Geoffrey Arend got his start in a breakout lead role in the cult-stoner-comedy Super Troopers. Arend’s notable features include: a lead role in M. Night Shyamalan’s Devil for Universal, 500 Days of Summer, Save the Date which premiered at Sundance with Allison Brie, David Zucker’s American Carol, Garden State and The Ringer. Arend will play a series regular role this fall in the new CBS drama, Madam Secretary opposite Tea Leoni. His Recent animated work includes lead voices in MTV’s Chicks On a Bench and Backspace for the Cartoon Network.
Michael Coleman is an accomplished Director whose work has been featured in Rolling Stone Magazine, Huffington Post, Wired Magazine, San Francisco Chronicle, PBS News Hour, Gizmodo, USA Today, and SPIN Magazine. Launched in 2009, Michael's online video series, SoundWorks Collection, takes the viewer behind the scenes for an inside look into individuals and teams as they create the sound effects and musical accompaniment to films, video games and soundtracks. The SoundWorks Collection has already surpassed 100 million hits and has included interviews with Directors Steven Speilberg, George Lucas, James Cameron, Robert Zemeckis, Brad Bird, Joseph Kosinski, and many other leaders in the film industry.
Distefano has over 20 years of industry expertise in Print, Web and Video Production; Distefano helps educators understand how the latest Adobe technological advancements can impact the learning experience and real life work skills for students. Distefano is in a unique roll working with the top film and broadcast schools in North America as well as showing aspiring filmmakers how to best use Adobe’s video applications.
Kevin Klauber has edited documentaries such as the 2013 Academy Award® winning documentary "20 Feet From Stardom", Cameron Crowe's “Pearl Jam Twenty", and the HBO Rolling Stone's documentary”Crossfire Hurricane". He won the 2014 ACE Award for Best Editing in a Documentary Feature and in 2012 was nominated by the WGA EAST for the feature documentary he co-wrote and co-edited "Beauty Is Embarrassing". Kevin has also been nominated twice for the Golden Reel Award in sound editing by the MPSE. He attended USC School of Cinematic Arts and Werner Herzog's Rogue Film School.
Ben Garant might be best known as Deputy Travis Junior from Reno 911 by most fans, but his success includes writing and directing some notable TV shows and movies, including Reno 911. These favorites include both Night at The Museum’s, Balls of Fury, The State, and @Midnight, his most recent success. @Midnight is a new game show on Comedy Central where the host, Chris Hardwick, leads three celebrity contestants down the ultimate Internet wormhole.
Writer, producer, and director Richard Wenk has over 20 years experience and insights in the industry. His most notable screenplays include Expendables 2, 16 Blocks, The Mechanic, and Vamp. His most recent work, The Equalizer, is an action-packed thriller about an ex-black ops agent who comes face to face with Russian gangsters as he saves a young girl from danger.
Head writer Lauren Palmigiano along with writers Eliza Skinner, Jack Allison, Jake Fogelnest, and social media producer/reporter Dashiell Driscoll have made a name for themselves on Funny or Die. This comedy website is a place where comedians, celebrities, and users can put videos they find funny. Users then vote on which videos they think are funny and which videos they think should die.
Franklin Leonard, Film Executive, has made a name for himself by founding The Blacklist, a yearly publication of favorite unproduced scripts chosen by industry development executives. Some of these notable scripts include Juno, Lars and the Real Girl, The Prestige, Looper, and Crazy Stupid Love. Leonard is currently an advisor to BoomGen Studios and Plympton, but has worked as a development executive for Overbrook Entertainment and Universal Pictures in the past.
Sharone Meir, cinematographer, has shot a remarkable variety of projects which include award-winning indie drama Mean Creek, the dark and disturbing Last House on the Left, the sports drama Coach Carter and the period musical Dark Streets. His work also extends to television, creating pilots for the quirky and stylized “Suburgatory” and “Raising Hope” as well as the gritty drama “Men of a Certain Age”. Whiplash, his most recent film, won both the Grand Jury and Audience prize at this years Sundance Film Festival and a standing ovation at Cannes.
