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10/15 at 3pm PT
Brad Rosenfeld formed Culture Creative Entertainment with partners, Paul Weitzman and Karen Kirkland in August of 2019. The company was formed as a direct result out of the WGA/ATA conflict, mainly having to do with the issue of packaging and the fact that they wanted to get their clients back. Brad and partners all stood behind the writers from the get-go and are very proud of-the-fact, that they were the first group to depart from an agency and open-up their own venture.
Having joined Abrams Artists Agency at the start of 2015 as one of the Co-Heads of the Literary Department, Abrams provided Brad with the opportunity to work at a larger sized agency working with multiple departments: Adult/Kids talent department, Commercials & Voiceover department , and an Alternative department. They also had an east-coast office that had one of the top theatrical and book departments in NY. In the short time Brad had been at Abrams, he had collaborated with the NY office to set up a number of feature films based on some of the books that the company represented. The Abrams Lit Dept. had also sold numerous television pilots and had writers working on staff on many comedies, dramas, and kid’s television programs.
Prior to joining Abrams Artists, Brad worked for a boutique agency called Preferred Artist where he spent 15 years at. Some of the projects that he was involved with included SEVEN POUNDS, starring Will Smith, THE SUMMER OF MONTE WILD HORN starring Morgan Freeman, MR. HOLLAND'S OPUS starring Richard Dreyfus, BARBERSHOP 2, THE HONEYMOONERS, PRIDE, and TROLLS, which was released in November of 2016 by DreamWorks Animation.
Currently, CCE represents writers and directors working on shows such as NCIS, The Goldberg’s, One Day At A Time, Insecure, Last Man Standing, and The Walking Dead to name a few. CCE is very proud to be involved in the film, PRINCESS OF THE ROW which will debut on HBO MAX on November 27th of 2020.
Brad welcomes a challenge and tends to work with an eclectic list of clients ranging from traditional film and television writers, to creators of children's content, live stage shows and tours. Brad finds this business just as rewarding today as when he first started the business and loves being able to help mold and shape people’s film and television careers.
Joshua Nadler - Director of Development at SONY Affirm
10/15 at 4pm PT
Josh Nadler is the Director of Development at Affirm Films, the faith division of Sony Pictures Entertainment. He’s been there since the beginning, helping build the division from the ground up, working on films like Soul Surfer, Heaven Is For Real and last year’s Overcomer.
Jason Ensler (LOVE VICTOR, THE EXORCIST)
10/16 at 3pm PT
Jason Ensler is a writer, director and producer. He is currently the executive producer and director for the hit series LOVE, VICTOR on HULU. He has directed and executive produced the pilots for Fox’s The Passage, CW's HART OF DIXIE, TNT's FRANKLIN & BASH and the cult series ANDY BARKER, P.I. He’s directed episodes of THE WEST WING, LETHAL WEAPON, GRACE + FRANKIE, BROOKLYN 99, GOSSIP GIRL and THE NEWSROOM. He recently served as the executive producer and director for Fox’s critically acclaimed series THE EXORCIST. During pandemics and other unintentional furloughs, he travels around Colorado with his Leica M9 and Nikon FM.
Charnay Mather - Creative Executive of Anonymous Content
10/16 at 3:30pm PT
Charnay is currently a Creative Executive at Anonymous Content working across Television and Film development. Previously Charnay was the Creative Executive at Covert Media, where she was involved in the development and production of Covert Media’s vast film slate, including the star-studded OPHELIA starring Daisy Ridley, Naomi Watts, Clive Owen and Tom Felton which premiered worldwide at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival and the 2017 Netflix feature NAKED starring Marlon Wayans and Regina Hall. Charnay was integral in bringing Covert’s project THE SECRET, an adaptation of the worldwide best-selling book, directed by Andy Tennant (Ever After: A Cinderella Story, Hitch, Fool’s Gold) and starring Katie Holmes to the company. Charnay is keen on telling stories from perspectives that are not always featured in mainstream media. Additionally, Charnay works with Women in Film as a judge on the board for their Film Finishing Fund, and as a Peer Mentor in their Mentoring Circles. She also mentors with Mayor Garcetti's Evolve Entertainment Fund. She started her own organizations WHO RUN THE WORLD and THE TRIBE. Both encompass an elite group of female executives/producers/managers & agents working across the film and television industry with the goal of creating more opportunities for women both behind and in front of the camera. She is a graduate of UCLA and Brunel University (UK).
