Advisory Board

AnnaLea Arnold

AnnaLea Arnold is a Founding Partner of WeForShe, a women’s advocacy group that finds practical ways to bring about a gender-balanced landscape in television. Through its two flagship programs (the WriteHer List and the DirectHer Program) it gives industry content creators and decision makers the tools they need to increase the number of women working in entertainment. These programs have resulted in women writers and directors finding new representation, getting staffed, having projects put into development, and booking their first episodic directing jobs.
 
AnnaLea's corporate consulting focused on supporting senior management teams at Fortune 500 companies while at Talk to Jess, LLC. Arnold was part of developing strategic initiatives for global entertainment, retail, toy manufacturer, pharmaceutical, and personal care brands on a wide range of issues including representation, diversity, equity, and inclusion. Arnold earned her Bachelor of Performing Arts from Emerson College and Master of Science in Social Entrepreneurship from USC Marshall.

Danielle Green

Danielle Green is a seasoned Finance Executive with over 15 years of experience in the media industry. Her career began at Showtime Networks, where she honed her skills in financial management, programming finance, and television production accounting. Committed to the principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion, Danielle has made significant contributions as the President of the National Association for Multi-ethnicity in Communications (NAMIC) and as a co-chair of A&E’s Employee Resource Group. She currently serves as the Director of Production Finance, overseeing the budgeting and financial reporting of media assets at A+E Networks and Lifetime Television Networks. Danielle is an alumna of Carleton College and has furthered her leadership skills through certification from the Los Angeles African American Women in Public Policy Institute and the Annenberg Alchemy Leadership Development Program.

Eric J. Feig

Eric J. Feig, founder of Eric Feig Entertainment & Media Law in Beverly Hills, is a veteran entertainment attorney representing top clients including directors, screenwriters, actors and producers as well as companies in Hollywood and internationally.

As an attorney, Eric has negotiated multi-million dollar deals for his clients and focuses on deal making and helping clients leverage their talents and intellectual property across multiple platforms.

As a producer, Eric executive produced the critically acclaimed documentary Advanced Style about older women asserting their character through the art of fashion. He is currently developing feature projects with Davis Entertainment, Skybound, Gidden Media and Inkubate Entertainment as well as executive producing the children’s animated series Sweets Café with Driver Digital and Ananey Communications for Nick Jr. Israel and YouTube.

Eric is also a Founder at Driver Digital in New York City, a leading creative and production studio specializing in episodic storytelling for youth and family audiences across animation and live action. Eric is licensed to practice law in California and New York and is a Member of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

Hillary Bibicoff

Hillary Bibicoff is an accomplished transactional entertainment attorney at Feig Finkel.  She represents directors, writers, actors, hosts, authors, financiers, independent producers, and independent production companies.  In addition to talent, rights and financing agreements, she handles licensing, merchandising, endorsement, sponsorship and spokesperson deals, oversees production legal for the Super Bowl pre-game and half-time shows and serves as an IFTA Arbitrator.

Hillary has been named a "Southern California Super Lawyer” annually since 2006, a designation awarded to only the top five percent of lawyers in Southern California. She has been named a “Top Woman Lawyer in Southern California” each year since the inception of this honor.  She was chosen as one of Hollywood’s "top new generation deal makers" by the Los Angeles Business Journal.  She has received a Woman of Achievement Award from the Women's Business Counsel and was profiled in the Los Angeles Daily Journal as a top “new generation” deal maker.

Hillary is a long-time Alliance of Women Directors member.  She has served on the Boards of Women in Film and Loyola Law School. She currently serves as Governor of the Television Academy and is on the Advisory Committee for the UCLA Entertainment Law Symposium.

Jeanne Mau

Jeanne Mau serves as Senior Vice President, TV Programming Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, NBCUniversal Television & Streaming Entertainment and Universal Studio Group. She reports to Universal Studio Group Chairman Pearlena Igbokwe and Entertainment Content Chairman Susan Rovner.

In this role, Mau is responsible for driving diversity, equity and inclusion strategies for content across the entertainment networks in the NBCU Television and Streaming Entertainment portfolio, including NBC, Bravo, E!, Oxygen, SYFY, Universal Kids, USA and Peacock; as well as Universal Studio Group which houses NBCU’s four powerhouse studios, Universal Television, UCP, NBCUniversal International Studios and Universal Television Alternative Studio.

