PRODUCER • WRITER • DIRECTOR
PAUL A. KAUFMAN was born in London, England. He is an accomplished Emmy Award winning director and producer.
Kaufman made his directorial debut on his long cherished project, "Run the Wild Fields" for Showtime, which earned numerous critical honors, including an Emmy Award for Best Director. The movie stars Joanne Whalley, Sean Patrick Flanery and Alexa Vega.
Paul has had overall producing deals at Warner Brothers/HBO, Artisan, Alliance Atlantis and Fox Television Studios and has produced 23 movies and is also a director of television series.
He recently finished directing "Ransom" for CBS which is Frank Spotnitz's ("Man in the High Castle" "X-Files") new series. He is a regular director on the top-rated CBS television series, "NCIS: Los Angeles" and "Criminal Minds:Beyond Borders" Starring Academy Award Winner, Gary Sinise. He is also a regular director on the critically acclaimed series "Rogue" which stars Cole Hauser and Thandie Newton. Other series he has directed include, “The Mentalist”, “Grimm” and “The Bridge”.
Kaufman was honored with a Directors Guild of Canada nomination for Best Director for his highly acclaimed television movie, "Magic Beyond Words: The JK Rowling Story". It stars Poppy Montgomery in the title role, based on the woman who wrote Harry Potter. The movie which Kaufman also produced, won the Canadian Screen Award for Best Television Movie or Miniseries.
He won an NAACP Award for Best TV Movie or Miniseries for the critically acclaimed movie he produced and directed, "Sins of the Mother" starring Jill Scott and Nicole Behari. He also directed the Imagen Award winning movie "Little Girl Lost: The Delimar Vera Story".
Kaufman also produced the highly acclaimed movie "Jewel," which starred Farrah Fawcett and Cicely Tyson. The movie was nominated for the Humanitas Award.
He served two terms on the Board of Governors at The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences where he also served as the Chairman of The Primetime Emmy Awards, where he supervised and oversaw the awards show and telecast. He has also served on the Television Committee at BAFTA and been a guest speaker at AFI, UCLA, USC and other colleges.
He is a member of The Directors Guild of America, BAFTA, The Writers Guild of America, The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, The Directors Guild of Canada and The Producers Guild of America. He is a citizen of The United Kingdom, The United States and Canada.
J. TODD HARRIS is the president of Branded Pictures Entertainment which focuses on creating successful film, television and stage productions.
He has produced 45 films including the critically acclaimed “The Kids Are All Right” starring Annette Benning, Julianne Moore and Mark Ruffallo. This $3.5 million indie film went on to gross over $34,000,000 and won Golden Globes for Best Motion Picture and Best Performance for an Actress for Benning. It also received 4 Academy Award Nominations.
Other films by Harris include “Bottle Shock”, starring Chris Pine and Bill Pullman, “Crooked Arrows” and “Jeepers Creepers”. Five of the films he’s produced have premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, including “Digging to China” Starring Evan Rachel Wood and Kevin Bacon, “Urbania” and “Lewis & Clark & George” starring Rose McGowen. Other films have played nearly every major film festival in the world, including Toronto, Tribeca, SxSW, Deauville, Montreal and many others.
He is a founding board member of the Napa Valley Film Festival.
His latest feature releases from the fall of 2017 include “So B. It” starring Alfre Woodard, John Heard, Dash Mihok, Cloris Leachman, Jacinda Barrett and Talitha Bateman, and “Wheelman” starring Frank Grillo, which debuted on Netflix.
He most recently produced “Elsewhere” starring Aden Young, Parker Posey, Ken Jeong, Beau Bridges and Jacki Weaver. The film will be released later this year.
For television, Harris is developing a series based on the acclaimed and controversial book The Blondes for AMC’s horror channel Shudder.
J. Todd Harris’ stage history includes producer credits on the musical production “Doctor Zhivago”, “Heathers The Musical” and, most recently, the stage musical production of “American Psycho”. He is also a producer on the upcoming “Soul Train”, a high-energy musical inspired by the long-running TV show.
He has been an adjunct professor at Chapman University’s MFA program and the Los Angeles campus of Syracuse University.
Harris is a 19-year member of the Motion Picture Academy and the Producers Guild of America and the Broadway League. He earned his BA and MBA from Stanford University and lives in Los Angeles with his wife Amy Powers, a songwriter, and their two sons.
CHRISTINA SIBUL is an independent producer who’s had the pleasure of working with many of the industry’s top filmmakers, including Tom McCarthy, Alexander Payne, Catherine Hardwicke and alongside producers such as Michael London, Liza Chasin and Effie Brown.
As a career development and production executive, movies that she’s had a hand in developing and seeing through production include THIRTEEN, SIDEWAYS, HOUSE OF SAND AND FOG, 40 DAYS AND 40 NIGHTS, THE GURU, THE STATION AGENT, THE VISITOR, and LORDS OF DOGTOWN among many others.
Recent movies include TRAFFICK (starring Paula Patton, Laz Alsonso and Omar Epps) and BIRTH OF THE DRAGON (Dir. George Nolfi). A highly sought industry consultant, she has consulted for Lionsgate’s Codeblack Division, and has many other projects in development. A graduate of the Yale School of Drama, Christina has a long and varied literary past, having spent time and worked with writers from Charles Bukowski to Arthur Miller and artistic collaborators from George C. Wolfe to David Fincher. She’s a Film Independent Producing Fellow.
TANNIS VALLELY was born into this business the child of actor/director/writer parents. She grew up in NYC working as a child actor in theatre, tv and film then moved to Los Angeles where she became a costar on the successful ABC sitcom “Head of the Class”. After graduating from Stanford University, Tannis shifted her focus from acting to behind the scenes where she learned the art of casting from a master – Debra Zane. As an associate CD, Tannis collaborated with some of the most talented directors in the world including Spielberg, Soderbergh, Bill Condon, Sam Mendes and Ridley Scott.
As a Casting Director, Tannis works in both television as well as studio and independent features. Select recent credits include kids casting for the upcoming Amblin film "The Turning" and local casting on "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" as well as FreeForm's mermaid series "Siren" and the Netflix film "Dude".