The Digital Hollywood Experience

The Digital Hollywood Experience


Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017

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

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

Steven Haft, Producer Dead Poets Society/MADtv, SVP Innovation, Time Inc.

Craig Ross Jr., Director (NCIS, Bones, Blue Hill Ave)

Adam Leipzig, CEO, Entertainment Media Partners, (Supervising Executive, Penguins, Honey, I Shrunk the Kids, Dead Poets Society)


Gary Goldberger, Law Offices of Gary G. Goldberger

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


Steven Haft, Producer Dead Poets Society/MADtv, SVP Innovation, Time Inc.: Steven Haft was most recently the SVP Innovation at Time Inc., largest publisher in the U.S. and U.K, owner of such iconic brands as TIME, PEOPLE, Sports Illustrated and Fortune Magazines. Prior to joining Time, Haft built Indyworks, a media consultancy, where over the past decade he established himself as a thought leader on the impact of emerging technology on media for over 20 clients including Comcast Cable, Edelman Worldwide and Burson-Marstellar. In 2000, Steven Haft launched his digital career at AOL, rising to the role of Chief

Strategy Officer of AOL’s $1.2 billion Interactive Marketing Group. Haft returned to AOL in 2012-13 as Senior Strategic Advisor. For two decades prior, Haft produced films and television which garnered 8 Academy Award nominations; BAFTAs and, for television, 8 Emmy nominations and the Peabody Award. Notable works include DEAD POETS SOCIETY, EMMA, PIRATES OF SILICON VALLEY, HOCUS POCUS and MADtv. Steven Haft is an elected Member of the Motion Picture Academy and Trustee (Emeritus) of Robert Redford’s Sundance Institute and the PGA (East). Mayors Bloomberg & DeBlasio appointed Haft to the Board of the Brooklyn Navy Yard Corporation, home to Steiner Studios. Steven Haft is a member of The Bar of the U. S. Supreme Court.


Adam Leipzig, CEO, Entertainment Media Partners: Adam Leipzig has been a producer, distributor or supervising executive on more than 30 films that have disrupted expectations, including A Plastic Ocean, March of the Penguins, Honey, I Shrunk the Kids, Dead Poets Society and Titus. His movies have won or been nominated for 10 Academy Awards, 11 BAFTA Awards, 2 Golden Globes, 2 Emmys, 2 Directors Guild Awards, 4 Sundance Awards and 4 Independent Spirit Awards. Collectively, his projects have generated over $2 billion in revenue on $300 million production spending, and twice he has been responsible for the ‘most profitable picture of the year.’ Adam is founder and CEO of Entertainment Media Partners; Senior Creative Advisor to CreativeFuture, a non-profit organization that advocates for the rights of creative communities; and a faculty member at the prestigious UC Berkeley Haas School of Business. He is also the former President of National Geographic Films, and a former Senior Vice President at Walt Disney Studios. Adam publishes the popular digital magazine Cultural Weekly, a curated open forum for creative people expressing their perspectives on our culture. He is author of two books for emerging filmmakers published by Macmillan: Inside  Track for Independent Filmmakers and Filmmaking in Action: Your Guide to the Skills and Craft, which has become the standard learning text at universities and colleges. Over the course of his career, Adam has worked with more than 10,000 creatives in film, theatre, television, music, dance, poetry, literature, performance, photography, and design.


