Jack Saperstein has spent the past decade focused on business development, finance and legal affairs for production companies and media brands. A dual US-Canadian citizen, Jack has helped secure $100+ million in production services and Canadian content provincial and federal tax credits spanning 18+ seasons of both animated and live action television series.
As Finance Manager & Tax Credit Analyst for Yeti Farm Creative, Jack helped secure production service work to fill a new animation production pipeline in Kelowna, BC. Jack worked with the C.E.O. and board of directors to develop operations strategy pertinent to business expansion. Animated service work includes Hotel Transylvania: The Series.
As Business Affairs Manager for the multi-owned NBCUniversal International subsidiary, Lark Productions, Jack was responsible for managing all matters pertaining to business affairs, finance and legal affairs. Jack was responsible for drafting development and production budgets, federal and provincial tax credit applications, as well as applications to secure funding (Bell Media Fund, CAVCO, Creative BC, CMF, Telefilm, OMDC). He also assisted in structuring a primetime UK-Canada international treaty co-production and interprovincial treaty co-production. Canadian content series include The Real Housewives of Toronto and Motive.
Prior to joining Lark, Jack worked as the Business Affairs Coordinator and a development & production supervisor for Bardel Entertainment. While with Bardel, Jack supported the marketing, structuring and execution of the international multi-million dollar acquisition of Bardel Entertainment by the European leader in family entertainment, Rainbow. Jack also helped secure tax credits and subsidies for over 300 half hour episodes worth of animated content for clients including Adult Swim, DreamWorks, Disney, Nickelodeon and Warner Bros. Jack was a production supervisor for the animated series Teen Titans Go! and coordinated the development of Danny Antonucci’s unreleased series Snot Rocket for Teletoon.
Jack launched DefiEnt Digital Media in 2011. The web site and brand, initially intended as a vehicle for distributing original content, was acquired shortly after inception for promotion of artists affiliated with T.I.’s Atlanta-based Grand Hustle Records. Simultaneously, Jack began promoting and producing live music events taking place in Los Angeles, Las Vegas and Denver. Jack Co-produced music videos for indie electronic artists The White Panda and Minnesota Dubstep. Jack has worked many notorious venues and events throughout the Southwestern US, including The Key Club on Sunset, EDC Las Vegas, and Redrocks Amphitheater.
Jack grew up in Venice Beach, CA where he sold paintings, played bass and performed monologues in local underground scenes including Gary Austin’s The Groundlings Group. Jack spent years studying method acting and cold reading with veteran acting coaches Joanna Sanchez, Cynthia Bain and Paul Tuerpe. Abrams Artists Agency and Baron Entertainment represented Jack commercially and theatrically as a teen actor and in his first feature role, he performed alongside John C. Reilly and Margo Martindale in Judd Apatow’s Walk Hard: The Dewy Cox Story. That role lead to seven seasons of ADR voiceover work for various Warner Bros. Television primetime series and a guest starring role in Entertainment One’s Majority Rules!. Looking to expand his business knowledge, Jack then participated in an internship program for Entertainment One where he supported the teams of senior executives John Morayniss and Noreen Halpern.
Having worked both in front of the camera and behind the scenes, Jack has a unique skill set and understanding of how to balance the business and creative sides of each project. He’s well-versed in negotiating deal terms and drafting agreements, including services, assignment, quitclaim, rights acquisition, option, shopping, development, license, distribution, employment and contractor agreements. He is also experienced with co-production treaties, labour union guidelines, copyright registration, royalties collection, corporate structuring and filings, E&O & umbrella insurance. On the finance side, Jack is frequently engaged with managing CMF, CAVCO, CreativeBC, OMDC, Bell Fund, COGECO Telus Fund and Rogers Fund applications, and has also served as a production manager and development supervisor on animated projects.
Jack holds an M.B.A. from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and a B.A. in Film Studies from the University of Colorado Boulder.
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