Speakers

    • Dov Simens

      Dov Simens 

      Dov Simens is the founder of Hollywood Film Institute in Hollywood, California. He has been voted “America’s #1 Film Instructor” by the National Association of Film Schools and is the bestselling author of “From Reel to Deal: Everything You Need to Create a Successful Independent Film." Dov has taught tens of thousands of aspiring filmmakers around the globe, he has been credited to have helped launch the filmmaking careers of graduates such as Quentin Tarantino, Baz Luhrman, Ch...

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    • Troy DeVolld

      Troy DeVolld 

      Troy DeVolld is an Emmy-nominated writer/producer in the unscripted and reality television genre, and is widely recognized as one of the world’s top speakers on the genre. DeVolld began his career working on MTV’s Fear and The Osbournes and has gone on to write and/or produce for major reality hits Dancing With the Stars (ABC), Flipping Out (Bravo), Fight of the Living Dead (YouTube), The Bachelor (ABC), ...

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    • Peter Russell

      Peter Russell 

      Peter Russell is a screenwriter who has sold two television pilots in 2017 - a crime procedural and a biographical mini-series. He is also a long-time story doctor in Hollywood whose clients include Imagine, HBO, Participant, Viacom, CBS Television and many more. Peter is in high demand for his legendary seminars and master classes on film and TV story. Here is an example of his speaking. He ghostwrites for both new and established film and television writers and producers....

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    • Jack Epps, Jr.

      Jack Epps, Jr. 

      Jack Epps, Jr. is an award winning writer and filmmaker who first became involved in making films while an undergraduate at Michigan State University. Inspired by a student film festival, Epps made his first film the following semester and has been making movies ever since. His student film The Pigs vs the Freaks, was purchased by NBC and made into a Movie of the Week, re-titled Off Sides. Epps produced ...

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    • Richard Walter

      Richard Walter 

      Richard Walter is a celebrated storytelling guru, movie industry expert, and longtime chairman of UCLA’s legendary graduate program in screenwriting. A screenwriter and published novelist, his latest book, Essentials of Screenwriting, is available in stores now. His previous published works include the novels Escape from Film School and ...

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    • Glenn T. Litwak, Esq.

      Glenn T. Litwak, Esq. 

      Glenn Litwak, Esq. specializes in entertainment law. He has extensive expertise in negotiating and drafting a wide variety of contracts relating to the entertainment industry.  Mr. Litwak represents clients in the film and T.V. industries such as actors, producers, directors, writers, film production and distribution companies, documentary filmmakers and creators/producers/hosts of reality TV shows. Furthermore, Mr. Litwak has extensive experience in handling entertainment industry litigation.  Glenn also represents clients in the music business s...

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    • Tammuz Dubnov

      Tammuz Dubnov

      Tammuz Dubnov 

      Tammuz Dubnov is the CEO of two startups that he founded before the age of 20. He is a mathematician, a computer engineer, and a highly sought after performer in the Dance and Cirque world. He graduated from UC Berkeley at the age of 18 with Honors in Theoretical Mathematics and minors in Computer Science and Dance. He combines his technical expertise with his passion around cinematic arts and visual arts in the formation of his companies. He is constantly challenging the barrier between technology and movement through ...

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    • Shlomo Dubnov

      Dr. Shlomo Dubnov

      Shlomo Dubnov 

      Dr. Shlomo Dubnov holds a doctorate in computer science from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. He is a graduate of the prestigious IDF Talpiot program. Prior to joining UC San Diego as a Professor, he served as a researcher at the world-renowned Institute for Research and Coordination of Acoustics and Music (IRCAM), in Paris, and later headed the multimedia track for the Department of Communication Systems Engineering at Ben-Gurion University, in Israel. Dr. Dubnov conducted numerous research proj...

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    • Randi Feldman

      Randi Feldman 

      For the past 18 years, Randi Feldman has been teaching a series of film workshops & giving lectures at UCLA, NYFA (New York Film Academy in L.A.), AFI's Directing Workshop for Women, , Santa Fe Community College, "F.I.T" Film Industry Training Program presented by S3 Entertainment Group in Detroit, Michigan, & Colombia College Hollywood. She is also the director of CINEMA WORKSHOPS, teaching various courses in "The Craft of the Script Supervisor" to aspiring directors, producers and script superv...

