NashFilm Creators Conference

NashFilm Creators Conference | Nashville, TN

The Creators Conference is a place to connect with peers, a place to discover the latest industry trends, and a place to refine your skills and abilities. This annual event, which coincides with the Nashville Film Festival, combines the professional development of a conference with the kinetic energy of a festival. In this unique environment, you can discover what types of projects film buyers are currently looking for and hear insights from top Hollywood producers and industry executives.

The 2019 Creators Conference Schedule will be announced later this summer.  Stay tuned for more details.

2018 Sessions

2018 Creator's Conference Presenters

Penelope Bartlett
Criterion Collection

Penelope Bartlett is the programmer for The Criterion Channel on FilmStruck, a digital streaming service which launched in November 2016. She served as Director of Programming for the 2016 Palm Springs Shortfest, and has written and curated for the website

She previously held positions at the Chicago International Film Festival, Palm Springs International Film Festival, Tribeca Film Festival, and the Glasgow Short Film Festival and Glasgow Film Theater. She has also produced several short films, most recently Crystal Lake by writer/director Jennifer Reeder, which world premiered at the 2016 Berlinale. She lives in New York City.
Matt Bach
Puget Systems

Matt Bach has been working for Puget Systems since 2002 and has over 16 years of experience in the PC industry. Since 2011 he has been heading up Puget Labs - researching, testing, and developing hardware benchmarking procedures tailored for individual software packages. This not only includes testing the software itself, but also working closely with the professional community to ensure that our workstations are the best they could be and properly address the major pain points of users.
Rod Blackhurst

Rod Blackhurst directed and produced the post apocalyptic thriller HERE ALONE which won the Audience Award for Best Narrative Film at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival. Blackhurst’s second film, the Netflix Original documentary AMANDA KNOX, premiered at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival and was named a New York Times and LA Times Critic's Choice.
Daisy Blackwell HuttonDaisy Blackwell Hutton
Thomas Nelson

Daisy Blackwell Hutton is a native Mississippian and a graduate of Ole Miss, where she earned her B.A. in French and English Literature. She also holds her M.A. in Comparative Literature from Washington University in St. Louis. Daisy has worked in the publishing industry for over 20 years, beginning her career at the Georges Borchardt Agency in New York and also spending time at The Perseus Book Group and Harvard Business School Press in Boston. She joined Thomas Nelson in 2008 as VP of International Licensing and was promoted to Fiction Publisher in 2012, overseeing all Fiction publishing under the Thomas Nelson and Zondervan imprints. She became publisher of the W Publishing nonfiction imprint in early 2017. She lives in Nashville with her husband, Matt, and their two sons, Leo and Silas.
Andrew BordenAndrew Borden
The Orchard

Andrew Borden is the Manager of Acquisitions at The Orchard, an independent film distribution company that has released such films as The Hunt for the Wilderpeople, The Overnight, Cartel Land, Life Animated, and upcoming Sundance 2018 films, American Animals and We The Animals. Since graduating from UC Berkeley with a B.A. in Film & Digital Media, he has worked in various roles in the entertainment industry, including marketing, publicity, distribution, acquisitions, and international sales, most recently moving from Cohen Media Group. Apart from his work at The Orchard, he also participates on the Screenwriting Lab Committee for Outfest and is dedicated to finding more diverse stories and fresh, unique voices.
Alex Bowen
The Kennedy/Marshall Company

Alex Bowen has been with The Kennedy/Marshall Company for the past three years, working across all divisions: narrative features, television, and documentaries. Since joining the company, she’s been the credited researcher on FINDING OSCAR, executive produced by Steven Spielberg, the associate producer of BOSTON, narrated by Matt Damon, and is currently associate producing SATAN & ADAM, premiering at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival. In addition, Alex teaches coverage writing workshops at Belmont University and Chapman University, and adjudicates for AFI’s writing scholarship submissions. A native of East Tennessee, Alex spends her free time climbing mountains and working on choreography projects.
Christina Campagnola

