Nicole Hansen @nikkihans President | firstname.lastname@example.org
Nicole Hansen began her career as a film actress and went on to co-produce and star in feature films that appeared at festivals including Tribeca, Austin, Montreal, Vail and Santa Barbara. She continues to be a member of SAG-AFTRA and the Producers Guild of America and serves on the PGA Green Social Media Steering Committee. Nicole produced Save It by award-winning 10-year-old Nikos Spiridakis with Executive Producer Marshall Herskovitz. The video debuted as TakePart TV’s inaugural release for YouTube at #2 for non-profit videos. It ran on CNN and MSNBC during the 2008 Presidential Debates, and appears on The Weinstein Company’s 2009 DVD releases such as The Reader. Since then she has executive produced documentaries and been a branding producer for reality television. She is also the founder of eBrandgelize Digital.
Nicole produced the first Renewable Energy Conference and Awards Gala at the UN, sponsored by the Honduran Permanent Mission and was subsequently named the Deputy Secretary-General of a renewable energy IGO. She partnered with Entrepreneurs’ Organization Los Angeles to raise funds for renewable energy initiatives and greened their 2009 Business Entertainment Charity event. Nicole secured donations of FTL Solar tents after the 2010 Haiti earthquake and provided logistics to get them delivered to Cine Institute and the Street Children of Haiti. Her entertainment background has served her clients well in the online brand management and fan engagement for clients including, Sony’s Affirm Films, Motion Picture Corporation of America (MPCA), Dan Paulson Productions, Crown Media Family Networks (executives), Vertical Entertainment, AMBI Group, Alane Adams Studios, DCDC and Brilliant Consulting Group. Her passion is in finding unique and unforgettable stories to produce across multiple platforms through Green Galaxy Pictures.
Nicole has written articles for The Nation, Indiewire,Produced By Magazine and blogged for non-profits including Habitat for Humanity. She has been a featured speaker, adviser and panelist for many organizations including ProVisors, Ideation Conferences, Sustainable Business Council of Los Angeles and the National Women’s History Museum’s L.A. Council. Nicole has also lectured for the MFA filmmaking program at both University of North Carolina School of the Arts and Columbia College of Chicago, on digital pitching and promoting of film and TV projects in Hollywood.
Technology Director | email@example.com
Alastair Shearman is responsible for the technological infrastructure of GGE and oversees all web design, online publishing, and SEO for its clients. He assists in the management of client intake, new technology analysis and review, as well as brand marketing, events, and publications. This includes the design, layout, editing and review of documents essential to the organization and its clients. In 2009, he also served as the Technical Coordinator of scientists and helped produce the first Renewable Energy Conference and Awards at the United Nations. At Columbia University, Alastair co-developed new operating rules for the Upper Delaware River system, incorporating climatic forecasting, wavelet analysis, and hydrological modeling to better meet the needs of all stakeholders. Funded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, his team’s research was developed further and published in the Journal of the American Water Resources Association, where he is listed as an author. His work on the Delaware River was preceded by practical applications of running numerous models with the OASIS simulation, to better meet the needs of the fisheries downstream of the reservoirs in New York, funded by the Nature Conservancy, Trout Unlimited, and Columbia University. Alastair also worked for the Web Team at the Earth Institute, designing an entirely new site with background programming. At college, he managed the largest political group on campus, the Columbia Political Union, and served as an administrator at Columbia University IT. As a child, he did work as a voice actor that included a small role in Family Guy. He holds a Bachelors of Science from Columbia University’s School of Engineering and Applied Science, having majored in Environmental Engineering, with a concentration in Water Resources and Climate Risks, and a minor in Economics.
Hilda Somarriba @HildaSomarriba
Hilda Somarriba graduated from Williams College with a degree in Political Science and Sociology and started her career as an assistant at MTV Networks before turning her skills to Publicity at PMK/HBH. In 2008, Somarriba created Prism Media Group to work on Marketing and PR for both general & Latin market media. Since then, she has represented over 50 films in the top film festivals: Sundance, Berlin, Cannes & Toronto. She also works with filmmakers, directors & producers to create awareness of their projects in the media. Clients included James Wan (creator of Saw & Insidious), Alister Grierson (Sanctum), Lightning Entertainment, Emmett / Furla Films, and supervised the unit publicity on their titles (The Prince, Vice, Freelancers, End of Watch, Broken City, 2 Guns, Lone Survivor). From 2011–2014, she handled the red carpet for TheWrap’s exclusive Pre-Oscar party attended by nominated filmmakers and top Hollywood industry executives.
