From 1983-1995, Skouras was founder and president of Skouras Pictures, Inc., an independent film distribution company responsible for releasing over 200 independent films in the United States and international markets. During this period Skouras Pictures garnered many awards and prizes; these include Academy Award® nominations, Golden Globe awards, Sundance awards, New York Film Critics awards, Los Angeles Film Critics awards, and numerous mentions on annual top 10 film lists.
From 1981 to 1983, Mr. Skouras served as the president of Wescom Productions, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Chronicle Publishing Company (San Francisco Chronicle). From 1972 to 1994, he served as a member of the Board of Directors of De Anza Land Co., a Skouras family owned chain of drive-in theatres in California, Arizona, Utah and Nevada. From 1985 to 1992, he also served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Bank of San Francisco.
He is currently a voting member of the Executive Branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Skouras is the third generation of his family to be involved in the motion picture business; at various times members of his family have owned or controlled United Artists Theater Circuit, Skouras Theaters, Fox Westcoast Theaters, and Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation.
CEO & Founder
Eric Doctorow brings to Random Media over 30 years experience managing worldwide home entertainment organizations for major studios and independent companies. Most recently Mr. Doctorow led Miramax’s worldwide home entertainment business when the company was re-launched as an independent company in 2011.
Prior to that Mr. Doctorow was General Manager, MGM Worldwide, managing the MGM home entertainment business through 20th Century Fox for five years.
Previously Mr. Doctorow spent twenty years with Paramount Home Entertainment, rising to President, Worldwide Home Entertainment, a position he held for ten years.
Mr. Doctorow is a founding member of DEG, a past board member of NARM, and a previous inductee into the Video Industry Hall of Fame.
Don Rosenberg has been an entertainment executive for over 35 years. Don founded SBI Video, one of the first video distributors in 1980. He also held executive positions with HBO Video, CBS/Fox Video and Epic Productions.
In 1991 he became the Executive Vice President of the VSDA, the industry trade association. In 1994 he became the publisher of Home Media Magazine at Advanstar Communications and then became the vice president of the entertainment group managing numerous magazines and trade shows.
In 2008 Rosenberg founded The Westlake Consulting Group, instrumental in transitioning Miramax from the Walt Disney Company.
Jessica Goldman has spent the past 10 years creating online news content, most recently for CBSNews.com.
While at CBS she created, coordinated and maintained the site’s web-exclusive content, including daily video segments for former CBS Evening News anchor Katie Couric. She also developed and produced a Webby-nominated weekly medical show, CBSDoc.com.
Head of Acquisitions
Over the course of the last 38 years, Kenn has served in various senior administrative capacities within Student Affairs at UCLA. As the Associate Director of Student Activities, Kenn was the advisor and supervisor for the student organizations responsible for Concerts, Films, and Speakers at UCLA. In his role as Assistant Dean of Students, he served as the administrative policy advisor related to the appropriate use of digital content and the University’s policies regarding the Digital Millennium Act (DMCA). In his capacity as Chief Innovation Officer for the Division of Campus Life, he served to identify and implement creative uses of technology to further the mission of Student Affairs and the University as a whole. In addition to his work at UCLA, Kenn was a partner in an Arts and Events management firm, Kramer, Heller, and King, that specialized in producing large scale events for municipalities within Southern California, including a series on the Santa Monica Pier for audiences in excess of 10,000.
Rick Rhoades is a veteran of Walt Disney Pictures and Twentieth Century Fox. Rick’s 20+ year studio PR career includes supervision of publicity and promotions campaigns for many of the top title and franchises of all time. This experience includes working on a broad slate of live-action and animated studio films, including launching Disney’s highly successful direct-to-home releases, and leading campaigns that have launched dozens of live-action and animated feature films. Currently he works independently on a cross-section of indie films, gaming and technology projects.
Bruce David Eisen
Bruce David Eisen is a veteran attorney, consultant and media executive. Eisen’s legal and consulting practice provides legal, M&A, and digital and traditional media strategy and distribution services to a broad range of clients, from start-ups to Fortune 500 companies that have included 20th Century Fox, Blockbuster, Nuvo TV, the Hollywood Film Awards, Game Show Network, UP Network, BabyFirst TV and Brainstorm Media.
From 2009 through 2012 Eisen was the Vice President Online Content Development & Strategy for DISH Network where he was responsible for the strategy and implementation of the company’s on-demand and online initiatives.
Eisen negotiated agreements with most of the major television networks, licensing over 20,000 television shows for distribution. Eisen was one of the principals who started CinemaNow in 1999 and negotiated financing for the company in excess of $40 million.
Eisen was responsible for day-to-day operations of the company and for all of CinemaNow’s business development and legal activities. In that capacity he negotiated CinemaNow’s agreements with over 200 content licensors including all of the major Hollywood studios.
Eisen is the founder of HereIsTV, the web’s leading provider of daily, human curated TV show recommendations whose email newsletter is distributed to over 100,000 daily subscribers.
Veteran film studio executive, producer, director, talent manager, author and lecturer Ellen Pittleman has 30+ years in the entertainment industry in Hollywood. A creative executive charged with running varied businesses for Paramount Pictures for more than 10 years in addition to the entertainment consulting and teaching she currently does, entertainment business strategy comes naturally to her.
At Hybrid Entertainment, her experience includes launching streaming start-ups, developing business plans for established companies, securing distribution agreements for new producers, both corporate and individuals, for domestic and worldwide rights in both features and television, with content that varies from documentaries to narrative to kids product, and for clients from throughout the world.
As Senior Vice President at Paramount Pictures, Pittleman established and led the International Co-Production and Worldwide Acquisition group for Paramount international, the DVD Premiere group, and built a worldwide acquisitions and production group for the home entertainment division while at the studio generating revenues in excess of $200M annually.
Pittleman is a published author of the “2009 Worldwide Box Office Review” on behalf of the NYT’s international database “Screenline” and contributed to the NYT’s domestic research site “Baseline” where she analyzed topical challenges facing the industry.
She is a sought after public speaker with engagements at NYU’s Tisch School for the Arts in Singapore, the DGA, the Erich Pommer Institute’s Trans Atlantic Partners, Cannes Film Festival Producers Roundtable and Whistler Film Festival among others, as well as being an on-going instructor of the “Business of Entertainment” at UCLA Extension.
Pittleman holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Northwestern University.
Bob Houseal has over thirty 30 years of experience in financial management.
He retired from Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) in 2007, capping an 18 year career with the Studio in various business units with increasing responsibilities along the way. His ultimate position was five years as the Senior Vice President & CFO of the Motion Picture Group, in which he managed the Worldwide Theatrical, Worldwide Home Entertainment and the Digital Studios Divisions, with revenues approaching $5 billion and a staff of 300+ worldwide.
Prior to SPE, Bob spent 13 years with the International Accounting firm of Ernst & Young, rising to the level of Audit Principal. His experience spans from Start-up companies to Multinational Corporations.