Karyn Folan, Writer/Producer
A graduate of Harvard Law School, Karyn Folan is an award-winning author, ghostwriter and screenwriter. A contemporary of Michele and Barack Obama at Harvard, her career path deviated from the law after being caught in New York City on September 11, 2001. The events of that day inspired her to pursue her lifelong dream of being a writer.
Since then she has been prolific with more than 25 fiction and non-fiction credits, including a successful career as a ghostwriter for several reality stars. She penned a NYT bestseller for BET and WE reality star, Toya Carter, and another for Carter’s daughter Reginae (also daughter of rapper Lil Wayne). She has been published by major houses including Harper Collins, Simon and Schuster, and HCI. She is also the author of the popular post-apocalyptic series “Ashes, Ashes”- which is consistently ranked in the top 25 of its category on Amazon with over 30,000 copies sold since its August 2016 release. Her screenplays have also earned top honors in several recent competitions including the Page Awards, Slamdance and Screencraft.
A hallmark of Karyn’s individual work is her unique ability to write for a multi-racial, crossover audience, which has made her a sought after interview. She has been profiled in The Washington Post and Essence magazine, has appeared on CNN and Fox News, and has spoken at both the Essence Jazz Festival and the Congressional Black Caucus. She is also is a popular speaker for the PEN/Faulkner Writers in Schools program.
Because her own family is multi-racial, her non-fiction work has touched on controversial issues such as interracial dating and marriage, and her novels focus on multi-racial characters who avoid traditional stereotypes and interact with each other in unexpected ways- making her work resonate with audiences across racial boundaries.
Pierre Bagley, Consulting Producer
Pierre Bagley is a writer, producer and director most widely known for his 2013 feature film, “From the Rough” starring Taraji P. Henson. As an innovative thinker who understood “transmedia” before the concept had a word, he worked with former Harper Collins Chief Judith Regan to launch the book/film project “Fat Man Walking,” which chronicled the cross-country walk of 300 pound Steve Vaught in 2006.
As the former head of the Washington, D.C. Film Commission, Pierre’s connections extend beyond Hollywood into politics. He is currently a consultant with international architectural firm Gansler, where he was asked to deliver the keynote address on creativity at its prestigious annual gathering of top architects and designers. Pierre lends more than 30 years of industry experience to The Revisionist. Contact Pierre at firstname.lastname@example.org.
London Stroud, Casting
Lisa London and Catherine Stroud have a casting career together that expands over 25 years. They have discovered and/or cast many notable actors and actresses early in their careers who have all gone on to become stars. These include Miley Cyrus in Hannah Montana, Jonah Hill in Grandma’s Boy, Emma Stone, Katharine McPhee, and Kat Dennings in House Bunny, Selena Gomez in the Disney pilot of What’s Stevie Thinking, Jennifer Aniston in her first feature Leprechaun, Mark Ruffalo in the CBS series Due South, Adrian R. Mante and Megan Hilty in The Suite Life of Zack and Cody, and Yari Shahidi in The First Family.
Catherine and Lisa have cast a large number of successful television shows such as Hit The Floor for VH1, The Suite Life of Zack and Cody and Hannah Montana pilots on the Disney Channel, Arliss on HBO, Roseanne on ABC, Supah Ninjas on Nickelodeon, and Get A Life on Fox. They also cast a pilot for Amazon entitled A History of Radness with four new up and comers who are not only talented actors, but also musicians who sing.
Movies London Stroud has cast include House Bunny and Grandma’s Boy for Happy Madison Productions, Stepfather for Screen Gems. Catherine and Lisa also cast From The Rough, which stars Oscar and Emmy nominated and Golden Globe winner, Taraji P. Henson (who stars in the Fox Television “hit” series, Empire), the late great Michael Clarke Duncan, plus an international cast including British actor, Tom Felton from the Harry Potter films.