Andrew Bakalar     Executive Producer and Principal               


Andrew has more than 25 years of experience as an executive producer, director, and screenwriter in scripted and unscripted entertainment. His experience covers features, digital short format content, documentaries, branded entertainment, and dramatic television. With 5 years spent running a Silicon Valley-funded digital communications startup, Andrew's expertise also extends to entertainment and virtual communications-related technology.
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Andrew's career began in Los Angeles, line producing children's television series for PBS and in development with 20th Century Fox while he obtained his MFA at the UCLA the School of Theater, Film, and Television. During this period, Andrew produced a number of award-winning shorts which secured international distribution via the Spanish distributor, Multimedia SA.

Post UCLA, Andrew wrote for Walt Disney Studios in the studio's prestigious Writing Fellowship Program. Screenwriting assignments followed with Touchstone Pictures, Sony Pictures, Jones Entertainment, and others, and he served as a co-Executive Producer with the mother of the Duchess of York on a BBC-destined TV series on elite horses of the world. Beginning in 1999, Andrew successfully raised $1.5 million from angel investors to produce and direct a feature based on his original script, "Eavesdropper." The film later aired on Lifetime Television in the U.S., and sold around the world. It is now the basis of a TV series contemplated for both Spanish and English markets. The trailer can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b64gh4xE7TQ.

In terms of his experience in technology, in 2009 Andrew founded One World Virtual (OWV), a digital communication startup, which within a year was funded by Citrix Systems. During his two years in the Bay Area, Andrew developed the beta for an online meetings platform based on his original UI/UX concepts. "OWV" fused traditional online meeting solutions like Skype or WebEx with 3D animated video environments like Second Life (for videos on One World Virtual, please go to YouTube).

Upon return to Washington in 2013, Andrew decided to make a lateral move into social impact communications. He served as a development consultant to a non-profit production company, Layalina Productions, focused on linking youth in the West and the Middle East through bridge-building entertainment. In 2017 he worked as a Senior Communications Consultant with the World Bank, focusing on renewable energy and various WBG capacity building projects.

Returning to entertainment in 2017, due to new opportunities afforded by the expansion of international content audiences, Andrew founded his current entrepreneurial venture, Avina Media, which is conceived as a "techno-tainment company." Avina seeks to tie entertainment productions in dramatic television and reality series with user engagement platforms created by Avina, which will also seek to fuse the mobile, online, and TV broadcast experiences, particularly for young audiences. Andrew invented a term to describe this new approach to techno-tainment: "T.I.E.," for Tech Infused Entertainment

Andrew attended Phillips Andover, earned his B.A. from Harvard University, and his M.F.A from UCLA. Having lived and worked in Spain and France, he speaks fluent Spanish and French, and he has an intermediate command of Italian, Portuguese, and German.
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