Our Team

Mark B. Newbauer

CEO, Producer

Mark graduated from Columbia College Chicago where he studied filmmaking, screenwriting and producing. He spent considerable time at Chicago’s famous The Second City, writing, directing, and improvisational acting. As writer and producer of Dreamkiller, his short film won ‘Best of the Fest’ for historical fiction at the New York International Film and Video Festival concurrent to his work servicing talent and literary clients at BRS/The Gage Group. Newbauer formed Mike The Pike Entertainment, a subsidiary of Arowana Media Holdings. He successfully identifies, negotiates, and acquires rights to prominent intellectual property to present day with titles such as Vampirella (Dynamite Comics), Wish, Ella Clah, and Graeme Reynolds’ celebrated werewolf trilogy, High Moor. Newbauer recently produced the sci-fi/horror thriller ‘Beyond White Space’, starring Holt McCallany (Mindhunter, Wrath of Man).

Rich Angell


Rich Angell is an independent producer based in Cleveland, Ohio. He has produced or consulted on numerous feature films over his 10- year career including Sophomore, starring Patrick Warburton, and After, starring Kathleen Quinlan, Diane Neal, and Pablo Schreiber. Angell founded a state-of-the-art production studio in a 4 million square foot former Kodak facility. He is a former board member of the renowned George Eastman Museum and has a Masters degree from the University of Rochester. Angell has been instrumental in securing prominent pieces of intellectual property such as Vampirella, Wish, Ella Clah, and Graeme Reynolds’ celebrated werewolf trilogy, High Moor.


Jon Levin


Over the past four decades, Levin has forged one of the most respected careers in the Hollywood community. After graduating with honors from USC Law School, Jon worked for the Creative Artists Agency (CAA) for 38 years as a business affairs executive and motion picture and television literary agent.

In 2017, he became Fourward’s Head of Motion Picture and Television Development and Production Divisions, and is now producing under his label Sustainable Imagination, and with Arowana Media’s Mike The Pike Entertainment. Jon is notably known for his specialized representation of iconic and compelling intellectual property from novels, graphic novels, comic books, and foreign films to life rights and his work in the animation, science fiction and fantasy, and historical and biographical worlds. He has packaged such diverse films and tentpole franchises such as:

  • Midnight Run
  • Murder on the Orient Express
  • Mrs. Doubtfire
  • Ice Age
  • Hook
  • Hostiles
  • Little Miss Sunshine
  • Where the Wild Things Are
  • Contact
  • Karate Kid
  • Glengarry Glen Ross
  • Hannibal
  • Bram Stoker’s Dracula
  • Mars Attacks!
  • Shrek
  • The Leftovers
  • Unbroken
  • On the Basis of Sex
  • Coraline
  • American Gods

”Jon has worked with some of the best in the industry, including Brad Pitt, Natalie Portman, Steven Spielberg, Will Smith, George Clooney, Tom Hanks, John Hughes, Robert Zemeckis, and Robert Downey Jr. among many others. The films in which Jon has been involved have garnered over 100 Academy Award nominations and 25 Oscar wins.“ – Fourward founder, Will Ward

”Jon’s contributions to so many clients and companies reach back 38 years. His ability to pick great stories and entertainment is only surpassed by his character and integrity. He’s going to be one of the great producers in our business; in many ways, he already is.“ – CAA partner, Bryan Lourd

Joseph Lanius

Entertainment Counsel

Joseph is an Entertainment Attorney who specializes in distribution, finance, and production legal affairs. Lanius provides executive producing services to motion picture producers and production companies, offering consulting on financial structuring and investment, and direct distribution sources in the United States, China, and the Middle East.

Before entering private practice, he served as Lead Counsel – Business & Legal Affairs for After Dark Films. At After Dark Films he was responsible for overseeing distribution and financial structuring for the After Dark Originals and After Dark Action slates as well as individual titles consisting of over 20 feature films. Prior to that, he was Director of Business & Legal Affairs for IM Global. Joseph focused on distribution for the various films IM Global represented, including the Paranormal Activity and Insidious franchises as well as Company Men (Kevin Costner, Tommy Lee Jones), Bullet to the Head (Sylvester Stallone), and Safe (Jason Statham).

Since entering private practice, some of Joseph’s current and former clients include Fanying Shanghai, Sparkhouse Media, Benaroya Pictures, Mulberry Pictures, International Film Trust, QED International, and Highland Film Group. A few of the pictures Joseph has helped bring to worldwide audiences include Cell (John Cusack, Samuel L. Jackson), 478 (Arnold Schwarzenegger) Queen of the Desert (Nicole Kidman, James Franco, Robert Pattinson), Fury (Brad Pitt, David Ayers), Dirty Grandpa (Zac Efron, Robert DeNiro), To the Bone (Lily Collins, Keanu Reeves), and the upcoming films Hour of Lead (Thomas Jane, Anne Heche), Inheritance (Lily Collins, Simon Pegg), and Semper Fi (Jai Courtney, Finn Wittrock, Leighton Meester).

Joseph earned his B.A. from the University of North Texas and his J.D. from Southwestern Law School.

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