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Aaron Cooley Aaron Cooley’s first novel SHAKEN, NOT STIRRED was named one of the Best Books of 2013 by IndieReader.com. Aaron runs development for famed director Joel Schumacher. His second book will be published in June of 2015. Follow Aaron on Twitter: @fleming17f See posts by Aaron Cooley
Aaron Henne Aaron Henne, a multiple award winning playwright and long-time theatre maker, is Artistic Director of theatre dybbuk, a company which has partnered with artistic organizations, cultural institutions and spiritual centers. Aaron is also thrilled to share his skills as a writing instructor (Lucasfilm, DreamWorks, Pixar, etc.), collaborative guide (SIJCC's Culture Lab), mentor (Otis College of Art and Design) and creative facilitator for a wide variety of clients. Aaron is also a 2014 PresenTense LA fellow. See posts by Aaron Henne
Aaron Symonds Aaron Symonds is an LA based film and television composer known for his rich hybrid scores – combining orchestra with ethnic instruments, electronic textures and manipulated organic sounds. He is also the founder of Jewish Entertainment Network LA, a community of young Jews working in the entertainment industry that hosts events with top industry professionals as guest speakers. He lives with his very understanding wife and two kids, and is fascinated with the psychological aspects of creativity. See posts by Aaron Symonds
Abby Ex Abby Ex is currently a film exec at a studio, but got her start at age 15 with an internship at The Jerry Springer Show. Aside from her love of film and (mostly reality) television, Abby’s other passions lie in poker, spinning, nail art and service. Not usually in that order. See posts by Abby Ex
Abdi Nazemian Abdi Nazemian has written four produced films, and way too many unproduced films. Abdi is not the inspiration for Madonna’s children’s book The Adventures of Abdi, though the illustrations do look suspiciously like him. His first novel, The Walk-In Closet, was just published by Curtis Brown Digital. Set against the backdrop of "Tehrangeles," it tells the story of two best friends juggling a fictional relationship, trying to make it in Hollywood, and searching for meaning. You can visit Abdi at his website abdaddy.com and follow him on Twitter @Abdaddy and Facebook. See posts by Abdi Nazemian
Adam Capell Adam Capell is a writer, sculptor, classically trained concert cellist, sous chef and cat enthusiast. When he’s not doing all of the above he’s usually leg wrestling a drifter at a bus depot. Despite the rest of his body getting soft, his thighs are still rock solid. They have been featured in Men’s Swimming Quarterly as well as Women’s Swimming Quarterly. See posts by Adam Capell
Adam Chanzit Adam Chanzit is a screenwriter and playwright who has come to Los Angeles by way of Denver, Beijing, and Berkeley. He has earned degrees from Yale in playwriting and Berkeley in Chinese Literature, and has been a MacDowell Colony Fellow and Djerassi Resident Artist. His plays The Great Divide and Down to This were produced last year in the Bay Area, and his screenplays include the indie feature, 3 Nights in the Desert, produced this past year for a 2014 release, a co-written adaptation of the novel, The Piano Tuner, and a Chinese action film for Universal Pictures International. Please follow on Twitter: @adamchanzit See posts by Adam Chanzit
Adam Giaudrone Adam Giaudrone is a writer, producer, husband and father, who named his company: "This Is My Real Job" -- to remind his parents that it is. Please follow Adam on Twitter: @Nicada See posts by Adam Giaudrone
Adam Kolbrenner Adam Kolbrenner is co-founder of Madhouse Entertainment (along with his partner, and sister-in-law, Robyn Meisinger), a literary management and production company based in Century City, CA. Madhouse represents writers and writer/directors for feature film and television for network and cable. Follow on Twitter via @madhouse_ent See posts by Adam Kolbrenner
Aimée Lagos Aimée Lagos is an award winning writer and director, a storyteller, an activist and an entrepreneur dedicated to a life of adventure and raising her daughter with her soulmate. See posts by Aimée Lagos
A.J. Weiner A Los Angeles native, A.J. Weiner has been in the graphic arts and print industries for over three decades, producing everything from blockbuster feature film campaigns to album and book art for the likes of Bob Dylan and Neil Young. He is also a music producer, engineer, manager and a published songwriter for Warner Chapel Music and BMI. He has been known to tout that he has sung backup on a Ringo Starr record. You can follow A.J. Weiner on twitter and Instagram. See posts by A.J. Weiner
Alana Sanko Originally from Los Angeles, Alana is an award-winning television writer and producer. When she is not intensely focused on creating projects that can shoot in NY, she's working on a children's book or writing and editing The Downtown Project, a lifestyle website she co-created that features cultural itineraries in New York, where she lives with her husband and three kiddies. Follow her on Twitter @AlanaSanko See posts by Alana Sanko
Alan Smyth Alan Smyth is Irish and moved to the US (Los Angeles) in 2007. He has been an actor for 22 years. When he isn't acting he likes to run, play with his dogs, drink too much coffee and write books. Follow him on Twitter at @AlanGSmyth See posts by Alan Smyth
Alexander Burke Alexander Burke is a Los Angeles based film composer, producer and multi instrumentalist. He is also a member of the band Magnolia Memoir. See posts by Alexander Burke
Alison Martin Alison Martin is an actor, writer, wife and mom living in Los Angeles. She can't get enough of her incredible family, her goofy friends, chocolate ice cream sundaes, thinking about big stuff and working. Especially working. www.alisonmartin.net. IMDB See posts by Alison Martin
Amir Abdullah Amir Abdullah is an actor primarily and sometimes writer hailing from Florida. Please follow him on twitter @siramirabdullah. See posts by Amir Abdullah
Amy Simon Amy Simon is a writer/performer, mother, humanist, questioner, and new empty nester who loves to read, dance, cook, talk on the phone, play on the beach and see theater, in that order. Find her at sheshistory.com and on Twitter @ShesHistoryAmy See posts by Amy Simon
Amy Tipton Originally from Fayetteville, GA, Amy Tipton currently lives in Wilmington, NC. A southern girl who works hard for what she has, Tipton has high hopes wagered on her dreams. She is an art department coordinator for film and television, entrepreneur and entertainer, but is most proud of her role as a philanthropist. See posts by Amy Tipton
Angel Lopez Angel Lopez is a writer and producer based in Los Angeles. Most recently, he was a part of the producing team behind the 2014 Sundance Film Festival award-winning hit, DEAR WHITE PEOPLE. His film career began at Focus Features, where he spent time in both marketing and production. He then spent five years as a development executive at Participant Media, before moving over to help produce original content for their funded YouTube channel, TakePart TV. Please follow on Twitter: Ariessoul30 See posts by Angel Lopez
Father Anthony Scannell The ministry of Anthony Scannell, a Capuchin Franciscan priest, has been almost entirely in communications media. After teaching communication arts at a seminary in his native Wisconsin, he became President of Franciscan Communications in Los Angeles, producing short films for schools and spots for radio and television. He has been President of the national and international organization for Catholic broadcasting, and co-founded the annual Catholics In Media Awards and Advent and Lent Soup and Cinema. After retiring as Executive Publisher of the LA Archdiocese newspapers, he now assists at parishes in Pasadena and South Pasadena. See posts by Father Anthony Scannell
Ant Neely Ant Neely is a writer, composer, lost little boy and husband of director/art director Sloane U'Ren. "Dimensions" screens in L.A. on October 9/10 and at select cities in the U.S. via filmfestivalflix.com. The movie is out on VoD on October 18. You can watch the teaser trailer here - DimensionsThe Movie. Follow us on Facebook and @DimensionsMovie See posts by Ant Neely
Ashley Ballard Ashley Ballard is a recording artist and mother of two. Visit Ashley on Facebook and follow her on Twitter See posts by Ashley Ballard
Ashley Dingess Ashley Dingess is a social media maven and content curator for radio, artists and small businesses. Her current gig is as the Social Media Manager for LA's Hip Hop station, POWER 106 FM. She is a music-loving, selfie taking, go getter who showcases her celeb encounters and shenanigans on Instagram @ashleyhollabakk and Twitter @AshleyHollaBakk See posts by Ashley Dingess
Barbara Haynes & Brent Piaskoski Barbara Haynes and Brent Piaskoski are award-winning writers (and spouses) from Canada, where the land is big and the awards are small. They worked on Brent's multi-cam sitcom Spun Out which stars Dave Foley (The Kids in the Hall, News Radio, A Bug's Life) and debuts in Canada early this year. They also co-write a blog and Twitter account, I Do Already. They take breaks from writing and tweeting together to work on separate projects and to watch huge quantities of TV. Follow Barbara on Twitter @barbhaynes. Follow Brent on Twitter @BrentPiaskoski. See posts by Barbara Haynes & Brent Piaskoski
Barry L. Levy Barry Levy is a husband. A father. A writer. His "credits" include Noa, Jordan, Ben. His writing credits include Vantage Point & Paranoia. Follow him on Twitter @barryllevy See posts by Barry L. Levy
Becky Curran Becky Curran was born a little person in Boston, Massachusetts. Most recently, she worked in television casting at CBS Television Studios, after spending 5 years working at Creative Artists Agency in Los Angeles, CA. As a motivational speaker and blogger, she's on a mission to find a way to change the way little people and all people with disabilities are perceived in the media, which ultimately influences the opinions of society as a whole. You can check out her website at beckymotivates.com, her blog at beckymotivates.tumblr.com and follow her on Twitter @beckymotivates. See posts by Becky Curran
Blake Robbins Blake Robbins is best known for playing Dave Brass from HBO's critically acclaimed series OZ, Tom Halpert (Jim's brother) from the hit comedy THE OFFICE, and most recently as Mitch Glender on FX's SONS OF ANARCHY. He's appeared in over 20 feature films that have played everywhere from Cannes, Sundance, Slamdance, SXSW, to Toronto. His feature film writing and directing debut THE SUBLIME AND BEAUTIFUL just had its world premiere at Slamdance. Please follow Blake Robbins on Twitter: @robbins_blake . Follow THE SUBLIME AND BEAUTIFUL on Facebook and Twitter See posts by Blake Robbins
Richard Blaney and Gregory Small Greg Small and Richard Blaney have several spec features in development, including Someone in the Dark at Dreamworks, and Playing Dirty at Millennium Entertainment, which is currently in casting. They wrote the 2013 hit cable movie, Jodi Arias: Dirty Little Secret, and now are busting their butts working on a hush-hush mini series for a hush-hush network. They fuel their questionable productivity with broccoli au gratin and olive oil shots. See posts by Richard Blaney and Gregory Small
Blayne Weaver Blayne Weaver is an actor, writer and director living in New York City. He most recently directed the romantic comedy "6 Month Rule" and starred in the suspense thriller "Favor" both now available on DVD and iTunes. Follow @BlayneWeaver on Twitter. See posts by Blayne Weaver
Brian Horiuchi Brian Horiuchi lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Rowan Maness, and their four-year-old daughter, Ottilie Valentine. Most recently, he wrote and directed Parts Per Billion (with a cast including Frank Langella, Gena Rowlands, Rosario Dawson and Teresa Palmer), which will be released in June 2014. Follow Brian on Twitter: @dostoyb See posts by Brian Horiuchi
Brooke Berman Brooke Berman is a playwright, screenwriter and the author of No Place Like Home: A Memoir in 39 Apartments. She recently wrote and directed the short film "Uggs For Gaza." Plays include: Smashing, Hunting and Gathering, Out of the Water, The Jesus Year, Sam and Lucy and others. More information: www.brookeberman.net See posts by Brooke Berman
Carol Casselman Carol Casselman is a writer who loves art, dogs, television, movies, nature, cooking, traveling, University of Michigan football, Redwings and Kings hockey. See posts by Carol Casselman
