Jesse Alexander
Writer/Producer

Jesse Alexander is a writer and producer of TV, MOVIES, VIDEO GAMES, and COMIC BOOKS. He was a co-executive producer and writer on the first three seasons of HEROES; NBC’s epic saga that chronicled the lives of ordinary people discovering they possessed extraordinary abilities. Previously, Alexander was an executive producer on J.J. Abrams’ innovative serial spy drama: ALIAS. Abrams then enlisted Alexander to help develop ABC’s ground breaking serial adventure LOST. Alexander served as a co-executive producer through season one, sharing the Emmy Award for outstanding drama with his fellow LOST producers.

Jesse has been an innovator in the field of transmedia storytelling. The process of extending narrative across multiple media platforms simultaneously. This strategy was critical to the success of ALIAS and LOST. The transmedia content Jesse designed for HEROES established a new paradigm for how television shows can thrive cross platform. In 2008, Jesse won his second Emmy Award for the HEROES online content. Jesse has shared his vision of the transmedia future at M.I.T., Lucasfilm, NewTeeVee, The Game Developers Conference, Microsoft Research, The AFI, SMPTE, UBISOFT, USC, and others.


Dave Andrews
President, Devious Media

Dave Andrews founded Devious Media to serve a growing need in the developing field of cross-media production and business development.

As president, Andrews is spearheading the company’s mission to help entertainment clients reach a global audience across any platform.
Since launching Devious Media, Andrews has developed strategic partnerships with global entertainment and technology companies to make a mark in the digital entertainment space, both domestically and in the international community.

Those participating in digital entertainment are constantly expanding, and Andrews now consults for start-ups in the advertising, marketing, community, and new media space – in addition to brand owners – from concept to completion.

Before founding Devious Media, Andrews led Game Show Network’s efforts in digital media, combining the latest interactive and mobile technologies to produce bleeding-edge content.

While at GSN, Andrews drove development of interactive content, enabling the network to engage viewers deeper in the broadcast for 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

A four-time Emmy Award nominee in the Interactive Television category, Andrews is also a member of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, the International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, the Producers Guild of America, the Casual Games Association, the Cable Telecommunications Association for Marketing, and the International Game Developers Association.

He sits on the Advisory Board for Spot411 and on the Ning Network Creator Council, and is the Emmys Website Committee Co-Chair.


Jeff Bader
Executive Vice President, Planning, Scheduling and Distribution,
ABC Entertainment Group

Jeffrey D. Bader was named executive vice president, Planning, Scheduling and Distribution, ABC Entertainment Group, in June 2009. In this position he continues as ABC Entertainment’s senior executive in charge of primetime and late-night program planning and scheduling. Beyond these network-specific duties, Mr. Bader is responsible for facilitating and coordinating global programming, distribution and windowing strategies for all ABC Entertainment Group programs across all platforms, both domestic and international. Previously, Mr. Bader was executive vice president, ABC Entertainment, since September 2000.

Mr. Bader joined ABC in 1988 as supervisor, Audience Analysis. He became manager, Audience and Program Research, in 1989; manager, Program Planning and Scheduling, in 1991; director in 1992; executive director in 1994; vice president, Current Series Programming, in 1995; vice president, Program Planning and Scheduling, in 1996; and senior vice president, Program Planning and Scheduling, in 1998.

Prior to joining ABC, Mr. Bader began his research career with positions at the MTM Distribution Group and at NBC.

Mr. Bader received a Master of Arts degree with distinction from the Annenberg School of Communications at the University of Southern California. He graduated with honors from Williams College in Massachusetts.

In addition to his duties at ABC, Mr. Bader is on the board of directors for the Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF), a leading charitable organization that supports charitable initiatives addressing critical health, education and social issue, the Hollywood Radio & TV Society (HRTS), the entertainment industry’s premier information and networking forum that addresses issues that are relevant to the ongoing success and future of the entertainment business, and RX Laughter, a nonprofit organization that focuses on managing patient pain and improving mental health through comic entertainment, including films and TV clips.

Raised in Wayland, Massachusetts, he now resides in Los Angeles, California.


Stewart Bailey
Executive Producer

Stewart Bailey is Executive Producer of Last Call with Carson Daly on NBC. Prior to that, he worked for 10 years at the Daily Show with Jon Stewart, earning four Emmys and two Peabodys, while serving as Co-Executive Producer. Bailey was also Executive Producer of Talk Show with Spike Feresten on Fox, Series Producer of Iconoclasts on Sundance, and Segment Producer on The Jon Stewart Show. Stewart began his career as an NBC Page in New York, with production assistant positions on Saturday Night Live and Late Night with David Letterman. Bailey graduated from the University of Kansas with a degree in Journalism.


Preston Beckman
Executive Vice President, Strategic Program Planning and Research
Fox Broadcasting Company

Preston Beckman is Executive Vice President, Strategic Program Planning and Research for Fox Broadcasting Company. Dr. Beckman oversees all FOX strategic program planning and scheduling, including series launches, sweeps events and the design and implementation of year-round programming operations. He is responsible for all audience research and measurement initiatives, and works with FOX development and other creative executives to identify future programming needs within the FOX primetime schedule, and to coordinate emerging audience trends with planned series, specials and other FOX offerings.

Dr. Beckman was appointed to his current position in May 2000 after serving for nearly 20 years at NBC, where he was Executive Vice President, Program Planning & Scheduling, NBC Entertainment, from June 1997. As the executive responsible for long-range primetime program planning and scheduling, he helped NBC to victories in more than 20 sweeps periods and four consecutive (1995-99) broadcast seasons. He also served as a key liaison between NBC Entertainment and NBC News on “Dateline NBC” from the 1992 premiere of that award-winning newsmagazine, and was involved in developing and overseeing such reality shows and specials as “I Witness Video,” “World’s Most Amazing Videos” and “You Asked for It.”

Earlier at NBC, Dr. Beckman served as Senior Vice President, Program Planning and Scheduling, starting in March 1994, and as Vice President, Program Planning and Scheduling, from July 1991. Previously, he was Vice President, Audience Research, NBC East Coast, from July 1989, and Director, Audience Research, from November 1988.

He joined NBC in October 1980 as a Management Associate in Television Network Research and was promoted to Administrator, Research Projects, for the NBC-owned stations in October 1981 and, two years later, to Manager, Broadcast Ratings Research in October 1983. He was appointed Manager, Daytime and Saturday Morning Research, in June 1985, and promoted to Director of that area in April 1987.

Dr. Beckman was an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Sociology at the New York University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences from February to May 1983. Before joining NBC, he was a sociology instructor at Adelphi University and various New York City colleges and universities from 1974 to 1980.

A native of New York City, Dr. Beckman earned his Ph.D. in Sociology from New York University in February 1981.


Nick Bernstein
Vice President, Late Night and Primetime Series,
NBC Entertainment

In October 2006, NBC promoted Nick Bernstein to Vice President, Late Night and Primetime Series, NBC Entertainment, reporting to Rick Ludwin, Executive Vice President, Late Night and Primetime Series, NBC Entertainment.

