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Ashar Medina

Ashar Medina (1985) is scenarioschrijver en regisseur van films en televisieseries. Hij schreef onder anderen de Gouden Kalf genomineerde producties JUNGLE, TOM ADELAAR en MOCRO MAFFIA. Naast zijn filmwerkzaamheden is Ashar script editor en bestuurslid van de Dutch Academy For Film.

Ashar Medina is programme manager and moderator of the CREATED BY Workshop. And Ashar is mentor of Vrijplaats 2021 – Positionality participant Festus Toll.

Chris Mack

Christopher Mack is Director, Creative Talent Investment & Develeopment for Netflix International Originals.
After graduating from Loyola Law School, Chris got his start in television at NBC Studios as an associate and he quickly rose to becoming an executive. During his time at the newly created NBC Studios, he oversaw a varied list of shows including: THE FRESH PRINCE OF BEL AIR, IN THE HOUSE, among others. Chris also spent seven years writing on various onehour dramas including ER, THE PRACTICE and THE NEW TWILIGHT ZONE.
Then Chris started as head of the Warner Bros. Workshop, the writing and directing program for professionals looking to start and/or further their careers in television. In addition to these responsibilities, Chris has covered hit shows such as TWO AND A HALF MEN and SMALLVILLE for the Current Programs department. After Warner Bros. Chris became Senior Vice President of Scripted Content for Stage 13, overseeing all of the brand’s original scripted series and development slates across multiple genres, including Emmy nominated Netflix series SPECIAL and IT’S BRUNO.

Christopher Mack is speaker at the CREATED BY Workshop.


Joost de Vries

Producer Joost de Vries has been CEO and producer of Amsterdam-based renowned production company Lemming Film for over 20 years, establishing a considerable international track record. In 2016 he decided to (once more) become an independent producer. With his new company An Original Picture, he is working closely with exceptional filmmakers on international productions.
Besides being a producer, he is the managing director of Amsterdam Post Lab organizing international workshops for producers and post-production supervisors to improve their post-production management skills under the slogan: ‘Post before you shoot’ and he works for the Dutch insurance company No Risk On Set, providing risk assessment and monitoring film productions of a certain scale and complexity for their completion bond product.
Joost de Vries and Dana Linssen were asked to jointly write a strategic plan for a new talent and skills development institute for working professionals in the Dutch film and audiovisual sector. From 2020 until 2022 they have been working together as quartermasters on the pilot phase of network organization FilmForward.


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