Terence Carter currently serves as Executive Vice President, Drama and Comedy Development for Twentieth Century Fox Television, the prolific studio behind such broadcast hits as THIS IS US, EMPIRE, 9-1-1 and MODERN FAMILY. He has served in this role since January 2018, and has developed eagerly anticipated programs such as Liz Heldens and Matt Reeves’ THE PASSAGE, SINGLE PARENTS from JJ Philbin and Liz Meriwether, and REL from Jerrod Carmichael and Lil Rel Howery, among many others set to premiere this season.
Carter last served as Executive Vice President, Drama Development, Programming and Event Series for FOX, where he was responsible for developing and overseeing EMPIRE — the network’s #1 show for 4 years — as well as many other acclaimed shows, including Ryan Murphy’s 9-1-1, Marvel’s THE GIFTED, LETHAL WEAPON, STAR, THE RESIDENT, THE ORVILLE, GOTHAM, LUCIFER, “Glee,” “Bones,” “Pitch,” “X-Files,” “24: Legacy,” “Sleepy Hollow,” and “The Following.” Prior to that, he served as Senior Vice President, Drama Development for the network.
Carter joined FOX in 2009 from NBC Entertainment/Universal Media Studios, where he served as Vice President, Drama Programming and developed such shows as “Parenthood” and “Southland.” Prior to joining the Drama team at NBC, he served as Director of Comedy Development for the network.
Prior to NBC, Carter served as a head of Development at Tonic Films, specializing in genre films. While there, he supervised the development of “Borderland” and “Cabin Fever 2: Spring Fever.” He also served as a partner at TruEntertainment, and held positions at Artists Production Group and Artists Management Group.
In 2011, Carter received the honor of being profiled in Variety’s “New Leaders” edition. In 2009, he was named one of The Hollywood Reporter’s “Next Generation: Top 35 Executives Under 35.”
Carter graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University with a bachelor’s degree in African-American Studies and a focus in Film and Media.
Nancy Cotton is Executive Vice President, Original Programming for EPIX, overseeing development and production of all scripted series including upcoming shows The Godfather of Harlem starring and produced by Oscar-winner Forest Whitaker, DC origin story Pennyworth and Our Lady, Ltd, starring Sir Ben Kingsley, Jacki Weaver and Jimmi Simpson as well as the ongoing series, critically-acclaimed Get Shorty starring Chris O’Dowd and Ray Romano, renowned CIA drama Berlin Station starring Richard Armitage, Michelle Forbes, and Richard Jenkins, and spy-thriller Deep State starring Mark Strong.
Prior to EPIX, Nancy was President, Heyday TV USA, where she oversaw series targeted for broadcast, cable, and streaming, and executive produced TheInBetween, recently picked up to series by NBC.
From 2007-2016, Nancy was Senior Vice President, Creative Affairs at Fox 21 Television Studios (formerly Fox Television Studios) where she developed and oversaw the award-winning and critically acclaimed drama The Americans, the Emmy-nominated series The Killing, and Queen of the South. She also developed highly noted The Chi as well as Seven Seconds. In addition, she oversaw The Comedians, starring multi-award winning actors Billy Crystal and Josh Gad, Oscar-winner Holly Hunter’s Emmy-nominated Saving Grace and Emmy-nominated The Riches, starring Eddie Izzard and Minnie Driver.
Prior to FTVS, Cotton was head of television for Mel Gibson’s Icon Productions where she executive-produced broadcast series including Kevin Hill, starring Taye Diggs, Clubhouse, starring Dean Cain, Mare Winningham and Christopher Lloyd, and comedy Complete Savages. Cotton also executive produced the acclaimed 10-part documentary series Carrier, which followed the US Navy’s nuclear aircraft supercarrier USS Nimitz on its six-month tour to the Persian Gulf in 2005.
Cotton was Vice President of Programming for Mandalay Television, where she produced Young Americans, starring Kate Bosworth and Ian Sommerholder, and the celebrated series Cupid. Before Mandalay, Cotton was Director, Drama Series at ABC, and oversaw numerous series including David Kelley’s award-winning The Practice. Cotton began her television career as an assistant in the television literary department at The William Morris Agency.
Cotton has sat on the board of The I Have A Dream Foundation- Los Angeles for over a decade. She also sits on the advisory board for the Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy (LAANE), which advocates for social and economic justice, fighting for good jobs and a healthy environment. Cotton graduated from Harvard University with a BA in Fine Arts.
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.
