Hammad Zaidi – Founder & CEO
Hammad Zaidi founded The Lonely Seal Company Group, Lonely Seal Releasing, The Lonely Seal International Film, Screenplay & Music Festival, and Hourglass24. Zaidi is an award-winning creator, a member of the Producers Guild of America, served as a member of the Videogame Caucus for the Writers Guild of America throughout its existence, and is a Certified Buyer of the world’s most essential film sales markets. He owns a stake in Industry Corporation, a Canada-based multinational technology corporation that developed Designware.io.
Hammad hosted 200+ episodes of Limping On Cloud 9, a podcast, and wrote 300+ articles in Going Bionic, his film distribution and career strategy column. He has been a jury member, screenplay jury member, filmmaker advisor, showcase curator, panelist, advisory board member, and world cinema screener at several major film festivals. These include, but are not limited to, Sundance, SXSW, and Slamdance. Zaidi is also on the Board of Directors for Cinema Without Borders.
Hammad has been an adjunct professor, guest lecturer, and panelist at several universities, including his alma mater UCLA, USC, Vanderbilt, Chapman, The Watkins Film School (acquired by Belmont University), San Diego State, and many others. Hammad Zaidi received his Master of Fine Arts from the UCLA School of Film and Television Producers Program.
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Alexsiya Flora – Consulting Producer
Alexsiya Flora has 20+ years of experience in the film industry. She has produced nine and directed five independent feature films. Her divine purpose is to inspire others to live an artistic life. Her most notable documentary is about Oscar-nominated animator Bill Plympton, Adventures in Plymptoons!
Erin Smith Carlson – Head of Development
Erin’s mission is to connect humor with a heart to unlock purpose and elevate organizations and communities. Specializing in a clear and conscious communication approach to change initiatives, she is widely recognized for infusing core values with solution-focused strategies that create a culture of accountability and inclusivity and ultimately increase an organization’s financial and talent currency. Most recently, she led a global biopharma company’s North American internal communications and DEI function, including designing meaningful experiences to support senior and mid-level leaders through strategic transformation and large-scale change. She has a proven track record of leading nationwide cross-functional teams while developing and executing uniquely curated programs that become pillars of company culture. As a certified professional coach, she elicits authenticity and provides an emotionally intelligent space enabling clients to align to purpose as a critical path to transformation. This internal focus is externally balanced by 10+ years of sales and commercial planning expertise and a decade in journalism, production, and storytelling with Walt Disney, ABC, and NBC affiliates.
George Oluwaboro – Talent Scout
George Oluwaboro is a Certified Public Accountant and the Regional Manager for the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia for Promoted Events, a financial technology company for events management and fundraising. George is also the Managing Partner of Brickstone & Associates, LLC, a CPA and Management Advisory Firm based in Washington, DC.
George has over 25 years of extensive experience in business advisory in the financial services sector, focusing on digital banking, cross-border transactions, and fund-raising activities.
George’s consulting work includes strategic business planning, technology planning and deployment, fee income strategies, process improvements, and reengineering through enabling technologies.
George started his professional career as a banker in Nigeria and later worked as a Bank Examiner with the Texas Department of Banking in Austin, Texas. George has worked as a Consultant with the Office of the Comptroller of Currency and the Federal Reserve Board of Governors in Washington, DC.
George is a graduate of Economics from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria, and attended the University of Baltimore, Maryland, USA, for his master’s Degree.