Bernstein is involved with the development and supervision of all of NBC's late-night series: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon,” “Last Call with Carson Daly” and “Saturday Night Live.” He has also developed primetime projects and specials such as “Saturday Night Live in the ‘90s,” “Saturday Night Live in the 2000s,” and “NBC's New Year’s Eve with Carson Daly.”

As Director, Late Night and Primetime Series, Bernstein worked in tandem with Ludwin, where he handled many of the same assignments since his appointment in August 2004. He helped to oversee "Late Night with Conan O'Brien" and "The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien." He also oversaw NBC’s 2006 telecast of "The 58th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards" and "Emmy Red Carpet Special," along with the primetime “Saturday Night Live Presidential Bash” and “Saturday Night Live: The First Five Years” specials.

In March 2003, Bernstein became Manager, Late Night and Primetime Series.

Bernstein began in the Late Night department as a Coordinator. He first joined NBC as a Page in the network’s Guest Relations department. Earlier, in 1998, he graduated from Syracuse University with a bachelor of arts degree in television-radio-film.

He lives in Pasadena with his wife, Andrea, and two daughters.


Steve Binder
Producer/Director

Winner of the 2009 Caucus Award for directing, producer, director and writer Steve Binder has a long and distinguished career in television, film and the recording industry. An Emmy and Ace award winner and multiple-nominee for both the Emmy and Golden Globe Awards, Steve has been guest speaker on two separate occasions at the prestigious William Paley Center (formerly named the Museum of Television & Radio) in both Los Angeles and New York where an evening was devoted to his work in the entertainment industry including his acclaimed Diana Ross specials. Steve was awarded the Cable Ace Award for his direction of the now historical “Diana Ross in Central Park” worldwide telecast during a thunderous rainstorm.

Steve was also keynote speaker on two separate occasions to a standing room only audience at the Hall Of Fame Museum of Rock ’n Roll in Cleveland, Ohio. His subject was his highly acclaimed 1968 “Elvis Comeback Special” an NBC television special that TV Guide called “The second greatest musical moment in television history,” and his direction of the “T.A.M.I. Show” feature film recently released on DVD. Considered by many critics as the Holy Grail of Rock films, seven of the ten artists appearing in the film including the Rolling Stones, James Brown and his Famous Flames and the Beach Boys have been inducted into the Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame.

Steve is currently an active member of the Directors Guild of America, The Producers Guild of America, The Writers Guild of America and The Caucus of Television Producers, Directors and Writers.

A much sought after guest lecturer, Steve is an adjunct professor at USC, UCLA and Columbia College-Hollywood, the latter honoring him with an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters degree in 2008.


Bob Boden
Sr. VP, Reality & Game Show Production & Development, Hasbro Studios

Bob Boden holds the position of Senior VP, Reality & Game Show Production & Development, Hasbro Studios, based in Los Angeles. He also serves as Executive Producer of two series airing on the HUB Network, PICTUREKA and FAMILY GAME NIGHT. He was previously Senior VP, Programming, Production & Development, Fox Reality Channel. Boden also runs his own television company, TV Bob Productions (named after his license plate). His career as a management and production executive for a variety of television studios, networks, and production companies spans over two decades.

Bob was formerly Senior Vice President, Programming, Game Show Network, where he was the executive in charge of over 500 hours of programming, including game shows, reality, casino, hidden camera, video games and relationship shows. His concept for the documentary BIG BUCKS: THE PRESS YOUR LUCK SCANDAL, still stands as the network's highest rated broadcast in their history.

Prior to that, Bob served as Senior Vice President, Production and Development for dick clark productions, where he also Executive Produced and co-created FOX's prime time game show GREED and two prime-time FOX specials looking for THE SMARTEST KID IN AMERICA.

Bob was also supervising producer on the nationally syndicated game show FAMILY FEUD. Before that he was co-executive producer of the primetime cable variety series, PENN AND TELLER'S SIN CITY SPECTACULAR.

Bob also held the position of Vice President, Development and Production for cable network FX, where he developed comedy, variety, reality, lifestyle, celebrity interview and game series for all dayparts and supervised all live and tape production from the network's New York "apartment," including the Emmy-award winning PET DEPARTMENT.

Prior to his position at FX, Bob was Vice President, Daytime Programs for The Family Channel, where he was responsible for five hours of daily programming and was also executive in charge of HOME & FAMILY, a two-hour daily live talk show which he helped create and develop. He also created and executive produced the network's daytime fall preview special.

Bob was previously Director of Programming for Sony's Game Show Network, where he created live original interactive programs and supervised all production. Previously, he was Vice President, Development for Mark Goodson Productions, where he established WGN's weekly lottery show, ILLINOIS INSTANT RICHES, which was seen nationwide.

Bob served as supervising producer on the primetime special, THE NOVA QUIZ, which launched the popular science series' 20th season on PBS; he was also asked to co-create PBS's first prime-time quiz show, THINK TWICE. Bob was also a development executive for Disney's Buena Vista Productions, following a stint as Director of Daytime Development for ABC-TV, where he oversaw numerous pilots and was in charge of two daytime series, HOME and MATCH GAME.

Earlier, he was Director of Development for Barry & Enright Productions, where he was also supervising producer for BUMPER STUMPERS, a game show on USA Network, the syndicated game PICTIONARY, and SECRET LIVES, a syndicated talk/reality program.

Bob was a programming executive at CBS Daytime, where he was involved in the initial development of the serial THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL and helped supervise the production of numerous series, including THE PRICE IS RIGHT, THE $25,000 PYRAMID CARD SHARKS, BLACKOUT and PRESS YOUR LUCK.

Bob started at CBS as Manager, National Television Research, after which he was chosen as a member of the exclusive management training program. He came to CBS from Paramount, where he was a syndication research analyst in domestic distribution.

Bob's television career started in the prompting business, where he printed and flipped cue cards for dozens of series and specials, including live events, prime time variety and reality, soap operas, sitcoms, talk shows, game shows and commercials.

He has also worked as a producer and consultant for TV entities such as AMC, Fox Family Channel, Nickelodeon, Univision, Fremantle Media, Nash Entertainment, Telepictures Productions, Studios USA, Fisher Entertainment, Stone Stanley Productions, HBO Independent Productions, WGBH-TV, Vin di Bona Productions, Four Point Television, Columbia Pictures Television, MCA Television and Twentieth Television. He has also consulted for the interactive game show website UPROAR.COM.

Bob has been elected Governor of the Daytime branch of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for four two-year terms, in addition to one year on the Executive Committee. He is co-chair of the Prime Time Awards Committee and has previously served in the same capacity for the Daytime Awards Committee. He is a member of the Executive Committee for the non-fiction peer group. He joined the Academy in 1982 and has served on numerous committees encompassing awards, membership, proliferation, special events, and the Fiftieth Anniversary celebration.

