President, Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
Markham (Mark) L. Goldstein is the President and CEO of Entertainment Partners.
EP has been integrally involved in the motion picture industry for almost 40 years, acting on behalf of both major studios and independent producers as the employer of record for their film production casts and crews across the U.S. EP processes the residual payments for many of its film production clients, and owns and operates the legendary Central Casting, which has been the principal casting service for background actors (“extras”) for 90 years and the inspiration for the phrase “Straight Out of Central Casting.” The company provides a number of widely-used tools used for film production, including the innovative Scenechronize and Studio Hub, industry-standard accounting systems and Movie Magic Budgeting and Movie Magic Scheduling. EP is the largest single contributor to the Motion Picture Industry Pension and Health Plans and to the benefit plans of the Screen Actors Guild and the Directors Guild. In 2012, EP was named by the Achievers organization as one of the “50 Most Engaged Workplaces” in the U.S., an award established to recognize top employers that display leadership and innovation in engaging their employees. In 2014, EP Cares™, EP’s groundbreaking Affordable Care Act (ACA)-compliant insurance program, received The Institute for HealthCare Consumerism’s (IHC) Superstar Award for Private Exchange Implementation. Additionally, EP is one of the Founding Supporters of the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures.
Goldstein joined EP in 2002 and, in 2004, he led the transition of EP from a privately held company to a 100% employee-owned organization. Currently, the company has more than 1,100 employees in eight states across the U.S., and has affiliate offices in Puerto Rico, London, Vancouver, Toronto and Tokyo. Goldstein has a long history with the company, having previously been a consultant to EP for more than 13 years at Deloitte and Touche. He started his career at Deloitte in 1989 and was promoted to Tax Partner in 1999. Before leaving to join EP, Mark was Partner in Charge of the Los Angeles Lead Tax Services Group, the second largest group in the U.S.
At EP, he has led successful efforts to change legislation on behalf of the industry, garnering support by the government as well as the industry’s unions, guilds and major studios. Additionally, Goldstein and EP have been very active in trying to increase jobs throughout the U.S. by assisting governments and clients to facilitate production film tax credits – most recently in California by supporting efforts to extend the California tax credit to slow down the movement of jobs outside of the state.
A Los Angeles native, Goldstein earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Economics at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA). Shortly after graduation, he earned his Certified Public Accountant designation. He is currently a member of AICPA, the California Society of CPAs, and is a Board member of the Los Angeles Chapter of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO). In addition, he recently joined the Foundation Board for Providence St. Joseph Hospital in Burbank and the Advisory Board of The Los Angeles Sports & Entertainment Commission. Goldstein was a finalist for the West Coast Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award. Additionally, he is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences as well as the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.
When not hard at work, he spends his time with his wife and three children, playing golf, coaching, and attending a wide range of sporting events. The family resides in La Canada, California.
Chief Technology Officer (CTO)
Patrick Baca has had a distinguished career as a technologist and software development leader, and brings a wealth of experience to his role as Chief Technology Officer (CTO) at Entertainment Partners.
He began his career as a software developer and spent his first 10 years with Lacerte Software in Texas, which was acquired by Intuit and became the company’s professional tax division. Initially, Baca worked with the newly formed technology group within the Tax Division to modernize key tax products into a viable and modern platform. He was promoted to senior management positions within Intuit, and was ultimately recruited by Intuit’s top competitor, Sage Software, where he rose to become Senior Vice President of Technology responsible for all aspects of software development, innovation, and strategy for Sage’s flagship offerings in tax, payroll, ERP, and CRM solutions. In recent years, Baca has served as both CTO and CIO for high-growth, private technology companies in Atlanta including SynQ Solutions, Aptean, and Esquire Solutions.
Baca lives in California with his wife, Louise, and their children, Emily, Alexis, and Tucker. He enjoys outdoor activities such as mountain biking and golf.
Executive Vice President, Central Casting
Jennifer Bender has over 20 years of casting experience and has been an integral part of Central Casting since she started with the company as a Senior Casting Director.
