The Arts, Film & Theatre

Marion Abrams is the producer and videographer for the Spartan Up Podcast, which she co-created with Spartan Race CEO, Joe De Sena. As Marion explains, the Spartan brand is more than just an obstacle race, and their six-weekly podcast shows are designed to supplement their racer’s mind and body training.
Marion Abrams is the producer and videographer for the Spartan Up Podcast, which she co-created with Spartan Race CEO, Joe De Sena. As Marion explains, the Spartan brand is more than just an obstacle race, and their six-weekly podcast shows are designed to supplement their racer’s mind and body training.
Samson Styles is a filmmaker, documentarian and co-founder of JayCity Enterprise a production company which develops content for digital and linear platforms.   His most recent documentary KILLING BEEF: Gun Violence in the Black Community has won Best Documentary at film festivals and has been picked up by REVOLT TV.
Marion Abrams is the producer and videographer for the Spartan Up Podcast, which she co-created with Spartan Race CEO, Joe De Sena. As Marion explains, the Spartan brand is more than just an obstacle race, and their six-weekly podcast shows are designed to supplement their racer’s mind and body training.
Samson Styles is a filmmaker, documentarian and co-founder of JayCity Enterprise a production company which develops content for digital and linear platforms.   His most recent documentary KILLING BEEF: Gun Violence in the Black Community has won Best Documentary at film festivals and has been picked up by REVOLT TV.
Samson Styles is a filmmaker, documentarian and co-founder of JayCity Enterprise a production company which develops content for digital and linear platforms.   His most recent documentary KILLING BEEF: Gun Violence in the Black Community has won Best Documentary at film festivals and has been picked up by REVOLT TV.
Arbi Derzakharian was the senior director of operations and post-production at IMAX, where he oversaw the supply chain and process involved in getting films, some produced by IMAX and others produced at different entertainment studios, into IMAX theatres.
Arbi Derzakharian was the senior director of operations and post-production at IMAX, where he oversaw the supply chain and process involved in getting films, some produced by IMAX and others produced at different entertainment studios, into IMAX theatres.
George Leon is the CEO and founder of Cakewalk Entertainment, a full-service promotional marketing entertainment agencies which pushes entertainment properties and brands beyond the silver screen and into consumers’ everyday lives. With more than 25 years of experience, Leon is a one-of-a-kind specialist in global promotions and franchise development in the entertainment space.
Sharon Chang is a Vice President and Talent Agent in the non-scripted television department at William Morris Endeavor (WME), a division of the Endeavor Talent Agency. Sharon landed her first job, equipped with a freshly minted English degree from Vassar College, at CBS Sports.
Scott Lowell is an actor who has plied his trade both onstage and onscreen. After graduating from Connecticut College in 1987 with a BA in Theater, Scott moved to Chicago to begin his career onstage in various productions. Despite being a self-proclaimed ‘theater snob’, Scott’s acting chops eventually led him to various roles on the big screen, playing characters such as Dr. Douglas Filmore in the hit procedural drama Bones. However, Scott is perhaps best known for his role as Ted Schmidt in the television drama Queer as Folk, a series following the lives of five gay men living in Pennsylvania. Since starring in the series, Scott has since made a return to theater, performing in various roles in the Broadway revival of The Elephant Man in 2014.
Michele Bettencourt is the Co-CEO and Founder of He Said/She Said, a film production company and the Executive Producer of the documentary film, “Beautiful Lie” the story of Michele’s transition from Anthony Bettencourt to Michele a non-binary transgender m2f (male to female).  “Beautiful Lie” is scheduled to be released in the summer of 2019 at various film festivals. Michele’s documentary was filmed while she transitioned professionally, and personally, from the President, CEO and Chairman of Imperva, a cyber security software and services company, and from male to non-binary transgender m2f.  Michele is also a musician who wrote, sang and played drums on the rock album entitled “New Normal” available on iTunes. Michele served in those roles since she joined Imperva in 2014.  Prior to working at Imperva, Michele was President, CEO and Chairman of Coverity from 2010 to 2014, replacing the founder.  Michele has worked in Silicon Valley since 1982 when she dropped out of college at the University of Santa Clara where she was majoring in English. She later went back to Santa Clara in her mid-40’s to complete her B.A. in 2006.
Michele Bettencourt is the Co-CEO and Founder of He Said/She Said, a film production company and the Executive Producer of the documentary film, “Beautiful Lie” the story of Michele’s transition from Anthony Bettencourt to Michele, a non-binary transgender m2f (male to female).  “Beautiful Lie” is scheduled to be released in the summer of 2019 at various film festivals. Michele’s documentary was filmed while she transitioned professionally from the President, CEO and Chairman of Imperva, a cyber security software and services company.  Michele is also a musician who wrote, sang and played drums on the rock album entitled “New Normal” available on iTunes. Michele served in those roles since she joined Imperva in 2014.  Prior to working at Imperva, Michele was President, CEO and Chairman of Coverity from 2010 to 2014, replacing the founder.  Michele has worked in Silicon Valley since 1982 when she dropped out of college at the University of Santa Clara where she was majoring in English. She later went back to Santa Clara in her mid-40’s to complete her B.A. in 2006.
