Evolving the Moviegoing Experience.

Everybody loves movies. At Fandango we are dedicated to helping consumers discover, experience and share movies for the big screen with friends and family – anywhere, anytime and on any device.

We created FandangoLabs to identify, rapidly develop, and accelerate the launches of moviegoing products and services that utilize new technologies, partnerships, and business models.

FandangoLabs will work with leaders from the movie and technology industries to explore new possibilities across location-based services, social commerce, augmented/virtual reality, interactive video, personalization, and much more. We will test, study, and ultimately introduce innovative new products and services that will delight movie fans.

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BOARD OF ADVISORS

  • PAUL YANOVER
    PAUL YANOVER President
    Fandango
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    Paul Yanover is the President of Fandango, the nation’s leading moviegoer destination with more than 42 million online and mobile visitors per month, according to comScore, and representing 27,000 screens across the country. He leads the company’s overall business, which includes building innovative movie ticketing, content and marketing solutions for exhibitors, studios and advertisers across Fandango's digital platforms. Yanover continues to grow Fandango’s strong ecommerce foundation and industry leadership, while expanding its original and exclusive content and digital video offerings across mobile, TV and the Web.

    Before being named to his post at Fandango, Yanover served as executive vice president and managing director of Disney Online, where he oversaw all Disney-branded initiatives on the Internet and mobile web, from Disney.com to Disney's suite of premium digital products including online games, virtual worlds, network of family targeted sites, and streaming service Disney Movies Online. Yanover began his career with Disney at Walt Disney Feature Animation, ultimately becoming vice president of technology and digital production for the division, and also served as senior vice-president of Disney Parks & Resorts Online, overseeing the ecommerce business across Disney’s resorts and theme parks.

    Mr. Yanover holds a Master of Science Degree in Computer Science from the University of Southern California and a double honors Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Economics from the University of Western Ontario.

  • David Doyle
    DAVID DOYLE CIO & Senior Vice President of Information
    Regal Entertainment Group
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    David Doyle has enjoyed over thirty years in the movie exhibition industry. David's background in theatre operations, marketing and software development lead to his interest in technologies that enhance the consumer experience. 

    David joined Regal Entertainment Group in 2002 and was promoted to CIO & Senior Vice President of Information Technology in 2011.

    Prior to joining Regal, David was the Executive Director and Vice President of Sales & Marketing for a leading provider of movie advertising products and film industry media. David's career began at Mann Theatres where he managed some of the most prominent cinema locations in Los Angeles and Denver. 

    David lives in Knoxville, Tennessee with his wife and two daughters. David's favorite movies include "Raiders of the Lost Ark" and "Forrest Gump".

  • Alwyn Hight Kushner
    Alwyn Hight Kushner President & Chief Operating Officer
    TCL Chinese Theatres in Hollywood
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    Alwyn Hight Kushner is President and C.O.O. of the world-famous TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX® and TCL Chinese 6 Theatres in Hollywood.

    The legendary TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX hosts over 40 international movie premieres every year, shows current films, hosts multiple Film Festivals and is also home to the iconic forecourt of the stars, where celebrities have been placing their hands & feet in cement since 1927 and which features a who’s who of Hollywood history. Over 4 million people visit the forecourt of this historical landmark every year, making it one of the most popular tourist destinations in southern California.

    Prior to her position at TCL Chinese Theatres, Alwyn was one of the most prolific and successful up-and-coming producers of independent films in Hollywood.

    With over 15 films to her credit, she has worked with an impressive roster of internationally renowned talent, from Hilary Swank and Sam Rockwell in CONVICTION to Jason Statham in BLITZ.

    Other credits include Wes Craven’s THE HILLS HAVE EYES II, NORMAL ADOLESCENT BEHAVIOR starring Amber Tamblyn, LOOK written and directed by Adam Rifkin, which garnered the Grand Jury Prize at the 2007 CineVegas Film Festival, SIX WIVES starring Tim Allen, TRUE TRUE LIE starring Jaime King, INCUBUS starring Tara Reid, BLESSED starring Heather Graham, METHOD starring Elizabeth Hurley, PISTOL WHIPPED starring Steven Segal, SECOND IN COMMAND starring Jean-Claude Van Damme, and two films starring Wesley Snipes: SEVEN SECONDS and THE MARKSMAN.

