Advisors

ADVISORS  

Paul E. Cohen          Ken Wales           Brian D. Fox
Derry Connolly, PhD          Joe Buenavista         

CONSULTANTS 

Timothy Gillespie – Marketing Communications
Jeffrey Hardy – Film Industry Consultant

Paul E. Cohen
Paul Cohen has acquired and marketed a wide range of successful films often recognized as cinematic gems and contemporary classics. These include Abel Ferrara’s Bad Lieutenant starring Harvey Keitel, Mephisto, the 1981 Academy Award-winner for Best Foreign Language Film, and My Brilliant Career directed by first-timer Gillian Armstrong and starring Judy Davis and Sam Neill, The Chosen starring Maximilian Schell, and Luchino Visconti’s The Innocent.

As former CEO/President and co-founder of Manhattan Pictures International (MPI) in 2001, some of Paul Cohen’s notable releases include Enigma, written by Oscar nominated Tom Stoppard and directed by Michael Apted, starring Kate Winslet and Dougray Scott, Jean-Luc Godard’s critically acclaimed In Praise of Love (Eloge de L’Amour) and Alan Rudolph’s The Secret Lives of Dentists, starring Campbell Scott and Hope Davis.

He was drawn to the state of Florida in the mid nineties where a sudden increase in motion picture production had just begun to take place. He was appointed by Gov. Lawton Chiles to promote independent motion picture production in the state and was instrumental in founding the first Florida Film Forum. In 1996, Mr. Cohen co-founded, and oversaw the marketing and operation of the First Annual Palm Beach International Film Festival. Additionally, Paul Cohen served as a Filmmaker in Residence at the Graduate Film Conservatory at Florida State University, and regularly lectured at the University of Miami, Dade Community College, as well as other major Florida universities.

In 1997, Paul Cohen and Carl Icahn formed Stratosphere Entertainment, a motion picture distribution and production company based in New York. As President of Stratosphere, he was responsible for the acquisition, marketing and distribution of independent motion pictures including The Thief, (1997 Academy Award nomination for Best Foreign Language Film).

A graduate of Hofstra University, Paul holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. He has also completed postgraduate coursework at the Jungian Institute in New York and graduate work at the New School for Social Research. He is a member of the Executive Board of Directors of the Louis B. Wolfson Film & Television Archives and serves on the Academic Advisory Committee at Miami-Dade Community College.

 

Ken Wales
Veteran filmmaker Ken Wales was Executive Producer of the critically acclaimed and award-winning CBS Television series Christy. His most recent film, Amazing Grace, has been repeatedly reviewed as a “must see film.”

He began his drama career playing a juvenile role on a local radio show in Kokomo, Indiana. At age 14 he operated the projector at the legendary Aero Theatre in Santa Monica, where he became a serious film buff. Wales received the first Walt Disney four-year scholarship and graduated with honours form the School of Cinema at The University of Southern California. He has acted in over 35 films and television shows.

During a fifteen year partnership with director Blake Edwards, Wales produced many memorable films including The Tamarind Seed, starring Julie Andrews and Omar Sharif and The Wild Rovers, starring William Holden and Ryan O’Neal. He also served as associate producer on many feature films including Darling Lili, starring Julie Andrews and Rock Hudson, The Great Race with Jack Lemmon and Tony Curtis, and The Party and Revenge of the Pink Panther, both starring Peter Sellers.

Wales co-produced the ABC 8 hour miniseries, Emmy® nominated and Golden Globe® winner John Steinbeck’s East of Eden, starring Jane Seymour, and was associate producer of the first season of Cagney and Lacey.

He was Vice President of Production for Walt Disney Pictures and has served as production supervisor and consultant for many other features.

Wales received an honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts from Greenville College in Illinois and is on the faculty of his alma mater, the School of Cinema and Television at University of Southern California.

 

Brian D. Fox

From a one-man advertising and graphic arts company in 1977, Brian D. Fox built – and recently sold – one of the pre-eminent entertainment advertising agencies in the industry. At B.D. Fox & Friends Advertising, Brian and staff created indelible print campaigns for several film classics including E.T., Batman and The Matrix, as well as the international “Harry Potter campaign. The firm expanded this cachet into one of the most diversified audiovisual, print and digital technology creative services agency in the entertainment business. He led B.D. Fox & Friends, Inc. into interactive and multimedia software including the launch of Microsoft’s XBOX game platform, music, consumer and packaged goods and television, where Brian was under contract to CBS for 11 yrs producing all of the networks print advertising. Other areas of expertise include DVD, cable and syndicated television.

The New York City-born Fox graduated from the Institute of Design at the Illinois Institute of Technology in 1973. After serving as a toy designer with plastic model manufacturer Revell, Inc., the budding entrepreneur set up shop in his own home: his first client would become a worldwide museum and planetarium standard – the hi-tech laser light show, Laserium. Determined to break into the movie business, Fox created a clever, controversial campaign for his new venture, which opened the doors at the major studios. B.D. Fox & Friends was born.

Today, having just sold the solely-owned B.D. Fox & Friends Advertising to senior management, Brian has launched B.D. Fox Independent, a new company focused on marketing, distribution and production for the independent film industry, globally. B. D. Fox Independent has been retained by Monumental Films, based in Moscow, to “American-ize” the motion picture marketing of the Russian-produced feature films that are being distributed by Monumental within that country.

