VESUVIAN ENTERTAINMENT TEAM
Vesuvian Entertainment, a division of Vesuvian Media Group, Inc. (VMG), is comprised of veteran producers and development executives with a proven track record of success.
As with both the film and music industries, publishing has undergone a radical shift in recent years. Unlike the old model, authors no longer have to be under the thumb of the large publishing houses in New York. With greater independence and ownership of content, strong hybrid authors now power their own destiny. A parallel can be drawn to the Hollywood system where resources and distribution models are now providing avenues of exposure that circumvent the studio system.
With the entertainment industry constantly on the lookout for the next big thing – the world of hybrid publishing has become the obvious place to turn.
Enter Vesuvian Entertainment: a conduit between two vast worlds. Through alliances such as Vesuvian Books and Literary Agents who represent bestselling authors, Vesuvian Entertainment has access to premium content, ahead of the competition, of which select IP, as well as original material, will be brought into feature film and television production. Furthermore, VMG has the resources to develop projects in-house, giving writers’ greater control over their work. Vesuvian Entertainment is also set up to maximize merchandise and licensing thus creating multiple revenue streams powered by the fandom that the in-house authors already command.
Consumers always have and always will be looking for sources of entertainment. The delivery systems afforded them are diverse and varied. The hybrid publishing world is exploding with individual voices, new ideas, and ever-growing fan bases. Vesuvian Entertainment, alongside Vesuvian Books, is taking the next step to serving these audiences and fans by expanding their stories into film, television, and digital content.
VESUVIAN ENTERTAINMENT TEAM
Casey Wolfe is a development executive and producer experienced in acquisitions, deal negotiations, and marketing with seventeen years in the entertainment industry, fourteen of which were at Walt Disney/Touchstone Studios. His positions within the studio—Director of Development, Head of Screenwriting Fellowship, and Manager of Creative Affairs—gave Wolfe a top-to-bottom understanding of the business and established him as a significant presence in the industry. This resulted in a vast network of contacts and a produced slate of feature films that have earned over one billion dollars in worldwide box-office receipts.
During his tenure at Disney/Touchstone, Wolfe found and developed new projects that aligned with the studios’ goal to synergize all divisions of the company including feature films, theme parks, television, music, online content, and publishing. He acquired dozens of properties including screenplays, novels, and comic books as well as oversaw writers, directors, actors, producers, business affairs, production units, and postproduction units. In addition to the business and managerial aspects of development, Wolfe was in charge of creative development providing story notes, analysis, and guidance in shaping projects during the writing, producing, and editorial phases. He also acted as liaison to several other divisions of the studio in order to broaden content reach from Feature Films to the rest of the Walt Disney Corporation.
Wolfe has established relationships and worked with all major talent agencies including CAA, ICM, WME, UTA, APA, and Paradigm, and many production companies including Jerry Bruckheimer, Mandeville, Mayhem, Millar/Gough Ink, Gunn Films, Scott Rudin Productions, Gotham Group etc.
Wolfe left Disney in 2011 to pursue other interests in the industry and is currently VP of Development for ReDesign Entertainment, a production company started by Disney Studios executive and producer Jason Reed.
German Michael Torres
Torres is a Producer/Writer/Director for Television, Film, and Digital Content who spent several years working with Denise Di Novi (Batman Returns, Gayle Forman’s If I Stay, Nicholas Sparks’ The Best of Me, Tim Burton’s The Nightmare before Christmas). His past projects include dramas for Warner Bros. TV, NBCUniversal, CBS, Kevin Bright, Dic Entertainment, Henry Winkler Prods., MGM, Discovery, and many more. Torres also served as Director of Development under Peter Roth at Warner Bros. TV. His literary and packaging background began at ICM where he worked with A-List talent such as director/producer Tony Gilroy (Jason Bourne franchise), director/producer Taylor Hackford (The Devil’s Advocate), writer Ted Tally (Silence of The Lambs) and many more. While at ICM, Torres helped package the film Proof of Life starring Russell Crowe and Meg Ryan for Warner Brothers. Soon after, he sold his first show independently to NBC, which became The Chronicle on SyFy. Torres has represented directors-producers on Fringe, True Blood, Entourage, Caprica, Lost, etc. In 2001, in response to the lack of diversity within Hollywood, he founded Professional Latinos in Entertainment (PLIE), a non-profit dedicated to helping Latinos in the industry. Some of their sponsors have included Anheuser Busch, Coca-Cola, ICM, CAA, Disney, and others. Torres recently created, produced, and directed From Beyond, a paranormal reality series for NBCUniversal's mun2 Network.