    Alwyn has had experience in physical production around the world as well as motion picture financing, development and packaging. She has negotiated and secured financing for films with budgets ranging from $500k to $20M. She has organized international co-productions, UK sale‐leaseback, tax incentives, mezzanine and gap financing. She has also procured production financing against the Michigan, Connecticut, Rhode Island, and federal tax incentive programs. She has worked on location in Morocco, England, Romania, Canada, and several states in the U.S.

    Alwyn’s creative vision, natural proclivity towards cultivating critical relationships, incredible interpersonal and team management skills and her inexorable ambition are just some of the reasons her impact on Hollywood will be a lasting one. Alwyn’s executive career in the film industry has only just begun.

    Prior to beginning her career in film, Ms. Hight Kushner graduated cum laude from Wellesley College with a B.A. in International Relations and French. Having lived in France and Spain, she is fluent in both French and Spanish.

  • Jason Blum
    JASON BLUM Founder & CEO
    Blumhouse Productions
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    Academy Award-nominated and two-time Emmy Award-winning producer Jason Blum is the founder and CEO of Blumhouse Productions, a multi-media production company that has pioneered a new model of studio filmmaking: producing high-quality micro-budget films. Blumhouse has produced the highly profitable Paranormal Activity, The Purge, Insidiousand Ouija franchises which have grossed more than $1.4 billion worldwide. Blumhouse's model began with the original Paranormal Activity, which was made for $15,000 and grossed close to $200 million worldwide, making it the most profitable film in Hollywood history. Blum was recently named to Vanity Fair’s New Establishment list.

    BH Tilt is a new label from the company dedicated to movies from Blumhouse and other filmmakers that will be released across multiple platforms taking advantage of new distribution strategies.  In television, Blum won Emmys for producing HBO’s The Normal Heart and The Jinx.

    Blumhouse has also produced a variety of live events including The Blumhouse of Horrors, a haunted house experience in the heart of downtown Los Angeles; The Purge: Fear the Night, a live event inspired by the backstory to the feature film; and The Purge: Breakout, an immersive escape game experience.

    Before Blumhouse, Blum served as co-head of the Acquisitions and Co-Productions department at Miramax Films in New York. At Miramax, he was instrumental in acquiring over 50 films including The Others, Smoke Signals, A Walk on the Moon, and The House of Yes. He began his career as the producing director of the Malaparte Theater Company, which was founded by Ethan Hawke.

  • DAVE HOLLIS
    DAVE HOLLIS Executive Vice President, Theatrical Distribution
    The Walt Disney Studios
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    Dave Hollis, Executive Vice President, Theatrical Distribution, The Walt Disney Studios, is responsible for global motion-picture sales and distribution efforts for all motion pictures released under the Disney, Pixar, Disneynature, Marvel, Touchstone Pictures, and Lucasfilm banners. A 12-year Disney veteran, Hollis collaborates with exhibition, filmmakers, production partners and the broader Disney enterprise to successfully launch film product in movie theatres around the world. He has overseen the distribution of such blockbusters as Marvel’s The Avengers, Iron Man 3, Frozen, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, Monsters University, Maleficent, and Guardians of the Galaxy. Hollis previously served as Senior Vice President of Distribution for Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International, where he was responsible for the growing sales and distribution operation across 70 countries, and as Senior Vice President, Distribution Strategy, helping develop and implement profit optimization strategies across the various businesses of The Walt Disney Studios.

  • Stephen A. Colanero
    Stephen A Colanero Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer
    AMC Theatres
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    Mr. Stephen A. Colanero has served as Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer of Parent and AMCE since December 2009. Prior to joining AMC, Mr. Colanero served as Vice President of Marketing for RadioShack Corporation from April 2008 to December 2009. Mr. Colanero also served as Senior Vice President of Retail Marketing for Washington Mutual Inc. from February 2006 to August 2007 and as Senior Vice President, Strategic Marketing for Blockbuster Inc. from November 1994 to January 2006. Mr. Colanero holds a B.S. degree in Accounting from Villanova University and a M.B.A. in Marketing and Strategic Management from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

  • Jennifer Panasik
    JENNIFER PANASIK Portfolio Director
    IDEO
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    Jen Panasik is a Portfolio Director at IDEO. In business development, Jen builds the programming for Media & Technology projects that span across digital delivery platforms, new technology ventures, experience design, service design, content development and branded environments. With a background in Interaction Design, Jen also provides senior creative leadership to the teams working within the programs she creates.

