The industry judges for the 2017 Big Break Contest are listed below. Final Draft thanks these executives and managers for their time and passion for supporting scriptwriters.

2018 Judges to be announced soon!

Bellevue Productions – Jeff Portnoy

Prior to joining Bellevue, Jeff Portnoy worked at Creative Artists Agency, The Gotham Group, Resolution Talent Agency and Heretic Literary Management. At CAA, Jeff worked as a story analyst for six years, writing coverage and story notes for scripts written by clients and projects set up at major production companies and studios.

Jeff’s clients include Josh Golden, whose script Road to Oz landed on the prestigious Black List, was an Academy Nicholl Fellowship Finalist and sold to New Line Cinema; Mark Mavrothalasitis, who has projects set up at Alcon Entertainment and Awesomeness Film & TV; and writing team Samuel Franco & Evan Kilgore, whose script Mayday 109 is set up at Thunder Road Pictures.

Originally from Massachusetts, Jeff received a bachelor of fine arts degree in film production from Point Park University in Pittsburgh and studied film and television writing at UCLA Extension.

Bellevue Productions – John Zaozirny

John Zaozirny is a principal at Bellevue Productions, where he oversees a slate of film and television projects and heads their literary management department. His projects include Blond Ambition by Elyse Hollander, set up at Universal Pictures and produced alongside Michael De Luca and Brett Ratner; Infinite by Ian Shorr, set up at Paramount Pictures and produced alongside Lorenzo Di Bonaventura; Eli by David Chirchirillo, set up at Broad Green Pictures; Capsule by Ian Shorr, set up at Twentieth Century Fox and produced alongside Hutch Parker; and Cristo by Ian Shorr, which was set up at Warner Brothers and is now set up at Audible.com as an audio mini-series.

Eli, Cristo, and Capsule made the prestigious annual Black List, the collection of the best unproduced screenplays of the year, as voted on by film industry executives and Blond Ambition topped the 2016 Black List.

John most recently produced Parallel alongside Bron Studios, which stars Aml Ameen, Martin Wallstrom, Georgia King and Mark O’Brien. Parallel was written by Bellevue client Scott Blaszak and directed by Isaac Ezban. John also produced Always Watching, written by Bellevue client Ian Shorr and directed by James Moran. As a literary manager, John’s clients including Ian Shorr (Infinite, Always WatchingOffice Uprising, Splinter)  David Chirchirillo (Cheap Thrills, Eli, Good Match), Scott Blaszak (Parallel), Andrew Zilch (A Crooked Somebody), Peter Gamble (Office Uprising), Elyse Hollander (Blond Ambition), Kathy Charles (Kings of Maine), Edwin Cannistraci (Pierre, Pierre), Chris Thomas Devlin (The Wretched Emily Derringer), and Tom Cartier (The Builder). Raised in Vancouver, Canada, John is a graduate of the Tisch Film and Television program at New York University.

Good Fear – Scott Stoops
Scott Stoops is a manager at Good Fear, a production/management company based in Los Angeles. The company represents writers, directors, actors, comic book publishers, authors and more. Hailing from Seattle, Washington (go Hawks), Scott started in the industry working at Paradigm, where he was an agent trainee in the feature literary department. He transitioned to Benderspink in 2014, and followed Chris Bender and Jake Weiner to their new outfit Good Fear. Today he represents a variety of emerging writers and filmmakers, and has sold both TV and film projects including Man Alive which was written by Joe Greenberg and sold to Fox with Noah Hawley (creator of FX’s Fargo) directing. Passionate about all things elevated and genre, his favorite films/shows of the last few years include Wild Tales, Coherence, BBC’s Black Mirror and the UK TV series Utopia. He is an avid consumer of horror, science fiction, comic books and comedy.

Brian Spink
A literary manager/producer at management company REALM which he started over five years ago. Prior to that, he spent over a decade at Benderspink. He represents screenwriters, TV writers, and directors as well as comic book and video game writers. Brian is one of the producers behind Sony’s Ratter movie which he discovered as a short film and developed into a screenplay. Film projects that Brian is producing include Abducted at Paramount, Last Voyage Of The Demeter at Millennium, and The Champion at Endurance. His clients have worked at every studio and with A-list filmmakers including Sam Raimi, Roland Emmerich, Michael Mann, Robert Zemeckis, Steven Spielberg, Kathleen Kennedy, Michael Bay, Ridley Scott, David Goyer, Neal Moritz, Drew Goddard, Gale Anne Hurd, Chuck Roven, Eva Longoria, and Will Smith.

Capital Creations – Jamie Wager
Jamie Wager is the principal at Capital Creations which represents screenwriters, with an emphasis on TV. Clients have held titles from staff writer to executive producer, on shows like The Big Bang Theory, Iron Fist, The Mick, Chicago PD, and Private Practice, among others.

Before starting his own management company, Jamie was a current programming executive at the WB Network, where his responsibilities included The Jamie Foxx Show, and Hyperion Bay among others. He was a development executive at Twentieth Century Fox TV, where he worked on shows like Dharma & Greg, Futurama, and King of the Hill, among others. He also led Alcon Entertainment’s TV division, while they were under at deal at Warner Brothers.

Chelsea Benson
Chelsea Marelle Benson came to Echo Lake after earning her Master’s Degree in Producing from AFI in Los Angeles. She holds a BA degree in Film Production (with a minor in Literature) and a BFA degree in Dance from the University of Arizona. As a performer, she brings a unique perspective on entertainment as it relates to film and television and provides a fresh approach to the management team at Echo Lake.

Zach Cox & Daniela Garcia-Brcek
Circle of Confusion is a feature film & television production and management company with offices in New York and Los Angeles. Originally founded in 1990 as a New York-based boutique literary management company, Circle expanded into production in 2002 while simultaneously opening a West Coast office. In July 2012, Circle again broadened their scope to include talent management, cementing their reputation as a premiere destination for exceptional writers, directors, actors, content creators, publishers and journalists.

Circle’s clients have their fingerprints all over the modern zeitgeist: In the hit feature films John Wick, Still Alice, The Grand Budapest Hotel, The Fault In Our Stars, Annabelle, Insurgent and the highly anticipated sequels Ride Along 2 and the third installment of the Star Trek reboot; on television, Circle’s clients are writing, directing, starring in and producing some of the biggest shows on the air including The Walking Dead, Gotham, House of Cards, The Goldbergs, Rizzoli & Isles, NCIS: New Orleans, Hannibal, The Flash, Dominion, The Fosters, and many more; in the comics and publishing worlds with the Robert Kirkman and Skybound libraries (The Walking Dead, Invincible, Thief of Thieves), Marvel/Icon’s game-changing writer Brian Michael Bendis (Powers, Scarlet, Brilliant), IDW’s vast comics library (Locke & Key, 30 Days of Night), the amazing true-life tales of Epic Magazine (Spare Parts, Deep Sea Cowboys); and in just about every other facet of the entertainment industry including on Broadway and theater around the country, in periodicals such as Wired, GQ, Esquire, The New York Times Magazine, Vanity Fair and Men’s Journal, and across the gaming universe, the blogosphere and the world wide web.

