Josh Feldman is responsible for overseeing the film division of Hasbro Studios, working on both live-action and animated properties to be developed into film. He also works closely with the TV development team. Feldman recently partnered with the toy giant’s entertainment arm to develop Magic: The Gathering, which is set up at Fox.
He previously served as director of development at Genre, where he worked on the Fox franchises X-Men and Fantastic Four. Before that, he was at Benderspink and at Davis Entertainment where he worked on several films, including Chronicle, in 2012.
Feldman is an M.F.A. graduate of the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television’s Producers Program. He received his bachelor of arts degree in history from the University of California, San Diego.
Charles Haid is a producer, director and actor with more than 40 years of experience in the entertainment industry.
He started his career as an actor, and has performed in such films as “Who’ll Stop the Rain,” “Altered States” and “The Third Miracle,” and such TV series as “Barney Miller” and “The Waltons” but is perhaps best known for his role as
Officer Andy Renko on NBC’s “Hill St. Blues,” a role he played for seven years and which earned him four Emmy nominations. Most recently, he starred in the short film “One Armed Man” based on the Horton Foote story, directed by Tim Guinee.
In 1990 he segued into directing, while still continuing to perform as an actor. His TV directing credits include 10 TV pilots and more than 50 hours of episodic television including “ER,” for which he was an Emmy nominee and a DGA winner; “NYPD Blue” and the pilot of “Murder One” (Emmy and DGA Award nominations). He also directed numerous movies-of-the-week including “The Sally Hemmings Story,” “Buffalo Soldiers” (DGA nomination), “Riders of the Purple Sage” and the Humanitas Prize-winning TV movie “Cooperstown.” More recent credits include HBO’s “Nip/Tuck”; Disney Channel’s “Life Is Ruff”; AMC’s “Breaking Bad”; CBS’ “CSI,” “Criminal Minds” and “The Defenders”; USA’s “In Plain Sight”; TNT’s “The Closer,” and NBC’s “Grimm.” He also directed the Disney feature “Iron Will” and the play Belfast Blues, for which he was an L.A. Drama Critics Award nominee.
Mr. Haid’s producer credits include the TV movie “The Nightman” and TV series “The Court” (for John Wells), “Big Apple” (for David Milch), “Buddy Faro” (for Aaron Spelling), “Threat Matrix” and “High Incident” (for Steven Spielberg), among others. Earlier in his career, he was an associate producer of the original stage production of Godspell.
His documentary producing credits include the Emmy winning “Who are the DeBolts? And Where Did They Get Nineteen Kids?” for ABC, “Children in the Crossfire” (Belfast, Northern Ireland) for NBC, extensive on-the-ground “Katrina (Eye of the Storm)” coverage for the American Red Cross, the short “Wheels for Vietnam” for UCP/Wheels for Humanity, and the comedy special pilot “Locked Up Stand Up.”
Mr. Haid has served on the California Arts Council, is on the board of the California State Summer School for the Arts, and has taught and lectured at Carnegie Mellon University, Princeton University, Stanford University and University of North Carolina School of the Arts.
Mr. Haid is a Vietnam vet and a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University College of Fine Arts.
Her tenure with the division has included homegrown hits such as Last Vegas, American Assassin and The DUFF as well as acquisitions such as the Academy Award nominee for Best Picture, Hell or High Water, and Cannes Film Festival Grand Prix winner Inside Llewyn Davis. Hell or High Water and Inside Llewyn Davis, along with CBS Films Salmon Fishing in the Yemen and Pride, were also nominees for the Golden Globe Best Motion Picture — Drama prize.
Prior to joining CBS Films, Press served as the principal of 7570 Marketing Inc., where she consulted on several CBS Films releases, including The Mechanic and The Woman in Black. Additionally, she has consulted on films such as The Hunger Games, Julie & Julia, The Social Network and Valkyrie.
