Creator’s Conference Speakers

April 27th & 28th
Nashville, TN

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The 2017 Creator's Conference, presented by NashFilm, includes robust tracks for filmmakers, screenwriters, musicians, and all kinds of creators. Come hear about the latest industry trends, paths that have led to success, ways to hone your craft, and meet others in the community!

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Creator's Conference Speakers

Jake Basden
Vice President, Publicity & Corporate Communications
Big Machine Label Group

Jake oversees publicity and corporate communications for the Big Machine Label Group (BMLG) in Nashville, TN. BMLG is the #1 independent record label in the world home to global superstars Taylor Swift, Steven Tyler, Tim McGraw, Reba and more.

Jake was previously a Media Relations Director in the Sports & Entertainment division of Edelman New York, the largest global PR firm.

He was awarded “Young PR Professional of the Year” by PRWeek magazine and in 2015 led the media relations campaign for the critically-acclaimed documentary GLEN CAMPBELL…I’LL BE ME which earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Song and won four GRAMMY awards.
Naia Cucukov
Senior Vice President of Development and Production
Walden Media

As Senior Vice President of Development and Production at Walden Media, Naia Cucukov has a passion for identifying inspiring projects and helping them grow into movie magic. A native of southern New Jersey, she grew up loving film and ultimately discovered her passion for production while receiving her B.A. in Modern Culture and Media from Brown University. Like many entertainment executives before her, Naia started in Hollywood as an assistant at CAA followed by a post at Legendary Pictures. She then made the transition into the role of Creative Executive at Bold Films followed by the opportunity to work with Sir Richard Branson as the Director of Development at Virgin Produced. While at Virgin, Naia oversaw all creative programing for the Virgin Produced Channel onboard Virgin Airlines and co-produced the award-winning short film Departure Date, the first film shot on a plane and edited while 35,000 feet in the air. Since her start at Walden Media in 2013, Naia has hit the ground running, cultivating a diverse slate of films. On behalf of Walden she has overseen production for: The Giver, based on the bestselling book by Lois Lowry; Universal and Working Title’s Everest, based on the true story of the 1996 Everest disaster; Disney’s The BFG, a Steven Spielberg-directed adaptation of Roald Dahl’s beloved novel; and A Dog’s Purpose, directed by Lasse Hallstrom and based on the bestselling novel. Upcoming projects include: Lionsgate’s Wonder, based on the bestselling middle grade novel, directed by Stephen Chbosky; and Sony Animation’s The Star, told from the perspective of the animals in the manger.

Additionally, Naia volunteers with Reading to Kids and the Brown University Alumni Organization, sits on the Templeton Foundations Film Steering Committee and is an active member of Women in Film and CAPE (Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment). She spends her free time with her Miniature Dachshund, Sharky.
Babacar Diene
Vice President, Acquisitions and Development
Voltage Pictures

Babacar Diene is currently Vice President, Acquisitions & Development, at international finance, production and distribution company Voltage Pictures (The Hurt Locker, Dallas Buyers Club). Since joining Voltage in 2012, Diene has been closely involved in several exciting projects, including the feature films Fathers & Daughters starring Russell Crowe, Amanda Seyfried and Aaron Paul; Pay The Ghost starring Nicolas Cage; I.T starring Pierce Brosnan and Good Kids among others. Previously, Diene was Vice President, Acquisitions & Apsara Distribution at IM Global, as well as holding positions at Icon Entertainment International and GreenseStreet Films International.

Before moving to Los Angeles, Diene graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in International Relations.
Daisy Hamilton
Acquisitions & Business Development
TriCoast Worldwide

Daisy Hamilton, a Los Angeles native, grew up working in the film industry. Since graduating from NYU with a major in the business of Film, she has spearheaded development and acquisitions for TriCoast Worldwide. Her career in film and television is driven by a strong and passionate commitment to truth, the proliferation of knowledge, and raising the bar on content and its function for audiences. She has acquired over 15+ titles for TriCoast; some of her favorites include: festival darlings, ARE WE NOT CATS (2016) and INUK (2014), controversial documentaries SHADOW WORLD (2016) and SIRIUS (2015), animated favorite,THE STONE BOY (2017) and the highly successful animated feature based on the Sony Playstation Video Game HEAVENLY SWORD (2015).
Andreas Olavarria
President and CEO
Level 33 Entertainment

Andreas Olavarria currently serves as President and CEO of Level 33 Entertainment (“Level 33”) an independent film distribution company based in Los Angeles. Level 33 has distributed a diverse slate of successful independent features including films such as 1 NIGHT starring Anna Camp & Justin Chatwin, MOUNTAIN MEN starring Chace Crawford & Tyler Labine, THE DEBT starring Stephen Dorff & Academy Award® Nominee David Straithairn, COPENHAGEN starring Gethin Anthony, THE WEDDING VIDEO with Lucy Punch, AFTER WORDS starring Academy Award® Winner Marcia Gay Harden & Oscar Jaenada, MONTANA starring Lars Mikkelsen & Michelle Fairley, and MANHATTAN ROMANCE starring Katherine Waterston, Gaby Hoffmann & Caitlin FitzGerald.

