Tony N. Todaro
, Executive Director
Todaro developed the methodology for WC2 popular
"AAA" and multi track curriculums based on his years of programming
experience. He also consults to other conventions and has produced hundreds
of workshops/panels with a faculty of speakers, industry experts, educators,
publishers and literary agents.
He has been a writer since scribing a high school
newspaper column that got him sent to the principal’s office. Since then,
he’s worked extensively in the music business with the Guitar Center
chain, then as a Brand Strategist for international companies from
startup investments to Fortune 500, Hollywood unions, and the Space and
Naval Warfare Systems Center / Department of Defense (SPAWAR/DOD).
He is also a professional consultant/expert
at Los Angeles Valley College, where he strategized and authored the
branding and website for Los Angeles Valley College’s Media Arts, including
Cinema, Screenplay and Broadcasting. He is also on staff to the Media
Arts department, the Entertainment Industry Training Collaboration (EITC)
that works with Hollywood unions and IDEAS to develop educational opportunities.
He currently works on the ICT/DM initiative.
Mr. Todaro is President and Co-Founder of the Greater Los Angeles
Writers Society, one of the largest non-profit organizations on the west coast. The society
offers peer-to-peer critique groups, monthly special speaker events, opportunities for
published authors to promote their platforms and sell their books, as well as a wealth of
educational and networking opportunities. Tony heads the programming committee for the popular
GLAWS Special Speaker Events, which typically draw SRO crowds.
In a previous life, Mr. Todaro was one of the
original management team for Guitar Center Management, and opened and/or
operated seven locations, and helped
grow the chain more than 400% before joining one of the world's largest
branding firms, Benchmark, the American branch of Interbrand then starting
his own company as a marketing expert and brand strategist.
He has been a writer and strategic consultant for over thirty years
with clients ranging from startups to Hollywood unions to Fortune 1000 companies, and has
earned as much as $10,000 for a three-word marketing slogan, but is happiest as as an author
of speculative fiction.
He is the author of “True Light” and “Nexus Of Swords” in the
Lightriders Saga, and the futuristic thrillers, “What Comes Around”, and “Eyes of God” in
the Xander Hunt series. When not writing, Tony can be found at writer’s conferences, fine
art shows, or snorkeling in Hawaii.
Watanabe is a professor in the Media Arts department of Los Angeles Valley College where
he teaches courses in low budget film producing, the production process, screenwriting and
the history of broadcasting. He also taught eight sessions of a five week seminar series,
the Production Assistant Boot Camp, in conjunction with Workplace Hollywood and the Los Angeles
Community College District. He has written a series of courses for Los Angeles City College
exploring the world of below-the-line production and distribution, which most recently included
a Technical Certificate.
Mr. Watanabe has extensive experience in development, production and
distribution, both in the office and on the set. For eleven years, he served as a “current”
and new program development executive in both scripted and unscripted programming at FremantleMedia
(formerly Pearson Television, All American Communications and Scotti Bros. Pictures), the
production company behind Baywatch, The Price is Right, Family Feud and
the hit series American Idol (which began just as he was leaving). He also served as
a consultant for CRC Entertainment, an independent production company that has just completed
a feature film (Boilermaker) and worked on a horror anthology television series pilot starring
Robert Forester. He was also a freelance report writer for recruited test screenings for
OTX Research, whose clients included Fox, New Line, Warner Independent, and Regency, and served
as a development consultant for MyNetworks’ telenovela series.