Women Helping Women
September 28, 2007 Luncheon Schomoozefest™
Panelists Bios
 

JANE JENKINS &

JANET HIRSHENSON
The Casting Company

SAMIE FALVEY

ABC

PAM KOHL & STEPHANIE DAVIS

3 Arts Entertainment

 

WENDY HIGGS
Interscope Records
SHOSHANNA EZRA
Freelance Reality TV Producer
& Director

VICKI DUMMER

ABC

 

JEANNINE ANGELIQUE
Paradigm Talent Agency, LA
DEBORAH AQUILA
Aquila Wood Casting

KATHY LANDSBERG

Pariah Entertainment  


Moderator
(TBA)
 

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PAM KOHL & STEPHANIE DAVIS: Managers, 3 ARTS ENTERTAINMENT (Photos and Bio Pending)
 

STEPHANIE DAVIS -- Manager/Producer Stephanie Davis began her entertainment career in the William Morris mailroom, after attending New York University's prestigious Tisch School of the Arts, Cardozo School of Law and becoming admitted to both the New York and California Bar Associations.

Realizing Management/Production was her true calling, Ms. Davis left the agency world to pursue a career with independent producer Nick Wechsler, who was hot off a string of hits including THE PLAYER, SEX LIES AND VIDEOTAPE and DRUGSTORE COWBOY.
 
At Addis/Wechsler
, Ms. Davis was involved in packaging filmmaker-client Kasi Lemmon's first film EVE’S BAYOU, starring Samuel L. Jackson, which garnered many awards including the Independent Spirit Award and a nod at the New York Board of Review.
 
In the late 90s
, Ms. Davis headed to Michael Ovitz's Artists Management Group, where she spent several years running the literary department, overseeing the careers of filmmakers such as Sydney Pollack and Martin Scorcese. While at AMG, Davis also served as a producer on Lemmons’ next film THE CAVEMAN'S VALENTINE, again starring Samuel L. Jackson.

In 2004, Ms. Davis landed at top management/production company 3 Arts Entertainment
where in 2005 she teamed-up longtime clients Gigi Levangie Grazer, Sara Parriot and Josann McGibbon to develop the Emmy nominated THE STARTER WIFE, on which she also served as Executive Producer.

Pam and Stephanie will meet privately with a selected attendee.


Jane Jenkins
Casting Director

JANE JENKINS & JANET HIRSHENSON: CASTING DIRECTORS, THE CASTING COMPANY. (, etc.)

Janet Hirshenson
Casting Director


Established as two of the premiere casting directors in the entertainment industry, Jane Jenkins and Janet Hirshenson are at the top of their game in Hollywood.

The duo received Emmy nominations
for the Casting of HBO’s Iron Jawed Angels, have been awarded the Artios Award for casting from the CSA for Home Alone, Parenthood, and Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone and are also the recipients of the first “Hollywood Film Festival's Casting Directors of the Year Award,” and the CSA’s Hoyt Bowers’ Award.

November 2006 Harcourt published their book A STAR IS FOUND: Our Adventures Casting Some of Hollywood’s Biggest Films.

Jane and Janet opened The Casting Company in 1981 and have cast over 100 feature films since then including, Transformers, The DaVinci Code, Poseidon, The Holiday, Cinderella Man, Friday Night Lights, Something’s Gotta Give, The Missing, How The Grinch Stole Christmas, The Perfect Storm, Air Force One, The Lost World, The American President, Apollo 13, Jurassic Park, A Few Good Men, The Princess Bride, Backdraft, Misery, Ghost, When Harry Met Sally, Mystic Pizza, Beetlejuice, Stand By Me, Home Alone, The Outsiders, Rumble Fish…and many others, including TV pilots and MOWs.

The Rob Reiner film The Bucket List with Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman
will be released next Fall. Currently they are casting Frost/Nixon and Angels and Demons for Ron Howard.
 

Janet and Jane are charter members of the Casting Society of America, a society of over 300 casting directors working in film, television, and theater. They are Members of both the Motion Picture Academy and the Television Academy.

Jane began her career in entertainment as an actress in New York. She entered the casting profession while working in film production. Her first project as a casting director was On the Nickel, an independent film written, produced, and starring her friend Ralph Waite. She soon began working on a variety of casting assignments including a stint in the basement at Universal Television Casting. Soon thereafter she met casting director Jennifer Shull, who would later connect her with Janet Hirshenson.

