The Digital Hollywood Experience

The Digital Hollywood Experience


Wednesday, October 11th, 2017

2:15 PM - 3:30 PM

Track III: Herscher Hall, 3rd Floor, Room 303-304, Live Webcast

Working in the Industry: An In-Depth Discussion with Executives and Creatives from TV, Film and Technology

Simone Nelson, Managing Director, The CSU Entertainment Alliance, Moderator

David Viviano, Chief Economist, SAG-AFTRA

Lucia Brawley, Executive Producer, The World Cup of Hip Hop & Co-Founder, Amp.It

Shannon Flynn, Television Director, Awesomeness TV, Nickelodeon & Disney

Eric Siegel, Writer/Producer/Actor

Kristin Burke, Warner Brothers Emerging Film Directors Fellow

J. Todd Harris, founder, Branded Pictures Entertainment (Producer, The Kids Are All Right, Bottle Shock, Jeepers Creepers and Piranha 3D)


Simone Nelson, Managing Director, The CSU Entertainment Alliance: Simone Nelson has developed and produced films, theater productions, festivals, and digital media entertainment start-ups for more than 20 years. She’s worked with, among others, the former head of Disney Studios & Theatricals Peter Schneider; filmmaker/writer Rebecca Miller and actor Daniel Day Lewis; Forensic Films; Film Arts Foundation; the Mill Valley Film Festival/California Film

Institute; the Global Film Initiative; San Francisco Opera; The International Festival of Arts & Ideas and London’s famed Royal Court Theatre & Shakespeare’s Globe. More recently she produced the Berlin Film Festival award-winning documentary City of Borders; was a two-term President of Bay Area Women in Film & Media; served as head of distribution & partnerships for Webby Awards founder/filmmaker Tiffany Shlain’s Moxie Institute Film Studio; and as managing director of the inaugural Social Change Film Festival in Bali, Indonesia. Besides her work for CSU, Simone is a producer for Richard Branson’s Virgin Disruptors and a new narrative feature film, The Last Black Man in San Francisco. Simone is also a strategic communications & creative development consultant working at the cross section of entertainment and technology. She is skilled at crafting innovative, engaging & high impact new & traditional media funding, marketing, publicity, & distribution strategies across multiple platforms & channels generating increased presence, audience share & revenue. Simone trained as an actor and has performed in venues all over the U.S. and abroad in musicals, plays and as the lead singer of several bands.  She’s taught producing, acting and directing at The Art Institute of CA–San Francisco sand has trained at New York’s American Academy of Dramatic Arts, The Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute and the British American Drama Academy in London, England.  She graduated from Northwestern University with a B.S. in Theater and has an MFA from Yale University’s Graduate School of Drama.


Shannon Flynn, Television Director, Awesomeness TV, Nickelodeon & Disney: Shannon Flynn is an accomplished, energetic and thriving film and television director. She has directed a wide array of hit shows, including AwesomenessTV’s Betch Sketch, Nick Jr.’s Mutt and Stuff (produced by the legendary Sid and Marty Krofft), TV Land’s Instant Mom. Currently, she is in preproduction for a new show with ABCDigital. After which, Shannon will start production on her first full-length feature film. Other directing credits include, Disney Channel’s Bunk’d, Best Friends Whenever, Jessie, Liv & Maddie and Austin & Ally, Nickelodeon’s Bella and the Bulldogs, The Thundermans, Nicky, Ricky, Dicky and Dawn and The Haunted Hathaways, DisneyXD’s Mighty Med, Hannah Montana, Good Luck Charlie, Marvin Marvin and How to Rock. In addition, she has directed webisodes for Marvin Marvin, industrial videos for PepsiCo, and is the creator/producer of the web comedy series, Voodoo Skidoo. Shannon began her career mentored by director Lee Shallat Chemel on such hit series Gilmore Girls, Bernie Mac and Arrested Development. After founding the award-winning theatre company The Hunger Artists (serving as Artistic Director), Shannon returned to school and received her MFA in Directing from the prestigious Yale School of Drama.


David Viviano is the Chief Economist at SAG-AFTRA (Screen Actors Guild – American Federation of Television & Radio Performers).  In this capacity, David plays a primary role in negotiating and enforcing employment contracts for actors and other performers in television, film, digital media, and commercials. David oversees SAG-AFTRA’s Office of Media & Labor Economics, which analyzes evolving economic trends in media production and distribution.  As a member of the senior executive staff at SAG-AFTRA, David collaborates with the elected leadership of the union to devise and implement strategy for the organization.  Prior to serving as the Chief Economist of SAG-AFTRA, David served as the National Director of Research & Economics at the Screen Actors Guild.  David earned a BA from Wesleyan University Majoring in Film Studies, and holds an MBA from Cornell University.


