Aftershock Media

AfterShock Media, comprised of AfterShock Comics and RGTV, houses Comic, Film and TV veterans who are highly accomplished specialists within the entertainment industry. Aftershock Media is a unique company with the capabilities required to bridge the gap between comics and the screen by bringing these original stories to life.

JON KRAMER
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

An entertainment entrepreneur with extensive international production and distribution experience, Jon also serves as CEO of Rive Gauche, a reality TV business, which he purchased in 2003. Prior to that acquisition, Jon was president of Promark Entertainment Corporation, where he was responsible for all the company’s activities, including production and distribution. Under Jon’s leadership, Promark produced 40 feature films, including films for HBO. Before moving to Promark, Jon held senior positions at New Century Vista Films, CBS Theatrical Films, Times Mirror Cable TV and United Artist Theatres.

MARINE KSADZHIKYAN
SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, DISTRIBUTION & DEVELOPMENT

With nearly 20 years of experience in international distribution, Marine specializes in strategizing deals with major broadcasters around the world. She also handles operations and monetizes cash flow for upcoming acquisition and co-production financing. Previously at GRB Studios, she has held various positions in legal, finance and sales.

LEE KRAMER
PRESIDENT

As a film production and development executive, Lee has worked with some of the biggest names in Hollywood. At Endeavor, Lee was the head Story Analyst and worked with producer Cathy Schulman, who produced the Academy Award winning films Crash and The Illusionist. Lee has also served as a development and production executive at Mandalay Pictures and has produced several television shows for HBO.

JEFF FORD – UK
SENIOR EXECUTIVE/UK

Jeff’s charge at AfterShock is to expand the company’s efforts on the international stage by leveraging the brand’s high quality IP for placement and distribution in the UK market. With over three decades in the television industry, Jeff has spent over 20 years at the highest network levels. Starting his career at the BBC, he moved to ITV in 1995 as Director of Acquisitions and later joined the fledging Channel 5 to establish that channel through several high-profile acquisitions. Moving to Channel 4, Jeff headed up acquisitions, then returned to Channel 5 and soon became Director of Programmes for the entire portfolio. A stint as Director of Content at TV3 Ireland was followed by his appointment as Managing Director and SVP of Content Development at FOX UK, where he executive produced their first drama, Deep State starring Mark Strong.

DAN SHIRES - UK
VICE PRESIDENT, FILM & TELEVISION/UK

Responsible for introducing AfterShock content to UK broadcasters and producers, Dan also works alongside and nurtures new international partners for production. Working with AfterShock Media in Los Angeles, he also translates the company’s comic book properties into movie and television content. Dan has two decades of broadcasting experience, including work with Vivendi Universal, the Walt Disney Company and more than a decade with Fox Networks Group, where he was director of programmes and acquisitions responsible for the UK and Sub-Saharan African territories.

REMY JACQUELIN
SENIOR EXECUTIVE, FRANCE

After a stint in sales and marketing at Eli Lilly France, Remy joined Gaumont as head of sales in the Theatrical department, handling films such as Nikita (Luc Besson) and My Father’s Glory (Yves Robert) before moving on to International Sales for Europe, Latin America and Eastern Europe. By 1998, he was handling French TV sales as well as film financing with long-time producer Alain Poiré. Two years later, he was at TF1, the leading French Free TV, taking care of feature films, series and TV movies acquisitions for 12 years and becoming vice president of TF1 Films Production in 2008. During this tenure at TF1, he also saw the creation of Catch Up TV, TVOD and SVOD. In 2013, Remy founded Malberg Pictures, a distribution, production and consulting company, and has been involved since in the production or distribution of fiction and documentary feature films, series and animation.

RYAN CARROLL
DEVELOPMENT COORDINATOR

With more than 15 years of experience in the area of physical production for unscripted television, Ryan has worked as a Production Manager and Line Producer on more than 30 unscripted television shows for network and cable television, including NBC’s The Apprentice, HGTV’s Design Star, and various shows in Bravo’s Real Housewives franchise.  

BLAKE STOKER
DIRECTOR OF FINANCE

Blake manages all accounting and financial reporting aspects for Rive Gauche Television and AfterShock Media. He has held several finance and accounting roles in the entertainment industry, most recently serving as the Director of Reporting for Universal Music Group. He has also held financial and accounting positions at APM Music, a Joint Venture between Sony and Universal, as well as at CBS.

ANTONIA LIANOS
VICE PRESIDENT, CONTRACT ADMINISTRATION

Antonia has 30 years of experience working with or consulting for such companies as Paramount Pictures, Jim Henson Studios, Spelling Entertainment, Saturn Software, Liberty International and Condor Productions. In 2007, Antonia produced the PBS documentary The Soundies: A Musical History and is an Executive Producer on the mystery film Winchester, starring Helen Mirren.

IRA KURGAN
ADVISOR

As President, Network Business Operations for the FOX Broadcasting Company, Ira was in charge of business affairs, legal affairs, broadcast standards & practices, theatrical film acquisitions and risk management for reality programs. He was also a Member of the advisory board for Revolution Studios and, as Yahoo Media Group’s Chief Business Officer, oversaw content acquisitions, business/legal affairs and strategic alliances. Ira also currently presides on the advisory boards of USC Center for the Digital Future and Ziffren Center for Media, Entertainment, Technology and Sports Law at the UCLA School of Law.