Cecilia Contreras & Amy Garcia Cecilia Contreras & Amy Garcia are screenwriters. They are the first female writing team to win a Nicholl Fellowship from AMPAS. They have benefited greatly from the mentorship of Oscar-winning producer, Fred Roos, and their kick-ass manager, Marti Blumenthal. They live in Northern California where they are still poo pooing the poo pooers, defying the odds and trying to find forever homes for neighborhood strays. If anybody would like a cross-eyed cat with a tongue that pokes out of the side of his mouth please let them know. His name is Little Hank and he is very sweet. See posts by Cecilia Contreras & Amy Garcia
Charles Shaughnessy British born actor, Charles Shaughnessy, known to millions as Fran Drescher's long-suffering boss, Max Sheffield, on the CBS sitcom, The Nanny, lives with his family in Los Angeles, where, he is delighted to say, he continues to make his living as an actor. Despite the heavy preponderance of estrogen in his household, he is never happier than when he is at home with Susan, Jenny, Madelyn, Maya (the dog), and Lulabelle (the feral cat!). Please follow Charles: @C_Shaughnessy, charlesshaughnessy.com, CharlesShaughnessy Facebook Fan Page. See posts by Charles Shaughnessy
Chris Erric Maddox Chris is an actor/writer whose roots in drama grew out of his own experiences. At age fourteen, he left a lower-middle-class black neighborhood in Ohio to attend a boarding school program in an affluent white community in Massachusetts. He draws his “fish-out-of-water” stories from these two diverse worlds. He is currently a participant in the CBS Diversity Institute’s Writers Mentoring Program. Please follow on Twitter: @ChrisErric See posts by Chris Erric Maddox
Chris Day The author is head of Corporate Communications for United Talent Agency. UTA is a premier global talent and literary agency representing many of the world’s best known artists and brands working in film, television, digital media, music and books, as well as film finance, corporate consulting, brand strategy, licensing, endorsements and branded entertainment. See posts by Chris Day
Chris Salvaterra Chris Salvaterra has been a production executive at Universal Pictures, Paramount Pictures and Participant Productions. He’s worked on movies ranging from AMERICAN PIE to HIDALGO to GOOD NIGHT AND GOOD LUCK to SYRIANA to THE VISITOR. Now an independent producer, Chris spends his time developing and packaging projects for film and television, projecting his hopes and dreams on his two young children and cursing people out on the 101. Follow on Twitter: @ChrisSalvaterra See posts by Chris Salvaterra
Christian Duguay Christian Duguay is a comedian, writer and producer. He has appeared on MadTV and Arrested Development, has produced on MTV shows Rob & Big, Fantasy Factory, and is currently Executive Producer of Ridiculousness. He performs stand up regularly in the Los Angeles area. You can follow him on twitter at @christianduguay. See posts by Christian Duguay
Christina Campodonico Christina Campodonico is an aspiring arts and entertainment journalist. A SoCal native, she enjoys reading, dancing, and watching other people perform. Follow Christina on Twitter @ArtsCamp13 See posts by Christina Campodonico
Christopher Ming Christopher Ming is the writer's assistant to a NYT bestselling author/screenwriter. Chris shows young Hollywood how to build their entertainment careers from scratch by creating immense value at Fighting Broke. How? Bulletproof habits + deep research. Follow him on Twitter @thisisming See posts by Christopher Ming
Claudia Grazioso Claudia Grazioso is a writer in Los Angeles. She has written for most major studios and networks. She confesses to a insatiable addiction to reality television. See posts by Claudia Grazioso
Cody Zwieg Cody Zwieg is a film producer whose credits include "The Last House on the Left," "The Hills Have Eyes" and "Lazarus." He's deeply proud of his South Dakota heritage and his massive board game collection. See posts by Cody Zwieg
Cori Rosen Cori Rosen is an aspiring television producer and writer. She is a junior studying Television, Radio & Film at Syracuse University. Cori tends to make up a theme song for every action she takes and only eats the red and yellow Sour Patch Kids. Keep up with Cori on twitter @itsCoriRosen and Instagram @cori_rosen. See posts by Cori Rosen
Courtney Mizel In producing Jewtopia, Courtney Mizel mixes her passion for the arts with business acumen garnered over decades of experience in the entrepreneurial, consulting, sales, marketing and entertainment industries. She is also the Founding Director of the Counterterrorism Education Learning Lab, and a voiceover artist. Courtney is most proud of her endeavors in the philanthropic world and of her two amazing daughters, Zoe and Isabella. See posts by Courtney Mizel
Craig Detweiler Craig Detweiler is a filmmaker, author, and director of the Center for Entertainment, Media, and Culture at Pepperdine University. He is co-founder of The Windrider Forum, a traveling film fest designed to spark conversation, awaken compassion, and inspire change. Craig's cultural commentary has been featured on ABC’s Nightline, CNN, Fox News, NPR, and in The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. Follow Craig on Twitter @craigdetweiler. See posts by Craig Detweiler
Craig Emanuel Craig Emanuel is a partner at Loeb & Loeb LLP and heads the firm’s Entertainment Department and Talent Group. His practice includes representation of high level writers, directors, actors, producers and production companies in all aspects of motion picture and television transactions, both at the studio and independent level. Craig is also involved in the negotiation of strategic distribution relationships with the major studios including licensing of digital media content. To read more of Craig's writing, please check out MY DAILY THOUGHT. See posts by Craig Emanuel
Dallas Sonnier Dallas Sonnier lives with his wife and three children in Calabasas, CA. He graduated from USC’s Business of Cinematic Arts program before working at United Talent Agency. He went on to become a manager and producer, co-founding Caliber Media with Jack Heller. Follow Caliber on instagram: @caliberdigital See posts by Dallas Sonnier
Dani Alpert Dani Alpert is a writer, performer and creator of The Girlfriend Mom. She is the writer, director and star of the acclaimed short, A Really Intimate Portrait... Of a complete unknown. She performs in the live show, Mortified, in New York, and is currently the Production Manager for the Garden State Film Festival. Please follow Dani on Twitter: @girlfriendmom See posts by Dani Alpert
Danielle Berrin Danielle Berrin writes the Hollywood Jew blog, a cutting edge, values-based take on the entertainment industry for JewishJournal.com which was awarded “Best Blog” in Los Angeles by the L.A. Press Club. A Los Angeles Times profile dubbed her 'a natural born provocateur' for her commentaries on the business, culture and characters of Hollywood. Her work has appeared in The Guardian, British Esquire and The Huffington Post. Follow Danielle on Twitter @hollywoodjew See posts by Danielle Berrin
Dani Klein Modisett Creator of "Afterbirth..." - the show and book. Currently working on a new book for Random House, "Laughter Party of Two", about long-term marriage and humor. Can also been seen on Deepak Chopra's "Perfectly Imperfect Parents" on ChopraWell. www.daniklein.com See posts by Dani Klein Modisett
Dan Katzir and Ravit Markus An award-winning Israeli filmmaker, Dan Katzir's first film, Out for Love . . . Be Back Shortly, was narrated by Sacha Baron Cohen, and aired on multiple stations world-wide including the HBO network. He and his business and life partner Ravit Markus made together the critically acclaimed documentary Yiddish Theater: A Love Story. They are currently in post-production of a new film Legalize It, in collaboration with Willie Nelson's production company, Luck Films, and producer Lati Grobman. They will alternate writing this blog, updating from the road on their journey to release of this new documentary. To read more about their previous works go to: www.newlovefilms.com, to read more about their current venture and watch some clips from the film go to: legalizeitmovie.com or Facebook.com/legalizeitmovie. Follow them on Twitter: @Dankatzir and @legalizeitmovie. See posts by Dan Katzir and Ravit Markus
Danny Manus Danny Manus is CEO of No BullScript Consulting and author of “No B.S. for Screenwriters: Advice from the Executive Perspective.” Ranked one of the Top 15 “Cream of the Crop” Script Consultants in CS Magazine, he was previously Director of Development for Clifford Werber Productions (Cinderella Story), Development Consultant for Eclectic Pictures (Lovelace) and DOD at Sandstorm Films (The Covenant). Danny teaches seminars and workshops across the country and you can follow him on Twitter @DannyManus. See posts by Danny Manus
Danny Sussman Danny Sussman is a talent manager, teacher, philanthropist, husband and father. See posts by Danny Sussman
Dara Resnik Creasey Dara Resnik Creasey is a Jewish former Manhattanite who writes film and television with her goyish Coloradan husband, Chad Gomez Creasey. Among their credits are Sydney White, Pushing Daisies, Mistresses, and Castle. Dara loves John Hughes, couponing, and the New York Giants/Mets/Rangers/Knicks in no particular order of importance. Follow Dara on Twitter @daracreasey See posts by Dara Resnik Creasey
Dave Addison Dave Addison is a working writer in Hollywood. And that's all I want to say about that. See posts by Dave Addison
David Craig David Craig is a media producer, communications professor (USC), LGBT media activist, and education scholar (UCLA). In other words, a storyteller. Please follow David on Twitter: @Producing2Power See posts by David Craig
David Gerken David Gerken is a television and feature writer in Los Angeles. After graduating from Princeton, he worked for fourteen years in Washington, D.C. on Capitol Hill and as a lobbyist. See posts by David Gerken
David Lonner David Lonner is the founder of Oasis Media Group, a management and production company in Los Angeles, and an Executive Producer of the Lifetime series DEVIOUS MAIDS. He is a board member of Friends of Yemin Orde and the American Pardes Foundation. David is the former Chairman of the Entertainment Division of the Jewish Federation and a former and founding board member of the Phase One Cancer Foundation. He is married to Janet Lonner with whom he has 4 children: Jordan, Matthew, Adam and Sydney. See posts by David Lonner
David Marko David Marko lives in Silver Lake. He is a retired network longform executive. Prior to that, he worked as a dog walker, courier company dispatcher, and screenwriter. See posts by David Marko
David Perlstein David Perlstein is the author of SLICK!, a geopolitical satire set in the Middle East, selected by Kirkus Reviews as one of the 25 Best Indie Books of 2012. His new novel, THE BOY WALKER, will appear in February 2014. He blogs at davidperlstein.com. See posts by David Perlstein
David Rosenfelt David Rosenfelt, a New Jersey native now living in Maine, is the author of seventeen books, eleven of which feature lawyer and sleuth Andy Carpenter. After a twenty year career in motion picture marketing, he and his wife began the Tara Foundation to help find homes for unwanted dogs. The foundation has rescued over 4000 dogs from shelters. For more information about David Rosenfelt, visit www.davidrosenfelt.com. See posts by David Rosenfelt
David Suissa David Suissa is president of TRIBE Media Corp./Jewish Journal and can be reached at davids@jewishjournal.com. See posts by David Suissa
David Salzberg Since moving to Los Angeles, David has worked on social media marketing, interactive, branded entertainment, and mobile app projects for ABC, Style, Warner Bros, and HGTV. He recently produced a web-series called "Howard Gets an Interview" and currently works in marketing and brand strategy for an up and coming cable network. See posts by David Salzberg
David Styne David Styne began his career at Creative Artists Agency in 1990 and apprenticed under Co-Founder and CEO Michael Ovitz. He went on to become an agent in the Motion Picture Literary Department, representing, among others, Oliver Stone, Michael Mann, Taylor Hackford, John Logan, Chris Kyle. In 2007, Styne moved to ICM, continuing to work with writers and directors. In 2009, Styne sold a spec feature entitled “Carnaval” to Stone Village Productions, which he secretly wrote himself under the name “A. Tuttenroux”. In 2013, Styne returned to his representation roots and is now managing clients such as Caspian Tredwell-Owen, Vincent Ngo, Ken Kaufman, Ray Gideon & Bruce Evans and Peter Hanson. See posts by David Styne
