JONATHAN BEARD stands as one of the flag-bearers of an emerging generation of young composers who have grown up deeply steeped in worlds of both orchestral and electronic sound. This combination has served him well in his intelligent hybrid scores and orchestrations for shows across major television networks, numerous feature films, the live stage, and theater. Also in demand as an educator, Jonathan has led film composition workshops for the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Pacific Symphony, and is an adjunct lecturer on the music faculty at UCLA. Further information can be found at jonathanbeard.com.
ALEXA BINNS is passionate about using the power of media and business for good. Alexa is currently Director of Marketing at Cheeky, a line of tableware sold exclusively at Target; with each purchase, Cheeky donates a meal through Feeding America. While earning her MBA at UCLA in entertainment and entrepreneurship, Alexa interned with The Walt Disney Studios in business development, Participant Media in social action, and Funny or Die in branded entertainment. Previously, at the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, Alexa helped launch two national public health campaigns in partnership with MTV, Walgreens, and the NBA. Alexa specializes in all-things digital--having completed a master's thesis on building brands on YouTube, earned a nomination for Mashable Awards 2010 Most Creative Social Media Campaigns, and published a case study for GSB textbook The Facebook Era on establishing community online. Alexa graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Stanford in 2007. Watch her TED Talk on the power of entertainment. Twitter: @alexabinns
KATHLEEN BRYSON graduated from Stanford in 2010. Post-graduation, she worked in development at ABC for a bit, she then moved on to Casting at Nickelodeon where she has been for the past 3 years. Kathleen was an English major at Stanford and an active member of Ramshead. She is enjoying getting involved with a Stanford organization again post college as a member of the Stanford in Entertainment board. She looks forward to connecting with more alumni who share an equal love for the entertainment business.
SEBASTIAN DAVIS graduated Stanford in 2002 with a major in Journalism, then moved to Los Angeles to work as assistant to legendary B-movie producer Roger Corman. After various entertainment stints (including working as Director's Assistant on "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation"), Sebastian was accepted into USC's Graduate School of Cinematic Arts. While in Grad School, he was twice named a Coca-Cola Refreshing Filmmaker Finalist, and his award-winning thesis "Magellan" went on to screen in over 40 film-festivals internationally. After graduation, Sebastian was named a Nicholl Fellowship finalist for his comedy script "Drunk-Dialing," and currently works as a freelance Commercial and Music Video director.
KYLE DEAN ('09) is a Los Angeles-based talent manager at McKeon Myones Entertainment, and received his BA from Stanford in both Film & Media Studies and Psychology. He also does consulting work for Cast It Systems, and writes/produces his own projects during his free time.
JUSTIN GUERRIERI (’02) is a writer, director and editor working in Los Angeles. He has edited numerous feature films, which have won awards at Berlin, Chicago, and have been in competition at Tribeca and SXSW. His editing credits include, “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?,” “Unhung Hero,” “Dark Tourist,” and the forthcoming documentaries, “Maestro,” and “Gabe.” Justin’s debut directorial feature, “Trail of Blood,” is currently in distribution through Lionsgate. More info at justingfilms.com.
When BILL JACKSON left Stanford way back in 1956, he didn't know what he wanted to be when he grew up. So he never grew up; he became an actor instead. From banking to broadcasting, to stage, and on TV once in a while - most of the soaps, including a fun recurring role on Passions, falling in love with a mermaid. And once in a while in the movies - one of which, The Boy Next Door, made it into the SIE Film Festival one year. He considers it a privilege and a pleasure to serve on the SIE board.
As an actor, DANNY JACOBS has appeared regularly on television, including stints on THE WEST WING, NCIS: LOS ANGELES, DAYS OF OUR LIVES, NBC's LOVE BITES and GRACELAND for the USA Network. Additionally, he has starred in several films, including Sony Pictures' THE CAVERN and Fox's BACHELOR PARTY 2. As a writer and director, Danny made his debut with Magnolia Pictures' HUMBOLDT COUNTY, a drama starring Chris Messina, Fairuza Balk, Frances Conroy, Brad Dourif and Jeremy Strong. Danny is now in post-production on his sophomore feature, GROWING UP AND OTHER LIES, in which he stars alongside Adam Brody, Josh Lawson, Wyatt Cenac and Amber Tamblyn.
BONNIE MACBIRD is a screenwriter (TRON), playwright, classical theatre actor, and former feature film Development Exec at Universal. As a producer she won many awards including two Emmys for documentary work. She teaches screenwriting at UCLA Extension and has recently completed a Sherlock Holmes novel.
An LA native, SOLLY MIRELL ('10) couldn't help but come back to the City of Angels to work in the biz after completing his co-term in Communication. His first job off The Farm was at ICM Partners where he helped package, finance and sell independent films both domestically and abroad. Since April 2013 he has worked within the physical production space at Biscuit Filmworks where he oversees 13 award-winning commercial and music video directors. In addition to his daytime production job, Solly loves to produce short films and web series. He currently serves as SIE's communication chair.
A SIE Board member since 1999, J.T.S. MOORE ('92) has coordinated the full range of SIE events from Fireside Chats to the Alumni Film Festival to the Summer Picnic. J.T.S. is a filmmaker by training, and earned his masters in film production from the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts. He has worked as a screenwriter for Walt Disney and directed various projects from political ads to the theatrically-released documentary "REVOLUTION OS."
NOEL ROSENCRANZ ('02) is an improviser and professional comedy screenwriter. He enjoys people, sports and talking about juicing… kale. Not doing it. Just talking about it. Before moving down to the land of milk and honey, Noel co-founded Tutor Corps, a private tutoring company and the Tutor Corps Foundation, an educational non-profit. Noel graduated in 2002, with a BA in religious studies, and in 2003 with a MA in Cultural and Social Anthropology. Why he thought those majors would benefit his current profession and “was all part of a master plan,” is anyone’s guess. As the famous saying goes, life is about the destination, it has nothing to do with the journey. Ask him about this and other inspirational quotes. Or about different opportunities within SIE and ways to get involved.
SHELLEY SURPIN ('70) is a partner/founder of the entertainment law firm of Surpin & Mayersohn, advising, counseling and negotiating on behalf of individuals and companies in the motion picture, television and allied fields. She produced the dramatic feature film "Sound of My Voice" which premiered at Sundance. The film was released by Fox Searchlight and garnered two Independent Spirit Award nominations, including Best First Feature.