Executive Team

James D. Stern, Chairman, CEO

In 2002, Stern founded Endgame Entertainment as an independent film company specializing in development, production and financing.

Stern is a long time entertainment producer and director, having produced more than 30 films, over 20 Broadway shows, and various other entertainment properties. In film, Stern is best known for producing Rian Johnson’s international hit LOOPER; Lone Scherfig’s AN EDUCATION, which earned three Academy Award nominations including Best Picture and Best Actress (Carey Mulligan) and Steven Soderbergh’s acclaimed SIDE EFFECTS. Endgame’s other notable movies include Todd Haynes’ I’M NOT THERE, for which Cate Blanchett won a Golden Globe Award and was an Academy Award nominee; Rian Johnson’s THE BROTHERS BLOOM; Danny Leiner’s HAROLD & KUMAR GO TO WHITE CASTLE; and Terry George’s HOTEL RWANDA, nominated for three Academy Awards including Best Actor (Don Cheadle). 

Most recent productions include Oliver Stone’s drama SNOWDEN, starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Edward Snowden, Larry Charles’ comedy ARMY OF ONE starring Nicolas Cage and Russell Brand, and FREEHELD, starring Julianne Moore and Ellen Page, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in September 2015.

Stern also co-directed and produced the feature documentaries EVERY LITTLE STEP, (short listed for the Academy Award), THE YEAR OF THE YAO, about Yao Ming’s first year in the NBA, and ...SO GOES THE NATION, which focused on the 2004 U.S. Presidential election.  Before starting Endgame, he co-directed and produced the IMAX hit documentary MICHAEL JORDAN TO THE MAX; and directed the darkly comic psychological thriller IT’S THE RAGE. The latter feature won seven awards at the Milan International Film Festival including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Screenplay.

In television, Stern directed the HBO documentary special "Sport in America: Our Defining Stories"; as well as partnered with the BBC and ITV on the miniseries "Dancing on the Edge,” the latter starred Chiwetel Ejiofor, Matthew Goode and Golden Globe Award winner Jacqueline Bisset.

During Mr. Stern’s extensive theatrical career, he has produced nearly two dozen Broadway and off-Broadway shows, including “Hairspray” and “The Producers,” the latter of which won 12 Tony’s in total, setting the all-time record. Other shows include, "Stomp;" "Little Shop of Horrors;" the revival of Stephen Sondheim’s "A Little Night Music," starring Angela Lansbury and Drama Desk Award and Tony Award winner Catherine Zeta-Jones; Will Ferrell’s record-breaking one-man show "You’re Welcome America;" "The Wedding Singer;" "Legally Blonde;" "Leap of Faith;" and Nora Ephron’s "Lucky Guy," starring Tom Hanks.  

In addition to his producing and directing resume, Stern also founded and ran the financial investment company Stern Joint Venture, L.P. (SJV), a hedge fund “fund of funds”. Stern graduated with a BA from the University of Michigan and an MBA from Columbia University in New York.

Douglas E. Hansen, President

Mr. Hansen has primary responsibility for sourcing, structuring and negotiating the Company’s investments and financing. He also serves as the CEO of Endgame Releasing, which was founded in 2011 to finance P&A (Prints and Advertising) for wide release films. Hansen has over 25 years of experience as a financier and adviser to the entertainment industry.  Prior to the founding of Endgame in 2002, Mr. Hansen oversaw the financing of more than 150 individual film productions, totaling more than $2.0 billion of financing, and managed capital commitments of more than $4.0 billion for Banks active in financing Entertainment. Mr. Hansen was Senior Vice President and Managing Director of Corporate Finance for the Entertainment Finance Division of Union Bank of California from 1999 through 2002. Mr. Hansen was Director-Manager of the Entertainment Finance Group of Banque Paribas from 1991 through 1999 and prior to Banque Paribas, Mr. Hansen worked in Bank of America’s Entertainment Industries Group. Mr. Hansen has a B.A. in Economics from Stanford University and an M.B.A. from the Anderson School of Management at UCLA.

Business Team

Cindy Wilkinson Kirven, COO

Ms. Kirven is responsible for all internal operations which provide coordinated and effective systems that propel the development, production and finance of company projects while encouraging and supporting all staff in the maximization of the creative spark that drives the success of Endgame. She directly oversees the management of the Company’s bank line and project finance as well as Human Resources. She joined Endgame near its inception in 2003 after 25 years in banking, entertainment finance and management with Newmarket Capital Group, Mercantile National Bank, Bank of California and Union Bank. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Scripps College.