David Wolpe David Wolpe is Rabbi of Sinai Temple in Los Angeles. Facebook See posts by David Wolpe
Dean Craig Dean Craig is a British screenwriter currently living in Los Angeles. His script DEATH AT A FUNERAL was made into three different feature films (UK, US & Bollywood), whilst other credits include A FEW BEST MEN, CAFFEINE, and OFF THE HOOK (a TV show for the BBC). His new film MOONWALKERS is currently shooting. You can follow him not really tweeting very much at all at @deancraig See posts by Dean Craig
Debi Pomerantz Debi Pomerantz is mom to four kids, ages 11, 10, 8 1/2 and 6 1/2. Her OTHER full time job is as VP, Research for OWN, the Oprah Winfrey network. She is also a writer, wife, friend and daughter. See posts by Debi Pomerantz
Diana Prince Diana Prince saves the world everyday at her job of making movies, television and theater projects by finding creative solutions to a myriad of unforeseen obstacles. At the end of the day, she flies home in her invisible jet to take care of her family and cats. In short, she is a superhero that is all things to all people - otherwise known as a woman. See posts by Diana Prince
Diane Minter Lewis Diane Minter Lewis is an award winning producer. See posts by Diane Minter Lewis
Donyea Rochlin Donyea Rochlin is a development executive at Storyline Entertainment, who wears her rose colored glasses slightly askew, wears her heart proudly on her sleeve and speaks her mind with sweet and spicy sarcasm. She also likes dogs. See posts by Donyea Rochlin
Dustin Pearlman Dustin Pearlman is a cinematographer who has lensed numerous features, music videos, short films, and commercials since graduating from Northwestern University. Aside from his dedication to cinema, he is an outdoor enthusiast, fixed-gear cyclist, and avid environmentalist. You can learn more at dustinpearlman.com and follow him on Twitter @dustinpearlman. See posts by Dustin Pearlman
Dwain Worrell Dwain Worrell is a Barbados born screenwriter and novelist. His project The Wall is currently in development at Amazon Studios and another of his scripts, Operator, is in post production at Lionsgate. Please follow on Twitter @DwainAWorrell See posts by Dwain Worrell
Eddie Gamarra Eddie Gamarra could have been a shrink, but ended up in literary representation. He is married to Katrina Knudson, the “non-pro” to his “pro.” See posts by Eddie Gamarra
Eddie Richey The author is a screenwriter who is a Warne Marsh nut, and is working on the documentary "An Improvised Life." A former college professor who discovered the eerie similarities between academia and organized crime, he is currently working on the true story of a young woman who was sexually assaulted during a robbery and then arrested. Two wonderful directors are attached to two of his crime scripts, and two unapologetically Noirish scripts are seeking directors. See posts by Eddie Richey
Eileen Grubba Eileen Grubba is an accomplished actress, writer and producer. She’s worked on The Five Year Engagement, Sons of Anarchy, The Closer, Cold Case, Hung, CSI Miami, The Mentalist, Masters of Sex, Nip/Tuck, Monk, E.R. and many other shows, films and in theater. She is a Lifetime Member of The Actors Studio, a spokesperson for LSI: Families with hereditary cancers, and an advocate for the hiring of people with physical challenges in the entertainment industry. IMDB | Twitter: @EileenGrubba | Facebook | EileenGrubba.com See posts by Eileen Grubba
Rabbi Eliyahu Fink, J.D. Rabbi Eliyahu Fink, J.D., is the rabbi at the famous Pacific Jewish Center | The Shul on the Beach in Venice, CA. Connect with Rabbi Fink through Facebook and Twitter: @efink. He blogs at finkorswim.com.
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Elizabeth Much Elizabeth Much is the owner of Much and House Public Relations which represents a diverse array of entertainment and lifestyle clients. She has blogged previously for the Huffington Post. See posts by Elizabeth Much
Elizabeth Quinn Elizabeth Quinn is a writer and production peon living in Los Angeles. On the weekends, you can find her cooking, drinking, and avoiding laundry with her fiance, rescue dog, and toothless cat. Please follow Elizabeth on Twitter: @fernetontherock See posts by Elizabeth Quinn
Erica Messer Executive producer Erica Messer is the Showrunner and longest serving writer on CRIMINAL MINDS, TV's number one suspense thriller now in its 9th season on CBS. Messer was born and raised in Washington D.C., spending the latter half of her childhood in Maryland. She assisted on PARTY OF FIVE then worked with a writing partner on ALIAS, THE OC and CHARMED before finding her way to CRIMINAL MINDS. She is the only writer who has been with the series since in premiered on September 22, 2005. See posts by Erica Messer
Erin "Queenie" Stegeman Erin "Queenie" Stegeman is an actor/writer/director/slash slut who likes her boxing classes a little too much. She tweets Starbucks more than anyone else. Erin is the also the creator and star of the parody series Once Upon A...Anonymous. Please follow Erin on Twitter @erinstegeman See posts by Erin "Queenie" Stegeman
Erin Stam Erin Stam is a development executive and film producer originally from Boston. She's a pop culture enthusiast, which means she knows a little bit about a lot of things. When she's not trying to make the world a more entertaining place, she's an NFL junkie (go Patriots!) and non-annoying foodie. See posts by Erin Stam
esleigh g Mother of two and recently unemployed, esleigh has been a studio executive for fourteen years and worked on over twenty pictures ranging in budget from $3M to over $300M. When not on the hunt for a new job, esleigh enjoys gardening, visiting eccentric Los Angeles sites (anyone want to join for a day trip to the Gift Shop at the L.A. Coroner's Office??) and forcing her children to watch classic movies. See posts by esleigh g
Felicia Cameron Leger Felicia Cameron Leger is a writer of Christian fiction and has a background in historical research. She has a fascination with the events that have passed before us, and the primordial ways in which they influence us today. She is presently working on a novel set in first century Rome. See posts by Felicia Cameron Leger
Fern White Fern White loves film, music, and art because they allow us to experience other people's dreams. See posts by Fern White
Frances Brennand Roper Frances Brennand Roper is an actress, writer, singer and film producer. Originally from Guernsey in the Channel Islands, she now happily lives in Los Angeles and is consistently working on new features with her production company Genre House Films. Follow Frances on twitter @brennandroper See posts by Frances Brennand Roper
Fredda Johnson Fredda Johnson is an MPTF Guild Volunteer and Guild President (2012-14) -‐ the second of three generations of Johnsons to serve MPTF. She is speaking about volunteerism at MPTF’s “Deal With It: A Women’s Conference” on September 21, a free invitation‐only event for women in entertainment. Fredda has been a producer at The Westwood Playhouse and The Long Beach Center Theatre and worked in development at ABC-­TV and EMI-­TV prior to being a full-­time mom and loving every bit of it. See posts by Fredda Johnson
Gary Foster Gary Foster has been producing film and television for nearly 30 years, including the movies SHORT CIRCUIT (1 & 2), SLEEPLESS IN SEATTLE, TIN CUP, THE SCORE, DAREDEVIL, GHOST RIDER, and THE SOLOIST. Israel Horovitz's MY OLD LADY starring Kevin Kline, Kristin Scott Thomas and Maggie Smith will open this fall. With his partner Russ Krasnoff, they executive produced the NBC series COMMUNITY, and premiering later this year, the new USA Network series SATISFACTION. Please follow Gary on Twitter: @gsfhorse See posts by Gary Foster
Gary Glushon Gary Glushon recently joined Fundamental Films, a China-based production and distribution company, as Executive Vice President of Film Development. Prior to that he worked at Overbrook Entertainment as Vice President of Creative Affairs. Gary is an avid sports fan of the Dodgers, even though he can’t watch them on DIRECTV, the Lakers and the Wisconsin Badgers. He loves going to concerts, traveling, quoting movie lines, and spending time with his wife Kristin, 7 month old son Bryce and his dog Fletch. See posts by Gary Glushon
Gaylyn Fraiche Gaylyn Fraiche is a Producer and Development Executive. She previously worked at Martin Chase Productions and Castle Rock Pictures and is excited to be returning to her first love . . . television. She believes that life is more fun when people are singing and dancing. Her credits include Just Wright, Sparkle, Lemonade Mouth and Lovestruck The Musical. Follow her on Twitter @gaylynfr See posts by Gaylyn Fraiche
Georgia Van Cuylenburg Georgia is a comedian, writer and actress who started her production company to create work that makes people laugh and makes a difference. Through her entertainment and philanthropic work she is committed to sharing her personal trials to help others, and to having children around the world believe in their magic. Follow Georgia on Twitter @georgiavanc and YouTube See posts by Georgia Van Cuylenburg
Gregory Messina Gregory Messina grew up in New York State, graduated with a business degree from Washington University in St. Louis, quickly forgot everything he learned and now works in publishing in Paris. See posts by Gregory Messina
Gregory Small Greg Small and his writing partner Richard Blaney have several spec features in development, including Someone in the Dark at Dreamworks, and Playing Dirty at Millennium Entertainment, which is currently in casting. They wrote the 2013 hit cable movie, Jodi Arias: Dirty Little Secret, and now are busting their butts working on a hush-hush mini series for a hush-hush network. They fuel their questionable productivity with broccoli au gratin and olive oil shots. See posts by Gregory Small
Greta McAnany Greta McAnany is an award-winning producer, writer and storyteller. She produced the feature documentary about childhood obesity, 'Bite Size,' and is a co-founder of a next generation studio for badass female entertainment, X-Factor Films. Please follow Greta on Twitter: @GretaMcAnany See posts by Greta McAnany
Gretchen Lieberum Gretchen Lieberum is a singer, a writer, and a mother of two. She is also the greatest rapper in the history of rap itself (no she isn’t). See posts by Gretchen Lieberum
Heather Courtney Quinn Heather Courtney Quinn is a TV/film producer who is partnered with Andrew Cosby (Co-created EUREKA and Boom! Comics) in their company, Lost Mountain Entertainment. Please follow Heather on Twitter: @HCourtneyQuinn See posts by Heather Courtney Quinn
Heidi Ferrer Heidi Ferrer is a screen and TV writer who has written for Disney, MGM, Warner Bros. and New Line Cinema, as well as for the TV series “Dawson’s Creek.” Her ABC Family original movie “Princess” was a top rated cable film and she’s the founder of the popular website www.GirltoMom.com. Heidi's first novel, “Crooked Love,” based on her son’s true life medical drama, is available on Amazon. Girl to Mom Facebook Page Heidi Ferrer Facebook Heidi’s Comedic Alter Ego on Twitter @GirltoMom (Rated R for language, NSFW) Check out Heidi Ferrer’s YouTube Channel. See posts by Heidi Ferrer
Heidi Levitt Heidi Levitt is a casting director, producer and the creator of the iPhone App, Actor Genie. She has cast such films as The Artist, Nixon, JFK, Cesar Chavez, The Joy Luck Club, Lakeview Terrace, and many more. She is currently developing a series with the Oscar winning filmmaker, Alex Gibney. The series, “Exiles On Main Street,” deals with culture clash and the American immigrant experience. Heidi is a graduate of Barnard College and The American Film Institute where she has served as adjunct faculty. For more information on Heidi, visit www.heidilevittcasting.com, www.actorgenie.com, Facebook, and Twitter @theactorgenie. See posts by Heidi Levitt
Hilary Helstein Hilary Helstein began her work in the humanitarian field with Steven Spielberg's Shoah Foundation, where she directed/produced over 250 interviews with survivors, liberators and rescuers. Her commitment to teaching history initiated the 10+ year journey in creating the award winning documentary, As Seen Through These Eyes (narrated by Maya Angelou, co-produced by Sundance Channel), collecting testimonies from Holocaust artist-survivors, including Simon Wiesenthal. Hilary's passion for film led her to co-found/serve as Executive Director of the Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival, now in its ninth year. She started her career in feature film development for Tom Hanks. Please follow on Twitter: @LAJFF See posts by Hilary Helstein