His comedy entitled Life with Girls is currently in development at CBS-Paramount with Marc Rosen executive producing. The project, based on life growing up with five sisters, will also be the subject of his debut non-fiction novel. Torres is producing a supernatural scripted show at Lifetime Television for Julia Roberts (ABC Studios, Madhouse Entertainment); is working with Jason Blum (Blumhouse) on a scripted program at NBCUniversal; and has a project in development with Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson executive producing. Torres is a member of the Producers Guild of America and The Television Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Nick has worked in multiple areas of the entertainment industry including television and film production, development, and coordinating. Upon graduating from UCLA, Nick worked for the CEO of Bright Idea Entertainment. While assisting with all levels of production, Nick worked on Martin Lawrence’s successful comedy tour, Doin’ Time, as a Production Coordinator. After having the opportunity to work with Queen Latifah and Will Smith’s production company on the pilot to the Queen Latifah talk show, Nick transitioned into working directly for her production company, Flavor Unit Entertainment. During that time, Nick worked with the CEO and the President of Production on the successful television show, Single Ladies for VH1, while developing projects for Mike Epps, Mary J. Blige, and Dwayne Wade. Nick also worked on Queen Latifah’s multiple-Emmy nominated film, Bessie, which was co-produced with HBO.
After working with the VP of Drama Programming at HBO who oversees the critically acclaimed show, Game of Thrones, Nick transitioned into his current position working with the VP of Talent Development.
Nick is president of Artistic Vision Entertainment, which is developing multiple film/TV projects including Checkmate, based on a true story and forthcoming novel by bestselling author, AnnaLisa Grant.
Singapore-born director/producer Pearry Teo made history as the first of his native country to direct a Hollywood feature film, with the 2007 sci-fi thriller THE GENE GENERATION, starring Bai Ling and Academy-Award winner Faye Dunaway. Teo’s uniquely sinister visuals combined with engaging, action-driven storylines have been met with wide acclaim from horror audiences. Teo wrote and directed the horror film NECROMENTIA in 2009. In 2010, he was on location in China to direct NBC/Universal’s fantasy project, WITCHVILLE, starring Luke Goss for SyFy. In 2011, he returned to the horror genre with THE EVIL INSIDE. Since then, Teo has completed several films including, DRACULA: THE DARK PRINCE, starring Academy-Award winner Jon Voight, and the 2016 feature release, THE CURSE OF SLEEPING BEAUTY, starring Ethan Peck, India Eisley, Zack Ward, Bruce Davison, and Natalie Hall.
Outside of directing, Teo has served as an executive producer with Ascension Pictures for the Wachowski Siblings’ CLOUD ATLAS, starring Tom Hanks and Halle Berry. Currently, Teo is working on the forthcoming BEDLAM STORIES franchise.
Jo-Ann has worked in the movie industry as a writer/agent/manager for over twenty years. She began her career as a script writer and then moved into being a script analyst for major production companies. She was an agent at Monteiro-Rose-Dravis Literary Agency (Suzanne Collins HUNGER GAMES, Disney: PLANES, Martin Scorsese's HUGO) for several years before starting her own management company in 2013. Her writer clients have worked on programs such as DEXTER (Showtime), DA VINCI'S DEMONS (Starz), UNDERGROUND (WGN) and QUEEN SUGAR (OWN).
Jo-Ann's long and professional track record gives her the ability to submit projects to executives at networks and top production companies including Starz, Bad Robot, Showtime, Amazon Studios, ABC, CBS, USA, Syfy, Hallmark, Lifetime, Blumhouse, Kilter Films, Berlanti Productions, Color Force, Denver and Delilah, and many more. She has written for several publications and newspapers, and her articles have appeared in numerous magazines.
Some directors are technical directors; some directors are known as "actors' directors." Marty Elcan is both.
Marty is a member of the Directors Guild of America (DGA) with vast production experience as a Director, First Assistant Director, and Actress. Her feature film directorial debut NEXT OF KIN features Academy Award winner Octavia Spencer, Emmy Nominee Ed Begley, Jr., People’s Choice Award winner Jeremy London, Bess Armstrong, George Newbern, Kate Orsini and Andrew Lockridge. The film was showcased as part of the DGA Director Finder series.
Working with directors like Steven Spielberg, Bethany Rooney, Bruce Beresford, and Lesli Linka Glatter, she learned to choreograph scenes to tell the best story with the most efficient coverage.
Her first four films were official selections in 42 film festivals, garnering 14 major awards. That led to directing BEYOND BELIEF for FOX, 2nd units on the feature WALKING ACROSS EGYPT, and the CBS pilot DESTINY, commercials, several music videos, national award-winning PSA’s, and an Emmy-nominated documentary. She was part of the directing teams of over 50 projects such as DRIVING MISS DAISY, STEEL MAGNOLIAS, SIX FEET UNDER, INHERIT THE WIND, and ROMY & MICHELE’S HIGH SCHOOL REUNION, where she received three DGA nominations. Marty also directs and produces the award-winning Sign Language DVD series SHUT UP AND SIGN.
