Who We Are

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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Cynthia Cleveland, Board of Advisors

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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.

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Nancy Cushing-Jones, Board of Advisors

NancyCushingJonesNancy Cushing-Jones 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.

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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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Mark Heninger, Board of Advisors

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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.

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