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Speaker Bios

2020 Speaker Bios U-Z

Andrew Wallenstein

Andrew Wallenstein is President and Chief Media Analyst of Variety Intelligence Platform, a new extension of the Variety brand focused on market research. He has been with Variety since 2011, previously as Co-Editor-in-Chief. Wallenstein received the Luminary Award for Career Achievement from the Los Angeles Press Club in 2017. He was an on-air contributor for NPR’s All Things Considered for nearly a decade and also hosted the PBS series “Variety Studio: Actors on Actors” and TV Guide Channel’s “Square Off,” a weekly primetime series about the TV industry. Wallenstein has a master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University. His work has appeared in the New York Times, Boston Globe and Business Week. He was at The Hollywood Reporter from 2002 to 2010.

Donna Washington

Donna Washington has been with FilmLA since July 1995.  When the City and County of Los Angeles chose that year to merge and privatize their respective film permit offices, Donna was one of two employees from the City to staff the newly-created film office.

In her present role as Vice President of Operations for FilmLA, Donna works to partner and collaborate with our community representatives, filmmakers, and government clients in the Greater Los Angeles area to help the local economy thrive.  Donna oversees permit operations, production planning, and field services for the organization. In partnership with her team, Donna strives to provide the gold standard in customer service in support of the organization’s goals and mission.

Prior to the merger that formed FilmLA, Donna began her career with the City of Los Angeles in the City Film and Video Permit Office. There, Donna gained experience mediating disputes between production companies and communities, and negotiating with government departments to balance the needs of the film industry and the communities in which they film. In 1995, the City of Los Angeles Board of Public Works presented Donna with a certificate of commendation for her record of service to the film industry and the City of Los Angeles.

Donna is a trusted advisor on a broad range of key filming issues and her longevity and intimate knowledge about all facets of on-location film production have led her to be respected by community and industry representatives alike.

Donna has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, Los Angeles in Political Science.  She currently resides in Long Beach.

Lisa Whalen

Coming soon.

David White

Coming soon.

Katherine Winston

Katherine Winston

Katherine Winston has been at the forefront of marketing, event production, and emerging trends for over twenty years. As the co-founder and managing partner of WINSTON | BAKER, she oversees event production, marketing strategies, business operations, and new initiatives. Winston created the FILM FINANCE FORUM ® in 2008, which provides the leading series of events dedicated to bringing finance and entertainment executives together from around the world throughout the year. Prior to founding Winston Baker, she was Director of Marketing for RealD and was in charge of creative advertising, public relations, events, product launches, and screenings. Prior to RealD, Winston was Senior Marketing Manager for GoTV Networks, where she was responsible for all aspects of marketing strategy, including corporate and consumer marketing, new media advertising, experiential promotions, public relations, and brand partnership deals. Before GoTV, Winston was Conference Producer for Strategic Research Institute where she was responsible for producing high profile investment conferences for various sectors, including e-commerce, nanotech, medtech, defense & aerospace, biotech, law, real estate, and entertainment. Winston earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology with honors from the University of Washington and is a Phi Beta Kappa member. As a fervent advocate of entrepreneurialism, Winston is dedicated to connecting creators and innovators with seasoned professionals who can fuel development and growth.

Jonathan Wolf

Jonathan Wolf

Jonathan Wolf is EVP of the Independent Film & Television Alliance (IFTA) and Managing Director of the American Film Market. Since his appointment in 1998, he has guided the growth and repositioning of AFM – now the world’s largest film market – into a global production and distribution marketplace which annually hosts over 7,000 industry professionals from 70+ countries.

Jonathan expanded the AFM with conferences, networking events, online screenings, the MyAFM community and, in 2017, LocationEXPO®, all leading to steadily increasing attendance and production and distribution deals done at the market which total more than $1 billion each year. He also launched The Film Catalogue, IFTA’s comprehensive industry resource featuring over 10,000 motion pictures and projects.

Jonathan’s full bio is on his LinkedIn page.

Steven Wolfson

Steven Wolfson

Steven Wolfson has taught screenwriting, play writing and creative writing at The Writers Program at UCLA for the past 20 years and holds the distinction of having created the most new classes, workshops and seminars of any instructor in the program’s history. He has been awarded The Outstanding Instructor of the Year award twice, in both screenwriting and creative writing.

As a highly sought-after story consultant and dramaturg, Wolfson’s clients span the worlds of film, television, theater and prose. He has worked one-on-one with several A-list Hollywood writers and directors, shepherding new projects from inception to production. Wolfson’s series of unique writing exercises have been secretly passed throughout Hollywood for years.

