Board of Advisors

Board of Advisors

Mitchell Block, Board of Advisors

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Mitchell Block is a documentary film producer. His works have won an Academy Award (Big Mama, 2001), been nominated (Poster Girl, 2006) and short-listed (The Testimony, 2006) for Oscars, as well. Carrier, his ten-hour landmark PBS series with its companion feature, Another Day in Paradise, won an Emmy and is one of the most-watched series in the history of PBS. It was the first and only time the US Navy allowed multiple film crews to embed on a warship for an entire six-month deployment. Block has made numerous acclaimed films including his short film No Lies which was selected to be part of the Library of Congress' National Register of Historical Films for preservation for all time. Each year only twenty-five films are added to the list from all American films produced since 1895. The other film's from Block's year include works by Martin Scorsese, George Lucas, Frances Ford Coppola, William Friedkin and Terrance Mallick. Block worked for seven years for Sheila Nevins, president of HBO Documentaries and Children's Programming as an acquisitions consultant finding emerging talent worldwide for HBO.

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Paul Brooks, Board of Advisors

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Paul Brooks is an entrepreneur, advisor, and investor who now leads 704Games and Peakland Innovation Group. Prior to founding Peakland, during his 22-year career in the NASCAR industry, Mr. Brooks served as President of NASCAR Media Group and Senior Vice President of NASCAR, and was responsible for all broadcasting, new media, licensing and consumer products, publishing, automotive aftermarket, and international business. He helped develop and consolidate NASCAR's long-term television and new media agreements with Fox, FX, NBC, Speed, and ABC/ESPN. As CEO of 704Games, he has recently launched new NASCAR video games on console, PC and mobile platforms that incorporate authentic NASCAR racing based on direct collaboration with top NASCAR drivers (i.e., NASCAR HEAT2.)

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Cindy Chang, Board of Advisors

Chang Cindy Chang HeadshotCindy Chang has had a long career with the Consumer Products Group, Partnerships & Licensing at NBCUniversal, overseeing the licensing of Universal films and NBC TV properties, and most recently leading the Global Publishing team. She launched the consumer products program for Illumination Entertainment and built the global Minions/Despicable Me consumer products franchise into a multi-billion dollar program at retail around the world.

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Jeff Chao, Board of Advisors

Chao HeadshotJeff Chao is a seasoned media professional and Executive Producer who has dedicated his career to social impact entertainment, including during his tenure as Senior Director, Finance at Participant Media. While there, he managed film investments for a $250 million film fund between Participant Media and Image Nation Abu Dhabi, producing hits such as Lincoln, The Help, Hundred Foot Journey, Best Exotic Marigold Hotel I & II, Contagion and Snitch.

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Cynthia Cleveland, Board of Advisors

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Cynthia is an expert in developing, translating and monetizing intellectual property rights into major global consumer brands and new businesses across diverse industries. Her combined businesses have generated over $4 billion in worldwide sales across consumer product, entertainment, and publishing brands. As CEO/President of five companies, she has a track record of identifying and capitalizing on emerging trends to create new businesses. Industry experience has included successfully navigating Fortune 500 companies, running a venture backed business, and launching an entrepreneurial digital business. With over 20 years of product development and marketing expertise, she has successfully directly introduced over 1,000 products for well-known companies such as Universal Studios, Carnation Foods, Mattel Toys, Teleflora floral gifts, and Imaginarium toy stores.

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Jamie de Roy, Board of Advisors

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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.

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Rev. Jeff Grant, Board of Advisors

jeffgrant4Rev. Jeff Grant, JD, M Div is an Executive, Motivational Speaker, Author, Minister, Advocate, Social Ethicist, Elizabeth Bush Award, Nantucket Project Fellow, JustLeadershipUSA Fifteen National Leaders in Criminal Justice.

Jeff is the Executive Director of Family ReEntry, Inc. He is the first person in the United States formerly incarcerated for a white-collar crime to be appointed as CEO of a major criminal justice nonprofit. He also serves as Executive Director of Progressive Prison Ministries, Inc., the first ministry in the country created to provide confidential support and counseling to individuals, families and organizations with white-collar and other nonviolent incarceration issues. After serving almost fourteen months in a Federal prison for a white-collar crime committed during his career as a lawyer, Jeff earned a Master of Divinity from Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York with a focus in Christian Social Ethics.

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