Joe Russo - Producer / Director / Writer,
Elizabeth Grave - Producer, 1212 Entertainment (SCARY STORIES TO TELL IN THE DARK)
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Award-Winning filmmaker Joe Russo has seen his films featured in festivals both domestically and internationally, garnering praise from top film critics. His years of production experience include work on web-series, television and feature films for such companies such as:
Prior to launching his own producing career, Joe worked as the Director of Development for Hollywood producer, Bill Todman, Jr. (X-Men, Wild Wild West) at Level 1 Entertainment. There managed a slate of feature films and television programs for studios and television networks including Fox, MGM, Showtime, SyFy, History and Amazon. Joe then became the Development Consultant for Christina Aguilera’s MX Productions.
As a filmmaker, Joe has worked with Eli Roth, Jason Blum Academy Award-nominee Mickey Rourke, Joe Dante, David Slade.
Joe and his writing partner, Chris LaMont, were named one of the Top 100 New Writers working in Hollywood on the 2016 Young & Hungry List and have sold projects to Mark Burg (SAW Franchise) and financier Emmett Furla Oasis.
Joe works in all genres, specializing in Action, Sci-fi, and Horror features and television.
Elizabeth Grave is a producer at 1212 Entertainment, an independent production company focused on film, television and digital content for international audiences. In the feature space, Elizabeth is a producer on several adaptations of foreign IP, including Lone Wolf and Cub, written by David and Janet Peoples with Justin Lin to direct, an adaptation of Taito's classic video game Space Invaders with Di Bonaventura Pictures and Odd Lot, Shinichiro Watanabe's Cowboy Bebop, and Alvin Schwartz's timeless anthology Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark. Through a first look deal with Sony Television Networks International, she developed and oversaw the writer room for the ten episode first season of Overnight, an hour long original scripted drama set in the music industry for Sony/AXN Spin network. In branded entertainment space, she developed The Modern for H&M, about six international students chosen to study at a cutthroat design school in Paris.
Prior to forming 1212 Entertainment, Elizabeth was a development executive at independent financier Groundswell Productions and joined the company at its inception in 2006. While there she was involved in the development and production of 8 feature films, including the Oscar winning Harvey Milk biopic Milk directed by Gus Van Sant, Tom McCarthy's Oscar nominated The Visitor, and The Informant from Steven Soderbergh, as well as Smart People directed by Noam Murro, Ed Harris's Appaloosa, Rawson Marshall Thurber's The Mysteries of Pittsburgh, Todd Louiso's The Marc Pease Experience and All Good Things directed by Andrew Jarecki.
Elizabeth started her career at Creative Artists Agency, working for Roeg Sutherland in the Independent Film Finance Department.
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.
company credits include:
Rachel Berk is the director of development of Night and Day Pictures. Credits include the indie break out hit Waitress, Save the Date with Lizzy Caplan and Melonie Diaz, Serious Moonlight with Meg Ryan and the latest Joss Whedon film In Your Eyes. Night and Day Pictures' films usually dominate Sundance.
Kelly Hayes is an independent producer and development executive working in feature films and television. He recently produced Mope, starring David Arquette and Max Adler, which premiered at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival.
He was instrumental in the development and sale of Boys Are Stupid Throw Rocks At Them at Universal. He developed the Blacklist script Doppelgängers, written by Evan and Shea Mirzai. Kelly is currently producing the feature film Spiral and developing numerous other projects.
In television, Kelly has led the sale of numerous projects such as "Thunderballs" at Spike, "Black Girls Are Easy" at VH1, and Glory Daze" at TBS. He produced the Fox Digital series "Bad Samaritans", which is streaming on Netflix.
Before becoming an independent producer, Kelly worked as the Director of Development at Grace Hill Media and for The Walt Becker Company as the Director of Development and Production, where he was involved in the development and sale of projects to Universal. Kelly was also an Associate Producer on the Walt Disney Studios film Old Dogs starring John Travolta and Robin Williams.