PRESIDENT AND CEO
NICK STUART is CEO of Transform Films Inc and is a former BAFTA judge and independent director, producer and television journalist who has made award-winning programming on both sides of the Atlantic in a 30 year career. He has made programming for BBC, ITV, Discovery, National Geographic and Al Jazeera English and was EP on Serving Life with Forest Whitaker that won the Cine Golden Eagle Judges’ award in the U.S. His experiences reporting around the world led him to set up Transform Films Inc. as a focus for independent film-makers committed to using documentary storytelling as a catalyst for change to bring about a more just world.
Nick is a member of the Producers’ Guild of America.
Kirsten is the Producer for Transform Films, overseeing development and production of long- and short-form documentaries. She is an Emmy-Award winning documentary filmmaker and her recent film, The Homestretch, a feature documentary about homeless high school students in Chicago Public Schools, was a co-production with Kartemquin Films and Spargel Productions, her company with film partner Anne de Mare. The Homestretch was broadcast on PBS Independent Lens as part of the American Graduate Initiative with Corporation for Public Broadcasting and ITVS. Previous film projects include the award-winning Asparagus! Stalking the American Life and the upcoming The Girl With the Rivet Gun – an animated new media project about Rosie the Riveter.
Her work has been supported by the ITVS, CPB, AmDoc, MacArthur Foundation, the Sundance Institute, Fledgling Fund, Chicken and Egg, Good Pitch and Bertha Foundation/Brit Docs. She was recently awarded the “2015 Spirit of Youth Award” from the National Runaway Safeline for her advocacy work supporting homeless youth surrounding the The Homestretch Impact Campaign. Kirsten is also a theatre director and arts educator and was awarded the President’s 2014 Award for Youth Programs in the Arts & Humanities. She has a diverse background in developing new content for both film and theater which focuses on social justice issues and worked several years on National Geographic Explorer series.
Kirsten is a Fellow at the Sundance Documentary Institute and a graduate of the Master’s Directing program at The Juilliard School.
Graham Judd is a veteran documentary producer with over 25 years experience creating award-winning films for the BBC, ABC, Discovery and History. As senior producer at Lion TV and Kunhardt McGee Productions, Graham relished the challenge of turning complex ideas into compelling television. Between 2003 and 2010, he developed and delivered a number of critically acclaimed projects for PBS, including This Emotional Life with Harvard psychologist Dan Gilbert, Fabric of the Cosmos with Columbia physicist Brian Greene, and African American Lives with Harvard historian Henry Louis Gates, Jr. When African American Lives first aired in 2006, The New York Times described the series as “the most exciting and stirring documentary on any subject to appear on television in a long time.” Graham began his career in the BBC where he developed his strong narrative approach to filmmaking, and attention to visual detail. He moved to the U.S. in 2001 to work on Muslims, a two-hour Frontline special exploring the rise of political Islam through the stories of individual Muslims in Egypt, Iran, Malaysia, Nigeria, Turkey and the U.S. Graham’s interest in international affairs has also led him to make films in Afghanistan, Israel and the Gaza Strip. He lives in New York with his wife and three children.
HEAD OF PROGRAMMING
CarolAnne is an Emmy-Award-winning executive producer who has a diverse background in factual programming. She’s worked in genres including social justice, history and investigative docs, reality, pop culture, biography, wildlife and adventure, and on subject matter as diverse as shark attacks, crime bosses and poverty in America. She has worked on both sides of the business – as a network executive, garnering high ratings and awards, and on the production side creating successful programs for major cable networks.
Prior to joining Transform Films, CarolAnne was executive producer at NHNZ in New Zealand, where she created shows for National Geographic Channel, Bio Channel, Animal Planet and Discovery, among others. She was Vice President of Documentary Series at A&E Television and also served as executive producer of the Biography series. During her tenure at Biography, the series won numerous awards, including 2 Emmys, and was consistently the highest rated series on the network.
CarolAnne began her tv career at National Geographic Television, working on the weekly series Explorer.
Born and bred in New York City, Jonathan has been in the Television industry since 2008. Since then he’s worked on shows such as Judge Hatchett and The Dr. Oz Show as a Post Production Assistant and The Jeremy Kyle Show and Deadly Sins as an Assistant Editor. Jonathan joined Transform Films as an Assistant Editor in 2012. He graduated from NYU in 2007, majoring in Broadcast Journalism and minoring in Cinema Studies. His hobbies and interests include animation, comedy and writing.
