About us

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.

Executive Team

  • Michael J. Maher

    CEO, Start Media

    Michael Maher serves as CEO of Start Media and is responsible for all business activities of the organization with a focus on further growing the business though both organic growth and strategic acquisitions. Since 2007 Maher has founded Wayfare Entertainment (now Start Motion Pictures), a producer and financier of studio quality independent motion pictures, Observer Capital (now Start Alternative), an investment vehicle for the Maher family with a focus on real estate investment, and most recently Start Media, which amalgamates all of Maher's business activities to date in a multi-faceted media organization bridging exhibition, technology, content production, and publishing.

    In 2012 Maher and Start Media partnered with Digiplex Destinations and its CEO Bud Mayo to facilitate the rapid growth of the Digiplex theatrical footprint. The acquisition of Ultrastar Cinemas by the Start/Digiplex joint venture was the first and largest deal done through this partnership to date.

    Maher will serve as Executive Producer of Disney's THE GRAVEYARD BOOK to be directed by Ron Howard and based on the multi-award winning book by Neil Gaiman; and The Weinstein Company's PASSENGERS, starring Keanu Reeves and Rachel McAdams. Previously, Maher and Academy Award winning filmmaker James Cameron served as Executive Producers on the 3D underwater adventure feature SANCTUM. Maher also Executive Produced the upcoming science fiction adventure EUROPA REPORT, which Access Hollywood reviewed as "an instant classic... the next essential sci-fi masterpiece"; 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.

    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.

    Maher is a graduate of Duke University and has an MBA from New York University.
  • Vinay S. Kolla

    COO, 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 Maher, Kolla has led the acquisition and investment processes for for the company, including Start Alternative.

    Prior to Start Media, Kolla was a Principal at Cloverleaf Ventures LLC, a privately held alternative investment group focused in healthcare, life sciences and technology. Kolla began his career at Lazard doing M&A in technology, media and telecommunications. Kolla also helped build the equity capital markets origination platform for both Lazard and HSBC.

    In addition to governance roles played for Start-related companies, Vinay is a member of the Board of Directors of Agamatrix, Inc. and Identitas Inc.

    Kolla is a graduate of Duke University and has an MBA from Columbia Business School.
  • Jarred G. Weisfeld

    President, 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 Weisfeld has served as Executive Producer on "Gone Too Soon" which was seen in over 50 Countries, "Charlie Sheen: Hollywood Blackbook," and "Chasing Gaga."

    Weisfeld currently serves as CEO of Objective Entertainment; full service literary agency that represents over 250 authors. Since joining Start Publishing, Weisfeld has acquired over 1300 eBooks in addition to the science fiction publisher Night Shade Books’ entire eBook catalog.

    Weisfeld is a graduate of Lynn University with a BA in Communications.

News

09/03/2014: DCIN Acquired By Carmike
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07/23/2014: Start Publishing Buys Whiskey Creek Press
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07/15/2014: Start Publishing in Deal with Mason Crest
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07/02/2014: 'Europa Report' Chosen for Exciting Educational Initiative
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03/18/2014: Night Shade Title God's War by Kameron Hurley Shortlisted for the Arthur C. Clarke Award for Best Science Fiction Novel of the Year
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02/24/2014: Night Shade Author Laird Barron Listed as Finalist for the Bram Stoker Award
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02/02/2014: Writer Nic Pizzolatto Discusses the Weird Secrets Behind ‘True Detective’ and How Night Shade's Author Laird Barron Influenced the HBO Series
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10/25/2013: Rachel McAdams In Talks To Join Keanu Reeves In Space Pic ‘Passengers’
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09/18/2013: Start Publishing Acquires Salvo Press
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08/07/2013: Time Magazine: E.T. on a Jovian Moon: A New Thriller Makes the Case
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08/02/2013: NY Times: Noble Spacemen, Sacrificing All for Science ‘Europa Report,’ Directed by Sebastián Cordero
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07/09/2013: LA Times: Comic-Con - Modest ‘Europa Report’ gets San Diego’s biggest stage
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06/28/2013: FX Guide:The Making of Europa Report
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06/21/2013: Variety Film Review: 'Europa Report'
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06/03/2013: Skyhorse & Start Acquire Night Shade
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06/03/2013: It's Official: The sale of Night Shade Books is going through
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05/29/2013: Cannes Deals Wrap: Harvey Weinstein Leads U.S. Buying Surge
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05/28/2013: "Your Summer 2013 Movie Guide"
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05/21/2013: Cannes: Weinstein Co Acquires Keanu-Reese Sci-Fi Pic ‘Passengers’ In Splashy Deal
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05/20/2013: FEARnet Movie Review: 'Europa Report'
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05/09/2013: Cannes: Wayfare Entertainment Rebranded Start Motion Pictures
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05/08/2013: 2013 Locus Award Finalist
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05/07/2013: Cannes: Exclusive Media Acquires Sales Rights To ‘Passengers’ With Keanu Reeve And Reese Witherspoon Starring
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05/06/2013: Europa Report: At Last, a Space Thriller Worth Taking Seriously
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05/02/2013: Reese Witherspoon in Talk to join Keanu Reeves in Sci-Fi Love Story "Passengers"
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04/18/2013: Sci-Fi Pic 'Passengers' To Star Keanu Reeves, with Brian Kirk Directing and Wayfare Entertainment Producing
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04/16/2013: 'Inquest', Spec That Takes 'JFK' Look at Princess Diana Tragedy, Bought by Wayfare Entertainment
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04/03/2013: Struggling Indie SF Press, Night Shade, Pushes Asset Sale
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01/17/2013: Digital Cinema Destinations Corp. (Digiplex) adding two theaters and 19 cinema screens in Solon, OH and Sparta, NJ to its growing footprint.
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12/21/2012: Digital Cinema Destinations Buys 7 Theaters from UltraStar Cinemas
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06/13/2012: Wayfare To Make Feature Version Of Matt Westrup Short ‘The Gate'
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Contact

Start Media
375 Hudson Street, Fl 12
New York, NY 10014
Phone: 212-620-5700
info@start-media.com
Start Motion Pictures
375 Hudson Street, Fl 12
New York, NY 10014
Phone: 212-989-2200
motionpictures@start-media.com
Start Publishing
609 Greenwich St, Fl 6
New York, NY 10014
Phone:212-431-5454
publishing@start-media.com