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Expert in Entertainment and Media Businesses - Production/Distribution/Exhibition/Technology

Expert ID: 731437 California, USA

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With over 30 years in the film industry, Expert has a unique understanding of all aspects of the business and its various entities interact. His background as a talent agent for actors, writers and directors, as a studio-based production executive, executive consultant, producer, writer, and executive producer, as well as a long history in the world of Giant Screen Cinema working for SONY and IMAX amongst others gives him a significant knowledge base, skillset, and insight into the industry. As a pioneer in the world of 3D cinema for IMAX and with a long history of commercial cinema work experience, Expert has expertise in the areas of production, distribution, and exhibition of films, entertainment start-ups, digital cinema, negotiating, and dealmaking. He has hands on business experience with both commercial cinema, and institutional venues like museums, zoos, and aquaria. He can take any project from the research phase, through creative inception to realization.

Expert has many years of experience developing stories and film scripts in the motion picture industry. He has particularly expertise in developing site specific material for museums, amusement parks and other venues in the institutional marketplace. Regarded as an expert in the development and production of destination films in the IMAX world, he has written and line-produced projects for new theaters in New York, Hawaii, and San Francisco. As head of worldwide film and distribution for the IMAX Corporation, he oversaw the company's roll out of new films and the ongoing exhibition of its entire film library. He continues to be active in the IMAX arena.

He has consulted for a major investment bank interested in acquiring a public company in the entertainment space. He prepared an exhaustive analysis of the target company, its history, present condition, and future prospects using personal; sources and available financial information.He consulted for a major Consumer Electronics company during its roll out of 3D TV.He provided full background on a major film and TV studio across many of its business sectors. He has helped analysts and principals understand the 3D digital conversion options from all angles: technology, finance, deal structure, ticketing, equipment variations, as well as the meaning of it all.

Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Los Angeles, California - Long Beach, California - Santa Ana, California - Anaheim, California - Riverside, California - Bakersfield, California - Glendale, California - Huntington Beach, California - San Bernardino, California - Oxnard, California

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Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1976 Degree: BA Subject: Government Institution: Harvard University

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 1984 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: President/CEO Department: Responsibilities: Expert runs a motion picture and telebvision development, production and distribution company which also provides his personal services as a writer and executive consultant to various segment of the entertainment industry.
Years: 2010 to 2011 Employer: Evergreen Films Title: Executive Consultant Department: Responsibilities: He provided consulting services in the start up of a 3D film production studio which included a division developing IMAX films for the institutional theater network.
Years: 2008 to 2010 Employer: GSCA Title: Chairman Department: Responsibilities: Merged two non-profit associations into one and became the first Chairman of the Giant Screen Cinema Association a 501c3 which was comprised of all companies involved in Giant cinema industry vincluding studios, exhibitors, producers, and museums.
Years: 1996 to 2002 Employer: IMAX Corporation Title: Senior VP FIlm and Distribution Department: Responsibilities: Expert was in charge of the entire film and distribution department overseeing a staff of 20, a library of 75 films. He initiated new films from idea to release while moving IMAX from exclusively making documentary films into the live-action narrative story telling arena.
Years: 1991 to 1996 Employer: SONY Pictures Entertainment Title: Executive Consultant Department: Responsibilities: Expert shepherded the company into the world of IMAX production for the Loews Theater division and Columbia Pictures. He developed an entire production slate and segued into producing their signature New York City IMAX film "Across the Sea of Time" which he wrote and produced on location and under-budget.
Years: 1989 to 1991 Employer: Destination Cinema Title: Executive Producer Department: Responsibilities: Wrote and produced on location the IMAX documentary Hidden Hawaii.
Years: 1985 to 1987 Employer: Cinema Group Title: SR. VP Production Department: Responsibilities: Oversaw production of numerous films made by company
Years: 1981 to 1983 Employer: CBS Films Title: Director of Production Department: Responsibilities: Production Executive for company. Executive Produced "Grandview, U.S.A." upon exit.

International Experience

Years Country / Region Summary
Years: 2001 to 2002 Country / Region: China Summary: Executive produced a film in China, negotiated with State Government for access, as well as on the ground permissions.Spent 3 months in and out of China arranging for filming of Pandas, and National PArk areas, as well as Shanghai and Chengdu locations.
Years: 2000 to 2000 Country / Region: England Summary: Mounted and exec produced IMAX 3D film in and around London
Years: 1999 to 2000 Country / Region: Galapagos Summary: Filmed IMAX 3D production in the Galapagos Islands off Ecuador.
Years: 1996 to 2002 Country / Region: Various Summary: Travelled the world opening new IMAX venues across Canada, in Australia and New Zealand, London, and Paris

Career Accomplishments

Associations / Societies
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS),

WritersGuild of America, (WGA)

Giant Screen Cinema Association (GSCA)
Professional Appointments
Chairman GSCA,
President LFCA,
Corporate Officer - IMAX,
Executive Committee Member AMPAS
Publications and Patents Summary
Has written extensively on the Giant Screen format and industry.

Additional Experience

Expert Witness Experience
Have been an expert witness in a film distribution suit that never went to trial, and was later dropped.
Training / Seminars
Expert has lectured extensively at UCLA and USC on the IMAX film business, and developed a training manual for introducing filmmakers to the world of Giant Screen filming.
Vendor Selection
Have mounted numerous productions hiring personnel in LA, NYC, and London
Marketing Experience
Have worked for many years with the financial community advising on industry players, trends, film content and box-office expectations. Have also consulted with many clients in the changeover from film to digital filming and exhibition. Have great familiarity with theater conversion, equipment deals from the various outfitters and particularly the IMAX, RealD, and other providers of digital 3D solutions.
Other Relevant Experience
Expert thinks strategically and creatively about problems. This allows him to effectively troubleshoot situations, and manage them on the fly to achieve best results. He understands the need for trade-offs, and can make quick decisions to preserve the integrity of project or intention.

Language Skills

Language Proficiency
French Expert studied French in college and has useable, but not fluent skills with the language

Fields of Expertise

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