Jessica was born in Australia and traveled back and forth to America for six years before settling in California. She graduated from high school in Los Angeles after spending years doing what she loved doing the most: performing.
Jessica went on to graduate from The Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts in England with a degree in acting. While she was at LIPA Jessica co-created a theatre company with Beth Stevens called Out The Attic. Out The Attic focuses on women’s stories and people unrepresented throughout history
Andrew McCarthy has directed some of today’s most popular television shows, including Orange Is the New Black, The Blacklist, and the second season of Awkwafina is Nora from Queens. He gained fame as an actor in the 1980’s appearing in such iconic films such as Pretty in Pink, St. Elmo’s Fire, and Less Than Zero, as well as cult favorites Weekend At Bernie’s and Mannequin. He has starred on Broadway and made numerous television appearances, most recently in the ABC drama THE FAMILY. He can currently be seen starring as a Series Regular on the FOX Series, THE RESIDENT. He is also one of today’s leading travel writers. Andrew was an editor-at-large at National Geographic Traveler magazine and has written for numerous other publications including The New York Times and the Wall Street Journal. His travel memoir, THE LONGEST WAY HOME, became a New York Times best seller in 2012. Algonquin recently published his fiction debut, a young adult novel, JUST FLY AWAY, which is also a New York Times best seller. Andrew released his latest book, BRAT: AN 80’S STORY in April 2021. The book is a revealing look at coming of age in a maelstrom, reckoning with conflicted ambition, innocence, addiction, and masculinity. The paperback was released on May 10 th. He lives in New York with wife and three kids.
MARY STUART MASTERSON
MARY STUART MASTERSON
Born in Los Angeles, Mary Stuart Masterson grew up in New York City. Her parents, Peter Masterson (dir.) and Carlin Glynn, (actress) are both known for their quality work in both theater and film.
Mary Stuart Masterson’s film, TV and theater career, includes roles in At Close Range, Some Kind of Wonderful, Immediate Family [National Board of Review Award] Fried Green Tomatoes, Benny and Joon, and the Broadway musical, Nine [Tony Award nomination]. Mary Stuart directed, The Cake Eaters, starring Kristen Stewart, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2007 and was released in 2009. It was awarded audience and jury prizes at numerous film festivals. She also produced, Tickling Leo, released in 2009.
After a hiatus to “produce” her family (4 small children), Mary Stuart launched Stockade Works a net zero co-working production and tech facility in Kingston, New York, attracting TV production, connecting local talent, and training diverse underemployed Hudson Valley residents in motion picture and new media production.
With her husband, Jeremy Davidson, she is co-founder of Storyhorse Documentary Theater: a collection of multi-media theater pieces based on transcribed interviews focusing on topical issues in the Hudson Valley.
Diane Ladd, actress/writer/director/author, is a winner of over 57 international awards including The British Academy Award, Golden Globe Award®, Independent Spirit Film Award and the Cannes’ Palme d’or Award. She has been nominated for three Emmy Awards® and three Academy Awards® for the films Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore, Wild at Heart and Rambling Rose. In Rambling Rose, she and her daughter, Laura Dern, in tandem, made show business history as the first mother/daughter duo to earn nominations for the same film.
Ladd’s soon-to-be-released film is Todd Robinson’s The Last Full Measure opposite Chris Plummer, William Hurt, Alison Sudol and Sebastian Stan. She can currently be seen every Sunday night in season two of “Chesapeake Shores” as Nell O’Brien – the matriarch of the family; catapulting Hallmark Channel to the top rated and most watched network! She was recently seen in 20th Century Fox’s JOY portraying the real Joy Mangano’s grandmother, Mimi, and narrating the entire film; with Jennifer Lawrence, Robert DeNiro and Bradley Cooper, from Director David O. Russell (Silver Linings Playbook, The Fighter, etc). Other recent films: I Dream Too Much (Executive producer – Richard Linklater) premiered at Austin’s SXSW and Sophie and the Rising Sun with Margo Martindale and Julianne Nicholson. Ladd has been in over 200 films and TV shows including the “Alice” TV series for which she won the Golden Globe, Stephen King’s “Kingdom Hospital” and co-starred in the hit TV series, “Enlightened” with her daughter, Laura Dern, for HBO. She also won kudos and 3 Best Director/Writer awards for her film, Mrs. Munck, where she was the first woman to direct an ex-husband, Bruce Dern.
