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INDIEWIRE

Dana Harris - Editor-in-Chief & General Manager

Dana Harris is the Los Angeles-based Editor-in-Chief and General Manager of Indiewire. She's covered the film industry for nearly two decades, including 11 years at Variety in roles that included film reporter, creating lifestyle section Variety Weekend and editor of Variety.com. She's covered virtually all of the world's major film festivals, is a frequent moderator and member of industry panels, and has served as a commentator for outlets such as Marketplace, The Dinner Party Download, BBC, and the MacNeil Lehrer Report, among others. She also had a life in food, which included being a sous-chef, a restaurant critic and an editor for Fine Cooking. You can follow her @TheKnife.

James Israel - Publisher & VP of Advertising

James Israel is the Los Angeles-based Publisher and Vice President of Advertising for Indiewire, who began his career at the company back in 2001 as Managing Editor for the site’s On The Scene coverage of the Sundance Film Festival. As VP of Advertising, James works with a wide range of high-profile brands including, American Express, Apple, HSBC, Stella Artois, Fox, HBO, Lionsgate, Paramount, Showtime, Universal and Warner Bros.. Also a filmmaker, James has had his films screen at numerous festivals, venues (and pubs), including South by Southwest, the Hamptons International Film Festival, the Woodstock Film Festival and more.

Anne Thompson - Editor-at-Large

Anne Thompson is the Los Angeles-based Editor-at-Large for Indiewire. Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and on staff at Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter, where she founded their first blog, "Riskybiz," and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to IW. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of "Sneak Previews" for UCLA Extension. In March 2014, HarperCollins published her first book, "The $11 Billion Year, From Sundance to the Oscars, an Inside Look at the Changing Hollywood System." Follow her @akstanwyck.

Nigel M. Smith - Managing Editor

Nigel M. Smith is the New York-based Managing Editor at Indiewire, where he writes and edits daily for the site, heads up the Features section and serves as the primary liaison with IW's parent company, SnagFilms. Since joining IW in 2010, Nigel has conducted hundreds of interviews and covered virtually every major film festival. He can frequently be seen moderating talks with talent in New York and at festivals around the world. Nigel holds a Masters in Arts Journalism from Syracuse University, where he currently serves as an Advisory Board Member. Besides IW, Nigel’s writing has also appeared in Bullet Magazine, USA Today, MTV and The Post and Courier. Follow him @nigelmfs.

Eric Kohn - Chief Film Critic & Senior Editor

Eric Kohn is the Chief Film Critic and Senior Editor at Indiewire. In addition to reviewing hundreds of films each year and reporting on the industry, Kohn travels to film festivals around the globe, interviews filmmakers and manages Indiewire's growing network for professional film critics, the Criticwire Network. Prior to joining Indiewire, Eric contributed to The New York Times, New York magazine, New York Press, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, The Wrap, Moving Pictures, Filmmaker, Moviemaker and Heeb Magazine. Eric completed his undergraduate and graduate studies in cinema studies at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, where he currently teaches film criticism. A member of the New York Film Critics Circle, he is the editor of the upcoming book "Harmony Korine: Interviews," which will be published by the University of Mississippi Press in December 2014. Born in Texas and raised in Seattle, Eric currently lives in Brooklyn with his girlfriend, two cats and a flat screen TV. Follow him @erickohn.

Paula Bernstein - Filmmaker Toolkit & Technology Editor

Paula Bernstein is the New York-based Filmmaker Toolkit and Technology Editor at Indiewire. She covers the intersection of entertainment and technology, including transmedia, social media, crowdfunding, new distribution platforms, digital filmmaking and other filmmaking tools. Over the course of her career as a journalist, Paula has written about film, television, technology and advertising for Fast Company, Filmmaker Magazine, TV Guide, The New York Times, Adweek and many other digital and print publications. A graduate of Wellesley College, she received her M.A. at New York University's Cinema Studies program. Paula is also the co-author of "Identical Strangers: A Memoir of Twins Separated and Reunited." Follow her @paulabernstein.

