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Zack started on HBO’s The Wire before working for Jerry Bruckheimer Television. In 2012, he partnered with Steven De Souza (Die Hard, 48 Hrs, Commando) to develop and produce for film, TV and digital. Zach transitioned into literary management with ALL TRADES CONTENT where he produces for film and TV, while also representing writers, directors, and various IP. Upcoming are series with Universal Content Partners and Blumhouse, as well as a number of horror features to be released next year.

For more than 10 years, Tiffany Boyle has leveraged her business-oriented sales and packaging skills to bring hundreds of films and documentaries to fruition. Since 2019 alone, Tiffany has optimized clients’ financial and business positions in more than 35 films and documentaries. Through her critical review of content and strategic use of Ramo Law resources, Tiffany creates successful content packaging that bridges the needs of both client and industry demands.

Tiffany connects filmmakers with producers, co-producers, executive producers, co-finance partners, distributors, agencies and other industry representatives. Recently, she served as a Co-Executive Producer and brought in financing for films “Something Else” (Tribeca 2019) and “Arkansas” starring Liam Hemsworth and Vince Vaughn. She led the sales and packaging for “Dembanger” (SXSW 2020) and “One of These Days” (Berlin 2020); she brought foreign financing to “Ashes in the Snow” (Los Angeles FF 2018) starring Bel Powley; and she sold an autobiography to Hulu for development into a limited television series.

Experienced with project budgets ranging from micro-sized to $30 million, Tiffany has helped to establish and expand these high-value sales and packaging resources, uniquely accessed outside of the traditional management company and agency model, since joining Ramo Law in 2009. With this experience, she has been able to help foreign production companies and investors create a foothold in the US marketplace.

Lela is Executive Director of Film Festival Alliance and Founder of mama.film, a non-profit arts organization at the crossroads of art & advocacy – where storytellers, changemakers and nurturers come together to champion women of all kinds and their allies. She’s a co-founder of Wichita’s Tallgrass Film Association, has consulted for various film festivals including Woods Hole and Geena Davis’ Bentonville Film Festival. She has participated in the Artist Inc. program through Mid-America Arts Alliance, and The Industry Academy, a program of Film Society of Lincoln Center and the Locarno Film Festival. She currently serves on the Board of the Vidiots Foundation, and as co-Producer on Sav Rodgers’ forthcoming documentary Chasing Chasing Amy, and as Executive Producer on Niztan Mager’s web series Quarantine, I Love You.

Jon has twenty-five years of experience in the independent film, internet and film festival communities. As a filmmaker, he has produced a number of award winning documentaries; and as a consultant, he has guided many independent film projects through the maze of festivals and hybrid distribution models.
As a co-founder of the Slamdance Film Festival (1995), he led the event the next two seasons before being named the Festival Director for the prestigious AFI Film Festival in 1997. After running AFI Fest for three years (1997-1999), he created a consulting business, guiding the launch of numerous film festivals (Bahamas, Lone Star, Orlando), directing several others (Santa Barbara, Naples and Abu Dhabi), and consulting to dozens more.
In October of 2012, Jon authored his first book, entitled Filmmaking for Change: Make Films That Transform the World, published by industry leader Michael Wiese Productions. He later self published Habits of Heroes: 100 Movies That Will Change Your Life. In 2015, Jon founded Cause Cinema, connecting audiences with social impact films with blogs and podcasts. And in 2019, Jon founded iGEMS.tv, as a guide to engaging movies and series. iGEMS added a Pro division in 2020, to provide resources and a directory to assist independent filmmakers with festivals and distribution. Jon is currently Head of Acquisitions for Filmocracy.

Jasper Grey is a Los Angeles based Manager and Producer who runs The Vendetta Group, an independent Management and Production company dedicated to championing emergent female and diverse voices in addition to an established roster of award-winning tv and film Writers and Directors. Jasper also represents production companies and financing entities that enable a holistic approach to development and production of content. With a penchant for darker themed material, Jasper is constantly on the look for tomorrow’s Cronenberg, Wachowski or Tarkovski. The team Jasper has built at The Vendetta Group has more than five decades of experience developing and producing some of the world’s biggest blockbusters including 300, V for Vendetta, and Safe House. Jasper is a Co-Founder of Filmocracy, and Co-Founder of The Crux Social.

