Francois Martin & Matthew Stein
Francois Martin is currently a Business Development Associate at Vertical Entertainment, a global independent film distribution company. Vertical's impressive library includes titles such as CAPONE, Miami’s own REEFA and CRITICAL THINKING along with recent new releases ALICE and LAST SEEN ALIVE.
From 2018-2020, he worked for Aviron Pictures as Executive Vice President, Media Strategy and Content Distribution. Aviron Pictures was an American distribution company involved with THE STRANGERS: PREY AT NIGHT, SERENITY and AFTER.
Prior to Aviron, Francois was a senior theatrical marketing and content sales executive at The Weinstein Company and Miramax Films. He led theatrical marketing strategy and awards media campaigns on WIND RIVER, LION, SOUTHPAW, WOMAN IN GOLD, INGLORIOUS BASTARDS and THE KING’S SPEECH.
Francois has also overseen media, integrated promotions and marketing operations on KILL BILL, CHICAGO, SPY KIDS, SCARY MOVIE, Lee Daniel’s THE BUTLER, DJANGO UNCHAINED, PADDINGTON and SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK.
PRODUCER WITH M.E.S. PRODUCTIONS
Matthew Stein is currently a producer with M.E.S. Productions, which is currently producing projects for Sony Pictures Entertainment, Live Nation, Warner Music Group, Rolling Stone, Amasia Entertainment, and many more. He also has a lead consulting role for McCourt Entertainment, working to develop a major film and TV development and production fund.
Prior, Matt was the SVP, Scripted Film/TV Production at Live Nation Productions, the entertainment division of Live Nation, the world’s largest live events company, where he oversaw a scripted team that developed and produced content in the music/film/TV crossover space. The overall division has executive produced the Warner Bros phenomenon A Star is Born, as well documentaries Lady Gaga 5 Foot 2, Imagine Dragons Believer, and more.
Before Live Nation, Matt served as VP, at Sony Pictures Entertainment International Productions. This unique division developed English language television series, local language movies, and English language movies with heavy international appeal. He was brought it to help produce the Simon Pegg/Nick Frost feature Slaughterhouse Rulez.
Matt has also executive produced Amityville: The Awakening for Dimension Films/Blumhouse and served as an executive producer on Dimension thrillers Kristy and Piranha 3DD, as well as Image Entertainment’s The Houses That October Built.
The first 12 years of Matt’s career were spent working for Dimension Films, where he ascended through the ranks to run production as Executive Vice President of Production. He oversaw all phases of production, development, and casting for the division, and was Executive Producer on such varied films as Scream 4, Halloween, Halloween 2, Apollo 18, Hellride, Superhero Movie, and more.
In total, Matt has been the executive in charge of production on over 35 films in his time, and also held the positions of Senior Vice President, Vice President, and started his career as an assistant to the co-Chairman. Matt graduated from The University of Miami, where he majored in Film/Political Science with a minor in Business. He is originally from New Jersey, lived and worked in New York City for years, and currently resides in Los Angeles.