MRC is a leading television and film studio founded by Asif Satchu and Modi Wiczyk. We specialize in the creation of content in partnership with the industry’s foremost creative talent. MRC has developed, produced, and financed television series for premier TV networks including HBO, Starz, Netflix, AMC, ABC, Lifetime, and Comedy Central, as well as film projects for leading distributors including Sony, Warner Brothers, Universal, Paramount and Fox.
MRC Television has developed, financed and produced television series since 2007. Our TV series have received Emmy®, Golden Globe®, BAFTA®, SAG®, and Peabody® awards. MRC has produced 15 series in partnership with leading talent including Alejandro González Iñárritu, Jason Bateman, Morten Tyldum, Seth MacFarlane, Beau Willimon, Eric Roth, and David Fincher. All of these series have been distributed by high-profile programming partners including HBO, Starz, Netflix, AMC, ABC, Lifetime, Comedy Central and leading international distributors. MRC’s current TV slate includes David Fincher “House of Cards” on Netflix, Jason Bateman and Bill Dubuque's "Ozark" on Netflix, Seth MacFarlane’s “Blunt Talk” on Starz, Alejandro González Iñárritu's "The One Percent," and Justin Marks and Marten Tyldum's "Counterpart" on Starz.
MRC has developed, financed and produced films since 2004, all of which have been distributed by major US studios and leading international distributors. Our films have received Academy Award®, Golden Globe®, BAFTA® and SAG Award® awards. Notable films include Seth MacFarlane’s hit comedy franchise Ted which is the highest grossing original comedy of all time; Academy Award® Best Picture nominee Babel directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu; Bruno starring Sacha Baron Cohen; The Adjustment Bureau starring Matt Damon and Emily Blunt and 22 Jump Street starring Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill.
Asif Satchu and Modi Wiczyk are the Co-Chairmen and Co-CEOs of MRC.
Prior to MRC, Mr. Satchu built StorageNow, Canada’s third largest self-storage company. He also founded and led SMKT, a billion dollar supply chain management company. Mr. Satchu was an investment professional at hedge fund Tiger Management Company, private equity fund Westbrook Partners, and Morgan Stanley & Co. He is a graduate of McGill University and Harvard Business School.
Prior to MRC, Mr. Wiczyk was a Partner at the Endeavor Agency, where he specialized in film & television finance, international sales and corporate advisory work. While at Endeavor he raised over $900 million of production financing for a wide range of film and TV projects. Prior to Endeavor, Mr. Wiczyk headed production at Summit Entertainment. He is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Business School.
Scott Tenley is the Chief Operating Officer at MRC. Mr. Tenley provides oversight of all the studio’s operations, including film and television production, finance and distribution. Prior to MRC, Mr. Tenley worked in the entertainment practice of Katten, Muchin, Rosenman LLP where he represented such clients as: DirecTV, Microsoft, Paramount Vantage, Sony Home Entertainment and Debmar/Mercury. Mr. Tenley graduated cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania and UCLA School of Law.
Louis (“Louie”) Santor is the Chief Financial Officer of MRC. Prior to MRC, Mr. Santor spent 20 years at New Regency Productions, where he helped create their initial business plan as a consultant at Coopers & Lybrand and eventually became the Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer. Under his leadership, New Regency grew from a small company of 20 employees to a company of 70. He is a Certified Public Accountant and a graduate of the California State University, Northridge.
Joe Hipps is Senior Vice President, Television Production at MRC. Hipps played an integral role in putting together the groundbreaking 26-episode Netflix deal for the Emmy® nominated and Golden Globe® winning series “House of Cards,” starring Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright, written by Beau Willimon. Other projects include the upcoming Starz half-hour comedy “Blunt Talk,” from Executive Producers Seth MacFarlane and Jonathan Ames and starring Patrick Stewart, as well as “The One Percent,” an hour-long drama starring Ed Helms and Hilary Swank, co-created by the award-winning director Alejandro González Iñárritu (Birdman, Babel).
Prior to joining MRC, Hipps ran Dawn Parouse’s production company under the 20th Century Fox umbrella and also served as the Director of Development for Adelstein-Parouse Productions where he helped develop the Fox hit “Prison Break.” On the comedy side, he produced pilots with Elizabeth Meriwether and The Lonely Island Guys.
