Hanelle M. Culpepper
Selected for the inaugural class of 2019 ReFrame Rise directors, Hanelle M. Culpepper is an energetic and unflappable award-winning director whose television credits range from superhero action adventures to thrillers and genre films to character-driven dramas. In 2019, she was chosen to direct the pilot for Star Trek: Picard, making her the first woman to launch a new Star Trek series in its 53-year history, and earning her a Variety’s 2019 Inclusion Impact honor.
Hanelle earned her B.A. from Lake Forest College and her M.A. from USC's Annenberg School. After working as the assistant for Oscar-winning screenwriter/director Callie Khouri, she was selected for AFI's prestigious Directing Workshop for Women (DWW), which launched her as an emerging director to watch. Her DWW short A Single Rose won numerous awards and screened at film festivals worldwide, including the 2004 ICG Showcase at the Cannes Film Festival.
A Single Rose plus Hanelle’s viral short film spoof Six and the City, led to the green light for her first independent feature, the supernatural thriller Within, which won Outstanding Feature Film at the Big Bear Horror Film Festival and had its television premiere on Lifetime. Over the next several years, Hanelle helmed multiple independent thrillers, including Murder on the 13th Floor starring a young Tessa Thompson.
Hanelle’s television career took off after participating in NBC Universal’s Directing Initiative, which led to an episodic directing role for Parenthood. Since then, her television work includes such shows as Counterpart, Mayans M.C., Criminal Minds, Grimm, American Crime, The Flash, Gotham, and recently, the upcoming AMC series, NOS4A2. And in 2015, Hanelle was nominated for an Image Award for Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series.
Hanelle proudly serves as Alternate Board member of the DGA and co-chair of the DGA’s Women’s Steering Committee. She is represented by Verve. Her manager is Adesuwa McCalla at Metamorphic Entertainment.
Lisa’s experience in entertainment began when she moved to Los Angeles and ended up in the music business. After years of working in music, the film world stole her heart and allowed her to establish a reputation as an outstanding costume designer. She worked on films such as Oscar nominated “Whiplash” and no.1 box office hit “The Purge” to name a few.
Her reputation has allowed her to work alongside some of the finest talent in the film world. Working on over 40 films spanning two decades, Lisa has built an expansive industry-wide network that gives her the ability to crew up a film with the top talent in the business and makes her transition to the role of producer the natural next step.
Lisa is passionate about filmmaking and feels most comfortable and completely at home when on set. Her favorite part is the first day of filming when the director calls “action” for the first time.
In addition to working as producer on Royal Blood, Lisa recently optioned New York Times best-selling novel The Miracles of Santo Fico, a romantic comedy set in Italy, which is presently in development.
Michael Delfay earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Visual Arts/Film from the University of Maryland. Following graduation he directed and produced the independent feature MAXINE from DOS Productions. Mr. Delfay then co-wrote and produced BLACKMALE, a darkly comic thriller from Circle Films and Force of Nature Filmworks.
In addition, Mr. Delfay has written and produced numerous educational and corporate films for such clients as the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Council for Wildlife Conservation and Education. In addition to ROYAL BLOOD Mr. Delfay is currently developing SHOEDOG, written by George Pelecanos and CUT OFF, a road trip drama.
Stephanie Furgang Adwar
Stephanie Furgang Adwar is a founding partner of Furgang & Adwar, LLP. She is a graduate (JurisDoctor) of Yeshiva University, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law and has a Bachelor of Fine Artsdegree in Film and Television Production from New York University - Tisch School of Arts,Maurice Kanbar Institute of Film and Television. She brings over 25 years of experience in both transactional and litigation matters in entertainment, copyright, trademark, and unfair competition law. She represents a wide variety of clients in the entertainment field, including independent film productions, screenwriters, producers, actors, comedians, authors, performing artists, musicians, independent record labels, music publishing companies, and television production companies as well as obtaining, maintaining, and protecting the firm's clients' complex intellectual property rights, from licensing and other transactions through litigation.
Ms. Adwar began her career in entertainment by working for The Gersh Agency, N.Y., Inc., for DeLaurentiis Entertainment, and for CBS/Fox Video in New York. She went on to produce musicvideos for Time Shift Video in New York. Ms. Adwar has remained deeply committed to improving knowledge of entertainment law among both attorneys and entertainment industry leaders and regularly lectures at educational institutions such as her alma mater, Tisch School of Arts at New York University and at CLE programs and has judged both NYU's Mobil Awards for excellence in film production and Cardozo Law School's BMI Moot Court Competition.
Ms. Adwar serves as Communications Chair on the Governing Board of the American Bar Association's Forum on Entertainment and Sports Industries and has, in the past, served as its Membership Chair and Co-Sponsorship Chair. She is a member of the International Trademark Association, the New York State Bar Association's Entertainment and Sports Law Committee and Intellectual Property Law sections, and the Rockland County Bar Association. She also maintains active roles in entertainment professional organizations, including the prestigious New York Women in Film and Television, The Recording Academy, and the American Film Institute.
Ms. Adwar has received an "AV" peer review rating from Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory (thehighest rating) and is listed in the Martindale-Hubbell Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers.
Lanier cordell & Michael Delfay
Lanier Cordell spent her childhood in her mother's beauty salon in New Orleans where she developed an ear for dialogue, a fondness for quirky characters, and an appreciation of the art of story telling. She has worked as an accredited public relations professional, marketing and advertising consultant, and copywriter for print and electronic media. She has written, produced, and directed ads for local television and radio.
She is writer/producer of "Miracles of Santa Fico" an adaptation of a New York Times bestseller that is presently in development, as is an adaptation she wrote based on Gillian Roberts' novel, "Caught Dead in Philidelphia".
She is the author of "Equinomics: the Secret to Making Money with Your Horse Business", which spent several years on the Amazon.com topseller list.