Andrew A. Kosove

Andrew A. Kosove

Co-CEO/Co-Founder

Producer Andrew Kosove is co-CEO and co-founder of Alcon Entertainment, the Los Angeles-based wholly independent production company that develops, finances, produces and markets theatrical motion pictures exclusively for distribution by Warner Bros.

Kosove ironically became interested in film production while double majoring in economics and politics as a Princeton undergraduate. Although he and college friend Broderick Johnson shared a mutual interest in film and the business of entertainment, neither committed to pursuing a career as filmmakers. Johnson eventually graduated and moved to New York, where he joined a Wall Street brokerage firm. Kosove graduated a couple of years later and intended to enroll in law school when he heard about Richard Kirkland, a basketball player and gangster, and thought his story would make a good movie. Kosove enlisted Johnson and together they spent three years working with a producer on the project. The project was never made, but they ultimately moved to Los Angeles to pursue filmmaking careers.

Soon after, the two were introduced to Federal Express Chairman and Founder Frederick W. Smith. Kosove and Johnson took the opportunity to present Smith with a 221-page proposal suggesting that an independent film company, backed by a well-capitalized individual or company, and aligned with a major studio for an exclusive distribution arrangement would, applying their reasoned methods, reap profits on copyrighted assets over a set period of time. Smith liked what he read.

Ultimately, Smith chose to partner with Kosove and Johnson in the finance, development and production company Alcon Entertainment. The two producers set up a small apartment "office" they rented by the week, and later a "real" office after launching their first project, "Lost and Found," a failure at the box office and a momentary set back for the young producers. However, the second film they produced, "My Dog Skip," was released soon after and earned them their first bona fide success, and Smith's admiration for their persistence and business sense.

Since then Alcon has established two long-term, exclusive distribution agreements with Warner Bros, which was recently renewed through 2015, calling for the producers to finance and produce three films per year for Warner Bros. to distribute.

In 2009, Kosove produced alongside co-CEO Broderick Johnson, Alcon's critically acclaimed, box office hit, "The Blind Side," which was nominated for a Best Picture Oscar and earned Sandra Bullock the Oscar for Best Actress. "The Blind Side" has grossed more than $309 million worldwide and broke box office records by being the first film with a female lead to surpass the $200 million mark, earned in its seventh week.

Alcon followed up the success of "The Blind Side" with the hit action thriller "The Book of Eli," directed by Albert and Allen Hughes and starring Denzel Washington, Gary Oldman and Mila Kunis. The film grossed more than $157 million worldwide at the box office. It was Denzel Washington's second biggest opening ever.

The Company's next release is "Joyful Noise," a music driven comedy starring Queen Latifah and Dolly Parton slated for release January 13, 2012.

Earlier this year the Company released the box-office success "Dolphin Tale," a 3-D family film starring Morgan Freeman, Harry Connick Jr., Ashley Judd and Kris Kristofferson and  "Something Borrowed," based on New York Times bestselling author Emily Giffin's book, starring Kate Hudson, Ginnifer Goodwin and John Krasinski.  All three films are released via Alcon's output deal with Warner Bros.

Currently, Alcon is working with Ridley Scott developing a follow up to the iconic science fiction thriller "Blade Runner," to which they recently acquired all-inclusive franchise rights. The filmmakers have not yet revealed whether the theatrical project will be a prequel or sequel to the renowned original. Scott will direct.

Additionally Alcon is producing a live action/animated big screen adaptation of the 1970s Hanna-Barbera animated TV series Hong Kong Phooey, with Eddie Murphy attached as the lead voice.

Alcon has financed, and/or co-financed/produced 20 films, including both "Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants " films starring Amber Tamblyn, America Ferrera, Blake Lively and Alexis Bledel; "P.S. I Love You," the hit romantic comedy starring Hilary Swank and Gerard Butler and directed by Richard La Gravenese; the critical favorite "My Dog Skip;" the hit comedy "Dude, Where's My Car?" starring Ashton Kutcher; "Insomnia," starring Al Pacino, Robin Williams, and Hilary Swank and directed by Chris Nolan; and "16 Blocks," starring Bruce Willis, among others.

