Rob Liefeld

Rob Liefeld’s legendary career began at the age of 18 when both Marvel and DC Comics hired him straight out of high school. Liefeld’s most popular creations are Deadpool, Cable, Domino, X-Force, Youngblood and Teen Titans. Currently, Liefeld is working with film producers Akiva Goldsman and Graham King following a recent movie deal for his Extreme Studios comic character universe. Come hear Rob share about his remarkable journey and some exciting developments on the horizon.

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Travis Cloyd

Travis Cloyd is one of the top virtual reality producers in the world. Having just finished virtual reality films with Wesley Snipes and another with Nicolas Cage, he is preparing to do his next slate of films with more top talent. In this new world of technology, Cloyd is using three sets of cameras to make three separate types of films at the same time. Come hear this cutting edge producer talk about the future of film and virtual reality.

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Meagan Good

Earlier this year, Good published her first book, The Wait: A Powerful Practice for Finding the Love of Your Life and the Life You Love, which she co-wrote with her husband, DeVon Franklin. She also guest-starred on CBS’ medical drama Code Black, in which her character had a 3-episode arc. She will star next in Lifetime movie The 10th Date and in the American crime drama Deuces. Both films are slated for release in 2017.

Last year, Good starred in the lead role on Fox’s series Minority Report. Good was also in the coming-of-age film, A Girl Like Grace, which she also co-produced and premiered at the 2015 Los Angeles Film Festival. Additionally, she starred in Think Like a Man Too, the sequel to the 2012 smash hit, Think Like a Man. She also was featured in Anchorman: The Legend Continues, the sequel to the 2004 box office blockbuster. In one of her first major film roles, the 1997 family drama Eve’s Bayou, she received critical acclaim for her powerful performance opposite Samuel L. Jackson, winning an NAACP Image Award.

Other film credits include: The Unborn, The Love Guru, Jumping the Broom, Stomp the Yard, Brick, You Got Served, D.E.B.S: Waist Deep, Biker Boyz, Deliver Us From Eva and Saw V.

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Tony Bancroft

With over 29 years in the industry, Tony Bancroft loves animation. As a Disney animator he helped create Cogsworth in Beauty and the Beast, Iago in Aladdin, Pumbaa in The Lion King and Kronk in The Emperor’s New Groove. He won an “Annie Award” for co-directing Disney’s Mulan and supervised animation on Stuart Little 2 for Sony Pictures. Now independent, Tony is currently directing the animated feature Animal Crackers for release later this year. And to top it all off, he literally wrote the book on animation directing entitled Directing for Animation and co-hosts a popular podcast with his twin brother called “The Bancroft Brothers Animation Podcast.” In his spare time, Tony enjoys making balloon animals out of bubble gum.

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Traci Blackwell

Traci Lynn Blackwell is Senior Vice President of Current Programs at The CW Network. Her groundbreaking programming has earned two Golden Globes and a Peabody Award for Jane The Virgin and the 2016 breakout hit and Emmy award winning series, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. As network liaison, Traci currently oversees the day-to-day creative production for some of the network’s biggest brands: Vampire Diaries, The Originals, Supernatural, Containment, Jane The Virgin, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend and new series Frequency and Supergirl.

A proven record of success at The CW, Blackwell’s TV programming credits include both award winning dramas and comedies among them the critically acclaimed The Carrie Diaries, Hart of Dixie, The Messengers, Life Unexpected, Beauty and The Beast, Star-Crossed, One Tree Hill, 90210, Everybody Hates Chris, The Game, Girlfriends, Eve and Half and Half.

Blackwell cultivated her expertise in network TV programming at UPN, and during her tenure she worked on the production of successful sitcoms The Parkers and Moesha. Traci began as an assistant at UPN but quickly earned a position with then-President of Entertainment Tom Nunan, who served as a mentor and encouraged Traci’s aspiration to become a programming executive. Prior to UPN, she served as an assistant to Oscar nominated producer/director Reginald Hudlin.

Blackwell is an active member of the National Association of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS), the organization responsible for the Emmys, and Colour TV, a networking and support group for television executives. In 2014, she earned a place on Essence Magazine’s Hollywood Hot List. Other such honors include Blackwell being named as one of the Top 10 Industry Impact Players by the NAACP in 2011, earning The Black Women Film Network’s prestigious Pinnacle Award for her work in television in 2012 and Ebony Magazine’s Power 100 List for 2010. Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, at its 100th Centennial Celebration, presented Blackwell with the Oscella Award for Excellence in the Arts, and most recently she was honored by Spelman College with the 2014 National Alumna Award and the Game Changer Award. Blackwell is passionate about mentoring and shows her strong commitment to grooming the next generation of aspiring television professionals through her involvement with the CBS Diversity Writers Training Program, USC’s Graduate Mentoring Program and other organizations. Blackwell sits on the Advisory Boards of The American Black Film Festival, The Entertainment Industry College Outreach Program, Morehouse College’s Cinema, Television and Emerging Media Studies (CTEMS) program, The Merge Summit and the Board of Directors of Black Women Film Network. Blackwell has been a speaker for empowerment organizations such as Disney Dreamers Academy, Essence Women’s Conference, as well as colleges and universities like UCLA, USC, Biola University, Morehouse College and Spelman College.

Blackwell is a native of Silver Spring, Maryland. She earned a bachelor's degree in English from Spelman College in Atlanta, GA and a master’s degree in Communications from Emerson College in Boston, MA. Blackwell is currently studying for a Masters of Theology degree at Fuller Theological Seminary.