Liz Shannon Miller - TV Editor

Liz Shannon Miller is the Los Angeles-based TV Editor at Indiewire, and has been talking on the Internet about television since the very beginnings of the Internet. After studying film at USC, she worked for two years as a staff writer on G4's "Attack of the Show," wrote dialogue for the U.S. Army, covered the online video world as a tech reporter, served as web editor at Variety, and has been published by the New York Times, Comedy Central, The Wrap, Nerve and Thought Catalog. She is also a produced playwright, a host of podcasts, and a repository of "X-Files" trivia. Follow her at @lizlet.

Ben Travers - TV Critic

Ben Travers is the Los Angeles-based TV Editor at Indiewire, where he covers breaking news, writes reviews and provides extensive awards analysis related to today’s vital television projects. Prior to joining IW, Ben served as an Assistant Editor at PopMatters for nearly five years, worked as a production assistant for Walt Disney Pictures and also did some copyediting for various publications. A graduate of the University of Iowa, Ben holds degrees in both journalism and cinema. He is also an action movie aficionado with a soft spot for Sylvester Stallone. Follow him @BenTTravers.

Casey Cipriani - Assistant Editor

Casey Cipriani is the New York-based Assistant Editor at Indiewire. In addition to writing and editing for the site daily, she conducts interviews, attends and covers film festivals and manages the Indiewire interns. Casey has a background in theater and cinema studies and earned her Master's Degree from the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism. She has also written for Criticwire, The New York Times, The New York Daily News, Filmmaker Magazine, Salon, Movie Mezzanine and Screen Rant. Casey is a nerd for all things Star Trek, X-Files and Disney. She loved and will defend the finale of "Lost" until the end of time. Follow her @CaseyCip.

Shipra Gupta - Editorial Assistant

Shipra Gupta is the Los Angeles-based Editorial Assistant at Indiewire. In this role, she provides both editorial and administrative support to the site’s team of editors. Prior to joining IW, Shipra worked at TheWrap as the assistant to the CEO/Editor-in-Chief, where she provided administrative support and coordinated special events. Shipra holds a B.A. from USC, where she double majored in Cinematic Arts Critical Studies and Political Science. In her spare time she enjoys reading fashion criticism, cross-stitching and eating cheese. Follow her @Your_L4dySHIP.

Emily Buder - Community Manager

Emily Buder is the New York-based Community Manager at Indiewire. She is responsible for managing IW’s online and offline community, which includes managing social media platforms, partnerships, and events. She also writes articles and conducts interviews. Prior to IW, she was a creative executive at Paper Street Films, a New York-based indie production company, where she read scripts and developed films such as Sundance 2014 hit "Infinitely Polar Bear" and the upcoming Nic Cage film "The Runner." She graduated from NYU's Kanbar Institute of Film and Television with a degree in Film Production and Comparative Literature. In her spare time, she writes short fiction and writes and directs her own films. Follow her @elbuder.

Andrew Fiouzi - Technical Editorial Assistant

Andrew Fiouzi is the Los Angeles-based Technical Editorial Assistant at Indiewire, serving as the liaison between the IW blog network and the development team. Prior to joining IW, Andrew worked as a freelance copywriter at a creative media company and as a project manager at a web development agency. A graduate of the University of Connecticut, Andrew holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and Political Science. In his free time, he pretends to write fiction and finds it impossible to do so. Andrew’s dream is to one day play for the Brooklyn Dodgers.

Peter Knegt - Contributing Editor

Peter Knegt is a Montreal-based Contributing Editor for Indiewire. He writes a regular box office column, provides extensive awards analysis and manages IW’s queer cinema blog, /bent. Over the course of his career, Peter has contributed as a writer to several publications including Variety, Salon, The Toronto Star, Xtra!, Exclaim and HitFix, has served on juries or participated in panels at dozens of film festivals around the world, and has worked at a few too -- including the Toronto International Film Festival, Hot Docs and QFest Houston. He holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Toronto in cinema studies, semiotics and sexual diversity studies, and a master's degree in media studies from Concordia University in Montreal. His first book, "About Canada: Queer Rights" -- a study on the history of LGBT people in Canada -- was released in September 2011, while in 2014 he wrote and directed a short film, "Good Morning," which has screened at over 25 film festivals around the world. Peter divides his time between Montreal and New York City. Follow Peter @peterknegt.

