NICK MEYER, PRESIDENT & CEO
As the feature film industry progresses more and more towards globalization, Nick Meyer sits at the nexus of this rapid change and countless opportunities. Known as one of the pre-eminent strategists, producers, financiers and executives in international feature film, Meyer and his company, Sierra/Affinity, deliver films from some of the most talented filmmakers consistently delivering high-quality, commercially viable productions to global audiences via a myriad of distribution platforms.
As CEO of Sierra/Affinity, a production, finance and international sales company which he founded in January 2009, Meyer oversees its own productions, as well as a robust practice representing sales of third-party productions at all budget levels with some of the biggest filmmakers and talent in the industry. Most recently, Sierra completed sales of the worldwide rights outside of North America for the 2016 Awards contender MANCHESTER BY THE SEA. The drama directed and written by Kenneth Lonergan adds to a long list of notable award-winning and audience favorites represented by the company including NIGHTCRAWLER (Dan Gilroy), WHIPLASH (Damien Chazelle), FLIGHT (Robert Zemeckis), THE PLACE BEYOND THE PINES (Derek Cianfrance), ENDER’S GAME (Gavin Hood), DRIVE (Nicolas Winding Refn), THE CALL (Brad Anderson), THE WAY, WAY BACK (Nat Faxon, Jim Rash), and the upcoming Charlize Theron action spy thriller THE COLDEST CITY (David Leitch) among many others. Meyer’s standing within the international film community was further confirmed by the global entertainment studio Entertainment One (eOne) making a strategic equity investment in Sierra through which the international sales and distribution of films produced and acquired by eOne Features, as well as eOne-distributed films from The Mark Gordon Company, will be handled by Sierra outside of territories in which eOne self-distributes.
Meyer previously served as president of Paramount Vantage where he supervised all aspects of the business including finance, operations, acquisitions, development, production, sales, marketing and distribution of a full slate of feature films. Meyer oversaw the release of the Academy Award®-recognized films BABEL (Alejandro González Iñárritu), NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN (Joel Coen, Ethan Coen), and THERE WILL BE BLOOD (Paul Thomas Anderson). He also served as President of International for Lionsgate, Executive Producing HOTEL RWANDA (Terry George), overseeing the international operations for the company and was responsible for the international sales and distribution of film and television, as well as international mergers and acquisitions. An AMPAS member, Meyer resides in Los Angeles with his family.
MARC SCHABERG, CO-PRESIDENT & COO
Marc Schaberg has over 12 years of experience in independent film finance, sales, production and distribution. Prior to launching Sierra Pictures with Nick Meyer in 2009, he was a founding partner of Element Films in 2003 where he was CFO and then COO. While at Element, he structured a $65 million revolving P&A credit facility with Merrill Lynch, negotiated domestic distribution arrangements with Lionsgate and MGM, and launched a foreign sales division, Element Films International.
Schaberg began his career in the film industry in 1997 as CFO of Tomorrow Films, a boutique foreign sales and film finance company. While at Tomorrow, he arranged financing for over 20 films including JUST THE TICKET starring Andy Garcia and the Ben Affleck- and Matt Damon-produced title THE THIRD WHEEL.
In addition to his executive experience in growing and managing independent film companies, Schaberg has also produced or executive produced over 15 films including MR. BROOKS, WAITING and DOWN IN THE VALLEY and has had films he has produced play in the Sundance Film Festival and the Cannes Film Festival.
Prior to beginning his career in film, Schaberg earned a Ph.D. in economics and authored numerous academic and popular articles and also published a book based upon his doctoral dissertation entitled Globalization and the Erosion of National Financial Systems.
He holds a BA from the University of Michigan and an MA and a Ph.D. from the University of California.