DOUG MANKOFF / CEO
Doug Mankoff is a film and television producer and the Chief Executive Officer of Echo Lake Entertainment, which he founded in 1997. Doug has produced and arranged financing for over thirty films. These including the three most recent films of Pedro Almodovar, Alexander Payne's NEBRASKA (nominated for six Academy Awards, including Best Picture), and TRUTH starring Cate Blanchett and Robert Redford.
Doug received a B.A. in History from Duke University, attended the graduate film program at NYU, and received his MBA from Harvard.
Doug is a member of both the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the Producer’s Guild of America.
ANDREW SPAULDING / PRESIDENT
Andrew Spaulding is a film producer and the President of Echo Lake Entertainment. He has produced or executive produced more than a dozen feature films, most recently ALL THE BRIGHT PLACES starring Elle Fanning and Justice Smith. Other credits include TRUTH, James Vanderbilt’s directorial debut, starring Cate Blanchett and Robert Redford and THE GREAT, an upcoming series for Hulu.
A native of Virginia, Andrew began his career in politics, and served for two years on the personal staff of Virginia Governor Charles Robb. He later served as the Virginia Film Commissioner. He is a graduate of the University of Virginia.
MIKE MARCUS / HEAD OF MANAGEMENT
Mike Marcus joined Echo Lake in 2006 to start and helm their management division.
Mike brings over forty years of experience in the entertainment industry to Echo Lake. He started in the mailroom as a forerunner of the current ICM in 1968, and was promoted to agent at the end of that year. Four years later, he joined the Bart/Levy agency in 1972, which became the Kohner/Levy Agency in 1977. He became full partner of the renamed Kohner/Levy/Marcus Agency in 1980.
In 1981, he accepted the position of Senior Agent at the CAA, where he had among his clients Tom Cruise, Sydney Pollack, Robin Williams, Carl Reiner, Mel Brooks, John Landis, David Cronenberg, David Zucker and Jerry Zucker. Mike also packaged such movies as Terry Gilliam’s Academy Award® winning THE FISHER KING, John Landis’ comedy blockbuster TRADING PLACES, and his AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON, and David Cronenberg’s DEAD RINGERS.
In 1993, Mike Marcus was named President and Chief Operating Officer of MGM Pictures, where he oversaw the release of such films as the smash hit comedy GET SHORTY, the thriller SPECIES, which at that time had the biggest opening weekend of any MGM film in history, KINGPIN, which landed on Gene Siskel’s 10 Best List, the critically acclaimed 2 DAYS IN THE VALLEY, and the sci-fi action hit, STARGATE.
In October 1999, Mike formed Cornice Entertainment, a motion picture and television production and management company. In 2000, he also formed the feature film distribution company MAC Releasing, which in the summer of 2004 merged with ThinkFilm (a Canadian based distribution company) and became the head of its west coast office, in addition to his production and management activities.
Mike Marcus serves on the Dean’s Advisory Council of the College of Communications at Pennsylvania State University as well as, serves as the Chairman of the board for the Oversight Committee of the College of Communications at Pennsylvania State University - LA Campus. He has also served on the board of the Wellness Community, the Environmental Media Association and the Will Vinton Studios.
CHRIS DAVIS / EVP OF TELEVISION
Chris Davis is the Head of Television for Echo Lake Entertainment shepherding more than 30 projects in development including series, mini-series and television movies. During his tenure there, Chris and the team at Echo Lake have set up a two-hour film with HBO about the making of The Godfather, a period miniseries with The BBC and the company’s first series Van Helsing, one of SyFy’s highest rated shows which is set to return this fall for its third season. Prior to joining Echo Lake, Chris worked at A&E for over a decade, first in the publicity department and then in movies and mini-series. From there he moved into scripted development, helping to launch A&E’s first two scripted drama series, “The Cleaner” as well as “The Beast”. As Manager of Development and Current programming for A&E scripted series, he also oversaw “Breakout Kings,” “Longmire,” “Bates Motel,” “Those Who Kill” and “The Returned..” He holds a degree from University of Hartford and lives in Los Angeles.
MARY JANE SKALSKI / producer, president of production
Mary Jane Skalski began her career at Good Machine where she worked on the early films of Ang Lee, Ed Burns and Nicole Holofcener. As a producer, her credits include four films with director Tom McCarthy (The Station Agent, The Visitor, Win Win and The Cobbler); Gregg Araki’s Mysterious Skin which premiered at the 2004 Venice Film Festival, the Fox Searchlight film Wilson, directed by Craig Johnson and starring Woody Harrelson, Todd Louiso's Hello I Must Be Going which opened the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, Adam Salky’s Dare, Peter Callahan’s Against the Current, Julian Goldberger’s The Hawk is Dying, Jem Cohen’s Chain and Naomi Foner’s Very Good Girls. Mary Jane was an executive producer on Pariah, Trick and Putzel. Her most recent film is Bart Layton’s narrative debut, American Animals which premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival and was released in the US by The Orchard in conjunction with MoviePass.
