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JOHN HADITY

John Hadity is the Executive Vice President for EP Financial Solutions, the film financing subsidiary of Entertainment Partners, the global leader in entertainment payroll, residuals, extras casting, tax incentives, finance and other integrated production management solutions. Hadity oversees the monetization of tax credits as well as other forms of financing that the new venture is expected to enter into.

Prior to joining EP, Hadity was the President and CEO of Hadity & Associates, Inc., a consultancy firm that specializes in risk management and production finance for film and television. With over 20 years of studio experience, Hadity previously served as the Executive Vice President of Motion Picture & Television Production Finance for Miramax Films. During his 12 year tenure with the company he was responsible for a portfolio of production budgets valued in excess of $4 Billion. Hadity oversaw the strategic planning, risk management, labor relations, business affairs, tax, government relations and financial reporting for over 250 production entities, as well as managed all of the parent company’s structured finance and off balance sheet transactions. He has worked closely with government policymakers on the regional, state, provincial, and national levels in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Romania, Serbia, and in the United States in Washington D.C., New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Florida, and Puerto Rico, to incentivize the movement of production to these areas, resulting in over $250 Million being brought back into the studio while supporting inward investment in those territories. In addition to his corporate responsibilities at the company, Hadity also served as production rep on several Miramax releases including Academy Award winners SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE, THE ENGLISH PATIENT, EMMA and RESTORATION.

Hadity began his film career at Orion Classics, a division of Orion Pictures Corp., where he served as technical and administrative director on art and specialty film acquisitions including Gabriel Axel’s Oscar winning BABETTE’S FEAST, Akira Kurosawa’s RAN, Jean-Paul Rappeneau’s CYRANO DE BERGERAC, Pedro Almodovar’s WOMEN ON THE VERGE OF A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN, Bruno Nuytten’s CAMILLE CLAUDEL, Richard Linklater’s SLACKERS, Claude Berri’s JEAN DE FLORETTE and MANON OF THE SPRING, Wim Wenders’ WINGS OF DESIRE, several films by Eric Rohmer, and the re-release of Louis Malle’s MURMUR OF THE HEART.

Hadity departed Orion during its financial restructuring to join indy producer Donna Gigliotti at Universal Pictures where he managed Gigliotti’s independent production company, Tempesta Films. Projects originally developed and packaged under the Tempesta banner include the film adaptation of Walter Mosley’s acclaimed novel DEVIL IN A BLUE DRESS and first time director Dan Algrant’s NAKED IN NEW YORK executive produced by Martin Scorsese.

Immediately prior to joining Miramax in 1993, Hadity was with The Kennedy/Marshall Company, the independent production concern of former Amblin Entertainment producers Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall.

Hadity is the Chair Emeritus of the Producers Guild of America East, and has served on the MPAA’s Worldwide Production and International Tax Committees. His most recent films, MASTER HAROLD AND THE BOYS and BURNING BLUE, on which he serves as an Executive Producer, have completed production.

 

ALAN KORNBERG

Alan Kornberg is a Partner of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP, a New York-based law firm, where he chairs the Bankruptcy and Corporate Reorganization Department and is a member of the Firm’s Management Committee.

Kornberg handles chapter 11 cases, cross-border insolvency matters, out-of-court restructurings, bankruptcy-related acquisitions, bankruptcy-related litigation and insolvency-sensitive transactions.

Kornberg has served as the Second Circuit Regent of the American College of Bankruptcy and was Chair of the Committee on Bankruptcy and Corporate Reorganization of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York from 2005 to 2008.  He frequently mediates bankruptcy-related disputes and lectures on bankruptcy-related topics for local, national and international bar organizations.

Kornberg received his BA, Magna cum laude, from Brandeis University in 1974 and a JD from New York University School of Law in 1977.

Kornberg is Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Bennington College, where he has served as a Trustee since 2004.  He also serves as a Director of New Music USA, and previously served on the boards of Classical Action, the Lubovitch Dance Foundation and Photographers + Friends United Against AIDS.

MARK GUDE

Mark Gude is a former relator at DCRE Residential, the most cutting edge and creative real estate marketing and sales firm in Washington, D.C. Currently, he lives in New York City and is one of the newest additions to the Tectonic Board of Directors.

