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Brittany Snow

Brittany Snow

Brittany was last seen starring in Universal’s franchise hit PITCH PERFECT 2 alongside Anna Kendrick, directed by Elizabeth Banks.  Her past film credits include a handful of versatile roles such as starring role in Fox’s JOHN TUCKER MUST DIE, New Line’s HAIRSPRAY, and Lee Toland Krieger’s critically acclaimed THE VICIOUS KIND (which was an Official Sundance Selection 2011 and nominated for two Independent Spirit Awards), and more recently, starring in Maggie Kiley’s DIAL-A-PRAYER.  Her television creditsinclude FX’s drama NIP/TUCK created by Ryan Murphy, Fox’s coming of age comedy BEN AND KATE, Neil LaBute’s FULL CIRCLE for DirecTV, HARRY’S LAW with Kathy Bates, CALL ME CRAZY alongside Octavia Spencer, and will next seen on Comedy Central’s WORKAHOLICS. In 2015, Brittany launched a TV/Film Production company Pun Intended Productions with partner Courtney Knowles her co-founder in The Love is Louder Movement. They are currently in preproduction on THE LOVE IS LOUDER documentary with Andrew Jenks directing for Something Kreative Productions. 

Dylan McDermott, is an American actor, known for his role as lawyer and law firm head Bobby Donnell on the television legal drama The Practice, which earned him a Golden Globe and an Emmy nomination, and his roles in the first two seasons of American Horror Story. He also starred in the TNT series Dark Blue as Lt. Carter Shaw. McDermott currently stars as FBI Special Agent Duncan Carlisle in the CBS drama Hostages.   In 2013, Dylan judged our Experimental and Original Score categories and was also an essential part of our Awards Ceremony, offering valuable insights to all attendees.  

Dylan McDermott, is an American actor, known for his role as lawyer and law firm head Bobby Donnell on the television legal drama The Practice, which earned him a Golden Globe and an Emmy nomination, and his roles in the first two seasons of American Horror Story. He also starred in the TNT series Dark Blue as Lt. Carter Shaw. McDermott currently stars as FBI Special Agent Duncan Carlisle in the CBS drama Hostages.   In 2013, Dylan judged our Experimental and Original Score categories and was also an essential part of our Awards Ceremony, offering valuable insights to all attendees.  

Dylan McDermott remembers his start in the film industry and what made the difference to his success. 

Kristen Stewart is a preeminent young Hollywood star. Kristen Stewart embodies a casual grace that is reflected in the characters she portrays. Her remarkable talent has led to successful roles in feature films such as “Panic Room” (2002), “Cold Creek Manor” (2003), “Into the Wild” (2007), “Jumper” (2008), and – perhaps most famously – “Twilight” (2008).

Kristen Stewart is a preeminent young Hollywood star. Kristen Stewart embodies a casual grace that is reflected in the characters she portrays. Her remarkable talent has led to successful roles in feature films such as “Panic Room” (2002), “Cold Creek Manor” (2003), “Into the Wild” (2007), “Jumper” (2008), and – perhaps most famously – “Twilight” (2008).

Diablo Cody, is an American screenwriter, producer and director. Cody achieved critical acclaim for her debut script Juno (2007), winning awards such as the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay, the BAFTA Award for Best Original Screenplay, the Independent Spirit Award for Best First Screenplay and the Writers Guild of America Award for Best Original Screenplay.   She is also known for creating, writing and producing Showtime's television series United States of Tara (2009-2011) and for writing and producing the films Jennifer's Body (2009) and Young Adult (2011). For the latter, she received a second nomination for the Writers Guild of America Award for Best Original Screenplay.Her directorial debut, Paradise, is scheduled to open in 2013.

Diablo Cody, is an American screenwriter, producer and director. Cody achieved critical acclaim for her debut script Juno (2007), winning awards such as the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay, the BAFTA Award for Best Original Screenplay, the Independent Spirit Award for Best First Screenplay and the Writers Guild of America Award for Best Original Screenplay.

