Veronika Krausas

Open House Host

Of Lithuanian heritage, composer Veronika Krausas was born in Australia, raised in Canada, and lives in Los Angeles. She has directed, composed for, and produced multi-media events that incorporate her works with dance, acrobatics and video. Krausas has music composition degrees from the University of Toronto, McGill University in Montreal, and a doctorate from the Thornton School of Music at USC in Los Angeles, where she is a faculty member in the Composition Department. She is a pre-concert lecturer and interviewer at the Los Angeles Philharmonic and serves on the advisory boards of Jacaranda Music and People Inside Electronics. Learn more about Veronika at

Jennifer Trotoux

Open House Host

Jennifer Trotoux is an architectural history and planning professional with over 25 years of experience in the practice of historic preservation. She serves as Director of Collections and Interpretation for the Gamble House, where she is responsible for the presentation, preservation and care of the collections, structures and landscape. Overseeing educational content for their docents and the public, she works with her colleagues as they pursue new avenues of inquiry about the house, its artistic and historic context, and the work of its architects, Greene & Greene.

Sam Hirschfelder

Open House Host

Sam Hirschfelder has fulfilled many roles within the music industry, from writing music for film and TV to musical directing and performing at some of the biggest international music festivals and popular late night shows in the US and Europe. Sam also co-owns Forager Records, a Los Angeles based reissue label and publishing company (Foraged Sounds) specializing in rare and under-appreciated sounds from the past. More recently, Sam has begun co-managing grammy award winning artist Kimbra. Sam has degrees in both music performance and law from Monash University.

To learn more about Forager Records, click here.

Film Projects: Ascendant | Dance Academy | Infinity Train | Keloid | Markie in Milwaukee | What We Found | The Whistleblower | The Workout

Live Projects: Benjamin Booker | Biig Piig | The Blossom | Chet Faker | Chrome Canyon | Craig Stickland | Dave Harrington | Deb Never | Fractures | Morly | Sharon Van Etten | Weird Al Yankovic | Younger Hunger | Zero 9:36

Matthew Biancello

Open House Host

Matthew Biancaniello creates adventurous cocktail experiences. He formulates cocktails based on farm-fresh and unique, organic ingredients. Never working off a set cocktail menu, Biancaniello visits at least five different local farmers markets a week to source his ingredients, which inspire his imaginative cocktails. This is the Art of Omakase, honoring how the customer and bartender create a special experience together. To learn more about Matthew, please visit him at Eat Your Drink. You can also purchase his book here.

Andrew B Hurvitz

Open House Host

Andrew B. Hurvitz is a writer and photographer and currently lives in Van Nuys, CA.

He has been writing short stories for 15 years, and also publishes a photo essay oriented blog, “Here in Van Nuys.”

In 2020, he completed a novel, “Exiles Under the Bridge,” a family saga story about two families in Pasadena, CA in the 1980s.

He is passionate about architecture, fashion, American culture, nature, food, and travel.

Stephen Fry

Open House Host

Stephen Fry was born in London in 1957 and educated at Stout’s Hill, Uppingham and Queens’ College, Cambridge. At Cambridge he joined the Footlights where he first met Hugh Laurie. He has numerous television appearances to his credit, most notably A Bit of Fry and Laurie, Jeeves and Wooster, Blackadder and QI, and is a regular contributor to radio shows including Just a Minute, I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue and The News Quiz. Major film roles include Peter in Peter’s Friends (1990) and Oscar Wilde in Wilde (1997).

He is the author of the best-selling novels The Liar, The Hippopotamus, Making History and The Stars’ Tennis Balls, as well as the highly acclaimed autobiography Moab is my Washpot and, in 2005, a well-received guide to writing poetry, The Ode Less Travelled. The second and third instalments of his autobiography, The Fry Chronicles and More Fool Me, were both bestsellers. His most recent books are the bestselling Mythos and Heroes – unique retellings of the Greek myths.

Liza Richardson

Open House Host

Liza Richardson’s career as a radio broadcaster started in Dallas, TX at KNON then KERA. At NPR’s flagship KCRW in Santa Monica, CA, she championed poetry, world music and eclectic sounds from every corner of the universe. Her curated mixtapes present international music, roots, dance, hip hop and jazz, and are on-demand via her Spotify profile. 

