There’s a Hollywood saying that goes: “it’s not what you know,
but who you know.” The truth is, it’s actually a combination of the two.
That’s why the Easterseals Disability Film Challenge provides both an opportunity to hone your skills and interact with entertainment industry professionals. We’re proud to work with producers, writers, directors, casting directors and other crew members in two ways. Our Judges evaluate submissions to determine award winners and our Mentors meet with those winners to give advice on building a career in “the business.” Learn about past film challenge mentors here.
Best Film: John Penotti
John Penotti is the President of SK Global, and producer of the acclaimed film Crazy Rich Asians. We are so excited to welcome him as the mentor for the winner of the 2019 ‘Best Film’ Award!
John Penotti is President of SK Global (www.skglobalentertainment.com), the merged entity of Los Angeles-based film finance/production entity Sidney Kimmel Entertainment (SKE), and New York and Hong Kong-based Ivanhoe Pictures, an international local-language content company. As an independent producer, Penotti has produced over 45 films and has been a prominent industry executive since his start working with legendary director Sidney Lumet. With Ivanhoe, Penotti has established a number of key partnerships to produce local-language films in China, India, South Korea, Taiwan, Vietnam, Latin America and Indonesia. This includes relationships with Blumhouse Productions to produce a comprehensive slate of local-language genre films in India, including the Netflix multiyear series Ghoul.
Penotti also produced and co-financed the Golden Globe nominated comedy Crazy Rich Asians, an adaptation of Kevin Kwan’s best-selling novel directed by Jon M. Chu (Now You See Me 2) distributed by Warner Bros. The all-Asian cast, which includes Michelle Yeoh and Constance Wu, opened number one at the box office and is now one of the highest grossing romantic comedies of all time in the U.S. Penotti also executive produced the Taiwanese film Cities of Last Things, directed by Wi Ding Ho, which won the 2018 Toronto Platform Prize at TIFF, and the dramatic Hindi-language series Delhi Crime Story from award-winning director Richie Mehta which premiered at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival. Netflix acquired the series and has committed to a second season. With Sidney Kimmel Entertainment, Penotti oversaw the financing and production of the Oscar-nominated Best Picture Hell or High Water starring Jeff Bridges and Chris Pine.
Upcoming SKE projects include the thriller Greta from director Neil Jordan (The Crying Game) and starring Isabelle Huppert and Chloë Grace Moretz, set for release via Focus Features on March 1; and the dark comedy Going Places, written and directed by John Turturro (The Night Of), and starring Turturro, Bobby Cannavale, Audrey Tautou, and Susan Sarandon. In 2016, Penotti Executive Produced director Na Hong-jin’s Korean phenomenon The Wailing, an Official Selection at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival. The film grossed $50M at the Korean box-office, making it the second highest-grossing Fox Korea film of all time after Avatar. Penotti was the founding partner and President of GreeneStreet Films, a NY-based company from 1994 until 2013. While there, he oversaw the financing and producing of over thirty films, including the five-time Academy Award-nominated In the Bedroom, the #1 box office thriller Swimfan, the studio hit comedy Uptown Girls, Robert Altman’s A Prairie Home Companion, the action-thriller Crank, and the documentary Once in a Lifetime: The Extraordinary Story of the New York Cosmos.
In 2017, Penotti successfully oversaw the merger of Ivanhoe Pictures with Sidney Kimmel Entertainment, moving Ivanhoe’s US headquarters to Los Angeles to create the single entity SK Global. With Penotti serving as founding president, SK Global strives to incorporate SKE’s expert knowledge of the traditional independent film and television finance models with the international partnerships and understanding of local-language markets of Ivanhoe Pictures. The result, a single, unique company with a storied foundation in Hollywood filmmaking and strong working relationships with local producers around the globe. Additionally, with a combined library of over 80 titles, SK Global has an extensive catalogue of intellectual property with remake potential in virtually every significant film market.
In 2015, Penotti relocated from New York City to Santa Monica, CA, with his wife Sheryl and son Luca. Born and raised in Paterson, NJ, Penotti is a graduate of Tufts University, with degrees in Biology and Psychology.
