Michael is an entertainment industry visionary with a proven track record of building and leading companies in both traditional and digital media. Most recently he served as Executive Vice President at Sony Pictures where he spearheaded the studio’s move into the digital future through online and mobile distribution, gaming, social media, ad sales, content production and technology development. While there Michael oversaw the creation of over 50 film/television/online series, 75 cross-platform games and 200 websites and was instrumental in the rollout of new businesses that have materially altered the media landscape. He has established deals and relationships with the biggest companies in the entertainment industry including Apple, Microsoft, YouTube, Netflix, Amazon, PlayStation, Blockbuster, Best Buy, Walmart, Vudu, Hulu, Yahoo!, TiVo, and many others.
Neil is a proven executive with a broad and deep experience across multiple disciplines spanning development/production and acquisitions, legal/business affairs, finance and operations. From 2007 to 2011, he served as co-Chairman of The Film Department where he worked on all aspects of the hit film, “Law Abiding Citizen,” starring Gerard Butler and Jamie Foxx, “The Rebound” starring Catherine Zeta-Jones and “A Little Bit of Heaven” starring Kate Hudson. Prior to The Film Department, Neil served as Chief Operating Officer of the Yari Film Group, the producer/financier of the Best Picture Academy Award-winner “Crash” and the critically acclaimed film, “The Illusionist”. Neil was instrumental in building the organization from inception and oversaw over 20 star-driven commercial films in just a 3 1/2 year span. Prior to the Yari Film Group, from 1995 to 1998, he ran Business & Legal Affairs for Miramax/Dimension. Neil started his career in the early 1990′s as senior theatrical counsel at Warner Bros.
Marc is a seasoned film and television executive with over 20 years of experience creating, developing and producing movies and television shows. Marc has held top executive posts in several notable production companies including David Geffen Films, Sean Daniel Films and Chuck Gordon Productions. Marc’s notable film projects include October Sky (Jake Gyllenhaal), The Girl Next Door (Emile Hirsch), Mirrors (Kiefer Sutherland), The Last Boy Scout (Bruce Willis) and Heart & Souls (Robert Downey Jr.).
Robert’s career spans over 25 years in the independent film business. He headed up Academy Entertainment from 1985 to 1991, growing this company into one of the most profitable independent home video labels in the US. In 1993, he started A-Pix Entertainment, which quickly became one of the premiere independent home video labels in the US, where he remained as President of A-Pix and Unapix Films until 2001. From 2001 to 2011, Robert served as President of Screen Media Films, a full service distribution company where he released films theatrically, on DVD, via TV and across all digital platforms. He has Executive Produced over 40 films and has acquired and marketed over 500 more, efforts that have made him nationally recognized as one of the top marketers of independent films in the industry.
Joe is a proven innovator in both traditional and digital entertainment. During his most recent 10-year stint at Sony Pictures where he served as Senior Vice President of Digital Distribution, also overseeing the Advanced Platforms/R&D, Technology and Operations teams for the digital division. His deep understanding of both technology and the film business has enabled him to find profitable intersections and new business opportunities that continue to drive the industry forward. Joe is a recognized leader in the emerging digital media industry with deep relationships that span all of the major players including Apple, Nokia, Sony Ericsson, Kingston, Samsung, Dell and others. Joe has constantly pushed the limits of creative partnerships through use of new technology and led the studio’s move onto key platforms that include iTunes, PlayStation, Xbox, Netflix, Amazon, Tesco, Verizon, Vudu, 3Italy, Sprint and many more.
Bill is a 25-year veteran of the Software, Film, and Home Entertainment industries. A post-production and marketing specialist, Bill has worked on hundreds of campaigns with many notable film producers and directors, including Ridley Scott, Joe Roth, Mel Gibson, Jerry Bruckheimer and others. As a producer Bill’s credits include numerous music concert DVDs featuring such acts as 3 Doors Down and Young Jeezy, documentaries including the Civil War Docudrama: Manassas End of Innocence with Academy Award winner Ben Burtt, and multiple award-winning children’s educational software programs. He founded Crosscreek Entertainment, a successful post-production facility whose vast client base includes major studios, independent producers and several leading consumer brands.
