Before founding Aventine Hill Films, Rob was CCO and founding partner of the family entertainment company The Story Hat. While overseeing creative matters there, Rob co-created, wrote and story edited the Gemini Award Winning "Dragon Booster" TV show for Disney and co-created the Emmy Award winning "Growing Up Creepie" TV show for Discovery Kids.
In Aventine Hill Films, Rob brings two decades of experience in producing, strategizing, story-forming, managing, writing and marketing entertainment and gaming properties, for clients like Dreamworks, Disney, Lucasfilm, Warner Brothers, Sega of America, Coca Cola, Hasbro Inc and more. Rob wrote for and helped re-launch kids TV properties like G.I. Joe and Transformers and has consulted on mega-brands like Star Wars, Batman and Harry Potter. Rob has also produced and directed over 200 TV commercials, is a former multi-award winning creative director and an award winning documentary filmmaker. Besides all of his film and TV work, Rob is also an accomplished photographer, composer, graphic artist and web designer. Rob is also a member of the Directors Guild of America.
Aventine Hill Films is a unique and proven development and consulting company that specializes in transmedia narrative creation, engineering and marketing.
Aventine Hill Films takes its name from the Aventine Hill in Rome. One of the seven hills of the ancient city, the Aventine was named for the flocks of birds that the mythological character Romulus observed while he watched over the building of the city. But perhaps the most notable aspect of the hill was that in 456BC as Rome grew in size, parts of this affluent suburb were given to the common people, thereby giving them equal access to the land as the royalty they served. In this same spirit and in the spirit of classic storytelling, Aventine Hill Films seeks, develops and produces projects that deal with accessible and identifiable heroic characters, their struggles and triumphs. Our projects are carefully engineered to reflect our world in every sense, so that our core audience can really see aspects of their own realities in our properties as well as find truly expansive expressions of them in several media forms. We we put years of study in film, storytelling and market science into our work to ensure that we touch people in the deepest ways possible. After all, storytelling is one of the world's oldest services...and all stories are in some sense, "our" story.
“There have been great societies that did not use the wheel, but there have been no societies that did not tell stories.” - Ursula K. LeGuin
Marc handles all business and legal aspects of filmed entertainment – financing, production and distribution. His credits include “Conviction” (2010) with Hilary Swank and Sam Rockwell, “Texasville” (1990) with Jeff Bridges and Cybil Shepard and “All’s Fair” (1989) with George Segal and Sally Kellerman. He served as Production Counsel to “Back In The Day” featuring Alec Baldwin, Mike Tyson, Annabella Sciorra and others. He currently represents “Inversion” budgeted at over $120 million, the documentary “Cruising 86th Street,” “My No Good Neighbor,” “Mortal Guard: Eternae” and others.
Marc also serves as Executive Producer and Production Counsel for “Leaves of the Tree,” and also helped create “Junction” with David Zayas (2013). He is the Founding Chairman of the New York State Bar Association Section on Entertainment, Arts & Sports Law and is listed among about 30 top New York entertainment lawyers in Chambers & Partners USA since 2005 – in both music and filmed entertainment - and is listed among the top entertainment lawyers in New York City as a “Super Lawyer” since 2008. Marc is a member of the bar in each of New York, California and Florida. He was also one of the principal drafters of the US Digital Millennium Copyright from 1995-97.