Don Sikorski – Founder & CEO
Don Sikorski broke onto the scene with his feature-length documentary RAP SHEET: Hip-Hop and the Cops. The film was bought by Universal/Screen Media Ventures and was released on July 31, 2007. Sikorski spent three years writing, directing, and producing the project that traces the story of a NYPD-FBI intelligence unit that had the Hip-Hop industry under surveillance.
Upon completion of RAP SHEET, Sikorski Directed his next film ARTICLE 32. The documentary tells the true-life tale of seven Marines and one Navy Corpsman that were charged with murder in Iraq. The group was coined the Pendleton 8.
In the summer of 2008, Sony Music contracted Sikorski to direct a documentary on pop sensation, Sean Kingston. Sony released the film, SEAN KINGSTON: KINGSTON’S ROAD in 2009.
In 2011, Sikorski was named Director of Development at Big Fish Entertainment, which is based in Washington, D.C. and New York. Big Fish Entertainment’s DC Cupcakes on TLC was a hit for many years. In the summer of 2011, a groundbreaking, new series Bomb Patrol: Afghanistan aired with great reviews. The cameras followed an explosive Ordnance Disposal Combat Platoon’s training in San Diego, and actual missions in Afghanistan via an exclusive United States Navy Access Agreement.
In 2013, Sikorski was the Executive Producer of Black Ink Crew, a 13-episode, docu-series on VH1. The show is currently in production on Season Three with a Season Four order. Additionally, a spinoff Black Ink Crew Chicago is in the making.
In 2014, CNBC commissioned a series titled AMERICAN VICE, which chronicles underground gambling in New York City and other illegal economies across major cities within the United States.
In 2015, Sikorski produced his first, feature film titled: The Infiltrator, starring Bryan Cranston, Diane Kruger, Benjamin Bratt, and John Leguziamo. Based on the book with the same title, the true story follows a customs agent, who goes undercover into the inner workings of a corrupt bank and the Medellin drug cartel led by Pablo Escobar. The film will be distributed in 2016.
On the television side, Sikorski was named Vice President of Development at Alkemy-X, a media company based in Philadelphia and New York City that focuses on branded content, advertis-ing, VFX, integrated media, and original content.
Scott LaStaiti – Founder & President
Scott LaStaiti has eighteen years of experience in both network television and feature film. As a producer and an executive he has worked on more than 20 feature films, and 166 hours of network television, and is well-versed in all facets of development, production, and finance.
He recently produced the feature film JANE GOT A GUN, directed by Gavin O’Conner (WARRIOR, MIRACLE, PRIDE AND GLORY), and starring Natalie Portman, Ewan McGregor and Joel Edgerton, which was released by The Weinstein Company. LaStaiti served as an Executive Producer on; THE INFILTRATOR, directed by Brad Furman (THE LINCOLN LAWYER), and starring Brian Cranston and Diane Kruger, which is scheduled for an July 15, 2016 release. He is currently in post-production on CRUISE, written and directed by Rob Siegel (THE WRESTLER, BIG FAN). LaStaiti will soon produce a series of NY Times best-selling John Flanagan novels that he has acquired, RANGER’S APPRENTICE, adapted for the screen by two-time Academy Award winner Paul Haggis (CRASH, MILLION DOLLAR BABY), which Haggis is also directing; as well as the television series SCORE, which will star Don Johnson (MIAMI VICE, NASH BRIDGES), and will be directed by David Gordon Green (PINEAPPLE EXPRESS, EASTBOUND & DOWN). He is currently in pre-production on UNTOGETHER, written by NY Times Best-selling novelist Emma Forrest, who will also direct. Jamie Dornan (“FIFTY SHADES OF GREY”), Ben Mendelsohn (“BLOODLINE”, “THE DARK KNIGHT RISES”, “ROGUE ONE: STAR WARS”), Jemima Kirke (“GIRLS”), and Lola Kirke (“MISTRESS AMERICA”, “GONE GIRL”) will star.
His network television roots come from his six years of experience at The Don Johnson Company where he held the position of Executive in Charge of Production, working on such shows as CBS’s “Nash Bridges.” He subsequently served as Co-President/Head of Production at Stone Village Pictures. During his tenure, Stone Village Pictures became one of the top contenders in acquiring the motion picture rights to many best-selling novels and literary properties. Their releases include the feature film THE HUMAN STAIN, starring Nicole Kidman and Anthony Hopkins; the Golden Globe-winning miniseries EMPIRE FALLS, starring Paul Newman, Joanne Woodward, Helen Hunt, and Robin Wright Penn; feature film TURISTAS, starring Josh Duhamel, Melissa George, and Olivia Wilde; feature film PENELOPE, starring Reese Witherspoon, James McAvoy, and Christina Ricci; feature film LOVE IN THE TIME OF CHOLERA, directed by Mike Newell and starring Javier Bardem, Giovanna Mezzogiomo, Catalina Sandino Moreno, and Benjamin Bratt; and feature film THE LINCOLN LAWYER, starring Matthew McConaughey. Stone Village Pictures was also the executive producer of NBC’s hit television series LAS VEGAS.
