IMAX Corporation is an entertainment technology company, specializing in motion-picture technologies and large-format motion-picture presentations. Leading the way in immersive theatre experiences since 1968, a culture of innovation is at the very core of IMAX. From the introduction of stadium seating, to developing the highest-resolution camera in the world, to our laser projection technology and our partnerships with the world’s best filmmakers, there is no one like IMAX. We have more than 1,500 IMAX theatres in more than 80 countries and territories around the globe. We can be found in destination entertainment centers and multiplexes as well as some of the most prestigious educational institutions worldwide. To exceed the needs of our filmmaking partners, our exhibitors and our fans, IMAX is determined to continue pushing movie technology forward. IMAX Corporation is a publicly traded company listed on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: IMAX).
Richard (Rich) Gelfond is chief executive officer of IMAX Corporation, one of the world's leading entertainment technology companies. Under his leadership, IMAX has evolved from a niche purveyor of nature and science documentaries to a Hollywood movie force — both as high-tech exhibitor and a creative partner in the movie-making process.
IMAX has more than 1,215 theatres in 75 countries (including more than 264 theatres in Greater China). IMAX presented some of 2016’s top movies including Deadpool, Captain America: Civil War and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. In 2017, IMAX is expecting a blockbuster year from tent poles films including The Fate of the Furious, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Transformers: The Last Knight and Dunkirk.
Under Gelfond’s leadership, IMAX entered China more than 15 years ago just as the nation’s entertainment, film and exhibition industry was developing. Growing as it did alongside the industry, IMAX has become a key part of the nation’s movie-going culture. Today, China is IMAX’s second-largest and fastest-growing market and is embraced by audiences across the country as the best and most immersive way to see a film.
Gelfond, one of entertainment’s longest-tenured executives, joined IMAX in 1994 as co-chairman after his firm, Cheviot Capital Advisors, bought the company. Gelfond previously served as an investment banker in mergers and acquisitions with Drexel Burnham Lambert.
Gelfond holds a BA from Stony Brook University and a law degree from Northwestern University.
Gelfond is a member of the Motion Picture Academy of Arts & Science. In 1996, Gelfond and investment partner Brad Wechsler received an Academy Award on behalf of IMAX for Scientific and Technical Achievement.
Jacki Bassani joined the Company in November 2019 as Chief People Officer and Executive Vice President, IMAX Corp. Previously Ms. Bassani served as Managing Director and Head of North America for the Talent & Rewards business at Willis Towers Watson, a global risk management and HR consulting firm where she helped manage and grow the company’s teams, oversaw employee experience, and provided senior-level consulting for the company’s clients.
Megan Colligan joined the Company in February 2019 as President, IMAX Entertainment and Executive Vice President, IMAX Corporation. Prior to joining the Company, Ms. Colligan served in executive roles at Paramount Pictures from 2006-2017, most recently as Worldwide President of Marketing and Distribution. She spearheaded the marketing and distribution efforts for many of Paramount's most successful franchise properties and oversaw Paramount's Home Entertainment division, a $1 billion dollar annual business for the studio.
A member of AMPAS, Colligan was also the winner of the 2013 Sherry Lansing Award from Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Greater Los Angeles. She has served on the organization's Board since receiving the honor. She chairs the marketing committee and serves on the executive committee and fund development committee. She graduated from Harvard University with a B.A. in American history and African American studies.
Pablo Calamera joined the Company in March 2020 as Chief Technology Officer and Executive Vice President, IMAX Corp. Previously, Mr. Calamera served as CTO of JW Player, the world’s largest network-independent video platform, where he led engineering teams and was responsible for managing market-leading innovations for JW Player’s business globally. Before joining JW Player, Calamera held roles as CTO of Vonage, CTO of ClearChannel where he was responsible for all of iHeartRadio’s technology initiatives, and CTO of Thumbplay, a cloud-based music streaming company that was acquired by ClearChannel in 2011. Prior to Thumbplay, he held senior technology leadership and engineering positions at Apple, where he served as Director of Engineering, as well as Microsoft, WebTV, Danger and AT&T Labs.
Craig Dehmel joined the Company in September 2016 as Executive Vice President/Head of Global Distribution, IMAX Entertainment. Mr. Dehmel manages the global theatrical release planning and execution of Hollywood, local, documentary, and special content releases to IMAX screens worldwide. Prior to joining the Company, he managed the theatrical release planning and execution of all 20th Century Fox-distributed titles in over 100 countries, worldwide, during his sixteen-year career with Fox.