Bob is a member of the Writers Guild, Producers Guild, AFTRA, SAG, and AEA. Bob is a native of New York and lives in the San Fernando Valley with his wife and daughter. His older daughter attends UC Berkeley.


Caitlin Bogert
Manager, Product Sales,
Entertainment Partners

Caitlin Bogert is manager of marketing product sales for Entertainment Partners and works closely with EP Budgeting and Scheduling software systems. Caitlin began her work in the entertainment industry working for Entertainment Partners Central Casting. At Central Casting, Caitlin gained hands on production experience as a casting director on shows such as “Cold Case”, “Alias”, “CSI Miami”, and “How I Met Your Mother.” Caitlin now spends her time working with schools, faculty and students worldwide educating them on the Movie Magic Budgeting and Movie Magic Scheduling products.


Deb Curtis
Television Executive

Debra Curtis spent the last 12 years as an executive in Current Programming at Sony Pictures Television. Most recently, she served as Vice President of U.S. Current Programming, a position she held for 6 years. In this position, Curtis oversaw current programs such as Damages (FX), Rescue Me (FX), Rules of Engagement (CBS), Drop Dead Diva (Lifetime), Community (NBC) and The Shield (FX). Previously, Curtis served as Executive Director, Current Programming.

She first joined Sony (then TriStar Television) in 1995 as an assistant in series development. Her career began with assistant jobs which included 2 years at Creative Artists Agency and 6 months with writer/producer Bruce Wagner.

Curtis is originally from New Rochelle, NY and is a graduate of Brandeis University in Waltham, MA with a BA in English and American Literature. She moved to Los Angeles in 1991 when she was awarded an internship from the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Foundation. Her work with the Foundation continues today as she has been serving as Chair of the Foundation's New Leadership Council since 2006.


Bob Del Valle
Producer

Born and raised in San Francisco, Robert Del Valle relocated to Los Angeles where he attended UCLA film school, graduating in 1973.

After gaining experience on a number of low budget independent projects, he joined the Directors Guild of America in 1979. Since then, he has worked as an assistant director, moving up to production manager and is now also producing.

He was a producer on the HBO television series “Six Feet Under”, on which he was involved through its entire run. Additionally, Robert has been involved with various episodic television productions and pilots, including such series as “Swingtown” “Shark”, “Ally McBeal”, “Melrose Place”, “Hunter”, “Northern Exposure”, and “The Wonder Years”. He has also worked on the PBS miniseries “Tales of the City”, the HBO miniseries “John Adams” (on which he was involved in its prep) and the ABC 6-hour miniseries “Stephen King’s The Shining”. He is currently working as UPM on the NBC/Warner Brothers/Bad Robot series “UnderCovers”. Additionally, he has worked on features, movies-of-the-week, sit-coms, music videos and commercials. He produced a documentary feature film “Lesson Plan:The Story of the Third Wave” made its world premiere at the 2010 Mill Valley Film Festival.

Robert has been nominated for two Emmy Awards, two Producers Guild of America Awards and is a seven-time nominee for the Directors Guild of America Award, having received one for the pilot of “Six Feet Under”. His book, THE ONE-HOUR DRAMA SERIES: Producing Episodic Television, was published in 2008 by Silman James Press. Robert has been a guest speaker at numerous university production classes and has also consulted internationally. In addition to the DGA, he is a member of the Producers Guild of America, the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and the International Documentary Association.


James Duff
Executive Producer/Creator/Writer

James Duff began his professional writing career with the Broadway drama Home Front, which was later retitled The War at Home before having a successful worldwide run in London, Stockholm, Athens, Tel Aviv, Johannesburg, Brussels, Amsterdam and Sydney. The play was made into a feature film starring Kathy Bates, Martin Sheen, Emilio Estevez, Kimberly Williams and Carla Gugino. Duff’s play, A Quarrel of Sparrows, went from regional theater productions to off-Broadway’s Promenade Theatre and won a Dramalogue Award during its run in Los Angeles.

Duff has written three television films: Without a Kiss Goodbye, Betrayed: The Story of Three Women and Doing Time on Maple Drive, which earned him an Emmy nomination. In series work, he has written and produced episodes for Popular, Felicity, Wolf Lake and The Agency. He also created and produced the series The D.A. with Greer Shephard and Michael M. Robin.

Duff has written an episode of Enterprise, as well as four pilots: Long Island Fever, Texas Graces, 911 Fifth Avenue and The Travel Agency.


Franklyn Gottbetter
Movie Magic Products

Franklyn Gottbetter started his career in 1987 working for Academy Award Winning Director Chuck Workman as an Assistant Editor. At Chuck Workman’s Calliope films, Franklyn edited and produced several documentaries including “Superstar: The Life and Times of Andy Warhol” as well as segments for the Oscars and Emmy Awards shows. He also produced interactive film rides for both Universal Studios and Disney MGM Studios Theme Parks both located in Orlando, Florida.

In 1999, he won a DGA Award for his work on “The Beach Boys: An American Family”. Then, in 2000, he worked on the NBC pilot for “Scrubs”. After eight seasons he finished as the 1st AD and UPM. All totaled Franklyn has worked on over forty film and television shows in various capacities, including “Varsity Blues”, “Payback”, “Nobody’s Fool”, “187”, “Watching Ellie” and “The Guardian,” just to name a few. For the past two Franklyn has been working Entertainment Partners and is currently the business owner of Movie Magic Scheduling and Budgeting.

Franklyn is a member of the Academy of Televisions Arts & Sciences as well as an active member of the Directors Guild of America. Franklyn also serves on the Board of Trustees for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society's Pacific South Coast Chapter located in Carlsbad, California.


Javier Grillo-Marxauch
Writer/Producer

Javier Grillo-Marxuach is an Award-winning writer and producer of television, movies, comic books and interactive media best known for his work on the Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning, American Film Institute honoree “Lost.”

Most recently, Grillo-Marxuach created and executive-produced “The Middleman,” based on his series of graphic novels. He is currently adapting the novel “Patient Zero,” as a television series for ABC and developing “Aftershock,” a series of his own creation for FOX. After graduating with a B.A. in creative writing and cultural studies from Carnegie Mellon University and earning an M.F.A. in screenwriting from the University of Southern California School of Cinema-Television, Grillo-Marxuach began his career as a Primetime series executive at NBC, working on current shows and drama development.

Further writing and producing credits for television include “Medium,” “Day One,” “The Pretender,” “Charmed,” “The Chronicle,” “seaQuest” and “Jake 2.0” as well as as well as “Boomtown” - which was honored by the American Film Institute, earned a George Foster Peabody award for excellence in broadcasting, and was nominated for the Golden Globe. Grillo-Marxuach has also written for “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” “The Dead Zone” and “Dark Skies,” sold pilots to ABC, FOX, NBC, The WB and The Sci-Fi channel, directed a short film and created several works for the stage.

