Tuesday, October 20th, 2015

12:30 PM - 1:45 PM

Track V: The Women's Creativity Workshops The Plaza Room

Women & Original Content: From Internet Video and Advertising to TV and Film

Kayo Washio, Head of U.S. Operations, WOWOW

Teri Schwartz, Dean of UCLA’s School of Theater, Film and Television

Kylie Sparks, actor/producer, "Squaresville"

Valerie Voci, Chief Marketing Officer, OWNZONES Media Network

Caryn Ward Ross, Actress (BET's The Game and He's Mine Not Yours)

Sunni Pavlovic, Studio Manager, thatgamecompany

Perrin Kaplan, Principal, Zebra Partners, Moderator

 

New York Review of Books: A 50 Year Argument.” As Executive Producer of the film, Washio spearheaded WOWOW’s efforts to join HBO Documentary Films, BBC Arena and Scorsese’s Sikelia Productions as a co-production partner in the film. The documentary screened at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival (Canada) shortly after its North American premiere at the 2014 Telluride Film Festival.  Washio also handled the negotiations for the Robert Redford and Wim Wenders’ six-part TV series documentary “Cathedrals of Culture,” in which she is credited as Co-Producer. The film made its triumphant World Premiere in the Berlinale Special at the 2014 Berlin International Film Festival.  With a background in broadcast production and as a broadcast director, Washio has experience in producing television programs, film acquisition, budget control and contract negotiations. Previously, Washio was manager for WOWOW’s marketing & promotions department where she managed all publicity efforts for WOWOW programs, generated the company’s largest quarterly subscriber increase, successfully led the company’s first collaboration with network TV shows for the Grammys and the Oscars awards shows, and oversaw the project team for the first WOWOW Festival.  Before becoming manager of the marketing & promotions department, Washio was a producer for WOWOW’s movie department where she was responsible for producing a weekly program covering cinema and interviewing A-list talent. In this role, Washio cemented successful partnerships with various organizations such as CNN and The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences; produced and directed a Baz Luhrmann documentary titled “Remarkable talented Baz Luhrmann’s ‘Tracks of Love’”; negotiated licensing deals with major studios for film and TV series; and developed strong and beneficial relationships with A-list creators for special programs.  Prior to producing original programs, Washio was a producer for WOWOW’s foreign animations and TV dramas and was the first executive to successfully implement new animation programs and introducing series like “South Park” to Japanese audiences.

 

Teri Schwartz is the Dean of the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television (UCLA TFT) where she has launched an exciting new vision and long-range plan that re-imagines entertainment and performing arts education as an interdisciplinary enterprise grounded in humanistic storytelling, social responsibility, technology and innovation and global diversity.  Prior to becoming Dean at UCLA TFT, she successfully served as the founding dean of the Loyola Marymount University School of Film and Television. Schwartz is an award-winning feature film producer, whose many films garnered nominations for Academy, Emmy, Golden Globe, Grammy and MTV awards, including Sister Act and Beaches. She is a member of the Producers Guild of America; Directors Guild of America; Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and serves on the Television Academy Foundation’s Board of Directors; The Hawn Foundation Board of Directors; the Geffen Playhouse Board of Directors; the Women’s Media Center Board of Directors; the Savannah Film Festival Advisory Board; the Los Angeles Theater Alliance Board of Governors; and the Governing Council of the Los Angeles-India Film Council.  Schwartz is the 2015 recipient of the CayFilm Cayman International Film Festival’s inaugural award for Outstanding Achievement in Film Producing. In 2013, she received the American Spirit Award from the Caucus for Producers, Writers & Directors for her Special Achievement in Educating New Filmmakers and was Variety’s 2012 Media Mentor of the Year. Schwartz is a native of Los Angeles. She graduated magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa in English literature from UCLA in 1971, and received her master of arts degree in film from the University of London in 1973.

 

Sunni Pavlovic is the studio manager of thatgamecompany and oversees the day-to-day running of the development team and business growth.  The studio is best known for its multi-award winning titles such as Journey, Flower and flOw for PlayStation 4. As a spokesperson for the firm at conferences and in the media, she advocates interactive entertainment as a prominent new medium to connect, inspire and share positive emotion around the world.  Sunni has spoken at Game Developers Conference, Resonate New Media Festival, Munich Filmfest among others, and has been interviewed and quoted by Variety, Forbes, VentureBeat, The Verge, Polygon and Gamasutra. Most recently she was honored by Digital LA in their “Top 50 Digital Women” 2015 list, and was a jury member for the 2015 International Mobile Gaming Awards.  Follow Sunni @sunnipav

 

CARYN WARD ROSS Actress/Producer Caryn Ward Ross portrayed Erica Harrison, a feisty and out-°©_spoken NFL wife on four seasons BET's comedy series “THE GAME.” Caryn's other television credits include co-°©_starring and recurring roles on HBO's ” Entourage”, “Lincoln Heights”, “The Shield”, “Friends” and “General Hospital”. Some of her feature film credits include “Motives” (Sony) opposite Vivica A. Fox and Shemar Moore and the romantic comedy, “He's Mine Not Yours” for Image Entertainment. Currently, Caryn is co-°©_producing and starring in the provocative noir drama, THE AFFAIR written and directed by filmmaker husband Craig Ross Jr. The Ross' are shooting the entire feature on the iphone 5 using only natural light, and plan to make digital filmmaking history by creating the first ever smart-°©_phone feature solely with existing light that is capable of being projected into a movie theater screen without loss of quality. A teaser for the film can be viewed at www.theaffair-°©_themovie.com. A professionally trained dancer, Caryn studied at the acclaimed Alvin Ailey Dance Center in New York City. She's danced with Janet Jackson, Usher, Arsenio Hall, Rosie Perez, and Jasmine Guy. Please visit www.CarynWardRoss.com for the latest news.

