The Mission of Gillen Group is to empower our clients with the tools, knowledge and passion to achieve their entertainment goals. We work exclusively with Filmmakers and Creative Entrepreneurs who are primed to blast their career or company into its next phase and standout from the competition.
Anne Marie Gillen, CEO of Gillen Group LLC is an independent Producer, Consultant, Lecturer and Corporate/Executive Coach who is extensively experienced in motion picture development and financing. Ms. Gillen is the co-author of the 3rd edition of The Producer’s Business Handbook – published by Focal Press and co-branded by Variety. Her second book The Business of Show Business for Creatives is coming out November 2013 published by Focal Press and co-branded by American Film Market (AFM). The AFM is produced by the Independent Film & Television Alliance®
Gillen Group’s consulting division was established in July 2006 after purchasing Entertainment Business Group’s clientele and proprietary models and databases. The division’s motto is “Fusing Business and Creativity”, and offers business planning, script analysis, worldwide distribution consultation and internal greenlighting (project and/or film company cash flow projections) services to independent film producers and investors.
Gillen Group’s entertainment coaching division was established in 2011 and Ms. Gillen is currently a Master Practitioner of the Energy Leadership Index, as well as a Certified Professional Coach (CPC) through the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching (IPEC). IPEC’s training certification program is accredited by the International Coach Federation (ICF). Anne Marie Gillen is the entertainment industry’s premier COACH-SULANT – the rare combination of real-world experienced Consultant + insightful Coaching master.
Ms. Gillen is a lecturer and panelist and gives workshop seminars for such organizations as: American Film Market, Bloomberg BNA, Puerto Rico Film Commission, California Lawyers for the Arts, NALIP (National Association of Latino Independent Producers), International Institute of Film Financing (IIFF), Pratt University, UCLA Film School, USC Film School, Chapman University, Century City Chamber of Commerce Entertainment Symposiums, Show Biz Expo, Screenwriters Expo Independent Feature Project, seminars in New York, Minneapolis and Cannes, France, Women In Film, Act One Producer Program, and Playback.
From 2002 – May 2006, Anne Marie was President, Development & Production at Entertainment Business Group (EBG), an independent motion picture and television funding, global rights sales, research, analysis and business services entity.
From 1996 – 2001, Anne Marie was the Chief Operating Officer of Morgan Freeman’s company, Revelations Entertainment. She led the company in the strategic financing and distribution of Revelations’ projects. During her tenure, Revelations Entertainment produced Along Came a Spider for Paramount; developed and produced Port Chicago Mutiny for NBC Network; and developed, independently financed and produced Under Suspicion starring Morgan Freeman and Gene Hackman for Sony Premiere DVDs/Lions Gate.
Prior to her tenure at Revelations Entertainment, Anne Marie was co-founder and CEO of Electric Shadow Productions, and its Chair. Electric Shadow financed, and Anne Marie was the Executive Producer of its first feature, Fried Green Tomatoes which was released by Universal and starred Kathy Bates and Jessica Tandy. This picture was nominated for two Academy Awards and three Golden Globes.
She came to Electric Shadow Productions from Hemdale Releasing Corporation where she was Vice President of Acquisitions and Ancillary Sales. During her tenure, Hemdale was one of the leading independent film companies producing such films as: Platoon winner of Best Picture and Best Director, Hoosiers, The Last Emperor winner of nine Academy Awards including Best Picture, Director and Screenplay.
Ms. Gillen was a Chairman of the Board of Living Literature/Colors United – a non-profit, multi-racial education-based performing arts society for at-risk students in Watts. She was Executive Producer of the feature-length documentary on Colors United entitled Colors Straight Up, which received an Academy Award nomination. Ms. Gillen is the proud recipient of several Commendations from the City of Los Angeles for her outstanding community efforts to improve the youth of Watts.
Ms. Gillen is a native Minnesotan and originally hailed from the Twin Cities where she was an actress, dancer and choreographer having worked at the Guthrie II, Children’s Theatre Company, Mixed Blood, Chimera and Minnesota Jazz Dance Company.
