Patrick Harrison has been the Director of New York Programs and Membership, for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences since 2001. He is responsible for the creation and implementation of all Academy programs on the East Coast including the Monday Nights with Oscar® film series, the annual Spotlight on Crafts film series, Academy Tributes, educational outreach and the annual Oscar® Night New York celebrations. Patrick frequently interviews filmmakers for the Academy Conversations film series distributed on the Academy’s online platforms and serves on juries at a number of film festivals. Before joining the Academy, Patrick served as Manager of Awards and Special Events for Miramax Films working on all awards campaigns for the distributor including Il Postino (The Postman), The English Patient, Good Will Hunting, Shakespeare in Love, Cider House Rules and Chocolat.
Denise Hewett started Scriptd as a way to empower creators/screenwriters, connect them directly with their audiences and the entertainment industry. Previously Director of Sales and Marketing at famed nightclub, The Box, where sales were increased by 17%. Seasoned television and digital producer who has worked on Ugly Betty, Sex and the City 2, with tenures at MTV and Endemol (Executive Producer). She holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Gallatin at NYU.
Rachael Horovitz is an Academy Award-nominated producer and has worked in the movie business for over 25 years serving for more than a decade as a senior studio executive. She won the Emmy, Golden Globe, and Producer of the Year Award from the Producer’s Guild for HBO’s Grey Gardens. Among her feature film productions are Bennett Miller’s Moneyball starring Brad Pitt and Alexander Payne’s About Schmidt starring Jack Nicholson, both of which were nominated for numerous Oscars and Golden Globes and garnered critics’ prizes for best picture, directing, script and acting. Horovitz serves on the Board of Directors of Ghetto Film School through which she was a co-founder of The Cinema School, the country’s first public high school specializing in film, located in The Bronx, New York.
Julie Rapaport is a Senior Development, Production and Acquisitions Executive for Amazon Studios’ Original Movies team. Amazon Original Movies is an initiative by Amazon Studios to produce and acquire original movies for theatrical release. Amazon Original Movies focuses on unique stories, voices, and characters from top and up-and-coming creators. Since 2015, Amazon Studios has enjoyed the critical and commercial success of films such as Whit Stillman’s Love & Friendship, Woody Allen’s Café Society, Jim Jarmusch’sPaterson, and the Golden Globe winning Manchester By The Sea. Julie began her career at The Weinstein Company, where she rose to SVP of Production and Development, and oversaw the production of numerous films, including: Lion, Burnt, August: Osage County, The Giver, and Big Eyes. In 2015 Julie transitioned to Amazon Studios, where she has worked on Richard Linklater’s upcoming film Last Flag Flying, Marc Webb’s The Only Living Boy in New York, and Mike White’s Brad’s Status.