James Lejsek

Location Los Angeles

Film Producer

Film Producer
9 Projects

Work History

SVP of Business Strategy and Finance
Kodiak Pictures
Apr 2018 - Present
Greater Los Angeles Area
L Media Strategy
Jan 2017 - Present
Consultant for independent producers and media financiers.
VP of Business Affairs
Prescience Film Finance
Jun 2014 - Dec 2016
Greater Los Angeles Area
• Lead executive in the Los Angeles office of a British based media finance company, overseeing dealmaking on US originated projects and supervising US productions as well as general relationship management for all of North America. • Oversee traditional senior debt deals in conjunction with our UK Commercial Director, in house UK legal and US external counsel. Provide guidance on mezzanine debt deals to ensure the lowest risk exposure and maximum upside. Additional support on projects financed under EIS structures and other types of co-production treaties. • Sourced projects for bridge financing and conducted extensive due diligence from a financial and production perspective to ensure timely funding, appropriate repayment and if needed effectively take control of the project to allow for a completed picture through either re-financing or monetization of the film. • Outreach to emerging markets (in particular UK co-production countries such as Australia, China, India, etc) and emerging technologies (virtual reality, OTT distributors, crowdfunding, etc).
VP of Operations and Finance
Benaroya Pictures
May 2012 - May 2014
• Manage and coordinate all facets of the company and project specific infrastructure including the acquisition and development of material, talent and crew deals, film completion guarantees, etc. • Oversaw accounting and cashflow management at the corporate level. Individual project cashflow oversight included the oversight of ledger bibles, cost reports, currency exchange and audits. • Production budget review and financial close budget lock responsibilities, • Corporate support on production insurance claims, vendor disputes and resolutions. • Tax incentives research and management in conjunction with production accounting and 3rd party tax incentive handlers. • Heavy involvement in the negotiation and completion of an array of different distribution deals both international and domestic including theatrical, day and date VOD releases with such companies as Sony Pictures Classics, CBS Films, Lionsgate, and others. • Work on problem solving in all phases of production, from pre-production to delivery for a number of films including Margin Call, Lawless, The Words, Kill Your Darlings, etc. • In conjunction with our team at Loeb & Loeb strategize and supervise all borrowing and lending activity • Participate in the consultation or approval over the marketing strategy, promotional campaign, trailer, market research and testing, and all creative materials including TV, Radio, Print, Digital & Social Media. • Work closely with our PR agencies in overseeing publicity campaigns and special events surrounding the festival launch of our movies at Sundance and Cannes. • Provide additional support to our foreign sales companies and international distributors for their territory specific needs including access to domestic marketing material, international screenings and festival submission. • Maintain close relationships with talent agencies, foreign sales companies, PR agencies, production companies along with foreign and domestic distributors.
Director of Operations
Benaroya Pictures
Aug 2010 - Apr 2012
Beverly Hills
• General company and project specific responsibilities. Support the CEO in dealmaking, production, borrowing, film distribution, accounting and cashflow management.
Assistant to Chris Henze
Thruline Entertainment
Aug 2008 - Jul 2010
• Developed relationships with high level executives at major talent agencies, management companies, TV networks and studios while providing general support to Chris and his clients. Coordinated production activities for PSYCH with emphasis on casting, production design, post production, and marketing.
Paradigm Talent Agency
Aug 2006 - Jul 2008
• Worked in all areas of the agency including film, television, new media, music and independent film finance. Additional duties within the Independent Film Finance Department included project review and evaluation.


University of Southern California
2001 - 2005
High School Diploma
Bellarmine College Preparatory
1997 - 2001