Christina Campagnola is an agent in the Motion Picture literary department at the Agency for the Performing Arts where she represents screenwriters and directors and consults for independent productions and film funds. Prior to joining the APA, Christina worked in production on various independent films and television shows. Campagnola serves on the advisory board for the IFP and Get Lit nonprofit organizations, as well as on the Dean’s Council of the Florida State University Film School, where she received a B.F.A in film production.
Charleene Closshey

Charleene Closshey is an independent filmmaker, actress, musician, and composer, focusing on stories of personal choice and the effects of love. She is most recently known for her work on indie dramedy No Postage Necessary -- shot on 35mm film and the first film to be released on the blockchain -- a project in which she starred, produced, and composed the score. Closshey co-produced and starred in feature film An Evergreen Christmas (Netflix), with Naomi Judd and Robert Loggia, in addition to composing the score and arranging much of the film’s soundtrack. She produced, starred in, and composed the score for the musical Feather, a show fusing theatre with film, music, and live portrait painting, which made its U.S. premiere Off-Broadway at the New York Musical Theatre Festival. She then made her Broadway debut in the Tony Award-winning musical Once. A classically-trained violinist, pianist, and singer, her next album Talk About Love was produced by Grammy winner Brent Maher and releases summer 2018. Closshey is a partner at Two Roads Picture Co. and a member of SAG-AFTRA, AEA, and SESAC.
Naia Cucukov
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.
Jeremy Culver

Jeremy Culver is an independent filmmaker with a passion for storytelling, often focusing on themes of redemption and reconciliation. His short film, Walking with Francis, chronicling the last days of St. Francis of Assisi, recently had an audience with Pope Francis I. The feature documentary, Radical Kindness (with Martin Sheen), was the recipient of both the Gabriel Award and the CIMA Award. His first feature film, An Evergreen Christmas (starring Robert Loggia, Naomi Judd, Charleene Closshey, and Booboo Stewart), was distributed on Netflix. He produced, directed, and wrote the book for the musical Feather, a show fusing theatre with film, music, and live portrait painting, which made its U.S. premiere Off-Broadway at the New York Musical Theatre Festival. His latest film, No Postage Necessary (starring George Blagden, Charleene Closshey, Robbie Kay, and Michael Beach), releases in Summer 2018, was shot on Kodak 35mm film, and will be the first feature film in history released on the blockchain. He is a partner at Two Roads Picture Co. and a member of The Directors Guild of America and The Writers Guild of America.
Motke Dapp

Motke Dapp is an American writer and director who always tries to eat a balanced breakfast at least once a day. His wizarding film techniques have helped him land a suitcase full of awards, as well as an adjunct professor position at Belmont University where he teaches directing. He’s handcrafted, along with other amazing filmmakers, a plethora of whimsical, award-winning short films and a couple of feature films including his most recent, Other Versions of You. Motke’s home is in Nashville, but he has a car and the ability to find airports because he never wants the adventures to end. You can find out more by visiting
John J. Dessler
ETC, Carnegie Mellon University

John J. Dessler is a creative director, programmer, animator, filmmaker, writer, entrepreneur, musician, and digital/fine artist. He currently freelances and is special faculty at the ETC, Carnegie Mellon University, specializing in visual story/communication, VR Story and Sound, UX and UI design, and project management.

He was the artist and media director at Calkins Media for 10 years and has been contracted by or freelances for companies such as GE, NBC, Tyco, Heinz, and various museums and productions - specializing in visual communication and digital media.

In 1996 he founded The Outlet for Creativity, Inc. (a non-profit 501c3) in Rochester, PA, to foster and support the Arts in Beaver County, and served as president for 9 years. He was a featured speaker, performer, and on jury at numerous conferences including SIGGRAPH, GDC, and SXSW. He was creative director for Creative Services at the ETC where he designed and produced virtual interviews, games, exhibits, and interactions for clients such as Duquesne University, National Civil War Museum, and VERC.

