Producer, Universal Studios
Deirdre L. Brenner grew up in Madison, Wisconsin, and headed straight for Los Angeles after graduating from Northwestern University. She’s worked in the animation industry for over seventeen years, producing hundreds of hours of animated entertainment for studios such as Walt Disney and Nickelodeon. She is currently a Producer for Universal Studios on the animated direct-to-video LAND BEFORE TIME 14.
Deirdre’s passion for cinema and screenwriting motivated her to establish her own production company, Deliberate Productions, in 2010 with the goal of creating meaningful films. Deirdre’s scripts have received recognition from the Motion Picture Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting, the Sundance Institute Screenwriters Lab, and the Austin Film Festival Screenplay and Teleplay Competition. She is currently in discussions with a successful film producer who is interested in producing one of her screenplays in early 2015.
Deirdre lives in South Pasadena, California, with her neurotic dog and mellow cat, and remains a lifelong Green Bay Packers fan.
Promotions, Marvel Studios
Adam Davis is a Los Angeles based screenwriter and director. He spends his days working in promotions, licensing and publishing at Marvel Studios. Adam has managed worldwide and domestic promotional clients such as Audi, Red Baron, Doritos and Harley-Davidson and licensees such as Hasbro, Hot Toys and Sideshow Collectibles. Adam has also written Marvel children’s books based on the heroes Iron Man, Thor, Captain America and the Guardians of the Galaxy.
Before coming to Marvel, Adam worked on the sets of numerous film and television productions, ranging from low-budget independent films to studio films such as Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Hancock and the Coen Brothers’ A Serious Man, which was shot in his home state of Minnesota. Adam is an award-winning screenwriter, director and is currently working on his next project starring Zoë Bell (Death Proof, Raze) and Heidi Moneymaker (The Avengers, Fast & Furious 7).
Dana Delany is an actor who was most recently seen starring in the ABC series Body of Proof. She is also known for her work on Desperate Housewives and China Beach for which she received two Emmys. Dana has appeared in many films and plays. Her most recent role was starring as The Parisian Woman written by Beau Willamon at South Coast Repertory. Next she will be seen with Ron Perlman in the Amazon Studios production, Hand of God.
Raised in Connecticut by an Interior Designer mother, Dana has always had a passion for design and art. It is where she goes for inspiration, solace and joy.
Director at Ghostrobot
Joey is a filmmaker, visual artist, photographer, and commercial director. Growing up he participated in several underground subcultures that are now termed Xtreme Sports, Alternative Music and Street Art. The elements of these genres influence and inform his work to this day.
His documentary film "Breath Control: The History Of The Human Beat Box" has won film festival awards internationally. This film led him to directing "Style Wars - Revisited," the follow up to the seminal documentary on New York City subway grafitti, "Style Wars". He also created the artist documentary series "The Run Up" for Upper Playground. Joey’s music video for RJD2, “Work It Out,” won a Saatchi & Saatchi New Directors award at Cannes in 2008 and is now on a museum tour.
He curated and compiled the June 2013 issue of Juxtapoz, The Beastie Boys: A Visual Album History & Tribute to Adam Yauch.
Currently his feature length film "A Love Letter For You" about fellow artist Stephen "ESPO" Powers’ rooftop painting project across Philadelphia’s train line, is available on Itunes.
Rogier van der Heide
Chief Design Officer, Philips Lighting
Rogier van der Heide is a well-known designer in the public and commercial realm. Until August 2014 Rogier was Vice President and Chief Design Officer of Philips Lighting. As of December 2014 he will be Chief Design & Marketing Officer of Zumtobel Group in Austria.
Rogier focuses on innovation-led design as an enabler of bridging technology and the creation of meaningful, life-enhancing solutions. He has 20 years of experience in engaging, inspiring, three-dimensional design that fuses light, image projection, architecture and product design to create memorable, authentic experiences around the world.
Until 2010, Rogier van der Heide was Director with Arup and the Global Leader of Arup Lighting. In that role, Rogier has been responsible for innovative, creative and well-executed projects all over the world.
Rogier has received over 20 individual design awards, and his design team at Philips received over 35 iF Awards and Reddot Awards, the leading global industry prizes for innovative design. Rogier’s work is widely recognized as leading in the field of creative and independent design.
Principal, Electroland LLC
Cameron McNall is an Architect. The scope of his work is wide and encompasses architecture, sculpture, film, sound, multi-media and installation art. He received a Master of Architecture from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Design from UCLA. He has received awards across disciplines, including the Rome Prize in architecture, NEA Fellowships in Sculpture, and his films have been shown in more than thirteen countries in over thirty festivals. He co-founded Electroland in 2002.
Media artist Danielle Roney works with time-based media, immersive environments and interactive media architecture, redefining the spatial relationship of encounters to create a participatory experiential continuum. She has exhibited projects international in cities including Beijing, Johannesburg, Istanbul and Zagreb. Her upcoming project, Site Immaterial, will premiere at the International Symposium of Electronic Arts, Dubai in October 2014. Roney was the exhibition and media designer for the U.S. Pavilion, Venice Biennale of Architecture 2010 and is media advisory to the John Wieland Contemporary Art Collection. She studied at the University of Georgia and works between Atlanta and New York.
Chairman and CEO of Ogilvy & Mather, Chicago.
Jack originally joined O&M in 1984 as an Account Executive in the San Francisco office, which eventually became Hal Riney & Partners. After Riney, Jack was the Worldwide Account Director on the Levi Strauss & Co business at Foote Cone & Belding/San Francisco. He also worked as Vice President of Marketing for Miller Brewing Company before rejoining Ogilvy in 2000 as global team leader on the BP. Jack then joined Campbell Mithun in Minneapolis as CEO in 2004, before returning to O&M Chicago as president in 2007.
