2015 CODAvideo Awards - Jury
Writer, Producer, Louverture Films
Joslyn Barnes is a writer and producer. Among the films Barnes has been involved with producing since co-founding Louverture Films, are: the César-nominated BAMAKO, Sundance Grand Jury Prize winner and Oscar nominated TROUBLE THE WATER, the award-winning, cult hit BLACK POWER MIXTAPE 1967-1975, the 2012 Sundance Grand Jury Prize, Peabody and Grierson winner THE HOUSE I LIVE IN, the Berlinale award-winner CONCERNING VIOLENCE, Apichatpong Weerasethakul's 2010 Cannes Palme d'Or winner UNCLE BOONMEE WHO CAN RECALL HIS PAST LIVES and his CEMETERY OF SPLENDOUR, which will be in theaters later this year. She is currently producing SHADOW WORLD for Johan Grimonprez, and THIS CHANGES EVERYTHING for Avi Lewis and Naomi Klein, and co-producing Lucrecia Martel's ZAMA and Victor Kossakovsky's AQUARELA which will be ready in 2016.
Director of Photography, Belinski Media LLC
Jonathan Belinski is an Emmy Award-winning Director of Photography. A graduate of NYU Tisch Film school, he has traveled the world working on projects featuring some of the most notable talents in professional sports, film, and television. He has been Director of Photography on feature films, commercials, sports features, television shows, and music videos. In 2008, Jonathan founded Belinski Media LLC, a production company with offices in New York City and Los Angeles. His work has been featured on major networks from NBC to ESPN, DirecTV, FOX, Food Network and many more. Recent notable shoots include feature pieces for The World Cup, NASCAR Daytona 500, Gatorade commercials and Super Bowl XLVIII. He is one of the most sought after cinematographers in the sports television world. In 2015 Jonathan was nominated for multiple Emmy awards, including best cinematography in sports. He currently resides with his wife in Los Angeles, California.
Creative Director, Moment Factory
Trained in photography, Sakchin Bessette co-founded Moment Factory in 2001. Constantly seeking to tell stories in new ways and engaging the public through new media art, he leads the content team at Moment Factory as Creative Director.
Sakchin has been the creative lead behind some of the most important productions at Moment Factory, notably the Beatles Revolution Lounge at The Mirage in Las Vegas, Nine Inch Nails Lights in the Sky Tour, the Tiesto Kaleidoscope Tour, the Celine Dion's new show in Las Vegas, the Super Bowl Halftime Show with Madonna, Madonna's MDNA World Tour, sound and light shows for the façade of the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, a multimedia spectacle for the façade of Antoni Gaudi's Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, and most recently, the new Tom Bradley terminal at the Los Angeles International Airport.
CEO, Talpa Media USA
"Emmy Award‐winning producer Jay Bienstock began his producing career on VH1's signature series "Behind the Music." In 2000, Bienstock was part of the original team that launched CBS's "Survivor" and as showrunner, he garnered one Emmy and two additional nominations during his tenure on the first six seasons.
In 2001, Bienstock produced "Eco‐Challenge: Borneo," where he received his fourth Emmy nomination. Next, he developed and Executive Produced "The Apprentice" for NBC and over the course of the first six seasons, he earned two more Emmy nominations.
In addition to his six Emmy noms, Jay has been nominated for "Producer of the Year in Non‐Fiction Television" by the Producer's Guild and twice for "Program of the Year" by the Television Critics Association.
In 2014, Jay became CEO of Talpa Media USA, one of the biggest names in unscripted programming. Jay oversees Talpa's US catalogue of shows such as "The Voice" on NBC, "The Voice Kids" on Telemundo, and the company currently has projects in development at several networks."
Head of Production, GRAiNEY Pictures
Culp is the inhouse Producer and Head of Production for GRAiNEY Pictures. He oversees all production services, digital, branded, and original content production. He produces scripted and unscripted content across all platforms.
