Jim Cardwell

Distribution Executive

Jim Cardwell
Jim Cardwell leads Broadvision’s distribution division Broadvision Entertainment Releasing (BER).  He was formerly President (worldwide) of the world’s largest home video distribution company, Warner Home Video, from 2002 to 2006.  A $5.5 billion global operation with 1,700 employees and 25 subsidiaries, Warner Home Video’s revenue stream and profitability increased by 10-35% each year and maintained #1 market share in the home entertainment industry during his tenure as President.  Jim created two new divisions (TV on DVD and Special Interest), which each contributed $1.5 billion in annual sales in less than three years.  He was instrumental in paving the way for WHV’s strategic positioning in emerging technologies such as Hi-Def DVD, electronic sell-though, and portable video.

A Master’s degree holder in Economics from the University of Manchester in England, Jim Cardwell’s remarkable career with WB started in 1977 when he joined the corporate finance department from Price Waterhouse Coopers.  Jim was responsible for Warner Home Video’s operations in the US and Canada for over 15 years, later adding Mexico, Australia and New Zealand to his oversight in 1999.  Among his notable contributions: successfully executing Warner Home Video’s strategic move to convert the video business from rental to sale; terminating the use of rack jobbers (middlemen) thus enabling direct-selling to major retailers; and creating revenue-sharing plans with rental retailers.  He was responsible for Warner Home Video’s purchase of video distribution rights to the MGM, UA, Cannon, Thorn EMI and other libraries.  His tremendous contributions to WHV helped it grow to the world-leader position.

Leveraging on his formidable expertise, Jim is now an entertainment industry entrepreneur and expanding his horizons to the content production end of the entertainment industry, with a special focus on strategic financing and new business development for projects.  In 2007, Jim launched JFC Consulting providing consulting services and short term financing for entertainment related projects.  His completed ventures include Cannes: All Access and The Final Season.  Several other projects are in development.  In 2012, he acquired E-T Pictures which is a full service North American motion picture distribution company with a library of over 250 titles.  Jim has been Chairman since 2013 of WR Films, which was formed to acquire literary rights and produce motion pictures based on such rights.  WR Films acquired the rights to produce motion pictures based on Louis Masterson’s best-selling Morgan Kane books, and recently (January 2016) was listed on the Norwegian stock exchange.

Iris Yamashita

IrisYamashita

Iris Yamashita is a screenwriter nominated for an Academy Award for the movie Letters From Iwo Jima, directed by Clint Eastwood.   Letters from Iwo Jima received a Golden Globe award for “Best Foreign Language Film” and was nominated for 4 Oscars®.  Iris is the only female of Asian descent ever to have been nominated in the “original screenplay” category.  She has also optioned or been assigned to various screenplays, working with internationally acclaimed directors such as Wayne Wang, Shekhar Kapur and Hideo Nakata.

Ms. Yamashita has taught screenwriting at UCLA, USC, CalTech and the University of Hawaii at Manoa.  She has also been a judge or mentor for programs sponsored by the Writers Guild of America, Film Independent, the Korean Film Council, the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival and the San Francisco International Asian Film Festival, and is a member of the advisory board for the Asian Culture & Media Alliance.

Currently, Iris is the writer and creative consultant on an originally conceived stage show, which is scheduled to debut at Tokyo Disneyland in the summer of 2016.  She continues to work on projects for both film and television.

 

Neil Landau

Neil Landau is the Associate Director of UCLA’s Department of Film Television & Digital Media’s Screenwriting MFA program and their Graduate Professional Program in Writing for Television. His film and TV credits include the cult teen comedy Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter’s Dead starring Christina Applegate; Melrose Place, The Magnificent Seven, Doogie Howser, M.D., The Secret World of Alex Mack, Twice in a Lifetime, MTV’s Undressed, The Young & the Restless, Monarch Cove, and one-hour drama pilots for CBS, ABC, ABC Family, Warner Bros., Disney, Lifetime, and Freemantle.  Neil also served for several years as Executive Script Consultant in the international divisions of Sony Pictures Television and Columbia Pictures.  His animated movie projects include the animated feature Tad: The Lost Explorer (aka Las Adventuras de Tadeo Jones) for which he earned a Spanish Academy “Goya” Award and Cinema Writers’ Circle Award for Best Adapted Screenplay (2013). Tad2 is in production for a 2016 release, also from Paramount.  Neil co-wrote and served as Co-Executive Producer on the animated feature Capture the Flag for Paramount; and the animated movie, Sheep & Wolves, for Wizart Animation (The Snow Queen), which is scheduled for a 2016 release.  