Mau’s key responsibilities include oversight of the company’s diversity efforts both in front of and behind the camera. She also partners with internal creative executives to ensure that content accurately portrays underrepresented communities, and the company has maximized the opportunities to hire diverse talent in roles in front and behind the camera. Additionally, she manages current partnerships with external advocacy groups and organizations that support the company’s DEI goals.

Before joining NBCUniversal, Mau was SVP, Global Inclusion at ViacomCBS where she oversaw the ViacomCBS Writers Mentoring Program, Directors Initiative, Viewfinder Emerging Directors Program and Nickelodeon Writers and Artist Program, and successfully built partnerships with executives and producers to create access for artists and creators across all platforms of the business. In this role, she also established initiatives to inspire and foster innovation, and cultivate a diverse, world-class talent pool of content drivers.

Prior to that, Mau was SVP, Entertainment Diversity and Inclusion where she supervised the CBS Directing Initiative and Writers Mentoring Program, while also serving as liaison with other networks and studios in their diversity and inclusion efforts and collaborated with producers and showrunners to ensure inclusivity in all aspects of storytelling. Over the past two decades, Mau rose through the company and served as VP, Current Programs, where she was responsible for the day-to-day management of shows including “NCIS,” “Two and a Half Men” and “Criminal Minds.”

Mau graduated from the University of San Diego with a bachelor's degree in Communications.

Jonathan Frank

As Executive Vice President, FX Current Series and FX Productions, Jonathan Frank oversees all facets of day-to-day production for the entire slate of FX Networks’ original programming.  In addition, Frank oversees the development, management and distribution of FX Productions’ original series for non-Fox Networks Group (FNG) outlets and the business operations for FXP. Frank also oversees the development and day-to-day production of FX Networks’ entry into docuseries.

Series overseen by Frank include the FX dramas Taboo, Legion, Snowfall, Trust, Pose, Mayans M.C. and Mr Inbetween, as well as the limited series franchise American Horror Story. In addition, he supervises the production of the FX Networks’ comedy series Atlanta, Better Things, Baskets, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Archer, You’re the Worst, and FX’s newly-announced docuseries partnership with The New York Times, The Weekly. Frank has also overseen production on many of FX Networks’ acclaimed legacy series, including The Americans, Damages, The Strain, The League, Wilfred, Man Seeking Woman, and Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll.

Frank first joined FX in 2008 as Vice President of Current Programming and was promoted to Senior Vice President of Current Programming in 2011. His subsequent role as Executive Vice President of Current Programming was expanded in 2016 to include FXP original series for non-FNG outlets and in 2018 to include development of docuseries for FX Networks.

Frank and his wife Meredith Milton reside in Pacific Palisades, California with their children Wyatt and Greer.

Karen Horne

Karen Horne is Senior Vice President of Enterprise Inclusion for WarnerMedia where she oversees inclusion programs and initiatives across the enterprise.  She was previously Senior Vice President, Programming Talent Development and Inclusion for NBC Entertainment and Universal Television Studios where she was responsible for overseeing in-front-of and behind-the-camera primetime diversity efforts for NBC and Universal Television. 

Horne’s lengthy resume includes a variety of disciplines and contacts. She served as Director, Creative Affairs, at IDT Animation in Burbank, and designed, implemented and oversaw Nickelodeon’s Writer Fellowship Program. Horne also was a Director, Writer Development & Special Projects (as well as Studio Liaison) for the Walt Disney Studios Fellowship Program at Walt Disney Network Television. Previously, she served as Director, West Coast, for the Black Filmmaker Foundation in Los Angeles.

Horne has been recognized with several awards and recognitions for her diversity and inclusion work and her service to underrepresented communities. In addition to serving on AWD’s Advisory Board, she is on the boards of Montclair State University’s School of Communication and Media and USC’s Annenberg Inclusion Initiative.

