​​Big Apple Film Festival will select a limited number of projects to participate in our AGENTS AND MANAGERS NETWORKING LAB. The purpose of the lab is to provide direct access for filmmakers and screenwriters currently seeking representation to discuss their projects, ask questions, pitch their material and receive feedback from top agents and managers. Meetings will take place after the conclusion of the film festival. Lab Meetings will be in small group sessions and will take place virtually allowing all selected participants to join remotely. 

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Agent, Partner at The Gersh Agency

Roy Ashton

Roy Ashton is the Head of the TV Literary & Packaging Dept. at The Gersh Agency, with offices in Los Angeles and New York. Prior to joining Gersh as Partner, Ashton spent 13 years at Creative Artists Agency. 
He functions in all areas of television, helping clients sell and package television projects at the major networks, major cable, and premium cable outlets. 
​Ashton’s client business includes showrunners, writers, production companies, directors, distributors, authors, and actors from all over the globe.

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Agent, APA

Halle Mariner

Halle Mariner has previously worked in film sales for Shoreline Entertainment and Preferred Content. Currently, Halle works at APA as an agent in the Scripted Literary Department. As a honoree of Colour Associates 2019 Next Up List, Halle is also a part of Women Wednesday’s BIPOC Mentorship Program Committee and #Startwith8 Mentorship program. APA is midsize full service agency repping clients from talent, music, literary across TV, Film and Books, branding, comedy touring and more. Representing clients like Oscar winners Gary Oldman, and Melissa Leo, as well as 50 Cent, Mary J Blige, Justin Chon (BLUE BAYOU), Ms. Pat, John Carpenter, Derek Kolstad (John Wick Franchise) and many more.

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Manager, President, Stobby Entertainment

Lee Stobby

Lee Stobby is a literary manager, producer and principal of Lee Stobby Entertainment who has over 10 years of management and producing experience. His clients have written for numerous feature film projects and series, including JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 3 and currently JOHN WICK 4, Netflix's STRANGER THINGS and ARMY OF THE DEAD, the CW's LEGACIES, as well as clients who have sold scripts to Lionsgate, CW and more. 
Producing highlights and credits include SISTER AIMEE, which premiered at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival; WILDLING starring Bel Powley, Liv Tyler and Brad Dourif and premiered at SXSW; as well as scripts setup with Matt Reeves’ 6th and Idaho, Universal, and Netflix, including the #1 Black List Script BUBBLES.

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Agent, The Gersh Agency

Shan Ray


Shan Ray is a veteran of the agency business, specializing in Television Literary and International business with a focus on IP/Content, Creators, Writers, and Directors in the scripted series arena.  He has set up projects and made deals at all the major networks, major and independent studios and streaming platforms both in the U.S. and International markets. He has also shepherded numerous International formats from around the world to be developed in the US and abroad.  Prior to joining Gersh, he served as an agent at International Creative Management (ICM).  Shan started his career at MTV in Los Angeles, and is a graduate of The University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)