We’re excited to announce the first wave of judges for our 2022 Script Competitions! Here’s the list:
Matt Dy attended the University of Texas at Austin and received a Bachelor of Science in Radio/TV/Film with a focus on screenwriting and producing. He joined Adam Kolbrenner’s Lit Entertainment Group as a literary manager in 2019. Previously, he worked at Austin Film Festival (AFF) since 2008 where he served as the Director of Script Competitions and facilitated the evaluation of thousands of annual script submissions. Through AFF, he helped shepherd the careers of countless writers and is thrilled to continue championing writers as a literary manager.
Liz Kelly is Senior Manager of Creative Talent Development & Inclusion at Disney GeneralEntertainment Content. In this role, she works with the network and studio to staff writers, directors, and BTL crew across ABC, ABC Signature, Freeform, Disney Channel, 20th TV, FX, Nat Geo, Disney+, and Hulu’s scripted television shows. She manages the industry-leading Disney Writing Program, DisneyDirecting Program, and Disney PA Program. She has staffed talent on THE GOOD DOCTOR, THE ROOKIE, A MILLION LITTLE THINGS, DAVE, HOW I MET YOUR FATHER, SINGLE DRUNK FEMALE, THE GOLDBERGS, STATION 19, RAVEN’S HOME, and BLACK-ISH, among other scripted series. Prior to Disney, Kelly worked for 6 years at Fox, most recently as Associate Director of Production and Development Labs–Film & TV, for 21 CF Global Inclusion. Kelly staffed writers and directors on FOX’s scripted television shows, including THE GIFTED, THE COOL KIDS, LUCIFER, LAST MAN ON EARTH, THE EXORCIST, THE RESIDENT, and LETHAL WEAPON, among others. She managed the Fox Writers Lab, Fox Directors Lab, Fox DP Lab, and Fox Filmmakers Lab, tracked and maintained network diversity statistics regarding on-air and behind-the-camera creative talent, and managed the department’s partnerships and sponsorships with non-profits and film and TV festivals.
Kelly has been a judge, script reader, or panelist for numerous film and TV festivals across the country, including the Tribeca Film Festival, New York Television Festival, Austin Film Festival, ATX TelevisionFestival, SeriesFest Denver, CAAMFest San Francisco, San Diego Latino Film Festival, NALIP MediaSummit, LA Skins Fest, Outfest, BlackStar Philadelphia Film Festival, and Humanitas New Voices. In 2017, she was invited to be part of Creative Artists Agency’s “Amplify: Next Gen” group of up-and-coming entertainment artists, agents, and executives.
Kelly is a member of the Hollywood Radio & Television Society. She has a BA from UCLA and is a graduate of UCLA School of Theater Film & Television’s graduate-level Professional Program in Screenwriting
Andrea Dimity is a producer and literary manager. Currently serving as executive producer on the upcoming feature entitled Kandahar (Gerard Butler), produced by the John Wick outfit Thunder Road Pictures. Kandahar is the first big-budget US feature shot in Saudi Arabia. Andrea has also produced the Amazon Prime feature called Viral Viral and is the literary manager to screenwriter Pete Barry, who wrote Marian, a large-budget action-adventure feature that is being produced by Amy Pascal, Donald DeLine, and Margot Robbie. She is also manager to John P. Dowgin, Austin Film Finalist and Enderby award finalist, and Cate Honzl (Warroad/PaperClip), Black list writer.