 

Lana Walker

Lana Walker has been a whirlwind since entering the workforce in 1990 in Talent Management with Nixon-Katz Associates managing talent from Debbie Allen to the famous Eva & Zsa Zsa Gabor Sisters. From there she would jump into Marketing and Publicity picking up the Music side by working with such esteemed musicians as Tracie Spenser, Digital Underground, Tupac, Cosby, Stills & Nash, NKOTB and Melissa Etheridge. Moving to gain the Label perspective, Lana moved into jobs with Motown Records followed by Arista Records where her working roster included Queen Latifah, Boyz II Men, Stevie Wonder, Whitney Houston, Notorious BIG, Brooks and Dunn, Alan Jackson, Usher, Sarah McLachlan and the 1st Lillith Fair tour as well as LaFace Records, BIV-10, BadBoy and Mojave imprint labels. Returning to Film and TV, Ms. Walker would move into Production with JMG Clients Donnie Wahlberg, Jimmy Cummings, Felicity Huffman and Brian White before a brief stint as Producers Assistant to Director Adrian Lyne on the feature film Unfaithful. Deciding that one field was too narrow for her liking, Lana began her own Company with the idea of Consulting a wide range of clients in navigating through Entertainment and Marketing/ Branding fields with an eye towards building a strong base of Consumer and Personal relationships advantageous to all in Film, Television, Music, Gaming, Books and Food/Hospitality. From Oscars to Emmys to Grammys, she has always supported through work with our amazing Guilds ACE, ASC, MPSE, CAS, WGA, DGA, SAG-AFTRA, PGA plus Allied organizations like Alliance of Women Directors, African American Film Critics Association, Hollywood Creative Alliance, Women in Film, American Cinemateque, Inner City Filmmakers, ComicCon, Film Independent, USO, Humanitas, Diageo Liquors and the Geena Davis Institute of Gender in Media to create a well integrated and long-lasting career.
 
Ms. Walker has spent the past 30+ years in Entertainment and Corporate Marketing successfully contributing to campaigns for Fortune 500 Companies and Big Business Corporations. Most recent campaigns include consulting work for Viacom, Disney, SLS Beverly Hills Hotel International Women's Day and winning a 2022 PROMAX for Best Series PR Campaign with Onyx Collective publicity team for their inaugural drama TV series Reasonable Doubt produced by Kerry Washington. 

LeeAnne Stables

As President of Worldwide Marketing Partnerships & Licensing at Paramount Pictures, LeeAnne Stables led global promotion and brand integration for over 165 studio films including blockbuster movie franchises Mission Impossible, Transformers, and Star Trek. Ms. Stables has negotiated and secured high profile partnerships delivering over $1 billion dollars in marketing support to movie productions working closely with top film directors and creative talent. During her 13 years at the studio, Ms. Stables also headed the Paramount Licensing division responsible for all consumer products, game licensing, and VR strategy monetizing new theatrical and classic library properties.

Ms. Stables left her studio role in 2018 and now serves as a marketing consultant to several brand, media and film industry clients. She has appeared as a guest speaker at industry events and panels for The Hollywood Reporter, Variety and the Wrap. She was featured in the Variety Women’s Impact issue, served as Jury Head for the Clio Entertainment Awards, and has received numerous marketing awards for her work. She resides in Los Angeles, is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, and supports the Downtown Women’s Center in LA.

Marc Guggenheim

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.

Wendy Mericle

An Indiana native and graduate of Oxford University, Wendy Mericle began her television writing career on Everwood, created by Greg Berlanti. Her association with Berlanti continued as a writer on Jack & Bobby, Eli Stone and Arrow, where she served as Executive Producer and co-showrunner for three seasons (2015- 2018). She has also written for Ghost Whisperer, Smallville, Eastwick, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, and the iconic Desperate Housewives. In addition, Mericle has sold multiple original pilots to Warner Brothers, NBC and Fox.

Over the past several years, Ms. Mericle has served as a mentor to new and up and coming writers through various programs at the Writers’ Guild of America, as well as a judge for the WGA’s TV Writer Access Project.

Wendy is currently under an overall development deal at ABC Studios, where she is writing and producing original content. She recently sold a series pitch, The Sorority Girl Who Saved Your Life, inspired by the upcoming biography of former CIA agent Tracy Walder. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two sons.