The Digital Hollywood Experience

The Digital Hollywood Experience


Tuesday, October 10th, 2017

1:15 PM – 2:15 PM Guerin A, in Herscher Hall, Live Webcast

The Hollywood Masterclass: TV, Film and Video - Packaging - Producing - Bundling - Distributing in a Cross-Platform World

Jim Amos, former, President of Distribution, Sony Pictures and SVP Head of Sales, STX Entertainment

Paul Hanson, CEO, Covert Media

Charlie Tabesh, Senior Vice President of Programming and Production, Turner Classic Movies (TCM) and Filmstruck, Turner Entertainment

Negin Salmasi, VP Creative Affairs, See-Saw Films

Nancy Nayor, President, Nancy Nayor Casting (former SVP, Casting, Universal Pictures)

Moderator, Catherine Clinch, TV Writer, TV veteran, Hunter, Jake & The Fat Man, Knight Rider, Love Boat, Hart to Hart


Jim Amos is a 30 year veteran of the motion picture industry, serving for nearly three decades at Sony Pictures, the last four of which as President of Distribution and 18 months at the new studio, STX Entertainment.  He has overseen the distribution of such major tentpoles as the Spider-Man and James Bond franchises along with more specialized fare including art films and Hindi Bollywood offerings during his years at Sony Pictures. He was an integral part of starting a new distribution entity at STX, helping to build a first rate sales department from the ground up, a unit that has proven integral in the initial

success of the company, as exemplified by the recent $100+ million summer comedy hit, "Bad Moms". During his tenure at Fathom Events he oversaw national distribution of on  screen events such as The Met Opera, TCM Classic Movie nights, BBC presentations such as "Doctor Who",  top grossing concerts and live theatre productions for the big screen. He continues to bring a unique vision to the industry in his new role as head of Scout 53 Consulting.


Charles Tabesh is senior vice president of programming and production for Turner Classic Movies (TCM) and Filmstruck. In this capacity, he is responsible for managing programming, scheduling and acquisition selection strategies for both brands. Tabesh also leads the programming for the network’s annual TCM Classic Film Festival in Hollywood. Tabesh is based in Los Angeles and reports to Jennifer Dorian, executive vice president of Turner Portfolio's 360 Brand Strategy and general manager of TCM & FilmStruck. Tabesh, who joined TCM in 1997, is charged with managing a film inventory of more than 15,000 titles and programming more than 350 movies per month on TCM. Under Tabesh’s strategic direction, his team has conceived many acclaimed programming initiatives for TCM, including such events as the annual Summer Under the Stars, Race & Hollywood and the Peabody Award winning series The Story of Film. Tabesh also arranges films to be shown at the annual TCM Classic Film Festival, held each spring in Hollywood. Additionally, Tabesh leads the curation of FilmStruck’s massive film library, creating over 70 fully curated and constantly refreshed programming themes, along with overseeing the production of bonus content such as hosted introductions, originally produced pieces, interviews and rare footage. Prior to joining TCM, Tabesh served as director of program acquisitions for Encore. In this role, he acquired first-run and library feature films, made-for-television movies and television series from major studios and independent distributors. He also evaluated opportunities and costs associated with new program ventures. Tabesh previously served as director of planning and scheduling for Encore Media Corporation, where he was responsible for scheduling all Starz and Encore channels. He also developed the programming models for Starz and the Starz/Encore mulitplex channels, as well as various international co-ventures.  Before Encore, Tabesh was with SportsChannel Los Angeles from 1991 to 1993. Tabesh planned and managed a multi-million dollar budget, along with serving as executive producer for SportsChannel’s Los Angeles events. He negotiated facilities, transmission and talent agreements for the production of SportsChannel events, including Los Angeles Clippers, Los Angeles Dodgers and Anaheim Angels games. Tabesh graduated from the University of California, San Diego, in 1987 with a degree in quantitative economics. TCM & FilmStruck are divisions of Turner, a Time Warner company, is a global entertainment, sports and news company that creates premium content and delivers exceptional experiences to fans whenever and wherever they consume content. These efforts are fueled by data-driven insights and industry-leading technology. Turner owns and operates some of the most valuable brands in the world, including Adult Swim, Bleacher Report, Boomerang, Cartoon Network, CNN, ELEAGUE, FilmStruck, Great Big Story, HLN, iStreamPlanet, Super Deluxe, TBS, Turner Classic Movies (TCM), TNT, truTV and Turner Sports.