Ray Utarnachitt was most recently a writer and executive producer on DC’S. LEGENDS OF TOMORROW. He is a Michigan native and like any good Asian student, was pre-med at the University of Michigan for 3 years. Much to his parents’ dismay, he switched tracks and graduated with a Film degree. Ray broke into the business working in production on commercials, music videos, and features. He has also written for PERSON OF INTEREST, THE TOMORROW PEOPLE, THE FLASH, and SUPERGIRL. He is an alumnus of the Warner Bros. Writers Workshop
Aaron Cruze is an independent producer focused on character-driven material of all genres from underrepresented creators in queer, female, and BIPOC communities. His first feature, OPERATOR starring Martin Starr and Mae Whitman, had its World Premiere at SXSW and was distributed by The Orchard/1091 Media. Prior to producing, Aaron was in the Current Series department at FX Networks working on such acclaimed programs as AMERICAN HORROR STORY, SONS OF ANARCHY, JUSTIFIED, ITS ALWAYS SUNNY IN PHILADELPHIA, and others. As head of development for Matthew Rhodes’ Persistent Entertainment, Aaron developed and packaged dozens of projects with filmmakers David O. Russell, Gil Kenan, Lasse Hallström, and others. Aaron was also Award Coordinator for the Producers Guild of America leading the program that is now the industry-recognized “Producers Mark” (p.g.a.). Aaron began his career assisting Jerry Bruckheimer and Marc Platt. In addition to producing, Aaron is a frequent consultant and/or judge for development labs and competitions such as Warner Bros’ Writers and Directors Workshops, Austin Film Festival, Sundance Institute’s Directors/Writers/Producers Labs, and Film Independent’s Fast Track. Born and raised in Glendale, AZ, Aaron has a Bachelor of Arts from Boston’s Emerson College.
Samantha Shear is the VP of Development at Emmy-winning global entertainment company Zoic Studios. She joined the company in 2018 to launch their new content division, quickly establishing the company as a player to watch in the development space across family and genre content. Some of the feature film projects in development so far include the original screenplay SID at Amazon Studios with Davis Entertainment as well as holiday rom-com Meet The Clauses and The Secret Tree (based on the middle-grade novel by Tracey Trivas) with 1440/Universal. In television, Zoic is developing a YA Korean fantasy series Gilded (based on a trilogy of novels by Christina Farley) with Sony Television and Wheel of Time creator Rafe Judkins as well as arcane punk comic book series Battle Chasers created by Joe Madureira and to be adapted by Derek Kolstad (JohnWick)with Alcon Entertainment. A graduate of USC’s prestigious Peter Stark Producing MFA program, Shear has established herself as a visionary executive and producer in the world of IP adaptation. Shear is currently attached as a producer on the feature adaptation of the graphic novel Blacksmith, at AGC Studios
Craig Brody is the founder of Map Point Management, a recently launched boutique literary management and production company. Brody began his career in New York City as a corporate lawyer, specializing in intellectual property law before making a move to Hollywood. He wanted to continue representing clients but was more passionate about advocating for creators than large corporations. Brody’s first stop was at CAA, where he spent 11 years in the motion picture literary department. His favorite parts of being an agent were discovering emerging talent and breaking writers and directors from television and theater into film. As the TV renaissance continued, and more of his clients had an interest in working in the thriving medium, Brody decided that he would be most valuable to his clients’ businesses if he could work with them in all areas. In 2016, he made the jump to become a manager at The Shuman Company. At the end of 2019, Brody started Map Point Management to further nurture the creative visions of his clients and elevate previously underrepresented voices.
Craig’s clients include writers, directors, and creators, such as: Academy Award-nominated writer Virgil Williams (MUDBOUND, A JOURNAL FOR JORDAN), two-time WGA Award-winning writer Debora Cahn (creator/showrunner of the upcoming Netflix series THE DIPLOMAT, HOMELAND, FOSSE/VERDON,THE WEST WING), filmmaker Ben Younger (BLEED FOR THIS, BOILER ROOM, PRIME), playwright/writer Zakiyyah Alexander (co-showrunner of GROWN-ISH, HUNTERS, RUSSIAN DOLL, GREY’S ANATOMY), award-winning playwright/writer Lauren Yee (PACHINKO, FX’s upcoming THE STERLING AFFAIRS, BILLIONS), writer/director Stephen Scaia (co-creator/co-showrunner/director of BLOOD & TREASURE, LIMITLESS), author/writer Sarah Cornwell (AMC’s upcoming MAYFAIR WITCHES, Netflix’s upcoming (OVERLOOK, THE FOREST) and award-winning music video director/writer Sherif Alabede (Netflix’s upcoming 12 SCARS and THE CRAVING, PERRY MASON), others. Craig lives in Los Angeles with his wife,their two children,and their pet turtle, Jerry.