Charlie has over twenty years of entertainment finance experience in worldwide distribution and production in the theatrical, television, home entertainment, games, publishing and broadcasting mediums. He held senior positions at Sony Pictures Entertainment, Warner Bros., Blockbuster and Genius Entertainment. His experience includes strategic planning, business development, mergers & acquisitions, long-range planning, budgeting & forecasting, due diligence, treasury management, SEC reporting and general accounting. He also has product acquisition experience in film, television and video content, catalog and output deals.
Michael is a 20 year entertainment industry executive whose career has spanned all forms of media: Music, Radio, DVD, Film, Television and Interactive Entertainment. Most recently Michael led the Digital Production and Development team at Sony Pictures where he produced and created over 35 web series with such talent as Barry Sonnenfeld, Charlie Murphy, Jon Heder, Penn Jillette and more. In this role Michael also produced three of the most successful multi-platform, digital movie projects in the history of interactive entertainment: Buried Alive, Angel of Death and the award-winning show The Bannen Way. Michael’s progressive thinking has served him well in his career, including in DVD where he served as a true pioneer in added-value space, creating special material for hundreds of properties including Spider-Man, Men in Black, Lawrence of Arabia, Bad Boys, Bugsy and The Larry Sanders Show, and in deep collaboration with many of Hollywood’s biggest stars and creators including Warren Beatty, Paul Newman, Kevin Smith, Pierce Brosnan, Sam Raimi, Robert DeNiro and more.
Marshall Forster held senior positions at Sony Pictures Home Entertainment over an 18 year period commencing in June of 1992. Prior to leaving the company in January 2010, he was Senior Executive Vice President (SEVP) of North American Operations, responsible for a team of over 175 people and every area of the operation including sales, marketing, research, reporting, strategic and business development, acquisitions and finance. Marshall was instrumental in the creation and subsequent oversight of the company’s $2B package media business spanning such customers as Walmart, Target, Best Buy and Amazon as well as the company’s move into new business opportunities including Blu-ray, revenue share, scan-based trading, subscription and kiosk distribution across all customers, notables such as Blockbuster, Netflix, Movie Gallery and Redbox.
Marshall was a board member of the Digital Entertainment Group and was Chairman of the Canadian Motion Pictures Association Home Video Board from 1997 – 1999, and participated in the creation and implementation of the Canadian home video ratings system in 1999, which continues to exist to this day.
Peter brings to Big Air Studios more than 20 years of experience in senior management roles in the areas of marketing and digital media and is considered an expert in the field of customer relationship management (CRM). After founding and successfully selling interactive marketing and CRM startups in New York in the early ‘90s, Peter held multiple senior management positions at Sony, including Vice President of CRM and Digital Sales at Sony Music, Senior Vice President of CRM at Sony Pictures, and Senior Vice President of Customer Relationship Marketing at Sony Corp. An internet industry pioneer, Peter’s involvement with the internet dates back to the late 1970’s. He is a published author (“State of the Net: The New Frontier,” McGraw-Hill 1997), was profiled as one of the leading marketers of the year in 2000 by AdWeek Magazine, and has presented at industry conferences in the US, Australia, Europe and Asia.
Spencer is a business strategist, attorney and corporate development executive with expertise in digital media, entertainment, technology and consumer brands. Spencer began his career as a business and legal affairs executive in a Beverly Hills talent management and marketing company orchestrating licensing initiatives and strategic partnerships between Hollywood talent, pro athletes and leading brands. He has spent the last five years focused on accelerating the growth of early stage businesses and bringing new technologies to market. He has successfully prepared several companies for raising capital, structured international joint ventures and developed product strategy for multiple consumer-based technology platforms.