She has worked on many major feature film and TV projects, and has established strong relationships across the industry. Bender successfully led the development of the Central Casting feature division, designed to offer boutique services specific to needs of the Director and Producer. She also brought a growth-oriented approach to the company, spearheading their expansion into the New York and Louisiana markets, and is currently looking at locations for an Atlanta office.
In her role as Executive Vice President, Bender intends to continue to expand the Central Casting brand nationally and internationally. She is currently leading a casting technology modernization project, which when completed will significantly impact the casting experience for both background actors and production.
A longtime resident of Santa Monica, Bender is an avid athlete who enjoys all outdoor activities. She also serves on the Board of Directors for the Burbank Temporary Aid Center, which is dedicated to providing the poor, working poor, and homeless of the Burbank community with the basic services they need to live with dignity.
Executive Vice President, Marketing
Myfa Cirinna has a degree in Economics from New York University and over 30 years of experience in the entertainment industry, with various positions concentrating on labor management, payroll, and production accounting for motion pictures, television, and broadcast commercials.
After 24 years of participation and support of the independent production community in New York and the Northeast, Cirinna now leads the Marketing and Sales group at Entertainment Partners’ Burbank headquarters. Cirinna and his team support the major motion picture and television studios and independent and commercial production community, helping filmmakers navigate the challenges and complexities of production finance management as related to project cost reporting, proper cash flow management, and labor management.
Cirinna has taught at New York University on subjects including entertainment unions, guilds, and their related contracts, and at a variety of institutions on production scheduling and budgeting. In addition, he has been a regular guest speaker for the film programs of The School of Visual Arts, The New York Film Academy, The Independent Feature Project, and Columbia University, and has been a panelist at numerous entertainment industry-related forums.
Senior Executive Vice President
Anita Geller is Senior Executive Vice President – Special Advisor to the CEO, previously Senior Executive Vice President of Residuals and Participations, for Entertainment Partners.
Geller’s career in the entertainment industry began approximately 32 years ago as the VP of Finance for CDC/Richmar Casting, reporting to Dick Draney, Bob Draney’s younger brother. After Dick Draney’s retirement and the subsequent sale of CDC/Richmar to Bob Draney, a new company, DISC, emerged.
At DISC, Geller held the position of Manager of Extras Payroll as well as wearing many other hats in the company’s early years. During this time, she was asked by company executive, Jack Peterson, to take on DISC’s fledgling business unit known as Residuals. Soon after, Geller onboarded two high profile clients, Turner Entertainment and CBS, Inc. A key requirement in the management of Residuals was to have complete familiarity and knowledge of industry guild agreements, a task she realized within two weeks after taking on the position, and which is an accomplishment that she takes pride in and keeps up with, even with today’s complex union/guilds agreements.
Today, Entertainment Partners has over 30 years of residuals processing experience and is the single largest residuals processor in the industry. Geller built a 57-member account management team that efficiently and expertly processes residuals and participations payments for a significantly large and prominent industry client base, regardless of the made for or reuse market and new media. Under Geller’s guidance, a 36-member team of software development and project management professionals focused on the Residuals Legacy system and modernization efforts.
Currently, Geller works closely with the CEO to help develop and support strategy, operations, and rollout of new initiatives, as well as modernization, relationship building and new business opportunities. She is taking an active role in supporting and developing the company’s next generation of leaders.
Geller has two lovely teenage daughters, Christina and Nicolette.
Executive Vice President
Ruben has almost 30 years of experience, with over 20 of those directly in entertainment payroll services.
With degrees in accounting and computer science, he began his career at CBS in internal audit and was then promoted to network advertising sales, an unusual promotion but one that recognized his superior sales skills. He left CBS to join Entertainment Partners in their New York office and then moved to Los Angeles to get into production accounting. After five different film projects, he became Chief Financial Officer of Western Costume and then joined Axium in 1991 as Vice President of Sales. He was quickly promoted to President as he built the company from $30M to $1.98B in payroll processing. He most recently served as President of Ease Entertainment Services. Rodriguez received his BS in Accounting and Computer Science from Rutgers University and is a CPA.
