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Executive bios

Stephen Polk
President

Specializing in comprehensive contributions to key areas of Film, Digital Media and marketing Stephen's expertise is based on 30 years in Film and Television that involves work on over 40 projects. He has experience as a consultant, writer, director, producer, executive producer, post production supervisor, and sales agent. Stephen founded and sold Providence Productions after producing timely and entertaining cross over Indy films that he sold directly to distribution outlets worldwide; Providence Productions had the distinction of not only developing and producing its own library but also co-producing and selling product that exceeded market and financial expectations. In addition to his executive role at Providence Media Group, he functions as content creator, producer and film director of media projects, features, and documentaries including Dyslexic Truths

While working with studios, Independent filmmakers, and organizations, Polk oversees media projects and productions for funders, non-profits, and Independent filmmakers.

Dedicated to improving Education, he has served or consulted the boards, missions, and programs of non profit and charitable organizations including Schools, Museums, Churches, correctional Institutions, The Boys and Girls Club, Youth at Risk organizations, Kids for a Cause and programs.

Polk studied English, History and Theater at Westminster and Kenyon College, acting at The Neighborhood Playhouse, writing at Playwrights Center, and directing at NYU Film School. He also attended the American University in Cairo.

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Production Executive

Andrew Sugerman
Producer

Successful production company�s and films have a supervising producer who delivers like Mr. Sugerman. Andrew has produced numerous successful TV and Feature Film projects with production companies like Hyde Park, Miramax, Gemini Films and Motion Picture Corporation of America. He recently produced DEATH SENTENCE with Kevin Bacon and Kelly Pressman, PREMONITION with Sandra Bullock, GRILLED with Ray Romano,, and SHOPGIRL with Steve Martin and Claire Daines, WHOLE TEN YARDS with Bruce Willis. Previously, BOAT TRIP with Cuba Gooding, UNDISPUTED with Wesley Snipes, and PROZAC NATION starring Christina Ricci, Jessica Lange and Anne Heche. Producing credits also include IN GOLD WE TRUST, BASIC TRAINING and the movie of the week WORKING TRASH for Fox starring George Carlin and Ben Stiller. He produced and directed MANDY�S GRANDMOTHER, an Emmy Award winner and Academy Award nominated half hour drama syndicated by Multimedia. He also Line Produced a number of low-budget features that were released on HBO, Cable TV and Home Video including: SPIDERS, THE PROPHET�S GAME, KIMBERLY, THE STERLING CHASE, MERCY STREET, DEADLY RIVALS and MICHAELANGEL to name a few. His most recent feature is BETTY ANN starring two time Academy Award winner Hillary Swank. Andrew is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the Directors Guild of America.
Heidi Levitt
Casting Director/Producer

Rick Rosenthal
Producer

Tom Skouras
Distributor

With his wealth of experience and knowledge, Tom Skouras provides Providence with an exhaustive knowledge of the domestic theatrical market and broad knowledge of the international markets. This, combined with an out deal with Anchor Bay - Sony, makes Skouras valuable to maximize revenue for Providence films. Mr. Skouras has over twenty years experience in independent motion picture distribution. From 1983 to 1995 he was founder and president of Skouras Pictures, Inc., an independent film distribution company responsible for releasing over 200 independent films in the United States and international markets. During this period Skouras Pictures garnered many awards and prizes; these include Academy Award nominations, Golden Globe awards, Sundance awards, New York Film Critics awards, Los Angeles Film Critics awards, and numerous mentions on annual top 10 film lists. Among the many films Skouras has released are Joel and Ethan Coen�s first film, Blood Simple, Paul Schrader�s The Comfort of Strangers, and multiple Oscar nominee My Life As A Dog, directed by Lasse Hallstrom. From 1981 to 1983, Mr. Skouras served as the president of Wescom Productions, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Chronicle Publishing Company (San Francisco Chronicle). From 1972 to 1994, he served as a member of the Board of Directors of De Anza Land Co., a Skouras family owned chain of drive-in theatres in California, Arizona, Utah and Nevada. From 1985 to 1992, he also served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Bank of San Francisco. He is currently a voting member of the Executive Branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Mr. Skouras is the third generation of his family to be involved in the motion picture business; at various times members of his family have owned or controlled United Artists Theater Circuit, Fox Westcoast Theaters, and Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation, as well as DP Skouras Films (Europe).
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Rinehardt Shriener
Filmmaker
   

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