Tom Skouras

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.

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.

Ellen Pittleman

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.