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Destin Cretton

Destin Daniel Cretton (born November 23, 1978) is an American film director, screenwriter, producer and editor. He is best known for writing and directing his second feature film, Short Term 12 (2013). Cretton's short film, Short Term 12, premiered at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival, where it won the Jury Prize for U.S. Short Filmmaking. He wrote a feature-length adaptation of the short, which earned an Academy Nicholl Fellowship in 2010. Funding for the adaptation was difficult to procure, so Cretton wrote and directed his first feature-length film I Am Not a Hipster. The film was an official selection at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival and helped get Short Term 12 funded.

Cretton's second feature-length film, Short Term 12, stars Academy Award winner Brie Larson who plays a supervisor in a home for at-risk youth. Short Term 12 opened to widespread critical acclaim at Austin’s South by Southwest Film Festival, winning the Grand Jury Narrative Feature Award and Narrative Audience Award. The film subsequently went on to win many awards and overwhelmingly positive critical reception from critics and festivals alike.

In 2014, Cretton rewrote the script and directed The Glass Castle, an adaptation of Jeannette Walls’ 2005 bestselling memoir about a successful young woman raised by severely dysfunctional parents. The film stars Brie Larson, Naomi Watts and Woody Harrelson and is produced by Oscar-nominated producer Gil Netter (Life of Pi, The Blind Side).

In 2016, it was announced that Creed writer-director Ryan Coogler teamed up with Cretton and poet/playwright Chinaka Hodge to develop Minors, a new television drama series produced by Charles D. King. Drawing from Cretton’s experiences working in residential foster care, Hodge’s background teaching underserved youth in San Francisco Bay area continuation schools and Coogler’s upbringing in the East Bay, Minors promises to take an unflinching look at institutionalization, examining juvenile facilities and the children who grow up in that system. The series will show how that system shapes young people over a one-year period. Chinaka will write the series, and Coogler and Cretton will direct.

Cretton has also teamed up with Creed star Michael B. Jordan for Just Mercy, a drama film based on Bryan Stevenson’s New York Times bestselling memoir Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption. The story follows world-renowned civil rights defense attorney Stevenson (Jordan) as he recounts his experiences and details the case of a condemned death row prisoner whom he fought to free. The true story is one of redemption, passion and mercy, set against a backdrop of a corrupt judicial system which favors the death penalty and targets the poor.

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Mark Atteberry

Mark Atteberry is an award winning actor, director and photographer. His numerous acting credits include features like Gone Girl, The Hulk, The Future and Butterfly Circus. His television work includes hit shows like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Black-ish, American Crime, Rush Hour, Rush Hour, Scandal, CSI: Cyber, Bones, Grey's Anatomy, Rules of Engagement, Criminal Minds, The Newsroom, Dexter, House, M.D., The Mentalist, Justified, 24 and many more. Mark is internationally known for his documentary style photography. In 2010 Mark was honored by the Photography for Social Change Foundation as one of the top 100 international photographers. Mark lectures regularly around the country on the business of acting and marketing for the actor. He has written or co-written several books including the Working Actor's Guide to LA and The Stunt Guide to LA. Mark is the founder of Be A Working Actor Studios in Los Angeles.

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Armand Serrano

Armand Serrano is a Filipino-American visual development artist known for his works at Walt Disney Animation Studios and Sony Pictures Animation. He has been in the industry for 27 years. He started at Hannah Barbara Production in 1990 then supervised layout for Marvel TV three years later. Armand joined Disney in 1997 and worked on Mulan, Tarzan, Brother Bear and Lilo & Stitch. In 2004, he joined Sony and got involved with Surf's Up, Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs and Hotel Transylvania. In 2013, Armand joined Disney the second time around. His latest film credits include Big Hero 6 and Zootopia. Armand is an accomplished lecturer in animation design and recently published his first art book, Vignettes. He is also an adjunct professor at Biola University in La Mirada, California.

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Valentina Garza

Valentina Garza is an American comedy writer. Born and raised in Los Angeles, she attended University of California, Berkeley, graduating with a degree in Comparative Literature. She then returned to her Angeleno roots and pursued her love of writing as a television comedy writer. Her bilingual and bicultural background provided an inroad on the Spanish-language Telemundo sit-com, Los Beltran, where she freelanced her first script. She was accepted and completed the prestigious Warner Brothers Writers’ Workshop and went on to write for George Lopez as well as FOX’s animated juggernaut, The Simpsons, and Seth MacFarlane’s animated series, Bordertown. Garza received an Annie nomination for Writing in a Television Production for her work on The Simpsons and received an Environmental Media Award for her episode titled, Opposites A-Frack. She recently sold a pilot to ABC network and is currently a Consulting Producer on Jane the Virgin.

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Mark Henn

Mark Henn is a veteran animator at Walt Disney Animation Studios who most recently worked on the Academy Award®-nominated film Moana. Henn also served as lead 2D animator on the Oscar®-winning Big Hero 6 and Frozen. Among his many credits at the studio, Henn served as supervising animator for Ariel in The Little Mermaid, Belle in Beauty and the Beast, Jasmine in Aladdin, Young Simba in The Lion King, title characters Mulan and Pocahontas and Princess Tiana in The Princess and the Frog. In 2000, Henn traded his pencil for a director’s chair on the award-winning short John Henry, based on the popular American legend.

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