Speakers

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2017 Speakers

Marti Noxon

Marti Noxon

Creator/Showrunner, GIRLFRIENDS' GUIDE TO DIVORCE

With hundreds of hours of television under her belt, Marti Noxon is one of the most prolific writer-producers in television today. Currently, Noxon has several television series on the air including Bravo’s GIRLFRIENDS’ GUIDE TO DIVORCE, Lifetime’s UNREAL, and CODE BLACK for CBS.

GIRLFRIENDS GUIDE TO DIVORCE, which Noxon created and serves as showrunner on, was Bravo’s first scripted series to air on the network and recently wrapped its third season. Following its season 2 finale, the series received a 3-season pickup locking in its 3rd, 4th and 5th seasons. In addition to her duties as showrunner, Noxon has also stepped into the director role for several episodes of the series.

Noxon is also co-creator and executive producer of the acclaimed Lifetime drama series UNREAL. For her work on the show, Noxon has received an Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series. The show has additionally won countless awards and accolades during its breakout first season, which Noxon was showrunner on, including a Peabody Award and a Women’s Image Network Award, for Outstanding Show Produced by a Woman. It was also named one of AFI’s Top Ten Television Programs of the Year and honored by the Critics’ Choice Awards as one of the Most Exciting New Series of the year.

Noxon also serves as executive producer on the CBS medical drama series CODE BLACK. The show is based on the Los Angeles Film Festival award-winning documentary of the same name, which Noxon executive produced as well.

Up next for Noxon on the television side is HBO’s SHARP OBJECTS, an adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s bestselling novel of the same name. Noxon will serve as showrunner on the series with Academy Award® nominated actress Amy Adams attached to star and Jean-Marc Vallee set to direct.

Additionally in the works for Noxon is DIETLAND for AMC, a series based on the bestselling novel of the same name by Sarai Walker. The series, which was highly sought after by several networks, will be one of the first projects created under Noxon’s recently-minted overall deal with Skydance Media. Under the three-year deal, Noxon will create and develop new projects for the independent studio.

On the film side, Noxon will make her feature directorial debut with film TO THE BONE. Written by Noxon and loosely based on her own personal experience with eating disorders, the film stars Lily Collins, Alex Sharp, Keanu Reeves and Carrie Preston. The project premiered in competition at this year’s Sundance Film Festival earning strong reviews and quickly selling to Netflix for $8 million, making it one of the highest sales to come out of this year’s festival.

Over the course of her impressive career Noxon has written and served as executive producer on some of the most beloved and critically acclaimed series of the past two decades,  including BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER, GREY’S ANATOMY, PRIVATE PRACTICE, BROTHERS  & SISTERS, POINT PLEASANT and STILL LIFE.  She has also acted as a consulting producer for MAD MEN, PRISON BREAK, ANGEL, and GLEE. Noxon’s screenwriting credits include, I AM NUMBER FOUR and FRIGHT NIGHT.

A graduate of UC Santa Cruz, Noxon currently lives in Los Angeles with her two children and is co-owner of Grist & Toll, an urban flour mill in Pasadena.


Adam Reed

Adam Reed

Creator/Executive Producer/Showrunner, ARCHER

Adam Reed was born and raised in the beautiful mountain town of Asheville, North Carolina, where he spent his formative years being shooed away from the television.

He attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he majored in English and (almost, were it not for one lousy F) minored in Drama. After graduation from U.N.C. in 1992, Reed began to pursue his lifelong dream of pestering his awesome older sister, Anna, to get him a job in her division at Turner Broadcasting.

Reed moved to Turner’s Cartoon Network in 1994, where he began working with Matt Thompson on the seminal HIGH-NOON TOONS. After leaving Cartoon Network in 1996 – rather abruptly, during production of A.M. MAYHEM with Carrot Top – Reed and Thompson moved to New York, where they spent a year in the sordid underbelly of daytime talk shows before founding 70-30 Productions.

From 2001 to 2008, Reed and Thompson helmed the somewhat-popular SEALAB 2021 and FRISKY DINGO on Adult Swim. Reed left 70-30 Productions in 2008 to stagger across the sun-blasted interior of Spain for some reason, and while doing so had the idea for ARCHER, which FX was cool enough to buy.

Reed founded Atlanta-based Floyd County Productions in 2008 and is the voice of gay-and-fabulous agent “Ray Gillette.” He also enjoys motorcycling and a cat.


Chris Cantwell

Chris Cantwell

Creator/Executive Producer/Showrunner, HALT AND CATCH FIRE

Christopher Cantwell was born in Chicago, but in the early ’80s his father moved the family to Dallas in order to pursue career opportunities in the computer business. Cantwell is an alum of the USC School of Cinematic Arts screenwriting program and has also worked as a creative director for The Walt Disney Company.

