Media & Entertainment :: Making an independent film in Hollywood with EJ Kavounas WG98

Date and Time
Tuesday, June 22, 2021
12:00pm— 1:00pm
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Tuesday, June 22, 2021, 12 Noon PDT – 1:00pm PDT

The Wharton Club of Southern California invites all members and non-members interested in Media & Entertainment to join us for a one on one discussion.  E.J. Kavounas WG98 produced a feature film called Hero Mode which will be released June 4, 2021, and stars Sean Astin and Mira Sorvino. Two other classmates Jeff Carpenter WG98 and David Reid WG98 were the Writer/Exec Producer and Video Game Consultant, respectively plus another alum Arik Prawer WG99 had his daughter star in the film!  E.J. will be talking about their experience making an independent film in Hollywood.  They all have careers in other industries so this was a learning experience.  Plus they completed post production during COVID.  To top it off, their distributor is a Huntsman!  Join us for what is sure to be an interesting event.

About the Speaker:

E.J. Kavounas WG98

E.J. Kavounas is a producer and investor. His latest feature, Hero Mode, stars Academy Award winner Mira Sorvino and Sean Astin (Lord of the Rings). He financed several feature films and media companies while working as a Managing Director at Credit Suisse including Empire State (starring Dwayne Johnson) and Escape Plan (starring Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger). He continues to consult with his client Grosvenor Park Media, a leading film finance company, on entertainment industry investments. In 2016, he founded the Webby Award winning science fiction portal Recursor.TV and created the original series Nina Unlocked winner 2017 Best Series, Boston Sci Fi Film Festival. He began his career on the television series Babylon 5. He has an MBA from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and attended Middlebury College. He is currently serving his third term as a Board Member of KIPP: SoCal Public Schools, a leading non-profit serving over 8,000 students primarily in South and East Los Angeles.

Other Wharton alumni involved in the project:

Jeff Carpenter WG98, Writer and Executive Producer


David Reid WG98, Video Game Consultant


Arik Prawer WG99, whose daughter starred in the film