Members-Only Day May 5th Keynote Speaker:
Lane Shefter Bishop
Lane Shefter Bishop is a multi-award winning producer/director who has received numerous accolades for her work including an EMMY, six Telly Awards, a Videographer Award, three Communicator Awards, a Sherril C. Corwin Award, an Aurora Award, a Davey Award, a New York Festivals Award and the DGA Fellowship Award for Episodic Television.
Currently Ms. Bishop is the CEO of Vast Entertainment, THE go to book-to-screen company, with numerous projects, including feature films: The Last Apple (Joel Silver/Silver Pictures and Ineffable Pictures), Reboot (Mike Medavoy/Phoenix Pictures), Bloody Mary: Origins (Global Renaissance Ent Group), The Killer In Me (Mar Vista Entertainment) and The Duff (McG/Wonderland – released 2015) for CBS Films & Lionsgate; MOW: The Choking Game (Orly Adelson Prods - released 2014) for Lifetime, which Ms. Bishop also directed; and TV series: Confessions of a Sociopath (Mike Medavoy/Phoenix Pictures) for Universal Cable Productions, Blackbird (Intrigue Ent), The Body Institute and The P Word (Storyline Ent/Zadan&Meron Prods), Untitled Alex Quade Project and John Henry F*cking Browne (Viewfinder Pictures), Mercy/Minor Adjustments (John Sacchi/5 More Minutes Prods), Dive (Marsh Entertainment) and Anne Perry's "The Investigator" (Lauren Shuler Donner/The Donner Co). Additionally, Ms. Bishop co-produced the feature film Assassination Games for MPCA. Ms. Bishop is also the former EVP of Motion Pictures and Television at TwinStar Entertainment.
In addition to her scripted fare, Ms. Bishop also has extensive experience in reality television. Vast is currently partnered on all non-scripted programming with Bishop-Lyons Entertainment, which has a first-look deal with ITV Studios. To date, Ms. Bishop has directed more than two dozen sizzle reels as well as pilots for BLE, including Visionaries (partnered with Left/Right) for AMC, Barbadoro Compound (ITV/MTV) and Reinvention (Fox TV Studios.) Moreover, Ms. Bishop shot the pilot episodes for the series Gears and the new show Body Shop Confessions.
Ms. Bishop is also a three-time speaker at the WGA as well as at numerous writers conferences around the country and is author of the book Sell Your Story in a Single Sentence: Advice from the Front Lines of Hollywood, published by prestigious W.W. Norton & Company in May of 2016. The book hit #1 on Amazon in New Releases five times before its release date. In a recent online interview, CNN dubbed her “The Book Whisperer” of Hollywood.
Ms. Bishop began her work in the industry at Moxie Productions, where she produced and directed projects for such networks as ABC, Showtime, HBO and MTV. She has directed numerous television shows and six feature-length motion pictures, including The Day Laborers (aka Los Jornaleros), which received Official Selection in Edward James Olmos' LA Latino Int’l Film Festival , Cine Accion (San Fran), OutFest (Hollywood), Reel Affirmations (Wash DC), NewFest (NY) as well as the Milan International Film Festival (Italy). The film was distributed through HBO and Blockbuster. Ms. Bishop is currently in discussions to direct the feature film Dead by Midnight.
Ms. Bishop holds a B.A. in Literature from UC Santa Barbara and an M.F.A. in Production from USC's School of Cinema/Television. She is a director-member of the Directors Guild of America and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. Follow her on Twitter at @LaneShefterBish