 

She is also known for creating, writing and producing Showtime's television series United States of Tara (2009-2011) and for writing and producing the films Jennifer's Body (2009) and Young Adult (2011). For the latter, she received a second nomination for the Writers Guild of America Award for Best Original Screenplay.Her directorial debut, Paradise, is scheduled to open in 2013.

Henry Winkler, is an American actor, director, producer and author. Winkler is best known for his role as Fonzie in the 1970s American sitcom Happy Days. "The Fonz", a leather-clad greaser and auto mechanic, started out as a minor character at the show's beginning, but had achieved top billing by the time the show ended. Henry decided to change his focus toward producing and directing. He produced and directed several television shows and movies, most notably "MacGyver" (1985) and "Sabrina, the Teenage Witch" (1996). In the mid-1990s and early 2000s, he was able to re-establish himself with a younger generation of moviegoers and TV viewers, appearing in the popular films, Scream (1996) and The Waterboy (1998) and on shows such as "The Practice" (1997) and "Arrested Development" (2003).

Henry Winkler, is an American actor, director, producer and author. Winkler is best known for his role as Fonzie in the 1970s American sitcom Happy Days. "The Fonz", a leather-clad greaser and auto mechanic, started out as a minor character at the show's beginning, but had achieved top billing by the time the show ended. Henry decided to change his focus toward producing and directing. He produced and directed several television shows and movies, most notably "MacGyver" (1985) and "Sabrina, the Teenage Witch" (1996). In the mid-1990s and early 2000s, he was able to re-establish himself with a younger generation of moviegoers and TV viewers, appearing in the popular films, Scream (1996) and The Waterboy (1998) and on shows such as "The Practice" (1997) and "Arrested Development" (2003).

Andrew Jenks:

Andrew Jenks:

Chic and exotic, Alysia Reiner has made a name for herself in the entertainment industry with the memorable characters she's brought to life on the big and small screens. Often recognized for appearing in the Oscar-winning film SIDEWAYS, Reiner has expanded her roles over the years from actress, to award winning producer, humanitarian, outspoken environmentalist, and mother. In 2014 Reiner can be seen starring in her second season of Netflix’s award-winning hit series “Orange is the New Black.” Hailed as a must-watch show for Summer, “Orange is the New Black” centers around a women’s prison, and Reiner stars as 'Natalie "FIG" Figueroa', the tough as nails assistant warden. When it premiered, “OITNB” generated more viewers in its first w!eek than any other Netflix original series. Season two premieres on June 6, 2014.

Josh Schwartz became the youngest person in network television history to create and run a series when “The O.C.” premiered on FOX in 2003. He launched two additional series in 2007, “Gossip Girl” for The CW and “Chuck” for NBC. Schwartz created a fourth series in 2009, but turned to the web rather than a broadcast network for his “Rockville, CA.”  In 2010, he and longtime friend and colleague Stephanie Savage launched Fake Empire, an entertainment company that develops and produces television series and motion pictures. The company has a first look feature deal at Universal Studios and a first look television deal at ABC Studios where he is executive producing the upcoming “Astronaut Wives Club,” “Hart of Dixie,” and “The Carrie Diaries.” 

On the features side, Fake Empire has a 2-year first look deal with Universal Pictures, under which Schwartz and Savage will write and produce the live-action adaptation of Monster High® slated for an October 7, 2016 release date. The film is based on Mattel’s billion dollar doll franchise with 120 characters related to Dracula, Frankenstein’s monster, the Creature from the Black Lagoon, the Mummy, Medusa and other creatures from horror and sci-fi movies and fantasy fare. Fake Empire produced Universal’s “Endless Love,” which was released February 2014 starring Alex Pettyfer and Gabriella Wilde. 

