David co-founded Inception Media Group, LLC in November of 2009. Prior to forming Inception Media Group, David spent the previous 24 years at Image Entertainment building one of the industry's top independent distribution companies. In his last 10 years at the company, David held the COO and President positions and was responsible for all day-to-day operations; overseeing critical areas like content acquisitions, corporate/business development, international licensing, marketing, sales and distribution. David is one of the most well respected and established executives in the industry, with extensive domestic and international home entertainment distribution expertise. Over the course of his 20+ years in the industry David has fostered numerous long-standing supplier, customer and vendor relationships.
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Chief Operating Officer
Burgess joined Inception Media Group, LLC in August of 2010 as its Executive Vice President, Operations. Burgess brings more than 25 years of experience in retail consumer electronics, home entertainment, web development, wholesale distribution, operations and digital audio and video distribution. Burgess began his career as the general manager of Laserland, a three-store retail chain selling and laserdisc and high-end home theater electronics. He then spent 13 years at Image Entertainment where he held several key executive positions primarily focused on business development, digital distribution, production and operations. During his tenure with Image, Burgess was responsible for the successful launch of DVDPlanet.com as well as the creation of Image’s digital distribution subsidiary, Egami Media. With a diverse background and significant experience in the rapidly growing new media segments of the entertainment industry, Burgess is responsible for the company’s overall operations and the development and growth of Inception’s digital distribution business.
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Senior Vice President, Sales
Lisa joined Inception Media Group, LLC in November of 2009 as its Senior Vice President, Sales. Lisa has more than 20 years of independent film and special interest packaged media sales and promotion experience, holding senior sales positions at Image Entertainment, Lionsgate Entertainment and WEA, a division of Time Warner. Lisa brings to Inception long-term relationships with key national wholesale and retail accounts, content suppliers and talent plus a comprehensive understanding of the entire product lifecycle.
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President, Television and Digital
With over 30 years of entertainment experience, Steve Saltman is President of Inception Media Group’s Television and Digital division. Until joining Inception, Mr. Saltman served as Senior Vice President, Worldwide Television for Image Entertainment, Inc./ RLJ Entertainment, Inc. which he established in 2007. He was responsible for the worldwide licensing of all aspects of Image programs for television, video-on-demand, non-theatrical and new media (electronic downloading, mobile and other forms of wireless devices, etc.).
Before joining Image, Saltman was Vice President, Television & New Media for First Look Studios (FLS), responsible for licensing of FLS film to all aspects of television, video-on-demand, non-theatrical and new media along with creating co-production partnerships. Prior to FLS, Saltman worked in the same capacity for Blockbuster, Inc. (aka DEJ Productions, Inc.).
Prior to Blockbuster, Mr. Saltman served as Senior Vice-President of Scanz Communications, an innovator and inventor of one of the first two-way wireless communications devices.
Before Scanz, Steve was President of Ablaze Entertainment, a talent agency which he founded, representing over 60 producers. Highlights include, Big Idea Productions, the creator of VEGGIE TALES, distribution of IT'S SHOWTIME AT THE APOLLO, and the launching of Network One, the first interactive cable/satellite network. Mr. Saltman’s early career included positions at Western International Media, Genesis Entertainment and MCA.
Mr. Saltman is licensed to practice law in the State of California and in front of the 9th Circuit Federal Court, Central District of California. He has served as Chairman of the Interactive Telephone Council and Chairman of the Public Policy Committee of the Interactive Services Association, Chairman of the Public Policy Committee for the Teleservices Industry Association and a member of the Legislative Action Committee of the Community Broadcasters Association. He currently sits on the CTAM Executive Board overseeing the Movies-On-Demand initiative.
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Director of Sales, National Accounts
Laurie joined Inception Media Group, LLC in April of 2010 as Director of Sales, National Accounts. Laurie has more than 20 years of independent film sales and distribution experience, holding positions at Image Entertainment, Turner Home Entertainment, a division of Time Warner, and Academy Entertainment. Laurie has created and implemented multiple sales and marketing promotions for independent retail, national entertainment and grocery chains, resulting in highly successful programs and long-standing relationships, while consistently being recognized and awarded for achievements in sales.
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Brett joined Inception Media Group, LLC in September 2011. Prior to joining, he worked in television post-production for shows airing on NBC, SyFy Channel, and the CW. Additionally, Brett also served as a finishing coordinator for Goodspot, an award-winning marketing boutique, where he handled the HD finishing, color correction, sound design and mix for clients such as Nike and Cole Haan. He is also proud to have worked as a sound designer on award winning shorts, pilot promos, and documentaries. At Inception, Brett oversees all asset deliveries, both in and out of the company and manages Inception’s digital aggregation business by developing and maintaining operational relationships with iTunes, Amazon, Netflix, Google, Dish, DirectTV and others. He is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma and Chapman University’s Dodge College of Film and Media Arts.
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