Judges

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IVAN SCHWARZ

Ivan Schwarz has been President of the Greater Cleveland Film Commission (GCFC) since 2007. He is committed to building a year-round, sustainable media industry through job creation, workforce development, and attraction of media productions to Ohio. Ivan has over 20 years of experience in the film and television industry.

Prior to joining the GCFC he was a Co-Producer on the HBO mini-series Band of Brothers and a Location Manager on Entourage, My Name Is Earl, The Comeback, From the Earth to the Moon, as well as on many other films and television programs. He has worked all over the world alongside top industry professionals, such as Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks.

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Todd Lieberman

TODD LIEBERMAN (Producer) is a co-owner of Mandeville Films and Television where he is one of the leading producers in the entertainment industry today. Most recently, he and Mandeville partner David Hoberman produced the wildly successful Beauty and the Beast, the biggest live-action movie musical ever made.

Since its founding in 1995, Mandeville Films has produced feature films that have grossed more than $1 billion in domestic box-office receipts. Mandeville partners Lieberman and Hoberman produced the critically hailed Academy Award©-nominated feature “The Fighter,” starring Mark Wahlberg, Christian Bale, Melissa Leo and Amy Adams, and directed by David O. Russell.   Upcoming movies include “Stronger,” the inspirational story of Boston marathon survivor Jeff Bauman and   “Wonder,” based on R.J. Palacio’s best-selling YA novel, to be directed by Stephen Chbosky, starring Julia Roberts and Jason Tremblay, to be released by Lionsgate.

Under the Mandeville banner, Lieberman also produced “The Muppets" and the next “Muppet” installment, “Muppets Most Wanted.”

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Marc Buckland

After working for many years with Steven Bochco ("L. A. Law," "NYPD Blue"), director and producer Marc Buckland found one of his biggest successes, not in the world of hard-hitting procedural dramas, but in comedy. Premiering in 2005, "My Name is Earl" followed the hapless quest of Earl Hickey (Jason Lee) to right the wrongs of his past. The single-camera series was notable for featuring multiple locations and highly original storylines not available to the usual sitcom plot-generators. Buckland won an Emmy Award for directing the show's pilot episode. Currently, Buckland is directing "Linda from HR" and is an executive producer for "Powerless" where DC heroes are actual characters with conflicts and motivations of their own.