ABOUT US

  • Over the past 10 years, industry veterans Jim Seibel and Bill Johnson have built an expansive body of work in financing, production and international distribution of major motion pictures. Working with A-list actors, directors and producers, Seibel and Johnson have arranged production financing in excess of $700 million through their impressive filmography.

    With an experienced management team and full-fledged development, production, sales, marketing, publicity, delivery, accounting, legal and admin support, Lotus Entertainment is considered a top destination for first class feature films. Lotus is currently producing and arranging financing on 3 to 4 feature films per year in addition to handling international sales on other productions.

  • BILL JOHNSON

    Co-Founder | Co-Chairman

    Bill Johnson is a Co-Founder and Co-Chairman of Lotus Entertainment. Since 2003, Mr. Johnson has produced, executive produced or arranged financing and international sales on over 40 films including recent titles THE GREY (Liam Neeson), KILLING THEM SOFTLY (Brad Pitt) and Oscar Nominated THE KIDS ARE ALRIGHT. In addition, Mr. Johnson has arranged over $400 million in institutional equity and debt film production financing including deals with Comerica bank, Union Bank and Citibank. In 2008, Johnson orchestrated a multi- picture distribution deal with Sony Entertainment. Johnson is a native of Chicago who was a two time All-American tennis player at California State University, Northridge and later, attended film courses at both the University of Southern California and the American Film Institute. After graduating from college, Johnson founded an insurance brokerage firm called The Liberty Company. The company quickly became successful and in 2002, Johnson decided to step back from day to day management of Liberty in order to focus his efforts in the entertainment business. Today, under Johnson’s guidance as Chairman, Liberty and its online subsidiary Clickinsure continue to grow as it currently writes over $70 million dollars in annual insurance premiums for consumers and businesses throughout the United States. On the philanthropic side, Johnson founded a public charity in 2004 called The Enlightenment Network, which has the mission of supporting youth educational programs. Johnson lives on the beach in Venice, California with his wife Leah and three children Skyler, Jett and Jade.

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  • JIM SEIBEL

    Co-Founder | Co-Chairman

    Jim Seibel is a Co-Founder and Co-Chairman of Lotus Entertainment. A native of Florida, Mr. Seibel ventured to California in 1994 with his career entry into film & television at Saban Entertainment’s mailroom. From 1994 – 1999, Mr. Seibel advanced from the Saban mailroom making his way to the offices of COO, Mel Woods and CEO, Haim Saban as their executive assistant and later Director of TV & Motion Pictures of Saban International. Since 1998, Mr. Seibel has been instrumental in raising nearly $600 million of financing for feature films and television and amassed an impressive filmography as producer or executive producer. Working with top tier filmmakers, actors and producers, Mr. Seibel’s extensive knowledge of financing, production and distribution provides Lotus with a powerful resource for continued growth and evolution.

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  • Ara Keshishian

    President of Production

    Ara Keshishian serves as President of Production for Lotus Entertainment. Keshishian is a graduate of Loyola Law School, and began his entertainment career in the CAA mailroom. As a motion picture agent at CAA, Keshishian's clients included Natalie Portman, Antonio Banderas, Kate Hudson, Jeffrey Wright, and Live Schreiber. He also worked closely to help put together acclaimed independent films such as BLACK SWAN and MARGIN CALL. 4 years ago Keshishian joined Lotus to oversee the Production arm. At Lotus, Keshishian has produced the Lionsgate/Roadside release MAGGIE starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, as well as the upcoming NOVEMBER CRIMINALS starring Ansel Elgort and Chloe Moretz, and directed by Sacha Gervasi based on Steve Knight's acclaimed screenplay. He has also overseen production and executive produced the the Roadside release Z FOR ZACHARIAH with Margot Robbie, Chris Pine, and Chiwetel Ejiofor, the upcoming Relativity thriller KIDNAP starring Halle Berry, the new horror movie from Peter Safran the Hayes brothers THE CRUCIFIXION, and the upcoming sci fi thriller REPLICAS with Keanu Reeves which is currently in production.

