THE COMPANY

SHANA LANDSBURG

 

Shana Landsburg, a veteran of the entertainment industry, is a Casting Director and Producer. Her experience encompasses a wide range: 

 

As a casting executive at NBC she worked directly under Brandon Tartikoff overseeing such hit shows as: Cheers, Wings and Seinfeld. Shana has cast more than 80 Movies of the Week, including three Emmy nominated productions: Prayers For Bobby, Why I Wore Lipstick To My Mastectomy, and Ring of Fire. As a consultant to VH1, she cast Daydream Believers: The Monkees Story, and Hysteria: The Def Leppard Story.

 

In the Independent film world, she cast The Destiny of Marty Fine (with Catherine Keener and Mark Ruffalo) and, most recently, Little Fish Strange Pond (starring Matthew Modine, Callum Blue and Zack Galafianakis).   

 

As Producer, Shana is currently developing several other feature films including The Eulogist, and Terror in the Night: The Klan's Campaign Against the Jews

 

After reading The DuSable Panthers: the Greatest, Blackest, Saddest Team From the Meanest Street in Chicago by Pulitzer Prize winner Ira Berkow, Shana and Suzanne McCafferty acquired the rights to the story. Their commitment to bringing it to the screen has not wavered -- it has, in fact, strengthened.

SUZANNE MCCAFFERTY

 

Suzanne McCafferty is a publicist, director, writer, producer and media coach. As the founder of McCafferty & Company Productions, she has written, produced and directed television, documentaries, entertainment programming and marketing materials for more than 20 years. Her clients include: Twentieth Century Fox, DreamWorks, Universal Pictures, Walt Disney Studios, Blue Sky Studios, Sony, Warner Bros., Fox Searchlight Pictures, as well as numerous independent film producers and distributors.  She is a member of the DGA and a member of Publicists of the International Cinematographers Guild.

 

Suzanne gained experience in distribution for MGM/UA, produced for Universal Television, and worked as Director of Licensing and Merchandising at 20th Century Fox where she was instrumental in establishing the studio as one of the most successful marketers of movie and television properties and product lines in the world today. One of her licensing innovations is the "spinoff product" industry, now a multi-billion dollar business in Hollywood.   

ELISSA GREER

Consultant

 

Elissa Greer is an entertainment marketing executive with a proven track record for building visibility and equity for creative brands, projects and franchises, and the organizations behind them. 

 She led the PR team at New Line Cinema that launched some of the movie industry’s most profitable franchises, including Austin Powers, Rush Hour, Friday the 13th and The Lord of the Rings (winning 11 Academy Awards for The Return of the King).

 

She headed the publicity and promotions department for the re-launch of FilmDistrict theatrical distribution, which regularly defied industry expectations on titles like Insidious 2 and Olympus Has Fallen and set the foundation for a merger with Focus Features. With a instinct for innovation and growth, Elissa is part of the executive team challenging the paradigm for genre film distribution with Blumhouse’s BH TILT and was one of the early adapters of targted marketing including Urban, Hispanic, Faith and Social Activism/Community Outreach. She has built strong and productive working relationships with diverse filmmakers, talent and industry leaders, including Peter Jackson, Anton Fuqua, Spike Lee, Eli Roth, Alexander Payne, Jennifer Lopez, Zac Efron, Morgan Freeman, Gerard Butler, Taylor Hackford, Brett Ratner, James Wong, David Cronenberg, Jason Blum.

 

Elissa is a member of the Academy of Motion Pictures, Arts and Sciences and serves on the board of Rabbit Hole Screenings.

CURLEY JOHNSON

 

Curley " Boo" Johnson is a world famous Harlem Globetrotter, played 18 seasons from 1988-2007 performing his unbelievable style on six continents and 81 countries. Curley inherited the role of dribbling wizard made famous by Marques Haynes and "Curly" Neal and became known as "The Worlds Greatest Dribbler". Curley was a member of the team that participated in the enshrinement ceremony when the Globetrotters were inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in 2002. He was also part of the group that visited Pope John Paul II on November 29,2000 in Rome. As a Globetrotter Curley also has had the privilege of meeting Mother Theresa and South African President Nelson Mandela.

 

A native of Peoria, Illinois he attended Peoria Central High School and and gained all-American honors at Spoon River College in which he was 7th in the nation in shooting. Curley was on student senate and the student representative to the college board of trustees as well. He starred at Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa where he became the first athlete to have his jersey retired. Curley did not just dribble through Dubuque he earned a degree in marketing at Loras.

 

Nicknamed "Boo" by his father Curley, played for DuSable and became the first Black player to play for Bradley University and led them to a National title in 1957, He played for the Harlem Globetrotters. Curley "Boo" has been inducted into the Peoria Sports Hall of Fame, Peoria High Hall of Fame, African American Hall of Fame, Spoon River College Hall of Fame and had the ultimate honor of having a street named after him in Peoria.

 

Since retirement from the Globetrotters Curley has been on the speaking circuit receiving standing ovations. He has one of Illinois largest basketball academy and camps and trains some of the top names in the NBA. Recently Curley portrayed a sports agent in the upcoming motion picture "Midrange" and starred in "Hood" (2015).Curley also played a cameo role in Adam Sandler’s blockbuster hit "Little Nicky". Curley has been involved in many humanitarian causes such as the Boys and Girls Club, YMCA Family Rescue, Big Brother Big Sister, The United Way, Special Olympics, Make A Wish Foundation and the list goes on.

 

Curley has been featured on ABC's Wide World of Sports ESPN Classics, Larry King Live, amongst many others.  

 

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