A member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, Mr. Dehmel has been a guest lecturer at the Anderson School of Business (UCLA) for the past 15 years, teaching a seminar on the fundamentals of the worldwide theatrical business. He is also a regular guest speaker at the Annenberg School of Communications and Peter Stark Producing Program, both at USC.
Mr. Dehmel is a Philadelphia, PA native with a B.A. in History from Colgate University and an MBA in Entertainment Management and Strategy from the Anderson School at UCLA.
Giovanni Dolci joined the Company in October 2012 as Vice President, Theatre Development and was appointed Chief Sales Officer in April 2021. Previous to that, Mr. Dolci held the position of Head of Global Sales since January 2020. Mr. Dolci also held the position of Vice President, Theatre Development and Managing Director, Europe and Africa beginning in January 2017 and became Senior Vice President in March 2018. Prior to joining the Company, he was Director of Business Development and Commercial Operations at Arts Alliance Media. Before his time at Arts Alliance Media, Mr. Dolci worked in film financing focusing on several projects in New Zealand, Italy and the UK. Mr. Dolci also serves on the Board of Directors of IMAX Theatres International Limited, a wholly-owned subsidiary of IMAX Corporation. Mr. Dolci has a degree in Economics and Management from Bocconi University in Milan and an MSc in Management from Cass Business School in London. He is a former Junior Fellow of the Aspen Institute, Italy.
Brett Harriss joined the Company in April 2020 as Senior Vice President of Investor Relations, IMAX Corp. Previously, Mr. Harriss served as Director of Research for Gabelli’s sell-side research department, while also acting as Portfolio Manager of the Gabelli Global Content & Connectivity Fund, a $100 million AUM technology, media and telecom focused public mutual fund. Mr. Harriss also spent more than a decade covering the media and entertainment industry, including eight years covering IMAX, at GAMCO Investors. He graduated from Columbia University with a B.A. in Economics and received his MBA from Columbia University as well.
Mark Jafar joined the Company in June 2019 as Global Head of Corporate Communications, IMAX Corp. In this role Mr. Jafar oversees all communications and media relations for the Company, working across the company’s business and entertainment divisions. He also supports domestic and global efforts to communicate IMAX’s brand narrative, strategic partnerships, and more. Previously Mr. Jafar served as Vice President, Corporate Communications, at BuzzFeed where he led corporate communications and entertainment publicity for the company’s executives and across its numerous brands, technology and content arms, marketing functions and more. From 2006-2017, he held several communications leadership roles at Viacom including Senior Vice President, Corporate Communications and Public Affairs at MTV. Mr. Jafar began his career at Robinson Lerer & Montgomery.
Robert Lister joined the Company in May 1999 as Senior Vice President, Legal Affairs and General Counsel, and currently serves as Chief Legal Officer and Senior Executive Vice President of IMAX Corporation. Mr. Lister has held numerous positions at the Company, including Chief Legal Officer and Chief Business Development Officer, Senior Executive Vice President and General Counsel and Executive Vice President, Business & Legal Affairs, Corporate Communications and General Counsel. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Lister was Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of Clearview Cinemas, a film exhibitor, from March 1998 until his employment with the Company. From 1996 to 1998, Mr. Lister served as Associate General Counsel of Merit Behavioral Care Corporation, a behavioral healthcare company. Mr. Lister serves on the Board of Directors of TCL-IMAX Entertainment Co., Ltd., a joint venture of TCL Corporation and the Company, and until March 2016, served as its Chairman. Mr. Lister is a member of the New York State Bar Association.
Bruce Markoe joined the Company in July 2015 as Senior Vice President of Post Production/Operations and DMR. Mr. Markoe works closely with filmmakers to utilize IMAX cameras and new technologies to best optimize and produce their movies for the immersive IMAX theatrical and home formats. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Markoe ran Post Production at Marvel Studios, Overture Films, Revolution Studios, MGM Studios, George Lucas’ Skywalker Sound South and JHD Sound.
Mr. Markoe is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in the Sound Branch. He has been a featured speaker and mentor over the years at post production industry and educational events.
Joseph Sparacio rejoined the company as Interim Chief Financial Officer in 2021 after previously serving the same role for nearly a decade at IMAX. Most recently, he served as Chief Financial Officer of Entertainment One.
Edwin Tan joined IMAX in December 2019 as Chief Executive Officer of IMAX China. Mr. Tan assumes all oversight and executive responsibilities for IMAX China with the mission of driving the company’s record box-office and strong theatre network growth in its second largest market.
