Laurie is a veteran industry executive with over 25 years of experience in international film distribution, specializing in the acquisition and worldwide distribution of independent feature films. Laurie As President/Owner of Trans-Pacific Media she advised over 40 international distribution companies, and been instrumental in the acquisition of hundreds of films, including major theatrical titles and award winning festival films. She has been a featured speaker for Film Independent, Women in Film, the American Pavilion in Cannes and is a voting member of BAFTA.
Dev is Co-Founder and CTO of Cinelytic. Before starting Cinelytic, Dev worked for NASA for 15 years, where he led teams of programmers and rocket scientists developing risk-assessment software for the analysis of next-generation launch vehicles and spacecraft. He also worked on developing risk management policy for the agency. Dev has B.S. and M.S. degrees in Physics from the UW, Seattle.
Tobias is Co-Founder and CEO of Cinelytic. He has a strong background in finance, the entertainment industry and tech ventures. Prior to Cinelytic, Tobias worked for 10 years in finance as an investment banker, and later co-founded & managed a global investment fund in London. In 2013, he founded Arctic Pictures Limited, an international film production company. Tobias holds an MSc in Accounting & Finance from CASS.
Christian is the COO at Cinelytic. Prior to joining Cinelytic, he was a studio executive for 15 years and developed a deep knowledge of traditional studio analysis procedures. His positions included managing the international television business development and distribution for Paramount Pictures, and VP of International Theatrical Distribution at Warner Brothers. A former lawyer, Christian has an MBA from Wharton.
Alec spearheads the sales efforts at RightsTrade, bringing over 10 years of experience in SaaS sales, and GTM strategy development, to early stage companies. Before joining RightsTrade, Alec worked as a sales consultant in various industries, including software, entertainment, and e-commerce. Additionally, he is an independent film producer and has authored a book on sales techniques tailored to independent filmmakers. Alec holds a B.A. in Communication Studies from Loyola Marymount University.
Mirana is the Vice President of Marketing Analytics & Client Development at RightsTrade. Prior to joining RightsTrade, she worked overseas for 10 years, building and leading multicultural marketing and communications teams. She gained experience in the entertainment industry while working at 20th Century Fox. She has B.A. and M.A. degrees from Paris Sorbonne University and an MBA from UCLA Anderson.
Thomas is a Project Manager and Senior Software Engineer. Over his 30 year career, he has developed and managed numerous highly complex computer systems in the banking, telecom, food regulation and consulting sectors. Thomas has a bachelor degree in computer science from Business Academy Aarhus.
Stephen Kassin is Co-Founder and President of FilmTrack , the leading cloud-based, SaaS, IP Management platform for the Media and Entertainment industry. Stephen’s relationships with hundreds of content owners and sales agents across the production and distribution spectrum provide him with in-depth knowledge of international content distribution, licensing and rights management. Exceedingly devoted to customer satisfaction and a key asset in shaping FilmTrack’s identity, value and recognition in the industry, Stephen’s work has been crucial in establishing new paradigms in the IP management and distribution industries.
Jason Kassin is co-Founder and CEO of FilmTrack, the leading cloud-based, SaaS, IP Management platform for the Media and Entertainment industry. FilmTrack, owned by City National Bank, currently enables over 150 clients worldwide to manage, monetize and measure their content and related assets. An industry expert in the development of rights and content management solutions, Jason launched FilmTrack in the 1990s and has been instrumental in establishing FilmTrack as the largest content and right management platform globally. Jason, an accomplished screenwriter, actor and software engineer, navigates seamlessly between the technical and creative worlds from artistic inception through commercial exploitation.
Bill Lischak is a highly experienced film, television and technology executive known for his innovative style building operations, driving growth and creating quality outcomes. Prior to joining RightsTrade, Bill consulted with various emerging media companies operating in the VFX, VR and gaming sectors, recently managing the sale process of a multi-national VFX production house to a UK private equity firm at the request of investment banking firm Houlihan Lokey. Previously Bill served as President and COO at both OddLot Entertainment and First Look Studios/Overseas Filmgroup, where he created strategic joint ventures with Lionsgate, STX and Sierra/Affinity (eOne / Hasbro); structured sophisticated capital transactions with partners including JPMorgan, international film funds and high net worth individuals; executive produced the award-winning films Hell or High Water, Drive and Enders Game; and funded the start-up of FilmTrack, the dominant film and television rights management company now owned by City National Bank. Following his education at NYU’s film and business schools, Lischak began his career as a CPA where he developed a specialization in entertainment clients while earning a Master’s degree in Taxation. Bill currently resides in Los Angeles.
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