The Digital Hollywood Experience

The Digital Hollywood Experience


Tuesday, October 10th, 2017

12 Noon – 1:00 PM

Session II: Guerin A, in Herscher Hall, Live Webcast

The DealMaking Process: From Feature Film, Reality TV & Specials to Web Series and Indie Film Making

Justin Hochberg, CEO, Just Entertainment

Andrew Sugerman, Producer, “Conviction,” “Any Day,” “The Divide,” “Prozac Nation,” and Exec. Produced, “Shopgirl”

Hannah Pillemer, SVP, of Development & Production, MarVista

Brian Beckmann, CFO, Arclight Films

Jessica Kantor, General Counsel, New Form Entertainment

Perrin Chiles, CEO/co-founder Adaptive Studios (Exec Pro. Project Greenlight)

Todd Garner, Founder & CEO, Broken Road Productions (Producer/ExecProducer, Black Hawk Down, Daddy Day Care, Con Air, 13 Going on 30)

Melisse Lewis, Entertainment Attorney, Moderator


Hannah Pillemer, SVP, of Development & Production at MarVista. Pillemer first joined MarVista as a creative executive in 2013. She now oversees the features department, managing a slate of 30 plus films across a wide range of genres and budgets. Most notably, recent successes during her tenure at MarVista

include Caught, starring Anna Camp (and which premiered at the LA Film Festival), Most Likely to Die, A Deadly Adoption, Satanic, starting Sarah Hyland (in collaboration with Magnolia), and upcoming independent film Bitch in collaboration with SpectreVision.  MarVista movies are distributed across traditional broadcast and digital platforms worldwide.


Brian Beckmann serves as CFO at Arclight Films, the leading international sales company for theatrical, television, and home entertainment licensing. Beckman’s prolific career profile includes 20 years’ experience as CFO, including 8 years at Arclight, working for start-up firms, as well as, established companies ranging from small businesses to publicly traded companies. Beckmann has successfully led several companies through financial and operational turnarounds, managed all facets of a start-up organization and is an accomplished strategist within growth-oriented companies.  He has worked in a variety of industries from film/entertainment, media/advertising, manufacturing, to advanced technology. Arclight Films’ slate include Hotel Mumbai starring Dev Patel and Armie Hammer, First Reformed starring Ethan Hawke and Amanda Seyfried, and Jungle based on the harrowing true story of survival in the Amazon starring Daniel Radcliffe.


Todd Garner, the head of Broken Road Productions, is a veteran producer and Hollywood creative executive with a unique gift for creating and nurturing mainstream, commercial motion pictures. In various capacities throughout his career, Garner has developed, overseen, executive produced or produced well over 170 movies, many of them major hits for their respective studios.  Formerly a founding partner of Revolution Studios and before that co-head of production at Walt Disney Studios, Garner founded Broken Road Productions in summer 2005.  In the last twelve years, Broken Road has produced fifteen movies and counting. Broken Road just released TRUE MEMOIRS OF AN INTERNATIONAL ASSASSIN for Netflix starring Kevin James and directed by Jeff Wadlow. They recently wrapped CADAVER for Screen Gems starring Shay Mitchell & Stana Katic and NAKED for Netflix starring Marlon Wayans & Regina Hall. Currently in production are ISN’T IT ROMANTIC for New Line with Todd Strauss-Schulson directing and starring Rebel Wilson, Liam Hemsworth, Adam DeVine, & Priyanka Chopra; TAG also at New Line with Jeff Tomsic directing and starring Jeremy Renner, Ed Helms, Jon Hamm, Jake Johnson, Hannibal Buress, & Isla Fisher.  Movies in pre-production are 1974 for Broad Green with Casey La Scala directing and Eli Roth producing; MORTAL KOMBAT at New Line with Simon McQuoid directing and James Wan producing; HAUNT at Sierra/Affinity with Scott Beck & Bryan Woods directing; HUMMINGBIRD at Fundamental Films with Marcus Kryler & Fredrik Akerstrom directing; and SENIOR YEAR at CBS Films with Lauren Palmigiano directing and Good Fear producing. Todd was Executive Producer on films such as XXX, ANGER MANAGEMENT, 13 GOING ON 30, and ARE WE THERE YET? After producing the runaway hit PAUL BLART: MALL COP and it’s SEQUEL, which combined grossed over $290 million in worldwide box office, Broken Road produced MGM and Sony’s ZOOKEEPER which grossed $170 million, KNIGHT AND DAY for Fox starring Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz, grossing over $261 million worldwide, and INTO THE STORM for New Line, which grossed over $161 million in worldwide box office. Garner joined Revolution as a partner in May 2000. He was responsible for overseeing all aspects of development and production for the company’s motion pictures during its remarkable first five years. Garner oversaw such hit Revolution films as BLACK HAWK DOWN, PUNCH DRUNK LOVE and HELLBOY.


