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Faculty Seminar | 2011 Panelist Bios
Sam Alexander Director of Development, The Wolper Organization Sam Alexander is the Director of Development for Mark Wolper at The Wolper Organization. The Wolper Organization has a 30 year history on the Warner Bros. lot, with 2 reality series currently in production, 3 reality pilots and 2 MOW’s in active development. He previously consulted in Organizational Engineering and Development with his company Alexander and Associates.
Len Amato President, HBO Films Len Amato is president, HBO Films, for Home Box Office, responsible for overseeing the development and production of HBO Films for the network. With Amato at the helm since October 2008, HBO Films has garnered numerous awards and accolades. The 2009 and 2010 award seasons produced 19 Emmy® Awards, 5 Golden Globes®, and back-to-back directorial and writing awards from the DGA, WGA and Humanitas. The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences awarded HBO Films the Outstanding Made For Television Movie Emmy® both years (Grey Gardens and Temple Grandin), adding to its successful streak of having won the Best Movie Emmy® seventeen times since 1993. HBO Films also won the 2010 Golden Globe® Award for best movie for Grey Gardens. Before becoming president, Amato served as program executive and executive producer on the multiple Emmy®-winning film Recount, starring Kevin Spacey, Bob Balaban, Ed Begley, Jr., Laura Dern, John Hurt, Denis Leary and Tom Wilkinson. Amato joined HBO in March 2007 as senior vice president, HBO Films, continuing his long relationship with the network which began in 1997 as a producer in New York. Prior to joining HBO, Amato was president, Spring Creek Productions, co-founded by film industry veterans Paula Weinstein and Mark Rosenberg. His producer/executive producer credits include: Analyze This and Analyze That starring Academy Award® winner Robert De Niro; Possession featuring Oscar® winner Gywneth Paltrow; Deliver Us From Eva with LL Cool J and Gabrielle Union; Rumor Has It featuring Jennifer Aniston, Kevin Costner and Oscar® winner Shirley MacLaine; as well as the Golden Globe and Oscar® nominated Blood Diamond starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Djimon Hounsou and Academy Award® winner Jennifer Connelly; and The Astronaut Farmer with Academy Award® winner Billy Bob Thornton and Virginia Madsen. He began his association with Spring Creek Productions in the mid 90’s as vice president, Development, running the company’s New York City office. In 1998 he moved to Los Angeles to serve as executive vice president of Baltimore/Spring Creek Pictures, when Weinstein partnered with director Barry Levinson to create the company. Amato made his producing debut in 1997 with HBO’s First Time Felon, directed by Charles Dutton. He continued his relationship with HBO as executive producer of HBO Films’ Iron Jawed Angels starring Academy Award® winners Hilary Swank and Anjelica Huston in 2004. Earlier on, Amato was a story editor for De Niro’s newly formed Tribeca Productions in New York where he worked on such films as Michael Apted’s Thunderheart and Irwin Winkler’s Night in the City. Amato began his film career as a story analyst for various independent producers and studios. Prior to his career in the film industry, Amato was both a musician and actor, performing at such renowned downtown venues as CBGB’s and La Mama Experimental Theatre in New York City. He is a member of the Producers Guild of America. Amato is a graduate of Columbia College in Chicago.
Jeffrey 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 held senior research 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. Raised in Wayland, Massachusetts, he now resides in Los Angeles, California.
Gary Baum Director of Photography Gary Baum is in his thirtieth year working in camera. He started out as a film loader for Lorimar at the MGM studios in Culver City and was a first assistant on features and many television shows, including MacGyver, Magnum P.I. and Jake and The Fatman. As a camera operator his work included the groundbreaking television series Will & Grace, where the legendary director, James Burrows moved him up to Director of Photography. His cinematography credits include The Class and Gary Unmarried, for which he received a Primetime Emmy nomination, and numerous pilots. Currently, Baum is shooting Hot in Cleveland and Mike & Molly. An active member of the the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, Gary currently serves as Governor of the Cinematography Peer Group.
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.
Ian Busch Screenwriter and Producer After several years of doing sketch comedy and open-mike stand-up, Ian Busch broke into the writing world on Fox’s Malcolm in the Middle. Ian was on staff for 48 episodes over two seasons, and penned five episodes over that span. While Ian wrote on the show, Malcolm received a Peabody Award, and the Emmy Award for Best Writing in a Comedy Series. Some of Ian’s other writing credits include Executive Story Editor on ABC’s Life with Bonnie and two animated pilots... Plastic Man for the Cartoon Network and The Imperfect Duplicates of Dodger Dare for the Disney Channel. Ian also wrote a live-action comedy pilot(plus one additional episode) for the Cartoon Network(in 2005), and developed a prime-time animated half-hour about a family of super heroes for BET. In 2009, Ian was a writer/producer on The Jeff Dunham Show for Comedy Central, a half-hour sketch show that took Mr. Dunham’s collection of puppets into the real world to interact with a wide variety real people. Ian oversaw the initial writing of the field pieces, the production of the reality shoots, and then followed the segments through post. Currently, Ian is a Supervising Producer on Wipeout, and has been writing/producing on the show since its first episode in 2008. Ian oversees the comedy of each episode through post. He recently started his 5th season on the highly rated ABC show.
