Our Team & Affiliates
These are the folks that make things happen at MPMG.
managing director & chief creative officer
Michael Minkler is a motion picture sound re-recording mixer who has mixed over 200 projects. Mike has been nominated for 11 Academy Awards, with three wins for Best Sound Mixing for his outstanding work in BLACK HAWK DOWN, CHICAGO and DREAMGIRLS. Mike has also won multiple Emmy Awards, BAFTA Awards, Satellite Awards and many others, including the Career Achievement Award from the Cinema Audio Society.
Mike is a Hollywood native and the family’s third generation sound professional. His father was the owner of Producers Sound Service, an independent post production sound facility. His grandfather was a part owner of the Hollywood landmark, Radio Records, and is considered a true pioneer in the field of sound recording for both films and records. Mike has collaborated with Hollywood’s elite directors and is currently the Managing Director and Chief Creative Officer at MPMG.
Bill Killgore is originally from Ventura County, California and has worked in the film industry for over sixteen years in post-production, production and production accounting. Past job titles include Editor, Camera Operator and Writer at Travis County Television Austin, Assistant Editor at Spot Welders Venice, Associate Producer at Legaci Pictures, Assets Manager at Paradigm Literary/Talent Agency Beverly Hills and a union and non-union Payroll Specialist at Media Services Westwood. Additional film experiences include feature film costs analysis, feature film packaging and providing feature film marketing strategies.
Hello, my name is Jonathan Steele. My initial start in the entertainment industry was as an actor. I had the opportunity to work in commercials, music videos, and short films. I had also completed and received two licenses in the insurance industry. But I wanted more from working with people, so I returned to the film industry, where I am now working as a producer and it’s one of the best things I have had the opportunity to do. Putting together a project is particularly challenging but working with a talented team is what makes the difference between obstacles and opportunities. As a fan and admirer of the arts that I love and value so much, I often think of a quote from the film Steve Jobs … Steve says, “the musicians play the instruments, I play the orchestra.” I hope one day, as I continue to work, grow, and learn from brilliant people on this journey, that I can reach a level where that quote fits my work.
Ray Ellingsen began his film career in 1987 as a writer and has since gone on to pursue numerous aspects of film-making, from directing and producing, to supervising the post-production of feature films, documentaries, and commercials. In 1999, Ray helped form Ugly Old Bird Productions, a motion picture entertainment company that produced a number of film and video projects. Ray moved to Arizona in 2005 to manage the largest motion picture film studio in the state of Arizona, Hollywood-Phoenix Film Studios. Within a year, he brought in three feature films, numerous commercials as well as a television series for the studio to produce. To date, Ray has written and directed two documentaries and a feature film, along with a multitude of commercial and industrial format projects. He has also produced nine feature films and over 30 video and commercial projects, with two feature films currently in development.
Data Analyst & Business Partner
Jeffrey Hardy is the President of FilmProfit, co-author of FilmProfit software and the sole author of The FilmProfit Guide to Film Distribution Deals, a respected primer to deals in key film distribution markets. Jeff has acted as an expert resource for The Hollywood Reporter, Fortune Magazine, The Washington Times, WSYR radio, The Black Film Report, as well as many other publications. Interviews with Jeff have appeared in The Independent magazine, Black Talent News, and Cue Magazine. His work has been profiled in, In Motion Magazine, MacWeek Guide to Desktop Video, Film/Tape World, Release Print Magazine, Movie Business Report and other industry publications. FilmProfit contributed to The Independent Film and Videomaker’s Guide (2nd ed.) and the Independent Filmmaker’s Guide to Writing a Business Plan for Investors. He has presented multiple all-day workshops and participated as a panelist on creative and business issues for independent films. Jeff has also provided business and strategic planning for over 100 motion picture projects, with budgets ranging from the micro level to more than $100 million, like The MEG!.
Chief Legal & Operations Officer
Ron Takehara, Esq., is a Los Angeles born attorney, admitted to the State Bar of California in 1987. Ron is also admitted to the Central, Southern and Northern Federal District Courts of California. He received the American Jurisprudence Award in 1986. Through years of practice, he has obtained a wide range of legal experience in the entertainment industry, from high profile cases involving motion picture and television industry litigation, to representing entertainment production companies, television networks, actors, stunt men and women, and screenwriters. Ron gained his experience working in a large international law firm as well as boutique firms in Century City. His own firm, Takehara & Stuart, LLP is located in Santa Monica.
Ron has had successful appellate experience, with victorious appeals in the California Supreme Court and the California Court of Appeal, including the case resulting in the published opinion, Craig v. County of Los Angeles (1990) 221 Cal.App.3d 1294, 271 Cal.Rptr. 82.
Scott Mitchell Rosenberg
CEO of Platinum Studios
Scott Mitchell Rosenberg is chairman/CEO of Platinum Studios. Platinum controls one of the world’s largest independent libraries of comic book characters. Scott has played an integral role in creating one of the largest bibles in comic book history: the Platinum Studios Macroverse, which includes anchor titles such as Cowboys & Aliens. A constant innovator, Scott established Platinum in 1997, following a successful career as the founder of Malibu Comics, which sold to Marvel in 1994. At Malibu, Scott led many successful comic spin offs into toys, television, and feature films, including the billion-dollar film and television phenomenon, Men in Black.
Project Executive Producer
Rene Leda has over 28 years of experience in the film and television industry. His expertise ranges from developing and distributing television programs in international markets, to handling programs for companies like Twentieth Century Fox TV International, Warner Bros., ABC, CBS, Columbia Pictures, BBC, and many more within Latin American markets.
In 2004, Rene formed NetMinds Inc., a distribution company selling films, series, and formats to markets worldwide. Leda’s NetMinds joined forces with Anatol Chavez/Terra Entertainment in 2009 to create Synergetic distribution, an entertainment production and distribution company.
“I took my time signing with MPMG because I wanted to be sure I was in good hands and that the information, expertise and access I needed MPMG could provide. As I go through the development process, I’ve found everything to be as advertised. MPMG means what it says and delivers on its promises.“