As Senior Vice President of Production, Brye is responsible for managing all aspects of creative and development for MRC’s film projects, including identifying and cultivating partnerships with established and up-and-coming talent. Once a partnership is formed, he has a hand in everything from casting to VFX testing to green-lighting. Brye was in charge of overseeing the release of Seth MacFarlane’s hit comedy Ted, which set a record for the highest ever opening for an original R-rated comedy.
Brye joined MRC in 2009 as a Production Executive and was promoted to VP of Production in January 2011. In August 2013 he was promoted to Senior Vice President of Production. Prior to joining the company, he spent three years at Brad Pitt’s production company Plan B Entertainment. Brye is a graduate of Emory University, where he received a BA in Sociology.
Jonathan Golfman is currently the Senior Vice President, Head of Film Business & Legal Affairs. Mr. Golfman provides business and legal oversight to MRC’s film operations, which includes overseeing the development, finance, production and distribution of its motion picture projects. Mr. Golfman also negotiates the studio's new media talent and distribution agreements, as well as assists in the negotiation of its corporate and M&A transactions.
Prior to joining MRC, Mr. Golfman was an associate in Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton’s Entertainment and Media Practice Group in its Century City and New York office. At Sheppard Mullin, Mr. Golfman concentrated his transactional practice in the entertainment and media industry, representing major motion picture studios, television networks, independent production companies, digital entertainment companies, and other institutional entertainment and media clients in connection with all aspects of development, financing, production, acquisition and distribution of motion pictures, television programming and new media content. Mr. Golfman holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of British Columbia and a J.D. from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law.
Pauline Micelli is Senior Vice President, Head of Television Business and Legal Affairs. Ms. Micelli oversees the business and legal affairs for all of MRC’s television productions. She negotiates all high level above-the-line agreements as well as license, distribution, music and rights agreements for MRC television and new media productions.
Prior to MRC, Ms. Micelli worked for Twentieth Century Fox Television and Fox 21 Entertainment, Inc. She spent the bulk of her career as a business affairs executive at the William Morris Agency where she began as a trainee. Ms. Micelli graduated from the University of California at Berkeley and received her J.D. from Loyola Law School.
Reid Shane is the SVP of Physical Produciton for MRC Television.
Shane's entertainment career began with Roger Corman’s New Horizons Studios in the late 80’s, where he was in charge of all feature productions. He then harnessed the talent of a new wave of directors in the emerging medium of music videos as well as in commercials at Propaganda films. During this time he worked with emerging talent including Alexander Payne, David Lynch, David Fincher, and John Singelton. Shane was responsible for several seminal Michael Jackson music videos at Propaganda. Shane then transitioned to Paramount in the position of Executive VP of Production, where he supervised all network TV shows, including Frasier, Star Trek, and NCIS. Reid's career as an independent producer began as he departed Paramount to develop and executive produce the feature DEAD MAN DOWN - Niels Adrden Oplev's (Girl With the Dragon Tattoo) first American film. He then returned to TV production as co-executive producer for JJ Abrams TV series Fringe and Almost Human, and has recently freelanced for HBO and ABC.
Born in Montreal and having graduated from The New School in NYC, his early career was spent as an agency producer in the advertising industry. Shane also served as an adjunct professor at the Stark Producing Program for ten years.
James Glander is the Executive Vice President, Head of Physical Production at MRC. Mr. Glander oversees physical production for MRC across Film, TV and Digital. Prior to MRC, Mr. Glander was the Senior Vice President of Physical Production at Miramax and Dimension Films for 8 years, overseeing production on over fifty films with budgets ranging from US $3.0 million to $80 million including the Scary Movie trilogy, Kill Bill Vol. 1 & 2, Frida and Confessions of a Dangerous Mind. Previously, he was the Head of Physical Production at Paramount Premiere where he oversaw Neil Young: Heart of Gold and Black Snake Moan. Early in his career, Mr. Glander was a producer and production manager for film, television, commercials and music videos with over 100 production credits to his name.
