Executive Vice President, MTVX
David Gale has been an executive and award-winning producer in the entertainment business for over 20 years. In his current role as Executive Vice President of MTVX, Gale oversees a new cross media group that re-shapes the way MTV incubates, develops and produces content that goes beyond conventional TV and digital formats.
Vice President Branded Entertainment, Funny Or Die
Since 2009, Chris has helped build and define Funny Or Die’s award winning branded entertainment division. One of Bruss’ many accomplishments was implementing a more sophisticated plan for transitioning the process between the world of Ad Agencies/Brands and the comedy/content community. Since 2007, Funny Or Die has produced over 200 branded entertainment campaigns, and has produced hundreds and hundreds of branded entertainment videos. In 2011, The Hollywood Reporter named Bruss one of the top 35 Hollywood executives under 35. Prior to working at FOD, Bruss worked in the Business Development group at the Creative Artists Agency (CAA).
Radio Talk-Show Host 790 KABC in Los Angeles
A best-selling author and radio talk-show host. His radio program The Larry Elder Show airs weekdays 3pm on talk radio 790 KABC in Los Angeles, California. Larry hosted, for 15 years, the longest-running afternoon drive time radio show in Los Angeles since March, 1994. “The Larry Elder Show,” a top-rated daily program from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. on KABC 790, became a nationally syndicated daily talk show for ABC Radio Networks on August 12, 2002. Known to his listeners as the “Sage From South Central,” Larry sizzled on the airwaves with his thoughtful insight on the day’s most provocative issues, to the delight, consternation, and entertainment of his listeners.
Vice President of Creative Affairs, Dark Horse Entertainment
Chris Tongue discovered his love of storytelling during high school, making his own short films in the rainy state of Oregon. He pursued that passion to sunny California, studying film production at Chapman University before joining Dark Horse Entertainment, the film and television branch of Dark Horse Comics, in 2003. Over the last decade Chris has worn a lot of different hats, working on everything from development of big studio comic book movies such as the Hellboy series, 30 Days of Night, and next summer’s RIPD, to helping produce a slate of non-studio films under the Dark Horse Indie banner.
Development Executive, Plan B Entertainment
In his time with Plan B Entertainment, he assisted with Ryan Murphy’s Eat, Pray, Love, Andrew Dominik’s Killing Them Softly, Marc Forster’s World War Z, and Steve McQueen’s Twelve Years a Slave. Plan B is currently in pre-production on Rupert Goold’s True Story and is in development on a number of projects with filmmakers such as David Fincher, James Gray, and Greg Mottola. Matt started in locations in New York City and worked on films such as Doug Liman’s Fair Game, Sam Mendes’ Revolutionary Road, and Tony Gilroy’s Michael Clayton and the television shows Rescue Me and Boardwalk Empire. Before working in film and television production, he was a public school teacher in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. Originally from Helena, Montana, he received undergraduate degrees in Theater and French Literature from Gonzaga University and La Sorbonne and a master’s degree from Brooklyn College.
Manager of Comedy Animation, Cartoon Network
Krentz is responsible for developing and producing animated comedies for Cartoon Network. She also takes pitches on animated projects for green light consideration. Prior to joining Cartoon Network, Krentz was a development and production executive at Twentieth Century Fox Television where she oversaw the Inkubation Shorts Program. She also helped with the day to day on shows such as The Simpsons, Family Guy, Bob’s Burgers, American Dad, King of the Hill, The Cleveland Show, Allen Gregory, and Napoleon Dynamite. Previously, Krentz worked in production on Family Guy. Krentz is a graduate of Indiana University with a degree in Telecommunications and Fine Arts.
Development Executive, Imagemovers
Jimmy Skodras majored in Business and Film Studies at the University of Wisconsin. After graduating, he relocated to Los Angeles where he worked alongside writer/director Roger Avary (Pulp Fiction, Killing Zoe, The Rules of Attraction) before starting out as an assistant at ImageMovers. Jimmy worked his way up to the desk of executive producer (and former CAA cochair) Jack Rapke with whom he worked on cutting-edge performance capture films such as Beowulf and A Christmas Carol, both directed by Robert Zemeckis. Jimmy also played an active role in the development of “Real Steel” (2011, DreamWorks) and “The Borgias” (an original series for Showtime) as well as ImageMovers’ most recent film “Flight” (2012, Paramount) -- starring Denzel Washington, Don Cheadle, and John Goodman due in theatres November 2nd, 2012.
Agent, United Talent Agency
Keya Khayatian is an agent in the Motion Picture Literary department of leading talent and literary agency UTA. He began his entertainment career in 1995 as an agent trainee in the UTA mailroom. He was quickly promoted to departmental assistant specializing in film rights for literary properties, and in 1997 he was promoted to agent. With a keen eye for spotting original artistic voices, Khayatian has helped develop the careers of many of the most sought after writers and directors, as well as representing established talent.
Development Executive, Hyde Park Entertainment
Marc has worked on such projects as Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance, The Double, and upcoming projects Echelon, Midnight Sun, The Ranger, and The Persuaders. In addition to his Development slate, Fiorentino also works closely with the company’s International Sales team to help create marketing materials such as trailers and posters, including on projects such as Bernie, Our Idiot Brother, and Blue Valentine. Prior to joining Hyde Park, he worked under John Jacobs at Smart Entertainment, assisting in development on such upcoming projects as Ricky Stanicky (Summit) and Bait & Switch (Universal)