Chloe Bennet on the set of her hit show Agents of SHIELD

Chloe Bennet on the set of her hit show Agents of SHIELD

Brianna Brown 

Award winning Minnesota born actress Brianna Brown has starred in numerous high profile roles throughout the years.  She is most recognized for her role on the hit series Homeland on Showtime and as the "love to hate" villain Dr. Lisa Niles on ABC's Emmy award winning General Hospital.  Brianna was a regular during season one of the hit series Devious Maids on Lifetime.  Brianna is an Ambassador for the National Women's History Museum and a managing director for her production company Brown Rose Productions.  Brianna founded "The New Hollywood" Women's Goal Group Inc. to encourage women in the entertainment industry to achieve their personal and professional best as well as be positive role models within the entertainment industry.  

Bobby Roth

Bobby Roth was born and raised in Los Angeles. He studied philosophy and creative writing at UC Berkeley before graduating with a BA in Cinema from USC in 1972. He went on to film school at UCLA, where he received his MFA in Motion Picture Production in 1975. Since then he has directed more than eighty episodes of television, twenty-five TV movies, and thirteen feature films. He was a founding member of the Independent Feature Project and the first Co-Chairman of the DGA’s Independent Feature Committee. His films have won countless awards and have been exhibited in over 100 international film festivals. He also teaches film seminars throughout the world. He still resides in Los Angeles, actively working in the entertainment industry.

Ed Burns is an American actor, film producer, writer, and director best known for appearing in several films like Saving Private Ryan (1998) and One Missed Call (2008). Burns made his directorial debut with movies such as The Brothers McMullen (1995), She's the One (1996) and Sidewalks of New York (2001).  In 2013, Ed judged our Drama and Made in NY categories and was also an essential part of our Awards Ceremony, offering valuable insights to all attendees.  

Ed Burns is an American actor, film producer, writer, and director best known for appearing in several films like Saving Private Ryan (1998) and One Missed Call (2008). Burns made his directorial debut with movies such as The Brothers McMullen (1995), She's the One (1996) and Sidewalks of New York (2001).  In 2013, Ed judged our Drama and Made in NY categories and was also an essential part of our Awards Ceremony, offering valuable insights to all attendees.  

Ed Burns talks Woody Allen, movie theaters, and the influence of his mother.

Morgan Spurlock is an American documentary filmmaker, humorist, television producer, screenwriter, and political activist, best known for the documentary films Super Size Me, Where In The World Is Osama Bin Laden, POM Wonderful Presents: The Greatest Movie Ever Sold, Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan's Hope and One Direction: This Is Us. Spurlock was the executive producer and star of the reality television series 30 Days. As of June 2013, Spurlock hosts and produces the CNN show Inside Man and is the co-founder of short-film content marketing company cinelan, which produced the Focus Forward campaign for GE.

Morgan Spurlock is an American documentary filmmaker, humorist, television producer, screenwriter, and political activist, best known for the documentary films Super Size Me, Where In The World Is Osama Bin Laden, POM Wonderful Presents: The Greatest Movie Ever Sold, Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan's Hope and One Direction: This Is Us. Spurlock was the executive producer and star of the reality television series 30 Days. As of June 2013, Spurlock hosts and produces the CNN show Inside Man and is the co-founder of short-film content marketing company cinelan, which produced the Focus Forward campaign for GE.

Danny Rose: NYU Tisch Film school graduate and producer of the hit new CBS drama SCORPION (CBS Mondays at 9pm/8c)  and the hit sitcom COUGAR TOWN currently shooting season 6, as well as new 2015 projects at the CW, MTV, BET and ABC Family.   Danny developed and produced all 9 seasons of the hit sitcom Scrubs.   He currently is developing and producing scripted and non scripted projects in film, TV, and digital content for broadcast, cable, and digital networks.  @DannyRoseinLA #TeamScorpion @CougartownTBS

