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Welcome, Maggie!

April 2, 2014 Orchard News No Comments

maggie leyden, client relations manager, film & TV at The OrchardIntroducing Maggie Leyden, Client Relations Manager, Film & TV

I’m very excited to be joining the Client Services team for Video Distribution here at The Orchard! I grew up in Yonkers, NY and previously, I was at Sesame Workshop for about 6.5 years doing International Media Distribution — mostly TV & DVD. Before going global, I also worked on the U.S. side doing client relations for all local PBS stations. While nothing will quite compare to the surreal experience of running into the Muppets in the workplace… I’m ready to get started on something new and learn more about what you all do as well!

Other things about me… I’m a big TV binge-watcher (currently House of Cards & still not fully recovered from Breaking Bad) and loyal Bruce Springsteen fan. I love to get any and all TV, movie and music recommendations and something tells me this place is full of them so I’m looking forward to meeting you all!

Welcome, Matt!

March 19, 2014 Orchard News No Comments

Matt Landers, Sales Manager, Film & TVIntroducing Matt Landers, Sales Manager, Film & TV

My name is Matt, and I’m thrilled to be joining The Orchard’s Film & TV team.

Originally from the Jersey Shore, I grew up a bit of a comic book nerd with a passion for New York sports teams (Knicks, Yankees and Giants — it’s been a rough year). An original comic script got me into NYU’s Dramatic Writing undergrad program, and I’ve been based in the city ever since.

Internships at indie film development and distribution companies (Jean Doumanian Prod., Sony Classics, Oscilloscope) — initially in the hopes of just getting my scripts read — coalesced into a career in film marketing and sales, where most recently I’m proud to have helped launch the Tribeca Film Festival’s year-round distribution entity, Tribeca Film.

When I’m not working, I play a lot of basketball and golf, see as much live music (most recently Foxygen and Neutral Milk Hotel) and stand-up comedy as I can, and indulge an unnatural addiction to Chipotle for which I make no apologies.

I really look forward to getting to know you all, and if you have any questions just stop by or shoot me an email any time!

Welcome, Ari!

February 12, 2014 Orchard News No Comments

 Cohen_AriIntroducing Ari Cohen, Coordinator, Entertainment Acquisitions

Hi everyone. I’m based out of our Los Angeles office and have joined The Orchard as the Entertainment Acquisitions Coordinator in the Video/Film department. I began working here part time shortly after graduating from UCLA.

I lived in Santa Barbara prior to moving to Los Angeles. I’m an avid tennis player and runner. I also write screenplays and go to stand-up comedy shows during my free time. I’m a fan of The Office and Breaking Bad and my favorite movie from 2013 was Gravity.

Looking forward to the year ahead!

Welcome, Craig!

craigsussmanIntroducing Craig Sussman, Senior Director, Filmed Entertainment

Hey Team, I’m thrilled to be part of The Orchard’s Filmed Entertainment Group. By way of background, I spent my early career representing artists including Black Sabbath, Earth, Wind & Fire and Bob Dylan, spent time in corporate positions with CBS Records, Sony Music and ran an indie label. More recently, I’ve been devoted to home entertainment through Ventura Entertainment and international distributor, MediaWorks.

When not working, you’ll find me on the slopes in the winter and the mountains in the summer hiking, cycling or climbing. When you’re in LA, just come visit in Manhattan Beach. Go Team Orchard!

Welcome, Abe!

June 12, 2013 Orchard News No Comments

Abe Schwartz, Film/TV Coordinator at The OrchardIntroducing Abe Schwartz, Film/TV Coordinator

I have been working in entertainment since graduating from the University of Michigan in 2010. After cutting my teeth in the Motion Picture Lit department at William Morris Endeavor in L.A. (many horror stories), I moved back to New York to join the marketing agency DDCD & Partners where I produced a wide range of video projects for clients including American Express, Chrysler, IMG College and AM General. In addition, the last six months have consisted of the release of a comedic web series (CRASHERS) and the completion of a feature length documentary (WEB).

I have a deep passion for movies of all shapes and sizes. You may catch me at the next Noah Baumbach feature or waiting in line for Iron Man 3. In my free time, I love to play pickup basketball with friends and get on the golf course whenever possible.

I’m so pleased to be a part of this company and excited to work with everyone.

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