Janet took a temp assignment at Columbia Studios, and at the end of the day she was asked if she wanted to return the following day for more temp work at the Rastar casting office answering phones for casting director Jennifer Shull. And that, as they say, was how it all began. Janet had the wonderful experience of being mentored by one of the best for the next three years. Janet cast her first film Skatetown U.S.A. starring a then relatively unknown dancer Patrick Swayze.

When Shull, an old friend of Francis Coppola's, was asked to head the casting department at Zoetrope Studios, she agreed on condition that she could take both Janet Hirshenson and Jane Jenkins as her associates. With the closing of Zoetrope, Jane Jenkins and Janet Hirshenson joined forces as independent casting directors and formed The Casting Company, In a town where associations and relationships do not usually enjoy longevity, the Jenkins/Hirshenson partnership has continued to thrive, allowing the duo to continue to be the creme de la creme in casting.

Jane and Janet will meet privately with a selected attendee.


SAMIE FALVEY: Senior Vice President, Comedy Development, ABC TELEVISION  (Photo & Bio Pending)

Samie will meet privately with a selected attendee.


JEANNINE ANGELIQUE: Below-The-Line Agent, PARADIGM TALENT AGENCY

Jeannine Angelique
Below The Line Talent Agent


Jeannine Angelique is a Below-the-Line agent at Paradigm Talent Agency in Los Angeles, California. Angelique prides herself on integrity and excellence as she guides an “A” level client roster and continues to contribute to the overall development and expansion of Paradigm.

Angelique’s career in below-the-line talent representation began at Smith Gosnell Nicholson in 1996. She moved on to become Head of Commercials & Music Videos for Lyons Sheldon Prosnit Agency for six years before heading to Paradigm.

Angelique was born in Burbank California, the only child of a single working mother who ran a multi-conglomerate company with bases in four countries. Angelique grew up watching her mother make significant strides for career women and Angelique continues the legacy with her own career today.

Angelique has two children who are both 4.0 honor students at top schools. Nicole, 20, is a dual major at Chaminade University in Hawaii and Christopher is in his senior year at Boulder Business.

Jeannine will meet privately with a selected attendee.


WENDY HIGGS: A&R EXECUTIVE, INTERSCOPE RECORDS  (Photo & Bio Pending)

The company handles Alternative, Pop, Rap/Hip-Hop, Rock.

Wendy will meet privately with a selected attendee.


Shoshanna Ezra
Reality TV Producer & Director

SHOSHANNA EZRA: Freelance Reality Television Producer/Director
 

After graduating from the Radio & TV program at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, Shoshanna Ezra tapped into the school’s large alumni network in Los Angeles and got her first job in television as an assistant to an executive producer a mere ten days after arriving in LA.

Shoshanna found opportunities in Reality TV, where she worked on such landmark programs as Arnold Shapiro’s Emmy-winning Teen Files series and the cult classic World’s Scariest Police Chases.

As an Associate Producer on FOX’s Temptation Island II, shot in Costa Rica, Shoshanna discovered her true calling, field producing. A field producer travels around the world to produce, and often direct, shows live in 'the field.' She's subsequently worked in Las Vegas, Chicago, Denver, etc, eventually going international again in London for VH1’s Kept, and Rome for ABC’s The Bachelor: Rome.

Shoshanna joined the Producers Guild of America in 2002 and currently holds a seat on the AP Council and on the Guild’s Board of Directors, an honor she shares with the likes of Marshall Herskovitz (President), Mark Gordon (VP, Television), Brian Grazer, Gale Ann Hurd, and Jerry Bruckheimer.

Shoshanna will meet privately with a selected attendee.
 


Vicki Dummer
Sr VP, Alternative Series, Specials, ABC

VICKI DUMMER: Senior Vice President,  Alternative Series, Specials and Late Night, ABC TELEVISION

As Senior Vice President of Alternative Series, Specials and Late Night at ABC, Vicki Dummer, along with John Saade, is in charge of overseeing development, current and production for ABC’s alternative series, as well as the management of the Alternative Series staff and spearheading the creative efforts for upcoming projects. Ms. Dummer has been responsible for overseeing numerous programs, including “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,” “Supernanny,” “Shaq’s Big Challenge” and the “Scripps National Spelling Bee.”

