...studied screenwriting at USC where he earned a Masters degree in Cinema Production with a Screenwriting Emphasis. He later became head story analyst at Orion Pictures and The Ladd Company.
Tony took a break from the film world, traveling extensively, and managing a family-owned real estate company for several years. Eventually he returned to writing and became head of the University of California at Davis Screenwriting Program, where he taught numerous classes and led an annual conference.
Tony worked as a Senior Writer/Director in Silicon Valley, and was hired by Summertime Films to write Her Best Move, an indy feature about girls soccer that was distributed by MGM and aired on The Disney Channel.
Tony wrote and directed The Prankster, a teen comedy/romance produced by his own production company, Prankster Entertainment. The Prankster was distributed by Strand Releasing on numerous platforms including Netflix and Hulu, and had a successful two year run on Showtime and Starz, airing nearly 200 times.
A passionate writer, Tony has written multiple original screenplays in a variety of genres to entertain and inspire the movie audience. Currently, he is working on launching these new productions. He enjoys chocolate, a good laugh, and being with his family and pets at their home in Marin County.
Greg has been passionate about film since he was a child. He currently is working with Prankster Entertainment founder, Tony Vidal, and David Barnard to create a thriving film studio. With his first foray into independent feature film-making with Black Sheep Films’, The Moneytree, Greg found his communication and organization skills gave him the ability to create a positive and productive work environment. When BSF decided to four-wall a theatrical release of The Moneytree, Greg became the field publicist; securing reviews and interviews
Recently, Greg produced the EPK assets for Prankster Entertainment’s first feature film The Prankster which included The Making of a Prankster that was part of the bonus features of the official DVD and 75+ video snippets. He was the field publicist in 2012 for the USA/Canada theatrical releases of Bill W., Beauty Is Embarrassing and It Is No Dream: The Life of Theodor Herzl. Greg has also trained as a performer, studying with puppeteer Virginia Curtis and acting coaches Jean Shelton and Alan Dienstag. He continues to seek outlets for creative performance while networking to build Prankster Entertainment.
David Barnard has more than 30 years of finance, investor relations, and operating experience in technology, early stage investing and investment management. He was managing director for Iridium IR Consulting LLC and was senior vice president for Lippert/Heilshorn & Associates, where he led investor relations programs for over 30 client companies. He was chief financial officer for Edge Media Inc., an internet start-up. He was senior vice president of research for Morrison & Frazier LLC, a San Francisco bay area money manager, where he served as co-portfolio manager and equity analyst, covering technology and special situations. Mr. Barnard earned his MBA from Indiana University, Bloomington, IN, and his B.M. in Jazz Studies from Indiana University, and he is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA).
David and his wife Denise are active in dog rescue and have fostered and placed over 50 dogs from high-kill shelters in recent years. He has written two screenplays and is working on other entertainment projects, including a television show starring dog rescue personalities.