Neil received his BA in Motion Picture/Television at UCLA in 1985.  He joined UCLA’s MFA in Screenwriting faculty in the Department of Film, Television & Digital Media in 2001, and was an instructor in UCLA’s Professional Program in Screenwriting since its inception, and teaches a TV development course in the UCLA MFA Producers’ Program.  He has also taught screenwriting classes in USC’s School of Cinematic Arts, and served as a Faculty Advisor in the low residency MFA in Creative Program at Goddard in Vermont.


Neil is the author of the bestselling books: 101 Things I Learned in Film School (Grand Central Publishing, 2010); The Screenwriter’s Roadmap (Focal Press, 2012); and The TV Showrunner’s Roadmap (Focal Press, 2014). He’s been a member of the Writers Guild of America west, since 1987; is a member of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences; and sits on the advisory board of “Direct-to-Series” via the film and TV branch of the Consulate General of France. Neil gives lectures and hosts workshops around the world on the art and craft of screenwriting, including La Femis in Paris, University of the Andes in Santiago, and the Alexander Mitta Film School in Moscow. His new book, TV Outside the Box: Trailblazing in the Digital Television Revolution, will be published in January by Focal Press/Taylor & Francis, and sponsored by NATPE as the premiere book in their new educational book series.

Shouhua Qi

Development Executive

A native of Nanjing (Nanking), China, Qi is the co-screenwriter of The Purple Mountain (based on his novel), Twin-Sun River: An American POW in China (based on his novel), The Empress Dowager and I (the unlikely love story between a British young nobleman and the all-powerful Empress Dowager Cixi), and Mandala (an adventure thriller set in China and Mongolia).

Qi has published extensively in both the United States and China on academic as well as transcultural issues.  He is the author of more than a dozen books, including fiction, nonfiction, literary translation, and scholarly monographs.

Qi’s first novel, When the Purple Mountain Burns (2005), is about the Rape of Nanking, a horrendous tragic event that happened in his hometown in the winter of 1937-38.  Both the English and the two Chinese editions have been well received.  The simplified Chinese edition published in Shanghai was one of China’s “Top 100 WWII-Themed Books” nationally recommended to commemorate the 60th Anniversary of WWII (2005), and the only original novel on the prestigious list.  The traditional Chinese edition has been a best-seller in Hong Kong.

Qi’s second novel, Twin-Sun River: An American POW in China, is about an American Korean War POW who chose to go to China after the armistice (1953) and was caught in the turbulent history of modern China until Nixon’s visit to China (1972).

Among Qi’s other publications are Red Guard Fantasies and Other Stories (2007), The Pearl Jacket and Other Stories: Contemporary Chinese Flash Fiction (2008), Bridging the Pacific: Searching for Cross-Cultural Understanding between the United States and China (2000), and The Well-Beloved (1998).  Qi’s most recent books are Western Literature in China and the Translation of a Nation (2012) and The Brontë Sisters in Other Worlds (2014), both published by Palgrave Macmillan.

Qi is Professor of English and Coordinator of Graduate Studies in English at Western Connecticut State University.

Jimmy Cummings

CEO, Writer and Producer

Jimmy CummingsJimmy Cummings’ skills as a producer, writer, actor/acting coach and executive have earned him a distinct place in the entertainment industry as someone with a keen eye for talent and projects.  He co-founded Broadvision Entertainment in 2014.

Over his 25-year career in the industry, Jimmy has created and helped drive the successful creation of a multitude of projects, including the feature movies Southie, The Sixth Sense, The Fighter and How Sweet It Is; and Comedy Central’s breakout hit television show “Workaholics”.  Working side by side with the likes of industry icons Andrzej Bartkowiak, Gale Anne Hurd, John Shea, and M. Night Shyamalan, and as a script consultant or writer for hire to major studios on over one hundred feature and television scripts, Jimmy understands the full development process from concept to script to screen.

Before founding Broadvision Entertainment, Jimmy was CEO and served as head of development for Silent Partner Entertainment from 2003 to 2006.  Besides hiring production crews and securing financing, he produced six episodes of the TV series Hollywood OS and the documentary Dig Fenway.  After every movie studio and film company passed on a film about boxer Mickey Ward, Jimmy developed and produced a sizzle reel that started a bidding war between all five major studios, eventually selling the Oscar nominated film The Fighter to Paramount Pictures.

