Producing Faculty and Staff
Winter 2014 Adjunct Faculty
and Guest Speakers (More to come!)
|Bob Bibb||David Blackman||Peter Broderick|
|Lisa Callif||Michael Donaldson||Mike Farah|
|Richard Fay||Adam Fogelson||Timothy Good|
|Randy Greenberg||Paul Green||Jeffrey Lieber|
|Camillia Monet||Maggie Murphy||Laura Nix|
|Robin Pelleck||Billy Ray||Joe Rosenberg|
|Adam Saunders||Myrl Schreibman||Angela Sostre|
|Steven Stein||Sheila Hanahan Taylor|
DENISE MANN, Associate Professor and Head of the graduate MFA Producers Program in the UCLA Department of Film, Television, and Digital Media, teaches graduate and undergraduate courses on contemporary entertainment industry practices as well as film and television history and theory. Her book, "Hollywood Independents" - The Postwar Talent Takeover (University of Minnesota Press, 2008)," has been receiving positive reviews (Variety, Boston Globe, DGA Quarterly). Mann co-edited Private Screenings: Television & the Female Consumer (University of Minnesota Press, 1992) and has published articles on television and consumer culture in a number of journals and book-length collections. Mann is frequently invited to deliver industry talks at international film festivals and conferences such as the Tokyo International Film Festival and Shanghai International Film Festival, and at major universities in Asia and Europe, such as the Beijing Broadcasting Institute, Shanghai University, and Paris 1 Pantheon Sorbonne.
BRIAN FAGAN, Interim Program Director, earned his MFA in Screenwriting from UCLA. He was the researcher for 74 episodes of LAW & ORDER: SVU and wrote the episode "Possessed." As a Screenwriting Instructor for Dan Decker's The Screenwriters Group, and as a Creative Executive and story analyst at various management and production companies, Brian gave notes on over 1000 screenplays. Before moving to LA, Brian wrote and directed plays and late night serials in NYC and Chicago.
BOB BIBB and LEW GOLDSTEIN (TV Marketing) were most recently co-chiefs of marketing at Lifetime TV. They are the first U.S. marketing executives to have launched and built two broadcast networks: Fox and The WB. In 1986, they became the first creative marketing heads of the Fox Television Network. In 1994, they were recruited to help develop The WB Television Network, where they were promoted to Co-Presidents of Marketing in 2001. At The WB, they guided the launch of such iconic series as BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER, DAWSON'S CREEK, FELICITY, GILMORE GIRLS, and SMALLVILLE. Bibb and Goldstein have been honored many times over the years, including being named Advertising Age's "Entertainment Marketers of the Year" and Brand Week's "Marketers of the Year."
DAVID BLACKMAN (Feature Film Development)is the President of Production for Sony-based Laurence Mark Productions, the producer of films such as LAST VEGAS, JULIE & JULIA, I, ROBOT, JERRY MAGUIRE AS GOOD AS IT GETS, DREAMGIRLS and THE LOOKOUT. At Laurence Mark Productions, he is in charge of overseeing all aspects of development and production for the company. He served as a Producer on the upcoming Lionsgate film, DATE AND SWITCH, starring Nicholas Braun, Dakota Johnson, Nick Offerman, Megan Mullally, Aziz Ansari and Wendi McClendon-Covey. He also served as an Executive Producer on CENTER STAGE: TURN IT UP for Sony Stage 6 and was Co-Executive Producer on SUMMER CAMP, a pilot for Nickelodeon. He is attached as a Producer or Executive Producer on a number of feature and television projects, including a remake of FLATLINERS at Sony and LADY CHATTERLEY'S LOVER, which is being adapted by Oscar-nominated screenwriter David Magee.