Rob Hardy is writer, filmmaker, and entrepreneur. He helps indie filmmakers bypass industry gatekeepers, and earn a living by going direct to fans.

Daniel Harlow studied at UCLA’s prestigious Computer Science Department. UCLA, one of the first nodes on the internet (with Stanford and Berkeley), was a key player in programs that fueled the technology boom that still burns today. After graduating on the Dean’s List and as a Departmental Scholar from UCLA, he went on to found technology firm, Vircon in 1993. The firm grew and eventually expanded to six offices across the United States before its acquisition by Diversant, Inc. in 2015.

Harlow spent the next two years studying the profitability and viability of small film investment and he created a Film Fund for a three-film slate. In the process, he explored the market and financial challenges of securing the funding, producing and selling Independent films under a million dollars.

Currently, Harlow runs Bunker 15 Films which brings Smart-Technology Publicity solutions for Independent film and VOD / Streaming films. VOD films have few options for getting publicity and getting journalists to cover their films. Bunker 15 uses Influencer Marketing strategies and Data Mining to bring journalist attention to small, deserving Indie Films.

Bobby is an independent producer and consultant. In addition to overseeing a growing slate of projects across scripted and unscripted, Bobby currently serves as an advisor to two upstart LA-based production companies, Everlast Pictures (founded by Adonis Tountas and Michael Spanos II) and Complementary Colors (founded by Jonah Disend).

A seasoned story analyst, Bobby was previously with independent production company and financier Valparaiso Pictures, where he was a founding member and ran development. At Valparaiso, his notable feature projects included ‘Pig’ (starring Nicolas Cage and acquired by Neon for theatrical), ‘Barney the Dinosaur’ (a reimagining of the I.P. with Mattel and Daniel Kaluuya’s 59%), ‘Baby Teeth’ (a book-to-film adaptation in development with Village Roadshow Pictures), and the LGBTQ rom com ‘Straight Up’ directed by James Sweeney (available on Netflix).

Prior to Valparaiso, Bobby spent five years at Echo Lake Entertainment, where he managed projects across the film and television divisions, while simultaneously leveraging his background in talent by interfacing closely with the company’s management division (developing with priority clients such as Liz Hannah and the Fanning Sisters). He holds a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Elon University.
Bobby Hoppey <robert.hoppey@gmail.com

Tana Nugent Jamieson is senior vice president of A+E Studios, the award-winning studio unit of the global media company A+E Networks, LLC. In this role, she develops original scripted programming for the A+E Networks portfolio, including Lifetime and HISTORY, as well as for external studios. Jamieson manages a diversified slate, which includes Project Blue Book from executive producer Robert Zemeckis, the number one new cable series of the 2018-2019 season, for HISTORY. She is also overseeing the upcoming drama series Reprisal for Hulu, the animated drama series The Liberator for Netflix, and The Lincoln Lawyer, a legal drama from creator David E. Kelley based on Michael Connelly’s series of bestselling novels, from A+E Studios, in association with CBS Television Studios for the CBS Network. Jamieson also spearheaded the hit series Six and Knightfall, from executive producer Jeremy Renner, for HISTORY; and the drama series American Princess from Jenji Kohan and Jamie Denbo for Lifetime, as well as the development of the critically acclaimed, Emmy-nominated limited event series Roots, for HISTORY.

She is responsible for the studios’ overall deals with top-tier talent including Ross Fineman, Giovanni Orlando and Ron West, Chris Henze and J.B. Roberts’ Thruline Entertainment, and Swoon Reads.

Paul is a serial problem solver and USAF veteran. He served as an intelligence officer and upon completing his service he moved to the film industry where he worked as Director of Sales and Acquisitions at Covert Media. UCSD and CSUF MBA alum. He co-founded Filmocracy to help democratize the imbalance of power in the entertainment industry.