Mr. Tan was previously the Chief Executive Officer of the China operations of Messe Muenchen, a leading exhibitions company. Prior to joining Messe Muenchen, Mr. Tan served as President of Wanda Studios Qingdao where he helped develop the model for its movie and content business in its early stages. From 2007 to 2016, Mr. Tan held numerous positions at the Reed Exhibitions Greater China including Chief Operating Officer. Before his time at Reed Exhibitions, he also led the successful global expansion of manufacturer SNP Corporation.
Born in Singapore, Mr. Tan has been based in China since 2009. He received his MBA from The University of Hull and his Bachelor of Economics from Murdoch University.
Denny Tu was appointed Chief Marketing Officer in February 2019. He joined the Company in August 2017 as Executive Vice President, Global Brand & Creative and SVP, IMAX Corporation. He leads the Company's marketing efforts and is responsible for the IMAX brand across 80 countries globally.
Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Tu spent six years in London as Head of Strategy, Brand & Creative at Sky, Europe's leading entertainment media company, and held senior leadership roles at several brand and creative agencies, including serving as Managing Director/Senior Vice President at entertainment branding agency Autonomy.
In June 2016, Mr. Tu was recognized in the Financial Times inaugural "100 Leading Ethnic Minorities Power List" and in October 2016 was published for the 3rd year by the Financial Times for his work in Diversity and Inclusion. A dual UK and US citizen, he serves on the Board of Trustees for global anti-bullying charity, Ditch The Label.
Mark Welton joined the Company in July 1997 as Director, Business Affairs and was appointed President, IMAX Theatres in October 2011. Previous to that, Mr. Welton held the position of Executive Vice President, Corporate and Digital Development & Theatre Operation since April 2007. Mr. Welton has held various other positions within the Company including: Senior Vice President, Business Affairs; Senior Vice President, Theatre Operations; and Executive Vice President, Theatre Operations & General Manager, Digital. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Welton was an associate lawyer at the law firm Stikeman, Elliot LLP from 1994 until his employment with the Company. Prior to that, Mr. Welton was an associate accountant at Ernst & Young. Mr. Welton is a member of the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants.
Darren Throop has been a director of the Company since June 2015. Mr. Throop has been President and CEO of Entertainment One Ltd., a leading international entertainment company that specializes in the acquisition, production and distribution of film and television content, since July 2003. From 1999 to 2003, Mr. Throop was Chief Executive Officer, Records on Wheels Group Partner. Previously, Mr. Throop was the owner of Urban Sound Exchange between 1991 and 1999. Mr. Throop has over 20 years of executive management experience in the entertainment industry. Mr. Throop serves on the Board of Directors of the Entertainment One Ltd. He is a member of the International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. Mr. Throop is a member of the Company’s Compensation Committee. Mr. Throop’s experience in the growth of an entrepreneurial and international entertainment company which is engaged in film distribution, television and music production, programming, merchandising and licensing further strengthens the Board’s expertise in these areas.
Richard Gelfond has been sole Chief Executive Officer of the Company since April 2009 and has been a director since March 1994. Mr. Gelfond served as Co-Chairman of the Company with Mr. Wechsler from June 1999 to March 2009 and served as Co-Chief Executive Officer with Mr. Wechsler from May 1996 to March 2009. From March 1994 to June 1999, Mr. Gelfond served as Vice Chairman of the Company. Mr. Gelfond has also been the Chairman and Non-Executive Director of the Company’s subsidiary, IMAX China Holding, Inc., since May 27, 2015, and has been a director of IMAX China Holding, Inc. since 2010. Mr. Gelfond serves as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Stony Brook Foundation, Inc., which is affiliated with Stony Brook University. He is also a member of the Motion Picture Academy of Arts & Sciences. Mr. Gelfond serves on the International Advisory Board of the Turkana Basin Institute, a non-profit initiative focusing on field research in the Lake Turkana Basin of Kenya. Mr. Gelfond served as the Chairman of the Columbia Shuttle Memorial Trust Steering Committee, which was established in co-operation with NASA to support the families of the seven crew members of the STS-107 mission of the Space Shuttle Columbia, which came to a tragic end on February 1, 2003.
Mr. Gelfond’s long service as Chief Executive Officer of the Company (formerly Co-Chief Executive Officer), as well as his marketing, financial, legal and capital markets expertise, combined with his extensive knowledge of the business, operations and domestic and international markets of the Company and his relationships with studios, exhibitors and senior management with the Company, are valuable assets to the Board.
