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Prodigal is an entertainment company based in Los Angeles, California that tells stories across television, film, comics, audio, and theatre. The company has a first look deal for TV and film with Warner Media & J.J.Abram's Bad Robot.

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Arvind Ethan David

Principal

Arvind Ethan David is a writer and producer, and the principal of Prodigal Inc. 

 

David’s career began at high school, when he adapted the cult Douglas Adams novel Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency as his school play -- and the legendary author came to see the production and endorsed it as the official adaptation. David’s adaptation has been published by Samuel French, and has been in constant performance around the world for the last 20 years. 

 

In addition to writing a forthcoming series for Neil Gaiman, David is developing Knights of the Borrowed Dark based on the award-winning and best-selling Irish YA novels by Dave Rudden for Screen Ireland and Circle of Confusion, and is adapting his and Mike Carey’s Stoker nominated comic series Darkness Visible for Intrepid Pictures (Haunting of Hill House).  

 

David wrote the Dirk Gently Holistic Detective Agency comic series for 3 years and went on to Executive Produce the critically acclaimed cult TV series for Netflix & BBC America.  His latest graphic novel, Gray, is a feminist, reimagined telling of the Oscar Wilde Classic The Picture of Dorian Gray, will be published by Clover Press in June 2021 and is currently live on Kickstarter.

 

In theatre, David is a lead producer on Broadway’s 15-time Tony-Nominated Jagged Little Pill the musical, based on the seminal Alanis Morissette album.  

 

David has produced eight feature films, including the British hit comedy The Infidel and the Asian Academy Award-winning The Garden Of Evening Mists. David’s company Prodigal Inc. which has a first look deal with Warner Media and J.J. Abram’s Bad Robot.


David lives in California with his wife Janine N’jie David and their daughter Odetta.

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Justin Lillehei

Vice President of Television & Film

 

With an executive background in both development and production, Justin Lillehei manages Prodigal’s fast-growing television and film slate.

 

Lillehei was a Co-Producer on Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency, the television adaptation of Douglas Adams’ beloved book series, for BBC America & Netflix. Prior to joining Prodigal, he worked in development at Cherry/Wind Productions for four years and was an Associate Producer on Lifetime’s hit drama, Devious Maids, which was hailed as the network’s top-rated series and boasted the first all-Latina ensemble cast on English-speaking television. He was also an Associate Producer on the pilot, Cheerleader Death Squad, for CBS Studios. Previously, Lillehei worked on a variety of network television series, such as Desperate Housewives, The Gates, Shameless, and Dirty Sexy Money.

 

Lillehei grew up in St. Paul, Minnesota and graduated from the University of Miami.

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Brittany Chapman

Director, Production and Development

 

Brittany Chapman coordinates for Prodigal and assists Arvind Ethan David and Justin Lillehei.

Prior to Prodigal, Brittany worked as a writer and Creative Producer in the digital space, specializing in branded content and UGC strategies for comedy and horror projects. She's worked with celebrities, influencers, and brands such as Diddy, Barbie, Matthew Espinosa, Tana Mongeau, FaZe Clan, Hayes Grier, and Jody Steel among others. Brittany's first experience in Development was for companies including Focus Features, Berlanti Productions, Mad Chance Productions, Four by Two Films, and Fullscreen. She also spent two years as an AmeriCorps VISTA, acting as Director for a community-owned radio station and building infrastructure to combat rural homelessness.

 

Brittany has a Bachelor of Arts in Film-Video Production from Pennsylvania State University - University Park campus and a Masters in Entertainment Industry Management from Carnegie Mellon University. Chapman was born and raised in Conneaut Lake, Pennsylvania. 

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Sean Anthony Chia

Director, Production and Development

In partnership with The Broadway League Diversity Fellowship, Sean Anthony Chia joined the Prodigal team as a Creative Executive (Theatre). Prior to Prodigal, Sean gained experience as a Marketing Coordinator for Columbia University, a Marketing Assistant at MCC Theater, and as a reader for Davenport Theatricals and New York Musical Festival. Sean's creative development core was built during his experience at Telsey+Company (Program Assistant for Broadway's West Side Story, Wicked, and Once on This Island), Creative Artists Agency, ICM Partners, William Morris Endeavor, Fox Broadcasting Group, Univision Communications, and The New York Times. In 2019, Sean was awarded the National Hispanic Foundation for Arts Award.

 

A first-generation high school and college student, Sean received his Bachelor's in Drama and the Business of Entertainment, Media, and Technology at NYU Tisch and is completing his Masters in Theatre Management and Producing at Columbia University, where he runs entertainment event programming as the University Life Chair of Film for the undergraduate and graduate campuses.