Justin Falvey, the Co-President of Amblin Television, oversees all series development and long-form programming for the company. Falvey works alongside longtime friend and business partner, Darryl Frank, and the two currently serve as executive producer on all Amblin Television productions.
Falvey is also an executive producer on the CBS hit series Bull which is currently in its second season, Reverie which debuts on NBC this year and follows a former hostage negotiator who must save people lost in a virtual-reality program, and the adaptation of Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House for Netflix. Other recent credits include executive producer on the critically acclaimed Netflix documentary series Five Came Back which chronicled the wartime contributions of five prominent Hollywood film directors during World War II and the Discovery Channel’s documentary series Cooper’s Treasure about the current day search for shipwrecks originally located by astronaut Gordon Cooper from space in 1963. Upcoming productions include the Rev Run and Justine Simmons sitcom for Netflix, Amazing Stories for Apple, Cortes for Amazon, Animaniacs for Hulu, Days that Shaped America for The History Channel, and Why We Hate for The Discovery Channel.
Falvey is executive producer on the acclaimed series The Americans on FX, starring Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys as KGB spies living in the US, which has been honored with a Peabody Award, Critics Choice Award and is a perennial recipient of the AFI Award for TV Program of the Year. The drama returned this year for its sixth and final season.
During his 20-year tenure at Amblin, Falvey has produced numerous acclaimed series, including three seasons of the CBS hit summer series Under the Dome; five seasons of the Noah Wyle TNT series Falling Skies; two seasons of the CBS series Extant starring Halle Berry; the NBC drama series Smash, which starred Anjelica Huston, Debra Messing, Jack Davenport and Katharine McPhee; the Showtime series United States of Tara, based on an idea by Steven Spielberg, which was written by Diablo Cody (Juno), and starred Toni Collette in a role that garnered her an Emmy; and the acclaimed Showtime series, The Borgias, starring Jeremy Irons.
Falvey’s additional credits include five seasons of the drama Las Vegas, as well as overseeing the production and development for NBC’s Freaks and Geeks, and Fox’s Undeclared. Amblin Television was also responsible for the critically acclaimed FX series Rescue Me, which starred Dennis Leary and ran for six seasons.
Falvey served as co-executive producer on Into the West, an epic limited series from executive producer Steven Spielberg, which became the most Emmy-nominated program of the year with 16 nominations, as well as a Golden Globe nomination for Best Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television.
Darryl Frank is Co-President of Amblin Television, where he oversees all development, production and programming for the company. Frank works alongside longtime friend and business partner, Justin Falvey, and the two serve as executive producers on all Amblin Television productions including eleven series currently in various stages of production.
Frank is executive producer on the acclaimed series The Americans on FX, starring Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys as KGB spies living in the US, which has received multiple AFI Awards, a Peabody Award and the Critics Choice Award, and returned this year for its sixth and final season.
Frank is also an executive producer on the CBS hit series Bull which is currently in its second season, Discovery Channel’s documentary series Cooper’s Treasure about the current day search for shipwrecks originally located by astronaut Gordon Cooper from space in 1963, and History Channel’s documentary series Days that Shaped America about historic events that forever transformed the United States. Upcoming shows include Reverie which debuts on NBC this year and follows a former hostage negotiator who must save people lost in a virtual-reality program, the adaptation of Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House for Netflix, and the Rev Run and Justine Simmons family sitcom for Netflix. Upcoming productions include Amazing Stories for Apple, Cortes for Amazon, Animaniacs for Hulu, and Why We Hate for The Discovery Channel.
In his 20-year tenure at Amblin Television, some of Frank’s previous credits include executive producing the critically acclaimed Netflix documentary series Five Came Back which chronicled the wartime contributions of five prominent Hollywood film directors during World War II, two seasons of the NBC musical-drama series Smash starring Anjelica Huston, Debra Messing, and Katharine McPhee; three seasons of the CBS summer series Under the Dome; five seasons of the Noah Wyle TNT series Falling Skies; two seasons of the CBS series Extant starring Halle Berry; three seasons of the Showtime series The Borgias starring Jeremy Irons; and three seasons of The United States of Tara with Oscar-winning series creator Diablo Cody (Juno), and starring Emmy and Golden Globe-winning actress Toni Collette.
Additionally, Frank developed and served as executive producer on the NBC drama Las Vegas for all five seasons and 106 episodes. He also oversaw the development and production of Spin City starring Michael J. Fox for its entire six-season run.
In the long-form arena, Frank served as co-executive producer on Into The West, a 12-hour limited series from executive producer Steven Spielberg, which became the most Emmy-nominated program in 2006, with 16 nominations, and garnered a Golden Globe nomination for Best Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television. In addition, Frank served as the co-executive producer on Taken, the epic 20-hour miniseries for the SyFy Channel, which won the Emmy in 2002 for Best Mini-Series and was nominated in the same category for the Golden Globes.
Vanessa Frank began her career in fashion public relations in New York working at Chanel and later transitioned into community outreach and philanthropy in Los Angeles. Vanessa’s achievements are measured in lives changed and community impact. She currently serves on the Board of Advisors for The Zimmer Children’s Museum. Vanessa is actively involved in providing economically challenged inner-city students in Los Angeles the opportunity and skills to attend college. Vanessa co-founded and oversees 4sight4children at UCSD, which provides critical eye care to children who would not otherwise have access to it. Vanessa is involved with Joyful Heart, an organization that helps the lives of women and children who have been victims of abuse. Vanessa also published a cookbook, Compliments of The Chef, with 100% of the profits benefiting The Los Angeles Regional Food Bank. Vanessa is on the Los Angeles Badger Board and an active member of Los Angeles Badger Women.
