Fred Armisen is one of the most diversely talented performers working today with credits that range from acting to producing to writing in both comedy and music.
Armisen is the co-writer and co-star of IFC’s Emmy® nominated series PORTLANDIA , which he created alongside Carrie Brownstein. He also worked with IFC to create the critically acclaimed comedy, DOCUMENTARY NOW!, and he served as executive producer and star of Amazon’s FOREVER, along with fellow SNL alum Maya Rudolph. Currently, Armisen can be seen on LOS ESPOOKYS, a Spanish- Language series for HBO which he wrote, executive produced, and appears in as “Tico.” An eleven-season veteran of SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE, Armisen has engaged audiences with memorable impressions and characters including Stuart in The Californians alongside Bill Hader, Maya Rudolph, and Kristen Wiig and the unforgettable songwriting team of Garth and Kat (with Kristen Wiig), to name a few.
In February 2018, Armisen released his original stand-up comedy special FRED ARMISEN: STAND UP FOR DRUMMERS on Netflix. The special received a Grammy nomination for “Best Comedy Album” in 2019. In 2014, Armisen was named band leader of the 8G Band on LATE NIGHT WITH SETH MEYERS.
Armisen has appeared in countless feature films, including BATTLE OF THE SEXES, THE LITTLE HOURS, ZOOLANDER 2, BABY MAMA, CONFESSIONS OF A SHOPAHOLIC, ANCHORMAN, and THE SMURFS, among others. He has made appearances on many television series, some of which include NEW GIRL, UNBREAKABLE KIMMY SCHMIDT, ANIMALS, MODERN FAMILY, 30 ROCK, and BROAD CITY. He can currently be heard voicing ‘Elliot Birch’ in Netflix‘s hit series BIG MOUTH, which has been renewed through a sixth season.
Armisen splits his time between New York and Los Angeles.
Jairo Alvarado is a Literary Manager at Circle of Confusion where his client list includes: Lulu Wang, writer and director of the critically acclaimed film THE FAREWELL; Jordan Blum, showrunner of the upcoming Marvel animated series MODOK and Angel Soto, Director of the upcoming film CHARM CITY KINGS, to be released later this year on HBO MAX. His client Sarah Streicher, has an overall deal with ABC Studios and her series THE WILDS, which she created for Amazon is due to premiere on Amazon later this year. Jairo is a producer on the horror film CASA, in production at Orion/MGM Studios, which will be the feature directorial debut for his clients The Meza Brothers. He has also produced, in partnership with Skybound Entertainment, the cutting-edge VR project DINNER PARTY. Prior to Circle of Confusion, Jairo cut his teeth in talent management at 3 Arts Entertainment, which he joined in 2011 after starting his career as a creative executive at Warner Bros. Jairo currently sits on the board of directors for National Association of Independent Latino Producers (NALIP) and is a graduate of University of California, Los Angeles.
Nickelodeon Animation and Representation: The Casagrandes and Santiago of the Seas - June 27 @ 2:00pm PST
Lalo Alcaraz is an award-winning cartoonist who serves as consulting producer and cultural consultant for Nickelodeon’s animated series, The Casagrandes, an all-new spinoff of the Emmy Award-winning series, The Loud House. Alcaraz is the creator of the first nationally syndicated, politically themed Latino daily comic strip, La Cucaracha, which is read in American newspapers nationwide, including the Los Angeles Times. He also consults on films and television shows--most recently for the Oscar Award-winning film Coco (2017). He was a producer and writer on the animated show Bordertown and is also featured on an upcoming Latino program Habla y Vota special along with George Lopez and Jorge Ramos. Alcaraz is the co-host of KPFK radio's wildly popular satirical talk show, The Pocho Hour of Power, and co-founded the seminal Chicano humor-zine, POCHO Magazine. He is a 1987 graduate of San Diego State University, where he received his bachelor's degree "with distinction" in Art and Environmental Design. In 1991, he earned his master's degree in Architecture from the University of California, Berkeley. In addition, Alcaraz recently taught illustration at Otis College of Art & Design. Alcaraz was born in San Diego to Mexican immigrant parents from Sinaloa and Zacatecas. He currently resides in Los Angeles with his wife, a public schoolteacher, and their three children.
