Special Guests

John Heinsen
CEO & Executive Producer, Bunnygraph Entertainment
David Hartle
Terry Botwick
Founder/CEO of 1019 Entertainment
Scott Thigpen
COO | Producer | Director
Crazy Legs Productions
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John Heinsen

CEO & Executive Producer, Bunnygraph Entertainment

VP New Media, Producers Guild of America (PGA)

 

John and his company Bunnygraph Entertainment, work with writers, talent, and technologists to create serialized formats for television, interactive/web and mobile platforms in what he calls “Storytelling through Advanced Content”.  After completing a three year run as Transmedia Producer / Showrunner for the Academy Awards (Oscar.com), John now focuses on the development of a range of TV and film projects in both the US and around the world.  In 2015 his short film LONE HUNTER premiered at the Los Angeles Asia Pacific Film Festival and was selected for the Court Metrage at the Cannes Film Festival. John is a veteran of the FOX Broadcasting Company, International Creative Management (ICM), and Castle Rock Entertainment.  

John serves as Vice President, New Media for the Producers Guild of America (PGA) and sits on the Executive Committee of the Producers Peer Group of the Television Academy.  John is a Graduate of the American Film Institute (AFI) Conservatory and lives in Los Angeles.

Terry Botwick

Founder/CEO of 1019 Entertainment

 

 Mr. Botwick recently completed production on Captive, starring David Oyelowo (Selma) and Kata Mara (House of Cards). Captive was acquired for worldwide release by Paramount Pictures. Terry also recently produced a theatrical documentary entitled, Cool It, based upon the book and work of Bjorn Lomborg, which tackles the economic impact of Global Warming and was acquired by Roadside Attractions and Lionsgate. 1019 has approximately a dozen feature film projects in development as well as television series.

Mr. Botwick has extensive experience in both the creative and the business side of the entertainment industry. Mr. Botwick has excelled in several high-impact positions, including: President of Vanguard Films & Animation which produced several animated feature films for Starz Entertaiment and Fox, President and COO of Big Idea Productions (VeggieTales) where Terry Executive Produced Jonah: A VeggieTales Movie as well as many direct to video titles of the best selling franchise, SVP of Programming for CBS overseeing the all of the network¹s drama and comedy series programming as well as the alternative series department and Specials such as Kids Say the Darndest Things and the Grammy Awards. He was part of the team that took the network from third place to first in the ratings. Prior to CBS, Terry was President of Distribution and National Programming for the Hearst Corporation and Vice President of The Family Channel where he headed up Programming and Production up through the company's successful
IPO. Mr. Botwick has had P&L responsibility for more than $100 million
along with business and creative oversight of more than 1,000 hours of
movies and television. Terry has been married to Monsita Ferrer (daughter of Academy Award winning actor, Jose Ferrer and singer, Rosemary Clooney) for 37 years. Together they have 3 sons, Nathaniel (31), Theodore (28) and Harrison (25). 

Scott Thigpen

COO | Producer | Director 

Crazy Legs Productions

 

 

Scott Thigpen has been Chief Operations Officer of Crazy Legs Productions since 2012. In that time, the company has grown to become one of the leading producers of non-fiction television and branded entertainment. Just a few of the recent series developed and produced by Crazy Legs include Dance Crash for OWN, Prancing Elites Project for Oxygen, A Season With Notre Dame Football for Showtime, and many more. In addition to overseeing company operations, Thigpen also directs many episodes of Crazy Legs’ recreation-based programming like Swamp Murders, Bloodlands, and Your Worst Nightmare for ID Channel, as well as Hidden City and Faked Out for Travel Channel. 

 

Before coming to Crazy Legs, Thigpen’s career focused on social issues programming. He co-produced and edited the Emmy Award-winning Holocaust documentary Burning Questions; wrote, produced and directed The Last Child, examining global polio eradication efforts; produced the women’s empowerment documentary feature A Powerful Noise, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival. And in recognition of International Women’s Day, he developed and produced the events, A Powerful Noise LIVE and Half the Sky LIVE, both simulcast in nearly 500 theatres nationwide. 

Thigpen is a member of the Producers Guild of America, where he serves as Vice Chairman of the Atlanta chapter. He lives in Atlanta with his wife and four of their five children.