Howard Gordon Howard Gordon is the Emmy Award-winning writer and producer of the Showtime series "Homeland." See posts by Howard Gordon
Zvi Howard Rosenman Zvi Howard Rosenman is a prolific and well-known film and television producer. His work ranges from acclaimed documentaries, THE CELLULOID CLOSET and COMMON THREADS: STORIES FROM THE QUILT, to such popular favorites as FATHER OF THE BRIDE, BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER, THE MAIN EVENT, THE FAMILY MAN to JOHN FROM CINCINNATI for HBO. Also, Rosenman made his acting debut in MILK. He has since acted in seven movies. He’s about to produce MATTER OF SIZE at Paramount and Lynn Roth’s SHEPHERD: The Story of a Dog. He started Project Angel Food, a meals-on-wheels for AIDS patients. He is currently touring with his seminar - Howard Rosenman "The Hollywood Sell" - teaching people how to pitch and package movies. Rosenman is also a Contributing Editor to the Los Angeles Times Magazine. Follow on Twitter: @bigzr See posts by Zvi Howard Rosenman
Isaac Feder Isaac graduated from Northwestern University and the American Film Institute Conservatory for Directing. He was a winner of the Coca-Cola Refreshing Filmmaker Award, and his short film, RUNNING TIME, was featured in movie theaters across North America. In 2013, Isaac directed LIFE ON THE LINE, a feature documentary about professional sports bettors in Las Vegas, and SEX ED, his first narrative feature film and winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the Portland Film Festival. It will be released theatrically and on VOD November 7th. Please follow on Twitter: @isaacfeder See posts by Isaac Feder
Jack Leslie Jack Leslie is President of Production of The Donners’ Company. Previously, he worked at Fox 2000, John Wells Productions, and the William Morris Agency. He has been very active in dog rescue in Los Angeles for the past seven years. He resides in Studio City with his pack of rescued Pit Bulls. See posts by Jack Leslie
Jaime Becker Jaime Becker is a playwright/TV/film/web writer and an artist/co-curator at The Gabba Gallery and proud daughter. www.JaimeBeckerArt.com, www.facebook.com/JaimeBeckerArt, @BeckerBrainFart, www.thecrappy.com, YouTube See posts by Jaime Becker
Jane Gering Jane Gering graduated from Yale and then promptly put her degree in Old English to absolutely no use by joining the entertainment industry. She worked at Tribeca Productions, Fox 2000 and @radicalmedia in both New York and Los Angeles. She is married to Craig Gering, an agent at CAA, and the mother of three over-committed children under the age of ten. Jane writes for several local Westside publications - including, but not limited to her recent award-winning piece on gluten free Passover sponge cake. See posts by Jane Gering
Janet Yang Throughout her life, Janet Yang has distinguished herself by serving as a cultural ambassador, whether by bringing the creative and business worlds together, or by bridging East and West. Most recently, Yang wrapped production on SHANGHAI CALLING. Yang is the president of Janet Yang Productions and The Manifest Film Company and some of her productions include Carl Franklin’s HIGH CRIMES, a military courtroom thriller starring Ashley Judd and Morgan Freeman (20th Century Fox); THE WEIGHT OF WATER, a drama directed by Academy-Award winner Kathryn Bigelow and starring Academy Award-winner Sean Penn (Lion’s Gate Films); THE PEOPLE VS. LARRY FLYNT, which won the 1996 Golden Globe Awards for Best Director and Best Screenplay, and garnered Academy Award nominations for Best Director and Best Actor; THE JOY LUCK CLUB, based on the best-selling novel by Amy Tan. Yang has been named one of the “50 Most Powerful Women in Hollywood” by the HOLLYWOOD REPORTER, is fluent in Mandarin Chinese and splits her time between Los Angeles and China. www.janetyang.com See posts by Janet Yang
Rev. Jane Voigts The Rev. Jane Voigts began her professional life as a stand-up comic and improvisor in Chicago, and since becoming an ordained minister in the United Methodist Church 16 years ago, she has had a passion for discovering new ways of connecting humor and faith. Last year she got to experiment with the creation of a "Comedy Church" in Toluca Lake. She is currently residing in Iowa to care for her parents. When asked about the future of the Church, she replies, "Big props!" She then adds, "And polyester pant suits. They have both male and female attributes and last forever. Like God." See posts by Rev. Jane Voigts
Jason Benoit, Esq. Jason Benoit is a young screenwriter based in Los Angeles, California. He has developed projects in both film and television with producers around town. He was reared on Cheetos and nightly doses of Tylenol PM and is adamant about attaching the suffix Esquire to his name. We've agreed to humor his request. Follow him on Twitter @jbenoitfilm See posts by Jason Benoit, Esq.
Jason Hariton Jason is Co-Chair of the Producers Guild of America’s FilmUSA Comm. He advises governments & private businesses on production incentive and infrastructure development projects worldwide. Jason began his career at Paramount and then Universal before managing some of Hollywood’s most historic studio campuses, most recently the original Warner Bros. (SBS) and Columbia Pictures (SGS) campuses in Hollywood. Twitter @MarshalWillKane. See posts by Jason Hariton
Jay Lavender Jay Lavender is the co-writer/executive producer of The Wedding Ringer, co-writer/co-producer of The Break-Up, and co-founder of NSPYR (“inspire”), a publishing and production company focused on great inspiring stories. Jay graduated from Dartmouth College where he played on the golf team. He worked as an assistant at Creative Artists Agency until selling his first screenplay to Warner Bros. in 1999. He currently lives in Virginia. Please follow Jay on Twitter: @JayLavender Facebook: /byJayLavender Instagram: @byJayLavender See posts by Jay Lavender
Jayne Brook Jayne Brook is an actress who lives and works in L.A. Although you may have seen Jayne in too many episodes of TV to list here, she actually now spends most of her time driving because nothing in L.A. - not your kids' schools, the grocery, or even your own backyard - is less than half an hour away by car. Jayne (known as Jane in her real life) has a wonderful husband, two wonderful daughters, and a pretty hilarious cat. The family dogs have all, sadly, passed on to a better world. See posts by Jayne Brook
Jay Russell Jay Russell is a producer and director of film and television. He is from North Little Rock, Arkansas and graduated from the film school at Columbia University. His feature credits include "My Dog Skip," Tuck Everlasting," "Ladder 49," and "The Water Horse." Please follow on Twitter: @Dogskip and Instagram: dogskip See posts by Jay Russell
J Blair Brown J Blair Brown operates J Blair Brown Consulting, a PR/marketing boutique on the east coast, where she represents actors and others in the entertainment industry. She is also the host of the radio talk show "JBlair Presents..." which features artists from the entertainment and music industries. Website: www.thejblairbrown.com Facebook: facebook.com/PublicistJBlairBrown Twitter: @thejblairbrown See posts by J Blair Brown
Jen Grisanti Jen Grisanti, Story/Career Consultant at Jen Grisanti Consultancy Inc, Writing Instructor, Blogger and Author. See posts by Jen Grisanti
Jennifer Brody After graduating from Harvard University, Jennifer began her career in the film industry. Highlights include working for Michael Bay’s Platinum Dunes, New Line Cinema, and The Mayhem Project, and producing the feature film, Make It Happen, for The Weinstein Company. In 2009, she launched the popular food blog — Domestic Divas Blog — and started working as a freelance writer. Jennifer also writes film & TV projects and books. Please follow on Twitter: @jenniferbrody See posts by Jennifer Brody
Jennifer Cott Jennifer Cott lives in New York and has spent over a decade in the entertainment business. She attended the University of Southern California, after which she entered the film and television field in the New York office of International Creative Management. She then returned to Los Angeles to join the staff of Creative Artists Agency. She also ran her own management company for several years. Jennifer has been a film critic and commentator, and entertainment consultant. See posts by Jennifer Cott
Jenny Yerrick Martin Jenny Yerrick Martin is an executive at a studio-based film production company. She is also the creator/writer of YourIndustryInsider.com, which provides profiles of successful industry professionals, career advice, and other information on getting in, moving up, and making it in the industry. She is the author of the book, "Breaking Into the Biz: The Insider's Guide to Launching an Entertainment Industry Career". Follow on Twitter @showbizinfo See posts by Jenny Yerrick Martin
Jeremy Spektor Jeremy Spektor and Tim McGovern first met at The Groundlings School of Comedy. Jeremy Spektor was born and raised in Seattle, Washington. He stayed in his hometown and attended the University of Washington where he majored in drama. He’s a member of the Groundlings School of Comedy as well as a performer for The Story Pirates of Los Angeles. Jeremy hopes to eventually team up with his brother Jordan and open up a film studio. One thing is certain: Jeremy loves what he does and will never stop doing it. See posts by Jeremy Spektor
Rabbi Jesse Olitzky Rabbi Jesse Olitzky currently serves as rabbi and spiritual leader at Congregation Beth El in South Orange, NJ, where he lives with his wife, daughter and son. Ordained at the Jewish Theological Seminary, Rabbi Olitzky believes in creating multiple entry points to discuss issues of faith and God, including his Pop Elul Project. He blogs regularly at rabbiolitzky.wordpress.com. You can follow him on Twitter at @JMOlitzky See posts by Rabbi Jesse Olitzky
Jessica Cabot Jessica Cabot is a writer and comedian living in Los Angeles who has worked for such notable TV programs as Web Therapy, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Weeds, and Wilfred. She hopes to one day change and inspire the world with her comedy, or at least be roasted on Comedy Central. Jessica even co-hosts a monthly comedy show at Bar Lubitsch as an intergalactic super model, Lady Sodium. Other than that she shares a birthday with Gary Busey. Follow her on Twitter @jessicacabot See posts by Jessica Cabot
Jessie Kahnweiler Jessie Kahnweiler can’t afford therapy so she makes films. Jessie was selected for the 6 Points Artist Fellowship which inspired her comedic web series entitled Dude, Where’s my Chutzpah? Her short Meet My Rapist is a dark comedy about running in to her rapist at the farmers market and is praised by Jezebel as "rape comedy done right." Currently she is busy drinking coffee, working on a new web series entitled My Boyfriend is Homeless and practicing her Oscar speech. Jessie makes films to make the world feel like home. Follow on Twitter @shegotchutzpah See posts by Jessie Kahnweiler
Jill Effron Jill Effron is a writer and mom of two darling kiddies. Prior to the mom gig, she spent ten plus years working in every genre of television. Outside of the TV world, Effron wrote, directed and produced plays and award-winning short films.  See posts by Jill Effron
Jill Soloway Jill Soloway is a writer/director. She won the US Dramatic Directing Award for her first feature, AFTERNOON DELIGHT, at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. Her short film, UNA HORA POR FAVORA, premiered at Sundance 2012. Jill is a three-time Emmy nominee for her work writing and producing SIX FEET UNDER. She was also the showrunner for HBO's HOW TO MAKE IT IN AMERICA and Showtime's UNITED STATES OF TARA. She authored TINY LADIES IN SHINY PANTS, a humorous post-feminist manifesto/memoir. She lives with her husband and two sons in Silver Lake. Follow Jill on Twitter: @Jillwaysolo Afternoon Delight's Facebook Page: AfternoonDelightFilm Afternoon Delight's website: AfternoonDelightFilm.com Jill's personal site is: JillSoloway.com See posts by Jill Soloway
Jo Asquith Jo Asquith was a film executive and studio based producer for 17 years. She is now writing and a proud single mom of two. See posts by Jo Asquith
Jodi Berman Jodi Berman has been obsessed with the Oscars since she was 5 years old. Her blog, Jodi's Oscar Blog, is the place where she lives her dream and reviews 100% of the Oscar nominees through the lens of a true fan. She is a professional trainer and consultant in the world of leadership development, and often uses movie metaphors and references to coach her clients through life. Please follow on Twitter: @JodiBee. See posts by Jodi Berman