Louis Cioffi Editor
Louis Cioffi was born and raised in Queens, N.Y. He became interested in film at St. John’s University and upon graduating was able to work for one of his professors, Editor Donald Finamore, as an assistant editor. After working for Don and learning how to survive as a freelance assistant editor, he segued into commercial editing in New York and worked as an assistant on commercials for a brief time. Deciding his first love was feature films, Cioffi set out to L.A. to pursue his dream. He worked as a freelance commercial assistant editor until he got a lucky break and became an assistant editor on a low budget film for the legendary Roger Corman. He worked as an assistant and then associate editor with editor Eric Beason on several films including John Dahl's film noir masterpiece The Last Seduction, and was promoted to editor on the film Keys To Tulsa where he met his wife Lynel Moore, also an editor. He then edited several independent films including Telling You for Miramax and in a review of the film from Variety Telling You's best technical credit is unquestionably the adroit pacing of editor Louis Cioffi. After editing a few more independent films, Louis was hired to edit his first TV show at MTV, the short lived but critically acclaimed Super Adventure Team. This lead to various MTV series including the pilot for Undressed which allowed him the opportunity to work with the Oscar nominated director Roland Joffe, The Killing Fields and The Mission. After working at MTV on various series and editing numerous independent films, he was asked by a former assistant of his if he would be interested in editing a show about a serial killer called Dexter for Showtime. Cioffi won an ACE Eddie for Dexter: Remains To Be Seen in 2010 and was nominated that same year for an HPA Award. He was also nominated in 2011 for an Emmy, ACE Eddie and HPA Award for Dexter: Take It! He is represented by Devin Mann & Jasan Pagni at WME.
Rob Corn Executive Producer, Grey’s Anatomy Rob Corn worked as the Line Producer on Grey’s Anatomy at its inception, and today serves as the in-house Producing-Director of the long-running series. He began his career as an Assistant Director on feature films, including Weird Science, The Three Amigos and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2. Transitioning to television, Mr. Corn worked on many television movies then moved to episodic. Civil Wars, the pilots for CopRock and NYPD Blue (for which he won a DGA Award), and Chicago Hope. Mr. Corn has received four Emmy nominations for: Chicago Hope (Best Dramatic Series in 1995, 1996 and 1997) and Grey’s Anatomy (Best Dramatic Series in 2006) He and his fellow producers on Grey’s Anatomy were nominated twice for the Producer of the Year Award by the Producer’s Guild of America, winning the award in 2007.
Nick DeMartino President, Nick DeMartino Consulting Nick DeMartino is President of Nick DeMartino Consulting, a Los Angeles-based strategic consulting practice specializing in digital content production and distribution, online video, strategic partnerships and inventive marketing initiatives, including multi-platform storytelling. Clients include start-ups, technology companies, content producers, creatives and educators. Nick DeMartino is a sought-after speaker and moderator, and is widely published on sites, including Huffington Post, IndieWire, Tribeca’s Future of Film, The Wrap, and MIPblog. Before launching his consulting practice, DeMartino was Senior Vice President for Media and Technology at the American Film Institute, where he created partnerships with Apple, IBM, Microsoft, Intel, AOL, Adobe, as well as most of the Hollywood studios, dozens of television networks, and hundreds of start-ups. DeMartino was voted #3 on the PGA/Hollywood Reporter’s list of Digital 50 and twice named among the most influential in broadband by the LA Business Journal. The innovative programs he created explored the frontier of digital production, interactive media & new forms of storytelling and influenced thousands in Hollywood. They include the AFI Digital Content Lab, the AFI Enhanced Television Workshop, the AFI-Apple Computer Center, the AFI Computer Media Salons, the AFI Screen Education Center, the California Digital Arts Workshop and Networked Entertainment World. DeMartino launched AFI’s award-winning website, the first to stream Hollywood content on the web (1996), the first to share a library of clips from the top 100 movies of all times (1997), and clips from AFI's own television productions and events, among other innovations. DeMartino supervised the creation of AFI’s YouTube and social media strategies and online learning sites in partnership with Columbia University (Fathom.com), Discovery Communications (Lights, Camera, Education!), and the U.S. Department of Education (ScreenNation). Prior to AFI, DeMartino was a journalist, publisher, independent filmmaker, advertising and marketing executive, chronicler of public television, and advocate of indie filmmaking. He is the author of Keeping Pace With The New Television and the principal writer of A Public Trust: The Report Of The Carnegie Commission On The Future Of Public Broadcasting. He was producer of a string of award-winning documentaries for public television in the 70s, including Sitcom: The Adventures of Garry Marshall and Nuclear Power: The Public Debate. He was awarded the first Indie Award from the AIVF in 1976. His work for Carnegie inspired U.S. indies to create their own entity, ITVS. He holds degrees from University of Louisville and Antioch University.
Caitlin Bogert Product Manager, Entertainment Partners Caitlin Bogert is a manager of product sales and marketing 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.
Shawn Gillespie Director, Production Incentive Administration and Finance, Entertainment Partners Shawn Gillespie has joined Entertainment Partners as the Director of Production Incentive Administration and Finance. Shawn provides consulting and administrative services for tax incentives for film, television, and commercials. His 17 years of production accounting experience include working for several major studios: 20th Century Fox (Titanic), Universal Pictures (Evan Almighty and Leatherheads), DreamWorks (Collateral and Eagle Eye), Sony Pictures (Fun With Dick & Jane and Talladega Nights), Walt Disney Studios (Sweet Home Alabama), MGM (Out of Time), Miramax (Havana Nights), and ABC Network (Army Wives, Seasons 1 through 4). While working on productions, Shawn administered incentives for South Carolina, North Carolina, New York, Georgia, Florida, Virginia, Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and Canada. As the Manager of Production Finance for Home Box Office (HBO), Shawn supervised production accounting on The Sopranos, Six Feet Under, Arli$$, 61*, Dinner with Friends, Shot in the Heart, and The Laramie Project. Shawn earned his Bachelor’s degree from Florida State University.
Franklyn Gottbetter Product Manager, Entertainment Partners Franklyn Gottbetter, Product Manager for Entertainment Partners, began his entertainment 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. 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. 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.
