Jeff Kinney is the best-selling author of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, which inspired the film by the same name and its two sequels, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules and Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days. Kinney is also the creator of the child-oriented website Poptropica, as well as a cartoonist and game designer.
Jeff B. Cohen, Esq. is a partner at Cohen Gardner LLP, a boutique, Beverly Hills based law firm with an emphasis on transactions involving technology, entertainment, media, licensing and intellectual property. Cohen regularly authors articles for media outlets like The Huffington Post, CNBC, Backstage, and Lawyerist. A former child actor, Cohen starred in the classic Steven Spielberg film The Goonies.
Jamal Joseph is a writer, director, producer, poet, educator and activist. He is a Columbia University Professor and an Academy Award nominee, as well as a former member of both The Black Panther Party and the Black Liberation Army. Jamal is co-founder and Executive Artistic Director of the acclaimed youth performance company, Impact Repertory Theater and his films have been featured on FOX, A&E, Starz, and the Urbanworld Film Festival. Jamal’s awards include a Cine Golden Eagle, a Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame Award, a Union Square Award, an N.A.A.C.P. leadership award and a best song Oscar nomination for his work with Impact in the film “August Rush.” Jamal’s memoir “Panther Baby: A Life of Rebellion and Reinvention” was published in February 2011 by Algonquin Books.
Veteran screenwriter Carl Gottlieb is the writer of Jaws and its first two sequels, as well as The Jerk, Doctor Detroit, and Which Way is Up? He got his start writing comedy for TV, contributing to The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, The Bob Newhart Show, and The Odd Couple. Gottlieb is also the author of The Jaws Log and two best-selling books with iconic musician David Crosby, 1989’s Long Time Gone and 2006’s Since Then.
Gottlieb presented the premise and logline for the Skrawl Online Screenwriters’ Room Challenge. He wrote the opening scene to launch the challenge for the other writers.
Geoffrey Moore is an author, speaker, and advisor, who splits his consulting time between start-up companies in the Mohr Davidow portfolio and established high-tech enterprises, most recently including Salesforce, Microsoft, Intel, Box, Aruba, Cognizant, and Rackspace. Moore is known for his best-selling Crossing the Chasm, which has sold over one million copies.
Susan Semedo ("Pebbles") is a radio presenter, personality, and voice-over artist in the Boston area.
Adam Wolfe is the Director of West Region Solution Sales for Boston-based publishing house Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Wolfe is responsible for working with school districts looking to implement a digital strategy, while procuring an education solution that drives positive learning outcomes. Wolfe has over thirteen years of quota carrying experience with sales in higher education, state and local government, and enterprise commercial accounts.
Allan Kaplan is the co-founder of three successful technology companies and as a partner in a private venture fund, he has a proven track record in business development, institutional funding, and mergers and acquisitions.