Monday, October 19th, 2015

Artists in Hollywood - Actors - Writers - Performers - Directors - Producers

12 Noon – 1:00 PM Marina Vista Room – Live Webcast

The DealMaking Process: From Feature Film, Reality TV & Specials to Web Series and Indie Film Making

John Crye, former, Creative Director, Newmarket Films

Mike Richards, Executive Producer of The Price is Right & Let's Make a Deal

Hayley Dickson, Vice President, Television Acquisitions & Development - Global Content, FremantleMedia International

Maurício Mota, Co-President and Executive Producer, Wise Entertainment

Darrell Miller, Partner/Chair, Entertainment Department, Fox Rothschild LLP

Melisse Lewis, Entertainment Attorney, Moderator


2010, he left Exclusive Media Group to form Wrekin Hill Entertainment, an independent production and distribution company, where Crye served as President of Production and Acquisitions.  Crye currently works as an Independent writer/director/producer whose website Fewdio served as home to original web series NIGHTMARE HOUSE, for which Crye wrote, directed, and produced 30 episodes that garnered over 3 million viewers across multiple online outlets.  Crye also co-produced and co-wrote THE ADVENTURES OF SANTA CLAUS, an animated feature based on the work of L. Frank Baum, and co-produced HAPPY HOLIDAYS , a 2008 Independent feature now available on DVD and VOD platforms.  Most recently, Crye has been working as a consultant for Voyage Media, an LA-based company that facilitates the development, financing and distribution of film, television and web series projects from emerging creators, screenwriters, and authors.  The company’s marketplace provides creators with mentorship from high-level producers and on-demand access to a variety of education courses, enabling projects and talent to become more marketable.


Mike Richards, Executive Producer, THE PRICE IS RIGHT/LET'S MAKE A DEAL: Mike Richards started his career hosting, writing and producing a late night comedy talk show called "The Randumb Show" at Pepperdine University. This weekly comedy show won multiple college broadcasting awards. Richards has created, produced and hosted several shows throughout his career. He's produced talk shows, dating shows, celebrity shows, reality shows, clips shows, primetime specials, awards shows, game shows and cable news. Early on, Richards worked for television legend Dick Clark as his Vice President of Development and Current Programs. During his time with Clark, he produced several awards shows and primetime shows and was a correspondent on "The American Music Awards and "Primetime New Year's Rockin'  Eve." Richards did stand up after graduating from college and that lead to hosting multiple pilots. He hosted the WB's High School Reunion and later was the host of the reality phenomenon "Beauty and the Geek" for the CW. During that time he also hosted a movie news show called "Dailes" that launched the Reelz Channel. In 2008, Richards took over as co-executive producer of the "Price is Right," and became executive producer in 2009, the same year he helped sell the classic game franchise "Let's Make A Deal" to CBS. As the Executive Producer of "Price" and "Deal" Richards produces 365 hours of network programming a year. In addition, reality powerhouse, Fremantle North America, has teamed up with his company, Empire Avenue, to develop new shows in various genres. Richards can also be seen on GSN as the host of the rebooted gameshow "The Pyramid.” He can be heard on two podcasts; “The Randumb Show” where Mike discusses all things Price and Deal as well as current pop culture and “The Gentlemans” where Mike and improv genius, Wayne Brady, discuss what it means to be a gentleman in 2014. He has been nominated for five Daytime Emmy's and won one for his work as Executive Producer on the Price is Right.


Hayley Dickson, VP, Acquisitions & Development, Global Content, FremantleMedia International:  Hayley Dickson currently serves as the Vice President of Acquisitions and Development for the North American branch of FremantleMedia’s Global Content Group.  Her responsibilities include acquisition of both scripted and non-scripted content for international distribution, across both linear television and digital platforms.   She also manages first-look relationships and overall partnerships, as well as overseeing new business development.  Recent acquisitions include Project Runway: Under the Gunn, XOX, Betsey Johnson, The Sixties, Lindsay, Full Circle, Catching Hell, Real Girl’s Kitchen, The Art Of… In addition, she was responsible for signing a first-look deal with Hulu for international distribution rights for Hulu’s original programming – a first of its kind deal for an online video company.   She also manages a two-year output deal with the premiere US digital studio Vuguru, and most recently signed an overall partnership with Young Hollywood, one of the world’s largest producers of exclusive celebrity programming.  Prior to joining FremantleMedia in 2011, Hayley was the Manager of Acquisitions for Shine International where she established the Acquisitions Department and oversaw all new business initiatives.


