2019 Judges

~ 2019 JUDGES ~

We are happy to announce the first names for our 2019 international Judges.

More names to be announced.

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LAUREN CRAIG

Lauren Craig is Director of Development for Patriot Pictures, LLC., Los Angeles.

As a writer, creative executive, and producer, she worked closely with A-list actors including Al Pacino, Nicolas Cage, Ethan Hawke, James Franco, Anthony Mackie, Laurence Fishburne, and Brittany Snow.

Her most recent work includes “CUT THROAT CITY” directed by The RZA (Wu-Tang Clan), starring Ethan Hawke, Terrence Howard, Wesley Snipes, T.I., & Eiza Gonzales; “SYNCHRONIC” starring Anthony Mackie & Jamie Dornan, “RUNNING WITH THE DEVIL” starring Nicolas Cage & Laurence Fishburne; “ZEROVILLE” starring James Franco, Seth Rogen, and Megan Fox, and “HANGMAN” starring Al Pacino, Karl Urban, and Brittany Snow.

Lauren also works with eVIP Entertainment developing and producing television and film projects; and for BlueCat Screenplay Competition, grading the merit of screenplays to determine a competition winner.

Her Website

Her ImdB

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STAN KIRSCH

Following a brief stint as a professional child actor, Stan focused on academics and eventually graduated cum laude from Duke University with a B.A. in political science. He then returned to acting and six months later landed a lead role in the ABC pilot THE STREETS OF BEVERLY HILLS in Los Angeles.  Although the series was not picked up, Stan relocated to the west coast where he spent his twenties starring and guest starring in numerous television shows, movies for television and feature films.  With over a hundred hours of screen time to his credit, Stan’s resume includes FRIENDS, JAG, GENERAL HOSPITAL and a five year run on the TV series HIGHLANDER.

Upon turning thirty, Stan got behind the camera for the first time.  While directing several short films and new media projects including STRAIGHT EYE: THE MOVIE (Alan Dale and Rex Lee, ENTOURAGE), US ONE NIGHT (Alison Brie, GLOW, MAD MEN and Liza Weil, HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER), and a commercial for QUALCOMM, he also cast a variety of projects including three seasons of the MTV series INVINCIBLE, Stan Lee’s TIME JUMPER for Walt Disney Studios and TRANSGRESSIONS (BAFTA Award nominee for Best Short Film).  During that time Stan began teaching and coaching actors as well.

As demand for his classes and coaching grew, Stan and his wife, Kristyn Green, formed Stan Kirsch Studios (SKS) in 2008.  SKS quickly became one of the most prominent and sought after actor training facilities in Los Angeles. Over the past decade Stan’s clientele, comprised of both celebrities and working actors throughout the entertainment industry, have booked upwards of a thousand roles from film leads to TV series regulars, recurring roles, guest and co-stars as well as leads On and Off-Broadway.  SKS is now home to three studios in which multiple classes are held concurrently as well as two audition taping facilities and a top notch faculty comprised of esteemed teachers, coaches, and studio administrators.

The Stan Kirsch Studios website and Instagram

Stan’s Imdb.

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CATHERINE PIERCE

Catherine Pierce is best known as one half of noir-pop duo The Pierces alongside her sister Allison. Beginning with a self-titled debut in 2000, their five studio albums were textured and mature offerings which showcased the sibling’s wonderful harmonies (albeit often in a subtle way). The highlight of their career together (to date) is the 2007 record Thirteen Tales Of Love And Revenge, a noir thriller of an album that also contained the Catherine-written song Secret (the theme tune to the TV show Pretty Little Liars).

The sisters, born in Birmingham, Alabama, decided to put the band on hiatus in 2015 and Catherine, henceforth known simply as CAT, now returns with her first solo offerings. Partly inspired by her recent travels, the tracks we’ve heard so far suggest that the decision to go it alone was a wise one. With charisma and talent in abundance, she combines elements of pop, psychedelia and alt-folk, all in her own alluringly inimitable fashion.

Cat has since embarked on a solo journey. With two top ten albums and a theme song to the hit TV show, “Pretty Little Liars” under her belt, Cat Pierce now sets out as a solo artist with a collection of fresh, expansive, and emotionally eclectic songs.

Her Instagram

Her Twitter

Her Music

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JOSH SPECTOR

Bringing with him experience from both the studio and independent spaces, Josh is Vice President of Acquisitions & Distribution at Vertical Entertainment. He previously served as Head of Acquisitions for Gravitas Ventures and was Manager of Acquisitions at MGM, where he licensed content for MGM’s domestic theatrical and international TV distribution. His experience extends to development, production, finance and sales as well. Josh holds a BFA in Film and TV from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.

At Vertical Pictures, Spector is in charge of identifying wider-release feature films as well as documentaries, and be tasked with growing the Vertical’s library.

