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Odyssey Pictures Corporation

Founded in 1989, Odyssey Pictures Corporation has a successful history of financing and distributing major motion pictures such as “Sniper,” “Wuthering Heights,” “1492, “and “The Handmaid’s Tale.” Today, the company provides diversified professional services to global media & entertainment markets. Odyssey’s lines of business include producer’s representative services, corporate brand marketing and IPTV digital content delivery.


ANNE MARIE GILLEN

Anne Marie Gillen, CEO of Gillen Group LLC
Gillen Group is an independent Producer who is extensively experienced in motion picture and television development and has exceptional relationships with studios, international distributors, production and acting talent.  November 2010 Ms. Gillen released her first book – the 3rd edition of The Producer’s Business Handbook – through Focal Press and co-branded by.

From 1996 – 2001, Anne Marie was the Chief Operating Officer of Morgan Freeman’s company, Revelations Entertainment.  She led the company in the strategic financing and distribution of Revelations’ projects.  During her tenure, Revelations Entertainment produced Along Came a Spider for Paramount; developed and produced Port Chicago Mutiny for NBC Network; and developed, independently financed and produced Under Suspicion starring Morgan Freeman and Gene Hackman for Sony/Lions Gate.

Prior to her tenure at Revelations Entertainment, Anne Marie was co-founder and CEO of Electric Shadow Productions, and its Chair.  Electric Shadow financed, and Anne Marie was the Executive Producer of its first feature, Fried Green Tomatoes which was released by Universal and starred Kathy Bates and Jessica Tandy.  This picture earned over $200 million worldwide and was nominated for two Academy Awards and three Golden Globes.

She came to Electric Shadow Productions from Hemdale Releasing Corporation where she was Vice President of Acquisitions and Ancillary Sales.  During her tenure, Hemdale was one of the leading independent film companies producing such films as: Platoon winner of Best Picture and Best Director, Hoosiers, The Last Emperor winner of nine Academy Awards including Best Picture, Director and Screenplay.

Ms. Gillen is a lecturer and panelist and gives workshop seminars for such organizations as:  Puerto Rico Film Commission, NALIP (National Association of Latino Independent Producers), International Institute of Film Financing (IIFF), Show Biz Expo, Screenwriters Expo, UCLA Film School, USC Film School, Chapman University, Act One Producer Program, Century City Chamber of Commerce Entertainment Symposiums, Independent Feature Project seminars in New York, Minneapolis and Cannes, France, California Lawyers for the Arts, Women In Film, and Playback.


MAURY ROGOW 

Maury F. Rogow, Founder of RipMedia Group
Maury founded RipMedia Group in 2007. He has 20 years of successful experience in sales, marketing and business development. He began his career in the AT&T corporate development program, then with Lucent Technologies he dramatically increased market share for multimedia services, and software through innovative sales campaigns.

He was recognized in the top 1% of Lucent’s global sales force, and was awarded a coveted “Council of Leaders” title.  Maury later joined a start up, which tripled its revenue and was successfully sold to Cisco Systems for over $1 Billion. As Global Client Manager for Avaya his efforts earned him the “Leadership Award in Global Sales and Marketing” for generating millions in new revenue streams.

He started Rip Media Group to create stories via motion graphic production, corporate animation videos, and marketing media to help others achieve success. Maury is Executive Producer of Bedrooms, as seen on Showtime, Consulting Producer at CIMA Productions, New Media Producer at Cabin 14 Productions, and producer of hundreds of hours of branded commercial productions.  Maury received his BA from West Virginia University and Executive MBA Certification in Global Technology from Tufts University. He works with non-profit organizations and fund raises for various charitable organizations.

A member of National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS), the Screen Actors Guild (SAG), Film Independent, as well as a certified Inbound Marketing Professional. Maury is currently working with legendary comic creator Bob Layton (Iron Man), writer/director John Harrison (Dune, Children of Dune), Anne Marie Gillen (Fried Green Tomatoes), as producer and marketing officer. He is active on the board of advisers, and part owner of The McKim Group, an investment bank. Maury has appeared on television in various host roles for E! Television, Time Warner, and The Style Network and is completing the life changing book “Retire in 5, with the career you love”.

He is also the Executive Producer on the feature film ‘Bedrooms’, starring Moon Bloodgood (Terminator Salvation), Julie Benz (Dexter, Rambo), Sarah Clarke (Twilight), and is the Media Marketing company behind other films such as ‘Snitch’.


Bob Layton  

Bob Layton has, for all intents and purposes, done it all in the comics industry. In 1978, with writing partner David Michelinie, Bob totally re-imagined Marvel’s Invincible Iron Man, ultimately transforming it from a low-end book into one of Marvel’s all-time best sellers. When they took over the series in 1979, the book was near cancellation numbers, under 90 thousand copies. By the time Michelinie and Layton left their first run on Iron Man, the title was selling at half-a-million units per month.

