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As a New York-based film production and financing company, Red Square Pictures targets independent-minded niche audiences across a wide variety of genres. By both acquiring and developing independent, unusual and original ideas, we provide audiences with engaging experiences.
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tracey becker - LA
As a producer, screenplay consultant and dramaturge, Tracey Becker has worked with many of today's best writers, including Allan Knee, Christopher Durang, Murray Schisgal, David Magee, Mitchell P. Ganem, Terri Edda Miller, Stephen and Jonah Lisa Dyer, and Brian Edgar.
Ms. Becker's first feature film, Miramax's "Finding Neverland," was directed by Marc Forster and starred Johnny Depp and Kate Winslet. It marked the culmination of Ms. Becker's extensive development efforts, both having optioned the play on which it was based and having developed the screenplay with Oscar-nominated writer David Magee. After winning the National Board of Review's prestigious "Film of the Year" award, "Finding Neverland" was nominated for seven Academy Awards, including for Best Adapted Screenplay and for Best Picture.
Her latest film, "Hysteria," a Victorian romantic comedy directed by Tanya Wexler and starring Maggie Gyllenhaal, Hugh Dancy, Felicity Jones, Rupert Everett and Jonathan Pryce, was released by Sony Pictures Classics.
Ms. Becker's upcoming projects include "Losing Jerry," a coming-of-age tale set in the '80s featuring the music of The Grateful Dead, and "Urban Asylum," about a young man's struggles with schizophrenia as he investigates a violent crime. She is also producer on Red Square Pictures NYC dating comedy dating comedy "Better Off Single," which is set to be theatrically released in the fall of 2016.
Ms. Becker was a founding member and the director of development of Stellar Network, and she currently sits on the Board of Directors of both the New Hampshire Film Festival and the LA literacy charity From The Heart.
nicola behrman - LA
Nicola Behrman is a writer, born and raised in London. Currently residing in Los Angeles, Ms. Behrman is adapting the British bestseller "Where have all the boys gone?" for Phoenix Pictures and is developing her script "Paparazzi" with Philip Seymour Hoffman's production company, Cooper's Town. Ms. Behrman's first play, "Wasps in Bed," premiered Off Broadway in 2006 and she is also the author of the book, "Spark your Career in Film," published by Barnes & Noble.
Before moving to the US, Ms. Behrman attended the BBC-sponsored broadcasting degree program at the University of Leeds and worked on the BBC Panorama program.
Ms. Behrman has written features for The Independent in London as well as Moving Pictures Magazine in the US, and is also co-founder of Stellar Network, a non-profit membership-based organization that provides resources and support to film, theater and television professionals.
genevieve castelino - NJ
Genevieve Castelino is a filmmaker and architect based in New Jersey. Ms. Castelino produced "Quarterlife Crisis," a romantic comedy starring Maulik Pancholy, Lisa Ray and Russell Peters, and is directed by Kiran Merchant. Ms. Castelino was also executive director of Stellar Network, a non-profit membership-based organization that provides resources and support to film, theater and television professionals.
Ms. Castelino is a published journalist for India Today, North American Edition - India's equivalent of Time Magazine. Her one-act play, "A Random Act of Kindness," was produced by the Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab, New York. Additionally, Ms. Castelino conceived, wrote and produced six episodes of "Sapney Apney (Our American Dream)," a ground-breaking sitcom for Indian television based on the struggles and aspirations of Indian immigrants in the US. She also wrote and co-directed "A Deadly Mistake," a feature film shot entirely in the US for theatrical release in India.
Beyond film, and as a break from her film career, Ms. Castelino also at one time achieved a successful career in information technology. As a senior executive, Ms. Castelino worked with Fortune 100 companies overseeing management of large teams, geographically dispersed locations and multi-million dollar budgets, while delivering several large enterprise scale projects.
Ms. Castelino is currently in development on two feature films - "Breached," and an untitled Bollywood musical.
benjamin cox - NY
Benjamin Cox is the founder of Red Square Pictures, a New York-based film production company whose clients encompass a diverse field of both long- and short-form content creators.