PETER BRODERICK (Alternative Distribution)is a Distribution Strategist who enables filmmakers to maximize the revenues, audiences, and impacts of their films. He works with filmmakers around the world, empowering them to create customized distribution strategies and helping them secure the right domestic and foreign partners. He is President of Paradigm Consulting, which advises filmmakers on hybrid distribution, crowdfunding, and new approaches to global distribution. Peter was President of Next Wave Films, which supplied finishing funds and vital support to emerging filmmakers from the US and abroad. He helped launch the careers of Christopher Nolan and other exceptionally talented directors. A key player in the growth of the ultra-low budget feature movement, Peter became one of the most influential advocates of digital moviemaking. Now focused on the revolution in distribution, Peter has given keynotes and presentations at leading festivals including Cannes, Sundance, Toronto, and IDFA. Peter's seminal article, "Maximizing Distribution," has been reprinted around the world. His reports, "Welcome to the New World of Distribution" and "Declaration of Independence" are concise guides to state-of-the-art distribution strategies. Read his articles and subscribe to his Distribution Bulletin at www.peterbroderick.com. He is a graduate of Brown University, Cambridge University, and Yale Law School.
LISA CALLIF (Legal Issues for Independent Film) named by Variety as one of The Best and The Brightest (2011), is an entertainment attorney whose primary focus is on representing independent filmmakers in all aspects of their moviemaking, including development, production and distribution. As part of her practice, Lisa does a significant amount of clearance work for documentaries, including rendering fair use opinion letters, which permit her clients to use limited amounts of unlicensed material in their films under the fair use doctrine as codified in US Copyright Law. Lisa has rendered legal services on such films as Invisible War (Grand Jury Prize, Best Documentary, Sundance 2012), Inside Job (Academy Award winner 2011), Insidious (from the producers of Paranormal Activity), How to Die In Oregon (Grand Jury Prize, Best Documentary, Sundance 2011), I'm Still Here (starring Joaquin Phoenix), Teenage Paparazzo (starring Adrian Grenier), Waiting for Superman, The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers (Academy Award nominee 2010), Bigger, Stronger, Faster, The Side Effects of Being America and This Film Is Not Yet Rated.
MICHAEL DONALDSON (Clearance and Copyright, Negotiating) is an entertainment attorney who has been fighting for independent filmmakers for over thirty-five years. He is the past President of The International Documentary Association (IDA) and current General Counsel to Film Independent and Writers Guild of America/West Foundation. Dubbed the "'legal Obi Wan Kenobi' and fair use guru of the documentary film set" by the American Bar Association, Michael has gained a national reputation as an expert on clearance- and rights- related issues. He co-wrote "The American Bar Association's Legal Guide to Independent Filmmaking" with his partner Lisa Callif. He also wrote "Clearance & Copyright" (which is in its third edition and is used as a textbook in over 50 colleges and universities), "Fearless Negotiating" published by McGraw Hill, as well as "Negotiating for Dummies."
MIKE FARAH (Producing for the Web) is the President of Production for Funny or Die, overseeing the creative day-to-day operations for the premiere comedy site, along with Funny or Die's television and feature projects. With Funny or Die for five years, Farah has produced the award-winning videos "Prop 8: The Musical" and "Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis", among many others. Under Farah's leadership, Funny or Die's creative team produces over 20 original videos a month. He is also one of the executive producers of "Funny Or Die's Billy on the Street," airing on Fuse. Farah, 34, also produced the feature film "Answer This!", written and directed by his brother, Chris Farah. "Answer This!" was acquired by Wrekin Hill Entertainment in 2011. Originally from Ann Arbor, Michigan, and a graduate of Indiana University, Mike began his career at United Talent Agency. In November 2010, The Hollywood Reporter named Farah one of the top 35 Hollywood executives under 35. In 2013, Variety will feature Mike as one of Hollywood's New Leaders.
RICHARD FAY (Domestic Theatrical Distribution) is the President of Domestic Theatrical Distribution for Lionsgate Distribution. Working closely with the exhibitors and filmmakers, Fay develops, oversees and executes the distribution strategy for the Lionsgate domestic film slate. Fay has over 40 years experience in the film industry most recently as President of Summit Entertainment (2007-2012) and before that heading his own firm, Fay Enterprises, which consulted for a number of enterprises including Deluxe Labs, several motion pictures, and in-theatre marketing companies including Movie Me and Timeplay. Prior to starting his own firm in 2005, Fay was the President of AMC Film Marketing for 10 years where he was responsible for film buying and in-theatre marketing. During his tenure at AMC, Fay was also responsible for negotiating all the film settlements with distributors and initiating aggregate film deals as AMC grew into a circuit of Megaplexes.