Prior to 7570, Press served as the head of marketing for DreamWorks SKG, where she oversaw the campaigns for all live-action and animated features, including Saving Private Ryan, American Beauty, Gladiator and Shrek.
Upcoming releases from CBS Films include Winchester, starring Academy Award-winner Helen Mirren and Jason Clarke; and the Gale Anne Hurd-produced horror thriller Hellfest.
Glenn Williamson teaches “The Art and Business of Producing” in the Department of Film, Television and Digital Media. He is an independent film producer with more than 20 years experience in the entertainment industry. Through his Los Angeles-based production company Back Lot Pictures, he has produced such films as Focus Features’ Hollywoodland, starring Ben Affleck, Adrien Brody and Diane Lane; Overture Films’ Sunshine Cleaning, starring Amy Adams and Emily Blunt; Summit Entertainment’s Push, starring Dakota Fanning, Chris Evans and Camilla Belle; Magnolia Pictures’ Wonderful World starring Matthew Broderick and Sanaa Lathan; and the 2010 Sundance Film Festival Audience Award winning film Happythankyoumoreplease, written, directed and starring Josh Radnor.
After receiving his bachelor of arts degree in English literature from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia, Williamson began his professional career in New York City, working in the advertising industry for two years, which led to a brief stint at the Kellogg Business School at Northwestern University. In 1988, Williamson decided to move to Los Angeles and started his film career at Castle Rock Entertainment. During this time, he also worked in production on Tim Burton’s Edward Scissorhands and Cameron Crowe’s Singles.
Williamson became an executive at Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald’s production company, located on the Sony lot in Culver City, in 1992. Two years later he joined Parkes and MacDonald at Amblin Entertainment when Steven Spielberg hired them to run his production company and he soon oversaw Men in Black for Amblin and Columbia Pictures.
From 1994 to 2002, Williamson was a senior production executive at DreamWorks SKG, which was formed in the fall of 1994. During his time there he supervised such films as Sam Mendes’ Academy Award-winning American Beauty and Road to Perdition; Crowe’s Almost Famous (best original screenplay Oscar winner in 2001); Gore Verbinski’s The Mexican; Todd Phillip’s Road Trip and Bronwen Hughes’ Forces of Nature.
When Focus Features was formed in 2002, Williamson became the specialty label’s president of production. During his tenure he supervised Michelle Gondry’s Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (also serving as an executive producer); Todd Hayne’s Far From Heaven; Mira Nair’s Vanity Fair; and Christine Jeff’s Sylvia. Haynes’ Heaven script was nominated for a best original screenplay Academy Award in 2003. In 2005, Charlie Kaufman took home the same award for penning Sunshine.
In 2005, Williamson executive produced Harold Ramis’ The Ice Harvest, starring John Cusack and Billy Bob Thornton; and in 2006, he produced the hit remake of The Omen, starring Live Schreiber and Julia Stiles.
Williamson is a member of the Producers Branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science and sits on the Foreign Language Executive Committee. In addition, he is a board member of the annual Virginia Film Festival held in Charlottesville, Va., and is also an associate professor at the Dodge College of Film and Media Arts at Chapman University.
Janice Williams joined Groundswell Productions, Michael London’s financing and production company, in early 2007 and is now the company’s president of production.
At Groundswell, Williams has produced director Daryl Wein’s Lola Versus, starring Greta Gerwig; and writer-director Naomi Foner’s Very Good Girls, starring Dakota Fanning, Elizabeth Olsen and Boyd Holbrook. She was the production executive on Appaloosa, starring and directed by Ed Harris; Gus Van Sant’s Milk, starring Sean Penn, Josh Brolin and James Franco; and Andrew Jarecki’s All Good Things, starring Ryan Gosling, Kirsten Dunst and Frank Langella. Other credits include The Visitor, Smart People and Mysteries of Pittsburgh.