Jack was inducted into the American Advertising Federation Hall of Achievement in 1997. He currently represents O&M on the national board of the American Advertising Federation. He is also on the Chicago board of the American Association of Advertising Agencies.
Filmmaker, Producer (Fruitvale Station)
Haroula Rose is a filmmaker and performer from Chicago, now based in California. She was a Producer and Music Supervisor on the film Fruitvale Station, and she has written and will direct the adaptation of Bonnie Jo Campbell’s Once Upon A River which was a Sundance lab finalist. Haroula’s short films and videos have won awards and screened internationally. She is a Fulbright Scholar, and was also selected for Tribeca’s All Access program. She is Executive Producer on Heaven Adores You, a documentary that recently premiered about the late Elliott Smith, and also is a producer on BBC feature documentary about a former death row inmate. She is in development on a TV series with HBO and is producing a feature comedy called Permanent.
Haroula is also an acclaimed musician, having released two EP’s, an LP and several singles and remixes. Her songs can be heard in many TV series, commercials and films. She has toured or collaborated with the likes of Jim White, Orenda Fink, Kyp Malone, and Mason Jennings to name a few. Her upcoming full length record will be released with Thirty Tigers.
EVP, General Manager Universal 1440 Entertainment
Glenn Ross has served as General Manager and Executive Vice President of Universal 1440 Entertainment since March 2005. He oversees the development and production of live-action and animated movies for distribution in all media worldwide, fueling Universal’s aggressive strategy of capitalizing on the power of its high-profile properties and franchises to create top-quality filmed entertainment content.
Mr. Ross came to Universal from Lions Gate Family Home Entertainment where he served as President of the division as well as Executive Vice President, Lions Gate Home Entertainment.
Prior to his tenure at Lions Gate, Mr. Ross worked as Senior Vice President of Hallmark Home Entertainment. Before Hallmark, Mr. Ross held the position of Senior Vice President of Republic Pictures. Mr. Ross began his career as Director of Creative Services for RSO (The Robert Stigwood Organization) Records. He holds a BS from the Philadelphia College of the Arts, and is a Trustee of the Starlight Children’s Foundation.
Former director, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Whitney Museum of American Art
David A. Ross has a 40-year career as an art museum professional and educator. He is currently the Chair of the MFA in Art Practice at the School of Visual Art in New York City.
Ross has held curatorial and senior leadership positions at the Everson Museum of Art, the Long Beach Museum of Art, and the University Art Museum at UC Berkeley; and directorships at Boston’s Institute of Contemporary Art, the Whitney Museum, and at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. He was also the Co-Founder and President of the Artists’ Pension Trust (a pioneering financial planning program for working artists), has lectured at various universities across the country, and has served as juror and commissioner at a broad range of international shows and exhibitions.
Known for his willingness and proven ability to work within museums undergoing periods of significant transition, Ross has successfully rebuilt staff, public programs, collections and exhibition schedules, while enhancing the reputation and community support for the institutions that he has served.
Artist, Producer, Journalist, Scholar
Ben Sidran is widely recognized as the host of National Public Radio’s landmark jazz series “Jazz Alive”, which received a Peabody Award, and as the host of VH-1 television’s “New Visions” series, which received the Ace Award for best music series. A pianist, producer, singer and composer, he has recorded more than thirty solo albums, including the Grammy nominated Concert for Garcia Lorca, and produced recordings for such noted artists as Van Morrison, Diana Ross, Michael Franks, Rickie Lee Jones, Mose Allison and Steve Miller (with whom he co-wrote the hit song “Space Cowboy”).
He is the composer of the soundtrack for the acclaimed film Hoop Dreams, and scored the documentary Vietnam: Long Time Coming, which won both the Aspen Film Festival audience award and an Emmy.
Sidran has authored two books on the subject of jazz, Black Talk, a cultural history of the music, and Talking Jazz,a series of conversations with inspirational musicians. He holds a Ph.D. in American Studies from Sussex University, Brighton, England, but has studiously avoided the academic life, preferring instead to spend his time performing, producing and writing.
POTLUCK Arts + Music
Aaron Weiss is an Austin-based filmmaker and co-founder of POTLUCK Arts + Music. POTLUCK helps artists find an audience, tells stories that haven’t been told and utilizes collaborative talents to create original and diverse content for artists.
For 10 years, Aaron has helped over a hundred artists and organizations tell their story through the production of films. Through collaboration, he creates visual-voices that tell real stories. His work has been shown in a number of film festivals including SXSW Film Festival, Austin Film Festival, Lights Camera Help Film Festival and the Action On Film Festival.
Aaron is also the Founder/Director at One Story Productions, a documentary production company established in 2006. His passion for cause-related films has taken him around the world to create projects that stand up for people who don’t have a voice. Through storytelling, the films create awareness, inspire innovation and lead to social change.
Editor, Big Sky Edit
Miky grew up in Cleveland, OH. He was accepted into the University of North Carolina School of the Arts Conservatory as an actor and transitioned into the directing program under the tutelage of Dean Gerald Freedman. After graduating from UNCSA, Miky returned to Cleveland and spent a year as the Resident Assistant Director at The Great Lakes Theater Festival. He then moved to NYC and began producing and directing theater for several years before finding Big Sky Edit and transitioning into the film business.
At Big Sky, Miky has cut award winning commercials, music videos, films and documentaries. His clients range from American Express to Verizon and from ABC to HBO. His most recent film, HBO’s Six by Sondheim, was honored with the prestigious Peabody Award. Miky lives in NYC with his wife, Robyn and their 10 year old son, Tobias.