Meet the judges

Helen Estabrook


Helen Estabrook is the producing partner of director Jason Reitman and runs their production company, Right of Way Films. She most recently produced Reitman's upcoming film, Labor Day, starring Josh Brolin and Kate Winslet. Currently, they are producing a feature adaptation of the Sundance-winning short Whiplash, directed by Damien Chazelle. Helen also served as an executive producer on the Duplass Brothers' film Jeff, Who Lives at Home and Reitman's previous feature, Young Adult.

Robert “Bob” Harvey

EVP, Global Sales and Marketing, Panavision

Bob Harvey, EVP Global Sales and Marketing for Panavision, the premier supplier of cinematography equipment to the motion picture industry for the second half of the 20th century, has been in the business for over 30 years. While working for Atari as Director of Sales for the coin op division, owned by Warner Communications, he became friendly with Clint Eastwood who helped him secure his SAG card in 1982. Warner transferred him to Panavision in 1984 where he started as Director of Marketing. He became very involved with production from start to finish of principal photography. He is a member of the American Society of Cinematographers, a charter member of the IFP for independent films, a recipient of a FINDI award for his work with new and independent filmmakers and is thought of as a mentor to many successful filmmakers today.

Franklin Leonard

Founder, Black List

Franklin Leonard is the founder of the Black List, the yearly publication highlighting Hollywood's most popular unproduced screenplays and the startup birthed to continue its mission. Over 200 Black List scripts have been produced as feature films earning more than 140 Academy Award nominations including two of the last four Best Pictures and five of the last ten screenwriting Oscars. Franklin has worked in development at Universal Pictures and the production companies of Will Smith, Sydney Pollack and Anthony Minghella, Leonardo DiCaprio, and John Goldwyn. Before Los Angeles and all things film related, Franklin was – at different times – a business analyst at McKinsey & Co., a weekly columnist for the Trinidad Guardian in Port-au-Spain, Trinidad, and the communications director for John Cranley's 2000 campaign for the U.S. House of Representatives in Ohio's first district. Since 2010, he has been named one of Hollywood Reporter's 30 Under 30, Black Enterprise magazine's "40 Emerging Leaders for Our Future," AOL Black Voices "30 Black Hollywood Game Changers"" and Fast Company's "100 Most Creative People in Business."

Edward Norton

Actor, Director, Producer, Activist

Edward Norton has acted in the films Primal Fear, Everyone Says I Love You, The People vs Larry Flynt, American History X, Rounders, Fight Club, Keeping the Faith, The Score, Death to Smoochy, Frida, Red Dragon, The 25th Hour, The Italian Job, Down in the Valley, The Kingdom of Heaven, The Illusionist, The Painted Veil, The Incredible Hulk, Pride & Glory, Leaves of Grass, Stone and Moonrise Kingdom.

He has been nominated for two Academy Awards – for Primal Fear and American History X – and won a Golden Globe along with numerous other awards for his performances. He produced and directed Keeping the Faith and also produced Down in the Valley (Cannes Film Festival selection), The Painted Veil, Leaves of Grass and the documentary By The People: The Election of Barack Obama.

Norton is also a committed social and environmental activist, supporting the UN Convention on Biological Diversity, the President's Committee for the Arts and Humanities, Enterprise Community Partners, the Maasai Wilderness Conservation Trust, the Libby Rouse Fund for Peace, the Signature Theater Company and Friends of the High Line. Recently Norton founded CrowdRise, an innovative new web platform that brings the power of crowd-sourcing and the fun of social networking to fundraising and volunteerism.

Catherine Ogilvie

General Manager, EMEA Marketing, Dolby

As General Manager, EMEA Marketing, Catherine Ogilvie is responsible for brand, product, and partner marketing throughout Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (EMEA). Catherine joined Dolby in 2009 as Vice President, Global Corporate Communications.

Prior to starting at Dolby, Catherine was Executive Vice President and General Manager at Edelman, the world's largest independent PR agency, where she led the San Francisco office, building award-winning integrated communications programs for clients.

Previously, Catherine served as Director, Global Marketing and Communications, for the Almond Board of California, and as Senior Director, Marketing, for Napster, the original peer-to-peer music service. Catherine has also worked as a management consultant based in Munich, Germany, working with international media clients such as Bertelsmann, Kirch Gruppe, and Universal Studios.

Catherine studied theatre at Dartington College of Arts in Devon, England, and pursued post-graduate business studies at the University of London earning a Master's degree in Marketing and Communication.

