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Follow Your Vision: A Creators Conversation

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If you’re an aspiring creative, there is wealth of content creation opportunities on various platforms. The industry's leading storytellers reveal how they get great video made. RSVP


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ROBERT COHEN, EXECUTIVE STORY EDITOR, LAW & ORDER, SVU

Robert Cohen is currently Executive Story Editor on NBC’s Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, now in its 19th season on the air. He has been with the show for the past seven seasons, starting as a writer’s assistant before joining the writing staff four years ago.

Before SVU, Robert was the script coordinator and wrote an episode of Bar Karma, an “interactive” series created by Will Wright and Albie Hecht on Current TV that incorporated fan suggestions into each episode. He was also a story consultant (aka voiceover writer) for Jobsite, a special event on The History Channel.

Robert graduated summa cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania in 2007 with a double major in psychology and cinema studies, and he received his MFA in 2009 from the Department of Dramatic Writing at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. He was awarded two screenwriting grants from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation – in 2008 for Prisoner’s Dilemma (about the infamous 1971 Stanford prison experiment) and in 2009 for Bystander (about the 1964 murder of Kitty Genovese and the research it inspired on the “bystander effect”).

Bystander was also selected for the 2010 Hamptons International Film Festival Screenwriters’ Lab, where it received a staged reading featuring Michael Stuhlbarg, and in 2011 it was awarded the inaugural Student Grand Jury Prize by the Sloan Foundation and the Tribeca Film Institute.


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LUCIE FINK, VIDEO PRODUCER/LIFESTYLE HOST, REFINERY29

Lucie Fink is a Refinery29 video producer and lifestyle host as well as stop motion artist and social media influencer. At Refinery29, she created and hosts the hit YouTube series "Try Living with Lucie" where she takes on social experiments for 5 days at a time, documenting her experience vlog-style. The series won 2 bronze Telly Awards in 2017 (Best Lifestyle Content & Best Webseries). In addition to Try Living with Lucie, she has created a plethora of other video formats for Refinery29 that she hosts and produces - "Luciefor Hire" (where she tries doing another person's job for the day), original pieces for Snapchat Discover, Facebook LIVE and more. 

A 2014 graduate from Johns Hopkins University, Lucie graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a degree in creative writing and a concentration in media. She has made numerous appearances on NBC’s Today Show as a Millennial spokesperson, discussing a wide range of topics relevant to her generation. While in college, Lucie worked for Straight Up Films, Atlas Media, JWT and the UK-based shopping channel, Argos TV. 

On the side of her on-camera work, Lucie has been commissioned by brands to create stop motion videos for social media. She's worked with Oreo, Avon, The TODAY Show, SoulCycle and more. Most recently, she's been featured in Forbes, A Plus, and the Daily Mail.


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MICHAEL HIRSCHORN, PRESIDENT & CEO, ISH ENTERTAINMENT

Prior to starting Ish, Hirschorn headed programming at VH1, where over a span of four years he doubled ratings, contributing to a more than tripling in revenue for the network. Hirschorn was responsible for thousands of hours of programming, both scripted and non-scripted, and set-up a documentary shingle, “VH1 Rock Docs”, that produced multiple award-winning documentaries about music and youth culture. “DMC: My Adoption Journey” won Hirschorn an Emmy for Best Documentary in 2008. Additionally, he was an executive producer of “The U.S. Versus John Lennon,” a theatrical documentary that was released in the U.S. and internationally by Lionsgate.

A former journalist and magazine editor (New York Magazine, Esquire, Spin), he has explored the revolutionary impact of digital media as contributing editor at the Atlantic Monthly as well as writing for New York Magazine and The New York Times. Columns suggested futures for print media, television, and music, and he was widely excoriated in 2009 for painting a doom-and-gloom picture of the future of the New York Times that now is considered conventional wisdom and served as inspiration of the theatrical documentary “Page One”


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ZOE ROGOVIN, VP DEVELOPMENT, BRAVO MEDIA

As VP, Development for Bravo Media, Zoe Rogovin is responsible for developing and producing new, innovative content including pilots, series, casting reels, formats and original ideas. 

Zoe joined Bravo in September 2012 and was instrumental in the development and production of The Real Housewives of Dallas, Andy Cohen’s Then & Now, the Emmy Award-winning, real time docu-series The Singles Project, RelationSHEP, To Rome for Love, Relative Success with Tabatha and the upcoming series Sell It Like Serhant, among others to be announced later this year. In addition to helping develop the network's diverse slate, Zoe recently oversaw Bravo’s original scripted comedy series Odd Mom Out. 

Prior to joining Bravo, Zoe worked in the TV Literary Department at ICM and for Wasserman Media Group’s Business Development team. She is on the board of the HRTS Associates organization and spearheads its mentorship program. Zoe received her Bachelor of Arts in Screen Arts and Culture and Communications from University of Michigan and is based in New York. 


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MODERATOR: RAESHEM NIJHON, CO-FOUNDER/EXECUTIVE PRODUCER, FICTIONLESS

Raeshem Nijhon is a CLIO, Shorty and Webby award winning film/tv producer. As Co-Founder and Executive Producer of NYC based media company Fictionless, she manages strategic partnerships and oversees end-to-end production across platforms. Current projects include Girly, a doc-series developed with Refinery29 and actor/activist Rashida Jones; feature documentary, The Agreement, in partnership with the Gates Foundation; and feature documentary, Trial By Fire, in partnership with the Sean Parker Foundation and the University of Pennsylvania. 

She has held multiple creative leadership positions including Executive Producer of Viacom’s MTV World where she led series such as Rebel Music, about young people using art for change in conflict zones, and The Music Experiment, featuring bands like Of Monsters and Men, Arcade Fire and Santigold. 

Raeshem is a passionate advocate for women and girls, committed to educating women about sexual health and safety through a partnership with the NYU Department of Population Health. Raeshem sits on the Creative Council for EMILY'S List, the board for the Center for Communication and serves as a United Nations Global Accelerator Delegate.


Earlier Event: December 11
On Location: Some Spider Studios