Carmen is an Australian literary manager, producer and entrepreneur with a background as a former development executive in the U.S. Carmen is the co-founder of IN DREAMS, Australia’s first talent discovery platform designed to connect underrepresented voices to global industry practitioners. Carmen was based in Los Angeles until 2019, where she helped launch and build independent digital television studio Insurrection Media. As employee No. 2, Carmen drove the growth and success of the studio’s scripted video programming by managing all aspects of development.

Michael is the Director of Acquisitions and Sales for The Video Project, a documentary distributor based in San Francisco. He leads the team’s efforts to acquire high quality environmental and social cause documentaries, and administers impact campaigns that focus on funded outreach and engagement. He is also responsible for direct U.S. Broadcast Sales and digital sales. His award-winning documentary SAVE THE FARM is about activist’s 11th hour attempt to save the largest urban farm in America. The film appeared on Netflix, The Doc Channel, and features Daryl Hannah, Alicia Silverstone and Amy Smart.

He co-produced the award-winning ROCK THE BOAT, a feature documentary about one man’s quest lead a kayak expedition down the Los Angeles River to successfully save its Clean Water Act Protection.

Michael is also the co-founder and Executive Producer of Shanti Generation, a leader in teen yoga and mindfulness content creation. Prior to entering the film business, Michael enjoyed a successful career as a finance & sales professional in New York, San Francisco, and Los Angeles.

Mark Litwak is a veteran entertainment attorney and founder of the Law Offices of Mark Litwak & Associates based in Los Angeles, California. His practice includes work in the areas of copyright, trademark, contract, multimedia law, intellectual property and book publishing. As a Producer’s Representative, he assists filmmakers in arranging financing, marketing and distribution of their films. He also testifies as an expert witness in motion picture industry cases.

In 2004, Film Festival Today magazine named Mark as one of the “Twenty Five Most Influential People” in the independent film. Mark has packaged movie projects and served as executive producer on such feature films as “The Proposal,” “Out Of Line,” “Pressure,” and “Diamond Dog.” He has provided legal services or worked as a producer rep on more than 200 feature films including Forks Over Knives.

Mark is the author of six books: Reel Power, The Struggle for Influence and Success in the New Hollywood (William Morrow, 1986), Courtroom Crusaders (William Morrow, 1989), Dealmaking in the Film & Television Industry (Silman-James Press, 4th Edition 2016) (winner of the 1996 Kraszna-Krausz award for best book in the world on the film business), Contracts for the Film & Television Industry (Silman-James Press, 3rd Ed. 2012), Litwak’s Multimedia Producer’s Handbook (Silman-James Press, 1998), and Risky Business: Financing and Distributing Independent Film (Silman-James Press, 2004).

Mark has won numerous awards for independent filmmakers against distributors who have failed to pay them what they are due including nearly two million dollars against a major distributor.

Mark is an adjunct professor at the U.S.C. Gould School of Law where he teaches a course on entertainment dealmaking. He has also taught at Loyola Law School and the University of Puget Sound School of Law.He has taught entertainment law courses at U.C.L.A. Extension for more than 25 years and has lectured for the American Bar Association as well as for the California and Texas state bar associations.

Jason is a manager-producer and the principal at First Story Entertainment, which he founded in 2018. The lit management company represents a diverse roster of talented writers and directors with fresh voices in all genres for Film and TV. Jason also develops both feature film and television projects under the company’s banner. Prior to starting First Story, Jason was a seasoned development executive. He worked as the Head of Production & Development at Lynda Obst Productions, a Sony based production company whose credits include Interstellar, How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, Contact and the television shows Good Girls Revolt and The Hot Zone. Prior to Lynda Obst Productions, Jason worked at Lionsgate for seven and a half years where he rose to Story Editor in the Motion Picture Group and served as the junior creative executive on multiple feature projects. Jason cut his teeth as the assistant to CEO Jon Feltheimer and was named one of Variety’s Ten Assistants to Watch in 2013. A graduate of USC’s School of Cinematic Arts, Jason currently sits on the board of the Trojan Entertainment Network where he was elected President of the organization for the 2018-2021 term.

