Kia Jam CEO, Founder
Kia is a Founder and Partner at Cyrano Group, and the President/CEO of K. Jam Media. He has independently produced and financed more than 30 motion pictures over the past 15 years. He recently completed Nailed, which will be released in 2015, and stars Jessica Biel, Jake Gyllenhaal, James Marsden, Tracey Morgan, and Catherine Keener. His most recent release was Devil’s Pass, which was shot entirely on location in Russia, and is directed by Renny Harlin (Cliffhanger, Die Hard 2).
Prior to launching K. Jam Media, Kia was a principal founder and C.O.O. at Ascendant Pictures, an independent film production and finance company based in Beverly Hills, California. During a five year period, and along with its subsidiary Rising Star, Ascendant co-financed eighteen movies with budgets totaling more than $750 million. Kia acted in a producing capacity on all of Ascendant Pictures’ projects including Lucky Number Slevin (starring Bruce Willis, Josh Hartnett, and Morgan Freeman), and The Big White (starring Robin Williams and Holly Hunter). With Tom Cruise, he co-produced Ask the Dusk (starring Colin Farrell and Salma Hayek), and co-produced The Jacket (starring Adrien Brody and Keira Knightly) alongside George Clooney. In 2006, along with Barrie Osborne (Lord of the Rings Trilogy, The Matrix), Kia served as an executive producer of the sci-fi action adventure Outlander (starring Jim Caviezel and Ron Perlman), produced in partnership with The Weinstein Company. He also produced Who's Your Caddy and Timber Falls. Prior to his tenure at Ascendant, Kia was President of an independent film production company based in Santa Monica, California. In 2002, he produced Juwanna Mann for Morgan Creek Pictures and Warner Bros. Among his other productions are Dungeons & Dragons with Joel Silver (The Matrix, Lethal Weapon) for New Line Cinema, which starred Jeremy Irons and Marlon Wayans.
Prior to producing features, Kia was recruited by James Cameron’s visual effects powerhouse Digital Domain; he was involved in all levels of production on over 60 television commercials, including a Clio Award-winning Jeep commercial, and David Fincher’s Grammy Award-winning Rolling Stones music video “Love is Strong”. Kia has also served as a consultant for a wide range of film entertainment company clients, including Relativity Media and Miramax Films. In collaboration with Cyrano, Kia secured and organized, for its current owners, the $660 million dollar purchase of Miramax from The Walt Disney Company.
Kia graduated as a member of The Golden Key International Honor Society from the University of California Irvine with a B.A. in Political Science. He is a member of the Producers Guild of America and the Board of Directors of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Youth Foundation.
Highlights (For a detailed list of his filmography, please see Kia's page)
2015 • Producer: Accidental Love, starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Jessical Biel
2014 • Producer: Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, starring Jessica Alba, Mickey Rourke
2013 • Producer: Devil's Pass, directed by Renny Harlin
2010 • Producer: Father of Invention, starring Kevin Spacey, Heather Graham
2009 • Producer: Black Water Transit, starring Laurence Fishburne & Stephen Dorff
2008 • Producer: $5 A Day, starring Christopher Walken, Sharon Stone
2007 • Producer: Timber Falls
2007 • Producer: Who's Your Caddy?
2006 • Producer: Lucky Number Sleven, starring Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman
2006 • Executive producer: Outlander with Barrie Osborne (Lord of the Rings Trilogy), starring Jim Caviezel, Ron Perlman, partnered with the Weinstein Company
2006 • Co-producer: Ask the Dust w/ Tom Cruise, starring Colin Farrel, Salma Hayek
2005 • Producer: The Big White, starring Robin Williams & Holly Hunter
2005 • Co-producer: The Jacket w/ George Clooney, starring Adrien Brody
2002 • Producer: Juwanna Mann for Morgan Creek & Warner Bros.
