Genre defiant, Evan Mandery is the author of six books, including three novels, and more than 50 academic articles, works of long-form journalism and op-eds. His novel, Q, is under development at Lionsgate. A graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School, Evan is also a leading expert on the death penalty.
Executive Producer, Bonnie Buckner, served as Head of Development at New Wave Entertainment as well as producing over 40 non-scripted, documentary, and competition shows across multiple networks. Creating under her own company Bonnie Mae Productions, she has written, produced, and directed multiple scripted festival films and web series.
ZACH L. WILSON
Zach L. Wilson is a writer, producer, and pusher of many important buttons for the internet’s nerdiest shows. In addition to Artificial, some of his words have appeared in places like Legendary Digital’s “Game Engine,” NBC’s “Heroes: iStory,” and Nickelodeon’s AwesomenessTV. He’s pushed the technical buttons at places like Critical Role, Geek & Sundry, and AfterBuzzTV. He has also written many fanfics that would, no doubt, embarrass his mother.
Jessi is a producer and digital creator known for her work in interactive content, social media, and cosplay. In addition to working for XRM Media, 96Next, Nickelodeon, MGM/LightWorkers, and Twitch, she has been able to produce for herself on Instagram and Tiktok. Jessi's passion and creativity allow her to create work that resonates strongly with children and young adults as she works towards a goal of creating quality children's programming.
Having edited, produced, directed, written, acted, scored, mixed, color graded, and made lots of coffee, Robb has had just about every job one could have in the entertainment industry. In the 20 years he’s been in Los Angeles he has worked on numerous and varied productions, from viral videos and Emmy award-winning web series to feature films and television shows.
Helen Silverstein is a writer, script doctor, and story analyst. She recently won second place in an international screenwriting competition and subsequently created a choose-your-own-adventure game based on that script. When she's not consuming every piece of media she can get her hands on or regaling unwitting friends with praise for The Waste Land, Helen applies literary theory to her favorite television shows and volunteers with a kitten rescue organization.
Thea Rodgers is an actor and writer who attended Emerson for a BS in neither. After starting her career at an award-winning trailer house and moonlighting as a producer's assistant, Thea made the transition to creative work as an actor and a writer, working in theaters around Los Angeles and Mexico and placing in script competitions such as Acclaim, the Page Awards, and the A-List. Most recently, she signed on to develop a web novel with Tapas Media and was thrilled to write for the fourth season of the Emmy-winning interactive scripted show Artificial: Factions on Twitch. In her spare time you can find her talking about space at the Griffith Observatory.