CMH BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Aric has over eighteen years of driving production, post-production and technology/media research businesses in senior executive roles for growing companies. Ackerman oversees financial and business operations and helps lead business development efforts and strategic partnerships across advertising, film, and television sectors. Successful accomplishments include:
• Led business operations for advertising and media business with growth from $57M - $175M+ in annual revenue over 8 years while building global business with 6 offices in 4 countries
• Significant experience both driving revenue growth and reducing cost of sales and overhead for 20%+ margin improvement
• Successfully started mobile and technology research firm and led sale to larger strategic player within 24 months
Aric is the currently the President & COO of The RAA Group, a holding company with interests in The Cavalry Productions, SPECTACLE VR, Galanta Media and VALIS (see www.theraagroup.com).
He previously has held executive posts at a variety of production and post-production businesses. In addition, Aric was previously the Co-Founder and CEO of Resolve Market Research, where he guided the firm in delivering expert consulting in digital media and mobile services. He led the sale of Resolve Market Research to a larger industry player. Aric also spent eight years at COO of @radical.media, where during his tenure there was 300% business growth through acquisitions and added operations in four countries. Additionally, Aric played a key role in the formation of DriverTV, a VOD and internet destination acquired by Comcast and Time Warner Cable. Prior to that, he served as CEO of audio post company, The L.A. Studios. Aric began his media career as a management consultant for Price Waterhouse, rising to Principal Consultant in their Entertainment, Media, and Consulting practice.
Aric currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Motion Picture Industry Pension and Health Plan, where he sits on both the Investment/Finance Committee and the Administrative Committee. Ackerman has also served on the Supervisory Board of Directors for Raleigh Studios in Budapest, Hungary.
Aric has a BS in Business Administration from the University of Southern California, focusing on Finance and Economics, and graduating with Senior Honors. After USC, Aric served as a graduate fellow with the Coro Foundation.
Zac Bindler is a Partner and Wealth Advisor at New Market Wealth Management. Zac and his partners built their business around advising wealthy clients and institutions on the sophisticated investment solutions they require, with a level of engagement, client education and service not available at large firms. Prior to New Market Wealth Management, Zac worked at AllianceBernstein in New York City.
Zac has a history of philanthropic work. Currently, in addition to his role as a board member at Children Mending Hearts, Zac serves as a member of West Coast Sports Associates. He has also been involved with organizations such as Starlight and Make-A-Wish in the past.
A graduate of the University of Wisconsin with a degree in Economics and History, Zac is a passionate sportsman and sports fan, especially loyal to all the Chicago teams and his beloved Wisconsin Badgers.
Ron Burkhardt joined Newmark Grubb Knight Frank in 1994 as a vice president of the Washington, DC, office. Now situated as a managing director in the firm's West Los Angeles office, he continues to specialize in national tenant representation and corporate services, providing his clients with real estate-related professional and technical support. Mr. Burkhardt focuses on lease and purchase transactions including: facility acquisition, financial analyses, market research, lease negotiations and sublease representation.
Mr. Burkharadt is also a prominent member of NGKF's national non-profit division. In this capacity, he works with such clients as Autism Speaks, Inc., the California Society of CPAs, Los Angeles Education Partnership, Make-A-Wish Foundation and National Immigration Law Center. He has also represented corporate tenants such as Amazon.com, DeVry, Inc., John Paul Mitchell Systems, Net App Inc., Neutrogena and Woodside Natural Gas in their leasing requirements.
• Anti Defamation League
• Armanino (RBZ, LLP)
• Autism Speaks
• Bayard Advertising
• DeVry University
• Exceptional Children's Foundation
• Found Animals Foundation
• Lido Advisors, LLC
• Los Angeles Education Partnership, LLP
• Make-A-Wish Foundation
• National Immigration Law Center
• Rocket Fuel, Inc.
• System One/Compliance Staffing
Prior to joining Newmark Grubb Knight Frank, Mr. Burkhardt was a senior leasing associate at Berens Asset Management Company, Inc. During his three years at Berens, Mr. Burkhardt focused on tenant representation and corporate real estate services. During his last year at Berens, he was recognized as the top producer in office leasing.
