records in development & programming, production, and strategy. With a specialty in drama
series, he is experienced in crafting international business models and launching creative
Adam currently runs the scripted programming division for US-based HISTORY, the flagship
channel for A+E Networks. In addition to developing new ongoing series and miniseries, he
oversees creative on current series, including PROJECT BLUE BOOK, which launched as
the #1 new drama on cable, and the global phenomenon VIKINGS, currently airing season
Prior to that, Adam set up a series division for international distribution and production
studio Reel One Entertainment. There, he rapidly built a presence in the drama space,
hiring experienced executives and assembling a buzzy slate of projects, including an
anthology series based on the catalogue of the late great thriller writer Mary Higgins Clark, a
multi-platform adaptation of Philip K. Dick’s SCREAMERS and a UK series based on awardwinning
Belgian format TEAM CHOCOLATE (now in development at Channel 4).
Before that, he was SVP 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, aired on Netflix, SundanceTV, BBC3, and Australia's ABC and is in
development on season 3.
As an independent producer and consultant, Adam worked with clients from tech startups to
established networks. He Executive Produced YA movie SEA CHANGE (for Lifetime) and
originated and was co-EP of HAVEN, the cult hit supernatural drama based on Stephen
King’s “The Colorado Kid," for Syfy, NBCU Global Channels, and Canada’s Showcase.
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 executive 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.
Under her leadership, California maintained its competitiveness 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.
Before becoming a full-time 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.
Doyle is the author of two widely used textbooks for Focal Press: Make Your Movie: What You Need to Know about the Business and Politics of Filmmaking; and Understanding Design in Film Production: Using Using Art, Light & Locations to Tell Your Story.
In education, Dr. Luskin has been CEO of eight colleges and universities. He has been Chancellor, Ventura County Community College District, President of Moorpark College, Oxnard College, Orange Coast College, founding president of Coastline Community College, including KOCE TV in Orange County, California and founding chancellor of Jones International University, the first accredited, fully web-based university, founding CEO of Touro University Worldwide, and president of Wright Graduate University. He continues as project director of the W. K. Kellogg Foundation Community College Leadership Legacy Project. He has taught at UCLA, USC, Claremont Graduate University, Pepperdine University, Touro University, California State Universities, Fullerton, Los Angeles, Fresno & Channel Islands; Kellogg College of the University of Oxford and other universities. In Washington, D.C. he served as EVP and COO of the American Association of Community Colleges, as Chair of the AACC Board of Trustees, and completed a Federal Legislative Specialist Program as a staff member in the U.S. Senate.
In corporate life, Bernie Luskin has been president and CEO of major divisions of Fortune 500 companies, including Philips Interactive Media, Philips Education and Reference Publishing and Jones International, Inc., including cable and satellite networks Mind Extension University, Knowledge TV, and Jones Education Networks. He has authored ten best-selling books on economics, information technology, leadership and education and produced award-winning television series and CDs. While president of Philips Interactive Media, Luskin partnered Philips with Paramount Studios to produce the first 50 movies in MPEG format CD, leading to DVD. He is credited with spearheading breakthroughs in many areas of distance learning and interactive technology including producing the world’s first CD programs such as Sesame Street, Grolier's and Compton's Encyclopedias and the first interactive movie on CD titled Voyeur; The Bible, with Charlton Heston and many more. While at Fielding Graduate University he launched the first Ph.D. program in media psychology and EdD programs in Media Studies and Community College Leadership. With UCLA Extension, he launched a successful MA degree program in Media Psychology and Social Change. He served on the Accrediting Commission for Collegiate Schools of Business, is founding board chair of HiTechHi, L.A., a California Distinguished Charter School and was appointed by the California Governor as a Commissioner on the California Post-Secondary Education Commission (CPEC).
Acknowledgments. Luskin has received two Emmys for documentary films, distinguished leadership and alumni awards from the UCLA Doctoral Alumni Association, California State University at Los Angeles, Community College League of California and The Bellwether Award from the AACC Futures Commission. He received the UCLA Dean’s Scholar Award and lifetime achievement awards from the California Community College CEO Association, Irish Government and the European Union. Luskin received a Lifetime Achievement Award for contributions to Media Psychology from the American Psychological Association, is an APA Fellow and President Emeritus of the APA Society for Media Psychology and Technology. He publishes articles regularly in Psychology Today Magazine in a column, “The Media Psychology Effect,” accessible through Google.
