Panel 1: SATURDAY OCTOBER 22, 11am-1pm
Columbia College Hollywood Presents: Point of Entry to Industry: Short Films or Web Series
Venue: The London West Hollywood: 1020 N. San Vicente Blvd., West Hollywood 90069 (screening room)
This panel will explore the real methods used to get your short film or web series noticed and launch your career. Learn from the experts that have actually done this with their short films and learn tangible lines you can follow. Learn from those who created shorts and won the attention of Hollywood. Columbia College is presenting this expert panel. Q&A to follow.
Jennie Lew Tugend – (Moderator)
A film veteran in the Hollywood movie business, Jennie Lew Tugend’s expertise bridges film and TV development, production, financing, marketing and distribution. She has produced and co-produced some of the industry’s most memorable franchises: Free Willy, Lethal Weapon and HBO’s Tales from the Crypt.
As former Co-President of Kadokawa Pictures USA, Tugend was a producer on One Missed Call, a WB release and two episodes of Showtime’s “Master of Horror”. Today, she and producing partner, Lauren C. Weissman have developed five new IP’s from Kadokawa Publishing, which are in development at various production companies.
At Warner Bros., Tugend produced Free Willy, the box office smash hit, which has now become a family film classic. She went on to produce the sequel Free Willy 2: The Adventure Home and completed the trilogy with Free Willy 3: The Rescue.
Tugend co-produced Lethal Weapon 1, 2 and 3. These Mel Gibson and Danny Glover buddy cop movies are now classics in the action comedy genre.
Tugend produced family films, Local Boys starring Mark Harmon and Star Kid, which received an Award of Excellence by the Film Advisory Board; and for MGM, the romantic comedy, Return to Me starring David Duchovny and Minnie Driver.
Serving as Executive VP of Richard Donner Productions, Tugend co-produced Radio Flyer for Columbia Pictures and Scrooged for Paramount Pictures starring Bill Murray. For HBO, she co-produced Tales From The Crypt and was instrumental in the development and production of The Goonies and The Lost Boys.
Tugend was a mentor in the prestigious Peter Stark Producing Program at USC for 15 years and is an active member of the Producer’s Branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the Producers Guild of America. She is also teaching film production at UCLA Extension and Columbia College Hollywood.
A member of the Producers Guild of America (PGA), Larry is the President of Production at international digital production house SXM, where he has produced numerous digital programs. The first series was NBC’s ‘Ctrl’ starring Tony Hale and Steve Howey. Since, Larry has produced for top networks and brands including Disney, NBC, CBS, VEVO, Dailymotion, MTV, Break Media (now DEFY Media), Comedy Central, IKEA, Samsung, Coca-Cola and Smuckers. These series have been viewed more than 1 billion times over both traditional and new media, and have garnered multiple awards at BANFF, SXSW, NATPE, MIPTV, Cannes and The Webbys. The series have been covered by media outlets worldwide and SXM has been profiled by publications such as Fast Company, Variety and The Hollywood Reporter. Larry has produced projects directed by and starring James Franco and Joseph Gordon Levitt. Notable titles produced include Fact Checkers Unit, Easy to Assemble, Armed Response, SOS Island, Matumbo Goldberg, The Comment Show, Kitchen Jam, Diagnosis Stories, Jump Outs, In a City and Extreme Retreat among others. In addition to his work at SXM, Larry also serves as Co-Founder and Executive Director of NewFilmmakers Los Angeles (NFMLA), an organization committed to highlighter emerging filmmakers worldwide. NFMLA provides the Los Angeles community of entertainment professionals and film goers with a constant surge of monthly screening events. NFMLA provides a forum where filmmakers can be recognized for their contributions, have open audience discussions about their projects and connect with industry professionals for insight on distribution, production, acquisition and representation.
Efren Rodriguez received his first exposure to television development while working at El Norte Productions (US) where he worked alongside writer and director Gregory Nava. While at El Norte, he worked in the development department during the production of the PBS series, American Family and the feature film, Bordertown (2006). After he left El Norte, Efren worked in different areas of production such as camera operator and post-production freelance editor. Furthermore, he has written and helped produced short films, both personally and professionally.
After a couple of years of working strictly on short films, Efren became a member of the Shorts International/Shorts HD-The Short Movie Channel team in 2012. He assisted in the theatrical release of the Academy nominated live-action and animated short films and the theatrical release of Stars in Shorts. Efren is now part of the acquisitions team where he licenses short film content for the US and European territories, as well as iTunes and Amazon Instant Video.
