Advisory Council

Kacy Andrews has been actively involved in the entertainment industry for more than 20 years. Her diverse resume includes feature films, television series, theater, and animation. She joined BigFoot Entertainment in 2003 and currently serves as its CEO, where she oversees more than 300 employees involved in production and distribution, and through which she founded the International Academy of Film and Television in Cebu, Philippines, with offices and additional schools in both Hong Kong and Los Angeles.  Kacy is a recipient of the David Letterman Internship and is a cum laude graduate of Ball State University with continuing studies at the American Film Institute.

Brian Cleveland is the Senior Vice President of Acquisitions and Business Development for Cinema Management Group, a full service international sales agency with offices in Beverly Hills and Toronto.  A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, he also is the writer and producer of feature films Fingerprints and Soul’s Midnight.  Brian is an accomplished photographer and master scuba diver and cave diver.  He has lived and traveled extensively throughout Africa, Asia, and South America.

Paul Coggins is a partner at Locke Lord Bissell & Liddell LLP, where he heads the firm’s national  White Collar Criminal Defense and Internal Investigations practice.  Paul served as the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas from 1993 to 2001.  He received his B.A. in Political Science from Yale University and both a B.A. and a Diploma in Law from Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar, before graduating from Harvard Law School.  Paul is a former radio host, a published author, a frequent speaker, and is involved in numerous public service organizations.

Mark Cole is the general counsel for U.S. Development Group LLC, an industrial real estate development company.  He is the founding President of the John Witherspoon Seminary, and an elder at Grace Community Church in Magnolia, Texas.   Mark has earned degrees from Baylor (BA), Yale Divinity School (MAR), Notre Dame Law School (JD), the University of Houston Law Center (LL.M), and Whitefield Theological Seminary (Th.M.).  He also studied at Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland on a Rotary scholarship, where he met his wife. Together they homeschool their five children.

Stephen Furst is a long-time actor who is still fondly remembered as Kent “Flounder” Dorfman in National Lampoon’s classic comedy Animal House.  Since then, he has appeared in numerous movies and television shows over a multi-decade career.   In addition to his acting, Stephen has moved behind the camera to produce such films as  My Sister’s Keeper, starring Cameron Diaz, and The Photograph, starring Jeff Bridges, as well as directing multiple feature films and episodic television shows.  Stephen earned a degree in Theater Arts from Virginia Commonwealth University.

John Harris is Chair and CEO of eTrak Corporation in Dallas.  He founded the consumer electronics company that specializes in research and development of location-tracking and emergency-location products.  John’s prior experience includes stints as CEO of Rangestar and Senior VP for Mitsubishi and Uniden.  John and his wife have three daughters.

Norry Niven graduated in film from U.T.A., where he recently returned to teach. He spent post college years in LA as a director for Hollywood based, The End, cutting his teeth shooting music videos along side directors like Zack Snyder and Tarsem. Returning to Texas he started Stone Core Films, arguably one of the most successful commercial production companies in the southwest and partnered the launch of Three (One) O, a commercial production company in Los Angeles in 2008.

Adam Ross is the founder & CEO of Goldcrest Investments, a diversified investment fund based in Dallas, Texas.  He earned his BA from Stanford University and his JD from the University of Texas School of Law.