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Nancy Abraham Nancy is Executive Vice President, Documentary Programming, for Home Box Office. She is responsible for the development and production of HBO Documentary Films which have garnered prestigious industry awards including Primetime Emmy® Awards, News and Documentary Emmy® Awards, George Foster Peabody Awards, Alfred I. DuPont Awards and Academy Awards®. She was named to this position in 2018. Read more...
Anthony Bregman Anthony is president and CEO of the indie film company, Likely Story. His movies have won numerous awards at the Oscars, Golden Globes, BAFTAs, Gothams, Indie Spirits, and Cannes, Berlin and Sundance Film Festivals, among others. In 2010 Roger Ebert named “Synecdoche, New York” the Best Film of the Decade.
Jeb Brody Jeb is Co-President of Production of Amblin Partners. Jeb began his career making indie film as a founding partner at Big Beach, has producer or exec producer credit on films like Little Miss Sunshine, Sherrybaby, and Chop Shop. Brody has worked at Alex Kurtzman’s production company Secret Hideout, where he executive produced “The Mummy,” a reimagining of the classic horror film starring Tom Cruise that stumbled at the box office. Read more...
Gerry Byrne Gerry is PMC’s Vice Chairman, guiding business initiatives across PMC’s entire portfolio of media brands. Gerry’s decades of accomplishments as a media executive, entrepreneur and community leader are highlighted by his longtime run as publisher of Variety, where he dramatically transformed that business into a powerful, diversified, global media brand. Read more...
Dan Crown Dan is the founder of Red Crown Productions, a privately financed New York-based production company. He currently serves on the Board of Lenox Hill Hospital, Hamptons International Film Festival, Connecticut Public Broadcasting, The Jerusalem Foundation, The Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation, The Lollipop Theater Network, and Independent Filmmaker Project. A native of Chicago, Dan resides in New York City where he and his wife, Ellen, are the proud parents of four children.
Mark D’Arcy Mark is VP, Chief Creative Officer at Facebook where he leads the company’s creative efforts to make advertising across Facebook and Instagram more relevant for people and more valuable for businesses. Mark joined Facebook in 2011 and today his team, The Creative Shop, operates from more than 40 Facebook offices and last year alone helped produce several thousand projects... Read more...
Amy Emmerich Amy is the chief content officer at Refinery29, the leading digital lifestyle media company for women. She has more than 20 years of experience developing content and programming for brands including Refinery29, MTV Networks, Travel Channel, and Vice Media. An award-winning producer, she has a full spectrum of production and development experience across platforms,and is committed to creating a dialogue with a powerful generation of women around topics that matter.
Philipp Engelhorn Philipp is the Executive Director of Cinereach, an independent film company dedicated to vital, artful filmmaking. As a philanthropic organization, Cinereach helps expand its films’ creative potential by offering adaptive development, financing, production, and other support models that align with the unique vision of each supported filmmaker. Read more...
Kai Falkenberg Over the past year, Kai Falkenberg has guided the Agency’s launch of projects ranging from One Book, One New York, the country’s largest community read program to the creation of the first publicly funded VR/AR lab and the return of the Grammy Awards to New York City. Prior to her appointment at MOME, she spent 15 years as a media and entertainment lawyer advising companies ranging from NBC, Warner Bros. and VH1 to Us Weekly, Rolling Stone and Forbes. Read more...
James Janowitz Partner James Janowitz is among the country’s most respected entertainment and media lawyers. As chair of Pryor Cashman’s Media + Entertainment group and a senior partner in the Litigation Group, Jim has helped the firm build one of the most comprehensive entertainment practices in the country. He represents some of the industry’s most celebrated artists and performers as well as influential producers, film studios, television studios, networks and investors. Read more...
Soledad O’Brien Soledad is an award-winning journalist, speaker, author and philanthropist. She is the CEO of Starfish Media Group, a multi-platform media production company dedicated to telling empowering and authentic stories on range of social issues. Read more...
John Schmidt John Schmidt is a Founding Partner of October Films. Mr. Schmidt co-founded Content Media Corporation plc (alternative name Content Media Corporation Limited and Contentfilm Plc) in July 2001 and has been its Chief Executive Officer since 2001. Content bought 50% stake of Alex Gibney’s Jigsaw Productions. He has over 30 years of experience building, acquiring and developing successful businesses in the media marketplace. Read more...
Sharon Solomon Sharon Solomon is Senior Managing Director, Marketing & Corporate Communications at Jerrick media and its flagship product Vocal media. Sharon is a seasoned corporate executive and she is also an experienced entrepreneur.
Drew Wilson Drew was appointed as the CFO of First Look Media in 2018. Prior, he was the CFO of AwesomenessTV, which is majority owned by Comcast-NBCU and minority investors Verizon and Hearst Corporation. Earlier in his career, he was CFO of RLJ Entertainment. Read more...

Public Notice:  Creative Materials Submission Policy

IFP has a strict policy prohibiting the acceptance of unsolicited literary, dramatic or other materials for consideration. Accordingly, unsolicited materials will remain unread (i.e. not read or copied by anyone at IFP nor passed along to anyone outside the company) and will be destroyed unless return postage is sent to IFP within 5 days of receipt of this letter. We respectfully must request that you do not send IFP any further materials relating to your project unless you do so through formal submission to one of IFP’s programs, if appropriate. More information about these programs, their guidelines and deadlines are available at IFP’s website www.ifp.org. You should also be aware that IFP’s programs accept submissions of any kind through official program submissions only and selections to said programs are by curatorial selection only. Submissions of literary, dramatic or other materials are only accepted in this manner.