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    • Marilyn R. Atlas

      Marilyn R. Atlas 

      Marilyn R. Atlas is a talent and literary manager and award-winning producer. Among her credits as film producer are “Real Women Have Curves” for HBO, which won the Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival; “A Certain Desire,” starring Sam Waterston; and “Echoes,” which won the Gold Award at the Texas International Film Festival. In addition to producing a variety of programming for the cable/ pay TV market. In live theater, Marilyn co-produced the West Coast premiere of the musical “God Bless You Mr...

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    • Jack Grapes

      Jack Grapes 

      Jack Grapes is an award-winning actor, playwright, poet and teacher. He is the author of 8 1/2 books of poetry, including the most recent THE NAKED EYE: NEW & SELECTED POEMS, 1987-2012: POEMS SO FAR SO FAR SO GOOD SO FAR TO GO; ALL THE SAD ANGELES; and WIDE ROAD TO THE EDGE OF THE WORLD. Jack also wrote and starred in CIRCLE OF WILL, a metaphysical comedy about the lost years of William Shakespeare, which won several theatre critic awards for Best Comedy and Best Performance by an Actor. ...

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    • Josh Grapes

      Josh Grapes 

      Josh Grapes is a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College where he studied literature and writing, in addition to history, French, philosophy, and music. He teaches Method Writing classes and workshops and consults privately with clients, editing manuscripts of all kinds, from poetry to novels to memoir. As a singer-songwriter, he’s completed a CD of 15 songs titled CREATURE COMFORTS. He is currently working on a book of haiku, tanka, and merged forms called “...

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    • Steven Peros

      Steven Peros 

      After working as a produced writer for Film and Stage, Steven Peros forayed successfully into Television, selling his first two original one-hour pilots: Dorian Gray to NBC/Universal, and a second to MTV with Relativity TV and Andrew Panay producing. His original teleplay for 2013’s A Country Christmas Story, starring Dolly Parton, broke Holiday Season ratings records for Lifetime Televis...

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    • Kate Buckley

      Kate Buckley 

      Kate Buckley is a ninth-generation Kentuckian who grew up listening to stories at her great-grandmother's knee. She did her undergraduate work at Transylvania University and the University of Kentucky where she earned a BA in Advertising, and holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Spalding University. Kate's essays, poems and stories have appeared or are forthcoming in variety of journals including: 2nd & Church, Bellingham Review, Belmont Story Review, The Cafe Review, N...

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    • Craig Miller

      Craig Miller

      Craig Miller 

      Craig Miller is a well-known and respected writer/producer with over 200 credits.  He has worked in live-action and animation, written scripts, developed series, pitched to studios and networks, produced, cast, approved storyboards, character designs, and animation – the entire gamut of what goes into creating, selling, and producing a TV series. Miller received degrees in Child Development and Social Psychology before becoming involved with the entertainment indus...

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    • Tracee Beebe

      Tracee Beebe 

      Tracee Beebe, author of NO EXCUSES. WRITE ANYWAY - A Tough Love Workbook for Writers, is an award winning screenwriter and writing coach whose workshops and private coaching have helped many writers improve their understanding of story and structure, find ways to stay focused and inspired, and honor their writer selves.  Tracee also regu...

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    • AJ Martinson

      AJ Martinson 

      Best known for high quality visuals and smart, intellectual filmmaking, writer-director AJ Martinson III has worked as a producer and director on a number of projects, from reality TV's Divine Intervention to the feature film Blackmark, his first feature film, which was acquired by Bleiberg Entertainment in 2017. At age 17, AJ made his first micro-documentary, Two Lives Saved, about a chil...

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    • Leslie Kreiner Wilson

      Leslie Kreiner Wilson (Moderator)

      Leslie Kreiner Wilson 

      Leslie Kreiner Wilson is a tenured Associate Professor in Creative Writing and Film Studies at Pepperdine University’s Seaver College where she also directs the MFA Program in Writing for Screen and Television; co-directed the Institute for Entertainment, Media, and Culture; as well as produces a documentary web series on the art of screenwriting.  Published in such journals as Literature/Film Quarterly; the Quarterly Review of Film and Video; the Journal of...