ADAM FOGELSON (Feature Film Marketing) was Chairman of Universal Pictures from October 2009 to 2013. He oversaw worldwide operations for the motion picture group, including its global theatrical, home entertainment, partnerships & licensing, finance, human resources and communications divisions. Fogelson had been with Universal since 1998, beginning as Vice President of Creative Advertising and rising to President of Marketing and Distribution before his promotion to Chairman. Fogelson's succeses include an impressive array of worldwide box office hits, such as Dr. Seuss' THE LORAX, AMERICAN REUNION, SAFE HOUSE, CONTRABAND, BRIDESMAIDS, FAST FIVE, and DESPICABLE ME.
TIMOTHY GOOD (Post-Production) Bio coming soon.
RANDY GREENBERG (International Theatrical Distribution) is a senior entertainment industry executive with an emphasis in marketing, distribution and strategy and operations. Over the past 20 years, Greenberg has been involved in the green-light, marketing and distribution of 200+ films and his strategies have produced over $5 billion in theatrical revenues alone. Greenberg ran The Greenberg Group, an entertainment marketing/distribution and business strategy consultancy for eight years prior to starting Resolution, a new full-service, first class talent agency with Jeff Franklin (entertainment entrepreneur and film/tv producer) and Jeff Berg (ex Chairman of ICM). In addition, Greenberg is the past head of international theatrical marketing & distribution at Universal Pictures; Vice President, International Theatrical Marketing at MGM Pictures; and account executive/publicist at Dennis Davidson Associates International Public Relations. Greenberg executive produced the feature films "Cowboys & Aliens" and "Dylan Dog: Dead of Night".
PAUL GREEN (Feature Film Financing), President & COO of Anonymous Content, joined Anonymous in April 2004, after having previously worked with Anonymous CEO Steve Golin at Propaganda Films. At Anonymous, Green oversees the operations of AC's film, television and talent management divisions, and is responsible for strategic planning for film, commercial (broadcast and internet) and music video production. He assists with development, financing, production and distribution of films, television, commercials and digital projects. His duties include securing and negotiating outside capital and production financing. In addition he has executive produced or produced the recent films FUN SIZE, BIG MIRACLE, 44 INCH CHEST and THE BEAVER, along with the upcoming films LAGGIES, ADULT WORLD, SCENIC ROUTE, U WANT ME 2 KILL HIM?, THE LOFT and THE FIFTH ESTATE. Previously Paul served in executive positions with Icon Productions, Beacon Communications, Propaganda Films and the Walt Disney Motion Pictures Group.
JEFFREY LIEBER (TV Development) After spending the last three seasons as Executive Producer/Showrunner on USA's Necessary Roughness, Jeffrey is currently develoing projects with F/X, USA and Fox. Born and raised in Evanston, IL, Lieber started out his professional career as an actor and a playwright in Chicago's storied theater scene, where he performed at such companies as The Steppenwolf Theater, The Organic Theater and the Victory Gardens Theater. In 1995 Lieber moved to Los Angeles, where he started writing scripts for various movie studios, including the 2002 release TUCK EVERLASTING (starring Alexis Bledel, William Hurt, and Sissy Spacek). Lieber added television pilots to his repertoire in 2003, which led him to become one of the co-creators of the series LOST in 2004, and the creator of CBS' MIAMI MEDICAL in 2010.
