The Team


Riza Aziz

Chairman and Producer

Riza Aziz brings a background in banking and financial services to the entertainment industry as Chairman and CEO of Red Granite Pictures. With a B.S. in Government and Economics and a master’s degree in Politics from the London School of Economics, Aziz took on the world of finance before turning his talented eye toward the film industry, and has been thriving since.

Aziz caught the attention of Hollywood when he was named in Variety’s “Top Ten Producers to Watch” list in 2011. Aziz has since become a driving force behind the production of films such as Martin Scorsese’s Academy Award-nominated The Wolf of Wall Street, Jennifer Westfeldt’s Friends With Kids, Scott Cooper’s Out of the Furnace, Alexandre Aja’s Horns, Bobby and Peter Farrelly's Dumb and Dumber To, and most recently the Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg comedy Daddy's Home, directed by Sean Anders and John Morris. Daddy's Home opened number two at the box office, becoming Red Granite's highest grossing opening weekend and its highest grossing domestic film.

Aziz’s slate moving forward includes Papillon, a reimagining of the 1973 classic film, The General, a gritty look at the story of George Washington, and an untitled psychological horror film. 

The Team

 

Red Granite Pictures

 

Riza Aziz

Founder and Producer

Riza Aziz brings a background in banking and financial services to the entertainment industry as Chairman and CEO of Red Granite Pictures. With a B.S. in Government and Economics and a master’s degree in Politics from the London School of Economics, Aziz took on the world of finance before turning his talented eye toward the film industry, and has been thriving since.

Aziz caught the attention of Hollywood when he was named in Variety’s “Top Ten Producers to Watch” list in 2011. Aziz has since become a driving force behind the production of films such as Martin Scorsese’s Academy Award-nominated The Wolf of Wall Street, Jennifer Westfeldt’s Friends With Kids, Scott Cooper’s Out of the Furnace, Alexandre Aja’s Horns, Bobby and Peter Farrelly's Dumb and Dumber To, and most recently the Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg comedy Daddy's Home, directed by Sean Anders and John Morris. Daddy's Home opened number two at the box office, becoming Red Granite's highest grossing opening weekend and its highest grossing domestic film.

Aziz’s slate moving forward includes Papillon, a re-imagining of the 1973 classic film, The General, a gritty look at the story of George Washington, and an untitled psychological horror film.

http://www.rizaaziz.com

Joey McFarland

Vice Chairman and Producer

Joey McFarland is an American film producer. Born in Louisville, Kentucky, he attended DeSales High School and the University of Louisville. In 2010, with producing partner Riza Aziz, McFarland co-founded Red Granite Pictures. McFarland oversees the company's day-to-day operations, its business divisions, personnel, and all matters relating to Red Granite Pictures’ creative developments and film slate. Under his leadership, Red Granite’s slate of films have generated more than $835 million in worldwide box office revenue. In 2011 Variety named McFarland on their list of Top 10 Producers to Watch.

McFarland's first production under the Red Granite banner was the hit romantic comedy Friends with Kids, written and directed by Jennifer Westfeldt. In 2012 McFarland went on to executive produce the dramatic thriller Out of the Furnace, directed by Scott Cooper and starring Christian Bale. Next, McFarland produced The Wolf of Wall Street, based on Jordan Belfort's best-selling novel of the same name. Adapted into a screenplay by Terence Winter, the film was directed by Martin Scorsese and stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Matthew McConaughey and Margot Robbie. Released on December 25, 2013 by Paramount Pictures, The Wolf of Wall Street achieved tremendous box office success and garnered critical acclaim, including a Golden Globe win for Best Actor in a Motion Picture Comedy for Leonardo DiCaprio and five Academy Award nominations including Best Actor, Best Director and Best Picture, for which McFarland received a nomination.

In 2013 McFarland completed production on Horns, a supernatural thriller directed by Alexandre Aja and starring Daniel Radcliffe and Juno Temple. The film was based on the best-selling novel of the same name by Joe Hill and was released October 31, 2014 by Dimension-RADiUS. McFarland was also a producer on the hit sequel Dumb and Dumber To, directed by Pete and Bobby Farrelly, starring Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels. Released on November 14, 2014 by Universal Pictures, it opened at number one at the box office. 

