We simplify the complexities of media distribution and supply chain, so our customers monetize content and streamline operations.
You Relax. We Deliver.
Premiere has offices in Los Angeles, Stamford, CT and Bangalore, India to service our customers 24/7/365. We follow the sun so business continues around the clock. By forging this new path of innovation in media and distribution using a powerful combination of software, content processing technology and data driven workflows, we’re conquering the most complex media situations and unlocking untapped value for our customers.
With decades of industry experience, we harness our commitment to best-in-class service, expertise in technology and influence in the entertainment industry to help you reach your business and financial objectives.
Founder & President
Erik started in Hollywood in 1997 as an independent filmmaker, focusing on special effects and post-production. It was the start of the digital revolution, and as Erik learned to cut film, he created new post production workflows that were entirely digital. His unique experience in digital workflows led to a three-year stint with iTunes, just as they were expanding into video. While expanding the iTunes video store globally, Erik managed all major media formats and authored many of the procedures and specification now considered industry-standard. He founded Premiere to bring large-scale, economical distribution solutions to the marketplace that benefit the entire industry, including the major Studios, individual filmmakers as well as global and local video platforms. Premiere Digital’s growth has skyrocketed ever since, with Premiere playing a pivotal role in every major advancement in entertainment distribution technology to become a dominant industry provider.
A native of Colorado, Geoff Bloder has been a prominent figure in the Hollywood post-production community for the last 20 years. Experienced in all technical aspects of post-production, his primary focus since 2005 has been file-based distribution and workflows. With expertise in all business models across the Mobile, Broadcast and OTT industries, Geoff has been instrumental in creating entertainment’s “Digital Supply Chain.” Prior to joining Premiere Digital in 2015, Geoff served as Director of Media and Audio Services at 20th Century Fox, where he built and ran the technical operations teams at Fox Media Services. He also spent several years at both boutique and large-scale post-production facilities. He joined Premiere Digital as VP Technology and rose to Chief Technology officer in 2019, focusing on aligning the company’s technological capabilities with its goal of helping customers monetize content through simplified operations.
Head of Growth
Throughout her career, Michele has served in leadership roles with top entertainment companies at the forefront of digital distribution & entertainment. Before joining Premiere Digital, she served as EVP of Marketing and Content Strategy at Vubiquity, where she oversaw global execution of cross-departmental marketing, corporate communications and creative strategy, as well as the management and merchandising of premium content. Prior to that, she was Worldwide VP at Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, where she oversaw a variety of departments, including Direct-to-Consumer Marketing, Digital Distribution Marketing, Programming and Acquisitions. Her work includes dynamic Sales and Marketing Campaigns for some of the world’s biggest studios, including ESPN, Disney and MTV Networks, as well as cross-industry initiatives to promote the growth of emerging digital formats. In October of 2019, Michele joined Premiere Digital to focus on the company’s mission of helping its customers monetize content and streamline operations, as well as on its vision of positioning itself for the ongoing future of digital distribution.
SVP, Growth and Development
For over 20 years, Jeff has served in a variety of Business Development and Business Affairs roles in global entertainment distribution, both in the U.S. and Europe. He began his career in Script Development at the William Morris Talent Agency, and then moved to take a Business Development role at Eyeworks, Warner Bros.’ international television production company. He quickly rose to become Managing Director, leading a global team and overseeing Branding, Marketing, IP, Rights and Distribution in the company’s 16 international territories. He then moved to Eyeworks’ US division, 3 Ball, as Chief Business Officer and Board Member, managing all new business opportunities and media collaborations. He joined Premiere Digital in 2018 to oversee business development and sales, working with Movie and TV rightsholders and the world’s biggest digital platforms to provide best-in-class services in the management, delivery, aggregation and monetization of content.
VP of Growth, EMEA
Abigail Hughes is a well-respected global supply chain and operations expert with significant experience at top entertainment companies,working with Sales teams and customers to optimize end-to-end content distribution. Her career includes BBC Studios, Sony Pictures Entertainment and Endemol Shine. In this newly-created position, she will lead Premiere Digital’s global expansion in Europe, working from Cambridge, England, one of the world’s most important technology centers. Abigail spent most of her career at BBC Studios, where she led the company’s digital supply chain transformation as SVP of Global Sales Operations. She also oversaw distribution for Sony Pictures Entertainment as VP, Sales Planning and Operations for EMEA and at Sony DADC New Media Solutions led the establishment of a partnership with Adstream to support theatrical marketing asset management and music promo delivery. In addition, Abigail led Global Technical operations and the implementation of Rights Management capabilities at Endemol Shine. Most recently Abigail has worked as a Consultant at renowned Cambridge software development company Redgate.
Mark started his career in investment banking at Lehman Brothers, focusing on the telecommunications and media industries. In early 1999, he joined Dutch telecom operator Versatel, where, as CFO, he was instrumental in growing the business significantly and taking it public, ultimately resulting in its billion dollar acquisition in 2005. He also served as CFO of Amsterdam-based Eyeworks Group, helping grow it into one of the world’s largest international independent TV and film production companies, leading to its sale to Warner Bros. in 2014. He joined Premiere Digital in 2014 as CFO and rose to CEO in October of 2018.
VP of Product Development
Carrie is the quintessential Premiere Digital success story. She joined as the 7th employee of the company in 2009, working in Quality Control on video assets. Since then, she has served in virtually every department, establishing positive relationships internally as well as with studio and retail partners. She helped expand the global footprint of the company by helping launch the office in Bangalore, setting up the facilities, workflow and teams to begin operations. She also developed a product support infrastructure for all software used at Premiere Digital. In 2014, she began working in software development, eventually taking ownership of the company’s flagship SaaS solution, STOREFRONT.
Steve joined Premiere Digital in 2013, bringing 17 years of experience in technology, software development, finance and management from 20th Century Fox. While at Fox, he led the team that developed and implemented Fox’s industry-leading digital media supply chain system, which included asset and metadata management, content processing and distribution and media storage. Working with Fox colleagues from numerous departments and divisions, Fox drove the adoption of file-based delivery of content by the global broadcast industry, saving over $100M for Fox and resulting in valuable ongoing improvements in entertainment supply chain management. Since he joined Premiere Digital in 2013, Steve has worked collaboratively with all departments to establish the company as a leader in digital product lifecycle and storefront management, including the advanced use of data analytics.
VP of Software Development
Samy ‘Puga’ Pugazhendhi recently joined Premiere Digital as VP of Software Development. He comes to us with more than 20 years of product & technology experience, most recently serving as AVP, Technology and location leader at Digital River building a SaaS platform from concept-to-completion and operationalizing for Global Fulfillment. His experience is focused on building software products for scale, such as connecting commerce channels in multiple geographies with a global supply chain, to enable physical and digital distribution. Prior to Digital River, Puga was the Database Architect at Channelwave Software in Boston where his focus on database security and scalability was a driving factor for this start-ups acquisition by Digital River, where Puga spent the next 14 years of his impressive career.
AJ has worked for the past 20 years in the telecommunications, media and technology industries. He started his career in investor relations, then moved to a corporate finance role at telecom company Versatel in the Netherlands. Following Versatel’s billion-dollar sale[KB1] to a competitor, he served as Executive Director of Mergers & Acquisitions at Eyeworks Group, an Amsterdam-based international television production company. Appointed to drive global expansion, he completed more than 15 acquisitions during his 5-year tenure there. He joined Premiere Digital in 2014 as part of the investor consortium and shortly thereafter took on the role of COO focusing on the core operations including the expansion of its Bangalore facility growing Premieres reputation as truly global 24/7 media service provider.