The production division is in its sixth season of the hit AMC/Fox International series The Walking Dead, the most watched drama series in basic cable history and now airing internationally in over 120 countries. Circle is also behind Sony Playstation’s first foray into original programming with the cult-hit Powers, a fresh spin on the police procedural based on the ground-breaking comic by Brian Michael Bendis. The company is also producing The Walking Dead’s companion series for AMC and another Robert Kirkman-created series Outcast for Cinemax.

On the feature side, Circle recently celebrated the release of Spare Parts, starring George Lopez and Jamie Lee Curtis. This year will also see the release of the independent films American Ultra and Mr. Right and one of Universal Pictures’ most anticipated releases of the summer Straight Outta Compton, a biopic about the legendary rap group N.W.A (co-produced by Ice Cube and Dr. Dre). Circle has an active development arm with more than thirty feature projects on studio slates including: Inherit the Earth at Sony (with Michael Bay); Lore at Warner Brothers (with Dwayne Johnson starring); Fire at Universal (with Zac Effron attached to star); and Antwerp at Paramount (with J.J. Abrams).

Circle of Confusion established its identity developing elevated genre material, but has since expanded the client base to include writers, directors and actors in all formats. The company is built to self-generate (either through its own library or elsewhere) high concept ideas and then develop and package the material, to ensure success at the studio level. Whether it is breaking new talent or developing projects, Circle works to bridge the gap between the fringes of pop culture and the Hollywood mainstream.

Heroes and Villains Entertainment – Markus Goerg
Markus Goerg was born and raised in Germany and came to the US in 1997 to attend Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA, where he graduated cum laude in 2000 with a degree in photography and cinematography. After spending years at two major talent and literary agencies, and running development for a film and television director thereafter, Markus partnered with his long-time friends Mikhail Nayfeld and Dick Hillenbrand in November 2007, the trio founding Heroes and Villains Entertainment, making a dream come true. Markus primarily focuses on unique voices in the drama, thriller and action genres as well as IP creators in those arenas. He’s worked with numerous storytellers in film, TV, comic books and novels, and enjoys helping his clients excel in their respective areas of interest.

When Markus is not working on his clients’ behalf, he enjoys watching some of his favorite television shows, movies, spinning, working out, making furniture for his house, or creating various, photography-related art projects. He loves staying active and participated in the Los Angeles marathon in 2014, which he finished in just under six hours. He became a dual citizen (US/Germany) in the fall of 2010.

ICM Partners – Cullen Conly
Cullen Conly is an agent at ICM Partners in the Motion Picture Literary department, based in New York. His clients include Sarah-Violet Bliss & Charles Rogers, Charlie McDowell, Sian Heder, Patrick Brice, the Zellner Brothers, Ben Dickinson, Andrew Ahn and Zachary Heinzerling, among others. Prior to joining ICM, Conly was the Manager of the Feature Film Program of the Sundance Institute, where he worked in the Screenwriter and Director Labs. Among the filmmakers he helped nurture there are Beasts Of The Southern Wild‘s Lucy Alibar and Benh Zeitlin, Fruitvale‘s Ryan Coogler, Ain’t Them Bodies Saints’ David Lowery, Martha Marcy May Marlene‘s Sean Durkin, Compliance‘s Craig Zobel and Nobody Walks‘ Lena Dunham and Ry Russo-Young. Before Sundance, Conly worked in development and production at Paramount Vantage and began his film career in the mailroom at the William Morris Agency.


Infinity Management – Jon Karas
Jon Karas is an established entertainment industry entrepreneur. He founded Infinity Management International in 1990, after working as a literary executive at the William Morris Agency, in film and television packaging. He currently represents top film and television writers and directors. His clients and collaborators include Ted Melfi (St. Vincent), Jim Uhls (Fight Club, Jumper), Sheldon Lettich (Max, Double Impact), Norman Steinberg (My Favorite Year, The Cosby Show), Douglas Day Stewart (An Officer and a Gentleman, The Blue Lagoon), Kenny Golde (End of Eternity), Maxwell Atoms (Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy) and Roger Towne (The Natural, The Recruit), among many others. He has packaged and produced content across all media, structured numerous financing agreements and negotiated and drafted complex contracts in this capacity.

Mr. Karas formed Institutional Media Investments with Caspar von Winterfeldt in 2010, raising capital and serving in an advisory capacity to a number of technology companies, media companies and film funds, including Hemisphere Media Capital (World War Z, Men in Black III and The Smurfs, etc.).

Mr. Karas is a founding partner of Arkham House Entertainment, a production and licensing company that controls all of the film and television rights to the works of H.P. Lovecraft and everything published by Arkham House Publishing. Currently the company has joint venture deals and/or is developing content with Radar Pictures, Napalm Films, Pukeko Pictures, Boom Studios (comics and graphic novels), Darko Entertainment and Radio Archives (audio books.)

Mr. Karas is currently producing Maxx starring Jason Patric and is in post production on Porto Mon Amour, starring Anton Yelchin. He recently produced Hellgate, starring William Hurt and Cary Elwes, which was released theatrically by IFC Films and won the top prize at the Fantasy Horror Awards televised on Syfy. Mr Karas also produced Bitter/Sweet, starring James Brolin and Kip Pardue, which won the top prize at WorldFest Houston. He executive produced 2007’s Believe in Me starring Bruce Dern, Samantha Mathis and Jeffrey Donovan, which was theatrically released by IFC Films and won numerous festivals. Mr. Karas also produced 2006’s Checking Out, based on a Broadway play and starring Peter Falk, Laura San Giacomo and David Paymer, which was released theatrically by Allumination Entertainment and won WorldFest, the Palm Beach Film Festival and numerous other awards

Mr. Karas practiced corporate and entertainment law in New York at Dreyer & Traub (1984-86) and Robinson, Silverman (1986-87), focusing on capital formation, investment banking and securities transactions. His clients included Donald Trump, Bear Sterns, Drexel, Burnham, Marriott and Integrated Resources. Mr. Karas graduated cum laude from the University of Miami School of Law where he was executive editor of the International Law Review. He then received a masters degree in corporate finance from NYU Law School. Mr. Karas also studied international law and finance at St. Edmunds Hall, Oxford University, and was a theater major while getting his bachelor’s degree at Vassar College.

Kailey Marsh Management & Productions – Kailey Marsh
Kailey Marsh is an independent literary manager and producer at Kailey Marsh Media. She represents screenwriters and directors in the feature, television and new media space. Kailey started out working for Steven Schneider while he was producing Paranormal Activity, and then she became an assistant at Circle of Confusion. Kailey created The Blood List (BloodList.com) in 2009, which is the annual list highlighting the ‘most liked’ unproduced, dark genre screenplays of the year. BloodList has recently grown into a platform for original content, and has started to produce it’s own content as well.

Kailey has writer / director clients staffed on cable / network shows, and also on video games. She and her clients have projects set up across town, in different stages of development, production, and post.


