Susan Deming is an alum of the famous Groundlings Sunday Company. She appears regularly at the Groundling Theatre in the "Crazy Uncle Joe Show" and "Cookin' with GAS" and will begin teaching improv at the theatre later this year. She recently wrapped a pilot for Showtime entitled "Not Penn Jillette" in which she appeared as Not Hillary Clinton opposite magician/comedian Penn Jillette. She has made several other live stage and televised appearances as Hillary Clinton.
Susan is a well-respected Los Angeles-based comedian who has appeared as a stand-up comic and an improv and sketch performer at such venues as The LA Improvisation, The Comedy Underground, The Comedy Union, Improv Olympic, The Bungalow Club, The Groundlings and Second City. As a writer, Susan has penned comedy for The Groundlings: "OOSunday" and "Sunday in the Sky with Diamonds"; Second City: "Suffer Little Children"; the sketch group Tito's Harmony: "Clouds of Meat", "Figgy Pudding" and "On the Nugget", and an adaptation of the Bizet opera "Carmen" for the Pasadena Pops Orchestra starring Rene Auberjonois, "Carmen Noir".
Susan is a graduate of the Second City Writing Conservatory, is currently pursuing the Certificate in Television Writing from UCLA Extension and is a member of the Writer's Boot Camp Think Tank. Susan's sitcom spec script, Arrested Development: "Casino Evil" was named a Quarter-finalist in the ScriptapaloozaTV competition. Her short film script, "Stockholm Syndrome," was named a Quarterfinalist in the American Gem Short Screenplay Competition. She is also staff writer for the comedy website, atworkandbored.com.
An accomplished producer, Susan has steered numerous successful projects, including the Tamagotchi and Barney CD-Roms for Bandai and Microsoft, respectively, Pythonline.com, the official website of Monty Python, a Tamagotchi video feature for kids, "Now Museum, Now You Don't", and a live televised variety show in Germany, "Broadway and Beyond". Susan is currently at work launching a content website dedicated to up-and-coming comedic voices at fufu.com. She is also an in-demand voice actor whose recent credits include the new "Streetwise" video game for Capcom and an anime pilot for Cartoon Network, "Zoid Genesis".
A graduate of Northwestern University's School of Speech, Susan appeared at such theatres as the Goodman and Wisdom Bridge in Chicago and as a repertory company member of East West Players, Los Angeles Repertory Company and Circus Theatricals in Los Angeles. Her numerous musical theatre credits include a successful run as Grizabella in the German company of "Cats". Susan made her film directorial debut this summer with the short satire, "Purple Bins", which is currently making festival rounds.
|Donald Roman Lopez
After a career as a professional dancer with Ballet Hispanico of New York and later with the Metropolitan Opera Ballet, Donald began acting on stage with the prestigious Spanish Repertory Theater in New York City. He later transitioned into commercials, independent films and TV. After partnering with René Veilleux and co-founding Verité Films, Donald began directing and then producing a number of projects, including the feature film The Putt Putt Syndrome. As a writer, Donald has adapted a number of Japanese anime series, such as, Zoids Genesis, Honey and Clover, Buso Renkin, and Monster, as well as, the Korean animated series Cobots and the Russian feature film The Snow Queen. Donald adapted a Peruvian animated project based on an environmental initiative recognized by UNESCO titled Ania's Magical Garden for Peru. As the Head of Creative and Development of Verité Films, LLC, Donald is spearheading development on a number of animated project, a variety of scripted and unscripted TV series, as well as, a slate of feature films.
Danie Bester has produced 17 full-length feature films over the past six years. Danie completed his matric in 1993 at Paarl Boys High. After that he studied Bcom Marketing at the University of Pretoria during which time he was also a well-known DJ at Radio Tuks. He received his honours (cum laude) at AFDA in Film Medium. During his final year, Danie received several awards such as Best Writer, Best Director and Best Producer. He was the producer of Ouma se Slim Kind, South Africa's official entry in the foreign language Oscar category of 2008. He was also awarded for his work on the short film Skitterwit (M-Net New Directions), Die Gevoelsorgaan (AFDA) and Cameraboy (M-Net Edit) of which he was in charge of production, directing and writing. At the beginning of 2007, Danie was chosen by the National Film and Video Foundation as one of two producers to represent South Africa at the Rotterdam Lab - a program that affords young producers the opportunity to establish worldwide business ties. He was also one of three local filmmakers who represented South Africa at the Berlin Talent Campus, which is a program presented during the Berlin Film Festival. Danie is a graduate of the highly acclaimed Trans Atlantic Partnership - a co-production initiative between Europe, Canada and the US. In 2011, he received the Mr Video award as the producer who made the biggest contribution to the local film industry.
Danie has been involved with more than 100 advertisements and music videos. He has worked for companies such as Nike UK, Sony USA, Czar Belgium, Happiness Brussels and SAB. He was also responsible for the directing and producing of music videos for artists like Jesse Clegg, Karen Zoid, Mandoza, Tumi and the Volume and the jazz legends, Sipho Gumede and Pops Mohammed.
Bakgat! was the first Afrikaans teenage comedy and its success resulted in the production of Bakgat! 2 and Bakgat! 3. Danie was also the producer of Superhelde, Ek Joke Net, Night Drive, Verraaiers (Traitors, Musiek vir die Agtergrond (Background Music), Agent 2000 and Roepman (Stargazer), which was the first Afrikaans feature-length film to be released in theatres in the USA.
Other films which achieved enormous success at the South African box office were Hoofmeisie, Wolwedans in die Skemer and the box office phenomenon, Pad na jou Hart.
Films that will be released in 2015 by The Film Factory include the sbujwa dance film Hear Me Move and the greatly anticipated Ballade vir 'n Enkeling.
Danie is slowly shifting his focus to international co-productions, facilitation and the development of local productions that will be distributed internationally.
The Film Factory was established in 2004 by Danie Bester. The Film Factory is one of the most acclaimed feature film production houses in South Africa and is seen as a hub of innovation and excellence. The company develops, funds and produces feature films in a service-, co-production and/or production capacity.
Furman cut his comic book teeth editorially on Scream! (a junior horror title published in 1985 by IPC Magazines) and Captain Britain Monthly (for Marvel UK), and his first script work - bar a few short stories in UK horror comic Scream! - appeared in Transformers (UK, issue #13). While continuing to edit titles such as Thundercats, Furman wrote numerous (too numerous to list here) Transformers stories and scripts for Zoids, Doctor Who Monthly and the US-format comic books Death's Head and Dragon's Claws. Furman then took over the script duties on the US Transformers book with issue #56, and has since written Alpha Flight, She-Hulk, What If?, Transformers: Generation 2 and Turok: Dinosaur Hunter. Now working primarily in TV animation, Furman has scripted episodes of Beast Wars, Roswell Conspiracies, X-Men: Evolution and the upcoming Dan Dare: Pilot of the Future.