The 2018 North Fork TV Festival Judges consist of the TV industry’s top professionals and creators. As Judges for the North Fork TV Festival they serve to select the pilots that best exemplify the spirit of independent TV.
partner and head of tv literary deparTment - Gersh Agency
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 TV, 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.
Talent Manager - Principal Entertainment
Before recently joining Principal Entertainment, Mark Armstrong was a partner at the management firm Sanders, Armstrong, Caserta for over twenty years. There, he helped manage and develop 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, BIG DEAD PLACE, an eOne series with showrunner and director Tim Van Patten.
Scripted EVP - Blumhouse Television
Before joining Blumhouse Television as EVP in scripted, Eben Davidson was at Paramount where he served as Senior Vice President of Development for the television division. He was responsible for both scripted and unscripted concepts and oversaw productions for Neflix, Amazon, Epix, BET and E!. Before moving to TV, Davidson was at Paramount Pictures, working his way up from assistant to Senior Vice President of Acquisitions and Production. During that time he worked on eight Academy Award nominated and/or winning films, including ARRIVAL, FLORENCE FOSTER JENKINS AND Arrival, FLORENCE FOSTER JENKINS and ANOMALISA. Davidson also worked on TOP FIVE, EVERYBODY WANTS SOME!!, JACKASS PRESENTS: BAD GRANDPA, JACKASS 3D, JUSTIN BIEBER NEVER SAY NEVER, FOOTLOOSE, and KATY PERRY: PART OF ME.
Scripted Executive - youtube red
Nicole Emanuele is a scripted development lead at YouTube Red Originals working on shows and movies like IMPULSE, STEP UP: HIGH WATER, YOUTH & CONSEQUENCES, SINGLE BY 30, LAZER TEAM, THE THINNING, KEDI, VULTURE CLUB, BODIED, and I'M POPPY. She also oversees an extended partnership with Sundance Institute’s Episodic Lab called the Sundance Institute | YouTube New Voices Lab. Previously she managed YouTube’s relationships with top entertainment and media partners like NBC Universal and Vice Media as well as top YouTube channels like THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JIMMY FALLON and CASEY NEISTAT AND LAURA VITALE, negotiating deals and advising on their channel strategy. Before working at YouTube Nicole produced the feature film NOT WAVING BUT DROWNING (starring Adam Driver, Vanessa Ray, Lilly Reinhart). She’s also worked at Cinetic Media, a boutique talent management company and has a BFA from The Film School at Florida State University.
EVP, Sales & Co-Productions, Americas - all 3 media
Before being appointed as EVP of Sales and Co-Production for the Americas, Sally was most recently VP of International Programming, Operations and Research at A&E Networks. Here she was responsible in developing strategies for ownership, maximising the exploitation of content across branded and third party platforms, development of original programming and co-productions and driving global channel and SVOD performance. A graduate of the London School of Economics, Sally worked in programming at NBC Europe and Granada Sky, and was Head of Programming at Comedy Central in London before becoming VP & General Manager of VH1 UK in 2002. In 2004 Sally moved to New York to Become Director of Development at VH1, leaving in 2009 to move to Gawker Media and then AMC Networks. At AMC Networks she was VP of Acquisitions, Scheduling and Promotions, Sundance & WE Global where she oversaw the programming strategy and operations across all international channels.
Principal - bloomberg Associates
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 serves as an Executive Producer on FROM THE ASHES, the first feature film produced by Bloomberg Philanthropies and RadicalMedia. FROM THE ASHES captures Americans in communities across the country as they wrestle with the legacy of the coal industry and what its future should be.
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. Under Katherine, the City instituted the first and only municipal-based tax credit in the film industry; initiated a program to train unemployed and underemployed New Yorkers for work in film and TV production; created the position of Chief Digital Officer, the first of its kind anywhere; and delivered a roadmap to establish NYC as the world's top-ranked digital city. 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.
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 books celebrities, 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, 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.
founder - Manhattan film institute
Tony Spiridakis is a prolific writer, producer, director, and teacher. Tony studied acting at the Yale School of Drama, then left to star in the Stephen Bochco series Bay City Blues. His first screenplay, QUEENS LOGIC starred Kevin Bacon, John Malkovich and Jamie Lee Curtis. His play, Self Storage, a very black comedy about Hollywood, was developed at the Mark Taper Forum. He co-created THE HEIGHTS for FOX. He has written for producers Scott Rudin, Laura Ziskin, Mike Medavoy, as well as actors Dustin Hoffman, Diane Keaton, and Eddie Murphy. His comedy for Tri-Star, IF LUCY FELL, starred Sarah Jessica Parker and Ben Stiller. His directorial debut came with the adaptation of his play, The Last Word, starring Timothy Hutton. He directed Ron Perlman and Joe Pantoliano in the black comedy TINSELTOWN for Samuel Goldwyn; his thriller, NOISE, won Best Director honors at the Florida and New Orleans Film Festivals; BEYOND THE ASHES, with Giancarlo Esposito, won Best Screenplay at the Riverrun, Austin and Montreal Film Festivals. He produced and directed the documentary DRIVING TO GROUND ZERO, about a father who drives from Los Angeles to New York along Route 66 to get back to his family during 9-11. He recently completed work on the comedy pilot, GREENPORT, about a father raising a son with autism, and is developing a TV series for producer Christina Wayne, based on the life of Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi. His screenplay, THE ANGRY ONE, is being produced by Tony Goldwyn, and he’s in pre-production to direct his comedy-drama, INAPPROPRIATE BEHAVIOR. He lives in Greenport, where he co-founded the Manhattan Film Institute, a summer program, with his life-partner, Lisa Gillooly, and lots and lots of friends.
President and producer - The Turner Group
As President of The Turner Group, Dolly is responsible for award winning projects in film, TV, music, and books as a producer, curator, marketing, and outreach specialist. Her credits include Producer: ALONE (2017 Sundance Film Festival Jury Prize non-fiction short, and 2018 Oscar’s shortlist), Producer: MAYNARD, Consulting Producer: UNITED SKATES, and Associate Producer: 25 TO LIFE (winner ABFF CNN Best Documentary Award). She also served as a Producer on a number of Aspire TV on-air spots. Dolly provided marketing and outreach for FINDING FELA, FREE ANGELA AND ALL POLITICAL PRISONERS, OTELO BURNING, and BLACK WOMAN IN MEDICINE. She curates the annual Da Bounce Urban Film Festival in Amsterdam. Dolly is a Board member of The Blackhouse Foundation and ImageNation, and Advisory Board for Independent Filmmaker Project. She is also a mentor for Johns Hopkins University Saul Zaentz Innovation Fund in Film & Media. Her prior experience includes leadership with USA Network, American Black Film Festival, Disperse Interactive, LaFace Records, the truth Campaign and JP Morgan Chase.
Commissioner - Suffolk County Economic Development & Planning
Theresa Ward serves as the Deputy County Executive and Commissioner of Economic Development & Planning for Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone. She oversees all economic development and planning initiatives for the County including the Suffolk County Office of Cultural Affairs and Film Commission. She focuses on transit oriented development such as Wyandanch Rising (Wyandanch, NY) and planning for 3 bus rapid transit routes to improve overall mobility and connectivity to the County’s innovation assets, which are key to Suffolk County’s long-term revitalization and growth.
Theresa previously was Senior Vice President of Real Estate for Steiner Studios, the nation’s largest film studio outside of Hollywood and located in the Brooklyn Navy Yard. She oversaw the implementation of a $400 million campus master plan and studio expansion and creation of the Brooklyn College Barry R. Feirstein Graduate School of Cinema.