Entertainment Advisory Board
Roy Ashton is the Head of the TV Literary & Packaging Dept. 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.
A co-founder of CNBC and 23-year veteran of NBCUNIVERSAL, Bridget Baker is the CEO of Baker Media, an independent consultancy focused on entertainment and tech companies. She was NBCU’s longtime president of content distribution and key senior executive overseeing its $5 billion subscription revenue business.Today Baker serves as a director on the board of Alaska’s largest diversified communications provider, GCIAK (Nasdaq: GNCMA), as well as several non-profit boards including her alma mater, Pitzer College. She is the recipient of numerous industry awards and corporate leadership recognition including the National Cable Television Association’s highest honor, “Vanguard Award for Distinguished Leadership.” After growing up in Alaska’s remote capital city of Juneau, Baker began her career on Capitol Hill as an aide to the late US Senator Ted Stevens. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and family.
Chris Davis is the Head of Television for Echo Lake Entertainment shepherding more than 30 projects in development including series, mini-series and television movies. During his tenure there, Chris and the team at Echo Lake have set up a two-hour film with HBO about the making of The Godfather, a period miniseries with The BBC and the company’s first series Van Helsing, one of SyFy’s highest rated shows which is set to return this fall for its second season. Prior to joining Echo Lake, Chris worked at A&E for over a decade, first in the publicity department and then in movies and mini-series. From there he moved into scripted development, helping to launch A&E’s first two scripted drama series, “The Cleaner” as well as “The Beast”. As Manager of Development and Current programming for A&E scripted series, he also oversaw “Breakout Kings,” “Longmire,” “Bates Motel,” “Those Who Kill” and “The Returned.” He holds a degree from University of Hartford and lives in Los Angeles.
Sean Flax is an award-winning journalist and director/producer that has worked for numerous major media corporations including the BBC, Eurovision, NHK, and Time Warner Cable (Spectrum) - where his content was seen by millions of viewers. Since leaving traditional journalism, he has co-founded two media startups, and his independent work has appeared on CBS, NBC Sports, USA Today, New York Magazine, Sports Illustrated and many other distribution platforms. Sean currently has several film and TV projects in development, ranging from a feature investigative documentary to a season-long sports show. He is based in New York City, where he was born, and graduated from the University of Michigan.
Mark is a former Director of Content Development at Twitter, which acquired his Trendrr company and the television ratings (can we be more precise or distinctive?) system he created. Previously, he was a founder of Wiredset, a digital agency and technology incubator. He was a Senior Vice President for Online Services at Sony's Columbia Records, in charge of music-video and TV placements. He was a curator at last year's "Public, Private, Secretâ€ exhibition at the International Center of Photography and has been an Associate Producer with BBC Pictures. His early work on information security was cited by the director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation during a Senate hearing.
Heidi Kelso is the owner of HK Media Group, a full service media and marketing company. Heidi spent the first part of her career in the music business working with Delsener Slater, and then as a principal of the HORDE Festival, The Beastie Boys Tibet Freedom Concerts, Woodstock 99, Live 8 and The Paris Concert for Amnesty before moving into broadcast television as a producer and talent executive. She’s produced high-profile multi-camera entertainment specials all over the world including award shows, music concert broadcasts, fashion specials, pop-culture projects and branded corporate partnerships for networks including NBC, ABC, CBS, MTV, VH1, E!, ESPN, FOX, Spike TV, Univision, Bravo and Comedy Central. Notable projects include VH1/Vogue Fashion Awards, MTV VMAs, Elite Model Look World Finale Shanghai, Audioslave Live In Havana, Cuba, New Year’s Eve Times Square Ball Drop, Nokia Presents Rihanna and Jay-Z Live From Brixton Academy London, NBC Macy’s July Fourth Fireworks Spectacular, NBC Christmas and Rockefeller Center, Fashion Rocks development in Abu Dhabi and Brazil, Two Super Bowl projects with ABC and Jimmy Kimmel Live, A Night To Benefit Raising Malawi and UNICEF hosted by Madonna and Gucci and A race To The Top with The White House and Viacom. Heidi also owns the boutique LIDO in Greenport, and resides part time in Orient.