Best Director: Phil Lord
We are honored to have acclaimed writer, director and producer Phil Lord (Spiderman: Into The Spider-Verse, Lego Movie, 21 Jump Street) as our 2019 mentor for Best Director!
Phil Lord and Chris Miller are the prolific multi-hyphenate duo behind some of today’s most successful films including The Lego Movie, The LEGO Batman Movie, 21 & 22 Jump Street, and Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs. Known for their unique sensibilities and maverick mindset as writer-producer-directors, Lord and Miller have spent their careers pushing the boundaries of creativity to deliver a fresh, unexpected perspective with each of their projects. Immensely talented and endlessly innovative, the pair’s projects have successfully drawn in audiences of all demographics time and time again, collectively earning over $1.2 billion at the worldwide box office.
On the features side, Lord and Miller just released the Golden Globe-winning animated feature Spider-man: Into The Spider-verse. The film, which Lord co-wrote and both produced, offers a fresh take on the Spider-Man Universe by shifting the focus of the story to the lesser-known man behind the mask, Miles Morales. It opened to an unheard-of 100% on Rotten Tomatoes and has been praised by critics for its groundbreaking visuals that bring comic book illustrations to life for the big-screen in an unprecedented way. Becoming a major player in this year’s awards circuit, the film has also been nominated for a BAFTA Award, seven Annie Awards and has won 20+ Best Animated Feature awards by various critics’ groups including the coveted Broadcast Film Critics Association, as well as Los Angeles, New York, Chicago and San Francisco.
The pair is also in production on the sequel to their massively successful film The Lego Movie, which is currently slated for a February 8, 2019 release with Lord and Miller both writing and producing. Additionally, Lord and Miller are developing a feature adaptation of the highly buzzed about novel Artemis from The Martian author Andy Weir. Described as an adrenaline-charged crime caper featuring smart, detailed world-building based on real science, the duo will direct the project from a script by Geneva Robertson-Dworet.
Most recently, their Lego spin-off The Lego Ninjago Movie was released on September 22, 2017 to great box office and critic success. The duo also produced the film Brigsby Bear, which premiered at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. Coming off of the film’s raved festival reviews, Sony Pictures acquired the rights for distribution and released the film on July 27, 2017. The pair is also a part of the Warner Bros. Animation Group (WAG), a select group of writers and directors that the studio has brought together to form an animation think-tank with the goal of creating high-end animated movies. As part of WAG, the pair served as executive producers on the 2016 animated feature “Storks.”
Over their career, Lord and Miller have seen incredible success at the box office. In 2014, they were the only writers/directors with two films ranked among the top 15 highest-grossing features of the year. One of their most recent productions, The Lego Batman Movie, which released on February 10, 2017 to raved reviews, reached over $300 million in the worldwide box office. The Lego Movie, which the pair wrote and directed, debuted at #1 and remained on top of the box office for four straight weeks. The hugely successful film has earned over $469 million worldwide and was the 5th highest-grossing domestic feature of 2014. It also earned Lord and Miller rave reviews for their imaginative and unique sensibilities, as well as the BAFTA, PGA, and BFCA Critics Choice Awards for “Best Animated Feature,” the National Board of Review Award for “Best Original Screenplay,” and The Annie Award for “Outstanding Achievement in Writing for an Animated Feature.” The Lego Movie was also nominated for a Golden Globe Award for “Best Animated Film” and was named one of the top ten films of 2014 on over 75 critics’ lists. That same year, Lord and Miller directed 22 Jump Street. The film debuted at #1 and has garnered over $331 million worldwide, earning Lord and Miller praise for their innate ability to transform unlikely material into cinematic brilliance. Lord and Miller had previously directed the hit action-comedy 21 Jump Street, which took in over $200 million worldwide in 2012 and earned a Critics Choice Award nomination for “Best Comedy.”
Lord and Miller’s first feature was 2009’s Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, which the duo wrote and directed. The film was loosely based on the beloved children’s book of the same name and earned Lord and Miller a Golden Globe and Critics Choice nomination for “Best Animated Feature” along with four Annie Award nominations for excellence in animation, including “Best Direction” and “Best Screenplay.”
