Team

At Ambi Distribution we believe that every member of the team contributes to the success of our business through his or her own uniqueness, creativity and passions for the film industry.


Andrea Iervolino

Andrea Iervolino

President & CEO

Andrea Iervolino, who has been a producer since the age of 16, has produced, financed and distributed over 40 films. A partner and founder of a number different production companies, he is currently, the youngest and most highly regarded Italian entrepreneurs in the world of film-making.

With his Italian-Canadian origins (his mother is Canadian, his father Italian), after also having worked on different productions and co-productions with some of the country’s major film-makers and having shot no fewer than 8 films in 2011, in October of that same year he founded his own distribution company, Iervolino Entertainment S.p.A, which is now a part of the AMBI PICTURES Group, whose partners are Andrea Iervolino and Monika Bacardi.

Andrea Iervolino has never left out his innate passion for films on powerful social issues and in this regard he is also president of the FCAI, an association that is committed to taking exposé and social commentary films into schools, something made possible thanks to the Cineschoolday initiative, for which Italian Life Senator Giulio Andreotti was a spokesperson in 2011-2012.

His production and distribution companies are currently on a strong upward roll, producing and putting together many of those films that will be screened in forthcoming movie and television seasons.

In just a short space of time Andrea Iervolino, the film producer, has succeeded in becoming one of the youngest and most highly regarded entrepreneurs in the world of entertainment.
Iervolino’s latest ventures include “Italian Style Thriller”, which comprises three feature-length films in 3D and a series consisting of eight episodes that will have as their common denominator a genre that in the seventies led to Italy becoming a worldwide point of reference, namely Horror.

It is through this project that some young Italian directors have had the opportunity to once again bring this genre of movie, which had all but disappeared, back to life in Italy, creating them using present-day directing techniques with a view to venturing once again on the international scene.

Andrea Iervolino, along with Monika Bacardi, is also a partner in AMBI PICTURES, an investment company who task is to provide financial backing for medium to high-budget international films featuring Hollywood names.

Monika Bacardi

Monika Bacardi

Founder

Monika Gomez del Campo Bacardi, Lady of Bayfield Hall, better known as Monika Bacardi is a successful entrepreneur, who is also very active in various philanthropic organizations and charities. Her late husband was Luis Adalberto Facundo Gomez del Campo Bacardi, Lord of Bayfield Hall – a descendant of the founder of the Bacardi company, that to this day is the largest privately held spirits company in the world.

Monika Bacardi is Italian, she is fluent in five languages and has been living in Monaco for the last twenty years. She is passionate about modern art and photography, but is especially passionate about film. She has now successfully turned her passion into an active and fruitful partnership with producer Andrea Iervolino and co-founded the AMBI Pictures group. Lady Monika Bacardi is strongly convinced that cinema can help change the world and believes in the power of universal stories making a difference.

Julie Sultan
Julie SultanPresident of Distribution & COO
Julie Sultan

Julie Sultan

President of Distribution & COO

A 20-year entertainment industry veteran, Julie has extensive knowledge in the film and television marketplace, including worldwide sales and distribution, bank financing, production, and marketing.

Julie was previously President of International Sales for Peace Arch Entertainment Group, where she worked with SONY and SHOWTIME on the acclaimed series THE TUDORS and was responsible for licensing a 400+ library of films overseas.

Prior to joining Peace Arch Julie was Senior Vice President of Lakeshore Entertainment Group, where she launched a number of $100M+ grossing films, including the UNDERWORLD Franchise and four time Academy Award winner MILLION DOLLAR BABY.

Prior to Lakeshore Julie held senior positions at NBC and Playboy Entertainment Group. Julie began her career in entertainment at a French production company after graduating from State University of New York. She holds a B.A. in Communications and is a Member of the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Julie lives in Los Angeles with her husband and their daughter Lola.

Larry Greenberg
Larry GreenbergDistribution Consultant
Larry Greenberg

Larry Greenberg

Distribution Consultant

Bio to go here.

Martin Devis
Martin DevisVice President of International Distribution
Martin Devis

Martin Devis

Vice President of International Distribution

Martin Devis joins AMBI DISTRIBUTION from TELEPOOL GmbH, one of the largest film and TV distribution companies in Germany, where he worked as an acquisition and sales executive. Among his acquisitions are high budget American titles like OLYMPUS HAS FALLEN and GHOST RIDER: SPIRIT OF VENGEANCE, as well as the French success INTOUCHABLES and he generated a sales volume of more than 3 Million Euros.