Andreas has over 20 years experience in the field of motion picture production and distribution. Serving as a creative and production executive at motion picture studios such as The Walt Disney Company and 20th Century Fox, as well as an independent film producer, Andreas has demonstrated a track record of success in identifying quality feature film projects and overseeing all facets of production & distribution for both major studios and independent film companies. He is a member of the Producers Guild of America and holds an Honors Degree in Communication Studies from UCLA.
Bob Raines
Executive Director
TN Entertainment Commission

Appointed by the Office of the Governor to represent the State of Tennessee's entertainment industry. Raines is responsible for advancing the strategic goals of the Tennessee Entertainment Commission ; representing Tennessee's key industry assets and competitive advantages both statewide and abroad; strategic advisor to senior government officials; providing State Legislators’ with analysis of the State's entertainment sector.

Raines works to establish and advance relationships across a spectrum of sects within the State's entertainment industry. Manages and implements the State's production incentives program for film, music, television and commercials. Collaborates with government and private industry leadership to cultivate policy and strategy that reflect best practices for program management and industry development. Promotes and encourages the use of the State's entertainment resources to companies nationwide. Allocates sponsorships and grants to organizations advancing the State's local entertainment industry. Engages with stakeholders and industry professionals through public speaking and community outreach. Actively collaborates on Tennessee Entertainment Commission marketing materials and branding strategies for the State.

Raines is a Leadership Music Class of 2016 Alumni and current Co-Chair of the Nashville Music City Music Council. He is active on several entertainment based boards and maintains strategic partnerships with city and county alliances in Memphis, Knoxville & Chattanooga. He oversees the Governor’s Entertainment Commission board which is a Statewide board composed of leaders from Tennessee base companies like Scripps, Google, Sony and CAA.

Raines holds a degree in Business Administration from East Tennessee State University and an accreditation with the International Association for Management Education.
Dawn Solér
Senior Vice President, TV Music
ABC Studios

Dawn Solér is Senior Vice President, TV Music, at ABC Studios where she is responsible for all music at ABC Studios and oversees the music content for shows such as “Nashville,” “Blackish,” “Once Upon a Time,” “Scandal,” and “Quantico.” She worked closely with composer Alan Menken and executive producer Dan Fogelman as the music supervisor on the musical series, “Galavant.” She is founder of the ABC Music Lounge and has produced the on-air music specials, “Nashville: On The Record I, II and III.”

Before ABC, Ms. Solér had her own company, Working Music, where she created several hit soundtracks for New Line Cinema, including “Now And Then,” “Dumb and Dumber” and “Don Juan De Marco,” which garnered both Academy Award and Grammy Award nominations.

Other projects she completed include “Being John Malkovich,” “Princess Diaries I & II,” “Sweet Home Alabama”, “Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants” and Disney’s “Enchanted,” which garnered three Academy Award and one Grammy nominations, before making her leap from features to television.

In 2015, Ms. Solér was on Billboard’s list of TV’s Top Music Power Players as well as on their Women in Music list (2015 & 2010). Also in 2015, she was honored in Variety’s Women in Power issue, and was on Imagen’s Most Powerful & Influential Latinos list. In 2014, ABC’s music department was named Best Music Department by the Music Supervisor’s Guild.

Ms. Solér writes a blog about empowerment on her The 40 Plus Girl site, is completing a book “The Be A Girl Principals” with her partner Anastasia Brown, and also does speaking engagements on the subject.

Ms. Solér lives in Thousand Oaks with her husband, Sterling of 19 years, their eleven-year-old daughter, Irene, three dogs and 23 chickens and thrives on gardening, cooking, entertaining.
Beau W. Stapleton, Esq.
Rosen Law Group

Beau W. Stapleton, Esq. is an entertainment attorney with extensive experience in film, television, music and digital industries. Beau currently represents a diverse collection of companies and creators including producers, composers, writers, directors, production companies and financiers.

Beau has provided legal representation for an array of film and television projects (The Public, Springbreakers, Cooties, War on Everyone, The Clapper, Still the King) and production legal services for companies such as HBO, Viacom, Discovery, Scripts Networks and National Geographic. Beau’s music practice includes award-winning composers (Johann Johannsson - Theory of Everything, Sicario, Blade Runner 2049; Dustin O’Halloran – Transparent, Lion) as well as international music touring companies, music licensing companies, artists, record labels and managers.

Prior to obtaining his law degree, Beau worked for over ten years in the music industry both as an entrepreneur, artist and composer. As an artist, he toured globally and was represented by CAA, Red Light Management, Island Def Jam Records and Universal Music Publishing Group.

Beau has frequently lectured on issues pertaining to copyright and content creation and has been a guest contributor for the music and technology blog He is well versed in copyright law and was honored by the Los Angeles Copyrights Society with the Paul Miller Scholarship Award for excellence in the field.

Beau is a partner at Rosen Law Group, a premiere boutiques entertainment law firm in Los Angeles, California. He received his JD from Loyola Law School, is a member of the California State Bar, and a YouTube certified professional.
EarlybirdJan 1 - Feb 15$350
RegularFeb 16 - At Door$399

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