Ben Maraniss is a writer, director, teacher and journalist. He earned an MFA in Film and Television Writing from the University of Southern California and holds a BA in American Studies from Amherst College. Ben has worked extensively with Spaceman Media and Scrollmotion, creating dozens of short films, commercials, and interstitials, which have appeared on AMC, Comedy Central and Super Deluxe. His articles on cinema and pop culture have been featured in the N+1 Film Review Supplement.
Ben’s pilot scipt Weimar won the 2015 Pilot Grand Prize in the International Screenwriters Association’s TRMS-Austin competition. He is currently working with producer Fredrica Drotos on television series about a UK tabloid reporter covering a murder in which her editor is implicated, and on Secret & Confidential, a detective series set 1970s-era Washington D.C.
Brendan Davis is a well-traveled independent producer of film and television. Strong conceptual vision combined with 20+ years of practical/creative credits. Since 1992 Davis has earned technical or creative credits on 50+ movies and TV series. In 2013, Davis co-founded Kilin International, a production company and consultancy focused on developing co-productions in the U.S., China, and New Zealand. Davis is also a partner in Spooky Tree Pictures, Ltd. based in Auckland, New Zealand, currently in development on DEAR MARY ANNE. He was previously COO of digital marketing firm Luthier Society, Inc. and founder of production company Tangible Entertainment. Davis has a BA in Film from Georgia State University, is currently a guest lecturer at Beijing Film Academy, and has been a Producing Faculty member of the New York Film Academy / Los Angeles since 2010.
In July 2013, Davis and Kilin were hired to produce 13 Los Angeles-based episodes of popular Chinese celebrity interview show "Jia Pian You Yue", aka “The Best”, for CCTV-6 in Beijing. The episodes were completed in November 2013 and aired in China during the 2014 Chinese New Year, featuring comic-book legend Stan Lee, directors Justin Lin and M. Night Shyamalan, and actor Sean Astin. Davis produced the project and served as executive producer for Kilin.
Most recently, Davis was a producer on the New Zealand feature film BORN TO DANCE, which had its world premiere at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival and its European premiere at the 2016 Berlinale. Other credits include the upcoming feature documentaries CRAZYHOT (2016) and THE ROYAL ART (2017). Previous credits include AUTEUR (2014) and DEADGIRL (2008; world premiere, 2008 TIFF).