Marty currently serves on the Board of the Alliance of Women Directors, an organization solely dedicated to education, support, and advocacy for women directors in the entertainment industry.
Chad began his career in animation and props production, having spent many years developing his skills on both personal projects and commercial productions including: BLADE 2 (Feature), DREAM KEEPER (Feature), HONEY, I SHRUNK THE KIDS (TV) and CAITLIN'S WAY (TV). His talent ranges from costume design and creature effects to puppetry and post-production; but his main focus is storytelling. His first feature film, THE COMING, has garnered over 2 million views on YouTube. Chad has also co-written and directed several short films including THE LOOKING GLASS, MERRY CHRISTMAS, MR. SCARUGI and DEATH WISH, which was nominated for seven LEO awards. He also wrote & directed the first two episodes of GAIA, a twelve-part series that aims to raise money for Environmental and Wildlife Organizations. He has directed several commercial spots as well as designed and created motion graphics and VFX for independent film companies.
Beyond the director's chair, Chad remains active in practical visual effects and creature-making, having created and performed "Michael" the Zombie Spider for Felicia Day's GEEK & SUNDRY series (recently obtained by LEGENDARY PICTURES), and was Lead Puppeteer/Co-Fabricator for two elaborate Mermaid Monster Creatures that were featured in the Dark Fantasy film CHARLOTTE'S SONG, Directed by Nicholas Humphries (The ABC's of Death, Death Do Us Part) and starring Iwan Rheon from GAME OF THRONES.
His next projects include a pilot script and promotional video pitch-package for a LEGEND OF ZELDA live-action series, pre-production on a Lovecraftian film/TV series entitled THE MUSIC OF ERIKA ZANN, Starring Magda Apanowicz (Continuum, The Green Inferno), and the continued development of two new feature projects: LIFE ETERNAL and MISTER SANDMAN. Chad was also honored in 2014 with the Chad Costen Foundation Program Scholarship, which will be awarded to a new student entering the Foundation Visual Art & Design Program at THE VANCOUVER FILM SCHOOL. Chad was a full-scholarship recipient and graduate of the VFS Film Production Program in 2003, where he now teaches Directing, Editing, and Basic Cinematography.
Michael James Canales
Michael spent the last twenty years working in various media which includes Top 50 US magazines, major film studios, and several publishing companies. Along the way, Michael has been right-hand man/technical advisor to an ex-Surgeon General, busted hackers for chat/messaging software innovators in the early days of the internet, and created online community policy that is in use to this day. Michael also created the first online comic book writing workshop for America Online.
As a writer, Michael has over thirty national and international awards for his work in major writing competitions. Aside from his Disney Fellowship (Features), Michael was also a finalist in the prestigious Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting. His screenplay “Ghost Lights” was voted into THE HIT LIST 2010, the annual industry list of the best original screenplays of the year. Two of his screenplays were in active development at Sony with Sprocketdyne Entertainment (Rob Minkoff, THE LION KING) and Out of the Blue (Academy president Sid Ganis). He's developed a television project with thrice-nominated Eisner writer Joshua Dysart (HARBINGER) for Showtime, works frequently with iconic horror creator Kim Henkel (THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE), and was pivotal in the development of a musical that opened on Broadway in 2015. Aside from his work as a graphic designer for best-selling authors, Michael also works film acquisition for the MCTV Network.
VP of Special Projects. Award-Winning Writer/Producer, Serita is a psychiatric nurse with a specialty in forensics and author of over 40 books, stories, adaptations and screenplays. One of her most well known titles is The Book of Poisons (Writer’s Digest). She received her Master’s in Communication and Writing from Antioch University in London, England and went on to become well known in the romance and mystery fields. She then relocated to Los Angeles when offered a teaching job in writing at USC.
Her publishers include Pocket Books (Simon & Schuster), Fawcett, Zebra, Writer’s Digest, Penguin, Dell (Random House), St. Martin's Press, Kensington, and Dorchester/Leisure, among others.
Serita has written multiple award-winning scripts including Dragon’s Seed (a psychological horror co-written with director Sean McNamara). Her other credits include projects with Larry Levinson/Hallmark and Warner Home Video. In addition, Serita has written spec TV pilots and helped developed reality shows for rapper DMC and Christy Buss.
Serita is an active member of Women in Film (WIF), Women Helping Women, and Changing Images in America. She has taught writing at USC, UCLA, Loyola Marymount, Roosevelt University and often mentors new writers. She also participated in the “Inside Out Writers Program” where writers teach incarcerated gang members.
At the request of international fans, she joined the board of the Hollywood International Film Festival to encourage young writers and filmmakers. Active in animal rescue, she lives in Los Angeles.
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