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NOVEMBER 6 - 13, 2019 • SANTA MONICA

Speaker Bios

2019 Speaker Bios R-T

Suzy Sammons

Suzy Sammons

Suzy Sammons is Editor-in-Chief at Giving Company and its four media brands, including Dove.org, FamilyChristian.com, iDisciple (and iDisciple Publishing) and Christian Cinema. She is an award winning creative strategist, a writer and a skilled marketer, having managed top accounts at famous advertising agencies. Suzy has studied the currency of influence through 20+ years serving TBWA\Chiat\Day, 180LA, Saatchi & Saatchi and BBDO, managing high profile teams and agency businesses including Toyota, Infiniti, University of Phoenix and Mattel.

With decades of defining audiences, honing messaging and media strategies, Sammons understands the connectivity between our culture, our families and the media we consume, and the two-way flow of power.

Today she moderates the cultural conversation through this global faith and family media network, igniting fun and thoughtful conversations around leading our families amidst the clutter. Suzy and her husband Steve lead a blended family of six children, three miraculous daughters-in-law, 2 grandchildren and one English retriever. The family headquarters in Lake Oswego, Oregon

Saxon, Evan

Evan Saxon

Evan is one of a select few executives that have successfully navigated both the music and film worlds. While working in the music space he marketed concert tours for iconic artists including Sting, Ramones, B.B. King, Pantera, Lucinda Williams, Los Fabulosos Cadillacs, and more. Due to his trusted relationships in the music business Evan was contacted by a major record label to represent them in discussions with a tech company about bringing music content to cinemas. From there he was entrusted to distribute films from The Beatles, Tom Petty, Rush, Iron Maiden, Bob Marley, and many others. At Abramorama Evan is our Head of West Coast Acquistions and Business Development while overseeing our International Theatrical Distribution and Marketing where he spearheaded our release of films by Pearl Jam, Green Day, Paul McCartney, Jimi Hendrix, John Lydon and Above & Beyond in cinemas around the world.

Ted Schilowitz

Ted Schilowitz

Ted spends his time and pursues his passion in a unique role in the motion picture entertainment industry. As the Futurist at Paramount Pictures, Ted works with studio leadership and the technology teams at Paramount / Viacom, exploring forms of new and emerging technologies, with an emphasis on Virtual and Mixed Reality.

Prior to joining Paramount, Ted was the Futurist at 20th Century Fox, where he worked on the evolving art, science and technology of advanced interactive visual storytelling.  He was part of the creation team for the Martian VR and Wild VR experiences, which premiered at CES and Sundance as groundbreaking projects that pushed the envelope of Virtual Reality storytelling.

Ted was an integral part of the product development and launch team at Red Digital Cinema as the company’s first employee.  The Red One and Epic cameras have made a significant impact on the Motion Picture Industry, winning a scientific and technical academy award. Many of the world’s biggest movies are now being shot with these ultra high resolution digital movie cameras.

Ted is one of the founders and creators of the G-Tech product line of advanced hard drive storage products.  As one of the most recognized brands in that industry, they are implemented worldwide at the highest levels on cinema, episodic television, sports and news production.

In his role as Chief Creative Officer at Barco Escape,  he spearheaded an experimental immersive cinema project for movie theaters worldwide.  Titles include Paramount Pictures Star Trek Beyond and 20th Century Fox Maze Runner & Maze Runner 2.

Before being part of the founding teams at Red Digital Cinema and G-Tech, Ted was on the team that developed and launched the Macintosh desktop video division of AJA Video Systems, creating professional video products in tandem with Apple.  These products are used on a massive scale worldwide for video production and post at the highest levels, on many of the world’s biggest movies, TV series and sporting events.

Ted has presented worldwide at numerous conferences on the advancements in next generation visual experiences for the movie, television and, interactive entertainment industries.  He’s been featured in Wired, Variety, NY Times, LA Times, Wall Street Journal, Fast Company, The Hollywood Reporter, NBC, CNET, Studio Daily, Videography, Film and Video, DV Magazine, TV Technology, HD Video Pro, Engadget, Gizmodo, Millimeter, American Cinematographer, MacWorld, Post Magazine, Popular Science, and countless other publications discussing his areas of passion and exploration.

Schwartz, Russell

Russell Schwartz

Russell Schwartz has been President of Pandemic Marketing Corp since its inception in 2008. Pandemic Marketing provides strategic marketing, theatrical distribution, ancillary placement solutions and digital execution for the motion picture industry. Among the movies he most recently worked on were Chappaquiddick and the jazz movie, Bolden.

He is also currently the lead marketing professor in the Creative Producing Program at the Dodge College of Film and New Media at Chapman University.

From 2013-2014, he was President of Worldwide Marketing at Relativity Media and was responsible for the entire slate including The Family, Don Jon and Beyond the Lights.

From 2001-2008, Schwartz was President of Theatrical Marketing at New Line Cinema where he oversaw all of the company’s marketing efforts which resulted in over 44 Academy Award nominations and extraordinary success at the domestic box office. Included in this list: The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, Hairspray, Wedding Crashers, Elf, RushHour 2 and 3, The Notebook, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, About Schmidt and Little Children.

Prior to that he was President of USA Films and released such films as Traffic, Nurse Betty, Topsy Turvey, Being John Malkovich and Pitch Black.

From 1992-1999, Schwartz was President of Gramercy Pictures and oversaw the marketing of Four Weddings and a Funeral, Fargo, The Usual Suspects, Elizabeth, The Big Lebowski, Dazed and Confused, Dead Man Walking and many others.

Russell’s new book, co-written with Katherine MacDonald, The Marketing Edge for Filmmakers: Developing a Marketing Mindset from Concept through Release has just been published by Focal Press. The book is an American Film Market presentation.

Gregg Schwenk

Coming soon.

Jeff Schultz

Coming soon.

Mike Stiller

Mike Stiller

Mike Stiller is Vice President, Development and Programming for History. During his time at History, Stiller has developed and commissioned a slate of hits and critically acclaimed documentaries. He developed The Curse of Oak Island, currently the highest-rated hit series on History, and the #1 rated cable series on Tuesday nights, and world-wide hits Ancient Aliens, MonsterQuest, and Only in America with Larry the Cable Guy. Stiller oversaw development at H2 where he guided the hit series Brad Meltzer’s Lost History. Most recently, Stiller developed Lost Gold of WW2, one of the highest-rated new nonfiction series of 2019, Unidentified: Inside America’s UFO Investigation, and Truck Night in America.. He has also shepherded a slate of critically acclaimed documentaries, including America’s War on Drugs, the Emmy-nominated Third Reich: Rise and FallWWII in HDVietnam in HDRoad to 9/11America’s War on DrugsAmerica Promised Land, and the theatrical documentary film Watergate, directed by Academy Award winner Charles Ferguson.

Prior to joining HISTORY, Stiller was a writer for MTV, Nickelodeon, and Noggin. In the 1990s, he developed video games and children’s edutainment software.