The Director/Producer Relationship
Learn the best ways directors and producers can work together to ensure a film’s success from intimate knowledge, tips, insights, and horror stories from prominent filmmakers and producers.
Shaked Berenson, CEO, Entertainment Squad
Giles Alderson, Host, The Filmmakers Podcast
Gigi Saul Guerrero, Director/Actor, Luchagore Productions; “Culture Shock” “The Purge TVS2”
Lisa Whalen, CEO, Company X / SpectreVision
Gigi Saul GuerreroDirector/Actor, Luchagore Productions
Gigi Saul Guerrero, born and raised in Mexico City, also known as “La Muñeca Del Terror” in Latin America.
She is a Mexican genre director/filmmaker and actress living in Vancouver Canada, described by Variety as part of the new wave of Latino talent. Gigi graduated with honors at Capilano University’s BOSA CENTRE FOR FILM AND ANIMATION and is also a current Directing instructor at Vancouver Film School.
She has been praised as one of the top, emerging directors in the horror genre by Empire, Dread Central, Fangoria and Bloody Disgusting. Guerrero is co-founder of Luchagore Productions in Vancouver, Canada. Guerrero directed an action-packed episode for THE PURGE season 2. She directed her feature debut CULTURE SHOCK for Blumhouse Productions Television, and it is still 100% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes.
Guerrero started her career with several genre short films including gore-fest El Gigante, now available on Shudder, and viral hits like A Luchagore Christmas and Evil Dead in 60 seconds. In 2014, Guerrero participated in the Mexican horror anthology Mexico Bárbaro with its Day of the Dead segment while still in film school. Her series with Warner Brothers/Stage 13, La Quinceañera, won the Audience Award at the 2017 Morbido Film Festival.
Guerrero is also known for not just her talent behind camera but her beauty in front. She has posed for Playboy Mexico, and many pinup holiday themed pictures! She is also an actress and most commonly known for her voice over work, such as NETFLIX’S SUPER MONSTERS as Vida, and MARVEL SUPERHERO ADVENTURES and Spider-Girl. Recently Guerrero has booked two leading roles in new anticipated animated series.
Giles AldersonHost, The Filmmakers Podcast
Director/Writer: The Dare / Arthur & Merlin & host of The Filmmakers Podcast.
Lisa WhalenCEO, Company X Productions
As Partner and CEO of Company X / SpectreVision, the indie production company behind such titles as A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, Mandy, and Seven Stages to Achieve Eternal Bliss, Lisa Whalen has produced nine feature films, a TV series for Warner Bros, and a VR game with Ubisoft. Lisa also oversaw an exclusive First-look deal with Legendary Television Studios and the acquisition of its marketing arm, now called Company X Marketing. Lisa previously held corporate positions with NBCUniversal and FOX Broadcasting, focusing on Scheduling, Strategy, and Research.
Shaked BerensonCEO, Entertainment Squad
Shaked Berenson produced and executive produced over 40 features and two television series including the animation franchise SPACE DOGS, which generated over 100mil in worldwide revenue, and Walmart’s A TIGER’S TAIL.
In the past 15 years, Shaked financed, marketed, and distributed over 120 films across all genres. He served as a Board Director for IFTA™ (Independent Film & Television Alliance) since 2011, a PGA (Producers Guild of America) member since 2013 and currently is on the advisory board of The Film Collaborative, a non-profit committed to distribution education and facilitation of independent film.
His production and distribution outfit Entertainment Squad’s mission is to create and promote content with strong role models and positive value. Its first release is a documentary about Quentin Tarantino
Shaked has an MBA from UCLA/Anderson. He has been a guest speaker at various forums including USC, SXSW, and AFM.