A SOCIAL IMPACT ENTERTAINMENT & MEDIA COMPANY
 
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we are PRODUCERS OF MARKETING, DISTRIBUTION & IMPACT
FOR ASPIRATIONAL BRANDS, CONTENT & AUDIENCES

WE WORK WITH GREAT PEOPLE ON GREAT PROJECTS FOR GREAT PURPOSES

 
 


Our experience

Created by experienced entertainment executives and accomplished business leaders, Aspiration Studios produces, distributes and markets "screen forward" entertainment and media that moves aspirational audiences from awareness to action.  

The executive team has two decades of leadership in reshaping the way content is made, distributed and marketed -- helping several hundred studio and indie movies, TV networks and shows, best-selling authors, break-out bands, and social impact initiatives achieve commercial and social success. 

In late 2016, Aspiration Studios began to leverage the company's experience and resources to partner with projects and people that see the potential for "triple bottom line" entertainment & media.

Through a "growth hack" model of unconventional strategies, unrivaled access to makers and movements, investment capital, and exceptional products and properties, Aspiration Studios is solving these challenges: a) the fragmenting of audiences, b) the cluttered marketplace, and c) the breakdown of traditional models. 
 

 


 

our ventures & initiatives

 
 

THEATRICAST

Building the largest semi-theatrical venue circuit in the U.S. to provide high-quality original programming, films, and shows direct to audiences how, where, and when they want them. 

 
 
 

Agency 808

One of the fastest growing brand experience companies that architects, designs, manufactures, and executes custom and large-scale audience experiences for major brands, content, and retailers. Read more about 808 and its leadership.

 

MARKETING + PUBLICITY

There are 15 million Americans (and growing) who are looking for smart and soulful films and television. The Middle Space Audience is disinterested by over-hyped marketing and publicity that pushes advertising and awareness. We've developed a better way, born out of the innovation and testing on hundreds of campaigns. 

 
 
 

SCREENBREW

ScreenBrew is a nationwide community of spiritually-minded women & men who enjoy smart films & TV and the conversations they provoke – preferably over a pint of craft beer or a cup of coffee.

 
 
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Tugg

The innovative crowd-sourcing platform brings the films of your choice to your local theater. Aspiration Investments is proud to partner with Tugg and its custom ticketing engine, ticket bundling, and thousands of event hosts and filmmakers. 

 

Justice Film Festival

The Justice Film Festival inspires justice-seekers by presenting films of unexpected courage and redemption that are diverse in their issues and geography. The annual NYC event includes feature films, documentaries, and shorts from both well-known and emerging filmmakers that shine a light on justice.

 


EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS

Aspiration joined a talented cast & crew, along with highly-regarded producers, to executive produce the NY Times Critic's Pick and 2015 Sundance premiered film: LAST DAYS IN THE DESERT. Two other projects are in post-production and a three-picture slate will begin in Summer 2017.

 

Our LEADERSHIP

ERIK LOKKESMOE PRODUCER, STRATEGY & DISTRIBUTION A 20 year veteran of media and marketing, Erik began his career in DC serving for 12 years as a political appointee, speechwriter, and press secretary, including stints on Capitol Hill and the National Endowment. In 2006 he joined joined the Anschutz Film Group & Walden Media as VP of Strategic Partnerships. He co-founded Different Drummer in 2008. Erik is the author of three books on communications. 

ERIK LOKKESMOE
PRODUCER, STRATEGY & DISTRIBUTION

A 20 year veteran of media and marketing, Erik began his career in DC serving for 12 years as a political appointee, speechwriter, and press secretary, including stints on Capitol Hill and the National Endowment. In 2006 he joined joined the Anschutz Film Group & Walden Media as VP of Strategic Partnerships. He co-founded Different Drummer in 2008. Erik is the author of three books on communications. 

ANDY PETERSON PRODUCER, MARKETING & PARTNERSHIPS Andy has over 20 years of experience in entertainment marketing, having worked for BMG, Warner Bros. Records, and direct campaigns for TiVo, DirectTV, NBC, Showtime, Sony Pictures, dick clark productions, National Geographic Channel, and AMC. He is founder of the Justice Film Festival.   

ANDY PETERSON
PRODUCER, MARKETING
& PARTNERSHIPS

Andy has over 20 years of experience in entertainment marketing, having worked for BMG, Warner Bros. Records, and direct campaigns for TiVo, DirectTV, NBC, Showtime, Sony Pictures, dick clark productions, National Geographic Channel, and AMC. He is founder of the Justice Film Festival. 

 

JANEAL BERNHART PRODUCER, PUBLICITY & CLIENT SERVICES Janeal started her career in Los Angeles as a TV and film publicist in Los Angeles at PR agencies MPRM and Ginsberg Libby. With almost 10 years of experience, she has worked with clients such as Magnolia Pictures, Roadside Attractions, Focus Features, Lionsgate, CBS Films, and Sony Pictures Television. 

JANEAL BERNHART
PRODUCER, PUBLICITY
& CLIENT SERVICES

Janeal started her career in Los Angeles as a TV and film publicist in Los Angeles at PR agencies MPRM and Ginsberg Libby. With almost 10 years of experience, she has worked with clients such as Magnolia Pictures, Roadside Attractions, Focus Features, Lionsgate, CBS Films, and Sony Pictures Television. 

TYLER ZACHARIA ADVISOR, BUSINESS AFFAIRS Tyler Zacharia is an established finance and entertainment executive, working on several films since 2014, most notably executive produced Martin Scorsese’s Silence Tyler serves as Managing Director of Moriah Media, an investment firm. He is an active board participant on a number of high growth entertainment companies, including the alternative content distribution company Tugg.com..

TYLER
ZACHARIA

ADVISOR,
BUSINESS AFFAIRS


Tyler Zacharia is an established finance and entertainment executive, working on several films since 2014, most notably executive produced Martin Scorsese’s Silence Tyler serves as Managing Director of Moriah Media, an investment firm. He is an active board participant on a number of high growth entertainment companies, including the alternative content distribution company Tugg.com..

PHILIPS MCCARTY PRODUCER, SOCIAL IMPACT Philips has created and executed cause engagement and marketing programs, strategic fundraising campaigns, and organizational development strategies for leading corporations and nonprofits, including the American Heart Association, Brooks Brothers, Feeding America, Heifer International, Make-A-Wish Foundation of America, the NASCAR Foundation, Nationwide Insurance, St. Jude, and UNICEF.

PHILIPS MCCARTY
PRODUCER,
SOCIAL IMPACT

Philips has created and executed cause engagement and marketing programs, strategic fundraising campaigns, and organizational development strategies for leading corporations and nonprofits, including the American Heart Association, Brooks Brothers, Feeding America, Heifer International, Make-A-Wish Foundation of America, the NASCAR Foundation, Nationwide Insurance, St. Jude, and UNICEF.

 

 
 

connect with us

Aspiration studios
2535 8th Avenue South, Suite 101
Nashville, TN 37204

hello@aspiration.is

615.982.8948