COO – STEPHEN GREENWALD
Stephen R. Greenwald has been professionally involved in the motion picture and related media industries for over 25 years as an attorney, financier, corporate executive, producer and valuation consultant. His experience has encompassed all aspects of the entertainment business, including development, production, international distribution, film financing, film and film library and literary work valuations, media company reorganizations and film studio construction and operation. He has arranged financing for film production and distribution in the United States, Europe and Australia. He has also acted as a consultant and expert witness in litigation involving film and television and other intellectual property matters, including valuations of intellectual property.
From 1980 to 1985 Stephen, along with a partner, acted as a principal and general partner in approximately 20 partnerships formed to invest in motion pictures and real estate.
In 1985, Stephen joined the producer Dino De Laurentiis to acquire the assets of Embassy Pictures Corp. from its then owner, Coca-Cola Inc. (through its subsidiary Columbia Pictures). Stephen then became President of the corporate division of De Laurentiis Entertainment Group, the company formed to acquire the Embassy assets.
In February 1988, Stephen became Chairman, President and CEO of DEG. In that capacity he managed and oversaw the restructuring and reorganization of the company. He also served as CEO of the film distribution companies, Odyssey Pictures and Vision International Since 1990, Stephen acted as consultant to major US and European banks and to US media companies in connection with film industry matters. His clients have included Bank of America, Credit Lyonnais Bank, Sony Pictures, Imperial Kapital GMBH and MGM/UA. Stephen has also been retained to value intellectual property including literary works and films by the owners of such works and/or potential acquirers, including the valuation of the Thorn-EMI library of 1600 films, the Filmation animated film library, the Elia Kazan film library. He has also performed a valuation of television program rights for the Australian Revenue Department.
In addition to his professional activities Stephen has lectured and spoken on film financing and distribution and the media and entertainment industry before various groups, and has taught courses on entertainment financing, entertainment law, and the film industry, at the Cardozo School of Law and Metropolitan College of New York, where he served as President from 1999 to 2007 and The College of Management Law School in Israel Stephen is the co-author with Paula Landry of “This Business of Film” published by Random House in February, 2009.