Entertainment Partners Explores the Future of Production
Join a distinguished panel of content creators, developers of trailblazing production technologies, production finance experts and media thought leaders as they dive deep into the evolution of production content and technologies.
How and where we consume content is constantly changing, and diverse types of content and methods of distribution – including local content, gaming, podcasts and streaming services – have emerged stronger than ever. At the same time, content creation is moving in groundbreaking ways that were unforeseen as little as five years ago. These advancements are producing new challenges and opportunities across the evolving entertainment industry.
Listen to our panelists discuss:
- What and where content is being produced
- What are the most innovative production technologies, from both a developer and user perspective
- How production and technologies have changed in the last five years
- How Covid-19 created or expedited change
- What the future of production looks like
Joseph Chianese, SVP & Practice Leader – Production, Entertainment Partners
Lindsay Heathcote, VP Marketing & Sales, Entertainment Partners
Tom Ara, Partner & Co-Lead, Sports, Media & Entertainment Finance & Transactions Group, DLA Piper
Yolanda Cochran, SVP Live Action Production at Nickelodeon & Awesomeness, Nickelodeon
Chris Cox, Virtual Production Producer, Pixomondo
Glenn Gainor, Head of Physical Production Amazon Original Movies, Amazon Studios
Edward Hanrahan, Head of Virtual Production, William F. White
Jennifer Loren, Director, Cherokee Nation Film Office & Original Content, Cherokee Nation Film
Lucas Shaw, Bloomberg
presented by Entertainment Partners
Chris CoxVirtual Production Producer, Pixomondo
Chris pursued his passion for filmmaking at Buffalo, NY’s Canisius College where he earned a degree in Digital Media Arts, in addition to obtaining a Fine Arts certificate from the Warsaw Academy of Fine Arts in Poland.
He later moved into documentary filmmaking, producing the 2013 film entitled Our Man in Tehran, for which his team won multiple Canadian Screen Awards after its successful premiere at TIFF, and Dr. Baseball. Upon moving into post-production, first starting as an artist himself, Chris eventually served as a Stereo Production Manager at Legend3D on many projects including Resident Evil: The Final Chapter (2016) and King Arthur Legend of the Sword (2017), and Alpha (2018).
Chris went on to become Head of CG Production at the Toronto-based VFX studio SpinVFX where he balanced large teams of artists and visual effects budgets, quality control and collective schedules. Under his leadership, his team earned an Emmy nomination for their work on Netflix’s The Umbrella Academy, and worked on a number of other fan-favourite, award-winning projects such as In the Tall Grass (2019), Stranger Things 3 (Netflix), Raised by Wolves (HBO), Midnight Mass (Netflix), and The Expanse (Amazon Studios).
Today he is the Virtual Production Producer at Pixomondo, leading a variety of film, television, and commercial projects across multiple cities.
Edward HanrahanHead of Virtual Production, William F. White
Edward Hanrahan, Director of Virtual Production at William F. Whites International. Most recently served as Global Virtual Production Manager and Technical Director at Scanline VFX, where he designed virtual production workflows that integrated with traditional visual effects. He also worked at Pixomondo as Virtual Production Designer, working on series such as Star Trek: Discovery. His VFX work also includes The Shape of Water and The Mandalorian.
Glenn GainorHead of Physical Production for Amazon Original Movies, Amazon Studios
Glenn Gainor is the Head of Physical Production for Amazon Original Movies, Amazon Studios, a position he took on mid-November, 2020.
Before joining Amazon, Gainor was Head of Physical Production for Screen Gems, a label under the Sony Pictures Motion Picture Group umbrella, and has been a catalyst to several #1 movies such as The Perfect Guy, No Good Deed, Think Like a Man, Friends with Benefits, and Obsessed. Since joining Screen Gems in 2007, Gainor has overseen the label’s physical production and has served as an executive producer and unit production manager on films such as 2015’s The Wedding Ringer, which held as America’s number one comedy for three weeks.
