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.
Cartel – Audrey Knox
Audrey Knox is currently at the Cartel, a management and production company with clients on shows including LUCIFER, HAPPY!, BLACK LIGHTNING, and STAR TREK: DISCOVERY, where she worked her way up from Receptionist to Executive Assistant to Coordinator. She has experience in both scripted and unscripted television, on set, in production, and in writers’ rooms, and she has a BFA in Screenwriting from Chapman University’s Dodge College of Film and Media Arts. Her true passion lies in producing depressingly introspective comedies, but she’s never met a British gangster drama she hasn’t liked. Audrey also has a three-year old rescue mutt who has performed with the hit comedy rap trio “Three Loco.”
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 Watching, Office 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.
Kailey Marsh Media – 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.
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.
First Friday Entertainment – Krista Sipp
Krista Sipp is a literary manager based out of Los Angeles. She and her partner, Devon Byers, founded First Friday Entertainment in 2017. First Friday is a management and production company representing writers, directors, and producers in the film, TV, and digital space. Originally from Connecticut, Krista started her career at management company Circle of Confusion in 2008. After holding positions at studios and production companies across the industry, she returned to Circle of Confusion in 2015 before moving on to launch her own company. Currently, Krista is focused on developing clients with fresh voices and diverse points of view. She loves to discover writers and directors that traditionally have been under-represented. Her clients have worked on projects such as TRANSPARENT, LIVING SINGLE, FAMILY GUY, DR. KEN, as well as the comic book HARRIET TUBMAN: DEMON SLAYER.
REALM – 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.
Echo Lake – 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.
Circle of Confusion – 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.
Pollinate – Sonia Gambaro
Sonia A. Gambaro is a producer & manager based in Los Angeles. She launched her own shingle, POLLINATE ENTERTAINMENT to develop and produce diverse stories for TV, Film, Digital and VR at the top of 2017. Prior to starting her own company Sonia was the development executive at Madhouse Entertainment where she focused on acquiring rights to various types of intellectual properties; books, international formats, articles, and life rights, to adapt for film & television. She had previously took a step down in position to work as an assistant for Madhouse Co-President, Adam Kolbrenner to learn the finer aspects of management. Two lengthy stints at Televisa USA as the Development Coordinator and Paradigm Talent Agency as an Agent Trainee were integral to creating her foundation. As a student at UCLA, Sonia interned at Todd Garner’s Broken Road Productions and Gary Goetzman’s and Tom Hanks’ banner, Playtone.
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.
Heroes and Villains – Chris Coggins
Chris Coggins has over a decade of experience in feature, television and digital series development and production. She began her career directly after graduation from The University of Southern California School for Cinematic Arts working as a Creative Assistant at Escape Artists/Sony Pictures.
At Escape Artists she assisted on productions The Pursuit of Happyness, The Weather Man, The Taking of Pelham 123, Knowing and The Great Debaters. There, she ascended through the ranks and procured numerous projects for the company including The Ends of the Earth, Fall From Grace, Seven Pounds, Masterpiece, Rumspringa! and I Want to *$&% Your Sister. She also secured the scripts for and co-produced The Back-Up Plan and Hope Springs. Coggins then moved on to working at Allison Shearmur Productions at her home studio Lionsgate and procured projects Burial Rites, Endangered and Nerve for the studio. There, she also developed Pride, Prejudice and Zombies and Cinderella. She then progressed to Rock Paper Scissors Entertainment as Head of Development. There she built a production slate, produced the PSA Take Yourself on a Date and was responsible for development on the company’s new media projects for The Oscars, HBO and Amazon. Coggins recent independent projects include producing the spec pilot Angelino Heights, PSA Not on My Watch and the music video for Alekesam’s All is Forgiven. Next, Coggins worked at Luc Besson’s studio EuropaCorp and procured projects Unt. Aniston Superhero Project, Fae and the English-language remake for the Japanese blockbuster Shield
She recently moved into management at Heroes and Villains Entertainment representing writer, actors, directors and wellness professionals. Currently, She is a member of Film Independent, LACMA, the LA Conservancy and the spcaLA.
Zero Gravity Management – 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.
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.
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.
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.
Housefire Management – Jonathan Hersh
After graduating from USC’s School of Cinematic Arts, Jon Hersh went on to become a full-time story analyst at Creative Artists Agency. During his tenure there, he evaluated thousands of screenplays, pilots, and books, and gave detailed story notes to high-level clients of the agency. After four years at CAA, Jon moved on to the fledgling mini-studio Broad Green Pictures where he worked as an executive in development for the 100-employee company. Jon had a hand in developing a slate of quality projects for the company and delivering detailed notes to writers and executives. In the fall of 2017, Jon left Broad Green to create his own literary management company, Housefire Management, which represents writers and directors in film, television, and digital content. The company specializes in deep development, strong client relationships, and incendiary material that stands out like a house on fire.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.