The Digital Hollywood Experience

The Digital Hollywood Experience

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Wednesday, May 4th, 2016

3:50 PM - 5:00 PM

Track III: Haas Conference Center, Room 172-173

The Women's Summit - By Women - For Women - About Women

Women in the Industry: Developing Film, Television & OTT About Women - A Golden Age in Hollywood and Indie Production

Mimi Steinbauer, President and CEO, Radiant Films International

Kara Holden, Actress and Screenwriter

Shannon Keenan Demers, SVP of Production and Creative, Tremendous! Entertainment

Marlene Sharp, Producer, TV Series, Sonic, Sega of America

Marsha Oglesby, Producer, Indigenous Media

Melissa Schneider, SVP Development and Production, New Form Digital

Sun Jen Yung, Managing Director, Headwaters MB, Moderator


Shannon Keenan Demers, SVP of Production and Creative, Tremendous! Entertainment: Kennan Demers has served as Executive Producer of Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern (Travel Channel) since 2012 and is also an Executive Producer for all of Tremendous Entertainment’s innovative reality series including Ghost Asylum (Destination America), For Peete’s Sake (OWN) and Rock the Park (The CW). With more than 23 years of experience in the

entertainment and television industry, Jane Durkee oversees all operations and business aspects of the company.  She works closely on new show development as well as the company’s strategic initiatives.  As COO, she manages all operations of the business.  Durkee joined Tremendous! in 1999 and after a variety of production assignments she took over the Sales and Distribution department.  Her credits include hundreds of hours of programming from shows like “Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern” (Travel Channel) and programming for Destination America, VH1, Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, History Channel, TLC, Hallmark Channel and National Geographic.


Melissa Schneider, SVP Development and Production, New Form Digital: Melissa Schneider is the head of series and current scripted development, while overseeing all aspects of series and pilot production for New Form Digital. With an extensive background in both digital and traditional media, Schneider bridges the gap by working closely with digital and established talent to develop episodic and serialized stories that will resonate with audiences on emerging digital platforms. In little over a year at New Form, she has developed and launched 25 pilots, with 18 series orders launching over 2015/2016. She executive produced Oscar’s Hotel for Fantastical Creatures, a co-production with The Jim Henson Creature Shop, featuring Chris Kendall, Grace Helbig, Mamrie Hart, Hannah Hart, PewdiePie, Patrick Stewart and Alfred Molina.   Prior to joining New Form, Schneider was SVP of creative development at the Collective Digital Studios (CDS) and spearheaded the YouTube strategy and programming for Mashable’s YouTube channel, in addition to working closely with CDS’s top digital talent (Hannah Hart, Lilly Singh, Elliott Morgan), to create original scripted IP.  Before that, Schneider worked for Jeffery Katzenberg and Charles Segars as the executive in charge of production at Dreamworks Animation’s exclusive series with YouTube, YouTube Nation. While there, Schneider built a top-of-the-line studio and oversaw daily production operations for over 40 full time employees and worked closely with the DreamWorks and YouTube creative teams to execute the project’s vision. Previously, Schneider was the director of development and production at My Damn Channel, where she created and oversaw the first daily live comedy show on YouTube, My Damn Channel Live, hosted by Grace Helbig, with over 200 episodes. And as the director of production at Digital Broadcasting Group, Schneider specialized in branded entertainment for the digital space, working with top tier brands such as McDonald’s, Toyota, Heineken, Dentine, and Dell. Schneider has been developing and producing content for the digital space since 2009 and her work has been nominated and won Streamys, Webbys and IAWTV awards. She started her career as a writer’s assistant for The Sopranos, working for David Chase, Terence Winter, Matthew Weiner and Ilene Landress. Schneider is an alum of NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. She currently resides in Los Angeles.


