PANEL - The 2012 ITVfest Producers Panel

July 05, 2012

03:00 PM - 04:30 PM

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One of the great sessions among the crown jewel panels of ITVfest, we present our 2012 ITVfest Producers Panel. Not just about New Media, or Television, or Features...but all about producing. With so many projects going 'cross-medium' at this point, the distinguishing lines may be blurring, but we at ITVfest believe that many of the core skills & talents needed to produce, remain the same. So come & listen to some heavyweight producers from across the spectrum, talk about the challenges that lie ahead in the converging Broadcast/Digital world!

Panelists [Full Bios Below]

Caitlin Foito - Director of Drama Development for Fox Broadcasting Company.  Aaron Solomon - Independent Producer Ed Scharlach - Independent Producer Cindi Rice -  Partner + Producer, Epic Level Entertainment  Tim Roddy - [producer/director] Nick Abdo - Independent Producer

Moderator - Barry Gribble



Caitlin Foito - Caitlin Foito is Director of Drama Development for Fox Broadcasting Company.  Before joining the network in the summer of 2011, Foito worked as Director of Programming at Fox Television Studios. Foito worked on such shows as The Gates for ABC, Lights Out for FX and Outlaw Country, the pilot for FX. She worked on the second season of The Riches for FX and the first seasons of Mental for Fox, shot in Bogotá, Colombia and Defying Gravity for ABC produced in conjunction with CTV, Prosieben and the BBC.  She also worked on various projects in development, including web-based series.

Foito began her career as a researcher for documentarian Peggy Case for American Experience and PBS.  She also worked at Microsoft Studios; the Washington State Film Office; the Seattle Arts Commission; Jodi Rothfield Casting Associates; and Miramax/Dimension films. Before joining the Fox Family in 2004, Foito worked as an assistant at CAA (Creative Artists Agency) in the Motion Picture Talent Department.



  Aaron Solomon - AARON SOLOMON is a veteran producer and writer for such hit television game and competition programs as “1 vs. 100,” “Survivor,” “Family Feud,” “The Weakest Link” and “Rock Star: INXS.”  He is also unapologetically proud of his work on the lesser-successful ABC shows “You Deserve It” and “Million Dollar Mind Game.”  He was recently nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award as co-executive producer of the Nickelodeon children’s game show, “BrainSurge.”  When he’s not producing TV, Aaron moonlights as the bassist for the glam-pocalyptic rock band SUPER DUPER.  He also makes a mean pasta salad.

Ed Scharlach - Ed Scharlach has written and produced more than 300 episodes of TV comedy, including classic shows “Odd Couple”, “Happy Days”, “Mork and Mindy”, and “Love American Style”.  Also TV variety series such as “The Dean Martin Show” and shows for Steve Martin, Bette Midler, and Jay Leno.  Hour mystery dramas include writing/producing “Mickey Spillane’s Mike Hammer” and writing for “Quantum Leap” and “The Cosby Mysteries”. 

Animation writing/producing includes “Duckman”, “The Wild Thornberrys”, “Pinky and the Brain”, the pilot for cult classic “Invader Zim”, as well as producing (2001-2005) a recent incarnation of “Scooby-Doo”.  Ed is an Emmy, Annie, and Writer’s Guild Award nominee and the winner of a Cable ACE award.

Cindi Rice -  Partner + Producer, Epic Level Entertainment  Bringing with her many years of creative development, brand management, and licensing expertise, Cindi began working for TSR, Inc. as a designer and editor for Dungeons & Dragons (D&D)  in 1995, where she first learned the process of creating complex, in-depth storylines as well as unique and powerful intellectual properties. By the time Hasbro purchased Wizards of the Coast in 1999, she had also been granted responsibility over business development and licensing for the entire roleplaying game business.

Then, in 2002, Cindi founded Critical Hits, which served as the entertainment licensing agency for many game and toy companies, including Wizards of the Coast, Hasbro, White Wolf Publishing, and Pinnacle Entertainment Group, among others. In 2004, Cindi has merged Critical Hits into Epic Level Entertainment, which she formed with John Frank Rosenblum. Now, she and her partner produce live-action and animated projects for film, television and the internet for both studios and the independent market. Over the last few years, Cindi has taken up the Producer mantle on the Scourge of Worlds interactive movie, the XOMBIEanimated series, the Dragonlance: Dragons of Autumn Twilight film for Paramount Pictures, the Knights of Bloodsteel miniseries for the SciFi Channel, and the Gamers: Dorkness Rising independent comedy, as well as consulting on the Dungeons & Dragons: Wrath of the Dragon God film for Warner Brothers,Southland Tales for Persistent Pictures, and several other upcoming productions.