Earlier, Jimmy worked for 20th Century Fox as a staff writer and sold screenplays to producers Gale Anne Hurd, Valhalla Motion Pictures, Joel Silver and major studios such as Warner Brothers.  He worked as an acting coach for such films and TV shows as The Sixth Sense, Band of Brothers, Dreamcatcher, The Practice, Purgatory, Boomtown, and The Taking Of Pelham 1,2,3. Jimmy also produced the award winning war documentary Baker Boys: Inside The Surge.

Jimmy raised the P&A funds, completed the final edits, created the marketing and managed the distribution of How Sweet It Is, starring Paul Sorvino, Erich Bergin, Erika Christiansen and Michael Pare’.  He worked with Jim Cardwell, former head of Warner Brother’s Home Entertainment, to release it theatrically June, 2013; and with John Bergeson of E.T. Pictures on the DVD /VOD release.

Jimmy Co-Produced the feature film Grey Lady, directed by John Shea, produced by Armyan Bernstein and Beacon Pictures, scheduled for theatrical release in April, 2017.  Jimmy also co-starred in Grey Lady, playing Detective Marty alongside stars Eric Dane, Amy Madigan and Natalie Zea.  He is driving the distribution of the film with Jim Cardwell.

Jimmy recently created and directed the sizzle reel for the unscripted/reality show “Barrroom Brawlers.”  It is currently in a shopping agreement with Bungalow Media.  Later in 2017, Jimmy will serve as Executive Producer of Tony Scott’s feature movie “The House”, which has been fully funded by Mutressa Movies.

Jimmy began his career studying acting at the prestigious HB Studios in New York and at The Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute in New York and Los Angeles with George Loros, Janet Ward and Kirk Taylor.  Jimmy established himself as an actor with roles in theater productions including Dumb Waiter, The Street Poet and Tom Topor’s Answers (which he also produced) and Monologue For Three.  After leading roles in films such as Close Up and the NYU award winning film The Compulsion written and directed by Peter Gould, Jimmy produced his own project Southie. Jimmy wrote the script and secured financing, then teamed up with Director John Shea and hired a great cast of rising talent: Donnie Wahlberg, Rose McGowan, Will Arnett and Amanda Peet.  In 1998 Southie was selected to screen at Nantucket Film Festival, the AFI Film Festival, the Montreal Film Festival and the Dublin Film Festival. Southie went on to win the Best Picture at the 24th annual Seattle International Film Festival.

A native of Boston, Jimmy lives in Los Angeles with his wife and two children.  Jimmy and his brother Danny strongly believe in giving back to the community.  He is the co-founder and a board member of Journey Forward, a non-profit organization dedicated to bettering the lives of those who have suffered spinal cord injuries.  Complete details on Journey Forward can be found on the non-profit’s website: www.journey-forward.org

Andrzej Bartkowiak

Director, Cinematographer & Executive Producer

Andrzej Bartkowiak

Andrzej Bartkowiak is an award-winning Cinematographer and Director.  He was the cinematographer for Terms of Endearment, the winner of the Academy Award winner in 1984 for Best Picture, and for two other Best Picture Oscar nominees: The Verdict and Prizzi’s Honor

Trained at the Polish Film School in his native Lódz, Andrzej immigrated to the U.S. in 1972 and shortly after began working in commercials.  His breakthrough film was his work on the gritty urban thriller Prince of the City, his first collaboration with Sidney Lumet.  Andrzej worked on Director Sidney Lumet’s next 11 films over the next 12 years.

As cinematographer, he has also collaborated with noted film directors James L. Brooks, Joel Schumacher, William Friedkin and Roger Donaldson.  Other movies he has been Cinematographer on include:  DeathtrapNutsTwinsFamily BusinessFalling Down, SpeedA Good Man in AfricaLosing IsaiahJadeThe Mirror Has Two FacesDante’s PeakThe Devil’s AdvocateU.S. Marshals, and Lethal Weapon 4.

Andrzej directed the films Romeo Must DieCradle 2 the GraveExit WoundsDoom and Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li (based on the video games).  He was most recently cinematographer for Grey Lady, directed by John Shea and co-starring Jimmy Cummings.  Andrzej is slated to direct Streets of Southie in 2016.

Jean Su

President and Producer

Jean SuJean Su co-founded Broadvision Entertainment in 2014 to develop and produce a slate of movies and TV series across multiple genres that will appeal to audiences around the world, particularly in the United States and China.

