TEMPLE FENNELL – EXECUTIVE
Mr. Fennell is a founding member and CEO of ATO Pictures. Prior to joining ATO, Fennell worked as president and founder of Boxerjam Media, Inc., and co-managed the company to become the leading interactive entertainment provider for AOL, Sony Station and Yahoo! Games and garner dozens of honors, ranging from Cool Site of the Year to PC Gamer’s Top Ten Playlist. He co-founded Boxer Learning, an award-winning, online education company distributed in over two thousand schools worldwide. As an executive of Boxerjam and Boxer Learning, he was the lead in negotiating strategic relationships with Sony, AOL Time Warner, Pearson, EA Entertainment, CBS, Yahoo and others.
Fennell began his corporate career as a management consultant for KPMG before working for boutique investment company Clinton Capital. Fennell began his film career as a designer and director for music videos, commercials, and short films in New York City. He attended the American Film Institute as a directing fellow and directed the award winning short, “HOWARD BLACK” starring John C. Reilly. Fennell has produced CHOKE, winner of the Special Jury Prize at Sundance 2008, JOSHUA, which garnered the Cinematography Award at Sundance 2008 as well as a Grand Jury Prize nomination, and Independent Spirit Award nominee SAVAGE GRACE.
JOHNATHAN DORFMAN - EXECUTIVE
In addition to being one of the founding members of ATO Pictures, Johnathan Dorfman has produced a number of award-winning independent films including CHOKE, winner of the Special Jury Prize at Sundance 2008, JOSHUA, which garnered the Cinematography Award at Sundance 2008 as well as a Grand Jury Prize nomination, Independent Spirit Award nominee SAVAGE GRACE and the Sundance Audience Award winning film, AMANDLA! A REVOLUTION IN FOUR-PART HARMONY.
As President of ATO Pictures, Dorfman has overseen the release of Bruce Beresford’s MAO’S LAST DANCER, George Hickenlooper’s CASINO JACK and Azazel Jacob’s TERRI.
Prior to founding ATO Pictures and relocating to New York, Dorfman was a producer in South Africa with over 15 years of experience in film, television and radio production.
SARAH LASH – HEAD OF ACQUISITIONS
Sarah Lash completed a consultancy programming and producing at the 2009 No Borders international co-production market, organized by the Independent Filmmaker Project.
Prior to that, Lash was head of domestic sales for Cinetic Media and was instrumental in the sales of Sundance Film Festival titles DEDICATION, LA MISMA LUNA, GRACE IS GONE, ROMAN POLANSKI: WANTED AND DESIRED, SNOW ANGELS,THE TEN, Cannes Film Festival title WE OWN THE NIGHT, Tribeca Film Festival titles TAXI TO THE DARK SIDE, THE HAMMER, IN SEARCH OF A MIDNIGHT KISS, and Toronto Film Festival titles BILL and DIARY OF DEAD.
Before joining Cinetic, Lash was an agent in ICM’s Independent and Packaging Group, working on the sales of YOU KILL ME and PENELOPE. This was preceded by five years at IFC, most recently as the VP of Acquisitions and Co-Productions, where she acquired films such as Y TU MAMA TAMBIEN, MANIC, INTERMISSION, METALLICA: SOME KIND OF MONSTER, TOUCHING THE VOID, THE EDUKATORS.
Lash joined IFC from Lions Gate, where she started in publicity and then served as Director of Acquisitions during the acquisition of such films as JESUS SON starring Billy Crudup, the Golden Globe-nominated WEIGHT OF WATER, and THE WIDOW OF ST. PIERRE.