Justin Hochberg is the founder of Just Entertainment Inc. a Television and new media studio focusing on branded entertainment and reality TV with projects at half a dozen US networks and working with fortune 500 brands and digital agencies. Over the course of Hochberg's career he created and sold over 40 TV series and completed more than $112 million in product integration deals with broadcast and cable networks and over 150 of the world's leading brands including P&G, the NFL, Pepsi, Sports Illustrated, Royal Caribbean, Marquis Jet, Staples, DirecTV, Planet Hollywood Resorts, Fosters, Las Vegas Convention Visitors Bureau, Dick Clark's “Rockin New Years Eve”, Skype,, Camping World, , Deutsch Advertising, NYC 2012, the N.Y.P.D., and Tony Winner “Kinky Boots”. Hochberg made TV headlines recently for guiding four different cable networks into reality programming for their first time, brokering over 20 different branding deals on them. Among them USA Network's first reality series, “The Moment”, hosted by Super Bowl MVP Kurt Warner and TNT's "The Great  Escape", an action-packed program Hochberg created and produced with Hollywood greats Ron Howard, Brian Grazer and Bertram van Munster. In addition, this past summer he launched “Race to the Scene,” a movie themed competition series for the Reelz Channel hosted by Dolph Lundgren, which Hochberg engineered the sale of to a dozen countries before its US premiere, followed by CNBC's new #1 rated show, “The Profit”. Hochberg was recently nominated for the Critic's Choice Award for Best Reality Series and Real Screen's Best Documentary, and has been recognized as Hollywood Reporter's “50 Most Powerful Reality Producers”. Prior to entering the television industry, Hochberg served as Microsoft Corporation's Director of Business Development for Interactive TV, before becoming the company's Head of Business Development for its Digital Media TV efforts.


Jessica Kantor, General Counsel, New Form: Jessica Kantor has been appointed New Form’s general counsel, overseeing corporate strategic and tactical legal initiatives for the company. Kantor, who was featured on The Hollywood Reporter’s Next Gen 35 under 35, has been involved in some of the most interesting work in recent Hollywood history, having most recently served as Legendary's vice president of business and legal affairs during a period of monster growth, overseeing legal strategy and business transactions for the studio's development slate and global productions, including Godzilla, 42, Pacific Rim, Krampus, Crimson Peak, and the upcoming Warcraft, The Great Wall, and Kong: Skull Island.


