After a successful career in Hollywood as a producer, where he most notably developed and produced FIGHT CLUB for Twentieth Century Fox (starring Brad Pitt and Edward Norton) and Executive Produced UNDER SUSPICION for TF1 (starring Gene Hackman and Morgan Freeman), Australian-born Ross Grayson Bell went on to find success as a screenwriter in London where he set up the Scouser-made-good story of Barry Cox at BBC Films, I’D LIKE TO TEACH THE WORLD TO SING IN PERFECT CANTONESE, and his adaptation of Tom Spanbauer’s novel, THE MAN WHO FELL IN LOVE WITH THE MOON, landed him on the “Brit List” of best unproduced screenplays.
In 2009 Ross returned to Australia to take up a position as the Head of Screenwriting at the Australian Film, Television and Radio School. In addition to his focus on industry liaison at the school, he convened numerous panels at festivals and conferences around the country.
In 2014 Ross was senior judge, and delivered the keynote address, at the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards. Most recently Ross was commissioned to adapt Susan Duncan’s bestselling memoir, SALVATION CREEK, which was selected for Screen NSW’s Aurora Film Development Program in 2013. He remains active as a speaker, producer, screenwriter and script consultant.
Paul Emami is an accomplished filmmaker with over 400 commercial and television credits. He is the founder and president of Marker Entertainment, a Los Angeles-based film production company.
Mr. Emami’s directing credits include projects for clients such as McDonald’s, Honda and Coca-Cola. He is represented domestically and internationally as a commercial director. Most recently, Mr. Emami produced and served as director of photography on the 2005 thriller “Lost,” starring Dean Cain, Danny Trejo and Ashley Scott. In addition, he wrote and directed the short film “Niche,” which garnered many accolades at film festivals around the country. He is currently developing the feature film “Genuine Imitation,” loosely based on this film.
Mr. Emami is a graduate of USC and has been a guest speaker at Chapman University, UCLA, CSUF and USC. Mr. Emami has been recognized with many prestigious directing awards, including the Telly Award, Golden Angle Award, CAPA Awards, Aurora Excellence In Commercial Awards, and Monitor Directing Award. Mr. Emami has also been recognized by the Association of Independent Commercial Producers/AICP, The New York Film Festival Advertising Awards and, most recently, The London International Advertising Awards for his work on the Nokia mobile phones campaign.
Paul Emami is a communicator in every sense of the word, communicating to cast, crew and -- most importantly -- to the audience. He is a director who not only has full command of the storytelling process, but completely understands actors and works freely with them.
Maryland-based Paul Locander is an award-winning screenwriter known for his ability to bring organic dialogue and vibrant characters to the page. With a library of seventeen scripts, he has completed the comedic-drama Edwin’s Wedding for director Charles Burnett, and is working with producer-director Paul Emami on the award-winning comedic-drama spec scripts Falling and the father-son drama Power & Way. Other active projects include the biopic Vietnam War spec The Lieutenant, the autistic-drama A Lyrical Sense of Being, the sci-fi epic Memorial, and the techno-thriller novel series Rewind.
Julia Bobkoff is a multi-award-winning writer in film, TV, fiction, poetry, and non-fiction. She is the grand prize recipient for Best Drama in the 2016 Launch Pad Manuscript Competition for King’s Daughter, her Viking biopic. She adapts best-selling books to screen and works as a script consultant and writing coach, collaborating with high profile figures, such as NFL players and undercover operatives, to bring their stories to life. She’s also a sought-after recording artist (violin and viola), contributing an original soundtrack for an Emmy-nominated Holocaust documentary as well as music for other award-winning films. She holds a B.A. in English with honors from the University of Rochester and received talent-based scholarships to study violin at Eastman and directing at NYU’s graduate film program. She is currently writing a script based on her life, which she plans to direct.
