MRC is an independent film and television studio founded by Asif Satchu and Modi Wiczyk. It is backed by Goldman Sachs, AT&T, WPP Group and ABRY Partners. MRC specializes in the creation of premium entertainment content that has been distributed by Universal, Sony, Warner Brothers, Paramount, Fox, HBO, ABC, CBS, Netflix, Google and other leading international distributors.
MRC has been financing and producing films since 2006, all of which have been distributed by major US studios in addition to many leading international distributors. MRC’s films have received Academy Award®, Golden Globe®, BAFTA® and SAG Award® nominations. Notable films include Seth MacFarlane’s hit comedy Ted, which set records for the highest opening weekend ever and highest International box office gross for an original R-rated comedy; Academy Award® Best Picture nominee Babel; Bruno starring Sacha Baron Cohen; The Adjustment Bureau starring Matt Damon and Emily Blunt and District 9 director Neill Blomkamp’s second feature film, Elysium. MRC’s upcoming films include Seth MacFarlane's second feature film, A Million Ways to Die in the West and Neill Blomkamp's third feature film, Chappie.
MRC Television has financed and produced television series since its launch in 2008, all of which have been distributed by high-profile programming partners including HBO, CBS and ABC. MRC’s current television slate includes the drama House of Cards, which marks the first foray into series television by Academy Award nominees David Fincher and Beau Willimon and Academy Award winners Kevin Spacey and Eric Roth. Season 2 of House of Cards is currently filming and will be released on Netflix. Past shows include Emmy®-winning The Ricky Gervais Show and the animated comedy The Life and Times of Tim.
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 President of Business Affairs at MRC. Mr. Tenley provides business and legal oversight of all the studio’s operations, including film and television finance and distribution, M&A, and new media talent and distribution agreements. 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.
Erika Hindle is the Chief Financial Officer of MRC. Prior to MRC, Ms. Hindle was the Executive Vice President of Finance at Relativity Media. Previously, she was the Senior Vice President of Finance and Administration at Overture Films, where she worked closely with the founders on the initial business plan that ultimately resulted in the company's funding by Liberty Media Corporation. She has also held senior financial positions at MGM and Weddingchannel.com. Earlier in her career, she worked in the audit and valuation services groups at Price Waterhouse and in the investment banking department at Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette. Ms. Hindle is a Certified Public Accountant and a graduate of UCLA and Harvard Business School.
James Glander is the Senior 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.
As Senior Vice President of Television Production, Joe Hipps played an integral role in putting together the groundbreaking 26-episode Netflix deal for upcoming series “House of Cards”, a David Fincher-directed political thriller starring Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright and written by Beau Willimon. Other projects include “Knifeman”, a Rolin Jones period medical drama and television projects with acclaimed directors Rupert Wyatt and José Padilha. Since joining the company in 2008, Hipps has shepherded production for HBO animated series “The Ricky Gervais Show” and “The Life & Times of Tim”, as well as “Shaq Vs”, for ABC and “How to Be a Gentleman” for CBS. Hipps also oversaw “The Goode Family” and “Surviving Suburbia” for ABC, as well as “Krod Mandoon and the Flaming Sword of Fire” for Comedy Central and The BBC 2.
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.
Liz Jenkins is the Senior Vice President of Development & Strategy at Media Rights Capital. In her capacity as head of the studio’s strategic efforts, Liz oversees MRC’s greenlight and sales strategies across television and film platforms as well as the joint distribution venture between MRC and Universal. In addition to supporting the studio’s business planning and foreign sales efforts, she focuses on identifying strategic partnerships, distribution arrangements and other growth opportunities.
Prior to joining MRC, Liz worked for Credit Suisse in the Media and Telecom Investment Banking Group as well as McKinsey & Company where she served a variety of media and financial services clients. Liz earned a Bachelor’s Degree from Stanford University and received her MBA from The Wharton School.
Pauline Micelli is 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.
Peter Wentzel is the Vice President, Production Finance with oversight across Film, TV and Digital. 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.
Todd Greenfield is the Vice President of Finance at MRC. Prior to MRC, Mr. Greenfield was the Vice President of Finance and Administration at Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation in the Domestic Theatrical division. Previously, he was an Accounting Manager at Sega Gameworks, an Accounting Supervisor at the Walt Disney Company and a Senior Auditor at Grant Thornton, LLP. He is a Certified Public Accountant and a graduate of the University of Southern California.