Lee Stobby Entertainment – Lee Stobby
After graduating from the University of Michigan and moving to LA in 2009, Lee Stobby has quickly made a name for himself championing strong independent voices and quality cinema and television. He is a literary manager, producer and principal of Lee Stobby Entertainment. Before starting his own shingle in 2014, Stobby worked at Misher Films, Double Feature Films, Industry Entertainment, Innovative Artists, and Caliber Media, where he began representing literary clients in 2012. Stobby is producing BUBBLES for Netflix, a biopic of Michael Jackson’s chimpanzee which was ranked #1 on the 2015 Black List and is also being produced by Dan Harmon’s Starburns Industries (ANOMALISA, RICK & MORTY) and EndCue (COP CAR) with Taika Waititi (WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS, HUNT FOR THE WILDERPEOPLE, THOR: RAGNAROK) and Mark Gustafson (FANTASTIC MR. FOX) directing as a stop-motion animation film. Stobby is also a producer on WILDLING starring Bel Powley, Liv Tyler and Brad Dourif and POPSICLE with Elijah Wood’s SpectreVision and Red Sea Media. Some of Stobby’s writer and director client highlights include Rodney Ascher (ROOM 237, THE NIGHTMARE), Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy (THE TRIBE), Tom Castillo whose script DICK MOVE has Rough House and Benaroya Producing and Olivia Munn set to star, Thomas Brandon whose pilot TRANSIENCE sold to CW this last cycle, Samantha Buck & Marie Schlingmann who are a female filmmaker team who are writing and directing NEED for Covert Media, Kate Trefry who made the Black List in 2013 (PURE O) and 2016 (REVOLVER) and was just staffed on STRANGER THINGS season 2, and Isaac Adamson (BUBBLES) who has an adaptation of the novel THE ICE TWINS at Alcon, ’51 DONS at Walden Media, an adaptation of his own novel TOKYO SUCKERPUNCH at Lionsgate and recently sold a pitch, HELIOS, to Fox 2000.

Madhouse Entertainment – Team
Madhouse Entertainment is a management and production company that has a long track record of working with incredible writers and writer/directors in both TV and film.

Magnet Management – Mitch Solomon

When Magnet Management formed its production arm, Pull Pictures, the company created a partnership with producer Mitch Solomon. Besides producing, Mitch also segued into managing screenwriters and directors at Magnet, where he has represented a number of established filmmakers and writers in both film and TV. In his time at Magnet, Pull Pictures has set up feature films in development at all the major studios. Among these are The Blacksmith at Sony, Hourglass at Fox and The Creepy Kid at Paramount. There are also television projects in development including Saint Anne at HBO and The Cornbread Mafia at Paramount TV. On the independent film side, the most recently completed movie is Pacific Standard Time, starring Alex Russell, Willa Holland and Miguel Gomez. Previously Mitch was the production head of The Bubble Factory and president of the feature film division at Film Roman. At Film Roman, he was responsible for creating the first feature film division for the company best known for its work-for-hire business in animated television. My First Mister, starring Albert Brooks and Leelee Sobieski, was the first live-action movie produced by Solomon for the company. That film opened the Sundance Film Festival and was distributed by Paramount Classics. While at the company, his division sold live-action films to Universal, Disney, Columbia and Paramount, while selling animated films to Universal, Disney, the French company TF1, as well as independent financiers out of South Korea, Taiwan and Israel. Prior to joining Film Roman, Solomon was the senior vice president of production at FilmColony, where he managed daily operations and supervised the development and production of a variety of films including Lasse Hallstrom’s The Cider House Rules, 54, starring Mike Myers and She’s All That, with Freddie Prinze Jr. and Rachael Leigh Cook. Before FilmColony, he developed film projects such as Universal Pictures’ The Family Man and DreamWorks’ Mouse Hunt. He also served as director of development for Wildwood Enterprises, where he was involved in the development of The American President and Quiz Show.

Management 360 – Adam Riback
Founded over a decade ago, Management 360 is one of the premiere management

companies dedicated to the shaping, guiding and creatively developing successful careers in the entertainment industry. In an increasingly competitive marketplace that is constantly evolving, Management 360 provides its select roster of talent and literary clients with forward-thinking management, access to a robust in-house development and production team, and strategies for merchandising, licensing, brand-building, digital media and new business development. Each artist is approached on a wholly individual basis with a singular goal in mind – to identify opportunities across all platforms, and then, to maximize those opportunities to enhance the client’s public perception, maximize revenue streams and foster personal fulfillment.

Entertainment 360, the producing arm of Management 360, develops and produces a wide variety of film and television projects including HBO’s Emmy-winning hit television series Game of Thrones, and Danny Boyle’s Steve Jobs, starring Michael Fassbender, Seth Rogen and Kate Winslet, which Universal Pictures released. Previous projects include The Gallows, released by New Line and co-produced with Blumhouse; David Frankel’s Golden-Globe-nominated film Hope Springs, starring Meryl Streep and Tommy Lee Jones; and the Bravo reality series It’s a Brad, Brad World, starring Brad Goreski. Entertainment 360’s upcoming production slate includes the film adaptation of Lifeboat with a screenplay by Bill Broyles, to be directed by Joe Wright with Anne Hathaway starring, for Working Title and Focus Features (in pre-production); the film adaptation of Cowboy Ninja Viking set up at Universal with Chris Pratt attached to star; a television series based on Patricia Highsmith’s Tom Ripley books (in development); and Shovel Buddies, a coming-of-age comedy produced with Awesomeness TV, from a Black List screenplay by Jason Mark Hellerman, starring Bella Thorne and a cast of social-media stars (in post-production).


Management SGC – Scott Carr
Scott Carr was born June 14, 1982, in Ontario, Canada, where he fell in love with movies and television at a young age. His father, a fisherman and small business owner, was one of the first in his neighborhood to get a satellite dish, and Scott would spend more time than he rightfully should have watching television and learning all he could about the craft and business of moviemaking – to the extent at which he made his own 90-minute original action film with many brave friends in high school. He collected movies and amassed over 1,200 titles, having his own veritable video store in his college apartment.

He studied film at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, where he also played football and did competitive amateur bodybuilding. Upon graduating with his bachelor’s degree, he immediately relocated from Canada to Los Angeles in 2004. It took some creative thinking and resourcefulness for Scott to procure employment opportunities in the USA, being a Canadian citizen. He eventually got his start inside the coveted walls of Hollywood. He landed in the William Morris mailroom in summer 2008, where he worked until the merger with Endeavor. He also worked at UTA for three years, and spent a year as a development executive at Hollywood Gang Productions at Warner Bros. before starting the literary management company Management SGC, where he represents writers and directors in film, television, books and digital content.

Manus Entertainment – Marc Manus
Marc Manus is a former award-winning photojournalist who attended USC film school before entering the field of artist representation. His first job was with manager Cathryn Jaymes, who represented the Academy Award-winning writer/director Quentin Tarantino, among others. After a brief foray into independent producing, Marc held positions at various management companies including Incognito Entertainment, which produced the Warner Bros.’ comedy Three to Tango. Then he partnered with a talent manager until venturing out on his own to form Manus Entertainment. Now Marc has a well-respected roster of up-and-coming writers and directors who have been involved in film and television projects at companies such as 20th Century Fox, Columbia Pictures, IFC Films, Lionsgate, Silver Pictures and Syfy. A few of his recent client projects include V/H/S: Viral, the third installment in the successful horror franchise; Shut In, a thriller from the producer of Insidious; and, Get the Girl, a dark action-comedy currently in post-production. Marc recently served as co-producer on the indie horror Delivery, which premiered at the 2013 Los Angeles Film Festival, and is set to co-produce Crawl to Me, based on the best-selling graphic novel.