He is a published playwright, winner of the Keystone Press and Telly awards, and is an accomplished studio and performing musician regularly showcased at the famous Bluebird Café in Nashville, TN.
Justin Harvey
The Programming Service for Public Television

Justin Harvey is the Vice President of Programming at The Programming Service for Public Television, a company that programs many of the top markets in the PBS system. He spent the previous 15 years at Nashville Public Television and in 2013 was named Director of Content responsible for overseeing all station content and distribution. He is an Emmy Award winning producer who has helped numerous producers distribute their work to the PBS system.
Gill Holland
Hurricane Streets

Spirit Award nominee for Producer of the Year, Gill Holland has worked on over 100 films, including producing HURRICANE STREETS, the first film to win three prizes at Sundance. Other Sundance faves include "FLOW: For Love of Water", SPRING FORWARD, LOGGERHEADS, IT FELT LIKE LOVE and "LOOK AND SEE: A Portrait of Wendell Berry". He worked on SXSW-winners MAIDENTRIP and MOST BEAUTIFUL ISLAND, Emmy-nominated DEAR JESSE and the FOX TV hit GREG THE BUNNY. Other award-winners include SWEETLAND, WHERE HOPE GROWS, BEAUTY MARK, AN HONEST LIAR and WERE THE WORLD MINE. He runs sonaBLAST!, a music label and publisher with over 2,000 songs from acts like Ben Sollee and soundtracks from many films. He is deeply involved in Louisville’s civic, political, and cultural life.
Andrew Hunt
Raven Banner

One of the founding partners of Raven Banner, Andrew T Hunt is a Writer/Producer/Director with over 20 years of industry experience. Andrew’s feature length debut Sweet Karma premiered at the 2009 Fantasia Film Festival in Montreal, and was the catalyst for the formation of Raven Banner Entertainment - a worldwide sales company specializing in genre films. In 2012 Raven Banner Releasing was formed as the Canadian distribution arm for RBE, releasing such titles as Autopsy of Jane Doe, Turbo Kid, Deathgasm, Baskin, Dead Shack, and the upcoming Todd & amp; The Book of Pure Evil: The End of The End. 2015 saw the creation of Northern Banner Releasing, a Canadian distribution company that focuses on non-genre films; titles such as Academy Award Nominated Embrace of the Serpent, The Happiest Day In The Life of Olli Maki, How To Plan An Orgy In A Small Town, and Hello Destroyer. Additionally, Andrew has Executive Produced numerous films, including The Crescent, Stake Land 2, Avenged, and It Came From The Desert. Within Raven Banner Andrew plays a key role supervising the review, development and packaging of feature projects from script to screen, as well as overseeing the branding, marketing and distribution of select titles. And the Summer of 2018 will see Andrew get behind the camera again to direct his second feature film Spare Parts.
Demetria Kalodimos

Demetria Kalodimos has anchored and reported television news for more than 35 years. She’s won some of journalism’s most prestigious awards including 16 regional Emmys, 2 National Headliners, two Edward R Murrows for investigative reporting and 3 Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE) Awards. In her journalism career, she produced a dozen feature length news oriented docs on everything from AIDS and Hemophilia, to religious miracles , Romanian orphans, even the Nashville connections to Woodstock. In 2000, Demetria established genuine human productions, writing, directing, shooting and editing true stories about real people…genuine humans. Her debut documentary, Friends Seen and Unseen unraveled the mystery of the underground cult preacher Prophet Omega. Friends Seen and Unseen was a double sellout and award winner at the Nashville Film Festival. It screened at the Directors Guild of America in Los Angeles and was selected for Birmingham’s Sidewalk Moving Picture Festival. Injurious George , the true story of the notorious Nashville Footstomper, also sold out the Nashville Film Festival, drawing rave reviews from the audience and critics. It was awarded by the prestigious Chicago International Film Festival, and was an official selection of the Indie Memphis Film Festival for outstanding southern storytelling. Injurious George won best mini-feature at the Barebones Film Festival 2002. Genuine Human’s first feature-length documentary, Pre-Madonna, screened to sold-out crowds at the Nashville Film Festival in 2004. It was recognized for excellence in documentary at the Berkeley Video and Film Festival. In 2012, Genuine Human collaborated with WSMV television to present Indelible, the Case Against Jeffrey Womack. It revealed never-before-seen or heard evidence from the crime that cost Nashville, Tennessee it’s innocence. Demetria graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelors in Music Education from Illinois Wesleyan University. She earned her Master’s Degree in Journalism from the University of Illinois, and in 2007, was awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from her alma mater, Illinois Wesleyan. Genuine Human is dedicated to telling true stories of real people, in every form those stories might take. Documentary remains our passion. Real people, true stories, genuine human.
Jim LograndoJim Logrando
Craft Services