CAMILLIA MONET (Starting a Production Company) is an award-winning producer of film & television in Los Angeles. She has produced over 10 short films shown all over the world (three of which have won Best Short Film Awards) and several which have been sold & aired for IFC, HBO & Sitv; such as THE WINGED MAN starring Ana Ortiz (UGLY BETTY), written by Oscar-nominated Jose Rivera (THE MOTORCYCLE DIARIES). Camillia's feature horror thriller DARK DESERT HIGHWAY was exhibited in this years' Cannes Film Festival in a co- production with Angel & Bear Productions from Thailand. She is producing the feature CELESTINA, re-teaming with screenwriter, Jose Rivera. Currently in development, it is being executive produced by Walter Salles (CITY OF GOD) and will star Bill Pullman & Alfred Molina. Camillia's latest feature, a romantic comedy called LOVE OR WHATEVER starring Kate Flannery ( NBC's THE OFFICE), has been selected as this year's Feature film at the highly acclaimed GLBQ festival, Frameline36. Camillia has had several television shows optioned and is currently writing an epic drama with novelist & Emmy Award winner Jennifer Niven.
MAGGIE MURPHY (The Television Executive and Executive Producer) ) is the Head of Shaftesbury U.S., the company's newly launched division located in Los Angeles and focused on development for the U.S., Canadian and International markets. Shaftesbury US has a dozen projects currently in development with projects set up at the major networks here as well as in Canada. Through Maggie they have a first look deal at ABC networks where they have several projects in development. With more than 20 years experience in television development and production, Shaftesbury U.S. Maggie Murphy most recently served as Senior Vice President of Development for Cookie Jar Entertainment. Before that, Murphy served as Senior Vice President of Drama Development for UPN/CW. She also supervised the creation, from inception to series, for a variety of shows including VERONICA MARS. While there she developed the USA Networks hit IN PLAIN SIGHT with Mary McCormick and helped develop shows with SEX IN THE CITY executive producer Darren Star, BLACK HAWK DOWN director Simon West, VAMPIRE DIARIES writer Kevin Williamson and Academy Award winner Diablo Cody, (JUNO). Before CW, Murphy served as Senior Vice President during the inception of Regency TV. During her six-year tenure there, she helped create and develop top-rated series including ROSWELL, BERNIE MAC, and MALCOLM IN THE MIDDLE. Ms. Murphy also served as the development executive for David Kelley. While there, she developed ALLY MCBEAL, THE PRACTICE and CHICAGO HOPE.
LAURA NIX (Documentary Filmmaking) is a director-producer of the documentary The Light in Her Eyes, which premiered at IDFA, and was broadcast on the series POV on PBS. She recently co-wrote the Emmy-nominated PBS doc California State of Mind: The Legacy of Pat Brown. She produced the festival hit The Yes Men Fix the World and is currently producing their latest feature The Yes Men Are Revolting. Her nonfiction work has been shown on HBO, IFC, and the History Channel. She directed the feature documentary Whether You Like It or Not: The Story of Hedwig, for New Line Cinema, which played in over a dozen film festivals in the US and worldwide. She is the writer/director of the narrative feature The Politics of Fur, which played in over 70 festivals internationally and won numerous awards, including the Grand Jury Prize at Outfest. Nix received her Bachelor of Arts in History from Reed College, and her Masters of Fine Arts from the University of California/San Diego in the Visual Arts Department. She has been a visiting artist at dozens of colleges and universities, a panelist for numerous forums on independent film, and was a MacDowell Colony Fellow in 2006. She's currently a guest lecturer at UC San Diego in the Visual Arts Department.
ROBIN PELLECK (New Media) Bio coming soon.
BILLY RAY (Story/Pitching) wrote/directed SHATTERED GLASS (starring Hayden Christensen and Chloe Sevigny), and wrote/directed BREACH (starring Ryan Phillippe, Chris Cooper, and Laura Linney). In addition, Billy co-wrote the feature adaptation of the hit book THE HUNGER GAMES. He also wrote the upcoming film CAPTAIN PHILLIPS (starring Tom Hanks and directed by Paul Greengrass), and is currently writing SINATRA for Universal Pictures and director Martin Scorsese.