Silent R Management – Jewerl Ross

Jewerl Ross grew up in Los Angeles and left Southern California to study political philosophy at Yale. After graduating in 1997, he returned to L.A. to work in entry-level positions at ICM and Paradigm before joining APA as an agent in early 1999. Three years later, after making a name for himself selling spec scripts, Marathon Entertainment hired Ross as a manager. In January 2006, Ross left to form his own company, Silent R Management.

Some of Ross’ director clients include: Academy Award Winner Barry Jenkins, the writer and director of Moonlight for A24 and Brad Pitt’s Plan B. Moonlight was nominated for 8 Academy Awards and won 3 (Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Supporting Actor). Barry previously directed Medicine for Melancholy. Brad Buecker, executive producer and director on American Horror Story on FX. Buecker is currently under an overall deal at Twentieth Century Fox. Buecker is in post-production on his debut feature Billy Boy, starring Blake Jenner (Richard Linklater’s Everybody Wants Some, Glee) and Melissa Benoist (CBS’ Supergirl). Stephen Piet’s film Uncle John recently premiered in competition at the 2015 SXSW and he is currently directing all six episodes of season 2 of Channel Zero for Syfy and UCP. Patrick Wang’s film The Grief of Others premiered at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival and SXSW.

Some of Ross’ writer clients include: Matthew Aldrich who is currently writing Opening Belle for Warner Bros. and Reese Witherspoon. Matt also wrote Coco for Pixar Animation Studios and director Lee Unkrich (Toy Story 3) which is slated for a 2017 release. Aldrich also wrote Father Daughter Time: A Tale of Armed Robbery and Eskimo Kisses that Warner Bros. purchased in a bidding war for Matt Damon. That script was #5 on “The Black List”. Jack Stanley sold his original screenplay Possession: A Love Story to financier Ken Kao with Ross attached to produce; Jim Byrkit (Coherence) is attached to direct and Blake Lively is attached to star. Stanley’s original screenplay Sweetheart was #15 on “The Black List” and landed Patty Jenkins to direct. Jack also wrote Chronicle 2 at Fox. Our Lady J, who is currently a writer and producer on Transparent for Amazon Studios. Moises Zamora is a staff writer on Fox’s Star and was previously on ABC’s American Crime. Evan Endicott is writing and producing the AMC’s series Into the Badlands. Evan just was hired to adapt the book Florida Roadkill to series for Sonar Entertainment. Sam Sheridan, whose original pilot Caligo Nox was set up with CBS Television Studios and producer Eric Tannenbaum is currently staffed on SEAL Team at CBS.


Super Vision – Tony Zequeira
Tony Zequeira has been working in the entertainment business since 1998. An alumnus of FSU Film School, Tony has gone from film maker to agent to manager and now producer. His unique perspective and focus on young up and coming talent provides his clients with advice and guidance that usually only comes from industry veterans.

Tony has his own management/production company, SUPER VISION. He affectionately kids about his clients, calling them tomorrow’s talent, today, at yesterday’s prices. But the results are very real, with most of his clients already working on their first big breakout projects within their first year. Tony himself is also currently putting together two independent features which he will produce this year and in early 2018.


Zero Gravity Management – Tai Duncan
As president of production at Zero Gravity, Tai Duncan oversees film projects from inception to completion, encompassing all aspects of development, casting, finance and production. Prior to his time at Zero Gravity, Tai was the senior vice president at Paul Schiff Productions and was involved with various aspects of the feature films: Mona Lisa Smile (Sony Pictures Entertainment), Walking Tall (MGM), Hooligans (Odd Lot Entertainment) Date Movie and Epic Movie (New Regency/20th Century Fox). In 2007, Tai produced his first three movies: The Air I Breathe, Numb and Spin. Tai also produced the comedy Tenure and executive produced the ABC Family film Revenge of the Bridesmaids.

Prior to working with Paul Schiff, Tai worked as a creative executive at The Donners’ Company, primarily focusing on identifying and procuring new projects and contributing to the creative aspects of the following films: Timeline (Paramount), Constantine (Warner Brothers), X2 (20th Century Fox) and Out Cold (Buena Vista/Spyglass Entertainment).

Before his time at The Donners’ Company, Tai was an agent trainee at the United Talent Agency (UTA) in the feature literary department. While at UTA, Tai contributed to the deal-making process, project procurement and career management for A-list level writers and directors, and also focused on transitioning high-level television clients into the feature film world.

Judges from previous contests:

  • Benderspink
  • Circle of Confusion - Connor McCracken
  • Echo lake Entertainment - Zadoc Angell and James Engle
  • EML - Eva Lontscharitsch is a literary manager and producer with her own company, EML Entertainment. She represents writers and directors for film and television, and across all genres. Prior to forming her own management company she was an agent at ICM’s motion picture literary department. Eva was born in Madrid, Spain and raised in Stuttgart, Germany before moving to Los Angeles to start her career in entertainment at ICM as an agent trainee.
  • Grandview - Zac Frognowski
  • Heretic Literary Management - Jeff Portnoy Prior to starting Heretic Literary Management, Jeff served as an agent and the head of the Story Department at Resolution. Before joining Resolution, Jeff worked at The Gotham Group and Creative Artists Agency respectively. Heretic's mission is to discover talented Feature and TV writers, develop projects with them and guide their careers. Jeff holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Film and Television Production from Point Park University in Pittsburgh.
  • Heroes and Villains Entertainment - Markus Goerg Born and raised in Germany, Markus always has a tendency for everything creative. At age eight he made films with a friend’s Super 8 camera and later wrote short action and supernatural horror stories in his teens. After completing a rigorous photography apprenticeship with a German advertising photographer in 1997, Markus came to the U.S. to attend Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA as a Photography major. There he was exposed to the medium that had been his passion all along: Film. He graduated cum laude in 2000 with a BFA in Photography and Cinematography and knew that he wanted to be a a part of the entertainment industry.
  • Infinity Management - Jon Karas is an established entertainment industry entrepreneur. He founded Infinity Management International in 1990, after working as a literary executive at William Morris Agency involved in film and television packaging. He currently represents top film and television writers and directors. His clients and collaborators include Norman Steinberg, Douglas Day Stewart, Jim Uhls, Ted Melfi and Roger Towne. He has structured numerous financing agreements and negotiated and drafted complex contracts in this capacity.
  • Lee Stobby Entertainment - Lee Stobby A graduate of the University of Michigan and with an extensive physical production background (both in casting, on set and in post), Lee Stobby is a literary manager, producer and creative who has learned from some of Hollywood's greatest minds at Misher Films, Double Feature Films, Industry Entertainment, Innovative Artists, and Caliber Media; the lattermost is where he began representing literary clients in 2011. A champion of strong, independent voices and quality cinema, Lee just started his own literary management and production company, Lee Stobby Entertainment, and his clients include: Lindsay Stidham who wrote Sundance hit Douchebag and Spooner; Kate Trefry whose script Pure O made The Black List 2013; Isaac Adamson who is the author of Tokyo Suckerpunch and other books in the Billy Chaka series published by HarperCollins; and Rodney Ascher whose documentary Room was the talk of Sundance and Cannes and is currently in post on his second feature The Nightmare.