Together with London, Williams is producing a number of upcoming projects including director George Nolfi’s XOXO, written by Mark Heyman, for Lionsgate/Summit; Final Girls, a horror comedy in the vein of Back to the Future to be directed by Todd Strauss-Schulson; HBO Films’ A Rope and a Prayer, written by Michelle Ashford, to be directed by Greg Barker; and writer-director Tom Bezucha’s Keeping Apart.
Groundswell made its first foray into television in 2013 with the Amazon Studios series Betas. Other television projects include Single With Kids, a docu-reality show being created with Catherine Hardwicke for Participant TV; and Orphans, from a script and concept by Todd Komarnicki, for New Regency.
Williams was born and raised in Glascow, Scotland. After graduating from college, she moved to London and started her entertainment career in the music industry. She spent five years managing record producers and engineers in both London and Los Angeles before beginning a seven-year association with singer Mick Jagger, assisting him and managing recording activities for both his solo work and albums for the Rolling Stones. She also worked with him to found his independent production company, Jagged Films.
Williams’ career in film began in 1996 working for acclaimed British producer Brian Eastman (Shadowlands) at his Carnival Films. In 1998, she moved to New York where she was production manager/supervisor on many films including Woody Allen’s The Curse of the Jade Scorpion, Hollywood Ending and Anything Else; Michel Gondry’s Dave Chappelle’s Block Party; Lasse Hallstrom’s The Hoax; and James Gray’s We Own the Night.
Elizabeth Cantillon is executive vice president, production at Columbia Pictures, a role she has held since 2005.
During her tenure at Columbia Pictures, she has overseen the production of such Academy Award-winning films as director David Fincher’s “The Social Network” and “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”; the last three installments of the James Bond franchise, “Casino Royale,” “Quantum of Solace” and “Skyfall”; and the recent films “Captain Phillips,” directed by Paul Greengrass, and “The Monuments Men,” directed by George Clooney.
Prior to joining Columbia Pictures, Ms. Cantillon served as executive vice president at MGM Studios, where she was responsible for “Be Cool,” F. Gary Gray’s sequel to “Get Shorty,” and director Carl Franklin’s “Out of Time,” starring Denzel Washington, among others.
Ms. Cantillon produced “The Banger Sisters” for Fox Searchlight, “Galaxy Quest” for DreamWorks and co-produced “Sunset Park” for TriStar Pictures and “How I Got Into College” for 20th Century Fox.
Ms. Cantillon received her bachelor of fine arts degree in film theory and criticism from the University of California, Berkeley. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, Steve Wyler. Her daughter, Grace Wyler, is a journalist in New York and her son, Hank Wyler, also works in the film industry.
In 1986, shortly after obtaining his B.F.A. in film from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, JC Calciano began directing and producing music videos for MTV. In his late 20s, he moved to Los Angeles and became a production executive at Paramount Pictures for Cruise/Wagner Productions, serving as associate producer on the blockbuster Mission: Impossible (1996). In 1997, Calciano left the studio and became an independent producer of television shows and indie films.
Calciano decided in 2009 that it was time to return to his dream of writing and directing his own movies, so he left his job as a field producer at E! Entertainment to start the production company Cinema175. In the last five years he has written, directed and released three profitable feature films, Is It Just Me? (2010), eCupid (2011) and The 10-Year Plan (2015), as well the ongoing Steam Room Stories (2015), a hugely successful sketch-comedy web series on YouTube with more than 31 million views and 71,000 subscribers.
Most recently, Calciano released a novelization of the movie The 10-Year Plan and is gearing up for production on his next feature film.
VIDEO: Markevicius on his stirring documentary “The Other Dream Team”
Passion-project account of Lithuania’s 1992 Olympic hoops victory over former Soviet oppressors
UPDATE: The Prodcers Guild of America announced November 30 that “The Other Dream Team” has been nominated for a 2012 PGA Documentary Award. Read more.
