JONATHAN KITZEN is the co-founder of KALLISTI MEDIA. An award winning filmmaker and a serial entrepreneur with a deep network of experience and relationships in technology and content production. When Russia opened up in the 1990′s, Jonathan set up a MKAFilm, which grew into the largest motion picture equipment sales group (in terms of units sold) in the world. By 1994, according to the US State Department MKAFilm was the only exporter of manufactured goods from Russia to the USA in that year to make a profit. In 2008, he founded 3D Consortium which combined the stereoscopic work of a number of major European firms including the Russian Government’s Academy Award winning 3D company MKBK. Recently work includes producing and shooting, RUNNING WITH THE BULLS 3D (which was selected by REAL 3D as one of the top 3D films globally). Jonathan is highly sought after as a consultant in Hollywood and has now turned that experience into producing new film using proprietary software and state of the art camera systems.
Note: In 2009 Kitzen teamed up with Matthew Whalen to form what would become Meduza Systems LLC in Irvine California. The company was built to solve the basic fundamental problem of 3D that the capture systems have not had any significant improvement in 70 years. The company was funded by a European VC in 2010 and has gone on to manufacture the most bleeding edge Stereoscopic beyond HD camera ever made capable to date which is capable of 1200% the resolution of HD video in a camera system smaller than a shoebox. Already winning many awards and accolades the system will be released in 2011 to professionals.
NICHOLAS REED, co-founder. According to the London Times one of the most influential Brits in Hollywood having represented academy award winning filmmakers and creators of blockbuster Hollywood franchises.
After college he pursued a career in Aviation when he joined the British Royal Navy as a pilot. During the end of his flight training he and a colleague won a government backed competition in Scotland to build and manufacture single-seater fully acrobatic aircraft where he was the builder and test pilot.
He then joined a marketing company, Belou Communications- which after its first twelve months in operation was voted the runner-up Best New Business of the Year by The Independent Newspaper. During his time there he worked in strategic marketing for clients such as Kodak, Fed-Ex, and several government organizations.
After moving to the United States in 1992, he was cast by Steven Spielberg to play Robin Williams’ father in the film HOOK and then later cast by Francis Ford Coppola to play a small role in DRACULA. Intrigued by Hollywood, he joined ICM in an effort to understand the making of movies. He rose quickly at ICM, going on to become the Head of the Motion Picture Literary Department.
Working with writers, directors, and actors, he has been involved with such movies as MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING, AUSTIN POWERS I, II and III, ELIZABETH, TRAINING DAY, BRIDGET JONES DIARY, MOULIN ROUGE, THE BOURNE IDENTITY SERIES, MONSTER’S BALL, WHITE NOISE, UNDERWORLD I, II and III, MEET THE PARENTS, MEET THE FOCKERS, BORAT, LIVE FREE DIE HARD, PRINCE OF PERSIA among many others. In television he was involved with the successful CSI series, the relaunch of HAWAII 5-0 amongst others.
He has served on the Los Angeles British Film Board advising the government on film policies and has advised government ministers. He has also advised the Finnish government on their film and entertainment business. In addition, Nick is a guest speaker for UCLA’s graduate film program.
Christian Glawe holds a degree in Film and Television Production at Hampshire College. After college, Christian went to Chicago, where he cut his teeth in both field production and editing and motion graphics for The Oprah Winfrey Show, The Jerry Springer Show, Univision, C-SPAN, J. Walter Thompson, Leo Burnett, DDB Needham, and many others.
One fateful day in the mid-90’s, Christian was introduced to his first Avid, a computer-based, non-linear video editing system, and his life changed forever. He decided editing was his true passion, and he would go on to edit and/or design national and international award-winning programming for Travel Channel, Discovery Channel, New Line Cinema, Lifetime Television, TNN, Spike, Speed Network, G4 Television, The WB Network, OWN, and many, many others.
Christian is the rare breed of filmmaker that is equal parts “creative” and “technical”. He relishes any opportunity to push computer hardware and software as far as possible in composing and arranging moving images for large screen formats like 2K, 4K, stereoscopic, and full dome theaters. He is the perfect pioneer to help push the boundaries of technology in search of a unique cinematic experience.