  • Kailey Marsh Management & Productions - Kailey Marsh is an independent literary manager & producer at Kailey Marsh Management & Productions. She represents screenwriters and directors in the feature, television and new media space. Kailey started out work for Steven Schneider while he worked on Paranormal Activity, and then became and assistant at Circle of Confusion. Kailey created The Blood List in 2009, which is the annual list hilighting the top-13 best unproduced, dark genre screenplays of the year. She and her clients have projects set up across town, in different stages of development and production. Bloodlist.com @kaileymarsh
  • Madhouse Entertainment - Chris Cook
  • Magnet Management - Mitch Solomon is a literary manager and producer who runs the production arm of Magnet Management. Among his clients is Larry Brenner, who was introduced to Solomon through the 2010 Final Draft Big Break competition. Brenner subsequently sold his spec script Bethlehem to Universal with Joe Roth and Palak Patel producing and adapted Angelology on assignment at Sony for producers Overbrook and director Marc Forster’s Apparatus Productions. As a producer, Magnet’s projects in development include the family film The Creepy Kid at Paramount and Montecito Pictures, thriller Hourglass at Fox alongside Davis Entertainment and Saint Anne a one-hour at HBO to be produced with Blumhouse and eOne Entertainment. Solomon's previous jobs include being the production head of The Bubble Factory and president of the feature film division at Film Roman. Prior to joining Film Roman, Solomon was the senior vice president of production of FilmColony at Miramax.