Joe Rosenberg Joe Rosenberg has recently been named Director/Professional Programs at UCLA. The program is a Graduate level Certificate Program loosely based on the MFA/Graduate Program for writers, directors, producers, and students working in the Theater space. In addition, Rosenberg teaches in both programs. Prior, he was an agent with Creative Artists Agency (CAA) where he represented such A-list talent as Ridley Scott, Tony Scott, David Fincher, Michael Bay, Mark Romanek, Tarsem, Todd Haynes, Luc Besson and others. See posts by Joe Rosenberg
Jonah Platt Jonah Platt is a writer/actor/boy from Los Angeles, CA. He's worked on several TV shows, most recently Fox's long-running animated series Family Guy. He received a B.A. in English from the University of Pennsylvania in 2008, where he also has a sandwich named after him at the Hemo's food truck on 38th and Walnut. You can follow him on Twitter @MMMaven. See posts by Jonah Platt
Jonathan F. Cohen Originally from the rough and tough streets of Chicago’s south suburbs, Jonathan enjoys writing comedy for TV and the web for free in Los Angeles. He recently wrote and co-created the web series “Howard Gets an Interview” and has been sharing his comedic misfortunes with the world on his blog “The Awkward Chronicles.” And if you’re not sick of Jonathan yet, you can follow him on Twitter @awkwardjonno. See posts by Jonathan F. Cohen
Josh Kesselman The author is a manager-producer in Beverly Hills, CA. See posts by Josh Kesselman
Judi Srebro Judi Srebro serves as a speech and dialect coach to artists of film, television, music, and stage, at the threshold of their breakthrough to international careers. A Hollywood native living in Israel, Judi helps share Israel’s burgeoning talents with the world. Follow Judi on Twitter: @JudiSrebro See posts by Judi Srebro
Julia Chasman Julia Chasman is a veteran film producer, with more than a dozen features to her credit. A resident of Downtown LA's Arts District, she heads her own production company, RubberTreePlant, and travels as much as she can to her other two hometowns -- New York City, and London, England, where she went to high school. A graduate of UCLA's Film of Theater, Film and TV, she's a secret cinema studies nerd, and hopes to complete a masters in Italian one day. Julia is a member of AMPAS, BAFTA, the PGA, and Film Independent. Her favorite film is THE APARTMENT by Billy Wilder. Her proudest accomplishments are her two daughters -- singer/songwriter Johanna Samuels, and Becky Samuels, a junior at Bard College. IMDB See posts by Julia Chasman
Julianne Grossman During the past decade, Julianne has established herself as a voice actor, working consistently in commercial, promo, and animation voiceover work. Her solo show From Bonkers to Botox enjoyed a 9-week sold out run in L.A., was selected by HBO to perform in their U.S. Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen, and secured her a development deal by NBC/Universal Television. See posts by Julianne Grossman
Julia Urich Julia Urich is a Producer/Director for FireRock Productions in Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania. In partnership with her husband Rocky, they conceive, produce, film, and edit all types of videos. Together they have won multiple Telly and ADDY awards, and took home their first Emmy® Award in 2013. facebook.com/firerockproductions @firerockprod www.FireRockVideo.com See posts by Julia Urich
Kara Holden Kara Holden is a screenwriter. She is also a dreamer, a thinker, a pessimistic optimist, a faithful skeptic, and a full time wonderer. She received a Master's of Professional Writing degree from USC and has written scripts for almost every major studio including adaptations of THE OPPOSITE OF LOVE and SOUL SURFER, and the original film MEANT TO BE. Follow her truncated musings on twitter at @joydelightsnjoy. See posts by Kara Holden
Kate Axelrod After a career as a line producer of features, music videos and commercials, Kate Axelrod turned to television, writing on series for HBO and Showtime and developing with major studios. Her work has also appeared in national publications and on literary websites. She is a donor and volunteer with philanthropies that teach people to fish and runs a mentoring and life skills program at The Salvation Army Bessie Pregerson Center in West L.A. See posts by Kate Axelrod
Kate Neligan Kate Neligan followed her dreams to become Founder of the mindful media company, Synergy TV, an online channel that uplifts humanity one story at a time. Kate’s passions and expertise fuel her calling to share transformational stories that matter while creating news synergies in entertainment. For mindful media movie reviews and to receive a weekly awe-inspiring video, join the movement at Synergy TV. Prior, Kate was Vice President of Digital Distribution & Marketing at Lionsgate. Follow Kate @MindfulMediaEnt, @SynergyTVNet and www.facebook.com/SynergyTV. See posts by Kate Neligan
Kate VanDevender Kate VanDevender is a comedy writer, producer and performer in Los Angeles. She is currently enrolled in trapeze school, where she practices jumping off a ledge. IMDB | Website: www.hooraykate.com See posts by Kate VanDevender
Kathryn Tyus-Adair Kathryn Tyus-Adair is a senior executive at an active film and TV production company. During her career, she has had the opportunity to work with many iconic directors including Robert Redford, Curtis Hanson and the late Alan Pakula. She is also the mother of a future Yankee center fielder and a world-renowned paleontologist. See posts by Kathryn Tyus-Adair
Katrina Knudson Katrina Knudson is a writer, educator, and DIY philanthropist living in Los Angeles. She is married to Eddie Gamarra, a manager and producer at the Gotham Group. See posts by Katrina Knudson
Douglas Eboch & Ken Aguado Douglas Eboch is a screenwriter living in Los Angeles. His credits include the original script “Sweet Home Alabama.” Follow Douglas on Twitter @dougeboch and his Let's Schmooze blog. Ken Aguado is a producer living in Los Angeles. His most recent film is “Standing Up,” written and directed by DJ Caruso. They co-wrote “The Hollywood Pitching Bible: A Practical Guide to Pitching Movies and Television," which is available at Amazon, iTunes and selected bookstores around the country. See posts by Douglas Eboch & Ken Aguado
Kenn Henman Kenn Henman is currently a Peace Corps volunteer in Cambodia. He was the founder and president of ALM Public Relations. He has recently started a non-profit organization, Helping Others Through Entertainment, to assist individuals and organizations raise money and awareness through his Hollywood contacts. “Live dangerously and you live right” is still his favorite quote (from Johann Wolfgang von Goethe). Follow his tweets while eating rice @KennHenman. See posts by Kenn Henman
Kevin K. Shah Kevin K. Shah is an Indian-American artist-entrepreneur & executive producer at The Sabi Company. He writes/directs indie features and produces creative content for major motion picture theatrical marketing campaigns and interactive games for the studios. He's also been a middle school art teacher, tree-planter, and professional dog-walker but his first job was on a Pennsylvania cutting corn (the only job he's had harder than making movies). Please follow Kevin on Twitter: @kevinkshah See posts by Kevin K. Shah
Laura Shamas Laura Shamas is a writer and mythologist. Her latest book is Pop Mythology: Collected Essays. She blogs about film and myth for Huffington Post. She is married to writer/professor Jon Klein. Please follow Laura on Twitter: @LauraShamas See posts by Laura Shamas
Lauren Bachelis Known by many as the girl behind the Hollywood Assistants Tumblr, Lauren Bachelis is a TV writer and former Hollywood assistant. By the age of 24, Lauren had sold three television pilots to CBS, Disney Channel, and 20th Century Fox Television. In 2014, she landed her first staffing gig on the Nickelodeon show, Haunted Hathaways, where she got two of her own episodes produced. In her free time, Lauren likes to cook, worry, and people watch. Follow Lauren on Twitter: @laurenbachelis See posts by Lauren Bachelis
Lee Clay Lee Clay is an independent producer, surfer, woodworker, husband, and father. He enjoys flea markets, thai food, making his own beer, and Big Sur. See posts by Lee Clay
Dr. Linda Seger Dr. Linda Seger is a script consultant, international seminar leader and speaker, and author of 12 books, 9 of them on screenwriting and 3 on spirituality, including Making a Good Writer Great and Spiritual Steps on the Road to Success: gaining the goal without losing your soul. See posts by Dr. Linda Seger
Lindsay Devlin Lindsay Devlin began her Hollywood career as a film development executive before making the leap to screenwriter many years later. She lives by the George Eliot quote, "It's never too late to be what you might have been." Her first film DEVIL'S DUE (20th Century Fox) will be released January 17, 2014. She is also working on two YA book adaptations, one a feature and one a TV pilot for ABC. She dreams of writing from a cottage in England and being invited to parties at Downton Abbey. Follow her on Twitter @DevlinLindsay See posts by Lindsay Devlin
Lindsay Goffman Lindsay Goffman is currently the Vice President of Development for Gross Entertainment. Before coming to Gross Entertainment, Lindsay was a development executive at Fremantle Media (Wedding Band, Secret Girlfriend). Additionally, she produced the feature Dumbstruck, a quirky documentary about ventriloquists that was released in theaters last year. See posts by Lindsay Goffman
Lindy Ascher Lindy Ascher is a TV and film producer. She lives in Los Angeles but is very proud of her South-African-born and Texas-bred roots. She's an advocate for the arts, taught her dog kosher v treif, and wants to have more time to play on twitter. Please follow Lindy on Twitter: @lindyascher See posts by Lindy Ascher
Lisa Ullmann Lisa Ullmann is an independent producer working in television and film. She is the Executive Producer of The Ricky Gervais Show, which ran on HBO for three seasons. Lisa lives in Echo Park and enjoys eccentric people, places and things. If you follow her, maybe she will tweet: @lisaullmann. See posts by Lisa Ullmann
Lori Tessel Lori Tessel is a Senior Vice President in non-profit and lover of writing, reading, watching television and going to the movies. She shares all these passions with her husband and two children. Her blog, "My Solution Room," began as a celebration and reality check for turning 50 and is now a series on lessons she learns in her every day life. Follow on Twitter: @LCTessel See posts by Lori Tessel
Lynnette Ramirez Lynnette Ramirez is a producer and screenwriter. She considers herself a rarity in Hollywood being that she’s a native Los Angeleno, Latina and resides in Pasadena. She believes in the universe, woo hoo and that the glass must always be at least half full of wine during first dates, family gatherings and coed showers of any kind. Her favorite quote is “don’t be fancey, just get dancey.” Join her on twitter @lynnetteramirez See posts by Lynnette Ramirez
Lynn Isenberg Lynn Isenberg is an accomplished author/screenwriter/producer and branded entertainment marketing consultant/executive and advisory board member. She is founder of the critically acclaimed Hollywood LIT: Literature. Intelligence. Technology. Retreat., intimate gatherings on the future of storytelling. Her new book AUTHOR POWER: Profit Before You Publish offers a new paradigm of revenue streams for content creators. Please follow on Twitter: @lynnisenberg See posts by Lynn Isenberg
Lynn Messina Lynn Messina is the author of eight novels, including Bleak and The Girls' Guide to Dating Zombies. Her essays have appeared in Self, EW and Modern Bride, and she's a regular contributor to The New York Times Motherlode blog. Lynn lives in New York City with her husband and sons. Find her on Facebook, Twitter: @lynnmessina or at lynnmessina.com. See posts by Lynn Messina
Lynn Roth Lynn Roth writes, produces and directs television, film and theater. If she hadn't chosen show biz, she would have been a doctor or professional poker player and not necessarily in that order. IMDB. Follow her on Twitter: @LRoth20 See posts by Lynn Roth
