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NOEMI GONZALEZ

Noemi Gonzalez is best known for her standout role as “Soli Gomez” in the hit series East Los High on Hulu. 

You might also recognize her from films such as Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones, The Vatican Tapes, Traces and recurring in television shows such as The Kicks, Rosewood, Gang Related, and very soon you can watch her as the lead in the digital series Dark/Web. 

She has been featured in theatre productions, several commercials, and was also hand-selected to be an ABC Diversity Showcase Participant. Originally a trained singer, Noemi attended UC Santa Barbara to pursue her interest in music, but happily found her passion in theatre. 

Ultimately, after vigorous training, she earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts with an emphasis in acting, and made the move to Los Angeles. When not on screen or on stage Noemi is singing, dancing, and finding herself in events that will help her continue to be a well-rounded artist.

JIM MAHONEY

Jim Mahoney has performed as a comedian (Comedy Store, Laugh Factory), an improvisor (iO West), as an actor on stage (​Cash on Delivery), televsion (Wilfred), in features (Oliver, Stoned) and in multiple national commercials. He was also selected for ABC's Talent Showcase in 2012. 
 

But like many of us in this upside-down world, he got his start on the interweb. Jim’s first written work was I Wanna Bang Your Sister, a procedural dramedy for ABC Family. Kidding. It was a sophomoric comedy directed by Richie Keen (Shameless, It’s Alway Sunny in Philadelphia and Fist Fight). Unable to stop himself, Jim then co-created mulitple web series (The Etiquette Ninjas), web commercials (Whobet.com), short films (Trapped), and viral videos (It's Not Porn... It's HBO). 
 

Jim Mahoney has since worked as a screenwriter for television (Comedy Central), feature films (Fox Animation) and national commecials (Plastation). He has done so mostly with his equally insane writing partner Zach Lewis. They recently wrote the animated feature Klaus, for Sergio Pablos (creator of Despicable Me) which goes into production Spring of 2017. 

 

Jim enjoys miniature huskies, the smell of lawnmower exhaust and anything in a taco. 

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KEITH POWELL

KEITH POWELL

Keith Powell was a series regular on NBC’s Emmy Award-winning sitcom 30 Rock, where he received a 2008 Screen Actors Guild Award as part of the ensemble.

Prior to 30 Rock, Powell was the Producing Artistic Director of Contemporary Stage Company in Wilmington, DE for four seasons, where he produced, directed, and/or performed in plays starring Lynn Redgrave, Keith David, Jasmine Guy, Richard Easton and Sean Patrick Thomas. CSC won 2 Barrymore Awards in 2004 for their efforts.

As an actor, his theater credits include work at The Geffen Playhouse, The Shakespeare Theatre, Portland Stage Company, Pittsburgh Public Theater, Hangar Theatre, Delaware Theatre Company, and HB Playwrights Foundation among others. He has also appeared inDeadbeat, Law & Order, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, the ABC pilot Judy's Got A Gun,Reno 911!, and NCIS: Los Angeles. He has had recurring roles on About A Boy and The Newsroom, and appeared in the feature films Armless, Syrup, and Night At The Museum: Battle Of The Smithsonian.

He was the resident director for Equalogy, a professional touring company promoting social change, and has also directed sketches and short plays at various downtown venues in New York City. He is the co-creator of the Duncan Sheik Musical Whisper House, the writer/producer/director of the animated pilot Nate & Abe (starring Rachel Dratch, David Wain, Alyssa Milano, and Robert Ben Garant), and wrote/directed/starred in the short films Pillow Talk, People We Meet (also starring Frederick Weller and Scott Adsit), Let Them Lie, and This Is A House. Recently, Mr. Powell wrote, directed, and produced the web series Keith Broke His Leg (winner of the Indie Series Award for Best Web Series, Comedy), and produced, co-wrote, and starred in the feature film My Name Is David (co-staring Judy Reyes and Adepero Oduye).

He is a graduate of New York University's Tisch School of the Arts.