Danny Rose: NYU Tisch Film school graduate and producer of the hit new CBS drama SCORPION (CBS Mondays at 9pm/8c)  and the hit sitcom COUGAR TOWN currently shooting season 6, as well as new 2015 projects at the CW, MTV, BET and ABC Family.   Danny developed and produced all 9 seasons of the hit sitcom Scrubs.   He currently is developing and producing scripted and non scripted projects in film, TV, and digital content for broadcast, cable, and digital networks.  @DannyRoseinLA #TeamScorpion @CougartownTBS

Our judge Danny Rose, producer of Scrubs & Cougar Town, shares his advice to young filmmakers to learn from one another and build off of life experiences. He explains how to stay original and find your creative style while still being collaborative. Ch-ch-check it out!

Henry Winkler believes there is no such thing as failure. So try, try and try again. See what he has to say about your short films. 

 Carlton Cuse is an American screenwriter and producer, most famous as executive producer and screenwriter for the American television series Lost for which he made the Time Magazine list of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2010.Cuse is also considered a pioneer in transmedia storytelling.

 Carlton Cuse is an American screenwriter and producer, most famous as executive producer and screenwriter for the American television series Lost for which he made the Time Magazine list of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2010.Cuse is also considered a pioneer in transmedia storytelling.

TONI MYERS (Director / Producer / Writer / Editor) most recently produced and directed acclaimed 2010 space documentary “Hubble 3D,” narrated by Leonardo DiCaprio. Prior to that, she served as a producer, editor and co-writer for director Howard Hall’s 2009 underwater IMAX® 3D adventure “Under the Sea 3D,” narrated by Jim Carrey. She previously teamed with Hall in the same capacity on the highly successful “Deep Sea 3D,” which won Best Large Format Film awards at the prestigious WildScreen and Jackson Hole Natural History film festivals, and has grossed nearly $97 million.

TONI MYERS (Director / Producer / Writer / Editor) most recently produced and directed acclaimed 2010 space documentary “Hubble 3D,” narrated by Leonardo DiCaprio. Prior to that, she served as a producer, editor and co-writer for director Howard Hall’s 2009 underwater IMAX® 3D adventure “Under the Sea 3D,” narrated by Jim Carrey. She previously teamed with Hall in the same capacity on the highly successful “Deep Sea 3D,” which won Best Large Format Film awards at the prestigious WildScreen and Jackson Hole Natural History film festivals, and has grossed nearly $97 million.

DAVID ALAN BASCHE

Currently David can be seen in the hit sitcom "The Exes" on TV Land. He stars as the lovably neurotic “Stuart Gardner,” roommate to Wayne Night and Donald Faison. Season 4 airs this Summer.

And while David's been a series regular on many TV comedies and dramas, he's also worked in film for Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese, Paul Greengrass, Shawn Levy, Robert Zemeckis, Michael Patrick King, George Nolfi and more. He's flirted with Julia Roberts, stolen Tom Cruise's wife, berated Brooke Shields, married (and divorced) Debra Messing, chased Matt Damon all over New York, yelled at some boxing robots with Hugh Jackman, and snubbed Sarah Jessica and Mr. Big. 

David is also an outspoken environmentalist, and has been featured on TV's "World's Greenest Homes" and "Renovation Nation," as well as various magazines like Dwell, Gotham, and The Nest. He's involved with many charities including The Cancer Support Community, SAY (Stuttering Association for the Young), Actors for Autism, and Cycle For Survival.

