Panel: Creating Your Own Work: Original Series in the Digital World - $15.00  May 12, 2018 7:00pm

Producers Club - Theater R · 358 West 44 Street · New York, NY 10036

The internet is eating everything. Soon Amazon, FB, Apple, GOOGLE will be the biggest studios in the world. Learn from these panelists and creators about how you can create your own work, implement your vision, and break through the noise of the internet to gain attention, eyeballs, and create your own series. From script to sale. This panel will be moderated by Jeff Ayars.

PANELISTS:
Sonja O'Hara
Tyler Hollinger
Michael Melamedoff
Quincy Morris
Robin Rose Singer

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Jeff Ayars (Writer/Director/Actor/Festival Curator)
Jeff Ayars is a filmmaker and one-half of the comedy duo Cannibal Milkshake, which he formed with fellow Cornell alum Dan Rosen. Cannibal Milkshake is known for their social/political satires and film parodies, in which Jeff has portrayed Canadian Bradley Cooper, Oscar-Hungry DiCaprio, Finance-Bro Gosling, and James Bond as a stressed-out dad. The duo has been featured by The New Yorker, the Funny or Die Homepage, CollegeHumor, Fortune Magazine, AdWeek, and Fast Company. They can also be found performing live sketch at NYC venues like Union Hall and the UCB theaters.

Independently, Jeff has directed promos for the Bravo network, a five episode digital series on Elizabeth Bank's WhoHaha network, and has appeared on digital series from the A&E and fyi networks. Last month, Jeff wrapped a feature-length psychological thriller, which he produced and starred in.

For more information visit jeffayars.com and cannibalmilkshake.com

Sonja O'Hara (Writer/Director/Actress/creator, Astral & Doomsday)
Sonja O’Hara is an award-winning writer, director and actress. She is the creator and star of the critically acclaimed series DOOMSDAY ("Best of Fest" - ITVFest) which is now available on Amazon Prime. Sonja was a 2017 Streamy Nominee (for “Best Indie Series”) and was the recipient of the “Best Director” award at the prestigious New York Television Festival. She was recently chosen as one of the “Ten Filmmakers To Watch” by Independent Magazine. (Past recipients of this honor included Barry Jenkins, Academy Award winning director of MOONLIGHT.)

Sonja’s first feature film OVUM (which she wrote, produced and starred in) won “Best Picture” at The Big Apple Film Festival and was released by The Orchard. Sonja's new series ASTRAL was just greenlit by Adaptive Studios (HBO's Project Greenlight) and she will be writing, directing and acting in the six episode first season!

She was a guest speaker at the 2018 SXSW Film Festival. For more info, please visit: www.sonjaohara.com

Tyler Hollinger (Writer/Director/Actor/creator Man-Babies)
Tyler Hollinger is a filmmaker, actor, comedy writer, and producer. His 2014 film “Trust me, I’m a Lifeguard” premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and was subsequently purchased by United Airlines, Tribeca Enterprises, Shorts HD, and Cine+. He has appeared in numerous film, tv, and theatrical shows. Including “Old Fashioned” which became the highest grossing faith based films under 500 screens. Other credits include NBC’s Taxi Brooklyn, ABC’s “What Would You do”, and many many more. More info at www.TylerHollinger.com. His pilot "Man-Babies" is a 2018 Official Selection at the NYC Independent Film Festival.

Michael Melamedoff (Head of Entertainment, Cowboy Bear Ninja)
Michael Melamedoff is a partner in, executive producer for, and the head of film/tv for Brooklyn-based production company Cowboy Bear Ninja. With CBN, Michael has overseen a slate of original content for networks including A&E, CNN, Fusion, MTV, Red Bull TV, TruTV, and Viceland. Recent series include SHADE: QUEENS OF NYC for Fusion and the forthcoming game show PAID OFF WITH MICHAEL TORPEY for TruTV. Mr. Melamedoff is also the director and producer of Hari Kondabolu's THE PROBLEM WITH APU; producer and co-star of the feature film FLAMES (Tribeca `17, Hot Docs `17); and the director and producer of the hit indie series, HEIRLOOM (Vimeo, Raindance `17).

Robin Rose Singer (creator Maturity IFP/MadeinNY winner)
Robin Rose Singer is a Brooklyn-based filmmaker, screenwriter, and actress. Her short “Aphasia” made its world premiere at the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival and went on to screen at Palm Springs, Cinevana, and many more. Other filmmaking credits include: three documentaries currently in production, the action-comedy “Mr. Richardson.”

As a writer her feature “The Lions of Mesopotamia” was named top 50 for the 2016 Academy Nicholl Fellowship and selected by Oscar voters. She was named 2016 fellow at the New York Stage and Film Screenwriting Lab mentored by John Patrick Shanley. She was also shortlisted for the Showtime/Tony Cox award, the Nantucket Film Festival, and Sundance Lab. Her TV comedy “Adult Behavior” won the 2016 Made In NY: Series Competition awarded by IFP and NYC MOME with production to begin this summer.

Additionally she works extensively in commercial production creating content for global brands like Maybeline, LG, Under Armour, Puma, Hennessy, Budweiser, Muscle Milk, and many more... NYU Alumni.

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