David A. Dreilinger is a senior media and entertainment executive with proven leadership qualities and broad experience in large and small, public and private company environments. He is currently CEO and Managing Director of Ducksoup Media Enterprises LLC, a consulting firm providing both business and legal services to the entertainment, media and communications industry. DME partners with distribution, production and content creation companies and their CEO’s in all media to provide individually tailored solutions for their businesses. Its projects have included, among many others, creating business analyses and strategic plans for multi-media organizations, concluding a complex deal licensing the motion picture rights in a major theatrical property, structuring the development of a cross-platform licensing property, and resolving a long-outstanding dispute among the creators of one of the iconic motion pictures of the last 25 years. Before founding Ducksoup Media Enterprises, Mr. Dreilinger was President and CEO of Lightworks Enterprises, Inc., an integrated television and motion picture production and distribution company, for which he created the strategic plan. Previously, Mr. Dreilinger was President and Chief Executive Officer of Unapix Entertainment, Inc., an American Stock Exchange-listed film, television, home entertainment and music production and distribution company, with offices in New York, Los Angeles, and Seattle. Prior to Unapix, he was Senior Vice President, Business and Legal Affairs and a member of the Board of Directors of BBC Worldwide Americas, Inc., handling all of the British Broadcasting Corporation’s business operations throughout the Western Hemisphere. Before joining the BBC, Mr. Dreilinger was Head of Business and Legal Affairs and a member of the core management team of D.L. Taffner, Ltd., the privately-held worldwide entertainment company responsible for the importation and distribution of such projects as Three’s Company, Too Close For Comfort and, Rumpole of the Bailey. Prior to that, Mr. Dreilinger was Vice President and General Counsel of Viacom, having the distinction of being the youngest in its history. Mr. Dreilinger has been an Adjunct Professor of Entertainment Law at the Syracuse University College of Law and is a member of the International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and the British Academy of Film and Television Arts. He earned a Masters of Laws in Taxation from the New York University School of Law and is a cum laude graduate of the Syracuse University College of Law. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Syracuse University.
Originally from the UK, Michelle has worked in production for over a decade on a wide variety of programming including short form for the web, reality shows for VH1 and Bravo, documentary and factual for HBO, BBC World, National Geographic and History Channel, and comedy and live entertainment for BBC, ITV and Channel 4.
Since arriving in the US in 2007, Michelle worked as a freelance Production Manager and Line Producer before joining Transform Films in April 2011. She currently holds the position of Line Producer for the factual programming department creating budgets, schedules and order from chaos. Michelle is a member of the Producers Guild of America, the Production Managers Association and recently completed a class in Critical Thinking at NYU.
FACTUAL DEPARTMENT COORDINATOR
Ruby recently graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree from Fordham University and has come on board to Transform Films for administrative and research support. Prior to Transform Films, she was a Page employee for the New York Public Library for two years aiding the public and maintaining library materials. Ruby also interned with the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene where she completed the Health Research Training Program by providing support to different research sites.
Founder and Director of the “Full Frame Documentary Festival” for 10 years, she is also the Director and Producer of “Sidney Lumet” (2015) which premiered at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. Among her many credits as an independent film maker are the Peabody and Emmy Award winning film “The Loving Story” which was shortlisted for the 2011 Academy Awards and received the WGA Screenwriters Award.
Newly appointed senior creative and content director at Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen’s Vulcan Productions, she was former general manager at the Discovery Science Channel and EVP of programming and development at OWN, The Oprah Winfrey Network.
Executive Vice Chair of the Hamptons International Film Festival where she co-founded the signature program “Films of Conflict and Resolution” that she continues to oversee.
Former Controller of Current Affairs Religion and Arts at the UK’s largest Network, ITV, Editor of ITV’s 24 hour News Channel and Head of History and Business Programming of BBC Productions, Dominic is now Executive Producer at leading independent Production company “Nutopia”. He brings a proven track-record of award winning international co-production to Transform Films.
Roz Lichter specializes in entertainment law and has transacted business in most of the entertainment capitals of the world.
After graduating from the Benjamin Cardozo School of Law in New York City, Ms. Lichter worked for a boutique law firm, learned how to be a lawyer and formed her own firm in the late 1980’s. She has guided many filmmakers in narrative and documentary filmmaking and has been recognized for her skill and professional involvement with her clients.
She was Chair of the Entertainment Law Committee of the New York City Bar Association through 2005 and is a Professor at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts in the graduate and undergraduate divisions. Ms. Lichter was an adjunct professor of law at Cardozo from 1991 through 2005.