As founder of Sub-Genre, Brian consults on content strategy, development, distribution and marketing for some of the top brands in the world. Clients include: Patagonia, REI, IBM, Keen, Yeti Coolers, New York Times, Shopify Studios, Sonos, Stripe, Unilever, Merck, Sundance, Vulcan Productions and Zero Point Zero.

Brian is also an independent film producer. Projects include: The Outside Story (narrative, Tribeca Film Festival 2020 premiere, theatrical distribution TBA in 2021); The Ground Between Us (documentary, 2020, premiering online, Fall, 2020); Love & Taxes; (narrative, 2017 theatrical release); and executive producer of Shored Up, The Invisible World (docs) and Remittance (narrative).

Brian has served as CEO of the Tribeca Film Institute, president of Renew Media (known for the Rockefeller Fellowships) and executive director of IMAGE Film & Video (producers of the Atlanta Film Festival & Out on Film).

Brian is the founder of the Brand/Foundation Alliance, and serves on the advisory board of the Camden International Film Festival. He has served on the boards of Grantmakers in Film & Electronic Media (GFEM, now Media Impact Funders, as Vice Chair and Treasurer); Muse Film & Television, Rooftop Films (Chair) and IndieCollect (Co-Founding Board Member).

Brian is a frequent keynote speaker on branded content and the future of film and new media, and writes a popular weekly newsletter on these subjects. He was born in North Carolina and has an MA in Film Studies from Emory University.

Erik has spent the last 20 years building businesses in the media and entertainment industry. The diversity of his experience includes TV production, mass media distribution, technology services for digital content as well as direct to consumer VOD businesses. His ability to bridge the communication gap between technologists and creative artists has served as the catalyst behind the success of his business ventures. In 2016, Erik formed Karma Media Holdings and created a vertically integrated media company through a series of acquisitions including Mojomakers.com, Walla.la and Quickflix.com.au, a publicly-traded VOD and DVD subscription platform in Australia and New Zealand. Born and raised in Montana, Erik now resides in Ventura California where he spends his time as a father and avid outdoorsmen.

John is the Co-Executive Producer of Oscar-winning film 1917 and an experienced film executive for over 10 years with development oversight of major theatrical releases grossing over $2 billion worldwide, including Academy Award winners and nominees Black Swan, Hacksaw Ridge, The Ides of March, and Rocketman. With New Republic Pictures, he is producing Undiscovered Country, based on the bestselling comic book by Scott Snyder and Charles Strouse. Released in November 2019 by Image Comics to much acclaim, the comic is the largest seller for Image since The Walking Dead. Shepherd is also producing Horrorstor with NRP, an adaptation of bestselling author Grady Hendrix’s novel about a haunted big box furniture store. Shepherd will also produce Dusted by Guy Douall for NRP, a small town thriller with a supernatural twist in the vein of Stephen King. Shepherd is also a WGA Award-nominated writer for his work on the Emmy-winning Showtime series Nurse Jackie.

Christiana grew up in the Philippines watching Hollywood movies and is now based in LA working in the industry. She initially worked as a content producer and instructor for the Chicago non-profit media organization, Free Spirit Media, where she won an Emmy award and got nominated for three. She has a wide array of industry experience including working on big production sets, developing indie features, and working in international distribution for films and TV series. She is currently working in theatrical distribution for the MGM and Annapurna Pictures venture, United Artists Releasing, and worked on films such as the Addams Family, Booksmart, and the upcoming James Bond movie.

Currently, Daniel Schnider is the Head of Originals at Vix which is the world’s largest Spanish language streaming service. He also handles acquisitions and high-level partnerships for the Discovery-backed start up. Schnider helped build the start-up streaming service Pongalo, which was sold to Vix in 2019.

Previously, Schnider was the development executive on the Oscar nominated, smash hit STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON and spent half a decade partnered with Dr. Dre at Crucial Films. He also Executive Produced the original flagship comedy series for Sony’s Crackle called BACKWASH featuring countless celebrity performers including: Sarah Silverman, John Hamm, Hank Azaria, John Cho etc.

Schnider has spent the last 20+ years as a producer and executive in the film and television businesses working across all genres, but also has experience creating short form content for theaters and digital platforms. He was the head of content for the cutting-edge film studio/internet company Blowtorch. At this start-up, he was the executive in charge of production for the Luke Wilson film TENURE and oversaw the creation and production of 7 theatrical shorts plus over 20 development projects.

