STEVE SAHLEIN - FOUNDER & CEO
Steve is a former Walt Disney executive with 25+ years of major media experience. He has produced, executive produced, or been senior corporate management on more than 50 films, television programs, and media projects. He has many key, senior level relationships with top tier media companies, agencies and studios.
He is also a principal of Primary Entertainment LLC., through which he advises clients in key areas of media financing including film and television production, distribution, post production, music supervision, acquisitions and sponsorships.
Steve now splits his time between his homes in both Hollywood, CA. and Oxford, MS. with his wife Emeline, and two children, Rachel (20), and Erik (17).
JUSTIN CALVILLO - FOUNDER & CFO
Justin brings over 15 years experience as senior executive, and management and sales consultant across entertainment, media, technology, and financial services.
For the last ten years he has helped clients both large and small create double digit growth by implementing high performance programs for business strategy alignment and development, leadership and organizational development, capital raising, business development execution, and technology automation. Previously, he was the Head of Corporate Operations & Development for Inspired Corporation, which distributed wellness and youth media products to retailers such as Costco, Target, and Best-Buy, and Wal-Mart. Justin served as a Head of Business Development at Mainspring, which provided digital strategies to global corporations such as AT&T, IBM, NewsCorp, Reuters, Sony, and Time Warner. Prior to Mainspring, Justin was Founder and CEO of UniverseONE, which created premium online music and sports fan clubs. Before UnivereseONE, Justin began his career working for Mushroom Records/Frontier Touring producing and promoting live global music tours and online services for artists such as Crowded House, Garbage, KISS, Midnight Oil, No Doubt, REM, and Sting.
AMILE WILSON - PRODUCER
Amile has has worked on stage and on screen as an actor, dancer, director and producer on projects including international dance tours including the critically acclaimed Kinetic Dance Theatre. Feature Film credits include THE DYNAMITER, CHOICE DENIED, and most recently EDEN released in Fall of 2015. His experience managing the day-to-day operations of complex and difficult projects as well as creative problem solving from production overseas has earned him a reputation for producing high quality products while remaining under budget.
MARK ANDREWS - PRODUCER
Mark was Born in Brighton, England, and became interested in the film industry in the early 90’s where he was was involved in the making of a number of award winning short films. This interest turned into a labour of love with cinema and from 1994 through 2004, Mark co-wrote, financed and produced several films including The end of the line in 1994, Mainline Run starring Hugo Speer (The Full Monty) in 1995, Distant Shadow in 1998, Redemption Road in 2001 and In 2003/4 he was a production executive on films such as Wake of Death, Modigliani, School for Seduction, Out of Season, Battle of the Brave etc. Mark’s films have been featured at festivals and film markets around the world from Cannes to Toronto, Venice, Berlin, Cherbourg and Rio de Janeiro, in prominent Film magazines such as ‘Total Film’ (UK) and featured on numerous television shows such as Film Four, The Sundance Channel, Associated Press Television Network (APTN) and Films & Sterren (AKA Films and Stars).
After a successful tenure producing his first few films Mark Co-founded Studio Finance, a UK Film tax Company, which utilized the UK Government’s Section 48 Tax breaks for film production and later went on to consult for financing group, UK Film Services (UKFS) who were responsible for more than $300 million of tax shelter film financing for the UK film industry in 2003/4. Mark moved to Los Angeles in 2004 and since then has consulted on numerous film and television projects through his consulting company ‘Movieheaven Consulting’, was Head of Entertainment for Exemplar Capital an East Coast Investment Bank and Law Firm and has formed various film financing vehicles including the Official Selection Film Fund, which is currently raising capital.
NOLAN DEAN - DIRECTOR & PRODUCER
Nolan is a born and bred Texas filmmaker, currently living abroad in Arkansas. He brings ten years of experience writing, directing and producing narrative and documentary films.
After studying screenwriting and directing actors at the University of Texas, Nolan turned toward the human rights documentary sector to start his career. His first feature film, Malatya, was a guerilla documentary that sold over 12,000 DVDs and aired on cable networks on 5 continents, despite its shoestring budget. He followed Malatya with a host of short documentaries, promotional videos and media projects for non-profit organizations, helping raise over $2,000,000 for charities in Texas and Arkansas.
With 100 projects under his belt, Nolan turned his attention back to the cinema, and produced a short screwball romantic comedy called Last Shot Love, which received rave reviews from audiences, critics and producers across the entertainment industry. Due to the audience's demand for more, Nolan adapted Last Shot Love into a feature script which has been described by one sales agent as "the best script in the romantic comedy genre currently on the market."
"In ten years of working as a writer, director and producer, I have learned that I can make audiences cry and I can make audiences laugh - but I prefer to make them laugh."
FRANK MERLE - WRITER & DIRECTOR
Frank Merle is an award-winning filmmaker and screenwriter who served as Artistic Director of Chicago's critically-acclaimed Keyhole Theatre Company and directed over 30 professional stage productions before turning his attention to film. Since then, he has written five feature-length screenplays and has written and directed several award-winning films, including the critically-acclaimed feature thriller The Employer, starring Malcolm McDowell, and the found-footage horror film From Jennifer. His work has won awards at numerous international film festivals. He is currently living in Los Angeles and has several film projects in development.
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