Steve Greene - Assistant Editor (Criticwire)

Steve Greene is an Assistant Editor at Criticwire and a contributor to Indiewire. In addition to managing the Criticwire Network, Steve has covered film festivals up and down the west coast, from Vancouver to Palm Springs. He's also moderated a number of panels and post-screening discussions around his adopted hometown of Los Angeles. When he's not consuming unhealthy amounts of pop culture, Steve is an occasional performer and baseball game attender. As of now, he does not have any pets. Follow Steve @stevebruin.

Jason Gonzalez - Senior Advertising Manager

Jason Gonzalez is the New York-based Senior Advertising Manager for Indiewire and SnagFilms. He handles ad sales campaigns and sponsorships ranging from theatrical and DVD releases to Awards Season and filmmaker-centric initiatives. Prior to joining IW, Jason was at IFC Films, where he served as the Marketing and Publicity Coordinator, working on a diverse slate of theatrical and VOD releases, including Cristian Mungiu's "4 Months, 3 Weeks, and 2 Days," Gus Van Sant's "Paranoid Park," Guy Maddin's "My Winnipeg," Madonna's "Filth and Wisdom," and Ken Loach's "The Wind That Shakes the Barley."

Elizabeth Phan - Advertising Operations Manager

Elizabeth Phan is the New York-based Advertising Operations Manager at Indiewire. She is a graduate of UCLA and lived in Southern California for 95% of her life. Her hobbies include Netflix, drawing/painting, trying craft beers, and eating meat.  Her dislikes include exercise, small talk, and most cats.  She is living the dream working in online advertising.  

Maureen Kaiser - Advertising Coordinator

Maureen Kaiser is the New York-based advertising coordinator for Indiewire and SnagFilms. Prior to joining IW, she worked in the marketing department of Food Network where she gained vital media experience, and a few pounds. Maureen is a graduate of Temple University, where she studied Advertising. In her free time, Maureen enjoys photography, pop culture, dogs and people-watching (both on and off the big screen).


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Ted Leonsis - Chairman

Ted Leonsis is known as one of the country's premier businessmen having held numerous leadership positions at AOL. He is also a professional sports team owner, a film producer, a private-angel investor, an active Board member and a committed philanthropist.

During his 14-year career with AOL, the company enjoyed its greatest periods of growth and financial success. Ted now serves as Vice Chairman Emeritus, having stepped down from day-to-day management at AOL on December 31, 2006. He has served as AOL Vice Chairman as well as President of several business units including the AOL Services Company; AOL Studios; AOL Web Services; AOL Core Service and the AOL Audience Business.

Ted's creation of SnagFilms stems naturally from his entertainment, technology and philanthropic activities. He conceptualized and produced Nanking, a documentary film that made its world premiere at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival where it won the Documentary Editing Award. Since that time, the film has been screened at film festivals around the globe including the Hong Kong Film Festival, where it won the Humanitarian Award, and is already the best-selling documentary in China's history. For his production debut with Nanking, Ted assembled a highly acclaimed filmmaking team including the Academy Award-winning writer/director team of Bill Guttentag and Dan Sturman, as well as a strong Hollywood cast including Woody Harrelson, Jurgen Prochnow, Mariel Hemingway and others to narrate the film. Nanking is a documentary film that serves as a powerful, emotional and relevant reminder of the heartbreaking toll war takes on the innocent as it tells the story of the Japanese invasion of Nanking, China, in the early days of World War II. Theatrically released in late 2007, the film aired on HBO in April, 2008 and was short-listed for the Academy Award ©. While at the Sundance Film Festival, Ted coined the phrase "Filmanthropy" to describe a new category of filmmaking that activates discussion as well as new volunteers and new funds that benefit a social cause. His second production, Kicking It, is a feature documentary about the power of sports as an agent for change and personal redemption and is a natural extension of Filmanthropy.

Ted is now the Chairman of Revolution Money, an innovative new Web 2.0 payment platform and credit-card service created to transform the financial services industry by drastically altering the economics through Internet-based technology. This new payment platform also generates significant merchant and consumer benefits. Revolution Money, formerly GratisCard Inc., is a subsidiary of Revolution LLC, the investment company created by Steve Case. Ted is also Chairman of Clearspring Technologies, a fast-growing widget syndication and social media company based in Tysons Corner, VA.