Recent producing credits include Being Canadian, a feature doc for eOne & Candy Factory Films directed by Robert Cohen featuring comedians Mike Myers, Michael J. Fox, Martin Short, Seth Rogen and Ben Stiller (2015); Starbucks shareholders brand vision video (2015); award winning Unnumbered Sparks for Google Creative Labs and TED Talks (2014 Cannes Lion and 2014 CODAvideo Awards winner); the rock doc web series Hello, Again for Beck/Lincoln Motor Company (2013 Cannes Cyber Lion winner), and scripted pilots for Lifetime and Discovery.
In 2008, Culp produced a series of PSAs for the Human Rights Campaign Burma: It Can’t Wait / US Campaign for Burma, featuring stars Eva Longoria and Sheryl Crow. He has since produced numerous digital series, branded entertainment and advocacy campaigns for Fortune 500 including Google, Nike, Redbull, Schick, Gap, Sony, etc.
Principal, Quantum Media
Erica Gruen creates brand, content and business development strategies for the world's largest media and entertainment companies (including the BBC, Conde Nast, Hearst, Readers Digest and many others) and for the emerging start-ups that seek relationships with the same. She is a Technical Advisor to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, a mentor in Kaplan TechStars, and an advisor to and investor in leading ed tech, music tech and food tech ventures.
An Emmy Award-winning TV producer and executive, as well as digital pioneer, Erica is known as the visionary who masterminded one of television's biggest brands as President/CEO of The Food Network/foodnetwork.com. There she staged a complete business and brand turnaround, introducing the smash hits The Iron Chef, The Two Fat Ladies, and Emeril Live!, among many others.
Erica was digital when digital wasn't cool: way back in 1994, she started one of Madison Avenue's first digital advertising agencies, Saatchi & Saatchi Interactive, and was named to New York Magazine's first "Cyber 60" list.
Co-founder, Film Editor, Circus
Alex Hagon is an award winning film editor who works with some of the world's best Directors, Advertising Agencies and brands. He has collaborated with Oscar winners David O Russell and Luc Besson and BAFTA winner Nicolas Winding Refn and many others on high profile advertising campaigns for brands including Google, Samsung, Amex, Blackberry, Gatorade and Lincoln to name but a few.
Having worked in the industry for over 15 years, Alex opened Circus Edit in 2013 with fellow editor and good friend Jono Griffith. Alex not only enjoys the editing of commercials, but has continued to edit short films and music videos. Alex has an extensive knowledge of visual effects, music and sound design which has made him one of the most sought after editors in the world. Alex splits his time between Circus's offices in London, New York and Los Angeles.
Cofounder, Partner, Direct Management Group
In 1985, Steven co-founded Direct Management Group with Martin Kirkup, who was previously Vice President of Development for A&M Records. The company enjoyed early success in handling British "new wave" artists Echo & The Bunnymen and Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark.
The success of The B-52's quadruple-platinum album "Cosmic Thing" (with its hit singles "Love Shack" and "Roam") in 1989, established the company as a secure home for unique artists intent on forging their own path to success. Since, the company has signed major artists such as Counting Crows, and after Bradford Cobb joined, The Go-Go’s, Katy Perry in 2004 and Adam Lambert in 2011.
Katy has since become a Global Superstar with the success of her three platinum studio albums. She is currently touring the world on the Prismatic World Tour, which continues to be a hugely successful global spectacle.
Steven Jensen is married to Mark Grace and they reside in a Roy McMakin sculpture (home) on Vashon Island, WA, as well as a home in Mill Valley, CA, where they live with their collection of works on paper and photographs.
Lin Kayser is a Munich-based entrepreneur. Through his company, COGLOBO, Kayser invests in research and development in fields like robotics, advanced materials, underwater exploration and knowledge organization.