Eric Demirian has been a director of the Company since September 2010. Mr. Demirian has been President of Parklea Capital Inc., a boutique financial advisory and strategy firm since 2003, and is President of Demicap Inc., a private investment firm. Prior to Mr. Demirian’s position at Parklea Capital he held the position of Executive Vice President of Group Telecom, Inc. from 2000 to 2003. Mr. Demirian’s previous positions include, partner and head of Information and Communication Practice at PricewaterhouseCoopers (1983-2000) and Internal Auditor at the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (1980-1983). Mr. Demirian serves as non-executive Chair of the Board of Directors of Descartes Systems Group. He also serves on the boards of Enghouse Systems Ltd. and Redline Communications Inc. Mr. Demirian is a former director and Chair of the Audit Committee of Leisure Canada Inc. (2010–2011), Menu Foods Income Fund (2005-2010) and Keystone North America Inc. (2007–2010). Mr. Demirian has also served as a member of the Advisory Council for the School of Accounting & Finance at Ted Rogers School of Management at Ryerson University, advisor to the Accounting Standards Board of CPA (Canada) and as Director and Treasurer for the Parkinson Foundation of Canada. He is a Chartered Professional Accountant, a Chartered Accountant and a Certified General Accountant. Mr. Demirian serves as Chairman of the Audit Committee of the Company. Mr. Demirian’s accounting experience combined with his substantial business and transaction experience make him well suited to assist the Board in its assessment of financial and accounting matters. With his strong financial background, Mr. Demirian meets the SEC definition of an Audit Committee financial expert.
Kevin Douglas has been a Director of the Company since October 2016. Mr. Douglas has been the Chairman and Founder of Douglas Telecommunications, a family investment office through which Mr. Douglas manages the Douglas family investment portfolio since 1995. Prior to Douglas Telecommunications, he was Chairman of the Board at Rural Cellular Management Corporation. Mr. Douglas has served on the board of KSR International Co. since 1985 and was formerly on the board of Stamps.com from 2003 to 2009. Mr. Douglas is IMAX Corporation’s largest individual investor and has been a shareholder since 2007. In 2014, the Company partnered with Mr. Douglas and his spouse, Michelle Douglas, to donate an IMAX® theatre to the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts. The Michelle and Kevin Douglas IMAX Theatre and Immersive Media Lab serves as a research and teaching facility for students to learn IMAX filmmaking as well as other immersive entertainment experiences. Mr. Douglas is a member of the Company’s Compensation Committee. Mr. Douglas’ long association with the Company has given him a broad understanding of the Company’s business, its products and the markets in which it operates. Mr. Douglas’ investment and business experience with technology and other companies, together with his expertise in identifying new opportunities for investment and growth, are valuable resources for the IMAX board.
David Leebron has been a director of the Company since September 2003. Mr. Leebron has been the President of Rice University since July 2004. Prior to July 2004, Mr. Leebron held the position of Dean at Columbia University School of Law since 1996 and Professor of Law since 1989. Mr. Leebron is on the Council on Foreign Relations, the board of the Greater Houston Partnership, and served as Chair of the Association of American Universities (AAU) from 2016 to 2017. Mr. Leebron serves as Lead Independent Director and Chairman of the Governance Committee of the Company, and is also a member of the Company’s Audit Committee. Mr. Leebron brings his broad legal experience, leadership and management skills as President of Rice University and former Dean of Columbia Law School to the Board which makes him well suited to assess legal risks and other challenges faced by the Company, as well as to apply his experience to governance issues faced by the Company and the Board.
Michael MacMillan has been a director of the Company since June 2013. Mr. MacMillan is Chief Executive Officer of Blue Ant Media, a Canadian media company which he co-founded in 2011. Blue Ant is a producer, distributor and broadcaster with active operations in Toronto, Los Angeles, Auckland, London and elsewhere internationally.