Stephen Fisch Co-Managing Partner, StewartInk Productions Steve is a co-managing partner of StewartInk Productions, a Los Angeles-based entertainment company with a slate of five projects in the works. The first project, Let It Fly!, is a romantic comedy about love and golf that takes place in Napa Valley with filming to begin next summer. Steve and his partner, Carolyn Stewart, both co-produce all projects, and Steve is responsible for all business and legal affairs for the company. Prior to joining Stewartink Productions, Steve was a Vice President of Business Affairs for Metro- Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures and MGM Television Entertainment. He negotiated deals for the slate of MGM motion pictures and Direct-to-Video films. Previously, Steve was a Business and Legal Affairs Executive with Starz Media. There, he had responsibility for digital media, anime, live action and animation projects, including everything from production counsel, finance, and distribution to merchandising, marketing, promotion and advertising. He also represented Starz on the Legal Committee of the Independent Film and Television Alliance (IFTA) and the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO). Early 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) where he also created the Family Channel Network’s prime time series model, and Wilshire Court Productions (Viacom). For the past fourteen years, Steve has taught at the annual Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Foundation Faculty Seminar. College professors from around the United States learn from him about ‘real world’ legal issues that student filmmakers face. He also volunteers for the Academy Foundation’s Journeys Below the Line series (24: The Editing Process, ER: The Prop Masters, and LOST: The Cinematography Team) providing business and legal affairs and serving as an Associate Producer. Before 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 ‘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. The Secretary of the Navy awarded him 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 (magna cum laude).
Michael O. Gallant Producer/Director/Writer Michael Gallant has earned his reputation for being one of the most capable working producers in the industry. He is known for delivering quality productions for challenging budgets. His latest film is the quirky romantic comedy The Giant Mechanical Man. Michael developed the production plan and line produced the project, shooting in Michigan. It stars Jenna Fischer (The Office), Chris Messina, Malin Ackerman, and Topher Grace. Creating a buzz at advance studio screenings, it is scheduled for theatrical release in 2012. His labor of love project, taking 10 years to make-- Michael produced The Perfect Game. It is the true story of the 1957 Monterey Mexico team who overcame poverty and racism to get to the Little League World Series in Williamsport, PA. Described by Larry King as a near-perfect film and by Roger Ebert as thrilling, the film was released theatrically and is now available on DVD through Image Entertainment. www.theperfectgamemovie.com Michael’s producing credits include features and television projects such as Humboldt County, David Mamet’s Edmond, The Junction Boys, Disappearance, First Daughter, Pandora’s Clock, The People Next Door, The Substitute Wife, Mission of the Shark, and Stompin’ At The Savoy. Michael made his feature directorial debut with 10 Attitudes – a romantic comedy that won awards at film festivals from Philadelphia to Barcelona. In 2011, Michael directed the reality/performance pilot American Dream: Second Chance and the scripted comedy pilot Why I Hate My Roommate. Both projects are under consideration for network and cable pick-up. His company Gallant Entertainment Inc (GEI) is actively developing projects for stage, screen, and television. www.gallantentertainment.com Michael and Gallant Entertainment were signed by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences to produce a series of educational DVDs called Journeys Below the Line. www.journeysbelowtheline.com The project highlights the many creative crafts in the film and television industry. The pilot, 24: The Editing Process, focuses on the Emmy-winning editorial team of the hit series 24. Episode 2 is ER: The PropMasters. And the third episode LOST: The Cinematography Team was shot in Hawaii and featured their camera, grip and electric teams. First Light Media distributes Journeys worldwide. The series has won numerous awards and is used as part of the curriculum in film schools around the world. Prior to his career as an independent producer, he served as production executive for ABC Circle Films and ABC Motion Pictures. His credits there include the feature Impulse, and for television, The Day After, Baby M, Who Will Love My Children?, Inside the Third Reich, and Attica. His most ambitious project was the 30 hour World War II epic War and Remembrance. Shot on land and sea in 10 countries, it consumed 5 years of Michael’s career. These projects went on to earn 10 Emmy Awards, 5 Golden Globes, and 3 DGA Awards. In 2001 Michael was elected Governor of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, representing the Producer’s Peer Group. From 1992-1998, he served as chairman of the Academy’s Educational Programs and Services Committee which oversees the Student Internship Program, College Television Awards, and the Annual Faculty Seminar. He is also on the faculty of UCLA Extension and Chapman University where he teaches the master class in line producing. He has guest lectured at universities around the world including the University of Texas, USC, Concordia University in Montreal, and Flinders University in Adelaide, Australia.
Alex Gansa Showrunner, Homeland Alex Gansa is the showrunner of the new Showtime drama Homeland, starring Clare Danes, Damian Lewis, and Mandy Patinkin, an adaptation of the Israeli drama Prisoners of War. He previously served as an Executive Producer on the long- running 24, the CBS hit series Numb3rs, and Dawson's Creek, as well as a Consulting Producer on Entourage. Alex was on staff of the hit series The X Files and Sisters for NBC. He also created the critically acclaimed ABC series Maximum Bob.
David A. Goodman Executive Producer-Showrunner, Allen Gregory
David A. Goodman, Executive Producer and Showrunner of Fox's new animated sitcom Allen Gregory, began his writing career in 1988 on the sitcom The Golden Girls. Since then, he has written for fifteen television series, including Wings, Dream On, Futurama, and Star Trek: Enterprise. In 2000, he was hired on the writing staff of Family Guy in its third season as co-executive producer. When the show was revived in 2004, Goodman returned as Executive Producer, showrunning the series for over one hundred episodes. During this period the show (and Goodman) received four Emmy nominations, three for best animated series, and one for best comedy. Goodman was born and raised in New Rochelle, NY, home of history's most famous showrunner, Rob Petrie.
Peter Gould Writer and Director Peter Gould is a two-time WGA award nominee for the Peabody and Emmy Award- winning television series Breaking Bad. The Hollywood Reporter calls Breaking Bad Television as God intended. After four seasons as a writer and producer, Peter recently made his television directorial debut on the series. Too Big To Fail, Peter’s screenplay about the near-collapse of the world financial system, premiered on HBO in May 2011. Directed by Curtis Hanson, Too Big To Fail was based on Andrew Ross Sorkin's bestseller and stars William Hurt, Paul Giamatti, Billy Crudup, Tony Shalhoub, Bill Pullman, Cynthia Nixon, James Woods, Ed Asner and Topher Grace. The film earned eleven Emmy nominations, including one for Peter's screenplay. Peter began his filmmaking career at the University of Southern California’s film school where he won the Nissan Focus Award for his student film. He went on to teach film production in the USC Peter Stark Producing program before making his feature directing debut with the independent film Meeting Daddy starring Lloyd Bridges and Josh Charles. A native New Yorker, Peter lives in Los Angeles with his wife and daughter.
