Arsenal Pictures was established in 2006 by industry veteran Yarek Danielak.
The Company is a distinguished sales, distribution, production and financing firm for nearly two decades focused on the financing and distribution of motion pictures, television, and documentaries. It has built a significant reputation working with all the major studios: Warner Bros. Netflix, MGM, Disney, Sony, and Universal to name only a few.
Arsenal Pictures is based both in Europe and America and has a strong presence at all the major markets including: Berlin, Hong Kong, Miptv, Cannes, Mipcom, AFM And Singapore as well as the major film festivals including Sundance, Tribecca, Toronto Film Festival and NY Film Festival allowing the team keeping close eye on the new trends and market opportunities.
Its executives are advised by a team of consultants and advisors including the former President of Paramount Pictures, a Chairman of MGM, and the former General Counsel of MCA-Universal. Arsenal has represented major film producers and significant studio releases such as:
David Shear - Theatrical and Digital Distribution
Currently CEO of Shear Entertainment, a leading distribution consultancy company in the UK, Dave Shear has over 20 years of experience in the film distribution sector. With clients ranging from MGM, Universal, Voltage and leading independent UK distributors such as Curzon and Signature, Dave has worked on the release of this year's Oscar winner Parasite and the 2nd highest grossing post Covid theatrical release in the UK, 'After We Collided', which has grossed over $5 million at the UK Box Office.
Dave is also currently heading up distribution for Lorton Entertainment, the financier behind 'Supersonic' and 'Diego Maradona'.
Previously Mr. Shear served as a head of distribution at Revolver Entertainment and The Works, one of the UK's most prestigious companies.
Barry Jay Reiss - Legal
Barry is a graduate of Columbia College and has 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 joined CBS Records where he became Vice President of Talent Contracts.
When MCA Records decided to start an east coast record label ("Infinity Records") Barry moved 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. 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 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 to 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. He is currently an Executive Committee member of the Music For Youth Foundation, serves as a mentor for Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts and was recently featured on Sky Radio's "Americas Best Lawyers".
Barrie M. Osborne - Creative
Barrie is a film producer, production manager and director. Osborne's most notable work is The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King for which he was the recipient of the Oscar Award the Academy Award for Best Picture, which he shares with Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh. He also produced the 2013 The Great Gatsby remake, starring Leonardo DiCaprio as Jay Gatsby.