Additionally, she has been contracted by major Hollywood PR agencies: Slate PR, Fifteen Minutes & ID PR, MLPR, to handle the overflow of talent & special red carpets during Award seasons. She assists clients in Latino media such as Telemundo’s telenovelas & specials (Miss Universe pageant 2010, the 2008-2012 Latin & Mexican Billboard Awards 2008-2014) & Teach For America. Most recently, she executed the PR campaigns of 3 the “buzzed” titles at the Toronto Film Festival: Hungry Hearts starring Adam Driver; The Cobbler, directed by Tom McCarthy and starring Adam Sandler, Ellen Barkin, Method Man, Steve Buscemi and Dustin Hoffman and The Forger, starring John Travolta and Christopher Plummer. Somarriba has donated her time to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospitals and handled the red carpet for the annual Human Rights Campaign Annual Gala Fundraiser, The Go Go Gala Annual Fundraiser, The National Women’s History Museum & The Cancer Community Center in Los Angeles.
Jennifer Tocquigny @gigitocquigny
Director of Social and Transmedia Story Development
Jennifer Tocquigny is responsible for developing and managing social media campaigns for individual clients and feature films. She began her career in Hollywood at RKO Pictures where she researched, developed, pitched new projects and designed a development database to track acquisitions and submissions. Gigi served as the company representative at Comic-con where she also scouted new properties to acquire. Upon leaving RKO, she joined the digital team and later the social enterprise team at Warner Bros. There, she developed and managed the social media platform/calendar for the Harry Potter franchise as well as campaigns for a library of over 700 film titles. Most recently, she was part of the producing team for the feature-length documentary Landfill Harmonic, which highlights music education, recycling and sustainability in a developing community. She also managed the social media campaign for the film’s world premiere at SXSW, where the film took home the Audience Award in the 24 Beats per Second category. In conjunction with the film, she has traveled to Kenya, teaching students and promoting female education, and started an after-school music program. When she isn’t working, she teaches yoga to youth groups and adult treatment centers to promote mental health. She also volunteers with Art of Elysium, working with the creative arts program to help kids craft their art in Los Angeles area hospitals.
Debra Bailey @Debdebbailey
Director of Faith and Family Social Media
Debra Bailey was one of the co-founders and volunteer managers of a grassroots Facebook fan page of nearly 65,000 fans for the Hallmark Channel TV series, When Calls the Heart. As an admin, Debra has shown her organizational skills and marketing savvy. She created events, compiled files from Frequently Asked Questions, and created sponsor lists for members and producers of the show. She also made campaigns which encouraged members to tweet their appreciation to the sponsors, who have helped keep the show on the air.
Debra executed numerous contests for the fans, and collaborated with the show’s executive producers to bring exclusive announcements and arrange for branded prizes and test-marketing. She developed and executed a strategy to kick-start a successful When Calls the Heart trending drive on Facebook, which led to #Hearties trending at number 1 on Facebook in all categories on the night of a series episode premiere. She also closely follows the stars of the shows to help elevate their own social posts to help promote viewership.
For fans that were previously not social media savvy, she co-hosted Twitter Tutorials, and taught new members how to Tweet who never had before. This led to #Hearties trending on Twitter during each week’s new episodes. Debra has also played an integral role in organizing the annual Hearties Family Reunions, a fan convention featuring the actors and production crew at a weekend convention in Vancouver, with hundreds of devoted Hearties in attendance.
Debra is also a founder and director of Hearties International, an all-volunteer umbrella organization to help manage and oversea the Hearties Family Reunion and promote other family-friendly and faith based entertainment and media content with encouragement, marketing support and networking events.
