An award-winning writer and director from New Zealand, James wrote and directed his first independent short film ‘The Good Neighbour’ after completing film school in Sydney, Australia during 2010. The film was selected and screened at numerous festivals in Australia, America, Asia and Europe.
From 2012 to 2015, James worked as an in-house Producer and Director of a promotional media production unit in New Zealand; where he wrote and directed several national TV commercial campaigns and promotional videos for large international audiences.
During this time James also began work with NZ-based professional netball team the Southern Steel, providing online content and promotional material during the 2015 season before returning to Australia to begin production on the independent short, 12.12.12.
After a successful run on the festival circuit with 12.12.12, James successfully relocated to Los Angeles to begin Choppy Production's American journey.
Pete Ireland is an award winning film producer, writer and director based in Sydney, Australia. He is the founder of boutique production house, Opening Act Films.
His films have been selected for Australian Academy-accredited, FIAPF-accredited, and Oscar-accredited film festivals; broadcast on Television in Australia and Europe (Channel 7Two, ABC, OUTTv), and screened in many other film festivals in Australia and overseas.
In 2015, Pete's short animated documentary 'Chip' was recognised at the Australian Academy Awards (AACTAs) and he was selected for Screen NSW's Emerging Producer Placement Scheme. In 2019 Pete was one of 250 filmmakers selected (from 3,400 applications from 130 countries) for Berlinale Talents, a screen career incubator as part of the Berlin International Film Festival.
Pete is also a member of the industry peak body, The Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA), in the Producer chapter.
Keren Bala Devan
Keren Bala Devan is a self-proclaimed advocate for telling the truth. Known for being perpetually angry with the world, he loves to share his unique views in a special kind of comedy.
Quoted as a ‘culture assassin’, Keren’s observation of the world perpetuates his brand of comedy where the slightest sight of either hipsters, ridiculous pop culture and conspiracy theorists would spark an irate and loud remark that’s only reserved for the laughter of his audience.
Recognized as leading the next generation of comics in Malaysia, Keren is five years young in the industry. His career thus far has lead to him headlining various venues around Malaysia, headlining Comedy Masala in Singapore and has opened for International comic Paul Ogata apart from performing in multiple comedy festivals – International Comedy Fringe Festival in Singapore, LOL Fest and KLICFEST in Malaysia.
Keren is currently part of The Angry Indians Comedy Group that has toured Malaysia and the region. He also recently worked on Comedy Central Asia’s major stand up special called ‘Stand Up, Asia!’ as a guest performer and been featured on two seasons of KOMEDIRI on ASTRO as well as OI! JAGA MULUT on IFLIX
As an executive coach and an immersed production coordinator on several productions, Alex found himself desiring to leave a more profound impact on the entertainment community.
In 2016 after moving to Los Angeles, Alex committed much of his time and effort to expand his network in the music and entertainment industries. In June of 2017, he stepped into the role of Production Lead for a high production church in Beverly Hills.
Often finding himself on set for various production companies, he began to learn the intricacies of full scale producing and started to branch his network out internationally.