On the television side, Lord and Miller are in development on multiple projects under their overall deal with Twentieth Century Fox via their Lord Miller Productions banner. Most recently, Netflix ordered 10 episodes of their adult animated comedy “Hoops,” which Lord and Miller will executive produce, with Jake Johnson attached to star. The series centers around a hot-headed, foul-mouthed high school basketball coach who thinks turning around his God-awful team will take him to the “big leagues.” Additionally, Fox made its first straight-to-series pickup in a few years with Lord and Miller’s 13-episode, half-hour animated comedy series “Bless the Harts,” which they will executive produce. The show, which has an all-star voice cast led by Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Jillian Bell and Ike Barniholtz, follows a group of Southerners who are always broke as a joke and struggling for the American dream of status and wealth. What they don’t realize is that they’re already rich — in friends, family and laughter. The pair are in simultaneously in development on “Business as Usual,” a single-camera comedy pilot set at NBC that revolves around everyday employees at a company in crisis, trying to keep their jobs and maintain their relationships as their workplace goes insane.
Lord and Miller made the return to their television roots in 2015 as executive producers on the Fox comedy series “The Last Man on Earth,” which aired its fourth and final season earlier this year. The duo also directed the first two episodes of the series, for which they received a Primetime Emmy Award nomination for “Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series.” The show is written by and stars Will Forte as the sole male survivor working to ensure the survival of the human race at the end of the world. The series premiered to rave reviews and was the highest-rated broadcast series of the night with 5.7 million viewers during its debut airing. The pair also directed the pilot episode of the breakout hit “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” which was one of most anticipated television series of the 2013 Fall Season. Also among their prior television writing credits, the duo served as co-executive producers on the successful CBS sitcom “How I Met Your Mother.”
Lord and Miller’s collaboration began when the pair met as students at Dartmouth College. The two contend it was a mistake that landed them a job developing Saturday morning cartoons for the Walt Disney Company, which led to their stint developing primetime animated shows for Touchstone Television. In 2002, they executive produced, wrote, and directed the short-lived but highly buzzed about animated series “Clone High” on MTV. The series was critically acclaimed for its well-developed and unique personalities as well as for its witty, fast-paced dialogue, but is probably best known for causing a hunger strike in India and being quickly cancelled. Miller voiced the characters of John F. Kennedy and Mr. Butlertron, and Lord voiced the characters of Principal Scudworth, Genghis Khan, and Geldhemoor, the Humkeycorn.
Lord graduated cum laude from Dartmouth College with a degree in Art History. His college animated short Man Bites Breakfast won “Best Animation” at the 1998 New England Film and Video Festival and was also included in several other festivals, including ASIFA East and ASIFA San Francisco. He is a native of Coconut Grove, Florida, and likes bikes.
Miller is a native of Lake Stevens, Washington. He left there to attend Dartmouth College, where he found a lifelong friend in Phil Lord while obtaining a degree in government and studio art: three achievements, two of which are useful to his career.
Best Actor : Pam Dixon
We are so excited for legendary Casting Director Pam Dixon (Angels in the Outfield, City Slickers) to return as the mentor for our Best Actor!
Pam was hired by CBS Television and quickly became Assistant to the Head of Casting. She left CBS to become VP of casting for ABC Television. Another promotion made her Senior VP of Casting for the ABC Television Network where she oversaw casting for all series, mini-series, TV movies, and soaps.
Pam left ABC to become Production VP for Paramount Pictures. For the last several years, Pam has been a casting executive and casting director for feature films. She has been fortunate to work with many talent directors such as Robert Altman, Alan Rudolph, Martin Campbell, and Andy Fleming.
Best Awareness Campaign: Tiffany Smith Anoa’i
Executive Vice President, Entertainment Diversity, Inclusion and Communications, CBS Entertainment, Tiffany Smith-Anoa’i will return as the mentor for the winner of the Best Awareness Campaign!
Tiffany was named Executive Vice President, Entertainment Diversity, Inclusion and Communications, CBS Entertainment in February 2016.
In this position, she will expand upon the division’s current diversity initiatives, as well as develop new programs that recruit, nurture and hire diverse talent to work in front of and behind the camera. In addition, she will serve as the entertainment liaison to multi-cultural coalition groups and provide outreach to agencies, guilds and other industry organizations that represent diverse talent.