Maddie Breeland (Director of Development at Dean DeBlois's Company)
10/19 at 3pm PT
Maddie is originally from Northern Virginia and went to Emerson College in Boston to study Producing for Film & TV before venturing out to LA to begin her career. She started as a Development Assistant at Fox 2000 before working for as Sean Bailey (President, Walt Disney Live Action Features) and eventually being promoted to Development Coordinator at Disney. She recently joined Dean DeBlois' (HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON) company, Anvil Pictures as Director of Development. There she will be produce and develop live action and hybrid content as part of their deal with Universal. She's a fan of all genres but personally loves action, adventure, sci-fi/fantasy, thrillers, and true crime documentaries. She is also a huge advocate for Diversity and Inclusion and would love to make content that promotes underrepresented groups.
Seth Yanklewitz (Executive Producer/Casting Director)
10/19 at 4pm PT
Seth Yanklewitz is an award-winning Casting Director whose body of work spans across ﬁlm and television. After serving as Vice President of Casting at Fox Broadcasting Company and then EVP Talent and Casting MGM FILM TV and EPIX, Seth recently returned to his independent casting roots. Best known for casting the comedy pilot for “New Girl,” which earned him an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Casting for a Comedy Series; he oversaw the casting of the Emmy-Award winning “Grease: Live,” as well as the remake of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show.” His additional casting credits include M. Night Shyamalan’s “Wayward Pines” (feat. Matt Dillon), “Rake” (Greg Kinnear), “Lethal Weapon” (Damon Wayans return to television), (Will Forte’s) “The Last Man on Earth” and “Gotham,” among others.
Prior to FOX, Seth created Juel Bestrop and Seth Yanklewitz Casting. He and Bestrop cast Golden Globe winner “The Hangover,” for which they won the Casting Society of America Award for “Outstanding Casting of a Comedy Feature.” His additional credits include “Blades of Glory,” “Four Christmases,” “Alvin and The Chipmunks: The Squeakquel” and “Project X”; as well as the critically acclaimed HBO comedy series “Eastbound & Down.”
Seth also spent three years working with casting director Bonnie Timmermann. Together, they cast large ensembles for dramatic ﬁlms, including "Pearl Harbor," "Black Hawk Down” and “Spy Game.” He then moved into comedy, working on the feature ﬁlm “Stuck on You” for the Farrelly Brothers. He served two terms as a National Board Member for the Casting Society of America.
Greg Coolidge (RIDE ALONG, EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH)
10/21 at 12pm PT
Emmy nominated writer Greg Coolidge, also a Director and Producer, is the creator of Universal Pictures’ RIDE ALONG franchise. RIDE ALONG set Universal's box office record for Martin Luther King weekend and the biggest January opening of all time. Currently the franchise has grossed over $350 million in theatrical release and a third installment is on the way. Greg is also the writer-director of the Lionsgate release EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH which until THE EXPENDABLES franchise, was Lionsgate's fastest film to go into profit in their history. He co-created, directed, and executive produced the WGA award-winning action adventure show The Troop, Nickelodeon's highest budgeted show ever, which ran for 40 episodes. This is where Coolidge and Ward took on staff writer Shawn Simmons’ idea WAYNE, where they developed and shepherded the project - selling it to YouTube Premium where it became a breakout show, garnering 31 million views and a move to Amazon Prime. Coolidge and Ward are executive producers and showrunners of the series.
Prior to WAYNE, Coolidge co-wrote and directed the indie comedy – THE TURKEY BOWL and was nominated for an Emmy as the co-creator and EP/Showrunner of the Amazon TV pilot Skyward.
With over twenty five feature and television projects set up at every major studio and network, including a 1.25 million dollar pitch sale to Paramount, Greg is always pushing to get as many irons in the fire as possible.
Along with partner, Writer-Producer Kirk Ward, Coolidge and Ward created THE EXPENDABLES television series for Lionsgate and Millennium for FOX and recently sold the SciFi series THE THIRD FIRE to Endeavor Content. They are currently creating, executive producing and showrunning THE CONTINENTAL - the JOHN WICK TV spinoff for Lionsgate and Starz.
Morgan Pichinson - President of Canary House Productions
10/22 at 2:15pm PT
President of Canary House Productions and Founder of Untitled Ladies Script Club (ULSC) & Squad Goals
California native, Morgan Pichinson is President of Julianne Hough's Canary House Productions, a production company with a first-look at UniversalTV. There she focuses on stories about self-discovery, transformation, and identity. She is also the founder of two femxle-driven organizations, Untitled Ladies Script Club (ULSC) for screenwriters and creators, and Squad Goals for executives, representatives and producers.
After graduating from Indiana University, Morgan started her career as an assistant at Verve Talent & Literary Agency in motion picture and television lit, at the motion picture studio STX Entertainment, and Mosaic Media Group, an LA-based management and production company. There she became Director of Development for both film and tv, where she focused on comedy and worked on projects like YouTube Red's WEIRD CITY.
