The Digital Hollywood Experience

The Digital Hollywood Experience


Bill Wheeler started writing while enrolled in the Playwrights Horizons theater school at New York University.  His first screenplay "The Prime Gig", written about his experiences as a telephone salesman, was selected for the Sundance Institute’s Feature Film Lab.  Directed by Gregory Mosher and featuring Vince Vaughn, the film debuted on IFC. Bill’s second produced film “The Hoax”, was directed by Lasse Hallstrom and starred Richard Gere, Alfred Molina and Hope Davis. “The Hoax” was named on multiple ten best lists, including the L.A. Times and Newsweek. In 2012 Bill adapted for the screen Mohsin Hamid's novel "The Reluctant Fundamentalist".  Directed by Mira Nair, the film featured Liev Schreiber, Kate Hudson and Rizwan Ahmed.  “Reluctant” was the opening night selection at the 2012 Venice Film Festival and winner of the Peace award at the German Film awards. Most recently, Bill adapted iconic manga “Ghost In The Shell” into a feature film starring Scarlett Johannsen. He also penned “Lego: Ninjago”, an animated film for Warner Animation Group.  Both are set to be released in 2017. Bill is additionally developing a television series about artificial intelligence with Luc Besson for TNT. He also adapted for the screen Deborah Layton’s memoir “Seductive Poison” about Jim Jones and the People’s Temple.


Rick Rosner, Writer, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, The Man Show, Crank Yankers, The Grammys, The Emmys: Emmy-nominated writer with 2500 hours of TV credits, including The Man Show, Crank Yankers, The Grammys, The Emmys, and 12 years on Jimmy Kimmel Live! Have written 110,000 late-night jokes and bits (some of which even made air). World’s second-highest IQ. Former bar bouncer, stripper, nude art model and undercover high school student. Sued Who Wants to Be a Millionaire over a question that didn’t contain the correct answer. Owner of 1,650 hair transplants.


David Zucker, Writer/Director, Airplane!, Top Secret, Ruthless People, three Naked Guns” With worldwide box office hits such as Airplane!, Top Secret, Ruthless People, three Naked Guns, Phone Booth, A Walk In the Clouds, cult classic BASEketball, and Scary Movies 3, 4 and 5 to his credit, director/writer/producer David Zucker is one of Hollywood’s most successful and profitable filmmakers. After David, his brother Jerry, and Jim Abrahams made their groundbreaking Kentucky Fried Movie, Paramount took a chance letting all three direct their comedy with no comedians, Airplane!  The rest is history. The first director to shoot a studio picture digitally, SM 4, David has always tried to be on the leading edge of content creation.  He recently entered into a strategic partnership with Circa, the fastest growing mobile-friendly, video-driven news and entertainment portal for millennials, backed by Sinclair Broadcast Group – the largest TV operator in the U.S.  He and his young comedy talent troupe began producing irreverent, short-form comedy content this summer, parodying the Internet and news, that has already rolled up millions of video views on Circa’s digital platforms, a “pilot garden” where new Zucker characters and storylines may evolve into serial content for other platforms, like TV and features. ( )


JONATHAN FERNANDEZ is a writer, producer, and a current board member of the Writers Guild of America: His movie ROB THE MOB, based on the true-life story of Rosie and Tommy Uva, starred Michael Pitt, Andy Garcia, Ray Romano, and Nina Arianda, and opened nationwide in the spring of 2014.  It closed the Miami International Film Festival and made multiple top ten lists for 2014.  The New York Times called his writing “undeniably entertaining” and the New York Post said the film was a “hilarious mob comedy.” Kirk Honeycutt called it “one of the most realistic and honest accounts of the Mafia ever put on film.” He is currently writing an eight-hour limited series about CIA spy Valerie Plame and her husband Ambassador Joe Wilson for ABC. He is also writing WILD BLUE, a psychological thriller, for Universal Pictures. Jonathan wrote WRESTLING MOSES for HBO and Emmy Award-winning actor James Gandolfini.  He was a story editor on STAR TREK:  ENTERPRISE, where he wrote the fan favorite episode “Impulse.” Earlier in his career, Jonathan was the Executive Producer of the Kurt Russell film BREAKDOWN. The film, directed by Jonathan Mostow, opened number one at the box office. Jonathan also wrote Y2K, the top-rated television movie of the year for NBC. He has written features for producers John Davis, Joe Roth, and Moritz Berman. Jonathan has also written television pilots for CBS, NBC, and TNT. Jonathan started his career running the production companies of iconic filmmakers Roger Corman and Dino De Laurentiis. A magna cum laude graduate of Harvard College, Jonathan was the president of the Harvard Lampoon.  He holds a Master’s Degree in International Relations from the University of Belgrano in Argentina.  While in Argentina Jonathan was a reporter for the Associated Press based in Buenos Aires, where he broke the story of the overthrow of Generalisimo Stroessner in Paraguay. While still in high school, Jonathan wrote Winning Essays, a book that was published by G.P. Putnam’s Sons in New York.  Five years ago, Jonathan helped start the Larchmont Charter School in West Hollywood.  Jonathan lives with his wife Hilary and their two young sons in a historic home in Hollywood that was once owned by screen legend Marie Dressler.