Daniel Israel is Assistant Manager of Touring at New York City’s world famous Jazz at Lincoln Center, whose mission is to entertain, enrich and expand a global community for jazz through performance, education and advocacy. Because jass is improvisational it celebrates personal freedom and encourages individual expression. Daniel is also a musical composer who has been a part of the BMI Musical Theatre Workshop for over a decade where he worked with a lyricist to produce a number of musicals including Austin the Unstoppable. Prior to joining Jazz at Lincoln Center with Wynton Marsalis, Daniel worked for almost 6 years as an artist representative, or agent, in the jazz industry.  Daniel graduated from the University of Rochester where he graduated Magna Cum Laude with a B.A. in Music.
Sharon Chang is Vice-President and Talent Agent in the Non-Scripted Television department at the global entertainment, sports and fashion agency, WME (a division of ENDEAVOR).  Chang joined WME in 2014 after the agency acquired the sports marketing and management company, IMG, and is based out of NYC.  She is responsible for representing, managing and developing network, cable, regional and digital entertainment, news and sports host talent, anchors, correspondents, contributors and lifestyle personalities.  Chang is also responsible for representing non-scripted talent and production companies in syndicated and network broadcast entertainment and cable series programming. Through the years, she has recruited, developed and managed top-tier talent in sports, news and entertainment.  Prior to joining IMG, Chang spent 12-years at CBS Sports where she launched and built her career in broadcasting starting in 1984 after graduating from Vassar College. Her experience at CBS spanned across the areas of talent relations, production and programming. Chang is a member of the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) and the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ).
Scott Lowell is an actor who has plied his trade both onstage and onscreen. After graduating from Connecticut College in 1987 with a BA in Theater, Scott moved to Chicago to begin his career onstage in various productions. Despite being a self-proclaimed ‘theater snob’, Scott’s acting chops eventually led him to various roles on the big screen, playing characters such as Dr. Douglas Filmore in the hit procedural drama Bones. However, Scott is perhaps best known for his role as Ted Schmidt in the television drama Queer as Folk, a series following the lives of five gay men living in Pennsylvania. Since starring in the series, Scott has since made a return to theater, performing in various roles in the Broadway revival of The Elephant Man in 2014. Most notably, he has written, produced, and starred in Adoptable!, a play based on his own story about his journey to find his birth parents. Scott will be the first to tell you that being an actor has its ups, but that it can also be pretty mentally and psychologically taxing. You’ve seen him onscreen, but get ready to hear Scott tackle your important career questions and give you an inside look on the entertainment industry!  Lights, camera… action and press play on this insightful episode of T4C!
Becky D’Anna is the Executive Director of International Theatrical Promotions at Sony Pictures Entertainment and has been obsessed with movies since she was a child. By the time she was 15 she knew exactly what she wanted to do: market movies.  She figured her best bet was to go to a university in the Los Angeles area. So, she applied to USC and got in. During her studies in LA, Becky interned at two different film-related companies-- first, at a literary management company and then a film production company. While these were amazing opportunities that gave Becky the chance to experience many sides of the industry, she knew that her dream was still to market movies. When the late Brett Dicker-- a former Disney marketing Executive-- gave a talk at USC, Becky’s dream was reaffirmed. She knew that marketing movies was a viable career choice and that she wanted to pursue it at Disney. After graduating from USC with a B.S. in Marketing, she spent months temping at Sony Pictures and 20th Century Fox, where she was able to, once again, view the film industry through many different lenses. While she hit a few bumps in the road, Becky discovered an interest in the international section of marketing and knew that that was another thing she wanted to pursue. She even spent some time on the other side of the industry where she represented Burger King and tried to get the fast food franchise connected to films. Today Becky continues to expand her film education and loves every aspect of her job. Press Play to find out some secret tips and tricks on how you can make it in the ever glamorous, and super competitive, movie industry!
George Leon is the CEO and founder of Cakewalk Entertainment, a full-service promotional marketing entertainment agencies which pushes entertainment properties and brands beyond the silver screen and into consumers’ everyday lives. With more than 25 years of experience, Leon is a one-of-a-kind specialist in global promotions and franchise development in the entertainment space. As EVP of Sony Pictures Entertainment, Leon pioneered a new franchise strategy by bringing promotions, consumer products, and product placement under one fully-integrated roof.  Today he carries that global-scale studio approach everywhere he goes to create tailor-made promotional campaigns that elevate world-renowned icons and innovate new brands.
Becky D’Anna is the Executive Director of International Theatrical Promotions at Sony Pictures Entertainment and has been obsessed with movies since she was a child. By the time she was 15 she knew exactly what she wanted to do: market movies.  She figured her best bet was to go to a university in the Los Angeles area. So, she applied to USC and got in. During her studies in LA, Becky interned at two different film-related companies-- first, at a literary management company and then a film production company. While these were amazing opportunities that gave Becky the chance to experience many sides of the industry, she knew that her dream was still to market movies.
Betsy West is an award-winning filmmaker, journalist and educator and the co-Director & co-Producer of the film RGB about U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg.  A producer and executive for over two decades at ABC News, West received 21 Emmy Awards and two DuPont-Columbia Awards for her work on “Nightline” and “Prime Time Live”
Betsy West is an award-winning filmmaker, journalist and educator and the co-Director & co-Producer of the film RGB about U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg.  A producer and executive for over two decades at ABC News, West received 21 Emmy Awards and two DuPont-Columbia Awards for her work on “Nightline” and “Prime Time Live” read more>>>

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