Core Team

Sheri Bryant, Partner/Co-Founder
Sheri Bryant has over 25 years of entertainment industry experience. Sheri started her career with The Walt Disney Company as a financial analyst in investments and funding, and later joined Disney's Hollywood Pictures film division, where she oversaw film development. Sheri then served as Director of Development and Production for Image Organization, where she was involved in all aspects of production, from story inception through post-production, and made multiple films for CBS, HBO, Lifetime and Artisan Entertainment. Sheri also made her foray into the new media space as co-producer and CEO of the YouTube premium vertical channel, Geek & Sundry, featuring geek icon Felicia Day. While at Image, she was Associate Producer for The Dentist, Daddy's Girl and The Nurse, and Production Executive for Dead Cold, The Secretary and Voodoo. Sheri founded Ransom Entertainment where she executive produced Discovery Channel's feature film Rain, winner of the prestigious Genesis Award; co-produced Arachnid for Lionsgate and the Sci-Fi Channel; co-produced Crimson Force for the Sci-Fi Channel; and co-produced the independent feature Boo for Kismet Entertainment.

 

Sheri previously produced the award-winning family film, Labou, which was distributed worldwide through MGM/Fox Home Entertainment and Showcase Entertainment, and also completed the romantic comedy, How to Make Love to a Woman, released by E1 Entertainment and Arsenal Pictures. For nearly 20 years, Sheri served as Board member of the non-profit organization Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment (CAPE), promoting diversity in entertainment. She is a Trustee for the charitable Feigenbaum-Nii Foundation and a recipient of the NATPE LATV Diversity Fellowship. Sheri earned a BA in Economics with Honors from Stanford University, and is an active member of Stanford in Entertainment.

John Byrnes, Partner/Co-Founder

John Byrnes has over 25 years experience in strategic planning, business development, financial management and corporate transactions. Prior to ILM, he was Chief Financial Officer and Director of Corporate Business Development of Eastman Kodak's Entertainment Imaging division ($1.2 billion in revenues), where he oversaw all financial management and strategy development initiatives. While at Kodak, John negotiated the cornerstone acquisition of LaserPacific, a leading Los Angeles-based post-production facility, as well as other digital services and entertainment technology transactions. He also spearheaded funding for Kodak's digital cinema business, which resulted in the deployment of over 2,000 theater content management systems across North America and a leadership position in the U.S. market.

 

John was previously Senior Vice President of Business Development and a Corporate Officer for GE Capital's Card Services division ($15 billion in assets), where he managed all acquisitions, divestitures and strategic alliances for the U.S.-based credit card operations. While at GE Capital, John oversaw development and execution of the division's consumer lending strategic roadmap, including completion of 12 equity investments and deployment of the division's e-commerce operations. John was formerly Director in KPMG Peat Marwick's Corporate Finance Group, where he participated in over 40 acquisitions, divestitures and strategic partnership transactions in the manufacturing, retail and technology arenas, and advised corporate Boards and business owners on deal pricing, structuring and shareholder value creation.

 

John is a member of the prominent angel investor group, Keiretsu Forum, where he serves as digital media advisor. He is a longstanding alumni recruiter for Columbia Business School, where he earned an MBA in Finance and Marketing, and was a member of the Dean's List. John also earned a BA in English and French Literature from Stanford University.

Greg Aronowitz, Alliance Partner

Over the past 25 years, Greg Aronowitz has honed his skills as a special effects artist and design specialist by contributing to over two hundred films and television projects, having worked in every creative film arena with such legends as Steven Spielberg and Roger Corman. His film credits include Memoirs of a Geisha, Disney's Haunted Mansion, Scooby Doo 2, Minority Report, A.I., Castaway, Saving Private Ryan, The X-Files, and Contact.

 

In television, Greg executive produced, wrote and directed ABC's Power Rangers SPD on location in New Zealand, bringing to the small screen 38 episodes for the 2005-6 season. Greg's design company GAA, Inc. created, designed, and manufactured the creatures and props that were utilized throughout the season and later turned into multi-million dollar merchandising items. Under Greg's guidance, SPD became the highest rated season of the series' 15-year run.

 

Currently, Greg is focusing his efforts on writing and directing through Dog & Rooster Productions. His debut feature film, Labou, was shot in New Orleans and won "Best of Fest" at the Chicago International Children's Film Festival, "Best Family Feature" at Worldfest Houston International Film Festival, and "Best Feature" at the BAM Kids Film Festival in New York. He also wrote and directed the science fiction film, Battle Planet, starring Zack Ward, which aired on the Sci-Fi Channel. Greg was an Executive Producer on the feature comedy, How to Make Love to a Woman, and entered the new media space with his webisodic creation, Alien Ninja. Greg is actively developing a diverse slate of projects for both television and feature films, and is ramping up to write, design and direct a series of family films.

Grant Kimura, Vice President of Marketing

Grant Kimura has over 20 years of marketing, branding and event production experience in the retail, travel, fashion and entertainment industries. Grant was head of marketing for Honolulu's world-renowned Ala Moana Center, and consulted for premier properties such as Fashion Show Mall, Shoppes at the Palazzo, and Grand Canal Shoppes (Las Vegas), Beverly Center and Third Street Promenade (Los Angeles), and Irvine Spectrum Center.

 

Grant has produced numerous high-profile events with emphasis on revenue generation and PR exposure, including: the Orange County premier of The Chronicles of Narnia; the all-star launch of Reef Check Hawaii; the Honolulu Wine Festival; events for Louis Vuitton, Christian Dior, Burberry, Chanel, Hermes and Gucci, as well as Hawaii's largest fashion event - the World Festival. Grant's travel industry experience includes working as a manager for Prince Hotels, Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel, and Aloha Airlines, and serving on the marketing boards of the Hawaii Visitors and Conventions Bureau and Oahu Visitors Bureau. Grant was marketing consultant for the Palm Springs and Feel Good Film Festivals, as well as for entertainment clients at Comic-Con International and various Star Trek conventions.

 

Grant ran marketing for Weaver's Coffee & Tea - rated the #1 organic coffee by NBC's Today Show - and served as marketing consultant for the Roddenberry Dive Team and event producer for Roddenberry Productions. He currently serves as marketing consultant for Kikka Sushi, an LA-based speciality food retailer. Grant earned a BA in Speech and English from the University of Hawaii.

Nick Carmichael, Director of Operations

Nick Carmichael provides all web-based operational and technical support for ILM's various entertainment properties, including website development, design and maintenance, support for online social media campaigns, and creation of related electronic press kits for both feature film and web-based content.

 

Nick has been actively involved in the web programming, design and marketing space for over 10 years. He spent several years working on the development and marketing of online educational games for children, including implementation of interactive web-based virtual worlds, creation of online character-based game "trading" cards, and design of game packaging.

 

Nick later moved on to focus on the web design aspects of internet integration for mainstream programming, and worked on several high profile webisodic entertainment productions, including such hit series as Microsoft's The Guild, Atom.com's and Comedy Central's The Legend of Neil, and the upcoming Sci-Fi comedy series, Alien Ninja. He most recently supported the global launch campaigns for the independent feature films Labou and How to Make Love to a Woman, including website development and integration of online content into various social media and viral marketing initiatives.