Jeff Astrof (THE NEW ADVENTURES OF OLD CHRISTINE, ANGIE TRIBECA)
10/22 at 3pm PT
Jeff Astrof is a television writer/producer/showrunner who has worked on many shows over his 20-+ year career, the most famous of which was Friends—where he was part of the original writing staff and still gets recognized as “sweaty guy number 2 at Monica’s party” and “surprised Ranger fan next to Joey”. Other shows he has written for include Grounded for Life, The New Adventures of Old Christine,Ground Floor,Angie Tribeca and is co-creator of the critically-acclaimed, and sadly little-seen True Crime sendup Trial & Error which aired on NBC for two seasons and starred John Lithgow and Kristen Chenoweth as alleged murderers. He is currently in pre-production on a horror comedy called Shining Vale, co-created with Sharon Horgan, starring Courteney Cox and Greg Kinnear, slated to begin production when the world is not tormented by a tiny crown-covered virus. He lives in LA with his wife, two beautiful children, one beautiful dog, and another old lumpy dog and has yet to find a mask that doesn’t fog his glasses.
Scott Z. Burns (CONTAGION, THE BOURNE ULTIMATUM)
10/22 at 5pm PT
Scott Z. Burns is a screenwriter, director, producer and playwright. Scott began his career in advertising, working on everything from beer to cars to athletic shoes. Before leaving the industry, he was part of the team that created the ‘Got Milk?’ campaign. His work in film includes producing the Academy Award winning documentary AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH, as well as AN INCONVENIENT SEQUEL and SEA OF SHADOWS. Burns' writing credits include THE BOURNE ULTIMATUM for Paul Greengrass, as well as THE INFORMANT!, CONTAGION, SIDE EFFECTS and THE LAUNDROMAT for director Steven Soderbergh. As a director, Burns’ credits include PU-239 starring Oscar Isaac and Paddy Considine and the Golden Globe nominated film THE REPORT starring Adam Driver, Annette Bening and Jon Hamm, which received the Cinema for Peace Award for Best Political Film of 2019. Burns also directed the digital series THE VIEW FROM HERE, a collection of documentary shorts on the terminally ill. On stage, Burns’ play THE LIBRARY, which deals with a high school shooting, was produced at The Public Theater and was nominated for an Outer Critics Circle Award for Best New American Play.
Burns is an advisor at the Sundance Institute and a member of the Natural Resources Defense Council’s Leadership Committee. He remains very active on issues concerning climate change, public health and social justice. Burns attended the University of Minnesota where he graduated Summa Cum Laude with a degree in English Literature.
David Boxerbaum - Agent at Verve
10/27 at 3:30pm PT
David Boxerbaum is a prominent literary agent and partner at Verve, representing top tier talent including showrunners franchise-builders and huge horror helmers. While he has earned his reputation as the best in the spec game, David also champions a diverse roster of writers and directors, and is known for his ability to find new voices and to jump start careers. He began his career working for producer Jerry Bruckheimer before moving to the William Morris Agency, then Endeavor and then Paradigm where he cemented himself as a leader within the agency and the literary field. As a part of the Verve Partnership, David was involved in the monumental decision to sign the WGA Code of Conduct in May 2019, and in the move to up assistant pay in response to the #payuphollywood initiative.
Stephanie Wilcox - Rumble
10/27 at 5pm PT
Stephanie launched Rumble Films with CEO David Lancaster and CFO Jon Shiffman in 2014. Since then, Stephanie has produced a number of feature films, including the recent psychological thriller THE OTHER LAMB, the English-language debut of acclaimed Polish director Malgorzata Szumowska, which premiered at the 2019 Toronto Film Festival and was released in April by IFC Films. She also produced DONNYBROOK, based on the Frank Bill novel of the same name, which was adapted and directed by filmmaker Tim Sutton. The film stars Frank Grillo, Margaret Qualley, James Badge Dale and Jamie Bell, and was released by IFC Films in 2019. Stephanie was an Executive Producer on the art-world noir thriller THE BURNT ORANGE HERESY, directed by Giuseppe Capotondi, which premiered at the 2019 Venice Film Festival as the closing night film and was recently released by Sony Pictures Classics. She was also a Producer on SMALL CRIMES, directed by Evan Katz (CHEAP THRILLS), which starred Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, and premiered at SXSW in March 2017. Other Rumble Films titles include SEMPER FI, directed by Henry Alex-Rubin, MESSAGE FROM THE KING, starring Chadwick Boseman, and directed by filmmaker Fabrice Du Welz, as well as EYE IN THE SKY, starring Helen Mirren, directed by Gavin Hood. Prior to launching Rumble, Stephanie was the Director of Development for Bold Films. During her time at Bold, Stephanie served as an executive and co-producer on a number of features and television series, including WHIPLASH, written and directed by Damien Chazelle, which went on to win three Academy Awards; NIGHTCRAWLER, written and directed by Dan Gilroy, which received an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Screenplay and won two Independent Spirit awards; LOST RIVER, written and directed by Ryan Gosling; the ABC limited series BLACK BOX, created by Amy Holden Jones and starring Kelly Reilly; NO ESCAPE, starring Owen Wilson, Lake Bell, and Pierce Brosnan; and cult favorite DRIVE, starring Ryan Gosling, and directed by Nicolas Winding Refn.