Kosove is also an accomplished marathon runner and ironman distance triathlete. He lives in Los Angeles and is married to producer Kira Davis, they have two children.

Broderick Johnson

Broderick Johnson

Co-CEO/Co-Founder

Producer Broderick Johnson is co-CEO and co-founder of Alcon Entertainment, the Los Angeles-based wholly independent production company that develops, finances, produces and markets theatrical motion pictures for distribution by Warner Bros.

Johnson produced alongside co-CEO Andrew Kosove Alcon's critically acclaimed box-office hit "The Blind Side," for which they were Oscar nominated for producing the Best Picture nominee, and for which Sandra Bullock won the Oscar for Best Actress. "The Blind Side" grossed more than $309 million worldwide and broke box office records as the first film with a female lead to surpass the $200 million mark, earned in its seventh week. It also is the most successful sports movie of all time.

Johnson's nomination for Best Picture was also a milestone in Oscar history as prior to Johnson and Lee Daniel's nomination for "Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' By Sapphire," only one African American producer had been nominated in this category - Quincy Jones for "The Color Purple" in 1985.

Alcon followed up the success of "The Blind Side" with the hit action thriller "The Book of Eli," directed by Albert and Allen Hughes and starring Denzel Washington, Gary Oldman and Mila Kunis. It marked Denzel Washington's second biggest opening, and third highest grossing film.

The Company's next release is "Joyful Noise," a music driven comedy starring Queen Latifah and Dolly Parton slated for release January 13, 2012.

The Company most recently released the box-office success "Dolphin Tale," a 3-D family film starring Morgan Freeman, Harry Connick Jr., Ashley Judd and Kris Kristofferson via its long-term output deal with Warner Bros.

Currently, Alcon is working with Ridley Scott developing a follow up to the iconic science fiction thriller "Blade Runner," to which they recently acquired all-inclusive franchise rights. The filmmakers have not yet revealed whether the theatrical project will be a prequel or sequel to the renowned original. Scott will direct.

Additionally Alcon is producing a live action/animated big screen adaptation of the 1970s Hanna-Barbera animated TV series Hong Kong Phooey, with Eddie Murphy attached as the lead voice.

Essence Magazine listed Johnson third behind Will Smith and Tyler Perry in its 2009 Power List of the most influential African American agents, producers and directors in Hollywood.

Alcon has financed, and/or co-financed/produced 20 films, including both "Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants" films starring Amber Tamblyn, America Ferrera, Blake Lively and Alexis Bledel; "P.S. I Love You," the hit romantic comedy starring Hilary Swank and Gerard Butler and directed by Richard La Gravenese; the critical favorite "My Dog Skip;" the hit comedy "Dude, Where's My Car?" starring Ashton Kutcher; "Insomnia," starring Al Pacino, Robin Williams, and Hilary Swank and directed by Christopher Nolan; and "16 Blocks," starring Bruce Willis, among others.

A native of Athens, Georgia, Johnson met partner Andrew Kosove while the two attended Princeton as undergraduates. An economics major, Johnson headed to Wall Street and took a position at Salomon Brothers in New York, where he worked as a quantitative analyst in the equity derivatives group.

However, Johnson shared with Kosove a love for movies and an interest in filmmaking. Ultimately they moved to Los Angeles involving themselves in a low budget production, which was sufficient to convince them that their passion for films was potentially viable.

Soon after, the two were introduced to FedEx Chairman and founder Frederick W. Smith. Johnson and Kosove took the opportunity to present Smith with a 221-page business plan for an independently financed film company. The plan called for guaranteed distribution from a major studio, disciplined management of overhead, production & marketing costs, and ownership of a film library. Smith liked what he read.