In narrative work, Mr. Cox's feature film "Better Off Single," an NYC dating comedy that he produced, wrote and directed starring Aaron Tveit, Abby Elliott, Lauren Miller Rogen, Kal Penn, Chris Elliott, Lewis Black and Annaleigh Ashford, was released theatrically in the fall of 2016. Another feature project that Mr. Cox produced, "Change in the Air," recently completed post production and is slated for a 2018 release. An ethereal dramedy directed by Dianne Dreyer, Change in the Air stars Mary Beth Hurt, Aidan Quinn, Rachel Brosnahan, Macy Gray, M. Emmet Walsh and Olympia Dukakis.
His latest feature film, "The Mimic," a dark comedy about a non-violent sociopath, completed principal photography in the summer of 2017. Produced by Mr. Cox, "The Mimic" was directed by Thomas Mazziotti and stars Thomas Sadoski, Jake Robinson, Gina Gershon, Tammy Blanchard, Austin Pendleton and Jessica Walter. Mr. Cox's upcoming narrative projects include episodic drama "Fortune Sun," an opulent modern-day retelling of an ancient Chinese legend; and "Patton Generations," an epic miniseries chronicling the American warrior family from colonial Revolutionaries to the WWII battlefield genius of General George S. Patton.
In the commercial/fashion space, a fashion film that Mr. Cox produced, wrote and directed, "David Gandy's Goodnight," was created in collaboration with Dark Harbor Stories (David Schwimmer's production company) and finished in second place at the 2014 Fashion Film Awards held during the Cannes Film Festival. Roman Polanski's fashion film, "A Therapy," finished in first place, while projects finishing behind Mr. Cox's included fashion films directed by Wes Anderson, Roman Coppola, Baz Luhrmann and Martin Scorsese.
Mr. Cox's Red Square Pictures clients include Above Average, Acquascutum, Ann Taylor, BBC Worldwide, Bionda Castana, Estée Lauder, InStyle, Land 'O Lakes, Naturalizer, Planned Parenthood, Refinery 29, SS+K, Symphony Commerce, Time Inc., USAID, Volunteers for Economic Growth Alliance and Walgreens. His Red Square Pictures work has been featured in publications counting BuzzFeed, Collider, Daily Mail, Deadline Hollywood, Elle UK, Entertainment Weekly, Glamour, Gotham Magazine, The Hollywood Reporter, The Huffington Post, Indiewire, InStyle, LA Weekly, Los Angeles Times, New York Magazine, Nylon, Playbill, Variety and Vogue UK, among others. On the broadcast side, Mr. Cox's Red Square Pictures work has also been featured by Access Hollywood Live, Entertainment Tonight, Indie Film Hustle, KTLA Entertainment Hollywood, Sirius XM and The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.
A member of BAFTA New York, Mr. Cox has studied writing at Columbia Journalism School and filmmaking at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. He holds an MBA from Columbia Business School.
rich donovan - NY
Rich Donovan is founding chairman and CEO of Donovan Group, a strategic and asset management firm specializing in the disability space.
In this capacity, he is both a managing partner of Integrated Process Solutions, a management consulting firm that helps large corporations and governments chart a path to benchmarked results in the business/disability space, and the chief investment officer of WingSail Capital, an asset management firm that offers proprietary institutional equity long/short strategies seeking market outper-formance via the Return on Disability Index he developed.
Prior to Donovan Group, Mr. Donovan worked in New York as a vice president at Merrill Lynch in the role of portfolio manager. He was a key change agent at Merrill Lynch to put measurable results behind disability and ensure that it became a pillar of the firm's diversity strategy, while also achieving an average annual return of 17%.
Mr. Donovan is the founding chairman of Lime Connect, a New York-based not-for-profit partnership that delivers economic empowerment to people with disabilities. Lime Connect partners include Merrill Lynch, PepsiCo, Target, Google and Goldman Sachs, among others.
Mr. Donovan is a recipient of Merrill Lynch's 2006 Leadership in Diversity and Inclusion Award in recognition of the results Lime Connect produced for the firm, a recipient of the Life Without Limits 2008 Award of Excellence, and was honored as a "Champion of Change" by the Bubel/Aiken Foundation. He also serves on The Board of Directors of The United Cerebral Palsy Associations and on The Cerebral Palsy International Research Foundation chaired by Paul Volcker.
An avid sailor who happens to have cerebral palsy, Mr. Donovan holds a BBA from the Schulich School of Business at York University and an MBA from Columbia Business School.
ntiedo etuk - NY
Ntiedo Etuk is co-founder, chairman and CEO of DimensionU, a venture capital-backed educational video game company focused on delivering innovative and effective educational games to schools and students. Through its fusion of education and technology-based immersive learning systems, DimensionU successfully offers standards-based, high impact educational tools that engage elementary, middle school and high school students in learning.
