Solis Studios, Kodiak Pictures to Co-Finance Defiant Studios Slate
Brett combines almost two decades of film and television experience with an innovative perspective on non-scripted storytelling and live broadcast production, after launching his career as a popular actor on successful shows like One Tree Hill and One Life to Live. Throughout his career, he has produced and/or starred in hundreds of film, television and digital content productions, developing an immense network of relationships throughout the industry.
Behind the cameras, he has produced and directed a decades worth of major live broadcast events starring some of the biggest names in entertainment. Brett was an early visionary of the gaming industry, regularly masterminding heavily attended celebrity gaming events for charity, leading to the founding of Tiltify, now the world’s premiere crowdfunding platform for live-streaming. He began building HMBL House in 2019 as an early predictor of the upcoming explosion in premium livestream content, leading HMBL House to be a major innovative force in developing and producing new remote content models for good during the pandemic of 2020.
Brendan’s entrepreneurial career in the entertainment and technology industries spans two decades. He is an award nominated producer and electronic artist and has graced the stages of some of Australia’s largest International music events and alongside some of the world’s most prolific acts.
As a music producer he has collaborated with a Grammy Award winning producer and IDOL (franchise) finalists, was a finalist in the US Song Writing Competition and was a finalist in the Music Oz Awards. His releases and collaborations have graced the ARIA Club charts and have received support from International DJs and International radio play. In parallel, Brendan has operated in the financial markets and investment banking for a decade, having significant experience in venture capital, M&A, Public Offerings (IPOs, ICOs), reverse mergers, International equity capital markets and debt instruments. Brendan is an internationally experienced operations and transaction focused executive and has served as Chairman and/or Director of numerous publicly (NASDAQ, ASX) listed technology (blockchain, FinTech) and biotech companies and private enterprises. He is a Responsible Manager of an Australian Financial Services License (AFSL).
Kiran is a seasoned Lead Full Stack developer with 15 years’ experience working with large enterprises as well as blockchain and technology start-ups, with particular interest in DeFi and NFT ecosystems and blockchain protocols. Kiran holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Computer Science) and is certified as a Consensys Blockchain Developer, AWS Solutions Architect, Oracle Expert Database SQL. Kiran has developed blockchain applications on Quorum and Ethereum nodes, and created Solidity smart contracts on Openzepplin. Experienced using and deploying on Truffle framework, Web3.0 modules, and implementing custodian wallet creation as well as Metamask integration.
Kiran is proficient in robust database design and architecture to highly scalable enterprise standards and security protocols. Kiran’s technology proficiency includes;- Blockchain [Ethereum, Solidity, OpenZepplin, Quorum, Truffle, Ganache];
Corey is a veteran sports and entertainment executive with nearly two decades of experience bringing fans and consumers together with their favorite teams, athletes, celebrities, and blue-chip brands. Since receiving his MBA in Sports Business Management from San Diego State University, he’s been an integral member of IMG/Endeavor, the global leader in Sports, Fashion, Events and Media (formerly known as William Morris Endeavor Entertainment, operating in more than 30 countries) across several divisions and has held various leadership roles in Consulting, Event/Content Production, Sales & Marketing. Corey’s vast experience working with major leagues (NFL, NBA, NCAA), international household brands such as Coca-Cola, Under Armour, Wendy’s, Nintendo, UPS, Kellogg’s and Unilever, and A-list athletes and celebrities has inspired his passion for creating valuable connections and quickly building credibility and lasting relationships. Inspired by innovation, Corey has been actively involved in the cryptocurrency sector since 2017 and has built a strong expertise and high value network through daily engagement with a multitude of social communities.
From non-profit museum engagement and supply chains to enterprise Hybrid Cloud software, the constant for Clay Braxton has always been solving complex human problems in scalable systems. He has led incubation-style design and product management swat teams to quick successful outcomes in low code/no code business management software, AI, Blockchain, Hybrid Cloud, Telco and Edge technologies. Clay is a coach in Enterprise Design Thinking and Agile methodologies, and has taught and guest lectured courses in these subjects at The University of Texas, East Carolina University, NC State University, The University of North Carolina, and Duke University. As a Design Manager for IBM Hybrid Cloud, Clay currently manages an award-winning and multi-talented team of designers (UX, Research, Visual Design, Content, and Front End Development) on one of the most innovative spaces in technology. Clay splits his time between growing his team and their careers, managing their workloads, contributing to a diverse safe culture, aligning with fellow stakeholders, and designing solutions himself.
