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Christopher Debiec

Founder/CEO

Chris is an award-winning writer/producer/executive with an impressive thirty-three year track record in all aspects of the entertainment industry.

 

In November of 2000, Chris took on the most challenging project of his career to date spending six months in war torn, poverty-stricken Cambodia, as the Production Supervisor on Matt Dillon’s directorial film debut City of Ghosts for MGM/UA. From 2000-2005 Chris was called on by Academy Award-winning writer/director/producer, James Cameron to supervise both physical and post production for Earthship Productions. The company produced the two-hour LIVE broadcast event entitled Last Mysteries of Titanic and the groundbreaking documentary Expedition: Bismarck for The Discovery Channel, as well as the 3D/HD IMAX films Aliens of the Deep & Ghosts of the Abyss for Walt Disney Pictures.   Earthship was nominated for six Emmys with Chris and the team winning one for their production of Expedition: Bismarck.

 

In 2010 Chris was recruited as Vice President of Production at Entertainment One Television (eOne). He spearheaded the alternative programming division for all non-fiction show’s and pilots as well as the development of new projects for cable and network distributors such as Syfy, CW, WETV, BET, MTV, A&E, Discovery Channel, Oxygen and Fox Sports just to name a few. Chris was responsible for the successful development and execution of all pre-production, production, post production and master delivery of all eOne projects.  

 

Most recently, Chris was Production Executive for Leyline/A24’s, The Green Knight, a feature film shot on location in Ireland for 5 months in 2019. Directed by David Lowery starring Dev Patel, Alicia Vikander, Joel Egerton, Sean Harris, Kate Dickie and Ralph Enison. 

Eiko Nijo

Development Executive/Producer/Writer

 

Eiko is an award winning filmmaker, writer and producer.

Born in Kyoto and raised in Sapporo, Japan. At a young age, Eiko showed signs of being a gifted artist and attended the prestigious Sapporo Otani school excelling in fine art. 

 

Eiko’s entertainment career began in high school and she quickly rose to prominence with modeling assignments in Sapporo and Tokyo, Japan. Eiko made her way to Los Angeles and signed a contract with Ford Models, appearing in more than sixty national and international commercial spots with over one hundred print advertisements in the American market. Her passion to create led her to teach herself still and motion photography, graphic design, film editing, music composition and special effects. She wrote, produced and directed a short film, which won several awards at various film festivals including the Los Angeles Film Festival and Sacramento Film Festival.

 

With her acute sense of creativity, she develops Civilized Entertainment’s projects across a variety of platforms. Civilized is currently pitching Eiko's intellectual properties: “The Voyagers”, “Ninka” and “Happiness Land”.  

Annika Pampel

Creative Executive/Director/Writer

Annika is an award-winning writer/director. She was born in former East-Germany. After graduating with a B.A. in Theatre directing & history from the University of Bavaria in Bayreuth, she received a Fulbright scholarship and studied directing under Murray McGibbons at Indiana University, Bloomington. She rounded her formal education at the Savannah College of Art & Design with a Master's degree in film directing.

 

She worked on productions such as Jungle Cruise, Watchmen, NCIS, The Gloria’s and many others. Annika is represented at Paradigm. She worked for John and James Cameron in development and their medical-tech company Human Health Organization and was quickly promoted to VP of production. 

 

Her last short film ‘Crossing Fences’ did a festival run in 2017/18 and received worldwide distribution through HEWES Media. She was selected for the SUNDANCE/WIF Finance Lab, A SCREENCRAFT finalist, and she was named one of the top 25 writers to watch through the ISA (International Screenwriters Association).

Robert Hansen

Partner/Executive Producer

 

Robert is a 24-year veteran in computer security, known to many in the industry by handle “RSnake”. Robert started his career at eBay, where he was responsible for authentication as well as most anti-fraud systems and anti-phishing technologies. His work at eBay was later built into every modern web browser, and is now protecting every Internet user as a result.

 

After eBay, Robert started ha.ckers.org, a web security proving ground that had over twenty thousand hackers and security experts attacking it per day. His lab was at one point responsible for a third of all the top-ranked web vulnerabilities.

 

Later he was the VP of Labs for Whitehat Security. Robert currently sits on the technical advisory board of and contributes to the security strategy of several startup companies as a virtual CISO and Innovation Officer. Mr. Hansen ran the web application security lab at ha.ckers.org, and authored/co-authored several books.

 

Most recently, Robert's corporate intelligence platform, OutsideIntel, was acquired by Bit Discovery after which he became the CTO. Robert is also a floating CISO for multiple companies and sits on advisory boards of multiple technology and security companies such as Arkose Labs and Craxel. He is a frequent keynote speaker and is on the speaker selection committee for Blackhat and Hack in the Box.

Lea Walker

Producer

 

Lea is an award-winning filmmaker, producer and creative executive with an extensive background in network and cable television, independent film and commercial production.

Lea attended Penn State University, where she studied International Politics and Foreign Policy. A proponent of life-long continuing education and training, she regularly participates in the annual USC Gould Institute on Entertainment Law & Business, among other industry-related events and programs.

 

She is the co-founder of her former production company, Naima Pictures, which she created soon after leaving college, and where she produced J.C. Spink’s first feature film, “Playground”. 

 

An established producer, Lea spent more than 13 years with Viacom in various positions, lastly as Director of Production at BET Networks, where she oversaw 70-plus pilots, series and specials. She has also served as a producer on numerous highly-rated programs for FOX, FOX Sports, WB, ABC Family, A&E and MTV Networks among others. 

Lea is currently the Creative Director/Co-Owner of Aeriform Arts Media, a production company that supports the arts, as well as co-owner of Aeriform Arts, a Hollywood-based boutique Aerial studio. In July of 2018 she was the recipient of the Encore Producers Award for her production of the Aerial play, “Dorothy & Alice”during the Hollywood Fringe Festival.

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Robert Plotkin

Producer

Rob is a Producer, writer, and behavioral health professional

who has worked for over 30 years helping families and

patients cope with mental illness. He worked both as a

clinician and business leader, and operated the first of its

kind national teletherapy network delivering video based

counseling to children and adults.

 

In 2016, his company was named “Healthcare Company of

the Year” by Philadelphia Newspapers. He received his MSW

from Temple University and an MBA from Drexel University. He

is a portrait artist and an author, and lives with his fiancé in

Pennsylvania.

 

My Father’s Son and the sequel, In For A Penny, are a

culmination of a life time of lived experience.

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