Education and Professional Activities: AA, Long Beach City College, BA, CSULA, MA, CSULB, Ed.D., UCLA, LMFT California Board of Behavioral Sciences, Clinical Member, American Psychological Association, California, Chief Administrative Officer and Designated Subjects Credentials in Accounting and Management. Certified Title IX and Civil Rights Investigator, Association of Title IX Administrators (ATIXA) and the National Association of Behavioral Intervention Team Administrators (NABITA).
Bernie Luskin lives in Moorpark, California, with his wife, Toni Luskin, PhD.
Mr. Simon brings to the Firm an extensive background as an entertainment executive with a keen understanding of a wide variety of areas of the industry. The Media, Entertainment and Convergence sector that he oversees encompasses all aspects of traditional entertainment – film, television, home entertainment, music and publishing – and all digital content and platforms for broadband, games, wireless and mobile devices. Mr. Simon handles the full range of senior operating positions from CEO and COO through senior level creative and content positions.
Mr. Simon currently serves on the advisory board of councilors of USC Annenberg School of Communications and Journalism. In addition, he serves on the business advisory board of Los Angeles Kings.
Mr. Simon was recognized in Nancy Garrison-Jenn’s survey of the top 200 global executive recruiters and ranked among the top 35 in CableFax Magazine’s most influential in cable. Mr. Simon has served as the chairman of Korn Ferry’s shareholder’s committee and on the Firm’s worldwide board of directors.
Before joining Korn Ferry, Mr. Simon established the entertainment division at the investment banking and brokerage firm, Communications Equity Associates. He was involved in transactions that included music, home video, theatrical exhibitions and television programming. Earlier in his career, Mr. Simon served as vice president at Heron Communications, Inc., where he was involved in the development of new business for its home video company, Media Home Entertainment, as well as general corporate management.
Mr. Simon also served as the deputy staff secretary to President Jimmy Carter and he has held other government and political jobs. Mr. Simon earned a bachelor’s in political science from the University of California at Berkeley.
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 for 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.
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 three-year 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 in 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 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.
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 an 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.
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.
After an extremely successful career managing a large corporate enterprise, in 2006 Mr. Doctorow was chosen to lead MGM’s new worldwide home entertainment business. As General Manager, MGM Worldwide Mr. Doctorow managed MGM's unique “company within a company” joint venture with Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment for five years. He was a key executive in helping to introduce the Blu-ray format as well as re-building the MGM brand with key retailers worldwide. While at MGM, Mr. Doctorow pioneered a long-tail content distribution model now used throughout the industry. This model, called Manufacturing On Demand, allowed MGM to create more value for its vast library than previously thought possible.
Furthering his entrepreneurial passion Mr. Doctorow joined Miramax in 2011. At Miramax, he was part of a new executive team after the company was purchased from The Walt Disney Company by an investor group. As Executive Vice President, Mr. Doctorow helped establish Miramax’s reputation as an important digital player when it entered leading-edge content deals with Netflix, Hulu, Facebook and other platforms.
Most recently, Mr. Doctorow founded Random Media in 2014 and brought together a management team consisting of some of the industry’s most experienced executives. The company acquires and distributes films and other content on a worldwide basis through movie theatres, conventional retailers, digital platforms, cable companies and television networks.
Mr. Doctorow also served as Chief Operating Officer of THQ, Inc. and Chief Operating Officer of Ventura Entertainment.
Mr. Doctorow is a past board member of the Video Software Dealer Association, the National Association of Record Merchandisers, and a founding member of The Digital Entertainment Group. He is a past inductee into the video industry’s Hall of Fame. He currently serves on various media company advisory boards.
Mr. Doctorow holds an MBA and BA from UCLA.
She is currently the award-winning CEO of Afram Global Organization Inc, a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization. In that role she has received awards in recognition of her successes in creating environments in which persons from diverse circumstances and experiences can come together and co-learn with each other in a way that bridges opportunity gaps, retains the respective cultures and ultimately benefits society.