Then, years later, after the title began to tank again, Bob and David came back to Iron Man to revitalized it once more, first with the revolutionary Silver Centurion armor design and then, with the wildly-successful story arc—“Armor Wars”. Their storyline “Demon in a Bottle” is now considered a milestone in comic history and was recently voted as ‘one of the top 20 comic stories of all time’ by the industry’s own. Numerous concepts and characters that David and Bob created are represented on the silver screen in the 2008 motion picture–Iron Man and the sequel- IRON MAN 2.

Bob also launched the first mini-series in comics’ history at Marvel with his highly-praised Hercules—Prince of Power. That series, which Bob Layton wrote and drew, spawned a successful sequel, a graphic novel and is still available to this day in trade paperback format. Layton also revived the original X-Men characters at Marvel with his groundbreaking series–X-Factor. While at Marvel, Bob designed the highly-successful Marvel Secret Wars toy line for Mattel, which has been recently re-released by Hasbro Toys.

Second only to his tenure on Iron Man, Bob is also known for his innovative contributions to the Valiant Comics line– first as co-architect of the Valiant Universe, and then, as Editor-in-Chief and Senior Vice President. When Bob inherited the controlling reins of the company from his predecessor, Valiant (Voyager Communications, Inc.) was nearly 4 million dollars in the red. Undaunted, Layton succeeded in turning the company’s fortunes around, netting the company nearly 30 million dollars in profits by his second year on the job.

In 1994, Valiant was sold to Acclaim Entertainment for the staggering price of 65 million dollars. Among other accomplishments during his tenure at Valiant, Layton created major story concepts and art designs for the highly-successful Turok, Dinosaur Hunter video game (the largest selling game in Acclaim’s history–selling over 1.5 million units) and won the comic industry’s most coveted award, Editor of the Year for 1993, as voted by the readers of Wizard Magazine. Bob stepped down as Valiant’s Senior Vice-President in 1996.

In June 2001, Dick and Bob, along with head writer David Michelinie, formed Future Comics and it’s cast of distinct and unusual properties including Freemind, Deathmask, Metallix and Peacekeeper. One of Future’s accomplishments was to revolutionize the distribution side of the comics business with the industry’s first, totally-autonomous Internet comics company, selling to readers and booksellers alike directly through the world-wide web.

In recent days, Bob (with David Michelinie) returned to Marvel Comics and Iron Man, creating two, new limited series which were released in conjunction with the Iron Man major motion picture in 2008–’Iron Man: Legacy of Doom’ and ‘Iron Man: The End’.

Bob is currently completing a new Hercules mini-series for Marvel and he and David Michelinie have two new Iron Man projects on the horizon for 2011. Bob has been involved in many creative aspects of film and television throughout his career, working with such Hollywood luminaries as Howard Stern, Tracy Torme’ (Star Trek, Sliders, Odyssey 5), Scott Winant (Huff, My So-Called Life, Thirtysomething), John Turman (Rise of the Sliver Surfer), Patrick Massett and Jon Zinman, (Caprica, Tomb Raider, Deep Blue Sea), David Nutter (Smallville, X-Files, Witches of Eastwick) John Harrison (Dune, Children of Dune) and George Romero (Night of the Living Dead).

Along with his comics work, Bob has been collaborating on the development of new properties for major motion pictures and television. There are film or television deals currently in the works for many of Bob’s creative properties, including his sci-fi epic, Colony (based on the highly-successful web comic series and upcoming graphic novel).

Bob Layton is represented by WME Entertainment.


DAVID MICHELINIE

In 1978, with co-plotter partner, Bob Layton, David Michelinie totally re-imagined Marvel’s INVINCIBLE IRON MAN, ultimately transforming it from a low-end book into one of Marvel’s all-time best sellers.

His storyline “Demon in a Bottle” is now considered a milestone in comics history. Many of the concepts and characters that David created are represented on the silver screen in the 2008 motion picture–Iron Man. David Michelinie’s long career in the field of comic books includes writing nearly 600 stories for Marvel Comics (The Amazing Spider-Man, Star Wars, The Avengers and, of course– Iron Man), DC Comics (Superman, Swamp Thing, Steel), Dark Horse (Superman Vs. Predator) and Valiant (Turok Dinosaur Hunter).

Michelinie is also the creator of one of Spider-Man’s most popular foes–VENOM (who appeared in the motion picture– Spider-Man 3).
David served as Head Writer for the independent publisher, FUTURE COMICS and co-created FREEMIND, which will soon be making its way to the Silver Screen, as well.

David has worked in the prose media, having published two novels and a handful of short stories and articles.
He also wrote such diverse projects as an illustrated biography of Mother Teresa (which won Best Children’s Book at the Catholic Book Awards).

Michelinie recently completed scripting two, new Iron Man projects for Marvel Comics: “Iron Man:The End” and “Iron Man: Legacy of Doom”.