Chelsea Hamill @ChelseaHamill
Social & Transmedia Specialist
Chelsea has spent six years as a personal assistant for an iconic actor, including acting as his social media and public relations consultant. Through her work, she has gained professional experience in production as well as the delicate art of fan relations. Chelsea is solely responsible for handling and overseeing all the actor’s social media platforms and helped to build a strategic plan to expand her client’s social media following on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter where his followers are approaching 2 million. Chelsea also helps to coordinate and schedule interviews and appearances for talent at various events and fan cons. Chelsea possesses an eye for innovative and novel projects that appeal to a broad audience demographic.
Chelsea recently earned her Master of Communication Management from the University of Southern California. At USC she explored the field of communication and the perpetually-evolving media landscape. Chelsea specialized her studies in entertainment marketing and wrote a thesis titled “Consuming Today’s Media,” examining the impact of technology on today’s media and culture.
Chelsea Hamill was born and raised in Los Angeles and New York. She grew up in the entertainment industry and has developed a majority of her knowledge from firsthand exposure and years of experience.
Beth Fryman @saintbethla
Social & Interactive Media Specialist
Beth Fryman is a passionate, creative, and motivated social media and marketing professional with proven branding and sales experience. As an interactive media specialist, her clients include entrepreneurs and Fortune 500 companies. She is well-versed in building productive relationships, online/offline sales, and promotional strategies. Fryman has also worked behind the scenes in production and production management with Lionsgate, Showtime, Bravo, Netflix, and Comic-Con HQ.
Fryman was born and raised in Paris, Kentucky, lived on a farm, and chased her dream. At 17, she moved to New York City and attended the American Musical and Dramatic Academy. Fryman is the youngest student to ever be accepted into the prestigious conservatory. She worked on Broadway performing the works of Sam Shepard, Beth Henley, and classical theatre. Fryman graduated from the University of Southern California (USC) School of Theatre and later became its Director of Performing Arts. There she dove into the world of digital marketing, booking, and promotion. She partnered with LA Opera, UCB Theatre, SNL, and the Ahmanson Theatre. Fryman continued her marketing work in theatre, film, television, fashion, and the music industry within Los Angeles, New York, and the international market. Fryman’s great honor and privilege is to be the vessel to tell other’s lives stories, whether that be through social media, marketing, production, or creative outlets.
Mia Radcliffe @kiwicookieco
Sustainable Events Coordinator
Mia Radcliffe is a versatile producer, caterer, designer, and coordinator, with an extensive background in events and brand partnerships. Originally from New Zealand, she now calls Los Angeles home, and has done so for the past 19 years. Mia has an eclectic list of past clients, including: BMG Chrysalis – Leann Rimes showcase, Heather Graham – Designers For A Cause Event benefitting Cambodian Children’s Fund, Carrie Ann Inaba – the Carrie Ann Inaba Animal Project, Rusty Anderson – Signature Gibson Guitar launch benefitting the National Resources Defense Council (NRDC), and Mending Kids International – Wings Around the World Gala, to name a few. She is consistently praised by her clients and peers for attention to detail, while offering them a thoughtful and collaborative approach as she helps them to sustainably execute their own personal vision and style. Mia takes pride in building long lasting relationships with her clients, she is creative, innovative, resourceful, and passionate about every job she takes on.
Music Supervisor (Film, TV, Online)
Cathy Waldman is an accomplished music industry entrepreneur, with a focus on music for film and television. Using her keen networking skills and flourishing A-List connections, Cathy contributed to many careers of talented musicians. Cathy’s tenacity and enterprising spirit had her leap-frogging through the music industry with positions such as talent booker for a historic music club, and then transitioning into artist management, talent scout and various jobs at agencies, management, record and music publishing companies, working with these exploding future music icons.
After years in the music industry, Cathy took a position with a high-powered television production company. That job grew into Cathy becoming one of the first hires on one of the most famous shows of these times, American Idol. As the Music Supervisor of American Idol, Cathy’s special brew of creativity, organization, strategy, and consummate diplomacy paid off. American Idol‘s music demands were the ultimate; managing over 2,000 songs for rights in a single season was merely one aspect of this coveted job. With the show’s success came the adjuncts, American Idol Extra, American Idol website, the American Idol iTunes partnership, ringtones, Ford video spots and various DVD projects. Some of these partnerships had never been done before and Cathy’s competence and vast experience lead to successful negotiations of these prosperous and groundbreaking deals. With 5 years of American Idol under her belt, years that produced stars like Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Chris Daughtry and Jennifer Hudson, Cathy is well-versed in what it takes to be a music superstar.