Mr. Burkhardt is the recipient of 2012 Social Sustainability® Champion Award and is the first corporate real estate director to receive this award, issued to those passionate about bettering the workplace and who lead with a social conscience. Individuals selected advocate a call to action in their fields of expertise regarding the importance of serving non-profit organizations locally and nationally and as stewards of the environment through efforts that mitigate climate change.
In addition, Mr. Burkhardt is a member of the Los Angeles Commercial Realty Association (LACRA). He also sits on the boards of ANEW Foundation, New Horizons, The Nonprofit Advisory Council (NAC), Starlight Children's Foundation (Global Finance Committee) and A World Fit For Kick.
Mr. Burkhardt earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in business at Roger Williams University.
Takashi Cheng received his Bachelors degree in Psychology in 1998 and his Juris Doctorate degree in 2001 from the University of California – Los Angeles. While obtaining his degrees, Takashi founded A-United Attorney service as a means to finance his way through college and earn additional income during odd hours of the day. It grew into much more than he ever envisioned. Takashi’s commitment to the legal profession helped him become a man of perseverance –never giving up on making something out of nothing. With Takashi’s tactical leadership as the driving force, he has motivated a small but dedicated group of outstanding individuals to bring A-United to its success.
Today, A-United serves approximately 800 clients and prides itself as a leader the legal community as it still continues to grow. Known as one of the leading innovative service providers to the legal industry providing services to banks, collection agencies, financial institutions and law firms of all sizes, A-United’s services include court filings, research, court reporting, document management solutions, imaging, investigations, mobile solutions, process service and translations. A-United’s sound reputation of being “reliable and responsive with reasonable rates” has been built from genuine hardworking and team-playing environments.
In 2006, A-United launched the first mobile attorney service in California making it possible to transmit documents to any of the company’s customized mobile stations parked at the major courthouses. By 2008, A-United duplicated its technology outside of California in the States of Arizona, Florida, Nevada, New York and Texas. After such a successful advancement, Takashi found new inspiration in forming another legal services company, A-United Financial. Beginning from simply purchasing large scale bad debts and court judgments, A-United Financial has grown over the years into a significant litigation financing/funding entity. It now holds title to millions of dollars in judgments throughout California and establishes partnerships to fund complex, expensive and unusual litigation for cases ranging from major fraud to serious injuries. Takashi’s entrepreneurial spirit does not stop just there. He has consulted for award winning and popular legal dramas such as Boston Legal, The Good Wife, Damages and Suits. He is currently building a small claims portal to help eliminate traffic at the courthouses and educate consumers on the available options of effective self-representation in the existing market.
Takashi has never forgotten his roots and devotion to the community. A-United has supported numerous non-profit organizations. Takashi has served as a director for the Asian Business League, Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Monterey Park Chamber of Commerce as well Los Angeles Rotary Club. Since 2005, he has served on the LACASA (“Los Angeles Chinese American Sheriff’s Advisory”) Board and he has vigorously participated in the Grammy’s Foundation.
In his little spare time, he enjoys writing, karaoke and meeting people that make a difference in our communities.
As a writer, humanitarian and project manager, Samantha Coker has spent most of her life cultivating a career that exists at the intersection of art and social change. One of Samantha’s many strengths is her ability to balance the creative and pragmatic.
After receiving a Bachelor of Arts from Smith College, she began a career in the music industry. Always working with bands that had a level of social consciousness, she wove her way through the industry, touching almost every corner of it.
In 1999, Samantha was recruited by the Seattle-based, Frank Geary/Paul Allen music museum, The Experience Music Project. She spent three years managing their revenue, cash management, financial database and reporting system until she left for The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS). There she helped build new database systems and produce their annual Auction/Awards show fundraiser. This led her to Seattle University, which pioneered one of the first Master’s Programs specifically for Non-Profit executives, where she received her Master of Not-for-Profit Leadership with a focus on corporate social responsibility.
Samantha moved to Los Angeles in 2004 where she spent time helping produce commercials and films, and over the years offered her non-profit expertise to such charities as her alma mater, Oldfields’ School for Girls; Salvando Corzones; and Children Mending Hearts, where she was on the founding board and traveled to DR Congo as part of CMH’s art exchange between students at L.A.’s Inner City Arts and displaced children in Congo; and most recently Global Green, where she is Chair of the Advisory Board.
