Free Panel: Breaking In & Staying In

Enjoy this free panel, with industry experts who will tell stories of how they got their start, and how they kept going afterwards!

Ryan Thomas Andersen 

A single dad who works as a freelance Film, and commercial director , Ryan Thomas Andersen has always aspired to become a filmmaker. When his 6-year-old son Gavin came along, the dream was put on hold — if only for a moment. The pair have teamed up in their first real project together and won the Doritos CrashTheSuperbowl Contest with their entry "TIME MACHINE". Ryan is now striving toward professional commercial work, and his first feature film in the beginning of 2015!

Nitara Osbourne 

Nitara Osbourne is a well-rounded contributor in the film industry. She is committed to helping those that have the same passion in making their vision a reality.
Nitara has written, directed, and produced her own feature film Running On Empty Dreams, which is currently in distribution both domestically and internationally. She has received three prestigious Telly Awards for this film, and the film is available in mainstream media via Amazon, Blockbuster, and Netflix, just to name a few.

Bob Schultz 

Bob Schultz has been President of the Great American Screenwriting Conference & PitchFest for eleven years, helping to develop a community of screenwriters and make the GAPF the #1 rated pitchfest and screenwriting conference in the world. In 2012, The Great American Screenwriting Conference & PitchFest crossed the Atlantic to christen The Great British PitchFest. Joining the Great Canadian PitchFest on the international scene, the event has grown to reflect the international marketplace for screenplays and independent film. It is the only event of its kind, created by screenwriters FOR screenwriters. Along with producing partner Signe Olynyk, Bob produced the Canadian thriller BELOW ZERO, starring Edward Furlong (Terminator 2: Judgment Day, American History X, The Green Hornet) and Michael Berryman (One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, The Hills Have Eyes, Weird Science), which has won 16 awards and been in more than 30 festivals worldwide. BELOW ZERO is currently in worldwide distribution. They are currently producing the zombie thriller BREAKDOWN LANE (written and directed by Bob), which is currently in post-production. Bob, a regular guest-speaker at the London Screenwriting Festival, is currently planning the 12th annual Great American Screenwriting Conference & PitchFest, and the fourth annual Great British PitchFest.

Heather Hale 

Heather Hale is a film and television producer with over 50 hours of credits which include the thriller, Absolute Killers, which she produced, directed and co-wrote that starred Edward Furlong, Meatloaf and Ed Asner and is available at Walmart and online; the 2000 $5.5M Lifetime Original Movie, The Courage to Love, that starred Vanessa Williams, Stacey Keach, Gil Bellows and Diahann Carroll; two PBS series which won Emmys and ACE awards and two syndicated series for Faith for Today TV which won a couple of Tellys and Best New Series Pilot. Tim Conway and Edward James Olmos are attached to two of her projects and Tim McGraw has twice optioned one of her biopics. Miss Hale is one of a select few qualified independent Producers for NBC/Universal, eligible for their annual million dollar development fund managed by the Independent Film and Television Association (IFTA), the host of the American Film Market, for whom she booked all the speakers last year. She is coordinating the vetted buyer/content creator matchmaking event for the National Association of Television Program Executives for NATPE Miami in January. She has just delivered a book on navigating the film and television markets to Focal Press for their “The AFM presents…” series, set to be published in June of 2015. She is now actively looking for local accredited investors and joint venture sponsors for a comedy she hopes to shoot in Tucson and Tombstone as well as a $5 million dollar race-themed thriller she has in development with Steve Saleen (of the Saleen Mustangs). Miss Hale moved to Catalina last year to be of greater support to her parents.



Stephen W. Nebgen 

Mr. Nebgen has been practicing entertainment law for over fifteen (15) years and been involved in the entertainment industry for close to forty (40) years. His clients include film, television and theatre companies, actors/actresses, musicians and many authors and painters. He counsels clients regarding business formation, intellectual property matters in copyright and trademarks, contract negotiations, and other corporate law matters. Mr. Nebgen has also been called as an "expert witness" regarding entertainment issues in various litigation matters.

Raj Suri 

Raj Suri is the producer and co-writer of the million dollar winning Doritos Time Machine commercial. When he isn't busy being a terrible actor in front of the camera, he keeps busy as a social media manager at Intel.