Head of Development
Abdi has written feature and television scripts for Sony, Paramount, Fox Searchlight, HBO, ABC, MGM, Participant, and Fundamental Films. He is an alumnus of the Sundance Writer’s Lab, a mentor at the Outfest Screenwriter’s Lab, and has taught screenwriting at UCLA Extension. Abdi has co-written three produced films to date: The Quiet (Sony Pictures Classics), Celeste in the City (ABC Family), and Beautiful Girl (ABC Family). Abdi wrote, directed, and produced the short film Revolution, which played over twenty festivals internationally and was released on DVD and VOD. Abdi holds a BA from Columbia University and an MBA from UCLA Anderson School of Management. He lives in Los Angeles with his partner and two children.
In 2012, Tom founded Water’s End Productions and began developing a slate of narrative features and documentaries, commissioning and working with noted screenwriters and playwrights. His feature film writing and directing debut, Last Weekend (starring Patricia Clarkson and co-directed with Tom Williams), was released in 2014 by IFC/Sundance Selects. Tom is the author of four novels, including the San Francisco Chronicle bestseller The Trouble Boy, about a young screenwriter. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Village Voice, and the San Francisco Chronicle, among others. Born in London and raised in San Francisco, Tom is a graduate of Yale University, where he received his BA in the history of art. He lives in Los Angeles with his two daughters and too many dogs.
Head of Production
Susanne got her start in the entertainment business as an A&R Production Manager at Geffen Records in Los Angeles, where she helped produce and manage multi-platinum recording artists. Susanne then went on to assist Talent Manager and Producer Connie Tavel of Forward Entertainment. After a move to New York, she began collaborating with writer Tom Dolby, assisting him with the writing and promotion of four novels and one anthology. For the feature film Last Weekend, Susanne served as a liason between the directors and the crew, as well as personally working with lead talent. Susanne also coordinated Last Weekend’s festival run, managed its promotion, and was in charge of all aspects of delivery of the film to its distributor.