talent show judges
VIP Judges Panel for 2015
It Factor Bios:
Jeremiah Bennett/Producer: Jeremiah Bennett is an award-winning producer, an acting coach, and a director. His passion for media started young, and at 13 he began running sound and lighting at his local church. During his early career, Jeremiah produced many award winning indie films that have been featured in festivals across the country. Over the last few years, he has worked on national television shows such as Discovery Channel’s Auction Kings and Food Network’s The Best Thing I Ever Made. He just wrapped up as associate producer for TLC’s hit reality series Here Comes Honey Boo Boo. His recently launched company, Glass Door Studios, created the current marketing campaign for Stars & Strikes Entertainment and co-produced the feature film Crimes and Mister Meanors. Jeremiah is a member of the Producers Guide of America and sits on two national pga committees, Film USA, PGA Green. He also is the chairman of the Milledgeville Film Festival. In his spare time, Jeremiah can be found reading a book at a local coffee shop with his lovely wife, Mary
LaQuanda Plantt/Casting Director, born and raised in Hartford, Connecticut. The Art Instituteof Atlanta alumni is the CEO and Casting Director of ElleQ Casting. A selfdeclared “Indie Casting Director”, LaQuanda founded ElleQ Casting in 2009 andhas since cast numerous projects, that include SAG, as well as, non union,independent features, short films, music videos, television pilots, and web series’.Her feature film credits include Blue Lion Club Production’s Award Winningfilm, “Breaking Up Is Hard To Do”, as well as, the upcoming films, “FirstImpression, starring Lamman Rucker, Elise Neal, and Lisa Arrindell-Anderson,“Curveball”, starring Lynn Whitfield, Rockmond Dunbar, and E. Roger Mitchelland “Certified” which will star, “Common”. ElleQ Casting has cast numerousshort films in Atlanta including, “This Time”, starring Regan Gomez and TerriVaughn and the Award Winning Short Film, “Speed Dial, starring Kiki Hayes &Rico Ball. In addition to, Casting Director, LaQuanda is also one of the Producersof the action packed Award Winning Web Series “Osiris”, starring Brad James.LaQuanda teamed with Leslie Greene (RTSe Casting) and Rhayvnn Drummer(Tyler Perry Studios) to create the sold out workshop “Three CastingDirectors...One Room”. Via “ElleQ Casting” workshops and guest speakingappearances, LaQuanda wants to encourage others that dreams are not limited, ifyou believe and work hard towards that belief, you can achieve anything youdream to do.
Jessica Fox-Thigpen, Casting Director
As Owner of Fox Casting, Jessica Fox-Thigpen specializes in casting scripted projects for film, television, commercials, and corporate videos. Recent projects include 20 combined episodes of the hit TV series’ Swamp Murders and Your Worst Nightmare for Investigation Discovery; and specialty casting for the critically-acclaimed documentary feature, Divorce: A Journey Through the Kids’ Eyes.
Jessica honed her casting eye in the mid-1980’s with Mick Dowd Casting in Los Angeles, where she secured talent for commercial campaigns. Accounts included Oscar Meyer, Discover Card, Toyota, 7-Up, Miller Light, Bud Light, AT&T, Oil of Olay, Six Flags, Cheerios, Maybelline, Ford and Cheer. She also assisted with casting the Orion Pictures film Hoosiers starring Gene Hackman.
Jessica spent the next 20 years as Co-Owner of Travis Fox, Inc., helping individuals foster a world-class mindset in their business and personal lives. She produced live entertainment and multi-media products, working with clients like Honda, Goldman Sachs, T-Mobile, Huddle House, Coca-Cola, Wells Fargo and Bell Atlantic. Jessica is a Certified Coach by the Institute for Social & Emotional Intelligence.
COO | Producer | Director
Crazy Legs Productions
Scott Thigpen has been Chief Operations Officer of Crazy Legs Productions since 2012. In that time, the company has grown to become one of the leading producers of non-fiction television and branded entertainment. Just a few of the recent series developed and produced by Crazy Legs include Dance Crash for OWN, Prancing Elites Project for Oxygen, A Season With Notre Dame Football for Showtime, and many more. In addition to overseeing company operations, Thigpen also directs many episodes of Crazy Legs’ recreation-based programming like Swamp Murders, Bloodlands, and Your Worst Nightmare for ID Channel, as well as Hidden City and Faked Out for Travel Channel.
Before coming to Crazy Legs, Thigpen’s career focused on social issues programming. He co-produced and edited the Emmy Award-winning Holocaust documentary Burning Questions; wrote, produced and directed The Last Child, examining global polio eradication efforts; produced the women’s empowerment documentary feature A Powerful Noise, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival. And in recognition of International Women’s Day, he developed and produced the events, A Powerful Noise LIVE and Half the Sky LIVE, both simulcast in nearly 500 theatres nationwide.
Thigpen is a member of the Producers Guild of America, where he serves as Vice Chairman of the Atlanta chapter. He lives in Atlanta with his wife and four of their five children.