Jennie Morris has been working in television programming and marketing for 20 years and is currently SVP, Content Strategy at Warner Media. Prior to this role, she was Programming Strategy Lead at Facebook working on the launch of Facebook Watch. Her other past roles include EVP, Acquisitions, Research and Operations at Participant Media’s cable channel, Pivot, running Global Marketing for AMC Networks and various Programming roles at Showtime and Sundance Channel. Jennie is continually fascinated by the evolution of the business of film and television and is happy to be along for the wild ride. Jennie earned her JD/MSW from Boston College and her BA in Russian Studies from UC Santa Cruz. She lives in LA with her husband, 2 sons and occasionally aggressive but adorable dog.
Moira Griffin is the Executive Director of Production, Creative Labs for 21st Century Fox where she is charged with furthering Fox’s goals to create content that reflects the company’s global audience, attracts diverse storytellers, and positions the film, television studios and the networks as the home for innovative storytelling. She is the former head of Diversity Initiatives at the Sundance Institute where she focused on developing diverse artists while by helping them gain access to the programs within the institute, as well introducing them to the international marketplace, finance and emerging technologies. Prior to her position as Sundance she worked as an Independent Producer and Strategist based in New York and Los Angeles.
Courtney Sheehan is a film consultant and curator based in Los Angeles. From 2013-2018, she was artistic and executive director for Northwest Film Forum, the art house theater and nonprofit film center in Seattle. Prior to joining the Forum, Courtney curated and produced film programs for theaters and festivals on three continents. On a year-long Watson Fellowship, Courtney investigated the organizational structures, community roles, and programming strategies of twenty film festivals and media centers in India, Spain, the Netherlands, Brazil, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Serbia and Macedonia. As a journalist, she has covered events ranging from the world's largest documentary festival to South America's largest animation festival, and is published in The Independent, Senses of Cinema, and Bitch Magazine. Co-founder of the Seventh Art Stand, a national series of films from the countries and people affected by the travel bans, and the Alliance for Action, a national working group for equity in the art house, Courtney strives to build coalition through her work with film and media. Courtney has also programmed for the Criterion Channel. She was named one of the “50 Most Influential Women in Seattle” by Seattle Met Magazine in 2018. In 2017, she was recognized with the City of Seattle Mayor’s Arts Award for Arts & Innovation. She occasionally performs as her drag king alter ego, Shehunk.
Missy Laney has worked in independent film as a producer, festival programmer, and marketing and distribution strategist and is currently the Director of Development at Adult Swim. An advocate for artist sustainability, champion of diverse storytellers, and a supporter of advancing technology for the film market, Laney guided over 125 digital film releases with projects from Laura Poitras, Paul Thomas Anderson, Shane Carruth, Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady, Penny Lane, Tiffany Shlain, among others.
Laney previously worked at the Sundance Institute growing their #ArtistServices Initiative, a program that focused on how technology is changing the way audiences interact with films, and at BitTorrent Inc leading their film strategy where she launched The Discovery Fund, BitTorrent's first ever artist granting initiative. Laney has presented salons, panels, and workshops around the world, working with collaborators such as Sundance Film Festival, Knight Foundation, San Francisco Film Society, Festival Internacional de Cine de Morelia, Oaxaca Film Festival, IFP, Sheffield Doc Fest, and SXSW. Her presentations and content have been featured on Variety, Indiewire, Filmmaker Magazine, and NoFilmSchool.com. She studied film at California’s Chapman University, where she was an award-winning producer with honors from Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival, Provincetown International Film Festival, Hamburg International Short Film Festival, among others.
Dr. Dina Ibrahim
Dr. Dina Ibrahim is a Professor of Broadcast & Electronic Communication Arts at San Francisco State University. She teaches TV, Radio and Digital news production, live interviewing techniques and on-camera media performance. She reported and produced for the BBC World Service, United Press International, CNN & NPR. She is also Executive Director of the CSU Entertainment Alliance, which aims to connect and align campuses to entertainment and technology companies. Her media research interests include innovative content creation, impact on audiences, American depictions of the Mideast, as well as post-revolution Egypt. Her B.A. in Journalism & M.A. in Mideast Studies are from the American University in Cairo and her Journalism Ph.D. is from the University of Texas at Austin.
Kathy Govier is the Sr. Director of Marketing & Brand Activation for WarnerMedia’s domestic distribution sales and marketing. In her role, she is responsible for the development and execution of multi-platform marketing, creative and promotional campaigns for WarnerMedia’s portfolio of networks including TNT, TBS, TCM, truTV, CNN, HLN, CNNE, Boomerang, Cartoon Network, and Adult Swim. Her film festival involvement includes partnerships with the TCM Film Festival as well as the Telluride Film Festival.
Christy Lemire is a longtime film critic who writes for RogerEbert.com and co-hosts the Breakfast All Day Podcast. She also appears regularly on KPCC FilmWeek and KCRW Press Play and is a correspondent for "The SoCal Scene" on Spectrum News 1. Christy is a third-generation Los Angeles native who lives in L.A. with her husband and son.
Weiko Lin is a writer/producer who has written projects for the Mark Gordon Company, Ivanhoe Pictures, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, Don Mischer Productions, the Unison Company (Taiwan), and Wanda Pictures (China). For the screen, Weiko adapted River Town, the New York Times Notable Book by Peter Hessler for Fugitive Films and director Lu Chuan (City of Life and Death, Disney Nature’s Born in China). In television, he has written a pilot for Super Deluxe (former digital studio of Turner).
Thomas Hefferon, born in London, England but raised in Dublin, Ireland, grew up with a fascination of storytelling and motion picture. A self-taught filmmaker, his short films have played at hundreds of major international film festivals, winning a slew of awards along the way. Moving into advertising Thomas quickly established himself, directing campaigns for Jameson, Jaguar and Land Rover, Johnson & Johnson and a whole host of other major global brands. Along with his writing partner TJ Hundtofte, he is currently in active development on a science fiction thriller with one of Hollywood’s top film producers, Lucas Foster (‘Crimson Tide’, ‘Mr. & Mrs Smith’, and ‘Jumper’), with a prospective release date of the spring 2021.
Towards the end of 2018 Thomas started working with X2 Games, a gaming company founded by Nolan Bushnell (the founder of Atari and inventor of Pong) and Zai Ortiz (who designed the look of Jarvis from Iron Man). Bringing his expansive knowledge of emotional storytelling to the company, Thomas worked on the story side of their debut game, a neo-noir murder mystery called ‘St. Noire’. In addition to this he also helped to craft a marketing campaign to showcase the unique world of St. Noire through a series promo films for the game.