 

RICHARD SHEEHAN

Richard Sheehan has been in the banking industry for over 30 years, presently working as a commercial lender for New York Commercial Bank. As a student at Fordham University, Richard studied screenwriting and filmmaking, and for many years was a fixture in the NYC independent film scene, working closely with producers on financing and volunteering with various not-for- profit film organizations.

Richard is a life- long supporter of the theater, and is proud to be able to work with both the board and the staff at Tectonic in producing theater experiences that are life changing and life affirming.

AMY STURSBERG

Amy Stursberg is the Executive Director of the Blackstone Charitable Foundation. Since joining the Foundation, Stursberg has been responsible for the creation of a programmatic plan for the Foundation and the distribution of funds. Prior to joining the Foundation in 2008, Stursberg served on the Spitzer Administration transition team. She had been a consultant to the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation managing the award of $35 million in cultural enhancement grants and $30 million in community grants in Lower Manhattan. Prior to that, Stursberg worked at the September 11th Fund serving as a consultant to The Chair of the Board, Program Director for Economic Development and Revitalization, and then as the last Director of the Fund, overseeing its sunsetting. Stursberg has also held positions in the Office of Management and Budget for the NYC Mayors Office and at the Department of Health and Human Services in Washington DC. She has also worked as a university administrator and foundation officer. Stursberg currently serves on the boards of Clemente Soto Velez Cultural Center and Tectonic Theater Project. She received her BA from the University of Michigan with honors and a Masters in Public policy from the John F Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

 

MICHAEL GRAZIANO

After 20 years at Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, Michael Graziano is now freelancing as an independent Event Producer, Production Manager and Writer/Director.

After moving to New York City to pursue a career as an actor, Graziano began volunteering for Broadway Cares, eventually joining the staff as a Producer before serving as its Producing Director for the last 13 years. He is incredibly proud to have helped build the organization into one of the nation’s most respected non-profits in the areas of fundraising, community building, and theatrical production.

Graziano is a seasoned professional with experience in both non-profit management and event production. He is an excellent collaborator, communicator and strategist. His personal strengths are quiet leadership, logistics, and attention to detail. He works organically with his team to develop an individualized and creative approach to each project.

Graziano is also committed to helping non-profit organizations which work towards social justice. In addition to Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, he has been involved with advising and creating events for Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund, Bailey House, The Actors Fund, Gay Games, and Artists Striving to End Poverty.

 

 

ANDREW HINDMAN

Andrew Asa Hindman joined Tobira in April 2011 and is President and Chief Executive Officer. He has served in various strategic and operational roles within the biopharmaceutical industry. Most recently as Senior Vice President, Corporate Development at Nodality Inc., a biotechnology company developing molecular diagnostics and personalized medicine approaches to drug development, he managed strategy and execution of collaborations with major pharmaceutical and biotech companies. Prior to joining Nodality, Hindman was Vice President of Corporate Development at Onyx Pharmaceuticals where he led the acquisition of Proteolix, Inc. in 2009. During his 10-year tenure with Gilead Sciences, Hindman held a series of positions increasing in responsibility within corporate development, commercial operations and government affairs. Prior to Gilead, he helped establish the biotechnology investment banking franchise at J.P. Morgan. Hindman holds a Masters in Business Administration from Columbia Business School and a B.A. (Biochemistry and Economics, with High Honors) from Wesleyan University.

 

JEFFREY LaHOSTE

Jeffrey LaHoste is an Emmy and Tony Award-nominated writer/producer of acclaimed and influential works in the United States and abroad.  He was nominated for an Emmy Award as a writer of the HBO film The Laramie Project, which also received a nomination for Outstanding Made for Television Movie.  Laramie won the Humanitas Prize, the National Board of Review (Best Film Made for Cable Television) and the GLAAD Media Award, and was the opening night selection of the 20th anniversary Sundance Film Festival, before being screened at the Berlin and Deauville Film Festivals.

LaHoste was a co-creator of the stage version of The Laramie Project, which became a cultural phenomenon, receiving thousands of productions in every state and many countries, and becoming a staple of the high school and college dramatic repertoire and diversity curricula.  The follow-up to the play, entitled The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later, was mounted by more than 100 theater companies on one night (October 12, 2009) in an extraordinary event that linked all of the productions in a simultaneous live webcast.  The two plays subsequently toured several states in the accompanied by officials from the United States Department of Justice Civil Rights Division, who used the tour as an occasion to perform community outreach and education for local law enforcement around the protections guaranteed under the newly signed Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act.

