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Bonni Lee

Bonni Lee has served has as an executive at MGM/UA, Warner Bros., as President of Robert Redford’s company Wildwood Entertainment and Geffen Pictures. She has worked on numerous films, including Pee Wee’s Big Adventure, Beetlejuice, Batman, Lethal Weapon, The Accidental Tourist, A River Runs Through It, Interview With the Vampire and Joe’s Apartment.  When David Geffen created Dreamworks SKG with Steven Spielberg and Jeffrey Katzenberg, Lee's company, Mighty Hula Pictures, developed TV and feature films under a production deal at the studio. Lee moved to the east coast for a few years and is now happily ensconced at Village Roadshow Pictures as Senior Vice President of Production, the company's titles include Mad Max: Fury Road, The Lego Movie and the upcoming Passengers.

Ben Lusthaus

Ben Lusthaus is a Development Executive at Pascal Pictures, a film and TV production company run by producer Amy Pascal. Pascal Pictures is currently producing the upcoming Spider-Man: Homecoming, as well as Aaron Sorkin’s directorial debut, Molly’s Game. Ben previously worked at 20th Century Fox on movies such as Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes and Gone Girl, and also worked in production on Black Swan in NYC. He is originally from Sydney, Australia. 

Paddy Murphy

Paddy joined the development team at Tobey Maguire’s Material in early 2013 after meeting him on Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby where he worked for the director’s longtime producer and Music Supervisor, Anton Monsted. Before joining Bazmark, Paddy worked for another of the director’s longtime producers and collaborators, Paul Watters. Early on at Material he worked closely with Maguire’s producing partner Matthew Plouffe on Edward Zwick’s Pawn Sacrificestarring Maguire as American chess icon Bobby Fischer. Paddy has continued to work closely with Plouffe on Material’s development slate including Z for Zachariah starring Margot Robbie, Chris Pine and Chiwetel Ejiofor and The 5th Wave starring Chloë Grace Moretz and Liev Schreiber. The company is producing bestselling author Greg Iles’ trilogy Natchez Burning with Sony Pictures TV. Material is an independently financed company based in Los Angeles.

Aida Mashaka Croal

Canadian-born playwright and screenwriter, Aida Mashaka Croal, received her BA from Stanford University and her MFA from Columbia University’s School of the Arts. She won a Daytime Emmy while writing on her first TV show: ABC’s “One Life to Live.” She has since written for Syfy (“Sanctuary”), Cartoon Network (“Star Wars: The Clone Wars”), AMC (“TURN: Washington’s Spies”), and Netflix (Marvel’s Luke Cage).  She is currently a writer and Supervising Producer on Marvel’s Jessica Jones. 

Chris Dickie

Chris Dickie is currently the Director of Development, Endemol Shine Studios.  He joined Endemol in 2011 as Coordinator of Development and over the past five years has overseen the development and production of multiple series, including the long-running AMC drama Hell on Wheels, Kingdom (Audience Network), Low Winter Sun(AMC), Red Widow (ABC) and the upcoming I’m Dying Up Here (Showtime).  He previously worked in Drama Development at 20th Century Fox Television Studios and prior to that got his start at ICM in 2007. 

Jairo Alvarado

Jairo Alvarado started as a creative exec at Warner Bros. then went on to join 3 Arts Entertainment as a manager/producer. At Circle, he reps writer Brian Miller who’s sold pilots this season to Fox with Ryan Murphy and MTV with UCP and Blumhouse; journalists/producers Joshua Bearman and Joshua Davis whose company EPIC has a first look deal with A&E Studios; AMERICAN DAD and COMMUNITY writer Jordan Blum; NBC’s TAKEN writer Joy Loya; I SMILE BACK director Adam Salky, and Tiller Russell, writer on NBC’s CHICAGO PD. As a producer, he now has projects set up at NETFLIX, BBC AMERICA, and Alcon Entertainment.   

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