Larry is an accomplished business development and marketing professional with a 20 year track record of working with IP holders, properties and brands related to the sports, technology, art and entertainment industries.
Prior to joining Solis, Larry handled business development efforts across a wide portfolio of companies from television show brand sponsorship to immersive media campaigns across sports and music. Throughout his career his focus has been on matching IP Holders and brands with the right technology, assets and ideas to achieve their goals. He is a strong leader and team member with experience in live event/sports marketing, including generating revenue for NBA, NHL, concerts & festivals, special events, multi-purpose venues, numerous NCAA Properties along with artist and athlete brand management.
Desmond is a sports and entertainment marketing expert with 15 years of experience working with the biggest names and brands in the industry. Since starting his career at Def Jam, he has since cut his teeth at powerhouse advertising agencies and brands like Wieden+Kennedy, Creative Artist Agency, and most recently, Jordan Brand. His strategic, creative and brand management experience on brands like Jordan, Beats, 2K Sports, Nike, Old Spice, Target and Coke have earned him recognition from industry leaders, including the Association of Independent Commercial Producers, where he’s previously served both as a judge and award recipient.
Mark has been on the cutting edge of innovative content for nearly 20 years. He is responsible for developing, creating, and showrunning thousands of hours of programming, including unscripted TV juggernauts The Biggest Loser (NBC) and Masterchef (Fox) and groundbreaking non-linear projects like then real-time doc series @Summerbreak, the Emmy-nominated comedic anthology The Crossroads of History, and the Emmy-nominated hybrid comedy Making a Scene with James Franco. His full-service independent production company, INE Entertainment, founded in 2011, was born out of a mission to combine great storytelling with innovative producing as the best way to serve tomorrow’s linear and non-linear distributors, an increasingly diverse community of talent in front of and behind the camera, and the progressively dynamic relationship between audiences, media platforms, and brands.
Shira Lazar is the Founder/CEO of the Emmy Nominated digital media brand, What's Trending. She is a Web3 advocate, collector, and advises as well as consults with companies in the space relating to cryptocurrency, NFTs and the metaverse. As a broadcaster, Shira uses her platforms to create content and education around Web3 bridging the gap between the industry, creators and consumers. You can listen to her popular Twitter spaces shows #AlphaMondays and Women in Web3 Weekly Wednesdays at 6pm. She also recently launched Inside Web3 with KNX News airing weekly on 97.1FM in Los Angeles and live streaming on the Audacy app. While the industry is young and growing quickly, Shira has already planted her flag as a leading female voice, appearing on stage at major conferences and events including VEECON, NFTLA, AVAX's Avalanche Summit and SXSW with keynote speaker Mark Cuban. Shira has been named one of Fast Company’s Most Influential Women in Technology, Huffington Post’s “Women in Tech to follow on Twitter”, and was honored on the Variety Women of Impact list and Cynopsis Top Women In Digital.
Rawn Erickson II President co-founder of The Machine a Multi Company Network focused on influencer marketing and branded content development. Previously co-founder of Maker Studios the first Multi Channel Network he worked as a content creator, producer, and talent acquisition before exiting to Disney in 2014. With over a decade in “digital” Rawn has been a part of building the social media marketing ecosystem that is now an integral part of every brand campaign.
From breakdancing in the streets of San Francisco to starring in movies on the silver screen, Dante Basco has become one of the most recognizable faces in Hollywood and truly an Asian American icon with a career spanning over three decades. He was first introduced in Steven Spielberg’s fairytale movie Hook, as “Rufio”, the leader of the Lost Boys, which quickly developed into a fandom phenomenon. With more than 100 credits to his name, he’s found success in film, as well as television starting at a very early age on hit shows such as, The Wonder Years, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Hangin’ with Mr. Cooper, Moesha, Nash Bridges, Touched by an Angel, and Providence, CSI: Miami, Entourage and Hawaii Five-0. Ever versatile, Dante has voiced some of the most celebrated projects in animation and video games. As the voice of “Jake Long” in Disney’s animated series American Dragon: Jake Long, as well as “Prince Zuko” in Nickelodeon’s phenomenal hit, Avatar: The Last Airbender, Dante’s extensive acting training has helped bring these characters to life. A man of many talents, Dante is the founder of the largest weekly poetry venue in the country, “Da Poetry Lounge” in Los Angeles, with a 400+ turn out every Tuesday night since 1995, as well as appearances on HBO’s “Def Poetry Jam”. Dante now is realizing his potential as a visual storyteller, directing multiple films including the recently released film “The Fabulous Filipino Brothers”, currently on HULU.
