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Producing Department

Neal Weisman

Neal Weisman

Chair of Producing Department

Neal Weisman is an award-winning film and television producer with over 20 years of international experience. Producing credits include “The Politician’s Wife” (BAFTA and International Emmy Awards for Best Drama Serial, Peabody Award), “Seeing Red” (Christopher Award), and “My Kingdom,” which starred Richard Harris in his last leading role. “Let’s Talk About Sex,” a documentary about adolescent sex in America, broadcast on TLC, digital and DVD release through New Video. Vice President, Edward Pressman Film Corporation: Oliver Stone’s “Wall Street” and “Talk Radio,” Barbet Schroeder’s “Reversal of Fortune,” Taviani Brothers’ “Good Morning Babylon,” Fred Schepisi’s “Plenty,” David Byrne’s “True Stories,” David Hare’s “Paris By Night,” Alex Cox’s “Walker,” Charles Burnett’s “To Sleep With Anger,” and Kathryn Bigelow’s “Blue Steel.”

MFA Production, University of Southern California School of Cinema, BA, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. A dual U.S./UK citizen, Mr. Weisman is based in New York City.

Nick Yellen

Nick Yellen

Nick founded NYCA, a Manhattan based literary agency representing screenwriters, directors, playwrights, TV writers, and novelists where he has set up projects at almost every major studio and TV network.

Nick co-founded Edwards-Yellen Entertainment (EYE), a literary management/film and television production company based in Los Angeles. While with EYE, the company had a 2-picture production deal with ABC-Productions. He produced I Know What You Did with Rosanna Arquette, the VH1 TV movie Out of Sync, Retribution for the SAT1 cable network, and the feature If Tomorrow Comes. EYE also had development deals with many of the major networks and studios including ABC, Hearst Entertainment, VH1, Phoenix Pictures, Edward R. Pressman, Warner Bros., Alan Landsberg Productions, The Wolper Organization, Lifetime Network, All Girl Productions, and Wilshire Court among others. Nick also worked on the movie Intent for Columbia/Tri-Star.

Theatrically, Nick helped produce the musicals Lucky in the Rain, for the Goodspeed Opera House and Say Yes at the Berkshire Theatre Festival. Nick was also a founder of Quinzer, Inc., an Application Service Provider with an exclusive contract for ABC Radio Networks. Nick started his career in film and television at International Creative Management (ICM), then the world’s largest talent agency. After leaving ICM, Nick managed the Geffen Records recording artist Graveyard Train. Nick began his career as an FM-Radio disc jockey in Saratoga, NY and San Antonio, TX.

Arsenio Assin

Arsenio Assin


Arsenio G. Assin received his BFA from City College of New York's Picker Institute in Film and Media Studies. He worked for several years in the varied areas that New York offered, ranging from music videos, documentaries, commercials, industrials, ENG. and independent shorts and features. It was during this time that he explored the different departments, working as a grip, sound, electrician, AC, and eventually DOP. He has also worked from bigger productions, such as an AC for the New York crew of Eyes Wide Shut, to the smaller productions of independent companies such as Troma Entertainment. He believes that it was this varied work experience which gives him insight into the challenges that face new and upcoming filmmakers.

Benjamin Cohen

Benjamin Cohen

Screenwriting Instructor

Ben Cohen is a Brooklyn-based comedy filmmaker. Born in the Bay Area and raised in Atlanta, Ben Cohen has been writing and directing since 2004 and teaching since 2009.

He attended the undergraduate University of North Carolina Wilmington film school and graduated from Georgia State University with an MA in Film Production & Screenwriting. He also studied Sketch and Improv Comedy at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater and French Culture at The University of Paris - La Sorbonne.

As co-creator of the Godamsterdam independent pilot following two TV-obsessed unemployed girls in 1992, Ben has appeared on CNN and The Examiner who called him, “One of the best filmmakers Atlanta has and will produce.” He is also an active member of the WGA.

Most recently, Ben was featured on College Humor. You can see more of Ben’s work at TheRealBenCohen.Com. In addition to filmmaking, Ben teaches Screenwriting, Editing, and Cinema Studies at the New York Film Academy.

Richard De'Angelo

Richard D'Angelo

Line Producing, Editing

Richard earned a Masters of Art in film and theater from Long Island University, C.W. Post. He directed and produced his master’s thesis screenplay, First Person, as a feature film, which screened at the Cannes Film Festival, and won awards at festivals in New York and Los Angeles. As a freelance editor, Richard has worked on projects for clients such as TLC, MTV Studios, MSG Network, Food Network, and the US Government. He produced the cooking show, Firehouse Kitchen (in conjunction with CBS TV) and the reality TV series Two Kings (with Bogner Entertainment). Richard’s production company RDA productions has continued to managed and produce films for directors internationally and domestically in hopes of keeping the independent film spirit alive. Richard is a member of the Directors Guild of America and the New York Producers Alliance.