    Jen received a MFA in Design & Technology from New York’s Parsons School of Design. Before that she earned a BA in English and a minor in Graphic Communication from California Polytechnic in San Luis Obispo, California. Jen has a special interest in the number nine, interior design, and a soft spot for good typography.

  • Doug Fay
    DOUG FAY CTO & Senior Vice President
    Cinemark
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    Doug Fay has served as the Chief Technology Officer & Sr. Vice President for Cinemark since August 2006. From January 2004 to August 2006, Mr. Fay was the Director of Application Development. Mr. Fay began his career at Cinemark as a Senior Software Developer in June 2001. Prior to joining Cinemark, Mr. Fay was a Lead Software Architect at Vectrix Corporation where he was employed from 1997 until 2001. During his tenure at Vectrix, Mr. Fay was the Lead Application Architect in the development and launch of Fandango.com in March 2000. Prior to Vectrix, Mr. Fay was a Software Engineer at Electronic Data Systems from 1994 to 1997. At EDS, Mr. Fay was a graduate of the Systems Engineering Development program in 1994. Mr. Fay holds a BBA in Engineering Route to Business with emphasis on Computer Engineering and Sales Management from The University of Texas at Austin.

  • JP Richards
    JP RICHARDS Executive Vice President, Worldwide Digital Marketing
    Warner Bros. Pictures
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    JP Richards serves as Executive Vice President, Worldwide Digital Marketing, Warner Bros. Pictures, where he is the lead digital strategist for all of the Studio’s film releases, including Warner Bros. Pictures and New Line Cinema titles.

    In this role, he oversees the domestic and international teams charged with the creation and execution of digital marketing strategies that support and further Warner Bros. Pictures’ overall global marketing campaigns. Additionally, Richards and his teams create digital-only components for key film campaigns, to more effectively target the division’s marketing reach among key audience segments. The Digital Marketing team focuses its efforts on various social media platforms worldwide, including Snapchat, Instagram, Facebook, YouTube and Twitter, as well as digital native platforms, and data driven marketing initiatives.

    Among the films for which Richards has spearheaded digital marketing are "Mad Max: Fury Road," "San Andreas," "The Intern," "Creed," "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice," "The Conjuring 2," "Central Intelligence" and "The Legend of Tarzan." He is currently prepping for the global releases of "Suicide Squad," "War Dogs" and "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them," among others.

    Richards joined Warner Bros. Pictures in January 2015. Prior to that, he spent 12 years at Universal Pictures, most recently as Senior Vice President, Digital Marketing where he lead digital campaigns for "The Bourne Franchise", "The Fast and Furious Franchise", and "Despicable Me Franchise" to name a few.

PAUL YANOVER
PAUL YANOVER President
Fandango

Paul Yanover is the President of Fandango, the nation’s leading moviegoer destination with more than 42 million online and mobile visitors per month, according to comScore, and representing 27,000 screens across the country. He leads the company’s overall business, which includes building innovative movie ticketing, content and marketing solutions for exhibitors, studios and advertisers across Fandango's digital platforms. Yanover continues to grow Fandango’s strong ecommerce foundation and industry leadership, while expanding its original and exclusive content and digital video offerings across mobile, TV and the Web.

Before being named to his post at Fandango, Yanover served as executive vice president and managing director of Disney Online, where he oversaw all Disney-branded initiatives on the Internet and mobile web, from Disney.com to Disney's suite of premium digital products including online games, virtual worlds, network of family targeted sites, and streaming service Disney Movies Online. Yanover began his career with Disney at Walt Disney Feature Animation, ultimately becoming vice president of technology and digital production for the division, and also served as senior vice-president of Disney Parks & Resorts Online, overseeing the ecommerce business across Disney’s resorts and theme parks.

Mr. Yanover holds a Master of Science Degree in Computer Science from the University of Southern California and a double honors Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Economics from the University of Western Ontario.

DAVID DOYLE
DAVID DOYLE CIO & Senior Vice President of Information
Regal Entertainment Group

David Doyle has enjoyed over thirty years in the movie exhibition industry. David's background in theatre operations, marketing and software development lead to his interest in technologies that enhance the consumer experience. 

David joined Regal Entertainment Group in 2002 and was promoted to CIO & Senior Vice President of Information Technology in 2011.

Prior to joining Regal, David was the Executive Director and Vice President of Sales & Marketing for a leading provider of movie advertising products and film industry media. David's career began at Mann Theatres where he managed some of the most prominent cinema locations in Los Angeles and Denver. 