During LaStaiti’s administration, Stone Village Pictures, with Las Vegas investor Glenn Schaeffer, formed Stone Village Intellectual Property Group (SVIPG), a literary management company, with book veteran Joel Gotler. SVIPG was the exclusive representation for James Lee Burke, Harlan Coben, Michael Connelly, Andre Dubus III, James Ellroy, Robert Jordan, Alice McDermott, Richard Russo, and Joseph Wambaugh. SVIPG was responsible for the underlying rights to such films as BEETLEJUICE, THE UNTOUCHABLES, ANGELA’S ASHES, CHOCOLAT, IN THE BEDROOM, DANGEROUS MINDS, STARSHIP TROOPERS, INDECENT PROPOSAL, MASTER AND COMMANDER: THE FAR SIDE OF THE WORLD, THE GAME OF THEIR LIVES, and THE HOUSE OF SAND AND FOG.
Gregory Bailey – Founder & COO
Greg is a serial entrepreneur having founded a variety of business in media, technology and biotech. He and his partner Scott LaStaiti recently founded Palantir Group, Inc a production company to acquire entertainment intellectual properties.
Greg financed theatrical presentations of Ain’t Misbehavin, Little Shop of Horrors and CATS in Canada.
In 2000 Greg was hired as CEO of Playlink Inc an online game company which he sold and then bought back through a company he co-founded called Next Game Inc. Next Game then bought iWin Inc and changed its name to iWin. Greg remains on the board of directors.
Greg practiced emergency medicine for 10 years before entering finance. He received his medical degree from the University of Western Ontario.
Ken Zimmerman – CTO
Ken Zimmerman has accumulated over 30 years of experience in the areas of project management, systems analysis and design, application development, implementation, testing, deployment, and end-user training. His expertise is especially attuned to the design of enterprise solutions focusing on Business Intelligence strategy and process improvement, business requirements specification, technical requirements specification and BI systems architecture. His broad industry experience has included large-scale projects for major financial, manufacturing, pharmaceutical and telecommunications companies, and has been utilized in the logistics of various other B2B niches. Mr. Zimmerman is a customer-focused technologist with a solution and result-oriented approach.
Russell Madris, CEO of PC Connection/MoreDirect, a billion-dollar organization, recently wrote to a colleague that, “in my 22 years in business, Ken is the most knowledgeable, forward-thinking IT expert I have ever worked with, period.”
Adam Liebner – Television & News Advisor
Currently a partner at UTA (United Talent Agency) Liebner represents on-air talent and producers in network and local news, syndication, and cable. In addition to representing talent, Lieber focuses on the development and packaging of reality programming.
Liebner’s expertise in contracts and negotiation stems from his experience as a corporate attorney at the top-20 law firm Kaye, Scholer, Fierman, Hays, and Handler in New York City.
He graduated magna cum laude from Tufts University and earned his law degree, with honors, from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in 1992 as a member of the law review.
A big music fan, Liebner has been singing and playing the drums in rock bands since he was 16.
Richard Phillips – Lifestyle & Business Development
Phillips, a born-and-bread New Yorker, and serial entrepreneur, started out his career at the apex of NY Nightlife, creating a promotion and lifestyle-based business. During this time, he worked with some of the most influential people in the arts, fashion, food and nightlife and calls many of them friends today.
In 1990, Phillips moved to LA and began working in Hollywood as writer for Warner Bros. as well as a variety of other entertainment related projects. During that time Phillips founded “Black to the Future” an urban charity-based music project involving the urban music community. Artists such as KRS-One, De La Soul, Tribe Called Quest and Ice-T were all part of the movement. Phillips also produced the Black to the Future documentary as well the portion of the ABC Earth Day special dedicated to the urban areas. Returning to New York in 1993, Phillips conceived, and financed through venture capital the launch of CITY Magazine. Phillips was the founder, Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of CITY. CITY’s advertising sales grew to over $90,000 per issue in it’s first year.
In 1997, Phillips ventured out to Arizona, in order to launch CITY AZ Magazine. An Arizona shelter magazine which he sold. Immediately following that, Phillips launched his second Arizona title —ITEM—a lifestyle and entertainment
glossy. ITEM focused on what Phillips coined the “Sun.Sea.Strip”, Phoenix, LA, and LV. ITEM was sold to Media That Deelivers, the publishers of Arizona Foothills.
In 2007 Phillips launched EATERAZ.COM, a local food industry website that focuses on all things drinking and dining in Phoenix/Scottsdale and is celebrating its 8th year in business. Phillips also owns and operates Affordable Food Festivals, the producers of the Arizona Taco Festival, as well as several other large-scale food festivals about town. AFF is currently doing a national rollout of the Taco Festival as well as creating the National Taco Association, a digital product dedicated to “all
things taco lifestyle.”
Phillips also owns several restaurants and has a full time job trying to keep up with his four year old daughter.
Andy Hill – Correspondent
Manager of P.I.O. Productions, Andy Hill has been involved with the media most of his life. He has appeared on most major network news programs and is currently a consultant on numerous documentary and theatrical films, unscripted and scripted television series, and national network and local television news media.
He is a crisis management and media/information management consultant for corporations, charitable organizations and law enforcement agencies. Hill has been a network news correspondent on Fox Network’s “Geraldo At Large” Show, on scene in Tucson, Arizona when numerous people were shot, including U.S. Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords.
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