Darren Dean

Darren Dean

Case Studies, Film Festival Strategies

Darren Dean was born and raised in Northern New Jersey, where he still resides. He is a graduate of William Paterson University. Prior to entering the world of film, Dean was a respected journalist and frontman for the popular New York-based rock band, Shot. Dean’s first foray into film was the multi-award winning short film “Sleep Over,” which caught the attention of director Sean Baker, leading the two to work together on Prince of Broadway. Dean also Produced Alrick Brown's Sundance Award-Winning feature, Kinyarwanda. He is currently developing the big-screen adaptation of Will Eisner's A Contract With God. Dean is an Independent Spirit Award nominee. Darren's most recent release is the award-winning Tangerine, the first feature shot completely on the iPhone.

Kate Kirtz

Kate Kirtz

Intro to Screenwriting, Screenwriting Fundamentals

Kate Kirtz is a writer, director, script doctor, and instructor of narrative theory for screenwriting.

Kirtz attended the Columbia graduate film program, where her screenplay Jealous was honored as a Faculty Selects Script. Jealous was selected for the Emerging Narrative Script Market in the IFP'S 2008 Market Week, was a Quarterfinalist in the Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting, received an Honorable Mention in The Writer's Network Screenplay Competition, and was a Second Round Finalist in the Austin Heart of Film Screenwriting Competition.

Kirtz co-wrote the screenplay for the ensemble dramedy Gabi On The Roof in July, which was the Opening Night Film and won the Best Picture and Best Actress awards at the 2010 Brooklyn Film Festival. Gabi has since won Special Programmer's Awards at the Sidewalk and IndieMemphis festivals and screened at the Los Angeles Film Festival, among many other awards and screenings.

Kirtz is producer and director of the documentary feature film Jane: An Abortion Service, which played in competition at the Sundance, Edinborough, and New York Film Festivals, and was broadcast on PBS and internationally. Jane received the Paul Robeson Fund for Independent Media Distribution Grant, the ITVS Production Grant, the Center For New Television Post Production Access Grant and the NEA Regional Artists Fellowship Production Grant. It has been honored with the Silver Apple Award for Best Educational Video at the National Educational Media Festival, among many other awards.

Kirtz was story consultant on director Eric Drath's feature documentary Renee, which premiered at the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival, and went to HotDocs, Los Angeles, and Frameline Film Festivals, among others. She also consulted on We are the Hartmans, which premiered at the Atlanta Film Festival, The Hollow Tree for filmmakers Ruben Amar and Lolas Bessis, Randy Dottin's Indelible and Liz Hinlien 's Getting Tommy Laid, among others.

Kirtz's thriller screenplay Heartbeat made the second round of consideration for The Sundance Institute Screenwriter's Lab, and was a second round pick in the 2011 Austin Heart of Film Screenplay Competition. Kirtz is currently developing her dark comedy script Be The Monster as her fiction directing debut.

Ben Maraniss

Ben Maraniss

Treatment Writing, Screenwriting Fundamentals

Ben Maraniss is a New York-based writer and producer. After receiving his MFA in Film and Television Writing from The University of Southern California, Ben joined Spaceman Media where he wrote, produced, and directed hundreds of commercials, interstitials, and shorts for AMC and Viacom Media Networks, while developing series television shows for Comedy Central and Robert Colesberry Productions. In addition to his film and television work Ben has worked as a feature writer for the N+1 Film Review, and, since joining Scrollmotion in 2008, he has co-written and co-produced the breakthrough narrative application First Things Last which was featured at the American Film Institute’s Digifest.

Dorottya Mathe

Dorottya Mathe

Documentary Production

Dorottya Mathe is a freelance producer originally from Hungary where she worked in the entertainment business for 7 years before moving to NY in 2007.

Dorottya is a Producer with New York based An Films and contributed on a variety of their projects such as the Popsci web-series, a video dance-theatre piece Impermanent Collection: The Whitney Museum of American Art and the Sing For Hope: Pop-Up Pianos documentary. Currently, in association with An Films Dorottya is completing her feature documentary Devoted To Dance.