Beth Bruckner O’Brien
Beth Bruckner O’Brien is a producer and executive who has worked on 36 films during her career, most recently executive producing Robert Rodriguez’s HYPNOTIC, starring Ben Affleck(now in post-production) as well as co-producing the film, UNHINGED, starring Russell Crowe. She previously executive produced BULLET HEAD, starring Adrien Brody, John Malkovich, Kieran Culkin, and Antonio Banderas, and LEATHERFACE, a prequel to the Texas Chainsaw Massacre. She’s worked as a development executive on THE HITMAN’S BODYGUARD franchise, the OLYMPUS HAS FALLEN franchise, the EXPENDABLES franchise, the MECHANIC franchise, and the following films: BEFORE I GO TO SLEEP, THE ICEMAN, LOVELACE, THE PAPERBOY, STONEHEARST ASYLUM, TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE 3D, SURVIVOR, FROZEN, SAW 6, SAW 3D, HOUSE AT THE END OF THE STREET, and more. Beth is also a writer and has been featured on the Young and Hungry list and the Hit List.
Creston Whittington is a Senior Creative Executive at Fremantle in the Scripted Programming division (The Young Pope, American Gods, Mosquito Coast)–building hour-long drama series for premium-cable and streaming platforms. Prior to working at Fremantle, Creston worked in development, production and acquisitions at both Broad Green Pictures and Participant Media. Creston Whittington is also a blacklist screenwriter, having been featured on the 2020 blacklist.
Cami Delavigne is a feature and TV writer who got her start co-writing BLUE VALENTINE. She’s written on shows for AMC, ABC, Amazon, NBC and Showtime. Cami has taught at NYU and AFI, and used the pandemic to design Screendancing, a class that combines screenwriting and dancing to get writers out of their heads and into their bodies.
Daniel Seco is a literary manager and partner at Empirical Evidence. He was a former sports journalist covering U.S. Soccer, MLB, and the NBA, Seco began his Hollywood career in 2013 at Resolution. He joined CAA in 2014 where he worked in the motion picture literary department before venturing into literary management on the feature side at Writ Large in 2015 as a coordinator/junior manager. A series of consulting jobs including a stop at Netflix in its Original Film department gave way to Seco joining schemes Entertainment as a literary manager in 2018. Currently, Seco is a literary manager and partner at Empirical Evidence, a literary creative company founded by Derrick Eppich. Seco is a proud graduate of the University of Maryland and the University of Florida as well as a cancer survivor.
Audrey Knox is a literary manager at Cartel, with clients in film and television, among whom are writers staffed on SINGLE DRUNK FEMALE, GINNY & GEORGIA, and P-VALLEY; who have written episodes of Creepshow, THE GOLDBERGS, and BATWOMAN; and are writing for G-Unit, Netflix, Nickelodeon, and Apple TV+. She worked her way up from Receptionist in 2016 to Manager in 2018. Audrey has experience in both scripted and unscripted television, on set, in production, and in writers’ rooms. She has a BFA in Screenwriting from Chapman University.
Giselle Contreras is a manager of television at 3Pas Studios, Eugenio Derbez’s production company. In television, 3Pas has set up projects at HBOMax, Apple+, Amazon, Hulu, FX, Starz, E!, Nickelodeon, ABC, and NBC. Their half-hour comedy ACAPULCO Airs on Apple+, and they are currently working on a television adaptation of Pedro Almodóvar’s classic film WOMEN ON THE VERGE OF A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN starring Gina Rodriguez with Lionsgate and I Can & I Will for Apple+. Prior to joining 3Pas, she attained a basis for storytelling at the UCLA School of Theatre, Film, and Television before learning the ropes of representation at a boutique talent agency. She sharpened her skills in the business side of the industry at FactoryMade, a venture company specializing in entertainment projects, and Robert Rodriguez’s El Rey Network, an English language, Latino-infused cable channel. Her experience also includes working at the intersection of media and philanthropy with The Will & Jada Smith Family Foundation, eventually transitioning to Overbrook Entertainment’s Film/TV production and development department. As the daughter of immigrants, she is passionate about the community and supports Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) as a volunteer interpreter for minors applying for asylum status.
