Jimmy Palmiotti

Written By: Dennis - Jun• 27•13

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Multi Award winning comic book creator with a wide range of experience in advertising, production, editorial, film writing and production, media presentation and video game development. Just a few of his clients include Nike, Disney, Warner Brothers, Lion’s Gate, Fox, and New Line, 2KGames and THQ games.

Jimmy is Co-founder of such companies as Event Comics, Black Bull Media, Marvel Knights and the current Paperfilms, where he is partners with Amanda Conner, Justin Gray, Frank Tieri and Paul Mounts.

Has created and co-created numerous series and characters including: The New West, The Monolith, 21 Down, The Resistance, The Pro, Gatecrasher, Beautiful Killer, Ash, Cloudburst, Trigger Girl 6, Thrill Seeker and Painkiller Jane, which was turned into a SyFy original TV series starring Kristanna Loken.

Currently he is co-writing, with Justin Gray, the DC comic book series All-Star Western, GI Combat and the digital release Ame-Comi Girls, available digitally at Comixology.com. The pair are also working on the video game Injustice: Gods Among Us for NeatherRealm Studios. At Marvel, Jimmy teamed with Joe Quesada to create the Marvel Knights imprint and usher in a radical change at Marvel Comics still felt to this day.

Currently in film development are a number of projects created by Jimmy, which include Just A Pilgrim, The New West, Random Acts of Violence and Tempest; as well as a few new projects that have yet to be announced.

Joseph Cranford

Written By: Dennis - Jun• 27•13

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Chicago actor/improvisor Joseph Cranford has performed professionally with the national touring improv group Mission Improvable, doing shows at comedy clubs, college campuses, and Chicago’s Lollapalooza. He began in Chicago improvising with multiple Harold teams at iO Chicago. He has taken musicals to NYC Fringe Fest, and has been a guest improviser on the Second City ETC stage. His feature film debut can be seen in the summer of 2013 when he portrays a grown-up Pete Ross in the upcoming Man of Steel.

Sergio Lindop

Written By: Dennis - Jun• 27•13

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Sergio Lindop is a painter and professional tattooer living in North Georgia. He has been tattooing for 10 years, working in some of the finest tattoo parlors in Georgia and establishing himself as one of the top tattooers in the Southeast. As a painter, he works in watercolors, oils, and acrylics, in a variety of styles. Learning from his uncle, he advanced stubbornly towards his own voice, creating a tapestry of love, sex,
death, and religion…sometimes with subtlety, oftentimes with nightmarish honesty. He cites the old tattoo masters as his primary influences in tattooing, but also Lil’D of Oakland, California for the original spark that led to seeking an apprenticeship. Sergio’s tattoos and paintings have appeared in several publications and media, including books, magazines, and television. He currently resides in Flowery Branch, Georgia.

Janette Everett Morgan

Written By: Dennis - Jun• 27•13

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Janette Everett Morgan (Lady) born in Daingerfield, Tx. to Willie Everett and Joe Ann Jones. A graduate of Daingerfield High School. Attended Jarvis Christan College. Started singing at a young age. Janette join the church choir at age 15, where she developed her voice further. Her ministering is through her music. She has recorded 2 Gospel CD’s. Stepping out on Faith, and her latest cd is Patiently Waiting. Janette is married to Bobby Morgan they have four lovely children and dreams to some day minister all over the world.

A Down Home Christmas Act II

Written By: Dennis - Dec• 17•12

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“A Down Home Christmas”
The setting is that of a small country town in the heartland of modern-day America. Scene opens in Rosco’s Diner, a central gathering place for many of the locals of the town.

“A Down Home Christmas” is a radio play written by Dennis Johnson and produced by Johnson Brothers Productions. Join us for this Christmas tale in two acts December 16th and 23rd on Arts Talk with the Johnson Brothers.

The cast includes Dennis Johnson, Duane Johnson, Dawn Johnson, Jeffrey Stirl, Mary Hill, Katie Hill, Madison Hill, Kara Morrison, Kaley Morrison, Kelly Rogers, Derric Wright, Wade Hodges, Curtis Northrup, and Johnson Taylor with songs by Autumn Matthews, The Mockers, Jeffrey Stirl, Tim Malchak and the Cast. The introduction is by Nina Johnson.

A Down Home Christmas Act I

Written By: Dennis - Dec• 17•12

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4 pm Eastern / 3 pm Central / 2 pm Mountain / 1 pm Pacific

“A Down Home Christmas”
The setting is that of a small country town in the heartland of modern-day America. Scene opens in Rosco’s Diner, a central gathering place for many of the locals of the town.

