Mel Damski - Director
Mel Damski has directed dozens of movies and hundreds of hours of series television, from M*A*S*H to Boston Legal to Psych and </SCORPION>. He served as the Producing Director of Psych for USA network for several years, and has recently been busy directing 11 films for the Hallmark channel.
Mel has been nominated for an Oscar, two Emmy Awards and earned a Christopher Award for Everybody's Baby: The Rescue of Jessica McClure.
A graduate of the American Film Institute - Center for Advanced Film Studies, Mel has taught at AFI, USC and the Tisch School at NYU. He is the founder of Cascadia Film Workshops, which launched in June, 2014 on the campus of Western Washington University.A former Newsday reporter, Mel writes a column, If I Ran The Zoo, which was awarded first place by the Washington Newspaper Publisher's Association. His columns can be found at IRunTheZoo.com.
Mel is a member of the Motion Picture Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Director's Guilds of America and Canada.
You can learn more about Mel and his work on IMDb.
Francesca Faridany - Actress
Francesca Faridany can currently be seen in NBC’s hit series Manifest as Dr Fiona Clarke and she also appears in the movie, Black Panther. Other credits include: Broadway: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime, Macbeth, Man and Boy, The 39 Steps, The Homecoming. Off-Broadway: This Day Forward, The NY Idea, Orlando, The Stronger. Regional highlights: The Angel in Angels in America (Berkeley Rep), 2013 Helen Hayes Best Actress award for Strange Interlude (Shakespeare Theatre, DC), Julia in Albee’s A Delicate Balance (McCarter), title role in her own adaptation of Arthur Schnitzler’s Fräulein Else (Sundance Theater Lab and various regional), Narrator in the Sitwell/Walton Façade (Caramoor Music Festival), Cassandra in Agamemnon opposite Tyne Daly (Getty Villa) and the many productions with director Stephen Wadsworth, including: As You Like It, The Oresteia, Don Juan, Design for Living, An Ideal Husband, Changes of Heart, The Game of Love and Chance. FILM: False Positive (2020), Love After Love, Conceiving Ada, The Audition, Closing Night. TV: Homeland, Law & Order True Crime: Menendez Murders, Falling Water, E.R., Law & Order; SVU. MEDIA: Lady Macbeth and Titania for the Wordplay Shakespeare series. RADIO: Quartermain’s Terms (BBC). Francesca trained in London at The Drama Centre.
Parveen Kaur - Actress
Parveen Kaur hails from British Columbia, Canada and moved to Toronto at the age of 19 to pursue a career in Film and Television. She is currently starring as a series regular on NBC’s hit show Manifest. Before that, she filmed a splashy guest star role on Fox’s 9-1-1. She also starred in Through Black Spruce directed by Don McKellar, which premiered last year at the Toronto International Film Festival. Parveen is also known for her work on Guillermo del Toro’s hit FX series The Strain, CTV’s Saving Hope as Dr. Asha Mirani, and Freeform's sci-fi series Beyond.
Jordan Goldman, A.C.E. - Emmy Winning Editor
Emmy-winning editor Jordan Goldman, A.C.E. has worked for over 20 years in Hollywood. He is best known for his work on Showtime’s acclaimed drama Homeland, where he won the Emmy and an American Cinema Editors award for cutting the pilot. He has also cut multiple seasons of The Shield and Sons of Anarchy, as well as Masters of Sex, 24: Live Another Day, Terriers, Tyrant, The Chicago Code, NCIS, and the pilots of White Collar and Awake. With nearly 100 episodes of television under his belt, this month’s industry expert has earned a reputation for his dedication to story and keen eye for performance. Mr. Goldman earned his BFA from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and studied directing with Adrienne Weiss. He is a member of the Motion Picture Editor's Guild, the American Cinema Editors, the Television Academy, and the Directors Guild of America. Mr. Goldman is the author of the book "How To Avoid The Cutting Room Floor: An Editor’s Advice for On-Camera Actors” In this interview, he gives us insight into the candid conversations that directors and other members of the creative team have in the cutting room about actors, offers us practical tips to improve our performances, and help us understand what it is an editor really does. Connect with Jordan on Twitter @thejgoldman!
LRM Publicity - Full-Service Firm
Lisa Malcolm (President, LRM Publicity) is an all around publicity guru with a BA in Communications from Ashford University complemented by a paralegal certificate from UCLA. Lisa has worked in the entertainment and health and beauty industries for more than 20 years. Her expertise lies in providing communications, brand management, marketing, strategic planning, and social media services for her celebrity clientele. Lisa’s commitment to her clients has yielded exceptional results and partnerships with organizations worldwide, including Proctor and Gamble, Big Sexy Hair, Peerless Clothing International, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, and Kind Bar.