Mary Jane’s films have screened at the Toronto, Venice, Berlin, Cannes and Sundance Film Festivals and have received numerous awards and nominations, including several appearances on the National Board of Review ‘best of’ list, a BAFTA best screenplay win for The Station Agent and an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor for Richard Jenkins in The Visitor. Mary Jane received the Independent Spirit Award for Producing in 2004 and was selected as one of Variety’s Producers to Watch in 2003.
Since 1997 she has been an active adjunct in the graduate film program at Columbia University and regularly serves as an advisor at the Sundance Creative Producing and Catalyst Labs. In 2016 she served as the Alleesee Chair at Wayne State University. She was the Senior Advisor to Game Changer, a financing entity focused exclusively on films directed by women. Game Changers inaugural slate of films included The Tale, The Invitation, Busters Mal Heart, Love Song, Land Ho and The Strange Ones..
STEVE PARKINSON / DIRECTOR OF FINANCE
Steve Parkinson is the Director of Finance for Echo Lake Entertainment, focusing on financial models and deal analysis for equity and gap investments. Steve also manages the Blue Lake Media Fund's distribution business.
Before moving to Los Angeles, Steve worked at Goldman Sachs in London in Prime Brokerage and Private Wealth risk analysis and business development. Prior to entering the world of finance, Steve spent time as a script analyst and intern in feature and stage-play development.
Steve graduated from Kings College London with a B.Sc. in Mathematics and Management and received his M.B.A. from the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California.
ZADOC ANGELL / partner
Zadoc Angell began his career as a TV Literary Agent at Paradigm, where he worked for seven years. Transitioning to TV Literary Management five years ago, Zadoc joined forces with manager Dave Brown and grew a team of literary managers which they brought with them to Echo Lake in 2013. Angell's journey to Hollywood is not a conventional one. Growing up on a 400-acre dairy farm in rural upstate New York, Zadoc and his sister Amy were integral to his parents' family-run business. The son of a minister and a local politician, Angell pursued his academic and creative endeavors to Harvard University, where he graduated in 2003 with a Bachelor's Degree in Visual & Environmental Studies: Film. In addition to being a full-time manager, Angell teaches classes in pilot writing at UCLA. Check out Angell's recent Final Draft interview here.
adam riback / LITERARY MANAGER
Originally from New Jersey, Adam Riback began his career in 2010 in the mailroom at ICM before working in the feature LIT department. Following his time at ICM, he made the management jump to Management 360 where he continued to work for the next 5 years; first in the Feature and TV Production Arm and then as a Literary Manager. In 2016, he made the career move over to Echo Lake Entertainment, bringing with him writers and directors in the television and feature space.
AMOTZ ZAKAI / partner
Amotz Zakai has worked at Echo Lake Entertainment since 2001, first in the production/financing division and now on the management side representing directors and writers from all over the world. He grew up in Jerusalem, Israel and received his BFA from the Rochester Institute of Technology and his MFA from the Peter Stark Producing Program at the University of Southern California. He and his wife Abigail live in Los Angeles with their three children.
CHELSEA BENSON / LITERARY MANAGER
Chelsea Marelle Benson came to Echo Lake after earning her Master’s Degree in Producing from AFI in Los Angeles. She holds a BA degree in Film Production (with a minor in Literature) and a BFA degree in Dance from the University of Arizona. As a performer, she brings a unique perspective on entertainment as it relates to film and television and provides a fresh approach to the management team at Echo Lake.
DAVE BROWN / Partner
Dave Brown graduated with honors from Brown University. Starting in an agency mailroom he was promoted to agent where he discovered and brokered the initial deal for James Wan and Leigh Whannell to direct and star in the billion dollar SAW franchise. After transitioning to management, Dave facilitated the deal for the award winning Showtime series DEXTER. In 2013, Brown and his business partner Zadoc Angell moved their management team to Echo Lake Entertainment. Brown’s client list boasts some of the most sought after TV showrunners and filmmakers in the industry, many of which he discovered and helped break into the business. Brown has also been a trailblazer in the packaging of straight to series, including international co-productions.
JAMES ENGLE / LITERARY MANAGER
James graduated from McGill University in 2004. He began his career at the Baldwin Entertainment Group and was there for the release of the Golden Globe and Academy Award nominated film RAY. James then joined ICM in the TV Literary Department. He then joined producer Sean Daniel at the Sean Daniel Co., developing movies via their first look deal with Paramount. In 2008, James began his career as a literary manager at Benderspink, where he managed feature writers and directors. Four years later, he joined Artist International and expanded his focus to TV writers. James and his TV and film clients joined Echo Lake Entertainment in 2013. James was born in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Canada and grew up in Santa Barbara, California.
IRIS GROSSMAN / TALENT MANAGER
Renowned talent agent Iris Grossman joined Echo Lake Entertainment in 2016.
