Pact U.S. names inaugural board members

The American outpost of the British trade body has appointed its inaugural board of executive directors, with IPC Television CEO Eli Holzman (pictured) serving as board chairman.
June 8, 2016

Producers’ trade group Pact U.S. has appointed its inaugural board of executive directors.

IPC Television CEO Eli Holzman (pictured) has been named as board chairman. The exec, who previously served as president of Studio Lambert USA and All3Media America, launched the Culver City-based Intellectual Property Corporation in January.

the board gathered at the pactus opening cocktail at realscreen west on wednesday (june 8).

The board gathered at the PactUS opening cocktail at Realscreen West on Wednesday (June 8).

Inaugural board members include Gregory Lipstone, CEO of All3Media America; Ben Samek, COO of Endemol Shine; Howard Owens, founder and co-CEO of Propagate Content; John Pollak, president of Electus International Global Distribution; Amelia D’Entrone, owner of Punched in the Head; Eric Evangelista, founding partner at Hot Snakes Media; Elli Hakami, co-president of Talos Films; Temple Williams, COO at 51 Minds; and John McVay, Pact CEO.

The board represents the mid- and large-sized American production outfits to have joined the U.S. outpost of the British trade body – formed in January 2015 during the Realscreen Summit – with the aim of representing the commercial interests of American producers. Former National Geographic Channels CEO David Lyle joined as president last May.

Pact U.S. in March announced the signing of 30 independent shingles to its membership ranks.

“This marks a significant milestone in the evolution of this association,” said Lyle in a statement. “With this distinguished and extremely knowledgeable local group of inaugural directors and [John McVay], who has done a spectacular job in building Pact into such a major force in the UK content landscape, we will continue to grow and flourish.”

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Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.