The Insiders is a weekly show hosted by Sebastian Twardosz, a film and television executive and adjunct professor at the USC School of Cinematic Arts. The show is geared towards emerging filmmakers, producers, writers, directors, technicians, and artists with a passion for the visual arts. Our goal is to demystify the behind-the-scenes world of Hollywood and spike your learning curve so you can pursue your own dreams. In other words, if you love movies, television, the web and gaming then this show is definitely for you.
Sebastian has been very fortunate to work with leading companies in both film and television for the past twenty years.
He is currently a partner in Circus Road Films which advises and represents emerging filmmakers. He was previously a senior acquisitions executive for Allumination FilmWorks (a division of Content Media Corp.) which specialized in the domestic distribution and foreign sales of independently produced feature films. Before that, Sebastian was the head of development for a Paramount-based production company called Craftsman Films (founded by Kerry McCluggage), he worked in comedy and drama development at Touchstone Television (the tv production division of the Walt Disney Company and ABC), and he also worked on numerous pilots and on-air tv series for Ron Howard and Brian Grazer’s Imagine Entertainment. His first production job was from 1995-1999 for Tom Cruise and Paula Wagner’s Paramount-based company where he started as an assistant and was promoted to creative executive, actively participating in the making of Mission Impossible 1-2 and Without Limits.
Sebastian started in the business as an agent’s assistant in the motion picture department at ICM where he worked for Nick Reed. He graduated from the USC School of Cinematic Arts in 1993. His short film, Silent Rain, received a Student Academy Award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences as well as the Student Emmy.
Most recently, Sebastian co-produced the independent feature Small Town Saturday Night starring John Hawkes, Chris Pine and Octavia Spencer, and he has been an adjunct professor at both UCLA and USC teaching about the art and business of film since 2006.
Recent speaking engagements have included: American Film Market (AFM), Chapman University, Pepperdine University, National Public Radio (NPR), Writers Guild of America (WGA), and numerous film festivals and screenplay conferences.