Magdalena Munao Magdalena recently graduated from the University of Southern California where she achieved a B.A. in English. She has worked at Participant Media in the Marketing and Publishing department where she assists with the campaigns and social media mediums. She believes that everyone has a story to tell and she is just beginning to tell hers. Most importantly, she believes that everyone has the power and ability to be great. See posts by Magdalena Munao
Maija-Liisa Ehlinger Maija-Liisa is a displaced Southern Californian now living and running around Atlanta. She is a senior at Emory University, an aspiring writer/filmmaker, and another Millennial addicted to Twitter. You can follow her @MaijaEhlinger. See posts by Maija-Liisa Ehlinger
Malina Saval Malina Saval is the author of The Secret Lives of Boys: Inside the Raw Emotional World of Male Teens and Jewish Summer Camp Mafia. She’s written scripts for Touchstone Pictures and Walt Disney Television and pens entertainment features and celebrity profiles for lots of different magazines. She is an associate features editor at Variety and has a two year-old voicemail message from William H. Macy on her phone that she just can’t bear to erase. Follow Malina on Twitter @MalinaSaval See posts by Malina Saval
Mara Shapshay Mara Shapshay is a writer/comedian/performer who has a BFA from NYU Film and an MFA from the American Film Institute. She is a stand-up comic who performs regularly at The Comedy Store, Improv, Laugh Factory, and many other venues. Mara is currently writing her memoir, Sleeping With The Dalai Lama. In addition, Mara writes for The Huffington Post, Thefix.com and Glamour Magazine. She can be seen in an episode of season 6’s Kathy Griffin’s Life On The D-List. Follow her on Twitter @marashapshay See posts by Mara Shapshay
Marc Erlbaum Marc Erlbaum is the President of Nationlight Productions, producer/director/writer of “Café”(Jennifer Love Hewett) and “A Buddy Story” (Elisabeth Moss), and executive producer of “Everything Must Go” (Will Ferrell). Erlbaum is the founder and president of eflixir, a new movie site that curates thousands of uplifting Hollywood films, donates a portion of every fee to charity, and links the films to thematically-related causes so that viewers can immediately act on the inspiration they get from watching great movies. See posts by Marc Erlbaum
Marci Liroff Marci Liroff’s extensive credits as a casting director span more than 50 films including E.T. – The Extra Terrestrial, Blade Runner, Footloose, Pretty in Pink, Freaky Friday, and Mean Girls to name but a few. Whether it’s an indie or a big blockbuster movie, Liroff makes a good film great and a great film a classic. In addition to casting film and television, Liroff is an acting coach working with actors in person and worldwide thru Skype. Website: marciliroff.com Blog: marciliroff.com/new/blog Facebook: MarciLiroffFans Twitter: @marciliroff Instagram: marciliroff Pinterest: marciliroff YouTube: themarciliroff | IMDb See posts by Marci Liroff
Marc Platt Marc Platt has been a Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter for more than 30 years. He has had many songs placed on TV shows like “Queer Eye For the Straight Guy,” “E True Hollywood,” MTV programming. Marc is also a political blogger at www.marcplatt.net. See posts by Marc Platt
Maren Fischer Maren Fischer is an actress, writer, dreamer, and popcorn lover in New York City. Originally from the good ol' Mitten State (Michigan), she graduated with a BFA in Musical Theatre from Point Park University, and now does way too many things at once, including Shakespeare, musicals, screenwriting, teaching, and even some inventive baking. Her favorite quote: "Ginger Rogers did everything that Fred Astaire did, but she did it backwards and in high heels." -Faith Whittlesey. Follow Maren on Twitter @MarenBFischer See posts by Maren Fischer
Maresa Pullman A New York transplant, Maresa has lived in Los Angeles since 2001. She is Vice-President at Carlos Saldanha's company BottleCap Productions (20th Century Fox). Prior, Maresa spent 8 years at Scott Free. She's a lover of music and frequents live locals concerts. Please follow Maresa on Twitter: @maresa007 See posts by Maresa Pullman
Matt Boren Matt Boren grew up on the East Coast. He is a writer/actor currently living in Los Angeles. He danced to "My Prerogative" at his bar mitzvah where his theme was Hollywood. See posts by Matt Boren
Matthew Baer Matthew Baer has produced numerous projects, including “Unbroken,” based on Laura Hillenbrand’s best selling book, which was released by Universal on December 25th, 2014. Baer also produced “Maggie,” a highly regarded independent thriller, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Abigail Breslin and Joely Richardson, that Lionsgate will release in 2015. His other films include “City By The Sea” with Robert De Niro and James Franco for Warner Bros; and “Jack Frost” with Michael Keaton, also at Warner Bros. See posts by Matthew Baer
Matthew Welsh, Esq. While working in Hollywood for the William Morris Agency, Matthew realized that inspirational and spiritual entertainment was not getting the attention it deserved. This drove him to create Spiritual Media Blog, a website that features reviews, interviews and articles for emerging conscious entertainment in movies, books, television, music and new media. Currently, Matthew is getting a PhD in Counseling Psychology. See posts by Matthew Welsh, Esq.
Mela Lee Mela Lee is the lead composer & singer for the band, Magnolia Memoir. A voiceover artist for animation and commercials, and a voice replacement specialist for series including, "The Good Wife", "CSI New York", and "House of Lies" and for films including "Drive", "Immortals" and "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides". www.MelaLee.com Twitter: @MelaMuse IMDB: www.imdb.me/MelaLee See posts by Mela Lee
Mia Schaikewitz Mia Schaikewitz was born a creative problem solver. Paralyzed at age 15, she saw it as an opportunity to learn how to get over any hurdle, or occasional staircase with no elevator. Her professional background is in post production and graphic design and most passionately enjoys public speaking and following baseball. She is a cast member of the show Push Girls on Sundance Channel where you can watch some of her current adventures unfold. Find Mia on Twitter@MiaSchaikewitz, Facebook, and Instagram. See posts by Mia Schaikewitz
Michael Maren Michael Maren's career began as a Peace Corps volunteer in Kenya. He later became a war correspondent, writing for publications such as Newsweek, The New Republic, Harper's, and was a regular op-ed contributor to The New York Times. His book on the conflict in Somalia, The Road to Hell, was recently called "the seminal book on foreign aid" by The New Yorker. Ten years ago, Maren made the switch from journalism to screenwriting, working for Warner Bros., Fox and HBO, and penning scripts for stars such as Chris Tucker and Reese Witherspoon. His directorial debut, based on his original script "A Short History of Decay" is being released by Paladin and will open in New York City at the Village East Cinema on May 16. Please follow Michael on Twitter: @mmaren See posts by Michael Maren
Michael Peretzian In his four decades as a literary agent in Hollywood, first at William Morris, then later at the Creative Artists Agency, Michael Peretzian has represented many distinguished international film screenwriters and directors, many of whom started their careers in the theatre. Included in that long list are Christopher Hampton, John Madden, Peter Hedges, Zach Helm, Isabel Coixet, and Anthony Minghella. He is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the British Academy of Film and Television Arts and now directs plays locally in Los Angeles. See posts by Michael Peretzian
Mike Tringe Mike Tringe is the co-founder of CreatorUp, the online web series school. Mike worked in Film Finance/Sales at CAA, Creative Development at Vuguru, and on the Content Partnerships team at Blip Networks. He earned his MFA in Film from the USC School of Cinematic Arts. CreatorUp is one of sixteen companies accepted into the DreamIt/Startl Accelerator program in NYC for Summer 2013. See posts by Mike Tringe
Mike Young Mike Young is a writer/director who's new film My Man Is A Loser which he both wrote and directed is out July 25th starring Michael Rappaport, John Stamos and Bryan Callen. His next film Grounded starring Aaron Paul and Jeff Daniels will be out later in the year. Mike is also a stand up comic who can be seen on Showtime and The Late Show with Craig Ferguson. Please follow Mike on Twitter: @realmikeyoung See posts by Mike Young
Mikhail Nayfeld Mikhail Nayfeld is a talent manager at Heroes and Villains Entertainment, LLC, a production and management company that specializes in content creation for the five pillars of entertainment: Film, TV, Video Games, Comic Books, and the Internet, as well as the representation of content creators in those areas (writers, directors and reality TV producers). Twitter: @fictionjones See posts by Mikhail Nayfeld
Nancy Neufeld Callaway Nancy Neufeld Callaway is a former feature executive turned comedy writer whose credits include In Living Color, Married With Children, Lizzie McGuire, The Lion King series, Dragontales, W.I.T.C.H., and The Nancy Show. She is married to writer Trey Callaway and they have three children... all of whom take things very personally. See posts by Nancy Neufeld Callaway
Nancy Nayor Nancy Nayor is former SVP of Casting for Universal Studios and after 14 years at Universal opened Nancy Nayor Casting, based in Los Angeles. Between her major studio and independent experience she has cast over 100 films including Exorcism of Emily Rose, Whole Nine Yards, Nim's Island, Scream 4, and also casts for television and provides private audition coaching for actors. NANCY NAYOR CASTING WEBSITE | NANCY NAYOR IMDB PRO PAGE | FACEBOOK PAGE – NANCY NAYOR CASTING | AUDITION MOJO BLOG See posts by Nancy Nayor
Nancy Nigrosh Nancy Nigrosh is a former talent and literary agent at Innovative Artists and The Gersh Agency, who has represented many award winning writers and directors for film and television including Academy Award winner Kathryn Bigelow (The Hurt Locker) and Stuart Beattie (Collateral, Pirates Of The Caribbean). She teaches at UCLA Extension Writers’ Program and is a frequent contributor to Indiewire. Through her company, Literary Business, Nancy offers freelance developmental and consulting editing for authors and screenwriters. Follow Nancy on Twitter @nancynigrosh See posts by Nancy Nigrosh
Nathalie Harewood Nathalie Harewood works in social media at a Beverly Hills media company. She watches cartoons, bakes desserts and writes for anyone willing to read her work. In certain light, you can see her Central Florida roots. Visit Nathalie on Twitter: @nharewood20 See posts by Nathalie Harewood
Nelson Bae Nelson is a music supervisor based in Los Feliz, CA. Follow Nelson on twitter @nelrock123 See posts by Nelson Bae
Nolan Lebovitz Nolan Lebovitz wrote and directed "Tortured" starring Laurence Fishburne, Cole Hauser and James Cromwell, which was released by Sony in 2008. In 2011, Nolan began his studies at the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies at the American Jewish University and is currently serving as the Rabbinic Intern at Sinai Temple in Los Angeles. Nolan has written, directed and produced the upcoming documentary "Roadmap Genesis" in which he travels around the country speaking to people of all walks of life about the Book of Genesis. See posts by Nolan Lebovitz
Non Traditional Student The author is a twenty-year veteran of the entertainment industry, with several produced movie credits and two produced children. She has two television projects currently in development, and her organic chemistry class begins next week. See posts by Non Traditional Student
Norman Golightly Norman Golightly, a graduate of the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, held positions with Creative Artists Agency and Ben Stiller prior to partnering with Nicolas Cage. In his twelve year run as President of Cage's Saturn Films, Golightly produced over a dozen feature film and television projects. He is completing work on his first nonfiction book, entitled “When I Do Good” – an account of his personal journey traversing the worlds of opulent Hollywood and poverty-stricken Africa, revealing his own life lessons supported by his research into the biology and psychology of altruism. Follow Norman on Twitter: @NormanGolightly See posts by Norman Golightly
Optimus Outcast Optimus Outcast is a development executive at a film studio. See posts by Optimus Outcast
Pamela Buchignani Pamela Buchignani is a writer, photographer, banjo enthusiast and Director of Original Content, Live Events for Fuse TV. Follow her on Twitter @MsPamelaB. See posts by Pamela Buchignani
