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ESTELLE CASWELL, PRODUCER/EARWORM; DIRECTOR/K-POP EXPLAINED
Estelle Caswell is an animator turned Emmy-nominated pop culture storyteller. She is the brain behind Earworm Season 1, which earned over 24 million views for 8 episodes, and the director of K-Pop, Explained, from Vox's recent Netflix show.
She's a music enthusiast who loves thinking about where sounds come from and where they're going next. Estelle's projects are driven by curiosity and an obsessive desire to figure out the inner workings of her favorite songs. Before joining Vox in 2014, Estelle was a motion designer for a digital agency in Washington D.C. She graduated from Loyola Marymount University in 2011 with a B.A. in film production.
RYAN CUNNINGHAM, PRODUCER (BROAD CITY, THE LAST O.G., SEARCH PARTY)
Ryan Elizabeth Cunningham is an Emmy and Peabody award-winning producer. Select TV producer credits include Inside Amy Schumer and Broad City (Comedy Central), Louie (FX); Search Party and The Last O.G. (TBS); Strangers (Facebook); Horace and Pete (Hulu); The Electric Company (PBS), as well as several prominent stand-up specials for Netflix and HBO.
Her film credits include, Rachel Israel's feature Keep the Change, starring the first leading cast on the autism spectrum and winner of Best Narrative Feature at Tribeca Film Festival 2017; Becks, winner of the US Fiction Prize at the LA Film Festival 2017; and the ill-fated I Love You, Daddy, directed by Louis C.K., which premiered at the Toronto Film Festival. She's also produced the features 3rd Street Blackout (LAFF) and Claire in Motion (SXSW).
Ryan recently launched the development company Running Woman with the goal to tell stories that haven't been heard before, and is representing a TV project, The Fugitive Game, in the 2018 IFP Project Forum. She's also co-owned the NYC-based post-production house Running Man for the last decade.
Ryan is a graduate of Rhode Island School of Design and a member of the RISD President's Alumni Advisory Council and co-chair of the RISD Fund. She lives in Brooklyn and has a 7-year-old daughter on the autism spectrum who keeps her on her toes.
KELSIE KILEY, PRODUCER (BROAD CITY, YOUNGER)
Kelsie Kiley got her start on the Lionsgate Film THEY CAME TOGETHER. Shortly thereafter, she became the fourth member of the groundbreaking production company Jax Media (jaxmedia.com), where she serves as a producer and/or executive on all Jax Media projects. She is currently a Co-Executive Producer on Comedy Central’s BROAD CITY and a producer on BERLIN, a film directed by Stephen Dunn and written by Lewaa Nasserdeen.
A few of her previous credits include: Co-Producer on NOBODIES (TV land), Associate Producer on YOUNGER (TV Land), ROSEANNE (ABC), THE CONNERS (ABC), I LOVE YOU, DADDY, INSIDE AMY SCHUMER (Comedy Central), A VERY MURRAY CHRISTMAS (Netflix), and AMY SCHUMER: LIVE AT THE APOLLO (HBO).
Kelsie graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a degree in Film, Television and Theatre. She is a member of the Producers Guild of America, The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and New York Women in Film and Television. She is a Primetime-Emmy nominee currently residing in Los Angeles.
WILLIE REALE, CO-EXECUTIVE PRODUCER, BILLIONS
Willie Reale is a playwright, lyricist and a screenwriter. He was nominated for and an Academy Award for the song “Patience” (music Henry Krieger) from the movie “Dreamgirls.” He co-wrote A Year With Frog and Toad with his brother, Robert Reale. The show was performed at the Childrens’ Theater Company in Minneapolis, the New Victory Theater and at the Cort Theater on Broadway and Willie was nominated for two Tony Awards for book and lyrics. He has written the lyrics for the musical Johnny Baseball which was seen at the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge and at the Williamstown Theatre Festival. He won three Emmys as the writer/producer behind the re-invention of The Electric Company, a literacy show, currently airing on PBS.
In 1981, Reale founded The 52nd Street Project, an organization that brings inner-city children together with professional theater artists. He served as the theater’s artistic director for 18 years. For the Project’s students, he has written over fifty plays and the lyrics to hundreds of songs. He also wrote “52 Pick Up,” the Project’s how-to manual. The 52nd Street Project’s programs are currently being replicated at 14 sites across country and in Europe. In June of 1994, he was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship in recognition of his ingenuity in creating theater and theater education programs for young people.
For television, Reale has written for fhe NBC drama Homicide: Life on the Streets, and the CBS show Blue Bloods among others. He is currently Co-Executive Producer for Billions on Showtime.