Carol Dantuono is Senior Vice President, Head of Post Production and Delivery across film and television. Ms. Dantuono has over two decades of post-production experience and prior to MRC held the position of Senior Vice President of Post Production at Bel-Air Entertainment, Douglas Reuther Productions and New Regency Pictures. During that time, Ms. Dantuono oversaw all aspects of post-production, starting with pre-production through distribution, on over 30 feature films including Pay It Forward, Collateral Damage, The Client, Face/Off, The Ghost and The Darkness, Copy Cat and Under Siege.
Ken Makowski is Senior Vice Present, Film Business & Legal Affairs. Mr. Makowski provides business and legal affairs support throughout MRC’s film operations, including the development, finance, production and distribution of MRC’s motion picture projects. In addition, Mr. Makowski oversees the production legal work on all of MRC's film projects.
Prior to joining MRC, Mr. Makowski was an associate at the boutique entertainment law firm Business Affairs, Inc. At BAI, Mr. Makowski provided business affairs and legal counsel to a wide variety of independent film and television producers. Prior to law school, Mr. Makowski worked in the marketing group and the office of the chairman at Miramax Films in New York. Mr. Makowski holds a B.A. from La Salle University and a J.D. from Seton Hall University School of Law.
Peter Wentzel is the Senior Vice President of Production Finance with oversight across all of MRC's film projects. Prior to MRC, Mr. Wentzel was the Director of New Line Cinema Financial Reporting & Analysis at Warner Bros. and Director of Production Finance at ABC Studios. At ABC, Mr. Wentzel was responsible for financial oversight of movies-for-television, pilots and primetime series including "Grey’s Anatomy," "Ghost Whisperer," "Hope & Faith" and "Scrubs." Previously, he had financial responsibility for PBS Culture & Arts series such as Great Performances and American Masters, produced by Thirteen/WNET (New York), and for CBS News Special Events (New York). Mr. Wentzel holds an M.B.A. from Fordham University.
DJ Jacobs serves as Vice President of Corporate Development. In his capacity as head of the studio’s strategic efforts, DJ oversees MRC’s greenlight and sales strategies across television and film platforms. In addition to supporting the studio’s day-to-day business planning and foreign sales efforts, he focuses on identifying strategic partnerships, distribution arrangements and other growth opportunities. Prior to joining MRC, DJ was a Sr. Research Analyst at Loch Capital, a private investment firm focused on media and telecom investments. He was previously an Associate in Credit Suisse’s asset management division. DJ began his career at the William Morris Agency. DJ earned a Bachelor’s Degree from Harvard University.
Erin Jontow is Vice President, Television, focusing on the acquisition and development of future and current MRC television projects. Jontow is the point executive on the Starz comedy “Blunt Talk” from Executive Producers Seth MacFarlane and Jonathan Ames. “Blunt Talk” stars Patrick Stewart and is set to premiere in the summer of 2015. Additionally, Jontow oversees pre-production on the Starz drama "The One Percent,” a new hour-long series from acclaimed filmmaker Alejandro González Iñárritu (Birdman) starring Ed Helms and Hilary Swank. Iñárritu will direct and co-created the series with Golden Globe® nominated writers Nicholas Giacobone, Armando Bo and Alexander Dinelaris.
Prior to joining MRC, Jontow served as the VP, Scripted Programming at BBC America. During her tenure at BBC America, she oversaw development and shepherded production of scripted originals and co-productions including the Golden Globe® nominated “Orphan Black,” “Luther,” “The Hour,” and “Copper." Before her time at BBC America, Jontow spent three years at Comedy Central.
Alex is Vice President of Production, focusing on the development and production of MRC Film projects. Alex is responsible for the acquisition of new projects, including cultivating partnerships with filmmakers, and represents the company at major film festivals all over the world.
Alex is the point executive of production on The Dark Tower, based on the bestselling series of books by Stephen King, starring Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey and directed by Nikolaj Arcel (Academy Award nominated for A Royal Affair). Alex is also working on The Dark Tower TV series, which is currently in development, and oversees development on The Shining Girls, based on the book by Lauren Beukes and to be directed by Morten Tyldum (Academy Award nominated for The Imitation Game, Passengers).
During his time at the company, Alex has also worked on Seth MacFarlane’s Ted, A Million Ways to Die in the West, and Ted 2, and Neill Blomkamp’s Elysium and Chappie.
Prior to joining MRC, Alex worked at ABC Studios and Revolution Studios. Alex joined MRC in 2008 and is a graduate of UC Berkeley.