Alongside his work on “Lost,” Grillo-Marxuach worked as producer and performer on “The Lost Experience,” a Clio Award winning multi-media interactive game that explained the mysteries of the television series over a series of web pages, blogs, podcasts, internet videos, television commercials, radio broadcasts, newspaper and magazine articles, live events - and even a best-selling novel. In addition to three volumes of “The Middleman,” Grillo-Marxuach wrote the four issue mini-series “Annihilation: Super-Skrull” and “Annihilation: Conquest - Wraith,” for marvel comics as well as “Cylon Apocalypse,” a comic mini-series based on the classic “Battlestar Galactica” TV series for Dynamite Entertainment. Javier Grillo-Marxuach was born and raised in Puerto Rico.


Gary Hall
Post Production

Gary Hall has been a writer and producer in television for such companies as STEPHEN J. CANNELL PRODUCTIONS, WARNER BROS. and CASTLEROCK ENTERTAINMENT for over 30 years.

He has written and produced for 21 JUMP STREET, THE A-TEAM, and PENSACOLA: WINGS OF GOLD to name only a few. He also wrote and produced the HBO feature STRINGER.

The son of a U.S. Naval officer, Gary graduated from UCLA with a degree in Motion Picture/Television. He began his career at 20th Century Fox as an assistant director trainee prior to moving to STEPHEN J. CANNELL PRODUCTIONS and WARNER BROS.

He returned to 20th Century Fox in 1998 and is currently a Senior Vice President heading up post production for TWENTIETH CENTURY FOX TELEVISION. His department overseas an average of 30 television series and pilots per year. Among the series he oversees are "24", PRISON BREAK, THE SIMPSONS, MY NAME IS EARL, BONES, and THE UNIT. Gary is a current member of the Producer's Guild of America, Writer's Guild of America, and Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

In addition to working in the television industry, Gary has also worked part time as a police officer for the Los Angeles Police Department for over 30 years with multiple commendations for bravery and service. He has worked such assignments as gangs, narcotics, homicide, and on several special assignments including the infamous NIGHT STALKER case. Hall is currently assigned to patrol. Police work, a side of life most people rarely see, has brought realism to his writing and compassion to his life. It has also served as an impetus for founding the outreach project, Hollywood Impact Studios.


Kathryn Himoff
Editor

Over a nearly 2 decade career Kathryn Himoff has worked in all genres and mediums including feature films, documentaries, television series and television movies. She has worked with Ed Harris on both of his directorial efforts, POLLOCK and APPALOOSA, as editor and producer. She collaborates often with Ken Kwapis both in TV and Film. Highlights are THE SISTERHOOD OF THE TRAVELING PANTS, the TV pilot for THE OFFICE and currently she is editing his new television series for NBC called OUTSOURCED.

Her wide range of work includes; LONELY HEARTS, TIBET: CRY OF THE SNOW LION, HOUSE OF A THOUSAND CORPSES, KILLING ZOE, and MI VIDA LOCA, DERRIDA, and the pilot for UGLY BETTY.

In January Kathryn will begin work on a gospel musical for Warner Brother’s called JOYFUL NOISE, starring Dolly Parton and Queen Latifah. O’KEEFE was her first collaboration with Bob Balaban, Josh Maurer, and Alix Witlin.

Himoff has a degree in Theater from Boston University and a background not only in acting, but also in story development as an executive for several film companies in Los Angeles.


Eileen Horta
Supervising Sound Editor - The Secret Life of an American Teenager

Eileen has been a working sound editor/sound supervisor for the past 34 years. Starting with the original HAWAII 5-0, HILL STREET BLUES & REMMINGTON STEELE to the current shows RESCUE ME, THE SECRET LIFE OF THE AMERICAN TEENAGE and the new TBS series GLORY DAZE. She has done numerous movies-of-the-week & mini series the most recent being JOHN ADAMS and features such as JOY LUCK CLUB, MYSTIC RIVER, FINDING AMANDA & PARANORMAL ACTIVITY. She is currently serving on the Board of Governors of the Television Academy.


Darlene Hunt
Creator, The Big C

Darlene Hunt is an actor/writer and creator of the critically acclaimed hit Showtime series "The Big C." Originally from Louisville, Kentucky, Hunt studied theater at Northwestern University outside of Chicago, the Royal National Theatre in London and the British American Drama Academy in Oxford. While in college she co-wrote a play aimed at high-school students entitled No Problem (Dramatic Publishing), which she toured across the country.

As a comedian, Hunt has toured comedy clubs across the country and has been featured at the Chicago Comedy Festival and the U.S. Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen. She has performed as a member of the world-famous Groundlings Theatre in Los Angeles and has studied with Second City in Chicago.

Hunt starred with Sean Hayes (from TV's "Will & Grace") in Platonically Incorrect, a play which she also wrote. It played in Los Angeles and New York and was later developed into a pilot by ABC. After writing nine more pilots for various networks, her series The Big C, starring Laura Linney, debuted on Showtime in August 2010 to much acclaim.

After the birth of her daughter, Hunt began to contemplate the idea of her own mortality in the eyes of her child. “There's nothing like having kids to confront you with your mortality. You can block it out for a long time until you have a kid and start thinking about their lifespan.". This lead to the creation of The Big C. On the development of the series, Hunt says, "I'm not a cancer survivor and I didn't necessarily want to watch a show just about somebody getting treated for cancer and using their humor to get through it. My way into the character was from the point of view of a mother confronted with her mortality. No matter how much we explore the cancer angle, it will always be a show about living and not dying.”

Hunt has previously co-starred with Ted Danson on ABC’s Help Me Help You and on the big screen she has played opposite Jude Law and Lily Tomlin in David O. Russell's film I Heart Huckabee's. Other Film credits include A Lot Like Love with Ashton Kutcher, Idiocracy directed and written by Mike Judge, and The Merry Gentleman directed by Michael Keaton. She has also been seen in numerous commercials and television shows most recently doing guest stars on Hung and Parks and Recreation.


Arturo Interian
Vice President, Original Movies for Lifetime Television

In his 9 years at Lifetime, Arturo has developed over 100 original movies for Television.

Most recently, Arturo developed “Georgia O’Keeffe” for Lifetime, which received 9 Emmy Nominations (including Best Picture) and 3 Golden Globe nominations, starring Joan Allen and Jeremy Irons. Other recent films he developed include 2010’s highly-rated WHO IS CLARK ROCKEFELLER starring Eric McCormack, and 2010’s AMISH GRACE, the highest rated movie in Lifetime Movie Network’s history.

The other successful Lifetime Original Movies he’s developed includes Lifetime’s most-watched movie since 1995, The Memory Keeper’s Daughter (Emmy Nominee for Best Picture), Lifetime’s first-ever Mini-Series Human Trafficking (Golden Globe and Emmy-nominated), and the second highest-rated movie in Lifetime Movie Network’s 11-year history, Natalee Holloway, The Capture of the Green River Killer Mini-Series, to name a few.

Arturo is currently in production on James Patterson’s SUNDAYS AT TIFFANY’S starring Alyssa Milano and Stockard Channing, AMANDA KNOX starring Hayden Panettiere, and THE CRAIGSLIST KILLER starring Billy Baldwin.