Along with her team at Mad Doll Music, Liza has music supervised small screen classics like Friday Night Lights, Parenthood, Leftovers, Watchmen, Hawaii Five-0 and Lovecraft Country. Currently she helms Narcos, Barry, Outer Banks, The Morning Show, The Rookie, Equalizer. In 2003, she was nominated for a Grammy for Y Tu Mama Tambien and 2020 brought an Emmy nod for her work on Watchmen

Liza’s credits include the first handful of iPod silhouette spots, films Spenser Confidential, Why Him, A Dog’s PurposeLords of DogtownSurf’s UpThe Kids Are All Right and quintessential Mexican gem Y Tu Mama Tambien.

Liza is from Phoenix, AZ and holds a BFA in theater and dance from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX. Find her on Instagram @lizarichardson

TV music supervision

Watchmen, HBO, Damon Lindelof
Lovecraft Country, HBO, Misha Green
Made for Love, HBO Max, Christina Lee
The Equalizer, CBS, Andrew Marlowe, Terri Miller
Clarice, CBS, Alex Kurtzman
Unbelievable, Netflix, Susannah Grant
Outer Banks, Netflix, Josh Pate, Jonas Pate
The Morning Show, Apple TV+, Kerry Ehrin, Mimi Leder
The Rookie, ABC, Alexi Hawley
The Unicorn, CBS, Bill Marin, Mike Schiff
The Loudest Voice, Showtime, Alex Metcalf
Star Trek: Picard, CBS All Access, Alex Kurtzman, Michael Chabon
The Leftovers, HBO, Damon Lindelof
Narcos, Netflix, Eric Newman, Carlo Bernard
Barry, HBO, Bill Hader, Alec Berg
Magnum PI, CBS, Peter Lenkov, Eric Guggenheim
Locke & Key, Netflix, Carlton Cuse
Queen Sugar, OWN, Ava DuVernay
Bull, CBS, Glenn Gordon Caron
MacGyver, CBS, Peter Lenkov
The Path, Hulu, Jessica Goldberg, Jason Katims
Looking, HBO, Andrew Haig, Michael Lannan
Hawaii Five-0, CBS, Peter Lenkov
Scorpion, CBS, Nick Santora
Limitless, CBS, Craig Sweeny
The Affair S1, Showtime
Parenthood, NBC, Jason Katims
The Following, Fox, Kevin Williamson
Friday Night Lights, NBC, Jason Katims

Film consultancies

​Deepwater Horizon, Pete Berg
The Keepers, Ryan White
In The Valley of Elah, Paul Haggis
Nacho Libre, Jared Hess
Curious George, Matthew O’Callaghan
Syriana, Stephen Gaghan
Bewitched, Nora Ephron
The Italian Job, F. Gary Gray
United States of Poetry, Mark Pellington

Film music supervision

Spenser Confidential, Pete Berg
Nostalgia, Mark Pellington
The Donut King, Alice Gu
Bethany Hamilton: Unstoppable, Aaron Lieber
The Land of Steady Habits, Nicole Holofcener
Tokyo Project, Richard Shepard
A Dog’s Purpose, Lasse Hallstrom
Why Him, John Hamburg
The Last Word, Mark Pellington
The Kids Are All Right, Lisa Cholodenko
Rock Dog, Ash Brannon
Enough Said, Nicole Holofcener
Hotel Transylvania, Genndy Tartakovsky
People Like Us, Alex Kurtzman
I Melt With You, Mark Pellington
Monte Carlo, Thomas Bezucha
Scream 4, Wes Craven
Push, Paul McGuigan
The Hunting Party, Richard Shepard
Surf’s Up, Ash Brannon
Failure To Launch, Tom Dey
Lords of Dogtown, Catherine Hardwicke
Wicker Park, Paul McGuigan
First Daughter, Forest Whitaker
Y Tu Mama Tambien, Alfonso Cuaron
Mothman Prophecies, Mark Pellington
Arlington Road, Mark Pellington