Nancy Nayor is the President of Nancy Nayor Casting. Over her celebrated career, Nayor has cast of over 130 films, television shows, commercials and digital properties. Nayor previously served as Senior Vice President of Casting for Universal Pictures for over a decade, where she oversaw casting for award-winning films with directors including Steven Spielberg, Spike Lee, Ron Howard, Oliver Stone, Sami Rami, John Woo and John Hughes to name a few. Over the course of her career, Nayor has been an instrumental part of the casting teams who discovered mega stars including Matthew McConaughey, Gwyneth Paltrow, Amanda Peet, Teresa Palmer and many more. She and her team of talented associates have given the studios and boutique production companies the stars they need to help create the perfect creative tapestry on screen, nationally and internationally. Nancy recently cast projects PROUD MARY starring Taraji P Henson for Sony, John Travolta-starrer SPEED KILLS, and BREAKING IN starring Gabrielle Union for Will Packer Productions and Universal. Her recent releases include YOU GET ME which just premiered on Netflix and BEFORE I FALL, starring Zoey Deutch and Halston Sage, which premiered at Sundance and was distributed by Open Road. She is currently casting the CBS Studios/CW series VALOR.


Paul Hanson is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Covert Media, an independent feature production, financing, and distribution company. He serves as producer on all of the company’s titles including the star-studded Ophelia, Resurface which is being produced alongside Broken Road Productions, Star Worlds Episode XXXIVE=MC2: The Force Awakens The Last Jedi Who Went Rogue. Projects released during Paul’s tenure at Annapurna include American Hustle, Joy,Foxcatcher, Sausage Party and Spike Jonze’s Her. Paul also managed QED’s  slate of notable projects including District 9, Fading Gigolo, and Oliver Stone’s W.


Negin Salmasi, See-Saw Films | VP Creative Affairs, See-Saw Films: Salmasi was recently appointed to a newly created position of Vice President of Creative Affairs for See-Saw Films’ Film and Television divisions, overseeing the expansion of See-Saw’s US based film and television slate. Negin joins See-Saw from Pascal Pictures where she was a Film and TV Development Executive for Amy Pascal. At Pascal Pictures, Negin worked on projects such as Cleopatra, written by David Scarpa, Warhol written by Terence Winter and Academy Award® winner Jared Leto attached to star. Other films include David Mackenzie’s multi-Academy Award® nominated Hell or High Water and Colin Trevorrow’s Book of Henry releasing through Focus Features later this year. See-Saw is known for producing the four-time Academy Award® winner The King’s Speech and six-time Academy Award® nominated Lion, starring Dev Patel, Nicole Kidman and Rooney Mara. Upcoming film and TV line-up includes Mary Magdalene starring Academy Award® nominees Rooney Mara and Joaquin Phoenix, John Cameron Mitchell’s How To Talk To Girls At Parties starring Elle Fanning and Academy Award® winner Nicole Kidman which premiered at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival, along with Jane Campion’s TV series ‘Top Of The Lake: China Girl’ starring Elisabeth Moss, Nicole Kidman and Gwendoline Christie.


Catherine Clinch’s produced writing credits include: HUNTER, JAKE & THE FATMAN, KNIGHT RIDER, LOVE BOAT, HART TO HART, FOUL PLAY, TRUE CONFESSIONS and, most recently, RESCUE BOTS. She has served for nearly two decades as an Adjunct Assistant Professor, teaching advanced video production, screenwriting, convergence media and communication theory at California State University Dominguez Hills. She was Associate Publisher of Creative Screenwriting Magazine and was a key organizer of the first five years of Screenwriting Expo. She currently writes for Cultural Weekly and Studio System News and blogs for The Huffington Post. Catherine serves as a media strategy and content advisor for companies through her consultancy Clinch Digital Media. Catherine has also been awarded two US Patents for inventing a new form of mobile entertainment.