David Ellison is Chief Executive Officer of Skydance Media, the diversified media company he founded in 2010 to create elevated, event-level, commercial entertainment for global audiences. As CEO, he sets and executes the strategic vision for the company: to create memorable experiences by building immersive worlds and bringing exceptionally crafted stories to life across film, television, interactive, and animation. Under David’s leadership, Skydance has produced blockbuster and critically acclaimed films including Mission: Impossible – Fallout, Annihilation, World War Z and True Grit along with high-profile installments of popular franchises such as Star Trek, G.I. Joe, Jack Reacher and more. He currently oversees Skydance’s 2019 film slate including Gemini Man, 6 Underground, The Old Guard, Top Gun: Maverick and the Untitled Terminator. In 2013, David launched Skydance Television, which has produced Emmy® nominated and critically acclaimed premium series Grace and Frankie and Altered Carbon along with the Emmy®-winning Manhattan. The diverse slate of series also includes Condor, and Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan with more in development. In 2016, David led the Company’s first acquisition of leading game developer The Workshop Entertainment, Inc. and formed Skydance Interactive, a dedicated subsidiary that creates and owns original virtual reality games and licensing. The studios library includes critically acclaimed VR mech shooter game Archangel: Hellfire, and the upcoming 2019 title The Walking Dead: Saints and Sinners. In 2017, Skydance formed an animation division to develop and produce a slate of high-end feature films and television series in partnership with Spain’s Ilion Animation Studios. In 2018, David announced that Skydance has entered into a partnership with Tencent Holdings Limited, a leading provider of Internet value added services in China. He is an accomplished pilot and a lifelong film enthusiast. David attended the School of Cinematic Arts at USC and is a member of the Producers Guild of America as well as the Television Academy. He resides in Southern California with his wife, musician Sandra Lynn.
As Chief Creative Officer of Skydance, Dana Goldberg helps to set and execute the company's overall creative vision across its feature film, television, animation, publishing, and licensing units. She oversees the entire film slate including the recent blockbuster Mission: Impossible – Fallout, the highly anticipated Top Gun: Maverick and the Untitled Terminator along with original feature films Gemini Man, 6 Underground, and The Old Guard. Dana also helps to oversee Skydance’s animated feature films including Luck, which will be released on March 19, 2021, Split (working title), Powerless (working title) and The Fourteenth Goldfish. In addition to feature films, Dana has creative oversight of Skydance Television’s slate of original series Grace and Frankie and Altered Carbon on Netflix, Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan on Amazon, and Condor on AT&T Audience Network. Prior to Skydance, Goldberg served as President of Production at Village Roadshow Pictures, where she oversaw and served as executive producer on many of the studio’s blockbuster and award-winning films, including I Am Legend and Happy Feet. Before Village Roadshow, Dana served as Vice President of Production at Baltimore/Spring Creek Pictures. She has been a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences since 2007 and is a member of the Producers Guild of America and the Television Academy. Dana holds a B.A. degree from The University of Missouri.
As President and Chief Operating Officer of Skydance Media, Jesse helps to set and execute the overall strategy and growth plan for the company, while managing key operations across all units. He also oversees business and legal affairs, corporate development, digital and interactive entertainment, international distribution and co-productions, licensing, and television physical production for the company, and manages relationships across all distribution and co-financing partners. In 2018, Jesse was instrumental in forming a broad strategic partnership with Tencent Holdings Ltd to bolster Skydance’s footprint in China for its films, as well as its television, gaming and virtual reality – areas of recent aggressive expansion for Skydance. In 2017, he facilitated a multi-year renewal of Skydance’s first-look production and global distribution deal with Paramount, while also helping to create a slate partnership with Ilion Animation in Madrid, leading to the launch of Skydance Animation. In 2016, Jesse took a leadership role in Skydance’s first acquisition – of game developer The Workshop Entertainment – to form Skydance Interactive, as well as in securing a $700 million recapitalization to enable continued growth and expansion. Jesse was listed in Variety’s Dealmakers Impact Report in 2015, 2016 and 2017. Before joining Skydance, Jesse served as the managing shareholder of his own boutique entertainment and venture capital law firm and launched the graphic novel and augmented reality company Anomaly Productions. He began his career at Heller Ehrman LLP. Jesse is a member of the Television Academy and serves as a board member of UCLA’s Institute of Environment and Sustainability and Angels at Risk. He earned a J.D. with honors from the University of California, Hastings and a B.A. with honors from the University of California, San Diego.
