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 · FOUNDER CODE 7 FILMS
Diane’s passion is filming around the world. As an independent film producer with 20 years of experience, her films have placed number one in network time slots airing on ABC and NBC as well as digital platforms including Netflix, Amazon, HBO, Showtime, Disney and Hulu.
She grew up in Philadelphia and 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. After moving to Los Angeles she began a career in producing.
She has taken films from concept to worldwide distribution overseeing all areas of film production in addition to fund-sourcing and aftermarket management. With a zest for travel and the challenge of distant locations, her productions have taken her to Africa, Thailand, Canada, Nassau, Puerto Rico, England, and throughout the US. She is experienced in rebates, and building a worldwide production team with credits on films and TV shows for major film studios. The New Swiss Family Robinson produced by Kirman was the highest rated show for Disney ABC in its timeslot.
As founder of Code 7 Films, Diane has built a global production company with a team of multi-talented industry professionals and an educational division to mentor and support new filmmakers.
She is a member of Women in Film, The Screen Actors Guild, a graduate of Woody Mosten Mediation training and John Gaskin Film Accountant training. Currently Diane serves as a board member of The Greater Contribution helping to empower women in extreme poverty living in Uganda to start their own businesses with training and micro loans. She has often rescued stray animals and has a heart to make the world a better place for all humans and animals.
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.
Michael Coscia WRITER · PRODUCER
Michael grew up in Massachusetts and earned a BA in Business from Saint Anselm College. After graduation, he worked in corporate and group sales for the Boston production of Shear Madness, America’s longest-running play.
Relocating to Los Angeles, Michael joined Universal Studios’ New Media division producing websites for Captain Morgan Rum, The Lew Wasserman Foundation, 13th Street, and American Movie Classics’ Monsterfest. He was active in the Film Industry Network, a non-profit networking organization. He was elected to its Board of Directors and served as President for one year.
Michael segued into film production as a production secretary and then as a production coordinator having worked on over twenty-five films. His film credits include Tropic Thunder, Seven Psychopaths, The To-Do List, Wet Hot American Summer, Gone Girl, How to Be a Latin Lover, and Ad Astra. He co-produced the short film Troublesome. For NASA, he co-wrote the short film The Little River Canyon.
Currently, Michael is producing the film The Bus to Heaven Has a Flat which he wrote. He has numerous projects in various stages of development. He is a member of The Producers Guild of America
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.
With over 25 years of film/TV experience Art Smith has a passion for the entertainment industry. He founded No Budget Movie Company as a production company where he coached new screenwriters and helped them to produce their budget-challenged films. He can credit teaching and mentoring over 300 individuals currently working in the television or film industry. Currently he is working on developing “Reality” TV shows and feature films.
Art's credits: Standing Ovation, Mysterious, Survivor Island, The Session, Misguided, Three, Mother's Day, Ocean City, Who Goes There?, Didn’t Say Goodbye, Super Mario Brothers, Good Morning Vietnam, Causalities of War, Soldier Boys, Angel Heart, Snake Eyes, Devil's Own, Sweet Liberty, Anger Management and more. He has worked on films shot around the world and provided strategic consulting services where accuracy of information was paramount.
He is a member of American Film Institute, Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences TV, Independent Feature Project, Society of Motion Picture Television Engineers, Audio Engineering Society, NAPTE, and the National Assoc. of Broadcasters. Serves on the Board of Directors of Women in Film/TV Florida.
Art is the head of Production Development for Orange Slice Productions the workshop, development, key note speaker, and educational branch of Code 7 Films that provides mentoring and advising to startup filmmakers. For further information on workshops and development services contact Art@Code7Films.com
PRODUCTION AND DEVELOPMENT EXECUTIVE · PRODUCER · PRODUCTION MANAGER
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.