Wednesday, May 25th, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Experts will tell you how to build relationships, find the work, sharpen your tools and get the gig here in Atlanta.
We will open with a special 30 minute session with personal branding consultant Christine Leuthold; she will discuss the creative ways you can set yourself apart in this very competitive industry.
Then Al Dickerson, Unit Production Manager for Greenleaf and Jeffrey Stepakoff, former Executive Producer and current Executive Director of Georgia Film Academy will join and offer their experience and insights on what people do that can help or hurt them in landing the job.
Christine Leuthold (sounds like “sleuth”) is a proven innovator in brand development and integration and the Founder and Creative Director of C Insight Group.
With an approach that connects core identity to growth, Christine’s professional signature and soft spoken wisdom come from decades of experience on staff, as an outside consultant or as a trusted advisor to a wide range of organizations, including: Ralph Lauren Corporation, The African National Congress & Robert DeNiro (for Nelson Mandela’s 1990 U.S. visit), SIM Digitla/Bling, Earth Artist Studios, Film Forum, The Perrier Group, Appeltiser, Chase/JP Morgan, Food Forward, Wellness Within Your Walls, SCAD, Sotheby’s International Realty, The Kensington Chelsea Women’s Club and Communities in Schools, to name just a few.
Christine is also the author of the critically-acclaimed book Comfort Living: A Back to Basics Guide to a More Balanced Lifestyle, in which she focuses attention on personal branding and individual quality of life.
With a B.S. degree in Mandarin Chinese and Business from Georgetown University, Christine furthered those studies in Taiwan, Paris and Shanghai. She is also certified in residential interior design from Atlanta College of Art (now SCAD, Savannah College of Art and Design).
A dual citizen of the U.S. and Switzerland, Christine is now based in Los Angeles and has lived in Asia and Europe and elsewhere in the U.S. — most recently in Atlanta, where she raised her two children.
Jeffrey Stepakoff was raised in Atlanta, Georgia. He is an accomplished writer-producer and an experienced academic, with a twenty-eight year entertainment industry career that includes sweeping internationally-recognized credits, leadership roles in content creation and production management, and a track record of collaboration, innovation, and success in virtually all forms of commercial media.
After earning a BA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, School of Journalism and Mass Communication, and then completing his Master of Fine Arts in Playwriting at Carnegie Mellon University, School of Drama, Stepakoff moved to Hollywood and began writing and producing film, television and digital entertainment.
He has “written by” or “story by” credits on thirty-seven television episodes, has written for fifteen different series, and has been a writer and/or writer-producer on eight primetime or first-run cable staffs, credited on more than two hundred episodes of popular television. The TV credits for which he is most known include the Emmy-winning The Wonder Years, Sisters, Wild Card, Hyperion Bay, The Magic School, C16:FBI, Robin’s Hoods, Land’s End, Flipper, Sons & Daughters, Major Dad, The Yakov Smirnoff Show, Beauty & the Beast, Have Faith, Simon & Simon, and break-out hit Dawson’s Creek, where he was Co-Executive Producer. Until July 2015, he worked as the Co-Executive Producer of Chasing Life for ABC Family.
Stepakoff has also created and developed pilots for many of the major studios and networks, including 20th Century, Paramount, MTM, Fox and ABC, and a variety of production companies and producers, such as Alloy Entertainment (Gossip Girl, The Vampire Diaries), Michael Pillar (Star Trek: Voyager, Deep Space Nine), and David Milch (Deadwood, NYPD Blue).
He has also developed and written major motion pictures, including Disney’s Brother Bear, Tarzan, for which Phil Collin’s won an Academy Award, and EM Entertainment’s Lapitch, Croatia’s selection for the 1998 Academy Awards.
Stepakoff has worked for numerous entertainment companies in the research and digital arts space, such as SimEx-Iwerks Entertainment, HarperCollins Interactive, Citicorp Transactional Technology, Digital Pictures, Inscape (HBO/Time Warner), and Universal Studios. He wrote the popular videogames Quarterback Attack with Mike Ditka. Creating a new storytelling model as one of the first “webisodic” shows, and the initial original content project for the digital media division of Paramount Studios, he developed and wrote Perspectives, an interactive drama series for the internet.
There are over a million copies of Stepakoff’s novels in print in twenty languages, as well.
260 14th St NW
Free parking in deck adjacent to building
Free for members
$20 fee for guests