Patrick Tobin Patrick's short story "Cake" appeared in Dave Eggers' anthology The Best American Nonrequired Reading, and the feature adaptation is now in preproduction with Jennifer Aniston in the lead role. His nonfiction has appeared in several literary journals and one of his essays was nominated for a Canadian National Magazine Award. He also wrote the award-winning film No Easy Way. See posts by Patrick Tobin
Pat Sierchio Pat Sierchio is a freelance writer and frequent contributor to The Jewish Journal and Written By, the magazine of the Writers Guild, west. He is also the co-writer/co-producer of the stage comedy Boomermania: The Musical About the Baby Boomers. See posts by Pat Sierchio
Paul Greenstone In a previous life, Paul Greenstone lived in Los Angeles where he worked for Mort Viner and Alan Greenspan at ICM. He went on to manage actors & writers with Dolores Robinson before setting out on his own where he also produced films including MANIC and BOOKIES. Now, Paul lives in San Francisco with his wife & son and is a professional photographer & curates social media for executives & companies in technology, advertising, entertainment & retail. Please follow Paul on Twitter: @paulgreenstone See posts by Paul Greenstone
Perry Zimel Perry Zimel, a Toronto based manager is an anomaly in the entertainment business. A full-service talent & literary manager who works through lunch & speaks the painful truths up front. Follow me on TWITTER! @perryzimelmgr See posts by Perry Zimel
Peter Riche Peter Riche began his career in production, spent two years working for Scott Rudin, before becoming a talent and literary manager at More Medavoy (now Management 360). He is presently partnered with his father Alan at Riche Productions. They are producing several film/television projects, including Tarzan (Warner Bros.), Rex Mundi with Johnny Depp (Warner Bros.), Southpaw (The Weinstein Company), The Book of Joe (Sony). Peter is a loving husband, proud father to an amazing four year old boy, an avid UCLA fan, lifelong drummer and scuba diver. See posts by Peter Riche
Rabbi Cheryl Peretz Rabbi Cheryl Peretz is Associate Dean of the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies in Los Angeles. In addition to her work at AJU, Rabbi Peretz has served as a pulpit rabbi in Los Angeles area synagogues such as Sinai Temple, Adat Shalom in West Los Angeles, and Temple Emanuel El in Burbank. During her post college years, she had a full-time career in marketing consulting for Fortune 500 companies. And, she finds great meaning and purpose in the many messages of television and movies! See posts by Rabbi Cheryl Peretz
Reagan Feeney Reagan Feeney is vice president, Content, for DIRECTV and is responsible for developing strategies and negotiating general entertainment and sports agreements. A New Englander at heart, she loves her native sports teams, but detests the cold weather. She’s a sucker for romantic comedies and is in an endless search for the best brownie recipe ever. She enjoys life by the beach in Venice, CA with her husband and adorable daughter. See posts by Reagan Feeney
Rebecca Stay Rebecca is a native of So. Cal. A former TV executive, she recently finished a feature spec and is working on her blog, “It’s Rebecca not Becky…Or Is It?” When not busy with her duties as room parent, she’s hanging with her wonderful hubby and nine year old son. You can check out her blog at It’s Rebecca, not Becky . . . Or Is It? and follow her on Twitter @stayrebecca See posts by Rebecca Stay
Richard Blaney Richard Blaney and his writing partner Greg Small wrote the recent hit cable movie, Jodi Arias: Dirty Little Secret. Their spec script Someone in the Dark is in development at Dreamworks. Casting has begun on their most recent spec, Playing Dirty, which starts production in January with Millennium Entertainment. See posts by Richard Blaney
Richard Greene Author of "Words That Shook The World: 100 Years of Unforgettable Speeches and Events" and a former attorney, Richard Greene does media training, public speaking coaching and communication strategy for Presidents, Prime Ministers, Governors, CEOs, celebrities and major corporations around the world. A radio host for 7 years, Richard has also interviewed some of the most fascinating people in entertainment, politics, environmental activism and one of his favorite topics, the science of consciousness and spirituality, the subject of his recent children's eBook entitled "E=MC2 and The New Definition of God". www.RichardGreene.org. See posts by Richard Greene
Richard Trank Richard Trank is an Academy Award winning documentary filmmaker. His most recent film is “The Prime Ministers: The Pioneers”, currently in theatres. See posts by Richard Trank
Risa Bramon García For the past 30 years Risa has worked consistently as a director (200 Cigarettes, The Con Artist, a variety of TV series & plays), producer, casting director, writer and teacher, collaborating with some of the world’s most renowned artists. Risa has cast more than 65 feature films, including Desperately Seeking Susan, Something Wild, At Close Range, Angel Heart, Fatal Attraction, Wall Street, Talk Radio, Jacob’s Ladder, Born on the Fourth of July, JFK, The Doors, Sneakers, The Joy Luck Club, True Romance, Speed, Dead Presidents, Twister, Benny and Joon, and Flirting With Disaster. Risa has also cast numerous television shows, including Roseanne, CSI:NY, and currently Showtime's Masters of Sex. Risa is partnered with Steve Braun at their breakout acting studio, The BGB Studio. More here: bramongarciabraun.com Find Risa on Facebook: RisaBramonGarciaGroup Twitter: @Risabg And her own website: risabg.com See posts by Risa Bramon García
Rob Cowan Rob Cowan is a veteran film producer, having worked on over 30 productions, including Sandra Bullock’s "The Net" to the Golden Globe nominated films, "Life As A House" and "De-Lovely." The past few years he's produced the James Wan horror hit "The Conjuring," the Melissa McCarthy comedy "Tammy" and the upcoming action film "San Andreas." A native of British Columbia, he now lives with his wife and daughter in Los Angeles. Follow Rob on Twitter @filmpov See posts by Rob Cowan
Robbie Fox Robbie Fox studied theater at Northwestern and film at NYU. His screenplays include "So I Married An Axe Murderer" with Mike Myers, "In The Army Now" with Pauly Shore and most recently "Playing For Keeps" with Gerard Butler and Jessica Biel. He is currently writing "Christmas Neverending" for Hallmark which he will direct this Fall.   See posts by Robbie Fox
Rob Steinberg Rob Steinberg was born in Philadelphia, graduated Tulane University and then worked in New York in the music business in the ‘80’s with the Scorpions. He moved to Los Angeles switching careers and coasts and focused his sites on acting. Rob has appeared in over 60 feature films and television shows and can be seen in HBO’s TREME this December. Four years ago, Rob moved back to New Orleans for the music, the food and parades but found more acting work than he imagined. Rob can be seen in the recently released GRACE UNPLUGGED and in the spoof, THE STARVING GAMES. Now Rob plays “the guy who saves the slave” in Steve McQueen’s, 12 YEARS A SLAVE. IMDB, www.robsteinberg.com, Facebook, @SteinbergNOLA See posts by Rob Steinberg
Ron Greenfield My career has taken me from the thrill of live theater to the sound stages of Hollywood to the immersive aspects of interactive gaming, from New York to Los Angeles and back again. And through it all I am constantly learning what it means by “…putting it all together.” Paying it forward at Aspects of Entertainment. Please follow on Twitter: @rongreenfield1 See posts by Ron Greenfield
Rosilyn Heller Rosilyn Heller served as an executive at Columbia Pictures for 9 years. She was the first female studio executive promoted to Vice President in Hollywood. She also was the first pregnant VP, as well as the first nursing-in-the office VP. She also oversaw the development and production of TAXI DRIVER, CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND and CHINA SYNDROME, among many other illustrious films. See posts by Rosilyn Heller
Ryan Key Ryan Key is the lead singer of the alternative-rock band Yellowcard. After two of the most eventful years of his life, including meeting and marrying his wife Alyona, a professional snowboarder, and seeing her suffer a spinal cord injury, Yellowcard's new record Lift a Sail is the kind of emotional cathartic album you would expect after such experiences. Please follow Yellowcard on Facebook and Twitter. See posts by Ryan Key
Sam Horn Sam Horn, Intrigue Expert and author of POP: Stand Out in Any Crowd and Tongue Fu!, helps people craft high-stakes communications (i.e. TED Talks, pitches, keynotes, campaign speeches) that get remembered and get results. Please follow Sam on Twitter: @SamHornIntrigue See posts by Sam Horn
Sam Levine Sam Levine is a partner at Flying Monkeys Entertainment, a multi-platform production and marketing company. Sam has spent the last 10 years pioneering converging media projects and also continues to produce in film and television including his most recent film Ghost Team One. See posts by Sam Levine
Sandy Weinberg Sandy Weinberg owns the Summit Talent & Literary Agency representing writers, directors, authors and animators. He is an Adjunct Faculty Instructor at UCLA, and specializes in speaking about career building for creative professionals. He is also the founder of The Veterans Immersion Program (V.I.P.). See posts by Sandy Weinberg
Scott Brandon Hoffman Scott Brandon Hoffman is a comedian, host, writer, and inspirational speaker. He’s performed on stage and produced shows with stars Wayne Brady, Bret Ernst, and Bobby Lee from Mad TV, as well as many others from HBO, Showtime, and Comedy Central. Scott makes his home in both Los Angeles and San Diego, is into raw foods, personal growth, green smoothies (and people) with a kick! Please follow on Facebook and Twitter @TheEntertainer. See posts by Scott Brandon Hoffman
Scott Cherhoniak Scott Cherhoniak is a young screenwriter from the wooded hills of Vermont. If there is a log cabin for writing in L.A. that just happens to have maple syrup and Vermont cheddar, please let him know. See posts by Scott Cherhoniak
Scott Neustadter Scott Neustadter is the co-writer of 500 Days of Summer, The Spectacular Now, and The Fault in Our Stars. He and his writing partner Michael H. Weber have several high-profile projects in development including Rosaline at Universal starring Felicity Jones, an adaptation of JoJo Moyes's Me Before You at MGM, Where'd You Go Bernadette for Megan Ellison's Annapurna Pictures, and Rules of Civility for Lionsgate. He lives in Venice with his wife Lauren and son Michael. His embarrassing twitter handle is @iamthepuma. (Don't ask.) See posts by Scott Neustadter
Sean Hood Sean Hood is a screenwriter, artist and instructor at USC School of Cinematic Arts best known for genre films and his blog, Genre Hacks. His recent credits include Conan The Barbarian and The Legend of Hercules, but please don't hold that against him. His TV movie The Dorm premieres on MTV this fall. Please follow Sean on Twitter: @seanbhood See posts by Sean Hood
Sean McGinly Sean McGinly was born in Philadelphia and raised in Northern Virginia. He graduated from Villanova University with a degree in Philosophy and went on to USC Film School where he got an MFA in Film Production. He wrote and directed the film, "The Great Buck Howard" starring John Malkovich and Colin Hanks. He also directed the documentary film, "Brothers Lost: Stories of 9/11" about men who lost their brothers on September 11th. He lives in Los Angeles. See posts by Sean McGinly
Seth Jaret Seth Jaret is a Hollywood veteran and the CEO of Content Engine, a creative media studio that produces inspiring content to empower Content Creators to become instruments of their own success in the New Hollywood™. Seth's weekly series, Hollywood Drive & Talk, is "a business seminar from the car" in which he offers inspiration, advice & business wisdom while driving the conversation in Hollywood. See posts by Seth Jaret
Seth Menachem Despite fighting a life-long recurrence of eczema on his left pointer finger, Seth hasn't let it stop him from acting in various commercials and television shows while continuously writing web sketches and TV pilots his agent refers to as "sometimes funny." He's sold a couple of shows, written quite a few articles, and when he remembers he both feeds and clothes his children. You can see more of his work on www.sethmenachem.com and follow on Twitter: @sethmenachem See posts by Seth Menachem