2000 • Producer: Dungeons & Dragons with Joel Silver (The Matrix, Lethal Weapon), starring Jeremy Irons & Marlon Wayans
Jeff Kranzdorf Head of Business & Legal Affairs
Over the past 30+ years Jeff has worked actively in virtually every aspect of the record, music publishing, personal management, television production, distribution, home video and production facilities industries. Beginning his career as a studio musician and composer, Jeff had co-scored two made for network television movies before his 20th birthday. Jeff became the first USC undergraduate to work as an apprentice publicist at Rogers & Cowan. After going on to complete a doctorate of law from Southwestern University in 1979 and post-doctoral studies at the USC Law Center's Entertainment Law Institute and UCLA's Anderson School of Business, Jeff has occupied various executive positions within the industry. Jeff is a former AFI Award nominee as a producer/writer for a 1986 documentary on the life of his late friend and client Rick Nelson. His previously acted as worldwide head of business and legal affairs for Australia's Arclight Films (Crash, The Bank Job, and Bobby). He formerly represented management for musical artists such as N*Sync, Backstreet Boys, O-Town and LFO. Since 1992 he has consulted on a wide variety of matters for clients such as Franklin/Waterman Entertainment andWaterman Entertainment which have collectively produced over 300 hours of first run episodic television and movies made for television. Steve Waterman (Stuart Little I , II, the Alvin & The Chipmunks Christmas Movie and its sequels and co-producer with Steven Spielberg of the Casper movie) continues to produce one blockbuster after another. Jeff oversaw all legal and financial matters concerning the production, financing and distribution of a series (8) of movies made for Universal Television Networks and the Turner Entertainment motion picture, Funny Money. Kranzdorf also served as a legal advisor and distribution/marketing consultant to over two dozen other leading edge entertainment companies in over a dozen countries around the world, including such industry notables as Time Life Music, Time Life Books, Columbia House, The Walt Disney Company, Mandalay Entertainment, Sony Music Asia, EMI Europe, Universal Music Group and Polygram Groupe Canada. His creative and business talents have helped to sell over 3 billion dollars worth of entertainment products over the past 30 years. Jeff has also served as the principal outside lawyer for a number of prominent producers of theatrical made for television family oriented motion pictures, many of which were produced in association with Clear Channel Communications, Fox, Warner Bros and New Line Cinema. His legal expertise is concentrated in the areas of phonograph record, music publishing, personal management, talent agency, motion picture and television production development, financing and distribution and related areas of general corporate and intellectual property law.
Gene Scher Marketing Director
Gene has been in different facets of marketing for the past 35 years. In the '80s he was the principal partner of Advanced Management Systems, one of the country's largest direct mail agencies. His expertise in that field led him to Universal Studios where he worked with Si Kornblitt, head of Worldwide Marketing, creating marketing plans for niche films. In that capacity he worked on a large slate of Amblin as well as Universal releases. The success of those programs led him to John Jacobs at Warner's. For the next few years, he worked in the same capacity on many of Warner's film projects creating new and creative plans that helped ensure successful film releases.
His knowledge and relationships then brought him to the attention of Ligget and Myers, who were trying to create new products using their existing distribution capabilities. Mr. Scher helped create Impel trading cards, which became skybox trading cards within the year. He was responsible for licensing and helped sign the NBA as well as almost every major film studio. Skybox became the preeminent entertainment card company and was sold for $140mm within three years of inception. Mr. Scher then went on to become a principal in Donruss until its sale two years later.
He has continued to work in filmed entertainment for the past few years in various business affairs capacities.
Steve Piskula Office Manager
Steven Piskula joined K.Jam Media in August 2011 and is responsible for office operations and management. Additionally, Mr. Piskula provides IT assistance and internal project cost-tracking. Prior to joining K.Jam Media, Mr. Piskula launched a successful graphic and engineering design company.
Eduardo Wienskoski Executive Assistant
Eduardo Wienskoski has been working with K.Jam Media since July 2011 as a development assistant and an executive assistant to Mr. Jam. He graduated with a BFA in Film Production from the School of Motion Picture Arts at Florida State University.