Our blue ribbon Panel of judges
Advisory Board Members
Lori H. Schwartz is a true technology catalyst (‘Tech Cat’). As a leading advisor and speaker in marketing and tech innovation, Lori collaborates with top creative and strategic executives of multiple brands, tech and content companies to ensure their understanding of emerging business models while designing unique experiences to create engagement. Los Angeles Based, Lori's objective is to work with forward-thinking companies open to new ideas. She is a CNN Technology Contributor and a frequent
Patricia Jasin,VP Azteca International & TV Azteca Pay TV Network a lawyer and businesswoman, with more than two and a half years in the vice presidency of TV Azteca International has strengthened the distribution of content of the television station abroad. With more than 20 years of experience, Patricia Jasin has achieved the recognition of the international television industry in the management, international sales, acquisitions and development of audiovisual content for multiple platforms.
A+E Networks | Lifetime VP, Unscripted Development & Programming
Stacey Levin is Senior Vice President of Scripted Television Development for MGM Studios Television since she joined the company in February 2019. In her position, she is responsible for developing, packaging and selling scripted projects. Prior to joining MGM, she served as Senior Vice President of Television at Global Road Entertainment.
Shari Belafonte is the definitive renaissance woman. She's an Award winning Actor, Producer, Director, Singer, Writer, Spokesperson, Photographer/Videographer and Film Cinematographer, as well as a Voice Over artist for cartoons, documentaries and commercials. Shari’s face has graced hundreds of magazine covers world wide with five Vogue covers alone. She's currently recurring on AppleTV's hit show, THE MORNING SHOW with Jennifer Anniston, Reese Witherspoon and Steve Carrell.
Paul Weitzman has been a literary agent for more than 20 years, representing writers, directors and producers across all literary platforms which include prime time network, cable, streaming services, animation and feature films. He began his career as a paralegal at the entertainment law firm, Christie & Berle. Paul was the Co-Head of the Literary department at Abrams Artists Agency for five years before founding Culture Creative Entertainment in 2019.
STEVE BERKOWITZ is the SVP of Development at All3Media. For over 13 years, Steve Berkowitz has been producing, directing, and developing dynamic, emotional, and groundbreaking unscripted television, working with networks such as: ABC, Bravo, USA, Nat Geo, Discovery Channel, YouTube Red, CW, FOX, VH-1, MTV, TLC, BET, and ESPN.
Tina Arning is a comedic television actress best known as “Lola” on Tacoma FD, “Tanya” on Modern Family, and “Angelina" on Everybody Loves Raymond. A writer and producer who most recently penned and starred in soon-to-be-released web series “40-Something...and Single”, Arning, a native of Greenwich, CT, is a graduate of Boston University and a member of MENSA. Currently she is a Executive Search Consultant for Walt Disney Television.
PETER ENGEL is one of the most prolific producers in television with more than 1,000 episodes produced under his banner. He single-handedly created the teen sitcom Saved By The Bell, which he executive produced through all of its many incarnations, and which led to his many other teen series, including California Dreams, Hang Time, City Guys, and USA High.
Gary R. Benz was one of the first American producers to envision the worldwide appeal of this emerging genre of documentaries and unscripted television programming. In 1986, he established GRB Studios, which has become as a world-class television producer and international distributor. GRB’s programs now reaches more than 190 territories around the globe. Mr. Benz has produced over 1,500 episodes of original broadcast, cable and syndicated programming.
Sal Velez Jr. is one of Hollywood's most versatile actors, who can currently be seen in the Netflix Original Series Black Summer (2019) released in over 90 countries world wide and currently sits among top five shows to watch! In the role of William, alongside Jaime King, Sal Velez Jr was submitted by Netflix to the 2019 Emmy Awards for your Consideration for "Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series".
Zulay Henao is a Colombian-American film and television actress. She co-starred in a number of films such as Illegal Tender (2007), Fighting (2009), Takers (2010), Boy Wonder (2011), Hostel: Part III, The Single Moms Club (2014) True Memoirs of an International Assassin (2016). In 2014 she began starring as one of the lead characters in the Oprah Winfrey Network series, If Loving You Is Wrong. Most Recently she can be seen on The Oath, and Stumptown.
DANN NOVAK is the Content Executive at the National Association of Television Program Executives. He is responsible for the conference and project production design, planning and execution at NATPE; a global not-for-profit serving the media industry. NATPE implements its mission by providing members with education, networking, professional enhancement and technological guidance through year-round activities, global events and timely directories.
Two time Emmy award-winning MARY LOU BELLI has been directing television for over 30 years including NCIS New Orleans, Black Lightning, Bull, Legacies, Station 19, Pitch, Monk, Famous In Love, Devious Maids, The Quad, American Woman, and Hart of Dixie as well as Wizards of Waverly Place, Sister, Sister, Girlfriends, and The Game.
ROSEMARIE VEGA, CEO and Founder of RM VISTAR; a boutique content distributor. The Company has exclusive programming and creative talent representation with a primary focus on the Spanish Language Markets. She has been actively associated with successful companies such as Lorimar, Universal, NBC, Alliance Atlantis, HBO and shows that made history in television like Dallas, Law and Order, Friends, CSI, True Blood.
GEOFF SILVERMAN is a Literary Partner in THE CARTEL, a management firm, representing the careers of TV Showrunners, writers, playwrights, to graphic novel companies - representing close to 30 employed writers from the likes of working on primetime network, premium cable to streaming networks with clients working on shows for Amazon, Netflix, Facebook Watch, Hulu, to Apple.
DOUG SCHWAB is the President and Founder of Maverick Entertainment. With nearly 40 years in the home entertainment industry, Schwab has established himself as a leader in independent film distribution and as a champion for independent filmmakers across the Country. Schwab has launched over 800 feature films since Maverick’s inception in 1997.
NADINE RAJABI is a comedian, Producer, and Pop Culture Expert. For the past several years she has served as Executive Producer of Bravo's Below Deck, There Goes The Motherhood, was a Co-Executive Producer on Bravo's Game of Crowns, Eat Drink Love and Start-Ups: Silicon Valley and served as Supervising Producer on Miss Advised, Most Eligible: Dallas, and The Real Housewives of Miami.
With over 22 years of experience in the entertainment industry, Griffin Gmelich serves as the General Manager and executive vice president of OTT for Whistle TV – a digital entertainment and sports company that creates, curates and distributes positive, brand safe original content. In this role, Gmelich manages the procurement of production and co-production opportunities, content, and distribution partnerships from strategy to implementation across multiple OTT channels.