  • Management 360 - Adam Riback
  • Manus Entertainment - Marc Manus is a former award-winning photojournalist who attended USC film school before entering the field of artist representation. His first job was with manager Cathryn Jaymes, who represented the Academy Award-winning writer/director Quentin Tarantino, among others. After a brief foray into independent producing Marc held positions at various management companies including Incognito Entertainment, which produced the Warner Bros.' comedy Three to Tango. He was then partnered with a talent manager until venturing out on his own to form Manus Entertainment. Marc now has a well-respected roster of up-and-coming writers and directors who have been involved in film and television projects at companies such as 20th Century Fox, Anchor Bay, IFC Films, Lionsgate, Silver Pictures and Syfy. A few of his recent client projects include V/H/S: VIRAL, the third installment in the successful horror franchise, Shut In, a thriller from the producers of Insidious and Orphan, and Get the Girl, a dark action-comedy currently in production. Marc recently served as co-producer on the indie horror Delivery, which premiered at the 2013 Los Angeles Film Festival, and as executive producer on Blood Shy, a thriller currently in post-production.
  • Paradigm - Zac Simmons
  • The Gotham Group - Justin Littman
  • Realm Literary - Brian Spink is a literary manager/producer at boutique management company REALM which he founded in January 2011. Prior to that, he spent over a decade at Benderspink. He represents screenwriters and directors in film & television as well as comic book writers. Feature projects that Brian is executive producing include Abducted at Paramount, Last Voyage Of The Demeter at Millennium, Shadows of Paris at Telefilm, and Unt. Thriller with Steven Schneider (Paranormal Activity). His clients have worked at every studio and with A-list filmmakers including Sam Raimi, Roland Emmerich, Robert Zemeckis, Steven Spielberg, Michael Bay, Ridley Scott, Phillip Noyce, John Woo, Robert Schwentke, David Goyer, Kathleen Kennedy, Mark Gordon, Gale Anne Hurd, Chuck Roven, and Will Smith.
  • Silent R management - Jewerl Ross grew up in Los Angeles and left Southern California to study political philosophy at Yale. After graduating in 1997, he returned to L.A. to work in entry-level positions at ICM and Paradigm before joining APA as an agent in early 1999. Three years later, after making a name for himself selling spec scripts, Marathon Entertainment hired Ross as a manager. In January 2006, Ross left to form his own company, Silent R Management.
  • SUPER VISION - Tony Zequeira is a manager/producer who owns his own LA-based company, SUPER VISION. Tony excels at discovering and developing young writers and writer/directors and guiding them into a career in the commercial studio film industry. Tony began his career at Larchmont Literary Agency where he worked under Joel Millner as a junior agent. While at Larchmont Literary, he worked with many successful writer/directors such as Chuck Pfarrer (Red Planet, Hard Target) George Hickenlooper (Casino Jack), Peter Gould (Breaking Bad, Too Big to Fail, Better Call Saul), and Brian Dannelly (Saved!, Weeds, Struck by Lighting) Tony then switched over to management, working at Evolution with Mark Burg and Gregg Hoffman and was involved in acquiring what would become the Saw franchise of films. While SUPER VISION is only in it's first year, Tony's clients have been attached to write and direct an action/adventure book series, direct independent features, and adapt a studio based New York Times Best Seller as well as worked on shows like Sleepy Hollow, Heiroglyph and a variety of Disney based studio movies. Tony is also currently set to produce a studio feature shooting in China in 2015.
  • Think Tank Management - Tom Drumm
  • Velocity Entertainment - Joe Riley
  • William Morris Endeavor - Adam Novak Head of the Story Department of William Morris Endeavor for almost 20 years, a champion of the written word, Novak was named by FADE IN: magazine as one of the "Top 100 People You Need to Know."
  • Adam Novak is a graduate of USC’s Filmic Writing Program, Adam Novak played a ruthless drug dealer in the 1990 senior thesis video of Boyz N the Hood by classmate John Singleton, which prepared him for the motion picture industry.
  • Benderspink is an innovative IP, production and management company.
  • Brian Spink is a literary manager/producer at boutique management company Realm which he founded in January 2011. Prior to that, he spent over a decade at Benderspink. He represents screenwriters and directors in film and television as well as comic book writers. Feature projects that Brian is executive producing include Abducted at Paramount, Last Voyage of The Demeter at Millennium, Webcam at Company3, and upcoming The Estranged. His clients have worked at every studio and with A-list filmmakers including Sam Raimi, Roland Emmerich, Robert Zemeckis, Steven Spielberg, Michael Bay, Ridley Scott, Phillip Noyce, John Woo, Robert Schwentke, David Goyer, Kathleen Kennedy, Mark Gordon, Gale Anne Hurd, Chuck Roven, and Will Smith.
  • Chris Cook is a literary manager and producer at Madhouse Entertainment in Los Angeles. He represents screenwriters and filmmakers in both film and TV. Among the talent he represents are Justin Kremer (McCarthy), Russell Sommer and Dan Frey (Bleeding Kansas), and Roberto Bentivegna (The Eel) who were on last year’s Blacklist. His clients Christian Magalhaes and Robert Snow are currently in production on their 2010 Blacklist script Murder of a Cat. He was highly involved in the development of the upcoming film, written by Aaron Guzikowski, Prisoners, and has several projects set up at different studios.
  • Eric Williams is currently a Partner at Zero Gravity Management. He began his career at Paradigm and then moved to Writers & Artists Agency as a Literary Agent. Eric transitioned to management in 2004, where he began growing the management division of Zero Gravity. Specializing in representing screenwriters and directors, Eric has a passion and reputation for discovering and breaking new talent, and represents exciting up-and-coming artists in addition to well-established industry professionals. Eric's diverse client list has included writers and/or directors involved in recent Hollywood studio blockbusters from Underworld Awakening, Harry Potter, Sherlock Holmes, and The A-Team. In addition, the upcoming Frozen at Disney Animation, The Judge at Warner Bros., and the creators of the acclaimed television series The Bridge. Eric has been a featured panelist at prominent screenwriting conferences all over the country, and has judged numerous screenplay contests.
  • Marc Hartogsohn is from South Florida and went to Syracuse University where he studied TRF (Television, Radio, Film) and History. He began his career in New York at Good Morning America where he won a Daytime Emmy® Award for coverage on the 2008 presidential election. He also worked in feature film development for independent producer Michael Gunther. In Los Angeles he first worked at Renegade 83 in unscripted television show development before joining The Gersh Agency as an assistant to a feature film below-the-line agent. He is now a junior agent at Gersh in the feature literary department.
  • Jennifer Au is a literary manager at Caliber Media representing writers and directors for film and television, and across all genres. Prior to starting at Caliber, she spent four years at Untitled Entertainment, first as an assistant and then as a junior literary manager. Jennifer began her career working at an independent production company followed by time at a top agency. She is a graduate of the USC School of Cinematic Arts.
  • Jewerl Ross grew up in Los Angeles and left Southern California to study political philosophy at Yale. After graduating in 1997, he returned to L.A. to work in entry-level positions at ICM and Paradigm before joining APA as an agent in early 1999. Three years later, after making a name for himself selling spec scripts, Marathon Entertainment hired Ross as a manager. In January 2006, Ross left to form his own company, Silent R Management.
  • Kailey Marsh is an independent literary manager & producer at Kailey Marsh Management & Productions. She represents screenwriters and directors in the feature, television and new media space. Kailey started out work for Steven Schneider while he worked on Paranormal Activity, and then became and assistant at Circle of Confusion. Kailey created The Blood List in 2009, which is the annual list hilighting the top-13 best unproduced, dark genre screenplays of the year. She and her clients have projects set up across town, in different stages of development and production. Bloodlist.com @kaileymarsh/
  • Marc Manus is a former award-winning photojournalist who attended USC film school before entering the field of artist representation. His first job was with manager Cathryn Jaymes, who represented the Academy Award-winning writer-director Quentin Tarantino, among others. After a brief foray into independent producing, Marc held positions at various management companies including Incognito Entertainment, which produced the Warner Bros. comedy Three to Tango. He then partnered with talent manager Jamie Gold for a couple of years, until he ventured out on his own to form Manus Entertainment. Marc now has a well-respected roster of up-and-coming writers and directors who have been involved in film and television projects at companies such as 20th Century Fox, Anchor Bay, Escape Artists, IFC Films, and Syfy. A few of his recent client projects include the original spec screenplay Cornered, in active development with 1821 Pictures, a remake of Phasma Ex Machina set up at Universal Pictures and Crawl to Me, an adaptation of the best-selling graphic novel from publisher IDW. Marc most recently served as co-producer on the micro-budget supernatural horror-thriller Delivery, which made its world premiere at the 2013 Los Angeles Film Festival.
