Start Media LLC is a privately held media company with interests in exhibition, feature film production and financing, content discovery technology and publishing. The company is acquiring and building content-driven companies designed to capitalize on dislocations created by an evolving media ecosystem.
Michael J. MaherCEO, Start Media
Michael Maher is the CEO of Start Media. He is responsible for all creative and business activities of the organization with a focus on further growing the business though both organic growth and strategic acquisitions.
Michael co-founded Wayfare Entertainment (now Start Motion Pictures), a producer and financier of studio quality independent motion pictures. He later founded Start Alternative, an investment vehicle with a focus on real estate, and Start Media, which unites his interests in a multi-faceted media organization bridging exhibition, technology, content production, and publishing.
Michael is currently producing PASSENGERS by Jon Spaihts, alongside Sony Pictures Entertainment. Previously, Michael served as Executive Producer on the science fiction adventure EUROPA REPORT; Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck's IT’S KIND OF A FUNNY STORY, starring Zach Galifianakis for Focus Features; and Academy Award winner Neil Jordan's multi-award winning ONDINE, starring Colin Farrell. Micahel and James Cameron served as Executive Producers on the 3D underwater adventure feature SANCTUM.
Prior to Start Media, Michael was a Director of Operations and then a Vice President of Marketing at Maher Terminals LLC, a then family-owned Marine Terminal Operator in the Port of New York and New Jersey. Maher Terminals was sold to a private equity fund in 2007.
Michael is a graduate of Duke University and has an MBA from New York University.
Vinay S. KollaCOO, Start Media
Vinay Kolla serves as COO of Start Media and shares responsibility for the management and growth of Start Media along all of its business lines. Since co-founding Start Media with Michael Maher, Vinay has led the acquisition and investment processes for the company, including Start Alternative.
Prior to Start Media, Vinay was a Principal at Cloverleaf Ventures LLC, a privately held alternative investment group focused in healthcare, life sciences and technology. Vinay began his career at Lazard doing M&A in technology, media and telecommunications. Vinay also helped build the equity capital markets origination platform for both Lazard and HSBC.
Vinay is a graduate of Duke University and has an MBA from Columbia Business School.
Colin D. WhitlowHead of Business Development, Start Media
Colin Whitlow serves as Head of Business Development for Start Media and leads our strategic acquisitions efforts. Since 2013, Colin has overseen the acquisition of all of Start Media’s investments in publishing and played a major role in the internal organization of the company as it grows.
Notable recent publishing acquisitions include Salvo Press, a respected thriller publisher; Whiskey Creek Press, a startup specializing in digital sales of general fiction and romance titles; Cleis Press, a pioneer for over 35 years in sexuality, LGBTQ and romance genres; and Viva Editions, a publisher of health & wellness titles.
Colin has also played a significant role in our film exhibition investments, most recently collaborating in our growing partnership with Paragon Entertainment Holdings, a theater chain focused on luxury theater-going experiences.
Prior to Start Media, Colin was a Senior Strategist at YouTube for five years, helping shape its product development and customer touchpoints from its earliest days to maturity.
Colin is a graduate of the University of Virginia and holds an MBA/MFA dual degree from New York University.
Jarred G. WeisfeldPresident, Start Publishing
Jarred Weisfeld started his career as a Production Assistant for Vh1, where he pitched and sold a show to rap sensation Ol' Dirty Bastard and subsequently became ODB's manager. From there he created and produced television shows for Vh1, MTV, Spike TV and Nickelodeon. Recently Jarred has served as Executive Producer on "Gone Too Soon" which was seen in over 50 Countries, "Charlie Sheen: Hollywood Blackbook," and "Chasing Gaga."
Jarred currently serves as CEO of Objective Entertainment; full service literary agency that represents over 250 authors. Since joining Start Publishing, Jarred has acquired over 1300 eBooks in addition to the science fiction publisher Night Shade Books’ entire eBook catalog.
Jarred is a graduate of Lynn University with a BA in Communications.
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