From 2000 to 2011, Kayser helped shape the digital revolution in the film industry through his company, IRIDAS, which won several awards for technological breakthroughs in digital film processing. In late 2011, IRIDAS was acquired by Adobe and Kayser joined as Director of Engineering. In December 2014 Kayser left Adobe to focus on his own ventures.
Through a non-profit foundation he established in 2011, the Kayser Forum for Sustainability, Kayser raises awareness of environmental issues. In November 2014, Kayser presented his new project, Eleza.org, an initiative to build a platform for sharing solutions to global ecological challenges.
Creative Director, Lightborne Communications
Ryan McAllister is the Creative Director of stage / tour content and projection mapping
experiences at Lightborne Communications. He leads a team of multidisciplinary designers, animators and visual effects artists to create large-scale, experiential content for clients such as Jim Beam, Andrea Bocelli, Reba, Brooks and Dunn, Die Toten Hosen and others.
In 2009, Ryan joined the Lightborne team as a Designer / Animator of stage and tour content for major headlining acts including: Jay Z, Bon Jovi, and Kenny Chesney, as well as working on national television broadcast campaigns. In 2012, Ryan became Senior Designer of Tour Content and began working on projects for Taylor Swift, Lenny Kravitz, Fleetwood Mac, and Katy Perry's prismatic tour and the Superbowl halftime show.
Katy Perry's Super Bowl halftime show is nominated for a 2015 Emmy for the "Outstanding Short-Format Live-Action Entertainment Program" category. Ryan and the Lightborne team worked on concepting and producing the projected and LED animation content for the show.
Director of Broadcast Production, MRM-McCann
Alice Mintzer is currently the Director of Broadcast Production at MRM-McCann in New York. Prior she worked at other top advertising agencies including Ogilvy & Mather, Marschalk and Wells, Rich, Greene. She has created award winning commercials for many leading brands including American Express, Coca Cola, Citibank, Army, Verizon, USPS, and Oppenheimer. Working strategically with clients, creatively with colleagues, and building a team for each project as it's taken from conception to completion has been the crux of her work, and has always been a satisfying adventure in filmmaking. Alice's work includes projects that are digital, interactive and branded content.
Alice has managed productions throughout Europe, Asia, and Latin America. Her work is part of the permanent collection within the Museum of Modern Art's broadcast library in New York City. She won an Emmy in 2007 for an American Express commercial she produced that starred Ellen DeGeneres, entitled "Animals."
Alice attended Columbia University where she did her graduate work in Film and Photography.
Owner/Managing Partner, Director, 88Storey Films
Mark is a multi-awarded TV Commercial Director in the Philippines. His 14-year career as Director is marked by some of the most memorable ads in his country and has given him the nod of local award giving bodies as well recognition in New York and Cannes.
When he is not riding his Harley, scuba diving, climbing mountains, video gaming, playing husband and father to a wonderful family, studying or teaching film, traveling, combing beaches, surfing the net, struggling with screenplays or what passes off as poetry, watching the sunset, sleeping or thinking of becoming a rock star, Mark is behind the camera, doing what he does best—capturing images and telling stories that move its audience.
Mark, together with several young talented Filipinos, is the Owner/Managing Partner of 88Storey Films – one of the country's top production houses and Central Digital Lab –an award winning post production house dedicated TV commercial post-production and film restoration.
Director, Cameraman, Photographer, Filmpunkt
Thomas Riedelsheimer is a filmmaker, cameraman and photographer. He first developed a strong interest for photography before he started studying documentary filmmaking in Munich. With his successful film "Rivers and Tides" about land art artist Andy Goldsworthy, he gained an international reputation and specialized in films about art. In his films he is responsible for directing, photography and editing but clearly his interest has always been strong visuals. Recently, Thomas Riedelsheimer came back to still photography with an exhibition of his photographs in Mexico City.
