9:30AM (PST) – John Schneider, “Smothered”
John’s film SMOTHERED is available TODAY (3/29) on VOD and DVD
Smothered on iTunes
Help Rebuild John Schneider Studios
John Schneider has been described as a true Renaissance Man. Whether he’s acting, singing, writing hit songs or great scripts; the gifted storyteller has been entertaining us for 38 years.
John landed his first television role as Bo Duke in 1978 on “Dukes of Hazzard”. While working on the show, he starred in TV movies like “Dream House” and “Happy Endings”. He also played opposite Kirk Douglas on the big screen in “Eddie Macon’s Run”. By the time Dukes was wrapping up in ‘85, Schneider was already on his way to Country Music Stardom. He signed with MCA Records in 1984, and built a catalogue of hits including: “I’ve Been Around Enough to Know”, “Country Girls”, “What’s a Memory Like You”, “You’re the Last Thing I Needed Tonight”, “A Memory Like You” and “At the Sound of the Tone”. Singing never got in the way of acting, as John continued landing movie roles in “Gus Brown and Midnight Brewster”, “Cocaine Wars”, “Stagecoach”, “The Curse”, and “Ministry of Vengeance”.
Throughout the 90s, the performer stayed busy with theatre and television. He was in off-Broadway musicals like “Brigadoon”, “The Will Rogers Follies”, and “The Music Man” He landed TV roles in “Dr. Quinn: Medicine Woman”, “Burkes Law”, “JAG”, “Walker Texas Ranger”, “Touched by an Angel” and so many other great shows. John was cast in 2001 as Jonathan Kent, father of Clark Kent in “Smallville”. The show continued on the air until 2011, earning John a whole new generation of fans from around the world. In 2013, John’s starring again on a hit TV series. He is Judge Jim Cryer in Tyler Perry’s “The Haves and the Have Nots”. The show continues it’s rating success, as a stand out hit for OWN.
Through all of his success in acting, John’s always had a passion for writing and directing. He’s focused more in recent years, on making his own films. His movie “Smothered”, a comedy horror story, has gotten great reviews. It’s set to be released in limited theatres, DVD and VOD in March 2016. While shooting “Smothered” on location in Holden, Louisiana, John had the idea to establish John Schneider Studios. He then purchased the 58 acres, because he wanted other filmmakers shooting on a budget, to have an opportunity to tell their stories. The location has two soundstages (with more being built), two production houses, an editing bay, theatre, a river, lake, swamp, bamboo forrest and lots more. (A portion of the movie “Hate Crime” was shot here. John stars in the film, and is listed as a producer.) John’s gone on to shoot more of his own movies at the studio, which he’s written and directed, including “Anderson Bench”, “Like Son” and “Inadmissible” and he’ll start on “One Month Out” in May of 2016.
10:15AM (PST) – Nancy Jo Sales, author of the book, “American Girls: Social Media and the Secret Lives of Teenagers”
Photo credit: Jayne Wexler
Nancy Jo Sales is an award winning journalist and author who has written for Vanity Fair, New York, Harper’s Bazaar, and many other publications. She is known for her reporting on youth culture and for her profiles of pop culture icons. In 2000, she became the editor at Vanity Fair.
10:30AM (PST) – Dale Godboldo, “American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson”
Dale co-stars in “American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson” – Tuesdays at 10/9c on FX
Actor, Producer and Philanthropist Dale Godboldo has been working both in front of and behind the camera for over 25 years, and can be seen in his portrayal of ‘Dream Team’ attorney Carl E. Douglas in Ryan Murphy’s highly anticipated FX television series, “American Crime Story: The People V. OJ Simpson”. The series which is garnering attention for its depiction of the most publicized criminal trial in American history, will premiere on February 2, 2016. Douglas, the managing attorney of the Cochran law firm was a popular celebrity attorney and truly believed in Simpson’s innocence and fought passionately in his crusade against the issue of race and the LAPD.
