development firm Mix Mesh Blend, visiting scholar at Vanderbilt University Law School, and visiting scholar at Brown University. Marcia is most passionate about “talentism;” mentoring her students, who have gone on to thrive professionally at places like Google and Harvard, to run for office in Los Angeles County, and to make the world more beautiful through their work in education, law, industrial design, stand-up comedy, dance, and documentary filmmaking. She lives in Los Angeles, CA with her husband and son.

Michela Scolari


Ph D in Comparative Studies, fellow of Columbia University in the city of New York, award winning screenwriter and producer (Manchester, Ischia, Rome, Cannes, Durban) Michela Scolari has been working in TV and Film since graduating from Vassar College in 2003, collaborating in worldwide successes, with Giuseppe Tornatore, David Lynch, Christian Mungiu, Umberto Eco, Robbie Little and many other acclaimed filmmakers.

For the fun of it, she collected and published a variety of interviews with some Hollywood icons: Angelina Jolie, Scarlett Johansson, Lady Gaga, Robert De Niro and Pope Francis (not from Hollywood).

Her latest movie “Hannah Can You Hear Me” was awarded with Best Art Film at Cannes 2019.

Peter D. Marshall

Peter D. Marshall

Facilitator, Directors & Actors Working Together

Peter is a filmmaker and film directing coach originally from Vancouver, Canada. He has worked in the Film and Television Industry for over 40 years as a Film Director, Television Producer, First Assistant Director and TV Series Creative Consultant on both large budget Hollywood films and independent films. He is a graduate of Ryerson University in Toronto, the author of Making the Magic Happen: The Art and Craft of Film Directing (2017) and two other published works on film. Peter publishes a monthly blog, The Director's Chair, and delivers training seminars in the art and craft of directing around the world.
Richard Abramowitz

Richard Abramowitz


Richard Abramowitz, founder and CEO of Abramorama, is an innovative leader in the distribution and marketing of independent films. His company?s focus is on music-themed and social impact film. Recent distribution projects include Ron Howard?s The Beatles: Eight Days a Week - The Touring Years; the 50th anniversary re-release of The Beatles Yellow Submarine;Mitangi/Maya/M.I.A.; Pearl Jam: Let?s Play Two; National Geographic?s Jane; Banksy?s Academy Award nominee Exit Through the Gift Shop, and Spirit Award?winning music documentary Anvil! The Story of Anvil!

Abramowitz?s extensive work in music film also includes a 16-year relationship with Neil Young and projects with Stevie Nicks, John (Johnny Rotten) Lydon, Tony Bennett and Bob Dylan.

Abramowitz was a co-founder of Stratosphere Entertainment, the independent distribution and production company financed by Carl Icahn. Stratosphere?s releases included The Thief, Hideous Kinky, and Xiu-Xiu: The Sent Down Girl.

While President/COO of RKO Pictures Distribution, he handled the Shooting Gallery?s acclaimed first feature, Laws of Gravity, directed by SUNY Purchase alumnus Nick Gomez and starring SUNY Purchase alumna Edie Falco. Previously, as a senior executive at Cinecom Entertainment, he distributed John Sayles? The Brother from Another Planet and Matewan, Jonathan Demme?s Stop Making Sense and Swimming to Cambodia, Tom Stoppard?s Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, and Merchant Ivory?s A Room with a View, among many others.

Abramowitz is a frequent panelist and juror at film festivals around the world, is on the Board of Directors of the Jacob Burns Film Center and the Advisory Boards of the SXSW Film Festival and The Hamptons International Film Festival.

Russell Schwartz


Russell Schwartz has been President of Pandemic Marketing Corp since its inception in 2008. Pandemic Marketing provides strategic marketing, theatrical distribution, ancillary placement solutions and digital execution for the motion picture industry. Among the movies he most recently worked on were Chappaquiddick and the jazz movie, Bolden.

He is also currently the lead marketing professor in the Creative Producing Program at the Dodge College of Film and New Media at Chapman University.

Russell’s new book, The Marketing Edge for Filmmakers: Developing a Marketing Mindset from Concept through Release has just been published by Focal Press. Co-written with Katherine MacDonald, the book is an American Film Market presentation.

From 2013-2014, he was President of Worldwide Marketing at Relativity Media and was responsible for the entire slate including The Family, Don Jon and Beyond the Lights.

From 2001-2008, Schwartz was President of Theatrical Marketing at New Line Cinema where he oversaw all of the company’s marketing efforts which resulted in over 44 Academy Award nominations and extraordinary success at the domestic box office. Included in this list: The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, Hairspray, Wedding Crashers, Elf, RushHour 2 and 3, The Notebook, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, About Schmidt and Little Children.

Prior to that he was President of USA Films and released such films as Traffic, Nurse Betty, Topsy Turvey, Being John Malkovich and Pitch Black.

From 1992-1999, Schwartz was President of Gramercy Pictures and oversaw the marketing of Four Weddings and a Funeral, Fargo, The Usual Suspects, Elizabeth, The Big Lebowski, Dazed and Confused, Dead Man Walking and many others.

Tiska Wiedermann

Chief Learning Officer

Tiska has a Master’s Degree in Education in online learning. Tiska has had a 15-year career working with international management professionals, designing and delivering cross-cultural training at corporations and universities worldwide. In 2011, Tiska joined independent filmmaker service organization Raindance Toronto as Creative Director, overseeing the growth of Raindance across Canada, developing strategic alliances and helping emerging filmmakers learn, connect and navigate a breakthrough career into the independent film industry. She then became the worldwide Postgraduate Programme Director, where she worked with London-based and international students to develop a globally-acclaimed master’s program in partnership with Staffordshire University. Tiska’s other interests include testing and documenting new ways to finance, market, and distribute films. She recently executive produced a Canadian feature documentary on Canadian indigenous music, financed through brand integration. It was the 2017 opening gala feature screening at the Calgary International Film Festival, and has festival screenings and educational distribution across North America.
Ulli Ryder

Ulli Ryder


Ulli K. Ryder is a higher education professional with more than two decades of experience leading students, faculty, and staff to successful academic outcomes. Currently serving as Director of Intercultural Student Engagement at Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), she is committed to creating a community in which everyone is valued, supported, and empowered. Dr. Ryder holds an MA in African American Studies (UCLA), and an MPW, MA in American Studies & Ethnicity, and Ph.D. in American Studies and Ethnicity (USC). She is also the co-editor, with Dr. Marcia A. Dawkins, of Mixed Race 3.0: Race and Reward in the Digital Age (Annenberg, 2015).