George Michael Kostuch

Resume | Qualifications | References



Overview

Seasoned career professional with expert level background in high end film & video production, brand enforcement, marketing, sales, communications, and creative solutions including entrepreneurial ventures within communications, media, entertainment, and health sectors. Highly skilled enterprise level negotiator able to drive strategic national and global marketing & sales initiatives.  Intuitive 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 post-graduate degrees including extensive research and study of interpersonal relations, behavioral group threats, and multi-layered OrgCommunications. Ability to use images & words as tools to incite 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
  • Internal | External Communication    Executive Leadership
  • Recruiting | Hiring | Training                The Importance of Followers
  • Project Management                                  C-Suite Ops
  • P/L Management                                         Change | Conflict | Crisis Management
  • Avoiding Group Think                               Face Saving as an Investment
  • Human Behavior                                          Negotiations
  • Equity Financing                                          Business Strategy
  • Scientific Research Methods                   The Business of Sociology

Education

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

Professional Experience

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

Head of Motion Picture Production and Marketing

Founder of K7 as independent creative content production company. Directed all aspects of creative, storytelling, development, budget oversight, 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 to include budget creation and management, employee contract management, vendor relations, and creation of global marketing campaigns, et al.
  • Conceptualize and oversee creation of marketing materials, including, but not limited to, artwork, one-sheets, EPKs, social media pages, websites, and film trailers.
  • Conceptualize and oversee creation of marketing materials, including, but not limited to, artwork, one-sheets, EPKs, social media pages, websites, and film trailers.
    Interface with key clients such as NBCUniversal Syfy; Netflix, Redbox, Walmart, iTunes, and Amazon. Collaborating to deliver master delivery materials and robust communication and marketing campaigns for worldwide distribution of creative content.

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

Head of Worldwide Marketing, Sales 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 responsive, consumer-driven organization through participation and grassroots research at markets including Cannes, Sundance, Tribeca, Toronto, and the American Film Market.
  • Manage creation & budgeting for worldwide email, social media and traditional communication and marketing campaigns for multiple products, over multiple years, and multiple individual revenue windows.  
  • 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.  
  • Licensed three K7PICTURES titles to NBCUniversal’s Syfy over a 4-year period (two in one-day) and one to Marvista Entertainment during the same period, using targeted, in-house communications and marketing campaigns.

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

Creative Director & Head of Marketing 

Perform 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 commercial advertising products for corporate clients. Managed collaborative group brainstorm sessions in order to reach prolific levels of creativity.   

Selected Contributions:


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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