As a screenwriter, Wolfson has sold projects to Fox, Lions Gate, TNT, MTV, Langley Entertianment, Beacon Films and producer Arnold Rifkin. Wolfson wrote the independent romantic comedy, Dinner and Driving, which premiered at The Austin Film Festival and went on to win audience awards at several film festivals and was sold to HBO. Wolfson also wrote and co-produced the critically acclaimed Lionsgate feature, Gang Tapes, a coming-of-age drama set in South Central, Los Angeles. Gang Tapes played to sold out audiences at film festivals in both The United States and Europe.

Wolfson is a founding member of the Mark Taper Forum’s Mentor Playwrights Project . His original plays have been produced and workshopped at The Mark Taper Forum, Taper Too, The Getty Museum, Cornerstone Theater Company, The Virginia Avenue Project and The Geffen Contemporary. His most recent play, The Absence of Wanting, premiered in Berlin.

Adrian Wootton

Adrian Wootton OBE is Chief Executive of Film London and the British Film Commission. Adrian is a Programme Advisor to the BFI London Film Festival, Venice Film Festival and Noir in Fest, Milan. He is Founding Director of Shots in the Dark Festival, Nottingham. In 2012, Adrian received an Honorary Doctorate in the Arts and was appointed Visiting Professor of Film & Media at Norwich University of the Arts. In 2014, he received an Honorary Doctorate of Letters from the University of East Anglia and in 2017 was awarded an OBE for Services to Film. Most recently, Adrian has led the British Film Commission’s work to develop the COVID-19 Production guidance for Film and High-end TV drama, as part of the BFI’s wider COVID-19 Screen Sector Recovery Task Force.

Adrian is also a member of the British Academy of Film & Television Arts (BAFTA), the European Film Academy (EFA), the British Screen Forum, and a member of the DIT Creative Industries Trade and Investment Board.

Jordan Yale Levine

Named as one of Variety’s 10 Producers to Watch in 2016, a member of the Producers Guild of America, and the founder and partner of Yale Productions, Jordan Yale Levine has made a strong name for himself in the entertainment industry.

Jordan has garnered a substantial list of film credits, as well as currently having several projects in various stages of production and development. Jordan is responsible for the producing, financing and/or distribution of over thirty feature films. These films include “Becky,” starring Kevin James and Lulu Wilson, which was selected for the Tribeca Film Festival in 2020, “I Used to Go Here, starring Gillian Jacobs and Jemaine Clement, which was selected for SXSW’s 2020 festival, and produced alongside Andy Samberg’s Party Over Here production company, “Hooking Up,” starring Brittany Snow and Sam Richardson, Lionsgate’s “Crypto,” starring Kurt Russell, Alexis Bledel, & Beau Knapp, Entertainment One’s “Burn,” starring Josh Hutcherson, Suki Waterhouse & Harry Shum Jr., ” After Everything,” with a cast featuring Maika Monroe, Jeremy Allen White, Sasha Lane, Joe Keery, and Marisa Tomei, which premiered at SXSW in 2018, and IFC title “King Cobra,” starring James Franco, Christian Slater, Garrett Clayton & Keegan Allen, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2016. Additional films include “Already Gone,” a co production with Keanu Reeves, which stars Justine Skye, Seann William Scott, & Shiloh Fernandez, Sony Pictures’ “Welcome The Stranger,” starring Riley Keough, Abbey Lee, and Caleb Landry Jones, “Jack Goes Home,” starring Rory Culkin, Lin Shaye and Britt Roberston, which premiered at SXSW in 2016, and many more.

Recently produced films by Jordan that are currently in post production include “Separation,” directed by William Brent Bell, and starring Rupert Friend, Brian Cox, and Madeline Brewer, “Chick Fight,” starring Malin Akerman, Alec Baldwin, and Bella Thorne, “Red 48,” starring Tyrese Gibson, John Malkovich, and Michael Jai White, and “Stowaway,” starring Anna Kendrick, Toni Collette, and Daniel Dae Kim.

Diana Yurinova

Diana Yurinova has been on the international distribution scene for over 11 years. She has worked in such industry leaders as Bazelevs, Wizart and CTC Media. She was a CEO of Hong Kong based FUN Union, a company behind distribution of the popular Russian animation brands Kikoriki, BabyRiki and PINCODE globally. Diana was also in charge of Russia’s largest animation holding Riki Group’s global development and distribution. Diana is a member of International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (EMMY). Currently Diana holds the position of EVP at Art Pictures Distribution, a part of one of the largest media holding in Russia, National Media Group.

Joy Young-Sang

Coming soon.