Brent V. Friedman @BFree63
Transmedia and Gaming
As a Creator, Writer and Producer, Brent has more than 25 years of experience in entertainment across all platforms. In traditional media, Brent has worked with nearly all the major studios and networks on everything from the classic Star Trek: Enterprise TV show to the new hit series Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Star Wars: Rebels and the feature film Mortal Kombat Annihilation, which opened #1 at the US box office. In games, Brent has worked as a Narrative Designer and Writer for some of the top companies in the business such as Electronic Arts, SCEA, ngmoco, Zynga and 343 Industries on such games as Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars, Empires & Allies and HALO 4. Combining his traditional media skills with vast interactive knowledge, Brent founded Electric Farm Entertainment, a leading digital media company, in 2006. Before it was sold to Granda/ITV, EFE produced four award-winning multi-platform web series, working with a range of partners including Sony and NBC to Microsoft and Kodak. Valemont, Brent’s last EFE project, was produced for MTV & Verizon and set the standard in revenue and reach for original transmedia properties. Currently, Brent is the Co-Founder and CCO of Artifact Technlogies, a mobile development accelerator transforming the relationship between the real and the virtual to produce immersive mobile experiences. Brent and Artifact Technologies recently collaborated with GGE to assist client, Alane Adams in creating the mobile game, BattleKasters on the Mixby platform.
John Heinsen @bunnygraph
John Heinsen is an LA based producer who navigates the convergence of media across all platforms. After completing a three year run as Transmedia Producer / Showrunner for the Academy Awards (Oscar.com), John now focuses on the development of a range of TV and film projects in both the US and around the world. His short film Lone Hunter premiered at the Los Angeles Asia Pacific Film Festival and was selected for the Short Film Corner at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival. His most recent project is the Jonathan Kite Back to School Comedy Special.
Committed to expanding storytelling through technology, his mentoring activities in 2016 include the ConTech Academy (Monte Carlo), MediaZEN (Lithuania), BiFan Fantastic Film School (Korea) and StoryTek (Estonia). John is a veteran of International Creative Management (ICM), Castle Rock Entertainment, and the Fox Broadcasting Company, where he oversaw several Primetime series including Family Guy, That 70’s Show, and James Cameron’s Dark Angel. He is the founder of the Altadena Comedy Festival.
John recently completed a two year term as Vice President, New Media for the Producers Guild of America (PGA) and sits on the Executive Committee of the Producers Peer Group of the Television Academy. Originally from Chicago, John is a Graduate of the Universtiy of Arizona and the American Film Institute (AFI) Conservatory.
Mitch Lusas @MitchLusas
App Design, Transmedia and Gaming
Mitch Lusas is CPO of a geolocation-based SaaS startup, founder and chief architect of an upcoming cosplay platform, and consultant for tech and entertainment companies focused around Augmented Reality, social platforms, stackable games, and VOD platforms. Formerly the head of Creative Services at Netflix, Mitch is an entrepreneurial, award-winning creative director and producer of apps, games, transmedia experiences, and scripted projects. He has extensive experience in conceptualization, business development, scripted development, production, proposal creation, project pitching, technical architecture, and user experience. Over the course of his career, Mitch has produced international apps and games with multi-million downloads; acted as producer and creative director for Paramount Enhanced Movies; the precursor to XBOX SmartGlass Movies; and conceptualized and produced the Star Trek App, the award-winning contextually-aware app for Star Trek Into Darkness. He has been acknowledged with many honors and awards, including: The Hollywood Reporter Key Art Innovative Media award for the user experience on the Star Trek App; Eastman Kodak Silver Award for Cinematography for his work as cinematographer on The Order; and iMago Best in Show Award, Aegis Silver Award, and Silver Communicator Award for his directing in the romantic comedy, The Noble Lie. While not working in tech, Mitch consults with producers on story & character development, and develops his own scripted properties. He is a member of the Producers Guild of America.
