David and his best pal Joey
2023 David Portrait

David Christopher Loya


A multiple award-winning, cinematic storyteller, David Christopher Loya is a veteran Cannes Marché du Film accredited filmmaker whose over two-decades worth of accomplishments span virtually all genres in an artform he’s passionately committed to.  

David has produced, written, directed and edited hundreds of productions comprising a large body of work that includes commercial and episodic productions, broadcast documentaries, national and regional commercial spots, promotional, employee training, and marketing productions for Fortune 500 companies, as well as compelling fundraising films for world renowned universities and international nonprofits.

A partial list of David's production awards includes 20 Silver and Gold Tellys, as well as finalist honors at the New York Film Festival and the Banff World Television Festival. And his screenplays have been recognized by over 60 accolades in acclaimed entertainment industry competitions.

These include wins in the New York International Film Festival. The American Filmatic Arts Awards, the Los Angeles Film Awards, and coveted semifinalist placements in both the PAGE International Screenwriting Awards (top 2%), and the Austin Film Festival (top 2%), a finalist nomination for The Warner Bros TV Pilot Award, and a finalist placement in the Creative Screenwriting Television Pilot Screenplay Competition, among dozens of others.

As a reflection of these achievements, his work ranks in the Coverfly Top 1%. Coverfly is the industry’s most respected professional platform for tracking the quality and marketing viability of over 120,000 scripts in its database. His original series pilot, Esperanza, has even reached Coverfly’s Top 50, out of over 15,300 one-hour television scripts.

Dedicated to his trademarked Conscious Filmmaker™ ethos, David’s writing focuses on characters of color confronting and overcoming high-stakes obstacles. He describes his unique writing brand as “diverse renegades shattering status quos.” Moreover, his screenplays have been distinguished by their themes of hope, love, and perseverance.

Raised by a valiant single mother in a Los Angeles housing project, David attributes his accomplishments to her resilience, and unwavering belief in him. Because of her steadfast devotion to his education, he was awarded a UCLA Alumni Scholarship and was the first in his family to graduate from a four-year university.

A second-generation Mexican American, David strives to give voice to the marginalized and disenfranchised via film and television media that challenges paradigms and connects deeply with a diverse and international audience.


Broadcast and Network Productions
Within the genres previously mentioned, the full scope of David’s directing, producing, and writing portfolio encompasses national commercials, internationally broadcast dramas, as well as reality and magazine segments which have aired on CBS, NBC, PBS, Nickelodeon, Bravo, A&E, and the History Channel. From early in his career, David demonstrated an unparalleled ability to engage audiences. For example, as a producer for the syndicated series, 'Emergency Call', the segments he produced, wrote and edited consistently delivered the show’s highest Nielsen ratings.

His documentary work has included directing and producing the acclaimed PBS special The Big One - The Truth About the San Andreas (New York Festivals' Finalist and Telly Gold Award Winner); serving as line producer for the A&E Series First Flights with Neil Armstrong; producing and directing Journey of Loss… Discovery of Hope (Telly Gold Winner); and directing and producing the multiple award-winning NFL sports documentary The Moss Method focusing on the legendary New England Patriots Wide Receiver, Randy Moss.

Notably, The Moss Method holds an IMDb rating of 8.5 and was listed as one of the top 20 Sports Documentaries of All Time. Moreover, the film had a direct influence on the New England Patriots' decision to trade for Randy Moss, contributing to their historic undefeated season.

New Media and Non-Broadcast
As a pioneer in the application of compression and streaming within multimedia environments, David also produced and directed groundbreaking interactive productions including Voices - Rock and Roll’s Invisible Instrument, an award-winning, interactive multimedia exhibit for The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame that toured across the United States.

In the commercial and corporate realm, David has created dozens of successful, award-winning marketing, training, PR, and fundraising films for large corporations and international non-profit organizations. These include Sony Pictures, The Walt Disney Company, Columbia Pictures, MGM, Microsoft, The Smithsonian Air and Space Museum, NASA, Mayo Clinic, Sprint International, TCI/Liberty Media, The Cleveland Clinic, Lockheed, Sunkist, World Vision International, Aramark, Mercer, Prudential, National Medical Enterprises, The Salvation Army, eHarmony, Coalition for Pulmonary Fibrosis, Beckman-Coulter, Amnesty International, Harvard University, UCLA, and others.