Fred Strype is an award-winning screenwriter, director, and producer, whose work has been screened and honored internationally. Tenured professor/Distinguished Service Chair Emeritus: Sarah Lawrence College Filmmaking & Moving Image Arts Program. Founder/Co-Director–The Cinema Sarah Lawrence Feature Film Intensive Program. Founder: Screen Story Supply & Manufacturing, LLC (2020)–Film & TV project consulting, development& production. Most recent project: Producer-“Jack London’s Martin Eden,” feature film starring Andrew Richardson, Hayley Griffith, and Annet Mahendru (2021).
Credit line: moderator; AFF Screenwriting Award-Winner; Producer: Jack London’s Martin Eden (2021); Professor: Filmmaking, Screenwriting & Moving Image Arts Program, Sarah Lawrence College, Founder: Screen Story Supply & Manufacturing LLC, Film & TV project consulting, development & production.
Dustin Alpern is a literary manager based in Los Angeles who works with both US and Canadian clients. Dustin’s focus is towards both building the Los Angeles roster and providing Canadian writers and directors with staffing and development opportunities in the US market. Dustin enjoys working with his clients in all aspects of their careers, whether that’s finding and introducing them to studio execs and producers with similar tastes, giving them creative feedback on their material, or fighting to improve their contracts. Dustin earned a BA degree from The University of Michigan. Shortly thereafter, Dustin began his career as a freelance producer, working with notable artists and brands such as Glass Animals, Disturbed, The Amity Affliction, Cady Groves, Freestyle, and many more. Dustin also worked for a period of time in the marketing department at Sony Pictures helping produce integrated marketing campaigns for films such as Jumanji, Smurfs: The Lost Village, and Ghostbusters.
Glenn Cockburn is the founder of Meridian Artists. Along with the rest of the Meridian Artists team, Glenn currently represents a select roster of some of Canada’s most talented writers, directors, and producers. Glenn’s career started in 1996 when he began working as script reader for New Line Cinema and innovative Artists Agency. From 1997 through 1999, Glenn worked as a Creative Executive at Templeton Production’s first look deal with New Line Cinema. In 1999, Glenn returned to Toronto and joined The Characters Talent Agency where he ran the Packaging Department. Glenn also acted as Executive Producer on the feature film, Young People Fucking, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2007 and became one of the most successful and highest-grossing Canadian comedies of all time. Glenn’s other professional activities include teaching the course, The Business of Film and Television, at Sheridan College as well as being a board member for the Humber Comedy program. Glenn has a B.F.A.Honours in Film and Television Production, from York University and an M.B.A. from the Ivey School of Business
Jason Lubin is a manager-producer and the principal at First Story Entertainment, which he founded in 2018. The Lit Management Company represents a diverse roster of talented writers and directors with fresh voices in all genres for Film and TV. The company’s clients have been staffed on shows on multiple networks including showtimes, CW, Apple+ and Netflix and have sold series to Disney and HBO Max. In 2021, two of the nine participants selected for the highly competitive WBTV Writers Workshop were clients. In the feature space, First Storyclients have written films starring Robert De Niro and JohnMalkovich, have sold specs to Searchlight Pictures and have directed projects accepted to Cannes. Jason also develops both feature film and television projects under the company’s banner. Prior to starting First Story, Jason was a seasoned development executive. He worked as the Head of Production & Development at Lynda Obst Productions, a Sony based production company, and for seven and a half years at Lionsgate, where he rose to Story Editor in the Motion Picture Group and served as the junior creative executive on multiple feature projects. Jason cut his teeth as the assistant to CEO JonFeltheimer and was named one of Variety’s Ten Assistants to watch in 2013. A graduate of USC’s School of Cinematic Arts, Jason currently sits on the board of the Trojan Entertainment Network where he was elected President of the organization for the 2018-2021 term.
Samantha Henderson (Credited as Samantha Kern) is an Oklahoma native and an Ovation-nominated producer. Samantha holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theatre Arts from The University of La Verne (Cum Laude) and graduated with a post-graduate certificate from The Guildford School of Acting (UK) with an a. M.F.A. from The University of Surrey (UK). Film credits include: The California No producer; Manson Family Vacation (SXSW 2015) executive producer; Surviving Cliffside (SXSW 2014) co-producer; G.B.F. (Tribeca 2013) co-producer; Zombies and Assholes (Best Short Atlanta Underground Film Festival 2011) writer/producer. Theatre credits include: The Homosexuals (Celebration Theatre, LA2013) associate producer; What’s Wrong with Angry? (Celebration Theatre, LAOvation nomineeBest Production 2012) producer; Take Me Out (Celebration Theatre, LA 2011) executive producer.