Paul Graff President and Visual Effects Supervisor, Crazy Horse Effects After moving to the United States in 2001 from Berlin, Germany where he worked in the local film and television industry (VFX), Paul worked as a senior compositor on the movie Coronado for Academy Award-winner Volker Engel and Marc Weigert's company Uncharted Territory. Paul moved on to be a lead compositor and compositing supervisor. During Peter Weir's Master & Commander, Paul met 5-star matte painter Robert Stromberg and the two have since been consistently teaming up on a host of projects. After winning his first Emmy with Uncharted Territory for the mini-series The Triangle, Paul was nominated for a VES award for Outstanding Supporting VFX in a motion picture for his contribution to Memoirs of a Geisha, for which Robert Stromberg’s company Digital Backlot provided the lion's share of VFX. By 2006, Paul led operations at Digital Backlot. The company took on There Will Be Blood, Mimzy, 3:10 to Yuma, Evan Almighty and finally John Adams. In 2008, he won his second Emmy for the HBO mini-series John Adams, which consequently won VES Awards in 3 categories. Shortly after the completion of John Adams, Digital Backlot was dissolved and Paul and Christina Graff incorporated Crazy Horse Effects (CHE), Inc. Continuing the same journey under a new flag, CHE began by signing the work for Four Christmases and Tropic Thunder. Additionally, CHE was given several substantial sequences in John Hillcoat's The Road which earned him his second nomination for a VES award for Outstanding Supporting VFX. In 2009 CHE contributed 82 shots to the mini series The Pacific which resulted in a 2010 Emmy nomination for Paul. Since then, Paul supervised Oliver Stones Wall Street – Money Never Sleeps and Seth Gordon’s Horrible Bosses. Recently Paul won his third Emmy for Scorsese's first episode of Boardwalk Empire. Paul has just finished shooting Oliver Stones Savages. He is also currently working on sequences for Ang Lee's Life Of Pi and Ruben Fleischer's Gangster Squad.
Michael Hynes Production Designer, Hot in Cleveland (TVLand) and Jessie (Disney Channel) Primetime Emmy® winner Michael Hynes is a production designer for Hot in Cleveland (TVLand), Jessie (Disney Channel), plus several new series pilots. Hynes has been working in television for 32 years. Born and raised in Michigan, he studied scenery, costume & lighting design at Carnegie Mellon University, and designed a few seasons of summer stock theatre before landing his first job in television as the draftsman on General Hospital. Hynes went on to assist a number of prominent Production Designers for many years, working on such shows as The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, Benson and The Golden Girls. In the 1990's he began designing on his own, and has designed scores of pilots and series, including The Geena Davis Show, According to Jim, Less Than Perfect, My Wife and Kids, Disney Wizards of Waverly Place and many others, winning an Emmy award for the Production Design of Hot in Cleveland in 2011.
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's primary responsibility is overseeing the program planning and scheduling of all primetime programming for the CBS Television Network. He also supervises coordination between CBS programming divisions and the network’s respective operations in sales, marketing, affiliate relations, news, sports, 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. In the 2010-2011 season, Kahl's strategic scheduling moves were integral to CBS's successful season. The relocation of The Big Bang Theory to Thursday at 8:00 PM opened a new winning comedy block while the move of Survivor to Wednesdays at 8:00 PM have resulted in the Network's strongest ratings in the time period in several years. Additionally, the moves of CSI: Miami and CSI: NY boosted their respective new time periods. This fall, Kahl’s key scheduling moves included the relocation of The Good Wife to Sunday and CSI: Crime Scene Investigation to Wednesday. In 2008, Kahl played an instrumental role in bringing Mixed Martial Arts, one of the fastest growing spectator sports, to network television for the first time. 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 the CW (formerly UPN). 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 ER, Friends, Murphy Brown, and The Drew Carey Show and among others. 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. He 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. 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).
Jeffrey Levine Executive Producer, Too Big To Fail Jeffrey has been an executive with Spring Creek for 10 years having worked for Paula Weinstein on numerous features and movies for television including, Recount, Monster-In-Law, Blood Diamond, Rumor Has It, and Iron Jawed Angels. Upcoming projects include 1906 to be directed by Brad Bird for Warner Bros. and This is Where Leave You, based on Jonathan Tropper’s novel, also at Warners. Prior to joining Spring Creek, Jeffrey was Vice President of Movies and Mini-Series at Turner Network Television where he developed and oversaw James Dean, The Mists of Avalon, Don Quixote, and Second String, and Boss of Bosses. Before joining TNT, Jeffrey was V.P. of Production at Castle Rock Entertainment, was head of development for The Zanuck Company and began his career in development for The Samuel Goldwyn Company. He and his wife Louisa have two amazing sons and live in Los Angeles.
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.