Dr. Tangelia Alfred-Gentles is an Academic Dean at Los Angeles Southwest Community College, one of the nine community colleges in the Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD). As Academic Dean she has administrative responsibility for key areas in Academic Affairs including responsibility for the following departments; Math, Science, Health, Kinesiology and Curriculum. Tangelia is also the elected Treasurer of the LACCD Administrators Association/Teamsters 911, which includes Deans from all nine LACCD campuses.
Prior to her appointment as Academic Dean she served as Dean of Student Services, an Instructor and a Counselor. Her collective experience in the LACCD extends more than 18 years. Prior to joining the LACCD team she was Project Coordinator for Project 12 of the I Have A Dream Foundation.
Tangelia is a veteran educator with strong community ties. During her time in LACCD she has been Committee Chair for a variety of committees representing students, faculty, staff and the community. In her many years as an educator Tangelia as received countless awards and recognitions for her student centered approach and servant leadership style. She has a passion for helping to improve the community and assisting students with attending and graduating from college.
Her professional, educational and community affiliations include the following:
- Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
- Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH)
- Association of Black Psychologist (ABPsi)
- Association of Black Women in Higher Education (ABWHE)
- Association of California Community College Administrators (ACCCA)
- Black Women’s Health Foundation
- Kaleidoscope Leadership Institute
- LASC Center for Retention and Transfer Mentor
Dr. Tangelia Alfred-Gentles earned a bachelor’s degree from California State University Bakersfield in Criminal Justice, a Master’s degree in Education with an emphasis in multicultural counseling from San Diego State University and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from California State University Long Beach. Tangelia lives in Los Angeles with her husband, son and daughter.
Kelly Goode is Vice-President, Current Programming at Warner Bros. Television, where she serves as a creative executive on broadcast, streaming and pay cable scripted series produced by the studio. Previously, she was Vice-President, Original Programming at ABC Family (now Freeform), overseeing the current programming department. Goode began her executive career at Columbia Pictures Television and then moved on to CBS Entertainment, as an executive in the comedy development department and as Vice-President, CBS Productions. Later, she was named Senior Vice President, Programming at Lifetime Television, overseeing series development and current programming.
David S. Kim is a co-founder and Managing Partner of The Bascom Group, LLC. Bascom has completed over $16.6billion in multi-family and commercial value-added transactions since 1996 including 602multifamily transactions and 160,968units. Bascom has ranked among the top 50 multifamily owners in the U.S. Bascom’s subsidiaries and joint ventures include the Southern California Industrial Fund, Rushmore Properties, Bascom Portfolio Advisors, Shubin Nadal Associates, Spirit Bascom Ventures, REDA Bascom Ventures, MHF RM Holdings, Bascom Northwest Ventures, Bascom Arizona Ventures, Harbor Associates, Village Partner Ventures, and the Realm Group.
Prior to founding Bascom, Mr. Kim served as a Senior Analyst and Development Associate, from 1989 to 1995, for the Disney Development Company, a wholly owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, where he was responsible for business development and analysis of more than $400 million in retail, office, entertainment, and residential projects. Prior to joining the Disney Development Company, Mr. Kim served as Portfolio Associate with the State of Wisconsin Investment Board.Mr. Kim holds Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Real Estate & Urban Land Economics and in Marketing from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and has attended executive level programs at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He often serves as guest lecturer at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, University of Colorado, University of Southern California, University of California Los Angeles and Irvine. Mr. Kim currently serves and has served on the Board of Directors for the Theta Chi PSI Chapter Foundation, The U.S Fund for UNICEF Southern California, University of California, Irvine Center for Real Estate, University of Colorado Center for Real Estate, University of Texas, San Antonio RealEstate Finance and Development Founders Council, University of Wisconsin Real Estate Alumni Association, Urban Land Institute (ULI), Young Presidents’ Organization –Golden West Chapter, and The Pedro Pallares Autism and Behavioral Health Foundation.Mr. Kim was a recipient of the Real Estate Conference Group’s Apartment Executive of the Year in 2004, Orange County Business Journal’s Entrepreneurship of the Year Award in 2010, and was recognized in the 2011 Multi-Family Executive Magazine. In 2016, Mr. Kimwas awarded with the prestigious Entrepreneur of the Year Award by Ernst & Young.
Grant Little is the Chief Executive Officer and founder of Hudson Advisory Partners. HAP provides financial advisory services to companies and entrepreneurs in the US and China. These services include business and capital strategy, accounting, investor relations and other outsourced CFO services as well as transaction execution, primarily equity financings. Mr. Little is also partner in a joint venture focused on advisory services for emerging market companies, TMP-Riedel Advisors. Prior to HAP, Mr. Little was a Managing Director in the Investment Banking Division of Credit Suisse First Boston based in Los Angeles. Prior to Credit Suisse First Boston’s acquisition of Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette (DLJ), over a thirteen-year period Mr. Little held various positions including Management Director in DLJ’s investment banking division.