David's evocative storytelling has not only garnered award-winning critical acclaim, but has also proven to be impactful, often leaving audiences deeply moved and motivated to act. Films he’s written, directed, and edited have played a pivotal role in development campaigns — for educational institutions and international nonprofits — that have successfully raised over $1 billion in donations, while leveraging his transcendent cinematic style.

A seasoned presence in the international film market, David has been an accredited Cannes Marché du Film filmmaker presenting at seven Festival de Cannes events, as well as numerous other global film gatherings including multiple TIFF (Toronto International Film Festival), EFM (European Film Market), and AFM (American Film Market) conferences.

His ventures have led him across continents, from North America, Europe, Australia and even the Middle East, where he was invited as part of a select group for a Dubai Cinematic Innovation Summit. There he participated with industry luminaries like Andy Serkis and Stephen Lang.

Outside the film circuit, David has addressed a diverse range of groups in various speaking engagements. He’s regarded as a thought-leader in the realm of the evolution of conscious media for positive global transformation. His prowess extends beyond the stage to corporate and institutional boardrooms, where he has successfully marketed his production services to key decision-makers in multiple industries.

Whether presenting to industry professionals, C-suite executives, or standing-room-only ballrooms, his visions resonate deeply across varied platforms, demonstrating a multi-faceted influence and reach.

David’s focus on authenticity in performance and cinematic execution was successfully registered through the U.S. Patent and Trademark office as the “Conscious Filmmaker” approach to production. He is the only filmmaker in the United States who has held the Conscious Filmmaker™ registered trademark.

Based in Burbank, CA, the media production capital of the world, David is the founder and lead director/filmmaker of Renegade Lens Pictures. Renegade Lens is an original content production company that "defiantly imagines a world positively transformed."

Its mission statement is to create timeless, commercial, original motion picture and television media that entertains, electrifies, and enlightens - while elevating humanity, affirming the value of people's lives, and connecting deeply with the audience. David is now attached to direct several theatrical films being produced by Renegade Lens.

Contact David:

David Christopher Loya’s IMDB Page

David’s Conscious Filmmaker YouTube Channel



Senior Vice President/Producer
Original Content

Melanie Arden, a key pillar of Renegade Lens Pictures' Toronto division, serves as the Senior Vice President of Original Content. Her career journey began at the CTV Network in News Administration. Over the course of her career, she has produced and directed over 1,500 hours of live television programming. A significant milestone in Melanie's film career was her debut production, "Rain from Stars," starring French Stewart, Claudia Black, and Jeremy London.

One of Melanie's most crucial roles is curating Renegade Lens Pictures' production slate. She combines art and strategy to select the finest intellectual properties. A fearless and experienced producer with an extensive and influential network that includes top-tier talent agents and esteemed executive producers, she has also established valuable relationships with prominent VFX companies like Ghost VFX, further enhancing Renegade Lens' creative capabilities.

Melanie's prowess goes beyond networking. She’s a master at breaking down barriers, forging connections with global distributors, and securing meetings with top executives at major studios. Her expertise extends to navigating the complexities of brand integration, global tax credits, rebates, and government funding agencies.



International Co-Producer, Screenwriter, and Personal Development Counselor

Cora Stieven Babin is an influential force in the international film and television industry, specializing as an International Co-Producer, Screenwriter, Author, and Director. Based in France, Cora serves as a creative liaison between Renegade Lens Pictures and the European, Middle Eastern, and Asian markets. She plays a pivotal role in the promotion and production of Renegade Lens Pictures' celebrated Conscious Filmmaker® slate of film and television projects.

With a portfolio that includes nine completed screenplays—three of which are in early stages of film production development—Cora's storytelling prowess is undeniable. She has also co-authored a book and its accompanying script, "Prophecy of an Angel," in collaboration with Philippe Delauzun. Her directorial credits include the evocative short film, "A l’ombre des marais."

Beyond her cinematic contributions, Cora is a Personal Development Counselor and an expert in Cognitive Reimprinting in Neuro Linguistic Programming (Neurological Repatterning). She holds the title of NLP Master Practitioner and utilizes an array of tools and methodologies to facilitate personal growth, including: Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP), Transactional Analysis, Process Communication Management (PCM), Systemic Analysis, Ericksonian Hypnosis, and Hypno-Coaching.

Cora is also the co-creator of the innovative DEHYPNOSIS process, a therapeutic approach that combines various elements of her expertise.