Her deep curiosity led her to the Burning Man festival where, for the past five years, she has project managed Red Lightning, the foremost spiritual theme camp at Burning Man. Red Lightning focuses on bringing deep spiritual growth, healing and education.
Presently, Samantha is writing a book on the spiritual journey of healing grief, loss and betrayal, and the process of soul evolution. She also spends her time traveling extensively, riding horses and offering counsel to those looking to heal or expand their spiritual and emotional lives.
Cindy Cowan is the former president and co-founder of Initial Entertainment Group (IEG), a leading film production and foreign sales company. Cowan co-founded IEG in 1995 with Graham King. With seed capital of only $350,000 and no tangible assets, Cowan was able to secure a $25 million line of credit with Chase Bank to fund overhead, development and production of its projects. IEG was sold to Splendid Films in 2000 for approximately $10 million.
Between 1995 and 2000, IEG had many successes including: an Emmy nomination for Rent-A-Kid, starring Leslie Nielson; Emmy, Golden Globe and People’s Choice nominations for If These Walls Could Talk, starring Cher, Sissy Spacek, Anne Heche and Demi Moore; and won a United Nations Award for Savior, starring Dennis Quaid. IEG also saw success with its production of Traffic, starring Michael Douglas and Benicio Del Toro, which won Oscars for directing, screenplay, editing, and best supporting actor. Additional projects produced by Ms. Cowan while at IEG include Very Bad Things, starring Cameron Diaz and Christian Slater; and the Robert Altman-directed Dr. T & the Women, starring Richard Gere, Helen Hunt, Kate Hudson and Liv Tyler.
Since forming her new production company, Cindy Cowan Entertainment, Cowan has produced Scorched starring Woody Harrelson and Alicia Silverstone, executive produced Fifty Dead Men Walking starring Sir. Ben Kingsley and Jim Sturgess, and produced Red Lights starring Robert De Niro, Sigourney Weaver, Cillian Murphy, and Elizabeth Olsen. Directed by Rodrigo Cortes, Red Lights was the opening night premiere at Sundance, January 2012 and was the highest selling film at that festival. Cowan is in post-production on Miracle on 42nd Street, a documentary which has Alicia Keys, Terrence Howard and Sam Jackson in it, to name a few.
In addition, Cowan completed her first low-budget horror film aimed at the digital market place titled Smiley, which hit theaters October 12, 2012. The trailer for the film is a viral sensation, earning over 29 million views (in comparison, box office smash “The Avengers” has 20 million).
Currently, Cowan is working on The Untitled Charley Pride Story, a biopic about the great country western singer Charley Pride, written and to be directed by Craig Brewer (Hustle and Flow) and starring David Oyelowo (Selma, The Butler). She is also developing the biopic for Michael Marcum, the first convicted prisoner to be made warden of a prison.
As well as film, Cowan is working on several television projects. She’s currently developing the reality show, Boy George Comes to America as well as a scripted series for FX.
Before her tenure with IEG, Cowan headed up the production and acquisitions divisions of the Beverly Hills Producers Group. Prior to that, Cowan headed up development and acquisitions for Premiere Productions. Her career in producing began as a producer and writer for a CBS news affiliate in Miami, Florida.
In the past, Cowan has written songs for Engelbert Humperdink, and a hit for R & B artist Howard Hewitt, which went to number three on the R & B charts, as well as a few songs for the British pop star Sinitta.
Cowan sits on the board of two non-profit charities that are dear to her heart, Little Kids Rock, which is a non-profit organization that provides free instruments and lessons to underserved public schools, and Grassroots Soccer, which is part of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and mobilizes the global soccer community in the fight against HIV/ AIDS.
Cindy Cowan is a graduate of Tulane University with graduate courses towards a Master’s Degree in Psychology at Harvard. Cowan is also a major equestrian winning the “World Champion” title more than 5 times in American Saddlebred five-gaited and equestrian horses.
