This fearless and forward-thinking mentality has guided him from musician, songwriter, and Grammy Award-winning producer to revered record-industry executive, business entrepreneur, best-selling author, talent manager, television producer and beloved television personality. All of this stems from Jackson's passion for music. Jackson has lent his talents to hit records by Smokey Robinson, Whitney Houston, Aretha Franklin, and Madonna, to name a few.
Action-movie hero, sitcom star, game show host, Old Spice pitchman, former NFL player and best-selling author all describe the man that is TERRY CREWS. Over the past few years, Crews has been one of those actors you see almost everywhere; whether he’s the overworked dad on Everybody Hates Chris, a tough guy in the Expendables series, the loveable goofball in White Chicks, Will McAvoy’s bodyguard in The Newsroom, the pec-popping Old Spice pitchman, or randy congressman Herbert Love in Arrested Development, Crews has proven that he’s adept at both drama and comedy.
Judge has been in over seventy-five motion picture and television roles and enjoys a 25-year relationship with an international audience of all ages. His films include Stripes, Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Ruthless People, and Christmas franchise, The Santa Claus 1, 2, 3. Beverly Hills Copy 1, 2, 3 play continually internationally, making Judge a familiar presence worldwide. Fast Time and Beverly Hills Cop were recently voted by the American Film Institute as two of the “Top 100 American Comedies.”
Carla Hall is a co-host of ABC’s popular lifestyle series “The Chew,” seated alongside restaurateurs and “Iron Chef America” stars Mario Batali and Michael Symon, entertaining expert Clinton Kelly and health and wellness enthusiast Daphne Oz. Hall is best known as a competitor on Bravo’s “Top Chef,” where she won over audiences with her fun catch phrase, “Hootie Hoo” and her philosophy to always cook with love.
Alia recently wrapped the Paul Reubens and Judd Apatow Netflix feature PEE-WEE'S BIG HOLIDAY. Her other feature credits include the Amber Tamblyn directed film, PAINT IT BLACK, Sebastian Silva's NASTY BABY, Lawrence Michael Levine’s WILD CANARIES, NIGHT MOVES alongside Jesse Eisenberg and Dakota Fanning, and THE TO DO LIST written and directed by Maggie Carey. Alia’s upcoming credits includeTHE FINAL GIRLS, ME HIM HER, THE DRIFTLESS AREA, and GREEN ROOM alongside Imogen Poots and Sir Patrick Stewart.
Colin Hanks is a founding partner at Company Name with producer Sean Stuart, where he primarily directs and produces documentary films. He is also known for his success as an actor, and coming off his Emmy Award- and Golden Globe-nominated performance in the FX miniseries “Fargo,” Colin has most recently finished shooting Elvis and Nixon, a recreation of the meeting at the White House between Elvis Presley and President Nixon, starring alongside Kevin Spacey and Michael Shannon.
Sean Stuart is an Emmy Award nominated producer and founding partner at Company Name with actor/director Colin Hanks. The two have built a business rooted in documentary film, including the upcoming feature length doc, “All Things Must Pass,” produced by Stuart, the film premiered at SXSW in March of 2015. Company Name has also partnered with ESPN Films, overseeing the production and launch of multiple documentary films for their 30 for 30, Grantland and Five Thirty Eight brands.
Hugo is the Chef/Co-Founder of The Kitchen family of restaurants and Co-Founder of The Kitchen Community, a non-profit organization dedicated to building Learning Gardens in schools across the United States. Born in England, Hugo grew up eating whatever food his mother picked up that day. Hugo moved to London to pursue a career in food. After graduating from Leith¹s School of Food and Wine, Hugo then joined The River Cafe, one of London¹s landmark restaurants. Moving between the dining room and the kitchen, Hugo worked with such cooking greats as Ruth Rodgers, Rose Gray, and Jamie Oliver.
Vivek J. Tiwary is a #1 New York Times bestselling author, a Tony Award-winning Broadway producer, and the founder of multi-platform arts and entertainment company Tiwary Entertainment Group.
Paul DeBenedittis is Senior Vice President, Programming Strategy, Disney Channels Worldwide. He joined the company in 2008 after 10 years at MTV Networks in New York.
DeBenedittis leads the planning, scheduling, acquisitions and co-production teams in the U.S. and is responsible for over 300 hours of televised programming across the multiple platform kids' TV portfolio: Disney Channel, Disney XD, Disney Junior and ABC Kids.
