Yarek Danielak established Arsenal Pictures in 2006 with a goal of providing quality entertainment to world wide markets. He assembled the seasoned team featured below and together they continue to build Arsenal Pictures into one of the premiere Motion Picture companies in the market.
Arsenal utilizes decades of experience gained at the heart of the global film industry to provide the most appropriate production and financing options to producers through innovative integration of new financing methods, co-productions, and distribution.
Barry J. Reiss graduated Columbia Law School with a Bachelor of Law Degree, Cum Laude. 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.
Barry was lured out of private practice to join Clive Davis at BBS Records as Vice President of Talent Contracts. When Clive left CBS, Barry joined him to help form Arista Records where he served as Administrative Vice President for its first five years.
In 1986, Barry left Arista to become Executive Vice President of MCA Record's east coast label, Infinity Records. There he lead the "ancillary" entertainment divisions as Vice President for Legal and Business Affairs of MCA Home Video, Universal Pay Television and MCA Video Disc. He also served as Vice President of Merchandising Corporation of America and of MCA's Trademark and Copyright division. Barry was later appointed East Coast General Counsel for MCA, Inc. handling toys, book publishing, and Spencer Gifts divisions on the east coast. 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 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 where he negotiated major licensing agreements, as well as represented the company's interests in federal and state legislative matters, postal issues, consumer relations activities, and the Company's launching of two websites.
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.
Founder and CEO of Arsenal Pictures, Yarek Danielak is focused on the international and domestic distribution of high quality films and TV programming. He developed a six picture slate of six $5M budget fantasy and historical Action/Adventure features to be shot in Eastern Europe starting in October 2013 throughout 2015 including HERMAN THE GERMAN, based on the founder of the budding country of Germany, and VENGEANCE OF THE VIKING, a no holds barred three installment epic franchise.
He has also most recently been involved in the packing and financing of Bill McDonald (ROME) produced THE SAINT; the selling and marketing of FIVE MINARETS IN NEW YORK starring Danny Glover, Gina Gershon and Robert Patrick, shot in Istanbul and New York City. Yarek also counts the highest-grossing Turkish film of all-time VALLEY OF THE WOLVES: IRAQ as one of his most successful acquisitions. Danielak previously struck an alliance with producer Arnold Rifkin (LIVE FREE OR DIE HARD) to handle four films for the international market. In May 2007, Danielak introduced the arrangement's first film, TIMBER FALLS, to high demand in key European territories. The trend continued at the American Film Market with Rifkin's following film NIGHT TRAIN, staring Danny Glover, Leelee Sobieski and Steve Zahn.
Prior to forming Arsenal, Danielak, served as Vice-President of Distribution at Armada Pictures, and was responsible for launching the company's successful foreign sales division, Armada Pictures International. During his tenure, API became a significant player in the international marketplace with films that included such stars as James Van Der Beek, Deborah Kara Unger, Jeremy Sisto, Taye Diggs. Danielak was also instrumental in positioning API as a well-regarded producer of high quality genre films such as Lions Gate Films' releases, TAMARA and DRIVE-THRU, Screen Gems' PLAGUE starring James Der Beek and directed by Clive Barker, and DARK PLACES staring Leelee Sobieski (EYES WIDE SHUT) among others.
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 into a multifaceted entertainment powerhouse with a turnover in excess of $250 million.
Milt was one of the early internet pioneers launching Tribe's 'youth portal' websites in Australia, Los Angeles and London in 2000 with equity partners J.P. Morgan and UK liquor giant Diageo.
Under his leadership at Tribe, Milt launched the 'First Rites' film program in the US in partnership with Hollywood Video, providing a distribution platform for first time film makers and releasing over 200 films from young American directors.
In 2008, Milt's New Zealand company lncubate began releasing Chinese movies for theatrical distribution day and date with China. New Zealand became the first country outside Asia 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 2010, Milt joined with Beijing film veteran Jiang Yanming to form China Lion. In 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 establish Asia Releasing LLC. The company releases up to 15 Asian movies a year theatrically in North America, Australia, New Zealand and the UK. In addition Asia Releasing runs all theatrical distribution for Vendetta Pictures in Australia.
Astrid is active in Film and Television production in North America and Europe.
Astrid currently oversees our feature and television productions underway in the US, Spain and the Caribbean. Including the forthcoming 'Mob Confidential,' a TV series exploring the criminal underworld based on the infamous La Cosa Nostra.
She was raised in Spain and France and is fluent in several languages. Prior to her career in film, Ms. Montgomery worked in investment banking at Austin Morris Associates in Shanghai, China serving as the direct liaison between corporate headquarters in London and their respective Shanghai office.
Astrid 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 is an essential donor to Lauren's Kids Charities and an active supporter during Lauren Book's Campaign that gaining recognition as L'Oreal Women of The World. Astrid also was a top donor for Catholic Charities in Southern California, focusing on young women in need and at risk.