 

Kylie Sparks had her professional debut at 16 as the star in IFC Films' "Pizza," alongside Ethan Embry, Julie Hagerty, Judah Friedlander, and many notable others.  Since then, she's guest-starred and recurred on such television series as "Complete Savages," "Desperate Housewives," "Bones," "Melissa & Joey," "Greek," and "ER," and a plethora of other series, including an upcoming spot on FOX's new show "Weird Loners." Kylie is also starring in the upcoming comedy indie "Mr. Intangibles," and has been part of many staged readings, including Darren Stein's "GBF" at Outfest Screenwriters Lab.  Kylie has also made her mark in the digital world, starring in the hit webseries "Squaresville," which has been featured in Entertainment Weekly, Variety, USA Today, and IndieWire among numerous other publications and won four IAWTV awards (including Best Comedy Series and Best Ensemble Cast as well as a Best Actress in a Comedy nomination for Kylie).  Kylie has also been in numerous digital series and sketches because of "Squaresville," including the recent Wing Girls sketch "If Girls Were Like Guys on Valentine's Day," which garnered 2 Million views over multiple platforms.  On the set of Squaresville, Kylie met her creative partner, Tiffany Ariany, and the two created, produced, and starred in the cult web parody "LA GIRLS," the 'west coast companion' to HBO's GIRLS.  "LA GIRLS" was an official selection at the Hollyweb and LA Webseries Festivals, was featured in Variety as a "hot spoof" with IFC's Spoils of Babylon, and also was featured in HelloGiggles (next to Tina Fey's SNL GIRLS spoof), IndieWire, Tubefilter, and Comedy TV is Dead, which named Kylie a "Woman to Watch" in Comedy.  Kylie is an alumna of the University of Southern California's School of Theatre, a pug rescue volunteer, and the mom to a pug named Scarlett and a corgi-pug-mutt named Pie.  Her favorite things in the world are brunch, SoulCycle, and Bradley Cooper.

 

Val Voci is a recognized leader in media and online publishing, with broad experience in marketing, business development, and content creation. With senior roles at top media companies including The Washington Post and The Economist Group, Voci has been successful in leading and integrating a range of professionals cross-departmentally and creating an entrepreneurial environment that drives innovation and results. At OWNZONES, Voci applies her extensive subscription content expertise to lead the team in all aspects of marketing and promotion. With backgrounds in data analytics, search engine optimization and marketing, the OWNZONES team is focused on raising the visibility of our partners' premium content while continually improving the experience for our consumers. The OWNZONES model of "anywhere, anytime, on any connected device" viewing of personally selected content, all free from the clutter of advertising, is promoted by our brand and media relations team. Voci Media Works East, a consultancy founded by Val Voci, focuses on marketing and communications for online customer acquisition and engagement. The firm manages a wide-range of projects for clients; providing media relations, creative services, social media management, brand identity, marketing automation and data services. Voci is a frequent speaker at industry events. Recent engagements include Folio: Media Next and SIIA Annual Conference.

 

Perrin Kaplan, Principal, Zebra Partners: Perrin is a marketing strategist with a diverse background in consumer entertainment marketing, politics and journalism. She drives strategic planning, corporate positioning, public policy and viral marketing efforts and is well entrenched in the gaming world. Prior to founding Zebra, Perrin was VP of Marketing and Corporate Affairs for Nintendo and oversaw many aspects of the internationally recognized marketing and public relations programs, including public affairs, investor relations and community relations. She also served as VP for The Rockey Company, a public relations firm; was in journalism with KING Broadcasting, Seattle’s NBC affiliate; and managed political communications for the state capitol and White House campaigns. Perrin has deep connections across traditional and citizen media and knows how to spark a viral fire that encourages an ongoing stream of impact to our client’s bottom-line.

Kayo Washio is the Head of U.S. operations for WOWOW, Japan’s leading premium pay TV broadcaster.  Based in Los Angeles since 2011, Washio re-located from her home country of Japan where, for the last 18 years, she held various senior executive posts at WOWOW since joining the company in 1995.  As the Head of U.S. operations for WOWOW, Kayo oversees co-production and acquisition deals with studios, networks and independent production companies for TV and film programming.  Most recently, Washio oversaw negotiations for “Isabella Rossellini’s Green Porno Live,” which documents the stage version of Rossellini’s award-winning and critically acclaimed “Green Porno” series. Washio is Executive Producer with Sundance Productions’ Laura Michalchyshyn on the project.  Washio oversaw negotiations for the Martin Scorsese documentary “The