Diane has authored the books SPIRALING THROUGH the SCHOOL of LIFE – A Mental Physical and Spiritual Discovery, (Find Your Miracles) endorsed by Marianne Williamson, Stephen King, Whoopi Goldberg, Dr. Dean Ornish and Dr. Wayne Dwyer, among others. Winner of the 2014 Tennessee Williams Literary Award, she was honored at their festival in New Orleans for her newest book, A BAD AFTERNOON for a PIECE of CAKE; a collection of 10 short stories. Aside from seminars on acting; with a Masters in Esoteric Psychology and a certificate in Nutrition, she lectures across the nation on spiritual and health matters for the medical and lay community at large when time permits. A member of the National Board of Directors of the Screen Actors Guild, Ladd is President of the Art and Culture Taskforce, a 501(c) 3 that promotes culture and arts in schools across America. She is the proud grandmother of ten loving grandchildren.
Orly is a Miami based Production Designer/ Art Director for film, commercials, music videos and live events.
Born in Los Angeles, CA, but raised in Argentina, Orly received a B.S. as a fashion designer, and after seven years of working in television as a wardrobe stylist, she decided to change paths and move seek a future in the art department. Her work in television has granted her three Suncoast Emmy Awards for Best Image on different promotional campaigns.
After 10 years in the Television industry, she decided to explore different waters by making a move to the film industry. She worked on several TV movies for Lifetime and Hallmark. Some of her credits include: A Taste of Christmas (Lifetime 2020), The Charm of Love (Hallmark 2020) and Christmas Love Letter (Lifetime 2019).
Additionally, Orly has art directed a multitude of music videos, for renowned artists like Rosalia, Roddy Ricch, Maluma, Daddy Yankee, J Balvin, Becky G and many more, and has also been working in many immersive museums like the Van Gogh and Frida Kahlo experiences, touring around many cities in the US, discovering the extraordinary in the ordinary.
Juan Hernández, a member of the Spanish Society of Cinematographers, AEC and also a member of the Spanish Academy of Cinematographic Arts and Sciences, has built a career as a freelance cinematographer since 1996, shooting mostly feature films, documentaries, episodic drama series and commercials. He has shot in practically all available cinematographic formats.
Born in southern Spain, Juan studied Geological Sciences at Granada’s University of Sciences before studying cinematography at TAI, a renowned art school in Madrid. Soon after, he began working as a director of photography at Canal+ Spain and Spanish public television (RTVE). In 2000, he became a freelance cinematographer in film and advertising productions.
Some of his most distinguished works are the films: Isle Of Hope (2022), Antes de La
Quema (2018), Killer Cove (2018), Her Worst Nightmare (2017), My Teacher My Obsession (2017), Locked In (2017), Secrets in Suburbia (2016), The Follower (2016), Mis Demonios Nunca Juraron Soledad (2016), Schimbare (2013), The First (2013) and El Espejo
(2007); the documentaries Borderlands (2020), USA v. Chapo (2018), Kingdom Of Shadows (2014), El Paso (2014), Historias de Mujeres (2014) and the TV series El Ministerio del Tiempo (2015) and Drenaje Profundo (2010).
He has also worked as photographer for UNICEF in Africa and has collaborated since 2015 as cinematography teacher at Universidad Centroamericana de Managua, Nicaragua and Universidad Popular Autónoma del Estado de Puebla, Mexico.
He has lived in Mexico since 2008, working mostly in United States of America, Europe and Latin America.
In 2011, he founded his own production company, Unoenlouno Films, in Mexico and then in 2016, he founded, Northbound Cinema, in United States of America, where he develops documentary and narrative film projects.
