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WRIT Media Group is led by accomplished entertainment industry executives with deep industry relationships in music and film. They have a successful track record of delivering innovative, high-quality entertainment product on time and within budget. Management also has extensive experience building highly successful entertainment companies across other mediums of media. The company's management has proven industry leadership and has worked with widely recognized industry talent and critically acclaimed creative talent.


Eric Mitchell - Chairman and CEO, Writ Media Group

Eric Mitchell has more than 20 years of financial, business development and strategic planning experience in the motion picture industry. Mitchell’s acquisition and financial talents helped Sony Pictures’ Tri-Star division acquire theatrical distribution rights to such hits as Cliffhanger, Sniper, Threesome, and Weekend at Bernie’s 2. Mitchell assisted Tri-Star in acquiring multi-picture distribution rights with Carolco Pictures; the deal generated $250 million in profit for the studio and led to such hits as LA Story, Universal Soldier, The Doors, Total Recall, Basic Instinct and Terminator 2. As an advisor to Ascendant Pictures and VIP Media Fund, the largest German tax fund, Mitchell participated in placing over $500 million dollars in production financing into 46 feature films. Mitchell is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University and received his M.S. in Management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Sloan School.


Patrick Roberts - Advisor, Retro Infinity and Amiga Games

Patrick Roberts has more than 30 years of experience in business development, software development, computer graphics, compression, software optimization and mobile software development focused on the entertainment industry. He has developed software for Dreamworks SKG and was a supervising effects animator for Walt Disney Feature Animation. As Senior 3D Animator for EDS Digital Studios, he won a Vanguard Award for an animated Microsoft commercial. In 2002 Patrick co-founded Lower Mars, one of the first third-party mobile developers. Lower Mars created mobile entertainment middleware and apps for smartphones, licensed to Sharp, Palm, Amiga, Nokia, and Motorola. In 2010 he co-founded MediaPlasm, a company providing advisory and development services for traditional entertainment media companies seeking to monetize social media and OTT content platforms. Clients and partners have included Deluxe, Crest Digital, Target, Front Row Networks, Fox TV, Amiga, Palm, Microsoft, Sony Pictures Television, ABC, and the Walt Disney Company.


Andy Morahan - Creative Director, Front Row Networks

Andy Morahan began his prolific career directing videos for the likes of Kim Wilde, Pet Shop Boys, Wham, and George Michael amongst others. He spent the next decade at various ‘top end’ production company’s like Vivid, RSA/Black Dog, Propaganda etc., directing even bigger videos and artists; these included: Guns’n Roses, Aerosmith, Michael Jackson, Van Halen, Bon Jovi, Elton John, Paul McCartney, Billy Joel, Tears for Fears and more George Michael. This phase of his career culminated in many MTV Awards including Best Director for ‘Father Figure’ and Best Video for ‘November Rain.’

When Morahan returned to London he teamed up with producer Laura Gregory at Great Guns to direct his ground breaking GUESS? Jeans Ad featuring Juliette Lewis and Harry Dean Stanton; this won over 60 awards worldwide, including six Clios and a Silver Lion at Cannes. This launched Morahan’s commercials career; his client list includes Ford, Carling, Lynx, Bacardi, Barclays, Vodafone, VW, Canon, Toyota, Head & Shoulders, and Remington.

Morahan also formed his own commercials and music video company with his executive producing partner. Bikini Films became one of the top companies in London in both fields. Morahan recently directed JLS: Eyes Wide Open 3D, the Bikini-produced concert documentary of JLS’s recent UK tour which exceeded all expectations by breaking into the UK cinema box office charts at No. 5 following its opening weekend of release.


John Diaz - Advisor, Front Row Networks

From his start as a non-paid stage manager at the original Woodstock, John Diaz has enjoyed a nearly 40-year career in music and video production and distribution. With the advent of new distribution platforms for music in the early 1980s, like the dawn of MTV and the explosion of music videos as a medium and art form, Diaz established himself as one of the leading producers of music videos and events for broadcast throughout the 90s. Diaz has produced domestic and international TV for some of the largest music events in history, including specials with Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Sting, The Rolling Stones and many others. Turning to the Internet as an emerging content distribution technology in the 90s, he was part of the forefront of today’s digital media. Diaz has focused his energies on bringing music and other digital content distribution to the Internet, first as a founding employee of mp3.com, then as EVP of Vivendi/Universal’s Internet arm, VUNET.


Bill McEwen - Strategic Business Consultant, Amiga Games Inc.

Mr. McEwen has 25+ years of experience as an executive in the software, computer hardware, video games and internet related services, and has worked in a broad range of positions in project management, sales, marketing, press relations and software development across these industries, including his role as President and CEO at Amiga Inc., the computer hardware manufacturer. Bill negotiated with Gateway Computer and successfully purchased the assets of Amiga from Gateway. Mr. McEwen has also negotiated the purchase of companies Ruksun in India and ZeoNeo in England, and successfully negotiated the licensing of E-Mail Connection as private label products for CompuServe, Prodigy and MCI Mail. Former and current clients include Comdisco, AT&T, MCI, Netscape, Nordstrom and Microsoft. Mr. McEwen also introduced first electronic store for the delivery and download of applications and services across mobile devices ten years before App Store.


Bob Johnston - Strategic Business Consultant, Front Row Networks

Bob Johnston’s experiences in HDTV and 3D production have included developing budgeting scenarios, scheduling and logistics plans and embracing post-production workflows for over 300 stereoscopic projects, as well as the technical development and consultation of several hardware appliances for capture and playback of stereoscopic media for public and private theaters.

Produced 3D projects have included live action feature programming for IMAX, Disney, Lionsgate, Nu Image and Technicolor. Johnston has also consulted with 3D productions for Discovery, World Wrestling Federation (WWF), and dozens of other independent producers, studios and 3D acquisition and post-production technology concerns. He has helped enable the 3D market in Korea with Skylife 3D and TV Globo in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and has participated on numerous 3D conference panels and 3D market awareness events in Los Angeles, Berlin, Seoul, Tokyo and London.

Johnston’s live event experiences include physical production and promotion of numerous music festivals, large scale multi-day events and concerts including large scale multi-day events, as well as early tour development of the first solo tours of Michael Jackson and Lionel Ritchie. Additionally, he has garnered international feature film, television , music video and commercial project development and production experiences as a producer, associate producer, production manager or production supervisor with projects for Disney, MTV, Paramount, 20th Century Fox, Dreamworks, Imagine, Walden Media, Dektor and Associates and dozens of other independent production entities. Key projects have includes: “Alien Resurrection,” “Around the World in 80 Days,” the pilot for the international hit TV series “24,” and the mini-series “Son Of The Morning Star,” among others.



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