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. As of the summer of 2013 Will has two feature film scripts in development: “Cold and Deep,” represented by APA in Los Angeles, and “Germany Calling,” represented by Blake Friedmann Agency in London.


larry-estesLarry Estes

LARRY ESTES served as Sr. V.P. of Feature Film Acquisitions at RCA/Columbia Pictures Home Video, and later operated an acquisition program at Columbia TriStar Home Video, where Estes was responsible for the selection and supervision of more than 60 movies and more than $125 million in financing. Many of those films were not only successful but also groundbreaking.  Estes has won numerous awards and was named one of the 100 Most Influential People in the Entertainment Business. In the late 1990’s, Estes joined Seattle’s ShadowCatcher Entertainment, where he produces quality independent films. He has also produced science-fiction films for Showtime, a popular documentary, and the landmark Sherman Alexie film SMOKE SIGNALS, as well as Alexie’s recent debut film as writer/director. Since becoming an independent producer, five of Estes’ films have premiered at Sundance. Recently, Estes produced THE DARK HORSE, the feature film adaptation of Madeleine L’Engle’s CAMILLA DICKINSON. For five years, Estes served on the faculty of the University of Arizona in Tucson as a Professor of Practice, teaching feature film producing.


romell-foster-owensRomell Foster-Owens

Romell Foster-Owens has been writing, directing, and producing award-winning commercials, television series, TV movies, documentaries and independent feature films for over 20 years. She has produced over 200 hours of series television. Two of the films that she has produced have been “Official Selections” at the Cannes Film Festival. Ms. Foster-Owens is the president of Jowharah Films, and is developing a slate of feature films that includes the novel COLORED WAITING ROOM by Patricia Pope, with a screenplay by Cheryl Edwards, starring Vivica Fox. In 2014, she will produce and direct THE JUNGLE WARRIORS, a true story about the Vietnam War, based on her screenplay adaptation of the book by Sgt. Bobby Briscoe. Ms. Foster-Owens is a graduate of the American Film Institute and San Diego State University, and has won numerous awards for her work in film and television, including an Emmy Award for producing.


andrew-learAndrew Lear

Andrew Lear is a manager and packaging producer at Authentic Talent & Literary Management in Los Angeles, representing talent for unscripted cable, primetime network and syndication programming. He has over 12 years of experience in this area and represents major talent in some of the most successful unscripted series. Lear is also the Co-Executive Producer of a documentary called THE HORNET’S NEST, about the only father and son embedded journalists covering the Afghanistan war — while developing their own relationship. Lear graduated from the University of Arizona and began his career at Irv Schecter’s talent and literary agency, then moved on to Spring Creek Productions, where he developed long-form TV and mini-series. His passion for artist representation next took him to the Lapides Entertainment Organization, and he became President of Lapides/Lear Entertainment’s talent management division before moving to his current position.


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.


josh-murphyJosh Murphy

Josh Murphy currently works as Senior Director of Development at Pilgrim Studios, in charge of both reality and scripted projects. At Pilgrim, Josh has worked to develop scripted and non-scripted projects for networks including ABC, ABC Family, Animal Planet, CMT, Discovery, Fuse, Lifetime, National Geographic and Spike TV. Prior to his current position, Josh served as Director of Development in the Los Angeles office of Leftfield Pictures, a reality television production company with hundreds of hours of unscripted programming on various major networks. Josh started his career at CBS Television Studios, then went on to hone his craft in the development department of Flower Films, which is Drew Barrymore’s production company. Josh graduated from the University of Arizona with a Bachelor of Arts in Media Arts Producing, and had several high profile internships during his undergraduate years.


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. As an independent producer, Lorna is always on the lookout for great material.