Brian Fox serves on the Board of Directors Emeritus of the Hollywood Reporter’s Key Art Awards, the Board of Trustees of the Multiple Sclerosis Society of So. California and is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences and American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA). He is an accomplished musician, photographer and artist who has produced a series of photo-illustrative lithographs currently represented by the Agora Gallery, Soho, New York City.

 

Derry Connolly, PhD

At its core, the mission of John Paul the Great Catholic University is to form minds to shape the rapidly evolving and highly culture-impacting field of New Media, and to influence the global secular culture for Christ. Students there must learn to imagine, create, and produce the very best of content.

Since 2003 Derry Connolly has been the president of JP Catholic, a visionary teaching institution focused on and dedicated to molding students into future innovators and creators, leaders and entrepreneurs. At John Paul the Great students have the opportunity to acquire a deep and personal knowledge of Jesus Christ. Catholic ethical, moral, and social values provide a lifelong guiding compass.

In addition to his role as President at JP Catholic, Derry continues to work part-time at University of California, San Diego where he represents UCSD on the Executive Board of CCAT – the Center for the Commercialization of Advanced Technology, and heads up CCAT mentoring services.

Prior to co-founding JP Catholic, Derry worked full-time as the Associate Dean of Continuing Education at UCSD Extension, leading a program with 40,000 part-time adult students, 125+ full time staff (academic and administrative), 1500+ part-time Instructors. Derry spent 15 years working in industrial Research and Development with IBM and Kodak. He holds 8 US patents and has numerous technical publications.

Derry was the director of the Science, Engineering, and Environmental Studies at UCSD, where he oversaw the creation and delivery of cutting edge technology curriculum for graduate professionals working in the burgeoning Telecommunications and Biotechnology industry sectors in the San Diego region.

Derry is widely published in trade and academic journals, with articles on the science and technology of print, film and data storage.

 

Joe Buenavista

Joe Buenavista is a Vice President – Financial Advisor, in the private client business at Bernstein Global Wealth Management. The company manages over $100 billion for a private clientele which includes some of the nation’s most prominent families and individuals.

Joe has a rich professional background which includes various sales, marketing, and management positions in the high-tech industry, the
consumer packaged-goods industry, and the U. S. Military Service. His past professional experience includes Fortune 500 companies, including Cisco Systems and The Gillette Company. Joe has small business and entrepreneurial experience as the former Vice President of Sales for a start-up company and as an independent business owner.

While in the Navy and for a period of time after his service, Joe pursued personal interests in writing and acting. He explored acting at the Old Globe Theater in San Diego and attended many improvisation workshops to expand his creative interests. This led to success acting in: industrial film work, movies, television, and theater. Also during this same period he developed an independent sports memorabilia business and completed several public relations-driven consulting projects, which included the creation and execution of the visual aesthetics portion of the 1992 All-Star Game in San Diego.

He earned his Masters of Business Administration from St. Mary’s Graduate Business School in 2004, graduating with honors. He earned his
undergraduate degree from the United States Naval Academy and served as a Surface Warfare Officer in the U. S. Navy for five years after
graduating in 1987.

He is active in professional, academic, and community organizations. These include roles as past board president and current board member of the St. Mary’s Graduate Business Board, board member of the Danville YMCA, committee chairman at the Danville Chamber of Commerce, committee member of the Oakland Rotary Club, member of the California CPA Association, member of the Diablo Valley Estate Planning Council, member of the San Ramon Valley Exchange Club, member of St. Isadore’s Fathers of Ministry, and 2007 graduate of the San Ramon Valley Leadership Program.

 

Timothy Gillespie 

Timothy Gillespie is a 30-year veteran in the advertising and public relations arena, with experience in real estate, hospitality, entertainment and other fields. He provides hands-on and advisory services to Paths Apart, including publicity, graphic design, public relations and web design and promotion..

He lives and works in Nova Scotia, Canada, where he has served as the inaugural chair of the Arts & Culture Partnership Council and Shelburne County Arts Council and was a founding board member of the Osprey Arts Centre and Historic Shelburne Tall Ships Society.

 

Jeffrey Hardy 

Jeffrey Hardy is the president of Big Horse Incorporated, a San Francisco-based, full-service entertainment consulting firm with fifteen years of experience studying, reporting on and providing guidance for entertainment media. Mr. Hardy serves as a consultant to producers, production companies, distributors, investors, funds and banks seeking to help them reduce risk and maximize profit potential for media-based companies and funds, including filmed entertainment, online, gaming and convergence media.

Mr. Hardy is the co-author of FilmProfit software and the sole author of the FilmProfit Guide To Film Distribution Deals, a primer to the deals in the key film distribution markets. He has lectured and served on panels focusing on creative and business issues for independently-financed films on both coasts. He has lectured by invitation to the Media and Entertainment MBA candidates at The University of California Berkeley, before the California Film Commission, The National Media Network. The Creative Financing Conference, The Boston Film and Video Foundation, Black Hollywood Film Festival, The IFP on both coasts, and other organizations.