Actively engaged in sustainable development, Cora is a strong advocate for cooperative human interaction. She believes in the power of collaboration to foster a more conscious, respectful, and goodwill-driven humanity.

Cora's focus in the realm of film and television production is singularly aligned with Renegade Lens Pictures. She brings a wealth of relationship equity from notable European artists and professionals, thereby fortifying the international reputation and creative potential of the Conscious Filmmaker® brand. Her unique affiliations and collaborations are channeled toward enhancing the global reach and impact of Renegade Lens Pictures, making her an invaluable asset in elevating the company's trademarked ethos.

With an indelible commitment to elevating both the cinematic arts and the human condition, Cora Babin is a unique and invaluable asset to any endeavor she undertakes.


Beverly Cole

Executive Producer
Business Affairs and Film Finance

A former executive with the Walt Disney Company, Beverly Cole is currently a Board Member of Bank OZK, $22.2 billion, total assets as of June 30, 2018. The bank is recognized as the #1 bank in the nation in its asset size for eight consecutive years. She is also the CEO of Cole Renwick, LLC, a multi-state property management company and is the retired CEO of CR Foods, the largest Southern Florida woman-owned Church’s Chicken franchisee.

Beverly holds an MBA from The Wharton School of Business and a J.D. from Fordham University. She is a member of The Wharton School Angel network, Belle Capital LLC seed fund, and board member of Founders First LLC, a small business accelerator and revenue backed fund.

She was a Wall Street institutional sales person and an investment banker. She managed all areas from financial modeling, structuring, advertising development and marketing asset-backed investments. She was hired by Eastman Kodak’s Real Estate Department as an executive where she structured complex estate transactions and managed corporate divestitures. She received national recognition for her supplier diversity achievements.

While at Kodak, she received the State of California’s recognition for her public and private economic development partnership. She was tapped by Disney’s executives to lead Disney’s supplier diversity program, taking it to national prominence, advising Disney’s CEO, CFO and General Counsel, earning Walt Disney national recognition for its economic development efforts. She took Disney’s Procurement program to a cost-focused inclusion based program garnering US Congressional Record recognition, awards from several Governors, Congressmen, multiple state, city and county recognition throughout the country.

Her past positions have also included Senior Federal Regulator positions with the Office of Thrift Supervision and the FDIC. She conducted safety and soundness, CRA and Commercial Lending examinations on the top 20 US financial institutions. While at the FDIC, Ms. Cole led a multi-state marketing effort selling billions of failed financial institutions’ assets. In addition she had oversight over billions of Loss Share Agreements held by financial institutions. Her last Federal position was with the Small Business Administration’s Liquidation Division where she managed over $2 Billion in Small Business Investment Corporation (SBICs) assets. During each Federal tenure, she was awarded Federal performance merit awards. While at the SBA, the por􀆞olio companies managed included medical, health care companies. Ms. Cole has been an advisor to Asian and European companies seeking expansion and strategic opportunities into US markets.

When Ms. Cole was an attorney, with Union Carbide Corporation, she was responsible for SEC and regulatory legal matters and she practiced real estate law.


Paula Moreno

Head of Productions

Paula Moreno has earned a place in the forefront of new producers within international cinema. Her 2010 feature film IJE, The Journey, has broken records in the Nigerian film industry, becoming the No 1-grossing film of all time for Nollywood. When IJE was released, it out-grossed both "Shrek Forever" and "Inception" in the West African film market. The project has made Moreno the first Hispanic producer to establish credentials in Nollywood.

Moreno produced, wrote and directed her first film in 2004, a short titled Planet Far Away, for which she won awards for best director and best writer at a Tokyo film event. She followed that success with more award-winning films, the short, Lost Lives - and the feature length, Maquillaje.

Her passion for social justice was developed during her 12 years as a case manager and public relations manager at a California law firm. Drawing on that experience, she partnered with a notable criminal defense attorney to produce a series of documentaries examining the lives of death row inmates. She also has worked closely with Emmy Award-winning and Humanitas Award-nominated writer director Micki Dickoff on the documentary The Legacy: From Gary Graham to Shaka Sankofa.

In addition to her film experience, Paula has produced numerous commercials and written numerous commercial jingles for radio. She has also served as the theatrical distribution and marketing executive for numerous film releases. Including The Tales of Halloween, Turbo Kid, the $10 million Caesar Chavez biopic, Under the Rainbow and many others.