LA Shorts Fest

Paula Wagner - Founder of Chestnut Ridge Productions
Paula began her career at Creative Artists Agency where she spent 15 years representing some of Hollywood's top actors, directors, and writers. In 1993, she moved on to producing and launched Cruise/Wagner Productions with Tom Cruise, producing critically-acclaimed films such as the Mission: Impossible franchise, “Vanilla Sky,” “The Last Samurai", and Steven Spielberg’s “War Of The Worlds,” which Wagner executive produced.
Andy Fickman - Director/Writer/Producer
Andy is an award-winning director, writer, and producer.  Andy’s latest project out this Fall is Touchstone’s romantic comedy You Again starring Kristen Bell, Jamie Lee Curtis, Sigourney Weaver, and Betty White.  This is Andy’s third outing with Disney following two major hits Race To Witch Mountain and The Game Plan. Andy is also serving as Executive Producer on the new Web Series, Lovin’ Lakin starring Christine Lakin.
Courtney Lane - VP of Development & Productoin of Marvel Animation
Courtney had previously been Director of Development of Marvel Animation, oversees creative and production efforts on all animated series and direct-to-video movies for Marvel’s animation division. He has recently worked on co-productions of Iron Man: Armored Adventures, and Black Panther, as well as supervising Cartoon Network’s The Super Hero Squad Show and the upcoming Ultimate Spider-Man.
Mimi Steinbauer - President of Hyde Park International
Mimi has worked as a consultant in the international theatrical motion picture financing arena. Steinbauer was President of International Sales and Distribution at Franchise Pictures, followed by a year as President of International Sales and Distribution for Mobius International. Steinbauer also ran Trimark International Television, where she was involved in the production and sale of television series and made-for-TV movies.
Brian O’Shea - President of Worldwide Distribution, Affinity International
Brian oversees all international sales activities, acquistions, marketing initiatives, collections and servicing. He is also responsible for evaluating projects, creating strategic alliances with key international financial institutions. He joins the company directly from OddLot Entertainment where he started the international division in 2006.

Francesca Cecil - Associate to Michael Bay, Bay Films
Michael Bay’s production company, Bay Films, remains one of the most cutting-edge production entities in Hollywood today. Bay films has produced countless action film classics, including “Bad Boys” and “Bad Boys II”, “The Rock”, “Armageddon”, and “Pearl Harbor”.  Bay Films’ most recent successes have been the Transformers films, the third of which is slated to hit theaters in 2011. 

Tom Arnold - Actor
Tom Arnold initially began his career in standup comedy in 1988.  Upon moving to Los Angeles, Arnold was hired as a writer for the hit TV show “Roseanne” and began to appear regularly on the show as Arnie Thomas.  Arnold went on to star in movies such as “True Lies” and “Nine Months”. Arnold is now co-host of Fox Sports Net’s talk show “The Best Damned Sports Show Period”.
David Ortiz - Producer for One Race Films 
Actor, Vin Diesel founded One Race Films in 1995.  Over the years the production company has grown exponentially into a variety of entertainment divisions, but still maintains its primary focus on creating quality films.  The company credits include “Strays”, “XXX”, “A Man Apart” and “Chronicles of Riddick”.
Carrie Preston - Actress
Carrie has landed roles in everything from stage to the big screen to a starring role as Arlene Fowler, the red-headed sassy waitress in the HBO series “True Blood”. Preston’s breakout Outer Critics Award nominated turn as “Miranda” in George C. Woolf’s Broadway production of Shakespeare’s ‘The Tempest” with Patrick Stewart, led to roles in major television series such as “Lost” and “Desperate Housewives”.

Mariana Klaveno - Actress
Mariana Klaveno has made a lasting impression as Lorena, Bill Compton’s “maker” on Alan Ball’s HBO award-winning “True Blood.” Klaveno’s guest role appearances include “Alias,” “Standoff,” “ER,” and “Laws of Chance.” Klaveno has also starred in the telefilms “Final Approch” and “While the Children Sleep,” and will next be seen in the dramatic feature, “No God, No Master.”

Matt Lanter - Actor
Matt Lanter has made an impression on the television world in CW's hit show “90210,” playing the role of the bad boy “Liam.” Lanter also stars in Summit Entertainment’s feature horror film “Sorority Row,” in theatres now, and the anticipated Sony Screen Gems’ psychological thriller, "The Roommate." Additionally, Lanter’s voice can be heard on the record-setting animated television series, “Star Wars: The Close Wars,” currently airing Season Two on the Cartoon Network.

Thomas Jane - Actor
Thomas Jane currently stars in HBO's acclaimed and hilarious TV series "Hung" as Ray Drecker, a former high school sports legend turned middle-aged high school basketball coach who finds a way to benefit from his biggest asset - being hung! Jane developed a cult following when he starred as the title character in the big-screen adaptation of Marvel Comic's "The Punisher.” In addition to his acting and directorial talents, Jane founded Raw Studios in partnership with Eisner Award nominated illustrator/production designer Tim Bradstreet.
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