Prior to founding DimensionU, Mr. Etuk worked for a number of years managing the creation, implementation and analysis of various disruptive consumer products for Bank One and Citigroup. At Citigroup, Mr. Etuk was a member of the Payment Innovation Team, a research and development group responsible for the creation and implementation of concepts to generate $100 million in profits. At Bank One, Mr. Etuk was responsible for the analysis and implementation of initiatives generating over $100 million in revenue annually for the company. Mr. Etuk also worked with the management consulting firm McKinsey & Company.
In 2010, Mr. Etuk was selected by Technology & Learning as one of the 30 Future Leaders of Education Technology. He was also honored as one of six "Top Entrepreneurs" by Crain's New York. In addition, Mr. Etuk is a member of the 2010 Henry Crown Fellows class at the Aspen Institute and a member of The Aspen Institute's Nigeria Leadership Initiative program. He has been identified as one of Black Enterprise Magazine's Masters of Technology, was a finalist for that magazine's Business Innovator of the Year Award in 2007 and has been featured in numerous publications including Forbes, BusinessWeek and The New York Times.
Mr. Etuk was a Lyford Cay Scholar at Cornell University where he graduated with a degree in electrical engineering. He is also a Beta Gamma Sigma graduate of Columbia Business School where he was a recipient of the Board of Overseers Fellowship, the Heffernan Award, and the Lang Fund Award.
A Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do and an avid reader of science fiction and fantasy novels, Mr. Etuk resides in Manhattan.
mitch larson - LA
Since writing the animated futuristic noir short film "Fairfield" for an independent animation studio, Mitch Larson has alternated between the television animation world and the feature live action world. A staff writer for shows such as "Kick Buttowski: Suburban Daredevil" and "My Gym Partner's a Monkey," Mr. Larson has written for a wide range of networks, including Cartoon Network, Discovery Kids, Disney XD and Nickelodeon, among others.
At the Disney Channel, Mr. Larson created his own pilot which he is now adapting into a novel. In the live action world, Mr. Larson has written several scripts for hire, including the independent romantic comedy "For Rent" and an adaptation of Shawn Decker's acclaimed memoir "My Pet Virus." Mr. Larson has also co-written an untitled comic book movie for Miramax Films, as well as co-written and produced the short film "Frijolito, Go!," which screened in film festivals from Brooklyn to Beijing.
Before working in animation, Mr. Larson was in physical production at Miramax Films, where he worked on "Sin City," "The Brothers Grimm" and "Killshot." Prior to that, Mr. Larson assisted director Mike Nichols on the productions of "Angels In America" and "Closer."
dustin longstreth - NY
Dustin Longstreth is director of strategy at CBX, a global brand agency where he develops creative, innovative and purposeful ways to connect his clients' interests to the lives of their customers.
Mr. Longstreth's experience positioning, innovating and re-energizing consumer, retail and corporate brands is extensive over the past decade and includes clients such as Del Monte, General Mills, PepsiCo, Scotts Miracle-Gro, Ansell Healthcare and Arby's.
Prior to joining CBX, Mr. Longstreth was a senior strategist at Wallace Church, a New York-based brand identity consultancy and design firm, where his clients included Gillette, Pfizer, Heinz, Dunkin' Donuts, M&M Mars, LifeStyles, McNeill Nutritionals and Wine Enthusiast Companies, among others.
A passionate advocate for the social and economic power that both business and brands gain from the purposeful inclusion of people with disabilities, Mr. Longstreth is a Board member of Donovan Group, a strategic and asset management firm specializing in the disability space, and a founding Board member of Lime Connect, a New York-based not-for-profit dedicated to unlocking economic potential through employment of people with disabilities.
Mr. Lonstreth is also a managing director at Integrated Process Solutions, a management consulting firm that helps large corporations and governments chart a path to benchmarked results in the business/disability space. He is a graduate of the Actors Theatre of Louisville conservatory training program and holds an MBA from Columbia Business School.
kari loya - NY
Kari Loya is an Emmy-winning voice over artist who has recorded hundreds of commercials, promotions, narrations, corporate videos, video games, imagings and trailers in English, Spanish and Portuguese for clients around the globe.