Beginning her career as an assistant at the talent agency ICM, Iris Grossman quickly climbed the ranks and was upped to talent agent. After several years with the agency, she was given the opportunity to become the Senior Vice President of Talent and Casting for Turner Network Television (TNT). In that capacity, Grossman oversaw all talent and casting issues related to TNT Original films and series. Grossman was instrumental in bringing TNT such top-name stars such as Diane Keaton (Amelia Earhart: The Final Flight); Robert Duvall (The Man Who Captured Eichmann); Gary Sinise and Angelina Jolie (George Wallace) Tommy Lee Jones (The Good Old Boys). She also cast Alec Baldwin (Nuremberg); Julianna Margulies, Angelica Huston and Joan Allen (The Mists of Avalon); and Chazz Palminteri (Boss of Bosses); William H. Macy (Door to Door); and John Turturro (Monday Night Mayhem). She spent nine years at TNT, and in October 2001, returned to ICM Partners as a talent agent. In 2013, Grossman joined Paradigm’s Talent Department.
Grossman is a former two-term President of Women In Film and is WIF’s President-Emerita. She has also won a CSA award for casting George Wallace, also receiving an Emmy nomination for the same. She has also received awards from Big Sisters, Hadassah and NOW.
MATT HORWITZ / LITERARY MANAGER
Originally from the Washington, DC area, Matt knew from a young age that he wanted to work with creative people in the entertainment industry. After graduating from Indiana University in 2006, he moved to Los Angeles to pursue his dream and began work at the management company Sleeping Giant Entertainment. In 2011, he was promoted to manager and in 2013 he joined the Echo Lake team.
BRITTANY KAHAN / Partner
Brittany was born and raised in Los Angeles. While a student at UCLA, she interned at One Talent Management where she accepted a full time position upon graduation. Brittany quickly advanced through their training program and was promoted to manager, working closely with top talent in the world of film and television. She joined Echo Lake in 2013 to start their talent management division.
PETER MCGRATH / TALENT MANAGER
As a child, Peter lived in Europe, Asia and South America before settling in Southampton, New York. After graduating with a business degree from Boston College's Carroll School of Management, Peter moved to Los Angeles. Over the course of his career, Peter has worked with some of the most acclaimed artists in film, television and theatre and has developed a reputation for identifying and cultivating exciting young talent and understanding the increasing global presence in the industry. Peter joined Echo Lake in October of 2015.
GRACIELLA SANCHEZ / Partner
Graciella was born and raised in Los Angeles. She graduated from Yale University in 1994, and started her career in the entertainment industry in the mailroom at UTA. After four years at UTA, Graciella moved to New York where she worked in the celebrity division of Special Artists Agency before returning to Los Angeles to become a manager at Spivak Entertainment. In 2002, Graciella co-founded the boutique management firm One Talent Management. She joined Echo Lake in 2013 to start their talent management division.
LAUREN WILLIAMS / TALENT MANAGER
Originally from Atlanta, Georgia, Lauren began her career in 2008 working for Sean Freidin in the TV Literary department at ICM Partners. In 2010, she was promoted to agent in their Talent department. Lauren represents clients such as Italia Ricci (“Designated Survivor”), Mark Valley (“Boston Legal”), Annika Noelle (“Bold and the Beautiful”), Gia Mantegna (“Life After First Failure”),Dan Liu (“The Walking Dead”) . She transitioned from ICM Partners to Echo Lake Entertainment in 2018, and now collaborates with her clients on their producorial pursuits as well as their talent careers.
Lauren has served on the Board of Women in Film since 2013. Also, an avid animal lover Lauren is a board member of Much Love Animal Rescue. She recently joined the Motion Picture Television Fund Friends Committee. Lauren graduated from UC Santa Barbara with a BA in theatre.
amy schiffman / Literary(IP) MANAGER
Amy Schiffman has been a literary agent and manager in the film and television fields for over twenty five years.
After graduating from Hamilton College, she worked in New York, first at the CBS News Broadcast Center, and then in magazines, including the award winning American Photographer Magazine, where she eventually became an editor and columnist, and later at GQ and Diversion magazines.
Her Hollywood career began in the Literary Properties division of the William Morris Agency in Beverly Hills, where she was Vice President. There she sold the books “Friday Night Lights,” “Apollo 13,” “Sleepers,” “Permanent Midnight” and “Primal Fear,” all of which were produced as feature films during her tenure at the agency.
Schiffman went on to run the literary properties division at The Gersh Agency, and later became a partner in the literary management firm Intellectual Property Group before joining Echo Lake.She represents Dennis Lehane, Don DeLillo and Daniel Woodrell (Winter’s Bone) among many others. Among her recently released book to film projects are the international best seller “The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society,” by Mary Anne Shaeffer and Annie Barrows.The film, starring Lilly James and directed by Mike Newell, is streaming on Netflix, as is the film “Nappily Ever After ,” based on the novel by Trisha R. Thomas.
Kegan schell / Literary MANAGER
Originally from rural upstate New York, Kegan studied film production at Full Sail University before moving to Los Angeles to pursue a career in entertainment. He cut his teeth under producers Charles Roven and Rebecca Roven Oakley on the DC superhero films before parlaying into representation. Kegan joined Echo Lake Entertainment in 2017, coming up through the ranks as an assistant, then coordinator before being promoted to manager in the literary department working primarily with writers and directors in both the TV and Feature space..