Additional info

Best Music Supervision TV Drama, Guild of Music Supervisors, Watchmen 2021
Best Song Created for TV, Guild of Music Supervisors, Watchmen 2021
Emmy nom, Outstanding Music Supervision, Watchmen 2020
89.9 KCRW radio host and DJ from 1991 to 2020
Best Music Supervision TV Drama, Guild of Music Supervisors, Narcos 2016
Music Supervisor of The Year, Guild of Music Supervisors 2012
Woman of Impact, Variety 2010
First DJ to play at The Academy Awards 2007
Grammy nom, Best Soundtrack Comp, Y Tu Mama Tambien 2003
Geffen Records A&R scout 1995 to 1998
Host, producer of KCRW/MTV syndicated radio show Man In The Moon 1994
Radio host at KNON and KERA in Dallas from 1986 to 1991

Steve King

Open House Host

Steve King is a photographer, and educator living in Los Angeles California.  His work is focused on modern and contemporary architecture and design.  While most of his work is from the Southern California region, he has also worked and photographed worldwide, most notably in Norway.   His work has been widely published in the architectural press and he has been included in many books including the recent “Hollywood Modern” by Michael Stern and Alan Hess. He has received AIA awards for his photography of Nakahouse by XTEN Architecture and in 2017, he won 2  “Architectural Photography Awards”  from  the Los Angeles chapter of the AIA. Steve received a Bachelors degree in Economics from Oregon State University in 1986, and a Master of Fine Arts degree from CSU Fullerton in 1990, and has been teaching photography, art, and design courses at the university level since 1990.

Rick Corsini, AIA

Open House Host

Partner, Corsini Stark Architects

Rick Corsini’s practice specializes in solving complex problems where contextual relevance and functionality are prerequisites for good design. Whether at the scale of a campus master plan, a new building or a logo for a new restaurant, Rick and his team view the experience of architecture as a fluid, integrated whole, striving to seamlessly integrate building and site, form and space, light and material, style and use. Rick was born in Los Angeles and received his Master of Architecture in Urban Design from Harvard University and his Bachelor of Architecture from Cal Poly Pomona. In addition to over 25 years of professional practice, Rick has held faculty appointments at schools of architecture including Cal Poly Pomona, Woodbury University, and the University of Southern California. He serves on the board of Silver Lake Forward, a community-based non-profit organization and is a past president of the Los Angeles Forum for Architecture and Urban Design.

Timur Bekmambetov

Open House Host

Timur Bekmambetov is a Kazakh-Russian film director known for vampire franchise Night Watch (2004) and Day Watch (2006).

He was born Timur Nuruakhitovich Bekmambetov on June 25, 1961, in Guryev, Soviet Union (now Atyrau, Kazakhstan). His father, Nuruakhit Bekmambetov, is a manager at Guryev Energy company; his mother, Mira Bogoslavskaya, was a journalist. Young Bekmambetov was raised along the Ural river in Kazakhstan, Soviet Union.

In 1978, aged 17, he moved to Moscow. There from 1978 to 1980 he attended the Moscow Energy Institute, but he was more interested in art and movies. Eventually, he dropped out of college, and joined the cultural milieu around such artists as Anatoli Zverev and Oskar Rabin. Then, from 1982 to 1987 he studied painting at Tashkent Theatrical Art Institute, graduating in 1987 as artist of theatre and film. From 1987 to 1988 he served in the Red Army stationed at artillery division near Ashkhabad, Turkmenistan. Then he worked as set designer at “Ilkhom” Drama Theatre in Tashkent, and at Uzbek Film Studio.

Since 1989 he has been directing commercials. In 1992 Bekmambetov made his directorial and writing debut with Peshawar Waltz (1994), a film about the Soviet war in Afghanistan which received awards at several festivals in Europe. From 1992 to 1997 he made 18 commercials for the Russian bank “Imperial” and was named best young director of 1997 by Russian Film Academy. In 1999 he started his own film company, Bazelevs Production.

His big break came with the success of the vampire franchise Night Watch (2004) and Day Watch (2006), which he directed during 2003 – 2005. Both films became international blockbusters, and received several awards and nominations. The third installment, Twilight Watch (2009), is slated for release in 2009.

Since 2005, Bekmambetov has been working in Hollywood, writing, directing and producing several flicks, such as Wanted (2008), 9 (2009), and The Red Star. Back in Russia, he made another success directingThe Irony of Fate 2 (2007), a romantic comedy based on the Soviet era characters and capitalizing on nostalgia among some of the post-Soviet audiences.

Timur Bekmambetov established himself as a master of dense narrative. His films often surprise the viewers with eerie details, hectic pace and unusual twists and turns, and remain a challenge even for experienced audiences.