Jean is Executive Producer of Grey Lady, a multimillion dollar romantic crime thriller starring Eric Dane (Grey’s Anatomy, The Last Ship) that will be released theatrically in April, 2017.  Broadvision Entertainment produced Grey Lady in association with Beacon Pictures, and is driving the release of the movie theatrically with Lionsgate.  Jean raised the finishing funds for Grey Lady, and created the marketing strategy for the movie’s release with Tony Scott.  She has secured funding commitments for the multi-million dollar budgeted feature movie Parent Management, on which she will serve as a Producer.  In 2017, Jean will be a Co-Producer on Tony Scott’s movie The House, which is fully funded by Mutressa Movies.

Jean has over 20 years experience as an executive search consultant and Venture Capital investor developing and building technology and new media companies in China, Silicon Valley, London and Boston.  She was the first executive search consultant in mainland China, where she built and led the China office for Korn/Ferry, the world’s largest executive search firm, recruiting Presidents of China and Asia-Pacific for Fortune 500 companies.  She later co-founded ChampionScott Partners in Silicon Valley to provide Venture Capital and build senior executive teams for technology and new media start-ups.  Many of her investee companies have gone public or successfully exited through acquisition by Fortune 1000 companies.

Born in Beijing, Jean received her undergraduate degree from the University of International Business and Economics in Beijing; her Masters degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and completed the Professional Producers Program in UCLA’s Graduate Film School.  She is fluent in English and is a native Mandarin Chinese speaker.

A.W. “Tony” Scott

Chief Creative Officer, Writer & Producer

A.W. "Tony" ScottA.W. “Tony” Scott began screenwriting after a career as one of the world’s leading consultants to companies at the intersection of media and digital technologies, and a successful Venture Capital investor with multiple exits through IPOs and acquisitions.

Tony entered the UCLA Graduate Film School’s Professional Screenwriting and Writing for Television Programs in 2012.  While completing the programs, Tony’s first screenplay At Last won multiple screenwriting competitions, and was named one of the top 10 drama scripts and top 30 scripts across all genres on the Blacklist.com in 2013 (out of over 5000 scripts).  While studying at UCLA he optioned two screenplays, and in 2015 his script The House was named best screenplay in the UCLA Graduate Film School’s Professional Programs.  It has a commitment for full financing from Mutressa Movies (Elika Portnoy, the largest single investor in Beasts of No Nation).  The House is expected to go into production in 2017, and Broadvision Entertainment will be one of three Production Companies on the movie. Tony is currently novelizing the script.

Along with Jean Su, Tony is currently leading the marketing and PR strategies for the theatrical release of Broadvision’s first feature movie – Grey Lady – with an emphasis on social media marketing.  He was recently engaged by Chinese Director Zhang Yimou (Raise the Red Lantern, The Great Wall) to write an English voice-over and assist in re-editing his documentary Stories Through 180 Lenses.

In addition to screenwriting, Tony also studied Directing at UCLA.  He recently directed a proof of concept reel for Broadvision’s unscripted/docudrama series Goalliners; will direct a music video in March 2017 that is currently in pre-production; and two episodes of a webseries in April, 2017.  He studies acting at the Actors Academy in Santa Monica, and in the last two years has been a supporting or lead actor in two shorts (Refuel and Starlight Inn); a Chinese drama television series (Marry to the West) and an independent feature currently in post production (7 X 7).

Prior to entering the entertainment industry, Tony was President of ChampionScott Partners, one of the world’s leading executive search firms focused on the technology and new media sectors.  Earlier, he was Managing Director of the Global Technology and New Media practices for A.T. Kearney, one of the world’s leading strategy consulting and executive search firms.  He also founded and served as a Managing Partner for EDS Corporation’s Corporate Venture fund.  In his 20+ year career as a consultant and venture capitalist to high tech companies around the world, his clients and investments achieved multiple successful exits through IPOs or acquisitions.

Born in New Orleans, Tony grew up in Mississippi and worked as a jazz/funk/R&B musician in high school and college.  He received his B.A. from the University of Mississippi and a MBA in marketing and strategy from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.  Tony has lived and worked in Silicon Valley, Los Angeles, Chicago, Beijing, London, Tokyo and Zurich.  Tony has been involved in business in China since 1993, and has basic conversational ability in Mandarin Chinese.  He also has reading ability in German.

Jason Gandhi

Visual Effects Executive Producer

Jason GandhiJason Gandhi is a Visual Effects technology visionary.  One of the pioneers of rendering and digital asset management technology, Jason’s software has assisted in the making of dozens of award winning movies – from Titanic to The Twilight Saga.

