ADVISORY BOARD MEMBERS

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ANDY TAYLOR: Senior Advisor to CEO

 

Andy is a music industry legend.  He co-founded the Sanctuary Group in 1976 with Rod Smallwood and signed Iron Maiden for management in 1979.  The Sanctuary Group grew to become the world’s largest independent multi-service music group, encompassing the leading independent record and music merchandising companies, as well as one of the largest music management companies in the world.  

 

Managed artists included, amongst others: Elton John, Guns N’ Roses, Beyoncé, Led Zeppelin, The Who, Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Morrissey, Fleetwood Mac and Joss Stone. Sanctuary Group also had its own booking agency representing major bands and artists from all genres, a music publishing company, TV production and a full range of recording, rehearsal and photographic studios.  The company went public in the UK in 1998 and was sold to Universal Music Group after Andy and Rod’s departure in 2006.

 

Since 2006, Andy and Rod have continued to manage Iron Maiden and serve as directors and shareholders of Raw Power Management.  Raw Power Management’s founders Craig Jennings and Mark Fuller also own the Sanctum Hotels and Geales Restaurants.  Andy received a Master’s Degree from Trinity College, Cambridge and is a qualified chartered accountant.

SANDY CLIMAN: Senior Advisor

Sanford R. (Sandy) Climan is President of Entertainment Media Ventures, Inc. Founded in 1999 by Mr. Climan, EMV is active in media investment and strategic advisory work, with a particular focus on disruptive technologies and entities currently impacting the traditional boundaries of business, media and entertainment. He is an investor, producer, and considered a media visionary.  


Throughout his career, Mr. Climan has held senior management positions in the media and entertainment industry. Mr. Climan served as Corporate Executive Vice President and President of Worldwide Business Development of Universal Studios, where Mr. Climan oversaw corporate international strategy, strategic marketing, and five studio operating divisions.  


Mr. Climan was part of the senior management team at Creative Artists Agency for 12 years, where he was the founding head of CAA’s corporate practice and a senior talent agent representing such stars as Robert De Niro, Robert Redford, Kevin Costner, Danny DeVito and director Michael Mann, as well as many prominent film and television production companies.  


Notable achievements include: Executive Producer of the first digital live-action 3D feature film, “U2 3D,” and Producer of “The Aviator,” directed by Martin Scorsese and starring Leonardo DiCaprio, for which Mr. Climan was awarded a British Academy Award and a Golden Globe Award. Mr. Climan received an Ellis Island Medal of Honor in 2018.  


In addition, Mr. Climan has been an active investor in, and advisor to, venture capital firms and early-stage companies in media, technology, and healthcare.  


Mr. Climan serves on several charitable boards, including The American Cinematheque, the UCLA School of Theater, Film & Television, and the UCLA Longevity Center of the Semel Institute for Neurosciences and Human Behavior. From 20002012, Mr. Climan served as a member of the Advisory Committee to the Director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Mr. Climan serves as an advisor on entertainment and media to the World Economic Forum and its Annual Gathering in Davos, Switzerland, as a member of the Reuters Editorial Advisory Board, the philanthropic Advisory Board of Lifestyles Magazine, and the Advisory Committee of the Ellis Island Medals of Honor.  


Mr. Climan holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Harvard Business School, a Master of Science in Health Policy and Management from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Harvard College.

ARTURO DURAN: Senior Advisor, Latin America

 

Having lived in Mexico, Canada, China, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Chile, Spain, France and the United States, Arturo speaks Spanish, English and French, and has served as a mentor and guru for many companies in multicultural and Hispanic markets

guru. Whilst looking for a content management solution he became Advisor to the Board of Hubii.com and participated in their ICO. Since then Arturo has become an expert in Blockchain based architecture and in the use of Smart Contracts. He currently serves as an Advisor to Mobs.Video and Technology Advisor to the Board of Lolly Inc.  Arturo is considered an expert in Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning and has a long career around DATA. He sits on the Board of HashPlay Inc., an Immersive Data Visualization Platform and in VR Americas Training and Operational Business Data Visualization Platform. He is also member of the Advisory Board of Tap Analytics, the largest US independent platform for DATA aggregation. He is also an Advisor to the first AI/ML content creation platform Atomic Reach and the only real Commenting Moderation Engine ViaFoura both out of Toronto. Arturo was for more than 5 years Digital and Tech Advisor to the CEO of PRISA (owners of El Pais Newspaper), the largest media company in the Spanish speaking world that experienced a Digital growth of more than 350% during his tenure. He has been Advisor to the CEO at “Grupo El Mercurio” in Digital Transformation. He is also mentor and advisor to the founders of Yecas.cl Zumby.io Amanece.com AutoProyecto.com Antengo.com AutoProyecto.com WearthatArt.com LoyalTraffic.com among others. Prior to his role as Managing Partner at IVA Ventures, Arturo served as Chief Innovation Officer for Digital First Media, the 2nd largest Newspaper company in the US. Before that, he was Chief Executive Officer of ImpreMedia Digital, the largest Hispanic news-and-information company in North America. He was also previously President of Interactive and Business Integration for CanWest Mediaworks (Canada.com) and was the one responsible for their record-breaking online revenue

growth and converting them into the largest Canadian News and Information Network.  Arturo is based out of Silicon Valley and spends winter in Chile, Canada and Spain. Previous roles have included Vice President, Multicultural, AOL Media Networks, VP Marketing and Interactive Content, AOL Canada, Director Business Development, AOL Mexico, Director of Business Development, Internet Division for the Polaroid Corporation, VP Business Development at Polaroid China (Hong Kong & Shanghai, PRC), CMO Polaroid Mexico, Vice-President Manufacturing and Retail solutions for Unisys Corp. (Mexico).