David lives in Knoxville, Tennessee with his wife and two daughters. David's favorite movies include "Raiders of the Lost Ark" and "Forrest Gump".

ALWYN HIGHT KUSHER
ALWYN HIGHT KUSHER President & Chief Operating Officer
TCL Chinese Theatres in Hollywood

Alwyn Hight Kushner is President and C.O.O. of the world-famous TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX® and TCL Chinese 6 Theatres in Hollywood.

The legendary TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX hosts over 40 international movie premieres every year, shows current films, hosts multiple Film Festivals and is also home to the iconic forecourt of the stars, where celebrities have been placing their hands & feet in cement since 1927 and which features a who’s who of Hollywood history. Over 4 million people visit the forecourt of this historical landmark every year, making it one of the most popular tourist destinations in southern California.

Prior to her position at TCL Chinese Theatres, Alwyn was one of the most prolific and successful up-and-coming producers of independent films in Hollywood.

With over 15 films to her credit, she has worked with an impressive roster of internationally renowned talent, from Hilary Swank and Sam Rockwell in CONVICTION to Jason Statham in BLITZ.

Other credits include Wes Craven’s THE HILLS HAVE EYES II, NORMAL ADOLESCENT BEHAVIOR starring Amber Tamblyn, LOOK written and directed by Adam Rifkin, which garnered the Grand Jury Prize at the 2007 CineVegas Film Festival, SIX WIVES starring Tim Allen, TRUE TRUE LIE starring Jaime King, INCUBUS starring Tara Reid, BLESSED starring Heather Graham, METHOD starring Elizabeth Hurley, PISTOL WHIPPED starring Steven Segal, SECOND IN COMMAND starring Jean-Claude Van Damme, and two films starring Wesley Snipes: SEVEN SECONDS and THE MARKSMAN.

Alwyn has had experience in physical production around the world as well as motion picture financing, development and packaging. She has negotiated and secured financing for films with budgets ranging from $500k to $20M. She has organized international co-productions, UK sale‐leaseback, tax incentives, mezzanine and gap financing. She has also procured production financing against the Michigan, Connecticut, Rhode Island, and federal tax incentive programs. She has worked on location in Morocco, England, Romania, Canada, and several states in the U.S.

Alwyn’s creative vision, natural proclivity towards cultivating critical relationships, incredible interpersonal and team management skills and her inexorable ambition are just some of the reasons her impact on Hollywood will be a lasting one. Alwyn’s executive career in the film industry has only just begun.

Prior to beginning her career in film, Ms. Hight Kushner graduated cum laude from Wellesley College with a B.A. in International Relations and French. Having lived in France and Spain, she is fluent in both French and Spanish.

JASON BLUM
JASON BLUM Founder & CEO
Blumhouse Productions

Academy Award-nominated and two-time Emmy Award-winning producer Jason Blum is the founder and CEO of Blumhouse Productions, a multi-media production company that has pioneered a new model of studio filmmaking: producing high-quality micro-budget films. Blumhouse has produced the highly profitable Paranormal Activity, The Purge, Insidiousand Ouija franchises which have grossed more than $1.4 billion worldwide. Blumhouse's model began with the original Paranormal Activity, which was made for $15,000 and grossed close to $200 million worldwide, making it the most profitable film in Hollywood history. Blum was recently named to Vanity Fair’s New Establishment list.

BH Tilt is a new label from the company dedicated to movies from Blumhouse and other filmmakers that will be released across multiple platforms taking advantage of new distribution strategies.  In television, Blum won Emmys for producing HBO’s The Normal Heart and The Jinx.

Blumhouse has also produced a variety of live events including The Blumhouse of Horrors, a haunted house experience in the heart of downtown Los Angeles; The Purge: Fear the Night, a live event inspired by the backstory to the feature film; and The Purge: Breakout, an immersive escape game experience.

Before Blumhouse, Blum served as co-head of the Acquisitions and Co-Productions department at Miramax Films in New York. At Miramax, he was instrumental in acquiring over 50 films including The Others, Smoke Signals, A Walk on the Moon, and The House of Yes. He began his career as the producing director of the Malaparte Theater Company, which was founded by Ethan Hawke.

