Take A Look At 2016’s Film & New Media Summit Schedule and Panelists

– We will be announcing 2017’s Schedule and Panelist’s Soon!


Wednesday, September 28 – 2016

Fade In: Screenwriters Panel

12:00PM to 2:00PM


MODERATOR: Sean Wheelock
MODERATOR: Sean WheelockTV Sports Commentator, Producer & Author
Spike TV’s Bellator MMA, The Game of Their Lives
Daniel Waters
Daniel WatersScreenwriter, Director
Heathers, Batman Returns, Demolition Man
LeWaa Nasserdeen
LeWaa NasserdeenScreenwriter, Producer
The Goldbergs, The Real O’Neals
Larry Karaszewski
Larry KaraszewskiScreenwriter, Director, Producer
People v. Larry Flint, American Crime Story: People v. OJ Simpson, Big Eyes, Goosebumps
Danny Manus
Danny ManusScreenwriter, Script Doctor

Cut To: Directors Panel

2:30PM to 4:30PM


MODERATOR: Geoff Boucher
MODERATOR: Geoff BoucherFilm Journalist
HeroComplex, E! Weekly & LA Times
Michael Oblowitz
Michael OblowitzDirector
The Foreigner, The Traveler
Matthew Wilder
Matthew WilderDirector
Morning Has Broken, Your Name Here, Dog Eat Dog
Clay Tweel
Clay TweelDirector
Dawn Olivieri
Dawn OlivieriActress
House of Lies, American Hustle
TJ Scott
TJ ScottDirector
Gotham, Bates Motel, Spartacus

Thursday, September 29 – 2016

Money Talks: Getting Real Film Finance

12:00PM to 2:00PM


MODERATOR: Gena Vazquez
MODERATOR: Gena VazquezProducer, Investor
CEO of Legacy Entertainment Partners
Ben Parr
Ben ParrVenture Capitalist, Author, Investor
TEDx Speaker
Adam Fisher
Adam FisherWall St. Financial Analyst, Film Funding Advisor
VP at Complete Production Group
Wayne Rice
Wayne RiceProducer
Dude Where’s my Car, Valentine’s Day, Criminal Activities
Adam Mehr
Adam MehrPartner
Pryor Cashman
Matt Hooper
Matt HooperFilm Finance Attorney

The Art of Getting Your Film To Market: Festivals & Media

2:30PM to 4:30PM


MODERATOR: Ron TruppaFounder/Director of Catalina Film Festival
Filmmaker: Director/Producer
Linda Nelson
Linda NelsonCEO of Indierights
Jamice Oxley
Jamice OxleyAssociate
Pryor Cashman
Andrew Hazelton
Andrew HazeltonVP of Marketing Leap Frog Films
George Romero
George RomeroFilmmaker, Content Director
The Burbs, Road House, Ransom

Friday, September 30 – 2016

Pitch Panel

11:00AM to 2:00PM

MODERATOR: Matt Atchity
MODERATOR: Matt AtchityRotten Tomatoes Founder & Editor-In-Chief
Patrick Millsaps
Patrick MillsapsExecutive Producer
Charles Rosin
Charles RosinExecutive Producer
90210, Dawson’s Creek
Chris Cowan
Chris CowanExecutive Producer
Secret Millionaire, Star Trek: A Captain’s Log, Polyamory
Guinevere Turner
Guinevere TurnerScreenwriter, Actress
Chasing Amy, American Psycho, L Word
Avita Delerme
Avita DelermeSAG-AFTRA Attorney


As an integral part of the Catalina Film Institute’s educational mission, the Catalina Film & New Media Summit is a part of our non-profit focus to foster the growth of filmmakers so they can learn from industry leaders, and from each other, while being inspired by their surroundings, peers creative work, and mingle with full access to our parties and networking events.

Participation includes panels, educational seminars, pitches and networking events with both filmmakers and industry executives.

Please contact:

Gena@CatalinaFF.org, CF&NMS Managing Director, for more SUMMIT information,

or Karyl@CatalinaFF.org, our Filmmaker and Festival Liaison.

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