“A Down Home Christmas” is a radio play written by Dennis Johnson and produced by Johnson Brothers Productions. Join us for this Christmas tale in two acts December 16th and 23rd on Arts Talk with the Johnson Brothers.

The cast includes Dennis Johnson, Duane Johnson, Dawn Johnson, Jeffrey Stirl, Mary Hill, Katie Hill, Madison Hill, Kara Morrison, Kaley Morrison, Kelly Rogers, Derric Wright, Wade Hodges, Curtis Northrup, and Johnson Taylor with songs by Autumn Matthews, The Mockers, Jeffrey Stirl, Tim Malchak and the Cast. The introduction is by Nina Johnson.

Vanessa Leinani

Written By: Dennis - Mar• 05•12

Vanessa Leinani is an American born actress, singer/songwriter (and sometimes model) from Texas who is a quarter Polish, quarter Russian, and half Hawaiian. A tour de force, Vanessa fully embraced many facets of performing-related activities since she was a child, excelli…ng in acting, singing, and songwriting.

Growing up performing in live theater at a very early age, Vanessa sang and danced in her father’s music group where she was exposed to the music of great artists from a wide variety of genres. Musical studies also began at an early age thanks to Vanessa’s west-coast-rocker-old-Hollywood-actor father who would sneak in many lessons under the guise of playing games. Continuing the trend of various musical genres instilled by her father, Vanessa then went on to pursue formal music training in piano, trumpet, and voice in order to become a well-rounded musician. A recipient of various music performance awards and grants, Vanessa loves rnb, dance & hip hop and is frequently invited to musical collaborations by different producers and artists.

A versatile actress, Vanessa enjoys acting in everything from live theater to the current medium of film/tv/webseries portraying roles as just about anything you could imagine: a witch, a grandpa, a werewolf, a free-spirited girl, to a vampire queen, a rock n roll groupie, and a vengeance filled drifter. Although her looks would type her along the lines of leading lady, Vanessa gravitates toward just about any type of role as long as the character is rich with content; however, she has become a little more selective with the overall storyline of a script. “People who have worked with me know that I will not hesitate to take a risk in a role. Why? Because there is nothing to risk. Once I’m the character, I’m the character, and everything is open to interpretation from that point forward as long as it falls into the confines of what the character wants to achieve and how he/she ultimately wants to achieve it. I say he or she because I’m not beyond reading a guy’s part or a role where a character makes decisions that I myself disagree with or wouldn’t ever do in my life. Some people don’t understand that. What do I care? It’s a role. It’s not me. I read the words, it clues me in to what the character looks like and what the character wants to get out of the
situation. In the end, it’s all about the win”.

Vanessa Leinani currently appears in the feature film “180” as Jocelyn which distributes online through several online venues beginning Feb. 21st, and is currently starring in the revenge filled web series “Drifter: Broken Road” premiering March 16th, 2012 on www.drifterseries.com. Vanessa also appears in the principal recurring role as the cyber mastermind Detective Jade in the upcoming web series dramedy “Bail Out” starring Dennis O’Neill and Terry Kiser. Striking features, intelligent, charismatic, charming, an intensity and passion for all that she does, multi-faceted talents, and a good business work ethic make her one to watch.

Connect with Vanessa Leinani on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Youtube, IMDB & Soundcloud via http://www.vanessaleinani.com/

Douglas Hoppock

Written By: Dennis - Feb• 27•12

Douglas Hoppock has more than 130 college theatre productions to his directing, scene design and lighting design credit. In addition, he has worked as a professional actor with the Moscow Repertory Theatre Company, Moscow, Idaho, actor and stage manager with Casa Manana S…ummer Musicals in Fort Worth, Texas and actor and director with the Roof Garden Dinner Theatre in Cisco, Texas. He is a member of Actor’s Equity Association. He has been honored with numerous teaching and community service award’s, including multiple designations as a “Who’s Who Among Teachers of American Colleges,” two-time Minnie Piper Stephens Professor nominee, Outstanding Young Man of America, and is the first recipient of the “Inspire Award for Torch Bearer Mentor” presented by Anointed Works Organization of Pittsburg, Texas. Mr. Hoppock is the author of two plays, Rhubarb! and Perception. He is currently writing his third play.

