Rick DeWitt, Senior/ Principle Partner...
......is a photographer, cinematographer, and film maker. He holds degrees from UCLA film program and American Film Institute (MA Cinematography). He began his work in professional film with veteran movie producers Robert Chartoff and Irwin Winkler. He was involved in the script-to-screen process on Round Midnight, Betrayed, and the Music Box with European film directors Bertrand Tavernier and Costa Gavras. He also worked on Rocky IV and Martin Scorsese's Goodfellas. Rick has written over 10 screenplays and most recently was hired to write a contemporary adaptation based on the Winnetou Trilogy, the most sold books in Europe written by Germany's most celebrated writer, Carl May. He completed his internship at AFI with Clint Eastwood's Academy Award winning DP, Jack Green. He has shot feature films, short films, commercials, PSA's, industrials, and documentaries for many companies including Dreamworks SKG. He is currently in Pre-Production on an EverWitt Productions Indie feature film through their Longbow Films entity called, Wilderness. The script is based on the Battle of the Wilderness during the American Civil War and is a character driven Thriller / Black Comedy that will go into production May of 2018.
J.H. Everett, Senior/ Principle Partner...
...is an artist and writer. He holds a Ph.D in History from the University of California, Irvine. He is currently co-creating a middle-grade nonfiction series, Haunted Histories: Creepy Castles, Dark Dungeons, and Powerful Palaces, HenryHolt Publishing, MacMillan Press, Inc. And, is co-authoring the biography ofHannaBarbera artist/designer Bob Singer. He was a regularlycontributing illustrator for the Los Angleles Times, Kid's Reading Corner. Ev's first picturebook, The Candy Palace, was published by the MMJ Foundation Press and Second Harvest Food Bank. In partnership with MMJ Foundation, Ev has also helped create and implement the school giving programs forthe Candy Palace project. Ev also the artist ambassador for the CandyPalace Charity. In addition to his current book projects, Ev has worked as a freelance concept illustrator for Jim Henson Company and has created concept covers for Scholastic Books. He served as an editor on Me and My World, as well as several other titles for the educational publisher, TeacherCreated Resources. He has written articles for children’s literaturepublications and websites including: SCBWI Kite Tales, Children’s Book Insider, and The Reading Tub and is a featured author in the California Reader's Association and Authors Now! www.evstanton.com
Nadim Najm, Executive Partner - After graduating from California State University, Fullerton with aBA in Business Administration, Nadim has spent the past 10 years atGroup Publishing, serving as the lead publisher in their teenage education department. His duties included acquisitions, projectmanagement, content development, and team management. He and hiscolleagues have become thought leaders in their area of publishing, leading the way in innovation and market share.
Thom Stanley, Puppeteer/ Producer - Co-owner of Bob’s Your Uncle Productions in Atlanta. He is an accomplished puppet builder, puppeteer, producer and art director. His puppetry credits include, Muppets from Space, several short films, a TV pilot for Lin Manuel Miranda as well as numerous promos and commercials. He is currently the lead puppeteer on a film produced by Heather Henson titled “The Woods”. As a producer, he’s worked for such clients as McDonalds, Coca-Cola, Mattel, Hasbro, Cartoon Network and Warner Brothers. When he’s not busy producing or performing, you just might find him teaching classes at the Center for Puppetry Arts.
BJ Guyer - Puppetry & Production Advisor - Owner of The Puppet Shop in Los Angeles and co-owner of Bob’s Your Uncle Productions in Atlanta and has been working professionally as a puppet designer, fabricator, puppeteer, and producer in the entertainment industry for the last 25 years. He is also a Master instructor for the Stan Winston School of Character Arts in puppet design and construction. A few of his notable television credits include Crank Yankers, The Book Of Pooh, Elmo videos and Holiday videos for Sesame Street, Between the Lions for PBS, Cartoon Network's Chowder and GLEE. His film credits include Muppets From Space, Team America, The Muppets, and "Yamasong: March of the Hollows", currently in production and has over 100 commercial credits. BJ's puppets have also made their mark on the music industry appearing with multiple international artists including Ed Sheeran's 2014 Best Male Music Video of the Year "Sing".
Gabriel McKeagney, Show Tools and Shop Expert Advisor - Gabriel is a Master wood craftsman hailing from Ireland and a fifth-generation family known for their skills in woodwork and coach building. He is a Dad to Brian, Therese and Ronan and constantly exposes his kids to his woodworking projects and often has them involved. He has won 5 National Awards for his work as a furniture designer/builder here in the US. Having mastered the art of furniture making, Gabe now likes to build heirloom pieces of furniture. His love of art, aesthetic and balance controls his work and drives his original designs. He prefers local woods, designs his work thoughtfully and has recently been exploring building new furniture lines whilst exploring his ancestral aesthetic. Gabriel is advisor to the show on anything involving tools, tool safety, shop and garage work, building processes, and project planning and design.
Amanda Dwight, Intellectual Property representation - Amanda V. Dwight is a graduate of the UCLA Schoolof Law where she was the recipient of two fellowships. At UCLA, Ms. Dwight served as the Chief Articles Editor of the Pacific Basin LawJournal and judicial extern for the Honorable Gary L. Taylor, U.S. District Court of California, Central District. Ms. Dwight also createda program to intake asylum seekers for the Center for Human Rights andConstitutional Law. Ms. Dwight is co-author of a leading treatise ontrademark prosecution law, Trademark Registration Practice(Thomson-West), and the only practice guide in the U.S. concerningtrademark examining procedures, Practitioner’s Trademark Manual ofExamining Procedure (Thomson-West). She has been a guest speaker andinstructor at local and national organizations; including the nationalMAGIC Marketplace fashion tradeshow, regarding intellectual propertymatters. Prior to attending law school, Ms. Dwight was acomputer programmer and systems consultant for Andersen Consulting (nowAccenture) and an in-house systems analyst for Gannet, Co. At Andersen, Ms. Dwight developed distribution control systems for Fortune 500companies. At Gannet, Ms. Dwight installed and supported advertisingsystems for over fifty newspapers throughout the country. Ms. Dwight received her Bachelor of Science as anhonors graduate from the University of Virginia, McIntire School ofCommerce with a major in Management Information Systems and Marketing.