Panel 2: SATURDAY OCTOBER 22, 1pm–3pm
Connecting the Dots in Casting for Your Indie Feature
Venue: London West Hollywood 1020 N. San Vicente Blvd., West Hollywood 90069 (screening room)
This panel will explore the successful actions to get noticed by the diversity departments in the studio systems. What they are looking for and how to apply with your projects. Learn from the expert panel speakers who have done it and learn from their successes to make your own. This is a must see panel for content creators. Q&A to follow.
Denise Carlson – Moderator
Denise Carlson is a producer and development executive with 20 years of experience in the entertainment industry. Under her D’veloping Pictures banner Denise made the movie BAD HAIR DAY, which premiered on Disney Channel in February of 2015. She is currently developing CROSSING THE SAGAMORE, WAKE UP LITTLE SUSIE, and WEDDING’S EVE, among others. She is also developing the series UNCHAINED with Ted Kotcheff.
Denise was at Disney Channel for nine years as the Director of Original Movies, responsible for overseeing the development and production of 47 television movies, including the megahit HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL, as well as other highly successful films such as WENDY WU and THE CHEETAH GIRLS movies.
Currently Denise also teaches producing at the New York Film Academy’s Los Angeles campus, and she is proud to be a member of the LA Femme board.
Ilyssa Goodman is a veteran entertainment executive, who has increased the corporate value of some of the largest entertainment brands in the world, including: Disney, Fox, ABC Family Channel, Discovery and Warner Bros. With more than fifteen years experience in the entertainment industry, Ilyssa draws upon a unique dual perspective having served as both senior management for studios, broadcasters, production companies and distributors as well as performing as a producer and creator for more than a dozen movies and television series. Most notable among them is “A Cinderella Story” an its two sequels for Warner Bros. Additionally, Ilyssa recently produced and implemented a successful digital distribution strategy for the teen comedy “16-Love,” which went on to be a top performer for Warner Digital, iTunes and Netflix.
In 2012 Ilyssa contracted with RGH Entertainment to design and implement their distribution strategy, that includes traditional distribution models while leveraging all new and emerging digital distribution channels to fully maximize content value. For RGH, Ilyssa has sold branded content in more than 75 countries around the globe and has brought to the company, lucrative distribution deals with Paramount Pictures, The Shout Factory and with a number of digital platforms.
Ilyssa began her career working for Miramax Films with movies like “My Left Foot” and “Cinema Paradiso,” before taking a post with Universal Studios where she worked in development on a number of studio ten-poles. Ilyssa left Universal to become Vice President of Filmed Entertainment for Bonneville Worldwide Entertainment (BWE) where she oversaw production, marketing and distribution of more than a dozen highly rated network television movies and several award-winning motion pictures. Ilyssa left BWE to work with the Animal Planet Network on several of the specialty-networks highly rated original movies and television series.
Additionally, Goodman held a post with a branch of the Canadian government to arrange international co-productions and now consults for a number of production companies as well as continuing to produce and distribute independent films.
As an independent casting director coming from the studio level, Valerie uses her knowledge and her eye for talent to the producing capacity as well. She recently produced a film called LOST AND FOUND IN ARMENIA with Jamie Kennedy and Angela Sarafyan and she also
completed an award winning cancer documentary “Tumor, It’s in the System” in which she co-directed and co-produced. She also produced an award-winning film directed entitled NEO NED, starring Jeremy Renner and Gabrielle Union. Along with producing, Valerie also cast the critically acclaimed HARD CANDY(she put Ellen Page in her first American film), THE DUKES, WHAT THE BLEEP DO WE KNOW!?, and HERO WANTED with Ray Liotta and Cuba Gooding Jr. She also has worked with Academy Award director Guisseppe Tornatore on the film “Legend of 1900” starring Tim Roth.
From April 1994-2000, Valerie held the position of Vice President of Feature Film Casting for New Line/Fine Line Films. During her tenure at New Line/Fine Line, Ms. McCaffrey cast scores of films, developing strong relationships with all major talent agencies and management firms. Among the many highlights of her career, she cast Edward Norton and Eddie Furlong in New Line Cinema’s AMERICAN HISTORY X. Mr. Norton received an Oscar nomination for Best Actor for his gripping portrayal and Mr. Furlong’s performance was heralded as the best of his career. From 1985-94 as a casting executive at Universal Studios she cast James Cromwell in BABE, earning him an Oscar Nomination. She cast such films as HARD TARGET (John Woo’s first American Film) DARK MAN (Sam Raimi’s first studio film) among scores of others. She has scores of films in development, “Tad,” “Men of Granite” and the “Rene Caisse Story.” While at Universal Studios, she taught drama to inner city kids for three and a half years for the LAPD Gang Prevention Program. She served on the Board of Directors for the Casting Society of America and is a member of The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. She is also on the Board of Directors for the World Children’s Transplant Fund, which provides life-saving organs to children.
Most recently Matt was the Vice President of the Theatrical Department of Rebel Entertainment Partners. During Matt’s tenure at Rebel he curated an impressive roster of talent while increasing the company’s profile over 150% percent in the marketplace. Matt was a special guest on ABC’s “Primetime Live” where Cynthia McFadden interviewed Matt for his expertise in shaping actors for successful careers in Hollywood. Prior to Rebel Entertainment, Matt served as the Director of Talent Development for Disney Channel, identifying emerging talent as a global brand image. Hilary Duff, Shia LaBeouf, Ashlie Tisdale, Selena Gomez, Miley Cyrus, Zac Efron and Calum Worthy are some of today’s most successful names that were given their first Hollywood break under Matt’s casting supervision. With this combined experience of both “selling and buying” talent, Matt truly has a keen eye for finding and developing the “IT” factor. With casting and agenting experience both valuable components of his background, he’s excited to cultivate his skills in management and production by creating the exclusive team at Moving Pictures Artists.
At Moving Pictures Artists Matt collaborates with actors on their scripted and sculpted projects for the film, television, and digital communities while simultaneously developing and reinventing on-camera talent.
Matt attended the University of Wisconsin, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from the school of Journalism and Theater Arts.
Lauren Avinoam is the founder of LA PUBLICITY, a boutique company focused on bridging the gap between filmmakers and festivals, and planning the best route of release for short to feature length films. Past LA Publicity titles include FLOATING SUNFLOWER / COME AWAY WITH ME / FATHER SON / ANNIVERSARIO / BEN’S AT HOME and most recently SXSW ’16 LEARNING TO SEE / TRIBECA ’16 FATHERS DAY & many more. Lauren began her career as a festival strategist at Toronto’s OUAT MEDIA.
Lauren is a Principal and Producer of recently formed LA based Production & Management Company MOVING PICTURES. On the Production side, their mission is to go beyond entertainment with socially relevant films which inspire audiences & influence change. Their first feature, 4TH MAN OUT was a NY Times Critics Pick & festival hit with over 45+ festival screenings and over one dozen awards internationally including the Audience Award from OUTFEST, the Audience Award from TORONTO’S INSIDE OUT LGBT FILM FESTIVAL and many more. The film is currently delighting audiences on Netflix, SVOD, VOD after appearing in theatres in February 2016. Their next film NO PLACE TO FALL, a Co-Production with TINY ELEPHANT FILMS is a short focusing on love & loss in the life of a soldier heading back to his service in Afghanistan. Lauren has been a Producer on eONE’s ASK ME ANYTHING (2014) starring Britt Robertson, Martin Sheen & Christian Slater, as well as, the inspiring weight loss documentary, FROM FAT TO FINISH LINE – released globally through Gravitas Ventures & Netflix in August 2016.