Martin was born in Argentina, and after finishing his Business Administration mayor at Universidad de San Andrés in Buenos Aires, he went on to work for Claxson, a Media company based in Argentina, until 2012. Even though he started as a Producer, he quickly moved into sales and created and headed the Sales & Acquisitions department for Content Distribution, and later also working in several territories both in Latin America and Iberia as a Regional Manager for Affiliate Sales. He has been attending all the mayor trade shows including MIPCOM, MIPTV and NATPE for the past few years, giving him valuable experience in the market of Content Distribution worldwide.
As part of his responsibilities, Martin was also in charge of New Business Developments, which included Mobile Content Distribution, Smart TV Development and Distribution, and the first attempts of co-production agreements with companies such as Shine-Reveille, NBC Universal, and GRB TV, which put Claxson as an important co-production developer.
In his inclusion to the Dual Program, Martin aims to gain more knowledge and experience on the technical side through Tisch as well as on the business side trough Stern, and therefore further developing his skills on both the creative and business sides of the Entertainment industry.
Before coming back East to pursue the MBA/MFA joint degree at NYU, Eric worked as a software developer for Microsoft on the Excel team in Seattle. He graduated from Princeton in 2010 with a degree in Electrical Engineering, but his main passion is film. He participated in the Telluride Film Festival Student Symposium, giving him a chance to meet and discuss film with major filmmakers. This experience, combined with a series of phenomenal college courses in film making and analysis led Eric toward pursuing film as a career. Eric sees the joint program as a perfect opportunity to combine his interests in technology and the business world with his driving passion for great films.
A native of Silicon Valley, Eric attended the University of California – Berkeley, where he played far too much ping pong, Risk, and NFL Blitz. He later joined Theatre Rice – Modern Asian American Theatre and helped transform it into the university’s top entertainment organization. As a student, Eric also moonlighted as a radio broadcaster for Cal Athletics and co-founded a short-lived online restaurant-delivery service. Armed with degrees in Mass Communications and Sociology, Eric naturally began a career renting cars for Enterprise Rent-A-Car. He left the company after two years to partner with an award-winning filmmaker to develop Hidden Dreams Media, which produces television commercials and short films. Other notable highlights include watching Star Wars Episode III: Return of the Sith a week before its release and being the winning pitcher that one time in Little League.
Alex is a New York-bred writer and producer with a background in physical production. While earning a BA in Film and English, with a concentration in creative writing, from Cornell, Alex produced and wrote shorts with his brother, Charles, then an undergraduate at Tisch. As an undergrad, Alex learned the business side of film through internships and work with the National Lampoon, Sidney Kimmel International, the Onion, and, most of all, Brooklyn-based Parts & Labor Films.
Prior to enrolling in the MBA/MFA program, Alex founded and managed Scharfman Productions to develop and produce non-feature content with his brother. At the same time, he associate produced PLAYBACK, a horror film that was distributed by Magnolia Pictures' Magnet Releasing, and KEEP THE LIGHTS ON, which was directed by Ira Sachs and premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival before screening at the Tribeca Film Festival and winning the Teddy award for best feature at the Berlin International Film Festival. Alex recently served as Unit Production Manager for James Franco's BLACK DOG, RED DOG, which was directed by Tisch students, and has freelanced as a production manager. Currently, he is producing TACOMA, a low budget thriller to be directed by Stewart Thorndike and produced by Ingrid Jungermann, both of whom are Tisch alumnae. Alex also likes bike ride
I have been working in the Hindi Film Industry for the last two years as an actor. As an actor I have performed across the country on screen and stage, working on projects by the Filmfare Award winning director — Ram Gopal Verma (Satya, Rangeela, Sarkar), MTV, Quasar Theatre Productions and, Dramatech to name a few. I have also directed corporate videos, advertisements for national television as well as a short film on the famous Roald Dahl’s story “Lamb to the Slaughter”.
I studied Civil Engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay but soon realised that cinema was my first love. After dabbling for a couple of years as a financial consultant at KPMG India’s transaction advisory practice, I quit my job and enrolled in an actor’s training program under the guidance of the National Award winning actor, Mr. Anupam Kher. Since, graduating from there in August 2010, I have worked closely with professionals from the media and corporate industry alike, understanding both the creative and business aspects of the Hindi Film Industry. In the long run, I aspire to be an independent film maker and producer.
After completing his undergraduate studies in philosophy, psychology and film theory Roger spent four years working for Iris Pictures, a documentary production company based in Sydney, Australia. Starting out as an intern, he went on to produce, direct and shoot a diverse range of projects including documentaries, commercials and new media.
