Creative Council

Rob Long
Rob Long began his career as a writer on the long-running sitcom Cheers, which he also co-executive produced in its final season. During his time with Cheers, the series received two Emmy awards and two Golden Globes. His most recent television series are George and Leo, starring Bob Newhart and Judd Hirsch; Love & Money on CBS; and Men, Women & Dogs on the WB Network, all three of which he created with his writing partner, Dan Staley. Their production company, Staley/Long Productions, has been based at Paramount Studios since 1993. A contributing editor for National Review and Newsweek International, he also writes for the Wall Street Journal. His book Conversations with My Agent chronicled his early career in television, a story that he continued in his 2005 book Set Up, Joke, Set Up, Joke. He graduated from Yale University in 1987, and spent two years at the UCLA School of Film, Theater and Television, where he has also been adjunct professor of screenwriting. He serves on the board of directors of the American Cinema Foundation and My Friend's Place, an agency for homeless teens in Hollywood.

Evan Coyne Maloney
Evan Coyne Maloney is an award-winning documentary filmmaker based in New York City. An early pioneer of video blogging, he got his start in filmmaking by posting short videos to his website,, which have since had tens of millions of views. He has produced nearly two dozen titles, including an interview with Michael Moore and the feature-length MPI documentary Indoctrinate U, which takes a humorous look at the state of free speech and diversity of thought on American campuses. In 2007, Indoctrinate U premiered at the Kennedy Center, where a sold-out crowd gave the film a standing ovation. The film spent years among the top ten best-selling titles in the Documentary Channel's online store and it has screened in theaters, on television, and at hundreds of college campuses worldwide.

Michael Mandaville
Michael Mandaville is a bondable line producer/unit production manager whose films include Taken and Taken 2 with Liam Neeson, Havoc with Anne Hathaway, The Kiss with Terence Stamp and Billy Zane, and American History X with Edward Norton. He produced the indie feature The Almighty Fred, directed the political shorts Winning the Race and The Big Bucks, and line-produced The Iraq Study Group, a short directed by David Zucker. In addition to directing commercials, shorts, and documentaries, he has written several scripts and novels, including Stealing Thunder, A Cold Death, and Citizen Soldier Handbook: 101 Ways for Every American to Fight Terrorism. He graduated from the University of Southern California with his MA in professional writing. He received his BA in philosophy at UC Santa Barbara and attended the undergraduate film program at Columbia College.

John Papola
John Papola is an award-winning director and producer. A graduate of Penn State University's film program, he has worked in entertainment for over a decade with major brands including Spike, Nickelodeon, and MTV and with leading agencies, including Crispin Porter, Razorfish, and JWT. He is the co-founder of Emergent Order, a premier media company dedicated in part to the exploration of the values of a free and peaceful society. He co-wrote, produced, and directed the viral videos Fear the Boom and Bust and Fight of the Century. Those videos have become global sensations with over 7 million combined views on YouTube. An MPI fellowship allowed him to co-create, along with economist Russ Roberts, a groundbreaking media brand called EconStories, which is dedicated to re-imagining economics education through creative storytelling.

Cecilia deMille Presley
Granddaughter of the celebrated filmmaker Cecil B. DeMille, Cecilia deMille Presley is a dedicated film preservationist, philanthropist, and producer. She is the president and the guiding spirit of the Cecil B. DeMille Foundation, the long-time benefactor of higher education, child welfare, and film in southern California. She serves on the Board of Councillors of the UCLA Foundation and the Board of Trustees for Chapman University, actively supports the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences as well as the Hathaway Home for Children. She has served on the board of the National Film Preservation Foundation.

S. Leigh Savidge
S. Leigh Savidge founded Xenon Pictures, Inc., the first independent distribution company for black audience content in the U.S. home-entertainment marketplace. According to the Los Angeles Times, Savidge "pioneered the video market for films geared to young African-Americans." Xenon Pictures currently has a library of 160 titles and has financed and produced a number of documentaries including Welcome to Death Row, the basis for the screenplay of the Universal Pictures 2015 box office hit Straight Outta Compton, which Savidge also executive produced. In 2016, Savidge received a Writers Guild and an Academy Award nomination for the Straight Outta Compton screenplay.

Duncan Scott
Duncan Scott is a filmmaker and video director based in Santa Monica, California. He has over 150 productions to his credit and has won four Emmy Awards. Earlier in his career, he was an assistant director on feature films such as Deathtrap, Nighthawks, and Zelig and worked alongside filmmakers such as Woody Allen, Richard Brooks, and Sidney Lumet. He collaborated with Ayn Rand, Hank Holzer, and Erika Holzer on the restoration of the film classic, We The Living, based on Rand's first novel. His company now owns and distributes the film. He has produced over thirty half-hour programs for the public television series, Innovation. He is also the director of the non-profit Objectivist History Project, which he founded in 2004. The OHP conducts videotaped interviews with many of the pioneers who helped launch the Objectivist and Libertarian movements. His most recent project is the feature length documentary, The Most Dangerous Woman in America, produced in partnership with MPI. It's the first major film to focus primarily on Rand's philosophy rather than biographical details about her life.