As the co-creator and executive producer of the hit CW drama series “Gossip Girl,” Stephanie Savage kept millions of viewers hooked on the exploits of young Upper East Siders ‘Serena’ and ‘Blair.’  The pop culture phenomenon, which wrapped its sixth season in 2012, was a trendsetter from the very beginning.   And before “XOXO,” there was “Welcome to the O.C., Bitch,” the popular FOX series “The O.C.,” which followed the exploits of young Southern Californians living in Newport Beach.  Savage wrote the iconic episode, “The Best Chrismukkah Ever” in 2003, and two years later began writing exclusively for the series where she eventually became an executive producer.  Along the way, she also produced the series’ successful soundtrack CDs. In 2010, she and longtime friend and colleague Josh Schwartz co-founded the entertainment company Fake Empire, which develops and produces television series and motion pictures, web content, music and literature. The company has a first look feature deal at Universal Studios and a television first look deal at ABC Studios. Savage serves as executive producer on the company’s series “Hart of Dixie,” “The Carrie Diaries,” and the upcoming “Astronaut Wives Club” which she is also writing. The show is based on Lily Koppel’s book of the same name. Set in the 1960’s, it tells the story of the women who stood behind some of the most recognized astronauts in America’s history.

 On the features side, Fake Empire has a 2-year first look deal with Universal Pictures, under which Savage and Schwartz will write and produce the live-action adaptation of Monster High® slated for an October 7, 2016 release date. The film is based on Mattel’s billion dollar doll franchise with 120 characters related to Dracula, Frankenstein’s monster, the Creature from the Black Lagoon, the Mummy, Medusa and other creatures from horror and sci-fi movies and fantasy fare. Fake Empire produced Universal’s “Endless Love,” which was released February 2014 starring Alex Pettyfer and Gabriella Wilde.

Eli Roth

Eli Roth

Robert Wuhl

Whether performing as an actor, writer, producer or director, ROBERT WUHL refers to himself as one thing -- a storyteller.  This is never more illustrated than in his Award winning HBO Comedy Specials, “Assume the Position with Mr. Wuhl,” and “Assume the Position 201” in which he lectures actual college students about “the stories that made up American, and the Stories that America made up.”  The stage version of the two TV specials has toured across the country, from Boston to Los Angeles, from New York City to Phoenix. 

In January 2013, Wuhl’s new play Hit-Lit, workshopped at the Quintero Theatre at the University of Houston, his alma mater.  Hit-Lit is a mistaken-identity screwball comedy set in the publishing world.  In March 2013, Hit-Lit moved to the Queens Theatre, in New York City for its World Premiere.

Robert was the creator and star of ARLI$$, one of the longest-running original series in HBO history. During its seven seasons on HBO, ARLI$$, a satire of the world of professional sports, achieved a rare feat, growing in numbers each and every year, as it crossed the line between comedy and dramatic social commentary, presenting such issues as Domestic Abuse, Homosexuality, Ageism, Racism, Alcoholism, and Steroid abuse in sports.

Wuhl has also been critically praised for this work in films such as Bull Durham, Batman, Good Morning Vietnam, Mistress, Blaze, and Cobb.       In 1996, he directed, wrote, and starred in the independent feature, Open Season, a biting satire of the TV ratings system.  Twice honored with Emmy Awards in ‘91 and ‘92 for writing the Academy Awards telecasts hosted by Billy Crystal, Wuhl also received CableAce Best Actor nominations in both drama (Tales from the Crypt), and comedy (Arli$$).  As a comedian, Robert starred in his own HBO Comedy Hour titled,” Robert Wuhl’s WorldTour,” and is a frequent performer on “Comic Relief.”

RACHEL NICHOLS

recently starred as the lead in the fourth and final season of the hit SyFy/Showcast series CONTINUUM. She'll next be seen in the independent thriller RAGE alongside Nicolas Cage, as well as the independent thriller PANDEMIC. Nichols also recently starred in the Rob Cohen-directed ALEX CROSS (based on the hugely successful James Patterson novel) with Tyler Perry and Matthew Fox. Other past credits include the Paramount blockbusters G.I. JOE and STAR TREK, CONAN THE BARBARIAN for Lionsgate and series regular roles on CBS's CRIMINAL MINDS and ABC's ALIAS, and the series RUSH.Most recently, Rachel completed an arc on the hit show CHICAGO FIRE.