They say the best things come in small packages. Perhaps the same argument could be made about production companies.
In a session titled “Small Companies, Big Ideas” at the Realscreen Summit in Washington, D.C., a panel of indivdiuals who co-founded their own production companies came together to share tips for breaking into the business and challenges they’ve faced along the way.
Colleen Needles Steward, president and CEO, Tremendous! Entertainment, moderated the panel. Participants included Mike Duffy, co-president, Ugly Brothers Studios; Joseph Livecchi, CEO, Noble Savages; Ari Mark, co-founder, AMPLE; and Rob Shaftel, founder of Hit+Run.
Aside from running their own prodcos, many of the panelists had something else in common: experience working in large-scale, global production companies.