TODD EDWARDS is a writer/director who created the box office hit Hoodwinked, an indie phenomenon that also showcased his skills as a songwriter. Todd wrote nine original songs for the film, with performances by Academy Award winner Anne Hathaway and platinum recording artist Ben Folds among others. He’s currently helming Humbugged! with Timothy Hooten, an animated feature in the vein of Hoodwinked that presents a fresh perspective of Dickens’ famous ghost story.
Edwards and creative partner Hooten have been tapped to write a feature adaptation of beloved Caldecott winning book series “Strega Nona” for Lionsgate with Ian Bryce Productions (Saving Private Ryan, Almost Famous). They are also helming an episodic adaptation of Eric Berlin’s young adult book trilogy The Puzzling World of Winston Breen.
Todd wrote, directed and starred in his debut feature Chillicothe, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, also directing the 2010 award-winning comedy Jeffie Was Here. Garnering MTV’s “Top 5 Videos with Killer Dance Sequences of All Time”, he directed the viral sensation music video “Thinkin’ Bout Somethin” for Hanson. After multiple studio screenplay sales, Todd wrote The Marvel Experience with partner Timothy Hooten, and has consulted for Warner Brothers and Luc Besson, among others. In 2014 he wrote lyrics for the Academy Award-Nominated Ernest and Celestine. Edwards/Hooten are also excited to be partnering with veterans of the graphic novel industry on their high-concept adventure-fantasy “Digging to China,” set to be released in four issues.
Outside of his film career, Todd has performed as a singer and comedic actor. He co-produced “Uncle T. Sean’s Barn-Raising Comedy Night” with SNL writer T. Sean Shannon, featuring Fred Willard and Dana Gould. Todd also wrote and produced the album “Blick Van Glory: The Search for Quest,” working with top Nashville musicians. He is also a trained visual artist, bringing his skills as a painter and illustrator into the filmmaking process. Todd lives in Los Angeles with his wife and two little adventurers—his sons.
KATIE HOOTEN (p.g.a.) is a creative producer with 20 years of entertainment experience in live action, animation, visual effects, and interactive content. Katie recently produced an episode of the highly anticipated Fincher/Miller Netflix anthology Love Death & Robots directed by Tim Miller (Deadpool) at VFX studio Blur. Prior to working with Miller, Katie served as Visualization Producer at The Third Floor, the world’s leading visualization studio, producing Previs/Postvis on features such as Avengers: Infinity War, Thor: Ragnarok, Spider-Man: Homecoming and Ant-Man and the Wasp for Marvel Studios, as well as feature projects for Legendary, Warner Brothers, and Sony. Katie’s leadership extended to The Third Floor’s Immersive Department where she produced a number of ground-breaking projects in the areas of AR, VR, gaming cinematics, and theme park rides with collaborators such as Steven Spielberg, Disney, and Universal.
In 2009 she produced Hardy Howl’s award-winning indie comedy Jeffie Was Here and continues to produce their slate, including Humbugged!, a four-quadrant animated feature. A veteran of Walt Disney Feature Animation, Katie worked on such films as Atlantis, Lilo and Stitch, Spirited Away, and Treasure Planet. While serving in Disney’s development department, she was paired with top directors, producers, and executives on a variety of projects, working with their Burbank, Orlando, and French studios. After her stint at Disney, Katie joined the producing team on Hoodwinked.
Katie volunteers with a variety of non-profit organizations including The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society whose mission is very close at heart. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband Tim and their two amazing daughters who are the source of their sanity and insanity.