FESTIVAL FOUNDERS

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Lauren Doyle
Founder

Lauren Doyle is an associate in the New York office of Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy and a member of the firm’s Financial Restructuring Group. Ms. Doyle has extensive experience representing secured creditors, unsecured creditors and debtors in complex chapter 11 reorganization cases and out-of-court workouts both in the US and internationally. Her engagements have ranged across a wide array of industries, including energy, shipping, chemicals, paper, airline, financial services, automotive, consumer goods and retail. Recent engagements include: Ultra Petroleum (counsel to an ad hoc committee of unsecured creditors); Icicle Seafoods, Inc. (counsel to company); Samson Resources (counsel to sponsor); PT Berlian Laju Tanker Tbk (BLT) (counsel to agent and syndicate of lenders); Molycorp Inc. (counsel to secured lender); Seacastle Ships (counsel to agent and secured lender); Overseas Shipholding Group (counsel to agent for revolving credit facility lenders); and more.

 
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Christina wayne
Festival Director

Christina Wayne is CEO of Assembly Entertainment, with an overall deal at ITV Studios America, where she develops and produces scripted dramas worldwide for cable and digital platforms. She currently is executive producer, with Jim Carrey, on Showtime's I’m Dying Up Here, and executive producer of a new series with Jessica Chastain penned by Sully screenwriter Todd Komarnicki.  Wayne has sold seventeen scripted series to date to networks including A&E, Amazon, BBC America, Bravo, Cinemax, Showtime, USA, and Youtube Red. In 2017, Wayne also launched TelevisionSchool.com, a comprehensive online educational course about the creative and business sides of creating content for television and digital platforms. 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.  She also developed Will, which recently aired on TNT with Christina serving as Supervising Producer. During her tenure at Cineflix, she was responsible for development, production and sales of all scripted series worldwide and she grew the department from one to ten executives between New York, Los Angeles, the UK and Canada. She was also Senior VP of scripted series/miniseries for AMC, where she shepherded the development and production on 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.

 
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Jerry Foley
Artistic Director

Jerry Foley is an American Director and Producer formerly with The Late Show with David Letterman. He is an Executive Producer and Director of the Live on Letterman concert series. In June 1995, he succeeded Hal Gurnee as Director of the Late Show. Foley was named Supervising Producer in May 2003. He has 8 DGA Award nominations and 21 Emmy nominations—a record for a single person working on a variety series. Foley is a graduate of the University of Southern California. Prior to moving to CBS, he spent thirteen years at NBCworking in a variety of functions on NBC News Overnight, NBC News at Sunrise, Today (U.S. TV program), Saturday Night Live, Tomorrow (TV series) with Tom Snyder, Late Night with David Letterman, Later (talk show) with Bob Costas, Friday Night Videos, NBC Nightly News, WNBC News 4 New York, Live at Five (WNBC TV series), NFL Live, NBC Game of the Week, and Another World (TV series). Foley has directed over 3900 hours of late night television. He has worked with film, television, and music talent in numerous single camera comedy segments. He has produced and directed all 72 episodes of Live on Letterman including concerts with The Black Keys, The Killers, Adele, Phoenix (band), Taylor Swift, and Tim McGraw. Foley has produced and directed over 40 Broadway performances for The Late Show including Wicked, Pippin, The Adams Family, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Hair, Young Frankenstein, and Cinderella. He is also the Executive Producer and Director of CBS News: 50 Years Later, Civil Rights and The Beatles 50 Years Later: How CBS is Remembering the Fab Four.

 
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BILL PERSKY
FESTIVAL CHAIRMAN

Bill Persky is a 5 time Emmy Award winning writer, director and producer for shows such as the Dick Van Dyke ShowThat GirlSid CaesarBill Cosby and Kate And Allie

After graduating from Syracuse University, class of '52, Bill started his career at WNEW radio. He then moved to California and wrote for a variety of shows including, The Steve Allan ShowThe Andy Williams Show and the Julie Andrews Show, until he found a home with Carl Reiner on The Dick Van Dyke Show. 3 years and 2 Emmys later, Bill and his partner Sam Denoff, created That Girl, for Marlo Thomas. 

In the mid '70s, the successful partnership ended amicably, as Bill went on a new path as a Director, specializing in Television pilots. From 1975 to '82 he directed 22 pilots, 16 of which were put on the air as series, the most memorable being Who’s The Boss?. There were also 5 television films, and the Paramount feature, Serial, before he moved to New York to produce and direct 100 episodes of the series, Kate And Allie, winning an Emmy for directing. 

Of late he has compiled a memoir of stories, both professional and personal, which he performs as a one-man show, based on his memoir, My Life is a Situation Comedy, and is a contributing writer to USA Today. In addition, Bill is a guest lecturer at NYU Film School and Yale University, and teaches comedy writing at The New York Film Academy and The University of New Haven where in 2015, he was the commencement speaker and received a doctorate of Human Letters in addition to a Giants of Television award from the radio and television executive society.

 
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Michaela Qvale
Producer, Production Manager

Beyond the North Fork TV Festival, Michaela works in production at AMC Networks under Jason Gold and Eric Neumann. This May she graduates from Columbia University with a degree in Film and Business. Prior to AMC, Michaela has worked across different facets of the Television and Film industry, including WME-IMG, Loveless Productions. She has served as producer for a number of Independent short films and industrial videos, including all the nurse trainee videos for Gouverneur Hospital. She is also an events manager working at events including the 11th Food Film Festival in October 2017 and the 2nd McDonald's B-Boy Royale.

