The Digital Hollywood Experience

The Digital Hollywood Experience


Nancy Nayor is the President of Nancy Nayor Casting. Over her celebrated career, Nayor has cast over 130 films, television shows and digital properties. Prior to running her own company, Nayor served as Senior Vice President of Casting for Universal Pictures where she spent more than a decade casting for award-winning films with directors including Spike Lee, Ron Howard, Oliver Stone, Sami Rami, John Woo, John Hughes and Steven Spielberg. Films currently in production include Supercon starring Maggie Grace, Clancy Brown and John

Malkovich; and The Adventurers starring Jean Reno, shooting in Prague. Among the pictures awaiting release are Kidnap for Relativity Media starring Halle Berry, and Before I Fall for AwesomenessTV starring Zoey Deutch. In addition to casting studio and independent feature films, television pilots, series, digital content and commercials, Nayor also serves as the chairman of Crispy Twig Productions and is actively engaged in the development of feature film and television projects including the reality music competition One Shot, premiering this August on BET. Raised in Boston, Ma., Nayor always knew she had an eye for talent. After graduating from

Wellesley College, she embarked on her journey to success in New York City with famed acting teacher Lee Strasberg, of the prestigious Actors Studio. Through her study of acting, she found a love for identifying actors’ unique gifts and matching them with roles and projects. Nayor started casting for off-Broadway at New York's Manhattan Theater Club. She then took her talents across the country to Los Angeles where she was hired by Universal Pictures as an assistant. Within a year, she was promoted to Director of Feature Film Casting, under Production President, Sean Daniel. Shortly thereafter, she rose to the top position of Senior Vice President, overseeing casting for the studio’s slate of several dozen films per year. While at Universal Pictures, Nayor spotted a young actress in a magazine, Gwyneth Paltrow. She called her into audition for what became her first film, Shout, opposite John Travolta. Over the course of her career, Nayor has championed talent not only in their break-out roles, but she has also served as a powerful advocate to attach talent to unexpected projects. She has been part of the casting team instrumental in the discovery of mega stars such as Matthew McConaughey, Amanda Peet, Theresa Palmer, and Paltrow; and has given the studios the stars they need to help create high grossing, blockbuster hits.

After 14 years at Universal, Nayor launched Nancy Nayor Casting, an independent casting company with a great team of associates. Located in the heart of Hollywood, Nancy Nayor Casting is sought after by major studios as well as international and domestic production houses. Projects include Road Trip, The Whole Nine Yards, The Grudge, 21 And Over, Ouija for Universal and Michael Bay's Platinum Dune, and The Boy Next Door for Universal Pictures starring Jennifer Lopez. Nayor is also responsible for casting the hit MTV series “Eye Candy,” starring Victoria Justice; the Kevin Williamson CW pilot “Secret Circle;” as well as “The Messengers” for CBS/CW network. While Nayor has a proven track record in traditional casting mediums, she continues to be at the forefront of recent digital trends, aligning herself with the likes of AwesomenessTV and YouTube Red.


Daniella Kuhn, Actress & Writer: DANIELLA KUHN is an actress and writer in Los Angeles. Her acting credits include Patch Adams with Robin Williams, Traffic, Hulk as well as TV shows Without a Trace, NCIS, Angel and King of Queens. In 2000, Daniella starred in the miniseries "The Korean War" for China Central Television (CCTV), China's national broadcaster; it was the first time CCTV ever hired SAG actors. This marked the beginning of her strong relationship with CCTV, which included other starring roles in CCTV series as well as hosting documentary shows for CCTV’s International English channel. As a writer, she is working on an epic miniseries about the Shanghai Jews during WWII (what China calls its “War of Resistance Against Japan”). Most recently, she was hired by Little Labs and FOX to write the story and dialogue for the App game that accompanies the Ridley Scott film "The Martian". The App opened up a new way of storytelling, giving fans of the book and film an interactive way to delve deeper into the story and explore that world. The player can talk to the main character, helping him through situations on Mars, building on details from the original story by adding state-of-the art planetary science and recent discoveries from space missions (long after the completion of the book and film). Daniella has a BA in history from UCLA.


Joanne Waage, Senior Vice President of Partnerships and Programming, Viki, Inc.: As the Senior Vice President of Partnerships and Programming for Viki, Inc., Joanne Waage oversees all content acquisition and business development and guides the overall programming strategy for the company. Prior to joining Viki, Joanne was Senior Vice President of Business Development and Programming at MobiTV, where she was responsible for the company’s video programming strategy, all content licensing, media-related business development and content operations. Joanne also has held key positions in sales and marketing at Viacom, including Director of Marketing at VH1, where she led the rebranding and relaunch of the VH1 digital channels and helped position VH1 Classic for broad cable and satellite distribution. Before entering the world of sales and marketing, Joanne worked in television production for MTV, VH1, fX, PBS and Lifetime.


