You're invited to an unforgettable brunch with Trevor Noah's Day Zero Productions President Haroon Saleem, The Walt Disney Studios VP, Multicultural Audience Engagement Julie Ann Crommett, and Stone Village Productions Head Scott Steindorff. Enjoy a fireside chat with Scott, Julie and Haroon, curated connections, a business challenge and pitch off... over a seasonal, locally-sourced meal.
Haroon Saleem was recently appointed President of Productions of Day Zero, an international production and distribution company led by Trevor Noah, host of The Daily Show. Prior to Day Zero, Haroon was EVP of Production and Development to Nicky Weinstock and Ben Stiller's Red Hour Films.
Haroon EP'd Pierce Brosnan's November Man as well as the critically lauded indie Into the Forest starring Ellen Page and Evan Rachel Wood. He produced the pre-show for the Stand Up to Cancer telecast, which raised millions of dollars for cancer research. He led development and production of several features including Prince Caspian, Voyage of the Dawn Treader (the 2nd and 3rd installments of The Chronicles of Narnia series, The Tooth Fairy with Dwayne Johnson and Chasing Mavericks with Gerard Butler and worked with Will Smith developing such hits as The Pursuit of Happyness, Hitch, I Am Legend and Hancock.
Julie Ann Crommett joined The Walt Disney Studios in February 2017 as Vice President, Multicultural Audience Engagement. She was most recently Google's Entertainment Industry Educator in Chief leading their efforts to shift and diversify on-screen perceptions of computer science through storytelling (a position she created).
Previously, Julie worked at NBCUniversal managing behind-the-camera diversity programs including Writers on the Verge and the Directing Fellowship.
Her journey is coming full-circle at Disney where she began her career as a Pixar Animation Studios' production intern working on the Wall-E DVD and Up promos. Most recently, she was named to The Hollywood Reporter's prestigious "Next Gen: 35 under 35" and serves on the boards of NALIP (Natl Association of Latino Independent Producers) and Women in Animation.
Scott Steindorff is Head of Stone Village Productions, an independent film & television finance and production company. Known for adapting literary bestsellers into movies, currently developing 2014 bestseller, Station Eleven into a miniseries and releasing Netflix docuseries Firechasers. Scott produced the western, Jane Got a Gun, starring Natalie Portman, Joel Edgerton and Ewan McGregor. Other book adaptations he produced include The Lincoln Lawyer, Love in the Time of Cholera, and The Human Stain as well as TV series Las Vegas amongst many others. He executive produced on John Favreau’s “Chef” starring Jon Favreau, Scarlett Johansson, Sofia Vergara, and Robert Downey Jr. Scott.
Scott also teamed with Paul Newman and producer Marc Platt, producing the critically acclaimed and award-winning miniseries for HBO, Empire Falls, winning a Golden Globe for Best Mini-series or Motion Picture Made for Television and receiving 10 Emmy nominations. Scott is currently developing an emotional education program focusing on teaching and educating individuals on emotional development.
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