Stephanie oversees Rumble's entire production and development slate, which includes WAGES OF FEAR, a remake of the French classic, written and to be directed by Ben Wheatley (KILL LIST); THEY SHOT BILLY, written by Jeremie Dolan and to be directed by Kim Chapiron; THESEUS, a sci-fi thriller to be directed by Saul Dibb and produced in partnership with Will Clarke's Altitude films, among others.
Rebecca Feuer - Scott Free
October 29th @ 6:30pm PT
Born and raised in Los Angeles, CA, Rebecca Feuer began exploring a career in entertainment from an early age. Throughout high school and college she was exposed to the film and TV development process through internships with Original Artists, Imagine Entertainment, Voltage Pictures, ad Lionsgate. Rebecca graduated Summa Cum Laude from Emory University in Atlanta, GA, in May 2015, with a BA in English Literature and returned to Los Angeles to pursue entertainment as a full-time career.
In July 2015, Rebecca became an Agent Trainee at United Talent Agency (UTA). After one month in the mailroom, she became an assistant to a partner in the Motion Picture Literary Department.
In May 2016, Rebecca joined Scott Free Productions as the assistant to the EVP of Film Production and Development. While on the desk, Rebecca worked on four film productions, the first being Kristen Stewart’s short film – and her directorial debut – COME SWIM, which premiered at Sundance 2017 and later screened at Cannes 2017. Additionally, Rebecca assisted on two Scott Free /Drake Doremus collaborations. The first being NEWNESS, starring Nicholas Hoult, Laia Costa, and Danny Huston, which also had its world premiere at Sundance 2017 and was subsequently picked up by Netflix. The second, a sci-fi love story called ZOE, stars Ewan McGregor, Lea Seydoux, Theo James, Rashida Jones, and Christina Aguilera. ZOE premiered at TIFF 2018 and was picked up by Amazon Prime for distribution. Rebecca also assisted on Jake Scott’s AMERICAN WOMAN, which stars Sienna Miller, Christina Hendricks, Aaron Paul, and Amy Madigan. The film premiered at TIFF 2018 and was acquired for distribution by Roadside Attractions and Vertical Entertainment in the U.S. and Sony Pictures for International.
In September 2017, Rebecca was promoted to Creative Executive in the Scott Free film department where she worked on her latest project, OUR FRIEND, as an Associate Producer. OUR FRIEND, based on the National Magazine Award-winning article by Matthew Teague, was adapted by Brad Ingelsby and directed by Gabriela Cowperthwaite. The film stars Jason Segel, Casey Affleck, and Dakota Johnson and was financed by Black Bear Pictures. The film had its world premiere at TIFF 2019 and was picked up for distribution by Gravitas Ventures.
In October 2019, Rebecca was promoted to Director of Development, in which she continues to seek out new, exciting material and up-and-coming talent to bring into the Scott Free fold.
Monica Macer - Showrunner
October 30th @ 6:00pm PT
Monica Macer is a screenwriter, executive producer, and showrunner of Korean and African American descent. She has written for some of the most acclaimed television series over the last 15 years, including LOST and QUEEN SUGAR. Currently, Monica is proud to serve as showrunner and executive producer for MACGYVER (CBS).
Macer’s experience in television has spanned broadcast, cable, and streaming with writing and producing credits ranging from PRISON BREAK (FOX) to TEEN WOLF (MTV), NASHVILLE (ABC) to DECEPTION (NBC), and THE BREAKS (VH1). Last season, Macer served as showrunner and executive producer of Netflix’s Latinx dramedy, GENTEFIED. As showrunner of Queen Sugar’s second season, Macer was tapped as one of Variety’s 10 Writers to Watch.
Born in Chicago Heights and raised in the Midwest and New Jersey, Macer is a graduate of Vassar College in New York, where she soon after began her career in theater arts. Macer’s background and family lineage consistently inform her choices in projects, approach to storytelling, and organizational allegiances. She currently serves on the Motion Picture Television Fund’s (MPTF) NextGen board and is a co-founder of the newly minted organization, Korean American Leaders in Hollywood. Monica was also in the inaugural class of the NetKAL (Network for Korean American Leaders) Fellowship at USC. Additionally, Macer is a 2020 Coalition of Asian Pacific (CAPE) Writing Fellows Mentor.
Macer is married to actor/filmmaker, Sterling Macer Jr., and she’s the proud mother of a thirteen-year-old daughter.
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