MRC

  • Asif Satchu and Modi Wiczyk
    Co-CEOs
  • Scott Tenley
    Chief Operating Officer
  • DJ Jacobs
    Head of Strategy
  • Brye Adler
    Co-President, Film
  • Jonathan Golfman
    Co-President, Film
  • Elise Henderson
    President, Television
  • James Glander
    Executive Vice President, Head of Motion Picture Physical Production
  • Jennifer Watson
    Executive Vice President, Head of Physical Production (Television)
  • Pauline Micelli
    President, Business and Legal Affairs (Television)
  • Ken Makowski
    Senior Vice President, Head of Business and Legal Affairs (Film)
  • Peter Wentzel
    Senior Vice President, Production Finance (Film)
  • Carol Dantuono
    Senior Vice President, Post Production and Delivery (Film)
  • Melissa Reynolds Hunt
    Senior Vice President, Finance
  • Cindy Chen
    Senior Vice President, Corporate Business and Legal Affairs
  • Sebastian Gibbs
    Senior Vice President, Television
  • Tim Micsko
    Senior Vice President, Post Production (Television)
  • Jaren Vine
    Senior Vice President, Production Finance (Television)
  • Charlie Goldstein
    Senior Vice President, Physical Production (Television)
  • About MRC

    MRC is a leading television and film studio. 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

    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 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's “House of Cards” on Netflix, Jason Bateman and Bill Dubuque's "Ozark" on Netflix, Seth MacFarlane’s “Blunt Talk” on Starz, and Justin Marks and Morten Tyldum's "Counterpart" on Starz.

    MRC Film

    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

    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

    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.

  • DJ Jacobs

    Mr. Jacobs oversees MRC’s new business initiatives, film and TV underwriting, strategic planning, M&A, and financings. He is a member of the team overseeing MRC’s film co-financing efforts and greenlighting original films and TV. Previously, Jacobs was a buyside research analyst covering the media, telecom, cable, and digital media sectors. Jacobs began his career at The William Morris Agency and in the production division of ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy before transitioning to Credit Suisse’s asset management division. He holds a degree in Engineering from Harvard University.

  • Brye Adler

    Mr. Adler started at MRC in 2009 as a Production Executive and has risen through the ranks to the position of Co-President. In his role, he is responsible for overseeing the sourcing and development of all MRC’s film projects. This includes cultivating relationships with established and up-and-coming talent as well as identifying new business opportunities. Once a partnership is formed, he has a hand in everything from casting to green lighting to helping manage production of the slate. Mr. Adler has overseen the release of all MRC projects for the last ten years, including Seth McFarlane’s hit comedy Ted, which set a record for the highest ever opening for an original R-rated comedy, as well as Edgar Wright’s hit film Baby Driver.
    Prior to joining the company, he spent three years at Brad Pitt’s production company Plan B Entertainment. He has a BA in Sociology from Emory University.

  • Jonathan Golfman

    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.

  • Elise Henderson

    In her most recent role at UCP, Henderson oversaw the expansion of their slate of production as well as broadening their reach across platforms including Amazon, Netflix and Hulu. She developed projects including USA Network’s Emmy and Golden Globe-nominated Mr. Robot, SYFY’s HAPPY!, and Amazon’s Homecoming. Henderson also helped secure the rights to Grant Morrison’s The Invisibles series as part of an overall deal with the best-selling comic book author and sell a two series commitment to Hulu based on George RR Martin's Wild Cards book series.
    Prior to working in development, Henderson spent a decade as an agent at William Morris and UTA, representing writers, directors, and producers. Her agency experience offers her a unique perspective in-line with MRC’s artists-as-partners approach.

  • James Glander

    Mr. Glander oversees physical production for MRC across Film. 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.

  • Jennifer Watson

    Jennifer Watson oversees all physical production for MRC’s television projects. Ms. Watson has an extensive background in physical production; prior to joining MRC she was a Vice President of Production at Universal Cable Productions where she worked on Suits, Suits: Second City, Defiance, Covert Affairs, Girlfriend’s Guild to Divorce and the co-productions Colony, Queen ofthe South, Deadly Class and Ascension. Prior to being a production executive, she was a digital executive producing content for brands like AT&T, Toyota, Lexus, and Jaguar. Ms. Watson holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Southern California in Cinema Television and Journalism.