  • Mike De Trana worked numerous aspects of the entertainment industry before founding his management/production company, Anvil Entertainment. During his time at Kadokawa Pictures USA, De Trana honed his development skills working on the The Masters of Horror series for Showtime, the film One Missed Call for Warner Bros. and developing adaptations of Japanese horror films for the American Market. Next, at The Gersh Agency De Trana quickly advanced from the Production and Literary departments, to working for the head of the production department and eventually the head of the agency. This afforded De Trana the opportunity to fully immerse himself in both the below the line and literary sides of the company, working with clients such as producers Ian Bryce and Larry Franco, and filmmakers such as Marc Webb, Diablo Cody, Bruce Beresford, Joe Dante and John Landis.
  • Mitch Solomon is a literary manager and producer who runs the production arm of Magnet Management. Among his clients is Larry Brenner, who was introduced to Solomon through the 2010 Final Draft Big Break competition. Brenner subsequently sold his spec script Bethlehem to Universal with Joe Roth and Palak Patel producing and adapted Angelology on assignment at Sony for producers Overbrook and director Marc Forster’s Apparatus Productions. As a producer, Magnet’s projects in development include the family film The Creepy Kid at Paramount and Montecito Pictures, thriller Hourglass at Fox alongside Davis Entertainment, and Saint Anne a one-hour at HBO to be produced with Blumhouse and eOne Entertainment. Solomon's previous jobs include being the production head of The Bubble Factory and president of the feature film division at Film Roman. Prior to joining Film Roman, Solomon was the senior vice president of production of FilmColony at Miramax.
  • Todd Garner, the head of Broken Road Productions, is a veteran producer and Hollywood creative executive with a unique gift for creating and nurturing mainstream, commercial motion pictures. He is very active in various charities such as the Learning Garden and Doheny Eye Institute and is on the board of the Environmental Media Association and the MISS Foundation. In various capacities throughout his career, Garner has developed, overseen, executive produced or produced well over 170 movies, many of them major hits for their respective studios. Formerly a founding partner of Revolution Studios and before that co-head of production at Disney, Garner founded Broken Road Productions in summer 2005. In the last seven years, Broken Road has produced twelve movies and counting.
  • After graduating from The University of Arizona, Tom Drumm got his start in Hollywood interning for MTV and The Farrelly Bros. before joining the Brillstein-Grey mailroom. There Tom worked for Brillstein-Grey Management President Peter Safran, who he credits, along with Bernie Brillstein, for teaching him what makes a great manager. At the end of 2005, Tom broke off with Peter to form the production/management firm The Safran Company where we worked as a talent manager until recently forming his own company, Think Tank Management & Production, in 2013.
  • Tony Zequeira is a manager/producer affiliated with Larchmont Literary Agency. His management company excels at developing young writers and preparing them for a career in the entertainment business. He has worked with many successful young writer/directors such as George Hickenlooper (Casino Jack), Peter Gould (Breaking Bad, Too Big to Fail, Better Call Saul), and Brian Dannelly (Saved, Weeds). Prior to switching to manager/producer he worked at Evolution Management with Mark Burg, Oren Koules, and Gregg Hoffman and was involved in acquiring the Saw series of films.
  • Adam Novak is a graduate of USC’s Filmic Writing Program, Adam Novak played a ruthless drug dealer in the 1990 senior thesis video of Boyz N the Hood by classmate John Singleton, which prepared him for the motion picture industry.
  • Brian Spink is a literary manager/producer at boutique management company Realm which he founded in January 2011. Prior to that, he spent over a decade at Benderspink. He represents screenwriters and directors in film and television as well as comic book writers. Feature projects that Brian is executive producing include Abducted at Paramount, Last Voyage of The Demeter at Millennium, Shadows of Paris at Telefilm, and Untitled Thriller with Steven Schneider (Paranormal Activity).
  • Brooklyn Weaver owns Energy Entertainment, a literary management and production company based in Beverly Hills and is a producer on several film projects. As a literary manager, Weaver is known throughout Hollywood for having high-caliber taste in clients and projects and as a top dealmaker. As a producer, in 2012 Weaver executive produced revenge/drama Out of the Furnace starring Christian Bale, directed by Oscar®-nominated Scott Cooper with Leonardo DiCaprio, Ridley Scott and Ryan Kavanaugh producing, Relativity Media financed and is distributing.
  • Irene Yeung is a VP working with Roy Lee at Vertigo Entertainment (The Grudge, The Departed, The Strangers). She graduated from USC's School of Cinema-Television and began her career as an intern at Vertigo, where she worked her way through the ranks to her current position. She was an associate producer on the Screen Gems thriller The Roommate and a co-producer on the upcoming supernatural thriller 7500 at CBS Films. Vertigo is currently in production on the WB thriller Hidden and working on an adaptation of Stephen King's The Stand and It, a remake of OldBoy, and Godzilla.
  • Julian Rosenberg was born and raised in the community of Kitsilano in Vancouver, Canada. His career began at age 18 as an actor, before segueing into producing. By age 21, his films had won multiple awards and screened at dozens of festivals internationally. This early success led him to move to Los Angeles in 2005, and shortly thereafter he joined the United Talent Agency’s prestigious Agent Trainee Program. In 2008, he left the agency to become a talent manager, before joining Caliber Media where he has been a Manager since 2011.
  • Jennifer Au is a literary manager at Caliber Media representing writers and directors for film and television, and across all genres. Prior to starting at Caliber, she spent four years at Untitled Entertainment, first as an assistant and then as a junior literary manager. Jennifer began her career working at an independent production company followed by time at a top agency. She is a graduate of the USC School of Cinematic Arts.
  • Jewerl Ross grew up in Los Angeles and left Southern California to study political philosophy at Yale. After graduating in 1997, he returned to L.A. to work in entry-level positions at ICM and Paradigm before joining APA as an agent in early 1999. Three years later, after making a name for himself selling spec scripts, Marathon Entertainment hired Ross as a manager. In January 2006, Ross left to form his own company, Silent R Management.
  • Mitch Solomon is a literary manager and producer who runs the production arm of Magnet Management. Among his clients is Larry Brenner, who was introduced to Solomon through the 2010 Final Draft Big Break competition. Brenner subsequently sold his spec script Bethlehem to Universal with Joe Roth and Palak Patel producing and adapted Angelology on assignment at Sony for producers Overbrook and director Marc Forster’s Apparatus Productions.
  • Palak Patel runs the film division for Joe Roth's company, Roth Films. Roth Films recently produced Alice in Wonderland directed by Tim Burton. They also produced Knight & Day starring Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz. Patel was an Executive Producer on Snow White And The Huntsman. He is currently in post production on Oz: The Great and Powerful starring James Franco, Mila Kunis, Rachel Weisz, and Michelle Williams, directed by Sam Raimi, scheduled to be released in March 2013.
  • Trevor Engelson is a manager and producer at Underground, a company that manages the careers of a number of film and television writers, directors, comedians, and actors. The company’s clients include John Singleton, Jon Lajoie, Jim Field Smith, Joel David Moore, Dito Montiel and Irvine Welsh. Trevor was named in The Hollywood Reporter’s Next Generation 35 Under 35 for his work as a manager.
  • Jewerl Ross grew up in Los Angeles and left Southern California to study political philosophy at Yale. After graduating in 1997, he returned to L.A. to work in entry-level positions at ICM and Paradigm before joining APA as an agent in early 1999. Three years later, after Ross made a name for himself selling spec scripts, Marathon Entertainment hired him as a manager. In January 2006, Ross left to form his own company, Silent R Management.
  • Palak Patel is president of production of Joe Roth's company, Roth Films, which recently produced Alice In Wonderland for Disney and Knight And Day for Fox starring Tom Cruise. They are currently in preproduction on XXX3 for Paramount starring Vin Diesel. Patel was formerly president of production at Paula Weinstein's Spring Creek Productions which had a first-look deal at Warner Bros.
  • Jon Mora is a Development Executive at Doug Davison’s (The Ring, The Departed) newly formed production company, Quadrant Pictures. Prior to Quadrant, Jon worked in the motion-picture literary department at ICM, a major talent and literary agency representing clients in publishing, film, television, music and theatre. He received a B.A. in International Business from the University of San Francisco and studied at Sophia University in Tokyo, Japan.
  • Rudy Scalese is the VP of Development & Production for NALA films, where he helps identify and develop material to fulfill the company’s production slate of four to five mid-level budgeted films per year. Scalese recently oversaw the production of House of My Father, written by Andrew Steele, directed by Matt Piedmont, and starring Will Ferrell. Rudy also co-produced the company’s film Ceremony, written and directed by Max Winkler and starring Uma Thurman, Michael Angarano, Reece Thompson, and Lee Pace.
