Jonathan S. Katz — Chief Operating Officer
Jon oversees all aspects of the Company’s operations including production, finance, distribution, and business affairs, reporting to C.E.O Edward R. Pressman. Until 2005, Jon was also a business affairs executive at ContentFilm, Inc., co-founded by Mr. Pressman. Prior to joining the Company in 2002, Jon was an associate in the New York office of Richards & O’Neil, LLP. Previously, Jon worked in development at Punch Productions, Dustin Hoffman’s production company. Jon was an Executive Producer of such Pressman films as The Moth Diaries, Mutant Chronicles, and The Crow: Wicked Prayer, and was Co-Producer of Sisters and The Beautiful Country. Jon received his undergraduate degree in political science from Columbia, and a law degree from Boston University where he was an editor of the Boston University Law Review.
Melissa Robyn Glassman — Director of Development
Melissa manages the Company’s project development, production, and publicity as well as the Company’s marketing and merchandizing strategies. She has been involved with such Pressman projects as Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps and The Moth Diaries and assisted with the production of the promotional book, Wall Street: The Collector’s Edition, which was printed by Newmarket Press in conjunction with the release of Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, Prior to joining the Company in 2010, Melissa worked with Emmy award-winning actress and activist, Mariska Hargitay and was an editor and staff writer at YM magazine. She began her career as the assistant to comedian Louis C.K. on his directorial debut, Pootie Tang, after graduating with honors from New York University’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study with a B.A. in Journalism.
Erin F. Larsen — Creative Executive/L.A. Office Manager
Erin manages the company’s Los Angeles office, provides administrative support to C.E.O. Edward R. Pressman, contributes to the development of the Company’s slate, and oversees the extensive Pressman archives, frequently working with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. A native of San Francisco, Erin moved to Southern California to pursue studies in the entertainment industry. She attended Cal State Fullerton where she got a Bachelor’s degree in Television and Film, then Chapman University where she earned her Masters of Fine Arts in Producing studying under Academy Award nominated producer Alexandra Rose. She began her career working at the Writer’s Guild of America and most recently worked at a talent management company.
Samuel R. Syrop — Creative Associate
Samuel contributes to the Company’s creative efforts. He assists the team in developing the Company’s slate, maintains the website and social media efforts, and supports branding and merchandising initiatives. Before joining Pressman in 2013, Samuel got his start by working in production at Dimension Films and post-production at The Weinstein Company. He then moved on to work in the mailroom at William Morris Endeavor and eventually as a receptionist for Martin Scorsese’s Sikelia Productions. Samuel is also versed in producing and directing music videos, promotional content, and short films. He graduated with honors from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts with a B.F.A. in Film.
Annie Pressman — Communications & Special Projects
Annie contributes to the Company’s publicity and marketing strategies and to the development of various projects on the Company’s slate. She co-edited the promotional book, Wall Street: The Collector’s Edition, which was printed by Newmarket Press in conjunction with the release of Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps. Annie also manages the collection of 35mm prints of the 80 plus Pressman produced films to be archived in the ”Pressman Collection” at the Academy Film Archive, a division of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences located at the Pickford Center for Motion Picture Study in Hollywood. Annie has appeared in front of the camera portraying such memorable and unique characters like the tough co-ed, Stella Roche, opposite Michael Caine in the Oliver Stone-directed and Pressman-produced The Hand; Nurse Hallaway in the Vietnam War film, Purple Hearts, opposite Cheryl Ladd and Ken Wahl; Spalding Gray’s wife who sings the Talking Head’s song, “Dream Operator” during a fashion show in David Byrne’s True Stories; and Jane Butterfield, the pushy real estate agent in the dirndl skirt, in Tim Burton’s Beetle Juice. Annie received her B.A. in Theatre Studies from the University of Colorado and attended The American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco and the National Theater Institute, a part of the Eugene O’Neill Center for Performing Art in Waterford, CT.
Sam Pressman — Creative Consultant
Sam contributes to the Company’s marketing and social media strategies and to the development of various projects on the Company’s Slate. He has worked on the sets of Terence Malick’s Tree of Life and Timothy Linh Bui’s Powder Blue. For the Pressman-produced Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans directed by Werner Herzog, Sam shot and edited The Making of The Bad Lieutenant included on the film’s DVD. Sam recently graduated with a degree in Film & Media Studies from Stanford University. While at Stanford Sam twice was the President of the Stanford Film Society and Director of the Advanced Filmmakers Workshop. His short film Experiment 93474 played at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival Shorts Corner and his short documentary Tres Fronteras played at the 2012 Palo Alto Film Festival. He is currently in post production on Reconquesting the Useless, a cinematic pilgrimage to the Amazon Jungle and the films of Werner Herzog.