Maurício Mota, co-president and executive producer of Wise Entertainment, a Los Angeles-based production company focused on edgy and entertaining content that focus on underserved audiences and also on social change.  With his wife Katie, he serves as executive producer of “East Los High,” a drama series which has earned three Emmy nominations for its realistic portrayal of inner-city Latino high school students since its debut on Hulu in 2013.  Now in its third season, the show consistently draws strong ratings on Hulu and is the #1 series ever on Hulu Latino. Mauricio leads business development for Wise Entertainment, creating opportunities for partners such as studios, networks, agencies and advertisers across all platforms. Mota represents the fourth generation of a Brazilian storytelling dynasty and has helped re-shape more than 50 IPs (plays, novels, short stories, TV series) created by his grandfather, Nelson Rodrigues, who is considered the Brazilian Shakespeare. He led the licensing deal that turned his grandfather’s famous soccer articles and quotes into the official slogan of Brazil’s FIFA World Cup. By age 15, Maurício created an award-winning storytelling board game that became present in 4,000 schools and later became a social network used by 700,000 students in the public school system in Brazil.  Most recently, in collaboration with the Brazilian government, he created the “School of Series,” a TV series development lab designed after the East Los High model that will shape the next generation of showrunners and content creators in the country. ABC has signed a first look deal with Mota for the 30 series that will come out of the lab. Previously, Maurício developed and produced content for global brands and companies such as Coca-Cola, Volkswagen, Nokia, Unilever, Danone, CW, Alcon and Globo TV in his roles at Grupo NewComm , F/Nazca Saatchi & Saatchi and Alchemists Group, after earning a B.S. in Communications/Advertising at Pontificia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro and an Entertainment Business MBA from Fundação Getulio Vargas.


Melisse Lewis, Entertainment Attorney; Melisse Lewis’ career spans the creative, business and legal fields of the entertainment industry.  She represents content creators, distributors and talent in digital and traditional media.  Clients include corporations and individuals involved in mobile and online content, software licensing, games, film, theatre, music, art, and broadcast and cable television.  She has handled transactional work for numerous reality, non-fiction and fiction projects.  Ms. Lewis also oversees and advises on venture capital transactions, distribution platform launches, company reorganizations and business expansion.   She has practiced in-house at New Line Cinema, Tribune Company, NBC, Discovery Communications, and the Federal Communications Commission, as well as the New York City boutique entertainment law firm Cowan, Abrahams, DeBaets & Sheppard.  Prior to becoming an attorney, Ms. Lewis directed and produced international and domestic film, television, and music video projects.  She is also a YouTube Studios’ certified content creator and the founding Executive Director of Seminars & Panels for the D.C. Independent Film Festival.


Darrell D. Miller, recently named a top dealmaker in Variety’s 2014 Dealmaker Impact Report, is the Managing Partner of Fox Rothschild’s Los Angeles offices and the chair of the Entertainment Department.  Mr. Miller has more than 22 years of entertainment law deal-making experience, with an emphasis on creating of multiple streams of income for clients with high brand equity through cross-promotion of film, television, music, theatre, multimedia and licensing opportunities. In a recent Los Angeles Business Journal article, Darrell succinctly summed up how he developed his own method not only to distinguish his entertainment law practice—which includes clients ranging from music mogul and actor Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, film producer TD Jakes, British celebrity Caroline Stanbury, reality TV super star Nene Leakes to award-winning “A-List” actors like Angela Bassett and 2013 Tony Award winner Courtney B. Vance —but also to attract more clients who didn’t solely act, sing or dance—“multihyphenate” professionals, as he calls them. He is a graduate of Georgetown University Law Center and a frequent speaker on topics related to the business of entertainment.

John Crye spent 10+ years as the Director of Creative affairs at Newmarket Films.  While at Newmarket, he acquired MEMENTO (dir. Christopher Nolan), DONNIE DARKO, and WHALE RIDER, three classic films on the Independent circuit. Crye wore many hats at Newmarket, where he helped develop PASSION OF THE CHRIST, MEMENTO, and CRUEL INTENTIONS, and also created online marketing campaigns for WHALE RIDER and the theatrical Director’s Cut re-release of DONNIE DARKO. When Newmarket was acquired in 2009 by Exclusive Media Group, Crye was promoted to Vice President of Acquisitions and Production.  In