Pamela A. Aguilar serves as Senior Director of Programming and Development for PBS. In this role she oversees the development and production of original content across arts & culture, lifestyle, history, science, nature, and documentary. She works closely with domestic and international producing communities, creative agencies and distributors forging partnerships to successfully bring award-winning programming that inspires, entertains, educates and expresses a diversity of perspectives. Her latest projects include Prideland, a digital series and broadcast special, hosted by Dyllón Burnside celebrating LGBTQ+ communities (TINY HORSE), and No Passport Required with Chef Marcus Samuelsson (VOX/EATER), a multi-platform docu-series that celebrates America’s immigrant cultures. Other credits include, Big Pacific, narrated by Daniel Dae Kim (NHNZ), The Wonders of Mexico, narrated by Anthony Mendez (BBC), and the 2019 Emmy nominated, Going to War (VULCAN). Pamela serves on the board of Women Make Movies, NALIP’s Diverse Women in Media Advisory Committee and is a graduate of The New School University in NYC.
Romel Adam graduated from UCLA with a degree in psychology and mass communications. He runs Sam Raimi and Rob Tapert's production company Ghost House Pictures (EVIL DEAD, DRAG ME TO HELL, DON'T BREATHE). Prior to Ghost House, he worked at Mandate Pictures.
Born and raised near Chicago, Xan Aranda is a Los Angeles-based Emmy nominated filmmaker and showrunner of a forthcoming Netflix series. Her work spans a range of fiction and documentary film, television, branded content, commercials, music videos, and more. With Mark and Jay Duplass, Xan developed and served as an Executive Producer of HBO’s ROOM 104, where episodes she created and shepherded received accolades from The Hollywood Reporter (Ten Favorite Episodes of 2017), The New York Times (Memorable TV Episodes of 2017), and Vox (Best 35 Episodes of 2017). Xan’s Emmy nomination was for Transparent’s THIS IS ME, a collection of short films on Amazon, for which she served as Producer and Co-Executive Producer. She co-produced BLUE JAY, starring Sarah Paulson, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and sold to Netflix. After its world premiere at New York Film Festival and Lincoln Center, Xan’s directorial debut ANDREW BIRD: FEVER YEAR screened in more than 90 festivals, and took home nine awards. The music videos Xan directed for Grammy-nominee Neko Case are positively reviewed and aggregated by Rolling Stone, Billboard, Spin, Pitchfork, Paste, StereoGum, and numerous others. Xan is a producer of the award-winning Kartemquin Films (MINDING THE GAP, HOOP DREAMS) release MILKING THE RHINO, which filmed in Kenya and Namibia and screened on five continents. Also with Kartemquin, she served as Outreach Director for PRISONER OF HER PAST, directed by Gordon Quinn. “There is no ‘foot in the door.’ You’re the door.” Xan is a popular featured speaker on a wide range of topics. She’s been the guest of SXSW, Nike, HBO, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, Film Independent and more.
Originally from Mexico City, Carlos Aguilar was chosen as one of 6 young film critics to partake in the first Roger Ebert Fellowship organized by RogerEbert.com, the Sundance Institute and Indiewire in 2014. Aguilar’s work has appeared in prestigious publications such as Los Angeles Times, Variety, The New York Times, The Wrap, Indiewire, Vulture, RogerEbert.com, MovieMaker Magazine, Remezcla, Filmmaker Magazine, Slate, Bustle, Americas Quarterly, among others. He is a member of the Los Angeles Film Critics Association (LAFCA). Besides his work in journalism, Aguilar regularly works as a screener for the Sundance Film Festival and a screenplay reader for Sundance’s Screenwriters Lab. Carlos Aguilar has also been on the jury at renowned festivals such the Palm Springs International Film Festival, Outfest Los Angeles, Aspen Shortsfest, and the Los Angeles Indian Film Festival.