Dorottya is the New York Producer of “Metamorphosis: Immersive Kafka”, an experimental interactive short film shot entirely with 360 degree spherical camera, she co-produced Pardon Us for Living but the Graveyard is Full, a retrospective music documentary on garage-rock band the Fleshtones. Producer for David Michalek on slow-motion video performance-portraits including Portraits in Dramatic Time commissioned by the 2011 Lincoln Center Festival featuring Alan Rickman, William H. Macy, Liev Schrieber, Holly Hunter, Ludivine Sagnier, Lili Taylor, etc. and Figure Studies premiering at the 2012 Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

In collaboration with Director Kevin Arbouet, Dorottya is developing a New York based treasure hunt game show Clash for Cash: NY. Dorottya is a Producing Instructor at the New York Film Academy’s Documentary Department since 2010.

Marcia Mulé of NYFA's New York Producing School

Marcia Mulé

Television Industry Overview

Marcia Mulé is President of Marcia Mulé Productions, Inc where she is currently developing new series concepts under an overall development deal with MY Entertainment. Formerly Head of Programming at Engel Entertainment where she oversaw the company’s programming slate, Marcia lent her editorial hand over the first two seasons of Animal Planet’s North Woods Law, and was also instrumental in developing and selling Untying The Knot, now going into season two on Bravo. In addition to her role as Head of Programming, Marcia oversaw multiple casting efforts, sizzle production as well as paid development presentations and pilots for VH1, Bravo, Travel Channel, Cooking Channel, Lifetime, and Science Channel.

Prior to joining Engel in 2011, Marcia was VP/Head of Programming at True Entertainment, an Endemol company, where she oversaw Bravo’s ratings blockbuster The Real Housewives of Atlanta for two seasons. She also helped cast and launch Logo’s hit docu-series, The A-List: New York. While at True Entertainment she played a key role in revamping the formats of Whose Wedding is it Anyway? for the Style Network, launched the competition build series, Catch it Keep It for Discovery’s Science Channel and Emergency Level One, for TLC, a verité series set in one of the Nation’s busiest trauma wards.

In 1997, Marcia co-founded Picture This Television, a full service production company best known for Bravo’s hit series, the two-time Emmy Award® winning Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List and Celebrity Poker Showdown. During her eleven years as co-owner, Picture This Television developed and produced programming for Bravo, Lifetime, Oxygen, MTV, HGTV, Food Network, WeTV, Logo, PBS, and Buena Vista. Upon its inception, the company launched TV411, a groundbreaking educational series targeting the nation’s 90 million functionally illiterate adults. Over the course of three seasons, the series won two Emmy® Awards and became one of the largest literacy initiatives in the country.

Marcia is a member of The Producers Guild of America, the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and is on the strategic council for the Television Fine Arts Dept. at The State University College at Buffalo, her alma mater where she is also an Adjunct Professor. Under her own production shingle, Marcia Mulé Productions, Inc she recently completed an educational cooking web series funded by The National Science Foundation now playing on

Elena Paul

Elena Paul

Entertainment Law

Ms. Paul grew up in Gainesville, Florida and graduated from the Gainesville Public High School. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Davidson College, phi beta kappa, and her Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School. She is a legal and business advisor to many arts and cultural organizations as well as serving on the Board of Directors of The Friends of The French Culinary Institute, The Sculpture Center, Slow Lab, The Center for Photography at Woodstock and Ballet Next. She acts as a mentor for The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in its Arts in Crisis Program and is a member of The Art Collection Advisory Committee for Davidson College. Ms. Paul serves as an Adjunct Professor in the Producing and Documentary Programs at the New York Film Academy and taught at Fordham Law School, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, Pratt Institute of Art & Design and Brooklyn Law School.

Brad Sample

Brad Sample


Brad Sample is an award-winning writer and director for film, television and digital media. He holds an MFA in Film Directing from UCLA's school of Theater, Film and Television. His film credits include "Stuck," a painful comedy about an unattractive man's desire for his best friend's girlfriend, and the Iraq War film "Attention," which aired on the Showtime Network. In addition, Brad has worked as a producer/director for the New York City-based television production company ¡YO! Television, where he produced and directed the hip-hop dance battle show, "Crunkiao," and the celebrity profile show, "Mi Barrio." A highlight of his work for the web is "Stand Up," a promotional video he wrote and directed for the United Nations Millennium Campaign.

Alongside his work in production, Brad began teaching film at the UCLA High School Acting and Performance Institute. He currently teaches film directing and writing at the New York Film Academy, and is nearing completion of his first novel.

