Cheryl L. Bedford, a NAACP Image Award Nominee for “Dark Girls” and Baltimore native, holds a BFA from NYU’s TSOA and MFA in Producing from AFI. She is currently based in Los Angeles, CA. As a Production Manager, Line Producer, and Producer, Cheryl has worked on countless film/tv/digital projects, including over 15 Independent Features. Ms. Bedford served as CFO and Supervising Producer for a boutique studio. She was formerly Chair of Diversity Development and a Producing Instructor at a Film School in Los Angeles, California. As Chair, Ms. Bedford developed the Diversity Series, the Industry Lab (creating a bridge from school to work), among other initiatives. She has also taught The Art of Line Producing at UCLA Extension in Westwood, CA. Cheryl was recently hired by her Alma Mater, The American Film Institute, as a Diversity Consultant. She will be conducting her first workshop, “Micro Aggressions in the Film and TV Industry” in August. Ms. Bedford formed her own company, Cheryl L. Bedford Productions, in January of 2001. More recently, Ms. Bedford started CLBP Helps, her 501(c)3 Charity to help minorities, women and local charities. In her spare time, she judges film festivals.
Zoe Kevork is a Canadian and US immigration and entertainment attorney with 12 years experience on both sides of the border. Since 2010, she has been the Managing Partner of Kevork Law building a reputation for success, efficiency and personal attention. Ms. Kevork specializes in entertainment-based immigration issues specifically and entertainment transactional matters generally. With her immigration clients, Ms. Kevork celebrates a 98% success rate across all areas. In 2016 the firm celebrated a 100% success rate across all immigration categories. On the entertainment side she has represented production companies, writers and producers at various stages of contract negotiations and film development.
Before launching Kevork Law, Ms. Kevork had a varied practice. She has previously served as a trade/legal advisor to the Ontario Government and as an entertainment and non-profit attorney for various arts councils and production companies in Los Angeles. She has spoken on the concept of a North American Monetary Union (ACSUS) and taught International Trade Law at Seneca College (Toronto, Canada).
Ms. Kevork has also spent several years as an entertainment industry professional. After an internship with Triggerstreet Productions (Kevin Spacey & Dana Brunetti), she went on to work with Academy Award winners Faye Dunaway, Fred Roos and Francis Ford Coppola. In 2011, she produced her first feature film HERE, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. Currently, Ms. Kevork remains active in the entertainment industry by producing several animated series in various stages of development and is a partner in Infinite Echo Entertainment, a talent/business management and production company.
Most recently, under the auspices of FWD.us Ms. Kevork spoke on investment-based immigration issues during LA Startup Week and at privately sponsored seminars in Dubai, UAE. She is also the annual speaker to the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television on entertainment-based immigration topics.
Ms. Kevork is a proud Armenian-Canadian-American lawyer and film producer and in her spare time gives back to the community by producing concerts for Armenian artists and as President of Canadians Abroad of Southern California.
Earl Klasky has had an extensive career in entertainment. A former motion picture studio executive (MGM) and independent consultant to the industry with emphasis on creative development and advertising, he has a passion for independent film. Drawn to the festival experience, Earl has served on the jury at Holly Shorts several times. His background also includes Screening Committee Member at Los Angeles Film Festival, programming support at Slamdance, plus judging for and managing Hollywood Comedy Shorts Festival's screenplay competition. Always with an eye for artistry and that unique cinematic voice, Earl’s proudest role is that of advocate for emerging talent. He considers it his mission in life.
Yuka Kobayashi has over 20 years of experience in the Entertainment Industry and is the Co-Founder of Trifecsome Media, LLC, consulting, creating, and executing high level strategy for digital, social, and original content. Formerly the Director of New Media and Alternative Content at Stan Lee's POW! Entertainment for the past 15 years, she developed and produced content across all verticals: web, social, video, gaming, live events, publishing and consumer products. With a previous background of 10+ years of on-set experience, Ms. Kobayashi has also transitioned to being a Producer of numerous independent feature films, music videos, web series, and digital shorts.
Steven Reich is a three time Emmy-nominated writer and producer. He is Co-Executive Producer of City Walk and California Coastal Trail on KCET/Link. As Vice President Creative Affairs at IRS Media he supervised the development and production of over a dozen feature films including, Circuitry Man, One False Move and Shakes the Clown - aptly described as “the Citizen Kane of alcoholic clown movies.” Writing and producing credits include: Wolves: A Legend Returns to Yellowstone and Emmy nominated Avalanche: The White Death, Finding the Next Earth and Emmy nominated Alien Earths for National Geographic, Valley of the T-Rex for Discovery, Killer Subs in Pearl Harbor, Secrets Beneath the Ice and What will the Future be Like? for NOVA, The Liberty Bell for Independence Hall in Philadelphia and a series of films for George Washington’s Mt. Vernon Estate and Gardens. He is a Communications Award Finalist of the Keck Futures Initiative sponsored by the National Academy of Sciences and winner of the Chris Award and National Educational Award for the Advancement of Learning Through Broadcasting. Reich serves on the Board of Directors of Ocean View Farms Community Garden.
After graduating from Harvard University, Tyler Spindel moved to Los Angeles to pursue his childhood dream of performing stand up comedy. Touring the country and hosting a weekly show at Hollywood’s Laugh Factory nurtured a deeper understanding of comedy as an art form, eventually leading Tyler to a new and overarching passion for directing.
Tyler’s early foray into the field began with directing viral branded content and commercials for such major companies as Gillette, Macy’s, Samsung, Nickelodeon, Del Taco, and Nike to name a few. From there he would transition into television, directing episodes of The Jack and Triumph Show, Nick Swardson's Pretend Time, Breaking In, as well as producing and directing sketches for over 350 episodes of Chelsea Lately. Tyler’s film career has included directing second unit for six studio Adam Sandler/Happy Madison features and writing, producing, and directing the much acclaimed short film, Love and Germaphobia, which won awards from several major film festivals including Montreal Just for Laughs, Hollyshorts Film Festival, Funny or Die LA Comedy Shorts Festival, LA Comedy Festival, New England Film Festival, and Milwaukee Shorts Festival.
In 2015, Tyler directed the pilot and entire freshman season of YouTube Red’s (YouTube’s new subscription-based, premium service) first ever half hour single cam sitcom which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival. In 2016, he co-wrote and directed the feature film Deported which be released later this year. Tyler is currently in post-production on a Happy Madison/Netflix R-rated comedy feature which he also co-wrote and directed.