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JEFF BACON produced the short film "Birth of a Salesman".

ARTURO BARQUET is SVP of Production Finance at Universal Pictures. He produced and directed a short film that was accepted into the Miami International Film Festival and the Puerto Rico International Film Festival. Arturo was also an assistant production coordinator on the films "The Glass Shield" (starring Ice Cube) and "Rough Magic" (starring Russell Crowe and Bridget Fonda).

MATT BENSON is a production executive at Gold Circle Films ("The Haunting in Connecticut," "The Fourth Kind").

WILLIAM BUTLER-SLOSS produced the comedy short "Mr. Dramatic". He was assistant to Mike Newell on the hit film "Traffic".

JOSH BYCEL is writer/executive producer on the SyFy show "Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased)." Previously he was executive producer/showrunner on "Scrubs." He sold his pitch "Bass Kickers" to MGM, and sold his screenplay "Days of Summer" to Seventh Art. Josh also sold his TV pilot "The Graveyard Shift" to NBC, and his pilot "Generation MTV" to MTV. His screenplay "Kid Gloves" was optioned by Dustin Hoffman's production company. Josh's credits include "Psych," "American Dad," "Veronica's Closet," "Bette," and "Andy Barker, P.I.".

ROBERT COCHRANE produced the films "Trippin in the Dark," "The Long Road Home," and "Roland Meets Brown".

PHILIP DOBARD produced the Nickelodeon series "Deadtime Stories," starring Jennifer Stone ("Wizards of Waverly Place").

SVETOSLAV DOITCHINOV was a unit production manager on "The Grey Zone," starring David Arquette, Steve Buscemi, Harvey Keitel, and Mira Sorvino.

SALLY JO EFFENSON has formed her own company, MMC Joule Films, and has completed an option deal on her first property. She is a producer on the film "A Year in Mooring," starring Josh Lucas, Ayelet Zurer, and James Cromwell.

JAMES FERGULE was a producer on the Bollywood film "Delhi Belly."

GEOFF GARRETT is a co-producer on TV's "Psych" and was a co-producer on the new "Knight Rider." He was an assistant producer on "Jason X", and an associate producer on "Terminal Invasion" (starring Bruce Campbell) and "The Buried Secret of M. Night Shyamalan". He also produced "Last Night With Angel," starring Glenn Plummer.

CHARLES HERMAN-WURFELD directed "Legally Blonde 2," starring Reese Witherspoon. Charles also directed the hit comedy "Kissing Jessica Stein," as well as "The Hammer," starring Adam Carolla. He was named one of Daily Variety's 10 Directors to Watch in 2002.

CRISTINA IBARRA is producer/editor of the PBS documentary "The Last Conquistador".

KRANTI KANADE's feature film "Mahek" premiered at the London Film Festival and was invited to many other festivals around the world. His film "Against Itself," starring Harvey Keitel, went into production in March 2011.

KEN KAO produced the feature film "Rampart" starring Woody Harrelson.

JEFF LIEBERMAN is an associate producer for the "On the Set" documentary series, which has profiled such films as "The Chronicles of Narnia," "The Incredibles," and "Hidalgo". Jeff has also been an associate producer for "HBO First Look," working on behind-the-scenes documentaries featuring such films as "I, Robot" and "Troy".

SEAN MCCONVILLE directed "Deadline," starring Brittany Murphy and Thora Birch. Sean also wrote the screenplay.

DAVID MARGULIS wrote, directed, and produced "The Bear Climbed Mountain".

CHRISTOPHER ODOM wrote, directed, and produced "The 23rd Psalm."

J.T. O'NEAL wrote, directed, and produced "Au Pair, Kansas."

EMMANUEL PAPPAS produced the films "Opium Royale," "Maya," "Trouble," and "Return to Rajapur". His feature documentary, "Darshan", was an Official Selection at the Cannes Film Festival.

JAMES PONSOLDT has been hired to direct the feature film adaptation of the award-winning novel "The Spectacular Now." The film will star Golden Globe nominee Shailene Woodley.

KYLE RANKIN won the 2003 Project Greenlight competition. He and his partner, Efram Potelle, directed "The Battle of Shaker Heights" on HBO's "Project Greenlight".

CALIX RENEAU produced the upcoming film "Greyscale," and wrote and produced the upcoming film "A Night at Silent Theater."

GEO RIM is producing the short film "Sippie", about an 80-year-old African-American blues singer. Geo was also admitted to the AFI producing program.

MICHAEL ROSE has produced 13 one-hour documentaries for the History Channel, as well as a one-hour Discovery Channel special.

JAVIER RUISANCHEZ is Director of Development for Silver Screen Pictures.

ADAM SAUNDERS produced the feature film "Family Weekend," starring Kristin Chenoweth and Matthew Modine.

ROGER SCHWARTZ will be a producer on the feature film "Tapped Out," as well as the feature film "Cogan's Trade," which will star Brad Pitt, Sam Rockwell, James Gandolfini, and Richard Jenkins.

DIGVIJAY SINGH wrote and directed the films "Opium Royale," "Maya," and "Trouble". He won the Remy Martin Emerging Director Award for "Maya". His feature documentary, "Darshan", was an Official Selection at the Cannes Film Festival.

SARA SUGARMAN directed the film "Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen" starring Lindsay Lohan.

JACK TIMMONS got a distribution deal with First Run Features for his film "A Wink and a Smile."

ELKE WEISS formed Revolution Entertainment and produced the film "Truth Never Lies."