2017 Jury


Keiko Agena is best known for the TV show, GILMORE GIRLS, where she played Lane Kim for seven seasons and reprised the role in 2016.  As a guest star she has appeared on such shows as BAJILLION DOLLAR PROPERTIE$, SHAMELESS, SCANDAL, TWISTED, HOUSE, ER and WITHOUT A TRACE. Recently she has been recurring on SWEET/VICIOUS, COLONY and the new Netflix release of 13 REASONS WHY. AGENA is currently working on an “Artist Workbook” which she recently sold to Tarcher/Perigree (a division of PENGUIN/RANDOM HOUSE.) The book, NO MISTAKES, is set for release in the summer of 2018. Agena is a graduate of the UCB and iO West improv programs, has studied at the Groundlings and currently performs with the improv teams Ham Radio, RJP, Totally Heather and the UCB-Mess-Hall-mash-up-team Kilowatt. In 2016 Keiko one of the people chosen for the cover of ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY Magazine to advertise the upcoming GG reunion.

DeAnna "De" Cooper is President/Producer/Partner of Elston Films. De is an award winning Producer with over twenty years of experience in the film industry, including being a senior executive at Twentieth Century Fox Studios and New Line Cinemas.  She has produced 8 independent films/tv projects, including an Emmy award winning commercial.  As a studio executive, De generated title-specific estimates on films such as Titanic, X-Men, Thin Red Line and Ice Age, handling financial modeling, contract negotiations, marketing and estimate analysis for both in-house productions and acquisitions.  De’s produced projects include:  I Heart Shakey in 3D (2012), The Painter  (2013), Chasing Gold (2014), Happy Snow Day Franny (2016), The Go Cart(2016) and Chasing the Blues (2017). These films have played all around the world via Academy Award qualifying film festivals, theaters, VOD, retail and rental markets.  De is currently shooting the Joel Murray directed pilot, Vendors, a Kartemquin Films documentary Lady Parts Justice in the New World Order and is in preproduction for the feature film, Miss Arizona.  Elston’s feature film slated to shoot late 2017 will be the Black List Script, Bury The Lead directed by the multi talented Anthony Hemingway.  Elston Films is dedicated to creating inspiring content across genres & formats for a global audience with the greatest of talent.  The company was founded by two time Emmy winning producer/actor Billy Dec.  Partners include former Studio Executives De & Kevin Cooper and Marketing Executive Kat Stephans. 

Peter Hawley has been a filmmaker and college educator for more than 20 years.  In 2007 he was the founding chair of the Film program at Tribeca Flashpoint College, where he was named Dean in 2014.  Currently he is producing a documentary film about the historic Salk Institute in La Jolla, CA. 

Cesar Jaime hails from the great city of Chicago,IL. He is an actor with a strong focus and dedication to the art of Improvisation and improvisational theater. He's had the honor of studying under some of the most amazing teachers of Improvisation, most notably two of the people that influenced him the most, Martin DeMaat and Del Close. Cesar currently can be seen performing at Chicago's iO Theater with the teams "Smokin' Hot Dad", "FELT", "Heraldo", and "The Armando Diaz Experience". (You can also catch him saving lives as a paramedic on the NBC shows "Chicago Med", "Chicago PD", "Chicago Fire", and "Chicago Justice".