Damian Romay is an Argentinian-American film and television producer writer, director, and actor. He has a Masters Degree in screenwriting from USC‘s film school. His work has been screened in several international film festivals, and he has been recognized with the Jack Nicholson directing award, LALIFF‘s best story for a motion picture award, the ABC Disney writing fellowship, and two regional Emmys for writing and directing. Damian has produced, written, and directed over thirty independent feature films which have been seen all over the world.
Born in Buenos Aires-Argentina 1960
Film composer, Producer, arranger and pianist
Scored for 24 films including “The Aereal” achieving
Prix France Musique-Sacem de la Musique de Film 2009 among other important prizes.
Latin Grammy Nominee.
Worked as composer arranger in residence for Stavanger Symphony Orchestra in Norway.
Omar Romay is a show business entrepreneur with more than 50 years of experience.
Born in Argentina, started in the business very young in different roles, as his father Alejandro was the owner of a radio, television station and three theaters in Buenos Aires.
Started to fly to Broadway in the 70’s, exposed to drama, comedies and musicals that his father was buying to stage in his theaters.
At 16 directed and produced his first play, at 17 his first television daily show, at 18 a weekly 8 hour long variety show. Graduated at Loyola Marymount in LA, writing and directing 2 short films and a documentary.
In the 80’s produced more than 600 hundred hours of telenovelas and two films in his own studios sold all over the world.
He moved to Miami where he managed a Spanish hyper local television station, for which he supervised the production of more than 20,000 hours of content.
Founded Aventura Entertainment and produced four television movies sold to cable and on air television all around the globe.
Steven Nevius, ACE
Steven Nevius, ACE
Steven Nevius is a film and television editor who is passionate about character-driven stories, most recently working the last five years on the fantasy drama series “The Magicians” for the SyFy channel. He started in Rob Reiner’s cutting room learning how to edit on films like “When Harry Met Sally…”, “Misery”, and “A Few Good Men”, and has made it a goal to pass on the lessons he has learned to new editors. When he is not at an edit console he can be found surfing with his teenage daughter
2018 Songwriter’s Hall of Fame Inductee, Steve Dorff has had over 400 songs recorded, totaling in 12 #1 hits, 10 Top 5 hits, 9 #1 hits from Motion Pictures, songs with over 8 million BMI performances, and 42 BMI Awards. He has composed 30 Motion Picture scores and 16 Television Themes and Scores and has had songs charted in 5 consecutive decades, with #1 records across 4 decades earning him 3 Grammy Nominations and 6 Emmy Nominations. He is also the author of his memoir, “I Wrote That One Too” which outlines the stories behind the songs as well as his incredible journey as a successful songwriter and producer in the music industry.
CMA, ACM & Grammy nominee, Bobby Tomberlin, was raised in Luverne, Al, where he was a disc jockey at the age of 11, interviewing icons like Johnny Cash, Waylon and Tammy Wynette. Bobby was discovered by Mel Tillis and recently celebrated his 26th year as a staff songwriter for CURB Word Music. Bobby co-wrote “One More Day”, recorded by Diamond Rio, Darryl Worley’s Top 10 hit, “A Good Day To Run” and the new Willie Nelson/Barbra Streisand single, “I’d Want It To Be You”. Bobby has also had songs recorded by Blake Shelton, Faith Hill, Josh Turner, Kenny Rogers, Joe Nichols, Dolly Parton, Rodney Atkins, Joe Diffie, Dylan Scott, Pam Tillis, Mo Pitney, Jamey Johnson, Jerry Lee Lewis, Chris Young, The Oak Ridge Boys, Deana Carter, Thompson Square, Bill Anderson, actor Chris Pine, Moe Bandy, Craig Morgan, Terri Clark, John Schneider, Lee Greenwood, Bobby Bare, Jeannie Seely, Steve Wariner, Rhonda Vincent and many others. Bobby was one of the cast members of the CMT hit series, The Singing Bee, for four seasons and has appeared on numerous television shows including Country’s Family Reunion, Opry Backstage and Authentic America. Bobby has also been featured in several films including Wheeler, starring Kris Kristofferson and Stephen Dorff. Bobby’s 2016 release, Out Of Road, featured guest vocals by Vince Gill, Bill Anderson and Bobby Bare. Like his current single, Bobby really has lived Country Music.
