Our Leadership Team
HAMMAD ZAIDI – FOUNDER
Hammad Zaidi founded The Lonely Seal Company Group, which includes Lonely Seal Releasing, The Lonely Seal International Film, Screenplay & Music Festival (a multiple-time entrant on the FilmFreeway Top 100 Best Reviewed Festivals list). Hammad is also a co-owner of Industry Corporation, a multinational technology corporation that developed and launched Designware.io
Zaidi is a member of the Producers Guild of America, the Writers Guild of America, and a Certified Buyer at film sales markets worldwide. He has been a Jury Member, Filmmaker Advisor, Showcase Curator, Panelist, Advisory Board Member, and World Cinema Screener at several festivals, including, but not limited to, Sundance, SXSW, and Slamdance. Hammad has been an Adjunct Professor, Guest Lecturer, and or Panelist at UCLA, USC, Vanderbilt, Chapman, The Watkins Film School, (acquired by Belmont University in 2020), The University of Kansas, and San Diego State, amongst numerous others.
Hammad Zaidi’s most personal effort was to create and sponsor Script Accessible, a screenwriting contest for writers with disabilities and non-disabled writers who wrote about disabled characters. Script Accessible was presented in conjunction with Slamdance and the Writers Guild of America-West. Our 2010 winner, All the Wrong Reasons went on to be produced and won the Discovery Award at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival. Hammad Zaidi received his Masters of Fine Arts from the UCLA School of Theater, Film, and Television Producers Program in 1994. LinkedIn IMDb
JONATHAN NADEAU – FOUNDER
Jonathan Nadeau s the principal of Nadeau Media, which produced open-source Linux-based conferences at Harvard. In addition, Jonathan also created global accessibility software.
JAMES HOURIGAN – STRATEGY & MANAGEMENT
James Hourigan is the Festival Director the Lonely Seal Festival – Amelia Island, Florida (2023). He is a proud University of South Florida alumni, and the creator and owner of the Destauch YouTube brand. James was born in New York before moving to Florida where he spent most of his early life. He later attended Valdosta State University in Georgia in pursuit of a Mass Communications degree before returning to Florida and attending the University of South Florida where he continued his studies. James has also worked in graphic design and is a seasoned video editor.