Rania Batrice is a first generation Palestinian, born and raised in Lubbock, Texas. As the only daughter in a conservative family, bravery and perseverance has defined her upbringing as a leader in progressive movements in the U.S. and around the world. Rania has worked as a Democratic operative for over two decades, lending her voice, story, and expertise in a variety of fields including through political, non-profit, and legislative strategies as well as crisis management. Rania served in Bernie Sanders’s 2016 run for president in a number of roles, including as National Director of Surrogates and Deputy Campaign Manager. Following the primary, Rania continued to work with the DNC to develop, increase, and inspire progressive outreach with Sen. Bernie Sanders’ campaign during his General Election appearances. While her work has centered on strategy, communications, and development, her portfolio has expanded to even include years of experience in conflict resolution, mediation, and organizational development. Rania and her firm, Batrice and Associates, have continued to work toward social justice, equality, and progress through a variety of avenues including developing, advising, and furthering partnerships with organizations such as Change the Ref, New American Leaders, the Arab American Institute, March for Our Lives, Terence Crutcher Foundation, Human Rights Watch, Sunrise Movement, Known Holdings and more.
As Creative Director and CEO of PCB Productions, Keith Arem brings over 25 years of interdisciplinary experience to his work in film, music, interactive, VR/AR and AAA video games.
Arem is the performance director for many of the top-grossing game titles in history, including Call of Duty: Black Ops 1 & 2, and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 1, 2 & 3. Keith has worked with clients such as Activision, Ubisoft, Sony, Sega, Electronic Arts, Microsoft, Capcom, Disney and has recorded and produced over 600 commercial releases, including franchises for Call of Duty, Spider-Man, Final Fantasy, Yakuza, Tony Hawk Pro Skater, Persona, Rainbow Six, Monster Hunter and Titanfall. Integrating his musical background (Contagion / Capitol Records) with his experience as a director, creator and writer, Arem weaves rich immersive stories across multiple platforms and formats. Arem recently directed his first motion picture, Phoenix Incident, and is developing several additional feature film, interactive and television projects, many of which are based on his highly successful graphic novels including “Ascend,” “Infex” and “Dead Speed.”
Jay Rosenzweig is an internationally renowned social impact entrepreneur, humanitarian, trained lawyer, and leadership strategist. The founder of Rosenzweig & Company, Rosenzweig is an expert in designing, building and attracting world class teams. He consults to public and private companies, including large global corporations; emerging growth to mid-sized businesses; professional services firms; and private equity and venture capital firms. He invests in and advises several leading edge tech companies across North America and beyond. Rosenzweig has been immersed global human rights causes for well over two decades, and has been internationally recognized for the Annual Rosenzweig Report on equality, which he has published for the past seventeen years. Rosenzweig’s Annual Report has received endorsements and contributions from a wide range of leaders and personalities such as Justin Trudeau, Alyssa Milano, Sheryl Sandberg, Mark Cuban, Deepak Chopra, Van Jones, Zainab Salbi, CEO’s and Board Chairs of major corporations, and several other artists, humanitarians, politicians and business leaders. He is the Chair of the Board of Irwin Cotler’s Raoul Wallenberg Centre For Human Rights. In addition, he sits on a number of other purpose driven boards supporting causes ranging from healthcare, youth empowerment, refugee protection, and anti-gun violence. Rosenzweig is an outspoken advocate against Antisemitism, racism and all forms of hate and discrimination. He invests in businesses whose mission is to foster a world that gives equal opportunities for all, including greater access to education, capital and mobility. Rosenzweig’s work has been featured in several publications, including Forbes, The New York Times, Fast Company, The Guardian, Business Insider, BNN Bloomberg, Cheddar, Bold TV, Digital Trends, Business Rockstars, Globe & Mail, National Post, Toronto Star, Huffington Post, and Thrive Global. He earned three degrees at McGill University: Philosophy, Civil Law, and Common Law. In addition, he completed the Harvard Law School Negotiation Program, taught by expert negotiator Roger Fisher, author of Getting To Yes. Rosenzweig is an avid songwriter, having collaborated with a number of well-known recording artists.
