Sharan Sklar

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Sharan Sklar founded Sklar Media in 2000 to provide business strategy, marketing and organizational management services to media related businesses and nonprofit organizations. Sharan works with leaders to identify, organize and prioritize goals and to develop the strategies to realize them. Prior to forming Sklar Media, Sharan launched and headed Blow Up Pictures, a leading digital film production company. During her tenure, she oversaw the selection and production of three features, including Chuck and Buck (Sundance Film Festival, distributed by Artisan Entertainment), Series 7 (Sundance Film Festival, distributed by USA Films) and Breathe In/Breathe Out (Toronto Film Festival). Sharan supervised all aspects of company operations, including financial reporting, development and distribution of production funds. She produced the company business plan and corporate presentation package. She also created and implemented a successful marketing campaign that resulted in substantial print, on-line, television and radio press coverage. Sharan also served as the director of the Independent Feature Film Market, the largest independent film market in the USA. She managed all Market operations, including the review and screening of over 300 films, planning and implementation of the press and advertising campaigns, production of five publications, and negotiations of facility and production contracts. She hired and oversaw a twenty-five person staff and administered an operating budget of $1 million. Sharan began her career in film programming and education, working at the American Museum of the Moving Image, the African Film Festival, Inc. and the International Museum of Photography at the George Eastman House, among others. She has served as a juror, panelist and moderator at festivals and conferences all over the world, including Sundance, Newport, Rio de Janeiro, Los Angeles, Montreal, South By Southwest and IFFCON. Sharan has delivered lectures and seminars at the Buenos Aires International Film Festival, New York University and the International Television Association. She currently sits on several nonprofit boards.