Heidi Siegmund Cuda is an Emmy award-winning investigative producer, broadcast journalist, author, columnist, music critic, screenwriter and free press activist. After 15 years as an investigative producer for Fox 11 News, she resigned to pursue TV development, screenwriting and social justice activism. In addition to her television work, she spent 15 years as the Los Angeles Times nightlife columnist and urban music critic. She also authored seminal rap and punk books including Sublime’s Brad Nowell: Crazy Fool and The Ice Opinion, with Ice T. She wrote, produced, directed and hosted the Emmy winning Fox 11 economic series, “Saving the California Dream.” She most recently worked as a producer on Al Jazeera America’s noted science show TechKnow and is currently writing and directing a film she produced from the Women’s March in Washington.
Alex Zola is a critically acclaimed Los Angeles playwright noted for his JFK conspiracy supporting play The Magic Bullet Theory that was positively compared to Monty Python by the LA Weekly and encouragingly reviewed in the Los Angeles Times. His mob + new testament farce G-dfellas was a semi-finalist in Sacred Fools’ Serial Killers theater tournament. In addition to his stage work, Zola is music critic and journalist whose work has appeared in Spin, The Forward, Death Row Forum, New York Press, New York Law Review and many now defunct fanzines of the ’90’s. From 2000 – 2005 he was the protégé of noted rock journalist Al Aronowitz and was a featured columnist for his blog The Blacklisted Journalist. He currently writes plays, screenplays, and for his own blog The Zola System.
Susan von Seggern has over 25 years of experience in the entertainment business including stints as a major label publicist, CEO of a boutique marketing agency, time spent at the intersection of politics and media, and three years running the public relations department for one of the world’s largest online gaming sites. In the television field she developed and sold Animal Planet’s “My Cat from Hell” now airing its sixth season. She is currently doing PR consulting for a variety of clients and developing a slate of film and television projects.
Suzanne Delaurentiis was raised in southern New Jersey, Suzanne DeLaurentiis was a singer, dancer and actress from an early age. She worked on and off Broadway, and studied Opera at Carnegie Hall with the famous Carlo Menotti. She established a successful singing career in her teens, following in the footsteps of her cousin and mentor, 50’s superstar, Frankie Avalon.
In her early 20’s, Suzanne opened her own production company, writing, producing and directing feature films and television. Throughout her 30-plus years as a filmmaker, Suzanne has been involved with over one hundred productions, and has been honored with many prestigious awards. In 2002, the Marco Island Film Festival honored Ms. DeLaurentiis with their esteemed Terry Scarlett Award for Filmmaking, in 2003 the Palm Beach International Film Festival presented her with The Distinguished Founders Award for Excellence in Filmmaking, in 2007, Suzanne received the prestigious Opal Award from Women in Film and in 2008, The Hollywood Fame Awards honored her for her lifetime achievement for music in independent films.
In addition to her numerous awards and productions, Ms. DeLaurentiis has also taken part in historical litigation in cases relating to both union issues and distribution. She has fought successfully, protecting the rights of independent filmmakers.
In 2006, Suzanne DeLaurentiis Productions independently produced the award winning, 10th & Wolf, a multi-million dollar, award winning mafia drama based on the investigations of mob informant, Joe Pistone, aka Donnie Brasco. Filmed in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the film starred James Marsden, Giovanni Ribisi, Brian Dennehy, Val Kilmer, Lesley Ann Warren, Tommy Lee, Piper Perabo, Dash Mihok, and the late Brad Renfro and Dennis Hopper.
Some of her other independent film titles include A Month of Sundays, Wedding Day, Shut Up and Kiss Me, Lost Revolution, The Dark Tourist, Black Gold, Area 407, Stone Markers, How Sweet It Is, and Buried Lies.
Her television credits also include Pet Doctors of Atlanta, Soul Fire Rising, and Stone Markers. Suzanne is currently in development for a television series entitled Valdez.
Suzanne devotes much of her spare time to veteran charities raising money and awareness. In 2010, Suzanne received a Commendation Metal from the United States military in recognition of her services to veterans.