Jay D. Roth
National Executive Director, Directors Guild of America
As National Executive Director of the DGA, Jay D. Roth is responsible for the daily management and oversight of all the Guild’s activities, services, and operations, for the 16,500 DGA members who work in film, television, commercials, documentaries, news, sports, new media and other audiovisual genres, and live both in the United States and abroad. Prior to his position at the DGA, he was Managing Partner at Taylor, Roth, Bush & Geffner, where he spent 25 years representing the entertainment industry guilds and labor organizations. Mr. Roth has been involved in the Franco-American Cultural Fund since its inception, first as the lawyer who represented and negotiated the creation of the Fund on behalf of the DGA and WGAW, and then as a founding DGA Board Member. In 2009, President Sarkozy of France named Mr. Roth a recipient of the French Legion of Honor.
In addition to helming the iconic feature hits, An Officer and a Gentleman (1982), Against All Odds (1984), Ray (2004), and the cult thriller The Devil’s Advocate (1997), Taylor Hackford has directed the films Dolores Claiborne (1995), Everybody’s All American (1988), and Proof of Life (2000). Taylor developed and produced La Bamba, the most successful Latin-themed feature film in history. Mr. Hackford has been an active member of the Directors Guild of America for over 40 years, including twice as elected President of the DGA, beginning in 2009.
MPA President and Managing Director for Europe, Middle-East and Africa, FACF Board Member
Stan McCoy is the President and Managing Director of the region encompassing Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) for the Motion Picture Association (MPA). As a specialist in intellectual property and innovation policy, Stan’s key responsibility is to work with partners across the region to promote policies and enforcement practices that help the region to enjoy the jobs, growth, and cultural dividends of a vibrant creative sector. Stan joined the MPA in April 2014 as Senior Vice President & Regional Policy Director following over a decade of government service. He became President and Managing Director on 1 January 2015.
Senator Chris Dodd
Former United States Senator Chris Dodd is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Motion Picture Association of America, which serves as the voice and advocate of the American motion picture industry around the world. For 36 years, Senator Dodd represented the State of Connecticut in the United States Congress and was recognized as one of the most widely respected legislators; earning the trust of both Republicans and Democrats. Appointed to the MPAA in March of 2011, Senator Dodd’s highest priority is to champion the creative freedoms of filmmakers by safeguarding intellectual property rights, advancing technology-driven innovation and opening global markets to the uniquely powerful medium of film.
CEO Sacem, President of FACF
A graduate of the Paris Institute of Political Studies (Sciences Po) and the ESSEC business school, Jean-Noël Tronc worked for the European Parliament, Andersen Consulting and France’s Centre for Strategic Planning before being appointed IT and Internet Advisor to France’s Prime Minister from 1997 to 2002. After five years with France Telecom/Orange (2002-2007), in charge of the brand’s strategy before becoming CEO of Orange France, he spent three years as Chairman and CEO of Canal+ Overseas, which runs the Canal+ Group’s pay-TV business in French overseas territories and internationally, before joining SACEM as CEO in June 2012. He is also Vice-President of GESAC (European association of authors’ societies).
Matters pertaining to the management of the repertoire, rights distribution, and services to members are the responsibility of Louis Diringer. A graduate of the Institut de Musicologie (advanced studies) and Strasbourg Law School (commercial law), Louis Diringer joined SACEM in 1980. He has worked in two of the society’s major operational sections: firstly, in rights collection – as a regional delegate and then Head of the Licences Department; and secondly, from 1995 to 2012, in authors’ rights distribution – as Director of the Documentation and Distribution Department.
Charles B. Slocum
Charles B. Slocum is Assistant Executive Director of the Writers Guild of America, West. His work focuses on financial and strategic analysis of the entertainment industry. Prior to the Guild, Mr. Slocum worked for Paramount Pictures in finance, for NBC as a game show judge, and for ABC in audience research. Slocum received an MBA from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania and a B.S. in Public Communications from the Newhouse School at Syracuse University.
Howard A. Rodman
Screenwriter, Vice President Writers Guild of America, West
Howard A. Rodman is a screenwriter, novelist, and educator. He is the Vice President of the Writers Guild of America, West; professor and former chair of the writing division at the USC School of Cinematic Arts; an artistic director of the Sundance Institute Screenwriting Labs; a member of the executive committee of the Writers Branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences; and a fellow of the Los Angeles Institute for the Humanities. His films include SAVAGE GRACE, starring Julianne Moore, – official selection Cannes Film Festival in 2007 – and AUGUST, with Josh Hartnett, Rip Torn, and David Bowie.
KATHERINE FUGATE has a long career in television and film, but is probably best known for writing the screenplays for Valentine’s Day and New Year’s Eve, directed by Garry Marshall and featuring all-star casts. She also created and executive produced the hit TV series Army Wives, which ran for 8 seasons. She appeared on numerous news outlets on both TV and radio to discuss PTSD issues in female soldiers as well as working with First Lady Michelle Obama on the “Joining Forces” campaign to shine a light on the sacrifices made by our military families. Katherine is presently serving her fourth elected term on the Board of Directors of the Writers Guild of America, West, and was voted one of Variety’s “50 Women of Impact in Hollywood in 2008.” She is the founder of “The Writers Fund,” a pay-it-forward campaign to aid Writers Guild members in need, fully funded anonymously by other Writers Guild members. Katherine is adding a new title to her resume as writer-director, directing her first feature film, based on the life of Christy Martin, the champion female boxer whose trainer-husband attempted to brutally murder her when she left him for a woman. Lastly, and perhaps most importantly, Katherine is an occasional drummer, rattlesnake charmer and mother to her 9 year old daughter, Madeleine, who teaches her every day the meaning of life and love.
As a director, screenwriter, and producer, four-time Academy Award© nominee Michael Mann has established himself as one of the most innovative and influential filmmakers in American cinema. After writing and directing the Primetime Emmy Award-winning television movie The Jericho Mile (1979), Mann made his feature-film directorial debut with Thief (1981), followed by executive producing the television series Miami Vice (1984). He went on to direct Manhunter (1986), The Last of the Mohicans (1992), Heat (1995), and The Insider (1999), Ali (2001), Collateral (2004), a film adaptation of Miami Vice (2006), Public Enemies (2009), and most recently, Blackhat (2015).
As a producer, Mann’s work includes Martin Scorsese’s The Aviator (2004), Hancock (2008), Texas Killing Fields (2011), and the HBO series Luck (2011) and Witness (2012). He has been a member of the DGA since 1977, and currently sits on the DGA’s National Board.