Marc Karzen /// CEO /// Social Strategist
Marc Karzen has been a market innovator, from the digital production transformation in the 90’s, to the dotcom web video explosion, and now the social entertainment revolution in television, film and streaming.
Karzen has worked on award winning network marketing campaigns for ABC, CBS, FOX, Paramount Domestic, Columbia TV, Warner TV, Disney Channel, UPN, Studios USA, Spike, AMC, Vh1, HBO, MTV, Animal Planet, AMC and for many production companies.
Karzen’s work in production began at NBC on LATE NIGHT WITH DAVID LETTERMAN where he shot the award winning iconic bumpers for 10 years plus work on SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE for 12 seasons. He’s also worked on shows for FOX, CBS, E!, Columbia TV, Tribune, The CW, truTV, Telepictures, FOX Sports and FX. Theatrical campaigns include work for Paramount, Columbia, Buena Vista, Warner Bros. and multiple creative trailer shops.
Running RelishMIX, Karzen has delivered social marketing strategies for Universal Pictures, Disney, Sony, Warner Bros. Theatrical, Fox Searchlight, Fox Broadcasting, Warner Music Group, CBS, Riot Games, YouTube New Year’s Event, CMT, BAFTA, Animal Planet, MSNBC, The CW, SpikeTV, Vh1, OWN and Discovery Channel. Karzen also hand-built intranet clip approval systems for several of his network produced TV shows.
Karzen started and ran cutting-edge digital-tech companies including Q Studios (Digital Live Action), Karzen Communications (Motion Graphics), UFO Interactive, The Hatchery (Digital Previz for Commercials), Thunder Music (with Art Wright) and Saddletude (online network for Equestrian Sports, funded by Ash Capital).
Karzen’s work has been nominated for an Emmy, contributed to 12 Emmy Awards, 31 Emmy nominations and contributed to 3 Oscar nominated pictures. Also, recognized by the Broadcast Designers Association, Cannes Lions Advertising Festival, Chicago Film Festival, Art Directors Club of NY, Telly Awards, NY International Film & Television, Promax, more.
Lynn Gutstadt /// Analyst/Strategist
Lynn is a media research executive with 20+ years’ experience turning multi-platform media data into insights that guide audience and revenue growth. She has expertise in a wide range of syndicated metrics, from Nielsen TV and online measures to return path data, multi-source fusion, and data from Facebook and Twitter.
Lynn’s client history includes The Outdoor Channel, cutting edge research vendor PhiPower Communications, Vice President of Research at the cable network Ovation, and served in principal research roles at CNN Networks, PRN, TechTV, CBS Interactive, and Facebook. She has also been an advisor to numerous non-profit organizations, including NetRoots Nation, and the Population Media Center.
Marc Gordonson /// New Business
Gordonson is an expert in the digital marketing, culling experience from both agency and vendor side, including maximizing effectiveness of social media, rich media strategies including technical capabilities and creative development, formulating marketing initiatives that directly and effectively achieve client goals. Previous clients include: Ford, GM, Lexus, Hyundai, Honda, 20th Century Fox, Disney, Lionsgate, Sony, Paramount, WB, NBCUniversal, ABC, ESPN, CBS, Scotts, Sears/Kmart, Nestle, Scotts, Virgin Atlantic and Delta.
Suzanne Rainey /// Business Development
Suzanne is a global media executive focused on content and distribution strategy with extensive experience on both sides of the negotiating table. Suzanne gained her expertise in licensing, sales, marketing, distribution, finance and business affairs at NBC, MGM, Polygram and Universal. Suzanne works with distribution companies, technology companies and content owners sharing the latest information, resources, deals and processes to optimize digital content distribution across all platforms.
Here are a few of the companies from around the globe that Suzanne has worked with: OWNZONES, 24i, Media Audits International, Entertainment Industries Council, Sprint (now Entriq), Monaco Telecom, Cable & Wireless subsidiary Bulldog (U.K.), PlusTV (Finland), Arkwest, KoolConnect, beeTV, BeBanjo, Irdeto and Ascent Media. Suzanne holds an MBA from the University of Southern California and a B.S. from Brigham Young University.
Ovid Santoro /// CFO
Santoro was a Venture Partner in the Life Sciences team at TVM Capital GmbH, worked with Deutsche Bank, most recently as an Advisor to the bank’s ‘Alternative Capital’ group and as a Consultant to the ‘Corporate Investments’ division.
Ovid was the Founder, Managing Director, and Global Head of venture capital at Deutsche Bank AG as well as the Deputy Chairman of Deutsche Bank AG’s private equity commitment committee. He was also responsible for the bank’s global ‘Private Equity Capital Markets’ business, which raised capital for private companies and private equity funds at that time.
Previously, Santoro held similar positions at Credit Suisse First Boston, Lehman Brothers, and Drexel Burnham. Prior to joining Deutsche Bank AG and strategic consultant to various technology companies. Santoro has served on the Boards of several companies (both public and private), and is currently the Chairman of SurfCast, Inc. and a Director at Xingtone Inc.
Bill Sarine /// Special Ops
Sarine was Head of Production and Business Operations for Walt Disney Short Films that he helped launch. During his fifteen-year tenure at Disney, Bill also served as Sr. Manager, Production Services for Walt Disney Pictures and Television. In that role, he was responsible for managing physical film and television production at the Studio, as well as managing the back-lot production departments. He has worked on films such as National Treasure, Pearl Harbor, Bringing Down The House, and the Pirates of The Caribbean franchise.
His TV experience includes shows like My Wife and Kids, 8 Simple Rules, Threat Matrix, Felicity, Desperate Housewives and Alias. He’s won 5 Webby awards and is an active member of the Producers Guild and the Television Academy of Arts and Sciences. Bill began his work at Disney on business strategy development and change management as part of another division that he launched for the Global Operations and Technology Department.
John has launched multiple companies and products, including securing two Fortune 50 contracts for a startup within the first year of operation; Enabling Bigstep.com to sign 50+ co-branded partnerships including AOL Time Warner, Compaq, NBCi, and Office Depo; Redesigning GeoCities, the 4th largest site on the Internet, increased ad inventory by more than 10,000 times, and enabled a purchase by Yahoo! for $3.57 billion in stock. John’s clients have included Samsung, NTT, Hilton, GeoCities, Bigstep.com, Mota Motors, MindMixer, and HotWired/Wired Digital.
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