Stewart Raffill’s career includes 57 film and TV credits and 11 industry awards. As a writer/director he has worked with Academy Award and Emmy Award winning talent. His films have been distributed by MGM/UA, 20th Century Fox, Warner Brothers, Disney ABC, New World Pictures, Orion, Netflix and Amazon.
Stewart wrote the original story for the action film Passenger 57 which opened number one at the box office. According to Variety Magazine, Raffill had four films on the All-Time Rental Champs List. His New Swiss Family Robinson film was the highest-rated Wonderful World of Disney Sunday night feature of the year.
Films written and directed by Stewart Raffill have starred many famous actors including: Michael Douglas, Richard Harris, Jodie Foster, Bryan Brown, James Brolin, Rod Steiger, Anthony Quinn, Anjelica Huston, James Coburn, Billy Zane, Jane Seymour, and Paul Walker.
Raffill has filmed in multiple locations around the world including Europe, Canada, Mexico, Africa, Asia, South America and the Middle East.
Stewart Raffill DIRECTOR · WRITER · NOVELIST
Diane Kirman PRODUCER
Kirman grew up in Philadelphia and performed with the Light Opera Company of Pennsylvania. After graduating with a BS and MS degree from Penn State she started a casting company whose credits included: Rocky V, Mannequin on the Move, Rat Race, ABC After School Specials, Super Force, Grizzly Falls, Lost in Africa and over 100 national commercials. She has cast projects for MGM, Universal, ABC and Disney.
A career in television and film production began for her by producing the live remote broadcasts for the Philadelphia based Dancin’ on Air that became the nationally syndicated Dance Party U.S.A. Kirman moved to Hollywood and started producing feature films. All of her film titles remain in active distribution on digital platforms worldwide. Diane has taken films and other media projects from concept through funding to theatrical release and national distribution. She has filmed around the world and utilized rebates as part of the funding process. The New Swiss Family Robinson produced by Kirman was the highest rated show for Disney ABC in its timeslot.
She is a member of Women in Film and Screen Actors Guild, a graduate of Woody Mosten mediation training and a member of the Global Truth Center.
Matt Western CASTING DIRECTOR · PRODUCER
Matt studied Law at Cambridge University (Jesus College), gaining a BA (Hons). He then spent several years qualifying to be an attorney, and was admitted as an honourable member of the Law Society in 1995.
Matt then switched professions and spent several years working as a Casting Assistant. He worked on many high-end British television dramas including the last ever Inspector Morse (John Thaw), The Sins (Pete Postlethwaite), Gormenghast (Jonathan Rhys Meyers) and My Uncle Silas (Albert Finney).
After starting to work for himself in 2000, Matt continued to work on prestigious British and international television drama and also many British independent features. His work includes 55 Degrees North (Don Gilet), Class of '76 (Robert Carlyle), Coup! (Jared Harris), Affinity (Amanda Plummer, Anne Reid) and The Roman Mysteries (Simon Callow). Matt has also worked on notable British, European and US Indie features, including The Rise (Vanessa Kirby, Luke Treadaway, Iwan Rheon) and Golden Years (Bernard Hill, Sue Johnston, Alun Armstrong), Paul Verhoeven's Black Book and Paula van der Oest's Hidden Flaws.
With his expansive knowledge and experience, gained through his work in internationally acclaimed film and television, Matt brings a passionate and enthusiastically British, European and global approach to Code 7 Films. Matt is a full member of BAFTA.
As an Executive Producer William (Bill) Lewis M.D., J.D., MBA, brings his deep passion for business development and entertainment law to our team. He is credited as Executive Producer on the feature film Standing Ovation and was part of the creative team that brought the project to the big screen. He has had roles as Captain McCabe in Survival Island, The Mayor in Standing Ovation, a priest in the First Kiss Music video and the spokesperson in Standing Ovation Dance Party Keep Fit video.
Dr. Lewis graduated from Franklin & Marshall College where he was a member of the College Scholar Program, Jefferson Medical College, Widener University School of Law, and The University of Wisconsin, Madison with honors. He served as Chief of Surgery at The Lankenau Medical Center and Chief of Otolaryngology of the Main Line Health System Hospitals. Dr. Lewis is a past President of the Medical Staff and is a member of the Board of the Foundation.
He is a member of the Bar of the Supreme Court of the United States. Bill received a proclamation from the Senate of the State of Pennsylvania for community service as well as a letter of commendation from Delaware County for medical work and patient advocacy initiatives in Pennsylvania and was the recipient of the Interfaith and Humanitarian Award.
Bill Lewis EXECUTIVE PRODUCER · ACTOR · M.D. · J.D.
Janis Powell PRODUCER
A native of New York and New Jersey, Janis’ long career in entertainment began as a child. From regional theatre, stage shows, film, and television, both domestic and international, Janis’ experience is vast and diverse. After years of being in front of the camera, Janis moved to the other side as choreographer and producer.
For 10 years she was the assistant talent coordinator for the March of Dimes TV Telethon before moving her skills to film production. Janis is an associate producer on the film Standing Ovation and participated in all phases of fundraising, development, production, post-production, and marketing. Additionally, Janis coordinated and managed the national and international tour of the cast with performances highlighted at Knots Berry Farm, large concert venues, and Universal Studios.
She is the founder and CEO of the music publishing company Boardwalk Publishing. Most recently, Janis was Executive Producer and CEO of Wild Orchid Industries overseeing production financing, and producing new media, music, and stage productions. Janis is proud to be joining Code 7 Films as part of the team in bringing film, television, and new media projects to audiences worldwide. Janis holds a Bachelor of Science from Rowan University and an MSW from Rutgers University.
Paul Farberman BUSINESS AFFAIRS
Paul Farberman attended York University and Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto. He was called to the Bar in 1978 and entered private practice specializing in entertainment law. He represented recording artists, songwriters, producers, production companies, managers and clients in the film, television and radio industries. His clients have included Grammy nominated and Platinum recording artists. Partial Client list: Rush, Saga, Triumph, Tom Cochrane & Red Rider, Golden Globe winner Jim Carrey and The Second City Comedy Troupe (SCTV).
Paul has worked as Vice President of Business Affairs for major entertainment companies including: CBS Records Canada, IRS Records, Universal Pictures, and 20th Century Fox. In this position he negotiated and drafted all agreements relating to the use of all music composed and recorded for feature motion pictures and television productions.
With his extensive knowledge and experience in entertainment, he was hired by Feeling Productions, the management company for Celine Dion, being involved in the day-to-day management of Celine Dion’s career with particular emphasis on handling all Business Affairs related matters inclusive of accounting, financial matters and sponsorships.