William Nix is Chairman of the Creative Projects Group®, a Producer and an investment banker with extensive experience in corporate formation, operations and business affairs, as well as an attorney experienced in complex negotiations, litigation and dispute resolution in the entertainment, media, sports, intellectual property and creativity fields. Will served as Co-Chair of Baker Botts LLP's Entertainment, Media and Sports Practice Group, as VP of Legal and Business Affairs for NBA Properties and as COO of the network of nearly 2,000 employees and representatives of the Motion Picture Association of America's global Content Protection Group. He has worked closely with Internet/Software businesses as a strategist and operational advisor for many years. Along with Producer Salma Hayek, he was Executive Producer of an animated feature film based on Kahlil Gibran's iconic work The Prophet. The film was written and directed by Roger Allers (The Lion King, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin). Among its ten award nominations were three Annie-Nominations and inclusion in the Oscars Animated Feature Film Nomination short-list. It was a Special Selection at the Cannes Film Festival and winner of The WIFTS Foundation International Visionary Awards. It premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival. He is the Producer of numerous other feature film and television productions including a biographical feature film Gibran, currently in pre-production, and an animated feature film based on the Daytona International Speedway and the ISC racing circuit. His work involves both traditional media and digital content delivery platforms and technologies. Having worked with both major studios and independents for several decades, including most recently Participant Media, he and his colleagues develop and produce innovative new content for global audiences to experience.
Will has a Masters degree in History/Teaching and has taught in the public schools of Washington, D.C. as well as graduate level law school and other domestic and international courses as a regular professional panelist. He has published, lectured and been widely interviewed on television, radio and in print. He is a Member of the Producer's Council of the Producers Guild of America (PGA), a lifetime voting Member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), and a Member of the Academy of Television Arts and Science (ATAS), the National Academy of Recording Arts and Science (NARAS), the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences (AIAS) and a documentary and feature film producer who actively serves on Award Nominating Screening Juries for both the International Documentary Association (IDA) and AMPAS.
Mitchell Block is a documentary film producer. His works have won an Academy Award (Big Mama, 2001), been nominated (Poster Girl, 2006) and short-listed (The Testimony, 2006) for Oscars, as well. Carrier, his ten-hour landmark PBS series with its companion feature, Another Day in Paradise, won an Emmy and is one of the most-watched series in the history of PBS. It was the first and only time the US Navy allowed multiple film crews to embed on a warship for an entire six-month deployment. Block has made numerous acclaimed films including his short film No Lies which was selected to be part of the Library of Congress' National Register of Historical Films for preservation for all time. Each year only twenty-five films are added to the list from all American films produced since 1895. The other film's from Block's year include works by Martin Scorsese, George Lucas, Frances Ford Coppola, William Friedkin and Terrance Mallick. Block worked for seven years for Sheila Nevins, president of HBO Documentaries and Children's Programming as an acquisitions consultant finding emerging talent worldwide for HBO.
Paul Brooks is an entrepreneur, advisor, and investor who now leads 704Games and Peakland Innovation Group. Prior to founding Peakland, during his 22-year career in the NASCAR industry, Mr. Brooks served as President of NASCAR Media Group and Senior Vice President of NASCAR, and was responsible for all broadcasting, new media, licensing and consumer products, publishing, automotive aftermarket, and international business. He helped develop and consolidate NASCAR's long-term television and new media agreements with Fox, FX, NBC, Speed, and ABC/ESPN. As CEO of 704Games, he has recently launched new NASCAR video games on console, PC and mobile platforms that incorporate authentic NASCAR racing based on direct collaboration with top NASCAR drivers (i.e., NASCAR HEAT2.)
One of three partners in Broadthink, Cynthia Cleveland brings great expertise to developing brands.Broadthink (www.broad-think.com) is a media, marketing and branding company dedicated to optimizing the visions of businesses and individuals. Broad Think's Missionis to maximize opportunities while minimizing risk without compromising a brand's soul--through merchandising and licensing programs, media (books, TV, film, magazines, interactive games, syndicated columns), and marketing (promotions, database development, and direct sales). Broadthink's clients have included The Lithgow Palooza Co., Dean Koontz, Razor and Tie, Scholastic, Inc., Sony Wonder, The Learning Company, The Lennon Sisters, Wolfgang Puck Worldwide, Cartoon Network, Midway Games, National Geographic Society, Viacom/Paramount Consumer Products Group, John Lithgow Properties, Zenda, HBO, Participant Productions, Rainbow Media, Weller Grossman Productions, Grossett & Dunlap, Random House, Running Press, Simon & Schuster, The Penguin Publishing Group, Touchstone/Fireside and Grand Central Publishing.
Nancy Cushing-Jones is an expert in translating story concepts from one medium to another and is a recognized expert in all forms of print and digital publishing across all genres and age groups both domestically and internationally. She is acknowledged as one of the earliest creators of the "tie-in" publishing business, transforming it from a marketing-only function to a financially significant business. Nancy was also in the forefront of creating a new business for the development and licensing of videogame rights to filmed entertainment properties–now a multi-billion-dollar industry.
Jamie deRoy is equally celebrated as an actress, record producer, and talk show host. She is a gifted singer/comedienne, has appeared as Joan Rivers' opening act in New York and Los Angeles, and headlined at every major club in New York. Jamie has also enjoyed successful engagements at Caesar's, Showboat and Trump Plaza in Atlantic City, as well as at The Sahara in Lake Tahoe.
Rev. Jeff Grant, JD, M Div is an Executive, Motivational Speaker, Author, Minister, Advocate, Social Ethicist, Elizabeth Bush Award, Nantucket Project Fellow, JustLeadershipUSA Fifteen National Leaders in Criminal Justice.
Jeff is the Executive Director of Family ReEntry, Inc. He is the first person in the United States formerly incarcerated for a white-collar crime to be appointed as CEO of a major criminal justice nonprofit. He also serves as Executive Director of Progressive Prison Ministries, Inc., the first ministry in the country created to provide confidential support and counseling to individuals, families and organizations with white-collar and other nonviolent incarceration issues. After serving almost fourteen months in a Federal prison for a white-collar crime committed during his career as a lawyer, Jeff earned a Master of Divinity from Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York with a focus in Christian Social Ethics.