Social Media Collaborators
Lisa Colangelo @LisaColang
Social Media Fan Engagement
Lisa Colangelo studied Journalism at Monmouth University and in 2001, began her career in website design, data mining and search engine optimization. She has had extensive experience in the creation of online presences, including administering to multiple interactive travel forums. Using her sharp writing skills as well as attention to detail, Lisa has assisted in growing a network of followers and social media influencers for travel and family friendly television brands.
Over the past three years, Lisa has voluntarily created and managed four fan based Facebook fan groups which focus on the series and movies presented by Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Movies and Mysteries television brands. With the fifth Facebook fan group Lisa voluntarily assists in administrating, the total membership of her fan groups currently stands at 88,000 members. She continues to develop relevant content topics increasing fan interaction in order to engage her target audience while voluntarily advocating for her preferred brands on social networks.
Bobbi Schutte @BobbiSchutte
Faith & Family Events
Bobbi Schutte began her career in county government after graduating from the University of Redlands with a B.A. in Management. After years as an executive working for elected officials, she has changed her focus to social media. Bobbi is one of the volunteer administrators for the Facebook fan page of nearly 65,000 fans for the Hallmark Channel TV series When Calls the Heart. In addition, she has co-founded the Hearties Family Reunion, a fan event that brings together cast, crew, sponsors, and fans from all over the world to annually participate in a one-of-a-kind experience at the production set in British Columbia. To date, the all-volunteer run Annual Hearties Family Reunion Event has sold out within days. She was also a founder and secretary of Hearties International, an all-volunteer umbrella organization to help manage and oversea the Hearties Family Reunion and promote other family-friendly and faith based entertainment and media content with encouragement, marketing support and networking events. Bobbi is also editor for two Facebook pages tied to Sandals Church, a megachurch located in Riverside, California. She works to execute strategies for marketing the church on social media as well as identify questions for the church’s podcast, The Debrief Show.
Marshall Herskovitz @MHerskovitz
Writer, director, producer Marshall Herskovitz has enjoyed a distinguished career in the separate worlds of film and television. He attended Brandeis University and then the American Film Institute, where he and Edward Zwick met in 1975 and formed their long and successful creative partnership.
Following AFI, Herskovitz wrote and directed for several television series, including Family and The White Shadow, until he teamed up with Zwick to create the explosive television movie Special Bulletin in 1983, for which Herskovitz won two Emmys — for best dramatic film and best writing for a dramatic film — a Writers Guild Award, and the Humanitas Award. Herskovitz was a creator and executive producer of the television shows Thirtysomething, My So-Called Life, and Once and Again, and also wrote and directed several episodes of all three series.
In 2003, Herskovitz co-wrote and produced The Last Samurai, directed by Zwick and starring Tom Cruise. He and Zwick also produced Blood Diamond in South Africa, which Herskovitz also co-wrote. Herskovitz recently married photographer, Landry Major in Los Angeles and have two daughters and a son between them from previous marriages. He is President Emeritus of the Producers Guild of America.
An active environmentalist, he has served on the board of several organizations committed to preserving America’s precious natural resources. Read “Marshall Herskovitz: World War II the Key to America’s Energy Future” in Forbes. You can read more about Marshall’s career at Box Office Insider on Indiwire.
Dr. Carl Liggio
Carl has a bachelors, masters and Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from The Johns Hopkins University and a Masters in Systems Analysis and Economics for Public Decision Making from the Department of Geography and Environmental Engineering also from The Johns Hopkins University. He previously worked for Orion Power Holdings as a pricing and operations strategist, performing quantitative analysis, asset optimization and commercialization. Orion was purchased by Reliant Energy where he was briefly a market analyst. He left Reliant to start Meissa Consulting LLC, a consulting company specializing in operations management consulting. In 2006 he joined US Power Generating Company where he was the Director of Commercial Strategy and Alternative Energy Programs. At the time USPowerGen had no energy management infrastructure in place. Carl was instrumental in building the asset management desk and its business processes. At USPowerGen he was an asset manager for the New York City portfolio, and later supported the asset management desk, analyzing operations, developing and validating bidding and commercial strategies, and developing tools to manage the commercial operations. Carl currently sits on the board of advisors to the New York Association of Energy Economics.