Grant Heslov has been recognized for his work as a producer, writer, director and actor. Together with George Clooney, he is a partner in Smokehouse Pictures. The company’s next projects are “Our Brand Is Crisis,” directed by David Gordon Green and starring Sandra Bullock, and “Money Monster,” directed by Jodie Foster and starring Clooney and Julia Roberts.
A four-time Oscar® nominee, Heslov received his latest Academy Award nod and a Best Picture win for producing the historical drama and thriller ARGO. He also earned a Golden Globe, BAFTA Award and Producers Guild of America (PGA) Award, among many others.
Heslov previously earned an Oscar® nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay for the 2011 political drama “The Ides of March,” which he co-wrote with Clooney. In addition, Heslov received Golden Globe and BAFTA Award nominations for the screenplay, as well as a PGA Award nomination as one of the film’s producers.
Heslov also earned dual Oscar® nominations, for Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay for“Good Night, and Good Luck” which he co-wrote with Clooney. For his work on the film, Heslov also won the Writers Guild of America, Paul Selvin Award and the PGA’s Stanley Kramer Award. Among the film’s numerous honors, Heslov also garnered two BAFTA Award nominations, for both Picture and Original Screenplay; a Golden Globe nomination for Best Screenplay; an Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Feature; and a Screen Actors Guild Award® nomination as part of the ensemble cast.
In 2009, Heslov made his feature film directorial debut with “The Men Who Stare at Goats,” starring Clooney, Ewan McGregor, Jeff Bridges and Kevin Spacey.
Heslov also co-wrote and produced The Monuments Men. Other producing credits include the Clooney directed “Leatherheads” and Anton Corbijn’s thriller “The American.” He also served as co-creator and executive producer on the HBO series “Unscripted,” for which he directed half of the episodes, and a co-executive producer on “K Street,” also for HBO.
Heslov is also known for his acting work in both film and television.
Andy Kiernan is a twenty-two year seasoned Financial Industry professional. Andy currently serves in the role of Senior Vice President-Wealth Management for UBS Financial Services Inc., where he has been employed his entire twenty-two year career.
Andy is also the Co-Founder and Co-Owner of the up and coming Entertainment Company, The Kiernan Group. The Kiernan Group is a working collaboration between four brothers, Patrick, Andy, Spencer, and Brady Kiernan. The Kiernan Group produces, directs, and creates Independent Film Content, as well as creates other Entertainment Media.
Andy has a long history of philanthropic work. Most notably, he volunteered for over twenty years for The Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation. His various roles included, volunteer, fundraising committee member, fundraising committee Chairman, golf tournament Chairman, and Founder of "To Her Health," a Women's heart health event. All told, Andy and his family have helped to raise over $3,000,000+ for heart health research in Minneapolis. He is also currently active with Hilarity For Charity, which benefits The Alzheimer's Association.
Andy's interests include writing, acting, exercise, sports, comedy, traveling, and helping to make the world a better place. He has one son, Jack Kiernan, and both Jack and Andy look forward to becoming future California residents.
Simone Legno is the creative director and co-founder of tokidoki. Born in Rome, Italy, Legno, drew incessantly as a child. The boxes of chewed, broken and unsharpened pencils he adored as a kid were the beginnings of a passion for art that led to the eventual creation of tokidoki, originally Legno’s online portfolio of the same name.
tokidoki means “sometimes” in Japanese. Legno, who has always had a deep love of Japan and fascination with world cultures, chose the word because he feels “everyone waits for moments that change one’s destiny, by chance or by meeting a new person”. tokidokistarted as his professional web portfolio and artistic diary while living in Italy, where he created illustrations, advertising and new media design for various clients as a freelancer. Simone's special moment arrived when his designs drew the attention of entrepreneurs Pooneh Mohajer and Ivan Arnold, who spied the art on his personal website and convinced him to move to L.A. to start up a dynamic new partnership with them.
In 2005, we launched tokidoki first as a clothing line and because of its amazing success we quickly moved onto other items such as vinyl toys, skate decks, jewelry, watches, knitwear, sportswear, accessories, cosmetics, shoes and stationery.