Eric Siegel, Writer/Producer/Actor: Eric is currently writing the untitled TWAIN/TESLA PROJECT for CBS Films. He also co-wrote THE EMOJI MOVIE (2017) for Sony Pictures Animation. Previously he was a Producer on the TBS sitcom “Men At Work” (2014), a Consulting Producer on the ABC sitcom “Family Tools” (2013), and was on the writing staffs of comedies “Traffic Light” (FBC/2011), “The Hard Times of RJ Berger” (MTV/2010), “Roommates” (ABC Family/2009) and “In Case Of Emergency” (ABC/2007). He has written pilots for FBC/20th Television, NBC, Sony Pictures Television, ABC Family, Disney XD and Fox Television Studios. He is the author of several plays including Wish, which received its world premiere off-Broadway in 1999. Acting credits include roles in such films as AMATEUR NIGHT (2016), NO WAY JOSE (2015), THE ONION MOVIE (2008), I LOVE YOUR WORK (2003), and the role of John Belushi in the ABC television movie GILDA RADNER: IT’S ALWAYS SOMETHING (2002). Stage work includes roles in world premieres of plays by Charles Grodin and Neena Beeber, as well as the 2001 Broadway and National touring companies of A Thousand Clowns, among others. From 2002-2004 Eric was Artistic Director of the Rude Mechanicals Theater Co. in New York City. In that capacity, he oversaw all aspects of the company’s creative endeavors and produced the critically acclaimed Off-Broadway premiere of Don Delillo’s play Valparaiso. Prior to that he served as a development executive for producer Jon Peters. From 1992-1996 he worked on such films as SUPERMAN, ROSEWOOD, MY FELLOW AMERICANS, THE WILD WILD WEST, and MONEY TRAIN among many others. Eric holds a B.S. in Speech/Theater from Northwestern University and an M.F.A.. in Acting from the American Conservatory Theater. He is married to Anna Belknap. They have two children. He lives and works in Los Angeles.


Lucia Brawley is an Executive Producer of two-time Interactive Emmy finalist, THE WORLD CUP OF HIP HOP and a co-founder of, a content engagement startup. She got her start as an actress for some of the world's foremost directors, including Oliver Stone, Barry Levinson, and Game of Thrones director, Alex Graves, and played the title character in the award-winning Hungarian film, LORA. She has a B.A. in English and American Literature from Harvard, an M.F.A. in Acting from the Yale School of Drama. Lucia started a group of 2 volunteers in the Obama '08 campaign and helped grow it to a membership of 2,000, with her congressional district winning for then-Candidate Obama by the largest margin in the California Primary. She writes for national outlets like The Huffington Post and, and has been a keynote speaker at The Yale School of Music.


Kristin Burke, Warner Brothers Emerging Film Directors Fellow: Kristin Burke (Writer, Director & Costume Designer) was born March 20, in Orange, CA. Educated at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, she majored in both Radio/Television/Film and French Studies. Ms. Burke was trained in the art of costume design at Northwestern by Virgil C. Johnson, an acclaimed designer for opera and the theater. While at Northwestern, Ms. Burke garnered awards at the Seattle Short Film Festival, the Nimes Festival in France, and the Dallas Film Festival for her experimental short films. Most recently, she was awarded a fellowship in the Warner Brothers Emerging Film Directors’ Workshop, where she was given $100,000 to create a short film for the studio. Her film is entitled “Urban Myth: Nest”. Ms. Burke wrote and directed the film. She has designed costumes for over fifty feature films, including The Conjuring 2, seasons one and two of 20th Century Fox Television’s Sleepy Hollow, Insidious, Running Scared, The Cooler, and The Slaughter Rule. In addition, Ms. Burke is an internationally‐exhibited artist, specializing in collage, quilting and mail art, and had her first solo exhibition in Los Angeles in September, 2001. Burke has authored several books - the first of which she co-authored with Holly Cole of Ohio University, Costuming for Film: the Art and the Craft, was published in August, 2005 by Silman James Press. It is a college‐level textbook on the ins and outs of designing costumes for films. This book is also intended to reach industry professionals looking to broaden their understanding about the role of costumes in the collaborative medium of film. Another book, Going Hollywood: How to get started, keep going, and not turn into a sleaze, was published in September, 2004, and is in use at film schools and universities in 7 countries. Additionally, Ms. Burke is the creator of the website FROCKTALK.COM, a blog about film costumes, featuring interviews and film reviews. On Twitter @Frocktalk. Ms. Burke is honored to be represented by Paradigm and Oasis Mgmt for writing and directing, and by Sandra Marsh and Associates for her costume work.


J. Todd Harris, President, Branded Pictures Entertainment: J. Todd Harris is the president of Branded Pictures Entertainment in Los Angeles. Branded Pictures Entertainment (BPE) is a multi-media production and development company that focuses on creating successful film, television and stage productions based on under-utilized brands, both classic and new. He brings a track record of nearly 40 films he’s produced. These include the Golden Globe-winning and Oscar-nominated The Kids Are All Right, as well as Bottle Shock, Crooked Arrows, Jeepers Creepers and Piranha 3D.  Five of the films he’s produced have premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, including Digging to China, Urbania and Lewis & Clark & George. His first feature, the $600,000-budgeted Denise Calls Up, won a Special Mention for the Camera D’Or at the Cannes Film Festival in 1995 and went on to become a hit in France, eventually tripling its investment. Other films have played nearly every major film festival in the world, including Toronto, Tribeca, SxSW, Deauville, Montreal and many others. He is a founding board member of the Napa Valley Film Festival. In the summer of 2012 he produced the film musical Lucky Stiff, starring Jason Alexander. His latest feature production, So B. It, debuts in fall 2017, starring Alfre Woodard, Cloris Leachman and newcomer Jacinda Barrett. For television, Harris and BPE is developing a series based on the acclaimed and controversial book The Blondes for AMC’s horror channel Shudder. J. Todd Harris’ stage history includes producer credits on the musical production Doctor Zhivago, Heathers The Musical and, most recently, the stage musical production of American Psycho. He is also an investor in the upcoming Soul Train, a high-energy musical inspired by the long-running TV show. He is a former lecturer at the Los Angeles Film School and has contributed thoughtful, informed columns for various trade publications. Harris earned his BA and MBA from Stanford University and lives in Los Angeles with his wife Amy Powers, a songwriter, and their two sons.