McFarland was an executive producer on the film Daddy's Home, directed by Sean Anders and John Morris. Shot in New Orleans, the film re-teamed Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg for the first time since 2010. Daddy's Home opened number two at the box office, becoming Red Granite's highest grossing opening weekend and its highest grossing domestic film.

Most recently, McFarland produced Papillon, a re-imagining of the 1973 classic, directed by Michael Noer, starring Charlie Hunnam and Rami Malek. Papillon completed principal photography in December 2016 and is positioned for release in 2017. 

http://www.joeymcfarland.com

 
David Boyle Head of Business and Legal Affairs Drawing on over twenty-five (25) years of experience, David Boyle operates as a business and legal affairs and strategic planning advisor in motion picture production, finance and distribution. For over twelve (12) years, Boyle oversaw all business operations of Radar Pictures, including finance, corporate development and strategic planning, led negotiations for all development, production, financing and distribution agreements with talent and major studios, and supervised all administrative functions of the company. During Boyle's tenure, Radar's movies generated nearly $2 billion in worldwide revenue. Highlights of Boyle's contributions to the company include overseeing the financing and administration of Radar's $100 million film fund, managing Radar's successful alliance with Michael Bay's Platinum Dunes and leading negotiations for such films as The Last Samurai,The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and The Amityville Horror. When Radar's venture with Platinum Dunes expired, Michael Bay engaged Boyle to manage Platinum Dunes' split-rights business model with Dimension Films and Focus Features. Previously, Boyle was Vice President of Legal and Business Affairs for Propaganda Films, a seminal music video, commercial, television and motion picture production company, where he served as legal production counsel on commercials and music videos envisioned by such directors as Antoine Fuqua, Gore Verbinski and Mark Romanek and on such films as David Fincher's The Game and Spike Jonze's Being John Malkovich. Boyle is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and serves on the Academy's Nominating Committee for Best Foreign Language Film. Boyle headed UCLA's prestigious Entertainment Symposium for three (3) of the most successful years in its history and continues to serve on its Advisory Board. Boyle earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of California at Berkeley. Boyle then graduated cum laude from Tulane Law School, where he was a member of the Board of Editors of the law review, before beginning his career in private practice.

David Boyle

Head of Business and Legal Affairs

Drawing on over twenty-five (25) years of experience, David Boyle operates as a business and legal affairs and strategic planning advisor in motion picture production, finance and distribution.

For over twelve (12) years, Boyle oversaw all business operations of Radar Pictures, including finance, corporate development and strategic planning, led negotiations for all development, production, financing and distribution agreements with talent and major studios, and supervised all administrative functions of the company. During Boyle's tenure, Radar's movies generated nearly $2 billion in worldwide revenue.

Highlights of Boyle's contributions to the company include overseeing the financing and administration of Radar's $100 million film fund, managing Radar's successful alliance with Michael Bay's Platinum Dunes and leading negotiations for such films as The Last Samurai,The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and The Amityville Horror. When Radar's venture with Platinum Dunes expired, Michael Bay engaged Boyle to manage Platinum Dunes' split-rights business model with Dimension Films and Focus Features.

Previously, Boyle was Vice President of Legal and Business Affairs for Propaganda Films, a seminal music video, commercial, television and motion picture production company, where he served as legal production counsel on commercials and music videos envisioned by such directors as Antoine Fuqua, Gore Verbinski and Mark Romanek and on such films as David Fincher's The Game and Spike Jonze's Being John Malkovich.

Boyle is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and serves on the Academy's Nominating Committee for Best Foreign Language Film. Boyle headed UCLA's prestigious Entertainment Symposium for three (3) of the most successful years in its history and continues to serve on its Advisory Board. Boyle earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of California at Berkeley. Boyle then graduated cum laude from Tulane Law School, where he was a member of the Board of Editors of the law review, before beginning his career in private practice.