Simone has been a sought-after speaker around the world at museums, universities and conferences, from MOCA (the Geffen Museum-Los Angeles) to the Adobe MAX conference, UCLA, USC, the Flash Film Festival in San Francisco, Art Center College of Desigin, Apple store in Osaka, Istituto Europeo di Design in Rome, Singapore Toy and Comic Convention, Grafika Manila and many others.
A partial list of these clients includes Volkswagen, MTV, John Galliano, Champion, Toyota, Renault, Daihatsu, BenQ, Microsoft, Narcotic Bureau of Singapore, Telecom Italia. tokidoki has collaborated with many brands such as Karl Lagerfeld, Guggenheim Museum, Sephora, LeSportsac, Onitsuka Tiger, Marvel, New Era, Hello Kitty, Fujitsu, Levi's, Smashbox cosmetics, Xbox, T-mobile, Medicom Toy, Major League Baseball, Skullcandy, Barbie, Canon, Black Eyed Peas, and more.
“tokidoki is the hope, the hidden energy that everyone has inside, It gives us the strength to face a new day and dream about something positive and the hope that something magical will happen to us.” - Simone Legno
Curtis Lelash is vice president of comedy animation for Cartoon Network. In this capacity, Lelash oversees the development and ongoing production of Cartoon Network’s animated comedy series, which has helped drive the network to consistently rank as the #1 network among boys. Creatively responsible for projects from pilot development through series production, he also supervises the studio’s shorts development program as a means to discover new series and to cultivate new talent.
Lelash is an executive producer of Cartoon Network’s pop culture phenomenon Adventure Time and the Emmy® Award-winning Regular Show both of which are produced at Cartoon Network Studios in Burbank, CA. He is currently overseeing production on three new original animated comedy series—Steven Universe, Uncle Grandpa and Clarence—each developed from Cartoon Network Studios’ vibrant and prolific shorts program. In addition, he also supervises hit original comedies produced at outside studios for Cartoon Network, including The Collective’s Annoying Orange and Warner Bros. Animation’s MAD and The Looney Tunes Show. Previous projects he has overseen include the animated comedies Robotomy, Secret Mountain Force Awesome, The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack, Squirrel Boy and Class of 3000.
Lelash joined Cartoon Network’s original series department as manager, comedy animation in 2005. Three years later, he relocated from Atlanta to Cartoon Network Studios in Burbank as director of new and current series. Prior to joining Cartoon Network, Lelash worked in development at DreamWorks Animation on theatrical projects including How to Train Your Dragon and Kung Fu Panda. Lelash graduated from the New York University with a bachelor of arts English – Dramatic Literature.
Diana Means graduated from Cal State University Northridge with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology and Media Management. Diana began her entertainment career in January 2000 at ABC Television Network, Finance department and is currently working for Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Creative Services department where she sits on the board of Women of Warner a business resource group that creates and produces events that engage Warner Bros. employees and encourages dialogue about the image and roles of women in media.
In addition, Diana is President of Alliance of Women Filmmakers a non-profit organization established to empower women filmmakers to create diverse and strong roles for women. AWF produces the Los Angeles Women’s International Film. Now in its 12th year the festival serves as a platform for women filmmakers worldwide to share their unique stories and cultural experiences with Los Angeles' diverse audience. Diana programs the festival to reflect Alliance of Women Filmmakers' mission to educate and inform audiences of social, political, and health issues impacting women globally.
Diana also volunteers and sits on boards of other organizations serving women including Dress for Success Worldwide-West Advisory board, Hands4Hope and WriteGirl.
Pooneh Mohajer, COO and Co-Founder of tokidoki, is a serial entrepreneur at heart. Tokidoki is her third company to date. Since debuting in 2005, tokidoki has amassed a cult-like following for its larger-than-life characters and emerged as a sought-after global lifestyle brand. This innovative Company is known not only for its eye-popping aesthetic and criminally cute characters but also its megawatt partnerships with evergreen brands such as Hello Kitty, Karl Lagerfeld, LeSportsac, Barbie, Sephora, Marvel and others.