Jason has served in visual effects R&D or as the Visual Effects Executive Producer for some of the most visually stunning movies of the last 15 years, including:  X-Men;  Planet of the Apes;  X-Men 2;  Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl;  Spider-Man 2Fantastic Four;  Charlie and the Chocolate Factory;  King Kong;  X-Men: The Last Stand;  300;  Shooter; Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End;  Fantastic 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer;  The Incredible Hulk;  Wanted;  The Curious Case of Benjamin Button;  Fast & Furious;  X-Men Origins: Wolverine;  Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen;  2012;  Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief;  Iron Man 2The Sorcerer’s Apprentice;  The Town;  X-Men: First Class;  Green Lantern;  Captain America: The First Avenger;  The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 and Part 2The Avengers;  Snow White and the Huntsman;  Escape Plan;  The Frozen Ground;  Empire State;  Parental Guidance;  Chasing Mavericks;  The Grand Budapest Hotel;  X-Men: Days of Future Past;  And So It Goes; and How To Make Love Like an Englishman.

Prior to focusing on the entertainment industry, Jason worked with Toyota Motor Corp to develop Access Toyota, which enables the sharing and collaboration of millions of digital media in a secured corporate setting and provides learning on demand for the University of Toyota.  Earlier, Jason was a founding member of RLX Technologies, who revolutionized the server industry with their low power consumption, ultra dense blade design.  Jason developed the RLX Control Tower, an industry-leading blade server management and software provisioning solution designed to manage hundreds of servers at a time.

Jason holds a BA in Computer Science from Northwestern University

John Shea

Director, Writer & Producer

John Shea 10KBJohn Shea is an actor, writer and director.  He co-wrote (with Jimmy Cummings), directed and appeared in the film Southie, which won the Jury Award for Best Independent Film at the 1998 Seattle International Film Festival.   He recently directed Grey Lady, working with cinematographer Andrzej Bartkowiak, starring Eric Dane and co-starring Jimmy Cummings.   As an actor, John is primarily known to TV audiences for his recurring role as the evil Lex Luthor in the early 90s Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman TV series.

Born in New Hampshire but raised in Massachusetts, John received his BA from Bates College, which he achieved on debating and football scholarships.  He then attended Yale University and earned an MFA in directing from its School of Drama.

Following New York stage work, including his portrayal of Paris in a production of Romeo and Juliet (1977), initial on-camera notice came on TV with his reverential portrayal of Joseph in the mini-movie The Nativity.  A few years later on film he appeared in the memorable role of the impassioned, ill-fated American idealist who becomes a casualty to Chilean war-torn politics in Costa-Gavras’ Academy Award-winning thriller Missing.   Amnesty International later honored John for his political work following the film’s release.

Critical kudos as well as awards have come in John’s direction over the years on stage, film and TV.  In the film Windy City opposite Kate Capshaw he earned the Best Actor Award at the Montreal Film Festival.  On stage, he received a Drama Desk Award for American Days, an Obie Award for The Dining Room and a 1976 Theatre World Award for his portrayal of the Jewish student “Avigdor” in Yentl,  the role later portrayed by Mandy Patinkin in Barbra Streisand’s 1983 film adaptation.  On television, John was awarded an Emmy for his depiction of the distressed husband and father wannabe who touches off a legal landmark case in the miniseries, Baby M.

In a career pocked with remarkable versatility, interesting choices and challenging parts, John has played everything from a young Nazi in the miniseries Hitler’s S.S.: Portrait in Evil to ‘Robert F. Kennedy’ in the epic-styled Kennedy.  He has guest starred over the years on such well-received series as Sex and the CityTales from the CryptDeadly NightmaresLaw & Order and Medium.

Into the millennium, John found popularity on the Mutant X sci-fi series playing the role of ‘Adam Kane’.  Based on Marvel Comic’s X-Men, he received a nomination for Canada’s prestigious Gemini Award as Best Actor.  He also appears in a recurring role on Gossip Girl.  More recent filming includes a spat of thrillers including The Insurgents with Mary Stuart Masterson; the British Framed; the Indian drama Achchamundu! Achchamundu!; the Jessica Alba drama An Invisible Sign; and the horror Opus 51.  His most recent role was on the TNT series Agent X, in which he portrayed the President of the United States against Sharon Stone’s portrayal of the Vice President, and James Earl Jones’ portrayal of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.

A screenwriter and audio book performer in addition to all his other talents, John lives with his second wife, the painter Melissa MacLeod, in New York and on Nantucket Island where he was a founding member of the Nantucket Film Festival and is currently Artistic Director of the Nantucket Theatre Workshop.  He has a son, Jake, from his first marriage, and two children, Miranda and Caiden, by wife Melissa.