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This list showcases the top United States based CFO’ operating in the Film space. If you think a CFO’ is missing from this list, feel free to contact our editor on [email protected].
The individuals on this list have been included because of exceptional performance in one of the following categories:
- Innovation – Operating as a key part in an extremely innovative business or startup.
- Growth – Operating as a key figure in the growth and upscale of a market leading business or startup.
- Management – Showing exceptional management skills.
- Societal impact – Putting their business on the map for their positive societal or environmental impact.
Our Data – We source our data from OSINT (open source intelligence) and public directories such as Crunchbase, SemRush and many more. The data from these sources should be treated with a degree of caution and verified yourself.
Exec Director – Head of Agile Center of Excellence, CFO Corporate Functions of Sony Pictures Entertainment
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About Sony Pictures Entertainment: Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) is a subsidiary of Sony Entertainment Inc., a subsidiary of Tokyo-based Sony Corporation.
Co-Founder & Chief Financial Officer of Millennium Entertainment
Co-founder and CFO Trevor Short oversees legal, finance and administrative operations for Nu Image, Inc., Millennium Films and all related companies. Born in Harare, Zimbabwe, Short obtained a Bachelor of Law from the University of Rhodesia and an MBA at the University of Cape Town where he was awarded the Gold Medal. In 1980 Short entered the world of banking and commerce, joining Standard Chartered Merchant Bank in Harare as head of Corporate Finance, responsible for takeovers, mergers and IPO’s. He then moved to Hill Samuel Merchant Bank in Johannesburg in 1984 as head of its Corporate Finance Division and subsequently to Investec Bank where he was responsible for eight IPOs on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange, as well as numerous mergers and acquisitions Short’s finance background led him to develop a tax based financing formula to produce motion pictures in South Africa. He succeeded in procuring over $200 million from private investors to fund the production of international films made in South Africa. Much of the financing he secured was for films produced by Avi Lerner’s Nu Metro group for international film companies. He also became a consultant to the Government of South Africa regarding film incentive legislation.
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About Millennium Entertainment: Millennium Entertainment – Theatrical Film/Movie Distribution Company based in Los Angeles, CA
Chief Financial Officer of Skydance Media
As Chief Financial Officer of Skydance, Larry Wasserman is responsible for all of the company’s finance, accounting and administrative operations, and also supports the analysis and execution of new initiatives across the organization. Prior to Skydance, Larry was the Chief Financial Officer at DreamWorks Studios, where he oversaw all financial activities and several divisions of the independent film studio and played a key role in re-launching the company in 2008. Prior to DreamWorks, Larry held management positions in the Business Development and Strategic Planning groups at Universal Pictures. He began his career at Greenwich Associates. Larry holds a B.A. degree from Harvard College and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
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About Skydance Media: Skydance Media create elevated, event-level entertainment for global audiences.
CFO – Part Time of MouseTrap Films
Paul Oberman has more than 40 years of experience as a C-level executive, financial consultant and Big Four CPA firm auditor, and is currently a partner at C Squared Solutions, LLC, a consulting firm that provides CFO and COO strategic, operational and financial services to companies. Paul possesses functional expertise in executive leadership and management; business and financial planning; public, private and bank financing; operational and financial management; operational and financial information systems; and SEC reporting. Paul’s industry experience is in multiple industries and includes private and public, domestic and international companies, which range from start-ups to billion dollar corporations. His experience includes entertainment; distribution; retail and wholesale; commercial real estate, construction and home building; oil and gas; mining; manufacturing; and engineering and professional services. As CFO for Great American, LLC, he grew revenues from $4 million to over $30 million, and participated in a $30 million private placement offering. At MDC Holdings, Inc., Paul grew revenues from $250 million to $840 million, and total assets from $430 million to $2 billion, including the completion of $11 million of public equity financing, $691 million of public debt financing, $75 million of acquisitions, and a $38 million divestiture. Paul is an alumnus of Deloitte & Touche and KPMG, and has a MBA and BBA from the University of Michigan
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About C Squared Solutions, MouseTrap Films: MouseTrap Films is a Los Angeles-based media and entertainment company.