Pooneh loves entrepreneurship and all the challenges of running a business. She also co-founded Hard Candy Inc., a color cosmetics Company that revolutionized the nail enamel and cosmetic industries worldwide with innovative products. Hard Candy’s explosive growth produced sales of $10,000,000 in less than 24 months. In 1999, Pooneh successfully sold Hard Candy Inc. to LVMH, Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton SA, an international luxury goods conglomerate. Her abilities are multifaceted ranging from strategic marketing to product and brand development to overall corporate strategy, including high-level contract negotiation, corporate structuring, and financial operations.
After Hard Candy and before tokidoki, Pooneh co-founded Creative Branding & Design, LLC dba damnBRAND which was a full service ecommerce management firm focused on partnering with fashion, beauty and lifestyle brands. Client-partners included Oliver Peoples, Smashbox Cosmetics, Trina Turk, Bisou Bisou, Hot Kiss, Philip B, ABS by Allen Schwartz, and Black Eyed Peas. damnBRAND provided a complete outsourced solution for its clients’ online operations including design and development of online stores, hosting, merchandise selection, digital imaging, online merchandising, secure order transactions, inventory management, order fulfillment, returns processing and customer service.
Pooneh received her Juris Doctor from California Western School of Law in 1994. She also received a BA from Vanderbilt University in 1987. She has been a member of EO, Entrepreneurs’ Organization, since 1996, having previously served on its LA Chapter Board. EO is a premier, peer-to-peer, global community, network and resource for entrepreneurs with over 8,000 members in chapters around the world. In 2013, Pooneh was honored with the National Association of Women Business Owners Los Angeles Trailblazer of the Year Award. This year she received the Deborah Award from the Anti-Defamation League which supports a world without hate, bullying, and bigotry.
Brenda Robinson is an entertainment attorney at the Los Angeles law firm of Greenberg Glusker Fields Claman & Machtinger LLP. Brenda focuses her practice on intellectual property, including copyright and trademark, and entertainment matters on behalf of clients in the music, film, television and sports industries, bringing her industry expertise, business acumen and compassion for those she serves.
Brenda has provided legal counsel to numerous recording artists, musicians and composers, actors and actresses, production companies, authors, arts organizations, athletes and entertainers. Brenda is a graduate of the University of Michigan and obtained a law degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School and a certificate in Business & Public Policy from the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School.
Brenda currently serves as Chair of the Board of Children Mending Hearts, and also serves as a Board Member of the Lookingglass Theatre, Ballet Chicago, Piven Theatre Workshop, Cinemagic and InsideOUT Writers. Brenda is a proud associate member of The Recording Academy, a Patron of the Arts Circle of Film Independent, a member of The Creative Coalition and an Advisory Board Member for the Chicago Media Project. Brenda speaks French, Italian and Spanish and enjoys international travel.
Keri Selig is the founder and president of the feature film and television production company Intuition Productions. Before forming Intuition Productions, Selig spent over a decade as a studio executive. She spent 1999 through 2001 as Executive Senior Vice President of Production at Bel-Air Entertainment (Collateral Damage, Pay It Forward), the Warner Bros.- based feature production and finance company. Prior to her time at Bel-Air, Selig was Senior Vice President of Production at Kopelson Entertainment (Se7en, The Fugitive), based at Fox Studios. From January 1996 to October 1998, she served as Senior Vice President at The Cort/Madden Company (Save the Last Dance), based at Paramount Pictures. Selig began her career with a first-look producing deal with Fields-Hellman (Glory, Midnight Cowboy, Looking For Mr. Goodbar), Freddie Fields and Jerome Hellman’s production company.
Selig continues to produce scripted and unscripted television, as well as miniseries and feature films independently. Her active unscripted projects include Bounty Wars, with Asylum Entertainment for the Discovery Channel; Stars & Chefs, produced for CW Television Network; Heir Hunters produced for TLC with Bunim/Murray (The Kardashians, Project Runway); and Crown Chasers with LMNO Productions (The Little Couple) for TLC. Her current scripted projects include the one-hour TV series The Operative, set up at Sony Pictures Television, written and executive produced by Shawn Ryan (The Shield, The Unit) with Pierce Brosnan also executive producing and co-starring; A one-hour series Storyville, set up at Fox Television Studios; as well as the mini-series Dealers Of Lightning based on the book of the same name by Pulitzer Prize winner Michael Hiltzik; After Camelot, based on the acclaimed book of the same name by thirteen-time New York Times Bestselling author J. Randy Taraborrelli about the modern-day Kennedys set up at Reelz Channel with Muse Entertainment (The Kennedys) and written by Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais (Across the Universe); the four hour mini-series The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe, based on another acclaimed book by Taraborrelli set up at Lifetime and written by Steve Kronish (24, The Kennedys); the mini-series The Hilton Family Dynasty, based on another highly anticipated book by Taraborrelli with Asylum Entertainment; the mini-series Greek Gods with Fox Television Studios and The Untitled Hillary Clinton Project with Endgame Entertainment (Looper) set to be written and directed by Courtney Hunt (Frozen River) and starring Diane Lane for NBC.
