A chemical engineer by training, and a lifelong cinephile, Bob Schubring's diverse experience makes LongTale an intelligent consumer of technology, as well as an originator. When Bob was six years old, his father conceived of the first nonvolatile computer memory, a copper sheet with a thin-film ferroelectric surface, that stored one bit of information, and was the forerunner of the multi-gigabyte memory sticks that many of us carry on our keychains. Growing up around such creativity added to his curiosity. After graduating Wayne State University in 1980, Bob performed chemical synthesis at the former Michigan Cancer Foundation, worked for a hazardous-waste reduction firm, and pioneered a line of cleaning solvents that could be fermented in aerated water, rather than burnt. The invention led to an Army subcontract through General Dynamics Land Systems, investigating a range of uses for the technology, from dye-penetrant weld inspection to composites fabrication to environmental cleanup of the aftermath of a terrorist attack where nerve gas was used. Details of the work remain classified and won't be recounted here.
Bob became highly concerned about the degree to which a misinformed public could be misled, resulting from four decades of Cold War secrecy, and became an activist for governmental openness. After three campaigns for public office as a Libertarian, Bob founded Invisible Hand Films, to produce documentaries and dramatizations that encourage independent thought, by exposing facts that are often ignored or overlooked. His first production, the John Holowach film, “High: The True Tale of American Marijuana”, showed how an irrational public fear of marijuana had created a thriving smuggling industry that opened our borders to foreign terrorists, while doing tremendous harm to those patients with cancer, epilepsy, and other serious diseases, who could benefit from substances contained in marijuana, that 80 years ago, were in widespread medical use. Bob also has three historical films in development with noted Mongolian director Ochir Mashbat
Chris Fure is a partner and Development Head for Wonder Animation, Inc. (Berkeley CA). Previously, Chris was a partner and Business Development VP for TransGlobal Ventures, LLC (New York, San Francisco and Beijing).
Chris has developed two feature films (“Galactic Academy” and “Hard Drop”) for Wonder Animation (www.WonderAnimation.com). To make his team competitive in the burgeoning stereo 3D animation market, Chris partnered MPC’s 30 year veteran CEO Don Fox with LongTale International’s 40 year veteran Founder Omar Kaczmarczyk (Producer/ Sales), to launch a partnership. Along the way, Chris built Wonder’s Board with Oracle Corp. Treasurer Dr. Eric Ball, former Sony Pictures Exec. VP Al Ovadia, among others, including Chris’ former TGV Chairman Dr. Victor Nee.
Chris Fure holds a MBA that was earned with distinction (4.0 GPA) from NYIT. He achieved magna cum laude for his BA from UC Berkeley, where he also produced the 1988 and 1989 Pacific Coast Jazz Festivals for Cal Performances. Upon graduation, Chris received a grant from the International Trade Institute, which published his thesis “Sony’s Dilemma: Takeover of CBS Records”. The publication launched Chris as an international music producer (1990-97), where his RCA/Iceberg artist SISTA SISTA (1994-97) enjoyed releases in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France, the UK, and Japan. Note: SISTA SISTA opened for MICHAEL JACKSON on the 1997 “History Tour” in Europe. It was after this accomplishment that Chris exited to join TGV.
David Holbert is a career management consultant with a broad base of experience currently focused in independent media. Mr. Holbert combines competence in management, marketing, information technology, and finance to find opportunity and success in challenging enterprise situations. This multi-disciplinary, multi-sector, and multi-industry experience forms the basis of his practice. Since 2006 Mr. Holbert has worked closely with a growing number of media companies, principally in the independent sector. This always challenging field is now facing unprecedented change and disruption. Mr. Holbert focuses on “business design” as a precedent for finding and exploiting opportunity.
From 1998 to 2005 Mr. Holbert was Executive Director and Principal Investigator of a research center at the University of Southern California dedicated to helping small to medium sized enterprises adjust to globalization. He founded a national organization to advocate for SME’s, performed advocacy at the federal level (Congressional & Executive), and fostered knowledge transfer to operating companies in a variety of industries. Preceding that appointment, Mr. Holbert directly faced crises with clients by repeatedly applying the diverse expertise of marketing strategy, financial reorganization, operational efficiency, and technological innovation drawn from a broad network of private consultants and institutional experts.
Early in his career he was recognized as an innovator and promoted to roles in management of projects serving the underprivileged and MIS operations while still attending University. Mid career he joined a dynamic service organization managing operations that included promotion, fund raising, and grant writing for housing development and providing of technical assistance in some of the most dangerous and remote areas of the world.
Mr. Holbert received an MBA and Bachelor of English Literature from Arizona State University. His education was augmented by years of study and work abroad.
Llynn Taylor brings over 35 years media management experience, which includes radio news and advertising, television production and distribution. In 1974 he was appointed Managing Director for Motown Records in Africa, developing markets in over 10 African countries. In 1976 he was the Executive Assistant to the Jackson Fiveon their CBS TV series, which led to Production positions on TV shows, All In The Family, Diff’rent Strokes, The Jefferson's, and other CBS series.
Since 1983 he has developed and managed television production and distribution companies:
Hilary Clay Hicks is the writer, producer, and director of Unicorn: Journey Through Time, a musical odyssey through the tumultuous life and times of the legendary ‘60s band Unicorn and its music from the long-lost album, The Cosmic Storyteller.
