Judges

Bronagh Hanley

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Since starting out in PR more than 20 years ago, Hanley has premiered award-winning TV series and films and crafted company images and missions from Netflix and National Geographic to Blip and Discovery. She was the first-ever director of public relations for Netflix, where she built the consumer PR program from scratch, serving as a key member of the executive team that introduced streaming and helped the company grow from 3 million to 10 million subscribers in just three years. In addition, Hanley headed up the PR team that launched Netflix’s original content studio, Red Envelope Entertainment. Hanley spent a number of years at Discovery Communications providing public relations counsel as vice president of communications for Discovery Networks’ popular lifestyle channel TLC, director of communications for Animal Planet and PR manager for Discovery Films. Hanley is a member of the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, the International Academy of Web TV and the Television Publicity Executives Committee, and serves as a judge for the College Television Awards and the Daytime Emmy Awards. The author of a career guide entitled ‘OMG! My First Real Job’, Hanley aspires to write a screenplay and be a contestant on Jeopardy! Learn more at her company website.

Todd Grimes

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Todd Grimes has been working in the film industry for 18 years. Todd began his career working on the east coast in animation, advertising and marketing before he moved to the west coast, where he worked for several years as an animator on various film and television productions. In 2006 Todd began his career as a director on the animated television series Back at the Barnyard. In 2008 he received an Emmy nomination for his directorial work on the show. Back at the Barnyard would go on to receive a total of seven Emmy nominations during its run, and a win in 2009 for Best Animated Program. Todd would become Supervising Director on the show’s second season. Following the wrap of the Barnyard series, he went on to become Supervising Director on Nickelodeon’s Planet Sheen – a spin-off of the popular Jimmy Neutron animated series. In 2010 Todd accepted the role as Supervising Director on George Lucas’ new animated comedy series Star Wars: Detours. Overseeing all creative aspects of the show, Todd and his crew produced 39 completed episodes. Plans to release the series are under discussion.

RYAN LYNCH

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 Ryan Lynch is Pixar Animation Studios  feature film development manager and has spent the last eight years in the story department working on films such as Ratatouille and Brave. She started her own production company, MissMottMedia in 2011 and has made several short award winning films. Her latest endeavor in writing and directing is the webseries, SanFranLand. SanFranLand has been officially selected to over 10 web series festivals world wide and has won awards at Miami Web Fest and LA Web Fest. Ryan also produced her first feature film, White Rabbit (2013) which is currently on the festival circuit. She has a B.F.A. in Multimedia from University of Colorado and an M.F.A. in Film Directing from Academy of Art University in San Francisco. She also serves on the Board of Directors for Bay Area Women in Film and Media.

MARC CLEBANOFF

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Marc Clebanoff, Award Winning Producer/Director is a graduate of the USC School of Cinema/Television, began his career at 20thdevelopment position at USA Films (now Focus Features). In 2004 Clebanoff launched his company Odyssey Motion Pictures to make his feature directorial debut which earned Best Screenplay and Best Feature Film nominations at various festivals throughout 2006.Clebanoff spent two years (2005-2007) consulting for Quentin Tarantino’s indie motorcycle flick Hell Ride, which premiered at Sundance in 2008. In 2011 Clebanoff released the family comedy feature film Gerald, which garnered him his first Best Director award. In 2012 Clebanoff produced the pilot Elwood and directed two award winning feature films. Clebanoff holds a 2nd degree black belt in traditional Korean martial arts and is an avid distance runner and accomplished marathoner.

CHRISTOPHER KNOX

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Christopher Knox is a giant fuzzy yeti and we love him. He is also a television Producer and Filmmaker. He has been crushing it in Television for nearly 10 years now. His experience includes “The Real World: Ex-Plosion”, “The Steve Harvey Show”, “The Killer Speaks, “Four Weddings”, “My First Place”, “Matt Watson: Man Vs Fish”, “I Faked My Own Death”, “I (Almost) Got Away With It” and “Jersey Shore: Miami Beach “. His film backgrounds includes working on such indies as “Michael”, “First World Problems” and “Lupe: Under the Sun”. He also the director of the web serials “Adventures with Seth” & “Wilderness Prostitute” and 1st AD’d “SanFranLand”. He lives in San Francisco with his wife, his two daughters and his ever growing beard.

KEVIN JAKUBOWSKI

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Kevin Jakubowski is a film and television writer best known for the Sundance Film Festival selection Assassination of a High School President starring Bruce Willis and Mischa Barton, and for his work on the Comedy Central series Brickleberry. He has written and co-written scripts for Lionsgate, Paramount, Warner Brothers, Sony and Fox and is currently developing his own comedy series at Nickelodeon. His first novel 8-Bit Christmas was published in 2013. Currently Kevin is writing for Nickelodeon’s School of Rock. Check out Kevin’s website.

 

DEBBIE BRUBAKER

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 Debbie is a seasoned producer living and working in the San Francisco Bay Area. One of her recent projects was co-producing the feature The Diary of a Teenage Girl based upon the graphic novel and directed by Mari Heller. Prior to that, she was busy with Tim Burton’s latest movie, Big Eyes and the indie movie Quitters, directed by Noah Pritzker. Debbie has worked on a number of features, documentaries and television including Woody Allen’s, Blue Jasmine, NBC’s Park & Rec, Alcatraz and Red Widow, Peter Bratt’s popular movie, La Mission, Finn Taylor’s The Darwin Awards and Cherish, and Joshua Grannel’s All About Evil. Debbie produced the award winning Dopamine, which was a big hit at the Sundance Film Festival 2003, directed by Mark Decena. Debbie is now in development on several feature projects. She is also a cinema teacher with a class on producing at City College of San Francisco. She is currently co-producing Quest, a bio pic about an amazing school teacher who lived and worked in Berkely and is also producing a feature documentary and social commentary titled Outsourcing Love.

 

 

Mike Jutan

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Mike Jutan is a Research & Development Engineer for Animation and Creatures at Industrial Light & Magic in San Francisco, California. Mike has worked as a Technical Director at Pixar Animation Studios and has worked at ILM/Lucasfilm since 2007 on leading-edge computer graphics software technology for films such as: The Avengers, Pirates of the Caribbean, Rango, Iron Man, Star Trek, Noah, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Mike has spoken at TEDx, San Diego Comic-Con, and the San Francisco Film Society. Mike is also involved with the Make-A-Wish Foundation and played “The Penguin” in the San Francisco Batkid wish on Nov. 15, 2013. Mike stars in the documentary film “Batkid Begins”, chronicling the events leading up to the Batkid wish.