Chief Strategy Officer (CSO)
President, Movie Magic Scenechronize Technologies
Mike Rose has 30 years of general management and marketing experience. He began his career at Procter & Gamble, where he became the youngest brand manager at the time.
He then spent five years as a management consultant with McKinsey & Company in their Los Angeles office. He subsequently joined Times Mirror Corporation, where he served in a variety of executive posts, including Chief Executive Officer of Times Mirror Multimedia (a start-up venture within Times Mirror), Vice President of New Business Development and Advertising Sales at Times Mirror Cable Television, and Vice President of Consumer Marketing at the Los Angeles Times. Mike became Chief Operating Officer of GRB Entertainment, a television production company with 11 shows on the air, primarily on the Discovery and Learning channels. He also spent eight years as President of Dunn-Edwards Corporation, an ESOP in Los Angeles. He most recently served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Ease Entertainment Services. He received his BA from Northwestern University and an MBA, with distinction, from Harvard Business School.
Chief Financial Officer (CFO)
Darren Seidel is the CFO of Entertainment Partners. He previously served as Senior Vice President of International Finance at Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group (WBHEG) where he oversaw international finance across Warner Bros. Home Video, Warner Bros. Digital Distribution, and Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment.
In this role, Seidel was responsible for forecasts, budgets, long term strategic plans, acquisition analysis, special projects, greenlights, and ultimates for WBHEG’s international businesses. He managed a group of finance professionals inside and outside of the United States that brought a holistic financial and strategic view across the video, digital, and games businesses.
Prior to joining Warner Bros. in 2010, Seidel spent eight years with The Walt Disney Company where he held a variety of positions, from helping lead Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment business in Asia Pacific and Latin America to the head of finance for a Disney Consumer Products business unit, as well as integrating and growing The Baby Einstein Company after it was acquired by Disney. Before Disney, Seidel served as co-founder of Netsmart, a business-to-business Internet service company where he had responsibility for finance, operations, marketing, business development, and corporate strategy. He has also held finance, strategy, and business development positions at TVN Entertainment, Nissan Motor Corporation, and Ford Motor Company.
Seidel is on the Board of Directors for the Red Cross of Greater Los Angeles and the Board of Trustees for SMP School. Seidel holds an MBA from the University of Notre Dame. He currently resides in Los Angeles with his wife and three children.
Executive Vice President, Central Casting
Steve Spiker is an Executive Vice President with over 30 years of experience in the entertainment industry. He currently serves as a member of the Entertainment Partners Executive Committee, working closely with the CEO and Board of Directors.
Spiker began his career as a casting director with Rich Mar Casting in 1980. He gained experience casting background actors on many shows for Lorimar and Aaron Spelling Productions. Over the next two decades, Spiker worked on numerous television series and over 50 feature films. From 2002 to 2014, he oversaw the daily operations and the marketing of Central Casting and Central Casting Payroll.
In his free time, Spiker enjoys volunteering for local food pantries, where he has sat on the board of directors and organized many food drives raising over 100,000 items of food and clothing. He has also served for many years as a scoutmaster for the Boy Scouts of America. He was honored as the Scoutmaster of the Year for the Bill Hart Scout District twice. He also enjoys many sports, though golf is his passion. Spiker is married and the father of six wonderful children and grandfather of five.
Executive Vice President and General Counsel
Michael Wofford is Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Entertainment Partners. He joined EP in 2005 and oversees Legal and Labor Relations, Talent, ACA Solutions, and Risk Solutions for the company.
Prior to joining EP, Wofford was a principal at the Los Angeles law firm of Clark & Trevithick and participated in the acquisition of the business from EP’s founders, and the formation of the Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) for the company. Wofford has over 25 years of experience as a corporate attorney, with an extensive background in the formation, financing, operation, and management of corporations, partnerships, limited liability companies, and joint ventures.