Kelli Schloemer (CEO, LRM Publicity) has working in marketing and public relations in the entertainment industry for over 25 years on both the east and west coasts. Through marketing in print, radio, and television, she increases revenue for her clients. Cross promotions, brand marketing, and product placement are other key strategies she employs. Not only has she been featured as a keynote speaker at conventions and trade shows, but she has also built strong relationships with organizations such as the American Heart Association, the United States Olympic Committee, Pepsi, and professional sports teams.
Kristine Oller - Change Strategist
Change Strategist Kristine Oller guides successful creative professionals (including Oscar nominees, published authors, international experts, TEDx speakers) through the process of designing and aligning the next chapter of their lives and careers – always with an eye towards helping them expand their brilliance and increase their resilience. Every single month for the past seventeen years, Kristine has led multiple, ongoing mastermind groups, and, under her guidance, hundreds of creatives have multiplied their opportunities and developed supplemental income streams. Author of the book, Feeding Your Focus, and creator of the podcast, Cashflow For Creatives, she has written monthly columns for two national publications (Backstage and The VoiceOver Insider) and has shared her expertise with a wide range of organizations including: Harvard/ART, Caltech, UCLA, Women In Film, and The Actors Fund, among others. Kristine is an award-winning Golden Circle Member of NAPO (the National Association of Productivity and Organizing Professionals).
More at KristineOller.com
Brittany Daniel - Actress
Brittany began her career starring opposite her twin sister Cynthia in the television series "Sweet Valley High” for which they won the Young Artist Award for a TV comedy. She recently starred as “Kelly Pitts” in the hit television show THE GAME, that finished its 9th season on BET in 2015. After making her feature film debut in "The Basketball Diaries” opposite Leonardo DiCaprio, Brittany went on to recur on "Dawson's Creek", "That '70s Show," It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” and went on to become a series regular on "That '80s Show." Other feature film credits include “Skyline” "White Chicks," "Joe Dirt," "Joe Dirt 2," "Little Man," and "Club Dread.” Brittany was nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award for producing “Ruby” for the Style Network starring her best friend, Ruby Gettinger. It ran for 4 seasons.
Brittany was diagnosed with and survived stage 4 Non Hodgkins Lymphoma in her mid 30s and it is her passion to help share what she has learned along her road to a full recovery. Brittany has been an ambassador for 4 years to The Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation, Cycle For Survival and Stand Up To Cancer. Most recently Brittany and her sister Cynthia launched their California-inspired lifestyle website, The Sweet Life by Brittany and Cynthia Daniel
In this inspiring interview, Brittany shares tips for working with her agent and manager, secrets to launching a successful social media presence, and how she manifested her favorite series regular TV gig, among other useful gems. You can access her favorite books on craft here: How to Stop Acting by Harold Guskin and True and False: Heresy and Common Sense for the Actor by David Mamet. The pitching resource she shares is a free e-book on How to Pitch a Reality Show
Enjoy, and connect with Brittany on Instagram at @iambdaniel
Howie Deutch - Director
Howard Deutch began as a director shooting movie trailers and commercials and then moved into major motion pictures and television.
Films he has directed include MY BEST FRIEND’S GIRL, THE WHOLE TEN YARDS, THE REPLACEMENTS, GRUMPIER OLD MEN (People’s Choice Award winner), THE ODD COUPLE II, PRETTY IN PINK, SOME KIND OF WONDERFUL, THE GREAT OUTDOORS, ARTICLE 99, and GETTING EVEN WITH DAD.
Howie also directed the television film, GLEASON, for which he received a Director’s Guild of America nomination.
Recent television directing includes multiple episodes of YOUNG SHELDON, EMPIRE, TRUE BLOOD, GETTING ON, AMERICAN HORROR STORY, THE STRAIN, CSI:NY, CSI:CYBER, JANE THE VIRGIN, among others. He was Producer/Director on two seasons of the Cinemax/HBO series OUTCAST, and the first season of TNT’s CLAWS.
Earlier shows include the pilot for MELROSE PLACE, CAROLINE IN THE CITY, TALES FROM THE CRYPT (Cable ACE award winner), HUNG, BIG LOVE, RINGER, LIFE UNEXPECTED, JANE BY DESIGN, HARRY’S LAW, WATCHING ELLIE, WAREHOUSE 13, and EMILY OWENS, MD.
Deutch has directed several plays at New York’s Ensemble Theatre, as well as music videos for performers such as Billy Idol and Billy Joel. He has a long association with the Beverly Hills Playhouse, and the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute, as a teacher and stage director. He has also volunteered as a teacher for the NFAA YoungArts program, a non-profit theatre project called The Unusual Suspects, and at seminars for the Directors Guild of America and Screen Actors Guild.
Deutch resides in Los Angeles with his wife, Lea Thompson, and their two talented daughters, Madelyn and Zoey, along with a menagerie of horses, dogs, lots of fish and chickens!Visit Howie's IMDb Recommend to a friend