Perspectives Series: LGBTQIA+ Panel

June signifies many things - the end of the school year, the official beginning of summer, rooftop parties and BBQ - but June is also Pride Month. What is Pride Month, you ask? It’s a month where, in remembrance of the Stonewall riots of 1969, various cities and organizations host Pride events to recognize the impact the LGBTQIA+ community has had on the world. And Roadmap is so excited to join with our very own Pride Event!

Tune in for this panel with an amazing line up to celebrate Pride and learn about the impact the LGBTQIA+ community has had on film and television!

This 90 Minute Webinar Will Cover:

  • LGBTQIA+ cinema
  • Breaking down stereotypes
  • Representation
About Your Host

John Hilary Shepherd is Vice President of Development for Brian Oliver's New Republic Pictures, after running development at Cross Creek Pictures and overseeing a slate of films that grossed $1.2 billion worldwide and received 3 Academy Award wins and 2 Best Picture Oscar nominations. He has an MFA in Screenwriting from the American Film Institute and a WGA Award nomination for his work on the Showtime television show NURSE JACKIE.

A graduate of the University of Michigan, Lee Stobby has quickly made a name for himself championing strong independent voices and quality cinema. He is 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; the lattermost is where he began representing literary clients in 2011 and produced 2 films. Stobby’s clients include Isaac Adamson whose script BUBBLES, a biopic of Michael Jackson’s chimpanzee, was named #1 on the 2015 Black List and Stobby will produce as a film with Dan Harmon (ANOMALISA) as a stop motion animation feature, Fritz Böhm (writer/director of upcoming WILDLING starring Bel Powley, Liv Tyler and Brad Dourif which Stobby also produced), Rodney Ascher (ROOM 237, THE NIGHTMARE), and Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy (THE TRIBE).

Michael Poisson is a producer and screenwriter who is currently staffed on Adult Swim's ROBOT CHICKEN. He was previously staffed on Netflix's upcoming RAISING DION and recently attached Red Hour (Ben Stiller's company) to one of his pilots. He has served as a producer and Creative Director for Silent Machine Entertainment (Krysten Ritter's company), where he oversaw the creation, development, and pitching of various television projects including single cam/multi-cam comedies, and dramas. He recently finished shooting THE DEMONS OF DORIAN GUNN in New York for the Pop network, where he worked as Co-Executive Producer on the pilot. Michael has also had a pilot in development with DarkFire Television (Ryan Reynolds’ company), as well as a graphic novel published by Fanboy Comics: His writing has placed in various competitions including the Austin Film Festival and Michael has also previously served as a writer's assistant on the Fullscreen/Audience Network series CASSANDRA FRENCH'S FINISHING SCHOOL FOR BOYS.

Devon Byers is currently a Literary Manager / Producer with First Friday Entertainment, a company he co-founded. He was formerly a Creative Executive at production company Ideate Media, and before that, an award-winning freelance producer working on a variety of content. Devon realized the importance of fresh and unique voices that should be pushed to diversify the entertainment landscape and began this new venture. He hails from Las Vegas, Nevada and received his MFA from the American Film Institute.

Bobby Hoppey is a seasoned developer and story analyst and a founding member of Valparaiso Pictures, a development finance & production company that empowers filmmakers to take creative risks. Valparaiso Pictures is focused on growing its slate - engaging on projects across film, television and interactive content. Upcoming credits include 'After Perfect' (to be adapted by Elizabeth Chomko and produced with Matt Reeves' 6th & Idaho), 'The Line' starring Alex Wolff and John Malkovich, and 'No Glory' with Kumail Nanjiani to star and Adam McKay and Will Ferrell to produce. Bobby previously spent two years as the primary feature development executive at Echo Lake Entertainment, an independent production company and financier, where he managed the film division's slate. Prior to his executive roles, Bobby served as assistant to Echo Lake's CEO and President, in addition to a tenure with the company's talent management actor division where he worked closely with clients including Dakota and Elle Fanning. Bobby holds a bachelor's degree in Journalism from Elon University.

What To Expect

Immediately after registering, you will receive an Order Confirmation that serves as the receipt for your registration. In the Order Summary section of this email, there will be a link reading "CLICK HERE FOR INSTRUCTIONS" that will take you to the page containing the Webinar recording. Under that link will be the Password you'll need to unlock the page and enjoy!


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