A cornerstone in Gainor’s innovative approach to film production lies in the intersection of technology, sustainability and filmmaking. His passion led to Sony asking Gainor to head Sony Innovation Studios, a new state- of-the-art facility housed in a sound stage on the Sony Pictures Studios lot. Innovation Studios is designed to bring advanced technologies like volumetric capture and customizable set scanning to filmmakers and TV show producers. The company offers creatives the ability to scan film sets, and then reuse them as digital assets in future productions. This has allowed Gainor to harness relationships with Sony’s Computer Science Laboratory, Sony Interactive Entertainment, PlayStation and other forward-thinking divisions.
One of the accomplishments of Sony Innovation Studios was the capture of Mission Control, the main headquarters set used in MIB International. The capture enabled the company to film a series of commercials using the point cloud virtual set. This inspired The Advanced Imaging Society (AIS) to give the studio a Lumiere Award for “best use of a virtual set.” Gainor also was invited to accept The Sir Charles Wheatstone Award on behalf of Sony Corporation from the AIS. This award acquired Nurulize, a startup company whose software lets users edit, color and enhance volumetrically captured images in a real-time collaborative environment. After building Sony Innovation Studios, Gainor transitioned to a senior advisor so he could refocus his attention on overseeing the increasing number of productions at Screen Gems.
Gainor has always been inspired to think differently and use Sony’s multifaceted units for the benefit of Screen Gems and vertical integration. He shepherded the first-ever use of Sony’s flagship consumer-based alpha 7SII cameras on Screen Gems productions. As the executive-producer of the romantic comedy Think Like a Man, he used his sustainability acumen and approved the studio film to be shot exclusively with LED lights and no large generators, the first of its kind. This change lowered the production costs, leaned into environmental sustainability, and allowed the movie to be shot in and around Culver City. Gainor’s dedication to maintaining environmentally sustainable productions began in 2007 when he oversaw the construction of the super-structure for the movie Quarantine. The same structure was repurposed for seven productions including The Stepfather, Takers, and Obsessed. Gainor also swapped out traditional wood-based sets for eco-friendly fiberboard panels for the movies Possession of Hannah Grace and Proud Mary.
Gainor’s efforts in sustainability and technology have been recognized by numerous organizations. Also, the Environmental Media Association awarded Screen Gems with the Green Seal for implementing sustainable production practices and raising environmental awareness; an EMA Certification on every film released for Screen Gems; LA’s City Council has twice recognized Gainor’s commitment to environmentally friendly production practices in Los Angeles and implication of new technology in the motion picture industry; and Gainor received the California on Location Signature Award, for his efforts to preserve California’s film industry and culture.
Before joining Screen Gems, Gainor had much success producing three pictures for Adam Sandler’s Happy Madison: Strange Wilderness, Grandma’s Boy and Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo. He executive-produced Nicolas Cage’s directorial debut, Sonny, and served as line producer on the critically acclaimed Panic, directed by Henry Bromell. Gainor co-produced George Hickenlooper’s The Man from Elysian Fields, as well as the top selling Sundance picture, Happy Texas.
Jennifer LorenDirector, Cherokee Nation Film Office & Original Content
Jennifer Loren is an Emmy-award winning filmmaker and the Director of Cherokee Nation Film Office and Original Content. Evolving from a news anchor, investigative reporter and producer to a documentary filmmaker and host, she has been in the television and film industries since 2001. In 2014, she began working for her tribe at Cherokee Nation where she co-created the highly acclaimed docuseries Osiyo, Voices of the Cherokee People. In 2019, Jennifer helped to create and roll out the Cherokee Nation Film Office and now serves as its director, as well as director of original content for the Cherokee Nation. A first-of-its kind endeavor by a tribal nation, the mission of the Cherokee Nation Film Office is to increase the presence of Native Americans in every level of the film and television industries, while creating opportunities for economic development and jobs in the Cherokee Nation – a 14 county reservation area in northeast Oklahoma.
Joseph ChianeseSVP & Practice Leader - Production, Entertainment Partners
Joe Chianese is the SVP & Practice Leader, Production Incentives.