MIMI STEINBAUER, PRESIDENT AND CEO, Radiant Films: Mimi Steinbauer launched Radiant Films International, a full service international sales company, in January 2012. She is President and CEO of the company which acquires and distributes theatrical feature films. Her current slate includes action thriller drama JUVENILES starring Beau Knapp and Stephen Moyer in post-production, CARRIE PILBY starring Bel Powley from producers Suzanne Farwell (THE INTERN) and Susan Cartsonis (WHAT WOMEN WANT); the thriller TAKE DOWN directed by Jim Gillespie and starring Ed Westwick, Jeremy Sumpter and Phoebe Tonkin; THE DRIFTLESS AREA starring Anton Yelchin and Zooey Deschanel; IFC Films’ HUNGRY HEARTS starring Adam Driver and Alba Rohrwacher, who both won Coppa Volpi Awards at the Venice Film Festival and Alchemy’s MADAME BOVARY with Mia Wasikowska, Paul Giamatti and Ezra Miller.  Prior to launching Radiant, Steinbauer held the position of President at Hyde Park International, handling the licensing and distribution operations for the company’s in-house productions, third party sales acquisitions and a small motion picture library.  Hyde Park’s projects included GHOST RIDER 2: SPIRIT OF VENGEANCE starring Nicolas Cage and BLUE VALENTINE, starring Michelle Williams and Ryan Gosling as well as MACHETE, a Robert Rodriguez film starring Robert De Niro, Jessica Alba and Michelle Rodriguez. Her past positions also include President of International Sales and Distribution at Franchise Pictures and subsequently Mobius International as well as Vice-President of Distribution at New Line International. Other films she has worked on include the Academy Award winning THE LORD OF THE RINGS trilogy, RUSH HOUR 2, THE NOTEBOOK and THE WHOLE TEN YARDS. Raised in Austria, Steinbauer completed her undergraduate studies in Psychology at Williams College and attended The American University in Cairo, Egypt.  She began her film career as an Assistant Director and Script Supervisor, working in both film and television throughout Europe.   She moved to Los Angeles to attend The Peter Stark Program at USC Film School, where she completed a Masters degree in Film Producing.   She has studied at Le Cordon Bleu, is a certified Kundalini Yoga Instructor and an Advanced Reiki practitioner.   Steinbauer also volunteers at Operation USA, a highly respected international disaster relief organization based in Los Angeles, and recently acted as a Teaching Assistant at the Harvard Program on Negotiation.


KARA HOLDEN is a screenwriter who has written scripts for nearly every studio in Hollywood prior to writing MIDDLE SCHOOL: THE WORST YEARS OF MY LIFE for CBS Films. Her adaptation of the popular novel CARRIE PILBY just wrapped production in New York mid-January.  The comedy-drama stars Bel Powley, Vanessa Baer, Jason Ritter, Nathan Lane, William Moseley and Gabriel Byrne. She is currently writing an animated film for producer Brett Ratner and director Chris McKay called THE YEGGS AND THE YAHBUTS and her screenplay WHAT THOUGH THE ODDS, a true inspirational sports story, has director Duane Adler attached and is being packaged and financed. A Kentucky native, Kara earned a degree in Biology from the University of Louisville before moving to Los Angeles where she spent several years as a successful film and television actress.  She acted and was directed by comedy greats such as Neal Israel on the show “Clueless” and Amy Sherman-Palladino on “The Gilmore Girls”.  The interaction with Sherman-Palladino inspired her to pursue writing.  Holden enrolled in USC’s Graduate Professional Writing Program where she honed her skills in dramatic writing.  There she thrived creatively under the mentorship of the late author and screenwriting teacher/guru Syd Field who served as her thesis advisor and was taught by show business greatsShelley Berman, Mel Shavelson, Steve Mazur and Hubert Selby Jr.   Before graduation her one act play, TAKE TWO, won USC’s Jerome Lawrence Play Festival. After graduation Kara was hired for many film and television assignments including the adaptation of the novel THE OPPOSITE OF LOVE for Anne Hathaway at Fox, and ZAPPED for The Disney Channel, which starred Zendaya.  Her screen adaptation of the autobiography of surfer Bethany Hamilton, the box office hit SOUL SURFER, starred Helen Hunt, Dennis Quaid and Anna-Sophia Robb, and was released by Sony Pictures.  Holden also wrote the original romantic comedy, MEANT TO BE starring Kelly Reilly and Kris Marshall which was released internationally and was shot in Puerto Rico.