Mr. Devis has been in the international film distribution business for nearly 10 years, having worked in Madrid, Munich and now Los Angeles. He is fluent in four languages, brings with him a wealth of experience and relationships and has already successfully closed a number of multi-territory deals for AMBI DISTRIBUTION.

J.J. Nugent
J.J. NugentManager, International Sales
J.J. Nugent

J.J. Nugent

Manager, International Sales

Most recently, JJ was with Independent Production and International Sales company Voltage Pictures, where he served as the Executive Assistant to Oscar Winning Producer Nicolas Chartier. Previously, he was an Associate Producer at A Big Trailer where he oversaw day-to-day operations on all international sales and delivery trailers, which included projects such as three-time Academy Award winner DALLAS BUYERS CLUB, THE COMPANY YOU KEEP and CHARLIE COUNTRYMEN.

Lilla Soria
Lilla SoriaDirector, Festivals and Publicity
Lilla Soria

Lilla Soria

Director, Festivals and Publicity

Lilla Soria is the Director of Publicity and Festivals for Ambi Media Group.
Born and raised in Hungary, Lilla earned a number of degrees including Bachelor in Economic Sciences from the International Business School of the University of Vienna and a Master in European Studies from the Széchenyi István University of Győr.

From 2011 -2014 Lilla worked at the Hungarian Investment & Trade Agency in Budapest, where she was the Trade Development Lead Advisor responsible for creative sectors such as game development, multimedia and the film industry. In this capacity Lilla has produced several sales related events, exhibitions and B2B meetings for Hungarian enterprises in different locations, including Los Angeles, San Francisco, Munich and Baku.
She has led the Hungarian participation of several film festivals, such as Cannes, Berlin, Venice and Karlovy Vary. While at the main office in Budapest, she was responsible for facilitating contacts with city, state and country officials as well as artists and producer.

In April 2015 Lilla joined Ambi Media Group in their Los Angeles offices. She has successfully brought the company’s films to festivals including Venice, Deauville, Toronto, Mill Valley and more. In December 2016, Lilla successfully produced the launch of “This Beautiful Fantastic” in New York City.

Allison Werner
Allison WernerInternational Marketing Manager
Allison Werner

Allison Werner

International Marketing Manager

Bio to go here.

Judah Klatzker
Judah KlatzkerOffice Coordinator
Judah Klatzker

Judah Klatzker

Office Coordinator

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Vivian Lokhorst
Vivian LokhorstVP, Collections
Vivian Lokhorst

Vivian Lokhorst

VP, Collections

Vivian Lokhorst has over 17 years of experience in film and television sales, distribution, finance, and collections. She began her entertainment career as the International Distribution Manager for Goodtimes Entertainment, and worked in sales and collections executive roles for several other prominent media, finance and entertainment companies, such as First Look Studio, Blue Rider Finance, and Exclusive Media before joining Ambi Distribution in 2015. She personally handled the collection of more than $34 million from domestic and international sales for libraries over 700 titles. She has a deep experience in sales tracking, bad debt reduction, and sales and collection reporting. She holds a B.S. degree in Finance and International Business from NYU’s Stern School of Business.

Cody Spencer
Cody SpencerDirector, Business Affairs
Cody Spencer

Cody Spencer

Director, Business Affairs

Cody Spencer has over 10 years of experience in film distribution having worked at Exclusive Media from 2012 to 2015 as its Director of International Business Affairs and at Summit Entertainment from 2004 to 2012 as its Director of International Contracts and Legal Affairs before joining AMBI.

Chris Hickey
Chris HickeySVP Finance
Chris Hickey

Chris Hickey

SVP Finance

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Luca Matrundola
Luca MatrundolaHead of Production
Luca Matrundola

Luca Matrundola

Head of Production

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Craig Kelner
Craig KelnerSVP Participations and Residuals
Craig Kelner

Craig Kelner

SVP Participations and Residuals

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Leslee Allmon
Leslee AllmonWorldwide Delivery Consultant
Leslee Allmon

Leslee Allmon

Worldwide Delivery Consultant

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Gisselle Mencia Labrenz, Esq.
Gisselle Mencia Labrenz, Esq. Legal Delivery Consultant
Gisselle Mencia Labrenz, Esq.

Gisselle Mencia Labrenz, Esq.

Legal Delivery Consultant

Bio to go here.