Susan Feniger is a celebrated chef, author, and entrepreneur. Her professional collaboration with Mary Sue Milliken (CITY, Ciudad, Too Hot Tamales) has led to the groundbreaking Border Grill empire, with locations in Santa Monica, Downtown LA, LAX Airport’s Tom Bradley International Terminal, Las Vegas at Mandalay Bay, and a second outpost in Las Vegas at The Forum Shops opened in October 2014. In 2013, Susan welcomed her new solo venture, the beloved Mud Hen Tavern in Hollywood.
Quentin Jammer grew up in Angleton, Texas. He attended Angleton High School, and excelled at football becoming a two-time all-district safety, cornerback, linebacker, wide receiver and quarterback. As a senior, he was the district¹s defensive MVP and also won three letters in track and field. In 1997 he was selected to the state¹s all-star football team along with future San Diego Chargers teammates LaDainian Tomlinson and Drew Brees.
Michael Mina’s story is one of two decades of influence, passion and achievement. With the October 2010 opening of MICHAEL MINA, his eponymous signature restaurant at 252 California Street in San Francisco, Michael is at the helm and once again in the kitchen at the same location (formerly AQUA) and city where he first established his culinary reputation 20 years ago.
Blythe is responsible for originating new investment opportunities, diligencing new business opportunities, structuring transactions and working with our partner companies.
A pioneer of world cuisine since the creation of City Café and CITY Restaurant in Los Angeles in the 1980s, Mary Sue is most notably recognized as a preeminent ambassador of modern Mexican cuisine with her Border Grill Restaurants (Santa Monica, Downtown Los Angeles, Las Vegas) and Truck.
As Creative Director for Universal Studios, John Murdy has been responsible for the creative development of a wide variety of rides, shows, attractions and special events for Universal Studios theme parks worldwide.
Erik Oberholtzer co-founded Tender Greens in 2006 in Culver City, California, a chef driven, organic, quick-casual restaurant concept with 22 locations and counting.
Celebrated as a culinary luminary, Jet was appointed as the inaugural Culinary Ambassador of Thai Cuisine by the Royal Thai Consul-General, Los Angeles and is the first-ever chef to represent his country’s culture and cuisine in the United States.
James Curleigh (JC) joined the company in July 2012 to serve as President of the Levi’s® brand. In this position, he is responsible for leading the strategic direction and execution of the brand globally - with a focus on product creation, marketing concepts, and market solutions.
James Beard Award Winner and critically acclaimed chef, Craig Stoll, might be a New York native and a San Franciscan at heart, but it's his love and respect for soulful Italian cooking that have come to define him.
Chef Ben Ford officially earned his cooking stripes at some of the country’s most established restaurants and along side several of America’s most treasured culinary icons. His acclaimed restaurant concept, Ford’s Filling Station, is based on the fundamentals of teaching, cooking and foraging, and was awarded the prestigious Cochon555 prize.
Executive Chef Alan Jackson is the founder and vision behind Lemonade, the hugely popular group of California based fast-casual restaurants. Chef Jackson gets back to basics enticing Californians with the simple allure of beautifully prepared salads, hearty braised meats, satisfying sandwiches, decadent desserts, and of course, thirst-quenching lemonades.
Ivan Orkin was born on Long Island NY in 1963 to Louise and Leonard Orkin. His mother’s notorious lack of skills in the kitchen and his father’s incredible work ethic helped shape him into the man he is today.
After attending Portland's Cordon Bleu in 1999, Joshua McFadden has returned to the Pacific North West. Since then, he has been cooking in some of the top kitchens in San Francisco (Lark Creek Inn, Roxanne’s), Chicago (North Pond), New York (Franny’s, Momofuku, Blue Hill and Lupa.) He also spent time in Rome working at the American Academy in Rome a Alice Waters project.
Brett Schulman is the Chief Executive of Cava Group, Inc.: a rapidly expanding fast casual restaurant and CPG brand focusing on fresh, better-for-you cuisine. Cava brings modern, authentic, and vibrant Mediterranean food to a national audience in both fast casual and grocery channels through a unique, culinary-driven brand.
After graduating with a degree in economics from UCSD, Ellen became a consultant for the prestigious Accenture Consulting firm where she facilitated the growth initiatives and improvements for top Fortune 100 companies.
Christina “Christy” Vega, the spirited, talented, and dynamic owner of Casa Vega, was born in Burbank, CA, in 1977 to a long line restaurateurs.