Jim Logrando is a co-founding partner of Craft Services, a strategy agency specializing in Kickstarter project management, artist management/career development, marketing plans, and brand partnerships. Prior to launching Craft Services, Jim held senior roles in strategic marketing and brand development at Redeye Worldwide and Yep Roc Records, as well as a continued advisory role at Kickstarter. Jim's career began on-air in radio and he continues to be a songwriter, blackjack player, t-shirt collector, and a baseball enthusiast.
Erik Lokkesmoe
Aspiration Entertainment

Erik Lokkesmoe has more than 20 years of experience popularizing and populating great ideas and stories. A former speechwriter, press secretary, studio executive, and thought-leader on aspirational audiences.

Over twelve years Erik served as a congressional press secretary, Senate campaign communications director, political communications advisor at the National Association of Broadcasters, speechwriter in the George W. Bush Administration, and head of communications for the National Endowment of the Humanities.

During his political career Erik launched Brewing Culture, a “third-place” initiative to bring variety of beliefs and backgrounds together around great art and ideas. In 2006, Anschutz Film Group & Walden Media asked Erik to be the project manager for the movie Amazing Grace, a political thriller chronicling the heroic story of 18th century abolitionist William Wilberforce. He and his team were heralded by the LA Times for crafting an unconventional marketing campaign and social impact effort to end modern-day slavery.

Erik served as the Vice President of Strategic Partnerships for AFG/Walden Media in Los Angeles until 2008 when he and two others launched Different Drummer, an unconventional marketing and publicity firm. For the next ten years, across more than 100 entertainment projects, Erik led the vision and strategy of the fast-growing agency that included projects for all major movie studios, television networks, publishers, labels, and causes.

Expanding into production and distribution, Erik and four partners created Aspiration, executive producing the Sundance-premiered, NY Times Critics Pick film LAST DAYS IN THE DESERT starring Ewan McGregor. The company also distributed the festival-winning independent film NOBLE, with several new films in production.

Erik is the author and co-author of three books, including his most recent, DIFFERENT DRUMMER. He and his wife, Monica, have three children and, after moving from DC to LA to DC to LA to NYC to Nashville over the past seven years, are glad to call Music City their home.
Brian Loschiavo
Riverside Entertainment

Brian Loschiavo is the Co-Founder and Head of Creative Production & Development for Riverside Entertainment, a Nashville and Los Angeles-based production company specializing in unscripted television, documentary film and high-end branded content.

Prior to forming Riverside Entertainment with partner Jeff Molyneaux, Brian worked as a freelance screenwriter and director before spending 4 years as a Senior Producer for Disney/ABC Television Group. During his tenure, he helped create the successful music-documentary franchise, Nashville: On the Record, which began as a digital series and culminated in 3 primetime concert specials, all of which he executive produced, wrote and/or directed.
As a screenwriter, Brian has sold or optioned several feature and television projects. As a songwriter, his songs have been featured in national commercials and broadcast television shows. He was a producer on the Grammy-nominated feature film, American Saturday Night: Live from the Grand Ole Opry, and is currently producing and directing a feature documentary about Nashville’s iconic Bluebird Cafe.

Brian is a member of the Producers Guild of America and Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. In 2015, he appeared on Variety Magazine’s Music City Impact Report.
Leonard Maltin
Maltin Movies

