George Michael Kostuch

Resume | Qualifications | References



Overview

Seasoned professional with a 25-year record in brand enforcement, marketing, sales, communications, and creative solutions including entrepreneurial ventures within media, entertainment, and health sectors. Highly skilled enterprise level negotiator able to drive strategic national and global marketing & sales initiatives.  Natural leader with acumen to direct change with minimal side-effects, resulting in 50% net gains over previous bottom line.  Progressive, long-term management of people, ranging from 1 - 150 direct reports, including project management, client services, talent attraction, mentoring, and retention. Diverse, multi-disciplined undergraduate and advanced degrees ranging from extensive research of societal breakdown & behavioral malignancies, to study of organizational implosion & crisis.  Ability to use words and images to cause disruptive and progressive critical thinking.   

“A great leader must have failed at something in order to succeed. If you have never failed at anything, you can never appreciate the true value of success.”                                                                         

                                                                                   - Gunnery Sergeant Darnell E. Patton U.S.M.C. 


Highlighted Skills

  • Video Production & Storytelling           Media & Entertainment
  • Tactical Creativity                                       Interpersonal Communication
  • Personality Management                         The Leadership Mirror
  • Recruiting | Hiring | Training                The Importance of Followers
  • 720 Project Management                         C-Suite Ops
  • P/L Management                                         Change | Conflict | Crisis Management
  • Group Think                                                   Face Saving as an Investment
  • Human Behavior                                          The Mine Fields of Negotiation
  • Financial Boxing                                          New Business Attractants
  • Scientific Research Methods                   The Business of Sociology

Education

  • Master of Arts - Organizational Communication | Marketing - Southeastern Louisiana University | 2018
  • Bachelors - Behavioral Sciences | Business | History - Southeastern Louisiana University | 2016

Professional Experience

  • K7PICTURES - Baton Rouge, LA | Los Angeles, CA (2004 - Present)

President | Head of Motion Picture Production and Marketing

Founder of K7 as independent production company.  Directed all aspects of creative, storytelling, development, financial, pre-production, production, with eventual oversight of post-production, sound & score through creation of master elements.  Creative talent recruiter, perpetually hiring and retaining top level freelance artists.  Delivered bottom line driven content with high-context production values.  Mentored and managed large film crews under extreme, deadline driven conditions. 

Selected Contributions:

  • Managed indie filmmaking A-Z striving for self-contained, vertical integration.  
  • Conceptualized and oversaw creation of marketing materials, including, but not limited to, artwork, one-sheets, EPKs, social media pages, websites, and film trailers.
  • Interfaced with key clients such as NBCUniversal Syfy; Netflix, Redbox, Walmart, iTunes, and Amazon.

  • K7GLOBAL  - Baton Rouge, LA | Los Angeles, CA (2004 - Present)

President | Head of Worldwide Sales, Marketing and Distribution

Overhauled organizational international sales approach, revised ROI strategies, adjusted long-range planning, in-house content sales activities, and delivery of physical distribution elements to exhibitors worldwide. Removed 3rd party sales agents increasing ROI by 50%.  Directed all operations related to accounting, AP/AR, collections, and staff oversight. Lead worldwide sales market campaigns for K7 projects and acquired 3rd party titles.

Selected Contributions:

  • Created a responsive, consumer-driven organization through participation and research at markets including Cannes, Sundance, Tribeca, Toronto, and the American Film Market. 
  • Negotiated licensing rights of media titles to foreign territories, such as UK, Germany, France, Japan, Australia, Eastern Europe, Latin America, Canada, and others.  
  • Launched K7GLOBAL as in-house, worldwide sales division, insuring maximum ROI by removing hands from the cookie jar, placing investors one step closer to their due.  Sold three K7PICTURES projects to NBCUniversal’s Syfy over a 4-year period (two in one-day) and one to Marvista Entertainment during the same period.

  • BRANDK7 - Baton Rouge, LA (2004 - Present)

President | Creative Director & Head of Marketing 

Performed as Creative Director for in-house ad agency, conceiving ad strategies, storyboards, pitch decks, and implemented an array of effective sales & marketing maneuvers. Produced, directed, and delivered video and multimedia ad products for corporate clients.    

Selected Contributions:

  • Specialized in on-set, physical production, preproduction, post-production, and delivery of master creative elements.
  • Branded advertising campaign creation and management | start to finish.
  • Clients include Hard Rock Casino, and #RunToLive.  

Additional Professional Experience

  • Vice President of Marketing | Louisiana Film Incentives | Los Angeles, CA (2003 - 2004)
  • On-Camera Commercial Actor | Wilhelmina Model & Talent | Los Angeles, CA (1999 - 2003)
  • Vice President of Marketing & Sales |Employee Benefits Administrators | Baton Rouge, LA (1988 - 1998)

Additional Superlatives 

Academic Awards:

  • President's List | Southeastern Louisiana University 
  • Dean's List | Southeastern Louisiana University
  • Honor Roll | Southeastern Louisiana University 

Associations: 

  • Gamma Beta Phi - Jan 2017 to Present
  • Member | Gamma Beta Phi National Honor Society
  • SAGAFTRA - Jan 2002 to Present
  • Member | SAGAFTRA

Volunteer Work:  

  • LSU Collegiate Recovery Community | 5K Recovery Run Fundraising | Volunteer
  • Healing Place Church, Baton Rouge | Special Needs Children Big Brother Program | Volunteer
  • Extensive work with Southeastern Louisiana University's LIONS CONNECTED life-skills program for autism.

References

William J. Silvia, Jr.

  • Former President | CEO Pennington Biomedical Foundation 
  • Vice President Emeritus Louisiana State University
  • Relationship:  Professional and Academic Mentor
  • Type:  Professional | Personal

Dr. Kenneth Bolton

  • Professor | Department Head of Sociology and Criminal Justice | Southeastern Louisiana University
  • Relationship:  Former Professor | Academic Mentor
  • Type:  Professional | Personal | Academic

John Erick Dowdle

  • Writer | Director | Producer - The Brothers Dowdle Productions
  • Relationship:  Friend | Mentor | Form Producing Partner
  • Type:  Personal | Professional

Jodie Jones

  • Writer | Director | Producer - Montgomery | Jones Productions
  • Relationship:  Former Employee | Writing Partner
  • Type:  Personal | Professional

Dr. Joe Burns

  • Professor | Graduate Program Coordinator Organizational Communication | Southeastern Louisiana University
  • Relationship:  Former Professor | Head of Masters Program
  • Type:  Academic | Personal | Professional

Dr. Carol Madere

  • Associate Professor | Organizational Communication Graduate Program | Southeastern Louisiana University
  • Relationship:  Former Professor | Academic Mentor
  • Type:  Academic | Personal | Professional

Jason Hewitt

  • Writer | Director | Producer - Films in Motion
  • Relationship:  Former Producing Partner
  • Type:  Professional | Personal

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