With Tectonic Theater Project, the company he co-founded with Moisés Kaufman, LaHoste has produced many award-winning plays, including Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde, Tennessee Williams’ One Arm, Puss in Boots/El Gato con Botas and 33 Variations, which ran on Broadway with Jane Fonda in the lead role, and for which he received a Tony Award nomination for Best Play.  Tectonic also received an Emmy Award nomination as Executive Producer of Kirby Dick’s documentary film Outrage.

LaHoste is the author of Elysian Fields, a television series in development which was recently chosen as a participating project in the Producers’ Guild of America’s Diversity Workshop.

JEFFREY LAWHORN

Jeff Lawhorn is the Director of Legal and Business Affairs and Senior Counsel at RadicalMedia. RadicalMedia has produced award winning and critically acclaimed projects in a variety of media, including television shows, feature films, television commercials and branded and immersive events. Jeffrey’s work includes serving as production counsel for the series My Next Guest Needs No Introduction with David Letterman (Netflix), The Fourth Estate (Showtime), Mars (Nat Geo), Stand Against Evil (IFC), Abstract: The Art of Design (Netflix), Oprah’s Master Class (OWN), America Divided (EPIX), for the live-capture of the Broadway play Oh, Hello on Broadway (Netflix) and for the documentary films May It Last: A Portrait of the Avett Brothers (HBO) and Hamilton’s America (PBS), which concerns the life of Alexander Hamilton and creation of Hamilton: An American Musical. Before RadicalMedia, Jeff was a New York-based entertainment attorney in private practice at Cowan DeBaets Abrahams and Sheppard, concentrating in the areas of scripted feature film and theatre development, financing, production and distribution. In this capacity, Jeff was production counsel for such films as Still Alice (Julianne Moore), November Man (Pierce Brosnan), and Norman (Richard Gere) and for the Broadway production of Chaplin: The Musical and Off-Broadway production of Becoming Dr. Ruth. Jeff has also worked in the theatre business as a director, actor/dancer and talent agent and enjoys helping creatives turn their ideas into tangible realities. When he first moved to New York, Jeff was an intern at Tectonic and later worked with the company as a dramaturge. He is excited to be involved as a member of the Tectonic board and to continue helping bring new works to life.

SCOTT MAURO

Scott Mauro is an award-winning Executive Producer, creator of theatrical productions, live events and television specials. Before establishing his own production company in 1993- Scott Mauro Entertainment, Inc. – Mauro was Director of Network Specials for Walt Disney Television servings as Executive Producer and Creative Director on all of Disney’s NBC specials. Since starting SME, Mauro has served as Executive Producer, director and consultant on many of the entertainment industry’s most acclaimed, star-studded award galas, concerts and live television specials.

Broadway: The Glass Menagerie (revival starring Cherry Jones and Zachary Quinto, 2014 Outer Critics Circle, Drama Desk Awards, Tony nom.), Priscilla: Queen of the DesertPromises, Promises, and Nice Work If You Can Get It.

Event Production: NY Pops 30th Anniversary Concert at Carnegie Hall; Museum of the Moving Image 2015 Salute to Julianne Moore, the 2013 Salute to Kevin Spacey, the 2012 Salute to Hugh Jackman and the 2011 Salute to Alec Baldwin; the UCLA Visionary Awards Gala in Los Angeles for the past seven years; The EnvironmentalMedia Awards for three years; The Princess Grace Foundation Awards Gala for the past ten years; The Woman’s Day Red Dress Awards at Lincoln Center benefiting The American Heart Association at Lincoln Center for the past eight years; The Richard Rodgers Centennial for the Actors Fund; UNICEF’s Inaugural Gala celebrating 50 Years of Celebrity Advocacy; The UNICEF Snowflake Gala and Concert both in NY and LA for the past ten years;Norman Lear’s Spirit of Liberty Awards in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and Washington, D.C.; The Palm Springs Film Festival Awards Gala for 8 years; Santa Barbara Film Festival Awards; Operation Smile’s Smile Gala in Los Angeles and New York for the past 10 years; Oscar De La Hoya’s Night of Champions Awards Gala; the 16th & 17th Annual Producer’s Guild Awards; “Dreamgirls – The 20th Anniversary Reunion Concert; The 20th Anniversary of “Hair” at the United Nations and many others.

