The Digital Hollywood Experience

The Digital Hollywood Experience



Wednesday, October 11th, 2017

3:50 PM - 5:00 PM

Sponsored by Alliance for Women in Media SoCal

Track II: Haas Conference Center, Room 172-173, Live Webcast

Women in the Industry: Developing Film, Television & OTT About Women - A Golden Age in Hollywood and Indie Production

Jaime Burke, co-founder and President, Lifeboat Productions

Laverne McKinnon, Executive Producer, Netflix comedy series, Girlboss Studios USA

Tineka Becker, Independent Casting Director

Katrina Wolfe, President of Production, AG Studios

Sophia Dilley, Vice President of Production and Development, Route One (Tallulah, Colossal, Landline)

Rachel Feldman, Director/Writer - Film/TV/Digital. FAIR FIGHT, KINKS

Margaret Laney, Co-Head, Marketing, Gunpowder & Sky

Denise Muyco, co-founder and CEO, StratusCore, Moderator


Katrina Wolfe is an Emmy nominated entertainment industry veteran who served for a number of years as Senior Vice President of Production and Casting for the Dimension Films division of the Weinstein Company (formerly Miramax), reporting directly to Bob and Harvey Weinstein.  While at Dimension, Katrina worked on a wide variety of films including Bad Santa, The Others, Grindhouse,  Sin City, The Road, Youth In Revolt, and many others. After joining BN Films -- a

subsidiary of Alex Garcia’s AG Studios -- at the time of its launch, Katrina brought in and produced the critically acclaimed feature Nightingale starring Golden Globe nominee David Oyelowo, executive produced by Brad Pitt and his company Plan B, and Captive starring Kate Mara, which was acquired for worldwide theatrical release by Paramount Pictures. Nightingale was released by HBO Films and won the award for Best Actor at the 2015 Critics' Choice Awards as well as a nomination for Best Movie.  It also received two Primetime Emmy nominations:  Outstanding Television Movie and Outstanding Actor in a Limited Series or Movie, as well as a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor. Katrina also served as executive producer on the opening movie of Sundance Film Festival's 2015 Midnight Screenings section, Reversal, which was acquired by IFC Films, and has overseen numerous other projects for AG Studios including:  Paul Schrader's The Jesuit, Guillermo Arriaga's Words With Gods, which premiered at the 2015 Venice Film Festival, and Justin Lerner's Automatic Hate, which premiered as an official selection at South By Southwest Film Festival 2015 and was released theatrically by Film Movement. In July 2015, Katrina launched a new division of AG Studios in the U.S. with Alex Garcia, focused on the development and production of high quality English language film and television. Upcoming releases include the Netflix Original feature Spivak with Michael Cera and the original television series The Border in collaboration with Circle of Confusion. Katrina began her career as a freelance script reader for Andrew Lauren Productions and Lionsgate.  She graduated summa cum laude Phi Beta Kappa from Columbia University, where she was awarded the annual W. Cabell Greet Prize for Excellence in English Literature.


Tineka Becker is an independent casting director in Los Angeles. Formerly the Manager of Feature Casting at Paramount Pictures, she has worked with some of the top feature casting offices in LA. Credits with those offices include (select list): Tom Ford’s directorial debut A Single Man, Twilight: New Moon, X-Men: Apocalypse, Moneyball, Little Fockers, A Better Life (Oscar nom for Demian Bichir), Heaven is for Real, Peter Jackson’s The Lovely Bones, Robert Zemeckis's A Christmas Carol w/ Jim Carrey, and the upcoming FX series Trust, directed by Danny Boyle. Since going out on her own, she has cast the noir/mystery Rememory starring Peter Dinklage (World Premiere, 2017 Sundance Film Festival), the teen comedy Good Kids produced by the Weitz brothers, Jonathan Parker’s The Architect (World Premiere, 2016 Seattle Film Festival), and the upcoming The Mad Genius Project from award winning director Royce Gorsuch, among many others. She is excited to announce that Lea Thompson’s feature directorial debut The Year of Spectacular Men will be screening in competition at the 2017 LA Film Festival. Tineka was born in The Netherlands, reared in the States, and is a graduate of Northwestern University’s theater program.


Laverne McKinnon, Executive Producer, Netflix comedy series, Girlboss: She has over 20 years of successful programming experience in premium cable, broadcast network and digital platforms including Senior Vice-President of Drama at CBS and Executive Vice-President of Original Programming at EPIX. Her work has encompassed scripted comedy and drama series, documentaries, web series, animation, music events, comedy specials and children’s programs. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Radio-TV-Film from Northwestern University and a Masters in Business Administration from Pepperdine University. Ms. McKinnon is also an Adjunct Lecturer for Northwestern University’s MS Leadership in Creative Enterprises program and holds certifications as an executive & life coach and as a grief counselor.


