Mr. Soros is Co-CEO of the Los Angeles Media Fund. Prior to LAMF, Mr. Soros ran Considered Entertainment. Considered’s first production, the documentary A SMALL ACT debuted at Sundance, was shown theatrically and on HBO, nominated for an Emmy, awarded the Humanitas Prize, and raised nearly one million dollars for the scholarship fund depicted in the film. Theatrical releases from Considered include BASMATI BLUES, a romantic comedy musical shot in India with Brie Larson and Donald Sutherland, and RULES DON’T APPLY, written and directed by Warren Beatty. Mr. Soros is the President of the Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans, President Emeritus of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, and a trustee of the Creative Capital Foundation. Mr. Soros is also Co-Chair of InventTV, a full-service production company that specializes in producing scripted and unscripted television series, specials and live events.
Patrick Murray has over 30 years of experience in the entertainment and financial services industries, with broad experience in finance, business affairs, production, distribution, strategic planning and investment banking in the film and television and related media industries. He has been a senior finance and operations executive for a variety of entertainment companies, including HBO, IMAX Corporation, Avenue Pictures, Trans Pacific Films and InterMedia Film/Equities. Murray has extensive international experience in numerous territories in Europe and Asia.
He has had a significant role in the financing, production and distribution of over 50 independent feature film and television projects. In 2013, Murray developed and helped capitalize the IMAX Documentary Films Production Fund, with total equity investment of $30M. Murray has a BA, MA and MBA all from UCLA.
Cher Hawrysh is an award-winning film producer with international expertise in film financing and co-production. Her unique combination of creative and business acumen has led to key roles on dozens of features, hundreds of hours of programming, and taken her on location in more than a dozen countries around the world.
She is also a highly regarded business affairs executive who manages financing, banking, distribution, completion bonds, talent negotiations, and tax credit administration.
Cher is an alumnus of Norman Jewison’s Canadian Film Centre (CFC), the Schulich School of Business Media Leadership Program, and a former fellow of the Trans Atlantic Partners and Toronto International Film Festival Studio programs. Formerly based in Toronto and Vancouver, she now calls Los Angeles home.
Charlie Cohen has over 25 years experience including roles as Senior Executive VP and COO of MGM’s motion picture group.
Cohen, a graduate of Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business, began his career with MGM as a Financial Analyst. He was involved in the valuation and purchase of Orion Pictures and Polygram film libraries, purchasing of the Rainbow channels (AMC, Bravo and IFC) and launching MGM’s 100% owned channel business.
As COO of MGM’s motion picture group, he negotiated multi-year, multi-picture co-production/co-financing and distribution arrangements; a 5 year, 10+ picture deal with Sony (James Bond and Girl with the Dragoon Tattoo franchises); a 5 year worldwide home video distribution arrangement with Fox; a $1 billion deal with WB for two Hobbit films. Cohen was responsible for the Stargate television franchise, three Stargate productions and 2 direct to video Stargate movies.
EVAN SCOTT NICHOLAS
Evan is involved in the development, financing, and production of LAMF’s film and TV projects, while also sourcing, carrying out due diligence on, and monitoring LAMF’s strategic investments throughout the entertainment sector. Prior to joining LAMF, Evan developed and produced the Netflix Original Docuseries THE CONFESSION TAPES. Evan started his career at Goldman Sachs, after which he was a media- and technology-focused venture capital investor at Susquehanna Growth Equity. Evan graduated from The University of Chicago with a degree in philosophy.
Dixie Legare-Collins recently completed her studies in screenwriting at UCLA, where she was the recipient of the Laurel Hummel Scholarship. Prior to that, she graduated Magna Cum Laude with a B.A. in Communications and Media Studies at the University of Ottawa. She most recently worked as a VFX Coordinator at Rodeo FX, contributing to THE DIVERGENT SERIES: ALLEGIANT, DEADPOOL and CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE. In 2012, Dixie worked at the Toronto International Film Festival where she helped launch the TIFF STUDIO initiative, a year-round development program for filmmakers.