Schnider also has studio experience having developed films at New Line Cinema for 5 years and selling numerous TV pitches while partnered with Zoe Saldana in a first look deal at Lionsgate TV.

In addition to his duties for Vix, Daniel Schnider maintains his own production company called Kaya Content developing various project for studios and networks. He also consults for Voyage Media, a cutting-edge, online platform that connects creators worldwide to Hollywood producers to generate business and to allow outsiders a foot in the door.

Daniel got his start in the business at United Talent Agency working directly with many world-renowned filmmakers including: David O. Russell (THREE KINGS), Paul Thomas Anderson (BOOGIE NIGHTS), Judd Apatow (40 YEAR OLD VIRGIN), Ben Stiller (ZOOLANDER), Wes Anderson (RUSHMORE), Alejandro Iñnáritu (REVENANT) and many others.

Julian is a Boston native and graduate of Wesleyan University. He started his career working for Kathy Morgan International as a sales and acquisitions executive, and then went on with his writing partner to write for a variety of production companies and studios/networks like CBS, Amazon, Hulu as well as occasionally acting in film and TV. He has had scripts on the 2018 and 2019 Black List.

Josh is a graduate of NYU Tisch School of the Arts where he studied film and television production. He started his career as an assistant at various production companies and studios including Crystal Sky and Entertainment One before moving to MGM to work in acquisitions full time. He then joined Gravitas Ventures in 2017 to run their Acquisitions department. In 2018, he moved to his current position as SVP, Acquisitions and Distribution at Vertical Entertainment.

Lee Stobby is a producer, literary manager, and principal of Lee Stobby Entertainment who has over 10 years of management and producing experience.

Some of his client highlights include:

Shay Hatten, who was a writer on JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 3, currently writing JOHN WICK 4, had his pilot (FUTURE) CULT CLASSIC filmed for SyFy Channel with Lorne Michaels producing, sold his female action script BALLERINA to Lionsgate that they are turning into a JOHN WICK spinoff, wrote the upcoming feature ARMY OF THE DEAD, and its two spinoffs also in production, for Netflix and director Zack Snyder with Dave Bautista starring.

Kate Trefry, who made the Black List in 2013 (PURE O) and 2016 (REVOLVER) who has an overall deal at Netflix and currently writes on STRANGER THINGS.

Isaac Adamson (#1 Black List script BUBBLES), who also 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 with Greg Silverman producing, HELIOS for Fox 2000, and wrote CHIPPENDALES for David Permut, Bold Films and Red Hour with Dev Patel attached to star.

Rodney Ascher (ROOM 237, THE NIGHTMARE), who is directing the upcoming GLITCH IN THE MATRIX about how we live in a simulated reality.

Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy (THE TRIBE), who is directing THE TIGER for Focus with Darren Aronofsky and Plan B producing.

Thomas Brandon, whose pilots TRANSIENCE and LADY IN THE MASK sold to CW, wrote TAPPED for Freeform, has a first look deal with WB TV, currently writes on the CW’s LEGACIES, and also has TV development with James Wan and Amazon.


Stobby’s Producing highlights and credits include SISTER AIMEE, which premiered at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival; WILDLING starring Bel Powley, Liv Tyler and Brad Dourif and premiered at SXSW; TEST PATTERN, which premiered at the Black Star Film Festival and won Best Producing at the New Orleans Film Festival; and scripts setup with Matt Reeves’ 6th and Idaho, Universal, and Netflix, including the #1 Black List Script BUBBLES.