Since being appointed Vice President, Entertainment Diversity & Communications, CBS Entertainment in 2009, Smith-Anoa’i has created and launched “CBS On Tour,” a community outreach program in which executives visit schools to educate and encourage students interested in entertainment careers; expanded the writer selection process for “The CBS Diversity Sketch Comedy Showcase;” implemented an annual symposium with casting directors to strategize on best practices to diversify the casting process; partnered with GLAAD to host learning workshops and joined forces with the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media to encourage roles for women in front of and behind the camera.
In addition to her executive duties, Smith-Anoa’i, who first joined CBS Entertainment in 2000 as a Senior Publicist for primetime series, continues to draw upon her background and talents as a network publicist, leading West Coast efforts on various projects and network specials, including the annual Grammy Awards®.
Prior to her work at CBS, Smith-Anoa’i was responsible for all aspects of publicity and promotions for Image Public Relations. There, she took on a multitude of projects, including organizing the global press outreach for “Sinbad’s Soul Music Festival.” Preceding her position at Image Public Relations, Smith-Anoa’i worked for NIKE, Inc. where she launched their NIKETOWN stores in Los Angeles, New York and San Francisco.
Smith-Anoa’i’s community service and charity work includes the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Girl Up and Diamond in the Raw. Also, she maintains a close relationship with her alma mater, Howard University, where she graduated with honors from the School of Communications. In 2013, Howard University presented her with the “Global Visionary Award” for Outstanding Leadership in Diversity and Communications.
She currently resides in her home town of Los Angeles with her husband Reno J. Anoa’i and their daughter.
Multi-faceted actor, producer and model, RJ Mitte is best known for his powerful performance as Walter “Flynn” White Jr. in AMC’s highly-acclaimed and widely popular dramatic thriller “Breaking Bad.” For five riveting seasons, Mitte played the pivotal role of the disabled teenage son of a high school science teacher turned drug dealer, played by Bryan Cranston. The series had a highly successful run as it won several Emmy and Golden Globe Awards. Mitte will reemerge this year as he stars in the celebrity version of the popular British survival series “Celebrity Island with Bear Grylls” set to premiere October 2017.
At the young age of three, Louisiana native Mitte was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy, much like his character on “Breaking Bad,” though that has never deterred his drive to succeed in television and film. After moving to Los Angeles, Mitte landed roles in various shows such as Showtime’s “Weeds,” NBC’s “Vegas,” CW’s “Everybody Hates Chris” which ultimately led to him being cast in “Breaking Bad” for the role of his life. Following his “Breaking Bad” success, RJ was thrust into the global spotlight as the celebrity face and model of GAP International’s 2014 “Lived in Spring” campaign. With his image appearing on billboards, buses, and life-sized posters around world from Tokyo to Dubai and across the US, he has cemented himself as a face to know in the fashion world. Mitte has walked in Men’s Fashion Week in Milan, Berlin and New York City for Vivienne Westwood, soPopular and Ovadia & Sons, to name a few.
Fresh off the runways, Mitte has transitioned into film as he starred in his first non-handicapped leading role alongside country music superstar, Faith Hill, in DIXIELAND which premiered at the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival. He then continued to play leading roles in films like WHO’S DRIVING DOUG, which premiered at the 2016 Santa Barbara Film Festival, and, most recently in the sci-fi, action thriller THE RECALL alongside Wesley Snipes. In his rare free time, Mitte also aims to produce several of his own film projects.
Over the years, Mitte has been an inspiration to his peers around the world by championing for those with Cerebral Palsy in hopes of removing the stigma associated with disabilities. In order to bring awareness to his own issues with bullying and prejudice, Mitte has engaged in public speaking and serves as the official Ambassador for United Cerebral Palsy and Shriners Hospitals for Children. He is the celebrity face for the #CutTheBull campaign launched October 2014 in support of children with disabilities and was a featured panelist at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival discussing diversity in Hollywood and a lack of handicapped artists as he is involved with SAG-AFTRA as a member of the union’s Performers with Disabilities Committee. Mitte was also a presenter for Channel 4 (UK) reporting on the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.
