Our Advisors

One of our top priorities was to identify advisors that share our passion
and vision for equipping young minds with the practical tools and
hands-on experiences needed to thrive in a creative environment.

Program Advisory Team

The ECA Program Advisory Team is composed of individuals with distinguished careers in the fields of both entertainment and education, drawing from their knowledge in each discipline to devise a framework for the next generation of creatives. With deep insights informed just as profoundly by their teaching background as their professional Hollywood experiences, our Program Advisory Team collaboratively designed courses alongside the ECA staff to expose students to a variety of departments central to the industry, while emphasizing a hands-on, project-driven curriculum. Each program advisor contributed unique perspectives on the curriculum as it relates to simulating real-world scenarios, portfolio-building, and general college readiness. The resultant course offerings reflect the outcome of roundtable deliberations to formulate programs that develop the requisite critical thinking and practical skills for a future in entertainment.

Board of Advisors

Our ECA Board of Advisors are current leaders in the film and entertainment industry. To inform the direction and strategy of our institution, we have a Board of Advisors who actively participate in the decision making of the industry today, allowing the ECA School of Film & Entertainment to best position our students for long-term success.

Adia Matthews

Director of Program Brand and Strategy for Disney Movie Insiders at Walt Disney Studios, Former Co-President of The Bond

Andy Heyward

Chairman/CEO at Genius Brands International, 2 Emmy Awards Won, 9 Nominated, Former Producer at Hanna-Barbera

Andy Wolk

Acclaimed American Screenwriter, Television and Theatre Director, Winner of Writer's Guild Award

Annmarie Sairrino

President of Akatsuki Entertainment USA. Former Head of Production at All Nippon Entertainment, Film producer

Brian Harke

Former Dean of Students at USC School of Cinematic Arts, Former Director of Marketing at LVMH-Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton

Bruce Eskowitz

COO of Red Light Management, Manager of Lionel Richie, Il Divo, Herbie Hancock, Mat Franco, Former CEO of Live Nation North America

Cathy Tarr

Veteran Motion Picture Agent and Former Head of the Story Department at Creative Artists Agency

Conrad Riggs

Emmy nominated producer, Former Head of Unscripted Programming for Amazon Prime Video, Former Partner at Mark Burnett Studios

Gary Marenzi

CEO of Marenzi & Associates. Former President of World Television at MGM Studios. Former President of International Television at Paramount Pictures

Hawk Koch

Former President of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences, Producers Guild of America. American Film Producer

Isaac Lee Possin

Founder and Executive Chairman at Exile Content Studio, Former Chief Content Officer at Univision Communications and Televisa

James Sehwang

Director of Program Brand and Strategy for Disney Movie Insiders at Walt Disney Studios, Former Co-President of The Bond

John Couch

Vice President of Product Design at Hulu, Television Writer, Author of “The Art of Creative Rebellion”

John Kao

Executive Chairman of ThayerMahan Inc, Former Harvard Business School Professor, Thought Leader of the Creative Process

Johnny McMahon

VP at Studios at WPT Enterprise. Esports and Digital Media Entrepreneur

Jonathan Perelman

Partner at Albinen. Former VP of Agency Strategy and Industry Development at BuzzFeed, Former Global Lead for Industry Relations at Google

Ken Scherer

Executive Director of The American Cinematheque, CEO/Founder of Scherer Strategies, Former Director at American Film Institute

Louie Schwartzberg

Award Winning Director, Producer and Cinematographer. Pioneer in high-end time-lapse cinematography. President of Moving Art

Mark Johnson

Acclaimed American Film and Television Producer. Won Best Picture Academy Awarded for Producing Rain Man

Matt Mahvi

Founder and CEO of Staminus, Cyber Security Entrepreneur, Inventor, Investor, Writer

Mel McKeon

President at McKeon-Myones Entertainment, Former Talent Manager at Creative Artists Agency

Michael J. Wolf

Founder/CEO of Activate. Former President and Chief Operating Officer of MTV Networks, Former Global Managing Partner at McKinsey

Michael Tadross

Legendary Hollywood Producer, Former Executive VP of Feature Films at Paramount Pictures

Nancy Foy

EMMY Award Nominated Casting Director. Former Executive of Casting at Paramount Pictures, Twentieth Century Fox

Nicolas Van Dyk

Co-President of Activision Blizzard Productions, Producer of Call of Duty, Former Senior VP of Strategy for Walt Disney

Nikki Rocco

Former President of Distribution at NBC Universal Pictures from 1996 to 2014, NBC Domestic Distribution Consultant

Robin Jonas

Production Executive and Producer at Voltage Pictures. Formerly at Miramax Films, Walt Disney Pictures, Paramount Pictures

Ted Mundorff

President and COO of ArcLight Cinemas, Vice Chair of American Film Institute Corporate Council, Former CEO of Landmark Theaters

Toby Berlin

Head of Business Affairs at Twitch. Former VP of Programming Acquisitions at DirecTV, Former Exec at Sony Pictures

Thomas McGrath

Tony Award Winning Producer. CEO of Crossroads Live. Former COO of STX Media, EVP of Viacom Entertainment, Senior Exec at Columbia Pictures

Yule Caise

Emmy Award-Winning American Film Writer, Director, and Producer. Partner at Behind the Billboards

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