Barry J Reiss is a graduate of Columbia College and received a Bachelor of Law Degree, Cum Laude, from Columbia Law School. After a short stint as a labor attorney, Barry entered the music business as a junior partner in the firm representing such artists as Herman's Hermits, Led Zeppelin and Jimi Hendrix.
After five years Barry was lured out of private practice by Clive Davis to join him at BBS Records where he became Vice President of Talent Contracts. When Clive left CBS he asked Barry to join him to help form Arista Records where he served as Administrative Vice President from its inception for its first five years.
When MCA Records decided to start an east coast label ("Infinity Records") Barry moved from Arista to MCA as Executive Vice President of Infinity Records. When Infinity was merged into MCA Records, MCA asked him to stay on to help form its "ancillary" entertainment divisions. In that capacity Barry served as Vice President for Legal and Business Affairs from their inception of MCA Home Video, Universal Pay Television and MCA Video Disc. He also served as Vice President of Merchandising Corporation of America (the studio's merchandising arm) and of MCA's Trademark and Copyright division as well as continuing to service MCA Records' east coast operations. In 1986, Barry was additionally appointed East Coast General Counsel for MCA, Inc. responsible for all east coast legal matters for MCA Inc. and its east coast book publishing, toy and Spencer Gifts divisions. In that capacity Barry guided MCA's acquisition of Grosset and Dunlap, Playboy Books and LIN Toys.
In 1989, Barry left MCA to re-enter private practice representing such clients as U2, Valient Comics, The Allman Brothers Band and Universal Television.
In January of 1995, Barry returned to the corporate world as Senior Vice President of Business and Consumer Affairs for The Columbia House Company responsible for Business, Consumer and Government Affairs which included negotiating the Company's major licensing agreements, as well as representing the company's interests in federal and state legislative matters, postal issues consumer relations activities and the Company's launching of its two internet sites.
In March of 2000 Barry left Columbia House to return the the private practice of law.
Barry has served as a member of the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) and Record Industry Association of America (RIAA) Labor Negotiation and Anti-Piracy Committees, the RIAA Copyright Law Revision Committee, as a member of the Board of Directors of the Association for Postal Commerce and on the Government Affairs and Privacy Committees of the Direct Marketing Association.
Milt Barlow is a 30-year entertainment veteran and previous President and CEO of Village Roadshow Entertainment in Australia. During his ten-year tenure he grew the business from a video distribution company with a turnover of $35 million to a multifaceted entertainment powerhouse with a turnover in excess of $250 million.
Milt was one of the early internet pioneers launching Tribe 'youth portal' web sites in Australia, Los Angeles and London in 2000 with equity partners J.P. Morgan and UK liquor giant Diageo.
Under his leadership at 'Tribe' Mint also launched the 'First Rites' film program in the US in partnership with Hollywood Video providing a distribution platform for young first time film makers and releasing over 200 films from young American directors.
In ate 2008 Milts New Zealand Company 'lncubate' began releasing Chinese movies for theatrical distribution day and date with China. New Zealand became the first country in the world outside Asia in over a decade to reintroduce major Chinese movies theatrically on a day and date basis in mainstream multiplex cinemas. In 2009 the program was extended to Australia servicing the large Chinese population in Sydney and Melbourne.
In early 2010 Milt joined with Beijing film veteram Jiang Yanming to form China Lion. In late 2011 the two leading entertainment companies in China BONA and Huayi Brothers each took a strategic 20% equity stake in China Lion. Milt served as the CEO of China Lion working alongside President Yanming and Chairman Greg Coote.
In 2013 Milt departed China Lion to set up Asia Releasing LLC. The company releases up to 15 Asian pictures a year theatrically in North America, Australia, New Zealand and the UK. In addition it handles all theatrical distribution for art house films for Vendetta Pictures in Australia.
Astrid J. Montogmery has been involved in Film and Television production in North America and Europe.
Currently she is overseeing MOB CONFIDENTIAL, a TV show exploring all aspects of criminal underworld at its highest levels based on La Cosa Nostra as well as few productions set in Louisiana and Caribbean.
Prior to her film career, Ms. Montgomery worked in investment banking at Austin Morris Associates in Shanghai, China being the direct liaison between corporate headquarters in London and their respective Shanghai office.
Ms. Montgomery was raised in Spain and France and is fluent in several languages.
Ms. Montgomery is a devout believer and benefactor of 501 C-3 charitable organizations and is a top tier donor for charities that focus on the prevention of sexual abuse against women, children, and young adults. She has been an essential donor to Lauren's Kids Charities and was an active supporter during Lauren Book's Campaign as being recognized as L'Oreal Women of The World from L'Oreal in Paris, France. Ms. Montgomery has also been a top tier donor for Catholic Charities in Southern California focusing on young women in need and at risk.
Mr. Lane is a champion of taking start ups and taking them to the IPO market.