Kat Coiro is an in-demand pilot and episodic director who has helmed many popular shows including ‘It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia’, ‘Shameless’ and ‘Brooklyn 99’. Her upcoming pilot ‘Florida Girls’ has been ordered to series. Before getting into television, Kat was an auteur best known for her 2013 film “And While We Were Here”, which she wrote, directed and produced for 150K, in 11 days, while eight months pregnant.
Danny Woodburn is a veteran character actor who has acted in over 100 tv shows and movies including Seinfeld, Watchmen, and the new Ninja Turtles. He is also on the Performers with Disabilities Committee.
At nine, Yang emigrated to the U.S. from China and was diagnosed with spinal muscular atrophy, which leaves her wheelchair-bound. A graduate of USC’s animation program, Yang founded her own post-production company, Alpha Studios, in 2013 and has more than 40 credits to her name, including “Robot Chicken” and “Falling Skies.”
A graduate of UC Berkeley and Harvard Business School, Ken Kragen’s distinguished career transcends the music and entertainment industries. He has successfully managed some of the world’s most important entertainers, including Kenny Rogers, Lionel Richie, Trisha Yearwood, Olivia Newton-John, and The Bee Gees. He was the organizer of several historic humanitarian events including We Are The World, Hands Across America, and NetAid. Over the years he has produced 4-500 hours of hit television series, specials and movies of the week. In addition to many awards and honors he is the proud recipient of the United Nations Peace Medal.
Jenni Gold is considered a triple threat in the world of entertainment. Her editing and screenwriting skills serve as a foundation for her directorial efforts which have received multiple awards and have placed her among the best in her field as a Director Member of the Directors Guild of America. Jenni is the founder of Gold Pictures, Inc. a development/production entity which was established in 2001.
In addition to directing the star-filled and award-winning film CinemAbility, Jenni just directed a comedy feature film and is currently developing various motion picture and television projects. Jenni also runs the corporate division of Gold Pictures which services such well-known clients as The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation. Ms. Gold is also a speaker and the author of “The Gold Test” which serves as a standard for Hollywood content creators. The “Gold Test” asks whether a work of fiction prominently features a disabled character whose story is not about their disability and whose character is not solely defined by their disability.
Jenni has Muscular Dystrophy and has used a wheelchair since the age of seven. She went to film school at the University of Central Florida where she graduated Summa Cum Laude with two BA degrees, one in Motion Picture Production and another in Radio and Television Broadcasting. Her passion for storytelling and entertaining an audience is clearly evident in her work and achievements.
An award winning screenwriter and playwright, writer/producer Austen’s current film projects include: GIVE ME LIBERTY, writer/producer with Mikhanovsky (2019 Sundance Official Selection); JIMMY SALVADOR, writer/producer (2018 Rainin Finalist); EMILIE, writer (2017 Sundance Sloan Finalist); THE MERCY SEAT, writer with director Alix Delaporte (2016 Official Selection Toronto Co-Production Market Workshop); and BRIGHTON FOUR, assoc. producer (post-production).
Among Austen’s theatrical projects are: BOLSHOI (upcoming) with Simon Shuster (Time Magazine) and Jeff Calhoun (NEWSIES) and the critically acclaimed hit adaptation of Orwell’s ANIMAL FARM (Steppenwolf Theatre; Chicago Tribune four star notable production). Austen has received Residencies and from Film Independent and the Royal Court (London), Goodman and Steppenwolf Theatres, among others, and her work has been honored with the Richard Vague Film Prize, Terrence McNally Award – Premiere Five, Women at the Door Award, Joseph Jefferson Award Nominee for Best New Work, Blue Ink Award Finalist, and on Kilroy’s “The List”. Austen studied law and Creative Writing at Harvard University. A former international lawyer, Austen represented Vaclav Havel’s Czech Republic. She founded Give Me Liberty Productions with Mikhanovsky in 2015.
Nicole Castro is the managing director of the Hollyshorts Film Festival and works for BBC Worldwide in production and distribution.