After completing four seasons on the 90’s “All New Mickey Mouse Club” (alongside Justin Timberlake, Ryan Gosling, Christina Aguilera, Britney Spears, and Keri Russell), Dale continued his acting career appearing in a dozen films including Marvel’s “Thor“, “The Sum of All Fears“, “Fame“, the Will Smith produced “Lakeview Terrace“, and the Brad Pitt produced “Year of the Dog“. Dale has also appeared in over 130 episodes of television, with guest star roles on “ER”, “Bones“, and Disney’s hit show “Good Luck Charlie“, and series regular roles opposite Jenny McCarthy on NBC’s “Jenny“, opposite Kristin Chenoweth on NBC’s “Kristin“, and 2 seasons opposite Wanda Sykes and Jurnee Smolette on FOX’s “Wanda At Large“.
As an entrepreneur, Dale has been responsible for structuring millions in entertainment related projects, events, and distribution agreements with SONY, Arista, Lionsgate, Warner Brothers, The Billboard Awards, and Clearchannel. As COO of Global Renaissance Entertainment Group, which is joint ventured with the principals of the $2B investment firm Cherokee Investment Partners, Dale is currently Executive Producing the “FLYY GIRL” trilogy of films with Lionsgate/ Codeblack (Starring Sanaa Lathan, penned by the Oscar-winning writer of “Precious”, Geoffrey Fletcher, and Produced by Dear White People’s Effie Brown), and Producing “SUPERSTITION: FINAL CHANCE“ with the creator of the hugely successful “Final Destination” movie franchise. Dale also owns a record label that released Tony Lucca’s (NBC’s “The Voice”) album “Shotgun” via Warner Elektra Atlantic (supported by Kevin Costner, Ryan Seacrest, JC Chasez, and Justin Timberlake). Dale operates his businesses under the brand, Dale Godboldo Enterprises.
Looking for ways to help the next generation reach their dreams, Dale formed the aptly named Always In The Club Foundation in appreciation of the training and mentorship he received as a young man on the Mouse Club. Dale has worked closely in developing programs with US Dream Academy, Arthur Wylie Foundation, Branson Centre Of Entrepreneurship, and Cherokee Gives Back. As part of the Philanthropy United team, Dale has fundraised for Unite4:Humanity and other events with Bill Clinton, Robert DeNiro, James Cameron, Martin Scorsese, Eva Longoria, Selena Gomez, Demi Lovato, Sean Penn, Jada Pinkett Smith, Charlize Theron, and Halle Berry, among others. Always In The Club recently became a member of the Clinton Global Initiative and announced Project:NOW, a non-profit initiative that rapidly addresses the educational needs of at-risk youth in America. Its first fundraiser was held in New York with George W. Bush on September 24, 2014. The evening was hosted by “The Good Wife’s” Chris Noth.
Dale is currently a founding member of CGI LEAD alongside Chelsea Clinton and other accomplished young industry professionals, who are committed to the work of Clinton Global Initiative and mentoring the next generation of leaders. Other charitable activities have included fundraising for Kids In The Spotlight, volunteering for anti-bullying organization, Stand For The Silent, and serving as a judge for Miss America’s Outstanding Teen Competition, where millions of dollars in scholarships have been raised to send outstanding young ladies to college. Dale has been honored by the Los Angeles Urban League Young Professionals for his work in the community, is a founding board advisor for the official Jamaica Film Festival, and is a lifelong member of Jack and Jill of America.
11:30AM (PST) – Melissa Ambrosini, author of the book, “Mastering Your Mean Girl: The No-BS Guide to Silencing Your Inner Critic and Becoming Wildly Wealthy, Fabulously Healthy, and Bursting with Love”
Mastering Your Mean Girl
Melissa Ambrosini is an author, entrepreneur, speaker, and self-love teacher. In her signature straight-talking style, Melissa teaches women how to master their inner Mean Girl, smash through limiting beliefs, and ditch the self-doubt so that they can start truly living the life of their dreams. Named a ‘self-help guru’ by Elle Magazine, she is known for her inspirational live events, books, booming online community, her weekly Goddess Groups, game-changing online programs, her guided meditations, and keynote talks. Her mission is to inspire women across the globe to create a heart-centered life that is wildly wealthy, fabulously healthy and bursting with love.