Paul Warner

Paul Warner

Acting for Producers

Paul Warner is a director and writer, who most recently directed a new dance theatre opera, Women: The War Within at The Baryshnikov Arts Center where he was the recipient of a 2013 Princess Grace Foundation Works In Process grant that funded his developmental residency. Warner has directed over fifty theatre and film productions including the award-winning short “In the Name of The Father” (Sundance), and the feature Fall Time (Lionsgate), starring Mickey Rourke and David Arquette, which premiered at the Sundance Festival and was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize. In 2012 he produced and co-wrote the award-winning short, ‘The Puritans,” directed by Sean Robinson. Next, he will direct Reclaiming Eden from a screenplay co-written with Robinson. The LGBTQ Academy of Recording Arts commissioned Warner to direct the 25th anniversary of the OUTmusic Awards in 2014, as well as to produce a documentary celebrating the history of LGBTQ recording artists, which will be directed by long time collaborator Sean Robinson. He directed the actors and served as Creative Consultant for visual artist David Michalek's 2011 Portraits in Dramatic Time—a series of slow-motion cinematic shorts featuring performers from all performance mediums, including Holly Hunter, Patti Lupone, Alan Rickman, and Wendy Whelan for The Lincoln Center Festival. Warner is grateful for the support of the Princess Grace Foundation, beginning with a fellowship for his Second Stage Theatre residency, followed by a Statue Award, and now, the Works-in-Process grant. He is an alum of the Drama League Directors Project in addition to the recipient of a Cite-Read fellowship to develop a new translation of Nelson Rodrigues’ Wedding Dress, for which Warner’s production garnered seven Drama-Logue Awards, including best direction. He has directed more than fifty new and classical works for the stage. Favorite projects include: Out In America (Daryl Hannah and Stephen Baldwin), Mercury by Gary Sunshine (HERE/Eve Ensler), and Chinese Cabaret in collaboration with composer Peter Melnick at the LA International Festival under the artistic direction of Peter Sellars. Training: Harvard, B.A., the American Film Institute, M.F.A in Filmmaking. In addition to his many years teaching Directing and Acting at the New York Film Academy, Paul has taught at NYU Tisch School of the Arts and SUNY Purchase.

Brad Sample

Krysanne Katsoolis

Film Finance

Krysanne Katsoolis has over 20 years of experience in financing, producing and distributing film and television properties. She is an entertainment attorney and recently launched a media venture, Liquid Media Group, on NASDAQ.

Prior to Liquid Media Group Katsoolis formed film sales company Cargo Entertainment which specialized in International distribution of feature films up to $15M including The Angriest Man in Brooklyn with Robin Williams and Zipper with Patrick Wilson. Katsoolis founded Cactus Three for the production of high end non-fiction films such as The Cove and The March, executive produced by Robert Redford. Prior to this Katsoolis served as Head of Acquisitions and Business Affairs for Winstar New Media Company, Inc., the content arm of Winstar Communications, a publicly traded (NASDAQ) provider of broadband communications services and content. At its peak the company had a market capitalization in excess of $4.4 billion and revenues of $445.6 million.

Krysanne was a Fulbright Scholar at Columbia Law School and after graduating went on to start her career at Miramax Film Corp and Fox Lorber Associates, two of the main players in setting the paradigm in aggregating film and television content for worldwide distribution. She has worked as an Executive Producer on over fifty films and series along with Academy and Emmy Award winning directors.

Brad Sample

Edward Parks


Edward Parks is the co-founder and executive producer of Higher Content, a production company founded in 2015 with the goal of fostering bold new talent, character-driven stories, and collaborative filmmaking. He formerly founded RIVAL PICTURES, where he produced several award-winning films such as Special, Luv, Caucus and Space Station 76. In 2011, he won the Producers Guild Award for the documentary Beats Rhymes and Life, and was also nominated for a Grammy. In 2017, he produced indie thriller Super Dark Times, which was released by The Orchard in addition to a western, The Ballad of Lefty Brown, starring Bill Pullman, Jim Caveziel and Peter Fonda which A24 released in December 2019. In 2018, he produced, Darkness Visible, which was entirely shot in Kolkata, India with the support of the British Film Institute.

In April 2020, his latest film, Stray Dolls, was released by Samuel Goldwyn films which stars Bollywood star Geetanjali Thapa along with Olivia DeJonge and Cynthia Nixon.

He recently moved back to New York City after spending the past 20 years working in Los Angeles. He’s an adjunct professor at his alma mater, the University of Southern California and also teaches at the New York Film Academy in NYC where he teaches the next generation of creative producers.

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