Wofford graduated from the University of Southern California with a Bachelor of Science degree and earned his law degree from Loyola Law School. He serves as a member of the Board of Directors and is the Chair of the Policy Committee of the Employee-Owned S Corporations of America (ESCA), a professional collective comprised of key decision makers within various Employee-Owned S Corporations. In his free time, he enjoys numerous sports and spending time with his wife and family.
Board of Directors
Bob Pisano has over 40 years of experience in organizational leadership and as a global spokesperson in the entertainment industry and law.
Until September 2011, Pisano served as President and Chief Operating Officer of the Motion Picture Association of America, where he was responsible for the worldwide operations of the motion picture and television industry trade association. He also served as President and Interim Chief Executive Officer from January 2010 until March 2011. Beginning in January 2012, Pisano became a Senior Strategic Advisor to IMAX Corporation.
Prior to joining the MPAA, he was appointed to the top post at the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) where he served as National Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer from 2001–2005. He was the lead negotiator for all collective bargaining agreements covering film, television, and commercials work for actors.
Before joining SAG, Pisano served six years (1993–1999) at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM), first as Executive Vice President, then as Vice Chairman and member of the Board of Directors. In his capacity as Vice Chairman, he acted as chief operating officer of the organization and oversaw all of its global business activities and operations. Between 1985 and 1991, Pisano was Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Office of the Chairman of Paramount Pictures.
From 1968–1985 and again in 1992–1993, Pisano practiced law with the Los Angeles law firm O’Melveny & Myers, specializing in business litigation and entertainment matters. During the period 1979–1983, he was the partner in charge of the firm’s Paris office.
Pisano attended San Jose State University where he received a BA in Public Administration in 1965. In 1968 he was awarded his law degree by Boalt Hall at the University of California in Berkeley, and later studied foreign and comparative law at Columbia University.
In April 2010 Pisano was elected Chairman of the Motion Picture and Television Fund. He is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Executive Branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and serves as Lead Independent Director of Resources Global Professionals. He is a member of the Boards of the FPA Group of Funds.
Pisano previously served on the Board of Directors of Netflix (2000–2005).
He lives with his wife, Carolyn, in Pacific Palisades, California and Jackson, Wyoming.
Eric Miethke is a partner specializing in state and local taxation, high technology issues, and economic development.
Prior to joining the firm, he was Legal Counsel to State Board of Equalization Member Ernest J. Dronenburg, Jr. He has also been a senior consultant in both houses of the California legislature and a telecommunications tax attorney for the Pacific Telesis Group. Miethke appears regularly before the Board of Equalization, Franchise Tax Board, and Employment Development Department on major tax controversy and regulatory matters.
His practice covers most aspects of California taxation, including income and franchise taxes, property taxes, sales and use taxes, employment taxes, excise taxes, insurance taxes, hazardous waste fees, and local business license and utility user taxes. In conjunction with our litigation section, he has been involved in major tax cases in the state courts and the United States Supreme Court.
He handles significant tax legislation before the state legislature, often working in conjunction with major taxpayer groups such as the California Taxpayers Association. He was the principal draftsman of the California Taxpayer Bill of Rights, and coordinated lobbying strategy for bills such as The Omnibus Property Tax Reform Act of 1995 (SB 657) the extension of the Manufacturers Investment Credit (MIC) to software manufacturing (AB 1063) and the California Internet Tax Freedom Act (AB 1614).
Miethke has written and spoken extensively on a variety of state tax issues, including taxation of electronic commerce, property taxes, and nexus. He received his BA with Honors from Stanford University; his J.D from McGeorge School of Law, and his LL.M. (Taxation) from New York University.
Glenn R. Robson
Senior Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer, AECOM Technology Corporation
Glenn Robson has 30 years of experience in finance, strategy, mergers and acquisitions, and investments.