Nathalie is a Talent Producer for the digital comedy network Above Average. Previously she served as the Assistant Director of 92Y Talks at the 92nd Street Y where she led the programming efforts for pop-culture and entertainment related events. She's also held positions in TV development at Radical Media and in film marketing and publicity at PMK*BNC. Nathalie is a graduate of NYU's Tisch School of the Arts.
Heidi Nel is a social impact producer using stories, art, film, and technology to change the world. Nel is a Principal at The Raben Group where she leads the firm’s Social Impact Entertainment practice area. She also serves as Director of the Raben_Impact Arts for Change Initiative, connecting artists and social entrepreneurs with movement leaders, innovative strategy, resources, and opportunities to ensure lasting progressive change. An expert in impact media, Nel helps her clients harness the power of great storytelling to engage the public and catalyze change. With over a decade of experience at the intersection of entertainment and advocacy, she has used stories and art to help move the needle on important civil and human rights issues, including sexual assault, criminal justice, islamophobia, and immigration. Prior to joining the Raben team, Nel was a Partner at Picture Motion where she led the Washington, DC office. There, she worked with organizations such as The Redford Center, the American Film Institute, and PBS to further social issues through targeted grassroots communications campaigns tied to award-winning films, such as The Hunting Ground, Newtown, The Return, Racing Extinction, and Food Chains, among others.
Greg is an award-wining film producer, content creator and entrepreneur. He started his career in film in 1999 with Tumbleweeds, an independent film that won the Filmmaker’s Award at Sundance also nominated for an Academy Award and winner of the Golden Globe for Best Actress for Janet McTeer. Since he has created and/or produced films including Miracle with Kurt Russell for Disney, Pride & Glory with Ed Norton, Colin Farrell and Jon Voigt for Warner Brothers, The Smashing Machine for HBO, indie cult favorite The Slaughter Rule with Ryan Gosling and Amy Adams, and the recently released Warrior with Tom Hardy, Joel Edgerton and Nick Nolte for Lionsgate.
Katherine Oliver is a principal at Bloomberg Associates, an international philanthropic consulting firm founded by former New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg. In her position overseeing the media and digital strategies portfolio, Katherine helps cities harness the power of media and technology to improve government services, and advises them how to attract and promote businesses to support economic growth in these sectors. Katherine also oversees Bloomberg Philanthropies’ support for film, TV and digital projects and served as an Executive Producer on From the Ashes, Bloomberg Philanthropies first documentary produced in association with RadicalMedia. Prior to joining Bloomberg Associates, Katherine served as Commissioner of NYC's Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment from 2002-2013.There she implemented strategic initiatives such as the Made in NY marketing and branding program; helped to generate direct spending of $7.1 billion annually in the entertainment sector, an increase of more than 50% from 2002; and saw industry jobs climb to an all-time high of 130,000. By the end of the Bloomberg administration, 300 feature films and over 100 TV shows were being shot each year in New York City, and more than a quarter million people were employed in the tech industry. Katherine continues to be passionate about the impact that media and entertainment can have in marketing and promoting a city and supporting local economies.
Mara Webster is presently the Director of Panels & Special Events and an Associate Programmer for Tribeca Film Festival. She spearheads the highly respected Tribeca Talks series which has grown vastly in size and profile under her leadership. Recent speakers have included Barbra Streisand, Alejandro Inarittu, George Lucas, J.J. Abrams, Christopher Nolan, Bruce Springsteen, Tom Hanks, Tina Fey and many more. She is also part of the film and television programming team, having helped to create Tribeca's inaugural television section at the festival in 2016. She has amassed several years of experience working film festivals including Sundance, Abu Dhabi, Nantucket, Hamptons, Rooftop Films, First Time Fest, Newfest and more. Originally from England, she moved to New York in 2008.
David Wolthoff is an independent television and film producer with an interest in socially relevant projects. On the feature side, he was a producer of the Will Smith drama, “Concussion,” as well as of the Tribeca-premiering documentary, “I Voted?”, Executive Produced by Katie Couric. On the television side, Wolthoff has developed projects based upon books, articles and life rights, many of which have been set up at various networks, including FBC, NBC, ABC, CBS, USA and Lifetime. Wolthoff’s first development job was in Creative Affairs at the L.A. office of David Letterman’s Worldwide Pants production company. Subsequently, he spent more than a decade working with The Shuman Company, a preeminent literary management company in Hollywood.