Mr. Loya has worked on projects ranging from the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Games to the MTV European Music Awards and his clients range from Fortune 500 companies to independent film production companies, including HBO, Discovery Channel, NBC Sports, Delta Airlines, Motorola, DHL, Chivas Regal, L'Oreal, Big Lots, Hooters, New York City Tourism, McDonald's, John Deere, PepsiCo, VH-1 and ESPN. Mr. Loya also narrated the series "Secrets of New York" which aired nationally on PBS.
A skillful outdoor/adventure and short filmmaker, Mr. Loya has completed numerous short films, including chronicling his experience in the New Zealand Ironman triathlon as well as his ascent of Aconcagua, the highest peak outside the Himalayas.
Beyond his filmmaking and voice over work, Mr. Loya devotes his time to the world of education. In his current position as development director of The Dwight School, a prestigious pre-k through 12 international school on Manhattan's Upper West Side, he oversees Board relations, strategic planning, fundraising, communications and alumni outreach. Since Mr. Loya's arrival in 2003, fundraising dollars have increased six-fold, applications have increased more than 50%, the physical campus has expanded 40% through new construction, and the School has established partner campuses in Beijing, Vancouver and Seoul.
Mr. Loya graduated magna cum laude from Dartmouth College and holds an MBA from Columbia Business School.
timothy madigan - NY
Timothy Madigan, CFA has been in the capital markets for nearly two decades focused on structured finance, closing transactions in multiple jurisdictions globally for a diverse mix of assets, including intellectual property rights.
In the motion picture industry, Mr. Madigan worked with major studios and leading production companies to create a market leading film financing platform at Dresdner Kleinwort, raising over $4 billion for film productions including films such as "Avatar," "The Dark Knight," "The Devil Wears Prada," "The Hangover," "Hanna," "Hot Fuzz," "Get Smart," "Idiocracy," "In Bruges," "Inception," "The Kids Are All Right," "Milk," "Miss Congeniality," "Transformers," "Star Trek," "War of the Worlds" and "Zoolander," among others.
Mr. Madigan received an MBA in Finance from the University of Chicago and a BS in Finance and Economics from Indiana University.
maya menendez - NY
Maya Menendez is an intellectual property and entertainment lawyer whose practice has included representing a wide variety of clients from national magazines, film companies and other major media outlets to individual writers and producers.
Before becoming a lawyer, Ms. Menendez was a journalist and press consultant for The International Rowing Federation in Lausanne, Switzerland, and covered elite international rowing events. Ms. Menendez also served as the official print journalist for the sport of rowing at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia. Additionally, she has worked in film in various capacities, including both the production and the post-production phases.
Ms. Menendez has worked at Davis Wright Tremaine LLP in New York and began her legal career as a finance and intellectual property associate at Latham & Watkins LLP, where her deal work included the multi-billion dollar sale of a movie theater company and the analysis of a complex library of film and television rights for the financing of a production company.
Ms. Menendez holds a JD from Columbia Law School.
hannah minghella - LA
Hanna Minghella is president of TriStar Pictures, reporting directly to Sony Motion Picture Group president Doug Belgrad. As one of the fastest-rising entertainment executives in modern history, Ms. Minghella is a five-time "Power 100" honoree (#36 in 2014) on The Hollywood Reporter's women in entertainment list.
Previous to her current appointment, Ms. Minghella served as president of production for Columbia Pictures and was responsible for the development and production of all films on the Columbia Pictures slate. Prior to that, she served as president of production of Sony Pictures Animation and prior to that as director of creative affairs for Sony Pictures co-chairman Amy Pascal. In that capacity, she worked closely with Ms. Pascal across all Sony Pictures divisions and projects.
In her capacity at Sony Pictures Animation, Ms. Minghella oversaw production of "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs," and worked on such projects as "The Smurfs Movie" and "Hotel Transylvania," among others. Ms. Minghella has also worked with the production team at Columbia Pictures on such films as "Casino Royale" and "Quantum of Solace," and was responsible for helping to bring the spy-thriller film project, "Salt," to the studio.
Prior to joining Sony, Ms. Minghella worked alongside director Steven Shainberg to help start Vox 3 Films, an independent production company in New York where she oversaw development. Before starting Vox 3 Films, Ms. Minghella spent four years at Miramax Films in New York where she served as a creative executive for Meryl Poster. Ms. Poster and Bob Osher were co-presidents of production at the time.
