New execs in the click, coin & praiser pack

Hollywood's New Leaders 2011: PR, Finance & New Media

Chris DiIorio | Nolan Gallagher | Jesse Jacobs | Clint Kisker | Natalie Lent Bruss

Chris DiIorio
Vice president, television {PMK*BNC}
Ever since DiIorio, 29, graduated from high school, he knew he wanted to be in the entertainment industry. The only thing he had to figure out was exactly what to do within that world. After graduating from LMU with a marketing degree, DiIorio emailed various alumni, which led to the offer of his first job in the biz: an internship at MTV. On what he would have changed during his career, DiIorio says, “I probably would have taken my own advice a little better.” He’s worked with clients such as the Television Academy and “The X Factor,” as well as showrunners Shonda Rhimes, Dan Harmon, Bill Lawrence and Carter Bays & Craig Thomas. DiIorio says he hopes to continue “representing the top producers and the biggest entertainment properties in television.”

Nolan Gallagher
Founder and CEO {Gravitas Ventures}
Gallagher will never forget the initial reception for his on-demand platform Gravitas Ventures at the 2005 American Film Market. “I walked into the very first (AFM) suite with my arm outstretched and said, ‘Hi, I want to bring your film to video on demand,’?” recalls the 34-year-old Gallagher. “The (executive there) literally grabbed me by the collar and threw me out shouting, ‘Get the fuck out of here! Video on demand is never going to happen.’?” A Cleveland native, Gallagher was working at Comcast in its Philadelphia headquarters when cable on demand was gaining momentum. He left to earn an MBA in entrepreneurship from the U. of Southern California just prior to starting Gravitas. He built the company into the $10 million-plus business offering 400 independent films a year (culled from 2,000 submissions) to 100 million on-demand households in North America ranging from cable TV to online iTunes. He co-owns the El Segundo, Calif.-based company with executive vice president Michael Murphy.

Jesse Jacobs
President {The Cherin Group}
“I’m 35. And now that I have kids I don’t feel so young,” chuckles Jacobs, president of the Chernin Group. And it did take him a while to end up running Peter Chernin’s company. “I did everything from working in sports TV production, to working for Yahoo, producing a film festival, then writing a book. It all seemed like fun. Then I decided I should get a real job, and I went to Goldman Sachs for six years,” he says. “Now, with Peter, this business seems like the perfect combination of all the things I’ve done in the past wrapped up in one organization.” Next up Jacobs is bent on “opening emerging markets in Asia” and “finding new and interesting businesses to create and invest in, while bridging the gap between the entertainment industry and the technology industry.” Recently the company announced it was investing in Tumblr, a fast-growing blogging and publishing platform. Jacobs has also led investments Pandora, Flipboard and Fullscreen — and helped set up CA Media, the company’s Asian investment venture. And this time he’s planning to stay put. “I said to Peter when I started this job, ‘I hope I don’t change jobs for the next 20 years, at least.'”

Clint Kisker
Director {Screen Capital Intl.}
Growing up in St. Louis, Kisker itched to see the world. Prep school in New Hampshire, followed by college in New York and Beijing, he’s now settled in Hollywood. Kisker, 36, is director at media finance specialist Screen Capital Intl., where his accomplishments include the 2010 restructuring of Incentive Filmed Entertainment — an SCI portfolio company where he is co-president for what is a joint venture with WME. Kisker says Incentive raised its sights to bigger-budgeted commercial movies in the $25 million-$40 million range, where there’s a void, and restructured tens of millions in financing. “It rearranged the cards we were dealt to make sense in today’s market,” he says. He’s also proud of diversifying SCI into sports as adviser last year to the seller of a majority stake in the St. Louis Rams. He came to SCI in 2009 after working in finance jobs at Summit Entertainment, Element Films and consultancy Ernst &Young. His twin brother, Sean, works in the motion picture group at Lionsgate.

Natalie Lent Bruss
Digital strategy/marketing consultant {ID}
Lent Bruss, 27, has been on the frontlines of social networking for more than seven years. As a junior at Harvard, she was a member of Facebook two days after it launched in 2004. Ever since she has been amassing more than just “friends” and learned to successfully master the art of navigating the online media landscape. As ID’s first digital strategy director, Lent Bruss has introduced clients such as Alicia Keys, Sean Penn’s J/P Haitian Relief Organization, Stand Up to Cancer and Ben Stiller to the world of social networking and digital content. But perhaps her most impressive accomplishment was her role in the comeback of Paul Reubens, aka, Pee-wee Herman. Lent Bruss helped implement a social media campaign for Broadway’s “The Pee-wee Herman Show” that led to the sale of more than $1 million worth of tickets before a single dollar had been spent on the more traditional TV, outdoor and print ad push. “It’s like laying pipe,” she says of developing an online presence for clients and projects. “It becomes something that you’re going to use over and over again and it’s an audience that you can bring to different platforms. It’s really a different way of thinking about the way that we all work.”