Randy Hermann

Chief Financial Officer

Randy Hermann joined Red Granite Pictures as Chief Financial Officer in 2012. In this position, Hermann is responsible for the management of the day-to-day financial operations of the Company as well as leading business development and strategic planning initiatives.  Hermann was responsible for the analyzing the investment in and securing the financing for Dumb and Dumber To and Daddy’s Home.  In addition, Hermann has negotiated, structured and closed $215 million in production and Ultimates Loans for the Company.

From 2011 to 2012, Hermann was the Chief Financial Officer of Exclusive Media where he structured a corporate credit facility as well as single picture financings for End of Watch starring Jake Gyllenhaal; Snitch starring Dwayne Johnson; and Ron Howard's Rush. In addition, Hermann oversaw preparation of all Exclusive business plans, annual operating budgets, financial greenlight analyses and film Ultimates.  Hermann also managed the transition of the finance and accounting functions from London to Los Angeles.

From 2006 to 2011, Hermann was the Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer of Essential Entertainment. While at Essential, Hermann structured and closed financings for the successful Australian film Red Dog and the Canadian/Belgian co-production The Expatriate starring Aaron Eckhart.

From 1996 to 2006, Hermann was the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Mandalay Pictures. During the ten years Hermann worked with Mandalay he arranged over $600 million in production financing, structured a $40 million insurance-backed transaction, helped secure a $50 million equity investment and arranged more than $90 million in tax-advantaged financing.

Before beginning his career in the film business, Hermann had a successful career in financial services as a financial analyst at Drexel Burnham Lambert, an associate with Chemical Bank in New York and later as an associate director with BA Securities in Los Angeles.

Hermann has an MBA from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a BS from the University of California, Berkeley. Hermann currently serves on the Board of Trustees at The Oaks School, where is in on the Executive and Finance Committees.  He was also a member of the Finance and Audit Committees of Children's Hospital Los Angeles from 2003 to 2010.

David Koplan

President of Production

David Koplan is an American Film Producer, currently serving as President of Production for Red Granite Pictures. Red Granite Pictures has developed, produced, and structured financing for a slate of films generating more than $835 million in worldwide box office revenue.

Currently, Koplan is a Producer on the feature film entitled Papillon, which stars Charlie Hunnam (Pacific Rim, Crimson Peak) with principal photography commencing in the fall of 2016. He previously served as an Executive Producer on the huge hit entitled Daddy’s Home directed by Sean Anders (Horrible Bosses 2, That’s My Boy) and written by Sean Anders, John Morris (We’re The Millers, Mr. Popper’s Penguins) and Brian Burns (Blue Bloods, Entourage). The film stars Will Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg and Linda Cardellini, and it was released by Paramount Pictures on Christmas Day 2015. Koplan also previously served as Executive Producer on the successful 2014, Dumb and Dumber To written and directed by Peter and Bobby Farrelly (Dumb and Dumber, There’s Something about Mary). The film was released by Universal Pictures and starred Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels. Also, releasing in 2014, Koplan served as Executive Producer on The Rewrite written and directed by Marc Lawrence (Two Weeks Notice, Music & Lyrics) and starred Hugh Grant and Marisa Tomei.

Koplan has served as either Producer or Executive producer on a wide range of award winning independent films over the years, including, Thanks for Sharing, written and directed by Academy Award Nominee Stuart Blumberg (The Kids Are All Right) and starred Mark Ruffalo, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Tim Robbins; Tim Blake Nelson’s festival favorite Leaves of Grass, which starred Nelson, Edward Norton, Susan Sarandon, Keri Russell and Richard Dreyfuss; Chrystal which starred Academy Award winner Billy Bob Thornton and was written and directed by Academy Award winner Ray McKinnon and Winter Passing, which Koplan produced with Pulitzer Prize nominated playwright Adam Rapp and starred Ed Harris, Will Ferrell and Zooey Deschanel.

Under his Timbergrove Entertainment banner, Koplan produced the film noir thriller The Last Lullaby directed by Jeffrey Goodman and Randy and the Mob, written and directed by Ray McKinnon, and starring McKinnon, Walton Goggins (The Shield, Justified), and Burt Reynolds.

