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Marty Shindler

Providing a business perspective to creative, technology and emerging companies has been Marty Shindler's hallmark for more than thirty years, including over twenty years in the professional service industry, sixteen of which have been with The Shindler Perspective. 

Marty's association with many high profile companies has caused him to accumulate a vast amount of knowledge and experience in many aspects of entertainment, technology and business practices of a myriad of companies.  His rare combination of providing professional services and hands-on executive management makes him uniquely qualified to offer a valuable perspective to his clients.  Marty is equally effective in both large corporate settings and in small privately held organizations.

Career highlights

  • Since early 1996, Marty Shindler, through The Shindler Perspective, has provided management and business expertise to a wide range of creative and technology companies.  Clients range in size from larger multi-national corporations and large and small privately held organizations to small entrepreneurial businesses and start-up operations.  Industries include visual effects, high end computer graphics software, post production, computer animation, 3D stereoscopic technology, production equipment, production services, specialty theaters, digital imaging, insurance, e-learning, storage technologies, Internet content and content development for wireless technology.
  • In late 1987, drawing upon his many years in various financial and administrative roles with two major studios and a smaller production/distribution company, Marty joined the entertainment division of global CPA/consulting firm Coopers & Lybrand (now PriceWaterhouseCoopers).  Clients were involved in film & TV production, studio operations, sophisticated visual effects, post production, video game development and database software, among others.  Marty was also active in the office practice development efforts, involved in developing a training course for staff members working in the entertainment practice and fielding industry specific questions from other C&L offices with entertainment industry clients.
  • In mid-1989, Marty joined Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) and served this fast growing company as Director of Finance.  Responsibilities included the customary financial functions as well as information and technology systems, purchasing, business affairs and for most of the last year at ILM, the camera engineering department.  During this time, he represented the Company as a Trustee to IATSE Local 16 Pension Health & Welfare Funds.

  • In early 1993, Marty, initially having consulted in establishing its business operations, was hired by Eastman Kodak as VP Sales & Marketing for its start-up digital studio, Cinesite.  Within three years, the Company had achieved profitability and wide recognition for its work.   

Speaking engagements

Marty is a frequent speaker at many industry-wide events. Additional details at Speaking Engagements.  Among the topics:

  • The Future of TV (on several occasions as both moderator and panelist)
  • The Business of Sports...How Technology is Changing the Game
  • Hollywood Strategies - The Multiple Platform Brand
  • Rethinking Release Windows: The Impact Of Digital On Movie Release Windows
  • Who Will Make Money in the 4K Ecosystem?
  • The Blockbuster Strategy - Hollywood's Billion Dollar Creative Edge - The Making of an Entertainment Franchise
  • 2nd Screen for Movies & TV Series: Will it deliver the promise of BD Live?
  • Hollywood Today -- Hollywood Tomorrow?
  • Cross-Platform Content - Analysts and Investment: A View from the Street - From Tablets and SmartPhones to 3D TV
  • OTT Delivery To Bring Content to the Consumer on Any Screen
  • Predictions from the Street: The Power Players behind the Great Content Shift
  • Challenges Amidst Elevated Expectations - The Public Point of View
  • Future of Content Capture Storage
  • Spotlight on 3D Content
  • 3D in TV and Film - Analysts and Investment: A View from the Street (May 2011)
  • Content Delivery Where Ever and When Ever
  • Stereo 3D Essentials: Capture to Conversion
  • Beyond Avatar: The Explosion of 3D - 3D Platform for Feature Films and Television
  • Storage in the Third Dimension
  • Creative Convergence for Collaboration: Building a Basis for U.S.-Korea Collaborations
  • The Arrival of 3D - Digital 3D Platform for Feature Films and Television
  • End Users Views on Digital Storage in Content Creation and Distribution: Challenges and Solutions
  • Digital Content in the Age of Global Archives
  • Global Trends in Computer Animation and Software Tools
  • Entertainment Business From a Global Perspective
  • Global Trends in Digital Content Production and Distribution - at Digital Content @ Convergence Conference for KIPA - Korea IT Industry Promotion Agency
  • Digital Cinema and 3D: Business, Production and Distribution Trends
  • The Future of the Digital Studio - moderated iHollywood Forum panel
  •  Digital Rights Management and Digital Rights Managers (DRM)
  • When Showing Up Is Not Enough: Responsibility and Accountability Throughout the Entertainment Industry Organization
  • Balancing The Equation: Adding A Business Perspective To Creative And Technology Companies
  • Pulling Together a Solid Production: Budgeting Your Feature Film
  • Titan AE – the case study: Digital transmission and electronic projection of a digitally produced film
  • Ten Steps to a More Profitable Company
  • Marketing Your Post Production Company
  • The Next Wave: Digital Production in Large Format – co-chair and speaker
  • The GSTA Economic Impact Study – delivered as one of two solo keynotes at the 2001 GSTA conference.

Memberships

  • Visual Effects Society - Served two years as an alternate on the Board of Directors. Member of the Awards Committee; Chair of the first Online View & Vote committee in 2005 increasing membership voting by nearly four times from the prior year;
  • International 3D Society;
  • Digital Cinema Society - Advisory Board Member;
  • The Hollywood Post Alliance (HPA);
  • PreVis Society - Previsualization;
  • LA Chapter of ACM Siggraph;
  • American Institute of CPAs and California Society of CPAs

Publishing

Marty has written extensively with a number of publications featuring his work.  Topics have included those on a myriad of management, business operations and growth/infrastructure topics to digital production, technology matters and issues and challenges facing the large format motion picture industry.  Publications have included:

  • Digital Media Wire
  • Digital Cinema Buyers' Guide
  • LFExaminer (formerly MaxImage) – the Independent Journal of the Large Format Motion Picture Industry;
  • Digital Cinema Society Newsletter;
  • VFXWorld.com;
  • VFXPro.com and Design in Motion, publications of Creative Planet;
  • Digital Media Net - DMN.com - articles published on several of their family of web sites and related electronic newsletters;
  • The Big Frame;
  • Post Magazine;
  • Dimension – The Newsletter of LA/ACM Siggraph;
  • DSM.com – a division of Direct Stock Market, in the incubator corner;
  • Me!dea Magazine

Writing in recent years has also included periodic newsletters and regular postings on Facebook, LinkedIN and Twitter

Education and professional credentials

  • Masters Degree in Business Administration from Suffolk University.
  • Bachelor's Degree in Accounting from Bentley College, now known as Bentley University. He has been featured in an advertising campaign that Bentley College used to promote its highly successful alumni.
  • Certified Public Accountant – certified in California, currently non-practicing.

See the complete resume, short bio or bio of Marty Shindler (PDF).

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