Kyle Kaczmarek, EMBA
CEO & Co-Founder
As CEO of KDMG, Kyle is responsible for the development and growth of new business, as well as developing key partner relationships within the company. Responsible for managing corporate sales goals and projections, Kyle also oversees the organization’s strategic business goals and workforce processes, while staying abreast of state-of-the-art technologies for both KDMG and the company’s clients.
With over 18 years’ experience working in the entertainment industry, Kyle is an expert within the niche areas of digital media, distribution, and new technology. A highly respected professional in his field, Kyle has served as an advisor and consultant for other mid-size entertainment companies in the areas of business development and strategic planning, most notably Good Deed Entertainment and ContentBridge Systems.
Previously, Kyle served as Head of Digital Distribution at Echo Bridge Entertainment, where he oversaw the growth of the division within North America. He also worked in digital media from its inception at Warner Bros. where he oversaw VOD/PPV acquisitions for numerous high profile clients.
In addition to his impressive professional background, Kyle has served as a consultant for DeMatteo Monness, a guest lecturer for UCLA and Ithaca College, and as an expert source for notable industry media outlets including The Hollywood Reporter, Variety, and Los Angeles Business Journal.
A graduate of Ithaca College, Kyle holds an Executive Master of Business Administration from the University of Oregon, and a Bachelor of Science in Film Production with a minor in Theater.
Jo Louise Hanson
Vice President, Distribution and Operations
Jo Louise Hanson serves as Vice President, Operations and Distribution for KDMG. With over 20 years in the entertainment industry, Jo’s background includes a long-term career with Warner Bros. Launching her career in International Distribution, she was then promoted to Supervisor and Manager of Pay Television Distribution before serving as Director of Domestic Cable and Digital Distribution.
With a proven track record of increasing sales and revenues, Jo also focuses on decreasing costs in order to maximize profitability. She is a talented manager who spearheads projects while incorporating innovation and efficiency. Jo’s background demonstrates strong skills in communication, financial management, operations management, business development, fiscal responsibility, and process improvement. In addition, she has continued to develop her leadership education through S.M.A.R.T Success Academy and Marketing Impact Academy.
Vice President Sales & Acquisitions
Sherry Sparks is an entertainment executive specializing in the digital distribution, licensing and acquisition of feature films, documentaries, and original IPs in all genres. Her experience encompasses OTT, SVOD, pay/broadcast TV, TVOD, PPV, EST, VOD, electronic sell-through, and mobile content.
In her role as Vice President, Worldwide Sales and Client Services at KDMG, Sherry manages new business development by identifying emerging platform technologies and emerging markets. She also helps the company’s clients meet their financial goals and objectives by developing and implementing sales plans utilizing her knowledge of market conditions and key influences to properly identify prospects and key decision makers, while effectively applying and utilizing strategic selling practices and tactics.
As a skilled project manager, Sherry is also proficient in planning and executing business development strategies; working with clients and digital platforms on alignment, synergies and collaboration; and creating overall short- and long-term growth opportunities for all parties.
Robert K. Rock
Mergers and Acquisitions Advisor
A highly respected veteran in the film industry, Bobby Rock currently heads acquisitions at Lightning Entertainment Group. Previously, Bobby served as Senior VP of Acquisitions at Eric Doctorow’s Random Media; Head of Acquisitions at Echo Bridge Entertainment; and Senior V.P. of Production and Development at Francis Coppola’s American Zoetrope. Throughout his career, he has guided Pumpkin, Jeepers Creepers II, and Kinsey through to completion, as well as shepherding the development of the adaptation of Jack Kerouac’s On The Road and several short stories from American Zoetrope’s All-Story magazine. Before Zoetrope, Bobby worked as VP of Acquisitions at Trimark Pictures (Eve’s Bayou, Phoenix), Triton Pictures (A brief History of Time, Heart of Darkness), and Atlantic Releasing (Wish You Were Here).
Senior Manager, Distribution + Marketing
Ester has more than 20 years of experience in the entertainment industry ranging from Animation, Radio, TV to Movie Studios.
She has enjoyed working as a digital animator on various interactive multimedia games and cartoons like Month Phyton, Ace Ventura, Ren and Stimpy, Howie Mandel.
