More About Your Panelists
Pejman Partiyeli - founder and President of +Entertainment which is an international distributor of motion picture and television programming. +Entertainment’s activities in distribution include the visionary Horror feature “Death Tunnel” (Sony Pictures) and its companion paranormal documentary “Spooked” which premiered on the Sci-Fi Channel (Syfy), along with the follow up paranormal documentaries “Children of the Grave” and “The Possessed;” which have all premiered on Syfy. Pejman overseeing all aspects of development, marketing and distribution. Pejman has also been an instructor at the Los Angeles Film School where he initiated the course Motion Picture Marketing and Distribution. Pejman actively participates in industry panels and seminars and has been the featured speaker of "Recent Trends in Motion Picture Marketing & Distribution” presented by Lord, Bissell & Brook LLP's Entertainment and Media Practices Group.
Mike Doban - The Man behind the release of CHAVEZ: CAGE OF GLORY. Mike’s career in the sales and marketing world of film and television started in 1982 with United Artists Theatres. Mike’s initial focus was domestic film programming until 1988 when he was promoted to the head of the National Film Department. As head of the film department, Mike was responsible for coordinating content programming for the U.S. market, as well as handling all financial negotiations with major studios and independent film distributors. Mike was responsible for all of the major international markets including Mexico, South America, Asia and Europe. Mike had the vision to launch Arcangelo Entertainment, a privately held firm specializing in independent film marketing and distribution. Through Mike’s expertise, Arcangelo quickly built up a robust client base, including Televisa (Mexico), Roskinoprokat (Russia), Geneon (Japan) and many U.S. based clients. In 2004, Mike used his twenty-two years of industry experience to spearhead and co-found Freestyle Releasing. Mike’s expertise, industry knowledge and leadership helped Freestyle earn clients such as Yari Film Group, After Dark Films, Vivendi Entertainment and Videocine. Mike personally oversaw and managed a multitude of film releases that varied in venue and market size. Among these projects was The Illusionist, which was released into 1440 theaters and grossed $40.1 million domestic. The low budget independent film, A Day Without A Mexican, was released into 106 theaters and grossed $4.2M.
Hugo Hernandez - Hugo Hernandez began his career in the late 1990’s with Sony Pictures working in the infancy of the DVD in International Finance. He was later offered a position to assist in the growth of the format at Warner Bros where he worked on the MGM Acquisition and had revenue-reporting responsibility in Excess of $2 Billion Dollars. Hugo has worked in Private Equity and various start-ups including his last project commercial aviation project for a head of State in Latin America. He holds a B.S. in Finance from Cal State Northridge.
Hector Echavarria - Idolized by millions in Latin America, and a legendary world Martial Arts champion, Hector Echavarria, brings to the Hollywood film industry a background of business success, acting experience, and martial arts expertise. In addition to producing and starring in his own films, Hector has become an industrial force- with his own clothing line, martial arts federation, real estate holdings, children’s toys and action figures, and an entertainment production company. And now, with his multi-picture slate of action films in which he stars and produces, others are calling him the Tyler Perry of the Hispanic action market. His filmmaking expertise starts with a multi-picture deal to produce and star in a series of action films distributed on Blue Ray and DVD by Lionsgate. These included Death Warrior, Confessions of a Pit Fighter, Never Surrender, and the horror film Lake Dead. And most recently with Chavez: Cage of Glory, which he also wrote and directed. The film has a multi-city theatrical rollout beginning this month.
Isaac Cuevas - Isaac joined ARENAS from Warner Brothers Pictures in 2011. With over 13 years of marketing experience, Isaac has been involved for 8 years in specifically Hispanic media promotions and marketing. Partnering with blue chip Latino media entertainment companies, such as SBS and Univision, he continues to specialize in entertainment marketing. With an emphasis on interactive marketing (including digital distribution, social media and mobile) he has maintained a successful track record in creating campaigns targeted to Hispanic consumers from diverse backgrounds and lifestyles.
Isaac is Vice President of the board of directors for AMANECER, a nonprofit based in downtown Los Angeles, which helps Hispanic and African American families with mental health services; he is also Chair of the advisory board for NOSOTROS, the oldest National Latino Arts Advocacy non-profit in existence, founded by Ricardo Montalbán. Isaac is also a former hand model.