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Meet This Year's Independent Pilot Competition Jury!

June 03, 2021

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It's announcement time... We’re thrilled to reveal our Jury for this year's Independent Pilot Competitions!  Our talented jurors are tasked with judging brand new work from an international array of creative voices. These esteemed professionals hail from all sectors of the entertainment industry, and include award-winning actors, producers and production executives. 



Independent Pilot Competition: Comedy Jury

Jordan Moncada (Talent & Literary Manager, ColorCreative)

Sherwin Shilati (Writer/Director)

Allison Wasserman (Director, Original Programming, HBO)

Evan Shapiro (Producer, Media Strategist, Professor of Media)

Danielle Kreinik (Director of Television Development, Ubisoft Film & Television)

Jen Chaney (TV Critic, New York Magazine/Vulture)

Chelsea Friedland (Development Executive, Propagate)



Independent Pilot Competition: Drama Jury

Ashley Calloway (Literary & Talent Manager, ColorCreative)

Col Needham (Founder and CEO, IMDb)

Ian Duff (Actor)

Sally Habbershaw (EVP, Sales & Co-Productions, All3Media Americas)

Annie Laks (SVP Creative Content, Shondaland)

Alexander Zalben (Managing Editor, Decider)

Amanda Palley (SVP Current Programs, CBS)

Megan Vick (Senior West Coast Editor, TV Guide)



Independent Pilot Competition: Unscripted Jury

Leif Lindhjem (Executive Producer, “Go Green”/ Co-Founder, Lucia Entertainment)

Nicole Winters (Executive Producer, “Go Green”/ Co-Founder, Lucia Entertainment)

Michael Rucker (Executive Producer, “Fast Foodies”)

Ajay Kishore (Founder & CEO, Stareable)



Digital Short Series Competition Jury

Laura Luckenbaugh (Manager, International Programming & Development, AMC)

Miranda Sherman (Development & Production Executive, OBB Media)

Thom Woodley (Head of Content & Creative Development, Rizzle)

Terry Washington (CEO & Manager, Zane Ryder Management)

Ariana Romero (Senior TV Critic, Refinery29)

Danette Chavez (TV Editor, The AV Club)

Late Night Competition Jury

Ayo Kepher-Matt (SVP, Decal)

Kitao Sakurai (Writer/Director)

Stacy Lambe (Senior Editor, Entertainment Tonight)



Late Night Competition Jury

Ayo Kepher-Matt (SVP, Decal)

Kitao Sakurai (Writer/Director)

Stacy Lambe (Senior Editor, Entertainment Tonight)