Joe provides production & legislative consulting, financial, tax and administrative services for both domestic and international production incentives for film & television. Joe has over 36 years of accounting, government affairs, production and tax experience including positions at Sony Pictures Entertainment, The Walt Disney Company, the ABC Television Network, Paramount Pictures and Ernst & Young.
Collectively, throughout Joe’s career he has been responsible for the tax and finance structuring for domestic and international film and television productions.
Joe is a CPA, earned his BBA in Accounting from the University of Connecticut, an MBT and MBA from Fordham University, and UCLA Certificate Program in Film and Television.
Lindsay HeathcoteVP Marketing & Sales, Entertainment Partners
Lindsay Heathcote is the Vice President of Business Development for Enterprise Sales at Entertainment Partners. Lindsay joined Entertainment Partners in 2017 within the Marketing and Sales group.
Prior to joining the company, Lindsay held a variety of positions in Physical Production, Production Finance and Production Accounting. Lindsay worked on a wide range of independent- and studio produced content, filming both domestically and abroad, for companies such as Universal Pictures, Voltage Pictures, Capital Arts and Mar Vista Entertainment.
Prior to her entertainment experience, Lindsay performed roles in corporate accounting and auditing for Deloitte. Lindsay has an Honors and Bachelor of Commerce degree in Accounting and Finance from the University of Johannesburg, South Africa, and is a certified Charted Accountant CA(SA).
Tom AraPartner & Co-Lead, Sports, Media & Entertainment Finance & Transactions Group, DLA Piper
Tom co-leads DLA Piper’s Sports, Media & Entertainment Finance and Transactions Group, a leading full-service practice spanning sports, film, television, music, digital, video games, metaverse and related businesses. Tom focuses his practice on media and entertainment industry transactions, both domestic and international, which includes the representation of industry focused companies and participants in mergers, acquisitions and corporate matters as well as transactional matters of all types in connection with the development, financing, production and distribution of various forms of content, including film, television, comic books and graphic novels, podcasts, video games and virtual properties.
Tom has consistently been recognized by Variety as a top “Dealmaker” and by the Hollywood Reporter as a “Power Lawyer.” Chambers USA has described Tom as having “great industry knowledge and business acumen.” He is frequently quoted by leading industry publications and financial news outlets such as The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Bloomberg and many others on his industry insights and expertise. Tom serves as an Advisory Board Member of the impactful Blackhouse Foundation, an organization which seeks to expand opportunities for black filmmakers, and as a Trustee for the prestigious US-Asia Institute.
Yolanda CochranSVP Live Action Production , Nickelodeon & Awesomeness
An experienced and skilled producer, consultant and executive, YOLANDA T. COCHRAN is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences (serving on the Board Governance Committee), Television Academy of Arts & Sciences and also the Board of Directors of the Producers Guild of America (serving on the One Guild Steering Committee as well as the Production Safety Best Practices Task Force). In the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, she took on the role of SVP Live Action Production at ViacomCBS’ Kids & Family where she oversees scripted and unscripted series and specials for Nickelodeon & AwesomenessTV. In 2016, Cochran (USC alumna) produced a documentary short and podcast mini-series entitled Breaking the Glass, highlighting and seeking solutions to challenges specific to gender and race in the entertainment industry.
Cochran previously served as VP Production at Walt Disney Television’s Freeform studio and network, overseeing Good Trouble, Siren, Motherland: Fort Salem (among others) and prior to that as EVP Physical Production at Warner Bros. affiliated Alcon Entertainment. Her producing credits include: The Book of Eli, Dolphin Tale 1 & 2, Something Borrowed; Joyful Noise; Lottery Ticket, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2, Beautiful Creatures, Point Break, and The Blind Side, starring Sandra Bullock which was nominated for an Academy Award® for Best Picture. In 2005, Cochran co-wrote and produced an independent thriller entitled Paved with Good Intentions. Other credits from her work below the line include: Life, Blue Streak, Nutty Professor II, Coyote Ugly and Dragonfly.
A former CPA, Cochran is an oenophile and native of Texas with proud familial roots in Louisiana.