Co-Founder and CEO, New Deal Studios

Shannon started her career with 2 projects and 2 partners straight out of the USC Entrepreneur Program in which she wrote the business plan for the studio. Shannon has carefully guided the evolution of the company over the past 15 years into a 21st. Century Studio where they develop and produce film, commercials, tv, web and mobile projects; all with no loans using profits to grow the company organically. Shannon has created a truly independent studio for the future.

Though best known for her below the line career in visual effects on over 100 of the biggest films and over 50 commercials in the past 15 years, Shannon has crossed the line and is currently a co-producer on 4 motion pictures, in addition to shorts, digital media projects, web TV shows and commercials. She has produced multi-million dollar projects along with more innovative smaller budget web campaigns.

Shannon is passionate about the use of business best practices and technology stragetgially, to naviage the distruptive change in the entertainment industry.
Using her experience on the tech/post side of film, Shannon is helping to pioneer the world of Transmedia or the concept of depoying a story over multiple media channels from the big screen to the mobile.

Shannon is a member of the Producers Guild of America, the Entrepreneur’s Organization (EO), and the Visual Effects Society.  She is an Advisory Board Member for the Entrepreneur Program at USC, where she remains active and was honored with Alumni Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 2000.  She volunteers by speaking several times a semester and judging business plans in hopes of inspiring the next generation of entrepreneurs. 
 

Speaker years: 
2011