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LAURA MITCHELL

Born in Singapore she then lived in Jakarta until the age of three when her parents then moved to the Beautiful West Coast of Vancouver, British Columbia.
She started performing at a young age in Touring theatre troupe’s and Singing / theatre competitions. During high school she continued her love of acting and performing and after graduating with honours she made the move to Montreal to attend Concordia University.
Settling back in Vancouver she continued to pursue her acting career and over the last few years she has been steadily on the rise and made a name for herself, portraying Kate Middleton in  Track   Harry & Meghan: A Royal Romance (2018), then Harry & Meghan: Becoming Royal (2019).
She can be seen in a variety of films and TV shows, most recently “Finding Santa” (Hallmark), “IZombie”(CW), “Menendez: Blood Brothers” (Lifetime) , “Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency” (BBC America), “Seasons Greeting”(UPTV), “Christmas Bucket List”(Hallmark), and “October Kiss” ( Hallmark ) When she’s not working you can find her teaching and coaching at Rogues West Studio in Vancouver. Laura is also a passionate and avid traveller who makes it a priority to discover new cultures and ways of life.

Her Instagram

Her ImdB

Her Website

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BRYAN GALLYOT

Emmy winner Bryan Gallo joined NBC Palm Springs in August 2015. Bryan has worked in the entertainment since he was a teenager.

After moving from the Bay Area to Los Angeles, he had the opportunity to work on MTV. Later, as a maître d and co-owner of a popular fine dining and jazz joint in Pasadena, his reputation for gracious hosting earned him the honor of being voted Pasadena’s “Best Local Personality” in the Pasadena Weekly’s Reader’s Poll in 2008, 2009, & 2011.

Bryan has been a team member on hundreds of successful community functions throughout California, creating a better quality of life for his community and raising hundreds of thousands of dollars for local nonprofits.

Currently Bryan is the face of Desert Living, a show focused on lifestyle in the Coachella Valley working as the show host and as the exec producer. As well as the morning weatherman for KGAY 106.5 In his time spent with NBC PS Bryan has earned an Emmy for his work on Desert Living as well as “Coachella Valley best news personality 2019”

His Instagram

His Facebook

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AUREGAN

Auregan is a singer-songwriter and performer.

She penned more than 250 songs, and performed 300 headlining shows during her last tour, including stadiums, legendary venues across Europe, and Cathedrals.

She performed in numerous festivals in the rock, folk, Celtic and pop genres; recorded songs in Paris, London and Los Angeles.

Her three published albums are “Mon Tricorne Noir”, “Rock Movie” and “Tortuga“.

Her duet song with Billy Ray Cyrus, “Shelter In The Storm”, is included in critically acclaimed multi-award winning movie Man Of The Past‘s soundtrack. Auregan co-wrote the song with Billy Ray Cyrus.

In her latest song “Broken Doll”, Auregan opens about choosing a path, accepting who you are, and following a higher purpose despite a strong suffering. The track was produced by Diego Alfonsi.

She is also an actress, starring in the feature film THE BARN. As she never stepped back from a performance, she portrayed the smart and fierce April, a manipulative female alpha zombie. The movie  was released Sept 4, 2018 in USA and Canada and presented during the 2019 Berlin film festival (Berlinale Market), and Filmart in Hong-Kong in 2019.

As a producer she incorporated Colorado Studio LLC, her post-production, movie and production music production studio in Beverly Hills in 2017. She has several documentaries and feature films to her credits. She is currently working on projects with Paramount, The Lifetime Network, and US cable networks.

Her Instagram.

Her Website.

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GEORGE WYNER

A native of Boston and graduate of Syracuse University, George has worked extensively in TV and film since 1972. Notable film work includes the Coen Brothers’ best-picture nominee A Serious Man (2009) as Rabbi Nachtner, Mel Brooks’ Spaceballs (1987) as Colonel Sandurz, and his To Be or Not to Be (1983). Among other dozens of film credits are the classic Fletch (1985) and Fletch Lives (1989), The Devil’s Advocate (1997), and Trouble with the Curve (2012). George has guest starred on over 150 TV shows, and has been a series regular on nine. He is perhaps best known for his six seasons as Deputy D.A. Irwin Bernstein on Hill Street Blues (1981).

His ImdB

His Wikipedia

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KARINE ISAMBERT

Karine Isambert was born in France and grew up in Paris. At the age of 12, she was spotted by a radio manager who gave her a start as a radio host, online every Saturday evening.

Later while studying in College, she started modeling before moving to NYC, booking there her first roles in short films.

She portrayed majors characters in many plays including Dona Ana in “Don Juan”, Katia in “Le Carton” and Kelly in “Oscar in Love” (2015). In 2012, she founded her production company Revenescences.

In 2015, she directed a short film “Victory” inspired by the Paris attacks. Since that directorial debut she signed 3 other shorts movies and a music video garnering rave reviews.

She is currently preparing her first feature film tentatively titled “Detox”

Her ImdB

Her Facebook

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