Founded in 2010 by veteran film and television executive Irv Holender, Multicom Entertainment Group is a world-class independent distribution company with a focus on the global television market and all digital media platforms including OTT, mobile and pay-per-view. Through its vast library of content and global network of broadcast and digital platform partners, Multicom has established itself as an industry leader in content distribution.
Multicom has cultivated strong relationships with partners worldwide, delivering content wherever, whenever and however consumed. As a producer of original content, Multicom collaborates on joint ventures with leading broadcasters and entertainment companies. Darrin Holender, President of Multicom and producer of such films as SORORITY ROW and RISE UP, represents Multicom’s catalog, which in the aggregate delivers over 4,000 hours of broadcast quality content to all markets worldwide.
From Leonardo DiCaprio to Reese Witherspoon, Jared Leto to The Beatles, and with countless acclaimed classic television series and current theatrical releases, our expansive catalog boasts a powerful portfolio of global superstars across every category and genre.
MEET THE TEAM
Irv Holender – Chairman
A pioneer in worldwide entertainment licensing and distribution, Irv Holender began his career with Desilu Studios as Vice President of Licensing from 1966-1968. In 1968, Holender was named President of Holcorp, which handled worldwide licensing and merchandising for major studios, including Viacom, 20th Century Fox and Warner Bros’ Looney Toons franchise. In 1971, he became CEO of Ziv International. At Ziv, Holender was the executive Producer of over 600 hours of television programming, including international hit series Little Lulu, Captain Harlock, Captain Future, and Fables of the Green Forrest, along with animated features that included Sinbad, Les Miserables and The Adventures of King Arthur, and over 20 major music concerts including Tony Bennet and Folies Bergere. Ziv also handled worldwide distribution and licensing for the hit show Dallas, the Abbot & Costello and Bruce Lee franchises, and over 1700 feature films. During his tenure at Ziv, Holender amassed over 3000 licenses with hundreds of networks, exhibitors and product licensees that included Burlington Industries, Chrysler, Mattel, American Greetings, and Hasbro. In 1982, Holender sold Ziv International to Lorimar and remained President and COO of Ziv/Lorimar, one of the largest independent distribution and licensing companies in the world at the time. Holender also took over worldwide sales and licensing for Lorimar in 1982 and remained President and COO of Ziv/Lorimar until 1986 with television programs which included Dallas, Knots Landing, and Falcon Crest, some of the most succesful shows in the World during the 1980s. From 1986 to 1990 Holender was the executive Producer and Distributor of the hit series GLOW (Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling), along with various feature films. In 1991, Holender turned his focus on the acquisition of library content, resulting in his post of Chairman of Liberty International Entertainment, Inc., a position he held from 1997-2005. During this time, Holender was the Executive Producer of numerous specials, events and series that appeared on both domestic and foreign national television networks. After an asset buyout of Liberty’s library by Clarity Partners’-backed Liberation Entertainment, Holender stayed on as Vice Chairman. Immediately following his departure from Liberation Entertainment, Holender become a Director and Principal of the distinguished Toronto/New York-based Fremantle Corporation, with a worldwide sales team to exploit a catalog of over 20,000 hours of contemporary and classic programming, and to increase Fremantle’s long history since 1952 of format licensing. Throughout his 40-year career, Holender has successfully handled major licensing in over 80 countries with some of the biggest companies in the world. As one of the original founding members of AFMA (IFTA), and a pioneer of NATPE, AFM, MIPtv and MIPCOM, Holender continues to maintain hundreds of relationships with licensees in the global media industries.
Darrin Holender – President/CEO
Darrin Holender has spent the last 20 years representing artists and content. Through his legal office and IP management company i1 Media, LLC, Darrin has managed, acquired, produced, and licensed film and music products as well worked with some of the creative forces behind them. With extensive experience in multimedia entertainment transactions, as a party and on behalf of accomplished and successful clients, Darrin continues to expand his resources and reach through selective partnerships and effective management of entertainment properties in his role as President and CEO of Multicom Entertainment Group, Inc.
After graduating from UCSD and Tulane School of Law, Darrin spent 5 years in the practice of law, and in 2006, established i1 Media. He went on to be a Producer on Sorority Row (Summit Entertainment/Karz Entertainment 2009), released in over 4000 theaters worldwide, and then as Producer and Distributor of RiseUp (2010), an award-winning documentary about Jamaican music. Between 2006-2012, i1 Media represented dozens artists, whose credits include: The Beatles LOVE album, Lay Down Sally, Flashdance…What a Feeling, Fame, Stay, and many other hit songs, and is still currently managing the legendary Brushy One String. In 2012, Darrin began overseeing Multicom Entertainment Group’s operations and grew it from 1000 hours to 6000 hours of film/tv content, and from dozens to hundreds of licensees worldwide.
Bryan Crocker – COO/CFO
Experienced entertainment industry professional with extensive background in content acquisition, deal negotiation, financial planning and business development.