  • Joyce San Pedro is a Creative Executive working with Alex Siskin of Zhiv Productions and Escape Artists at Sony. She began her career in development after having worked in the publishing industry in various capacities - Foreign Rights, International Sales Director, and as a Managing Editor. The entry into the industry was through working with talent.She worked for talent manager JC Robbins, and then moved onto covering talent and literary agents at Metropolitan Talent Agency.
  • Tony Zequeira is a manager/producer affiliated with Larchmont Literary Agency. He currently works with Joel Millner in finding talented young writer-directors and helping them develop a career within the Hollywood studio system. Tony has worked with talents like Peter Gould (Breaking Bad, Too Big to Fail), George Hickenlooper (Casino Jack), Brian Dannelly (Saved!, Weeds), and Chuck Pfarrer (Red Planet, Arlington Road).
  • Drew Vinton has headed up development for Pearl Street Productions, Matt Damon and Ben Affleck's production company, since 2008. Among many of Drew's responsibilities is finding written material -- be it a screenplay, book, or article -- that has the potential to be turned into some form of "cinematic bliss.'" He is at his most content when sitting in front of a fresh, original, and well-crafted story. It takes a lot of work to create and hone such a work, and Drew has the utmost respect for those writers who attempt to accomplish the feat.
  • D.J. Gugenheim grew up in New York, Israel and Florida. At 16, he moved to L.A. by himself to pursue a girl and acting. Despite his itinerant lifestyle, he was admitted to UCLA a year early and studied theatre and business. There he won the Gilbert Cates Award for outstanding production (it was a multimedia/multiplatform version of Fahrenheit 451). After graduating, he worked at the Woodrow Wilson Center (a think tank in Washington, D.C.) as well as on Capitol Hill.
  • Molly Mayock is a screenwriter, film critic and television reporter/writer/producer. Her screenplay China Girl was a top-10 finalist in the Ben Affleck/ Matt Damon Project Greenlight. She has been an entertainment reporter for Philadelphia's WTXF-TV, a film critic for E! Entertainment Television, an Emmy®-nominated producer for Good Day L.A, and has written and produced more than 50 hours of television for networks that include the Discovery Channel, A&E, National Geographic Channel, Lifetime and History Channel. She is currently the showrunner for the hit National Geographic Channel series, Wild Justice.
  • Jennifer Merin, in addition to covering nonfiction film for About.com (http://documentaries.about.com), is the film critic for Women's eNews (www.WomenseNews.org) and is president of the Alliance of Women Film Journalists, a nonprofit organization of leading women film journalists in the U.S., Canada and the UK, where she helms AWFJ Women On Film (www.AWFJ.org), the organization's online journal.
  • Daniel Gutierrez, when working as a producer at an FM talk station, he developed "The Directors Cut Radio Program," a two-hour radio show about movies. The show was picked up on other stations -- FM, HD and Internet stations. Eventually they grew to over 16 stations across the country carrying the two-hour program. Other stations that can't carry the program, due to the length of program and their lack of airspace, began to use our short form reviews for their programming.
  • Palak Patel is president of production of Joe Roth's company, Roth Films, which recently produced Alice In Wonderland for Disney and Knight And Day for Fox starring Tom Cruise. They are currently in preproduction on XXX3 for Paramount starring Vin Diesel. Patel was formerly president of production at Paula Weinstein's Spring Creek Productions which had a first-look deal at Warner Bros.
  • Mitch Solomon runs the production arm of Magnet Management. Magnet Pictures' films in development include the family films The Creepy Kid at Paramount and Montecito Pictures, Hours of Fun at Disney, and horror-thriller The Tingler at Sony Pictures. Solomon's previous jobs include being the production head of The Bubble Factory and president of the feature film division at Film Roman. Prior to joining Film Roman, Solomon was the senior vice president of production of Film Colony at Miramax.
  • Brian Spink is a literary manager at BenderSpink, a production/management company based in Los Angeles. He’s been with the firm since its humble beginnings in a three-bedroom house in West Hollywood. His clients have worked with A-list filmmakers including Sam Raimi, Roland Emmerich, Robert Zemeckis, Michael Bay, Ridley Scott, and Phillip Noyce.
  • Todd Garner is a veteran producer and Hollywood creative executive with a unique gift for creating and nurturing mainstream, commercial motion pictures. Garner’s Broken Road Productions recently produced the 20th Century Fox action/comedy Knight & Day, The Sorcerer's Apprentice. Recent credits include Ice Cube starrer Are We Done Yet? and Next with Nicolas Cage, Julianne Moore and Jessica Biel.
  • Jewerl Ross is the principal of Silent R Management. Ross' clients include comedy writer David H. Steinberg (American Pie 2, Slackers, The Anubis Tapestry), sci-fi writer Trevor Sands (Electric Church, Hyperion Cantos), Matthew Aldrich (Counterfeit Son, The Trap), thriller writer David Logan (Sebastian Knight, Once Were Cops), English thriller writers Dominic Morgan & Mathew Harvey (Into Hell), television writer Brad Buecker (Glee). And those are just some highlights of Ross' 18 clients.
  • Jeff Graup is the CEO of Graup Entertainment. He has represented Academy Award®-winning writers and directors of major studio releases, and has had as many as 15 studio films released in a single calendar year. Jeff has focused his career on nurturing talent in all stages of their development. His experience working with writers and writer-directors makes him an invaluable asset to the industry. Today, Jeff’s ability to spot “young” and talented writers and directors has allowed him to break into the business some of the most distinctive voices in the movies.
  • Kirsten Smith is one of the most prolific female screenwriters in Hollywood. Her credits include Legally Blonde, 10 Things I Hate About You, Ella Enchanted, She’s The Man, and most recently, The Ugly Truth and The House Bunny, both of which she executive produced.
  • Laura Perez is lawyer, producer and principal of Converge Entertainment, LLC, a film financing and production company.
  • Brian Spink is a principal of Benderspink, Management & Production whose credits include A History of Violence, The Ring;, and Red Eye.
  • Katharyn Bond Márquez is a lawyer, producer and principal of Converge Entertainment, LLC, a film financing and production company.
  • Mike Goldberg co-launched literary management/production company Abstract Entertainment where he works with and developing young writers, and writer/directors, in feature film and television.
  • Dwayne Smith is a working professional screenwriter represented by Circle of Confusion who has sold four spec screenplays.
  • Eric Williams is a manager at Zero Gravity where he represents up-and-coming talent and established professionals.
  • Marvin V. Acuna is the founder of The Business of Show Institute and has over 15 years of motion picture/television production, development and artist representation experience, and a vast network of established entertainment industry relationships.
  • Dana Stevens, Writer: Life or Something Like It; For Love of the Game; City of Angels
  • Benderspink, Management & Production: A History of Violence; The Ring; Red Eye
  • Bruce Feirstein, Writer: The World is Not Enough; Tomorrow Never Dies; GoldenEye
  • Blake Snyder, Screenwriter and Author: Save the Cat!: The Last Book on Screenwriting You'll Ever Need
  • Raynold Gideon, Oscar nominated Writer/Producer: Stand by Me, Starman, Mr. Brooks
  • Simon Kinberg, Writer: Mr. & Mrs. Smith; X-Men: The Last Stand
  • Antwone Fisher, Award Winning Writer: Antwone Fisher
  • Bruce Feirstein, Writer: The World is Not Enough; Tomorrow Never Dies; GoldenEye
  • Brian Spink: Benderspink management/production
  • Bobby Sco, Oscar winning Writer/Producer: Million Dollar Baby; Crash
  • Simon Kinberg, Writer: Mr. & Mrs. Smith; X-Men: The Last Stand
  • Stuart Beattie, Writer: Collateral; Pirates of the Caribbean 1, 2 & 3
  • Zola Mashariki, Vice President of Production: Fox Searchlight Pictures
  • Christopher Lockhart, Executive Story Editor: ICM
  • Michel Shane, EP/Producer: I, Robot; Catch Me if You Can
  • Michael Zoumas: Miramax/Dimension, Sr. VP Production & Development
  • Maha Dakhil: CAA, agent
  • Joel Schumacher: Director, Phone Booth; A Time to Kill; Batman Forever; Falling Down; Writer: Phantom of the Opera; St. Elmo’s Fire; Car Wash
  • Todd Phillips: Director/Writer: Old School; Road Trip; Starsky & Hutch
  • Eva Mendes: Actress; Training Day, Hitch, 2 Fast 2 Furious, Once Upon a Time in Mexico; with producing partner George Garguervich
  • American Zoetrope, Francis Ford Coppola's production company
  • Brent Armitage, Producer (Gross Pointe Blank)
  • Kathie Fong-Yoneda, Paramount Story Analyst and author
  • Stephen J. Cannell and Lori Hughes, President and Production Executive at Cannell Motion Pictures
  • So Yun Kima, Genesis Literary Agent
  • John Truby and Syd Field, world-renowned screenplay teachers
  • Andrea McCall, head of Story Department at Dreamworks
  • Tony Zequeira, Larchmont Literary Agency and Dino Carlaftes,
    Metropolitan Talent Agency
  • Scott Jones, President Artist View Entertainment
  • Hawk Koch, famed producer and Vice President of the Producers Guild of America
  • Marti Blumenthal, partner of Writers And Artists Group International