Before coming to Lifetime, Arturo worked as Director of Movies and Mini-Series for CBS. Prior to that, he was a screenwriter for Disney in their Minority Fellowship Program. (1994)

He began his career in Entertainment working as a production assistant on the Universal Lot for the hit series’ COACH starring Craig T. Nelson and the short lived show DELTA. (1992-1993)

Arturo graduated from JOHNS HOPKINS with honors from the WRITING SEMINARS program in 1992.


Kelly Kahl
Senior Executive Vice President, CBS Primetime

Kelly Kahl was named Senior Executive Vice President, CBS Primetime in September 2004. He reports directly to Leslie Moonves, President and Chief Executive Officer, CBS Corporation.

In this position, Kahl oversees the coordination of all CBS programming, with particular attention to how all parts of the entire CBS business unit interact to serve the audience and maximize business opportunities. He continues to have primary responsibility for program planning and scheduling of CBS while taking on the added responsibilities of supervising coordination between CBS programming divisions and the network’s respective operations in sales, marketing, affiliate relations, research and with the CBS Television Station Group. Kahl’s responsibilities also include oversight of scheduling for the CW Network, a joint venture of CBS Corporation and Warner Bros. Entertainment.

Kahl had been Executive Vice President, Program Planning and Scheduling, CBS since June 2001, overseeing all scheduling of primetime series, specials, television movies and mini-series for both CBS and UPN.

Kahl played an instrumental role in the strategic move of SURVIVOR and CSI: CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION to Thursdays, which instantly made CBS a competitive force on the night. With the addition of WITHOUT A TRACE in the 2002-2003 season, CBS won Thursdays and broke NBC's 18-year stranglehold on the night.

Kahl, who had been Senior Vice President, Program Planning and Scheduling since August 1998, joined CBS in January 1996 as Vice President, Scheduling, CBS Entertainment, following three years as Director, Network Research at Warner Bros. Television. In that position, he was responsible for the day-to-day research operations of the studio and the analysis of its unprecedented roster of series including “Murphy Brown,” “ER,” “Friends,” “The Drew Carey Show” and “Living Single,” among others.

Kahl joined Lorimar Television in 1990 (before Lorimar and Warner Bros. Television combined operations) as a research intern and quickly rose through the ranks as Research Analyst and then Manager, before assuming responsibility for the research department in 1993.

During his tenure, Kahl was particularly instrumental in the selling and launching of such hits as “ER,” “Friends” and “Living Single.” He also developed and implemented the industry’s first in-house testing facility that, under his direction, was crucial to the studio’s success during the 1995-96 season, when it placed a record 20 series on fall schedules.

Kahl is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin at Madison (B.A., communications, 1989) and the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School of Communications (M.A., communications management, 1991).


Jenji Kohan
Creator/Executive Producer

JENJI KOHAN began her career on The FRESH PRINCE OF BEL-AIR after graduating from Columbia University. Her series writing credits include FIRST TIME OUT, MAD ABOUT YOU, TRACY TAKES ON, SEX AND THE CITY, BOSTON COMMON, GILMORE GIRLS, WILL & GRACE and ADVENTURES IN TELEVISION. She was the creator of the ABC pilot MY WONDERFUL LIFE, creator and executive producer of the CBS television series THE STONES, and has written numerous other studio pilots. In 1999, she was honored with an Emmy® Award for 'Outstanding Comedy Series' for her work on TRACY TAKES ON. In addition, Kohan won the Writers Guild Award for 'Best Episodic Comedy' for the pilot of WEEDS entitled 'You Can't Miss The Bear.' WEEDS is currently in its sixth season on Showtime. Kohan is the daughter of 13-time Emmy® Award-winning television writer Buz Kohan and accomplished novelist, Rhea Kohan. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, journalist/author Christopher Noxon and three children Charlie, Eliza and Oscar.


Bill Lawrence
Co-Creator/Executive Producer - Cougar Town

Bill Lawrence co-created and executive-produces the comedy series “Cougar Town.” He was also the creator and executive producer of “Scrubs,” co-creator of “Spin City,” “Clone High” and the short-lived internet show “Nobody’s Watching.”

Lawrence currently resides in Los Angeles with his wife, actress Christa Miller (“The Drew Carey Show,” “Scrubs”), their daughter Charlotte, and sons William and Henry, dogs Gus, Mike and Apple (his daughter named Apple, so no jokes please).


Marty Layton
Director of Photography - Dexter, True Blood

MARTY LAYTON has been the A Camera Operator on DEXTER for the last 4 years. He has been lucky enough to become the director of photography on several episodes the last two seasons. In addition, he has shot second unit on various films such as THE WATER HORSE and TUCK EVERLASTING. As a camera operator he has worked in both feature films and television, including LADDER 49, MY DOG SKIP in film and TRUE BLOOD and COMMANDER AND CHIEF in television. A Wisconsin native, he credits his experiences at the University of Wisconsin as the catalyst to move to California and pursue a career in the arts.


Elan Lee
Founder/Chief Designer at Fourth Wall Studios

Considered among the foremost Alternate Reality Gamer creators in the world, Elan Lee believes that if you’re bored, you’re doing something wrong. A self-identified entertainment-addict, Elan has spent his career finding and sharing ways to extract adventure from the world around us. From surfing down the flooded streets of LA to broadcasting a radio drama over thousands of ringing payphones, Elan has pioneered breakthroughs in the area of entertainment and immersive gaming. Elan started his career at the Microsoft Game Studio where he was a Lead Designer for the X-Box launch portfolio. Next, he co-founded and served as the Vice President of 24 Entertainment (the company behind I Love Bees, The Vanishing Point, Nine Inch Nails: Year Zero, and The Dark Knight.) He was also the Co-Founder of EDOC Laundry, and most recently the Co-Founder and Chief Designer at Fourth Wall Studios.


Kevin Levy
Vice President, Program Planning and Scheduling, The CW

Kevin Levy serves as Vice President, Program Planning and Scheduling, The CW, managing all aspects of scheduling series, movies and specials on The CW’s schedule.

Previously, Levy had been Director of Program Planning and Scheduling, The CW. Levy transitioned to The CW from UPN, where he had served in the same capacity since 2002. Levy began his television career at UPN in 1998, joining as an assistant in the scheduling department and was named manager of scheduling in December 1999.

Levy earned his bachelor of arts degree in English literature and creative writing from the State University of New York at Binghamton.


Aaron Lipstadt
Director

Aaron Lipstadt studied Political Science/International Relations at University of Chicago, and after a brief life crisis entered the School of Radio, Television and Film at Northwestern University. He dropped out after 4 years in a doctoral program to get a job working for Roger Corman at New World Pictures. Some years later, he published his incomplete doctoral thesis on Corman as part of a British Film Institute monograph on New World.

Lipstadt produced 4 or 5 pictures for Corman before getting a chance to direct with the micro budgeted ANDROID, starring Klaus Kinski. He then formed a production company and made CITY LIMITS starring James Earl Jones, John Stockwell, and Rae Dawn Chong. It was very widely unseen.