Over his 20-year acting career, Mark Povinelli has appeared in over 50 films and television shows, 25 theater productions and dozens of national commercials, proving himself capable of spanning the entire range of medium, style and genre. Some of his work includes Water for Elephants, Mirror Mirror, and The Polar Express. Mark was also a finalist in the 2014 Disability Film Challenge for directing his short film entry “Close Up”.
Since 1989, Richard Propes has traveled nearly 6,000 miles by wheelchair raising hundreds of thousands of dollars for charities worldwide in his nationally recognized effort known as the Tenderness Tour. A paraplegic/double amputee born with spina bifida, Propes is in his 30th year of the acclaimed event while also being the founder and publisher of one of the most popular film review websites, TheIndependentCritic.com and a member of the Indiana Film Journalists Association. Propes has been the recipient of one of Indiana’s highest honors, the Sagamore of the Wabash along with numerous other honors and in 2018 the Heartland International Film Festival established the Richard D. Propes Social Impact Award in his honor.
Long an advocate for weaving together arts and activism, Propes is the author of the award-winning “The Hallelujah Life” and in 2017 produced his first short film, writer/director April O’Donnell’s “Edmund Evans is a Rapist” about one woman’s efforts to seek justice after a campus sexual assault. He has also produced the benefit CD “Give a Girl a Chance,” an IndyFringe show, and just this year is executive producer for “Straight Outta Cowan,” a comedy DVD featuring Indiana-based comic Rick Garrett. Richard serves as the Waiver Support Community Liaison for the State of Indiana’s Bureau of Developmental Disabilities Services and is a lifelong resident of Indianapolis.
Kevin Jordan is an award-winning writer/director who has had two movies theatrically presented by Martin Scorsese.
Steven Martini is a television and feature film writer who has written numerous feature films including Lyme Life, starring Alec Baldwin, which won the film critics award at the Toronto Film Festival.
Roy Ashton is the Head of the TV Literary & Packaging Dept. at The Gersh Agency. Ashton functions in all areas of Television, helping clients sell shows and package projects at the major networks, major cable and premium cable outlets. Some of the shows he has been involved with include CASTLE, GAME OF THRONES, BLUEBLOODS, THE KILLING, FALLING SKIES, THE MIDDLE, POWER, and many more.
Bec Smith is Bec Smith is an agent at United Talent Agency representing screen writers and directors. Her clients include directors Garth Davis, David Michôd, James Ponsoldt, Mia Hansen-Løve, Lake Bell, and Joshua Oppenheimer (THE ACT OF KILLING) along with screenwriters Luke Davies and Frank John Hughes. She is also a member of United Talent Agency’s Independent Film Group, specializing in film finance and sales. Titles she has worked on in this capacity include I Feel Pretty, Unabomber, Mary Magdalene, The Circle, Landline, Diary of a Teenage Girl, Margin Call, The Spectacular Now, The Skeleton Twins, In A World, Beginners and Animal Kingdom.
Amy Brenneman is an award-winning actress, writer, producer, and activist. A founding member of the Cornerstone Theater Company, which specializes in original theater centered on themes of social justice, Amy created and starred in Judging Amy, based on the work of her mother, The Honorable Frederica Brenneman. Other TV: NYPD Blue, Frasier, Private Practice and The Leftovers on HBO. Film: Heat, Friends and Neighbors and Casper.
A long-time advocate for reproductive rights, gun control, and childhood education, Amy spoke publicly about her own abortion in an amicus brief in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt, the 2016 U.S. Supreme Court case striking down Texas’s TRAP law restricting abortion access.
For her activist work, Amy has been honored by Women in Film, The Feminist Majority, The Brady Center, the League of Women Voters, the California State Assembly, the National Children’s Alliance, the Chime Institute, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, the Help Group, the Producer’s Guild of America, among others.
Peter is a world renowned director of famed hits such as “Green Book,” There’s Something About Mary”, “Dumb and Dumber”, “Dumber and Dumber To”, and “Me, Myself, & Irene”.
Scott Silveri is a veteran television writer and producer, known for Friends (1994), Perfect Couples (2010) and Speechless (2016). Born and raised in Yonkers, New York, his earliest credits were NBC’s Mad About You and Friends, where he rose through the ranks to Executive Producer, receiving the Emmy award for Outstanding Comedy Series. He co-created the show’s spinoff, Joey.