Margaret Czeisler is Chief Strategy Officer of Wildness (, the brand solutions firm for businesses that want to win in youth culture. Wildness is a different breed of partner for businesses eager to lead their brands into a rapidly changing era of communication. Born out of AwesomenessTV, and under Margaret’s leadership, Wildness delivers full-service marketing solutions for both brands and agencies to engage meaningfully in youth culture. Margaret completed a landmark study on this generation of “Culture Creators” that are redefining entertainment, consumption, the workplace and marketing. The breakthrough primary research of “Wildness Issue 1” provides the company with unparalleled insights into the behaviors and attitudes of Generation Z. Wildness’ integrated services include research and insights; marketing and advertising strategy; and for brands that are ready, Wildness creates, executes and measures holistic results aligned to business objectives. Wildness brings together a career of pioneering vision that Margaret has shared with the world’s leading brands, agencies and chief executives, from long-lead programs to real-time marketing experiences. Margaret recently was a featured presenter at MIPTV and Digital Entertainment World and has previously spoken on panels at Ad Week & Ad Age Brand Summit. Prior to AwesomenessTV, Margaret spent over a decade spearheading scalable marketing experiences across creative, media and technology as Global Vice President of xlab at Razorfish.  There, she worked with brands such as Nike, Best Buy, Toyota, Netflix, Gilt, the Gap, Mercedes-Benz, T-Mobile, Microsoft, DHL, Citi and many more. Margaret was also co-founder of the Art & Revolution Organization, a global design firm producing books, clothing collections and art exhibitions that integrated visionary artists including Shepard Fairey, KAWS, Reas, and Espo. Margaret’s work at ARO was regularly featured in Colette, Beams, Alife and Yves-Behar’s Fuse Project.


Gretchen McCourt is the Executive Vice President of Cinema Programming of Pacific Theatres Entertainment Corporation. In her role, she oversees all film programming, marketing and communications of ArcLight Cinemas and Pacific Theatres, including mainstream and art film selection, specialty event programming, site rentals,studio relationships, marketing partnerships and public relations. Gretchen also plays a key role in new theater site selection. During her tenure at ArcLight, Gretchen has developed key initiatives that have supported the brand’s commitment to the arts and entertainment including its involvement with the Women in Film organization and Slamdance. She is the founder and content curator for the bi­annual ArcLight DocFest that takes place in May and October. Most recently, Gretchen has led the charge on introducing the ArcLight brand into three new key markets in its national expansion while continuing to grow the brand in its hometown of Los Angeles. Prior to joining Decurion in 2007, Gretchen was Executive Vice President and Head Film Buyer at AMC Entertainment, overseeing the film and marketing of 350+ theatres across the US and Canada. She spent 19 years in various roles at AMC. Gretchen received her bachelor’s degree in Economics from Washburn University. She resides in Los Angeles with her husband and four children.


Marjorie DeHey, J.D./MBA, Head of Entertainment, Bishop-Lyons Entertainment: Ms. DeHey currently is the Head of Entertainment of Bishop-Lyons Entertainment where she secures funding and attaches brands to top unscripted television projects.  She has created content and negotiated deals for top TV and film projects including: Sons of Anarchy (FX), Rogue (DIRECTV), The James Bond Franchise and numerous other top TV shows and films.  She has held high-level executive positions for a number of small and large companies, including: MGM Studios, the Miss Universe organization, Enterprise Ireland (part of the Irish government), MEF (formerly the Mobile Entertainment Forum) and LexisNexis.  Marjorie was recently inducted in the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (producers of the EMMYs) and recently closed a deal with a top network to produce an Irish-centric television network.


Sarah Miller, CEO of Axis PR & Entertainment, has over 16 years of strategic experience in public relations, marketing & events within the Entertainment and technology industries. Her expertise and success has resulted in an award-winning and well-known PR and events firm. Under Sarah’s direct leadership and creativity, combined with in-depth strategic public relations, media relations, strategic marketing, new business development and high profile event planning, she has helped launch and brought numerous start-up companies to market with a successful track record. As CEO of Axis, Miller lead nationwide and global PR & Mktng campaigns for public companies as well as early stage start-ups and have successfully taken many early stage tech companies from launch to M&A stage while under her leadership. Miller also has extensive experience and success working with numerous leading   entertainment and music companies such as  Sony Music Entertainment, AEG LIVE,  AEG Digital Media, Billboard, House of Blues, Hip Digital, GRAMMYs, and others. Miller is also the Founder & Chair of the Mobile Excellence Awards, one of the most prestigious and influential mobile awards in the mobile entertainment, technology  & media industry.

Wednesday, October 19th, 2016

2:15 PM - 3:30 PM

Track IV: Herscher Hall, 2nd Floor, Room 202

Women in TV, Film & Immersive Innovation: From OTT and OVNs to Cable, Broadcast, Advertising and Features

Molly Dowd, Managing Director, Odopod - Agency for Tesla, Google, Dish

Marjorie Dehey, VP Strategy and Content, Bishop Lyons

Margaret Czeisler, Chief Strategy Officer, Wildness, AwesomenessTV

Nancy Nayor, President, Nancy Nayor Casting

Daniella Kuhn, Actress & Writer

Joaane Waage, Senior Vice President, Partnerships & Programming, Viki

Gretchen McCourt, Executive Vice President of Cinema Programming, Pacific Theatres Entertainment Corporation

Sarah Miller, CEO, Axis PR & Entertainment, Inc. Moderator

Molly Dowd is the managing director of Odopod, leading all business efforts, operations, and client engagements in San Francisco office. With extensive experience as a project manager and producer, Molly has established a culture of innovation and efficiency, driven by the need to solve for the future, the desire to create beautiful work, and a passion to create intuitive and cohesive experiences between brands and users. Agency clients include Tesla, Google,  and Dish Networks.