The Digital Hollywood Experience

The Digital Hollywood Experience


Wednesday, October 11th, 2017

10:45 AM - Noon

Track III: Herscher Hall, Room 202

Investment & Funding of Film, Indie Film and TV: from Theatrical Features to Cable Networks, Netflix and Amazon

Meyer Shwarzstein, President, Brainstorm Media

Kevin Kasha, Co Founder, Three Bridges Entertainment, former, Head of Acquisition, Starz and New Line Cinema

John Kim, President, Deep C Digital

Robert Binning, CEO, StreamSpace

Seth M Willenson, President. Seth Willenson, Inc., Moderator


Seth Willenson - President, Seth Willenson, Inc.:  Seth Willenson has over 40 years of experience in the, entertainment business starting in 1970 as one of New Line Cinema's first, employees. Seth Willenson's other Executive positions included : Corporate VP of, Programming and Business Affairs for RCA; where he was a key participant, in the creation of the RCA Columbia joint venture, cable channel, investments, and the selection, creation, and clearance of content to be, released in home video where no previous model existed, Senior VP of, Programming United Satellite Communications first DBS service financed, by General Instrument and Prudential, Vice President of Acquisitions and, Special Projects Paramount Television group, and Senior VP of,

Telecommunications and Strategic Planning for New Line Cinema.   For the past 20 years, he has been head of his own consulting firm, working with over 100 clients including: Scholastic, Columbia-Tri Star,, Disney Channel, Blockbuster Entertainment, Saul zaentz, Working title,, and Warner Brothers among others. He has been active in valuation of, entertainment properties including: the Credit Lyonnais CDR Library, the, Last Emperor, Yellow Submarine, Easy Rider and Gordy the Pig.  He has represented or produced over 100 features utilizing value in new, channels of distribution. Seth Willenson graduated from Cornell University in 1968 with a B.S. in, Economics, and attended the Annenberg School of Communications at The, University of Pennsylvania.


Robert Binning, CEO, StreamSpace: StreamSpace incorporates cutting edge technologies like decentralized storage systems and blockchains, which make it the most progressive streaming marketplace in the world. Filmmakers set a price for their work and are paid immediately by consumers, disrupting the traditional industry model. Robert Binning, CEO of Streamspace is an active cryptocurrency enthusiast who was introduced to blockchain technology through mining bitcoin back in 2012. Robert has contributed to the success and sustainability of multiple cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin, Litecoin, and Ethereum, and continues to mine transactions on multiple chains today. Before cofounding StreamSpace in 2016, Robert experimented with how distributed storage networks can be leveraged to improve the performance of various different multimedia applications. Robert attended the University of Texas, is an active member of the National Eagle Scout Association, and enjoys outdoor activities such as camping, hiking and alpine skiing.


Kevin Kasha has been a key player in the entertainment industry for more than two decades, overseeing acquisitions, production, programming and distribution for some of Hollywood’s leading independent studios. Kevin most recently served as Head of Acquisitions at Starz. In his previous position as Anchor Bay Entertainment EVP of Worldwide Acquisitions and Co-Productions, Kevin oversaw film, television series, and digital acquisitions for all of the Starz businesses. Kevin acquired more than 100 films in a mere five years including the box office successes and award contenders City Island (starring Andy Garcia) and Solitary Man (starring Michael Douglas). Kevin showed his unique understanding of the marketplace when he acquired the home entertainment and digital rights to AMC’s smash hit “The Walking Dead” as a pre-buy. Prior to joining Anchor Bay, Kevin held senior posts in sales, marketing and acquisitions at New Line Home Entertainment, Miramax Home Entertainment where he reported directly to Bob and Harvey Weinstein, as well as Vestron Video.   Kevin was instrumental in the production of each of the following movies and series: The Walking Dead, Rush Hour ($141mm Box Office), Dumb And Dumber ($127mm Box Office), Mortal Kombat ($70mm Box Office), Harold and Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay ($38mm Box Office), Rumble in the Bronx ($33mm Box Office), Brooklyn’s Finest ($28mm Box Office), Boogie Nights ($27mm Box Office), Air Bud I&II (total $33mm Box Office), Undisputed ($12mm Box Office) and City Island ($7mm Box Office).


John Kim, President, Deep C Digital: Few people in the home entertainment industry have as wide-ranging and hands-on experience as John Kim, principal of Deep C Digital. With over 20+ years of sales and marketing experience, John sold both independent and major studio movies and TV content directly to iTunes, Amazon, VUDU, Sony, Google, Microsoft, and Hulu for the past 5 years. Prior to this, he spent 10 years at Disney and Paramount; marketing over $1Billion dollars of DVD and Blu-ray sales to big box retailers Walmart, Target, and Best Buy.  Before entering the home entertainment industry, he served as a brand manager at Nabisco and a Marketing Director at Mattel. John is a graduate of Yale University and has an MBA from the Kellogg Management School of Business at Northwestern University. He currently resides in La Canada, CA with his wife of 24 years and they have 3 children.  John is a former nationally ranked tennis player, avid fisherman, and golfer.


Meyer Shwarzstein, President, Brainstorm Media: Shwarzstein is currently President of Brainstorm Media, an independent production and distribution company he founded in 1995.  He has been directly involved in the development, finance, marketing, distribution and/or production of over a thousand movies. Shwarzstein has developed and produced movies, series and specials for a number of theatrical, TV and SVOD companies including AT&T, Chiller, EPIX, Hallmark, Hulu, InDemand, Ion, Lifetime, Oxygen, PBS, Showtime, Sony Pictures, Syfy, TVOne and Walt Disney. Before forming Brainstorm, Shwarzstein headed up worldwide distribution for indie distributor Image Organization, foreign distribution for Atlantic Releasing, pay TV for MGM/UA, non-theatrical for Films Inc. and video for Record Shack of Cleveland.  Prior to entering the movie business, Shwarzstein was general manager of Triad, a Chicago-based rock and roll magazine.  He did research in solar energy while a student at Illinois Institute of Technology. Shwarzstein has spoken extensively on the independent film business on panels and with members of the US Congress, the US Senate and the Federal Communications Commission.  He has composed music for film, is a game designer and a member of the Television Academy.