Robert Norton, CFO

Mr. Norton has over 25 years of experience in the financing and production of film and television, holding senior executive positions at Landscape Entertainment, a broad-based feature film, television and on-line content producer; and Scott Free the film production company helmed by directors Ridley and Tony Scott. He also spent time at InterMedia and began his career at Lucasfilm, Ltd. Norton served on the adjunct faculty of the UCLA Producer’s Program and is currently a member of The British Academy of Film and Television Arts and the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Mr. Norton earned his MBA from Harvard Business School.

Gregory R. Schenz, Executive Vice Presiden of Business & Legal Affairs

Mr. Schenz has been with Endgame Entertainment since 2006. Prior to that he held a similar position at Beacon Pictures.  Prior to Beacon, Mr. Schenz was SVP of Business & Legal Affairs at Intermedia.  He started his entertainment career at International Film Guarantors before going on to be an associate at Loeb & Loeb. He graduated cum laude from George Washington University with a BA in Soviet Studies and graduated cum laude and tenth in his class from Loyola of Los Angeles Law School. He has been a member of the California Bar since 1993 and BAFTALA since 2014.

Christopher C. Chen, Senior Vice President of Business Development

Mr. Chen began his career in the technology industry working at several leading software companies, holding various positions in sales and consulting groups while managing several worldwide implementation projects. At Endgame Entertainment, Mr. Chen is charged with generating business in film, television, theater, new media and is a leading expert in the burgeoning entertainment market in China.  Mr. Chen attended both University of California, Berkeley and Davis and holds a BS in Management Economics, and BA in Political Science; and also spent a significant time studying Chinese at National Taiwan University.

Ken Halloway, Senior Vice President of Finance & Controller

Prior to joining Endgame Entertainment Mr. Halloway has held senior finance/controller positions in the technology & entertainment industries for over 20 years, including Initial Entertainment Group and Moviestore/Active Entertainment. Mr. Halloway is a Certified Public Accountant and has a BS in Accounting & Marketing at the University of Arizona.

Creative Team

Julie Goldstein, President of Production

Ms. Goldstein is the President of Production at Endgame Entertainment responsible for all aspects of development and production of feature films and television. Her credits for the company include: FreeheldLooperSelfless and Side Effects. She also recently served as Executive Producer on Belle, which she developed under the independent production company she founded, Sandalboot Entertainment.  In her prior role as Senior Vice President, HBO Films for Home Box Office, Ms. Goldstein was responsible for overseeing the development and production of HBO Films for theatrical release through their Picturehouse label; as well as several features that aired on the channel. Her HBO credits include the Emmy and Golden Globe Award winner Grey Gardens and the critically acclaimed Kit Kittredge: An American Girl.  Prior to HBO, Ms. Goldstein spent more than a decade at Miramax Films, having executive produced an extensive credit list of much-admired and honored films, including among others Best Picture Academy Award-winners Chicago and Shakespeare in Love.  Her credits also include Golden Globe and Academy Award-nominees: ProofFinding NeverlandDirty Pretty ThingsBridget Jones’ DiaryAn Ideal Husband, and Emma as well as other commercially successful films such as Ella Enchanted and Serendipity.  Ms. Goldstein is the recipient of two Screen Actor's Guild Honor Awards for Chicago and Shakespeare in Love, a Golden Laurel Award from the Producer's Guild of America for Chicago and Humanitas Prizes for Dirty Pretty Things and Kit Kittredge.  Ms. Goldstein is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania.

Lucas Smith, Executive Vice President of Production & Development

Mr. Smith started his entertainment career as an intern for film producer and director Richard Donner; followed by a stint at the literary department of Industry Entertainment and also working for independent film producer Nick Wechsler. Mr. Smith is now focused on the creative development, and packaging of all Endgame Entertainment projects. Mr. Smith received a BA in Film Studies from the University of Kansas.

 

Kristy Maurer, Director of Development

Ms. Maurer, Director of Development at Endgame Entertainment, started her career working in Texas in production on TV and films including “Elvis and Anabelle” and NBC's  Award winning series “Friday Night Lights” among many others. Ms. Maurer worked in development at Village Roadshow and then at Nicolas Cage's Saturn Films before starting in development and production at Endgame Entertainment. Ms. Maurer graduated with honors with a B.S. in Radio-Television-Film from the University of Texas at Austin.

 

Karen Bove, Creative Executive

Ms. Bove started her career working in production on several projects, including ABC’s Grey's Anatomy, Dreamworks’ Eagle Eye, and A&E's hit reality series Gene Simmons Family Jewels. During her time at Endgame, she worked as the assistant to Mr. Stern as well as co-produced the HBO documentary special Sport in America: Our Defining Stories before being promoted to Creative Executive. Her focus is on developing and finding television projects for the company. Ms. Bove graduated with a B.S. in Radio-Television-Film from the University of Texas at Austin.