CO-FOUNDER/CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
Before founding Exponential Entertainment, Dave co-founded Screenlife LLC and invented the company’s blockbuster Scene It? line of interactive DVD board games, which sold more than 20 million games in 9 languages across 26 different countries. Dave drove the development of blockbuster Scene It? games from popular entertainment franchises, including Harry Potter, James Bond, Friends, Disney, Marvel Comics, Nickelodeon, HBO and many others. Dave also negotiated license agreements with major Hollywood studios (Warner Bros., Universal and Paramount), major music labels (EMI, Warner and Universal) and major sports leagues (MLB, NFL and NBA). Screenlife was sold to Paramount Pictures in 2008.
Bill’s career spans over 25 years of media production and technology. Prior to founding Exponential Entertainment Bill was CTO at Screenlife, makers of the Scene It? line of DVD games. Bill was instrumental in the early development of Scene It? along with his team at Digital Farm, the digital media services company he founded before merging with Screenlife in 2004. A pioneer in the DVD industry, he served as a director on the board of the international DVD Association until 2007. Bill currently serves on the board of two non-profit foundations.
BOARD & ADVISORS
ED FRIES – BOARD DIRECTOR
Ed created his first video games for the Atari 800 in the early 1980s. He joined Microsoft in 1986, and spent the next ten years as one of the founding developers of both Excel and Word. He left the Office team to pursue his passion for interactive entertainment and created Microsoft Game Studios. Over the next eight years he grew the team from 50 people to over 1200, published more than 100 games including more than a dozen million+ sellers, co-founded the Xbox project, and made Microsoft one of the leaders in the interactive entertainment business. In 2004, Ed retired from his Microsoft Vice President job to continue his work in the video game business as board member, advisor and consultant to a broad range of publishers, independent game developers, and media companies. In 2007 Ed launched his own startup, FigurePrints, an innovative company that uses 3D color printing technology to bring video game characters to life.
MARK DiSALLE – BOARD DIRECTOR
Mark DiSalle is a seasoned entrepreneur who has many years of successful transactional and business leadership experience with privately-held companies in many diverse industries, from the motion picture industry to computer technology. Starting as a public accountant in New York, Mark then became a producer and director of major motion pictures earning over $330 million in revenue on budgets totaling $25 million. His films “Bloodsport” and “Perfect Weapon” launched the careers of both Jean-Claude Van Damme and Jeff Speakman. For the past ten years, Mark has been involved with over a dozen start-up companies. He has successfully turned around bankrupt companies; managed start-up technology companies as a hands-on CEO, chairman or director, where he has helped guide these companies through growth and successful liquidity events.
GAIL DEGIULIO – BOARD ADVISOR
With over 20 years of company management, marketing, business and product development expertise, Gail is a proven brand catalyst. Prior to working with EE, she was CEO and cofounder of SimplyFun LLC, the first direct sales company offering award winning games and learning products. She has served as Senior Vice President of Business Development at the WNBA Seattle Storm, Senior Vice President of Marketing at Classmates Online (acquired by United Online), Vice President of Marketing and Vice President of New Games at Wizards of the Coast (acquired by Hasbro) and held a variety of senior manager roles at Microsoft Corp. and Toshiba America. She is currently a member on the board of directors for the WTIA.
STEVE ARNOLD – BOARD ADVISOR
Steve is co-founder and venture partner at Polaris Venture Partners (founded 1996) which manages over $3.3 billion dollars. Steve has focused on investments in digital media, entertainment, and information technology. Prior to Polaris, Steve served as Vice President of Broadband Media Applications at Microsoft Corporation, President and CEO of Continuum Productions (now Corbis), Vice President and General Manager of LucasArts Games and Learning divisions and as Vice President of the New Media Group at Lucasfilm Ltd. He is co-founder and Vice Chairman of the board of directors of the George Lucas Educational Foundation (GLEF). He serves as a member of or an advisor to the Boards of Impinj and Noetix. Steve also serves on a number of non-profit boards including Educurious Partners (a Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation grantee) and CASEL (The Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning).
CASSANDRA BARBOUR – BOARD ADVISOR
Cassandra is co-founder and CEO of Entertainment Clearances, Inc., one of Hollywood’s leading independent clearance companies, providing intellectual property services to the industry. Prior to establishing EC, Cassandra was VP of Legal Affairs Administration at Sony Pictures Studios for over a decade.
DARYL HANNAH – BOARD ADVISOR
An accomplished actress, Ms. Hannah’s career spans a variety of roles in award winning films including: Blade Runner, Splash, Roxanne, Steel Magnolias, Wall Street, Grumpy Old Men, and Kill Bill Vol.1 and 2. Ms. Hannah is also widely recognized as a passionate advocate for a more ethical sustainable world, and she recently joined the distinguished list of councilors on the World Future Council. Ms. Hannah has co-authored numerous board and online game concepts, and has published, four award winning board games including Love it and Hate it, LIEbrary, Call-it! and Famous Last Lines. She was co-nominated in 2010 for a Toy and Game Inventors of the Year Award (TAGI Award) for Rising Star Inventor of the Year.
PHILIP YIN – BOARD ADVISOR
As Business Anchor for CCTV America based in Washington D.C. Phillip serves as a trusted media source, guiding global viewers understanding of complex economic and political issues facing America and Asia.
Previously Phillip was an Anchor and Reporter for both Bloomberg Television and CNBC Television covering Asia economies and markets. In the investment community, Phillip previously was a Senior Portfolio Advisor at Unifund, a Swiss-based investment company, providing institutional strategy services for their global portfolio of private equity and public assets, as well as Charles Schwab where he built their portfolio management business in Hong Kong. Phillip holds an International MBA from Georgetown University.