Rico Martinez Producer, Writer, Director and Artist A multi-ethnic native Southern Californian of Asian, European, Latino and Pacific Islander descent, Rico Kerr Martinez earned his MFA degree in Visual Arts and Film at the University of California, San Diego in La Jolla, where he painted, sculpted and made films. Rico was the recipient of the highest award given by the Princess Grace Foundation, the Golden Statuette Award for Emerging Young American Artists, an extremely prestigious award given to only two artists a year. The endowment was created by Her Royal Highness, Princess Grace Kelly and its Board of Trustees and Arts Advisory Board have included the likes of H.S.H. Prince Albert of Monaco, Mrs. Nancy Reagan, Placido Domingo, Karl Lagerfeld, and in the past Frank Sinatra, Rudolf Nureyev and Gregory Peck among others. Funded in part by the Royal Family of Monaco's Princess Grace grant, Desperate, Rico's first feature film, debuted at some of the world's most prestigious film festivals including, Toronto, Rotterdam, and Sundance where it was placed in dramatic feature competition. Rico's work has been sponsored by the likes of Agnes B. in Paris and screened alongside films by Andy Warhol at the renowned Le Cinematheque Francais in Paris, and the prestigious British Film Institute in London. Desperate succeeded in establishing Rico as a hot, new director to watch (Kay Armitage, programmer, Toronto Film Festival) and was received enthusiastically by high profile periodicals including the Village Voice and Cahier Du Cinema. Rico supported his early indie filmmaking as an underground club promoter and was the original co-creator of L.A.'s infamous, alternative music bar, The Garage in Silverlake; where young hot A-list celebrities partied hard with punk rockers, hipsters, trannies, rappers and gang bangers. The Garage helped pave the way to make Silverlake the hippest neighborhood in LA. Rico has executive produced and directed shows for the WB, NBC, MTV, VH-1, Oxygen and WE tv. Rico also co-executive produced and directed the pilot and first season of Viva La Bam – the hit MTV show featuring pro-skater and ex- Jackass alumn Bam Margera. Also airing to phenomenal ratings for MTV were Rico’s Real World/Road Rules Challenge: The Gauntlet and Battle of the Sexes. Shortly thereafter, Rico executive produced three television shows: 718 with Lil’ Kim, the well-received series Remaking (featuring Vince Neil, Taylor Dane, and Vanilla Ice) and Damage Control for MTV’s successful Sunday Stew lineup, which included Punk’d, Pimp My Ride and Viva La Bam. Rico then went on to executive produce Fast Inc., a scripted hybrid-reality series on celebrity car hunters for MTV. Rico’s other past projects include WB’s North Shore – a pro-surfer reality show set in the North Shore of Oahu, produced by Mark Burnett, and VH-1’s Born to Diva – a music diva search led by star-maker Tommy Mottola. And, on heavy rotation in the Spanish language market was Rico’s national Miller Lite commercial campaign aimed at hip, urban Latinos. In recent years, Rico was the creator and executive producer for VH-1’s The Cho Show – a critically acclaimed hybrid-reality sitcom series, starring comedian and actress Margaret Cho. Rico also executive produced and directed a 1-hour MTV special for the massively popular video game Rockband, and several series including Downtown Girls for MTV and A Stand up Mother for WE tv. Rico lives in both New York City and Los Angeles and is currently developing and producing media on all fronts. He is currently finishing up his latest series, Best Ink, a competition-elimination reality series for Oxygen.
Kramer Morgenthau, ASC Cinematographer Kramer Morgenthau, ASC has traveled the globe shooting over twenty feature films and numerous television, documentary and commercial assignments. His feature projects include Feast of Love with three time Academy Award winning director Robert Benton, Fracture with director Gregory Hoblit, and The Express with director Gary Fleder. In the world of television Morgenthau recently shot the HBO film Too Big To Fail with Academy Award winning director Curtis Hanson . He was nominated for an Emmy for this project. Recent television projects also include HBO’s Boardwalk Empire, the pilot for ABC’s Flash Forward. He received an Emmy nomination for both shows, and pilot for ABC’s Life on Mars for which he received Emmy and ASC award nominations. Morgenthau’s work on the 2005 ABC movie The Five People You Meet in Heaven (John Voight) received critical acclaim, an Emmy nomination and a nomination for Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography by the American Society of Cinematographers. Morgenthau has worked with a wide range of directors including Tim Van patten, Alan Taylor, David Nutter, Curtis Hanson, Brian Kirk, Spike Lee, Barbara Kopple, Chris Gerolmo, John Leguizamo and George Hickenlooper. Some of the cinematographer's other feature film credits include: The Man From Elysian Fields, The Big Brass Ring, The Green Dragon, Empire, Godsend, Havoc and The Woman Chaser. Morgenthau began his career shooting documentaries based out of New York City. In 1996, Morgenthau shot the Academy Award nominated Small Wonders for two time Oscar winning director Allan Miller. That same year a feature film Morgenthau shot, Joe and Joe, was accepted to the Sundance film festival. The cinematographer soon became a regular entrant of the festival with some seven features and documentaries. He eventually migrated to Los Angeles to further pursue feature films. Morgenthau grew up in Cambridge MA, and was introduced to the world of documentary film at a young age. His father Henry Morgenthau produced documentaries for flagship PBS station WGBH in Boston. Morgenthau often tagged along on location shoots with his father to Africa, Europe and many other places. His father also introduced him to the world of art and painting; they spent many days in art museums and galleries around the world. Morgenthau's mother, Ruth, gave him an early introduction to global politics and rural development. She was a Polish Jewish refugee of Nazi occupied Vienna, Austria who went on to become an advisor to three American presidents, a professor of African politics and a forerunner in sustainable rural development. Kramer Morgenthau's background has had a profound effect on the types of projects he has chosen to work on. Morgenthau is a member of the Academy of Arts and Sciences, The American Society of Cinematographers, The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and the International Cinematographers Guild.