Vicki has been with ABC since 1996. Prior to working in television, Vicki was a senior program specialist at the National Endowment for the Arts in Washington, D.C. She has also held posts as executive director of a statewide service organization for dancers and performance artists, and was manager of a modern dance company. Ms. Dummer received a Bachelor of Arts in arts administration from The Ohio State University.

Vicki will meet privately with a selected attendee [preferably a producer or someone interested in alternative (unscripted) programming].

 


Deborah Aquila
Casting Director

DEBORAH AQUILA: Casting Director/Partner, AQUILA WOOD CASTING

Deborah Aquila has enjoyed a long-standing, enviable career as a casting director that has spanned both the East Coast and West Coast, television and film, as well as independent features and studio pictures.

After receiving her degrees from NYU's TISCH SCHOOL of the ARTS and the STELLA ADLER CONSERVATORY, Deborah began her casting career as an associate to Bonnie Timmermann. Together they worked on the first two seasons of MIAMI VICE and several feature films including Michael Mann's MAN HUNTER and THE POPE OF GREENWICH VILLAGE. Her independent casting career began with Steven Soderbergh's SEX, LIES AND VIDEOTAPE and Uli Edel's THE LAST EXIT TO BROOKLYN. Before moving to Los Angeles in 1993 to cast Frank Darabont's THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION, Deborah had completed over 40 independent films in New York, most notably, Alison Maclean's CRUSH, Steven Soderbergh's KING OF THE HILL, Michael Tolkin's THE RAPTURE and THE NEW AGE, Steven Tolkin's DAYBREAK, Joseph Vasquez's HANGIN WITH THE HOMEBOYS, HBO/Granada's HOSTAGES, Steven Gyllenhaal's WATER LAND and Tony Drazan's ZEBRA HEAD.

In 1993 she was named Senior Vice-President of Features Casting for Paramount Pictures. In addition to her responsibilities as head of the feature casting department, Deborah, with the support of an eight person department, was able to both supervise the films in production, and on-line cast over 19 films during her 7 year tenure at the studio. The more notable films Deborah cast at Paramount were: PRIMAL FEAR, MISSION IMPOSSIBLE II, DOUBLE JEOPARDY, VIRTUOSITY, 200 CIGARETTES, VARSITY BLUES, THE BRADY BUNCH, KISS THE GIRLS, MOTHER and WHAT WOMEN WANT.

After departing Paramount Pictures in 1999, Deborah returned to the independent casting world with Sam Raimi's THE GIFT. Deborah’s most recent credits include THE MIST, starring Thomas Jane and Marcia Gay Harden directed by Frank Darabont, HENRY POOLE IS HERE, starring Luke Wilson and Radha Mitchell, directed by Mark Pellington, UNTRACEABLE, starring Diane Lane and Billy Burke, directed by Greg Hoblit, THE TIME TRAVELER'S WIFE, starring Rachel McAdams and Eric Bana, directed by Robert Schwentke and Robert Benton’s FEAST OF LOVE, starring Morgan Freeman and Greg Kinnear.

Some highlights of her additional film credits include DISTURBIA, starring Shia LaBeouf, directed by D.J. Caruso FLIGHT PLAN, starring Jodie Foster, directed by Robert Schwentke, HOUSE OF SAND AND FOG, starring Ben Kingsley and Jennifer Connelly, directed by Vadim Perelman, THE HUMAN STAIN, starring Anthony Hopkins, Nicole Kidman, Gary Sinise and Ed Harris, directed by Robert Benton, THE RUNAWAY JURY, starring John Cusack, Gene Hackman, Rachel Weisz and Dustin Hoffman, directed by Gary Fleder and the critically acclaimed F/X original series, THE SHIELD starring Michael Chiklis, created by Shawn Ryan.

Deborah has been recognized six times by the Casting Society of America for her work on SEX, LIES AND VIDEOTAPE, THE BRADY BUNCH MOVIE, PRIMAL FEAR, THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION, WHAT WOMEN WANT and HOUSE OF SAND AND FOG. In 2003, she was recognized by the Hollywood community with the HOLLYWOOD FILM FESTIVAL CAREER ACHIEVEMENT AWARD.

Deborah will meet privately with a selected attendee for one hour.


KATHY LANDSBERG: Executive Producer / Vice President, PARIAH FILMS/PARIAH TELEVISION (Photo and Bio Pending)


Kathy will meet privately with a selected attendee.

 

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