Company

RightsTrade is the industry’s leading online marketplace for film, television and digital media distribution rights. By connecting distributors with content owners, our global Market on Demand™ makes it easier, faster and more cost-efficient for buyers and sellers to license content rights. Our unique SaaS platform transforms the licensing process by automating every step from lead to close, and generates incremental sales for content owners.

Studios, content owners, distributors and sales agents already trust RightsTrade to promote, screen and sell 5828 titles to our growing community of 31629 industry executives in over 125 countries.



Leadership Team

Our leadership team has 100+ combined years of experience in the entertainment industry, with a strong focus on developing and implementing commercial and back-end solutions for leading film and television companies. In addition, RightsTrade employs a team of highly qualified IT engineers and developers with decades of experience implementing back-end and front-end solutions for more than 50 leading media and entertainment companies.

Bill Lischak
Chief Executive Officer
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.
Laurie Woodrow
VP, Sales and Client Relations
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 was Executive Vice President of Fierce Entertainment, and President/Owner of Trans-Pacific Media. She has 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 (British Academy of Film and Television Arts).
Joanna Syiek
VP, Marketing and Strategic Partnerships
Joanna Syiek has significant experience developing global growth and marketing strategies for companies with international ambitions and holds an MBA from HEC Paris. She enjoys working at the intersection of entertainment and technology and has a background in digital marketing, strategic planning and new media initiatives, with a focus on VOD platforms. She has previously worked at Disney and the Independent Film and Television Alliance where she was charged with finding growth opportunities for 145 member companies.
Andrew Carroll
Director, Product and Client Services
Andrew Carroll offers an in-depth understanding of the unique challenges faced by today's buyers and sellers as marketplace technology continues to evolve. He shares personal insights and professional expertise in a relaxed and friendly manner and always ensures client satisfaction is the highest priority. Andrew has worked in international film distribution for over eight years, supporting and developing relationships with hundreds of international companies, with a specialization in the development of client relationships in Europe, Middle East and Asia.
Jason Kassin
Board Member
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.
Stephen Kassin
Board Member
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.


Partners

We are proud to work with industry leading solutions to ensure the highest quality experience for our community of vetted industry professionals.

Over 150 leading media and entertainment clients trust FilmTrack to manage their content rights and metadata. RightsTrade has integrated with FilmTrack’s cloud-based platform, allowing their clients to automatically migrate and sync all of their metadata and rights availabilities to the RightsTrade marketplace.

Amazon Web Services is Amazon’s premier suite of global storage, analytics, application, and deployment services that enables RightsTrade to optimize secure streaming, reduce transfer time and scale applications. Amazon S3 is also compliant with the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) set of best practices for securely storing, processing, and delivering protected media and content.

RightsTrade is an official Industry Partner of EIDR, an association to provide universal identifiers for film and television assets across the entertainment supply chain. With membership from major studios, distribution service providers, digital and physical distributors and retailers including NBCUniversal, Time Warner, Disney, Sony, Paramount, Microsoft, Netflix, Rovi, Comcast, Verizon, Technicolor, Deluxe, RightsTrade has integrated EIDR into its marketplace platform, and fully supports the establishment of this universal industry standard for title management and rights licensing.

RightsTrade integrated Blue Jeans by Verizon's video conferencing capabilities into the platform's core offering, giving users further flexibility and powerful video technology to present market lineups, explore content, and connect and negotiate deals virtually. As a trusted, enterprise-grade video conferencing platform, BlueJeans’ technology enables the RightsTrade community to simply and securely connect and share high-quality video content directly in video conferences. These features, alongside BlueJeans’ built-in Dolby Voice® capability for clear audio and RightsTrade’s “My Meetings” hub, allows film and TV sellers to provide content walk-throughs and share video assets directly, all within one integrated solution that provides a high level of quality and convenience.

 

RightsTrade is also a trusted partner of FILMART & NATPE, and Official Sponsors of AFM.

     

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