Ginny Nugent Vice President, West Coast Production, HBO Ginny Nugent is vice president, production, HBO Films, for Home Box Office, responsible for supervising the schedules and budgets of original films and miniseries under the HBO Films banner. She was named to this position in March 2000. Nugent is currently is working on Hemingway and Gellhorn, Behind the Candelabra and Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight. Among the other HBO Films productions she has worked on since joining HBO ars Untitled Phil Spector Story, Too Big to Fail, Cinema Verite, The Special Relationship, You Don’t Know Jack, Boycott, Dinner with Friends, My House in Umbria, Normal, And Starring Pancho Villa as Himself, The Life and Death of Peter Sellers, Dirty War, Mrs. Harris, Bernard and Doris, Into the Storm, Frequently Asked Questions About Time Travel, Taking Chance, A Number, Grey Gardens, Temple Grandin, and the miniseries Elizabeth I and Five Days. She also worked on the theatrical releases American Splendor, Real Women Have Curves, Maria Full of Grace, Idlewild, Rocket Science and Kit Kittredge: American Girl. Prior to joining HBO, Nugent was a producer on various studio and network films including the Golden Globe® nominated Anywhere But Here starring Susan Sarandon and Natalie Portman; BAFTA Children’s Award-winner Paulie with Gena Rowlands and Tony Shalhoub; Hush featuring Jessica Lange and Gwyneth Paltrow; The Craft with Robin Tunney, Fairuza Balk and Neve Campbell; the Emmy® winning Cast a Deadly Spell featuring Fred Ward and Julianne Moore; the Emmy®- nominated Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe starring Lily Tomlin; Tremors with Kevin Bacon and Fred Ward; Bad Dreams with Jennifer Rubin; and Two Idiots in Hollywood featuring Jim McGrath and Jeff Doucette. She began her career as an assistant to veteran director/producer/writer Roger Corman (Little Shop of Horrors) at New World Pictures, working with him from 1982 to 1986. Nugent holds a BA degree in Communications from Stanford University. 10/11
Steve Olson Senior Manager Theatrical and Television Contracts, Screen Actors Guild Steve Olson is Senior Manager Theatrical and Television Contracts for Screen Actors Guild. After graduating from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a bachelor’s in Communication Arts, Olson moved to Los Angeles and began his career as an associate producer and director for a weekly talk/variety program at a small television production company. Four years later, he was tapped to be the live on-air broadcast director at KWHY-TV, which at the time was the only financial news station in the country. After directing the financial news for three years, Olson enrolled in the graduate program at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. After earning his master’s degree, he took a job with Playboy Enterprises as operations manager for the Playboy Channel cable network. Seven years later, in 2004, he joined Screen Actors Guild, working in the Television Contracts Department. He became a business representative in Theatrical Contracts, and in 2006 was promoted to manager of the department.
Alan Perris Chief Operating Officer, Academy of Television Arts & Sciences 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 Bruce Rosenblum, 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 Albert Pierce, Esq. Managing Member, 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 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 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. Since 1998, he has served as a course instructor at UCLA Extension for the course entitled Organizing, Financing and Running A Start-Up Entertainment Production Company. David is an Adjunct Professor of a graduate level course entitled The Business of Screenwriting at LMU School of Film and Television. 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. And in November 2011, he will be a featured speaker at the Dominican Republic Film Festival in Santo Domingo. This marks David’s tenth 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.
John Shaffner Production Designer, Big Bang Theory Former Chairman/CEO, Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Production designer John Shaffner and his partner Joe Stewart are the recipients of three Primetime Emmy awards for David Copperfield specials and two Daytime Emmy Awards for The Ellen DeGeneres Show. Shaffner has been also recognized with a Primetime Emmy for The George Lopez Show. The duo has been nominated a total of 32 times for Primetime and Daytime Emmys. They have also received the Art Directors Guild Award. As multi- camera designers, their work includes the designs for Conan, The Doctors, Rachel Ray, Craig Ferguson, Mike and Molly, Two and a Half Men, Big Bang Theory, Friends, The Drew Carey Show and Dharma and Greg. Shaffner and Stewart design the annual American Music Awards, Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon and the Miss Universe Shows. The red edition of the Ringling Brothers Barnum & Bailey Circus is their design. Shaffner has been recognized as an Outstanding Alumnus of the University of Montana, where he earned a B.F.A. and is the recipient of the university’s School of Fine Arts Odyssey Award. He has also been recognized with the Alumni Merit Award from Carnegie Mellon University, where he received an M.F.A. He began his career in New York and regional theatre, designing for the New York Shakespeare Festival in Central Park and the Seattle Repertory Theatre. Prior to serving as Chairman and CEO of the Television Academy, John served as Governors’ Appointee to the Executive Committee, Vice Chair and Second Vice Chair and Governor of the Art Directors and Set Decorators Peer Group (five years). He chaired the Budget Review committee and co-chaired Television Cares, developing The Television Academy Honors, coining the phrase television with a conscience.
Joseph Soukup Vice President and General Manager CBS Studio Center Joe has been with CBS for 32 years, with CBS Studio Center since 1991 and has served as its Vice President and General Manager since 2001. Prior to becoming the General Manager he held positions as Senior Director, Controller and then Vice President Operations. Mr. Soukup started with CBS Television Network in 1979 as an accounting clerk and then held various positions with CBS’ Cinema Center Films, CBS Theatrical Films and the Business Affairs department at CBS Entertainment. Joe is a graduate of UCLA and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and a Masters of Business Administration.
Rob Swartz Development Executive Rob Swartz is a independent development executive. Swartz served as Vice President of Original Series for Cartoon Network. He oversaw development and current programming for all of Cartoon Network’s original animated, live-action and alternative series, including Adventure Time, Regular Show, Mad, Ben 10: Ultimate Alien, Generator Rex, Young Justice, Hole in the Wall, Dude What Would Happen, and Destroy Build Destroy. Previously, Swartz was Vice President of Alternative Programming at Syfy where he developed and launched Destination Truth and Who Wants to be a Superhero? and was responsible for overseeing the successful Ghost Hunters franchise. Swartz has held prior positions at NBC Entertainment, Walt Disney/Touchstone Television, and Chris Craft/United Television. A graduate of Brown University and Harvard Business School, Swartz lives in Los Angeles with his family and serves as the Television Executives representative on the Board of Governors at the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. Swartz has been a guest lecturer at USC and Cal State Northridge, where he is currently teaching CTVA 482: Television Program Development.