Nick Bow was born and raised in Lexington, Kentucky, Nick was always drawn to the arts and creative ventures. He received his BFA in photography from The University of Kentucky and later his MFA in Filmmaking from SCAD. He started his career as an office PA before joining on with Kilter Films as an assistant where he eventually moved on to be an Associate Producer for season 4 of Westworld. He is currently working as a freelance producer in Los Angeles.
Lee Stobby has over 10 years of management and producing experience. Some of his client highlights include: Shay Hatten (JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 3, JOHN WICK 4, ARMY OF THE DEAD, ARMY OF THIEVES, DAY SHIFT), Kate Trefry (STRANGER THINGS), Isaac Adamson (#1 Black List script BUBBLES), Rodney Ascher (ROOM 237, THE NIGHTMARE, A GLITCH IN THE MATRIX), and Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy (Cannes winner THE TRIBE and upcoming THE TIGER starring Alexander Skarsgård and Dane DeHaan). Stobby’s Producing highlights and credits include SISTER AIMEE, which premiered at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival and was released by 1091; WILDLING starring Bel Powley, Liv Tyler and Brad Dourif and which sold to IFC and premiered at the 2017 SXSW; HOW TO BE ALONE staring Maika Monroe and Joe Keery; PEOPLING, starring Kimmy Robertson and Josh Fadem which played at Fantasia, Fantasic Fest, and Sitges and has over 30 million online views; MUNCHAUSEN written and directed by Ari Aster; two features currently in pre-production as well as feature development set up with Matt Reeves’ 6th and Idaho, Charlize Theron’s Denver and Delilah, Darren Aronofsky’ Protozoa, Universal, Greg Silver’s Stampede, and Netflix.
Born and raised in Europe, Isabella Mastrodicasa is an LA-based manager and producer. After graduating in Criminal Law from Bocconi University in Milan and in Business & Management of Entertainment from UCLA, she started her career in Hollywood at Verve in the Motion Picture department. She then transitioned to The Kennedy/Marshall Company, where she assisted Frank Marshall and Ryan Suffern on the production of award-winning documentary Finding Oscar, executive produced by Steven Spielberg. After a few years working in management at Heroes and Villains Entertianment and launching their digital department, she decided to found Never Settle Media in 2022 with the purpose of nurturing digital content creators and global filmmakers in the entertainment industry. She most recently produced the short film ‘Zita Sempri’, a coming of age story set in Sicily where the female experience is dismantled across generations. This is the directorial debut of ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ & ‘Station 19’ actress Stefania Spampinato, and it recently premiered at the 68th Taormina Film Festival, which was opened by Francis Ford Coppola presenting his 50th anniversary of ‘The Godfather’. Isabella is passionate about creating a supportive and positive community for clients and partners, and about amplifying important topics such as diversity & inclusion, female empowerment, and social change.
Nick Oleksiw is an independent producer partnering with various production companies around town. He recently set up a comedy remake called ‘Doble’ along with Davis Entertainment and Sony. He is working with producers Jon Glickman and Dan Farah on genre projects, along with actor/producers Andre Holland and Andrew Bachelor on a documentary and comedy, respectively. He has additional thrillers being packaged with Anonymous and The Solution. Nick executive produced the 2018 thriller ‘Welcome to Mercy’ distributed by IFC Midnight.
Troy Anthony Miller
Troy Anthony Miller is a writer, script consultant, and improv comedian who lives in Los Angeles, California. A graduate of Northwestern University, he holds the unique distinction of being a two-time winner of the Austin Film Festival Feature Screenplay Competition (THE OLYMPIAN, a comedy, and THE HITCH, a thriller, optioned by Frank Darabont), and was named one of the “Top 25 Screenwriters to Watch” by Moviemaker Magazine. He is a Black List Screenwriting Lab awardee, did rewrites on the thriller BENEATH THE LEAVES with Academy Award-winner Mira Sorvino, was a reader/consultant for Miramax and AGC Studios, and is co-writer of two series currently in development: T-MINUS ZERO, a limited series about the Challenger disaster, and AREA UNKNOWN, an episodic that takes place at Area 51. When not writing, Troy performs and teaches improv theatre/comedy at Impro Theatre (Los Angeles), The Hideout Theatre (Austin), and throughout the country.
