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William Nix, Producer

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William Nix is the Chairman of the Creative Projects Group, which operates as a creative incubator for the development and production of motion pictures, television programs, music, interactive videogames, live entertainment, multimedia installations and events. He is Executive Producer of a "globally collaborative" animated feature film entitled Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet, which is being theatrically released in 2015. It involves Oscar and other award-winning animators, narrators, composers and musicians from around the world who were led by Roger Allers, the Oscar-nominated animation director (The Lion King, Beauty and the Beast), and Producer Salma Hayek. He is also the Executive Producer of a multi-city art North American art exhibition tour of Gibran's collected works and an accompanying art book, which is slated to be curated and released by the prestigious Skira Rizzoli publishing house and a Gibran biographical play entitled Rest Upon the Wind set to showcase in New York, at the NYU/Skirball Theatre in early October 2015. Will was the Executive Producer of Firedancer, a dramatic feature film about the Afghan Diaspora in the U.S. It was the first Afghan feature film to be submitted for Oscar consideration. The film had its world premiere in Kabul and its U.S. premiere at the Tribecca Film Festival in New York. He served in the same capacity on the companion documentary, Return to Afghanistan, which premiered at the U.N. Film Festival in New York. He was both production counsel and Executive Producer for the Spanish language documentary feature, !Ya Basta!, about the abduction phenomenon in Mexico, which premiered at SXSW.  In collaboration with composer/producer, Odette Springer, he is developing an Internet-based transmedia production currently-entitled Voice of the Child. The work will gather children's individual and collective voices, on film and in song, in order to show their perspectives, wisdom and power to heal the world. Will is also developing several multimedia installations and event projects, including one entitled Fluid Experience with celebrated photographer, Matthew Jordan Smith as the Creative Director. Will is Executive Producer of a PBS-destined documentary program entitled This is Ragtime: The Birth of American Music as well as a ten-part cable television documentary series entitled Rag to Rock: The Golden Age of American Music and a biographical feature film entitled Jelly Roll, all with Ragtime virtuoso Terry Waldo and an outstanding Advisory Board. He is serving in the same capacity for two television series entitled Hell's Horn and Road to Houston, which is in development.

Will is an executive and attorney with extensive experience in corporate formation, operations and business affairs, as well as being an experienced litigator and ADR practitioner with substantial expertise in the entertainment, media, sports, intellectual property and creativity fields. He served as Co-Chair of Baker Botts LLP's Entertainment, Media and Sports Practice Group, as VP of Legal and Business Affairs for NBA Properties and as Senior Vice-President & COO of the network of nearly 2,000 employees and representatives of the Motion Picture Association of America's global Content Protection Group. He has worked closely with Internet/Software businesses as a strategist and operational advisor for many years. Will has a Masters degree in History/Teaching and has taught in the public schools of Washington, D.C. as well as graduate level law school and other domestic and international courses as a regular professional panelist. He has published, lectured and been widely interviewed on television, radio and in print. He is a lifetime voting Member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), and a Member of the Academy of Television Arts and Science (ATAS), the National Academy of Recording Arts and Science (NARAS), the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences (AIAS) and a documentary and feature film producer who actively serves on Award Nominating Screening Juries for both the International Documentary Association (IDA) and AMPAS.

For further background information, see: www.creativeprojectsgroup.com

George Edde, Producer

eddeGeorge Edde, President of KES, is an investment banker who brings his relationships with Hollywood stars and agents as well as his knowledge of financial techniques to the film industry, financial world and oil and gas industry. Upon completing his business management studies at UCLA, Mr. Edde was invited to Saudi Arabia by King Fahd to consult with and advise the Royal Family. After twelve years with the Royal Family in Saudi Arabia, Mr. Edde was invited to act as a business consultant to the King and Royal Family of Qtar where he remained for two additional years.