Robson has served as Senior Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer of AECOM since 2007, where he has completed over 50 acquisitions spanning the globe. AECOM ( NYSE: “ACM”) is a leading global design and engineering firm operating in over 130 countries. Previously, Robson served as Chief Financial Officer of AECOM from 2002-2007. During Robson’s time with AECOM, he has played a key role in developing and executing the Company’s active mergers and acquisition strategy, growing annual revenues from $1.5 billion to over $8 billion, and taking the company public in 2007.Robson also worked on AECOM’s formation of Meridiam Infrastructure, a leading investment management firm focused on developing public-private partnerships in the infrastructure sector. Meridiam has raised over $3 billion of institutional capital over the past 6 years. Robson serves on the Supervisory Board of Meridiam. Robson joined FrontRange Capital Partners in 2012, where he is a Managing Principal focused on orginating and managing investments in the corporate sector.
Prior to joining AECOM in 2002, Robson worked for 12 years in the Investment Banking Group at Morgan Stanley where he last served as a Managing Director and completed over $50 billion of financing and M&A transactions. Robson worked with a broad spectrum of companies, primarily in the Southwestern U.S., focusing on deal origination, execution of mergers and acquisitions, as well as both public and private equity and debt financings.
Earlier in his career, Robson was a Business Analyst at McKinsey & Company, a leading international management consulting firm where he worked on consulting engagements for clients in New York, Tokyo and London.
Robson previously served as a director of Prospect Medical Holdings from 2007 through 2010, where he served as Chairman of the Special Committee formed to oversee the process during which the company went private in December 2010. He is also active in YPO/WPO, where he currently serves on the Executive Committee of the Deal Network.
Robson earned a Masters of Business Administration from Harvard Business School in 1990 and a BS in Economics in 1984 from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania where he majored in finance. He lives in Los Angeles, California with his wife, Michelle, and their two children.
Howard D. Fabrick
Howard D. Fabrick is a partner in the Los Angeles office of Barnes & Thornburg and is a member of the firm’s Labor and Employment Law Department and Music and Entertainment Practice Group.
With a legal practice that spans more than 40 years, Fabrick focuses on the negotiation of collective bargaining agreements, the interpretation of complex rules governing film and television production, arbitration, and the adjustment of disputes. In addition, he advises clients on general employment law issues, including wage and hour compliance, occupational health and safety issues, and matters subject to the National Labor Relations Board Act.
Working primarily within the entertainment industry, Fabrick represents producers of motion pictures, television programs, live productions, television commercials, and video games, and has experience working with the talent guilds and craft unions that represent employees involved in all aspects of entertainment. He has provided production labor advice for some of the most recognizable on-location films, including Glory, Return of the Jedi, Sleepless in Seattle, Philadelphia, Rocky, The Terminator, Raiders of the Lost Ark, JFK, The Fighter, and American Hustle.
In television, Fabrick negotiated agreements with the IATSE for the production of both Sex and The City and The Sopranos to be produced in New York and New Jersey. He also negotiated the craft union agreement for Project Runway. In the past, he also represented major producers in connection with their game shows, most notably The Price is Right.
Fabrick was previously a partner in the Los Angeles office of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, and prior to that, a partner in the Los Angeles office of an international law firm. His past work experience additionally includes time spent as Vice President of Labor Relations and Personnel at Columbia Pictures, Vice President and Director of Business Affairs and Labor Relations at The Burbank Studios, Vice President and Counsel at the Association of Motion Picture and Television Producers, and as an NLRB field attorney.
Fabrick has written works for publication on the topic of labor relations in the motion picture industry, and he is listed in The Best Lawyers in America (2006) and Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business (2007–2016). Fabrick was also named Best Lawyer’s 2012 Lawyer of the Year for Employment Law – Management in Los Angeles. In addition, the Daily Journal named him to its 2010 list of California’s top labor and employment lawyers. He also was named as one of the 100 most influential entertainment lawyers in America by The Hollywood Reporter.
For 28 years, Fabrick served on the Board of Directors of the Junior Blind of America, 10 years of which he served as the board Chairman. He has taught at the University of Southern California School of Cinema –Television and at the Southwestern University School of Law. He was West Coast counsel to the Association of Independent Commercial Producers for over 30 years.
