- Darius A. Kamali - CEO
- John McKenna - Supervising Producer
- Bruce Zick - Head of Art Direction
- Clifford J. Tasner - Head of Composition
- Brett Leonard - Advisory Board
- Kasey Adler - Advisory Board
- John Cones - Securities Attorney
Darius A. Kamali
Darius Kamali’s career bridges human rights advocacy and film/media. This background includes areas as diverse as open-source intelligence analysis, institutional development and documentary/feature film making. After founding a unique legal-research firm in the 1990s he joined the groundbreaking International Monitor Institute (a US State Department supported NGO) as Visual Analyst and project manager, responsible for the analysis of evidence for use by the ad hoc criminal tribunals for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), and Rwanda (ICTR); as well as the subsequent prosecution of Saddam Hussein and the Baathist regime. He was largely responsible for establishing a film archive related to global hot spots, war-crimes and crimes against humanity. Mr. Kamali’s career in human rights/media also includes joint projects with Human Rights Watch, The National Security Archives, and UNTV as well as a stint with the Simon Wiesenthal Center. Following a sojourn into Creative Development with Penn-Chris Worldwide Media, he transitioned into the world of documentary film, serving in a variety of positions including segment & series producer and writer on a number of programs developed at Jaffe, Weller-Grossman, Scott Free, and a World of Wonder Productions. Many of these programs have aired on Network and major-cable distributors including History Channel/A&E, PBS, CBS, Trio Network, and Channel 4 in the UK. In 2008 he associate produced his first animated feature, the Annie Award nominated IGOR (MGM/TWC) starring John Cusack. He went onto co-executive produce The Hero of Color City (Magnolia Pictures, 2015) and the upcoming Bunyan & Babe (2016).
John McKenna has been heading animation studios and making both traditional 2D and CGI animated feature films for over 25 years. He built and managed Disney’s London studio and later built and ran Warner Bros.’ Animation Division in London, delivering feature films a and television episodes and coordinating other London and European animation studios who collaborated on the productions. In 1998 he moved to the US and became Senior Vice President and General Manager of 20th Century Fox’s Animation Studios. Since then he has produced or line-produced several independent animated films in countries around the world including the UK, France, Germany, Canada, Australia, and Vietnam, for US and international release by the Weinstein Company, Pathé, Universal Pictures In International, MGM and Lionsgate. Most recently he served as Head of Production for Prana Studios in Mumbai and in LA, overseeing production of Disney’ Toon Studio’s feature film Planes and its sequel, Planes – Fire and Rescue, three DVD’s in the Tinker Bell franchise and several other feature films and ride films.
Head of Art Direction
For over 30 years, Bruce Zick has been designing animation features for Disney, Dreamworks, Pixar, Laika, Blue Sky, Fox, Spielberg, George Lucas, Francis Ford Copolla, and many others, working on such films as Hercules, Pocahontas, Tangled, Finding Nemo, W.A.L.L.-E., Inside Out, Boxtrolls, Prince of Egypt, Iron Giant, and Epic. He has written screenplays for Fox Animation and his young adult novel, the Anubis Tapestry, is currently in production at Blue Sky Studios and is scheduled for a 2018 release.
Bruce has also written and illustrated comics and graphic novels for Marvel and Dark Horse Comics and children’s books for Carolrhoda Books. He worked on Thor, The Atomic Legion, and Mandala, and on February 2016 his newest graphic novel, The Zone Continuum, will be in bookstores. His illustrated book, The Bramble, won the 2013 Moonbeam Children’s Book Award.
Clifford J. Tasner
Head of Composition
It’s Not Me, It’s You (2009), Doc Crotzer, director (short film)
Steven’s Friend (2008), Eren Celeboglu, director (short film)
What She’s Having (2007), Sarit Catz, producer (TV pilot)
5 Minutes to Midnight (2007), Eren Celeboglu, director (short film)
Running With Arnold (2007), Dan Cox, director (feature documentary)
In Debt We Trust (2006), Danny Schechter, director (featured songs)
Can’t Close Our Eyes (May, 2005), Radical Media. (PSA)
Almost Beat (May, 1989)
Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows (2010)
The Wolfman (2009)
Bad Lieutenant (2009)
In My Sleep (2009)
Julie & Julia (2009)
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008)
The Secret Life of Bees (2008)
The Golden Compass (2007)
Lions for Lambs (2007)
In the Valley of Elah (2007)
Pavilion Of Women (2001)
The Rising Place (2001)
The Amati Girls (2000)
The Negotiator (1998)
Brett Leonard is considered one of Hollywood’s most innovative Director/Writer/Producers, and is known as one of the entertainment industry’s top digital-era visionaries. For over 25 years, he has been at the forefront of the digital media revolution – whether it be as Director/Writer of the groundbreaking cult-classic film Lawnmower Man or directing Virtuosity for Paramount, starring Denzel Washington-which introduced the concept of Virtual Reality to popular culture -or being the first to pioneer modern stereoscopic techniques and photo-realistic CGI in his hit IMAX 3D film “T-Rex” -or introducing American audiences to Russell Crowe and many other talents both in front of and behind the camera Brett’s work as a visionary Director/Producer/Futurist has always pushed the edge of innovation in the entertainment industry. Mr. Leonard was named by the Producers Guild of America, in association with Variety Magazine, as one of its ‘Digital 25,’ recognizing the twenty-five leading visionaries, innovators and producers who have made significant contributions to the advancement of storytelling through digital media as well as virtual and augmented reality.
Mr. Adler joined Gnosis in 2014 as SVP of Business Development and Strategic Planning. He previously founded Pangaea Consulting, focusing on entertainment finance and media startups. In 2013, he counseled a select committee of the 11th National People’s Congress to implement a proposed Entertainment & Media district in Xi’an, China, as well as a wide range of other companies.
Prior to founding Pangaea, Adler worked at Elliott Management Corporation, where he helped to manage the Beverly Boulevard 2 transaction with Universal Studios, which has financed over 50 films since 2008, including the Despicable Me, Bourne Identity, Fast & Furious franchises as well as Mama Mia, Les Miserable, Cowboys and Aliens, Hop, Little Fockers, Get Him to the Greek, Robin Hood, Nanny McPhee, Repo man, It’s Complicated, and Bridesmaids. Before his tenure at Elliott, Adler worked in the business development group at Relativity Media. He began his career in finance at Intrepid Pictures. He’s a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania.
With over 23 years experience, John Cones is a film finance attorney, author and lecturer working in the broad field of film finance a focus on the legal work associated with investor-financing of independent entertainment projects. Mr. Cones film finance related consulting concerns the choice of film finance method as well as the choices relating to: federal and state securities law compliance proper marketing of the offering, use of the Internet and expanding the pool of prospective investors for private placement offerings. addition, he works with producer clients in developing the associated financial projections for such offerings, in preparing and submitting state and federal notice filings, creating the selected entity, box office comparables and other disclosures required to be included in the securities disclosure document (PPM, offering circular or prospectus).
In addition to the above, Mr. Cones has prepared film finance offering disclosure documents for feature film development, packagin production, completion fund and distribution activities. His experience extends as well to live stage plays, infomercials, television pilots, music projects and other business start-up and project financing needs. His producer client film finance offerings have successfully raised the investor financing to produce some 52 feature and documentary films. He is also the author of seven books relating to film finance and distribution and numerous articles on related subjects . For 15 years, he has answered thousands of questions from independent filmmakers all across the country at his question and answer website focused on Film Finance: Investo Financing of Independent Film. John Cones is a member of the California and Texas Bar Associations.