Some of Selig’s feature film credits include the romantic thriller Passengers, starring Anne Hathaway and Patrick Wilson, directed by Rodrigo Garcia (In Treatment) for Mandate and Sony Pictures as well as The Stepford Wives starring Nicole Kidman with Paramount and Scott Rudin (The Social Network, Moneyball), directed by Frank Oz (Death At A Funeral, In & Out). Selig’s active feature film projects include Earthbound, based on the novel by Richard Matheson (I Am Legend) set up at Parkes/MacDonald (Men in Black, Lincoln); High Stakes, written by Ronnie Christensen (Passengers) with Mandalay as well as Girl in the River, set up at Incognito Pictures with director Ethan Maniquis (Machete).
Additionally, Selig is an active member in the philanthropic world and works with a myriad of organizations including Oceana, a global campaign to protect and restore the world’s ocean; The Stuart House, which supports a free rape treatment facility geared towards children; New Directions, whose mission is to empower veterans and facilitate their successful return to families and society; and The Humane Society. Selig also serves on the board of advisors of Children Mending Hearts an organization dedicated to providing arts-exchange programs for at-risk children in the US and connecting them with their brothers and sisters around the world who are living through armed conflict.
Austin Stoffers is the co-founder of Pure Cycles, formally Pure Fix Cycles. Austin founded Pure Fix Cycles with two of his best friends since kindergarten while attending the University of Wisconsin Madison – School of Business in 2010.
Pure Fix Cycles quickly grew to become one of the largest recognized single speed bicycle manufactures in the world, offering the highest levels of quality, service and value. Their solution to this demand was to focus on a simple, stylish single-speed bicycle that allowed the customer to reflect their personality at a price point that was obtainable.
Pure Fix Cycles also saw a need and demand for stylish city and lifestyle bikes so Pure City Cycles was created. The same drive and determination that brought Pure Fix Cycles to success produced stylish, high quality city bicycles at a competitive price point, allowing all types of riders to enjoy the brand and its customer experience. A full line of complimenting accessories was also developed so customers could fully customize their new bicycle. Now both brands live under the name Pure Cycles.
Pure Cycles is proud to support charity: water and their initiatives to support clean water in developing countries and People for Bikes with their efforts to improve bicycle infrastructure across the country. For every charity bicycle sold $100 is donated.
Austin has been recognized as a 30 under 30 entrepreneur by Forbes magazine and a 40 under 40 entrepreneur by the San Fernando Valley Business Journal.
Taylor Timmer co-founded PatientPop, a SaaS business for the healthcare industry, where she oversees Business Operations. Prior to founding PatientPop, Taylor was head of Product for nordstromrack.com and ShopNation.com, a subsidiary of Meredith Inc.
She also serves on the board of the Chase Foundation, which provides financial support to keep Child Life Programs funded.
Taylor earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration from the University of Southern California. In her free time, she enjoys baking, traveling, and hiking. Taylor resides in West Hollywood, CA, with her husband, Brian.
Jon Wimbish is the Head of the Middle School at Harvard-Westlake School in Los Angeles. Having been at the school since 1998, he has taught English and Public Speaking, coached four different sports, and served as both a Middle School Dean and Upper School Dean before taking on his current role. Prior to coming back to his native California, Jon taught at Cardigan Mountain School in Canaan, NH.
Jon earned an AB from Princeton University and an MA from Middlebury College. He lives in Encino, CA with his wife, Amanda, and their two children.