Each member of AngelVision brings specific and deep knowledge in their respective fields. Collectively, AngelVision members have on average more than 25 years of experience in the entertainment, marketing, and new media industries.
Albert Litewka is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Winning Entertainment, the successor company to Creative Domain, an award-winning entertainment marketing and production company that he founded in 1991 and sold to a private equity firm in 2005. Winning Entertainment’s charter is to invest in and consult with start-up and ongoing entertainment and communications companies. Albert also serves as Chairman of Soliddd Corp., a 3D technology company, and as Chairman of the Los Angeles Review of Books.
Prior to an entrepreneurial career, Albert served as President of Warner Software, a part of Warner Communications. Before that he was President of Macmillan General Publishing and Senior Vice President of Macmillan Publishing Company, Inc. He also held several positions with W. R. Grace & Co., including Executive Vice President of Baker & Taylor, Vice President of Acquisitions and Development for the Consumer Services Group, and President of Pix of America.
Albert has a BA from UCLA “with highest honors,” was a Woodrow Wilson National Graduate Fellow at the University of California at Berkeley, is the author of WARSAW: A Novel of Resistance, and has served on business and institutional boards including as Chairman of the Board of an independent school.
In 1997 Barbara joined Mike Greenfeld and established The Ant Farm, an entertainment marketing firm that grew from 12 to 160 people in 5 years. The Ant Farm’s reputation and revenue made it one of the industry’s top firms and in 2002 it was purchased by DDB an Omnicom company. Barbara stayed on as Co- CEO until Dec 2007 and while there oversaw many award winning campaigns.
Currently Barbara is a managing partner of Picture Head a Hollywood based post production company as well as a partner in Howling Entertainment a music publishing and production company. Recently she has begun consulting at a Hollywood studio as a creative advertising executive.
Barbara graduated Hunter College in NYC in 1980 with a BA in film production and theory. She began her career in NY as a film editor cutting Documentaries for PBS and eventually found her way into motion picture trailers becoming a partner at Silver Glazer Films. She is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Bob Israel is the Co-Founder and former Co-CEO of Aspect Ratio. When the agency was sold in 1999, it had grown into the largest movie marketing agency in Entertainment. Since then, he has continued to invest in and advise other successful marketing companies. Bob also has been involved as a producer of several feature films. Among them are the box office smash Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, which helped launch Jim Carrey’s film career, and the cult classic, Bachelor Party, which helped audiences discover Tom Hanks.
From 2000-2008 Bob was the Executive Producer of The Hollywood Reporter’s Movie Marketing Awards, the Key Arts. He is currently a member of the Motion Picture Academy and a member of the Executive Committee of the Academy’s PR branch. Bob is also a former Chairman of the Board (and current Vice Chair) for A Place Called Home, a safe haven for underserved youth, and the former Vice Chairman of the Westland School in Los Angeles.
Lars Ekstrom is a founder and managing member of Augeo Advisors, LLC, which specializes in advising on private mergers and acquisitions transactions. Lars' clients have been primarily entrepreneurial business owners spanning a wide array of industries including advertising, marketing, entertainment, media, as well as businesses servicing these industries. Prior to starting his own firm, he was a managing director with Lazard Middle Market and its predecessor, Goldsmith Agio Helms, where he co-founded and led the company’s Los Angeles practice. Lars received a MBA degree (highest honors) with concentrations in marketing and finance from the University of Southern California, and a BA degree in business economics from the University of California at Santa Barbara. Lars is a registered FINRA representative holding Series 7, 24, 63 and 79 licenses, and a certified public accountant.
Mike Greenfeld is a Co-founder and former Co-CEO of The Ant Farm, one of the world’s largest and most successful full-service entertainment advertising agencies with revenues well beyond $50 million, which is now owned by DDB, an Omnicom company. Mr. Greenfeld is currently a managing partner at Picture Head, a Hollywood post-production and sound facility that services major film, television and advertising clients. He is also a partner in several music libraries under the Howling Entertainment label. Before his entrepreneurial phase, Mike worked at Universal Pictures as Sr.Vice President of Creative Advertising in the early 1990s with such filmmakers as Steven Spielberg, Ron Howard and George Miller. He earned his BA in Radio, TV and Film at the University of Arizona in 1981. Mike is a founding board member of New Community Jewish High School in West Hills, California and currently serves as its president. He is also an active member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.