CEO of Fundsurfer, a funding and investment company based in the UK. Co-founder of Trillion impact. EP & Film Financier. Oliver is also a Royal Society of Arts (RSA) fellow and a member of the British China Business Council. He sits on the advisory board at Tsangs, a fourth-generation HK-UK Family Office. He is also an Introducing Broker (IB) for OTC digital assets and an advisor to a number of CEOs and UHNWI.
Phil Ranta is the Chief Executive Officer at Wormhole Labs, a technology company that built a platform for user-generated metaverses. As Head of Gaming Creators, North America at Facebook, Phil achieved over 5x departmental growth in his first year, signing exclusive streaming contracts with DisguisedToast, Corinna Kopf, and UFC / WWE superstar Ronda Rousey. Phil also built two of the largest creator networks in the world as COO at Studio71 and VP, Networks at Fullscreen, both successfully exited (to ProSieben and Otter Media, a joint venture between AT&T and Peter Chernin, respectively). Other roles include Head of Creators at Mobcrush, a live streaming technology with hundreds of thousands of authenticated users, Executive Producer at Viva! Vision, producing content delivered to over 250 million mobile phones worldwide, and content creator who produced videos and podcasts that have achieved hundreds of millions of views and downloads.
Mark has had a long and successful career spanning the breadth of the corporate world. He commenced his career in the accounting profession where he was a widely recognised corporate and international tax partner with two of the global Big 4 accounting firms advising well known multinational companies on the cross border strategies. He subsequently established a successful career in corporate finance and investment banking where he specialised in growing emerging businesses and start-up, leading them through the business life-cycle through to initial public offerings and listings on multiple stock-exchanges. He regularly advises on mergers & acquisitions, and equity/debt raisings. He has sat on numerous boards, public and private.
Jeremy is the Co-Chair of Buchalter’s Corporate Practice Group; consistently ranked among the leading law firms by Chambers and Partners, Best Lawyers, The Daily Journal and the Los Angeles Business Journal. It is also ranked among the leading firms nationally by American Legal Media and the National Law Journal. Jeremy’s expertise covers mergers and acquisitions, private equity, publicly and privately traded securities, corporate maintenance and formation, corporate finance, and licensing. He represents clients in a variety of industries, including apparel, retail, beauty, food, entertainment, computer software, e-commerce, aerospace and defense, manufacturing, and investment banking that range in size from small start-ups to multi-billion dollar publicly traded corporations. Jeremy has been named “Most Influential Private Equity Advisor” by the Los Angeles Business Journal. He has also been selected as one of Southern California’s Super Lawyers from 2018 – 2020 and was also selected as a Southern California Rising Star from 2006 – 2008, 2013.
Anthony is the managing partner of Carey Olsen’s Singapore division and the head of corporate practice in Asia. He advises on Cayman Islands, British Virgin Islands and Bermuda law and has a broad range of experience in corporate and commercial and finance transactions. Anthony is ranked as a leading offshore lawyer by each of The Legal 500, IFLR1000, Chambers Global and Chambers Asia-Pacific. Anthony was admitted as a barrister and solicitor of the Supreme Court of Western Australia and the High Court of Australia in 2002, as a solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales in 2006, as an attorney-at-law in the Cayman Islands in 2007, as a solicitor of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court (British Virgin Islands) in 2014 and is enrolled as a registered associate in Bermuda.
Simon Owen has over 30 years of experience as a corporate and commercial lawyer and corporate advisor with particular focus upon developing businesses and capital markets. He has acted as a Chairman and Director, both executive and non-executive, for a number of listed and unlisted public companies. He also has considerable executive experience in the establishment and development of businesses in industries including technology and manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, agriculture, resources, oil & gas and finance, whether as an advisor or an executive. His various roles have provided extensive experience in strategic planning, corporate finance, negotiating and structuring transactions, liaising with regulatory authorities and regulatory compliance in jurisdictions around the world.