INDUSTRY PROFESSIONALS

will-conroyWill Conroy

Will Conroy’s screenwriting credits include “Transsiberian” (2008), directed by Brad Anderson and starring Emily Mortimer, Ben Kingsley, and Woody Harrelson; “5 Minutes, Mr. Welles” (2005) directed by Vincent D’Onofrio and starring Mr. D’Onofrio and Janine Theriault; and “Catalina Trust” (1999), directed by Will and starring Jay Harrington, Erica Shaffer, and John Shea. Will is represented by Blake Friedmann Agency in London. His newest scripts “Germany Calling” and “All Through the House” are both currently in development in the UK.

 


susie-hernandezSusie Hernandez

Susie Hernandez is a public media professional with over 20 years of experience in distribution, marketing and programming. Currently, she is the Associate Program Director at KQED, the Bay Area and Silicon Valley PBS and NPR affiliate. She was TV Program Director at Arizona Public Media in Tucson and was the Executive Producer of the student multi-platform series, UA+. Previously Susie worked at the Independent Television Service (ITVS) as Director of Broadcast, working with independent producers and PBS on national series like Independent Lens and POV. Susie has been on judging panels for the National Minority Consortia (NMC) for broadcast, internet first and mobile projects. She is also a reader for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) and on programming committees for the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS).

 


victoria-lucasVictoria Lucas

Victoria Lucas has almost 20 years of experience as a development and production executive at both major studios and independent film companies. She began her career with Ron Howard at Imagine Entertainment, working on films including “Clean and Sober”, “Backdraft” and “Far and Away”. She later joined with Academy Award-nominated producer Rudy Cohen to develop and produce the acclaimed coming-of-age film “The Island on Bird Street” (winner of three Emmys and two awards at the Berlin International Film Festival). As Director of Development, Production Executive and Associate Producer at Signature Entertainment and April Productions, Lucas helped develop projects as diverse as “The Black Dahlia”, “The I Inside” and “The Body”. She is currently developing new material for features and cable.


Matthew Lee Martin

Matt Martin is a Motion Picture Literary agent at leading entertainment and sports agency Creative Artists Agency (CAA). Matt works in the Los Angeles office and represents many of the world’s leading writers, directors, actors & production companies. Matt began his career at several small representation firms before coming to CAA in February of 2010. Matt started in the talent department, but quickly found himself falling in love with the development process as it related to writers and directors and made the switch to the literary group. One of Matt’s notable early accomplishments was putting together the film WE ARE YOUR FRIENDS written by his clients Meaghan Oppenheimer and Max Joseph. Max also directed the film which stars Zac Efron, Wes Bentley & Emily Ratajkowski. Working Title produced the film that Warner Bros will release wide Summer of 2015. Other scripts written by Matt’s clients are set up at a number of the major studios and have attachments from filmmakers such as Cary Fukunaga and actors such as Vince Vaughn. On the talent side Matt is the literary point for actors and their production companies including Zac Efron, Keanu Reeves, Robert De Niro, Jason Statham and Jeremy Renner. Matt Martin graduated from The University of Arizona with a degree in communications in May of 2007.


josh-murphyJosh Murphy

Josh Murphy serves as Vice President of Development at Pilgrim Studios. Josh has developed an array of television programming for Pilgrim including Street Outlaws (Discovery), Kings of Cue (truTV) and The Devil’s Graveyards: Vile Vortices Revealed (H2). Prior to his current post, Josh held development executive positions at Leftfield Pictures and Flower Films. He began his career working in current programming and scripted drama development at CBS Television Studios. Josh holds a Bachelor of Arts degree with an emphasis in Media Arts Producing from the University of Arizona.

 


peter-murrietaPeter Murrieta

Two-time Emmy Award winning producer/writer Peter Murrieta is a versatile performer, producer and writer. After moving to Los Angeles he earned a coveted writing fellowship from Walt Disney Television. That led to writing stints for “Jesse,” “Three Sisters” and “All About the Andersons” before creating the critically acclaimed TV series, GREETINGS FROM TUCSON which was based on his own experiences growing up in Tucson. He then went on to produce and write HOPE AND FAITH for ABC. His roots, grounded in improv and sketch comedy, have established him as an executive producer and showrunner for many series including the live-action series for Cartoon Network LEVEL UP, and for Disney Channel’s WIZARDS OF WAVERLY PLACE. Murrieta has written feature films for Revolution Studios and Paramount and resides in Los Angeles with his wife and two children. Currently he is a Co-Executive Producer and writer on ABC’s CRISTELA.


shane-richesShane Riches

Shane Riches is a film and television writer and producer, as well as a graphic novel writer and publisher. He was a producer on the remake of John Carpenter’s The Fog (2005) and has had film and television projects set up at Disney, MTV, Sony, Paramount, SyFy Channel and Dimension. Shane wrote the graphic novel, Afflicted, the comic book mini-series R.P.M. with New York Times #1 bestselling author Mick Foley, and published the graphic novels The Safest Place and Death Valley. Shane has a J.D. from Hastings College of Law and a B.S. from Boston College in Finance and Marketing. He is currently the Producer in Residence at the University of Arizona.


lorna-sorokoLorna Soroko

Lorna Soroko is former V.P. of Adam Productions, based at Twentieth Century Fox and later at Warner Bros., where she was in charge of developing new television series and films. Prior to that, she was V.P. at Citadel Productions, where she worked on international co-productions. Ms. Soroko has writing and producing credits on HBO, Fox and Showtime; she is a member of the WGA; and she received a national Ace Award in the category of writing a movie or mini-series for a film that premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. She served as an Emmy Awards judge for several years. Prior to working as a creative exec, Lorna practiced entertainment law in L.A., with a law degree from Harvard Law School. She is currently writing novels that are represented by a New York book packaging publisher. And as an independent producer, Lorna is always on the lookout for great material.