Maria O'Bryan began her career as an actress, performing on various
television shows such as E.R., Law & Order, working opposite the cream of the crop in the business, from John Wells to Ed Sherin. She also performed in various independent films, in addition to her extensive background on the NY stage. She also directed a number of Off-Off Broadway plays, including Screwtape Letters at The Mint Theaters, Theater 3, where she met her husband Kevin.
David Carraturo is the author of The Columbus Avenue Boy’s Trilogy: Cameron’s Quest, Cameron Nation: Going All-In to Save His Country and Columbus Avenue Boys: Avenging the Scalamarri Massacre. Cameron's Quest had received honorable mention at the 2017 Hollywood Book Festival and honorable mention at the 2017 Los Angeles Book Festival. Columbus Avenue Boys had received honorable mention at the 2012 Hollywood Book Festival.
A thirty-five year Wall Street professional, David is married with three daughters. An avid poker player and exercise enthusiast, he competes annually in the Wall Street Decathlon supporting Sloan Kettering’s Pediatric Cancer Research.
Wendy Zipes Hunter
has 30 years of experience in the entertainment industry with a focus on marketing and public relations. Working as a Page in NBC’s media relations department gave Wendy her start in public relations. This helped ignite a passion for marketing which led to high level positions in the marketing and public relations departments of MGM, Disney and DreamWorks. LIFE magazine offered Wendy the opportunity to become their Special Projects Editor, booking celebrity’s for covers and inside features. The transition from publicist to talent booker was a seamless, organic transition. The contacts and relationships she’d cultivated at the studios continue to contribute to her success as a talent booker. Her unparalleled expertise has led to high-profile work for LIFE, Redbook, The Oprah Winfrey Magazine, WebMD the Magazine, Health, Latina, Washington Flyer, Verizon Spotlight Magazine and Good Housekeeping Magazine, among many others. Her understanding of the ins and outs of the entertainment industry, as well as her long-standing, trusted relationships make her a valued member of the team.
Kevin O'Bryan, also began his career as an actor, on various popular TV shows including Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Party of Five. He also was in numerous Off-Off Broadway shows performing leads roles such as Wormwood in Screwtape Letters. Aside from Directing, Producing and Screenwriting, Kevin's other areas of expertise come from an extensive background as a Senior Project Manager
overseeing budgets as high as $800MM,, He also carries with him degrees in Architecture, Environmental Design, Set Design and Screenwriting.
Maria & Kevin O'Bryan are award winning Writers, Directors & Producers. Most recently winning the Bronze Medal for Best Screenplay for their full length feature film BLUE JACKET at KCFF in Atlanta.
Their short film KING'S HEART, distributed by Bridgestone Media Group (BMG), received numerous awards and recognition on the film festival circuit, including: Award of Merritt (Best Shorts), Viewer's Choice (RE:Image), Mission Excellence (RE:Image), and Bronze Medal (KCFF).
Maria & Kevin currently have numerous film and television projects in various stages of development, including a full length animation with the writer/director of Happy Feet, Warren Coleman.
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WENDY ZIPES HUNTER
Katie Ford is a showrunner/writer/producer best known for co-writing and co-producing the hit film, Miss Congeniality and the the Emmy and Golden Globe nominated movie, Prayers for Bobby. She has written for both comedy and drama with credits as diverse as ABC’s Desperate Housewives, Family Ties, and TNT’s Transporter series.
Ford now splits her time between writing for TV and Film and working on audience interactive websites that will bridge the world between traditional TV networks and studios and the mainstream web-based audience. Her first venture into that world, FLAGSHIPTV, co-founded with Hope Royaltey is being backed by AOL.
Katie started as a standup comic before switching to writing full time. Her first play, By Your Side, starred Keanu Reeves, and her next play, Out in America, was a critical hit with the The LA Times naming it as one of the best plays of the year.
Most recently, Katie has a comedy that was bought by Sundance Channel for Oscar winner Patricia Arquette and is developing an hour long series for CBC that will star Brendan Fraser.