Janet Tamaro Creator and Executive Producer, Rizzoli & Isles
Janet Tamaro is creator and executive producer of TNT’s blockbuster series Rizzoli & Isles, which averaged 8.9 million viewers this summer and ranks as basic cable’s #1 drama of all time. Tamaro began her screenwriting career in 2000 with a script for Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. She earned an Emmy® nomination for Sleeper Cell and shares a Writers Guild Award for Outstanding Series for her work on Lost. She also wrote for two seasons on the hit series Bones. Tamaro was a television correspondent and a best-selling author of such books as So That’s What They’re For! before becoming a screenwriter. She covered national news for ABC NewsOne, among other news outlets and was based in New York and Washington, D.C. and Los Angeles. She reported and produced investigative stories for long-form newsmagazine shows, including Inside Edition and America’s Most Wanted. She has won several journalism awards for her work. Tamaro has a bachelor’s degree from Berkeley and a master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University. She is married to moto-journalist and Cycle World Radio host Steve Natt. They have two daughters.
Bertram van Munster Executive Producer, Director & Co-Creator The Amazing Race Bertram van Munster has carved a very special place for himself in global television. He possesses a very imaginative and daring spirit for creating high quality, unique and even rarified cinema verite styled reality television, while at the same time maintaining a keen business sense of the worldwide entertainment industry. Again in 2011, Bertram, with producer Jerry Bruckheimer (CSI), his distinguished partner of nine years, earned his 8th reality television Emmy Award (Outstanding Reality Competition Program for award years of 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2011) for his CBS series The Amazing Race. His 8th win catapults his show into the ranks of such Emmy winners as The Daily Show, Frasier and The West Wing for multiple, consecutive Emmy wins. His 19th season of The Amazing Race debuts on CBS in September 2011. Bertram is the recipient of the 2007 Directors Guild of America award, Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Reality Programs for The Amazing Race. Also, he and his partner, Co-Creator/Co-Executive Producer Elise Doganieri, won the much-coveted 2005 Producers Guild of America award for Non-Fiction Television for The Amazing Race. The Amazing Race won a Family Friendly Award in 2005. Bertram was also honored with nominations for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Reality Programs in 2010, 2009, 2008, 2006 and 2005 from the Directors Guild of America, in addition to receiving top award nominations from both the PGA and the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD Award). With his production company, Earthview, Bertram and Elise are the creators and producers of the more than one hundred eighty (180) one-hour editions of the award winning and media favored hit adventure/reality series The Amazing Race, which he produces with CBS Productions and Touchstone Television. The series premiered on CBS in the 2001-2002 television season. Additionally, foreign versions of The Amazing Race are produced in Asia, South America and Israel. Bertram is the Co-Creator & Executive Producer of the 2011 ABC reality series, Take The Money & Run. He currently works in association with Imagine Television on The Great Escape, as well as having over 30 projects in development with Profiles Television. In 2010 Bertram created and produced the groundbreaking interactive branded entertainment program, Focus Rally: America in conjunction with FORD Motor Company. Bertram was Executive Producer and Director, partnered with Oprah Winfrey and her Harpo Productions’ in the 2008 ABC reality series, Oprah’s Big Give. He also served as Executive Producer with Thom Beers for Original Productions and Discovery Channel’s reality series Raw Nature, a wildlife natural history series. In early 2003, Bertram created and was Executive Producer of the critically- acclaimed ABC reality series, Profiles from the Front Line, which put a human face on the war on terrorism by profiling the incredibly brave men and women in the armed forces engaged in battling the enemy. Bertram brought this compelling and powerful series to television, filming in the most perilous battle-torn regions of Afghanistan, oftentimes barely escaping serious personal injury or even death. Bertram is the Creator and Executive Producer of Wild Things – the hit syndicated adventure series from Paramount Domestic Television, which premiered in 1997 and ran for three consecutive championship seasons. In order to create some 80 hours of Wild Things, Bertram and his crews traversed some of the world’s most inaccessible and inhospitable regions -- from Africa to Alaska -- in search of compelling, reality-style stories. Prior to his association with Paramount, Bertram most notably served as Producer on more than 200 half-hour episodes and three one-hour specials of Fox Broadcasting’s long-running prime time series, Cops. During Bertram’s tenure, the Fox series received four Emmy Award nominations and was honored with a Television Critics Award. He also served as a Consultant on a special Fox sweeps edition of X-Files meets Cops. Earlier, Bertram, a much sought after director-cinematographer, helmed more than 2000 high-end television commercials. Earthview maintains satellite offices throughout the globe, including Singapore, Buenos Aires, Argentina and New Delhi, India. Bertram makes his home in Los Angeles.
Lisa Vebber Senior Vice President, Program Planning and Schedule Department NBC Entertainment Lisa Vebber was named Senior Vice President, Program Planning & Scheduling in March 2011, reporting to Robert Greenblatt, Chairman, NBC Entertainment. As head of the department, Vebber is responsible for scheduling, long-term planning, acquisitions and competitive tracking for NBC, as well as for coordinating cross- platform programming efforts with NBCUniversal Cable Networks. She also manages NBC’s kids programming block, QUBO. Vebber joined NBC as Vice President, Scheduling & Strategic Analysis in 2003, and was promoted to Senior Vice President in 2007. Before coming to NBC, Vebber served as Director of Programming at G4, the network devoted to video games, where she was part of the launch team, and oversaw scheduling, planning, acquisitions and research. Prior to G4, Vebber was Director, Network Programming for Disney Channel Worldwide, based in London. She oversaw program planning and scheduling for six international Disney Channels in Europe and the Middle East. In addition, she helped launch three multiplex channels in the United Kingdom, and developed programming plans for future international Disney Channels. While at the U.S. Disney Channel from 1997-99, Vebber's duties as Senior Manager, Program Planning and Scheduling, included scheduling for all dayparts, managing the nightly movie franchise and episodic series scheduling. Earlier, Vebber worked at Columbia TriStar Domestic Television Distribution as Manager, Network and Cable Research from 1996-97 after a stint as a Research Analyst at Warner Bros. Domestic TV Distribution. Vebber received separate Bachelor of Arts degrees in Broadcast Journalism and Political Science from Pepperdine University in Malibu, California. She also holds a Master of Arts degree in Communications Management from the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Southern California. Vebber also teaches television courses as an adjunct professor for the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Southern California. She resides in Los Angeles with her husband and two sons.
