Management Profiles

The Illuminate Management Team

illuminate’s management team combines vision, leadership and expertise with an unwavering commitment to serve the evolving needs of clients in the global film, television and digital distribution markets.

Accomplishments include the development of leading-edge film restoration technology and completion of award-winning post production work.

JimJim Hardy

CEO

Jim Hardy is known industry-wide as an authority on film restoration and conversion – and as an advocate for “clients first.” Jim’s corporate leadership over the past decade has helped earn Illuminate Hollywood a reputation for technical and artistic excellence throughout the film and television community in Hollywood and worldwide.

Jim’s passion for film began as a teenager growing up in Utica, New York. “I would sit there watching the credits at the end. I knew I needed to be a part of this business.” A move to Los Angeles offered opportunities to learn every aspect of the business, from tape operations to colorist to management. He worked on “Risky Business,” “Cheers,” “Topper,” a slew of Ronald Reagan films and several Roger Corman classics.

There’s nothing like recreating the original vision of a great director or cinematographer so that our children can discover the work of Frank Capra, George Lucas or Steven Spielberg. the way it was meant to see. We continue to create new products and technologies that advance the industry and augment our clients’ revenue goals,” says Jim. He has on his target short-list the best of classic TV series and films by leading directors whose works can further stand the test of time with the Illuminate Hollywood team’s help.

Jim has guided Illuminate Hollywood’s relationships with major studios for whom the company has worked on such extraordinary films as “American Graffiti,” “The Good, Bad and Ugly,” “Cleopatra,” “Scarface,” “Back to the Future,” “Boomerang,” “Man on a Tightrope, “and many others.

steve-wienerSteven R. Wiener

Executive Chairman

Steven R. Wiener is illuminate Hollywood’s founder and visionary leader. From advanced film restoration to digital finishing, 3D conversion and production, he is the driving force for advanced technical innovation and artistry – keystone qualities that have made the company the global leader in digital media and entertainment technology services.

Steven’s leadership has earned illuminate Hollywood client loyalty throughout the film and television community in Hollywood and worldwide. He oversees the company’s ongoing expansion and product offerings and serves as the driver for aggressive strategic growth and development. Steven manages the company’s two divisions: Illuminate Hollywood, which focuses on restoration of the industry’s greatest films and television series, iConform, and Illuminate Hollywood3D.

A 24-year veteran of entertainment and technology markets, Steve brings vast technical knowledge, and strong business acumen. He has a particular expertise in conceptualizing and conceiving and delivering new technical enhancements that improve the quality, speed and, oftentimes, the cost of a wide variety of production and post-production functions.

Prior to founding Illuminate, Steve was instrumental in the design, construction and operation of several leading post facilities. He not only designed and built some of the first telecine suites in Hollywood but also broke new ground with the innovative strategy of offering the first high-definition satellite transmission at SAT Corporation.

SandySandy Crawford

Executive Vice President and General Manager

Sandy Crawford is an invaluable member of the illuminate executive team, whose focus and fierce determination have provided a guiding force for the company since its 1995 launch. As Executive Vice President and General Manager, she embraces a tireless work ethic in overseeing illuminate’s operations, client relations, HR and communications. She is also instrumental in cultivating the company’s relationships with both its new and longstanding clientele.

Crawford has prided herself in helping to build illuminate from the ground up, with the unique qualification of having worked in every department as she has grown with the company. Since her initial post as receptionist, she has advanced through the ranks, immersing herself in everything from shipping and human resources to accounting, operations and executive management. Illuminate has grown from a fledgling company of three to a staff of more than 50, providing traditional post-production services and pioneering restoration technology to major studios, TV networks, digital platforms, independent producers and distributors worldwide.

Crawford is a loyal, thoughtful executive—a survivor of sorts who feels incredibly fortunate to have had the opportunity to dig in and truly know illuminate from the inside out. A native Angeleno, she supports several organizations in her local community, including Providence St. Joseph’s Hospital, Mattel Children’s Hospital and FixNation, an organization for homeless animals.

An avid golfer and huge sports fanatic, Crawford enjoys taking in her favorite pastimes with sons, Chancellor and Diesel.

steve-tannen

Steve Tannen

Executive Vice President, Sales

Steve Tannen has been a force within the Post Production business for the past 25 years. Previously the Sr. VP of Sales for 4Media (4MC), Digital Image and Ascent Media’s Studio Services / Media Divisions since their inceptions, he successfully led them into the business world of High Definition and DVD authoring.

With deep ties and roots in the Independent Film world, Steve has provided skillful project management to the brightest and most talented of the upcoming filmmakers in the past 2 decades helping them realize their creative vision by guiding them through the complex issues and choices in the post production arena.

Steve’s clients, even seasoned professionals such as David Lynch and Quentin Tarantino, depended on his vast knowledge of the Post Production world in all areas of Editorial, Film, Telecine and International deliveries to insure a top notch final product.

Mike-Falkowitz227x228MIKE FALKOWITZ

VICE PRESIDENT OF SALES

Michael Falkowitz is an accomplished sales executive who brings illuminate the benefit of having spent real time in his client’s shoes. Tapping a background that includes previous executive management posts at Twentieth Century Fox and Video by Deluxe, he is able to approach his business with a unique understanding of each client’s needs and how best to achieve those goals.

Falkowitz, who joined illuminate in 2006, has been instrumental in both building and maintaining the company’s business, with a special focus on its innovative restoration technologies, iConform™ and SmartRez IT™. As a result of his efforts, illuminate has created new revenue streams for its clients by successfully restoring valuable film and video library content to today’s viewing standards. Recent projects include such iconic series as “Lost in Space” (Prometheus Entertainment) and more than 150 feature films from Lionsgate, which were restored from film to HD, as well as the Lionsgate series “Love and War,” which was restored from SD tape to HD using the SmartRez IT™ process.

Prior to illuminate, Falkowitz held high-level sales positions with Sunset Digital, DVS Intelestream, Matchframe Video and New Wave Entertainment, roles that helped verse him in post-production sales. On the executive management side, Falkowitz spent 11 years at Twentieth Century Fox, where he finished his tenure as Director – International Servicing before joining Video by Deluxe as Vice President/General Manager for the next 13 years.

Falkowitz, who has a degree in Engineering from the RCA Institute of Technology, completed Duke University’s Faqua School of Business Executive Program in 1994.

When he’s not immersed in his work for illuminate, he pursues a passion for classic cars, including his own 1974 Corvette Stingray. Falkowitz also enjoys taking cruises with his wife.

steve-gallowaySteve Galloway

Senior Vice President, Business Development

Steve Galloway has 25+ years as an award winning producer and programming executive in the television, home entertainment and digital industries with special focus on content acquisitions, licensing and cross media distribution.

At illuminate, Steve works closely with the major Hollywood studios, producers and independent distribution companies promoting the company’s proprietary technology solutions which offer content owners the opportunity to bring their high value productions up to the current HD/4K media standards.

These innovative conversion processes include: iConform™ for film and SmartRez IT™ for tape originating movies and television series which demand High Definition and digital file deliverables.

Galloway previously served senior executive roles in content acquisitions, licensing & distribution for A&E Home Entertainment, Cinedigm, eOne, Nelvana and Universal Music Group.

Steve is a member of the Producers Guild of America (PGA), the National Association of Television Program Executives (NATPE), the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB), and the American Film Institute (AFI).

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