Leonard Maltin is one of the world’s most respected film critics and historians. He is best known for his widely-used reference work Leonard Maltin’s Movie Guide and its companion volume Leonard Maltin’s Classic Movie Guide, as well as his thirty-year run on television’s Entertainment Tonight. He teaches at the USC School of Cinematic Arts, appears regularly on Turner Classic Movies, and hosts the weekly podcast Maltin on Movies with his daughter Jessie for the Nerdist network. His books include The 151 Best Movies You’ve Never Seen, Of Mice and Magic: A History of American Animated Cartoons, The Great Movie Comedians, The Disney Films, The Art of the Cinematographer, Movie Comedy Teams and The Great American Broadcast. He served two terms as President of the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, votes for films to be selected for the National Film Registry, and was appointed by the Librarian of Congress to sit on the Board of Directors of the National Film Preservation Foundation. He hosted and co-produced the popular Walt Disney Treasures DVD series for nine years. Perhaps the pinnacle of his career was his appearance in a now-classic episode of South Park. He holds court at Follow him on Twitter and Facebook.
Gerry Maravilla

Gerry Maravilla is an LA-based filmmaker and the Head of Crowdfunding at Seed&Spark. Gerry has made several award-winning shorts, including Cross, which he funded on Seed&Spark and went on to screen at the Newport Beach Film Festival, Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival, and many more. His work has been featured in press outlets such as Business Insider, Pitchfork, Remezcla and more. Find Gerry on social media for the real scoop: @gerrymaravilla
Nora May
3 Arts Entertainment

Nora May is a manager at 3 Arts Entertainment which produces series such as INSECURE, SILICON VALLEY, AMERICAN VANDAL, THE GOOD PLACE and BETTER THINGS. Her clients have worked for showrunners Mara Brock Akil, Mindy Kaling and Marti Noxon to name a few.
Daniel McCoy

Daniel McCoy began his career with Pixar Animation Studios in and has been worked on a number of Pixar’s award-winning feature and short films including “Geri’s Game,” “A Bug’s Life,” “Toy Story 2,” “Monsters, Inc.,” “Finding Nemo,” “Up” “Ratatouille” and “Toy Story 3”. McCoy was the supervising technical director for the Academy Award®-nominated short film “La Luna” which was released theatrically in 2012 in front of the Disney•Pixar feature “Brave.” He currently develops new shading tools with Pixar's Software Tools group.
Austin MendezAustin Mendez
North of Two

Austin Mendez grew up in the suburbs of Southern California, where he could not wait to leave and educate himself at the University of California Santa Cruz. A student of economics, this Banana Slug opted out of any further formal education once he found a passion for writing and cinema. Los Angeles called, and he has lived there ever since. He has been writing screenplays since 2008, been involved in productions from web-series to feature film, and now works as the Director of Operations at North of Two.
Carey Nelson Burch
My Own Shingle

Carey Nelson Burch serves as President of Hideout Pictures, a division of Average Joes Entertainment and the company behind CMT’s “Still the King” starring Joey Lauren Adams and Billy Ray Cyrus. Previously she was an Executive Producer at TackleBox Films while running her own company, My Own Shingle, where Hideout was a consulting client. Prior, Nelson Burch was a packaging agent at William Morris Endeavor for 12 1/2 years and had the distinction of being the only TV/Film agent in town, servicing Feature and TV producers, the country artist roster, as well as numerous projects. Before joining William Morris Endeavor, Nelson Burch was an Executive at NBC in Los Angeles. She currently serves on the boards of Leadership Music, the Nashville Film Festival, Belmont’s Film & TV Advisory Committee, Film Com and Many Hopes.
Brian Nossokoff Brian Nossokoff

Brian Nossokoff is an agent at the leading global talent and entertainment agency, United Talent Agency (UTA). In this role, he collaborates with a number of different departments including Motion Picture, Television, Music, Endorsements, et. al. After spending twelve years in Los Angeles, he relocated to the UTA offices in New York City in 2017.

Nossokoff’s passion for the business was realized in UTA’s mailroom where he interned over the summers and officially became an assistant after graduating from law school. He spent three years working in production and development before he returned to UTA where he is now an agent in the talent department.

In 2014, he was named to The Hollywood Reporter’s “35 Under 35” list and was honored in Variety’s “Power of Youth” issue in 2017. Nossokoff has helped develop the careers of many actors such as Jacob Tremblay, Amandla Stenberg, Nick Robinson, Alexandra Daddario, Ross Lynch, Zachary Levi, Cameron Monaghan and Kaitlyn Dever. Working across the agency he has cultivated opportunities in a diverse array of mediums for the likes of Trace Adkins, Amara La Negra Steve Earle and The Driver Era.