Jeffrey Winter is co executive director at The Film Collaborative since 2010, an LA-based independent film distribution company with specialities in human rights, social justice, environmental issues, and LGBT cinema. Highlight films during this time include Kirby Dick’s THE INVISIBLE WAR, Louie Psihoyos’ RACING EXTINCTION, Ondi Timoner’s MAPPLETHORPE, David France’s THE DEATH AND LIFE OF MARSHA P. JOHNSON, Nanfu Wang’s HOOLIGAN SPARROW, Rita Coburn Whack and Bob Hercules’ MAYA ANGELOU: AND STILL I RISE; Andrew Haigh’s WEEKEND and many more. Other career highlights include five years managing strategic investments and U.S. sales/acquisitions for the largest media conglomerate in Spain (under the banners Maxmedia, Sogepaq, Sogetel, and Sogecine); several years handling grassroots marketing for L.A.’s two largest film festivals (the Los Angeles Film Festival and AFI FEST); a long tenure handling non-theatrical/festival/educational screenings for Wolfe Releasing (the world’s largest catalogue of LGBT films); and 11 years as a panel programmer/programming consultant for the Sundance Film Festival’s New Frontier.

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Viviana began her career in the entertainment industry working in production accounting at Millennium Films and Bold Films.

She then spent 5 years at Lionsgate, where she started working in the accounting department and segued into the finance division, specifically, profit participation. While working in profit participation, she oversaw the preparation of multi-million dollar film and television distribution deals. She was then promoted to the group’s audit division, where she managed film and television royalty audits of producers’ profit participation statements.

In 2013, she joined Three Point Capital, a boutique firm that specializes in senior lending on film and television projects. While at Three Point Capital, Viviana has been involved in the financing of over 70 independent films, and worked with such producers as Cassian Elwes, Rob Barnum, Anthony Bregman, James Schamus, Aaron Gilbert, Kimberly Steward, Nicolas Chartier and Kevin Frakes, among others. As Vice President, Viviana closes the financing on every film that the company is involved in, as well as manages the company’s operations in its satellite offices (Ohio and Louisiana). Viviana has received over a dozen Executive Producers credits on titles she has financed.

She graduated Cum Laude with a double-major in Business and English from Loyola Marymount University.

Alex Nohe has worked with some of the world’s most noteworthy filmmakers including Christopher Nolan on Following, Don Coscarelli on Bubba Ho-Tep, and Bill Condon on Gods & Monsters, assisting them with representation, distribution and much deserved success.  He also put together the first retrospective of the work of David Lynch in Los Angeles.  This was while he was the Director of Programming of IFP/Los Angeles.

From 2013 to 2016 he was a Partner in Circus Road Films where he put over 100 films into distribution.  Previous to that, he ran Walking Shadows, a theatrical distributor that released some 40 films. He is an Executive Producer of Ain’t it Cool with Harry Knowles, which launched on KLRU in Austin and expanded to over 50 other PBS stations. Guests included film directors Danny Boyle and Wes Craven, showrunner Beau Willimon, critic Leonard Maltin, and actor Burt Reynolds, among others.

Previously, Alex produced Independent Focus, a talk show on IFC with film critic Elvis Mitchell.  Guests included such notable auteurs as Steven Soderbergh, Oliver Stone, Joel and Ethan Coen, Robert Altman and Richard Linklater, among others.  He also produced and directed the feature documentary Burning Man – The Burning Sensation.

A Partner at BloodSweatHoney, Jeff Dowd is an activist, writer, producer, producer’s representative, and a nationally recognized authority on film from script to marketing, distribution and exhibition. Jeff was a key team player in the independent film movement and helped Robert Redford start the Sundance Institute and Sundance Film Festival.

 

Jeff has been a key team player marketing films like Hearts and Minds, Gandhi, Coming Home,  On Golden Pond, Blood Simple, War Games, Hoosiers, Chariots of Fire, The Black Stallion, Desperately Seeking Susan, Eight Days a Week, Desert Hearts, The Grey Fox, Zebrahead, The Blair Witch Project, Better Luck Tomorrow, Scratch, Kissing Jessica Stein, The Cockettes, Metallica: Some Kind of Monster, Standing in the Shadows of Motown, Ferngully The Last Rainforest, and Neil Young’s Heart of Gold. 


Jeff produced Zebrahead, which won the Filmmakers Award at the Sundance Film Festival.  He was Co-Executive Producer of FernGully: The Last Rainforest, the animated feature starring Robin Williams, Tim Curry, and Christian Slater.  It was released by Twentieth Century Fox and won the Best Picture Award from the Environmental Media Association (EMA).  He has raised more than $25 million of financing for independent pictures.

