Dr. Janet Alvarez Gonzalez is an Award winning marketer, investigative reporter, director, producer and television and radio personality in Latin America and the Caribbean. Born in Bayamon, Puerto Rico, she began her career in the late 1980′s as a director anStuartd producer, Stuartand political reporter for US television and radio networks PBS NPR, FOX and Jay Sears News Services, interviewing personalities such as President Mikhail Gorbachev, Lieutenant Colonel Oliver North, Vice-President Al Gore, Senator George Allan, Governor Douglas Wilder, and others.
Later she worked as executive producer, script writer supervisor, and coach writer for several television shows transmitted at Red PAT, Teletica, Telemundo, Univision, Pentagon Network, and NBC. Alvarez Gonzalez founded Planet Films Corporation 2000 where in her early years was devoted to providing scripts consulting services for TV channels. In 2003 she wrote, produced and protagonist the movie “Latin Comedy” a social satire about how Hispanics were manipulated by the media with the legendary Cuban comedian, director and scriptwriter Leopoldo Fernandez known as “Tres Patines”.
In 2008 Governor Rick Perry of the State of Texas appointed Dr. Janet Alvarez Gonzalez with the Rank of Major and was attached as Public Affairs Officer of the Adjutant General Staff. In 2010 Major Alvarez Gonzalez received the Texas Merit Award for Outstanding Service in the Military Forces of Texas.
In 2010 Dr. Janet Alvarez Gonzalez reopened Planet Films LLC in Rowlett, Texas, receiving The Aspen Award in the Motion Picture & Video Production for Exceptional Marketing Success in 2013. In 2015 Dr. Janet Alvarez Gonzalez received the AIPE Latin Golden Award for lifetime achievement in Show Business from AIPE Asociacion Internacional de Periodistas de Espectaculos (Show Business-Foreign Press Association in Show Business).
Alvarez Gonzalez received a Bachelor in Psychology from the Virginia Commonwealth University, a Master in Educational Media from Virginia State University, and culminated a Ph.D. in Business Administration in Marketing and a Post Graduate Certificate in International Business from Argosy University. Dr. Alvarez has taught Mass Communications and Marketing in many universities around the world. In addition she was the Dean of the MBA Center at Columbia University in Puerto Rico.
Javier recently participated in the films in The Blood, 22 Jump Street, Falcon Rising. and in the television series Homeland . He produced “200 cartas” with an approximate budget of $1,000,000 starting Tony Award Winner Lin-Manuel Miranda, Jaime Camil who is one of Mexico’s leading actors and Dayanara Torres.
Javier Enrique is one of Puerto Rico’s leading Assistant Directors and has collaborated with: Edward James Olmos and Lymarie Nadal in “América”, Todd Solondz in “Life during Wartime” staring Allison Janney, Ally Sheedy, Paul Reubens and Ciarán Hinds.Javier Enrique has produced short films, commercials and feature films.
His first experience working in film was in the feature film “Havana Nights: Dirty Dancing 2” as a Production Assistant. Soon he made his way into to the developing film industry in Puerto Rico establishing himself as one of the best Assistant Directors in the Island.
Maria Conchita is a multi-Grammy nominee with platinum and gold albums as well as an ALMA Award, Pioneer Award, and Golden Eagle Award.
She has played many roles in both TV, movies, and primetime series including “Desperate Housewives” with Eva Longoria.” She became a worldwide name in her film debut “Moscow on the Hudson” co-starring with Robin Williams, and stayed in the spotlight with films like “The Running Man,” with Arnold Schwarzenegger “Colors,” with Sean Penn and Robert Duvall, “Predator 2,” “The House of the Spirits” with Meryl Streep, Glenn Close among many others. She has won many awards in various fields and became the first non-USA born Hispanic to star on Broadway with “Kiss of the Spider Woman.”
Stuart W. Cooper (born 1942 in Hoboken, New Jersey) is an American filmmaker, actor and writer from Birmingham, England. Cooper was a resident in the United Kingdom in the 1960s and 1970s where his most notable film appearance was as one of The Dirty Dozen, Roscoe Lever. He also starred alongside Russell Brand in Cinco! set in the Costa Del Sol. His 1974 film Little Malcolm was entered into the 24th Berlin International Film Festival, where it won the Silver Bear. The following year, his film Overlord won the Silver Bear – Special Jury Prize at the 25th Berlin Festival and was credited as the reason for at least one suicidal man to choose life.
Greg Cannom has been nominated for nine (OSCAR) Academy Awards and has won three times for Mrs. Doubtfire; Bram Stoker’s Dracula; and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. He has also been nominated seven times for a Saturn Award and received one.