Originally from Charleston, South Carolina, Nossokoff attended the University of Georgia where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science followed by the University of South Carolina where he earned his law degree.
Brian Owens
Nashville Film Festival

Brian Owens has programmed NashFilm since 2008. He came to Nashville after founding and managing the Indianapolis International Film Festival. In 2010 he was named one of Nashville’s People in Charge by the Nashville Post and one of the 50 Most Influential People of the 2000’s by the Indianapolis Star.

Owens developed his knowledge of film early in life and honed his skills at Indiana University, where he studied Film. He is an annual guest of the Toronto Film Festival and the Sundance Film Festival where he selects films and filmmakers for the April Festival.

Brian has served on multiple film festival juries and has been published in several online and print publications.

Mike Pecci

Trained in film production at the New York Film Academy in 1999, Mike Pecci has since worked with some of Boston and New York's brightest and boldest talents. His critically acclaimed music videos have been featured on MTV2 and Fuse, and his narrative and documentary films have excited festival audience for years. With more than 18 years of experience on the Boston film scene, Mike has cemented a name for himself not only as a music video director, but as an abstractly edgy filmmaker who is undeniably devoted to the art of storytelling.
Andy Peterson
Aspiration Entertainment

Andy Peterson is a senior creative media executive at the forefront of marketing entertainment properties and brands to cause conscious & specialty audiences. As a principal at film marketing & development agency Aspiration, Andy has been involved in launching dozens of independent and studio feature films and TV series’ including projects from Paramount Pictures, Participant Media, Sony Pictures, Focus Features, AMC, FOX, dick clark productions and National Geographic among others.

He is also leading Aspiration’s new Docs/ology initiative for curating, servicing and funding ‘praise-worthy’ documentary films.

In 2012 Andy created the Justice Film Festival, a film experience that promotes social justice and celebrates emerging filmmakers from around the world. The festival just announced its 6th annual event in New York City at the Sheen Center for Thought & Culture November 1-4, 2018.

Andy is a graduate of Taylor University, and has lived in Nashville for over 20-years with his wife Rebecca. They have three children. An avid record collector Andy has over 1,000 pieces of vinyl in his collection, and can usually be found visiting contemporary art museums and other sacred spaces during his travels.
Morgan Pichinson

Morgan Pichinson is a producer and production executive at Mosaic. She was born in Los Angeles and graduated from Indiana University. She began her career at Verve Talent & Literary Agency working in motion picture and television lit, then went to work at STX Entertainment, and following that to Mosaic in comedy management where she later was promoted in Film & TV production. Mosaic is a management and production company based in Los Angeles. In addition to representing actors, writers, directors, and comedians, Mosaic has a first-look film deal with Sony Pictures, and a first-look television and digital deal with Legendary Entertainment. The company has produced films such as BAD TEACHER, STEP BROTHERS, THE OTHER GUYS, as well as the upcoming film HOLMES & WATSON which reunites Will Ferrell and John C Reilly as the famous duo. In television, Mosaic produced the ABC series “Downward Dog” and Adult Swim’s “Apollo Gauntlet”. Notable clients include Will Ferrell, Adam McKay, Judd Apatow, Jay Roach, Kate Mara, Tessa Thompson, and Jessica Chastain.
Alicia RichardsAlicia Richards
Music Industry Exec

Alicia Richards has worked in licensing and creative synch for over 20 years. She has
experience at major labels and music publishers working with the film directors, studios,
networks or music supervisors finding the right songs for their projects and working
within their budget.

Her most recent position, Senior Vice President of Creative Synch, was at Warner Bros.
Records in Burbank where she headed up their Creative Synch department. They
placed songs in Films, Trailers, TV shows, Promos and Sports. Some films and
campaigns that she worked on there include Justice League, Storks, Deep Water
Horizon and Birth of A Nation.

Prior to that she led the Film and Trailer department at Sony Music as VP of Film
Licensing. That department worked on major studio films and their campaigns as well
as indie and student films. Previous to that she was at Disney Music Publishing and
Cherry Lane Music.