Actress/Songwriter/ Television Personality
Actress/Songwriter/ Television Personality
Linda Thompson has been called a classic “pop culture beauty” – a status she has achieved, not just because of the remarkable associations she has made – but because of her memorable contributions in the world of music, film and television.
Thompson has been nominated for an Academy Award, a Grammy Award, and has won an Emmy Award for writing some of the most recognized songs of our generation. Yet, Thompson’s talents stretch beyond her ability to capture the essence of every emotion in lasting lyrics—she’s also entertained audiences by acting in countless hours of classic television.
Thompson’s talents have not gone unnoticed by television producers either, in fact, a number of Linda’s songs have gone on to become television events. Linda wrote the official Olympic theme song “Power of the Dream” which was sung by Celine Dion at the Opening Ceremony of the 1996 Olympic Games, as well as the 2002 Winter Olympics theme song, “Light The Fire Within” sung by Leann Rimes. Award winning David E. Kelly was so moved by Linda’s lyrics that he scripted two episodes of “Ally McBeal” featuring her songs “To Where You Are” and “You’re Still You.” In 1990, Linda conceptualized an unprecedented mega event by writing the lyrics for the song “Voices That Care” dedicated to the men and women serving in the Gulf War. Thompson mounted the apolitical, strictly humanitarian effort from the kitchen of her Malibu home. In less than one week she had gathered some of the biggest names in music, movies and television to record the song. Kevin Costner, Meryl Streep, Michelle Pfeiffer, Cindy Crawford, Richard Gere and Michael Bolton were just a few of the more than 100 illustrious stars who brought their talents to the record, television special and music video—of which all proceeds were donated to the USO and the International Red Cross. To date, more than one and half million dollars has been raised and donated.
Thompson’s songwriting career continues to be red hot with such hits as “You’re Still You” sung by Josh Groban, “Drowning” by the Backstreet Boys and “Tell Him”—the song that created an event when it was recorded as a duet by Barbra Streisand and Celine Dion. Her song “Grown Up Christmas List” recorded by Natalie Cole, Amy Grant, Kelly Clarkson, Monica, Barbra Streisand and many others has become a Christmas classic! And Linda’s version of every mother’s lullaby called “Miracle: Who Could Ever Love You More” sung by Celine Dion, recently garnered critical acclaim as the title track for Celine’s top selling lullaby album.
Linda penned the title track for singing sensation Jackie Ivanko’s album “Dream With Me”! She also just completed writing lyrics for the acclaimed Baz Luhrmann’s new Broadway bound musical adapted from his hit movie “Strictly Ballroom”. Her “Beautiful Surprise” has been the featured song in Baz’s production which opened first in his native Australia and is currently touring.
Linda is so adamant about “giving back” that she started her very own foundation called the PULSE foundation, an acronym for People Understanding Love Saves Everyone. It is dedicated to those who cannot always help themselves….primarily children, animals and the elderly.
After harboring untold secrets for many years, Linda finally, lovingly wrote her New York Times best selling memoir A LITTLE THING CALLED LIFE that was released in hardcover in late 2015. A paperback version was released a year later. Her book was received and reviewed in the same spirit in which it was written – with dignity, kindness, discretion and tolerance. Forgiveness and acceptance is an overriding theme in her memoir.
Committed to physical fitness, Linda is an avid tennis player, lifts weights regularly and enjoys all kinds of sports; hiking, jet skiing, water skiing, fishing and snow skiing. She has been featured in a top selling exercise video and an instructional golf video. Linda is a longtime resident of Malibu, where she currently resides with her beloved french bulldog.