Following his engagement in Qtar, Mr. Edde embarked on various entrepreneurial and consulting engagements. Mr. Edde has throughout the years retained strong ties and relationships in the Middle East. Mr. Edde has been financing films since his first movie Brenda Starr, which featured Brooke Shields in 1986. Since that time he has been involved in financing and marketing over 22 major motion pictures including Stephen King's Sleepwalkers, Universal Soldier and many others Mr. Edde also has a background in international film distribution. Mr. Edde has worked with and has excellent relationships with major Hollywood talent. His command of the financing world, combined with his marketing and distribution skills and his special relationship with stars, makes him well-suited for the film industry, as well as industries such as oil and gas, precious metals and finance. Currently Mr. Edde is partners with Max Keller and Micheline Keller in Keller Edde Studios, Inc. See www.kellereddestudios.com

Max Keller, Producer

maxcroppedMax Keller, CEO of KES, has over 30 years experience in the entertainment industry. Mr. Keller served as an attorney, developing an expertise originally in the music industry, representing such music figures as Donny and Marie Osmond, Mike Curb, Michael Lloyd and Kemal “Casey” Kasem. He served as outside counsel to MGM Records. After leaving a successful law practice, Mr. Keller entered the entertainment industry as a principal in 1976 and developed extensive experience in the production, distribution and finance of motion pictures and television series on a worldwide basis having financed, produced and retained primary ownership of over $125 million dollars worth of theatrical and television productions. Mr. Keller is the principal shareholder along with his wife and partner, Micheline Keller, of Keller Entertainment Group, Inc. See www.kellerentertainment.com. Included in the KEG library are the Emmy Award winner Kent State plus twenty additional movies, ninety-seven episodes of Tarzan, forty-eight episodes of Acapulco H.E.A.T. and twenty-two episodes of Conan.

Mr. Keller has been a Producer on locations all over the world and has worked closely with such talented actors as Sharon Stone, Tony Curtis, Ellen Barkin, and Susan Sarandon, as well as talented directors such as Wes Craven (Nightmare on Elm Street, Scream) and Elliot Silverstein (Cat Ballou, A Man Called Horse), and distinguished writers such as Gerald Green (Holocaust) and Pulitzer Prize-winner, Henry Denker. Mr. Keller and his wife Micheline formed a company with George Edde, Keller Edde Studios, Inc. where they jointly develop and produce theatrical features and television series.

Micheline Keller, Producer

michelineMicheline Keller, CFO of KES, studied at the Sorbonne University in Paris, received her BA degree from UCLA and received a JD from Southwestern School of Law. After practicing law for several years Micheline, together with her husband Max, formed Keller Entertainment Group, Inc. an entertainment company to produce and distribute motion pictures, television movies and series worldwide.

As a Producer, Micheline has worked closely with directors, writers, actors, editors and composers during production and in all her entertainment endeavors. The Kellers have filmed their productions on locations all over the world including Mexico, St. Croix, Australia, the Philippines and numerous states throughout America including Hawaii, Louisiana, New York, Oregon, Georgia, Alabama and California. The Keller’s movies have garnished such prestigious awards as the Emmy (Kent State), and the Cable ACE award (Conspiracy: The Trial of the Chicago Eight). Additional awards include the NAACP best movie nomination, NY Film Festival Gold Awards, the California Media Access award, Certificate of Merit from the Chicago Film Festival and numerous other awards and commendations.

Recently, Micheline and Max formed a California non-profit corporation, the Let’s Giggle Foundation, which organizes troupes of artists and performers to entertain children during their hospital stay. See www.letsgiggle.org. Micheline is a member of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and was a member of the American Film Institute Second Decade Council as well as a member of the Themis Society of Southwestern University School of Law, and a biographee in Who’s Who in California and in The World Who’s Who of Women.

Khalid Almashghouni, Executive Producer, Entrepreneur/Businessman

Grace Shalhoub, Screenwriter/Co-Executive Producer

grace3Grace Shalhoub is an independent filmmaker currently developing, writing, and producing feature-length motion pictures with cross-cultural themes. With a mission to create art that bridges cultural divides between East and West, Grace brings a wealth of diversity and social responsibility to the cinematic medium.

Grace wrote the biographical narrative feature film about famed Lebanese-American poet, artist and philosopher, Gibran Kahlil Gibran. Grace developed the story with her brother, Rob Shalhoub, and recently partnered with independent producer, William Nix, on the production of the feature motion picture based on their script. Gibran was a quarter-finalist at the AMPAS Nicholl Fellowship for Screenwriting in 2011, and was an official selection at the European Independent Film Festival in Paris, the Toronto International Film and Video Awards, the Female Eye Film Festival in Toronto, and SoCal Film Fest in Los Angeles.