Shauna Robertson


Shauna Robertson has produced some of the best comedies of the last decade. Her list of credits include Meet the Parents, Elf, Anchorman, The Forty Year Old Virgin, Knocked Up, Superbad, Pineapple Express and Forgetting Sarah Marshall. Shauna is a Canadian who moved to Hollywood to start working in the movies at age 17.

Last year she left the movie business to pursue her dreams of working in the non profit sector. In March 2010 she and her boyfriend, Edward Norton, launched the new web based company Crowdrise that helps individuals and charities make fundraising impactful and fun.

Gina Rodriguez


Named the "next big thing" and one of the "top 35 Latinos under 35," by The Hollywood Reporter, Gina Rodriguez's profile has been rising steadily since her breakout performance as the titular character in Filly Brown during the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. A 2012 Imagen award winner for "Best Actress in a Feature Film: Filly Brown," Gina is steadily noticed by the public and entertainment industry due to her incredible acting chops and infectiously joyful personality.

Growing up in Chicago, Gina Rodriguez started performing at age seven with the salsa dance company Fantasia Juvenil. At sixteen, Gina was one of thirteen teens to be accepted into Columbia University New York - Theatrical Collaboration, taught by Richard Niles. She was accepted into the Tisch School of the Arts, and the calling was clear; theatre was it. After the years of success in New York, Gina booked a lead role in a feature film Go For It (Lionsgate) in which she received a 2011 Imagen Awards nomination. After this, Gina booked her first co-star TV role on CBS' Eleventh Hour. She went on to book series regular roles on web series Eden's Court and No Names; her first studio film Our Family Wedding with America Ferrera; and a lead in film Superchicas. It was also recently announced that Gina has been cast in the highly coveted lead role of Pilar "Maytag" Robles in the Fox Navy drama pilot Wild Blue.

Gina is a supporter of Inspira, an organization that works to spotlight Latino leaders who shape their communities. She also works with the National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts and the Boyle Heights Learning Collaborative. She lives in Los Angeles, California.

Couper Samuelson


Couper Samuelson runs Jason Blum's Universal-based production company Blumhouse, which in the last year has produced the horror hit Sinister, the fourth Paranormal Activity movie, and a sequel to the 2011 hit Insidious, due in the theaters this August. Prior to Blumhouse, Samuelson produced the forthcoming Paramount release, Destination Wedding. Made for $100,000, that film will be the lowest-budget feature produced and released theatrically by a major studio in the modern era. Samuelson began his career at Mark Cuban's 2929, where he co-produced movies including James Gray's We Own the Night and Two Lovers, both of which were nominated for the Cannes Palme d'Or.

Louie Schwartzberg


Louie Schwartzberg is an award-winning producer, director, and cinematographer whose notable career spans more than three decades providing breathtaking imagery for feature films, television shows, documentaries and commercials.

As a visual artist, Louie has created some of the most iconic and memorable film moments of our time. He is an innovator in the world of nature, aerial and "slice-of-life" photography – the only cinematographer in the world who has literally been shooting time-lapse 24 hours a day, 7 days a week continuously for more than 30 years.

He recently completed Wings of Life, a documentary feature for Disneynature, narrated by Meryl Streep. It won Best Theatrical Program at the Jackson Hole Science Media Awards 2012, a Best Cinematography Roscar Award, and the Best Cinematography Award at the 2013 Waimea Ocean Film Festival. The film reveals the fragile relationship between flowers, and their pollination partners. It is a love story that feeds the earth. The film will be released April 16 on Blu Ray. As a director, he is completing Mysteries of the Unseen World, a 3D-IMAX film with National Geographic, that is targeted for an October 2013 release. The film is a journey into invisible worlds that are too slow, too fast, too small and too vast for the human eye to see. He has received Clio Awards for Best Environmental PSA, an Emmy nomination for Best Cinematography for Oceans of Air on the Discovery Channel, and recognized as one of the top 70 Cinematographers for the On Film Kodak Salute Series.

Andrzej Szajna

Producer, Director

Andrzej Szajna has been in and out of the film and TV industry for 19 years. He started his career as an assistant director on low budget action movies such as Avalon, Derailed, and Out of Reach and worked for Independent producers such as Nu Image and Lucky 7 productions. At this point, Andrzej delved into stockbroking and entrepreneurship for 3 years. He went on to produce Snow White Russian Red which won best film in 2010 at the Polish Eagle awards, as well as the Polish Hollywood Eagle awards. Afterwards, he produced Londoners, a Polish TV series with a 13 million euro budget, which was nominated for Prix Europa and other awards internationally.

Andrzej has spent the last couple of years fund raising for non profit organizations and is currently developing a slate of new projects for 2014.