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    • Tom Provost

      Tom Provost

      Tom Provost 

      Tom Provost wrote Under Suspicion starring Oscar winners Morgan Freeman and Gene Hackman. It was nominated for an Edgar Award. He wrote and directed The Presence starring Oscar winner Mira Sorvino. The film won numerous Best Picture and Best Director awards. He is an honors graduate from UT Austin, a graduate professor in the Pepperdine MFA program, and teaches the popular Cinema Language seminar around the country.  ...

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    • Andrés Orozco

      Andrés Orozco

      Andrés Orozco 

      Andrés Orozco is the writer/director of various award winning films, including Yo Soy Tu Niña, God Speaks Spanish, and 16 Summers. He is an Assistant Professor at Weber State University, where he teaches digital media, screenwriting, and oversees all film production. He's also a working SAG actor and an alum of the Pepperdine MFA Program.    

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    • Shadi Petosky

      Shadi Petosky 

      Winning an Emmy for Directing at the 2018 Daytime Emmy Awards for her work on the hit Amazon Studios show Danger & Eggs, which she co-created, Shadi Petosky is a force in the industry as a creator, writer, author, animator, producer and director. Petosky was born in Kalispell, Montana. She was a programmer before meeting Zander Cannon and helping Cannon to co-publish The Replacement God. With both Cannon and Kevin Canno...

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    • Jennifer Brody

      Jennifer Brody 

      Jennifer Brody’s award-winning novel The 13th Continuum sold to Turner Publishing in a 3-book deal and is being packaged into a feature film. The book is a Gold Medal Winner (Young Adult – Sci-Fi/Fantasy) from the Independent Publisher‘s Moonbeam Book Awards. Return of the Continuums and The United Continuums  complete this epic trilogy. After studying film at Harvard University, she began her career in Hollywood. Highli...

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    • Craig Matthews

      Craig Matthews 

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    • Brett Paesel

      Brett Paesel 

      Brett Paesel has sold 7 pilots to HBO, ABC, Comedy Central, Fox, WB, Lifetime, and Nick at Nite. She was a consulting producer on Amazon's Emmy Award Winning, "Transparent" and "I Love Dick." In her producing capacity, Brett consulted with writers and directors on identifying and carving out emotional beats for characters in both episodes and the season as a whole. Brett Paesel’s stories, essays, and articles have been published in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times,...

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    • Jeff Kitchen

      Jeff Kitchen 

      Jeff Kitchen has been teaching old-school playwriting techniques to screenwriters for many years now. Trained in the groundbreaking work on William Thompson Price, Jeff worked as a dramaturg and playwriting teacher in New York theater and on Broadway. Jeff has taught development execs from all the major Hollywood studios and they consistently say that he teaches the most advanced development tools in the film industry. Jeff is the author of Writing a Great Movie: Key Tools for Successful Screenwriting. ...

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    • Whitney Davis

      Whitney Davis 

      Whitney Davis is the founder of Whitney Davis Literary, a boutique literary consultancy offering management for screenwriters and editorial/career consulting services for writers at large.   After receiving her BA in Literature and Creative Writing, Whitney moved to Los Angeles where she started out as a TV writer, getting signed to the William Morris Agency (now WME) at the age of 26. During the writers strike, Whitney began her career as a freelance script consultant and developmental story editor for aspiring screenwriters and novelists. ...

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    • Devanshi Patel

      Devanshi Patel 

      Devanshi Patel started her career as a prestigious ABC Fellow. She has written on ABC’s Black-ish and TBS’s Ground Floor. In 2017, she sold 1 pilot to the CW. Devanshi cut her comedy chops performing stand up all over clubs in New York City and touring on the east coast. She starting writing scripts and when the first pilot she wrote got her into the FOX Writer’s Fellowship, she moved to LA and took classes at UCLA and got improv training at the Upright Citizens Brigade. She has a BS in Finan...

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