Early in his career, Ted was the founder of several new media companies including Redgate Communications Corporation, a pioneering new media company which, in 1993, was the first company acquired by AOL. He was also the founder of six personal computer magazines, authored four books and worked on the introduction of the IBM PC and the Apple Macintosh. He co-invented a very successful board game called "Only in New York," and served as a marketing executive with Harris Corp and Wang Laboratories. Ted is also the founder, chairman and majority owner of Lincoln Holdings LLC, a sports and entertainment company that holds ownership rights in several Washington, DC entities including 100% of the NHL's Washington Capitals and the WNBA's Washington Mystics. Lincoln Holdings also owns approximately 44% of Washington Sports and Entertainment Limited Partnership (WSELP), which owns the NBA's Washington Wizards, DC's Verizon Center and the Baltimore-Washington Ticketmaster franchise.

During Ted's tenure as majority owner of the Capitals, the team has won two division titles and recorded the second-most points in franchise history. Under his leadership, several Washington Capitals business units have been recognized nationally, including game presentation by IDEA, media relations by the Professional Hockey Writers Association and the website by Sports Business Journal and Forbes magazine.

In addition to Lincoln Holdings LLC, Ted also has investments in a large group of web-related companies including: Algentis LLC; Beacon Capital Strategies LLC; Clearspring Technologies; Geneva Acquisition Corp.; Mahalo; Mobile Posse; Object Video and Qloud. Ted serves on the board of several of these companies as well as PodShow. Ted is a major philanthropist and is very involved with numerous charities, including Best Buddies, Hoop Dreams, See Forever Foundation, Youth Aids and others through the work of the Leonsis Foundation.

He also once served as mayor of Orchid, FL. Among his many honors, Ted has been named Washington's Businessman of the Year, a Washingtonian of the Year, one of the 20 most influential people in sports, one of America's most creative executives and a top 10 entrepreneur of the year. Originally from Brooklyn, NY, and later, Lowell, MA, he now lives in McLean, VA, and Vero Beach, FL, with his wife and two children.

Steve Case - Investor

Steve Case currently serves as Chairman and CEO of Revolution, an investment company that was launched in April, 2005. Revolution's mission is to partner with entrepreneurs in building businesses that give people more choice, control and convenience in important areas of their lives. Revolution's current activities are focused on companies in the health, financial, resort, wellness and digital sectors.

Prior to starting Revolution, Steve was the Chair and CEO of America Online, Inc., and later, the Chairman of AOL Time Warner. As the co-Founder of AOL, Steve played an integral role in building the world's largest Internet company and helped transform how people communicate, learn and conduct business. AOL brought millions of Americans their first connection to the Internet and drove worldwide adoption of a medium that has become more valuable than the telephone or television. Steve also ensured that AOL led the industry on issues like making the Internet a safe place for children, bridging the "digital divide," and investing in online philanthropy.

Steve is currently Chairman of two non-profit organizations, the Case Foundation, a private family foundation he established in 1997 with his wife Jean and Accelerate Brain Cancer Cure (ABC2), an entrepreneurial approach to funding brain cancer research that he founded in 2001 with his late brother Dan. In addition, Steve was a founding organizer of Business Strengthening America and has served as vice chair of the Committee to Encourage Corporate Philanthropy. He was also honored with the National Mentoring Partnership Leadership Award.

Steve was born and raised in Hawaii, where he remains a leading advocate for combining respect for the islands' native culture and environment with job creation and economic growth. He is a major investor in two Hawaii businesses -- Grove Farm of Kauai and Maui Land & Pineapple -- that are developing fresh operating models for the agriculture industry and sustainable communities for residents and visitors.

Steve has resided in the Washington, DC area for the past two decades. Revolution's headquarters are in downtown Washington.

Miles Gilburne - Investor

Miles Gilburne is currently a managing member of ZG Ventures, LLC. He has been active for more than 25 years as a venture capitalist, corporate strategist and technology lawyer in the media, communications and technology industries. In addition to his activities in media and information technology, Mr. Gilburne actively pursues venture capital activities in the life sciences and bioinformatics.

