Who We Are
Sanford R. Climan
Sanford R. (Sandy) Climan is President of Entertainment Media Ventures, Inc. Founded in 1999, EMV is active in motion picture and television development and production, as well as strategic advisory work with a particular focus on innovative technologies and entities impacting traditional boundaries of business, media, and entertainment.
Mr. Climan previously served as part of senior management at CAA for 12 years, representing talent including Robert De Niro, Robert Redford, Kevin Costner, Danny DeVito, and director Michael Mann. He was also the founder of CAA’s corporate practice, working with global companies including Sony Corporation on its acquisition of Columbia Pictures, Matsushita Electric on its acquisition of MCA/Universal, Credit Lyonnais on its restructuring of MGM, Coca-Cola, NYNEX, Bell Atlantic and other Fortune 500 Companies.
Mr. Climan served as the first CEO of 3ality Digital, a leading company in the development and commercialization of technologies which enable perfect digital 3D image capture, broadcast, and software, and led the company to being recognized as a global leader in 3D technology. Additional achievements include: Executive Producer of the first digital live-action 3D motion picture, “U2 3D,” and Producer of “The Aviator,” directed by Martin Scorsese and starring Leonardo DiCaprio, for which Mr. Climan was awarded a British Academy Award and a Golden Globe Award.
Additional senior executive positions include serving as Corporate Executive Vice President and President of Worldwide Business Development for Universal Studios, overseeing international strategy, strategic marketing, and five studio operating divisions. Mr. Climan started his career at MGM Studios, holding executive positions in motion picture production, distribution, and pay-television.
Mr. Climan serves on several charitable boards, including The American Cinematheque, The Fulfillment Fund, and the UCLA School of Theater, Film, and Television. Mr. Climan also serves as an advisor on entertainment and media to the World Economic Forum and its Annual Gathering in Davos, Switzerland, as a member of the Reuters Editorial Advisory Board, and as a member of the Advisory Board to the Yale CEO Leadership Institute of the Yale School of Management. Mr. Climan has served on the Advisory Committee to the Director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the UCLA Longevity Center. Mr. Climan served eight years on the Board of the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health and currently serves as an advisor to The Center for Health and the Global Environment at the Harvard T.H. School of Public Health.
Mr. Climan holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Harvard Business School, a Master of Science degree in Health Policy and Management from Harvard School of Public Health, and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Harvard College.
Nelly Kim is the Vice President of Strategy and Business Development for Entertainment Media Ventures, Inc. Founded in 1999 by Sanford Climan, EMV is active in media investment and strategic advisory work, with a particular focus on branded entertainment, innovative technologies, and entities currently impacting the traditional boundaries of business, media, and entertainment.
Ms. Kim brings more than ten years of business development, marketing, licensing, and advertising experience to EMV, where she provides strategic consulting services to brands, ranging from startups to Fortune 500 companies such as Ford Motor Company, Lincoln Motor Company, Pegasus Capital Advisors, and SleepScore Labs. During her time at EMV, Ms. Kim has managed multi-million dollar, transmedia digital marketing initiatives for several leading brands and has forged strategic partnerships with leading media, sports, and entertainment figures including Dwayne Johnson, James Franco, Denis Leary, Kate McKinnon, Justin Verlander, and Prince Fielder.
Prior to working at Entertainment Media Ventures, she worked at Genex (now Meredith Xcelerated Marketing), an interactive advertising agency ranked as one of the top 50 interactive agencies by AdWeek and Ad Age magazines. Clients included: Acura, Nestle, ING, Cessna, Ford, KB Home, Allergan, and Lowes. Before Genex, Nelly honed her marketing and licensing skills at Original Retrobrand, where she worked with trademarks of over 200 Universities, NBA, NFL, NHL and MLB teams, and various pop culture brands worldwide. Nelly has also served as Advertising Director at Shavua Israeli, where she worked closely with the publisher and account team to execute campaigns, deliver marketing solutions, and strategically drive sales. She also oversaw the development and creative execution of advertising schedules and launched Shavua Israeli’s English edition. With a passion for branding and advertising, Nelly began her career as an Account Manager at The Los Angeles Business Journal where she specialized in negotiating and creative execution of long-term, multi-platform campaigns for leading companies including Bank of America, American Express, Prudential, Los Angeles Metro, and Sprint.