Gabriel Chu - Creative Executive, Vertigo Entertainment
Chika Chukudebelu - Manager of Original Programming, BET
Jared Iacino - SVP, Head of Films an Television Production, Panay Films
Dixie Copeland - Development Assistant, ABC
Nathan Samdahl - Creative Executive, Parmount
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Gabriel Chu is the creative executive of Vertigo Entertainment and has been with the company for just over a year. Vertigo is a very active production company with credits including The Departed, How to Train Your Dragon, The Strangers, Oldboy, The Roomate, Abduction, Quarantine and The Grudge.They currently have over 40 projects in various stages of development and production including Poltergeist, Run All Night w/ Liam Neeson, The Double Hour w/ Michelle Williams and Death Note directed by Gus Van Sant. In just 10 years Vertigo has produced almost 30 films.
WME is known as the world's largest diversified talent agency with offices in Beverly Hills, New York City, London, Miami and Nashville.
Chika Chukudebelu works in Original Programming at BET Networks. Since joining the company in 2009, she has been a part of the team that has brought scripted programming to the network. Her projects include The Game, which in January of 2011 debuted as the #1 ad-supported scripted sitcom premiere in cable television history, and the upcoming series, Second Generation Wayans.
Prior to BET, Chukudebelu worked as a Creative Executive at Starbucks Entertainment. There she helped oversee the company’s film and publishing efforts. Projects here include the film, The Kite Runner, and the memoir A Long Way Gone by Ishmael Beah. She started her entertainment career in New York at New Line Cinema working in business development on projects like Lord of the Rings Trilog, Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle and Blade. Afterward, she spent time at Killer Films on projects like Infamous and Showtime’s This American Life. She recently produced the new Issa Rae Productions web project, The Michelle Obama Diaries. In 2007 she independently produced the short film, Apartment A, and is currently producing the new web series, M.A.S.H., based on the childhood prediction game, to be released next month.
Chukudebelu is a graduate of the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and was Co-President of the Junior Hollywood Radio & Television Society (JHRTS) from 2011 to 2012. She resides in Los Angeles.
Jared Iacino is the Head of Films and Television Production at Panay Films. Jared has been involved with the development and production of projects including HIT & RUN starring Kristen Bell, Dax Shepard and Bradley Cooper, HOT TUB TIME MACHINE 2 starring Craig Robinson, Rob Corddry and Adam Scott, and the family adventure film EARTH TO ECHO, MASTERMINDS starring Zach Galifianakis, Kristen Wig and Owen Wilson, and the recent CHIPS starring Michael Peña and Dax Shepard. Panay has produced WEDDING CRASHERS starring Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson, VAN WILDER starring Ryan Reynolds, and SERENDIPITY starring John Cusack and Kate Beckinsale.
These productions have given Panay Films the opportunity to work with other major companies including:
Prior to his time at Panay Films, Jared worked in development and production at Walt Disney Studios, Red Wagon Entertainment, Storyline Entertainment and Fox Studios - affording him the opportunity to work on a diverse slate of award-winning and critically-acclaimed Film and Television projects including: THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA, JUNO, HAIRSPRAY, THE BUCKET LIST, A RAISIN IN THE SUN, THE PROPOSAL, and THE MUPPETS.
A Seattle native, Jared has a BFA from Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Media Arts.
Jared Specializes in Comedy, Rom-com, Family Comedy, Thriller, and Sci-fi Features and TV.
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Dickie Copeland is currently a development assistant in the Drama Development department at Disney-ABC, specializing in Mini Series development. Previously she worked in talent management at Avalon, the management and production company behind such shows as Workaholics and Last Week Tonight With John Oliver. She received her masters in Communications from Cal State Fullerton and graduated with a double major in Theater and Communications from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. An active member of the Upright Citizens Brigade theater in Los Angeles for the last five years, she has extensive experience in both comedy and drama.
Nathan was recently promoted to creative executive at Paramount Studios. Before working at Paramount Studios, he worked in development at Paramount Insurge which was Paramount's indie division specializing in projects under $5M, Nathan worked at agency powerhouse APA in the lit department. He originally worked for agents Debbie Deuble, Sheryl Peterson and Sarah Amico before being promoted to features coordinator. Before APA he read and developed scripts at Sidney Kimmel Entertainment (MONEYBALL, THE PLACE BEYOND THE PINES) and New Regency Productions (MR AND MRS SMITH).
Brad Kessell has been a producer, executive, and occasionally a writer for Gold Circle Entertainment for the past 11 years. While at Gold Circle, Brad has developed and supervised scores of movies and projects with a wide spectrum of talented writers, directors, producers and actors, from pitch to screenplay to casting, production and post-production. Gold Circle has produced films like:
Prior to Gold Circle, Brad was a Vice President at Paramount Pictures for 12 years, where he ran the Story Department and worked on many iconic movies during the period. Prior to that, he ran the production company headed by Sherry Lansing and Stanley Jaffe, and worked on such titles as Fatal Attraction, The Accused, School Ties, Indecent Proposal and The First Wives Club. He began his tenure in the industry as a story analyst. Brad grew up in Orange County, California, graduated from UCLA, and currently lives in La Canada with his family.
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Jesse Kahn is a junior executive at Cinetic Media. Cinetic has over 200 credits to their name including Boyhood, My Old Lady, Fading Gigolo, The Bling Ring, Before Midnight, Bernie, The Romantics, Precious and Napoleon Dynamite. Cinetic Media was founded in 2001 and the firm specializes in film finance, sales, distribution, talent management, and corporate consulting, occupying a unique position in the film industry as representatives of marquee talent at the intersection of financing and distribution. A native New Yorker, Jesse graduated with a BA in Economics, and Film from Connecticut College.