Born in England, Ms. Minghella received her degree in English Literature from Cambridge University, where she was also president of the Pembroke College Committee. Ms. Minghella is also co-founder of Stellar Network, a non-profit membership-based organization that provides resources and support to film, theater and television professionals.
jordana mollick - LA
A 2012 Sundance producing fellow, Jordana Mollick is a partner for Black Sheep Entertainment, a Los Angeles-based management/production company that both develops and produces a diverse slate of films, as well as manages a carefully selected collage of clients. Upcoming Black Sheep productions include "A Virgin Mary" directed by Beth Schacter and starring Abigail Breslin, and "Charlie Irish" directed by Barry Levinson and starring Al Pacino.
Prior to founding Black Sheep, Ms. Mollick was the director of film development for Koppelman/Levien, who are credited with producing "Interview with the Assassin," "The Illusionist" and "The Lucky Ones." They also wrote "Rounders," "Runaway Jury," "Ocean's 13," and "The Girlfriend Experience," as well as directed "Solitary Man."
Ms. Mollick has also spent time as the director of film development for Women's Expressive Theater ("WET"), a 501(c)3 non-profit production company which produces media that challenges female stereotypes and advocates for equality. Prior to WET, Ms. Mollick's experience included working in the New York office of the Endeavor Agency and running her own theater production company.
cheryl moody - SF
Cheryl Moody brings over 15 years of entertainment public relations and marketing experience to Red Square Pictures.
As the former director of marketing for two top international film festivals, Ms. Moody developed public relations campaigns and marketing strategies to build audiences and launch new films at the San Francisco International Film Festival and Mill Valley Film Festival. Her responsibilities also included promoting hundreds of independent films at the Smith Rafael Film Center, one of the top independent film theaters in the country. Ms. Moody has worked for iCrossing, inc., a premier digital marketing agency which helps Fortune 500 brands connect to their customers online, and she is currently acquisition marketing director for Symphony Commerce.
Based in San Francisco, Ms. Moody received the Business Arts Volunteer of the Year award for her public relations campaign launching the fundraising efforts of the San Francisco Historical Society. She frequently speaks on non-profit arts marketing and works with non-profit arts and political organizations to implement digital strategies.
Ms. Moody completed her undergraduate studies with honors at Colgate University (Cum Laude) and holds a joint MBA from Columbia Business School and London Business School (Beta Gamma Sigma).
robert rupe - NY
Robert Rupe is a managing director at Bacchus Capital Management, a mezzanine/private equity fund that invests in wineries. Prior to joining Bacchus, Mr. Rupe was a vice president at Gordian Group, LLC, a restructuring investment bank, having been a member of the firm since 2002. Prior to Mr. Rupe's employment at Gordian, he was an associate in the finance practice at Charles River Associates, a premiere financial and economic consulting firm focused on analyzing financial markets, as well as a summer associate in JPMorgan's mergers and acquisitions group.
Mr. Rupe received a BS in business administration with a focus on business and economics magna cum laude from the Georgetown McDonough School of Business, an MS in economic history from the London School of Economics and Political Science with a focus on the development of capital markets, and an MBA with a focus on finance, Beta Gamma Sigma, from Columbia Business School.
Having contributed to several finance and accounting working papers, Mr. Rupe's expertise is in credit analysis, valuation and capital markets, with his professional and educational background focused on finance and economics.
Mr. Rupe also sits on the Board of Directors of the Service Program for Older People and on the Advisory Board of Peeled Snacks.
bryan tucker - NY
Bryan Tucker is a nine-time Emmy-nominated writer who has written for some of the top TV sketch shows of the past decade, including "Saturday Night Live," "The Chris Rock Show" and "Chappelle's Show."
In addition to having sold multiple feature film scripts to Paramount Pictures, a sketch that Mr. Tucker wrote for "Chappelle's Show" ("The Race Draft") was picked as #12 on Nerve and IFC.com's "50 Greatest Sketches of All Time."
A stand up comedian and sketch actor before breaking into TV/feature film writing, Mr. Tucker was a performer who played over 500 shows across the US, including as a player in the sketch/improv group "Selected Hilarity." Mr. Tucker still does stand up around New York.
The recipient of a Peabody Award and three WGA Awards, Mr. Tucker is Co-Head Writer for "Saturday Night Live." He lives in New York City with his wife and two children.