Dr. Willingham-Touré is the Chair, Goddard College Board of Trustees; a charter member of the Claremont Graduate University Alumni Board of Trustees, a member of the Board of Governors- California State University Long Beach, and a member of The Nurses on Boards Coalition . She earned a PhD in Education at Claremont Graduate University; a Master’s degree in Nursing Science at University of Arkansas Medical Science Campus; and a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing Science at Regents External Degree Programs of The University of the State of New York (now Excelsior). She was a Fulbright Scholar/Fulbright Specialist in Public and Global Health on the Maltese Islands at the University of Malta Health Institutes. Additionally Dr. Willingham-Touré is a retired Lt. Colonel, US Army Reserves, Army Nurse Corps.
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.
Harry received a scholarship to Northwestern University where he studied communications and literature. While attending Northwestern, Harry was a student leader and performed in several university-sponsored and local plays, receiving increasing amounts of praise for his developing talent.
Post-university, Harry continued to hone his craft while working as an English and Music teacher in Chicago public schools. Harry scored his first film role in The Package in 1989 and his second film with the perennial favorite, The Five Heartbeats, in 1991. With this momentum, Harry moved to Los Angeles, where he has enjoyed a distinguished career as a working actor on the big and small screens as well as on stage.
Harry currently plays Harold Cooper in the NBC hit, “The Blacklist.” He is universally regarded as one of the hardest working and most talented men in Hollywood. At 6’4”, he is known for his commanding stature, baritone voice, diligent work ethic, and multiple talents.
His prolific film career includes the recent Man of Steel and the highly anticipated Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice. He has also had leading roles in Ray, The Matrix: Reloaded, The Matrix: Revolutions, Barbershop 2, Love and Basketball, The Human Stain, and State of Play. His television career includes principal roles in the Golden Globe® nominated ABC television show Commander in Chief, the FOX hit series 24, ER, and Diagnosis Murder and the FOX series Dollhouse.
In addition to his distinguished film and television career, Harry has also starred in, or directed, staged productions across the country. In fact, in 2001, he was part of the first American company to be invited to the Royal Shakespeare Company in the production of Cymbeline. Harry made his Broadway debut in 2007 as the lead character in August Wilson’s final play, Radio Golf, which was nominated for a Tony Award®.
Harry remains active in the Los Angeles and Chicago communities, participating in various programs and events. Harry holds board or advisory positions with the following entities: The Goodman Theater Company, Northwestern University, Congo Square Theater, The Robey Theater Company, and The Northlight Theater.
He has recently turned his attention to directing and producing, with three movies in production or post: Mr. Sophistication, H4, and Revival.
Mr. Franklin is a retired senior US Air Force officer, and as a test pilot and combat fighter pilot commanded both flying and support units in a variety of locations including six countries on four continents and experience in flying over 20 aircraft. Jim served as foreign military sales director, technology development manager, logistics design and planning specialist, and research manager for a variety of cutting edge technologies. His last assignment in the USAF was with the Secretary of the Air Force handling over $7 billion of foreign military sales contracts and developing international cooperative technologies across the globe.
After retiring from the Air Force, Mr. Franklin started a successful consulting firm, Franklin and Associates, growing it to a respected practice in international business development and specializing in merger and acquisition structures supporting commercialization of advanced technology. Jim’s clients included: BAE SYSTEMS, MBDA Missile Systems, Textron, Boeing, Raytheon and Cessna Aircraft. After consolidating the business practice in defense, he joined two partners in forming a robotic aircraft company that eventually went public and is serving the intelligence community today.
Franklin and Associates joined with Monticello Capital to offer a full service investment banking and business strategy family of services to a varied client base. This partnership expanded Jim’s experience to include several new technology arenas including, pharmaceutical, security, logistics management, intermodal transportation services, renewable energy, resort development, and manufacturing, all while continuing with existing clients. In the process, Mr. Franklin has acted as Chief Financial Officer for nine early stage companies during capital financing and strategic business development.