Also worked on radio shows for Dr. Laura, Rick Dees, Rush Limbaugh and many more.
Spent many years at Playboy Entertainment overseeing VOD-SVOD department and one of the perks was to visit Playboy mansion and admire the beauty of exotic birds walking around and rare breed monkeys.
She also obtained several years of Media Global distribution experience from working at Warner Bros. on HBO, Turner and Warner content for key client “Amazon”.
Loves challenges, thinking out of the box, solving unique puzzles by applying her internal instinct and common sense.
Her hobbies include a run in the morning for mental clarity, abstract painting and hugging her dog for “Feel Good” Therapy.
INTERNATIONAL SALES + DISTRIBUTION ADVISOR
Terese Linden Kohn, Founder of TALK Global Media, has a golden reputation with decades of indie entertainment expertise in licensing content rights for feature film, television and digital media, as well as navigating all aspects of film marketing and promotion. TALK has been a constant at all major film and television markets/festivals around the world for years and has traveled extensively to foster Distributor and Broadcaster relationships increasing sales revenue as a result while maintaining excellent studio, mini-major, distributor, broadcaster, and digital platform relationships, both domestically and internationally.
Sagar Parikh is not your regular attorney who bills by the hour or by the project. Sagar thinks outside the box and works only with entrepreneurs and business owners where his creative legal solutions save them a lot more money than what they pay for his services.
Currently, Sagar acts as outside general counsel to several companies in the $20m to $50m revenue range, including restaurants, digital media companies, fashion brands, and others.
Sagar specializes in acting as general counsel for businesses in a variety of industries, including, but not limited to, blockchain, real estate, digital media, finance, healthcare, restaurants, bars, nightclubs, and multi-level-marketing.
Sagar graduated summa cum laude in 2007 from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and in 2011 from Loyola Law School, Los Angeles. Sagar is a member of the State Bar of California and practices in both state and federal courts, including the Central District of California Bankruptcy Court.
In his spare time, Mr. Parikh enjoys hiking with his dog, traveling, and doing volunteer work for various community organizations.
FAST/OTT Business Development
Brian Hirsch is a marketing and communications executive and leader with a diversified background in international and domestic brand marketing, communications, media and sports entertainment. Hirsch is currently a marketing and development strategist in the FAST (free ad-supported TV) channel space and serves as an Adjunct Lecturer at USC Annenberg, where he leads a graduate course on the “international entertainment marketplace.”
Hirsch is an entertainment industry veteran, spending two decades at Sony Pictures Television, most recently serving as vice president of marketing partnerships and brand strategy for Sony Pictures Television networks.
In his role at Sony Pictures Television, Hirsch led media strategy, promotional marketing, and platform partnerships for Sony’s international and domestic foreign language FAST channels. In his centralized home office role, he also oversaw content marketing, creative marketing, PR and talent-led initiatives for Sony Networks’ international original productions, and licensed series from content partners at Disney, CBS/Paramount, Lionsgate and ITV/Talpa, amongst others.
Hirsch holds an MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Management (FEMBA 2014) and received his BS from The University of Arizona with a double major in marketing and entrepreneurship.
CFO, CPA, A.P.
Eric is a graduate of Mount Saint Mary College in Newburgh, NY with a Bachelor’s in Accounting. Additionally, he holds a Master’s of Business Administration with a concentration in Finance from the University of Wisconsin – Whitewater. Eric is a licensed Certified Public Accountant in the State of New York.
Eric has a wide variety of experience in both public accounting and corporate accounting during his 10 year career. He is experienced in all aspects of small businesses and large corporations alike. He has held various roles including Controller and financials Reporting Manager. In additon, Eric formed his own accounting and tax service company in 2015. He offers a wide variety of services to small businesses, including but not limited to, bookkeeping, tax preparation, and consulting services.
A freelance accountant, Stephanie is trusted for all of KDMG’s financial and accounting needs. Her experience as an accountant includes footwear brand KEEN, Community Action Partnership of San Luis Obispo County, Columbia Industries, and MassMutual Oregon. Stephanie holds a B.S. in Business Administration; Accounting from Portland State University.