Ultimately, Smith chose to partner with Johnson and Kosove in the finance, development and production company Alcon Entertainment. The two producers set up a small apartment "office" they rented by the week after launching their first project, "Lost and Found," a failure at the box office and a momentary set back for the young producers. However, the second film they produced, "My Dog Skip," was released soon after and earned them their first bona fide success, and Smith's admiration for their persistence and business sense.

Since then Alcon has established two long-term, exclusive distribution agreements with Warner Bros, which was recently renewed through 2015, calling for the producers to finance and produce three films per year for Warner Bros. to distribute.

Johnson lives in Los Angeles and is married to Jennifer Johnson. They have three children.

Shirley Davis

Shirley Davis

EVP of Physical Production

Seasoned entertainment executive, Shirley Davis is the EVP, Physical Production supervising all aspects of physical production including post production and visual effects for all Alcon Entertainment. 

Since joining Alcon in 2011, after successful stints as a line producer and a senior executive well versed in film, television and digital media, Davis continues to be a major force in the physical production world, She is currently overseeing several films including the upcoming sequel to the classic and seminal film, Blade Runner and the comedy Bastards.

Her expertise and global knowledge in film financing and film incentives has lead Shirley to be a highly regarded guest speaker.  She is also a longtime member of both the Directors Guild of America and the Producers Guild of America.

Ryan Dornbush

Ryan Dornbush

SVP, Operations / Human Resources

Ryan Dornbush joined Alcon Entertainment in 2008 to oversee the operations and human resources for their film group.  Since that time, he has helped expand the company to 5 divisions and triple the size in personnel.

Prior to Alcon, Dornbush spent 12 years in management in the waste industry, along with brief stints in the medical and forest products industries.  When he is not working, he can be found travelling and dabbling in real estate.  He lives in Los Angeles with his wife Jennifer and their 2 dogs. 

Jeanette Hill-Yonis

Jeanette Hill-Yonis

SVP, Business and Legal Affairs

Laura Lancaster

Laura Lancaster

President of Alcon Television Group

Veteran television executive Laura Lancaster is the President of Alcon Television Group, the independently owned television studio and production division of Alcon Entertainment. Under her leadership, the Company has established an effective core strategy, developing a bold and innovative slate comprised of unique scripted content with a global market appeal across genre.

Since joining the company in January of 2016, Lancaster has overseen development and acquisitions for Alcon Television Group including the animated children's series Pete the Cat,a co-production with Appian Way currently in  X production to be broadcast on Amazon. The popular book series has repeatedly reached #1 on the New York Times Best Seller list for Picture Books with over 22 published installments including picture books, storybooks and songbooks.

Additionally, Alcon Television Group co-produced the upcoming highly anticipated HBO four-part documentary The Defiant Ones chronicling the divergent roots and unlikely partnership of Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine. Each episode, set to air in 2017, features in-depth interviews with its subjects as well as with Bono, Eminem, Nas, Ice Cube, Gwen Stefani, Snoop Dogg, Trent Reznor, Bruce Springsteen and others.

Prior to joining Alcon Television Group, Lancaster held several key development positions for major studios and networks including EVP of Drama Programming at NBC Network/Universal Television Studios and SVP of Drama Development at the Fox Broadcasting Co. During her tenure at both companies, Lancaster spearheaded the development of many culturally relevant hit series including Glee, House, Heroes, Friday Night Lights and Battlestar Galactica.

 

Scott Parish

Scott Parish

COO/CFO

Scott Parish joined Alcon Entertainment in 2000 as Vice President of Finance to assist in building the Company into a leading motion picture producer and financier. He was promoted to CFO in 2004. In 2008, he was promoted to Chief Operating Officer.  He currently holds both titles, overseeing all finance, business affairs and operations for the Company.

Parish has raised over $100MM in production financing from all over the world including tax-advantaged subsidies in Germany, the U.K. and Canada.  In May 2008, Parish served as the lead negotiator in a $550MM film financing facility with JP Morgan Chase to produce and finance 15 films over five years, which was re-financed in July 2011 on the strength of Alcon's theatrical performance from films like THE BLIND SIDE, BOOK OF ELI and P.S. I LOVE YOU.