Koplan is a graduate from the University of Virginia, a member of the PGA and serves on the board of the Virginia Film Festival.

 

Marian Koltai-Levine

Publicist | PMK-BNC

Agency Overview

PMK•BNC is an influential public relations, marketing and consulting agency representing many of the world's most prominent actors, actresses, musicians, films, production companies, TV properties, authors and content creators as well as leading consumer brands and prestigious special events. The agency employs a staff of more than 250 professionals spanning offices in Los Angeles, New York and London. PMK•BNC thrives on being ahead of the curve and specializes in working with their clients to create ideas which build audiences, increase awareness and engage the consumer through the passion points of popular culture: music, sports, film, television, celebrity, technology, philanthropy, art and fashion. PMK•BNC is a part of Momentum and McCann Worldgroup within Interpublic Group (NYSE: IPG).

Film Department

PMK•BNC’s film and marketing department strives to create a home for strategic ideas to intersect with marketing, communications and distribution. The department's approach to marketing and distribution reflects the team's prior experience on both the studio and agency sides of the film industry. We are recognized for offering clients a complete "outsourced marketing department," as well as theatrical distribution services and media relations support for all aspects of the film industry, including production companies, studios, directors, writers and producers.

 
 

Red Granite International

Danny Dimbort

Co-President, International Distribution

Danny Dimbort began his career in the film business at an Israeli production company, Golan-Globus Films, where he was promoted to Managing Director within two years. Dimbort moved to Los Angeles in 1980 to head the foreign sales division at Canon Films. After spending time in the distribution department Canon/Pathe, Dimbort became President of Distribution at MGM until 1991. Succeeding his time at MGM, Dimbort co-founded Nu Image where he worked alongside his partner, Avi Lerner, as Co-Chairman of Sales and Marketing. With more than 50 years as an industry leader, Dimbort has sold over one thousand films across the world.

Since joining Red Granite Pictures as co-President of Red Granite International, Dimbort has brokered sales for Red Granite films such as The Wolf of Wall Street, Friends With Kids,Out of the Furnace, and Horns.

Christian Mercuri

Co-President, International Distribution

Christian Mercuri began his career with an interest in geology and environmental engineering. He made the transition to the film industry in 2002 when he joined Millennium/Nu Image as a member of the production department. He moved toward international sales when he began working closer with Millennium/Nu Image Co-Chairman, Danny Dimbort. Mercuri was soon appointed President of International, selling many films throughout the international markets.

Since joining Red Granite Pictures as Co-President of Red Granite International, Mercuri has brokered sales for Red Granite films such as The Wolf of Wall Street, Horns, Out of the Furnace, Horns, Friends With Kids, and Papillon.

Inc Pagliuca

SVP, International Distribution

Incoronata 'Inc' Pagliuca has over twenty-three years experience in the film industry, primarily in international distribution, and is currently the Senior Vice President of International Sales at Red Granite. Since 1991, she has overseen all phases, including sales, marketing, business affairs, collections and acquisitions. Her extensive work experiences have built solid relationships with key international distributors and broadcasters.

Previously, Inc worked as the Vice President of International Business Affairs for The Film Department; she oversaw contract negotiations and collections on films such as Law Abiding Citizen, The Rebound and A Little Bit of Heaven. Prior to The Film Department, Inc was an International Distribution Executive for Nu Image/Millennium Films. During that time, she was involved in the sales of several films including Righteous Kill starring Robert DeNiro and Al Pacino; Mad Money starring Diane Keaton; The Cleaner starring Samuel L. Jackson; and 16 Blocks starring Bruce Willis. Inc's previous work experience includes: Manager of Marketing and Acquisitions at Tanglewood Entertainment Group; Director of Marketing and Sales for Sheen Productions; Vice President of International Sales and Marketing at Media Film International; and Head of Sales at Film Bridge International.

In recent years, Inc has spoken on film financing panels for organizations such as Women in Film and WinFemme. A native of Lacedonia, Italy, Inc grew up in Natick, Massachusetts. She is a graduate of Emerson College in Boston where she studied mass communications with a major concentration in filmmaking.