For television, he served as Executive Producer and Packager on The 7th and8th Annual Soap Opera Update Awards for Lifetime and Rosemary Clooney’s Golden Anniversary: An All-Star Tribute for A&E.   Mauro served as a production and creative consultant on numerous award winning television specials including The 40th , 50th, 51st and 52nd Annual Tony Awards forCBS; Night of 100 Stars at Radio City; Downtown Abbey Preview Specials forPBS for the past five years; Ken Burn’s 25th Anniversary of the Civil War Special (PBS); Liza’s at the Palace for PBS; Cher Live at the Mirage for CBS;Diana Ross Live in Central Park for Showtime; the Parade of Stars at the Palace Theatre for ABC.

Mauro worked as Executive Producer and Creative Director on the Disney NBC special, The Grand Opening of the Disney/MGM Studios, which took home two Emmy Awards. His other Disney theme park specials include The Disney All-Star Comedy Circus, The Disney/NBC Season Preview and Mickey’s 60th Birthday among others. Mauro also earned an Emmy Nomination as writer and producer for the PBS special, The Whimsical World of Oz.

Mauro currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Actors Fund of America. He has also served on the Board of Directors for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, New Dramatists, the Bogart Children’s Cancer Foundation and Center Theatre Group (CTG).

 

JEFFREY RESSLER

Jeffrey Ressler currently resides in La Jolla, CA.  He is married to his wife, Vivien.

He serves on various Boards, including as the immediate past Chair of the La Jolla Playhouse, the San Diego Jewish Community Foundation, and the former President of San Diego Center for Jewish Culture.  He is a member of the California and New York State Bars, and he has served as an assistant District Attorney in Queens, NY.

Ressler served in the military from 1968-1970, where he was awarded the army commendation medal.

 

GEORGE SLOWIK

George is the Owner/President of Publishers Weekly, where he enjoys working with the literary community and moving a legacy brand into the electronic opportunities the brand affords. In 1993, George helped found OUT magazine, the first legitimate LGBT magazine. OUT’s mission focused on the state of being “out” in a very political time. In 2008, he joined The American Prospect, a liberal political magazine, in order to establish a secure home for it. In 2010 it was merged with NYC think tank Demos. He is passionate about causes concerning HIV/AIDS response, LGBT rights, and defense of the first amendment. He has served on a number of boards including New York Theater Workshop and 14 years with DIFFA (Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS), where he is a chair emeritus. George attended University of Baltimore and NYU for a post-graduate diploma in magazine publishing.

DEBORAH TAYLOR

Broad­way: the Tony Award-winning La Cage aux Folles and Green Day’s American Idiot. Off Off-Broadway: Street Lights, NYMF; Abe Lincoln’s Big Gay Dance Party; Tracy Letts’s Killer Joe; Deborah Zoe Laufer’s The Last Schwartz; Allison Moore’s Slasher. Film: Highway Courtesans and Stomp: a pulse odyssey. Producer of the Global Age Project, the Aurora Theatre and a board member of Moises Kaufman’s Tectonic Theater Project and the San Francisco Ballet. Current projects include The King’s Speech and Marcus Gardley’s Dance of the Holy Ghost, Broadway 2011.

TED TRIMPA

Ted Trimpa is the Principal and President of Trimpa Group, LLC, a progressive consulting, philanthropic and political investment advising, and government relations firm specializing in public policy advocacy and political strategy at the state and federal levels. Trimpa brings more than a decade of government relations and political consulting experience with a proven record of results. Trimpa is one of the country’s most sought-after advocates resulting from his deep understanding of the national and multi-state public policy, political and nonprofit landscape.  He has been recognized in national publications, including The Atlantic Monthly, National Review, The Advocate, and The Weekly Standard for his central role in designing cutting-edge public policy strategies.

 

AARON WALTON

Aaron Walton is co-­founder of Walton Isaacson (WI), a full service advertising agency, with offices in Los Angeles, Chicago, New York and Tokyo. His boundless creativity and strategic acumen have made him one of the most admired executives throughout advertising, brand marketing and the entertainment industry. Under his leadership, Walton Isaacson was honored this year with ‘Advertising Agency of the Year’ by Black Enterprise, and in 2012 was named one of the ‘Small Agencies of the Year’ by Ad Age.