• EXECUTIVE PRODUCER — Knights of Bloodsteel (2009, SyFy Channel)


• CO-EXECUTIVE PRODUCER — Dragons of Autumn Twilight (2008, Paramount Pictures)

• CONSULTING PRODUCER — Wrath of the Dragon God (2005, Warner Home Video)

• PRODUCER — Scourge of Worlds: A Dungeons & Dragons Adventure (2004, Warner Home Video)


• PRODUCER — The All New Game Show, live web series (Spring 2011-present,

• PRODUCER — Dungeon Bastard, live-action web series (Spring 2011-present,

• PRODUCER — Bite Me, live-action web series (2010-present,

• PRODUCER — XOMBIE: Dead On Arrival, animated web series (2003-2008, Halo8)

  Tim Roddy - [producer/director]

A natural leader with a passion for storytelling, Tim Roddy began his career as a Location Manager on various films and television shows.  Honing production management and communications skills that would serve him later in his career, Tim worked on projects as diverse as the “Scream” trilogy of horror films, “The Nutty Professor 2,” as well as the television series’ “Party of Five” and “The X-Files.”

Transitioning into documentary programming, Tim began working for Greystone Communications as an Archival Researcher for several documentary programs.  Poring through archives and tracking down hard-to-find print and film materials, Tim was on the front line, seeing projects through from inception to final cut. Projects included “The Enforcers” and “History of Sex” series for History, as well as “Biography” for A&E.

In 2002, Tim was hired for the first season of the FOX series, “American Idol,” which became the number one television program of that year and a cultural phenomenon. Tim soon became an in-demand Producer/Director for various unscripted shows. Other projects have included “Paradise Hotel,” “Dr. 90210,” “Surreal Life,” “Keyshia Cole: The Way It Is,” “Celebrity Rehab” and most recently, “The Dev Project,” an MTV special documenting the professional and personal life of an up and coming pop singer.

In 2009, Tim partnered with music industry veteran Derek Lafayette to produce original programming. Their first 2 projects are the docu-soap “Divine Invasion,” documenting the career of Toronto-based R&B singer Divine Brown; and “I Can Make You Dance,” a competition-style series searching for the next great choreographer. Tim is currently completing work on a new series for Lifetime.


  Nick Abdo - Nick Abdo is a forty year creative professional of Motion Pictures, Television, and Interactive Media. His start came in television as a Production Assistant on The Odd Couple. After four months he became Associate Producer of that show, where he remained in that capacity for the remainder of the series. He went on to Associate Produce the first three-camera season of Happy Days and later became a producer of that series as well as Laverne & Shirley. He moved on to produce several other situation comedies before moving into feature films. Some of his most notable film credits are Beaches with Bette Midler and Barbara Hershey; Overboard with Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell; Nothing in Common with Tom Hanks and Jackie Gleason; and Frankie and Johnny with Al Pacino and Michelle Pfeiffer.  

In Interactive Media, he produced and directed several edutainment software programs. He created the concepts, designed the interfaces, wrote the design documentation, supervised the artwork, acting, programming, sound design and testing. He also participated in the marketing of the products.  

In Feature films, his functions have usually been in a creative capacity. More recently he has been functioning as a Line Producer on several Independent Features. In television, he functions as both a line producer and a creative producer. He mounts the shows, participates in hiring the key personnel, creates the initial budget and schedule, takes part in casting, and supervises the production. He is very influential in the style and look of the show. A short film he wrote and directed, The Erogenous Zone was nominated best short at the 2009 Elgin Film Festival.  Currently he heads an Independent Film Consultants site that provides script and financing services to filmmakers. 



Barry Gribble - Barry Gribble is a filmmaker and instructor in Los Angeles. He produced a groundbreaking 24-episode webseries, “Buddy Jackson,” in 2006/2007 which appeared at ITVfest in 2008.  His pilot “3View” appeared at the ITVF in 2011 and was nominated for four awards, including Best Drama, Best Directing, Best Writing, Best Actor in a Drama.  He created a pilot presentation, “Saving Corporate America,” for FOX Television Studios (with Caitlin Foito).  His pilot, “Dog,” won Best Overall Television Festival at the 2009 ITVF.  His pilot, “Codeword Secret,” won him a mentorship with Phil Rosenthal, creator of “Everybody Loves Raymond.”

Barry was a writer/producer on “The A-List,” a comedy series for Animal Planet produced by Discovery Studios, for whom he also produced a pop-up version of the very popular “Dirty Jobs.”  He was Executive Producer for “KoldCast Presents,” a 26-episode half hour cable show created from web series that show on

Barry also teaches part time for Boston University's Center for Digital Imaging Arts (CDIA).  He co-created the “8 Hour Film School,” an intensive hands-on filmmaking workshop.  He has developed custom classes for many special topics, including DSLR video for photograph professionals and “How to Win the 48 Hour Film Project.”  He appeared on panels at NAB on producing on a tight deadline, and at New York Comic Con on how to make your own television show Barry is currently developing television shows and working as a freelance writer/director.




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 Here is the list of Nominations for the 2012 ITVfest Awards - Click Here