Craig Ross Jr., Director (NCIS, Bones, Blue Hill Ave): Craig Ross, Jr. was born in Boston, Massachusetts. At an early age he and his father moved to the San Francisco Bay area. After graduating high school, Craig went back to the east coast to attend the film school at New York University. After graduating film school, Craig traveled around the country. He eventually landed in Los  Angeles,   where he established  his production company Asiatic Associates (ASA). Written and Directed by  Craig, in late 2001 was, BLUE HILL AVENUE,  a contemporary gangster  movie, about the introduction of “crack” into  the African- American section of Boston,  stars Allen Payne, Clarence Williams III, William Forsythe, Andrew Divoff and Richard Lawson. In it’s World Premiere screening,  BLUE HILL AVE  won the Audience Award for the  Best American Film at the 2001 Acapulco Black Film Festival , The Best Director Award at the 2001 Urbanworld Film Festival,  the Audience Award for best film at the 2001 Roxbury Film Festival, and BEST FILM as well as BEST DIRECTOR at the 2001 Jamerican Film Festival in Montego Bay Jamaica.  BLUEHILL AVENUE was released theatrically by Lion’s Gate Entertainment in Sept of 2003. Craig’s next feature film, RIDE OR DIE starring Duane Martin and Vivica A. Fox became an Encore exclusive in 2004. This hip hop action comedy is about a detective (Martin) who’s best friend, turns up dead and he must turn up the heat to find out who murdered him. The film was  acquired by Sony/Screen Gems for a Spring 2004 release. MOTIVES  was next on Craig’s feature schedule. Shot in Atlanta in the spring of 2003, this erotic thriller stars Vivica Fox, Shemar Moore, Joe Torry, Victoria Rowell, Mel Jackson, Golden Brooks, and Caryn Ward. The project was acquired by Screen Gems for a Spring 2004 release. Since then Craig has gone on to direct a number of high profile television shows, helming  such prime time hits as NUMBERS, BONES,  PRISON BREAK, and NCIS  for CBS. Capitalizing on the lost art of Noir filmmaking, all of  ASI’s  endeavors mark the continuing flow of Craig Ross, Jr’s ascent as one of the premiere filmmakers in Hollywood.


Rob Edwards, Writer, THE PRINCESS AND THE FROG and TREASURE PLANET: Rob has written two classic animated films for Walt Disney Feature Animation, the Academy Award nominated Treasure Planet and the Academy Award and Golden Globe nominated The Princess and the Frog. While at Disney, he consulted on Frozen, Tangled and Wreck-it Ralph. He has just finished writing an adaptation of The Great Escape for director/producer Reggie Hudlin and is currently writing an adaptation of the popular video game series "Call of Duty" for producer Stacey Sher (Pulp Fiction, Django Unchained) at Activision Productions. Before that, Rob produced and/or wrote more than 200 episodes of television including "The Fresh Prince of Bel Air", "Full House", "A Different World", "Roc", "In the House", "Out All Night" and "In Living Color", for which he was nominated for an Emmy.


Gary Goldberger, Law Offices of Gary G. Goldberger: Since mid-2007, Gary Goldberger his operated a solo law practice in which he focuses on transactional entertainment law (television, independent film, Internet and new media, licensing and distribution, publishing, music) and general business law. He is able to combine his experience in legal, business, creative and international areas to help his clients make decisions not just from a legal standpoint, but also from a strategic and long-term perspective. Clients include production/distribution companies, growing small to mid-sized companies, independent filmmakers, documentarians, publishers, talent, writers, musicians, Internet businesses, and authors. From mid-2004 to early 2007, Goldberger was an independent producer, a consultant to companies in the area of international and domestic television distribution, and an attorney. During that time, he was the executive producer of four movies that have been distributed internationally (three of which have premiered on Lifetime Television in the United States). For over twelve years through 2004, Goldberger was a senior executive in the domestic and international television production and distribution arena. He was the Executive Vice President of Carlton America, the U.S. office of Carlton Communications, a large UK-based international media company. Over the 13 years in his position with Carlton America (and under its previous names), he helped manage, diversify and grow the company to where it became one of the leading independent distributors and producers of television movie programming. Goldberger was responsible for Carlton's developing relationships with and acquiring programming from many of the premier television movie producers. He also headed the business affairs of the company and acted as the General Counsel, participated in international television markets and in product licensing to buyers worldwide, and was an executive producer or co-producer on seven television movies produced by Carlton America. Before moving to Los Angeles in 1990, Goldberger served as a legal counsel to the Committee on the Judiciary of the US House of Representatives. He developed legislation on behalf of a Congressional Subcommittee, and advised Members of Congress on policy in areas of bankruptcy, entertainment and broadcast industries, antitrust, professional sports, and commercial matters. Goldberger is also the co-author of Disability Law Compliance Manual, a legal treatise on the Americans With Disabilities Act published in 1991. Goldberger served for two terms as a Governor of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, was Chair of ATAS' Sponsorship Committee for four years, and was a member for many years of ATAS' Education Committee. He is a member of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts-Los Angeles, and has served on its Television Committee, Membership Committee, and Learning and Events Committee. Goldberger is a panel attorney for California Lawyers for the Arts, and has presented several workshops on behalf of CLA. He is also on the Board of the Encino Lawyers Association. Goldberger is a 1976 graduate of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and received his J.D. degree from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1979.


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.