Chief Financial Officer of RealD
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About RealD: RealD develops the RealD Cinema technology for projecting films in stereoscopic 3D, using circularly polarized light.
Chief Financial Officer of CBS Films
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About CBS Films: CBS Films is an American film production and distribution company.
CFO of Athlettes Productions
Al Freeman has over 20 years of Banking, investment and real estate experience in all facets of finance from start up to strategic alliances and insurance bonding. His vast network of creative financing and debt/equity experiences brings a fresh perspective to our portfolio of projects making it a profitable investment for the investor and the company equally. HIs ability to structure a winning deal for Wall Street as well as main street make his services sought after by many top companies from all over the world.
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About Athlettes Productions: Athlettes Productions/Media LLC (Athlettes Media) is a Scottsdale, Arizona based Entertainment/Game and Multimedia Company seeking.
Chief Financial Officer of Scarecrow Visual Effects
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About Scarecrow Visual Effects: Visual effects company built to support independent filmmakers
Perry J. Schiller
CFO of Spinnaker Coating
Perry J. Schiller, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, joined Spinnaker Coating in April 2000. Mr. Schiller is responsible for the financial affairs of the Company, including accounting, taxes, financial reporting, financial analysis, and cash management. Prior to joining Spinnaker, Mr. Schiller spent 13 years with Deloitte & Touche, and subsequently was a senior financial executive with a retailing company and a leasing company.
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About Spinnaker Coating: Spinnaker Coating is a manufacturer of pressure-sensitive paper and film produts for the roll and sheet market.
CFO of Electric Entertainment
Mr. Gonzalez has had a 20-year career in the motion picture and entertainment industry as a Chief Financial and Operating Officer of several companies including three which were publicly traded. He values integrity and knows that success, in any industry, is built on the establishment of strong business relationships. He has a proven track record of successful start ups, turnarounds and specializes in managing complex financing arrangements. Mr. Gonzalez was one of four founding partners of Maya Entertainment. Maya is a premier motion picture and distribution company concentrating on English-Latino themed product to meet the needs of a growing Hispanic market segment. While there he oversaw the establishment and daily operations of the home entertainment, domestic television and international licensing divisions. Anticipating the shift in consumer consumption of product, Mr. Gonzalez was instrumental in establishing and expanding Maya’s presence in the digital market (i.e. VOD, SVOD and IVOD). While at Trimark Pictures, he was part of the executive team that managed a turnaround to increase market cap by 500% within a two year window. Utilizing a new economic model, Trimark was able to reverse five years of net losses and recognize a 211% increase in net earnings. This culminated in the $75 million sale of Trimark to Lion’s Gate Entertainment. At Interplay Entertainment, Mr. Gonzalez oversaw an earnings increase of $35 million in just one year. The turnaround team at Interplay orchestrated a $50 million sale of underperforming assets, which was more than double the market capitalization of the company at the time. He served as Controller for Morgan Creek Productions where he helped oversee the financing and accounting of blockbuster films such as Robin Hood, Prince of Thieves, Ace Ventura, and Major League. Mr. Gonzalez started his career at Price Waterhouse in the entertainment special practice unit servicing numerous motion picture clients including Universal, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Morgan Creek Productions, and Carsey-Werner Productions. Throughout his career, Mr. Gonzalez has managed debt facilities ranging from $75 million to $150 million to fund film productions. He oversaw the financing of up to fifty productions and acquisitions of motion pictures per year with budgets ranging from $250,000 to over $15 million. Mr. Gonzalez graduated from UCLA with a BA in Economics and is a Certified Public Accountant. He serves on the Board of Trustees of Westside Neighborhood School as part of his commitment to the enrichment and education of children from diverse socio-economic backgrounds.
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About Electric Entertainment: Electric Entertainment is a full service film, television, and new media production company and studio.
CFO of Cinedigm
John Canning is the CFO at Cinedigm.
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About Cinedigm: Cinedigm is an internet company that provides custom content solutions to the retail, media and technology companies.
Advising CFO of Audience Awards of AudPop
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About AudPop: AudPop is a video marketplace connecting creators to businesses