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Our Team 

about the founder of online film festival

Hammad Zaidi, Founder

In addition to founding The Lonely Seal Company Group, Hammad is a partner at cutting-edge technology companies. He is also a member of the Producers Guild of America and the Writers Guild of America. Hammad is also a Founder of Hourglass24, a crowdfunding and marketing company. Zaidi has been a jury member, screenplay jury member, filmmaker advisor, showcase curator, panelist, advisory board member, and world cinema screener at several film festivals, like Sundance, SXSW, and Slamdance. He has also been an adjunct professor guest lecturer and panelist at several universities, including UCLA, USC, Vanderbilt, Chapman, The Watkins Film School, San Diego State, and several other schools. Hammad’s most personal effort was to create and sponsor created and sponsored 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. Zaidi also hosts “Limping on Cloud 9,” a podcast based on his life. The show is distributed on iTunes,  Stitcher Radio, Google Play, and several other podcast distributors worldwide. Hammad Zaidi received his Masters of Fine Arts from the UCLA School of Film and Television Producers Program. Hammad Zaidi LinkedIn Page

 

Jonathan Nadeau, CTO

Chief Technology Officer Jonathan Nadeau is a Founder of Hourglass24 and he is an Executive Producer on Pet Divorce Court, our upcoming TV series. Jonathan Nadeau also co-hosts Hammad Zaidi’s podcast, Limping on Cloud 9.

Steve Gardner – Executive Producer

Steve Gardner is a 20+ year expert in national marketing and brand strategy. He is Executive Producing Pet Divorce Court, our upcoming Web/TV series. 

Noah Pitifer – Executive Producer

Noah Pitifer joined Lonely Seal during the 2015 Cannes Film Festival. He is currently Executive Producing Pet Divorce Court, our Web/TV series.