HALT AND CATCH FIRE marks but one collaboration with writing partner Christopher C. Rogers. Cantwell currently lives in Claremont with his wife, published poet Elizabeth Cantwell, their son, Cooper and their dog, Albee.


Chris Rogers

Chris Rogers

Creator/Executive Producer/Showrunner, HALT AND CATCH FIRE

A Virginia native, Chris began his career with the Atlantic Media Company (publisher of The Atlantic and National Journal) in Washington, D.C., before relocating to Los Angeles to work as a research editor for Condé Nast’s Architectural Digest and a bookseller at Los Feliz’s Skylight Books.

Rogers is a graduate of the WGA Showrunner Training Program. He is co-author THE KNOLL, which placed on the Hollywood Black List, and in partnership with Cantwell has been named one of Variety's 10 TV Scribes to Watch.  

Chris resides in the Silverlake neighborhood of Los Angeles with his wife, Meghan, and dog, Tilly. He is Co-Creator, Executive Producer, and Co-Showrunner of AMC's HALT AND CATCH FIRE.


Corey Mandell

Corey Mandell

Award-Winning Playwright & Screenwriter

Corey Mandell is an award-winning playwright and screenwriter who has written projects for Ridley Scott, Wolfgang Petersen, Harrison Ford, John Travolta, Meg Ryan, Julia Roberts, Warner Brothers, Universal, 20th Century Fox, Fox 2000, Fox Family, Working Title, Paramount, Live Planet, Beacon Films, Touchstone, Trilogy, Radiant, Kopelson Entertainment and Walt Disney Pictures. Corey is also a distinguished instructor at UCLA, where he earned his MFA. He is also a teacher and mentor for Film Independent's Screenwriting Lab. His students have gone on to sell or option scripts to Warner Brothers, Paramount, Sony Pictures, Disney, Fox, Fox 2000, MGM, Universal, Showtime, FX, USA Network, AMC, MTV and HBO. Others have been staffed on such shows as COMMUNITY, JUSTIFIED, BONES,THE MENTALIST, THE FOSTERS, YOUNG AND HUNGRY, PLAYING HOUSE and TREME.

Ins Choi

Ins Choi

Co-Creator/Writer/Executive Producer, KIM'S CONVENIENCE

Ins Choi was born in Korea, grew up in Scarborough and now lives in Toronto with his wife and 2 children. The stage play, KIM’S CONVENIENCE, debuted at the 2011 Toronto Fringe Theatre Festival before opening Soulpepper’ Theatre Company’s 2012 season. Since then it has toured to eleven Canadian cities and will be in New York this July. Ins is a co-creator, a writer and an executive producer for the tv show KIM’S CONVENIENCE.


Kevin White

Kevin White

Co-Creator, KIM'S CONVENIENCE

Kevin White is a writer and showrunner who has worked on some of Canada’s top scripted comedies including THIS HOUR HAS 22 MINUTES and CORNER GAS. Currently he is a co-creator with Ins Choi of KIM’S CONVENIENCE based on Choi’s award-winning play. In addition Kevin’s been a writer and executive producer on SCHITT’S CREEK which last year won him a Canadian Screen Award for Best Comedy Series. He was also an executive producer and co-creator of CBC’s INSECURITY and CTV’s DAN FOR MAYOR.


Mark Ceryak

Mark Ceryak

Vice President of Film and Television Production, Gran Via Productions

Mark Ceryak has worked at Gran Via Productions for the past 10 years as an influential collaborator with veteran producer Mark Johnson. As the Vice President of Film and Television Production and in conjunction with his Gran Via colleagues, he’s helped develop a variety of television programming including the AMC series HALT AND CATCH FIRE and the Hulu series SHUT EYE and a number of films including the THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA franchise and the STX film THE SECRET IN THEIR EYES. Prior to Gran Via Productions, he attended Florida State University Film School (BFA 2003) and worked at the Broder Webb Chervin Silbermann and ICM agencies.


Alex Foster

Alex Foster

President of Production, The Middleton Media Group

A graduate of the Berklee College of Music, Alex began his career in the music industry working in business and legal affairs for Bertelsmann Music Group in NYC. After transitioning to film, he served as Line Producer, Production Manager, and Second Assistant Director on numerous New York based independent films including STARTING OUT IN THE EVENING, LOST REVOLUTION, and DESCENT. After moving to Los Angeles in 2009 and attending the USC School of Cinematic Arts – Peter Stark Producing Program, Alex worked as a Finance & Development Executive at Mandalay Vision, where he Co-Produced Lionsgate’s THE VOICES (2014). Alex joined Vertigo Entertainment as Vice President at the beginning of 2014, and Executive Produced the Open Road/Vertigo Entertainment film SLEEPLESS starring Jamie Foxx & Michelle Monaghan. Most recently Alex was named President of Production at The Middleton Media Group, the central production and finance company of financier and producer John Powers Middleton (THE LEGO MOVIE, BATES MOTEL, RINGS, DEATH NOTE).