Jeffrey D. Maher, is Chief Operating Officer with Taylor Asset Management. The fund focuses primarily in small cap domestic equities with an additional emphasis on selected emerging markets. Mr. Maher has over 30 years of operational and financial management experience specializing in start-up and turnaround companies. He has spent most of his career in the commercial real estate and financial markets. Some of his former companies were JDM Investments, JDM International Realty, Trammell Crow Company and Lakota Trading at the Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE).
Mr. Maher previously served on the Board of Directors at Sierra Vista Bank before the bank was acquired by Central Valley Community Bank. He currently serves on the Board of Neighborhood National Bank in San Diego. He earned his MBA degree from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management and his BS degree in Journalism from the Medill School of Journalism, Northwestern University.
Donna Rosenstein is the head of casting at Amazon Studios, whose original series slate continues to grow rapidly, including The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Goliath, and Man in the High Castle. She has been the casting director on such series as ABC’s Castle, NBC’s Grimm, CBS’s Zoo and Ghost Whisperer, among others. Prior to building Donna Rosenstein Casting, she was the head of casting at the ABC network overseeing such acclaimed shows as NYPD Blue and Twin Peaks. Donna lives in Los Angeles with her husband, Marc Robinson. Her daughter Georgi Jacobs and stepson Zach Robinson also live in LA and work in the entertainment industry.
Tom Wertheimer received a B.A. degree from Princeton University cum laude and an L.L.B. from Columbia Law School. Following graduation, he served in the U.S. Army Reserves. From 1966 to 1972, he was the Vice President of Business Affairs with the American Broadcasting Company. In 1972, Wertheimer went to work for MCA, Inc., where he served as Executive Vice President, Director and member of the Executive Committee. At MCA, his responsibilities included worldwide television production and distribution (pay, cable and free), home video, MCA’s interest in the USA and SciFi Channels, as well as Legal, Labor Relations, Internal Audit and Human Resources. Wertheimer stepped down in 1995 after the sale of the company to Seagram. From 1995 to 2009, he was a non-exclusive consultant to NBC Universal and others. Wertheimer has served as a Director of four public companies: MCA, Pinelands, 4MC and Macrovision. Wertheimer’s non-profit activities include the following: 1. Long-time Board member of the KCRW Foundation which he chaired for six years. 2. Trustee of Research to Prevent Blindness. 3. Six years as a member of the Columbia Law School Board of Visitors . 4. Board member of “I Have a Dream” Foundation – LA. He has guest lectured at UCLA Law School and more recently served as co-executive producer of two made-for-cable movies. He continues to occasionally serve as a media consultant and executive producer. He and his wife live in Santa Monica, California. He has two children and six grandchildren.
The rest of our board is below (pictures and bios coming soon)
Ronald Camhi, Chair, Partner, Michelman & Robinson, LLP
Christine Lawton, Vice Chair, Partner at Nolan Heimann
Christiane Cuse, Secretary, Educator
Tangelia Alfred-Gentles, Dean of Math, Science, Health, Kinesiology and Curriculum, Los Angeles Southwest College
Terence Carter, Executive Vice President Development, Drama, and Comedy, 20th Century Fox TV
Nancy Cotton, President, Epix
Kelly Goode, Warner Bros. Studios
David Kim, Managing Parter, The Bascom Group, LLC
Grant F. Little III, CEO, Hudson Advisory Partners
Pamela Miller, CEO and Executive Director, I Have A Dream – Los Angeles
David Shall, Head of Business Affairs/General Counsel, Tornante TV/Vuguru LLC
Susan Sprung, Associate National Executive Director, Producers Guild of America
Sabrina Strong, Partner, O’Melveny & Myers LLP
Ann Vitti, Philanthropist and Volunteer
Richard Wolf, CEO, The Producers Lab
Laurie Zaks, President, Mandeville Television, ABC Studios
Laurie Zaks hosts the annual Holiday Soirée, which brings in celebrity guests and potential donors, mentors, and volunteers. She has also mentored one of our Dreamers, Marina, since 2006.
Christiance and Carlton Cuse have been personally involved with the Dreamers for more than 10 years. Christiane has run a reading club for Dreamers since 2007. Carlton donates trips to the sets of his various television shows.
This past February, Ronald Camhi, chairman of the board and partner at Michelman & Robinson, LLP, held an employee night featuring “bowling for a cause” at Pinz in Studio City. For every pin knocked down, each bowler donated a dollar amount of their choosing to IHADLA. M&R donated $20 for every strike. Several employees expressed interest in getting further involved with IHADLA, possibly as mentors. This could become a yearly event.
Both board member Daryll Frank and his wife Vanessa are active supporters of “I Have a Dream” Foundation – Los Angeles. Most recently, they donated “Frank Family” wine for the 2016 Dreamer Dinner. Vanessa Frank donated a vertical garden.
Grant Little, former board of directors chair, inspired attendees at our 2015 holiday party.