CAYTHA JENTIS – CREATOR, WRITER/DIRECTOR, EXECUTIVE PRODUCER
Caytha Jentis is an award winning independent filmmaker who has written four features, produced three and directed two. Her features include “Bad Parents” starring Janeane Garofalo, Cheri Oteri, Christopher Titus, Michael Boatman and Kristen Johnston (Cinedigm), “And Then Came Love” starring Vanessa Williams and Eartha Kitt (Warner Bros), and "The One" starring Jon Prescott (TLA Releasing). A former literary agent, she has also has an extensive background in sales including a stint at the Bergen Record in internet ad sales.
Jentis was recently selected as one of Good Housekeeping Magazine's 50 over 50 and served on panels at the 2016 iRelaunch Conference in NYC and Conference for Women in Boston. She has an an MFA from UCLA in screenwriting and a BS in TV/film from Syracuse University. She is a member of the Producers Guild, Writers Guild, Writers Guild and NYWIFT.
KATHLEEN McDONOUGH - PRODUCER, PRODUCTION DESIGNER - SEASON ONE
Kathleen McDonough has been a designer and producer working in film, theatre, and live events for twenty years. As president of KLAD she has been responsible for producing events such as Ben Franklin’s Ghost (an interactive experience), The Budweiser Beechwood House (a touring bar experience), a communications hub for the Transportation Security Administration, and The New York Musical Theatre Festival Times Square Pop-up. Recent projects include management of a four million dollar broadcast studio upgrade at Bloomberg TV, The Hot l Baltimore, A Christmas Story The Musical, It Shoulda Been You, Play to Win, and Legacy Falls. Other clients include HBO, Sesame Street, SyFy, the Discovery Channel and The Department of Defense
LESLIE CIMINO - PRODUCER,
Leslie Juceam Cimino is an Emmy Award-winning, MBA-educated entertainment professional with more than 25 years of diverse experience as a writer, producer, branding specialist and manager of advertising and promotion in film, television and radio. Ms. Cimino’s career has included stints in network and local television production, network and local radio promotion, music video production, independent film, and digital media/web series development and production. Ms. Cimino is also a former educator known for creative innovation in curriculum design and instructional skill in live news broadcasting and production.
EILEEN KATZ - EXECUTIVE PRODUCER
Eileen Katz had her start in television at Late Night With David Letterman as a researcher. She went on to MTV as a producer of some of their first long form programming and moved on to become Vice President of Development. While there, the network launched The Real World franchise, including Road Rules and The State and the original Jon Stewart Show.
Eileen was then brought over to Comedy Central as Executive Vice President of Programming where she was part of the team that re-vamped the network by launching a slate of distinctive programming including: South Park, The Daily Show, The Man Show, Win Ben Stein’s Money and tent pole events The Roast and Indecision Political programming.
SCOTT COSCIA- PRODUCER, LINE PRODUCER
Scott Coscia's path into the film industry was not the most conventional. His original career was in law enforcement as a member of the NYPD. After retirement he was a bodyguard for the rich and famous until he finally decided to make the leap and follow his dreams. His first foray into the industry as an unpaid PA on the award winning film Bad Parents. Through hard work and determination he was promoted to Associate Producer. After Bad Parents he became the Associate Producer of the syndicated celebrity talk show Who's On Deck.
CHRIS JANNEY - PRODUCER,
Chris graduated from UCLA with a degree in Economics and History in 2012. After school, he worked in Asset Wealth Management at Deutsche Bank, based out of the company's New York office. Having wanted to pursue a career that combined film and finance, Chris left Deutsche Bank in 2015 to work as a producer.
Aside from The Other F Word, Chris currently has the short, A Girl Like Anna, in post production, along with two short scripts in development. In addition to narrative filmmaking, Chris and a colleague from UCLA founded Ansel in late 2015, a startup that provides low-cost online editing solutions to individuals and companies.
BARBARA KANOWITZ - DIRECTOR
Barbara is an award-winning producer and director. She has directed dozens of national and regional commercials for clients including: Nestle, Maxwell House, Dove, and Mazda. She has directed numerous network campaigns for network and cable.
She has directed single camera comedy specials for Comedy Central featuring Caroline Rhea, Jim Breuer and Paul Provenza. She has also directed episodes of The Adventures of Pete and Pete for Nickelodeon.
She has just completed producing and directing the second season of Take Me To Your Mother, a comedic documentary series-featuring comic Andrea Rosen; it is running on Nickelodeon’s NickMom channel.
Barbara is an Emmy nominated director and Clio Award recipient, International Monitor Award recipient and Houston TV Festival Gold Camera Award recipient.
ALICE JANKELL - WRITER - CICADAS, THE MUSICAL
Alice is an award-winning actress, director, producer and creative director. Her storied career has encompassed roles with Disney, creating and developing new Broadway musicals; solo performances, backed by the L.A. Philharmonic and Hollywood Bowl; a stint as Associate Artistic Director of the Williamstown Theatre Festival, with directorial work including AS YOU LIKE IT, the world premiere of DINAH WAS, and ENOUGH ROPE, the special event on Dorothy Parker starring Elaine Stritch.
