Mentors, Panelists, & Moderators

A talented and experienced set of industry professionals share their insights and expertise with our core competition filmmakers at the Artists-in-Residence Program at Meadowood. They also help train and judge the “pitchers” for our annual Pitch Competition. And they mingle with all of our filmmakers and audience throughout the week of the festival.

Neal Baer

Neal Baer is a pediatrician and television writer. Prior to his work as Executive Producer and Showrunner for Under the Dome, Dr. Baer was Executive Producer and Showrunner of Law and Order: Special Victims Unit, and Executive Producer of the NBC hit series ER, where he received five Emmy nominations as a producer and two for writing.
Stephen Bruno

Stephen Bruno is Vice President of Originals Marketing at Netflix. Stephen previously worked with The Weinstein Company, supervising theatrical releases including Django Unchained, Silver Linings Playbook, The Artist, and Fruitvale Station.
David Glasser

David Glasser is President and Chief Operating Officer of The Weinstein Company. David is responsible for the day-to-day management and development of TWC’s ever-expanding portfolio of entertainment industry businesses.

Nicolas Gonda

Nicolas Gonda began his career at Focus Features, working on the publicity, marketing and worldwide distribution of Oscar-winners such as The Pianist and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. Nic co-produced Tree of Life, and serves in a producing capacity on all of Terence Malick’s projects.
Stephen Gyllenhaal

Stephen Gyllenhaal is a film and television director, writer and producer. Past feature films include Paris Trout, A Dangerous Woman and Losing Isaiah. Stephen currently directs the award- winning series Rectify for the Sundance Channel. His new independent feature film So B. It is playing NVFF16.
J. Todd Harris

J. Todd Harris has produced 40 movies, including Bottle Shock and The Kids Are All Right. He currently runs Branded Pictures Entertainment and is a producer on So B. It, playing NVFF16.

Lynette Howell Taylor

Lynette Howell Taylor is a leading independent film producer and co-founder of the independent production company Electric City Entertainment. Among many other projects, Lynette produced Blue Valentine (NVFF10), Levitated Mass (NVFF13), Alex of Venice (NVFF14), and Captain Fantastic (NVFF16).
Richard Keith

Richard Keith is a writer, producer and director whose short film Grow Up Already screened at the 2011 NVFF. He also co-created and executive produced the TV shows Significant Mother and Fuller House. Keith is now in the process of developing a new hour dramedy, Life Sentence, for The CW.
Sheri Linden

Sheri Linden is a Los Angeles-based writer whose film reviews, features and essays appear regularly in the Los Angeles Times and the Hollywood Reporter.

Scott Manville

Scott is a former head of development for Merv Griffin Entertainment, and has produced original series with Relativity Television and Lifetime TV. He's a champion for new Producers, scouting original formats and stories for TV & Film. He is also a contributing writer for, and the founder of and
Katie Mustard

Katie Mustard was named by Variety as one of the Top 10 Producers To Watch at NVFF14. Katie has worked with Paramount Pictures on films such as The Devil Inside, and has overseen the production of 37 movies, 20 short films, 3 feature length documentaries and dozens of commercials.
Michael Nouri

Michael Nouri is beginning his fifth decade in film, theatre and television. In the course of his distinguished career, he has appeared in such popular films as The Proposal, Last Holiday, The Terminal, and the iconic Flashdance. He recently appeared in the critically acclaimed NBC miniseries The Slap.

Meghan O’Hara

Meghan O’Hara’s producer credits include award-winning documentary features SICKO, Fahrenheit 9/11, and Bowling For Columbine. Her awards include a 2008 Academy Award nomination for Best Feature Documentary, the Producers Guild Award for Producer of the Year, and The 2007 Gotham Award for Best Documentary.
Claudia Puig

Claudia Puig is president of the Los Angeles Film Critics Assn. and a critic for NPR and The Wrap. She was USA Today’s film critic and a staff writer at the Los Angeles Times. Recently, Claudia was a speechwriter/diversity consultant for AMPAS, and consulting program director for NVFF15.
Nick Soares

Nick Soares is CEO of GoDigital, Inc., the parent company of, the leading pioneer in worldwide digital distribution services. The company helps filmmakers control their films’ releases while retaining 100% of their rights and revenue, and also consults on marketing and release strategies.

Graham Taylor

Graham Taylor is the head of WME’s Global Finance and Distribution group. He is one of the most successful and prolific dealmakers in financing, packaging, and brokering distribution deals for independent films. Graham is a partner in WME’s Global Finance and Distribution Group.
Sharon Waxman

Sharon Waxman is an award-winning journalist, best-selling author and the founder of The Wrap. Sharon was the Hollywood correspondent for The New York Times and a correspondent for eight years for The Washington Post.
Morrie Warshawski

Morrie Warshawski works with nonprofits and filmmakers to help them create roadmaps to a better future through strategic planning. Morrie is the author of two books on fundraising: Shaking the Money Tree, and The Fundraising Houseparty.