A Month of Pride - LGBTQIA+ Stories in Hollywood

Webinars ~ Perspective Series
Hosted By:
John Hilary Shepherd - Producer, Flying Rhino Productions

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
More about
John Hilary Shepherd
Flying Rhino Productions

A graduate from the American Film Institute with an MFA Screenwriting, producer John Hilary Shepherd recently launched his own company, Flying Rhino (Image Comics’ UNDISCOVERED COUNTRY). Previously, John ran development for Academy Award-nominated producer Brian Oliver at New Republic Pictures (1917) and Cross Creek Pictures (BLACK SWAN, HACKSAW RIDGE). He has also worked in development for Spelling Films (IN & OUT) and Polygram, as well as a story analyst for the William Morris Agency. Upcoming projects include HORRORSTOR—an adaptation of bestselling author Grady Hendrix's novel about a haunted big-box furniture store, and Guy Douall’s DUSTED—a small-town thriller with a supernatural twist in the vein of Stephen King. John is also a WGA Award-nominated writer for his work on the Showtime television series NURSE JACKIE.

Lee Stobby


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 a literary manager, producer, and principal of Lee Stobby Entertainment. Before starting his own business 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). His more recent produced films include SISTER AIMEE, HOW TO BE ALONE, and PEOPLING.

Michael Poisson
Television Writer

Michael is an LGBTQ+ writer who has four Emmy nominations for his work on Adult Swim’s critically-acclaimed, animated comedy ROBOT CHICKEN. Most recently, he finished working as a Co-Producer on The CW's queer sci-fi, action series TOM SWIFT. Before that, he wrote on Netflix’s super hero dramedy series RAISING DION as well as on the Hulu animated comedy CROSSING SWORDS. On the development side, Michael previously developed with Red Hour and Full Fathom Five on his dark comedy, UNRAVELING: A Sadistic Musical. Before writing full time, Michael was the Director of Development for Krysten Ritter’s production company Silent Machine Entertainment. And outside of the industry, Michael has worked as a crisis counselor at The Trevor Project – a suicide lifeline for LGBTQ youth.

Devon Byers
Literary Manager
Heroes and Villains Ent

Devon Byers is a literary manager with Heroes and Villains Entertainment based in Los Angeles. He and his partner, Krista Sipp, joined HVE after founding their own management company First Friday Entertainment in 2017.

Originally from Las Vegas, Nevada, Devon started his career in physical production where he produced and coordinated award-winning independent films and commercials. He soon moved to Los Angeles to attend the American Film Institute Conservatory where he graduated with an MFA in Producing. Devon continued his freelance career before making the switch to development at production company Ideate Media (Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency) and working there for nearly four years. 

Currently, Devon is focused on representing clients with a unique worldview and fresh voices who have something to say in all genres. He is also interested in cultivating IP that speaks to new audiences.

Bobby Hoppey
Coveside Films

Known for championing talent, Bobby Hoppey has over a decade of experience in film and television development. Bobby’s executive experience includes indie finance shops Complementary Colors, Valparaiso Pictures, and Echo Lake Entertainment where he oversaw their respective in-house project slates.

His past producorial credits include Neon's PIG starring Nicolas Cage (streaming on Hulu), and the LGBTQ rom-com STRAIGHT UP - both Independent Spirit Award nominees. His latest film, the subversive coming-of-age comedy GRIFFIN IN SUMMER, is expected to be released later this year and recently won the U.S. Narrative Competition Prize at the 2024 Tribeca Festival.

Bobby currently has a number of feature projects in development through his new production shingle, Coveside Films. He holds a bachelor's degree in Journalism and Corporate Communications from Elon University.


Michael confirmed some of the issues with the screenplay that I had been informed about already which made me more willing to make those changes. Michael also gave me some ideas to improve the general story and increase character motivation. The fact that he is an Emmy-nominated writer makes me confident in his suggestions. Michael was very personable, professional, and seemed to appreciate my personal connection to the story.

~ Anonymous Feedback Form Response

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