Thursday May 3rd - 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Writers, directors, producers, and casting agents have the ability to broaden the scope of their projects to truly reflect the world we live in. This discussion explores the steps we can take to make sure we all feel like insiders.
Jaime Primak Sullivan
Jaime Primak Sullivan was the creator, executive producer and star of Bravo reality series Jersey Belle and is creator and executive producer on the Gabrielle Union thriller Breaking In. She is the author of The Southern Education of a Jersey Girl and the Director of Development for Will Packer Media. Beginning her career in public relations, Primak Sullivan was the founder and president of Bridge and Tunnel Entertainment, a full-service PR and strategic marketing agency.
Tracy Twinkie Byrd
Nic Novicki is an actor, comedian and producer who has performed on six continents.
His television credits include: Boardwalk Empire, The Sopranos, AXS Gotham Comedy Live, Jack and Triumph, The Neighbors, Austin and Alley, Private Practice and Drop Dead Diva. He has appeared in several movies, such as Life Happens, November Rule, The Last 5 Years, Boston Girls and Breaking Wind and will soon be seen in the upcoming Dead Ant.
Nic has produced several feature films, television pilots and web series for companies including Sony, CBS, Air China, Maxim and Universal and is an active member in the Producers Guild of America’s Diversity Committee. Nic wrote for the CBS Diversity Showcase and has also written and directed several short films including A Little Broke, which was acquired by the TV station Shorts HD.
As a stand up comedian, Nic has toured all over the world, including several tours for the troops overseas through Armed Forces Entertainment. He has performed stand up on AXS Gotham Comedy Live.
He is the founder and Director of the Easterseals Disability Film Challenge, and serves as an active Board Member for Easterseals Southern California.
Jessica Daniels, CSA, is an Emmy Award-winning TV and film casting director. Her passion for casting and interest in bringing stories about underrepresented protagonists to the screen has helped manifest a collection of critically acclaimed and award-winning recent features, including six Sundance premieres in the last four years. Film credits include: THE MISEDUCATION OF CAMERON POST directed by Desiree Akhavan (2018 Sundance US Dramatic Grand Jury Prize), ROXANNE ROXANNE directed by Michael Larnell (Sundance Jury Prize for Breakout Performance to Chante Adams), WIENER-DOG directed by Todd Solondz, A VIGILANTE, directed by Sarah Daggar-Nickson, WHITE GIRL directed by Elizabeth Wood, THE STRANGE ONES directed by Lauren Wolkstein and Christopher Radcliff (SXSW Jury Prize for Breakout Performance to James Freedson-Jackson), TYREL and NASTY BABY, directed by Sebastian Silva. Television credits include 30 ROCK (NBC), DEADBEAT (Hulu), BENDERS (IFC), and THE CARRIE DIARIES (CW). Jessica won an Emmy Award for outstanding comedy casting on 3O ROCK and a CSA Artios award for DEADBEAT. Since 2014, she has covered pilots for 20th Century Fox/Fox 21 Studios in New York, contributing series regular casting to shows including THE RESIDENT (Fox), FRESH OFF THE BOAT (ABC), LIFE IN PIECES (CBS), WEIRD LONERS (Fox) and SALEM (WGN) in addition to guest casting for ACS: THE PEOPLE VS. OJ SIMPSON (F/X), ACS: VERSACE (F/X), TYRANT (F/X) and GENIUS (NatGeo).