Paula Weinstein Executive Producer During Paula Weinstein’s expansive 23-year career in the entertainment industry she has worked with virtually every major studio in the film industry. One of the entertainment community’s most dedicated political activist, Weinstein, who oversees Spring Creek Pictures, is as well-known for her involvement in social issues as she is for her production acumen. Ms. Weinstein was raised in Europe and began her career working as an assistant film editor in New York City. She then became Special Events Director in the office of Mayor John Lindsay, bringing plays, ballet and street festivals to the city’s various communities. Moving to Los Angeles in 1973 Ms. Weinstein signed on as a talent agent for what was to become International Creative Management (ICM). She later moved to the William Morris Agency where she handled a client portfolio that included Jane Fonda and Donald Sutherland. Eager for new challenges, Ms. Weinstein joined Warner Bros. as Vice President of Production in 1976 and then later enlisted with 20th Century Fox as Senior Vice President of Worldwide Production, developing and producing films such as Nine To Five and Brubaker. In 1979 Ms. Weinstein relocated to the Ladd Company, collaborating on such films as Body Heat, Lawrence Kasdan’s directorial debut. After two years with Ladd she moved to United Artists as President of the Motion Picture Division where she supervised all productions. Two of the many hits that she brought to the screen during this time were War Games and Yentl. In 1984 Weinstein started WW Productions, an independent production company in partnership with Gareth Wigan. In 1987 she assumed the title of Executive Consultant to MGM’s worldwide division. This position allowed her to continue producing independent projects such as A Dry White Season for which Marlon Brando was nominated for an Academy Award® and The Fabulous Baker Boys, nominated for four Academy Awards®, which she jointly produced with Mirage Productions in 1989. In 1990 Paula Weinstein and Mark Rosenberg, a fellow 20␣year veteran of the film industry, created Spring Creek Productions. Their first produced feature film was Fearless, directed by Peter Weir. Actress Rosie Perez received an Academy Award® nomination for Best Supporting Actress for her role in the drama, which starred Jeff Bridges, Isabella Rossellini, Tom Hulce and John Turturro. Spring Creek’s second film to go into production was Flesh and Bone, which reunited the producers with their collaborators on The Fabulous Baker Boys, writer/director Steve Kloves and Sydney Pollack’s Mirage Productions. The contemporary love story, directed by Kloves from his original screenplay, starred Dennis Quaid, Meg Ryan, James Caan and a young Gwyneth Paltrow. In a nod to her ongoing passion for politics, Weinstein served as executive producer on Citizen Cohn, starring James Woods as the notorious McCarthy era lawyer. The HBO television movie won four Emmy® Awards, three Cable Ace Awards and was nominated for two Golden Globe® Awards. In 1995, Weinstein and Anthea Sylbert produced Something to Talk About, for Warner Bros., starring Julia Roberts, Dennis Quaid, Robert Duvall, Gena Rowlands and Kyra Sedgwick and directed by Academy Award® nominee Lasse Hallstrom. Following Something to Talk About, and again returning to her political roots, Weinstein served as executive producer on Truman, starring Gary Sinise for HBO, which went on to win the Emmy® for Best Movie made for television. Directed by Frank Pierson, the film is based on the David McCullough biography of President Harry Truman and chronicles his life from World War II to when he exited the White House. In December 1996 HBO presented The Cherokee Kid, on which Paula served as Executive Producer. The movie starred Sinbad, James Coburn, Gregory Hines and Burt Reynolds. In 1997 she executive produced First Time Felon for HBO which was directed by Charles Dutton. Weinstein produced the box office smash Analyze This, which stars Billy Crystal and Robert DeNiro. To date the film has earned more than $100 million. She co- produced Barry Levinson’s Liberty Heights, which was released in November 1999 to critical acclaim. Weinstein also produced The Perfect Storm, which stars George Clooney and Mark Wahlberg. The film was released in June 2000. In 1989 Weinstein and Rosenberg received the Bill of Rights Award from the Southern California Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union. When Rosenberg suffered a fatal heart attack in November 1992, the Mark Rosenberg Legal Center of South Central Los Angeles was established in memoriam by the ACLU Foundation. The couple had been married since 1984. A founding member of the Hollywood Women’s Political Committee, Weinstein was honored by the National Urban League Guild at their Beaux Arts Ball in 1990. When Nelson Mandela made his first official visit to the United States, Weinstein served as the official representative from the Hollywood community and supervised all elements of his visit to Los Angeles. Another project produced by Ms. Weinstein was Possession, which starred Gwyneth Paltrow and Aaron Eckhart. Directed by Neil LaBute, the film was based on British author A.S. Byatt’s novel Possession: A Romance. Paula also produced Analyze That which was a follow up to the very successful Analyze This. Paula produced the critically acclaimed HBO movie, Iron Jawed Angels, about the women’s Suffragette movement. Starring Oscar winner Hillary Swank and Golden Globe® winner Anjelica Huston. Production was completed in August 2004 for New Line Cinema’s Monster In Law starring Jane Fonda and Jennifer Lopez. The film was released in the spring of 2005. Also in production at the same time at Warner Bros. was Rumor Has It which stars Jennifer Aniston, Shirley MacLaine, Kevin Costner and Mark Ruffalo and is directed by Rob Reiner. More recent projects for Paula have included the 2007 release of the Warner Bros. film, Blood Diamond, directed by Ed Zwick set in South Africa. The film stars Leonardo DiCaprio. In 2008 Paula produced, with the late Sydney Pollack, the Golden Globe® and Emmy® winning HBO Film, Recount. The telefilm, starred Kevin Spacey, Tom Wilkinson and Laura Dern, who also won an Emmy®. The film was directed by Jay Roach. In 2009 Paula produced the soon to be released How Do You Know starring Reese Witherspoon, Owen Wilson and Paul Rudd. Written and Directed by James L. Brooks. Paula resides in Los Angeles with her 17 year-old daughter, Hannah Mark.