Based on a London viewing of ANDROID, Michael Mann hired Aaron to direct Miami Vice, which led to other television directing. He partnered with Miami Vice writer Dan Pyne to produce The Antagonists, and then an 8 eight year development deal at Paramount with Pyne led to 9 pilots and the ABC series The Marshall.

Since 2000, Aaron has been producer/director on the series Level 9, The Division, and Medium, where he currently resides.


Joshua D. Maurer
Producer/Executive Producer
City Entertainment

City Entertainment’s award winning producer Joshua D. Maurer, whose last four television/cable films have garnered 31 Emmy and numerous guild nominations, including Golden Globes, SAG, WGA, DGA, NAACP, is President of City Entertainment, along with partner Alixandre Witlin. City Entertainment is a feature film and television production company that currently has over 40 hours of motion picture, network and cable television in current development. Maurer is the only producer in the history of the P.G.A. to be awarded two nominations in the same year in the same category for the David L. Wolper Producer of the Year Award for Longform Television.

Maurer and Witlin’s most recently released project was the critically acclaimed film GEORGIA O’KEEFFE for Lifetime Television. Film stars Joan Allen & Jeremy Irons. Written by Michael Cristofer and directed by Bob Balaban. To date film has garnered 3 Golden Globe nominations including Best Picture for Television, Best Actor and Actress, WGA winner for Best Screenplay, 2 SAG nominations for Allen and Irons, PGA nominations for Producers of the Year in Longform, NAACP Image Award nominee, CDG Award nominee for Outstanding Costume Design, Satellite Award nominee, DGA nominee, Gracie Award winner for Outstanding Television Movie of the Year, WIN nomination, and 9 Emmy nominations, the most ever for Lifetime, including Best Picture.

Prior to forming his own company, Maurer began his professional career as an actor, training with Academy Award winner Olympia Dukakis and then receiving his B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College in history and drama. After graduation, Maurer first appeared as a series lead in the critically acclaimed Vietnam War CBS television series TOUR OF DUTY, portraying the conscientious objector "Private Roger Horn". He later went on to star in a number of television movies, starring opposite Valerie Bertinelli in CBS's TAKEN AWAY as well as the motion picture GETTYSBURG, directed by Ron Maxwell, as "Lieutenant Colonel James C. Rice." In addition to acting and producing, Maurer is also a screenwriter, having sold projects to HBO, SHOWTIME, ABC, NBC, CBS, FX, FOX, AMC, LIFETIME, PARAMOUNT, and LIONSGATE.

Maurer and Witlin live in Los Angeles with their daughters Sofia and Honor.


Mitch Metcalf
Executive Vice President, Program Planning & Scheduling
NBC Entertainment

Mitch Metcalf was named Executive Vice President, Program Planning & Scheduling, NBC Entertainment, in September 2005. He is responsible for overseeing long-range program planning and scheduling for the NBC Television Network. Metcalf reports to Marc Graboff, Chairman, NBC Entertainment and Universal Media Studios.

In addition, Metcalf's duties include coordinating closely on the network's cross-platform opportunities with Jeff Gaspin, Chairman, NBC Universal Television Entertainment.

Prior to his current appointment, Metcalf had served as Senior Vice President, Program Planning & Scheduling, NBC Entertainment, since November 2000. Earlier, he had been Senior Vice President, Program Research, NBC West Coast, since September 1999, where he supervised the company's Burbank-based program research department. Metcalf was responsible for overseeing primary research for NBC Entertainment programming in all dayparts, including primetime, late night, daytime and Saturday morning.

Metcalf joined NBC following a nine-year career at ABC, where he most recently served as Senior Vice President, Research, ABC Television Network. In this position, he oversaw the network's New York and Los Angeles research operations.

While at ABC, Metcalf was responsible for providing senior management with attitudinal research analysis of new series pilots, current series, newsmagazines and longform programming. He was also responsible for analyzing box-office grosses for feature films that were being considered for eventual network broadcast.

Before joining ABC, he spent two years as a project director for Research Communications in Boston, where he managed news programming research projects for network and local television news clients in markets across the country.

Metcalf began his career in 1987 as a research associate for Frank N. Magid Associates in Marion, Iowa, where his clients included local television news departments.

Metcalf graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor's degree in politics from Princeton University. He lives in Sherman Oaks, California.


Edward Ornelas
Director/Editor

Edward Ornelas is a director and editor who’s worked on projects for ABC, NBC, CBS, HBO, FOX, MTV, A&E, Lifetime and Showtime.

For six seasons, he’s edited the critically acclaimed and internationally popular Grey’s Anatomy. American Cinema Editors nominated him in 2007 for an Eddie award for his work on the post-Super Bowl episode titled, It’s the End of the World As We Know It. Reuters named it the #6 most-watched TV episode of the past decade.

Over the past three seasons, he’s directed episodes of Grey’s Anatomy, including the season 6 premiere, and most recently, Private Practice. In 2009, he produced and directed the independent feature film, The Legend of Billy Fail, garnering awards at numerous film festivals across the country.

Ornelas began his career with an internship in editing awarded through the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Various editing credits include, !HUFF, Under, Any Day Now, and the MOW, Secret Santa. He has been a guest speaker at the USC School of Cinema-Television, UCLA, the Writers Guild of America and at NAB in Las Vegas for Avid.

Ornelas holds a B.A from Stanford University in English and a M.F.A. in film production from the University of Texas at Austin. He was raised in Phoenix, Dallas, San Francisco and Manila.


Alan Perris
Chief Operating Officer
Alan Perris joined the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences in April 2006. As the Television Academy’s top-ranking staff member, Perris oversees the day-to-day activities of the Academy and Foundation and supervises the staff, including the executives in charge of all key departments. Perris reports to Television Academy chairman John Shaffner, the Academy’s Executive Committee and, on matters relating to the Academy Foundation, to chairman of the board Jerry Petry and the Foundation Board of Directors. Perris has more than thirty years of experience in the television industry.

Before joining the Academy staff, he served as executive vice president of business development at Entertainment Media Works, an internet company. Previously, he was senior vice president of First Run Programming at both Sony and Telepictures (Warner Bros.). He served as president at two station group production companies, Scripps-Howard and Post-Newsweek. Perris also previously served as senior vice president of programming of the Hallmark Channel cable network and prior to that, he was the president and general manager of local television stations in Jacksonville (WJXT-CBS) and Miami (WPLG-ABC, and later WTVJ-CBS). He is credited with developing shows such as The Ricki Lake Show, Dragon Tales, Judge Mathis and Street Smarts.