Apolline is a writer and producer based in New York City. Originally from France, she moved to New York at an early age and studied English Literature at Swarthmore College. Before starting at NYU, she did marketing for the French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF) and helped organize the first New York installment of the Edge Atlantic Film Festival. In her spare time she likes to vent her opinionated film views on her blog FilmRamblings.com, which she no longer has time to update.
Interested in alternative methods of production and distribution in emerging markets, Wyatt recently returned from working with an energy distribution start-up in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, to his hometown New York. Prior to his work in East Africa, Wyatt served in the Obama administration at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and, before that, Barack Obama's 2008 presidential campaign. He graduated from Princeton University with a B.A. in History and has been making short films and documentaries since he was eleven.
Prior to pursuing a dual degree MBA/MFA at the Stern School of Business and the Tisch Graduate Film Program, Cathy was a reporter for the Wall Street Journal in New York and Hong Kong. Covering everything from fashion week and film festivals to the world's largest movie studio in Hengdian, China, she wrote stories for the paper and produced online videos for WSJ.com. Cathy also has experience on the business side of newspapers, working with the internal strategy, digital marketing and advertising sales teams for Dow Jones and the New York Post as part of a management rotational program at News Corporation. Having always wanted to tie the creatives and suits together, the dual degree was an obvious choice.
Jess is a native of Los Angeles, California, and became a filmmaker at a young age. In 2001, she was included in the High School Division of the Los Angeles Film Festival with a short she wrote, directed and produced. She fell in love with the East Coast when she moved to Philadelphia to study neuroscience at the University of Pennsylvania. After graduating magna cum laude, she began to professionally produce films for a Philadelphia-based newspaper.
Moving to New York in 2009, Jess worked with Producer Dean Silvers (Manny & Lo, Flirting with Disaster) as the production manager on One Fall and in marketing on Enlighten Up!. Jess began the MBA/MFA program in Producing at New York University in 2010.
At Stern, Jess serves on the board of MESA as the VP Treks. At Tisch, she has already produced the thesis Henry and worked as the Producer of Marketing and Distribution on the student-Oscar regional finalist Crazy Glue. Now in her second year of the program, she is producing five shorts, as well as directing her own 10-minute film.
Forest Conner graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 2006 with a dual-degree in Computer Science and Psychology, specializing in Artificial Intelligence Research. Since graduation, Forest has worked in the fast-paced world of software development in Silicon Valley for the networking giant Cisco Systems, Inc. while spending his free time entering short film competitions in the San Francisco Bay Area and fostering his love for film production. It was from this experience that he decided to enter the graduate program at NYU.
Through the dual-degree program, he strives to understand the business of film, with the ambition of becoming an independent film producer. With the world class professors and the access to some of the nation's greatest filmmaking talent, he believes that the opportunities are limitless.
Forest was born and raised in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Colin Whitlow currently lives and works in Brooklyn and originally hails from rural Virginia. He attended the University of Virginia where he majored in Studio Art and English. Following college Colin worked at YouTube as a Senior Strategist developing help initiatives for social media platforms. He's looking forward to engaging his passions for film and novel technologies to explore systems for film distribution and marketing that break traditional boundaries.
Colin has worked on a diverse set of creative projects. Intrigued by a fight club made up of self-declared tech geeks, Colin oversaw and produced documentary footage of the "Gentleman's Fight Club" (GFC) which appeared on ESPN and National Geographic among other outlets. Apparently, the first rule of GFC is tell everyone about it. He also worked as a crew member for 2 summers at the Sundance Director's Lab, an experience that exposed him to industry professionals who engage in unique processes for creative discovery. Colin pioneered a slate of official YouTube videos which the company used to show the world how to do everything from uploading videos to creating a global audience. While usually behind the camera, he appears in a recent YouTube-sponsored video in the "buff" -- no, he won't tell you which one. During an Aunspaugh Fellowship he wrote, produced, shot and edited a photographic novel entitled Lavender and Other Colors. Please ask him for your complimentary copy. In his spare time he helps out on friends' commercials and shorts. He sometimes has a beard.
