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A media lab where ideas come to life.
At Status Media, Intellectual Property (IP) is the name of the game. We're focused on
accelerating smart projects across four primary verticals:
  • Apps
  • TV & Film
    Production
  • Consumer Products
  • Proprietary Character
    Development
Alan Laifer
Chief Executive Officer
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Gareb Shamus
Chief Creative Officer
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Ryan Rockefeller
Head of Mobile
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Bill Jemas
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Jonathan J. Ledecky
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Alan Laifer
Chief Executive Officer

Alan is a successful entrepreneur, executive and angel investor with extensive experience in online advertising and direct marketing. During his career he has helped promote and grow the online and direct to consumer properties for many global and Fortune 500 properties including Microsoft, Verizon, MasterCard and ESPN (Disney). He co-founded and was the CEO (2001-2008) for Datran Media now called Pulsepoint (the result of the merger of Datran Media and ContextWeb). It is one of the largest privately held digital marketing technology companies and has the largest reach of any Ad Exchange online (comScore August 2012). At Datran Media, Alan took the company from a start up with $90k in initial capital to over $100M in annual sales in 5 years with over 20% EBITDA contributions. Alan most recently was the founder and CEO of Jolt Media (2009-11) which in November 2011 sold Easy to Send (the innovative online marketing platform that was created at Jolt by Alan) to Paltalk. Alan has sat on numerous Board of Directors including efashionsolutions (2009-11), Datran Media (2001-2009). Currently, he sits on the Board of Advisors for Viewbix & Have to Have.

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Gareb Shamus
Chief Creative Officer

Built Wizard World, an event producer of Comic Cons and pop-culture conventions across North America. Gareb is one of the most recognized leaders and authorities in the character based genres of movies, TV, comic books, toys, gaming, and popular fiction. Mr. Shamus founded and published Wizard, ToyFare Anime Insider, InQuest Gamer and Toy Wishes magazines for almost two decades. These magazines were considered the bibles on comic books, toys, games, animation, artists, writers, action figures and everything to do with the development of character franchises into movies, TV, video games, toys and all pop-culture. In addition, Gareb is a co-founder of PGM Media, which owned Nerdist Industries, which sold to Legendary Pictures (Batman, Hangover, and Clash of the Titans movies) in July 2012. From 2005 to 2008, Gareb launched and ran a professional Mixed Martial Arts fighting league, with approximately 100 fighters under contract. During that time, he produced 20 live fighting events all over the country, where it was broadcast weekly on TV in over 100 million homes on MyNetworkTV (owned by FOX) and Fox Sports Net.

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Ryan Rockefeller
Head of Mobile

has been working with tech startups in various capacities, as an investor, founder, CEO, and advisor/consultant over the last 6 years since his time at Princeton, where he launched and managed his first online business out of his dorm room. Hooked on the creative energy inherent in the startup world, Ryan dug into other projects with other student entrepreneurs, notably smsPREP (www.smsprep.com), a text-message platform for practicing standardized and language-learning tests. As an early investor and advisor, he has maintained close ties to the company over the years, helping to spread its platform beyond the US to places like India. After Princeton, Ryan moved to Budapest for a year to work with TopTal (www.toptal.com), a high-end developer outsourcing firm. In addition to being the lead investor, he helped grow the company to a multi-million dollar firm within its first year, and extend its developer network to over 500 engineers worldwide. Back in his hometown of New York to build out and manage a few different app businesses, namely Radeeus (www.radeeus.com), a music application that lets you broadcast and listen to music together with friends and popular figures (launching this fall), and Wairhouse (www.wairhouse.com), a private, photo-sharing application, Ryan simultaneously moved deeper into his independent consulting and investment business, taking equity in various start-ups as a hands-on advisor and/or investor, notably Artsy (www.artsy.net), JustSingIt (www.justsingit.com), and MadeClose (www.madeclose.com). Passionate about Design/UX, creative expression, and mobile development, Ryan found his match with Status Media in the Spring of 2013. He is also a dedicated musician and sculptor.

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Bill Jemas

As Chief Operating Officer and President of Publishing, Licensing and New Media (2000-2004), Bill Jemas was a senior member of the management team that transformed Marvel Entertainment from a near-bankrupt comic book publisher and toy company into a multi-billion dollar media and merchandising business. The first "suit" since Stan Lee to play an active role in creative development, Bill wrote the plots for Ultimate Spider-Man and the Origin of Wolverine, two of the best selling graphic novels in history. From 2000 to 2004, he led the creative and business teams that modernized and unified the company and managed the best business turn around story of the decade. Prior to joining Marvel, Bill served as EVP of Sports and Entertainment for Madison Square Garden, President of Fleer Corp (the Sports and Entertainment Trading Card Company) and VP Business Affairs for the National Basketball Association. He began his career as a Tax and Corporate Associate for the New York Law Firm of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett after graduating Rutgers College and Harvard Law School. Currently, Bill is a member of the Board of Alloy, Inc. Alloy is a leading creator of youth-oriented content.

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Jonathan J. Ledecky

Jon Ledecky started from his dining room table with $250,000 in credit card debt what became the fastest company at the time to ever go from start up to make the Fortune 500 list-- U.S. Office Products, which owned Mail Boxes Etc (now called the UPS Store). Ledecky has served as the co-founder or angel investor of some 30 companies since then which have eventually accessed the capital markets for over $20 billion. He was a co-owner (with Ted Leonsis and Michael Jordan) of the NBA's Washington Wizards and NHL's Washington Capitals before turning his focus to philanthropy for several years. Jon then led the emergence of the Special Purpose Acquisition Company ("SPAC") model with the most successful SPAC at the time providing a nearly 300% return to investors. He is currently the non-executive chairman of Kitara Media, a pure play, publicly-traded mobile gaming development stage company headquartered in San Francisco. He is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Business School.


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