David Pierce
Pierce Law Group LLP

David Albert Pierce is Managing Member of PIERCE LAW GROUP LLP a boutique entertainment law firm law with an emphasis on providing employment law counseling for independent film and television production companies. David has served as counsel for “Amazing Race,” “Oprah’s Big Give,” and numerous projects for View Films (producers of the long running “Taxicab Confessions,” and the new CBS drama “The Defenders”). David has also provided entertainment related employment law advice to Morgan Creek Productions, Starz!/Encore, Cartoon Network, Film Roman, Lions Gate Films and Lions Gate Televisions (including such critically acclaimed shows as “Weeds” “Mad Men” and “Nurse Jackie”).

David is a regular columnist for MovieMaker Magazine and is the author of several entertainment law articles. He is also a frequent lecturer on the legal issues confronting the entertainment industry. For the past twelve years, he has served as an adjunct professor at UCLA Extension for the course entitled “Organizing, Financing and Running A Start-Up Entertainment Production Company.” In February 2010, David was a featured speaker at The Saint Petersburg University’s Film & Television School’s Producer’s Symposium Program in St. Petersburg, Russia. This marks David’s ninth year in which he has been a lecturer to the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Visiting Professors Program. David is admitted to the State Bar of California. He is a member of the Beverly Hills Bar Association’s Entertainment Law Section and served as the BHBA’s Employment Law Section Chair in 1998. He is also a member of the American Bar Association’s Forum on the Entertainment & Sports Industries, and the American Film Institute.

David earned his Juris Doctorate degree from Cornell Law School with a concentration in Business Law & Regulation. While at Cornell, he was a member of the Cornell Law and Public Policy Journal and a member of the Entertainment & Sports Law Association. He earned his undergraduate degree with honors from Binghamton University, where he majored in Political Science and minored in Business. David is originally from Niagara Falls, New York.


Michael Rosen
Producer/Director

Michael Rosen is an award-winning filmmaker whose recent credits include, the documentary “When I Rise” for PBS (premiering February 2011), the documentary “Murder By Proxy” for Key Element Pictures, the television special “Beyond the Expedition: Running the Sahara,” for National Geographic Channel, and the documentary “Running the Sahara,” executive produced by Matt Damon, and currently airing on Showtime. Rosen served as Executive Producer for the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation's Archive of American Television, the world’s largest digital resource on the history of television, producing over 2,000 hours of documentary interviews with over 500 television legends. For five years, he also oversaw the development and production of more than 30 projects annually to help brand the Academy Foundation and market the Primetime Emmy Awards. Projects were for NBC, ABC, CBS, FOX, MobiTV, United Airlines, AOL Television, and others. In addition, Rosen has produced and/or directed projects for Bravo, IFC, USA Films (Focus Features), truTV, Warner Bros., Republic Pictures, TV Land, Apple, and others. He attended the distinguished UCLA Film & Television School.


David Sibley
Music Supervisor - Desperate Housewives

David Sibley is a native of Arkansas where he studied with the renowned symphonic composers Jarred Spears and W. Francis McBeth. A singer, actor and musician, with an applied background in musical theatre, he holds a degree in music composition from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, which he attended on a tuba scholarship, where he studied under the doctrines of Lucas Foss and with such notable symphonic composers as Warren Benson, with a concentration in electronic music and theatre and a focus on television/film under veteran Hollywood producers Bob Banner and Martin Jurow.

David came to Los Angeles as a Television Academy Music Intern, studying with Allyn Ferguson, Joe Harnell, Bruce Broughton, Henry Mancini and other notable TV and Film composers. Immediately following the internship he was hired to work as an independent music supervisor for Orion Pictures productions among others. During this time, he produced many large orchestral recording sessions and honed his keen ability at musical problem solving. David never left his composing skills far behind, however. He also was active in writing and composing music for several independent films and continues to arrange and produce music for current projects. He also became a staunch supporter for the preservation of film music history with his involvement with Fred Karlin's oral histories project documenting many of Hollywood’s great musical figures. He is committed to the future of film music too, as a session producer of ASCAP’s film and television music workshop for young composers.

Following his independent status, David entered the corporate world working on the music staff at Lorimar and subsequently, Warner Bros., where he worked with such industry veterans as Gary Lemel, Doug Frank and Greg Sill and honed his business and creative skills. His tenure there led him to the attention of New York financier Ron Pearlman’s New World Entertainment where he worked closely with the inimitable Brandon Tartikoff. At New World, David was hired to quickly build and run a world class music department and oversee the music in all product, including its Marvel Animation division under the legendary Stan Lee and its Stephen J. Cannell Productions acquisition. It was here that David developed his reputation for incorporating integrated music soundscapes on such television shows as STRANGE LUCK which were known as much for their innovative music as their stories. There, he also worked with such legendary artists as Mark Mothersbaugh of Devo, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Joe Perry of Aerosmith, Stephen Stills and Little Richard.

Following New World's acquisition by 20th Century Fox, David once again returned to freelance music supervision with the syndicated Quincy Jones produced VIBE. Here, he applied his business acumen and creative talents to make VIBE’s music something worth tuning in for while working with the leading music personalities of the 90's.
Since then he has worked on numerous TV movies and mini-series. His unique ability to recognize the intrinsic musical kernel of each new production he works on is continuing to transform the contribution music plays in television programming. David has worked on hundreds of hours of film and television programming in his career and in each has played an integral role to elevate those show’s music to new heights. He is honored to have received an Emmy nomination for his work on THE LITTLE RICHARD STORY. Currently, his screen credit can be found Sunday nights on the ABC TV series, DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES.

He lives in Los Angeles with his dogs and likes to get outdoors with them whenever possible.


Jack Simmons
Senior Vice President Production, Fox Sports

Jack Simmons was hired as Director of Production, Fox Sports in June 1994. He was among the first group of hires for the then fledgling organization.

Since that time, Mr. Simmons has advanced within the organization to his current position where he oversees the organizational and technical management of all Fox Sports studio shows including the Fox NFL Sunday Pregame Show, the NFL OT Show, and the MLB on Fox Pregame , He also manages all Fox Sports post production, transmission and commercial administration requirements.

In addition to his management duties, Jack plays a key air day role as the Fox Sports Operations Producer supervising the proper airing of commercials, promos, show transitions and affiliate requirements for all Fox Sports programs including NFL football, MLB baseball, and NASCAR racing..

Prior to joining Fox Sports, Jack Simmons was employed by the National Broadcasting Company where he held several positions in finance and with NBC Sports. He began his career in the NBC NY mailroom.

Over the years, Jack has been fortunate to have been involved with the telecast of several of the world’s premiere sporting events including seven Super Bowls, the World Series, the Summer Olympics, the NBA Finals, the Daytona 500, The BCS Championship, French Open tennis, world championship boxing, world championship figure skating, and world championship track & field. Jack has been awarded eighteen Sports Emmys for his contributions.

Jack and his wife Wendy, President of Katie Cocco Confections, reside in Rolling Hills Estates, California where Jack serves as President of the Cresta Palos Verdes Homeowners Association . Jack has also served as an instructor with the UCLA Extension Business of Television program, and as a volunteer mentor to the Wounded Marines Career Foundation of San Diego. Jack is also active with The Armed Forces Foundation, a Washington DC based organization that provides assistance to wounded military personnel and their families. Wendy is very active with the fundraising efforts of the Providence Trinity Kids Care Hospice of Los Angeles. This organization presented Wendy and the family with their Family of the Year award in April 2010. The Simmons’ have two adult children, Brendan, an Engineer in Charge with Fox Networks Engineering and Operations in Los Angeles, and Katie Cocco, a Unit Manager with MTV Networks in New York.