Prior to filmmaking, Grace was the Director of Branding for Aregon, a leading regional e-business solutions provider and digital marketplace in the Middle East, where she was responsible for corporate brand identity and strategy.

Grace has a Bachelor of Arts and Sciences from Boston College and a Doctorate of Law from New England School of Law. Raised in Boston, Massachusetts, Grace now lives in Beirut, Lebanon. Grace is an avid traveler and photographer with a passion for capturing the faces and landscapes of post-war Lebanon.

Rob Shalhoub, Screenwriter/CO-EXECUTIVE PRODUCER

Rob2Rob Shalhoub is an independent producer and screenwriter currently writing, developing, and producing independent films, television shows, and premium content for new media audiences.  Rob is currently represented by Creative Artists Agency (CAA) and has a first-look producing deal at Sony Television.

Through a writing collaboration with his sister, Grace Shalhoub, Rob recently developed the biographical narrative feature film about famed Lebanese-American poet, artist and philosopher, Gibran Kahlil Gibran, and partnered with independent Producer, William Nix, on the production.  "Gibran" was a quarter-finalist at the AMPAS Nicholl Fellowship for Screenwriting in 2011 and was an official selection at the European Independent Film Festival in Paris, the Toronto International Film and Video Awards, and the Female Eye Film Festival.

Since 2009, Rob has incubated more than a dozen film, television, and digital shows at Trend Media, the boutique studio he founded.  Rob works closely with screenwriters taking an active role in the creative development of each film and show.  Rob is currently attached as Executive Producer on several shows in development, many at the studio-level, including "Homeland Insecurity", a multi-camera comedy that Rob developed in partnership with Sony Television and sold to CBS Networks in 2010.

With nearly a decade in the industry, Rob maintains close relationships with top-level executives at major studios, television networks, independent production companies, digital channels, and talent agencies.  Prior to entertainment, Mr. Shalhoub worked as a brand strategist at Sapient Corporation, an S&P 500 business and technology consultancy.  With an undergraduate degree in International Relations from Tufts University, Rob also studied film production, screenwriting, and film theory.

Rob was raised in Boston, Massachusetts, and now enjoys the year-round sunshine of Los Angeles with his wife, Leila, and their three sons – Rami, Dany, and Jude.

Jean Gibran, Story Consultant

jean2Jean Gibran, a teacher, researched and co-authored the intimate biography entitled Kahlil Gibran: His Life and World (Interlink Books, first edition 1974; New York Graphic Society, Ltd., revised edition, 1991) with her late husband, the artist Kahlil G. Gibran, described as the "definitive biography of Kahlil Gibran," tracing the phenomenon of a first-generation immigrant succeeding in twentieth-century American Arts and Letters." Her husband, cousin to the elder Gibran and his namesake, was a distinguished Boston sculptor who, "over a thirty-year period...was entrusted with a formidable body of manuscripts, letters, drawings and memorabilia" of the poet and artist. For further information on this biographical collaboration with her late husband as well as information on his artworks, please see: http://www.kahlilgibran.org/ and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kahlil_Gibran_(sculptor) and Love Made Visible

She is working closely with the screenwriters and Producer as Story Consultant to the production. She is also serving as consulting advisor in matters related to the art works of the elder Kahlil Gibran. Jean lives in Boston, a few blocks from Tyler Street where the author's family lived and close to Our Lady of the Cedars, the Maronite Catholic Church they attended, as well as the Quincy School where the elder Gibran's teachers first recognized his many talents.

She continues to contribute to several educational journals. Jean is a Golden Apple Teacher and Business Week Awardee for Innovative Teaching, a former Secretary of the Boston Women's Heritage Trail. She also co-authored the third edition of that organization's Guidebook.

Jack A. Shaheen, Production Advisor

jacksheInternationally acclaimed author and media critic, Dr. Jack G. Shaheen, a Pittsburgh native, is a committed internationalist and a devoted humanist. Shaheen, a CBS News Consultant on Middle East Affairs from 1993-98, also served as a professional film consultant. He served as a consultant with the award-winning documentary, Umm Kulthum: A Voice of Egypt (1996), he has also worked with writers and producers of feature films such as writer-director Steve Gaghan on Syriana (2005); and producer Chuck Roven on Three Kings (1999). 