Fabrick is admitted to practice in the state of California, before the U.S. District Courts for the Central, Northern and Southern Districts of California, and before the U.S. Supreme Court. He earned his BA with honors in 1960 and his JD in 1962, both from Stanford University.
Kenneth L. Coleman
Chairman, Saama Technologies
Kenneth Coleman is chairman of Saama Technologies, Inc., one of the largest pure-play analytics solutions and services companies in the Business Intelligence market.
Coleman is the founder, former Chairman and CEO of ITM Software, an enterprise software company focused on the information technology function that was sold to BMC Corporation. Previously, he was Executive Vice President of global sales, service and marketing for Silicon Graphics, Inc. (SGI), a $3.4 billion computer systems company.
Prior to joining SGI, Coleman was Vice President of product development at Activision. Earlier, he spent 10 years at Hewlett-Packard Company, where he held several management positions including a two-year assignment in Europe.
In addition to his role at Saama, Coleman serves on the Boards of Directors of City National Bank and United Online. He is on the board of the CSAA Insurance Group, a not for profit entity and Pathbrite, a private education software company. He also serves in the role of Special Advisor to the Andreessen Horowitz Venture Capital Firm and as a Special Advisor to the Carrick Capital Partners Private Equity Firm.
He is a member of the dean’s advisory council for the business school at Ohio State University. He serves as an advisor to executives of several technology companies including Symantec, Salesforce.com, AstraZeneca and Pinterest. He is a member of the Executive Leadership Council (ELC), advisor to ITSMF, and Board Member of MLT.
In the spring of 2010 he was selected by the Obama Administration to serve on the Private Sector Advisory Group (PSAG) that provides strategic counsel to government leaders on enhancing bilateral trade and investment between the U.S. and India.
Coleman is the recipient of numerous honors, including the Ohio State University Distinguished Service Award and School of Business Distinguished Graduate Award, the National Alliance of Black School Educators Living Legend Award, the American Leadership Forum of Silicon Valley Exemplary Leader Award, the One Hundred Black Men of Silicon Valley Lifetime Achievement Award, the Silicon Valley Junior Achievement Business Hall of Fame, the Silicon Valley Conference for Community and Justice Annual Exemplary Community Leadership Award, the Rainbow Push Silicon Valley Project Trailblazer Award, and the Information Technology Senior Management Forum Beacon Award.
Coleman was named one of the 10 most influential African Americans in the San Francisco Bay Area, and was previously named by the Black Enterprise Magazine as one of the top 25 black executives in technology.
Coleman earned both a Bachelors and a Masters degree from Ohio State University. He also served as a Captain in the United States Air Force.
President and CEO, Tapjoy, Inc.
Steve Wadsworth is president and CEO of Tapjoy, Inc., a leading mobile app analytics, marketing automation and monetization solution. He has been an influential senior executive and leader in the Internet and interactive digital media industry since 1995.
Wadsworth has served on the Tapjoy Board since 2011, and prior to that he was President of Disney Interactive Media Group (DIMG), where he was a pioneer for the company’s digital media and technology business, including more than 11 years as Disney’s chief Internet and digital media executive.
During his tenure, Wadsworth led DIMG’s global creation and delivery of entertainment and lifestyle content across digital and interactive media platforms, including mobile devices, Internet, video game consoles, and social media platforms.
Wadsworth is a frequent spokesperson on Internet and digital media issues and guest speaker at Internet industry forums. In 2010, he was selected as one of UCLA Anderson’s 100 Inspirational Alumni, and he was named to The Hollywood Reporter’s Digital Power 50 List in 2008, 2009, and 2010. Wadsworth also served on the board of the Internet Advertising Bureau (IAB) for a decade, where he served in the roles of Chairman and Chairman Emeritus
Wadsworth holds a Bachelor of Science in engineering from the University of Virginia and a Master of Business Administration from the UCLA Graduate School of Management.