He is also the author of The Other Side Of the Blues stage play optioned by Lou Adler. He was consultant to the BBC for the 1998 documentary, California Dreaming. He has directed and produced numerous promotional films and videos (e.g., Suzuki documentary, Road to Jerusalem). He is the co-producer of the prize-winning short film Opus One (1968) and creator of Freak!!! (1968), an experimental film, much of which is utilized in Unicorn: Journey Through Time.
He wrote and produced the 2007 XM Satellite Radio Special about Lou Adler. He has written and produced numerous radio commercials (ABC Circle Films—Barry Diller) and New World Pictures (Roger Corman), and over a hundred celebrity public service announcements for radio and TV (Ringo Starr, Linda Ronstadt, the Eagles, Chicago, James Taylor, Gladys Knight, America, the Beach Boys, Kenny Loggins, Star Trek, Mel Blanc and the Warner Bros. cartoon characters, Curtis Mayfield, Jesse Jackson, B.B. King, the Grateful Dead, Stevie Wonder, etc.). Throughout the late 1970s and early 1980s, he wrote and produced off-road sports radio spot advertisements and print media sponsored by such advertisers as Coca-Cola, Jack-In-The-Box restaurants, Dr. Pepper, Coors Brewing Company, Anheuser-Busch, Honda Motors, Yamaha Motors, Kawasaki Motors, etc.
He is a gifted songwriter and singer in many styles and the producer and songwriter of The Cosmic Storyteller, recording with members of Steppenwolf, The Association, Rick Nelson’s Stone Canyon Band, Spirit, the Ray Charles Orchestra, the Marvin Gaye Band, and the Quincy Jones Orchestra. He worked in the music industry for over 40 years, which he entered as an assistant to Ollie McLaughlin (the Capitals, Barbara Lewis, Dion Jackson) and as an associate of Bob Seger. He is co-producer (with Lou Adler) of the forthcoming celebrity CD Tribute To Thomas A. Dorsey featuring Willie Nelson, Wynton Marsalis, and Andre Crouch, among others.
Mr. Hicks holds two communications degrees, a B.A. (film, theater, TV, radio) and an M.A. (Journalism), from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
Marc Rosenbush (Producer, Writer, Director) is a unique artist/entrepreneur hybrid: an award-winning independent filmmaker who is also a world-class online marketing strategist and consultant (most notably for the Spiritual Cinema Circle DVD club, which he helped build to more than 20,000 monthly members).
In late 2006, Marc launched his first film, the cult hit “Zen Noir,” using a combination of cutting-edge Internet Marketing techniques. As a result, the film recouped its production costs in just two weeks.
Following the success of “Zen Noir,” Marc was approached by hundreds of filmmakers wanting to learn how they could achieve similar results. To meet this demand, Marc began teaching seminars around the country, and launched his revolutionary website, Internet Marketing for Filmmakers, which has been featured in Filmmaker and MovieMaker magazines and hailed as "the missing link in independent film education." A graduate of Emerson College, Marc is also an acclaimed theatre director, having directed more than sixty plays in Chicago, New York, Boston and elsewhere, including several World and American Premieres. He has collaborated with a variety of prominent artists, including David Mamet, John Mahoney, Estelle Parsons and Neil Gaiman, among others.
A two-time winner of the Chicago Directors Festival, Marc’s theatre work has also been nominated for the Joseph Jefferson Award, and he was a finalist for the prestigious NEA/TCG Career Development Program for Directors. In a management capacity, Marc has served as Artistic Director of NOWtheatre, Executive Director of Splinter Group Theatre, and Associate Artistic Director of the Stage Company of Boston. He currently serves as CEO and President of Lightwheel Entertainment, for which he is developing several feature films and new media projects.
Simon Veredon grew up in the theater during the German modern dance movement, of which both his parents were a part. At 16 he started acting professionally in the Theater Der Keller, Cologne, while at the same time pursuing music as a singer/songwriter in a popular local band. Eager to experience more of the world, Simon eventually moved to Boston (by way of New Zealand) and attended Boston University where he studied acting, directing and playwriting. In 1993 Simon wrote and directed the play Sarah for the Boston Playwright's Festival. Deemed by peers "the birth of a new genre in theater," Sarah incorporated hip hop dance elements as well as original music composed by him.
In 1993 he moved to New York City where he directed and edited short films which aired bi-weekly on Manhattan Cable. These music driven shorts featured music from his New York band Feedback. Soon lured back to Germany to act and guest star in one hour drama TV Series, Simon also used his time home to produce and direct several large events in Berlin and Belgium, creating and directing new performance pieces. He also directed and edited the 30 minute featurette, Hamlet, in Belgium, wrote music for the electronica/pop band Jamoki in Berlin, and freelanced as voice over artist and as video editor for the German TV station Deutsche Welle in Cologne. Simon moved to Los Angeles in 2002, where he was engaged as the creative video editor and main VFX compositor of the animated film You Are Mine and has since worked as the online editor for various Hollywood television shows such as The O.C., Smallville, Rescue Me, Desperate Housewives, Ghostwisperer, and Bones.
In 2004, he began developing the short film In A Different Key with writers Thora Magnusson and Trisha Lasar. He co-wrote, produced, and directed In A Different Key, which is repped by LongTale LLC in Los Angeles. In 2006, he founded InsideFilms, LLC as a production company for In A Different Key and as a vehicle for the motion picture trilogy Low Grounds for production in Europe.