The Businessman Team

Vitaly Kozlov (Writer/Producer)

Vitaly Kozlov is a hands-on writer, producer who believes in understanding every aspect of the filmmaking and film distribution process.

Before moving to the United States in 1987 Vitaly worked in Russia as a special correspondent for “Izvestia”. As a youngest member of the Soviet playwriter’s union together with his father Valentine Kozlov he produced a high grossed “Autorodeo” show and prestigious events for the Kremlin Palace. He started working in the film industry in the end of 80s as a liaison between the major Soviet and Hollywood studios. In the 90s he was one of the biggest buyers and distributors for the Eastern European market.

With over 25 years of working experience in raising money, packaging and distributing films Vitaly understands the specific issues that may arise during any part of the film- making process and makes well informed decisions based on years of experience. He believes no problem exists without a solution and servicing the creative vision for a project. That process is a science of prioritizing and managing resources.

A strong believer in giving back and helping young filmmakers, Vitaly frequently provides mentorship to young up-and-coming film talent.

Denis Nazarov (Executive Producer)

Born and raised in Moscow, Russia, Mr. Nazarov attended and graduated with honors from Moscow State University. He has worked in the field of advertising and marketing since 1997, developing and conducting a wide range of promotional campaigns for local and foreign companies and businesses. In 2001 he decided to focus on e-commerce and internet payment sphere by joining one of the leading international payment service providers – CHRONOPAY B.V. Company headquartered in Amsterdam. As CIS and Europe Marketing Director he was responsible for the company’s business strategy and all key promotion campaigns and activities in selected region.

In 2005 Denis got his PhD degree in Sociology. In 2006 he became marketing director of Russian’s leading publishing house “SPN Publishing” and was in charge of developing Russian’s market for worldwide publishing brands - “The Rolling Stone” magazine and “US Weekly” magazine. Then in 2007 he successfully took his career to the next level and moved towards television and films. His current position - Head of PR and Advertising Department in Television Center “Ostankino” – the biggest Broadcasting Center in Eastern Europe. As an executive producer he currently runs several TV projects on Russian Public Television and produces several high concept feature projects with high production value.

Gary A. Lowe (Producer, Line Producer)

Gary Lowe has over 25 years experience in the entertainment field from Producing Independent Feature Films to General Market Commercials, Episodic TV and Live Action Inter- net programming. Mr. Lowe has worked with such talent as Nick Cage, Kate Hudson, Leo DiCaprio and Tobey Maguire during their early independent film careers.

In his capacity as a feature film Producer and Line Producer he has overseen distant location production domestically from Oregon to New York City, and Internationally from Tahiti to Paris. His Line Producer skills were honed with years of onset experience from 1st AD to UPM and therefore bring the combined experience of overseeing production administration and knowing how “a set” should be run. Mr. Lowe considers his forte to be in distant location logistics, tight budget control, organizing highly skilled “harmonious” crews, stunts and sfx, and coming in under budget and on schedule.

Toby Guidry (Casting Director)

Casting for film and network television, Mr. Guidry has worked with the biggest producers and directors in Hollywood, including Peter Jackson, Steven Spielberg, Robert Zemeckis, Tony Scott and the Farrelly Brothers. He has cast over 20 feature films including The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Flight, The Adventures of Tintin, Mars Needs Moms, From Prada to Nada, Bride Wars, Confessions of a Shopaholic, The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3, The Heartbreak Kid, Employee of the Month and Herbie Fully Loaded.

Mr. Guidry has also cast numerous television shows and pilots, including Once Upon a Time, Mr. & Mrs. Smith, and Southern Comfort for ABC, The Ordained for CBS, Rewind for Syfy, Manchild for Showtime, the Gilmore Girls for the WB, and just wrapped Members Only for ABC/CBS.

Brock Otterbacher (Director)

Mr. Otterbacher is an emerging filmmaker in the independent film world, with vast experience in varying types of projects. Starting in the late 90’s, shooting some of the first web series online, pre-Youtube, to today, working with independent artists on music videos, co-creator of an adventure reality series currently at market. Mr. Otterbacher has over 10 short films to his name as writer/director, in addition to being a working optioned writer, with several full length screenplays. He describes his style as a director as having a strong, classic vision, while remaining highly collaborative, drawing visual inspirations from the likes of Sergio Leone to James Cameron to Brian dePalma, while striving to bring something fresh and fun to audiences.

Danny Reams (Cinematographer)

Mr. Reams is an award winning Editor and Director of Photography in the independent film and commercial world, with vast experience in varying types of projects. Recently working with clients such as Coca-Cola, GAP, and Levi’s he has built a reputation for visual style and engaging storytelling. With several projects at market including co-creator on an adventure reality show and an all ages dark comedy puppet show, as well as a technical documentary series Mr. Ream’s work spans the gamut of genres. His latest feature film edit is a controversial documentary on a soon to be announced subject along with music videos with artists such as Bryce Vine and Karmin