Douglas Lowell, Financial Modeling & Analyst is a well-regarded financial executive in the Hollywood entertainment industry. Mr. Lowell has worked with and been a consultant for a number of leading privately held and publicly traded film and television companies. Current clients include television producer and distributor, Program Partners, where he assists in preparing financial modeling of cash flows based on TV series revenue projections; and Barnholtz Entertainment, Inc., a DVD acquisition and distribution company, where he reviews all financial documentation between the company and 3rd party distributors. During the past several years he has been retained for financial consulting by other entertainment clients including: Starz Media, Bento Box, Morgan Creek, Rabinowitz Consulting Group, Freestyle Releasing, Far Hills Pictures and Radiant Films.
Prior to starting his consultancy, Mr Lowell was Chief Financial Officer of Premiere Marketing and Distribution Group, a start-up, wide release theatrical distribution company, where he oversaw all financial and HR operations and arranged $80 million financing of senior and subordinated debt. Mr. Lowell has also served as Vice President of Business Development for Concorde-New Horizons where he launched their DVD division, restructured Home Video operations, produced over 100 DVDs for domestic distribution, oversaw collection of company receivables and led special domestic television distribution projects. He also spent several years at Trimark Pictures, where he initiated and closed a $75 million credit facility with Chase Securities, while heading all investor relation responsibilities including SEC filings for that publicly traded company.
Mr. Lowell spent seven years as a Wall Street analyst where he maintained investment coverage on the entertainment industry, wrote research reports on major and independent entertainment companies, and called on many leading institutional fund managers. His research has appeared in The Economist, Business Week, Forbes and many other leading magazines and newspapers. Mr. Lowell received a Masters degree in Economics at the London School of Economics.
John J. Lee, International Business Development, was hailed as the “Guru” for “putting the pragmatism back into production,” in his profile written by The Hollywood Reporter in its 2004 annual Indie Producers and Distributors Edition. During his twenty-seven years as an entertainment executive John has successfully led the launch or expansion of several entities, including Impression Delivery Corporation, a DBS entity subsequently sold to CapCities, and Times Mirror Cable Television, subsequently sold to Cox Communications. Further, John has provided business, funding and distribution services to clients for scores of their motion pictures, television series and specials, with combined production costs of over $463 million and global rights earnings exceeding $3.4 billion. Prior to co-founding iCD, John served as CEO of Entertainment Business Group, an entertainment funding, global rights sales, and business services entity. Immediately prior to EBG, John completed a three-year industry sabbatical during which he served as a full-time faculty member of Brigham Young University’s Film School, where he established its Entertainment Business Department and authored The Producer’s Business Handbook, a best selling textbook in its 2nd edition that is used in more than a dozen film schools. In 2008, with decades of successful entertainment and media experience, John commenced as Dean of Whistling Woods International in Mumbai, India.
Maury Rogow, Head of New Media & Viral Marketing. Maury has 20 years of successful experience in sales, marketing and business development. He began his career in the AT&T corporate development program, then with Lucent Technologies he dramatically increased market share for multimedia services, and software through innovative sales campaigns.
He was recognized in the top 1% of Lucent’s global sales force, and was awarded a coveted “Council of Leaders” title. Maury later joined a start up, which tripled its revenue and was successfully sold to Cisco Systems for over $1 Billion. As Global Client Manager for Avaya his efforts earned him the “Leadership Award in Global Sales and Marketing” for generating millions in new revenue streams.
Maury is Executive Producer of Bedrooms, as seen on Showtime, Co-Producer of the feature film SNAP, Consulting Producer at CIMA Productions, and producer of hundreds of branded commercial productions. His book: Sales Force: The Rise Of The Entrepreneur, will be released via Barnes and Noble, and Amazon in the 2nd quarter, 2013.
Maury received his BA from West Virginia University and Executive MBA Certification in Global Technology from Tufts University. He works with non-profit organizations and fundraises for various charitable organizations.
With an acute visual sense his team has worked on highly successful national series and networks such as Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Access Hollywood, Hard Copy, Dr. Phil, NBC, CBS, FOX, and Comedy Central. The team has produced hundreds of hours of corporate projects for such brands as Bank of America, AARP, StudentsFirst, AOL, Nike, Kodak and many others.
His team has written, produced, directed, and edited award-winning feature films such as Bedrooms, E.S.L., and Sundance Film Festival’s 2011 feature, Filly Brown.