Allison Friedman

Allison Friedman

Director of Development, Color Force

Allison Friedman grew up in Las Vegas and attended The University of Pennsylvania before getting her MFA through the Stark Producing Program at USC. While at USC, she produced an award winning short film and found her passion for story. She started her entertainment career at MGM in the features department, then worked at Simon Kinberg’s production company, Genre Films, helping develop projects like X-MEN and THE MARTIAN. She left Genre to join Nina Jacobson over at Color Force where she’s working in both film and television. Color Force is best known for producing THE HUNGER GAMES movies and most recently, AMERICAN CRIME STORY: THE PEOPLE VS. O.J. SIMPSON for FX. Allison is currently developing projects of all genres and sizes.  She recently produced SUNSPRING, a short film written entirely by an artificial intelligence starring Thomas Middleditch.


Tracy Deer

Tracy Deer

Creator / Director / Writer / Executive Producer

Award-winning Mohawk filmmaker Tracey Deer has multiple credits to her name as producer, writer and director in both documentary and fiction.

Beginning her career in documentary, Tracey teamed up with Rezolution Pictures for feature documentaries ONE MORE RIVER: THE DEAL THAT SPLIT THE CREE, MOHAWK GIRLS, and CLUB NATIVE, as well as the documentary series WORKING IT OUT TOGETHER, seasons I & II. This collaboration has continued into fiction television with MOHAWK GIRLS, THE SERIES, which she is co-creator, is directing and co-executive producing.

Her own production company, Mohawk Princess Pictures, recently produced the feature documentary SEX SPIRIT STRENGTH and the youth documentary series DREAM BIG, both for APTN’s 2015 fall season.

Her work has been honored with two Gemini awards and has earned acclaim from multiple film festivals, including Hot Docs and DOXA.  She has worked with the CBC, the NFB, and numerous independent production companies throughout Canada in both documentary & fiction. In 2016, she was nominated for a Canadian Screen Award for best direction in a comedy series for her work on MOHAWK GIRLS and she was honored at TIFF as a recipient of the Birks Diamond Tribute Award.

Tracey is currently in development on MOHAWK GIRLS season 5 for APTN and is writing her first feature, a coming-of-age story of a Mohawk girl during the Oka Crisis, with Ema Films.


Jennifer Holness

Jennifer Holness

Writer/Producer

Jennifer Holness is an award-winning writer and producer. She co-created and produced the 8-part serialized drama SHOOT THE MESSENGER for CBC, about cops and journalists.  She also created and produced the thirteen-part comedy series SHE’S THE MAYOR. Jennifer co-wrote and produced the two-part CBC miniseries, GUNS, staring Elisha Cuthbert and Colm Feore that won five Geminis’ including a shared best writing award for Jen. She has produced numerous documentaries for broadcast, and is currently in production on the feature doc, HISPANIOLA.

On the feature side she co-wrote and produced the feature film HOME AGAIN with director Sudz Sutherland. The film stars Tatyana Ali, Lyriq Bent and CCH Pounder and won the prestigious PAFF–BAFTA Festival Choice Award. The film was also nominated for two Canadian Screen Academy awards and a DGC nod for Best Directing. Jen also produced the feature LOVE, SEX AND EATING THE BONES that was nominated for 3 Genie’s and won 9 festival awards including the Best First Canadian Feature at Toronto International Film Festival.


Katrina Saville (Moderator)

Katrina Saville (Moderator)

Writer

Katrina is currently a writer on PRIVATE EYES (Global), which is in the middle of shooting their second season.  Previously, she wrote on seasons 4 and 5 of SAVING HOPE (CTV, ION), and seasons 5 and 6 of ROOKIE BLUE (Global, ABC). She also wrote and directed webisodes for ROOKIE BLUE‘s ‘In Session’ and SAVING HOPE’s ‘Last Call,’ with both web series’ being nominated for Digi Awards in 2013. The latest short film she wrote, ARLO ALONE, received BravoFACT funding last year and is currently in post-production. Her first short film, THE APPOINTMENT, which she wrote and directed, screened across North American and Europe, and garnered her a DGC Award for Best Director at the Northern Ontario Music and Film Awards in 2012, as well as a Best Short Film and Best Short Screenplay award at the 2012 Cinéfest Sudbury International Film Festival. Katrina is a graduate of Humber College’s Film and Television Production program.


Courtney Jane Walker

Courtney Jane Walker

Writer/Producer

Courtney Jane Walker started her television career sitting in courtrooms as a researcher for the CBC drama THIS IS WONDERLAND. Her other credits include THE LINE, LIVING IN YOUR CAR, and for the past 5 years, DEGRASSI: THE NEXT GENERATION and DEGRASSI: NEXT CLASS. She is passionately committed to her family, smashing the patriarchy, and telling stories about things that matter.

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