With an expressed mission to be the “Planet’s Most Interesting Agency”, WI was founded in 2006 by Walton and fellow industry leader Cory Isaacson, in partnership with famed NBA superstar/entrepreneurial legend, Earvin “Magic” Johnson. The company’s mission has been a breakout success, leading to inventive and dynamic business relationships with brands and organizations including Lexus, Verizon Wireless, One.org, Tequila Avión, Jim Beam’s Courvoisier, Knob Creek, Basil Hayden, Kilbeggan and Skinnygirl Brands, Right Gin, Unilever’s Axe, Dove, Clear and Degree Brands, Samsung, McDonald’s and Forbes magazine.

Walton began his career as a marketing executive with the Pepsi-­‐Cola Company in Purchase, New York. He joined Pepsi-­‐Cola as a marketing analyst and was quickly promoted to brand management for the Pepsi and Mountain Dew Brands. Walton’s resounding knowledge of the entertainment industry and pop culture proved invaluable to a company that was making huge competitive gains through its identification with popular music. He soon became Entertainment Marketing Manager for Pepsi and developed the entertainment marketing strategy for the entire company. After his stint at Pepsi, he started his own company, Aaron Walton Entertainment (AWE), which he later sold in 2001 to Omnicom’s DAS division and took on the additional responsibilities as President of the Radiate Entertainment Group: a network of 40 experiential marketing agencies housed in Omnicom’s Diversified Agency Services division; he left Radiate in 2006.

Walton has received numerous advertising and creative awards. He has been honored with the advertising and marketing industry’s prestigious ADCOLOR® Advocate Award (2011) and was selected by Out magazine as one of the “100 Most Compelling People of 2010.” Additionally, WI was named Southern California’s Minority “Supplier Of The Year” for their work with Toyota Motor Sales Lexus Division in 2010, 2011 and 2012.

Born in 1961, Walton grew up in Massachusetts and attended Babson College in Wellesley, MA. In 1983, he received a Bachelor of Science Degree with a double major in Management/Organizational Behavior and Communications. As just one of two African-­‐American students in his graduating class, Walton was elected student body president in 1982, and recently completed his appointed term as a Trustee at the College. Walton is a board advisor for the HollyRod Foundation, which is dedicated to providing compassionate care to those living with Autism and Parkinson’s disease.

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TIM WU

Tim Wu is an attorney based in San Fransisco, CA.

BARBARA WHITMAN

Barbara Whitman made her Broadway debut producing A Raisin in the Sun, starring Sean Combs. Other Broadway credits include Red (Tony Award, Best Play), Next to Normal (Pulitzer Prize), Hamlet starring Jude Law, 33 Variations starring Jane Fonda, Mary Stuart, Legally Blonde – The Musical, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. In the West End, she produced Piaf, starring Elena Roger. National tours include Next to Normal, Legally Blonde – The Musical, …Spelling Bee, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and Frost/Nixon. Upcoming projects include Murder for Two, a musical comedy murder mystery, a new musical based on the documentary Hands on a Hardbody, and a musical version of Little Miss Sunshine. A native New Yorker, Whitman attended NYU’s Gallatin School and received an MFA in Theatre Management and Producing from Columbia University. She is currently the East Coast Chair of Northwestern University’s School of Communications National Advisory Committee, and Chair Emeritus of Play Group Theatre, a Westchester based theater for children and teens. She is a member of the Broadway League, as well as Actors’ Equity Association, the Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists. Her proudest productions are her two sons, Daniel and Will.

KEVIN JENNINGS

Kevin Jennings is executive director of the Arcus Foundation, a private, global foundation committed to advancing lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality worldwide. He has made a long and distinguished career as an educator, social justice activist and author. He began his career as a high school history teacher and athletic coach. Later, Jennings founded the Gay, Lesbian Straight Education Network, a national organization for LGBT and straight teachers, parents, students and community members seeking to end anti-LGBT bias in American schools. From 2009 to 2011, he was Assistant Deputy Secretary of Education in the first administration of President Barack Obama. Jennings has authored six books, including Mama’s Boy, Preacher’s Son: A Memoir, which was named a Book of Honor by the American Library Association. He graduated magna cum laude in history from Harvard University in 1985 and earned a master’s degree in education from Columbia Teacher’s College. He also earned a master’s degree in business administration from New York University’s Stern School of Business.