His directing, lighting design and scene design credits include The Time of Your Life, Fiddler on the Roof, Of Mice and Men, Noises Off, The Diary of Anne Frank, The Lion in Winter, The Fantasticks, Lost In Yonkers, You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown, Harvey, Wait Until Dark, The Night Thoreau Spent in Jail, The Crucible, The Boys Next Door, Our Town, Les Miserables, The Miracle Worker, A Cry of Players, Waiting for Lefty, The Mousetrap, The Odd Couple, The Bad Seed, The Gentle People, The Cave Dwellers, The Real Inspector Hound, Charlotte’s Web, The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-In-the –Moon Marigolds, T Bone N Weasel, Twelve Angry Jurors, The House at Pooh Corners, Barefoot In The Park, The Hasty Heart, Winnie the Pooh, Thieves, Blue Horses, Rumors, The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, The Sunshine Boys, The Boy Who Stole the Stars, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe ,See How They Run, The Goodbye People, The Great Cross Country Race, The Flowering Peach, Crimes of the Heart, The Rope Dancers, Brighton Beach Memoirs, Sylvia, Marvin’s Room, The Last Night of Ballyhoo, Gooney Bird Greene and Her True Life Adventures, The Female Version of the Odd Couple and Look Homeward, Angel.

Douglas is married to Sherry Hoppock. He lists as hobbies, reading, writing, hiking, canoeing, and traveling (particularly to see his former students direct and/or act in plays.) Every other year, he and Sherry take a group of Theatre Northeast students to New York to see plays and to “invade the city.” He is exceptionally proud of his current and former students, many of whom have become professionals in theatre education.

Koran Dunbar

Written By: Dennis - Feb• 21•12

Koran Dunbar writer/director/producer/actor

There are very few things you need to know about me from a biographical standpoint.
I was born Hartford Connecticut, but grew up in the Pennsylvania. I moved to Pennsylvanian to live with my grandparents after my mother passed… away, in which my father was not stable enough to raise me. Moving from the projects of Hartford was probably one of the most life changing things that has happened to me.

I attended high school at Greencastle Antrim High School where I was first found a way to exercise my humor and acting skills in television productions class. Until then I really struggled in school, I guess that learning style was not best suitable for me. It wasn’t until T.V production that I got my first taste of the, “film word” so to speak, which I immediately fell in love with. My T.V production teacher at the time help assist me getting an internship at a local TV station. After high school I attended Penn State University where I studied communication media studies.

The struggles of being a single father and raising a child by my self at the age of 20 and still have the dream to be an actor is what kept me restless when I tried to forget about this dream I had. I have to say that without my son I would not be where I am at today nor would I be forced to have to write a bio about a film.

I have always been influenced by art, music and comedy. I was a comedian before and actor. Comedians are the best entertainers there is honestly with comedy and you need in writing directing and acting. Which I relied on when I decided to create my first feature film “Greencastle”, named after the town I grew up in. I have been known to have an underdog persona and a do not quit attitude, which plays a heavy influence on my writing. The under dog story will never grow old and always seems to be the best way to inspire.

I began writing Greencastle in 2010 after my grandmother passed away, who was one of my hero’s, and biggest supporters in my performing dreams. I guess you can say I was at a quarter life crisis. After seeing a local filmmaker create a film that actually, looked like a film that was all the blind confidence that I needed to not just write a script but also turn this script into what is now a “real film”.

I am not the smartest guy in fact I am about as average as they come which always made me push my self in anything I have ever done. I am very competitive to do something and if someone says I cannot do anything then I will try my best to prove him or her wrong.

What I plan to bring to the world of film is a much needed just do it attitude for film while not trying to be to artsy but yet still have that artist mystique about what I do if that makes sense. I want my works and acting to be honest and inspiring.

I’m 29 years old. I can’t dunk. I’m right handed. I like pranks. I’m hate watching sport would rather play them. I’ve probably mispelled a word somewhere in this bio. And after the whole home remodel/indie film summer vacation, I’m, unbelievably, still sane.
Did I mention that I have worked and appeared on MTV, MTV’s The Real World as a guest comedian, Late Night with Conan O Brien and Dumb and Dumber 2, Bamboo Shark, and Dead Woman’s Hollow.

Steven James

Written By: Dennis - Feb• 13•12

Critically acclaimed author Steven James has penned 30+ books spanning the genres of psychological thrillers, dramas,YA fantasy, and more. Steven has received wide critical acclaim for his work, including four Storytelling World Honor awards, two Publishers Weekly starred reviews, and 2009 & 2011 Christy Awards for best suspense. His thriller, The Bishop, was named both Suspense Magazine’s and The Christian Manifesto’s 2010 Book of the Year and won an RT Book Reviews and an INSPY award in the categories of suspense/mystery. Library Journal listed his latest action thriller The Queen as one of the best novels of 2011. His first thriller The Pawn was optioned by ABC Studios in 2010.

Steven earned a Master’s Degree in Storytelling from ETSU in 1997 and is an active member of International Thriller Writers, The Authors Guild, Mystery Writers of America, and International Association of Crime Writers.

Steven serves as a contributing editor to Writer’s Digest. He appears regularly as a keynote speaker at events throughout North America.

http://www.stevenjames.net/

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