Film and Television Studio
From Star Wars to Indiana Jones, Lucasfilm has created some of the most recognizable franchises in modern entertainment. The pioneering film and TV production studio, founded in 1971 by visionary filmmaker George Lucas, specializes in work that spans the entire entertainment spectrum. Lucasfilm includes company divisions such as Skywalker Sound and Industrial Light & Magic, where the studio’s award-winning visual effects are created. Last year Lucasfilm released the latest chapter in the Star Wars saga, The Last Jedi, which has grossed more than $1.3 billion.
Counterculture icon Alan Cumming has carved out an acting career that includes such varied roles as Macbeth, a Smurf, a member of the X-Men, and a Russian programmer in a James Bond film. He is a Tony and Olivier award-winning actor and has been nominated for a Golden Globe, Emmy awards, and SAG awards. He currently plays campaign manager Eli Gold on CBS’s The Good Wife. Off camera, Alan is a tireless champion of LGBT rights. He serves on the board of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and works closely with amfAR, The Trevor Project, and the Ali Forney Center. In 2016, he hits the road to perform his new revue Alan Cumming Sings Sappy Songs with Friends.
Alex Gansa is a television producer and Emmy-winning writer best known as the co-creator and Showrunner of the Showtime series Homeland. As a writer, Alex has contributed to several popular television shows. In the ‘90s he penned episodes of The X-Files, including the fan favorite episode “Fallen Angel” from season one. Alex has also written for the television series Numb3rs, Dawson’s Creek, Entourage, and 24. In 2010 he and Howard Gordon created Homeland, Showtime’s political thriller starring Claire Danes and Mandy Patinkin, for which he won Emmys for Outstanding Drama Series and Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series.
Screenwriter, Producer & Director
Alex Kurtzman is an accomplished television and film screenwriter, producer, and director best known for co-writing the scripts for Transformers, Star Trek, and The Amazing Spider-Man 2. After he made his screenwriting debut with the television show Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, Alex continued pursuing his passion for writing and producing films and television series and has since added many notable productions to his filmography, including Fringe, Hawaii Five-0, The Proposal, and Cowboys & Aliens. In 2018, Alex will return as executive producer of Star Trek: Discovery, the show he co-created with Emmy-nominated writer Bryan Fuller.
Alysia Reiner is best known as Natalie “Fig” Figueroa on Netflix’s hit Orange is the New Black. Alysia won a SAG award for her work in the show and you can see her in all 6 binge-worthy seasons and is filming season 7 now. Reiner recently joined the cast of HBO’s The Deuce for season 2 and returned for season 3 of FX’s critically acclaimed Peabody Award winning Better Things. Her motherhood dark-comedic feature Egg, which she produced and stars in with Christina Hendricks and Anna Camp, premiered at TIFF 2018. Additionally, Alysia produced and stared in Equity, bought/distributed by Sony Pictures Classics at Sundance 2016. Alysia loves working as a change maker for women and is passionately committed to protecting the environment.
American Film Institute
The American Film Institute is America's promise to preserve the heritage of the motion picture, to honor the artists and their work and to educate the next generation of storytellers. As a nonprofit educational arts organization, AFI provides leadership in film and television and is dedicated to initiatives that engage the past, the present and the future of the moving image arts.
Actor & Comedian
Andy Samberg is an iconic comedian and a Golden Globe Award-winning actor best known for his breakout roles in digital shorts as a cast member for Saturday Night Live from 2005 – 2012, many of which became viral internet phenomenons and launched Andy into superstardom. After he made his debut on the internet with self-produced videos on websites like Youtube and TheLonelyIsland.com, Andy continued pursuing his passion for comedic acting and has since appeared in many notable films and television shows, including Hot Rod, Cuckoo, I Love You, Man, Portlandia, and Tour de Pharmacy. In 2018, Andy can be seen in the next season of the hilarious Fox sitcom Brooklyn Nine-Nine and the upcoming animated comedy film, Hotel Transylvania 3.
Anne Carey is President of Production at Archer Gray. Since joining Archer Gray, Carey has produced several notable films including the upcoming Can You Ever Forgive Me? written by Nicole Holofcener and directed by Marielle Heller; Academy Award-nominated 20th Century Women by Mike Mills; Mr. Holmes by Bill Condon; and Independent Spirit Award-winner The Diary of a Teenage Girl by Marielle Heller. Prior to joining Archer Gray, Carey was Head of Development and a producer at the seminal independent film company, Good Machine. Additionally, in her career as an independent producer, Carey has collaborated with many award-winning filmmakers, including Ang Lee, Tamara Jenkins, Anton Corbijn, and Liz Garbus. Her films have played and premiered at all major domestic and international film festivals. Carey is an adjunct professor at Columbia University’s Graduate Film School and a frequent mentor for the Sundance Institute.
