US Advisory Board
Megastar has established an advisory board to be constituted by board members based in the United States with a broad range of experience in the digital, entertainment and social media industries.
The initial two members of the Megastar US Advisory Board are Mr John Baldecchi and Mr Michael Pole.
Megastar will leverage the significant experience of the members of the US Advisory Board in the entertainment and social media industries.
The Megastar US Advisory Board will conduct quarterly meetings with the intention of assisting in the strategic and corporate development and promote the interests of the Group.
Michael is a versatile and dynamic Studio Executive with a 25+ year proven track record of managing the development of hit video games. He has held senior management positions with some of the industries most successful video and mobile game companies including Nexon, gloops, Electronic Arts, Activision, Fox Interactive and Vivendi Universal Games.
As Senior VP at both Electronic Arts and Fox Interactive, he managed the development and launch of some of the most successful game franchises in the industry including; Simpsons: Hit and Run, Simpsons: Road Rage, The Hulk, Tony Hawk, World of Warcraft, NASCAR 1998-2002, Knockout Kings, Scarface, Ice Age, Robots, Hot Wheels Racing, NCAA College Basketball and Tiger Woods Golf.
Michael’s games have sold over 40 million units across mobile, console and PC platforms and have generated in excess of $1 billion in revenue.
John Baldecchi is an accomplished TV and film producer whose movies have grossed over $600 million in worldwide box office for such studios at Disney, Sony, 20th Century Fox, Lionsgate, and DreamWorks. He has also produced or developed movies, mini series and series with Paramount, AMC, Warners, MGM, ABC, Screen Gems, New Regency and Dimension.
Mr. Baldecchi recently produced the $100 million remake of the seminal action film, ‘Point Break’. The movie was released internationally through Warner Bros. last Christmas . His next feature is ‘Crash Site’ and will be directed by two-time Oscar winner, Charles Gibson. A partial list of John’s other produced credits include: ‘Odd Thomas’ based on the Dean Koontz series of the same name, and directed by Stephen Sommers (‘The Mummy’, ‘GI Joe’), the big-budget remake of ‘Conan’ for Lions Gate Studio, ‘88 Minutes’, starring Al Pacino, ‘The Mexican’, directed by Gore Verbinski (‘Pirates of the Caribbean’), and starring Julia Roberts and Brad Pitt and ‘Simon Birch’, with James Gandolfini, Gene Hackman, Ashley Judd, Jim Carrey, Oliver Platt and David Straithairn.
Mr. Baldecchi is now Founder/CEO of ‘Digital Riot’, a disruptive “direct to fan” online film studio featuring the most popular social media stars from YouTube, Vine, Instagram, and Snapchat. Mr. Baldecchi graduated UCLA with a degree in economics.
Jon has over two decades of experience in software and consumer digital media. A classic “serial entrepreneur,” he has founded or co-founded no fewer than seven successful companies, including his best-known venture, Pandora Media. One of the world’s largest and most successful music streaming services, Pandora currently has over 250 million registered users and a market cap of over $2.1 billion.
Jon is currently the CEO of MuMo, a new mobile social music sharing service. In addition, he is Chairman and co-founder of Thrively, a consumer technology platform that helps children discover and pursue their passions. He is also co-founder of LiftOff LLC, a business accelerator that helps early stage and Fortune 500 companies develop and launch new products.
Before launching his latest ventures, Jon was COO and a member of the founding team at UberMedia, Idealab’s prominent Internet start-up and currently the world’s leading independent developer of mobile social apps. Before that, he was co-founder and COO of Big Stage Entertainment, an advanced avatar platform company recognized by Forbes in 2009 as one of America’s 20 Most Promising Companies, and sold to Image Metrix in 2010.
Jennifer strengthens MSM’s Advisory Board with her 20 years of experience in digital entertainment, social media, and video games. Over the years, she has held key leadership roles in business and product development, licensing, distribution, and marketing at leading entertainment and gaming companies. She is currently President of Lucky 29 Media, which provides advisory and consultancy services to digital entertainment start-ups.
Her experience includes producing the early web efforts for MTV Networks at Viacom and Electronic Arts, where she was part of the hugely successful EA Sports division. As a founding team member of early mobile publisher Glu Mobile, Jennifer was a pioneer in the mobile game market.
More recently, Jennifer has held senior positions at video game publisher Zynga, where she helped the company define its mobile strategy and grow its business to become one of the leaders in mobile gaming. She oversaw Zynga’s strategic partnerships with Google and Apple, including the launch of FarmVille on the iPhone. At its peak, FarmVille had over 80 million monthly users, generating over $1 billion in revenue by 2013. It remains one of the most popular and profitable games ever created.
Engineer turned applied mathematician with experience in statistical modeling, optimization, recommender systems, information retrieval, large-scale machine learning, and data mining.