As one of our initiatives, CMV hosts monthly educational meetups that are designed to inform and inspire filmmakers/industry professionals.

They are on the second Wednesday of every month in Los Angeles.

Conscious Leadership for Filmmakers and Entertainment Executives

Oct 10th, 2018 @ 7:30pm


Creating content that has impact starts with how it’s made. Leading with intention maximizes your greatest assets – your creativity and your teams. This macro-workshop features panelists who have extensive knowledge of weaving conscious business practices into working in the entertainment industry. You’ll gain tips you can apply the very next day!
Admission Fee: $20.00 general admission/at the door, $15.00 early bird discount


Paola Di Florio is the Founder of Counterpoint Films and is an Oscar and Emmy-nominated filmmaker and TV producer whose work has featured extraordinary individuals and the triumph of the human spirit. Most recently, she co-wrote & directed the critically-acclaimed “AWAKE: The Life of Yogananda”(one of the top-grossing indie documentaries of 2014-15) and served as a Series Producer on CNN’s Emmy-nominated The Seventies.
Her films have screened at the U.S. Congress and in the British House of Lords. They’ve been distributed theatrically throughout the world and broadcast on HBO, CBS, NBC, FOX, PBS, CNN, Sundance Channel, TLC, and A&E.

Jae Ellard is the Owner of Simple Intentions, a conscious content company, committed to human development in the workplace with the purpose to develop the skill of awareness as a business skill. Her work as a Mindfulness Teacher has reached over 20,000 employees, in more than 50 countries, at corporations such as Microsoft, Amazon, Facebook, Google, and more. She is a frequent contributor to Mindful Magazine, Thrive Global and The Huffington Post on the topics of balance, awareness, and communication. Jae’s motivation to found Simple Intentions came from a decade of corporate communication roles, the last of which results in a not so graceful collapse, at work in front of her peers, from stress-related adrenal fatigue.  Her passion for communication and this life-altering experience propelled her to research human behavior, neuroscience, and mindfulness to create tools so that others may learn they a choice for how to live and work with greater awareness.

Daryll Merchant’s goal is to help creative and business professionals reduce stress, increase productivity and enhance their lives. His passion is sharing his knowledge, life experiences, and numerous tools, while working, playing, and creating a less stressed and more present for his clients. He is a Stress Reductions Specialist, Licensed HeartMath Coach, and developer of the Affirmation Planting App.  As an award-winning executive in the commercial advertising industry for nearly 30 years, he is known for bringing “heart” to the production and creative process.

Kate Neligan uses horses at the main teaching tool her Life and Career Coaching company, Conscious Rockstar, that specializing in empowering men and women to live lives that rock. Kate has her Master’s Degree in Spiritual Psychology from the University of Santa Monica and brings this experiential learning and wisdom to her work with individuals and groups in leadership training and team buildings. She founded Synergy TV Network, an online video channel that uplifts humanity through the power of conscious media. Previously, Kate was the Vice President of Video On Demand & Digital Marketing at Lionsgate where she promoted thousands of films and managed partner relationships with iTunes, Comcast, DIRECTV, Xbox and many more. Kate also ran the marketing and event planning for American Film Institute’s Digital Content Lab and started her career in entertainment at iN Demand in New York City.

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