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Josh Feldman

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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.

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Neil Thompson

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Neil Thompson teaches a series of television comedy classes in the Department of Film, Television and Digital Media.

He grew up in Ames, Iowa, and attended Iowa State University, earning his B.S. degree in history, with distinction, in 1970. While at ISU, he was a member of Phi Kappa Phi honor society, lettered in both cross country and track for the Cyclones, and was tapped for Cardinal Key, the highest award granted to undergraduate men for service to the university. 

After college, Thompson moved to Minneapolis, Minn., where he began a performing career with the long running improvisational theater company Dudley Riggs’ Brave New Workshop.  In 1975, Thompson migrated to Los Angeles to pursue an acting and writing career that spanned more than 30 years.  After appearing on several shows, including M*A*S*H, Laverne and Shirley, Happy Days, Kojak, McCloud and Private Benjamin, Thompson shifted his focus to writing comedy. He was a staff writer for 14 primetime network comedy series, contributing 65 credited scripts. He co-created and executive produced two series and co-executive produced six more. His credits include Police Squad!; Happy Days; Dreams; You Again?; Webster; Night Court; Stand By Your Man (co-creator and executive producer); The Boys Are Back; The Faculty (co-creator and executive producer); Men Behaving Badly; Union Square; Caroline in the City; God, the Devil, and Bob; and Malcolm in the Middle for which he was nominated three times by the Writers Guild of America for best comedy script of the year.  He won the award in 2006.

Thompson received his M.A. degree in U.S. cultural history from California State University, Northridge in 2009. He has since taught five different history courses at CSUN, including one he created entitled "Hollywood and History," which uses popular film as a means of understanding the social, cultural, and political themes of 20th century America.

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Rebecca Olson

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Eric F. Martin

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Eric MartinEric Martin is a filmmaker originally from Northern California. His work as a producer includes “Mudbloods,” a feature documentary about real-life Quidditch players, coming to theaters in Fall 2014. His short film, “Fran’s Daughter,” premiered at SXSW in 2011, going on to play numerous other festivals around the world, and can now be seen on the website Short of the Week. Together with collaborator Kyle Laursen, Martin co-directed the feature film “Acting Like Adults,” which premiered at the Cinequest film festival earlier this year, and is slated for distribution early next year. Martin received his bachelor of arts degree from UC Berkeley and his master of arts degree from the UCLA School of Theater Film and Television.

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Charles Haid

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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.

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Harrison Gish

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