Marc Graboff – Industry Advisor
Marc Graboff was named president of CORE Media Group Inc. in January, 2012 and left the company in September, 2014 when CORE was merged into Endemol USA. Marc was the senior executive at the company, overseeing all strategic and day-to-day operations as the parent company to 19 Entertainment (American Idol, So You Think You Can Dance) and Sharp Entertainment (Man v. Food, Doomsday Preppers).
Prior to joining CORE, Marc served as President, West Coast Business Operations, for NBC Universal Television Entertainment, a position to which he was appointed in 2010. He was responsible for all business affairs, operations and production activities at NBC Entertainment and Universal Television. He was previously Chairman, NBC Entertainment and Universal Media Studios. Prior to that, he served as Co-Chairman, NBC Entertainment and Universal Media Studios from 2007 to 2009.
From 2006 to 2007, Marc was President, NBC Universal Television, West Coast. In that role, he had oversight of NBC Entertainment, the NBC Universal Television Studio, the NBC Agency, and NBC Universal Domestic Television Distribution. He was also the chief business affairs executive for these groups, as well as NBCU’s entertainment cable networks: USA Network, Sci Fi Channel and Bravo.
Prior to his appointment as president, Marc had served as Executive Vice President, NBC Universal Television Group, since 2004. He was named Executive Vice President, NBC West Coast, in 2000, where he oversaw business affairs activities related to all of NBC’s Burbank-based divisions, including NBC Entertainment, NBC Studios and NBC Enterprises.
David Sacks – Industry Advisor
David Sacks attended Harvard College, graduating with a degree in Government in 1984. While there he began his comedy writing career as an editor of the school’s humor magazine. David then moved to LA and began writing for television. Among the shows he’s worked for are “The Simpsons”, where he won an Emmy Award, and “Third Rock from the Sun” for which he won a Golden Globe Award. David is the co-founder and Senior Lecturer of The Happy Minyan of LA. David is married and raises his family in CA.
Danielle Kreinik is the Director of Scripted Development for Thunderbird and is responsible for identifying new and intriguing material and writers. Before entering the television industry, she created and produced a successful live variety show in Los Angeles. Danielle holds a degree in Vocal Music Performance from Indiana University. She currently resides in Los Angeles, CA.
Actress Sara Starr is currently working on a feature length film, “Divot.” This year, Sara also filmed an Untitled Pilot Presentation tape with Relativity TV, as well as a pilot with Bloch Productions, which are both still in post-production. Recently, Sara has also had the opportunity to work with Biography channel in Deadly Wives, WE TV with the late Joan Rivers, and also co-hosted a morning show pilot, While You Were Charging. Sara is also studying with private acting coaches Max Decker and Rod Rowland.
Sara Starr spent her entire life in the arts. As a child she was immersed in music, theatre, and dance. She grew up on the multi-cultural island community of Key West where she studied ballet with the renowned Greg King and spent many hours rehearsing for classical piano concerts, theatre performances, and choir recitals.
Shayna Sorrentino – Head of Public Relations
Shayna Sorrentino is delighted to be a part of JenLA. She was a Theatre Arts major at Loyola Marymount University, after which she began a love affair with comedy. However, her passion for words and story telling began at a wee age. Shayna is also a seasoned event planner, and works in the non-profit world coordinating events and fundraising efforts, including those for notable personalities. Her involvement with JenLA is a match “made in heaven.”