Steve Fisch
Executive Vice President - StewartInk Productions

Steve is a founding member of StewartInk Productions, an entertainment company with a slate of five projects – 3 features, a musical and a television series. The first project is LET IT FLY, a romantic comedy about golf that takes place in Napa Valley with filming to begin next summer. Steve is responsible for all business and legal affairs for the company and acts as a producer, along with Carolyn Stewart, on all projects.

A former Vice President Business Affairs for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures and MGM Television Entertainment, Steve negotiated deals for the slate of MGM motion pictures (“Matarese Circle” to star Denzel Washington (based on the Robert Ludlum book) and The Zookeeper), and Direct-to-Video films (Into the Blue 2, Colors, and Back to School).

For the past eleven years, college professors from throughout the U.S. who attend the annual ATAS Foundation Faculty Seminar, have enjoyed learning from Steve about ‘real world’ legal issues that student filmmakers face.

Previously, Steve was a Business and Legal Affairs Executive with Starz Media (The Simpsons, Masters of Horror, Eloise and Rob Zombie’s “El Super Beasto” movie), with responsibility for Digital Media, Anime, Live Action and Animation projects, from merchandising, marketing, promotion and advertising to clearances and copyrights, and from production counsel to finance and distribution. He also represented Starz on the Legal Committee of the Independent Film and Television Alliance (IFTA) and the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO).

Earlier in his career, Steve had Business & Legal Affairs responsibility for over 60 television motion pictures and numerous series while at Fox Family Worldwide (News Corp) and Wilshire Court Productions (Viacom).

As a volunteer, Steve handles business and legal affairs for the Academy Foundation’s “Journeys Below the Line” series (“24: The Editing Process”, “ER: The Prop Masters” and “LOST: The Cinematography Team”).

Prior to law school, Steve was on the production side of the house, including segment producer/researcher on the ABC series "Ripley's Believe It or Not!”, and producer of both the syndicated television movie documentary "Doomsday Chronicles" and the Peabody Award winning "Snippets" spots. His first entertainment job was as the ‘gofor’ on “Rowan and Martin’s Laugh In!”

A Vietnam veteran and a retired Navy Reserve Captain, Steve worked out of the Navy’s Hollywood Liaison Office where his projects included “Men of Honor”, “Behind Enemy Lines”, “JAG” and “NCIS.” He was awarded the “Legion of Merit” for his significant contributions.

Steve is a graduate of Loyola Law School and the UCLA School of Theater Film and Television.


Matt Weiner
Creator/Executive Producer - Mad Men

Matthew Weiner is the series creator and executive producer for Mad Men, which just completed its fourth season. Since its debut, the series has been decorated with numerous awards- including three Emmys® for Outstanding Drama Series and three Golden Globes® for Best Television Drama Series.

Weiner was an executive producer and writer on The Sopranos. Before The Sopranos, Weiner wrote for various television series, including The Naked Truth, Becker, and Andy Richter Controls the Universe. He also wrote and directed the independent feature, What Do You Do All Day?

Weiner currently lives in Los Angeles with his wife and four sons.


Deborah Wilkinson
Director

Deborah Wilkinson was born in Long Beach, CA and raised in Orange County, CA.
She took her first broadcasting courses at Orange Coast College and graduated with an AA degree in 1982. She transferred to San Diego State and graduated in 1985 with a BS degree in Telecommunications and Film, emphasis in video production.

Post graduation, Deborah worked in a video transfer house for a year. She then moved on to do freelance graphics work at KTLA News, Fox promotions and various post-production facilities.

Deborah joined the staff at KTLA as a full-time director/news graphics supervisor in 1991.


Jason Winer
Director

Jason Winer is a graduate of Northwestern University and an alumnus of the Improv Olympic Theatre. He began his career as an actor, improvisor, and photographer before making the transition to directing with the short film “The Adventures of Big Handsome Guy and His Little Friend” in 2004. The film was purchased by 20th Century Fox and turned into a pilot, which Winer co-wrote and co-produced. Following that, he wrote and directed several highly regarded pilots for CBS, FOX and ABC, including “Giants of Radio,” “Sluts” and “This Might Hurt." In 2010, he directed the pilot for ABC’s “Modern Family," for which he won the DGA award for Outstanding Direction of a Comedy Series. Winer served as the producing director on the show's first season, directing thirteen of the twenty-four segments of the show, which ultimately won the Emmy for best Comedy Series. He recently signed his second two-year overall development deal with 20th Century Fox, and is currently directing his first feature film-- a remake of the 1981 comedy "Arthur" for Warner Brothers Pictures, starring Russell Brand and Helen Mirren.


Alixandre Witlin
Producer/Executive Producer
City Entertainment

City Entertainment’s award winning producer Joshua D. Maurer, whose last four television/cable films have garnered 31 Emmy and numerous guild nominations, including Golden Globes, SAG, WGA, DGA, NAACP, is President of City Entertainment, along with partner Alixandre Witlin. City Entertainment is a feature film and television production company that currently has over 40 hours of motion picture, network and cable television in current development. Maurer is the only producer in the history of the P.G.A. to be awarded two nominations in the same year in the same category for the David L. Wolper Producer of the Year Award for Longform Television.

Maurer and Witlin’s most recently released project was the critically acclaimed film GEORGIA O’KEEFFE for Lifetime Television. Film stars Joan Allen & Jeremy Irons. Written by Michael Cristofer and directed by Bob Balaban. To date film has garnered 3 Golden Globe nominations including Best Picture for Television, Best Actor and Actress, WGA winner for Best Screenplay, 2 SAG nominations for Allen and Irons, PGA nominations for Producers of the Year in Longform, NAACP Image Award nominee, CDG Award nominee for Outstanding Costume Design, Satellite Award nominee, DGA nominee, Gracie Award winner for Outstanding Television Movie of the Year, WIN nomination, and 9 Emmy nominations, the most ever for Lifetime, including Best Picture.

Alixandre Witlin has a B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College. She began her career as an actress. Her first experience in development and production was with Vista Street Entertainment. The company produced the popular WITCHCRAFT straight to video series. She was in development, production, post-production and ultimately became Vice President of International Distribution there. After four years there, Witlin became Vice President of Firefly Productions (1998 to 2005), with a first look deal at Paramount Pictures Television. While running Firefly, Witlin developed numerous projects with partner, David James Elliott (star of CBS’ JAG), including DODSON’S JOURNEY (CBS) and THE MAN WHO LOST HIMSELF (aka THE STRANGER I MARRIED) (Lifetime).

Maurer and Witlin live in Los Angeles with their daughters Sofia and Honor.