Geoff grew up in Hong Kong, where his family still lives. His father is from Colorado, his mother Cuban, and he went to the German school which made sense at the time. A graduate of Tufts University, Geoff worked in film and TV production in New York and then as an editor and copywriter before getting both his MFA and MBA at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and Stern School of Business. There he produced several short films and a TV pilot and was selected as both the Bernie Brillstein Scholar and co-recipient of the Wayfare Film Finance Research Grant. Somewhere along the way he rode a bicycle across the States, which is a really nice way to see the place
I think that the program is one of the best decisions I've ever made - From having the opportunity to take various business and film classes to connecting and working with my fellow Dualers and classmates. You are provided with the best of both worlds - a world class business education coupled with a premiere film school. It is also exciting to be a part of a new initiative and help mold it into something special and unique. The access to the professors and career opportunities is unrivaled.
Shruti is a recent graduate of NYU's dual MBA and MFA program. At Stern, she specialized in Entertainment, Media & Technology as well as Social Innovation and Impact and was the recipient of the business school's most prestigious award, the Kenshin Oshima Scholarship. While at Tisch, Shruti concentrated in producing and film financing but also directed short film and branded content.
Over the past year, Shruti teamed up with James Franco and his production company Rabbit Bandini to craft and produce two feature films that were developed in the 3rd-year directing program - Tar, a biopic on the poet C.K. Williams, starring James Franco, Mila Kunis, Jessica Chastain, Zach Braff and Henry Hopper, and Black Dog, Red Dog, with Logan Marshall-Green, Chloe Sevigny, Olivia Wilde, Whoopi Goldberg and James Franco. Shruti continues to work with Franco on feature as well as short form content.
During school, Shruti interned at Ted Hope's Double Hope Films and IMAX and as a Wayfare Fellow, she conducted a yearlong research project of choice, which centered on the future of independent film and branding. Prior to NYU, she ran NYLON TV, the online channel of NYLON Magazine, where she produced over 200 videos and headed up its strategy to be developed into its own sustainable media entity.
Shruti was featured in Keanu Reeves' recent documentary, Side by Side, which stars film greats like Martin Scorcese, George Lucas, David Fincher, Christopher Nolan and Danny Boyle, and is a commentary on how digital technology has impacted the film business.
Shruti got her Bachelor's degree from Northwestern University, where she double majored in Communications Studies and Fine Arts, with a Business Minor. She hails from Muscat, Oman by way of India.
After college I was working as an independent producer and director making documentaries, music videos, and online fashion content. Film was always my first love though, and when it came time to make the transition, I knew I needed to go to graduate film school. Aware of the importance of strong business skills in the creative industries, when I learned of the dual MBA/MFA program at NYU I knew it would provide me with a unique and essential platform to help me achieve my goal.
Itir Sezik was born in Ankara, Turkey. She got her BSc. Business Administration degree from Bilkent University in 2005 and began working in Ernst & Young Istanbul office as an auditor. In 2007, she joined Ernst & Young’s Corporate Finance department as a senior associate and worked until 2009. At the meantime, she participated in IFSAK’s (Istanbul Photography and Film Amateurs Association) short filmmaking workshop and Tevfik Baser’s script writing workshop. She produced, wrote, directed and edited 5 short films (High Heels (Oct 2008), A Little Love Story (Jan 2007), Random Shots (Aug 2006), Vacation (Jun 2006) and Istanbul (Oct 2005)).
Itir is discovering various different opportunities in her new career path. She firmly believes that the MBA/MFA dual degree program will help her leverage her strong background in finance and accounting, with her talent and passion for filmmaking. Since she began the program, Itir has attended Cannes Film Festival as a part of the Craft and Commerce of Cinema course. In addition, she has produced a commercial (“Nuts for NY”) for Promotion Pictures competition at Stern with her fellow dual degree students. She also shot (in 16 mm film), directed, and edited 5 more short films in the Sight and Sound class at Tisch.
Jacob runs Brooklyn Abridged Films, a New York-based production company and filmmakers collective founded in 2005. He began his film career producing The Distance Between the Apple and the Tree, a low-budget feature filmed in Cambodia and the U.S. Following his new love of producing, Jacob continued to make films across a wide variety of subject matter -- notably, Alice Jacobs is Dead, a zombie love-story starring Adrienne Barbeau. Since enrolling at NYU, he has produced another dozen short films as well as several advertisements, industrials, and branded content spots. Most recently, Jacob spent five weeks in Thailand with a classmate producing "Each Moment is the Universe", a short film commissioned by the Thai government as part of Film Expo Asia -- the film won the Toyota Expo Award for first runner-up.
Following graduation, Jacob hopes to produce the feature concepts he has developed while at NYU as well as those of his talented peers.
Prior to making films, Jacob worked for several years in management consulting, focusing primarily on strategy and marketing for financial services firms. He holds a BA in Government and Theater from Wesleyan University.