Jaime Burke is the Co-Founder and President of Lifeboat Productions, a full-service production company that develops unique, high-quality and narrative-driven content - from conception to project completion - independent of budget or platform.  Prior to Lifeboat Productions, Burke produced the feature films, The Pact (IFC), Unrest (Freestyle/Lionsgate), Everybody Wants To Be Italian (Roadside Attractions/Lionsgate), as well as thrillers Murder In The Dark and Deep Burial. Previously, Burke was also produced projects for Michael Eisner’s digital studio, Vuguru, including, Nuclear Family (SyFy), The Millionaire Tour (Sky), Crawlspace (Content Media), and The Booth At The End 2 (Hulu). Since launching Lifeboat Productions in 2012, Burke, along with co-founder Amy Kim, has worked on film, television, interactive and commercial projects including Joe Dirt 2: Beautiful Loser, Half Life, The Pact, Teachers, Chosen, Sequestered, Quantum Break, UBISOFT Watch Dogs, Audi and #CokeRED while collaborating with companies such as Sony Crackle, Netflix, Fullscreen, Microsoft, Hulu, Viacom, Yahoo!, YouTube, Happy Madison, Nickelodeon and Bad Hat Harry, to name a few.


Margaret Laney is the Co-Head of Marketing of Gunpowder & Sky, an award-winning independent global studio, dedicated to creating, marketing and distributing video content unrestricted by form, genre or platform. Named one of Variety’s Hollywood’s New Leaders, Digital, Laney is the former Founding Chief Marketing Officer of AwesomenessTV.  During her time at AwesomenessTV, Laney oversaw all branding, marketing, social and audience development efforts from brand launch through acquisition by Dreamworks Animation SKG. Under her leadership, Laney launched the AwesomenessTV YouTube channels and multi-channel network, spearheaded campaigns for AwesomenessTV on Nickelodeon, oversaw the YouTube multi-channel launch of Hearst’s Seventeen Magazine, as well as the brand development and YouTube channel launch of Russell Simmons’ All Def Digital. Prior to AwesomenessTV, Laney worked as Social Strategist, Creative Producer and Project Manager for Collective Digital, now Studio71, where she created video and social content for top digital talent, including FreddieW, The Annoying Orange, FRED, iJustine and Megan & Liz. Laney has also served as Chief Marketing Officer for marketplace and delivery service for locally-cooked meals, MyTable, where she aided in raising of $2M in seed financing, leading regional expansion into Austin, Texas, and leading all growth and operational efforts. A graduate of New York University, Laney began her career as a creative and TV/film producer before transitioning into her executive leadership roles.


Sophia Dilley, Vice President, Development and Production – Route One Entertainment: Sophia Dilley, Vice President Development and Production, Route One: Sophia Dilley is the Vice President of Development and Production for Film and Digital Media at Route One. Ms. Dilley grew up on film sets (her father is an award-winning and management side of filmmaking. Her career began in 2007, at Film 44, where she worked for Director Peter Berg on the films Hancock and Battleship. In 2010, Ms. Dilley joined the team at Route One and helped oversee A Walk in the Woods and Equals. In 2014, Ms. Dilley joined Not Impossible Labs and The Ebeling Group as a Producer and Head of Production. Ms. Dilley was tasked with producing commercials and documentaries illustrating the application of original, high tech solutions to serious real world problems. Ms. Dilley’s first short form content debut, “Don’s Voice,” attained over 1 million views in 2 weeks and 1 billion media impressions; won three Telly Awards and three One Show Pencils; and was shortlisted for the AICP awards. She also accepted the SXSW Innovative 3-DIY Interactive Award for “Project Daniel” along with Mick Ebeling and Elliot Kotek. In May 2015, Ms. Dilley returned to Route One Entertainment, where she now focuses on evaluating film, TV and digital interactive opportunities. Since her return she has co-produced Tallulah, Colossal, and Landline and oversees the development of a diverse slate of upcoming projects including the recently announced The Claim written by Academy Award winner Damien Chazelle.  Ms. Dilley has two Bachelor’s degrees from Loyola Marymount University, one in Film Production and another in Political Science. She also has a Master’s degree in Project Management specializing in International Marketing and Film from Boston University.


RACHEL FELDMAN is a director and writer. After directing over 60 hours of quality television she has turned her talents toward creating original content. FAIR FIGHT, a political thriller about Fair Pay activist Lilly Ledbetter is being produced by Double Nickel Entertainment,  Feldman will direct the Athena List winning screenplay. KINKS is being produced by eOne Television and Pillar Segan, the one hour drama won the 2017 WGA Writer’s Access Program and the WGA Drama Queens. Feldman is developing HOME COURT, also a one hour drama, with producer Tracy Mercer - and her web series GETTING WARMER is a 2017 Sundance New Voices Finalist. Feldman was a recent co chair of the DGA Women’s Steering Committee and is a vocal activist for women directors in Hollywood. You can Tweet to her @WomenCallAction.


Denise Muyco, Co-Founder and CEO, StratusCore: Denise Muyco is co-founder and CEO of StratusCore, a content production technology company that is moving digital content production into the cloud. Denise has nearly 20 years of experience in the film industry as a serial entrepreneur. She founded StratusCore in 2011 to enable artists and content producers to take advantage of emerging cloud technology to streamline the content creation process and make it more cost effective for artists and studios alike. Previously, Denise founded OneView Technologies (acquired by HP Enterprise) which offered software to manage rights for films played on airplanes, cable networks and on-demand hotel services. In the late '90's she was the head of product management for AtomFilms (acquired by Viacom) where she helped produce some of the first internet-exclusive films and animations. Denise has a Bachelor of Arts in political economics, as well as a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from the University of Washington. Denise is a Board Member of the Motion Picture Production Industry Association and collaborates directly with industry guilds and associations.