Festival Co-Chairs

 
 
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MARK ARMSTRONG

PARTNER - PRINCIPAL ENTERTAINMENT LA

Emmy nominated, Mark Armstrong, has recently joined Principal Entertainment LA as a partner. Prior to joining Principal, he was the owner of the management firm Sanders Armstrong Caserta for over twenty years.  The firm has managed and developed such actors as Michael Sheen (MASTERS OF SEX), Chris Noth (SEX AND THE CITY, THE GOOD WIFE), Krysten Ritter (JESSICA JONES), and the late James Gandolfini among others.
Mark recently executive produced the Emmy nominated THE NIGHT OF, a limited series for HBO.  He received an Emmy nomination for executive producing HEMINGWAY AND GELHORN, starring Clive Owen and Nicole Kidman on HBO. Other producing credits include the CBS pilot TAXI 22, starring John Leguizamo.
Next up is his passion project called BIG DEAD PLACE, an eOne series.


ROY ASHTON

PARTNER AND HEAD OF TV LITERARY DEPARTMENT - GERSH AGENCY

Roy Ashton is a Partner and Head of the TV Literary & Packaging Department at The Gersh Agency, with offices in Los Angeles and New York. Prior to joining Gersh as Partner in November, 2011, Ashton spent 13 years at CAA. Starting in the mailroom, Ashton now functions in all areas of Television, helping clients sell shows and package projects at the major networks, major cable and premium cable outlets. He has taught at USC’s Film School and founded the Junior Hollywood Radio & Television Society. A graduate of Columbia University, Roy now lives in Los Angeles with his wife and three children.

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HALEIGH RAFF

PRODUCER - LATE NIGHT WITH SETH MEYERS

Haleigh Raff is a Producer at NBC's LATE NIGHT WITH SETH MEYERS where she runs the celebrity/talent booking department. She works with actors, athletes, politicians, comedians plus up & coming talent for on­-air appearances. Prior to this Haleigh was a Talent Executive and Producer at shows such as LATE NIGHT WITH CONAN O’BRIEN, CNN's PIERS MORGAN TONIGHT, THE MARTHA STEWART SHOW and THE VIEW. Haleigh is a graduate of Syracuse University and resides part time on the North Fork.


CHRISTINA WAYNE

CEO - ASSEMBLY ENTERTAINMENT

Christina Wayne is CEO of Assembly Entertainment, with an overall deal at ITV Studios America, where she develops and produces scripted dramas worldwide for broadcast, cable and digital platforms. Wayne has sold scripted series to networks including ABC, A&E, Amazon, BBC America, Bravo, Cinemax, Showtime, Spike, USA, WGN, and YouTube Premium. She is currently the executive producer on the upcoming YouTube Premium pilot It’s a Man’s World with Theresa Rebeck. She was most recently executive producer, with Jim Carrey, on Showtime's I’m Dying Up Here and is currently executive producer of a new series, MERCURY 13, with Jessica Chastain penned by Sully screenwriter Todd Komarnicki for ABC.

In 2017, Christina joined the North Fork TV Festival as Festival Director. Additionally, Wayne launched TelevisionSchool.com, a comprehensive online educational course about the creative and business sides of creating content for television and digital platforms. Christina recently made an appearance on Variety’s ‘STRICTLY BUSINESS’ Podcast to discuss the current state of the television business.

Prior to creating Assembly Entertainment, Wayne was President at Cineflix Studios, Cineflix's scripted TV division, where she oversaw the company's scripted programming and was an executive producer on BBC America's Copper with Tom Fontana and Barry Levinson. During her tenure, she was responsible for development, production and sales of all scripted series worldwide. She was also Senior VP of scripted series/miniseries for AMC, where she shepherded the development and production of the Emmy® and Golden Globe® Award-winning drama series Mad Men, the Emmy® and Golden Globe® Award-winning drama series Breaking Bad, and the Emmy® Award-winning mini-series Broken Trail.

A member of the Writers’ Guild of America since 1997, Wayne began her career in entertainment as a screenwriter and director with projects including the feature TART which she wrote and directed, released by Lionsgate in 2001. She is a graduate of Barnard College, Columbia University and lives with her husband and daughter in New York.


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