  • Pauline Micelli

    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.

  • Ken Makowski

    Mr. Makowski oversees business and legal affairs throughout MRC’s film operations, including the development, finance, production, production legal and distribution of MRC’s motion picture 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

    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.

  • Carol Dantuono

    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.

  • Melissa Reynolds Hunt

    Ms. Hunt, an active CPA, oversees MRC’s financial reporting, GAAP and tax forecasting, treasury management, participations, and residuals. In addition, Ms. Hunt provides financial and operational guidance to MRC Creative, Business Affairs, Production, and Production Finance departments. Prior to joining MRC in 2011, Ms. Hunt was an Audit Manager at KPMG LLP primarily working with clients in the retail and aerospace sectors. She graduated from University of Illinois with a degree in Accounting.

  • Cindy Chen

    Ms. Chen is responsible for all aspects of MRC’s business and legal affairs (Corporate), including the studio’s corporate and licensing transactions, employment and litigation matters. Prior to joining MRC, Ms. Chen served as vice president of business and legal affairs for Starz Entertainment, where she negotiated content acquisition and licensing deals for Starz’s multi-platform distribution business. Before that, Ms. Chen served as senior counsel for Paramount Home Entertainment. Ms. Chen started her legal career as a corporate transactional attorney in the fields of mergers and acquisitions and securities at Latham & Watkins’s New York office. Ms. Chen graduated from Cornell University and Northwestern Law School.

  • Sebastian Gibbs

    Mr. Gibbs oversees creative affairs on new and current MRC television series. Prior to joining MRC, Mr. Gibbs was a Current Programming Executive at CBS Entertainment where he oversaw creative affairs on numerous primetime series airing on broadcast and cable networks. Mr. Gibbs is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

  • Tim Micsko

    Mr. Micsko oversees all aspects of post production for MRC’s television division. Mr Micsko started his career at USA Networks before transitioning to the studio side of the business. Before joining MRC, Mr. Micsko held post production executive titles at various studios including Warner Bros., NBC, A+E and USA Cable. Over his near 20 year career, Mr. Micsko has had the privilege to work on some ground breaking and beloved shows including Monk (USA), Battlestar Galatica (Syfy), Psych (USA), Law & Order: SVU (NBC), The Office (NBC), The Middle (ABC), Arrow and Flash (CW). UnReal (Lifetime), for which he won a Peabody Award and the 40th anniversary production of the Emmy nominated mini-series ROOTS (History). Before moving to Hollywood, Mr. Micsko was a performer and theatre producer in Chicago and had the incredible opportunity to perform on the Kennedy Center stage for America’s 4th of July celebration.

  • Jaren Vine

    Jaren Vine oversees all aspects of production finance for MRC’s television projects. Mr. Vine has an extensive background working in production finance for numerous studios, production companies and as a freelance production accountant. Prior to joining MRC, Mr. Vine was Vice President of Production Finance at NBCUniversal/Universal Cable Productions responsible for such shows as MR ROBOT (USA), THE SINNER (USA), HOMECOMING (AMAZON), UMBRELLA ACADEMY (NETFLIX) and BROOKLYN NINE NINE (NBC). Prior to this, Mr. Vine spent 11 years at DISNEY/ABC Studios/ABC Cable Networks Group as the Executive Director of Production Finance managing shows for ABC, Freeform and Disney Channel such as LOST, MY WIFE AND KIDS, HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL and CHEETAH GIRLS. Mr. Vine has also worked as a Production Controller for Alcon Entertainment (BLINDSIDE, BOOK OF ELI, DOLPHIN TALE) and at New Regency Productions. Prior to getting into the entertainment industry, Mr. Vine worked as a kindergarten and 1st grade teacher and sports activities director.

  • Charlie Goldstein

    Mr. Goldstein oversees all physical production for MRC's television projects. Mr. Goldstein has an extensive background in physical production; prior to joining MRC he was Executive Vice President, Head of Production at 20th Century Fox for 18 years. Prior to Fox, Mr. Goldstein was Executive in Charge of Production at NBC Entertainment for six years.

    Mr. Goldstein has produced a multitude of programs and pilots including "The Mentalist," "The Newsroom" and "Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles." He currently oversees "House of Cards" and MRC’s new series "Blunt Talk," on Starz.