Andrew Sugerman, Producer, “Conviction,” “Any Day,” “The Divide,” “Prozac Nation,” and Exec. Produced, “Shopgirl.”: Andrew Sugerman has been involved in the production of a diverse range of motion pictures as a producer over the past thirty years. His own production, “Conviction,” based on a true story, starring Hilary Swank, Sam Rockwell and Minnie Driver, directed by Tony Goldwyn, was released in October 2010 by Fox Searchlight and received many awards and critical praise. He is producer of the feature film, “Any Day,” released in May, 2015, directed by Rustam Branaman, starring Sean Bean, Eva Longoria, Tom Arnold and Kate Walsh. Mr. Sugerman was recently co-executive producer of the one-hour drama series, “The Divide,” for AMC Studios and WEtv, with the pilot written by Richard LaGravenese and directed by Tony Goldwyn, which premiered in July, 2014. He executive produced the 2011 release, “Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer,” based on the best-selling children’s book series and starring Heather Graham, directed by John Schultz. Recently completed, for release in 2013 is “Crazy Kind of Love,” which he executive produced, starring Virginia Madsen, Anthony LaPaglia, Zach Gilford and Eva Longoria, directed by Sarah Siegel-Magness. Over the last few years he executive produced “Death Sentence”, starring Kevin Bacon, directed by James Wan, released by Twentieth Century Fox, and the thriller “Premonition” with Sandra Bullock, which was a highly successful release from Sony Tristar. He also executive 2 produced “Shopgirl,” which has been released by Disney, starring Steve Martin, Claire Danes and Jason Schwartzman, directed by Anand Tucker, as well as the comedy “Grilled” for New Line Cinema, starring Ray Romano and Kevin James, directed by Jason Ensler. In 2006 he executive produced the hit family road-trip comedy “Johnson Family Vacation” starring Cedric the Entertainer, Vanessa Williams and Bow Wow, for Fox Searchlight. Mr. Sugerman produced Walter Hill’s boxing drama “Undisputed,” starring Wesley Snipes, Ving Rhames and Peter Falk, released by Miramax. He also produced the comedy “Boat Trip,” starring Cuba Gooding Jr., Roger Moore, Vivica A. Fox and Will Ferrell, released by Artisan. He served as line producer on the caper comedy “The Whole Ten Yards,” starring Bruce Willis, Matthew Perry and Amanda Peet, directed by Howard Deutch, released by Warner Bros, which followed the action-thriller “Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever,” starring Antonio Banderas and Lucy Liu, directed by Kaos, also from Warners. He also line produced the drama “Prozac Nation,” based on the Elizabeth Wurtzel novel, starring Christina Ricci, Jessica Lange, Anne Heche, Jonathan Rhys-Meyers and Jason Biggs, directed by Erik Skoldbjaerg, released by Miramax. Mr. Sugerman’s extensive line producing credits also include “The Prophet’s Game,” starring Dennis Hopper, Stephanie Zimbalist and Sondra Locke; “Kimberly,” starring Gabrielle Anwar, Sean Astin, Molly Ringwald, Patty Duke and Lainie Kazan; “The Sterling Chase,” starring Alanna Ubach, Jack Noseworthy and Nicholle Tom; “Michael Angel” starring Dennis Hopper and Richard Greico, “Blue Motel,” starring Sean Young, Soleil Moon Frye and Robert Vaughn; and “Spiders” starring Lana Perillo and Josh Green. He also executive produced “Love Kills,” starring Mario Van Peebles, Leslie Ann Warren, Daniel Baldwin and Louise Fletcher. As a producer and executive producer, Mr. Sugerman’s credits also include “McCinsey’s Island,” “Mercy Street,” “Somebody Is Waiting,” “Savate,” “Spilt Milk” and “Deadly Rivals,” among others. Additionally an accomplished director and writer, Mr. Sugerman shared the writing credit for the story of the NBC Family Special, “A Place at the Table,” starring Danny Glover and Lukas Haas; and he directed the feature film comedy “Basic Training,” starring Ann Dusenberry and Marty Brill. 3 His television credits include producing the movie thriller, “Payoff,” starring Keith Carradine and Harry Dean Stanton, for Showtime; and the feature comedy “Working Trash,” starring Ben Stiller and George Carlin, directed by Alan Metter, for Fox Network. Further TV credits include executive producing the special “The Bulkin Trail,” starring David Hasselhoff, and producing and directing “The Hayburners.” He also produced and directed “Mandy’s Grandmother,” starring Maureen O’Sullivan, which was released theatrically and garnered an Academy Award nomination. Mr. Sugerman is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, The Producers Guild of America and the Directors Guild of America.