Currently, Daniel Schnider is the Head of Originals at Vix which is the world’s largest Spanish language streaming service.  He also handles acquisitions and high-level partnerships for the Discovery-backed start up.  Schnider helped build the start-up streaming service Pongalo, which was sold to Vix in 2019.

Previously, Schnider was the development executive on the Oscar nominated, smash hit STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON and spent half a decade partnered with Dr. Dre at Crucial Films.  He also Executive Produced the original flagship comedy series for Sony’s Crackle called BACKWASH featuring countless celebrity performers including: Sarah Silverman, John Hamm, Hank Azaria, John Cho etc.

Schnider has spent the last 20+ years as a producer and executive in the film and television businesses working across all genres, but also has experience creating short form content for theaters and digital platforms.  He was the head of content for the cutting-edge film studio/internet company Blowtorch.  At this start-up, he was the executive in charge of production for the Luke Wilson film TENURE and oversaw the creation and production of 7 theatrical shorts plus over 20 development projects.

Schnider also has studio experience having developed films at New Line Cinema for 5 years and selling numerous TV pitches while partnered with Zoe Saldana in a first look deal at Lionsgate TV.

In addition to his duties for Vix, Daniel Schnider maintains his own production company called Kaya Content developing various project for studios and networks.  He also consults for Voyage Media, a cutting-edge, online platform that connects creators worldwide to Hollywood producers to generate business and to allow outsiders a foot in the door.

Daniel got his start in the business at United Talent Agency working directly with many world-renowned filmmakers including: David O. Russell (THREE KINGS), Paul Thomas Anderson (BOOGIE NIGHTS), Judd Apatow (40 YEAR OLD VIRGIN), Ben Stiller (ZOOLANDER), Wes Anderson (RUSHMORE), Alejandro Iñnáritu (REVENANT) and many others.

Leilani Downer is a producer and writer with an impressive list of network television credits spanning three decades. She was a supervising producer on Hangin’ with Mr. Cooper on ABC, Fresh Prince of Bel Air on NBC, Sister, Sister on the WB, and Rewind for FOX.  With a career that began with the hit 90’s ABC TV show Growing Pains and NBC’s A Different World  she also worked on such series as Living Single, Married with Children, and the Cosby Show, to name a few.  Leilani has written for several other network television sit-coms, as well as selling and writing pilots for ABC, FOX, NBC, and Hallmark.  In 2016 she made her directorial debut with a romantic comedy short called The Arrangement, starring Ashley Johnson and Andrew Lawrence. She worked alongside Debbie Allen (Grey’s Anatomy) Terence Winter (Wolf of Wallstreet, Dallas Buyers Club), Scott Budnick (Just Mercy, The Hangover Franchise)and Matthew Weiner (Mad Men, Sopranos).  Most recently she wrote for Netflix’s newest series, Julie and The Phantoms, directed by Kenny Ortega and began streaming Summer of 2020.

Sunny Vachher is a Digital Content Executive and Producer in Los Angeles, CA for the Hollywood entertainment industry. He is a visionary entrepreneur with purpose-driven missions bridging technology and entertainment. Sunny is the co-creator and co-founder of Hollywood Casting and Film—a leading digital casting platform for the entertainment industry connecting emerging talent with emerging filmmakers across America. Sunny is an award-winning independent Producer of film, TV, digital, and branded content that has achieved international success and celebrated recognition globally. Sunny believes in creating and producing stories and experiences that genuinely have the power to INSPIRE and do GOOD for others through sparking global change. He is a Producer at TED Conferences of prestigious TEDTalks presented by influential individuals from around the world bringing change globally. Sunny serves on the Board of Advisors and Film Screening Committee for NewFilmmakers Los Angeles. Sunny is a Head Mentor and motivational speaker for Young Storytellers Foundation to 5th thru 12th grade students who dream of being in entertainment. And he is also one of LinkedIn’s top career advisors in Entertainment and Media Production, and one of AT&T Shape’s creators helping filmmakers of all calibers tell cinematic short stories through the organization’s developer program.

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