Based on Jeff VanderMeer’s best-selling science-fiction Southern Reach Trilogy book series, Annihilation stars notable actors and actresses like Natalie Portman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Gina Rodriguez, Tessa Thompson, Tuva Novotny and Oscar Isaac. Written and directed by Alex Garland of “Ex Machina” and “28 Days Later” fame, the film Annihilation will premiere in theatres on February 23, 2018.
Atomic Blonde is an action spy thriller film, based on the critically acclaimed graphic novel The Coldest City by Antony Johnston, which follows the story of top-secret spy Lorraine Broughton in 1989 as she works ruthlessly to investigate and take down a savage espionage ring that has just killed an undercover agent for reasons unknown. Atomic Blonde is directed by David Leitch and stars many notable actors and actresses, including Charlize Theron, James McAvoy, John Goodman, Til Schweiger, Eddie Marsan, Sofia Boutella, Toby Jones, Bill Skarsgård, James Faulkner, and Roland Møller. Atomic Blonde premieres on Friday, July 28, 2017.
Ben Stiller is one of Hollywood's most successful and acclaimed multihyphenates. Most recently, he produced and directed Showtime’s riveting new limited series, Escape at Dannemora, starring Benicio del Toro, Paul Dano, and Patricia Arquette, debuting on November 18. Escape at Dannemora as well as Stiller's Tropic Thunder, the Zoolander films, and The Secret Life of Walter Mitty were all directed and produced by Stiller under his production banner, Red Hour, which he launched and operates alongside Nicky Weinstock, producing a wide range of film and television projects in collaboration with major studios and networks. As an actor, Stiller has starred in multiple global hit franchises including the Meet the Parents, A Night at the Museum, and Madagascar films; plus box office hits There's Something About Mary, Dodgeball and Wes Anderson’s The Royal Tenenbaums; and given powerful, critically-acclaimed performances in Mike White’s Brad's Status and Noah Baumbach’s The Meyerowitz Stories (new and selected) and Greenberg. In addition to his work onscreen and off, Stiller currently serves as a Goodwill Ambassador for UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, and has traveled to Berlin, Jordan and Guatemala to meet with and learn from refugees.
Senior Vice President for Long Form at ABC News
Beth Hoppe is the Senior Vice President for Long Form at ABC News, overseeing long form programming including 20/20, Nightline, and all the output of Lincoln Square Productions, while working closely with the broadcast and digital teams on release strategy. Prior to joining ABC News she was the Chief Program Executive and General Manager for General Audience Programming at PBS, growing the network from the 12th to the 6th most-watched in America. During her tenure she oversaw the return of the acclaimed drama Mercy Street, a civil war medical drama; partnered with the BBC to generate specials; developed a multi-platform strategy for independent films including the Oscar-nominated film Last Days in Vietnam from American Experience and Black Panthers from Independent Lens. Hoppe collaborated with filmmaker Ken Burns to develop the strategy and roll out for The Roosevelts and The Vietnam War. Under her guidance PBS had more News and Documentary Emmy Award wins than any other network in 2016 and 2017. Hoppe created and acquired new series and specials for PBS and launched timely specials including programming commemorating the anniversary of the assassination of JFK and The March on Washington. Hoppe also oversaw all of PBS’ award-winning programs and previously served as Vice President of Programming. Before PBS Hoppe was the Executive Producer at Discovery Networks. Prior to her time at Discovery, Hoppe was President and CEO of Optomen Productions USA that she started from the ground up. As Executive Producer she produced numerous successful programs and series for Discovery Channel, I.D., The History Channel, Animal Planet, Travel Channel, Science Channel, PBS and The Food Network. Prior to joining Optomen, she was an Executive Producer at Thirteen/WNET. Her work has been recognized with several Emmy awards. She won in 2004 for DNA: The Human Race, 2002 for The Secret Life of the Brain, and 1995 for NOVA, Siamese Twins. The Channel 4 co-production 1900 House earned the prestigious Peabody Award in 2000.
Bill Maher is so politically incorrect he named his first show after it. The New York born comedian, actor, activist, political commentator, and talk show host became a leading voice in the popular progressive movement during the ‘90s with Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher. The landmark TV show invited viewers to a roundtable discussion where celebrities, politicians, academics, and pundits debated controversial issues with often explosive results. With fewer actors and more informed guests, Maher’s new show, Real Time with Bill Maher, strikes a more mature tone. The acclaimed HBO talk show has been nominated for more than ten Primetime Emmy Awards and six Writer's Guild awards. Bill Maher is also an outspoken advocate for several causes, including environmentalism, animal rights, the legalization of marijuana, and health care reform.
Bill Prady is an accomplished writer and producer best known for creating the breakout hit television series “The Big Bang Theory,” which earned him three People’s Choice Awards for “Favorite Television Comedy Series.” After he made his writing debut on Jim Henson's “Muppets” show, Bill continued pursuing his passion for writing and producing television series and has since added many notable productions to his filmography, including “Caroline in the City,” “Dharma & Greg,” “Gilmore Girls,” and “The Muppets.” In 2018, Bill’s most recent work can be seen in latest season of “The Big Bang Theory.”