As Chief Financial Officer of Skydance, Larry Wasserman is responsible for all of the Company’s finance, accounting, and administrative operations, and also supports the analysis and execution of new business initiatives across the organization. In 2016, Larry led the Company’s $700 million recapitalization to fund growth and expansion across its feature film, television, interactive, and animation businesses. He was also at the forefront of Skydance’s first acquisition – of leading game developer The Workshop Entertainment, Inc. – to form Skydance Interactive, a dedicated subsidiary that creates and owns original video games and virtual reality experiences. Prior to Skydance, Larry was the Chief Financial Officer at DreamWorks Studios, where he oversaw all financial activities and several divisions of the independent film studio and played a key role in re-launching the company in 2008. Prior to DreamWorks, Larry held management positions in the Business Development and Strategic Planning group at Universal Pictures. He began his career at Greenwich Associates. He is a member of the Television Academy. Larry holds a B.A. degree from Harvard College and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
As Chief Marketing Officer of Skydance, Anne Globe leads all of the company’s strategic marketing, branding, corporate communication, publicity and licensing. Anne oversees marketing efforts for Skydance’s recent high-profile films including Mission: Impossible – Fallout and the upcoming 2019 features slate: Top Gun: Maverick, the Untitled Terminator, Gemini Man, 6 Underground, The Old Guard and the animated features Luck, Split (working title), Powerless (working title) and The Fourteenth Goldfish. She also spearheads marketing initiatives for Skydance Television’s current series Grace and Frankie, Altered Carbon, Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan, and Condor. Prior to Skydance, Anne served as Chief Marketing Officer for DreamWorks Animation, where she oversaw marketing for a number of beloved worldwide franchises, including Shrek, Madagascar, Kung Fu Panda and How To Train Your Dragon. She previously served in marketing roles at Universal Studios and The Walt Disney Studios. Anne has been recognized on Fast Company’s 2014 “Most Creative People in Business” list, THR’s “Women in Hollywood” list, Variety's 2016 and 2017 "Marketing Impact Report" and with The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s 2012 “Woman of the Year” award. She is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Television Academy, Women in Film and the American Film Institute. Anne holds a B.S. degree from Syracuse University.
As President of Skydance Television, Marcy Ross leads all of the company’s original programming efforts. She joined Skydance in 2012 and launched its television division with two straight-to-series projects: Emmy-nominated Grace and Frankie on Netflix and Emmy-winning Manhattan on WGN America. Over the past few years Marcy has spearheaded a rapid expansion in the development, sales, and production of new series. Today, Skydance Television has five premium series across a number of networks and Marcy is on-track to grow the slate even further. Current titles range from comedy Grace and Frankie on Netflix, to high-concept, strong IP-based projects such as Altered Carbon on Netflix, Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan on Amazon, and Condor on AT&T Audience Network. Prior to Skydance, Marcy served as Executive Vice President of Current Programming at Fox, where she was responsible for many long-running, critically acclaimed scripted series, including Glee, The Simpsons, New Girl, Bones, Raising Hope, Family Guy, House and 24. Prior to Fox, Marcy developed such cult favorites as Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Farscape. She is a member of the Television Academy. Marcy holds a B.A. degree from Florida State University.
As President of Production at Skydance, Don Granger is responsible for helping to oversee the Company’s growing feature film slate, including Gemini Man, 6 Underground, The Old Guard, Top Gun: Maverick, and the Untitled Terminator in 2019. Granger has over 25 years of experience in shepherding tentpole films, serving as producer on releases including Jack Reacher: Never Go Back and Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, LIFE, and Mission: Impossible - Fallout. Prior to Skydance, Granger served as President of Motion Picture Production at United Artists, where he ran the day-to-day development and production operations for five years. Before United Artists, Granger oversaw production, development and operations at C/W Productions as a senior executive, where he helped bring War of the Worlds, Mission Impossible III and Elizabethtown to the big screen. At C/W, Granger served as Producer on Ask the Dust and The Eye and as Executive Producer on Death Race. Prior to C/W, Granger served as Executive Vice President of Motion Picture Production at Paramount Pictures, where he was responsible for supervising such blockbuster franchises as Mission Impossible, Star Trek, Tomb Raider and the Jack Ryan films, as well as Patriot Games, Clear and Present Danger, Sum of All Fears, Varsity Blues, The Saint, Kiss the Girls, Along Came a Spider and the Academy Award®-winning Saving Private Ryan, among others. Prior to Paramount, Granger served as a creative executive and producer at the Mutual Film Company, The Weintraub Entertainment Group and Touchstone Pictures. Granger is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the Producers Guild. He holds a B.A. degree from Yale University and resides in Southern California with his family.
Bill Damaschke works alongside Chief Creative Officer Dana Goldberg and Chief Executive Officer David Ellison to help set the overall creative direction and strategy for Skydance’s animation and family entertainment division. In conjunction with the company’s feature film and television divisions, Damaschke is curating and overseeing a team dedicated to producing a bold and original slate of both animated and hybrid family programming. Skydance’s animated feature films are Luck, which will be released on March 19, 2021, Split (working title), Powerless (working title) and The Fourteenth Goldfish. Under Damaschke’s leadership, Skydance’s new Animation and Family Entertainment division will rapidly expand within the U.S., resulting in a significant footprint for the team in both Los Angeles and Madrid. He previously enjoyed a 20-year career at DreamWorks Animation, most recently as Chief Creative Officer, wherein he was responsible for leading the creative, artistic, and operational direction of the company. Damaschke’s tenure oversaw the release of some of animation’s most beloved franchise films, including Madagascar, Kung Fu Panda, How to Train Your Dragon, and The Croods. He also oversaw all of DreamWorks Animation’s live theatrical productions, including the award-winning “Shrek The Musical.” Damaschke continues to produce theater projects through his production company, StoryKey Entertainment. He holds a BFA in Music and Theater from Illinois Wesleyan University.