Jaydi Samuels, Writer, "Salem," "Celebrity Death Match," and "Family Guy": Prior to joining the Writers' Guild, Jaydi Samuels picketed during the 2007-08 strike with her fellow writing for screen and television B.F.A. classmates at the University of Southern California.  She was so moved by Seth MacFarlane's speech outside the FOX lot, that she cold-called, faxed, and Facebook'ed crew members on Family Guy until she was interviewed and subsequently hired for a production assistant position there.  A few years later, she became MacFarlane's first assistant, working on projects like Ted and the 2013 Oscars, and was even featured in Marie Claire magazine as one of "Hollywood's Top Assistants" to watch.  She was eventually asked to pen an episode of Family Guy, which screened so well internally that it became the show's 250th episode.  Not wanting to be pigeonholed early in her career, she accepted a staff writing gig on WGN's Salem, co-created by Brannon Braga, whom she met while he was directing COSMOS for MacFarlane.  She also consulted for MTV2's Celebrity Death Match, and her pilot Three's a Couple, inspired by five of her friends who got married for Green Cards, was developed with Warner Brothers Television and Jennifer Garner's production company Vandalia. Jaydi is a verified Twitter user, and a former nationally-rated table tennis player and board member of the Israel Children's Center.


Catherine Clinch’s produced writing credits include: HUNTER, JAKE & THE FATMAN, KNIGHT RIDER, LOVE BOAT, HART TO HART, FOUL PLAY, TRUE CONFESSIONS and, most recently, RESCUE BOTS. She has served for nearly two decades as an Adjunct Assistant Professor, teaching advanced video production, screenwriting, convergence media and communication theory at California State University Dominguez Hills. She was Associate Publisher of Creative Screenwriting Magazine and was a key organizer of the first five years of Screenwriting Expo. She currently writes for Cultural Weekly and Studio System News and blogs for The Huffington Post. Catherine serves as a media strategy and content advisor for companies through her consultancy Clinch Digital Media. Catherine has also been awarded two US Patents for inventing a new form of mobile entertainment.

Tuesday, October 18th, 2016

1:15 PM – 2:15 PM Guerin C, in Herscher Hall

The Hollywood Masterclass: TV, Film and Video - Packaging - Producing - Bundling - Distributing in a Cross-Platform World

Rick Rosner, Writer, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, The Man Show, Crank Yankers, The Grammys, The Emmys

Bill Wheeler, Writer, “Queen of Katwe”, “Ray Donovan”, “The Reluctant Fundamentalist”, “The Hoax”, “The Prime Gig”

Jonathan Fernandez, Writer/Producer, “Rob the Mob,” Writer “Star Trek: Enterprise,” Writer, “WRESTLING MOSES for HBO”

Jaydi Samuels, Writer, "Salem," "Celebrity Death Match," and "Family Guy"

David Zucker, Writer/Director, Airplane!, Top Secret, Ruthless People, three Naked Guns

Catherine Clinch, TV Writer, TV veteran, Hunter, Jake & The Fat Man, Knight Rider, Love Boat, Hart to Hart, Moderator

Speakers to be announced