Dr Shaheen is a recipient of the Ellis Island Medal of Honor (2013); the Honor pays homage to those individuals who have distinguished themselves in the cultural mosaic of America. He has given over 1,000 lectures in nearly of all the fifty states and on three continents. Among those universities that have welcomed him are Oxford, Amherst, Emory, Harvard, the University of Southern California, West Point, as well as the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and the White House Truman Center. World capitols where he has spoken include London, Berlin, Paris, Prague, New Delhi, and Cairo. He has consulted with the United Nations, the Los Angeles Commission on Human Relations, the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division, and New York City's Commission on Civil Rights. And in cooperation with the U.S. Government, he has conducted seminars throughout the Middle East. Dr. Shaheen, and his wife Bernice, created the Endowed Media Scholarship Fund (see: www.accesscommunity.org ) as part of the Center for Arab American Philanthropy to support Arab American university students majoring in mass communications, journalism and film. His lectures and writings illustrate that damaging racial and ethnic stereotypes of Asians, blacks, Native Americans and others injure innocent people. He defines crude caricatures, explains why they persist, and provides workable solutions to help shatter misconceptions.

Shaheen's telling new book, A is for Arab: Archiving Stereotypes in U.S. Popular Culture, features photographs of objects and materials from the Jack G. Shaheen Archive at New York University (NYU). The book and a special traveling exhibit documents U.S. popular culture representations of Arabs and Muslims from the early-20th century to the present. NYU's Shaheen Archive contains more than 4,000 images including motion pictures, cartoons, and TV programs, as well as toys and games featuring anti-Arab and anti-Muslim depictions.

His other books are: Nuclear War Films, The TV Arab, Arab and Muslim Stereotyping in American Popular Culture, the award-winning book [and DVD] Reel Bad Arabs: How Hollywood Vilifies a People, and GUILTY Hollywood's Verdict on Arabs after 9/11. His writings include 300-plus essays in publications such as Newsweek, The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post, to dozens of chapters on stereotypes in numerous college textbooks.

Dr. Shaheen, an Oxford Research Scholar, is the recipient of two Fulbright teaching awards; he holds degrees from the Carnegie Institute of Technology, Pennsylvania State University, and the University of Missouri. He has appeared on national network programs such as CNN, MSNBC, National Public Radio, Nightline, Good Morning America, 48 Hours, and The Today Show.

Among Dr. Shaheen's awards recognizing his "outstanding contribution towards a better understanding of our global community" are: The University of Pennsylvania's Janet Lee Stevens  Award; the American Arab Anti- Discrimination Committee's Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of "his lifelong commitment to bring a better understanding towards peace for all mankind;" and the Pancho Be Award for "the advancement of humanity." Pancho Be, a Mayan phrase, means to seek the root of truth.

Dr. Scott Field, PRODUCTION ADVISOR (In Memoriam)

scottDr. Scott Field, who passed in September 2014 as a result of a hiking accident in the French Alps, was a steadfast advocate for the unity views of Kahlil Gibran and an active production advisor to the Gibran biographical feature film. He was an expert in international affairs and the Middle East. He worked and traveled widely in the region since the early 1990s. He has been a conference speaker and otherwise involved with the Skoll Foundation  and the Skoll Center for Social Entrepreneurship. Dr. Field served as the Middle East Manager at the Skoll Global Threats Fund, where he led the development of philanthropic initiatives aimed at mitigating conflict in the region, particularly in Israel-Palestine and Syria. In this capacity he has also acted as an advisor to Participant Media on the films State 194 and The Square. At the time of his passing, he was serving as the Political Officer at the United Nations Office of the Special Envoy of the Secretary General for Syria.

Previously, Scott had been a lecturer and briefer in International Relations and Middle East politics for the U.S. Department of Defense at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, and a World Peace Fellow at the University of California, Berkeley. He maintained an affiliation as a Visiting Scholar at U.C. Berkeley’s Institute of International Studies and has written numerous articles on current issues in Middle East politics for Al Jazeera, The Daily Beast and Al Monitor. He was also a champion footballer, who left the sport to pursue his academic and political studies.

Scott had a longstanding personal connection with Kahlil Gibran’s hometown of Becharré, and the nearby Cedars of God, where he celebrated his ceremony of marriage, and which he first visited in 1995.