 

FRANCIS CHEN: Senior Finance Advisor

 

Francis has more than twenty years of management experience and more than fifteen years as an entrepreneur and investor in high-tech and bio-tech start-ups. He is the founder and Chairman of SinoAmerican Partners Limited that provides advisory services for cross-border transactions in life sciences, natural resources as well as infrastructure projects.  Francis is formerly Vice Chairman of WI Harper Group, a venture capital firm with investment activities in Silicon Valley, China and Taiwan, and one of the first venture firms in cross-border technology investments between US and Greater China. Francis has served as a director of several technology-based companies and has been an independent board member of Stealth BioTherapeutics (Nasdaq: MITO) since its inception in 2006.  He began his career in operating management positions with Becton Dickinson, Baxter Healthcare and Hygeia Sciences where he was one of the senior executives that took the Company public on Nasdaq and ultimately its acquisition by Tambrands.  Francis was also a co-founder and Chief Operating Officer of Scotgen Biopharmaceuticals – one of the first-generation biotech companies in the commercialization of genetically-engineered antibodies for therapeutic applications. He served as a trustee of several non-profit organizations: San Francisco Opera Association, Groton School and Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute.  Francis holds a Ph.D. in immunology from Harvard University and an M.S. and a B.S. in chemistry from Tufts University.

 

NEIL RUSSELL: Senior Advisor

 

Neil is founder and President of Hollywood Artists Pictures Corporation (www.neil-russell.com), an entertainment-focused intellectual property rights company.  He is a former senior executive with Paramount Pictures, Columbia, MGM/United Artists and Carolco Pictures—the company that produced the Rambo movies, Terminator 2, Total Recall and Basic Instinct—and he was the Founder and President of Carolco Television Productions, one of the largest producers of longform television. Over the course of his career, Neil has acquired the rights to and exploited hundreds of motion pictures, books, screenplays, short stories, pitches, formats, life stories, copyrights and trademarks and entered into agreements with numerous companies, including Jerry Bruckheimer Films, Activision, MGM, Columbia, Walt Disney, ABC, Warner Bros, Universal, Heyday Films, Tribune Entertainment, Scott Free Productions, F/X Networks, Mace Neufeld Productions, Hyde Park Entertainment, Wendy Finerman Productions, Simon & Schuster and others.  He also sat on the board of KPMG’s digital media incubator, DMX. Neil is currently developing movies, television series and an action comic book miniseries based on rights owned by him and is the author of the Rail Black series of action novels for HarperCollins.  A graduate of Parsons College, he is a member of Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, the Writers Guild of America, BMI, Mystery Writers of America, International Thriller Writers, International Association of Crime Writers, the Naval War College Foundation and a former board member of the Institute for Foreign Policy Analysis.  He has also been made an honorary member of the Hmong tribe of Laos for his fundraising efforts to provide disabled Hmong children with prostheses for limbs lost to mines.

 

KENIN SPIVAK: Senior Advisor

 

Kenin is a highly regarded executive, entrepreneur, financier and attorney.  He has led multi-national companies with billions of dollars of worldwide sales and operations in more than 30 countries, including, among others, major studio MGM/UA Communications, the Paul Mitchell cosmetology schools and leading independent production/distribution company, Island World. As a top studio executive, Kenin selected and supervised the development, financing, production and distribution of hundreds of feature films, including multiple Academy Award®-winning films and long-running television series.  Kenin also has completed more than US$10 billion of complex transactions and led the branding, marketing and sales of entertainment content and consumer products grossing many billions of dollars. Kenin is the founder, chairman and CEO of SMI Group LLC (www.SMIGllc.com), which forms and grows businesses worldwide and owns a fully-licensed SEC-registered investment bank.  He also is co-founder and chairman of Stratagem Studios Inc. in Toronto and SMI Entertainment LLC in Los Angeles. Kenin started his career as an entertainment attorney in Beverly Hills and New York, served as a senior executive for a leading television production company and then joined Merrill Lynch investment banking, where he specialized in mergers, acquisitions and complex financings for  entertainment and media. Since then, Kenin has served as chairman, vice chairman, president, CEO, director and senior advisor for public and private companies in Asia, Europe, North America and the Middle East, including, among others, leading U.S. radio network Premiere Radio Networks; global leader in traffic and news reporting, Metro Traffic Networks; hair care leader, John Paul Mitchell Systems; Patrón® tequila; the Philippines Dream casino in Cebu, Philippines; and the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas. Kenin has produced motion pictures released by 20th Century Fox, radio and television series, concerts and theater.  He is a published author, holds multiple patents and is listed in Who’s Who in the West, America, Finance & Business and the World.  Kenin is a member of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.  He received an A.B., M.B.A. and J.D. from Columbia University, each with honors.