Shane Weisfeld Shane Weisfeld graduated as a screenwriting major from York University in Toronto. “Freezer” is his first produced credit. He loves jaguars (both the big cat and the car) and is not sure which one he’ll get to pet first, because they’re both elusive. See posts by Shane Weisfeld
Shannon Gaulding Shannon Gaulding is an independent movie producer living in Los Angeles. She enjoys gardening (who has the time?), sleeping late (almost never), camping in the Sierra Nevadas (heaven on a stick) and eating Pterodactyl ribs home-smoked by her foxy, long-haired husband. She makes no mention of her willful children (male, ages 10 and 12) whom she forces to watch old movies which they pretend not to love - SEVEN SAMURAI (in b&w with subtitles!) and JEREMIAH JOHNSON - over and over again. See posts by Shannon Gaulding
Rabbi Sherre Hirsch Rabbi Sherre Hirsch is the author of We Plan, God Laughs. Widely known as the relationship rabbi, she Is the spiritual consultant for Canyon Ranch and regularly appears on shows such as Today and Naomi's New Morning. She lives in L.A. with her husband and 4 children. See posts by Rabbi Sherre Hirsch
Sidney Sherman Sidney Sherman is a manager/producer. He previously produced the Emmy nominated documentary feature AMARGOSA, and the Academy Award finalist and Independent Spirit Award nominee for Best Documentary Feature GO TIGERS! which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. He’s currently developing the feature OMEGA POINT with CBS Films and is in post on the documentary EXTINCTION SOUP. Follow Sidney on Twitter: @ssherman007. Rosa Entertainment website: Rosaentertainment.com. See posts by Sidney Sherman
Stella Braintree Stella Braintree is a screenwriter, performance artist and dreamer. See posts by Stella Braintree
Steve Seidel Steve Seidel is one of the founding partners and a Supervising Producer at VIMBY, a next generation content agency for brands and a division of One Three Media and Hearst Entertainment. A 20 year veteran of the entertainment industry, Seidel began his career as a music agent at CAA and UTA. He lives with his wife, two children and puppy in Sherman Oaks, CA. Please follow Steve on Twitter: @schnd See posts by Steve Seidel
Suhad (Sue) Obeidi Suhad (Sue) Obeidi is the Director of Operations and Head of the Hollywood Bureau at the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC). “The Sound of Music” is the first film she has ever seen and it remains her favorite. In fact, she traveled to Salzburg, Austria once just to visit the Von Trapp family home and other film locations. Her secret crush is Michael J. Fox -- she loved him as Alex P. Keaton and loves him even more now. Sue also dabbles in voice acting. Please follow on Twitter: @suhadwhat See posts by Suhad (Sue) Obeidi
Susan Ferris I have been in Los Angeles for almost 30 years. I'm originally from Boston (but spent time in Arkansas - yes… Arkansas). The most important things someone should know me about are: 1) I manage; 2) I produce; 3) I read (a lot); 4) I am a cigar smoker; 5) I am a Red Sox fan. Please follow Susan on Twitter: @szferris and her company, Bohemia Group: @bohemiagroup1 See posts by Susan Ferris
Susan Johnson Born in the desert (Phoenix) and raised by wolves (an attorney and a red-headed Texan), Susan spent many hours studying society (watching movies) in an effort to better understand the world (theaters have air conditioning). Professional experience includes: librarian (script reader); lackey (agent asst); jester (producer's asst); social worker (director's assistant); reformist (editor); and autocrat, I mean diplomat (music video director). Now an award-winning film producer, Susan is currently casting her feature directorial debut, based on the YA novel CARRIE PILBY. Follow Susan on Facebook at Braveart Films and on Twitter @braveartfilms. See posts by Susan Johnson
Suzanne Jurva Suzanne Jurva is an independent filmmaker living in the South. She is a former feature film development executive at DreamWorks and co-founded a mobile content aggregation company in Hollywood and Finland. And she is a mom to people in college now. Please follow Suzanne on Twitter: @SuzanneJurva See posts by Suzanne Jurva
Taj Paxton Taj is a TV writer, film producer and former development exec. During most of her career, she's studied and taught yoga and meditation to thousands. Follow her on Twitter: @talktotaj See posts by Taj Paxton
Tammi Leader Fuller Tammi Leader Fuller is still an Emmy-Award winning Television Producer, adding Camp Director/Owner to her resume. For more information, check out Campowerment. See posts by Tammi Leader Fuller
Teresa Sullivan Since this writing, Teresa was selected as a Samuel Goldwyn Award finalist for her drama pilot, “Doubleblind,” which she co-wrote. She is marketing her adaptation of the award-winning book, “Ten Hours Until Dawn,” and her comedy feature, “The Stewardess.” Before pursuing her daring dream, she was a produced playwright, and had published articles in numerous periodicals including TIME Magazine. See posts by Teresa Sullivan
Tess Paras Tess Paras is an actress who has appeared on hit shows such as “Weeds,” “White Collar,” and “The Good Wife.” She can be seen on the upcoming season of “Wilfred" on F/X and currently performs in L.A. with the improv comedy team, CONRAD. As a writer, Tess has had a series of articles about relationships published on SheKnows.com and is a frequent dating expert guest on Huffington Post Live. You can follow Tess at: Twitter - @tessparas Facebook, www.tessparas.com, and IMDB. See posts by Tess Paras
Tim McGovern Tim McGovern and his writing partner Jeremy Spektor first met at The Groundlings School of Comedy. Tim originally hails from Long Island, New York. He eventually moved to Evanston, Illinois to attend Northwestern. Tim aspires to follow in Johnny Carson’s footsteps and one day be the host of a late night talk show. One thing is certain: Tim loves what he does and will never stop doing it. See posts by Tim McGovern
Todd Felderstein A screenwriter and director, Todd Felderstein's eclectic Hollywood career includes movies, television and documentaries. In addition to his history with Spidey, for the last few years Todd has written/directed on three separate global collaborative films that have put him in the Guinness Book of World Records along with his team of 24 other directors. 2014 looks promising with two different indie features in the works but mums the word, for now. Todd is the former Executive Director of The Story Project and a true believer in the power of storytelling. He continues to mentor students of all ages on methods of uncovering their own, brilliant, personal stories through digital media. When time permits, Todd can be found behind his still camera which continues to be a passion. Please follow on Twitter: @storyprojectLA See posts by Todd Felderstein
Todd Slawsby A veteran screenwriter, Todd Slawsby began his Hollywood career in the mailroom at Brillstein-Grey Entertainment. He has written projects for New Line Cinema, 20th Century Fox and Paramount Pictures, among others. Todd lives in Boston with his wife, Amelia, and their children, Liam and Lyla. THE HEEBIE-JEEBIES is his first directorial effort. See posts by Todd Slawsby
Tom Dolby & Abdi Nazemian Tom Dolby is the writer and co-director of the feature film, Last Weekend, starring Patricia Clarkson, Zachary Booth, Joseph Cross, Jayma Mays, Mary Kay Place and Judith Light. Last Weekend is out now in selected cities and on video-on-demand and iTunes. Follow him on Twitter: @TomDolby. Abdi Nazemian is a Creative Executive at Water’s End Productions, as well as a screenwriter and author of The Walk-In Closet. He and his children live in Los Angeles. Follow him on Twitter: @Abdaddy. See posts by Tom Dolby & Abdi Nazemian
Tom Tugend Tom is a contributing editor for the Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles and the West Coast correspondent for the Jerusalem Post in Israel, Jewish Chronicle in Britain, and the Jewish Telegraphic Agency in New York. He has written on films for the Los Angeles Times and occasional features for Hadassah Magazine, Lifestyles and other publications. See posts by Tom Tugend
Tony Krantz Tony Krantz spent 15 years at CAA rising from the mailroom to running the Primetime Television Department where he personally packaged ER, TWIN PEAKS, BEVERLY HILLS 90210 and THE WEST WING among many others. He started Imagine Television as its CEO and principal founding partner with Brian Grazer and Ron Howard where he Executive Produced such shows as FELICITY with JJ Abrams, SPORTS NIGHT with Aaron Sorkin, THE PJs with Eddie Murphy, WONDERLAND with Peter Berg, MULHOLLAND DR. with David Lynch and 24 with Kiefer Sutherland. Tony Krantz now owns Flame Ventures. He has directed 3 movies, including THE BIG BANG starring Antonio Banderas, Executive Produces DRACULA for NBC and is in pre-production on a sci fi feature he also wrote and is directing that shoots this summer entitled, SIX. See posts by Tony Krantz
Tova Laiter Tova Laiter is a producer (VARSITY BLUES) and has held executive positions at Warner Bros., Imagine Entertainment and Cinergi. She blogs for Huffington Post and Indiewire, and is curating a Q&A series for the New York Film Academy. Please follow on Twitter: @realtovalaiter See posts by Tova Laiter
Van Jones Van Jones is a visionary leader at the forefront of the social, economic, environmental and racial justice movements of the last 20 years. He is the founder of #YesWeCode, a national initiative to help train 100,000 low-opportunity youth to become high-level computer coders. In 2009, Van worked as the green jobs advisor to the Obama White House. There, he helped run the inter-agency process that oversaw $80 billion in green energy recovery spending. He is currently a co-host of Crossfire on CNN. Follow him on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. See posts by Van Jones
Victoria Stark Victoria Stark is a writer with a huge belief in the power of story. She enjoys reading, traveling, and making people laugh. Follow her on twitter @ToriStark See posts by Victoria Stark
Wendy Hammers Wendy Hammers is an actress, stand up comic and author who is currently touring the country with her solo play Ripe. TV appearances include Curb Your Enthusiasm, Oprah, and the Late, Late Show with Craig Ferguson. Hammers lives in Santa Monica with her husband Garth, her son Griffin, and their cats, Shecky and Petunia. Find Wendy on Facebook. Please follow Wendy on Twitter: @wendala6. See posts by Wendy Hammers
Wesley Strick Wesley Strick is a screenwriter, novelist and longtime Sundance Lab advisor. “Watching, Waiting,” a short film he wrote and directed, is currently on the festival circuit. His latest feature, “The Loft,” will be released by Universal this August. See posts by Wesley Strick
Whit Sheppard Whit Sheppard is an award-winning narrative nonfiction writer and a fledgling actor and screenwriter. He’s a former participant in the Telluride Film Festival’s student symposium. His proudest achievement to date: being the father of an amazing four-year-old daughter who reminds him daily of the value of living creatively. Follow him on Twitter: @Whit_Sheppard See posts by Whit Sheppard
Will Deutsch Will Deutsch is an Oscar nominated actor and seasoned illustrator who graduated with a degree in neuroscience from Yale University. He is also an occasional bold faced liar. To see which one of those things is true, visit Notes From The Tribe. Follow him on Twitter @willdeutsch See posts by Will Deutsch
Winston Perez Winston Perez is the founder/CEO of Concept Modeling, perfecting ideas in film, biz & tech. His clients include NBC/Universal, Interscope, Warner Bros. For more information about Winston, please check out The New York Times article. For questions, please email Winston@conceptmodeling.com. See posts by Winston Perez
Dr. Yalda T. Uhls Dr. Yalda T. Uhls received her PhD in developmental psychology from UCLA. She is a senior researcher at the Children’s Digital Media Center@LA, as well as the Regional Director of Common Sense Media, a national non-profit that focuses on helping children, families and educators navigate the digital world. Yalda’s research focuses on how older and newer media impacts the social behavior of preadolescents. Prior to her academic career, Yalda spent over fifteen years as an entertainment executive and producer. Notable positions include Senior VP at MGM as well as consultant to Google, Santa Monica. Yalda has two children, a boy and a girl, ages 11 and 14. See posts by Dr. Yalda T. Uhls