Niloo Badie – Head of Sales and Distribution
Niloo Badie is a media strategist and sales executive with extensive experience in production and distribution of digital and traditional content. Prior to joining Multicom Niloo was VP of Distribution at Studio 71, a digital entertainment company, overseeing release strategies, marketing and PR efforts for their premium content, including Video Game High School, The Cyanide & Happiness Show and the V/H/S franchise. She also served as VP of Distribution and Operations at Salient Media, focusing on securing strategic partnerships to grow the business. Niloo’s love of film took on new heights when she worked as a programmer for the prestigious Telluride Film Festival and now heads all sales and distribution efforts at Multicom Entertainment.
Karyn Ulman – Executive Vice President, Music Rights and Creative
Karyn is a music industry veteran who recently served as Vice President, Licensing, at Music Reports, Inc. as well as other long-term Senior Vice President positions in the music realm. She is the original music publisher for NWA and Ruthless Records, and is proud to be part of the team that earned a Grammy for J.J. Fad’s Supersonic, and for her contributions as Vocal Director and Music Supervisor to the Emmy Award-winning series’ The New Adventures of Madeline. At Multicom Entertainment Group, Inc. Karyn is our music guru, responsible for music catalog valuation and negotiation of bids and music asset purchase agreements, and Internal and external consultation on music matters related to the acquisition of film and television assets, and oversight of cue sheet creation and distribution.
David Loughnot – Big Kahuna, Business and Legal Affairs
Dave is an experienced entertainment attorney with a history of effective representation in litigation and transactional work related to production, financing, licensing, acquisition, and distribution of film and television projects, including all aspects of digital rights acquisition and distribution. He enjoys exploring unconventional solutions that often go overlooked by traditional attorneys who focus on legal analysis as opposed to a holistic business analysis. His work history before Multicom focused on the finance and distribution of independent films, including Big Kahuna.
Andrew Baritz – Executive Director: Digital Operations & Business Development
After Graduating from Ithaca College and selling his business in 2015 Andrew packed his bags and drove to California. Shortly after arriving he began his work at Multicom, since then Andrew has become responsible for all digital operations, IT and leads the digitization of Multicom’s ever-changing library. Through the use of technology Andrew has lead the charge in creating an inventory workflow to catalog over 50k elements, digitize over 3,000 hours of SD content, and the creation of a 4k restoration workflow allowing for the scanning of original 35mm and 16mm film bringing the content of yesterday into the quality standards of today. Andrew leads daily operations and business development bringing Multicom further into the digital age.
Jesse Baritz – Director of Content Acquisition & development
Long-time Florida resident, Jesse Baritz moved to Los Angeles in the summer of 2012 after graduating from the University of Central Florida with a B.S. in Cinema Studies and a minor in coaching college basketball. Jesse is Multicom’s eyes and ears for all new content we might be interested in acquiring. Jesse is also the Co-Producer of all internally produced content and Creative Advisor for all mid-production acquisitions. Jesse regularly attends film festivals and trade shows, such as MIPTV & MIPCOM in Cannes, FR, the American Film Market in Los Angeles & NATPE in Miami Beach.
Jerry Garcia – Manager: Digital Operations
Multicom’s Manager of Digital Operations, Jerry Garcia is vital to the success of almost every department within the company. For example, Jerry helps coordinate the completion of work orders for sale of Multicom Titles, prepares and delivers film assets for distribution on multiple platforms including: Vimeo and Amazon. On top of that, Jerry manages a quality team of editors, graphic artists and metadata technicians to help all of Multicom’s team work smoothly and efficiently.
Aaron “AJ” Johnson – DIRECTOR: Creative & Marketing
Aaron, better known as AJ, is the company’s resident artist responsible for the visual presence, brand image design and marketing materials for Multicom, it’s channels (The Archive & The Grapevine) and products . Everything from graphic design, title design and key art creation , to web design, UI, UX and more; AJ leaves no creative stone unturned. AJ works with an awesome team of designers and editors. As Marketing Director AJ is responsible for creating and executing AD campaigns across various platforms for print and digital media. Prior to Multicom AJ has designed for a variety of businesses, celebrities, films, musicians and artists including: Tricia Helfer & Katee Sackoff (BattleStar Galactica), Metro Networks, Acura, Mattel Batman toys, James Anderson (New Orleans Saints) and more.
SARAH SMITH – Media Archive Manager
After receiving a BA in Film Theory, Sarah chose to pursue film preservation as a career. After completing her MLIS as well as earning a Certificate in Film and Media Preservation from The L. Jeffrey Selznick School of Film Preservation, she started exploring different archival career paths at a variety of film archives around the country. Now at Multicom she is the caretaker of all of physical assets in our media vault, including everything from 1’’ video masters to 35mm original cut negatives. Such tasks are not limited to operating our 4k film scanner to create Ultra HD content from assets in the archive. Underneath Sarah is a team of inventory assistants that catalog and track all assets received from new catalog acquisitions.
Rachel Weisbruch – Office Manager
Straight out of St. Louis, Multicom’s Office Manager, Rachel Weisbruch is in charge of all the day-to-day operations necessary to keep workflow up. Rachel is also responsible for processing all Accounts Payable and continuously organizing the books. In the little free time that she has, Rachel’s background in Adobe’s creative suite allows her to work closely with Multicom’s Creative director in assisting with any design needs.