The Minority Report Jury Board
These industry professionals are the members of the inaugural Jury Board.
They're helping not only to make the Minority Report what it is, but to diversify the industry as a whole.
Jury Board Biographies
Xiomara Comrie joined the staff of Local 600 as a Business Rep after a 20-year career as a Camera Assistant. In late 2015, she was appointed the first National Diversity Officer. Xiomara was also recently promoted to Assistant Western Region Director. In addition to enforcing contracts and serving the membership, Xiomara works alongside the diversity committee and women’s groups to increase awareness and promote inclusion and access within the membership and the industry.
Diana Williams is the Executive Vice President of Creative at MWM Universe, the IP-focused division of MWM, a diversified entertainment media company concentrated on premium content creation in film, television, immersive media and live entertainment. In her role, Williams oversees all creative aspects of MWM Universe and is responsible for building MWMU’s core competencies in creative content strategy, world-building, content production, and data analytics.
Nicholas Weinstock runs Red Hour, a creative film and television company, together with his New York-based partners Ben Stiller and Stuart Cornfeld. Red Hour currently produces movies at 20th Century Fox, Paramount, New Line, Lionsgate, MGM, CBS Films and other studios in addition to the company’s independent films, web series, and diverse television projects in both broadcast and cable. Previously he partnered with Judd Apatow to run Apatow Productions, overseeing such movies as Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Pineapple Express, and Bridesmaids.
Michelle Amor Gillie co-wrote PLAYIN’ FOR LOVE, directed by and starring Robert Townsend (Five Heartbeats, Hollywood Shuffle) and Jenifer Lewis (Black-ish), wrote OF BOYS & MEN starring Academy® Award-nominated actress Angela Bassett (Black Panther) and Robert Townsend, and co-produced and co-wrote the documentary film TUPAC SHAKUR: BEFORE I WAKE. She previously taught at UCLA, Chapman University, Cal State, Northridge, and AFI, and is serving her third elected term as co-chair of the WGAW Committee of Black Writers (CBW), whose mission is to create career and networking opportunities for Black writers in Hollywood.
Loretha Jones, the exec who steered BET’s successful move into scripted programming with such series as “The Game,” “Let’s Stay Together” and “Being Mary Jane,” served as president of original programming.Jones is well-liked by writers and known for her focus on bringing top talent to the cabler, including the husband-and-wife duo of Mara Brock Akil and Salim Akil, the pair behind “Game” and “Being Mary Jane.”
Megan Halpern is the Director of Events for The Black List. She also serves as the editor of their blog. Committed to diversity, she participated in Women in Film/Black List TV Lab where 8 writers were chosen for a prolific program. She says “The bright side of such a difficult process is that it further proves the point that there are many talented women currently going unhired in this industry for reasons unrelated to their talent and writing.”
Adele Lim is a Malaysian film and television producer and screenwriter, best known for the 2018 movie Crazy Rich Asians. She has also lent her support to young writers as mentor and speaker to the Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment (CAPE). She recently sparked headlines after leaving the sequel Crazy Rich Asians 2 after pay disparity.
Deniese Davis has produced countless music videos, short films and various online content. In the web-series realm she is best known for producing Issa Rae’s award-winning web series “The Mis-Adventures of Awkward Black Girl”, which accumulated over 17 million views with seasons one and two combined. As a freelance producer she has worked with companies such as Macro, AwesomenessTV, All Def Digital, Pulse Films, Caviar Films, Valhalla Entertainment, and AlrightTV, including a brief stint as Head of Production for Marlon Wayans’ digital network “WhatTheFunny?!” (WTF Studios, Inc.) in 2012.
Alison Emilio is Director of ReFrame, a joint initiative of Sundance Institute and Women In Film Los Angeles. ReFrame is a growing coalition of industry leaders and 50+ Ambassadors – producers, directors, agents, studio executives – to bring about measurable progress in achieving gender equity and advancing female filmmakers in film, TV, and media.
Elsie Choi, former head of development for Mad Rabbit, has been named executive director and will oversee the Rideback TV Incubator. The incubator offers a paid, eight-month residency program to a group of eight writers who have each previously been staffed on series and want to create their own drama series for cable and streaming. The goal of the new venture is to support experienced TV drama writers from diverse backgrounds who are on the cusp of advancing their careers.
Kailey Marsh is a literary manager & producer at Brillstein Entertainment partners. Prior to Brillstein, she ran her own management and production company, Kailey Marsh Media, representing screenwriters and directors in the film and television space. Marsh is an Executive producer on the show Light as a Feather, which airs its second season on Hulu in 2019.
Christine Vachon is an American film producer active in the American independent film sector.Christine Vachon produced Todd Haynes’ first feature, Poison, which was awarded the Grand Jury Prize at the 1991 Sundance Film Festival. Since then, she has gone on to produce many acclaimed American independent films. Vachon also participates as a member of the Jury for the NYICFF, a paramount New York City Film Festival dedicated to screening films for children between the ages of 3 and 18.