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John Adams

John Adams has written, produced and directed hundreds of television commercials. He graduated from William and Mary College.
At Foote, Cone and Belding, Adams worked on campaigns for Levi’s, including the much-awarded 501 Blues. He also produced spots for the CALIFORNIA DANCING RAISINS, TACO BELL AND HOLLAND AMERICA, before moving down the street to work for the legendary Hal Riney.
At Riney, he worked on the original campaign for Saturn. His work there won a slew of industry awards, and attracted the attention of another pair of industry legends, Dan Wieden and David Kennedy, who hired him to work on Nike.
While at Wieden, Adams produced spots with Michael Jordan, Charles Barkley and Bo Jackson, among many others. Again, the work garnered awards from all over the world, including Cannes Lions. Adamsalso produced the first campaign from W+K for Subaru, which was chronicled in the book Where The Suckers Moon, by New York Times writer Randall Rothenberg.
After W+K, Adams moved to Atlanta, where he became Head of Production for West Wayne. While there, he also taught for two years at Portfolio Center, and was one of the founders of The Creative Circus, another ad school in the city.
Leaving Atlanta for Dallas, Adams became Head of Production for the DDB office, overseeing production of spots for GTE, Pepsi and Tabasco, including the well-known Tabasco Mosquito spot, winner of another Gold Lion.
It was while in Dallas that Adams was given the opportunity to begin directing local campaigns for various clients, including Dr. Pepper, The Dallas Morning News and KERA, the Dallas PBS affiliate.
His directing work quickly caught the attention of several LA and NY production companies, and Adams moved to Los Angeles, where he began a directing career that has spanned more than ten years.
Adams has directed spots for every major ad agency, including BBDO, DDB, Doner, McCann-Erickson, Draft/FCB, Leo Burnett, etc., and for an enviable list of clients like AT&T, LEXUS, MCDONALD’S, CHRYSLER, HOME DEPOT, LOWE’S, SEARS, KRAFT, S.C. JOHNSON and many, many others.

Joy Goodwin
Joy Goodwin is an executive producer of the forthcoming BLACK NATIVITY (Fox Searchlight, Kasi Lemmons, dir.) and the writer and co-producer of the forthcoming adaptation of William Faulkner's INTRUDER IN THE DUST (Debra Granik, dir.). Recent producing credits include MAY IN THE SUMMER (2013, Cherien Dabis, dir.) Between 2005-2010 she was head of development at Plum Pictures in NY, where she developed and co-produced $2-to-$10-million-dollar features, five of which were selected for Sundance. Plum's films were acquired by Lionsgate, Weinstein Company, IFC Films, Magnolia Pictures, and HBO Films. She has written about the theater for The New York Times and The New Yorker and produced live and taped television for ABC, ESPN, A&E, Lifetime, and the History Channel. She is a 2002 winner of an Emmy Award in the sports documentary category. Her narrative nonfiction book, THE SECOND MARK, was New York Times editors' choice in 2004.



Keith Hobgood


Keith Hobgood ha spent the last 17 year as an Illustration Director at Out of Our Minds Animation Studio in Winston Salem, NC. He attended East Carolina University. Out of Our Minds Animation Studio released THE MAGISTICAL in 2010. Keith has provided visual effects for films such as THE TOUGH SOUTH OF LARRY BROWN and STALEMATE, as well as animating many commercial projects and short films such as DEAR, SWEET EMMA.


Blaise Noto

With a career that has spanned over 35-years, Blaise J. Noto was one of Hollywood's top marketing and publicity. As Executive Vice President of Worldwide Publicity at Paramount Pictures, he spearheaded the Academy Awards campaigns for the Oscar-winning Best Pictures "TITANIC," "BRAVEHEART" and "FORREST GUMP."  He also was Executive President of Publicity at Columbia Pictures, and held key marketing positions at Warner Bros., United Artists, Orion Pictures, and Vestron and for producer Dino De Laurentiis.

He is a five-time recipient of the Publicist Guild of America’s “Best Motion Picture Publicity Campaign” for “TITANIC,” “FORREST GUMP,” “BRAVEHEART,” “SPIDER-MAN” AND NICKELODEON'S "RUGRATS: THE MOVIE." Most recently he was Associate Producer on the feature film "Heart of a Dragon" that filmed in China, and on the documentary feature film "When the Mountain Calls: Nepal-Tibet-Bhutan" which aired on 144 PBS station nationwide.

He is a long-standing member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences, and the Publicists Guild of America/Cinematographers Guild, and the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.

Mr. Noto received his B.A. in Sociology from Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut, and his M.A. in Communication from the Annenberg School for Communication at The University of Pennsylvania. In 2008, he was invited by the Chinese government to teach marketing at the Beijing Film Academy.


John Schimmel

John Schimmel is joining us for the Fall semester – commuting from Los Angeles where he is a producer, a writer, a consultant, and the author of a new book on Screenwriting called: SCREENWRITING FROM BEHIND ENEMY LINES: TIPS FROM INSIDE THE STUDIO GATES, being published January 2014. John started his career working for Warner Brothers as a development and production executive before he began working with Michael Douglas and Steve Reuther, Bel Air Productions and Ascendant Films. John has worked on such films as FACE OFF, COLLATORAL DAMAGE, SWEET NOVEMBER, THE REPLACEMENTS, LUCKY NUMBER SLEVIN, LORD OF WAR and THE BIG WHITE among others.