Thomas Riedelsheimer has won major national and international awards for his work. He is a member of the German and European Film Academy, and is a part-time professor at a German film school. He is married, has two children and lives in Munich, Germany
Stefan Tolz and Thomas Riedelsheimer are partners in Filmpunkt GmbH, a film production company based in Cologne.
Filmmaker, Entrepreneur, Protect What is Precious
Susan Rockefeller is a principal of Protect What Is Precious, a company that creates documentaries and inspires fashion accessories to elevate awareness about protecting what is precious to her: family, art and nature. Susan's jewelry and accessories can be found at 35 retailers in the US including London Jewelers, Bernie Robbins, in Japan at Takashimaya and on the company's website.
Her films have explored a range of contemporary issues, often using both real life heroes and those of myths to confront issues such as ocean acidification and the future of ocean health, PTSD and the use of music to heal, the confluence of race, poverty and illness, global food sustainability. The films have aired on HBO, PBS, and the Discovery Channel. Susan sits on the boards of Oceana, Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture, We Are Family Foundation and is a member of Natural Resources Defense Council Global Leadership Council. She received her undergraduate degree from Hampshire College and her master's degree from NYU.
Founder, Executive Creative Director, Sarofsky Corp.
Sarofsky Corp. founder and executive creative director Erin Sarofsky got up the nerve to launch her own design-driven production studio in 2009, and she hasn't looked back since. In fact, the experiences keep getting sweeter. Her work with a Who's Who list of top-level marketing and entertainment industry executives is based on deep relationships forged over time. For example, her experiences with directors Joe and Anthony Russo, with whom she collaborated on main titles for "Community," "Happy Endings" and "Animal Practice," led to her studio's selection to create the main titles for the Marvel blockbusters "Guardians of the Galaxy," "Captain America: The Winter Soldier," and "Ant-Man." Her wealth of industry connections also draws from past experiences as a Creative Director for Superfad in New York and for Digital Kitchen in Chicago. So far in her career, she has led commercial projects for AT&T, American Express, Budweiser, Coca-Cola, Mike's Hard Lemonade, McDonald's, McGraw-Hill, PBS and X-Games, and main title projects for Dreamworks, Marvel, Paramount Pictures, Spyglass Productions and Touchstone Pictures, among many others.
Founder, President, Global Production Network (GPN)
After 12 years of working with international clients as a producer and underwater cinematographer at his production services company, Walk on Water, in Miami, FL, Harry launched Global Production Network (GPN) in Los Angeles in 2003.
Currently partnered with 37 production service companies internationally, GPN connects production companies, ad agencies, and motion picture & TV producers to a network of top-level production service companies around the world. Providing clients with professionals at the top of their game, GPN has become well-known in the film business as an expert in international production.
Always an art-enthusiast Harry has built his collection from his travels and through his relationships with dealers and artists. He has a private collection of over 100 works of Oceanic Tribal Art, primarily pieces from New Guinea. He also has works from Vanuatu and Australia, all pre-1930's. Contemporary artists in his collection include Frank Romero, Yolanda Gonzalez, Richard Misrach, Cassandra Tondro, Richard Bruland, and Dennis Nechvatal.
SVP, Chief CSR Officer, Christie's
Toby Usnik was named Chief Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Officer and International Director at the end of 2012. In this role, he works with colleagues, clients, vendors and outside observers to execute Christie's CSR initiatives globally. Through CSR, Christie's aims to responsibly manage its people and practices in order to leave a positive, enduring impact on society, particularly in helping to preserve and promote the world's collective cultural heritage.
Previously Mr. Usnik was Senior Vice President and International Head of Corporate Communications, Christie's International, since August 2007. As head of Christie's global communications staff, he worked closely with all the key specialist departments and management at Christie's to ensure that Christie's was recognized as the world's leading art business. This included responsibility for media relations, public relations, crisis communications and employee communications. Mr. Usnik joined Christie's in May 2006 as Vice President, Public Relations, Christie's Americas.