JOE ROSENBERG (Representation) Joe's experience stretches across all levels of the Hollywood executive ranks. His career started in representation, earning his reputation as a top agent at CAA where he represented A-list talent such as Ridley Scott, Tony Scott, David Fincher, Michael Bay, Terry Gilliam and Luc Besson, just to name a few. Moving from agenting to development, Rosenberg was hired by Ted Field's Radar Pictures where he Executive Produced the Farelly Brothers' remake of THE HEARTBREAK KID, starring Ben Stiller, and oversaw the company's well-funded development slate. He executed similar responsibilities for Morgan Freeman's Revelations Entertainment where he was tasked with identifying and developing both feature film and television projects. In an industry where relationships are currency, Joe's span across every agency and every studio. He has identified and negotiated over 250 development and production projects for both the major studios and over 100 internationally acclaimed film artists.
ADAM SAUNDERS (Case Study: Making Your Film)is the CEO of Footprint Features. He produced and acted in Footprint's first two feature films: Family Weekend (dir: Benjamin Epps, starring Tony/Emmy winner Kristin Chenoweth and Golden Globe winner Matthew Modine) alongside Oscar winner Edward Zwick and The Bedford Falls Company, and About Alex (dir: Jesse Zwick, starring Aubrey Plaza, Max Greenfield and Jason Ritter) also alongside Edward Zwick and PGA President Emeritus Marshall Herskovitz. Up next he is producing When We First Met (dir: Jamie Travis) alongside Oscar nominated producer Mason Novick. As an actor Saunders received an MFA from the Yale School of Drama; as a producer, he received a certificate from the UCLA School of Film and Television, and was the co-founder and Artistic Director of the critically acclaimed professional theater company Footprint on the Sun, upon whose foundation Footprint Features is built. He holds a BA in Drama from Duke University.
MYRL SCHREIBMAN (Creative Producing/TV/Feature Film Preparation) has been a Professor in The School of Theater, Film and Television for the past two decades and teaches in both the Producing Program and the Directing Program. He is a member of the Directors Guild of America, as well as the Producers Guild of America and has an extensive background as an award winning producer and director for the screen, large and small, and the Broadway and regional stages. He is the author of two highly successful books, THE INDIE PRODUCERS HANDBOOK which has gone into a new edition for Random House E-Books, and has been translated into Chinese and published by Tsingua University Press, and THE FILM DIRECTORS PREPARES, which has been translated into Italian and Korean. He is currently developing several projects including a period true story thriller titled Butcher of Knightsbury Row, and a Broadway play titled Consider the Lilies.
ANGELA SOSTRE (The Production Budget) graduated with an MFA from the UCLA Directing Program in 2004. Her passion for producing led her to helm twenty graduate level productions, including CHAOS THEORY, for which she won a Student Emmy. Angela works as a freelance Producer/Line Producer, producing commercials (MONSTER, UCLA/NCAA, AQUAFINA, CISCO, SVEDKA VODKA, SPECIALIZED), music videos (A.R. RAHMAN, THOUSAND FOOT KRUTCH, NICK CARTER), PSA's (Planned Parenthood), as well as several feature films (JOURNEY FROM THE FALL, BLIND AMBITION, CHASING TCHAIKOVSKY, BASEMENT JACK, DEADLINE, FINISHING THE GAME: THE SEARCH FOR THE NEW BRUCE LEE, DISPATCH, SPORK, GROOMING GISELLE, AUDREY, the 2009 Slamdance award winning Best Narrative film, A QUIET LITTLE MARRIAGE, and the Netflix Find Your Voice Competition winner, ALMOST KINGS.
STEVEN STEIN (Business Affairs/Acquisitions/Licensing) Bio coming soon.
SHEILA HANAHAN TAYLOR (Career Strategizing for Producers) is a partner and producer at Practical Pictures, where she has a wide range of feature and television projects set up at major studios, including the comedy THE PET, to be directed by Jared Hess (NAPOLEON DYNAMITE, NACHO LIBRE), and the family comedy HOURS OF FUN, both for Walt Disney Studios, as well as the thriller THE SEMINAR for CBS Films. In Spring 2012, Practical Pictures' fourth installment of the AMERICAN PIE franchise, AMERICAN REUNION, was released on over 5000 screens worldwide by Universal Studios. Recently, Sheila Executive Produced the 3D summer tentpole movie, FINAL DESTINATION 5 for New Line Cinema/Warner Brothers Studios, which to date has grossed $160 million in worldwide box office.