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Lori McCreary is an American motion picture producer and computer scientist. She is co-founder and CEO of the production company Revelations Entertainment, which she co-founded with actor Morgan Freeman.
McCreary is currently the executive producer of CBS’ Madam Secretary. As Revelations CEO, McCreary most recently produced The Magic of Belle Isle, directed by Rob Reiner. Before that, she produced Invictus, directed by Clint Eastwood, with Freeman starring in the long-awaited portrayal of Nelson Mandela and co-starring Matt Damon. In addition, she serves as the executive producer of Discovery Science’s Through the Wormhole With Morgan Freeman.
McCreary sits on the Board of the Producers Guild of America. She is also a member of The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE) and The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc. (IEEE).
Roberto Orci is the billion-dollar filmmaker behind some of the decade’s biggest films. While his films span genre and scope, Orci has become an expert in the field of science fiction with such films as Star Trek, Ender’s Game, Transformers and Eagle Eye. Orci recently launched his new production banner, Sneaky Shark, and is currently producing Star Trek 3, the latest film in the popular franchise, in addition to producing the new adaptation of Anne Rice’s Vampire Chronicles.
Orci’s production banner with Alex Kurtzman, K/O Paper Products, maintains an overall deal at CBS Television Studios. Last fall, CBS premiered to great acclaim Scorpion, the drama inspired by Walter O’Brien, from Orci and Kurtzman with Nick Santora and Justin Lin. Also on CBS, Hawaii Five-0, which Orci created and executive produces alongside Kurtzman, returned for a fifth season this fall. Additionally, Kurtzman and Orci are working on the second season of the hit Fox show Sleepy Hollow. Orci, along with Kurtzman and J.J. Abrams co-created and executive produced the hit TV show Fringe, which ended its 5-season run in 2013.
Anthony E. Zuiker is the creator of television’s hugely successful CSI franchise, currently serving as executive producer of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and the newest series in the franchise, CSI: Cyber. In December of 2014, Zuiker made his debut in the kids market with Mysteryopolis, a seven part animated video series which was the first original series to launch exclusively on nabi tablets. Mysteryopolis also introduced the world to a whole new category of kids entertainment called the ”gamified narrative,” which combines Hollywood-style scripted narrative with top-notch interactive gameplay, so that kids don’t watch the episode, they “play” through the episode.
Clayton Krueger is Senior Vice President of Television for Scott Free, and a Co-Executive Producer of a recently announced American Civil War series for PBS, as well as 3001: THE FINAL ODYSSEY for SyFy. He was a CoEP on HALO: NIGHTFALL, a feature-length digital series for Microsoft, and a Co-Producer on the event series KLONDIKE, Discovery Channel’s foray into scripted programming. Previously Krueger worked as an executive at Jerry Bruckheimer TV, Media Rights Capital, and FX Networks.
America Ferrera is perhaps best known for her fearless portrayal of “Betty Suarez” on ABC’s hit comedy ‘Ugly Betty’. This breakthrough role has earned her an Emmy®, Golden Globe®, and Screen Actors Guild Award, as well as ALMA and Imagen Awards.
Ferrera first secured her place as one of Hollywood’s most vibrant young talents with her starring role in the Patricia Cardoso film REAL WOMEN HAVE CURVES. Her performance earned her a Sundance Jury Award for Best Actress, an Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Debut Performance, and a Young Artist Award nomination for Best Performance for a Leading Young Actress.
In 2008, Ferrera launched her own production company, Take Fountain, which has developed projects such as X/Y, The Dry Land and Hacia la oscuridad.
Gabrielle (Brie) Neimand
Gabrielle (Brie) Neimand is an entertainment executive and producer currently running America Ferrera’s Take Fountain Productions. Raised in South Florida and a graduate of Northwestern University, Brie has been producing films and television for over a decade. Prior to Take Fountain, Brie worked with producer/financier Participant Media as their Vice President of Narrative Films, producing socially relevant content that sought to entertain while changing the world. During her time as an executive at Universal based Strike Entertainment, she co-produced The Last Exorcism, executive produced its sequel, and executive produced The Thing, a companion piece to John Carpenter’s classic film of the same title. Neimand started her career at Creative Artists Agency (CAA) before moving to 20th Century Fox where she worked on the films I, Robot and Flight of the Phoenix. In addition to her corporate responsibilities, Gabrielle has produced short films, theater projects, and concerts.