Perrin Chiles CEO/co-founder Adaptive Studios; executive producer Project Greenlight, The Runner, The Memory Thief: Perrin Chiles is an Emmy® award-winner producer and writer with a background in private equity, finance and entrepreneurship who currently serves as the Chairman, Chief Executive Officer & Founding Partner of Adaptive Studios Inc. Adaptive Studios is a pioneering media studio focused on the acquisition and development of intellectual property across all platforms. Sourcing material through their partners, Adaptive creates and produces film, television, digital entertainment, books and graphic novels – focusing on whichever platform best fits the story. Adaptive produced the highly acclaimed, Emmy® nominated Project Greenlight for HBO and alongside the show’s executive producers Matt Damon and Ben Affleck launched Project Greenlight Digital Studios last year. Through Project Greenlight Digital Studios, Adaptive is actively “greenlighting” an expanding slate of new digital series with emerging filmmakers.  The same team also successfully premiered The Runner this summer, a first of its kind reality chase series on Verizon’s go90. Earlier this year, Netflix debuted Adaptive’s YA feature film COIN HEIST, which marked the first successful conversion from script to novel to feature film for the studio. Adaptive is also developing other publishing works as feature films, most recently AIR in partnership with John Legend’s production company Get Lifted and Lionsgate, DC TRIP with Bona Fide Productions and Van Toffler’s new studio, Gunpowder & Sky, as well as The Memory Thief with Shawn Levy’s 21 Laps and Fox Hybrid. In addition to feature film and television projects in Hollywood, Adaptive Studios is very active in the development, financing, production and distribution of short form digital content. Adaptive’s  first digital series PINEAPPLE debuted at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, as well as the Tribeca Film Festival before launching on new mobile-first platform Blackpills. Adaptive has produced and sold over a dozen digital short form video series and currently is developing over 50 new series with emerging filmmakers through Adaptive’s Project Greenlight Digital Studios' creative community. Adaptive Books, the publishing imprint of Adaptive Studios, has released 15 titles to date and will publish an average of 12-15 books and graphic novels annually. Adaptive Books has an exclusive distribution deal with Barnes & Noble, as well as a publishing partnership with StyleHaul’s content creators. Prior to founding Adaptive, Chiles founded In Effect Films to produce socially-conscious documentary films such as the Academy Award® Short-Listed and Emmy® Award-winning AUTISM: THE MUSICAL and the award-winning surfing documentary film SPLINTERS. Before moving to Los Angeles, Perrin worked at Elevation Partners, a leading media and entertainment private equity fund, and Silver Lake Partners, a premier technology private equity fund. Perrin graduated from the University of Virginia with a BA in Economics & History.


Melisse Lewis, Entertainment Attorney; Melisse Lewis’ career spans the creative, business and legal fields of the entertainment industry.  She represents content creators, distributors and talent in digital and traditional media.  Clients include corporations and individuals involved in mobile and online content, software licensing, games, film, theatre, music, art, and broadcast and cable television.  She has handled transactional work for numerous reality, non-fiction and fiction projects.  Ms. Lewis also oversees and advises on venture capital transactions, distribution platform launches, company reorganizations and business expansion.   She has practiced in-house at New Line Cinema, Tribune Company, NBC, Discovery Communications, and the Federal Communications Commission, as well as the New York City boutique entertainment law firm Cowan, Abrahams, DeBaets & Sheppard.  Prior to becoming an attorney, Ms. Lewis directed and produced international and domestic film, television, and music video projects.  She is also a YouTube Studios’ certified content creator and the founding Executive Director of Seminars & Panels for the D.C. Independent Film Festival.