ZOE BELL

As an established and extremely talented stunt double and actress, Zoe Bell has made a name for herself through her unparalleled dedication, skills, and focus.

Zoe Bell was born on Waiheke Island, New Zealand, to Tish, a nurse, and Andrew Bell, a doctor. She has a background in gymnastics and martial arts. She began working as a stunt woman when she doubled Lucy Lawless on the cult favorite TV series Xena: Warrior Princess. Bell also appeared as a double in the ABC thriller Alias and on an episode of Cleopatra 2525 in 2000 as a double for Vicki Pratti. In the action packed-documentary Double Dare, Bell, along with legendary stunt-woman Jeannie Epper, give an insight into the career of women who take falls and punches for a living. Double Dare also gives a glimpse into the struggles of stunt-women to stay thin, employed, and sane in a male-dominated career.

After the cancellation of Alias, Bell's next gig was working with Quentin Tarantino in Kill Bill: Vol. 1 and Kill Bill: Vol. 2, playing the stunt double for Uma Thurman's role, The Bride. Bell was nominated for her work in Kill Bill, Vol. 1 in the categories of Best Stunt by a Stunt Woman and Best Fight for the Taurus World Stunt Awards, both of which she would win the following year for Kill Bill: Vol. 2. Bell also showed off her stunt-woman skills as a double for Sharon Stone in Halle Barry's Catwoman.

Bell was injured in the final days of filming, requiring surgery, but she has since recovered and returned to work. Bell appeared along with legendary stunt woman Jeannie Epper in Amanda Micheli's acclaimed documentary Double Dare, which offers a glimpse at the lives and careers of both women, as well as the friendship they share.

Bell debuted her acting career, with her already famous stunt skills, in the double feature Grindhouse written by Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez. She was hand-picked, by Tarentino himself, to star in his segment of the double feature, Death Proof, about four women working on the movie set of their next big hit. All seems to be going well on set until a psychotic killer begins to stalk them.

Bell, a native of New Zealand, resides in Los Angeles but hopes to someday own a home in New Zealand.

PANELISTS

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KARA BUCKLEY

Manager of Original Programming HBO

RACHEL SHAPIRO

Pitch Program Manager, Just For Laughs ComedyPro

BRIAN RODDA

A cross between Graham Norton and Andy Cohen...Brian Rodda is a consummate producer, host, and strategist.  Brian currently produces,  "The Brian Rodda Show" which currently LIVE streams to eight video distribution platforms two times weekly.  Most recently, Mr. Rodda produced and directed Josh Duhamel (Transformers) in both a viral video for social media and a PSA set to play at all AMC movie theaters this summer.  When not producing or hosting, he offers 4 and 12 hour private consultations to digital content creators.  Brian Rodda Consulting empowers, educates, and connects artists to the ever-evolving streaming video industry with “do it yourself” PR solutions and strategy.  The consults were born out of a need to educate the huge growth of new creators on the best practices for launching digital content, based upon Brian's experience in producing and promoting projects with over 10+ million views  internet wide.

Brian is a member of ATAS (Academy of Television Arts and Sciences/EMMYS), SAG(e) (Screen Actors Guild (eligible), AEA (Actors Equity Association), IAWTV (International Academy of Web Television), and will join the PGA this year. In addition, he currently serves on the board of advisors for REVRY "Queerated Entertainment", the world's first SVOD/OTT application for the LGBTQ audience and allies.

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JASON LEAVER

Jason Leaver is an award winning filmmaker based in Toronto. Wearing many hats on and off set, Jason is a writer, director, cinematographer, editor, visual effects artist and more.

His labour of love is the internationally acclaimed web series Out With Dad, nominated three times for a Canadian Screen Award, and is the 2015 recipient of the WGC Screenwriting Award for Best Shorts & Webseries. His heart-warming series has changed lives of countless youth and their family & friends around the globe, and is considered one of the most watched Canadian-made indie series. His varied projects have been laurelled for writing, direction, acting and technical merits including music, by the Indie Series Awards, Marseille Web Fest, IAWTV Awards, Toronto’s One Minute Film Festival, The Webby Awards and more.

