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Panelists

David Kendall, Director & Producer, Boy Meets World

Scotty Landes, Writer, Workaholics

Morgan Seltzer, VP, CMT

Jack Turner, SVP, Matador Content

Valerie Woods, Writer, OWN Network

Matthew Cafritz, Manager of Development, Warrior Poet’s


Panelists

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David Kendall

Biography

David Kendall has been a writer, director and producer in

television comedy for over thirty years -- he can’t believe

it either. He has produced and written for classic sitcoms

like Growing Pains and Boy Meets World -- and directed

current favorites like Nickelodeon’s Henry Danger and

Disney Channel’s Stuck in the Middle. For five years he

wrote and executive produced a series he co-created for ABC

Family/Freeform entitled Melissa & Joey (starring Melissa

Joan Hart and Joey Lawrence, hence the title). The show

concluded its run in 2015 after 104 episodes.

In the role of director, David has worked on scores of

different half-hour series. These shows include Clueless,

Sister Sister, Even Stevens, Ned’s Declassified School

Survival Guide, Hannah Montana, iCarly, Victorious, Big

Time Rush, The Thundermans and Bizaardvark. On the feature

side, David directed the 2005 teen comedy Dirty Deeds,

starring Milo Ventimiglia and Zoe Saldana. He also wrote

the 2002 Sony Pictures release, The New Guy, which opened

in 2600 theaters.

A Philadelphia native, David currently lives in Los Angeles

with his wonderful wife and their three incredible children.

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Scotty Landes is a writer and producer who has written on a few successful TV series and a dozen unsuccessful ones. He's currently working on projects for TBS, Comedy Central, Adult Swim, TruTv, Paramount, Blumhouse and Lionsgate. Most importantly, he does not have a podcast.

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MORGAN SELZER, VICE PRESIDENT DEVELOPMENT CMT

As vice president of development, Morgan oversees the continued growth and success of CMT’s diverse programming slate. Her duties include working with the creative community to generate new programming concepts, as well as overseeing all aspects of production and development.

Since her arrival in 2014, she’s served as the executive producer of CMT’s biggest hits, including “Nashville,” and “Party Down South,” as well as the fan-favorite “I Love Kellie Pickler.”

Before joining CMT, Morgan served as Director of Development for Style Network where she spearheaded new content creation, generated original formats, recruited talent and worked closely with production companies to acquire and mold original programing for the network, including Style’s first live and completely interactive weekly talk show “Style Pop.” She also developed numerous shows including the reboot of “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous,” “Hollywood House Calls,” “Botched” and “Glam Squad.”  Previously, Morgan served as manager at MTV where she supervised series including “America’s Best Dance Crew” and “From G’s To Gents.” An avid pop culture junkie, she is a graduate of Hamilton College and resides in Venice Beach with her husband and son

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Jack Turner has been a film and television executive for over 15 years. The library of projects that he has been involved with has garnered 2 Emmy nominations, 20 Golden Globe nominations and 25 Academy Award nominations - including four for Best Picture. Jack most recently became the SVP of Scripted and Documentary Content for content studio Matador.  Recent projects include Jeff Nichols' Loving and VICE's first scripted series What Would Diplo Do?

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Valerie C. Woods is a writer/producer in television and film, and is also a publisher, editor and author. Valerie is currently Adjunct Faculty for the Stephens College Low Residency MFA Television & Screenwriting program and was appointed Creative Director for Syd Field – The Art of Visual Storytelling. Valerie is one of four Syd Field Screenwriting Method Instructors trained by Mr. Field. Currently, Valerie is in development with actor/director Phylicia Rashad and Relevé Entertainment for the limited series Tempest Rising, adapted from the novel by Diane McKinney-Whetstone, as well as the one-hour drama, The Other Woman, with Elysium Bandini Studios. Valerie is also a Co-Executive Producer/writer for the in-development mini-series Tulsa for OWN (Oprah Winfrey Network).In 2013, Valerie founded of the independent press, BooksEndependent which has published five titles including Valerie’s novel Katrin’s Chronicles: The Canon of Jacqueléne Dyanne. She is also the author of Something for Everyone (50 Original Monologues), which is published by Samuel French, Inc. In 2016, Valerie produced a series of staged readings of scripts adapted from literary work via Staged/Lit.During Valerie’s 20+ years as a member of WGAw, she has written on one-hour drama series for CBS, Lifetime, and Showtime. Credits include Co-Executive Producer/Writer on the drama series, Any Day Now on Lifetime Network. Her episode “Family is Family” was nominated for a GLAAD Media Award, and Consulting Producer/Writer for the drama series, Soul Food on Showtime Network.

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