120+ preliminary judges screened more than 2,100 hours to select the finalists
Julie Ann Crommett
Entertainment Industry Educator in Chief, Google
Julie Ann Crommett is the Entertainment Industry Educator in Chief at Google. Prior to this position, she was in charge of diversity initiatives at NBC Universal. She is also on the boards of the National Association of Latino Independent Producers (NALIP), Women in Animation (WIA), and the Barbie Global Advisory Council. She won ADCOLOR’s 2015 Innovator Award, and Univision named her one of “7 Latinos to Look Out for in 2016.”
Program Director, American Association for the Advancement of Science
Bob Hirshon is Program Director for Technology and Learning at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and host of the daily radio show and podcast Science Update. He oversees a variety of science education programs, including Science NetLinks, Active Explorer and the family of Kinetic City programs, including the Peabody Award-winning Kinetic City Super Crew radio series.
Senior Vice President of Strategic Alliances at Participant Media
Lynn Hirshfield is Participant Media’s Senior Vice President of Strategic Alliances. She joined Participant Media in September 2005 and is responsible for leading the development of strategic partnerships, integrating these partners into social action and advocacy campaigns across all of the company’s platforms, including the film divisions, Takepart.com and Pivot TV. Lynn is also responsible for launching Participant’s publishing division to complement the company’s films and social action campaigns.
Executive Producer and the Creative Director of Brian Leith Productions
Brian is an Executive Producer and the Creative Director of Brian Leith Productions, a small wildlife production company based in Bristol, UK. He specializes in ‘man and nature’ films, and worked for many years in the BBC Natural History Unit – as an executive producer of major landmark series and productions for the BBC (including Human Planet, Nature’s Great Events, Wild China, Charles Darwin and the Tree of Life – (with David Attenborough), often co-produced with major US and European broadcasters (Discovery, Animal Planet, CBC, Terra Mater).
International Panel of Judges
Carolyn Collins Petersen
Virginia Lynch Dean
Akanksha Sood Singh