Who We Are

Professor Jasper Kim, Board of Advisors


Jasper Sirny Kim is a U.S-qualified lawyer with legal and investment banking experience in New York, Tokyo and Hong Kong. Educated in the U.S. and England, he received legal training at Harvard Law School (PON, 2005), received his Juris Doctor in Law from Rutgers University and an MSc. (Economic History) from the London School of Economics, as well as double-B.A.'s (Economics, Third World Studies) from the University of California, San Diego. He was in-house legal counsel with the global investment bank of Lehman Brothers (Tokyo), where he worked on various structured cross-border transactions, and thereafter,  joined Barclays Capital Asia Ltd. (Hong Kong) as Associate Director of the firm's Debt Capital Markets team.


Eric S. Philo, Board of Advisors

philo3Eric Philo is a Investment Banker and a Managing Director of Avalon Group Ltd. He is multi-faceted in his work, including serving as CFO, Controller, general manager and as an investment and macroeconomics expert. In addition to investment banking his expertise includes sophisticated financial forecasting/modeling, asset allocation and stock selection strategies during multiple market and economic cycles, advising institutional investors, high net worth clients, corporate clients, boards of directors, and top management. His work with Avalon encompasses valuations, capital-raising, merger advice, business plan development, due- diligence, and the preparation of the elements required for private placements, initial public offerings, and secondary markets.


David J. Schreff, Board of Advisors

schreffDavid Schreff is the President, Bedare Sports & Entertainment which specializes in Digital Media Rights Management, M&A deals, Sponsorship and Licensing. He has been President/COO/CEO of four different intellectual property organizations, an inventor, patent holder, intellectual property rights content developer, an expert in monetizing new technologies across platforms, and a seasoned expert in driving strategic alliances, licensing and merchandising and media initiatives across entertainment, sports, media and consumer products organizations.


Matthew Jordan Smith, Board of Advisors

smithMatthew Jordan Smith is a world-renowned professional photographer specializing in celebrity, beauty and portraiture. His iconic approach is simple: Take the time to personally connect with every subject, make them feel brilliant and beautiful, and the photos infinitely sparkle. It's why his loyal clients of twenty+ years keep asking for the Matthew Jordan Smith Experience. It's magic captured in every assignment. Matthew's A-list celebrity clientele light up the red carpet and his camera: Oprah, Vanessa Williams, Jennifer Connelly, Halle Berry, Britney Spears, Mandy Moore, Jamie Foxx and other stars shine brighter with MJS. Make-up leaders Pantene, L'Oreal, Revlon, and Olay regularly call on Matthew to showcase their latest products and models.


Steve Solot, Board of Advisors


Steve Solot is currently President of the Rio de Janeiro Film Commission, www.riofilmcommission.rj.gov.br the official, combined municipal and state government office for all audiovisual production needs within the state of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, including permits, locations, incentives and police assistance. He is also founder and President of the Latin American Training Center (LATC), www.latamtrainingcenter.com a regional media training and consulting center in Rio de Janeiro, specialized in creative training programs for audiovisual content producers in Latin America and Spain. LATC is affiliated with CILECT, the International Association of Film and Television Schools, and maintains formal agreements with: IFTA-Los Angeles (Independent Film and Television Alliance) Foundation, NALIP-Los Angeles (National Assn. of Latino Independent Producers), IFP-NY (Independent Feature Project), The Incentives Office - Los Angeles, and EGEDA-Madrid (Entidad de Gestión de los Derechos de los Productores).

Prior to establishing the LATC, he served as Senior VP, Latin American Operations of the Motion Picture Association - MPA, the US film industry trade association that represents the major Hollywood studios including: Buena Vista International (Disney), Sony Pictures Releasing International Corporation, Paramount Pictures Corporation, Twentieth Century Fox International Corporation, Universal International Films, Inc., e Warner Bros. International Theatrical Distribution.


Odette Springer, Board of Advisors

springerOdette Springer is an independent film producer and classically trained composer/lyricist. She started playing piano at the age of three and began writing songs at the age of thirteen. She has been published by Bourne Co., United Artists, EMI and has recordings on Capitol and Prelude Records, a number of which hit on the Pop and R&B charts. As Vice-President of Worldwide Music for Concorde/New Horizons Pictures, she supervised music and negotiated contracts with composers and songwriters for over 50 films and served as the liaison between directors, producers and the company management.


Stuart Volkow, Board of Advisors

svolkowStuart Volkow is a strategic consultant, project manager, business analyst and development expert including with regard to film, television and Internet production services. Stuart's career spans digital media, TV and Feature Film production. He produced and product-managed interactive and video programs for a division of the educational publisher ABC CLIO (www.abc-clio.com) (Intellimation) in Santa Barbara CA.  He co-produced the 50th Anniversary United Nations multi-media encyclopedia for Frankfurt Balkind Interactive. After graduating from the prestigious American Film Institute (AFI), he worked in feature film development and production at Phoenix Pictures Inc. under Chairman Mike Medavoy.



Support the Arts

Support the Arts in your state by participating in Art License Plates specifically offered to help support the Arts.

For more information click the plate below to see what is offered in your state :