A graduate of Cal Berkeley’s Haas School of Business and of the UCLA Producer’s Program, Marius Markevicius MFA ’02 went to the Sundance Film Festival two years in a row, representing distinguished indie films he had produced for writer-director Drake Doremus, “Douchebag” (2010) and “Like Crazy” (2011).
Both pictures were audience favorites in Park City, and “Like Crazy” came away with two of the festival’s top awards, a Grand Jury Prize for director Doremus and a Special Jury prize for actor Felicity Jones.
And all through this busy three-year period, Markevicius was also at work on a passion project documentary, the critically acclaimed audience favorite “The Other Dream Team,” serving as the film’s co-writer, producer, director and off-camera interviewer. That made his third consecutive year with a film at Sundance a more personal triumph.
The showdown match Barcelona between the ex-Soviets and the first Lithuanian Olympic team in modern memory to compete under its own flag, when bitter memories of oppression were still fresh, stirred Markevicius when he watched it at age 16, as part of Los Angeles’ large and patriotic Lithuanian community.
The Lithuanian language classes Markevicius resisted when he was growing up turned out to be a godsend later on, when he interviewed his still-imposing hoops heroes in their native language.
The Barcelona Olympics also saw the first integrated team in several generations fielded by newly liberated South Africa, with the nations’ president, Nelson Mandela, in attendance. One description offered in the film reflects what people who were there surely felt, that this was “a cosmic turning point of history.”
We spoke to Markevicius in October, 2012, when “The Other Dream Team” was still in the process of rolling out to movie theaters across the country.
Alex Franklin is a lecturer in the Department of Film, Television and Digital Media where he teaches graduate-level courses about the development and production of feature films and television projects. He also teaches several courses for the UCLA Summer Institute and for the Undergraduate Honors Collegium and the Department of Global Studies at UCLA. His courses include “Hollywood and Cultural Diversity in America,” “Hollywood and Global Responsibility” and “Hollywood and America’s Global Image.” In these classes, students explore Hollywood’s portrayals and representations of different countries, cultures and groups, the contradictions between entertainment industry goals, such as tolerance and inclusion, and the business realities of servicing Hollywood’s worldwide audience.
Franklin began his career in Hollywood at New Line Cinema where his first studio projects included assisting the executive producer with post production on the feature film Frequency, and with development of the Denzel Washington film John Q. He then moved with his mentor Richard Saperstein to Artisan Entertainment where he became a creative executive. At Artisan, he worked with Kevin Feige and the Marvel team developing numerous titles including The Punisher. He subsequently moved to Lionsgate Films where he worked with Peter Block on the early films in the Saw franchise and other horror and genre titles.
After Lionsgate, Franklin worked at Dimension Films on the reboot of the Halloween franchise with director Rob Zombie, and on the Scary Movie franchise, which fulfilled a lifelong dream of working with David Zucker (Airplane, The Naked Gun). His last film as a development executive was Youth in Revolt, directed by Miguel Arteta. He then joined visual effects producer Jonah Loop at Pangea Pictures, a VFX and post-production services company, whose projects included A Perfect Getaway, Brothers and The Warrior’s Way.
He is currently the head of film and television for Partos Company, where he represents A-list cinematographers, production designers and costume designers.
Franklin is a graduate of Harvard University and has an M.F.A. from the USC Peter Stark Producing Program.
Attorney Christopher Spicer primarily concentrates on media finance and other entertainment transactional matters.
He represents financial institutions and other financiers with respect to their film and television lending and advises borrowers, distributors, independent production companies, high-net-worth individuals, completion guarantors and others involved in various aspects of the production, financing and distribution of film and television projects.
Spicer was named to The Hollywood Reporter’s “Next Gen: 35 Under 35” list in 2015 and was one of Variety’s “Best and Brightest of Hollywood Law” in 2011.
He received his B.B.A. cum laude and his B.A. in 2001 from the University of Washington and his J.D. in 2005 from the Georgetown University Law Center. He is a member of the California Bar and the Entertainment Law Section of the Beverly Hills Bar Association.