  • Marc Rosen

    Producer

    Marc Rosen has 20 years of experience as an Executive & Producer in Film and Television at both the major studio/network & independent producer level, having Executive Produced 40 hours of high-end ($4-$8mn/episode) scripted content from THRESHOLD with David Goyer (BATMAN BEGINS), to SENSE8, one of Netflix's first original series, with the Wachowski's(THE MATRIX), to THE AFTER pilot with Chris Carter (XFILES) and Amazon. From 2012-2015, Marc was the Co-Founder & C.E.O of Georgeville Television with Reliance Entertainment, the proprietors of Steven Spielberg's Dreamworks, where he set up 10 Series including LIMITLESS, THE AFTER, FROM DUSK TIL DAWN, and ZORRO. Prior to GVTV, he had Exclusive Producing Deals in Film with Paramount & TV with CBS through his RosenObst Productions, with Lynda Obst (INTERSTELLAR) and set up 20 series. Prior, Rosen was a Founder of the WB offices of Heyday Films and has had exclusive production deals with Warner Brothers, CBS, Paramount, & 20th Century Fox, and representation from WME, CAA, and Anonymous Content (MR. ROBOT, SPOTLIGHT).

  • James Dodson

    Staff Producer

    Award winning filmmaker James Dodson has produced or directed over 12 feature films including, Chronicle, which he executive produced for $13.9 million and went on to gross over $126.6 million worldwide. Previously, as Vice President of Production for 20th Century Fox he worked with actors such as Johnny Depp, Colin Farrell, Owen Wilson, Reese Witherspoon, and Josh Brolin and filmmakers including Joel Schumacher, the Hughes Brothers, Steven Soderbergh, Mike Newall, Art Linson, Don Murphy and John Davis on films such as Behind Enemy Lines, From Hell, Tigerland and Best Laid Plans.

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  • Sarah Gabriel

    SVP of International Sales | Marketing and Servicing

    Prior to joining Lotus Entertainment as their VP of Sales, Sarah Gabriel spent years handling International Sales at Celluloid Nightmares/XYZ Films. Being part of an elevated filmmaker genre company, she helped grow their slate and establish strong relationships throughout the industry. She began at New Line Cinema in International Marketing and Servicing, before pursuing a career in International Sales at Lionsgate under the leadership of Helen Lee Kim. Sarah received her Bachelor of Science degree with honors from Ithaca College, NY in Marketing, Communications and a minor in German.

  • Lenny Beckerman

    Producer | Manager

    Lenny Beckerman runs Lotus Management, a management division that handles directors, screenwriters, novelist and content creators. Previously, Beckerman started Anonymous Content Management division and was instrumental in its growth for eleven years. Beckerman has worked with both commercial and critically acclaimed artists for the last 18 years in the industry.

  • Steve Glick

    TV Producer | Manager

    Steve Glick is a manager and producer for Lotus Management. Upon graduating from Georgetown University he began his career in the WMA mailroom. As a television agent at WMA he represented clients such as Queen Latifah, Gillian Anderson, Sam Elliott and Rob Morrow amongst many others and was Worldwide Head of the Director’s Department and represented numerous directors and writers. As a senior scripted packaging agent he has developed and put on air many comedy and drama series including LIVING SINGLE, GHOST WHISPERER and CALIFORNICATION. He also spent two years at ICM and nine years at his own boutique talent agency The Glick Agency.

  • Jack Sheehan

    Vice President Sales & Acquisitions

    Jack Sheehan grew up in Connecticut and graduated from USC's Marshall School of Business with a concentration in Entrepreneurship. While still in school, he started his career in the WME mailroom and became the Cannes Film Festival Coordinator. He went on to work in the Motion Picture Literary department and was accepted into the storied Agent Trainee Program. Realizing a passion for the expanding global film business, Jack joined QED International as executive assistant to CEO Bill Block before joining Lotus Entertainment as their International Sales Coordinator. Within Lotus, he rose to Vice President Sales and Acquisitions where he currently handles worldwide acquisitions and sales of both finished and pre-sale feature films, while producing and developing feature and TV projects in house and co-running the digital label, Greenhouse Content. He attends the major annual markets including Cannes, AFM, EFM, Toronto, Sundance & SXSW for features, MipCom and MipTV for television, and Vidcon for digital.