During his career, Mr. Little has worked with companies in various stages of development including start-ups, high-growth, mature and restructuring. He has executed on behalf of his clients a wide variety of transactions – capital raising including debt and equity in public and private markets, buy and sell-side M&A, restructurings and joint ventures. His clients have been in industries such as retail, manufacturing, healthcare, real estate, gaming and media. as well as geographies including the US and China. He has completed transactions with a transaction value more than $44 billion.
Mr. Little is a former Finance and Administration and Board Chair for the “I Have a Dream”® Foundation-Los Angeles/Pasadena. Mr. Little is also a former director and chair of the Audit Committee of Westwood One, Inc., at the time the nation’s largest radio network and a New York Stock Exchange listed company.
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.
Pamela Miller, the CEO of IHADLA, has held senior-level television business and legal affairs roles at major media companies–ABC, CBS and Discovery–for over 20 years. In those roles, she oversaw the negotiation and drafting of deals for broadcast network, syndication, and cable marketplaces for scripted, unscripted, kids, made-for-tv movies, news, and sports programming for distribution domestically and internationally.
Ms. Miller retired from the entertainment industry several years ago and has pursued full-time philanthropy as a board member, volunteer, and professional. She has served on the Boards of The Baseball Network, The California Dance Institute, and The ALS Association, Connecticut Chapter. She also volunteers as a mentor for College Path LA.
Ms. Miller was most recently Director of Major Gifts for the Greater Los Angeles Area for the Jewish National Fund. Prior to that, she was an independent business affairs consultant for major television studios, networks, and independent television producers, including A + E Studios, Lifetime, History Channel, among others. Ms. Miller started her career as an Associate in the real estate department of Gaston & Snow, based in New York City, where she handled commercial real estate transactions including foreclosures, acquisitions, construction, and financing transactions.
Ms. Miller is a graduate of The American University, Washington College of Law, and of Boston University, College of Communications, where she graduated magna cum laude.
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.
Susan Sprung is the Associate National Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer of the Producers Guild of America. The PGA, with over 8500 members, is the non-profit trade group that represents, protects and promotes the interests of all members of the producing team in film, television and new media. She is a Commissioner on the Anita Hill Commission on Sexual Harassment and Advancing Equality in the Workplace, sits on the California Film & Television Production Alliance and is a member of the Western Council of the Actors Fund.
Ms. Sprung previously served as Special Counsel at the law firm of O’Melveny and Myers in Los Angeles. Prior to that, she was an associate at Barrett Smith Shapiro Simon and Armstrong in New York. She specialized in general corporate law, mergers and acquisitions, large bank financings, private placements and public offerings. She also served as Corporate Counsel to TrizecHahn Corporation during the completion of the Hollywood and Highland project. Ms. Sprung chaired the Board of Directors of the I Have a Dream Foundation-LA for 5 years and was a member of the Board of Trustees of University Synagogue. She served on the Advisory Board of the Got Your Six Campaign. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the I Have a Dream Foundation. She graduated from the State University of New York at Albany, magna cum laude and from Boston University School of Law.
She and her husband, Christopher Keyser, screenwriter and past President of the Writers Guild of America, West, have 2 children and reside in Los Angeles.
Sabrina Strong, Co-Chair of O’Melveney’s Consumer Class Actions Practice, handles complex business litigation focusing on class actions and mass tort actions involving medical devices and pharmaceutical products, consumer goods, and a variety of financial services products. Sabrina has tried multiple high-profile cases to verdict, some of which have been recognized as “Top Defense Verdicts” by the Daily Journal. Sabrina also has handled numerous state and federal appeals throughout her career. Capitalizing on her unique combination of high-profile trial experience and sophisticated appellate work, Sabrina is regularly called upon to actively litigate cases as appellate counsel throughout trial for high-exposure matters across a wide variety of industries. Sabrina also litigates and advises companies on privacy and healthcare-related matters.In 2008, Sabrina helped found the Ninth Circuit Appellate Advocacy Clinic at the UCLA School of Law, and served as an Adjunct Professor at the clinic until 2012. Sabrina regularly lectures on class action and complex litigation topics, and serves on the Planning Committee for the ABA’s Annual Class Action Institute.
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
David Shall, Head of Business Affairs/General Counsel, Tornante TV/Vuguru LLC
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.