Sean Dubravac is the Co-founder of Entertainment Lab, a bicoastal Talent Management and Production company, with locations in Beverly Hills, CA and Manhattan, NY. The company guides and develops careers of established actors, writers and directors in film, TV, theater, commercial, print and voice over work. The roster includes Academy Award, Emmy Award, BAFTA, GLAAD, AFI, Sundance, SXSW, Kids’ Choice Award and other festival and award contenders, nominees and winners. Additionally, the company’s literary department collaborates with other production houses on the packaging and development of film and TV projects.
Graduated from UCLA in International Development Studies. Completed UCLA Extension Course in Writing Coverage: Story Analysis for Film & TV. Completed I. Studienabschnitt at The Vienna University of Economics & Business, in Vienna, Austria. Fluent in Serbian, German, Russian and English. Screenwriting Judge at the UCLA MFA Screenwriting Program, AFI Screenwriting Showcase, Austin Film Festival…
Ryan L. Saul
Ryan L. Saul has worked for over 25 years in the entertainment industry including 22 years as an agent, a literary agent, and head of the Motion Picture Literary division at the Agency for the Performing Arts (APA). In his early years, Saul also worked professionally as an executive assistant, actor, and theatre director. He received his bachelor’s degree in Theatre Arts with a minor in History from Bradley University and received his Master of Fine Arts degree in Film and Television production from the renowned Film School at Florida State University, where he excelled in a producer tract, in addition to writing and directing numerous short films.
As an agent, Ryan has put together deals and found work for his clients on feature films such as THE MAZE RUNNER (and subsequent sequels), CHRONICLE, BROTHER BEAR, CHICKEN LITTLE, OPEN SEASON, THE STAR, CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS, FERDINAND THE BULL, 1982, and STOCKHOLM, among others, as well as the upcoming films PLANET OF THE APES, DEAR ZOE, HIGH IN THE CLOUDS (Paul McCartney Animated Musical for Netflix). On the television front, Ryan has represented prominent writers and directors, the creators of FRASIER, WINGS and BECKER. He has also booked over 100 hours of television directors as well.
Prior to becoming an agent, Ryan worked in the Strategic Planning department of The Walt Disney Company, where he worked the desk for David Maisel (currently, President and COO of Marvel Entertainment), and Larry Murphy (former Disney Executive VP). Ryan also was one of the head executive assistants in helping put together Disney’s Five Year Plan in conjunction with their acquisition of ABC/Cap Cities in 1995-96.
Throughout his professional career, Ryan has given back to higher education by teaching courses, guest lecturing, providing internships and supervising interns, and conducting immersive experiential learning workshops and master classes for a number of prominent universities. Ryan has taught Advanced Screenwriting at Bradley University for the past 15 years, in conjunction and collaboration with California State University at Los Angeles (CSU-LA) through Internet2 technology. This course was the recipient of a national Internet2 award in 2009. Also, for the past ten years has taught The Business of the Business class to MFA students in the Film School at Florida State University. This video conference class is a forum environment, where students interact with professional writers, directors, producers, and executives to better prepare them for life in Los Angeles in the film industry.
In addition to applied academic work, Ryan serves on Florida State University’s Film School Advisory Board. The Board is made up of entertainment industry professionals that are also alumni of the FSU Film School and functions as a council to aid in FSU’s outreach to entertainment industry professionals, the Directors Guild of America (DGA) screenings, as well as provide outreach to current film school students and recent graduates that move to the Los Angeles area.
Adam Koser is a Coordinator at UTA. He works in the Heartland department focusing on the representation of writers, producers, and IP from the noncoastal regions of the United States. Raised in South Carolina, Adam is well tuned to the Heartland market and opportunities available for creators from the region. Prior to joining UTA, Adam worked in production for small independent films and several virtual reality projects. He graduated from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, with degrees in Film and Economics.