 
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Leah Caddigan
Producer

Leah Faye Caddigan is an independent filmmaker, producer, and director based out of Brooklyn, New York. When not producing for the North Fork Television Festival she can be found cutting cult films. Outside of creative producing, logistical coordinating, and events management, her specialities as an artist include combat for the stage and screen and practical special effects. With years of experience working in New York’s television industry her crew credits span a number of different departments on a variety of network shows, including: Gotham, America’s Next Top Model, The Punisher, Billions, Escape at Dannemora, and more. Classically trained at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts she has also served as Producing Director for a number of independent off-Broadway shows, and is currently producing her own independent film for the 2018 festival circuit. She is thrilled to be a part of the 2018 North Fork Television Festival team.

 

Kyle Trobman
Director of communications

 

John Zamoiski
chief Marketing officer

John began his career in 1976 by hitting the road as a regional marketing director with Feld Entertainment. Over the six years he was with Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey and Disney on Ice, he learned the time tested techniques and art of field marketing and promotion on every level in major and secondary markets including San Diego, Pittsburgh, Birmingham, Providence, New York City, Miami and over 30 other cities.  He parlayed that into a career in the agency business with a concentration on media and entertainment. He founded Vertical Mix Marketing and sold that to CSS Stellar in 2001 and later founded Bottlerocket Marketing Group which he sold to VSS in 2012. Today, John is a partner and sits on the board of AdLarge Media, the fastest-growing independent audio advertising sales company in the U.S., representing terrestrial content providers including NASCAR, INDY RACING and NCAA FOOTBALL. In 2016, John took on the role of Managing Director of DONER CX, a member of the MDC Group of agencies. His expertise in entertainment, events and ad sales communications marketing has led to his being recognized as one of most influential people in cable television by Cable Fax Magazine. In 2013, John was inducted into The Cable Pioneers recognizing his contributions to the growth of the cable industry as their first member in their 50 year history who has never worked for a cable network or cable company. He is also the founding chairman of the Agency Council of CTAM (Cable Television Marketing) and was the chairman of the Mark Awards for 15 years. John was appointed to the Advisory Board of the Paley Center for Media in 2010, currently sits on several philanthropic boards including The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and the North Fork TV Festival. A 1974 graduate of Washington & Lee University, John sits on the board of the Hillel House and founded the annual AdLib Conference that gives students a perspective on advertising through the lens of a liberal arts education. John is a native of the Washington, DC area, and has been a New Yorker for over 35 years.

 
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Cathy Boyle
Director of Sponsors

Cathy Boyle has been driving revenue in an evolving media landscape for 20+ years.  Glued to radio as a kid, she started selling radio in her hometown of Detroit shortly after graduating from Boston College.  Advancing her career with positions in Boston, Atlanta and Chicago, she transitioned to digital in the mid-90’s after getting RFP’s from relatively unknown companies (at the time) like Yahoo & Amazon.  Disney moved her to NYC in ’99 where she went on to work for start-ups, established companies like AOL and eventually mobile.  In 2016 she opted for a lifestyle change and moved from New York City to Southampton, NY full time. She is thrilled to be part of the core team championing the North Fork TV Festival, and sees it as an important annual event to celebrate the expansion of television in an age of rapidly increasing distribution channels.

 
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Jonathan Shafter
Festival Co-Founder

Jonathan Shafter is a Co-Founder of the North Forth Television Festival and the Founder of Red Avengers - a television production company.  He is an investor in the financial services sector.

 
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Andrea Spiegel
Senior adviser

Andrea Spiegel is a 20+ year branding and marketing veteran who built her career on developing integrated brand solutions, building businesses and leading teams for many iconic travel, lifestyle, and challenger brands. Andrea is currently a Partner at VSA, the award-winning, design-driven creative agency, leading and growing their NY office. Previous roles include EVP of Account Management at Leo Burnett, head of Sales and Marketing at JetBlue and founding CMO of Virgin America, to name a few.   Andrea currently resides in Greenwich CT and New Suffolk NY is thrilled to be a part of North Fork TV Festival.

 
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Justin Skelly
Associate Producer

Justin Skelly is excited to be working for the North Fork TV festival. He has had experience in the media industry working as a screener for FlixPremiere, an independent film streaming service. He has also been involved in independent production, having written and directed a number of short films as well as working as an assistant director and sound mixer on a variety of productions. He is currently the production chair of the Delta Kappa Alpha Professional Cinematic Society at Columbia University. In 2019, he will graduate from Columbia with a degree in Film & Media Studies.

 
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Madeline Renbarger
Assistant Producer

Madeline is new to the world of independent television, but prior to working for North Fork, she assisted the production team on the independent film short The Cat's Meow in her hometown of Austin, Texas. In addition, she has been involved in marketing and social media management for The Brown Firm, PLLC and Claremont Market SharesShe has also been involved in the political sphere, having served as a Senate Messenger at the Texas State Capitol during the 2017 legislative session. Madeline will graduate in 2019 with a degree in Film Studies and Political Science from Barnard College.