Tamara Marini has over 20 years of experience in the film and TV industries. Tamara holds a Masters degree in Movie Art Direction from Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia of Rome http://www.snc.it.a Bachelors of Science Degree (with Honors) in Scenography and Costume in Film from the Fine Arts Academy of Venice http://www.accademiavenezia.it. and also “A” levels in Architecture and Interior Design from Art Institute of Trieste –Italy. Several of Tamara’s career highlights include working as Art Director of the full lengths films Two Lives directed by Georg Maas; The American with George Clooney Directed by Anton Corbijn; Duplicity with Julia Roberts directed by Tony Gilroy; The Merchant Of Venice with Al Pacino directed by Michael Radford The Hills Have Eyes directed by Alex Aja and Tomb Raider directed by Roar Uthaug.
Mr. Mancha serves as “of counsel” to Planet Films and is licensed to practice law in the State of Texas. Mr. Mancha’s practice at Anthony & Middlebrook, P.C.’s Church Law Group has a primary focus on taxation issues for nonprofit clients and organizations. Prior to Mr. Mancha’s work with the firm, he worked for the Internal Revenue Service at the audit level (Estate and Gift Tax Attorney – Houston) and with the IRS Chief Counsel International at the National office in Washington, D.C. Mr. Mancha also has previous experience working for a Fortune 100 corporation as Tax Counsel and with the international services group for a “Big Four” public accounting firm. Mr. Mancha is fluent in Spanish. Mr. Mancha graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration in accounting from The University of Texas at Austin in 1972 and earned his Juris Doctor from South Texas College of Law in Houston, Texas in 1979. Mr. Mancha later earned an LLM in Taxation from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.
Pablo Blanco was born in Spain. In 1993 he was nominated for a Goya for best editing film Acción Mutante. In 1994 he was nominated for a Goya for best Editing film La Madre Muerta a film by Juanma Bajo Ulloa . In 1997 he was nominated for a Goya for best editing film: Storm the Skies. In 1998 he won a Goya for best editing film Airbag. In 2012 he won a Goya and the CEC (Cinema Writers Circle) Award for best editing film No Rest for the Wicked.
Ricardo Jacques Galé began his career as a production assistant in Miami before moving to Los Angeles to attend the prestigious USC Film School. Working as a lab technician, dolly grip, key grip and chief lighting technician were a few of the steps toward learning his craft and his ultimate goal of becoming a Cinematographer. When Garrett Brown taught Ricardo how to operate his invention the Steadicam, Ricardo’s career blossomed. Ten years of work for directors such as John Schlesinger, Nicolas Roeg, Julian Temple and Joseph Sargent followed. Roger Corman gave Ricardo his first shot as a DP and he hasn’t looked back with over 30 features on his resume.
He has worked in Beirut, Greece, Macedonia, Panama, Belize, Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, and the Philippines. Ricardo has shot numerous music videos including the ground-breaking video for N.W.A, “Straight Out of Compton” with legendary hip-hop artists Dr. Dre, Ice Cube and Eazy E. He was also nominated for an MTV Video Award for his work on the classic one hit wonder “Rico Suave” by Geraldo.
Marco Werba born in Madrid, Spain and has lived in Rome, Italy since 1966. He is a versatile composer and has an extensive background in the music field, earning a Degree in Composition and Choral Conducting. He also studied at the Mannes College of Music in New York attending workshops in composition, orchestration and Film music. In addition, he studied conducting at the Academie de Guerande in France.
For the film music magazines Soundtrack and Cinemascore he interviewed a range of notables in the field including Jerry Goldsmith, Stanley Meyers, John Scott, Gabriel Yared and Philippe Sarde. He has served on the jury of the International Film Festival of Messina, and he created the film music workshop “Music for Images” and the international film music competition, the “Mario Nascimbene Award.”
His first musical score, in 1989, for director Cristina Comencini’s film Zoo won the prestigious Italian “Colonna Sonora” Award, when Ennio Morricone and Francis Lai, received “Colonna Sonora – Lifetime Achievement Awards”. Marco Werba has gone on to score a range of historical dramas including Anita–Una Vita per Garibaldi (Anita, a life for Garibaldi), and, in collaboration with Academy-Award winning composer Francis Lai, Amore e Libertà, Masaniello (Love of Freedom). He often works in the Horror and Thriller genres, most recently composing the soundtrack of Giallo, the pulp thriller by cult horror director Dario Argento, starring Adrien Brody. This score won the “Fantasy & Horror Award”, the “Fantafestival Award 2010 ” and the “Fantasy Horror Cine Festival Award 2011 ”.
Werba is noted for his work as a film score composer but has also written a number of classical concert pieces including Adagio for the victims of Auschwitz, Dark Symphony and Symphonic Tango. In 2011 Marco Werba received the “Globo d’Oro” Award (“Golden Globes” of the Foreign Press Association in Italy) for the music of the thriller Native, directed by John Real.