Jim and his network partners provide small business advisory services in addition to strategic corporate consulting to Fortune 500 clients and mid-cap companies globally.
With over 20 years of experience in the entertainment industry, startups, internet advertising, marketing, and branding, his profound understanding of these industries gives him the tools to conceive and execute high-concept ideas with great success.
He currently sits on the advisory board of the 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 includes The Actors Green Room, Smart Women Rising, Blu Jam Cafe 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.
Dr. Henderson has worked in the U.S. Department of Energy, the Social Security Administration and the U.S. Department of State. He has Chaired the Boards of the Greater Baltimore Urban League and the Maryland Humanities Council and is currently on the Board of LifeNet Health, Inc., a global tissue bank, organ procurement agency and regenerative medicine research center.
Along with 33 other Public Policy and Public Administration professors, he was intensively trained in Disaster and Emergency Management at the Federal Emergency Management Academy in Emmitsburg, Maryland focusing on human-induced, natural and health disaster events and crises, including the H1N1, SARS, Ebola, and HIV pandemics.
He is also an actor who has portrayed Thurgood Marshall (“Thurgood is Coming”), A. Philip Randolph, W.E.B. DuBois, Cab Calloway, Frederick Douglass and Howard Thurman.
Dr. Henderson was a Kellogg National Fellow and a Ford Foundation, National Research Council Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. He is a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration and the International City Management Association. He received his A.B., M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of California, Berkeley. He currently lives in Claremont, Virginia.
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.
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 Best Art Film at Cannes 2019.
Mr. Samuelson divides his time between his educational initiative, ASPIRE at UCLA www.aspirelab.org, motion picture production, and pro bono service as Co-Founder of the Starlight Children’s Foundation www.starlight.org and www.starbrightworld.org, co-founded with Steven Spielberg, through its fifty offices. Mr. Samuelson is also Founder and President of the First Star Public Policy Initiative of Washington D.C. www.firststar.org and the Everyone Deserves A Roof initiative of Los Angeles www.edar.org. He holds U.S. Patent No. 10,227,791 for a Single User Mobile Homeless Shelter.
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's 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.
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.
He launched a sci-fi fiction website, Recursor.tv, that showcases original series, movies, and proofs of concept. Since 2017, he has worked at The CW as an executive in the Current Department, overseeing shows such as RIVERDALE, SUPERNATURAL, and ALL-AMERICAN. A native Californian, he earned his B.A. at Claremont McKenna College in Claremont, California and an M.B.A. from the Anderson Graduate School of Management at UCLA. He currently volunteers as an Advisory Board Member of the Coalition of Asian Pacifics In Entertainment (www.capeusa.org) and of his alumni entertainment organization Claremont Entertainment & Media.
Most recently, Ted served as President and CEO of Landmark Theatres, where he led the Circuit’s rebranding and growth over his 15-year tenure. In addition to opening Landmark’s flagship locations in New York and Los Angeles, he was responsible for bringing the Landmark experience to Denver, Indianapolis, Washington DC, and Miami.
Prior to joining Landmark Theatres, Ted held a number of management positions in distribution and exhibition including over 20 years at ArcLight Cinemas and Pacific Theatres where he was Vice President, Film Buyer and co-head of Operations.
Additionally, Ted was Executive Producer on Steve Jobs: The Lost Interview, which was released nationally in 2012. He also wrote key chapters on four decades of exhibition in George Lucas’ book called Blockbusting: A Decade-by-Decade Survey of Timeless Movies Including the Untold Secrets of their Financial and Cultural Success.
Ted currently serves as a Vice Chair on the American Film Institute Corporate Council and as Treasurer of Film Independent, one of the largest non-profit organizations dedicated to independent film. He was selected as one of the “Top 50 People in Independent Film” by The Hollywood Reporter.
Since then he has written and directed numerous television shows and feature films including, The Boxer, A Bright Shining Lie, The District, Hart's War, Reservation Road ,Luck and The Promise. In 2004 he wrote, directed and produced Hotel Rwanda. The Film was nominated for three Academy Awards including Best Screenplay. In 2011 his short film The Shore, produced by his daughter Oorlagh George, won the Academy Award for best Live Action Short Film.