William Nix is Chairman of the Creative Projects Group®, a Producer and an investment banker with extensive experience in corporate formation, operations and business affairs, as well as an attorney experienced in complex negotiations, litigation and dispute resolution in the entertainment, media, sports, intellectual property and creativity fields. Will served as Co-Chair of Baker Botts LLP's Entertainment, Media and Sports Practice Group, as VP of Legal and Business Affairs for NBA Properties and as COO of the network of nearly 2,000 employees and representatives of the Motion Picture Association of America's global Content Protection Group. He has worked closely with Internet/Software businesses as a strategist and operational advisor for many years. He is Executive Producer of the 2015 Annie-Nominated feature film release, produced by Salma Hayek, based on Kahlil Gibran's iconic work The Prophet and the Producer of numerous other feature film and television productions. His work involves both traditional media and multiple content delivery platforms and technologies. Having worked with both major studios and independents for several decades, including most recently Participant Media, he and his colleagues develop and produce innovative new content for global audiences to experience.
Will has a Masters degree in History/Teaching and has taught in the public schools of Washington, D.C. as well as graduate level law school and other domestic and international courses as a regular professional panelist. He has published, lectured and been widely interviewed on television, radio and in print. He is a Member of the Producer's Council of the Producers Guild of America (PGA), a lifetime voting Member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), and a Member of the Academy of Television Arts and Science (ATAS), the National Academy of Recording Arts and Science (NARAS), the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences (AIAS) and a documentary and feature film producer who actively serves on Award Nominating Screening Juries for both the International Documentary Association (IDA) and AMPAS.
One of three partners in Broadthink, Cynthia Cleveland brings great expertise to developing brands.Broadthink (www.broad-think.com) is a media, marketing and branding company dedicated to optimizing the visions of businesses and individuals. Broad Think's Missionis to maximize opportunities while minimizing risk without compromising a brand's soul--through merchandising and licensing programs, media (books, TV, film, magazines, interactive games, syndicated columns), and marketing (promotions, database development, and direct sales). Broadthink's clients have included The Lithgow Palooza Co., Dean Koontz, Razor and Tie, Scholastic, Inc., Sony Wonder, The Learning Company, The Lennon Sisters, Wolfgang Puck Worldwide, Cartoon Network, Midway Games, National Geographic Society, Viacom/Paramount Consumer Products Group, John Lithgow Properties, Zenda, HBO, Participant Productions, Rainbow Media, Weller Grossman Productions, Grossett & Dunlap, Random House, Running Press, Simon & Schuster, The Penguin Publishing Group, Touchstone/Fireside and Grand Central Publishing.
Nancy is an expert in translating story concepts from one medium to another and is a recognized expert in all forms of print and digital publishing across all genres and age groups both domestically and internationally. She is acknowledged as one of the earliest creators of the “tie-in” publishing business, transforming it from a marketing-only function to a financially significant business. Nancy was also in the forefront of creating a new business for the development and licensing of videogame rights to filmed entertainment properties–now a multi-billion dollar industry.
Jamie deRoy is equally celebrated as an actress, record producer, and talk show host. She is a gifted singer/comedienne, has appeared as Joan Rivers' opening act in New York and Los Angeles, and headlined at every major club in New York. Jamie has also enjoyed successful engagements at Caesar's, Showboat and Trump Plaza in Atlantic City, as well as at The Sahara in Lake Tahoe.
Jeff Grant has dedicated his life to various forms of service, both professionally and personally. He is currently on the Board of Directors of Family Reentry, Inc., where he serves as its Vice Chairman, and as volunteer Chief Operating Officer of its wholly-owned subsidiary, Fresh Start Enterprises. Under his leadership, Fresh Start Enterprises refocused its core business to real estate property services. In changing from a business-to-consumer model to business-to-business model, Fresh Start Enterprises increased its sales revenues from $114K in fiscal 2010, to $350K in 2011, and is projected over $500K for 2012. Now employment training more than twice the number of ex-offenders, formal classroom and on-the-job training programs have been enlarged and completed, with full outcome accountability and performance measurability. Ex-offender clients attend a “Community Matters” team meeting each Saturday morning that offers soft skills instruction and specific work place training. Yale University Research has proven that ex-offenders who complete the Fresh Start program reduce their chances of recidivism by over fifty-four (54%) percent. In fall 2011, Jeff’s work at Family Reentry and Fresh Start Enterprises was recognized when he was given the Elizabeth Bush Award for Volunteerism. Mrs. Bush appeared at the Family Reentry Annual Benefit and personally gave Jeff a commemorative plaque in honor of the occasion.
Mark Heninger has a rare blend of technical, marketing and business acumen. Those strengths allow him to understand crucial technical processes and translate these technical concepts into profitable Internet business models. His years of experience with the development of entertainment technologies is why companies, including the Creative Projects Group®, seek his experience on projects in order to properly monetize existing and emerging markets. He has consistently crafted dynamic distribution, marketing and advertising strategies for film, television, music, and corporate branding.
Claude Johnson is the founder and president of Black Fives, Inc., a vintage sports licensing company dedicated to researching, preserving, promoting, and teaching about the
history of African American basketball teams that played from the early 1900s through the racial integration of the National Basketball Association in 1950, a period known as the Black Fives Era.