In addition to these myriad responsibilities, Alice has taught acting at Carnegie Mellon and on the Graduate level. For the past 6 years, Alice was the Creative Director of F.A.B. Women (For, About, and By Women) under The Barrow Group's Off-Broadway umbrella, helming the company of 125 professional female writers, actors and directors. During her tenure, F.A.B. Women generated and produced 48 new plays. Alice is a founding member of Core Artists Ensemble., and a New York Theatre Workshop Usual Suspect. Her latest project, URBAN MOMFARE, won a Best Musical Award from the NY International Fringe Festival, was a Critic’s Choice, and garnered 4 stars from Time Out.
PAMELA WEILER GRAYSON - WRITER - CICADAS, THE MUSICAL
Pam’s musical, Urban Momfare (composer/lyricist/co-book writer), premiered at The New York Fringe Festival in August, 2014, where it won a Best Musical award, garnered four stars and a Critics Pick from Time Out, and also played at the Fringe Encore Series. Pam’s short play, How Does That Make You Feel? won Best Play at Manhattan Repertory Theatre’s July 2016 10 Minute Play Contest. She is the co-writer and lyricist for Burning Up, a 10 Minute Musical that was selected as a finalist for Theatre Now New York’s 2016 Sound Bites Festival. The film version of Burning Up was a featured selection at the Katra and the DAMN Film Series. Her newest play, A Comfortable Life, was featured in Emerging Artists Theatre’s New Work Series in October, 2016. Pam’s songs have been performed at The Metropolitan Room, The Laurie Beechman Theatre, The Duplex, and Don’t Tell Mama. She has written for The New York Times, The New York Observer, and Harper’s Bazaar, among others. Dramatists Guild member. Education: Brown University, Fordham Law School, The BMI Musical Theatre Workshop. www.pamelaweilergrayson.com
JUDY ROTHMAN ROFE - WRITER (SEASON TWO)
Judy Rothman Rofé (aka J.D. Rothman) is an Emmy-winning television writer, producer, and lyricist, famed for writing and producing the animated Madeline series and recently co-creating the upcoming Netflix series Julie's Greenroom, starring Julie Andrews and a company of Jim Henson puppets. She previously wrote and/or produced dozens of animated programs, includingArthur, Bill and Ted's Excellent Animated Adventures and Sesame Street's Guide to Life. She is also known as an author of satire for adults. When her children were experiencing the insanity of the college admissions process, she wrote the LA Times bestseller, The Neurotic Parent's Guide to College Admissions, (Prospect Park Books) based on her www.theneuroticparent.com, her acclaimed viral blog of exhausted admissions counselors and sanity-seeking parents across the country. The book has been optioned for feature film development by Gil Netter, producer of Life of Pi and The Blind Side. Rothman and her husband live in their empty nest in Santa Monica, where they occasionally receive texts from their two sons.
JUDY GOLD- EXECUTIVE PRODUCER,
Judy has had stand-up specials on HBO, Comedy Central and LOGO. She has also written and starred in two critically acclaimed, Off-Broadway hit shows: The Judy Show – My Life as a Sitcom (Outer Critics Circle Nomination), and 25 Questions for a Jewish Mother (GLAAD Media Award – Outstanding NY Theater, Drama Desk Nomination – Actor).
Judy received rave reviews portraying Gremio in The Public Theater’s all female production of The Taming of The Shrew for Shakespeare in the Park. She also co-starred in Off-Broadway’s Clinton! The Musical, and Disasater! The Musical.
Judy can be seen in the upcoming Showtime series I’m Dying Up Here, and she has recurring roles on Pop TV’s NightCap!, and TBS’s, Search Party. Judy was featured in Woody Allen’s series Crisis In Six Scenes on Amazon, and also appears on the hit web-series The Other F Wor,d which is featured on Amazon Prime. Judy’s other most recent TV appearances include guest-starring roles on Louie, Broad City, The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, The Jim Gaffigan Show, Inside Amy Schumer, Difficult People, 30 Rock, 2 Broke Girls, Melissa & Joey, The Big C, and She also won two Emmy awards for writing and producing, The Rosie O’Donnell Show.
Judy appears regularly on The Steve Harvey Show and has made numerous appearances on The View, The Today Show, and The Wendy Williams Show. She has written for The New York Times, Huffington Post, CNN.com. She is the host of the podcast, Kill Me Now, on the CBS play.it network and on itunes. You can find her at JudyGold.com or follow her on twitter - @jewdygold.
ALANA SANKO - SUPERVISING PRODUCER
Alana Sanko is an award-winning television writer and producer who has written and developed for comedy, drama and animated series, as well as TV movies and network and cable pilots for ABC, CBS, Bravo, MTV, HBO, Nickelodeon, Disney Channel, Nick at Nite and Cartoon Network. Her credits include the critically acclaimed television series, Murphy Brown, her original ABC comedy pilot, See Jayne Run, starring Heather Locklear and the series she created for Nickelodeon with Executive Producer Whoopi Goldberg, Just for Kicks, which earned her a WGA Award. A graduate of the esteemed Warner Bros Writing Workshop, Alana’s a member of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, NY Women in Film, a lifetime WGAE member and blogs at the site she co-created www.thedowntownproject.com.