Having experience in finding the creative fit and negotiating the fees at both labels and
music publishers she has a unique perspective on all the elements needed to find the
right song or songs to finish a film with the best possible music.
Nancy RocheDr. Nancy McGuire Roche
Watkins & Vanderbilt University

Dr. Nancy McGuire Roche holds a Ph.D. in English with Concentrations in Film Studies and American Literature 1930-Present from Middle Tennessee State, as well as a B.S. degree from Vanderbilt University and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Brown University. She specializes in film theory, women in film, cinemas of the 1960s, and American Independent
Film, with an emphasis on culture studies, narrative, and gender and identity performance. Dr. Roche currently teaches Film History and Special Topics in Film at the Watkins Film School and Film Theory in their M.F.A. program. She is also a Lecturer in English at Vanderbilt University. Her recent publications include a chapter in Modern American Drama on Screen from Cambridge University Press. A chapter on Mike Nichols in The Other Hollywood Renaissance and her book Cinema in Revolt: Censorship Reform in 1960s British and American Film are both forthcoming from Edinburgh University Press in 2018.
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Alex Sera is an agent in WME’s Talent department. She works with the agency’s Nashville-based clients across both the television and film spaces to identify crossover opportunities. Some of the clients she works with include: Kane Brown, Cam, Jake Owen, Brad Paisley and Rascal Flatts.

Sera began her career at WME in 2013 and was promoted to agent in 2018.

A graduate of Williams College, Sera resides in Los Angeles.
Ryan Smith
Mountview Films

MOUNTVIEW FILMS – RYAN SMITH – Partner and Head of Production for Mountview Films and co-owner/operator of Thomasville Pictures, a studio and production services company in Thomasville, Georgia. Smith started his career developing and producing When the Night Comes, a feature film for The United Nations Foundation. He then expanded to producing national commercials, music videos, sporting and large concert events. In 2015, Smith negotiated a partnership between AARP & Cumulus to bring Larry King back to radio. Later that year, in partnership with AEG, Smith produced Christmasland – one of the largest Christmas festivals in the history of Los Angeles, which attracted over 250,000 people, took over LA LIVE for a week, and included concerts at The Microsoft Theatre. Through Mountview Films Smith has produced numerous independent feature films, including Some Freaks, which garnered several festival nominations and wins for Best Narrative Feature, including the Grand Jury for the 2017 Nashville Film Festival, and was released worldwide in August of 2017 to enthusiastic media praise. Smith also Executive Produced Heartbeats, an international film from the creator of Step Up. Most recently he produced the short film Why You Don’t Send Nudes, premiering at the Nashville Film Festival in May 2018. Smith is a board member of Film Nashville, a member of the entrepreneurial group Summit Series, and a guest lecturer of the George Shinn School of Entertainment & the Arts at Lipscomb University. Smith is currently overseeing the development of numerous feature films including Peril of a Godsend, a political thriller set in Turkey, and Crescendo, a film based on a novel about the importance of music and mentorship in the lives of young people. He continues to dedicate himself to creating quality content in hopes of inspiring the collective conscience to the greater good through his work.
Bob Zeglarski
Cutwater Law PLLC

Bob Zeglarski is an attorney and Founder of Cutwater Law PLLC, an entertainment and business law firm located in Nashville. He has represented film and television productions, producers, screenwriters, distributors, online streaming platforms, investors, and financiers, including a leading merchant bank serving the independent film industry. In addition to his entertainment practice, Bob represents companies and executives in connection with public and private securities offerings, mergers, acquisitions, commercial contracts, and the licensing of products and technologies. Bob currently serves as President of the Media, Entertainment & Technology Alliance (META), a nonprofit trade association serving companies at the intersection of entertainment and technology.

2017 Creator’s Conference Presenters included:

Aaron Bleyaert
Emmy-Award Winner & Resident Web Guy
Conan O’Brien

Wendy Calhoun
Writer, Series Creator, and Executive Producer
“Nashville,” “Justified,” “Empire”

Naia Cucukov
Senior Vice President of Development and Production
Walden Media/AEG Worldwide

See 2017 Presenters