David Lopera is currently a Coordinator at 3Pas Studios working in the Feature Film Department. He previously worked as an assistant at the management company, Vision Entertainment, and interned at Will Packer Productions. He is a graduate of Princeton University.
Jennifer Sorenson is an actor/producer/writer/director. She wrote and played TEN roles in the award winning, viral parody Orphan is the New Orange which was named one of the Top Ten Shorts Films of the Decade. Other writing includes: See Me- a virtual reality short about the exploration of women reclaiming their bodies from the patriarchy, What Are the Odds– a healthcare PSA, Don’t Be a Chad- a Women in Film PSA Finalist & I Fart in My Sleep: Confessions of an Embarrassing Life a full-length play, which premiered in Los Angeles. As an actor, Jennifer has been working professionally for over twenty years and is a proud member of the prestigious theatre companies Rogue Machine Theatre and Pacific Resident Theatre in Los Angeles. She is produced the sci-fi/horror feature Suffer in Idaho last summer. And, she is currently in production for Cherry Raisins, a feature she wrote, produced and stars in.
Literary Manager at Energy Entertainment
Meredith Riley Stewart
Meredith Riley Stewart is an actor, producer, and founder of Halcyon Content. Born and raised in Phenix City, AL, Meredith has spent the past two decades living in 3 of the 5 largest cities in America, now calling Los Angeles home. Her first feature film, The Greatest Inheritance, starring Mena Suvari and Jaleel White, distributed by Vertical Entertainment, premiered in spring 2022 and is currently available on Amazon. Her award-winning short, American Dream, is currently on the festival circuit, after a premiere at the Cannes Film Festival. Her most recent feature, Cherry Raisins, is set for a 2023 festival run. As a multimedia producer, Meredith has created multiple digital series (Flip The Script, AutocorrectFU, Shaping Our State), short films (Orphan is the New Orange, No Backsies, Miss Underwater) and a virtual reality experience (See Me). Meredith is a Women In Film Peer fellow and currently serves as a WIF Peer Mentor. Above all, Meredith is passionate about using media as a platform for social change.
Conrad Sun joined Meridian Artists in 2014 as an associate. Based in Los Angeles, Conrad devotes his efforts toward building the Los Angeles roster, and supporting all of Meridian’s LA based clients for both staffing and development.
Additionally, Conrad works with the Toronto office to develop properties for the US market and prepare clients who plan to work in Los Angeles. After graduating with a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Alberta, Conrad started his entertainment career by founding a Calgary-based video production company in 2004. Soon he took his passion for film producing and entrepreneurship to Los Angeles where he attained his Master’s Degree from the Peter Stark Producing Program at the University of Southern California.
Since then, Conrad has gained experience working in content development at companies like Epix, Hasbro Studios, Gran Via Productions (Breaking Bad) and New Wave Entertainment.
Jamie Wager is the principal at Capital Creations, where he focuses on film and TV writers. Current clients include Maria Ferrari, who rose to executive producer at THE BIG BANG THEORY before co-creating THE UNITED STATES OF AL which ran for two seasons. Other clients include Shawn Simmons whose created WAYNE, now on Amazon. His new show THE CONTINENTAL will premiere soon on Starz. Jon Worley has “Confessions of a Dangerous Mind” set up at Apple TV+; and Sheila Wilson who’s currently a Producer on LADY IN THE LAKE at Apple, starring Natalie Portman.
Noreen O’Toole graduated with a degree in English and a minor in Media Arts from The University of Arizona. Upon returning to Los Angeles, Noreen worked on the production staff for ABC’s Alias. Following this, she worked as an assistant to Damon Lindelof, Co-Creator and Executive Producer of the television show Lost. After working for Bad Robot on shows such as CBS’s Person of Interest, FOX’s Fringe and Hulu’s 11.22.63, Noreen worked on HBO’s Westworld at Kilter Films. Noreen also served on the Los Angeles host committee for the Center For Reproductive Rights for the past four years. Currently, Noreen works for Kilter Films and is a Producer on HBO’s Westworld which is currently airing its fourth season this year.