Pranay K Verma

CHAIRPERSON

Pranay K Verma has a background in entertainment finance, feature development, and strategic planning.

Mr Verma was Senior Vice President of Finance for Jaffe/Braunstein Entertainment, majority owned by ITV (UK) as the studio’s US scripted division, where he started and implemented the company’s finance and accounting departments from the ground up, integrating it into the publicly traded majority owner. The company has produced numerous films for the networks and cable. Films during his tenure such as The Memory Keeper’s Daughter starring Dermot Mulroney, Gretchen Mol, and Emily Watson was nominated for an Emmy for Best Picture and broke a thirteen years record to become Lifetime’s highest rated movie, and An Accidental Friendship (Hallmark) saw an Emmy nomination for Chandra Wilson.

Mr Verma was Producing Partner and ran the studio level film financing and production company Catch 23 Entertainment. He was instrumental in the exit strategy of the company as it retired from the industry. He was concurrently Vice President of Finance. The company also had a talent management division, an urban division, and a London office (Catch 23 (UK)) with a deal with ICM London. The company’s films include One Hour Photo starring Robin Williams, becoming one of the top three grossing films for the studio at the time (Fox Searchlight); Edge of Darkness starring Mel Gibson and directed by Martin Campbell (Warner Bros.); Suzanne’s Diary for Nicholas, a TV adaptation of the James Patterson novel starring Christina Applegate (Fox & CBS); Suburban Girl, an adaptation of two short stories from Melissa Bank’s bestselling novel The Girls’ Guide to Hunting and Fishing starring Alec Baldwin and Sarah Michelle Gellar in partnership with Gigi Pritzker’s Odd Lot Entertainment; King’s Ransom starring Malcolm King and Jay Mohr (New Line Cinema). The management division’s clients included Academy Award winner Renee Zellweger, subsequent Academy Award winner Brie Larson, and Academy Award winner director Steven Soderbergh.

Mr Verma has also consulted in the entertainment industry. He has an MBA in Finance/Entrepreneurial Finance from the George L Argyros School of Business and Economics at Chapman University in Orange County, California, an MFA in Film & Television Producing from Dodge College of Film and Media Arts at Chapman University in Orange County, California, and a B.A. in Business Administration (Finance) with a double minor in Economics and Theater and was in the honors program. He did his graduate internship at Davis Entertainment (20th Century Fox) and his undergraduate internship through a program in affiliation with the Small Business Administration.

Mike Doban

WORLDWIDE DISTRIBUTION AND MARKETING

Mike Doban was Head of United Artists national film department, responsible for coordinating content programming for the United States and negotiating financial terms with studios and independent distributors from 1988 to 1990. 

Mr Doban became Head of the international film department for United Artists in 1990, tasked with acquiring, marketing, and distributing regional movies for each market. These markets included Mexico, South America, Asia, and Europe. He began his illustrious tenure with United Artists Theaters in 1982 as a domestic film programmer. 

Mr Doban established Arcangelo Entertainment in 1996, a private company specializing in independent film marketing and distribution. Clients included: Televisa (Mexico), Roskinoprokat (Russia), Geneon (Japan), and various U.S. independent producers. 

Mr Doban co-founded Freestyle Releasing in 2004 and was CEO for three years. He specialized in marketing and distribution of films in the U.S. for various companies including: Vivendi Entertainment, Yari Film Group, After Dark Films, Odd Lot, and Videocine. 

Mr Doban has worked as a consultant since 2007 to international and domestic producers, production companies and sales agents, specializing in marketing and distribution in all markets.  He has broad experience in marketing and distributing movies in domestic and international markets, and has excellent personal and business relationships with the highest level executives at all national and regional levels.

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Herb Linsey

LINE PRODUCER

Herb Linsey has a track record working on forty independent films in his vast career as a producer, line producer, production manager, and director. He specializes in production from prep to delivery.

Mr Linsey has taught film courses at UCLA Extension and Columbia College. He has an MFA in film from NYU Tisch School of the Arts – Institute of Film and Television.

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