Jason has worked on many other web series, usually as director, including: Pete Winning and the Pirates (co-directed with Mike Donis), #KateConwayisaJerk, The Gate Series, select episodes of Clutch and is currently in development on several other projects. His passion for community building, sharing knowledge and encouraging new storytellers lead him to be one of the founding members of the Independent Web Creators of Canada and a former board member.

ROB GOKEE

With over 11 years experience composing music for film, television, commercials and digital series, Los Angeles native Rob Gokee brings depth, style and emotion to his pieces. A graduate of the University of New Mexico in Composition and Theory, Rob has scored 19 feature films, and over three dozen  TV series & pilots, including the DreamWorksTV animated series “Dueling Kapowskis,” National Geographic’s “Wicked Tuna” & “Known Universe,” SyFy’s “Fact Or Faked,” FullScreen’s “New Adventures of Peter & Wendy,  Speed Channel’s “Car Science,” the award-winning series "Pairings" and TruTV’s “Police POV.” Rob has also scored commercials for Sony, TurboTax, Free Credit Score.com, and many others. ob won back-to-back IAWTV (International Academy of Web Television) awards for Best Score in 2012 and 2013, for the shows “Night of the Zombie King” and “Cost Of Capital,” which also won Best Score at the 2013 Indie Soap Awards. His most recent award was Best Score at the 2016 at the 9th OUTmusic Awards for “Producing Juliet.”

Rob just finished the feature documentary “Kickstarted,” Season 3 of the Award-Winning series The New Adventures of Peter & Wendy, & the DreamWorks animated show “Sammy ‘n Amy.” He’s currently scoring the feature film “The Rainbow Experiment,” and promoting his book Tacocity: Los Angeles. He’s also in preproduction for his first album of original songs and writing his third book. He resides in Los Angeles with his wife, Producer Allison Vanore.

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JORGE RIVERA

JORGE RIVERA is currently a Staff Writer on the new Fox Series A.P.B., and a recent fellow of the 2016 Fox Writers Intensive. Before joining the staff of A.P.B., he was a producer on a string of true-crime documentary series for the Investigation Discovery channel. Prior to relocating to Los Angeles, he wrote on the web comedy EAST WILLYB, which was touted as the “The Latino Show for a New Generation” by the New York Times.

JASON HOLTHAM

J. HOLTHAM is a screenwriter, retired playwright and blogger. He is currently a staff writer for the Fox Network show, PITCH. He was a 2016 Humanitas New Voices Fellow. His screenplay Killers Anonymous was a finalist for the 2014 PAGE Screenwriting Award and the 2014 Final Draft Big Break Contest, as well as a finalist for the Writers Store’s Industry Insider Contest. His screenplay Hunter Lake was featured on The Black List website and was a semi-finalist for the 2015 Blue Cat Screenplay Contest. His writing on theatre, film, TV and culture has appeared in American Theatre, at the culture blog Parabasis, on Thrillist and, most recently, Slate. He is a proud product of public education.

DOUGLAS EBOCH

Douglas J. Eboch is a professional screenwriter and director who wrote the original screenplay for the movie SWEET HOME ALABAMA. He is the author of the book THE THREE STAGES OF SCREENWRITING and co-author, with producer Ken Aguado, of THE HOLLYWOOD PITCHING BIBLE. He wrote the video game NIGHTMARE COVE and the children’s play SLEEPOVER AT THE STABLE. The Scriptwriter’s Network awarded him the Carl Sautter Screenwriting Award for Best New Voice in Feature Films. He has a BA in Film Production and an MFA in Screenwriting from the University of Southern California. He currently teaches screenwriting and pitching at Art Center College of Design and has done screenwriting and pitching workshops for such institutions as LMU and the Singapore Media Academy.