Current Judges

Author (Here I Stand)
Writer-Scripts sold (The Champion Inside, Scar Across My Heart)
Creator/Producer/Director (Blood, Bruises & Broken Bones)
Screenwriter/Producer/Director (A Sense of Purpose: Fighting For Our Livescompleted in March 2018, Writer, director, producer of the psychological thriller  A Cup Full of Crazy)

(Nobody Nowhere, Deaf Ghost, Two Days and a Bombshell, #Lovelines)
(G.B.F.), (The Lowe Men)
Managing Director of  Deaf West Theatre

(The Best and the Brightest)

(Nature of Love premiered Spring 2020 and Christmas Carousel premieres on December 19th. Also The Perfect Man, Never Again, Bad Hair Day).
Dawn also serves as an executive with Terence Michael ( and EP on two Award Winning short films (The Boy, Butterflies).

Actor (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Castlerock, Grace & Frankie, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Younger, Gone, Universal TV, Chicago Justice, Longmire, Elementary, Manhattan, Hail, Caesar!, Love You Man, The Middle)
Writer/Producer (Issues)

Artistic Director and Co-Founder, Philadelphia Environmental Film Festival
Executive Manager, Lightstorm Entertainment (Terminator 2: Judgment Day, Titanic)
Producer (Sistuhs)
Post Production Manager (A Time of Destiny)

TV: Executive Producer (Underground, Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert, Sherman’s Showcase-coming out 2019, Rhythm and Flow- coming out 2019, Sing it On

Film: Executive Producer (La La Land, Monster, Southside With You, Jingle Jangle-in production)

Theater: Producer (Jitney and Turn Me Loose)

Writer/Director (ESPN 30 for 30: Playing For The Mob, His Good Will, Exile, Butterflies)
Executive Producer (The Fix)

HBO Senior Vice President

Actor (Fam –CBS Series,  MacGyver – CBS  Series, One Mississippi- Amazon Series, Claws –TBS Series)

Jo Piazza is a bestselling author of eight books and an award winning journalist. Her latest novel Charlotte Walsh Likes to Win is currently being adapted into a limited television series for Amazon. She is the host and executive producer of three podcasts for iHeart Media. Her first podcast, Committed is also in development for a network television series. Her books have received popular and critical acclaim and have been published in more than ten languages.

Lee Daniels is an Academy Award® nominated filmmaker whose work is trademarked by authenticity and candor .Some of his renowned movies include The Butler, Monsters Ball and Precious, as well as TV works such as EMPIRE and Star. Currently, Lee Daniels is working on the release of his latest original picture – The United States V.S. Billie Holiday , a drama picture based around the court case of famed singer Billie Holiday.

(Executive Producer: Mare of Easttown, The Way Back, Our Friend, American Woman)

Tommy Oliver is a producer and cinematographer, known for 40 Years a Prisoner (2020), Black Love (2017) and The Perfect Guy (2015).

Past Judges