Marsha Oglesby is an award winning film, television and digital producer. She is currently a Producer at Indigenous Media, a next generation studio focused on producing original content for emerging and traditional platforms worldwide, as well as developing and operating multi-platform content brands. She recently co-executive produced a series of scripted and non-scripted shows for a premium web channel known as WIGS which was financed by Google and subsequently by Twentieth Century Fox Television. These series can be found on YouTube and Hulu. She is an executive producer on the indie feature film COUNTING FOR THUNDER starring John Heard, Mariette Hartley and Alison Elliott. Other feature films she has produced include RIGHTEOUS KILL which starred Robert Deniro, Al Pacino and 50 Cent and 88 MINUTES which also starred Al Pacino. SKY CAPTAIN AND THE WORLD OF TOMORROW starring Jude Law, Gwyneth Paltrow and Angelina Jolie which she discovered and brought to life based on a six minute short created by the writer/director Kerry Conran. This particular film was groundbreaking in that it was the first feature film to be shot entirely on blue screen though many have since followed. Another film is Rodrigo Garcia’s feature film debut entitled THINGS YOU CAN TELL JUST BY LOOKING AT HER starring Glenn Close, Cameron Diaz, Holly Hunter and Calista Flockhart. The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2000 and at the 2000 Cannes Film Festival where it won in its category Un Certain Regard. Other feature film credits include LAND OF THE BLIND starring Ralph Fiennes and Donald Sutherland that premiered at the 2006 Tribeca Film Festival and the Bret Easton Ellis’ drama RULES OF ATTRACTION which was adapted and directed by the Oscar-winning writer Roger Avary. Her first foray into film producing was entitled TIE-DIED: Rock and Roll’s Most Dedicated Fans a documentary about Deadheads which also premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 1995. On the television side of things, she recently produced a documentary for PBS/Frontline entitled FAST TIMES AT WEST PHILLY HIGH. She was also a producer on the hit USA limited series THE STARTER WIFE starring Debra Messing, Joe Mantegna, Judy Davis and Miranda Otto for which she was nominated for an Emmy for Best Mini-Series as well as a Producer of the Year award by the Producer’s Guild. She co-produced the NBC mini-series, UPRISING, which earned her and her fellow producers the prestigious Christopher Award in 2001. She was a producer on the pilot for the acclaimed NBC TV series BOOMTOWN and a TNT pilot entitled BUNKER HILL starring Donnie Wahlberg, Bridget Moynahan, Brian Dennehy and Kathy Baker as well as the pilot PLEADING GUILTY for 20th Century Fox. She recently sold her first non-scripted television show entitled RECONILED to OWN.


Marlene Sharp, Producer, TV Series, Sonic, Sega of America: Marlene Sharp is a creative and business-savvy entertainment multi-hyphenate who hails from New Orleans and works in Burbank, CA. At present, she is gainfully employed as Producer, Multi-media at Sega of America. As the freelance LA Animation Examiner, she analyzes cartoons on the big screen, on the small screen, and under the microscope. Please read her musings at


Sun Jen Yung, Managing Director, Headwaters MB: Sun Jen Yung, Managing Director, joined Headwaters from Nightwood Capital LLC, a middle-market boutique advisory firm that she founded in 2009. Sun focuses on Digital Media & Internet and Media Growth companies. Her experience of 20 years in investment banking includes corporate finance coverage of Media (cable and entertainment), Digital Media, Internet and Software companies at Oppenheimer, Deutsche Bank , Lehman Brothers and J.P. Morgan. Sun also has experience in Equity Research at Lehman Brothers. She has completed over $38 billion in public (IPOs and follow-ons) and private equity, equity-linked and debt financings and M&A transactions. Sun serves on the Board of Directors for the YWCA of Greenwich (CT). She received B.A. degrees in Economics and International Studies at Macalester College in St. Paul, MN and an M.B.A. of Finance from Columbia Business School in New York.