MDI

Media Development International
Writers` Management & Services

MARK DeGASPERI, Executive Director, has been a manager, writer, script doctor, lecturer and professional story analyst in New York for over fourteen years.  


He is the author of THE LAZARUS EXPERIMENT (Double Dragon Publishing - 2014).  


He has read and scouted screenplays, stage plays and books for film and TV adaptation, most recently for Sony Pictures Entertainment, Robert DeNiro`s Tribeca Productions, Paramount Pictures and Odyssey Networks.  Previously, he has covered potential movie material for Universal Pictures, New Line Cinema, Miramax Films, Imagine Films, the William Morris Agency (WME), International Creative Management (ICM Partners), and past companies like Jonathan Demme's Clinica Estetico, Stanley Jaffe`s Jaffilms and Polygram Films.  He has covered novels for literary agency McIntosh & Otis and Brandt & Hochman. 


He teaches Advanced Screenwriting (Screenwriting III) at New York University/SPS, and a Marketing Your Screenplay seminar at NYU.
  He has received an NYU Award for Service.  He has taught the Master Class in Screenwriting, the thesis class for senior undergraduates, at the
School of Visual Arts in New York.  He has lectured at Baruch College, the New York Institute of Technology, and the Hudson Valley Writers Center. 

He was manager of the Nat Horne Theatre on what, in the 1990s, was 42nd Street`s Theatre Row in New York, a not-for-profit performance school founded by Nat Horne, choreographer, dance instructor and performer with the Alvin Ailey Company.  Earlier, he was manager of the Ernie Martin Studio Theatre for acting instructor Ernie Martin, a protege of Lee Strasberg.  He also held a job as assistant supervisor in Production Services for ABC Television in New York.
  
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KRISZTINA DANKA, Executive Director, is a religious and literary studies scholar, a human rights activist, cultural diplomat and filmmaker. She possesses a Ph.D. in Comparative Literary Studies and Indian Aesthetics from the University of Budapest. As a college lecturer she has been teaching Indian literature and media communications since 1998.


She is the writer-producer of over 30 documentaries, author of three books, and dozens of articles. Her documentaries related to environmental, humanitarian, human rights, religious and minority issues, interfaith dialogue, Indian spirituality and culture, have been broadcast on six international television channels. (A selected list of her films is available in the Filmography section. The full list is on www.imdb.com.)  She holds a Certificate in Screenwriting from New York University.


As an activist and media spokesperson, she has led several international campaigns against religious and minority discrimination in Europe, Budapest, Brussels, London and New Delhi.  She has participated in the Hungarian Prime Minister's official delegation to the Republic of India.  She has helped run humanitarian campaigns on behalf of the Hungarian government and the Food For Life Global Foundation, including a charity program feeding 20,000 tsunami victims daily in Sri Lanka, in early 2005.   As a cultural diplomat she has organized several conferences, film festivals, concerts, exhibitions and other inter-cultural and educational events in Europe, New York and Washington, DC. 


She is the founder of Karuna Productions.

http://karunaproductions.com/