Mr. Gilburne served for five years as senior vice president of Corporate Development for America Online, stepping down from those duties in December 1999. At AOL, Mr. Gilburne was responsible for strategic planning and for major corporate acquisitions, joint ventures and alliances. He was elected to the Board of Directors of AOL in 1999 and continued to serve on the Board of Directors of Time Warner until stepping down in May 2006. Prior to joining AOL, Mr. Gilburne was a founding partner of The Cole Gilburne Fund, an early stage venture capital fund focused on information and communications technology and a founding partner of technology and media law firms in both San Francisco and Los Angeles.

Mr. Gilburne is currently a member of the Board of Directors of SRA International, Inc., a publicly traded government services company, Pharmacyclics, a publicly traded pharmaceutical company focused on new treatments for cancer and inflammatory disease, and Maui Land & Pineapple, a publicly traded real estate and agriculture company. Mr. Gilburne is also a founding investor and member of the board of several privately held venture capital backed companies, including Revolution Health Group, a privately held company focused on various aspects of consumer driven health care, and ePals, a global community of online learners.

Mr. Gilburne is a member of the Board of Trustees of The Washington Shakespeare Theatre, the ePals Foundation and the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health.

He received an A.B. from Princeton University and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.

Rick Allen - Chief Executive Officer

Rick Allen has run successful companies in nearly every form of media, and helped to develop or extend some of the country's most prestigious brands. Rick is the CEO of SnagFilms, a new digital distribution company formed with AOL Vice-Chairman Ted Leonsis, AOL founder Steve Case and others. Launching in July, 2008, SnagFilms gives everyone the latest in web tools to find, watch and share great documentary films and then engage in the causes, charities and communities these films spotlight. SnagFilms offers filmmakers an effective method of reaching the broadest global audience at a time when the traditional distribution methods for independent movies have largely broken down. Rick previously was President and CEO of Sporting News, the country's oldest sports media company, leading a revitalization that saw it named twice to Adweek's annual "Hot List" as a top-10 media property. Earlier, he served as President and CEO of the for-profit arm of the National Geographic Society, responsible for television and film; interactive products, websites and e-commerce; maps; travel; retail; catalog; and consumer products. Under his leadership, the National Geographic Channel was launched and became one of the fastest growing cable channels in recent history. Before coming to National Geographic, Rick was a senior executive at Discovery Communications, parent of the Discovery Channel, where he extended the company's brand into filmed entertainment, education, technology and retail.

He also served in the White House as a Deputy Assistant to President Clinton, helping to establish AmeriCorps (the domestic Peace Corps). Before his White House service, Allen was CEO of a privately-held group of 35 companies based in Los Angeles. He has written and lectured widely, and been active in civic affairs particularly dealing with education, including service with the advisory boards to the California State Board of Education and the Southern California Association of Governments, and as Vice Chairman of Project Exploration, a nonprofit science organization that makes science accessible to the public - especially minority youth and girls - through personalized experiences with scientists and science. Rick lives in Potomac, Maryland with his wife and three sons.

Stephanie Sharis - Executive Vice President

Stephanie Sharis has over ten years experience in New Media and Entertainment. From 2004 through 2007, she worked at AOL in Premium Services and then Original Programming. Her last role was as Director of Creative Development where she developed episodic web-based series sponsored by major clients like GM and P&G. She also built and managed AOL True Stories, a broadband channel for documentaries, which was the precursor for SnagFilms.

Before joining AOL, Stephanie co-founded and served as Co-President of Transmission Films, an online distributor of independent and foreign films. She has also worked as a project consultant for New York Office, Walden Media, Content Film, Urbanworld Films, JP Morgan and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

In addition to working as a business executive in the industry, Stephanie has also been involved in the creative side: she co-produced THE PROMISE, a short film starring Saundra Santiago and Kevin Conway, MUSIC INN, a documentary which premiered at the 2007 Tribeca Film Festival, and THE PARTY'S OVER, a feature documentary starring Philip Seymour Hoffman that was released in theaters internationally and aired on the BBC.

Stephanie graduated summa cum laude from Wesleyan University in 1994 and received her graduate degree in public policy from Harvard University in 1999.