Past Participants

Terry Botwick – Film & T.V. producer/writer

TERRY BOTWICK…Mr. Botwick’s core expertise lies in both the creative and the business side of the entertainment industry with P&L responsibility for more than $100 million along with business and creative oversight of more than 1,000 hours of movies and television. 

Mr. Botwick has been both an Executive and Producer, including President of Vanguard Films & Animation, President and COO of Big Idea Productions, SVP of Programming for CBS, President of Distribution and National Programming for the Hearst Corporation and Vice President of The Family Channel and EVP of the channel’s in-house production company. He most recently co-produced the feature film Captive. Terry joined us in Israel for the spring 2015 exploration of an Israeli television medical series. Terry lives in Los Angeles.

Josh and Rebekah Weigel – Screen writer/director/producer

JOSHUA AND REBEKAH, a husband-wife writing team, have written and produced several multi-award winning short films. Their most recent project, The Butterfly Circus, has become one of the most popular short films ever made with over 25 million online views to date, and also garnered great critical success winning over 35 film festival awards around the world, including “Best Short” at the Heartland Film Festival and the first ever “Clint Eastwood Filmmaker Award”. They currently have the feature film version of The Butterfly Circus in active development. Joshua and Rebekah have been happily married for 16 years and live in the Los Angeles area with their 5 children.

John J. Sakmar – T.V. writer/screen writer

JOHN SAKMAR…John, along with his long time writing partner Kerry Lenhart, are a dynamic writing team that have written over 27 pilots for television series and created two of their own television series — Medicine Ball, an ensemble drama about medical residents in Seattle, for Fox, and Mr. & Mrs. Smith, for CBS-TV. 

Over the years of their writing career they’ve worked with such Hollywood giants as Clint Eastwood, Steven Spielberg, and David E. Kelley, to name a few. Some of their various television series are Remington Steele, MacGyver, Chicago Hope, Judging Amy, Kevin Hill, Psych, Ed, Boston Public, (for which they garnered the prestigious Peabody Award), The Glades, Make It or Break It, Signed, Sealed, Delivered for Christmas. John recently penned his first Book-for-a-musical, Songs in the Key of David, collaborating with Andrae Crouch. John lives in Los Angeles.

Kerry Lenhart – T.V. writer/screen writer

KERRY LENHART…Kerry, along with his long time writing partner John Sakmar, are a dynamic writing team that have written over 27 pilots for television series and created two of their own television series — Medicine Ball, an ensemble drama about medical residents in Seattle, for Fox, and Mr. & Mrs. Smith, for CBS-TV. 

Over the years of their writing career they’ve worked with such Hollywood giants as Clint Eastwood, Steven Spielberg, and David E. Kelley, to name a few. Some of their various television series are Remington Steele, MacGyver, Chicago Hope, Judging Amy, Kevin Hill, PsychEd, Boston Public, (for which they garnered the prestigious Peabody Award), The GladesMake It or Break It, Signed, Sealed, Delivered for Christmas. Kerry lives in Los Angeles.

Martha Bolton – TV writer/screen writer/author

MARTHA BOLTON served as a television comedy writer for Bob Hope for 15 years, and wrote comedy for Phyllis Diller, Jim Stafford, John Davidson, and Ann Jillian, among others. She has authored over 80 books of humor and inspiration for all ages, including bestselling Didn’t My Skin Used to Fit?, Cooking with Hot Flashes, and Your Best Nap Now. Martha co-wrote best-selling Piper the Hyper Mouse children’s books with Mark Lowry. Her latest book is Josiah for President, The Novel which she has adapted into Josiah for President, The Musical. She is a keynote and conference speaker. She currently has a film script under consideration. Martha has been an Emmy nominee for Outstanding Achievement in Music and Lyrics. She and her husband live in Brentwood, Tennessee.

Jessica Goldberg – screenwriter/playwright/TV writer

JESSICA GOLDBERG…Jessica’s film work includes Refuge, Absent Hearts for Imagine & Film 44 (an adaptation of the film Since Otar Left) for Focus Features, and The Last Summer of You and Me for Warner Brothers, and episodes of the TV series Parenthood. Her pilot The Prince of Motor City was produced for ABC in 2008. Jessica is a graduate of NYU’s Dramatic Writing Program and The Juilliard School. She was a Tennessee Williams Fellow at The University of the South, a recipient of The Le Compte de Nouy stipend, the first annual Helen Merrill Award, and a 2000 Berrilla Kerr Foundation Award. She has been a resident at The O’Neill Playwrights Conference, New River Dramatists, The Missoula Colony and The New Harmony Project. Jessica’s latest project is the hit TV series, The Path. Jessica lives in Los Angeles.