Mr. MacMillan was Chairman and/or CEO of Alliance Atlantis Communications from 1998 to 2007. Mr. MacMillan co-founded Atlantis Films Limited in 1978 which acquired Alliance Communications in a reverse takeover in 1998 and the company subsequently became Alliance Atlantis Communications. Mr. MacMillan retired from Alliance Atlantis in 2007 after selling the company to Canwest Communications and Goldman Sachs. In 2007, he co-founded Samara, a think tank that works to strengthen political engagement in Canada through innovative research and educational programs, and serves as Chair. Mr. MacMillan is co-founder and co-owner of Closson Chase, a vineyard and winery in Prince Edward County, Ontario, Canada. A member of the Order of Canada, Mr. MacMillan has volunteered with numerous community and industry organizations over many years, and is currently involved with Open Roof Films, Human Rights Watch, and Civix, amongst other organizations. Mr. MacMillan is a member of the Company’s Governance Committee. Mr. MacMillan’s extensive experience in the entertainment industry as well as his ownership interests in various private companies and involvement with charitable organizations gives him a broad expertise, in film and television production, digital publishing and other media, thus bringing additional expertise to the Board in these areas.
Dana Settle has been a director of the Company since July 2015. Ms. Settle has been a Partner and Co-Founder of Greycroft Partners, a venture capital fund based in New York City and Los Angeles focused on investments in the internet and mobile markets since March 2006. Throughout her career, Ms. Settle has played a key role in the success of many technology startups. Prior to Greycroft, where she heads the firm’s West Coast arm in Los Angeles, Ms. Settle spent several years as a venture capitalist and adviser to startup companies in the Bay Area. Ms. Settle currently serves on the boards of Greycroft’s investments in AppAnnie, EBTH.com, Thrive Market, Steelhouse, TheRealReal, Clique Media Group, RocketJump and WideOrbit. She also managed the firm’s investments in Maker Studios (sold to Disney), Trunk Club (sold to JWN), Viddy (sold to FullScreen), AwesomenessTV (sold to Dreamworks), Digisynd (sold to Disney), ContentNext (sold to Guardian Media), Pulse (sold to LinkedIn) and Sometrics (sold to American Express). Ms. Settle’s additional experience includes business development at Truveo (AOL), investment banking at Lehman Brothers and international business development at McCaw Cellular Communications (AT&T). Ms. Settle is a member of the Company’s Governance Committee. Ms. Settle’s extensive experience in the private equity markets, as well as her Board positions and ownership interests in various digital and other start-up companies, gives her a broad expertise in emerging technology and media markets which is beneficial to the Board as it examines new opportunities. Ms. Settle also has experience in business development and investment banking which is relevant to the Board’s oversight of its financial matters.
Kenneth Weissman joined the Company in October 2011 as Vice President, Legal Affairs, and has held the position of Senior Vice President, Legal Affairs since 2015. In January 2018, Mr. Weissman was appointed Corporate Secretary, and was also appointed by the Company’s Audit Committee as Chief Compliance Officer, responsible for oversight of the Company’s Whistle Blower Program. Before joining the Company, Mr. Weissman was Senior Corporate Counsel at Sony Corporation of America, where he held various positions from 2004 through 2011. Prior to that, Mr. Weissman was an associate lawyer at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom in New York and Testa, Hurwitz & Thibeault in Boston, and served as a law clerk to the Hon. Judith S. Kaye, Chief Judge of the State of New York. Mr. Weissman is Corporate Secretary to the Board of Directors of TCL-IMAX Entertainment Co., Ltd., a joint venture of TCL Corporation and the Company. Mr. Weissman is a member of the American Bar Association and the Association of Corporate Counsel.
Steve Pamon joined the Board in 2021. He most recently served as the President and Chief Operating Officer of Beyoncé's management and production company, Parkwood Entertainment, where he was the architect of the wildly successful 'On the Run' tour and was awarded both a Grammy Award for "Homecoming" and a Peabody Award for the visual album "Lemonade" as Executive Producer. Prior to Parkwood Entertainment, Steve held executive positions at JPMorgan Chase & Co., the NFL and HBO, and has been widely recognized for his success managing high-performance brands across film, music, event production and more.
Pamon also sits on the board of World Wresting Entertainment ("WWE"), the board of New York Road Runners – a non-profit organization that produces more than 100 sports events each year including the famed New York City Marathon – and is a founding advisory board member for the "Launch with GS" fund, Goldman Sachs' $500 million dollar investment fund that aims to increase access to capital and connections for diverse entrepreneurs.
IMAX Corporation is one of the world's leading entertainment technology companies, specializing in immersive motion picture technologies. The worldwide IMAX® theatre network is among the most important and successful theatrical distribution platforms for major event Hollywood films around the globe, with IMAX theatres delivering the world's best cinematic presentations using proprietary IMAX, IMAX® 3D, and IMAX DMR® technology. READ MORE