Betty Thomas began her career performing at The Second City Theatre with the likes of Bill Murray and John Candy, becoming the first woman to direct one of their MainStage theatre productions. Deft at drama as well as comedy, Ms. Thomas won an EMMY for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for her portrayal of Lucille Bates on “Hill Street Blues.”
Segueing into directing film and television, Ms. Thomas won her second EMMY, for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Directing in a Comedy Series (“Dream On”). She was the first woman to win this award. Other directing accolades include a CABLE ACE AWARD, Women In Film’s DOROTHY AZNER DIRECTORS AWARD and a DGA AWARD for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Dramatic Specials (“The Late Shift”). As a film director, Ms. Thomas has helmed the blockbusters DOCTOR DOLITTLE (Top 5 in yearly Box Office), 28 DAYS, I SPY, JOHN TUCKER MUST DIE and ALIVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS—THE SQUEAKQUEL (Top 2 in yearly Box Office). She has directed multiple television pilots and is a prolific producer (CHARLIE’S ANGELES 1 and 2, 28 DAYS, CAN’T HARDLY WAIT, GUESS WHO, etc.). Ms. Thomas has several projects in development, and is currently casting her next feature, IMPROV GURU.
Debra Curtis joined eOne Television in September 2012 and serves as Senior Vice President of Current Programming. During her tenure, Debra has been responsible for overseeing more than a dozen series, including Ransom (CBS), You Me Her (Audience Network) and the upcoming Let’s Get Physical (Pop Network), as well as recently completed series Rookie Blue (ABC), Haven (Syfy) and Hell on Wheels (AMC).
Prior to joining eOne, she served as Vice President of Development at GK-tv, developing multiple TV projects and shepherding the first season of Continuum (Syfy). Previously, Debra spent 15 years at Sony Pictures Television where she was Vice President of Current Programming and was responsible for series such as Damages (FX); Rescue Me (FX), Rules of Engagement (CBS), Community, (NBC) and The Shield (FX).
In addition, she currently serves on the Television Academy Peer Group Executive Committee and previously worked with the Television Academy Foundation as the Chair of the New Leadership Council. Debra holds a B.A. in English and American Literature from Brandeis University.
A native of Long Island, New York, Marc Guggenheim practiced law at one of Boston’s most prestigious firms before getting hired on the writing staff of David E. Kelley’s Emmy-winning show about Boston attorneys, The Practice. Since then, Guggenheim’s prolific television writing credits include Law and Order, Jack & Bobby, Brothers & Sisters and Eli Stone (for which he and Greg Berlanti received a Writers Guild Award nomination for Best Drama Teleplay).
Guggenheim is an Executive Producer and Co-Creator for Arrow and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, and the two animated spinoffs, Vixen and Freedom Fighters: The Ray. He also produces Trollhunters with Guillermo del Toro, for which he won the Emmy for Writing in an Animated Program. Guggenheim is also a successful screenwriter (PERCY JACKSON: SEA OF MONSTERS, GREEN LANTERN), videogame and comic book writer (he has written titles for both Marvel Comics and DC Comics, as well as several creator-owned series), and novelist.
Guggenheim currently lives in Los Angeles with his wife Tara (a fellow showrunner and WGA nominee, the co-creator of and Executive Producer of Kevin (Probably) Saves the World, and their daughters Lily and Sara, and their pets, Lucky, Finn, and Jarvis.
Evette Vargas is an award-winning writer, director, producer, Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality and Mixed Reality storyteller. Named by the New York Times as an “Artist to Watch,” Vargas’ writing, directing and producing includes series for Amazon, MTV, Bravo, DirectTV; as well as writing, apps, games and branded entertainment for Fast And Furious, Lord Of The Rings trilogy and Madonna. Vargas exec produced, wrote and directed her digital series Dark Prophet, starring Henry Rollins, which was nominated for two Emmys and premiered at Sundance. Vargas sold her drama series Muses to Turner Broadcasting Super Deluxe, is developing Wedding Smashers with Jash Media and Ryot Films and a series with QC Entertainment. Vargas' slate of VR projects includes the The Current War VR Experience, starring Benedict Cumberbatch, for The Weinstein Company. Vargas was invited by the Cannes Film Festival to speak on VR Storytelling. Vargas was born in the Bronx and learned to tell stories at the dinner table with her family where the imagination ruled.