Efren is an Angeleno and attended The Art Institute of Los Angeles where he received his Bachelor of Science in Digital Video Production and Motion Picture.
Noam Dromi is the President of Legion of Creatives (LOC), a fully integrated multimedia entertainment studio specializing in scripted and unscripted digital first programming that targets underserved audiences.
A veteran writer/producer, marketing executive and digital strategist, he specializes in cross platform content development and production for media companies, consumer brands and non-profits.
Noam is the winner of the 2015 Creative Arts Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Creative Achievement in Interactive Media for his work with the Fox Broadcasting Company as producer of the Sleepy Hollow Virtual Reality Experience.
He co-wrote the Warner Bros/Alcon Entertainment film Dolphin Tale starring Morgan Freeman, Harry Connick Jr & Ashley Judd. The film grossed $100 million at the worldwide box office.
He also serves as an adjunct professor in the School of Film and Television at Loyola Marymount University.
Caatje Van Leeuwen
Director, producer, writer, and performer, Caatje van Leeuwen is the founder of Amsterdam-based production company Sun Cat Productions. Her passion lies in telling slice-of- life stories that weave larger social issues with intimate glimpses into the relationships of everyday people. The result is a series of short films that aim to go beyond the inherent beauty of film-making as an art form to the beauty of life itself, inspiring hope from otherwise dark corners.
In recent years, Caatje has developed, written and directed multiple film projects and has proven to be a driving force for each taking on multiple roles, as necessary. Most recently she wrote and directed Different Stories, Jan, the dark comedy The Upper Crust, and The Man For The Boy for artist Blackbird (Merel Koman) to be released in October 2016.
Caatje is a founding partner at LA-based film studio, Cinema Collaboratorium.
Caatje served as writer, producer, post-director and star of Sun Cat Productions’ debut film, William which was featured in the 2015 Cannes film festival short film showcase corner.
She is a best director nominee for short film, Jan at the Amsterdam 48 Hour Film Project (2015, Jan also won 2nd best film, best editing and nominations for best cinematographer in the contest.
Her latest short, The Upper Crust screened at the 2016 Cannes film festival Short Film Corner and is selected for the 2016 LA Femme Film Festival and the Sunscreen Film Festival Florida 2017.
Doug Draizin’s career in the entertainment industry has spanned thirty years and encompassed many aspects of the business. He has worked as a publicist, a talent agent, a personal manager, a film and television producer, a studio executive and a writer.
Doug hails from Roslyn, New York where he earned a BFA from the New York Institute of Technology.
Draizin was a talent agent at the Agency for the Performing Arts where he represented Danny DeVito and John Candy among others; and discovered and launched the careers of Pee-wee Herman and Andrew Dice Clay. He later served as a vice president at both United Artists Pictures and Lorimar Films before venturing out as an independent producer and personal manager.
As a producer Draizin was responsible for Columbia Pictures’ FOOLS RUSH IN, a film loosely based on his own life. The film starred Matthew Perry and Selma Hayak. Doug also produced SPY HARD starring Leslie Nielsen; and the independent dramedy, LOVE COMES TO THE EXECUTIONER starring Jeremy Renner. Additionally, he co-executive produced MOVING VIOLATIONS for 20th Century Fox; was an executive producer on the independent film A JERSEY CHRISTMAS and a co-producer on PURE COUNTRY 2.
In the world of television movies Doug co-executive produced KIDZ IN THE WOODS for NBC; executive produced SAFETY PATROL for ABC; and co-produced DAD’S WEEK OFF for Showtime.
Draizin received co-story writing credits on SAFETY PATROL and HEART OF THE STORM for Lifetime.
He was the co-writer and executive producer on AREA 52 for 20th TV (Animation) and FBC. He also executive produced the pilot TOM’S LIFE for 20th TV (animation) and FBC and co-created and co-wrote ADVENTURES WITH THE AMBERSONS (animation) for Turner’s Super Deluxe streaming.
Doug is currently working as a literary manager, representing both established writers and writers who are new to feature and television writing. He continues to work as a producer with feature films BEAUTIFUL STRANGERS in development at Route One; and WENDY AND THE LOST which Draizn will produce with Paul Schiff. Amy Brenneman will star and Iain B. MacDonald will direct.
Draizin currently has a first look deal with Marty Adelstein’s Tomorrow Studios for ITV.