Arlene Hutton – Playwright

ARLENE HUTTON (pen name for Beth Lincks)…Arlene is best known for her plays Last Train to Nibroc (NY Drama League Best Play nomination), I Dream Before I Take the StandAs It Is In Heaven, about Kentucky Shakers, and Letters to Sala. Published by Dramatists Play Service and Samuel French, her award-winning plays have been produced Off- and Off-Off-Broadway and at regional and university theaters in the US, in London, for the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.  She was twice named the Tennessee Williams Fellow in Playwriting at Sewanee, she has served on the faculty of Fordham University, the Glen Workshop, Calvin College’s Festival of Faith and Writing and the Sewanee Writers Conference. Residencies include the Australian National Playwrights Conference, Blue Mountain Center, VCCA, New Dramatists, New Harmony Project, MacDowell Colony, William Inge Center and Yaddo. Beth lives in New York City. Visit her website at www.arlenehutton.com

Margaret McMullan – Novelist

 MARGARET McMULLAN…Margaret is the author of many novels including In My Mother’s House, When I Crossed No-Bob, and Cashay, Sources of Light, Aftermath Lounge, How I Found the Strong, Every Father’s Daughter.  Her work has appeared in many publications including Glamour, The Chicago Tribune, Southern Accents, and Ploughshares.  Her work has garnered numerous awards from “School Library Journal Best Books”, “Books Lists’ Top Ten First Novel for Youth”, “Mississippi Institute of Arts & Letters Award for Fiction”, and recently received “2008 Indiana’s Best Young Adult Book Award.”  You can learn more about Margaret by visiting her website at http://www.margaretmcmullan.com 

Mark St.Germain – Playwright/Screenwriter

MARK ST. GERMAIN…Mark has written the plays, Camping with Henry and Tom (“Outer Critics Circle Award and Lucille Lortel Award”), Out of Gas on Lover’s Leap and Forgiving Typhoid Mary (Time Magazine’s “Year’s Ten Best”), Ears on a Beatle, and The God Committee.  With Randy Courts, he created the musicals, The Gifts of the Magi, Johnny Pye and the Foolkiller (AT&T “New Plays for the Nineties Award”), Jack’s Holiday, Dr. Ruth, All the Way, The Best of Enemies, and Dancing Lessons.  Mark’s musical, Stand by Your Man, the Tammy Wynette story, has toured nationally.  Other credits include writer and consultant for The Cosby Show and co-scripting the film Duma.  He directed the documentary, Stories My Dog Told Me, and has written the children’s book, Three Cups http://www.3cupsbook.com.  You can learn more about Mark’s work at http://www.markstgermain.com

Alejandro Monteverde – Filmmaker

ALEJANDRO MONTEVERDE…As a student at the University of Texas film school, Alejandro won an unprecedented number of film festivals as a student filmmaker.  His first film, Bocho, was recognized with the most prestigious of all the Kodak Awards for Excellence in Cinematography.  Alejandro wrote and directed Bella, his first feature film, which garnered many awards including the “People’s Choice Award” at Toronto’s International Film Festival and the “Grand Prize” and “Crystal Heart Award” at the Heartland Film Festival.  His lates film is Little Boy. Alejandro’s production team at Metanoia Films is committed to projects that entertain, engage, and inspire. 

Rob Loos – Television Writer/Producer 

ROB LOOS…Rob Loos is President of Zing Productions Inc., a Hollywood-based, television and film production company. Loos earned his stripes as a partner at TLC Entertainment, an independent production and distribution company based at CBS Studio Center. Loos and then-business partner, George Taweel, won 113 awards for creative excellence, notched over 70 Gold and Platinum selling DVDs/videos, and produced over 200 hours of programs including McGee and Me!, Secret Adventures mini-movies, The Legend of Three Trees, The Christmas Lamb, The Fox Family Channel’s The All New Captain Kangaroo and Kids’ Ten Commandments, which has become the most awarded children’s religious project to date. Rob’s latest TV series are NFL Rush Zone, and Iesodo children’s series. You can read more about Rob at http://www.zinghollywood.com

Barbara Nicolosi – Screenwriter

BARBARA NICOLOSI…Barbara founded Act One, a non-profit incubator for screenwriters and executives in Hollywood.  She wrote The Work, a spiritual thriller. She is a script doctor, a speaker at screenwriting conferences and was (once upon a time) a nun!  Barbara has contributed columns to Christianity and the Arts, LA Times, Wall Street Journal, is an award-winning columnist for the National Catholic Register, as well as co-editor of Behind the Screen: Hollywood Insiders on Faith and Culture. Barbara’s teaches screenwriting at Azusa Pacific University. Her current project is the feature film, Fatima

Mat Smart  – Playwright

MAT SMART… Mat’s plays include Naperville, Samuel J. and K.The Hopper Collection (Huntington Theatre Company, Magic Theatre and published by Broadway Play Publishing), The 13th of Paris (Pittsburgh’s City Theatre, Horizon Theatre in Atlanta, The Public Theatre of Maine and at Seattle Public Theatre and Warehouse Theatre in South Carolina), Thomas Repair (workshops at South Coast Rep, Geva and Huntington), The Bebop Heard in Okinawa (O’Neill Playwrights’ Conference), The Debate Over Courtney O’Connell of Columbus, Nebraska (Slant Theatre Project at P.S. 122, Cherry Lane and NY Comedy Club). Mat is co-founder of NYC’s Slant Theatre Project, serves on the board of directors for The New Harmony Project, and is an alumnus of Ars Nova Play Group & the Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab.  He has been a Jerome Fellow at The Playwrights’ Center in Minneapolis. Mat’s latest play was The Royal Society of Antarctica.

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