Producer and director Jake Kasdon began in 1998 as writer and director of Zero Effect, starring Bill Pullman and Ben Stiller. Since then, he has directed the pilot episode for “Freaks and Geeks”, as well as films such as Orange County, Walk Hard: the Dewy Cox Story (which he also co-wrote and co-produced) and Bad Teacher. His current work, SEX TAPE, will premiere this July and includes stars such as Cameron Diaz and Jason Segel.
Tom Shadyac is an acclaimed comedy director with his work such as Ace Ventura: Pet Defective, The Nutty Professor, Liar, Liar, Patch Adams, and Bruce Almighty, grossing nearly 2 billion dollars of box office. Recently, Tom switched gears, writing and directing his first documentary, I AM. This piece explores two fundamental questions: What’s wrong with our world, and what can we do about it? Since he switched gears, he has been inspiring young and old alike with his impassioned style and unflappable belief in the human spirit.
Raja Gosnell has created a successful career as both an editor and director. He started his work in editing, which includes Home Alone, Pretty Woman, Mrs. Doubtfire, and Miracle on 34th Street. Then, he began directing in 1997 with Home Alone 3. Since 1997, he has directed famous works such as Never Been Kissed, both Scooby Doo movies, and both Smurfs movies.
Grant Heslov is an acclaimed writer, director, producer, and actor, who won an Academy Award for his production work in Argo in 2012. Heslov is a partner, alongside George Clooney, at Smokehouse Pictures. Their latest release is The Monument’s Men, which Heslov wrote, produced, and acted in. He has not only won an Oscar for Best Picture, but he earned a Golden Globe, BAFTA Award, and PGA Best Theatrical Motion Picture Award for Argo.
Matt Corrigan, special effects makeup artist, has built a career on making blood, wounds, burns, and much more in many feature films and television shows. His successes include NBC’s Grimm, I Am Legend, 300, Epic Movie, and G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra.
Larry Namer an Entertainment and Media Entrepreneur, founded the E! Network alongside Alan Mruvka in 1987. Since then, he has won many awards including the President’s Award from the National Cable Television Association and the Aaron Spelling Award at the 4th Annual Investment Seminar & Global Seminar. Today, he is one of the top experts of new technology and how it is forever changing the business of international media and entertainment.
Tom Karsch is the former General Manager and Executive Vice President of Turner Classic Movies and Turner South. He is a 25-year veteran of the television industry, working with other cable television stations such as Showtime, TNT, and American Movie Classics. Since leaving Turner, Tom has worked with the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival and the Atlanta Film Festival, where he served as the Interim Executive Director in 2010.
Richard Arlook is a former Gersh Agent, current manager and film producer, and President of The Arlook Group. The Arlook Group is a talent and literary management, production, and consulting company based in Beverly Hills. His production work includes Waiting for Forever, Goats, After Midnight, and Lucky Ducks.
Clarke Wolfe has taken her love for film and pop culture in front of the camera on Nerdist.com, AMC Movie Talk, The Young Turks, Clevver Movies, DirectTV and more. Clarke is the co-host of The Bloodcast, a horror podcast airing on Geek Nation, and a contributor to THEPOPFIX.
Ryan Turek is a long-standing member of the horror journalist community and managing editor of ShockTillYouDrop.com, one of the leading horror news outlets on the web, which was founded in 2007. He is one of the co-hosts of the podcast, The Bloodcast, along with Clarke Wolfe. He has contributed to Fangoria, Rue Morgue and he's a co-founder of Dread Central. In 2011, his documentary on the Scream franchise, Still Screaming: The Ultimate Scary Movie Retrospective, was released by Lionsgate Home Entertainment on Blu-ray.
5-Second Films is a website that launched on October 30th, 2008 by Brian Firenzi, Jon Salmon, and Michael Rousselet, an all-male comedy troupe. 5SF has released a film every day, Monday through Friday, ever since they launched back in 2008. Guest stars have included Patton Oswalt, Doug Benson, Eddie Peitone, “Weird Al” Yankovic, and Andrew W.K. Time put it on the list of top 50 website of 2013 and stated “You'll probably never find a better way to waste a few seconds of your life."