Recent work includes the NBC series Go On, starring Matthew Perry, which Scott created, and Perfect Couples, co-created with Jon Pollack. At Twentieth Century Fox Television, Scott developed numerous projects and served as Executive Producer on the pilot for Fox series The Grinder. He is currently Executive Producer on ABC’s Speechless, which he also created.
Scott attended Harvard University where he served as an editor of the Harvard Lampoon. He resides in Los Angeles with his wife, Shana Goldberg-Meehan and their children.
As an actor, writer and director, Randall Park is fast becoming one of the freshest and most in-demand faces in Hollywood with his extraordinarily diverse skill set and wide-ranging background in both film and television.
Park can currently be seen in the third season of the hit ABC comedy series Fresh Off The Boat as Louis Huang, the patriarch of a Taiwanese family adjusting to a new life in Orlando in the 1990s after moving from Washington D.C. Based on the memoir of chef and restaurateur Eddie Huang, the half-hour, single-camera comedy is the first network television show to focus on an Asian American family in 20 years. His work in the series earned him a 2016 Critics Choice nomination for best actor in a comedy series.
On the big screen, Park recently appeared in Universal’s Trainwreck, directed by Judd Apatow and starring Amy Schumer, Tilda Swinton, and Bill Hader. Later this year, Park will be seen in Office Christmas Party, The Untitled Mother/Daughter Project from Amy Schumer starring Goldie Hawn, The Hollars, directed by John Krasinski, co-starring Anna Kendrick, Margo Martindale, Richard Jenkins and Charlie Day. It was recently announced that Sony Pictures Classics acquired the rights to The Meddler, an upcoming American comedy-drama film directed and written by Lorene Scafaria. Park will star alongside Susan Sarandon, Rose Byrne and J. K. Simmons. The film is set to be released on April 22, 2016. Park will also appear in The Disaster Artist with Zac Efron, Alison Brie, and James Franco. The film is set to be released in Fall 2016.
In July 2015, Park starred in the Netflix original series Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp based on the cult classic 2002 film of the same name. Park starred alongside Amy Poehler, Bradley Cooper, David Hyde Pierce, Paul Rudd, Christopher Meloni, Molly Shannon, Ken Marino, and Elizabeth Banks.
Park’s previous film credits include The Interview, in which he starred as “Kim Jong-un” alongside Seth Rogen and James Franco; the box-office hit Neighbors, alongside Seth Rogen and Zac Efron; Sex Tape, opposite Cameron Diaz and Jason Segel; They Came Together; The Five-Year Engagement; Dinner for Schmucks; Larry Crowne; The Good Doctor; and Fragments. Park’s other TV credits include Veep; The Office; New Girl; Curb Your Enthusiasm; House; The Mindy Project; Cold Case; CSI; Reno 911!; Wild N Out; and The Sarah Silverman Program.
Park won a ‘Best Actor Award’ at the 2010 NBC’s Short Cuts Film Festival for the short Blueberry, which he also wrote. He is also the recipient of the 2011 CAPE ‘New Writers Award’ for an original pilot he wrote entitled Erasists. Park is a constant presence on the web and is a frequent contributor to the monthly web series showcase and competition Channel 101, created by Dan Harmon (Community) and Rob Schrab (The Sarah Silverman Program). His work can be found on www.randallparkplace.com.
Park currently resides in Los Angeles with his wife and daughter.
David Isaacs has worked as a TV and Film Writer / Producer for over 40 years. Along with his writing partner Ken Levine he has written multiple episodes and served as Producer or Creative Consultant for series such as M*A*S*H*, Cheers, Wings, Frasier and Becker. He co-created the CBS series Almost Perfect and served as Consulting Producer on Mad Men.
Legendary writer/producer Shawn Ryan is best known for creating the groundbreaking series The Shield, and executive producing The Unit, Lie to Me, Last Resort, and Amazon’s hit series Mad Dogs.
Lynn Hendee is a producer who has produced big Hollywood productions such as “Ender’s Game”, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”, “The Tempest”, “In My Country”, and “Making Mr. Right”.