DAVE HOLLIS
DAVE HOLLIS Executive Vice President, Theatrical Distribution
The Walt Disney Studios

Dave Hollis, Executive Vice President, Theatrical Distribution, The Walt Disney Studios, is responsible for global motion-picture sales and distribution efforts for all motion pictures released under the Disney, Pixar, Disneynature, Marvel, Touchstone Pictures, and Lucasfilm banners. A 12-year Disney veteran, Hollis collaborates with exhibition, filmmakers, production partners and the broader Disney enterprise to successfully launch film product in movie theatres around the world. He has overseen the distribution of such blockbusters as Marvel’s The Avengers, Iron Man 3, Frozen, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, Monsters University, Maleficent, and Guardians of the Galaxy. Hollis previously served as Senior Vice President of Distribution for Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International, where he was responsible for the growing sales and distribution operation across 70 countries, and as Senior Vice President, Distribution Strategy, helping develop and implement profit optimization strategies across the various businesses of The Walt Disney Studios.

STEPHEN A COLANERO
Stephen A. Colanero Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer
AMC Theatres

Mr. Stephen A. Colanero has served as Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer of Parent and AMCE since December 2009. Prior to joining AMC, Mr. Colanero served as Vice President of Marketing for RadioShack Corporation from April 2008 to December 2009. Mr. Colanero also served as Senior Vice President of Retail Marketing for Washington Mutual Inc. from February 2006 to August 2007 and as Senior Vice President, Strategic Marketing for Blockbuster Inc. from November 1994 to January 2006. Mr. Colanero holds a B.S. degree in Accounting from Villanova University and a M.B.A. in Marketing and Strategic Management from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

JENNIFER PANASIK
JENNIFER PANASIK Portfolio Director
IDEO

Jen Panasik is a Portfolio Director at IDEO. In business development, Jen builds the programming for Media & Technology projects that span across digital delivery platforms, new technology ventures, experience design, service design, content development and branded environments. With a background in Interaction Design, Jen also provides senior creative leadership to the teams working within the programs she creates.

Jen received a MFA in Design & Technology from New York’s Parsons School of Design. Before that she earned a BA in English and a minor in Graphic Communication from California Polytechnic in San Luis Obispo, California. Jen has a special interest in the number nine, interior design, and a soft spot for good typography.

Doug Fay
DOUG FAY CTO & Senior Vice President
Cinemark

Doug Fay has served as the Chief Technology Officer & Sr. Vice President for Cinemark since August 2006. From January 2004 to August 2006, Mr. Fay was the Director of Application Development. Mr. Fay began his career at Cinemark as a Senior Software Developer in June 2001. Prior to joining Cinemark, Mr. Fay was a Lead Software Architect at Vectrix Corporation where he was employed from 1997 until 2001. During his tenure at Vectrix, Mr. Fay was the Lead Application Architect in the development and launch of Fandango.com in March 2000. Prior to Vectrix, Mr. Fay was a Software Engineer at Electronic Data Systems from 1994 to 1997. At EDS, Mr. Fay was a graduate of the Systems Engineering Development program in 1994. Mr. Fay holds a BBA in Engineering Route to Business with emphasis on Computer Engineering and Sales Management from The University of Texas at Austin.

JP Richards
JP RICHARDS Executive Vice President, Worldwide Digital Marketing
Warner Bros. Pictures

JP Richards serves as Executive Vice President, Worldwide Digital Marketing, Warner Bros. Pictures, where he is the lead digital strategist for all of the Studio’s film releases, including Warner Bros. Pictures and New Line Cinema titles.

In this role, he oversees the domestic and international teams charged with the creation and execution of digital marketing strategies that support and further Warner Bros. Pictures’ overall global marketing campaigns. Additionally, Richards and his teams create digital-only components for key film campaigns, to more effectively target the division’s marketing reach among key audience segments. The Digital Marketing team focuses its efforts on various social media platforms worldwide, including Snapchat, Instagram, Facebook, YouTube and Twitter, as well as digital native platforms, and data driven marketing initiatives.

Among the films for which Richards has spearheaded digital marketing are "Mad Max: Fury Road," "San Andreas," "The Intern," "Creed," "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice," "The Conjuring 2," "Central Intelligence" and "The Legend of Tarzan." He is currently prepping for the global releases of "Suicide Squad," "War Dogs" and "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them," among others.

Richards joined Warner Bros. Pictures in January 2015. Prior to that, he spent 12 years at Universal Pictures, most recently as Senior Vice President, Digital Marketing where he lead digital campaigns for "The Bourne Franchise", "The Fast and Furious Franchise", and "Despicable Me Franchise" to name a few.