Mr. Mikovits has been a Las Vegas casino marketing and branding expert for over twenty years. He served the sixteen of the last twenty years as Executive Director in charge of Marketing for the construction, launch and branding of three Las Vegas casino resorts totaling over $2 billion. Since inception, The Orleans, Suncoast and South Point have been considered some of the most successful brands in the Las Vegas locals’ market. He helped Suncoast achieve one of the three quickest ROIs in Las Vegas history. Tom also launched the Real Gaming Network brand, one of only two licensed, real-money wagering sites operating in Nevada.
In 11 years old, he sold four sets of World Series tickets to buy his first camera and editing system. At 20, he became the youngest executive producer in the country as he created and financed the nationally syndicated “College Football Magazine” on Fox Sports Networks while attending college in Washington, DC. He has been a field reporter for multiple sports programs and has served as a producer on independent feature films. Represented by CAA, he starred and served as consulting producer for Travel Channel’s “Vegas Stripped” and most recently as executive producer of Air Force Elite, which can currently be found on Amazon Prime Video.
Tom has also served on advisory boards for Special Olympics of Nevada, First Tee of Southern Nevada and Win-Win Entertainment and consulted for non-profits NextStep Fitness, helping para- and tetraplegics, and Lili Claire Foundation, assisting families of children with neurogenetic birth disorders. He was named a “Top 40 Under 40” executive by Vegas, Inc. magazine in 2011. He is an equity partner, patent-holder in multiple start-up ventures. Tom holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing and minor in Psychology from Georgetown University and resides in Las Vegas, NV with his wife, two children and their dog MonteRey.
Jeremy W. Ward is an award-winning producer for film, television and new media. An honors graduate of Columbia College of Chicago, he began his filmmaking career in Los Angeles in 2010 and has produced multiple documentary, narrative and commercial projects over the past ten years.
These include the The Three Hikers, a feature documentary about the three Americans imprisoned in Iran in 2009. The film premiered at the AFI Film Festival in Washington, DC in 2015 and was invited to participate in the Impact Labs summit at the Obama White House. He also produced State of Control that covered the Chinese media blackout in Tibet during the 2008 Beijing Olympics and the state-sponsored hacking that plagued the production afterwards. The film premiered at the United Nations Film Festival in 2011.
More recently, Jeremy co-produced the feature thriller Dissonance shot on location in the Arctic Circle in 2018 and is scheduled for release in 2021. He has also recently joined the producing team for the riveting feature drama Power & Way currently in development and scheduled for production in 2021.
Ed Santiago is a feature film and documentary editor/producer. Ed is currently the President /CEO of Meadow Oaks Pictures. Ed has taught a Master Level Editing Course as an Adjunct Professor at Howard University, Washington D.C. Ed served 20 years as a Motion Picture/Television Production Officer in the United States Marines Corps. He studied filmmaking at the University of Southern California School of Cinema/Television. After retiring from the Marines, Ed Santiago started Digital Cut Post Inc., in Los Angeles, CA. He served as President/CEO for 20 years. DCP provided editing equipment, support, training and supervision to over 200 major and independent films.
He had the pleasure of working with some the iconic names in Hollywood, with Ed Harris, on "Pollock", with Charlize Theron, on "Monster", with Mel Gibson, on "Payback" to name a few. Ed Santiago has worked with the Academy Award winning Director, Charles Burnett on "NightJohn", Oprah Winfrey's - "The Wedding", Disney's "Selma Lord Selma", "Martin Scorsese's - Presents the Blues", as well the as the epic "Namibia: The Struggle For Liberation".
In the world of documentaries Ed received a Cine Golden Eagle as Producer/Editor on Stephanie Castillo’s award winning "Father Damien: An Uncommon Kindness" narrated by Robin Williams. With Alan Swyer, Ed Santiago recently edited and post produced "El Boxeo". Most recently Ed Produced and Directed the highly acclaimed documentary "45:A Rock n Roll Revival Documentary". The doc went on to win "Best Documentary, Best Director and Best Costume" at the World Music and International Film Festival. It was also the Opening Night film at the North Beach Film Festival. Ed recently finish editing and post producing the Urban thriller “Hood Dreamz” and the proof of concept short “Broken Innocence”.
Currently Ed is producing and editing a series of documentaries for the Rocket Media Group in Washington D.C.