Parish has 20 years of financial and operational management experience in the entertainment industry. Prior to joining Alcon, he spent six years at New Regency as Vice President of Finance and Operations and was a lead liaison in setting up and managing the $600 million Revolving Credit Facility through JP Morgan Chase.

Parish earned his B.S. in Transportation and Logistics in 1984 from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville (UTK).  He earned an MBA degree of the University of Tennessee in 1991.

Angela Paura

Angela Paura

Co-President of Marketing

Angela Paura is Co-President of Worldwide Marketing for Alcon Entertainment, the Los Angeles based wholly independent production company that develops, finances, produces, and markets theatrical motion pictures and television programming. Paura is a passionate, dedicated, and energetic marketing executive with a commitment to high standards and an entrepreneurial spirit. She has proven over the years to be one of the industry's leading marketing executives adept at solving challenging problems with creative solutions in all areas of film marketing, public relations, social media and interactive marketing, promotions, strategic partnerships, and media buying. 

Since joining Alcon in 2015, Paura, with Co-President Catherine Paura, has spearheaded all of the Company's film and television marketing campaigns, developing key strategies that combine traditional marketing techniques with innovative tactics to target the broadest spectrum of consumers. While at Alcon, she has helped shape the marketing campaigns for projects including the upcoming theatrical Blade Runner sequel Blade Runner 2049, starring Ryan Gosling and Harrison Ford, and the hit television series The Expanse, renewed for a third season on Syfy.

Prior to joining Alcon, Paura was from 2003 President and Chief Operating Office at Capstone Global Marketing & Research Group, Inc., a full-service entertainment marketing consultancy and research firm with key industry relationships, where she created and generated innovative solutions to challenging film marketing problems.

From 1996 until 2003, Paura was Chief Operating Officer of The National Research Group, Inc. (NRG). NRG, the influential company now owned by the Stagwell Group, was for many years the film industry's leading market research and marketing consulting organization.

Paura is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of New York's Marymount Manhattan College and earned her MBA at Harvard University.

Catherine Paura

Catherine Paura

Co-President of Marketing

Catherine Paura is co-president of worldwide marketing for Alcon Entertainment, the Los Angeles based wholly independent production company that develops, finances, produces and markets theatrical motion pictures and television. Since joining Alcon in 2015, Paura-with Co-President Angela Paura-- has overseen all of the Company's film and television marketing campaigns, developing key strategies that combine traditional marketing techniques with innovative tactics to target the broadest spectrum of consumers. While at Alcon, she has helped shape the marketing campaigns for projects including the upcoming feature tentpol Blade Runner 2049, starring Ryan Gosling and Harrison Ford, and the hit television series The Expanse, currently in its second season on Syfy.

Prior to joining Alcon, Paura co-founded the pioneering marketing research firm The National Research Group, Inc. (NRG), where she served as CEO for 25 years. NRG, the influential company now owned by the Stagwell Group, was the film industry's premiere market research and marketing consulting organization.

As CEO of NRG, Paura disrupted the ways in which films were promoted by introducing modern market research analytics and technology to the industry. While at NRG, Paura contributed to the development of tracking, a technique that has remained a mainstay within the film industry.

Paura has also served as a producer and marketing consultant to Dick Cook at Disney,  and as chairman and CEO of Capstone Global Marketing and Research, Inc. as well as an adviser and counsel to studio heads and marketing departments.

Paura is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

 

 

Carl Rogers

Carl Rogers

SVP of Feature Development

Carl Rogers joined Alcon Entertainment in 2005 as an assistant to co-CEOs Kosove and Johnson. Since becoming  SVP of Feature Development in 2014, he has overseen the acquisition and creation of a diverse slate of projects designed to appeal to a global audience, including the upcoming sequel to the classic sci-fi thriller BLADE RUNNER and the comedy BASTARDS.

Rogers graduated from Georgia Southern University with a degree in Physics.