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Equip Your Pitch

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Verizon Media invites the Filmmakers, Actors and Production team from the
selected films to a panel discussion on how to develop and pitch stories for
multiple platforms by leveraging the latest innovative technology.

When: Friday November 1st, 2:00pm
Where: College of the Desert, Pollock Theatre | Room 2

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Reception to follow after.

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Moderator
Brittany Jones-Cooper
Brittany Jones-Cooper is currently a host at BUILD, a digital long-form interview series where she sits down with some of the biggest names in entertainment. Brittany was previously a reporter at Yahoo Finance and Yahoo Travel, and a producer for Katie Couric’s daytime talk show. She was born and raised in Omaha, Nebraska. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram @bjonescooper. 
Actor, Writer, Producer
Allen Maldonado
Of African American and Puerto Rican descent, Maldonado’s film credits include STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON, CAKE, THE EQUALIZER. Other recent film credits include FIRST MATCH, WHERE’S THE MONEY?, and SMARTASS.
More recently on television, Maldonado recurred for three seasons on FXX’s YOU’RE THE WORST. He currently stars opposite Tracy Morgan and Tiffany Haddish on TBS comedy series THE LAST O.G. which premiered to record ratings for TBS and has now started filming for a 2nd season. Allen is also a writer for the show. Additionally, he can be seen in ABC’s award-winning sitcom BLACK-ISH with Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross. Just released, Maldonado appears on the big screen in Sony’s feature film remake of SUPERFLY.
Head of Content for RYOT, a subsidiary of Verizon Media
Nigel Tierney
Nigel Tierney serves as Head of Content for RYOT, a subsidiary of Verizon Media (VM), overseeing the development, creative, art production, & marketing departments. Nigel is shepherding the advancement of immersive and mixed reality experiences specifically targeting the integration of storytelling, brand, & celebrity, as well as creating original content across VM’s suite of brands such as Yahoo, Tumblr, & HuffPo.    Most recently, Nigel, directed & produced EARTH with Lil Dicky, Leonardo Dicaprio, Ariana Grande & 30 other celebrity artists.

In addition to spearheading content; Nigel has led a team to build out RYOT’s state-of-the-art 5G Innovation Studio. This new production facility in Los Angeles is fitted with the latest in motion and volumetric capture technology, all of which has been designed to experiment with forms of storytelling that leverage Verizon’s 5G wireless technology.

Prior to his time at RYOT, Nigel served as Chief Creative for a variety of animated projects responsible for tens-of-millions in viewership as well as Senior Technical Director at DreamWorks Animation with award winning credits including a variety of tentpole franchises such as SHREK FOREVER AFTER, THE CROODS, KUNG FU PANDA 3, & CAPTAIN UNDERPANTS. Nigel is also known for creating the world famous J/K COMEDY CLUB, a hidden club located in the heart of the DreamWorks Campus, that showcase a wide variety of celebrity comedians.

Writer/Director
Leah Benavides Rodriguez
Leah Benavides Rodriguez got her start as a playwright/director in New York where she was accepted into the Lincoln Center Directors Lab and started her own theatre company. In TV she has written for E’s The Arrangement, BET’s TALES, and an Untitled Taylor Kitsch project at HBO. She recently completed on set rewrites for the upcoming Bad Boys for Life starring Will Smith and Martin Lawrence. She started Custom Light Entertainment with her husband and they currently have projects in development at 20th Century Fox, Annapurna, Lionsgate, and Macro.
Writer / Producer
Carlito Rodriguez
Carlito Rodriguez was Editor in Chief for The Source Magazine before switching to a career in TV and film. He produced news and documentaries for BET, wrote for HBO’s The Leftovers, Fox’s Empire, while selling Rapper’s Delight, a feature about the creation of the first rap record to Warner Brothers and another film with Chance The Rapper to MGM. He started Custom Light Entertainment with his wife and they have shows in development at 20th Century Fox, Annapurna, Lionsgate, and Macro.
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Brittany Jones-Cooper
Moderator
Allen Maldonado
Actor, Writer, Producer
Nigel Tierney
Head of Content for RYOT, a subsidiary of Verizon Media
Leah Benavides Rodriguez
Writer/Director
Carlito Rodriguez
Writer / Producer