Management & Board of Directors
Richard J. Cook
Richard J. Cook is a veteran producer with seven theatrically-released feature films under his belt. He became Chairman of Gener8Xion Entertainment, Inc. on July 1, 2012, after stepping into the role of Chief Executive Officer on July 16, 2010. He was promoted to the office of the President in 2008, and previously served as Executive Vice President in charge of all operations for his duration since joining the company in 2000. Mr. Cook has managed productions of $2-25 million, carefully bringing each one in on time and on budget.
Mr. Cook has negotiated distribution contracts with some of the biggest studios, including 20th Century Fox, Paramount and Warner Bros. He has managed all aspects of theatrical releases from print bookers, release plans, media buys, film lab schedules and deliveries, collections from theaters, and reporting to the trades.
Prior to Gener8Xion, Mr. Cook was a visual effects producer at Santa Monica Studios, where he worked in the creation of 5,000 visual effects for television and film (including the Academy Award®—winning team for the feature film Independence Day). Mr. Cook worked with over 50 different studios and production companies including Universal, Paramount, Warner Bros., Disney, and 20th Century Fox on over 25 feature films, such as Godzilla, Men In Black, Star Trek: First Contact, and Dr. Doolittle. His commercial work includes Pepsi, Coca Cola, Lexus, and other Fortune 500 clients.
Mr. Cook currently resides in Los Angeles County, California with his wife Maria and three children.
Producer, Chief Creative Officer
UCLA alum Stephan Blinn is an accomplished writer-producer-director with seven feature films to his credit. He is also Chief Creative Officer for Gener8Xion Entertainment, where for the past twelve years he has overseen all creative aspects from development through post.
Mr. Blinn has shot all over the world on productions ranging from $5-25 million. His most notable successes include One Night with the King, the epic adaptation of the Book of Esther that became one of the most successful independent films of 2006, as well as 1999's number one independent film, The Omega Code, and Megiddo, the $22 million sequel that set sell-through records on home video.
Blinn has extensive experience directing and editing visual effects, commercials, music videos, "Making of" documentaries and live multi-camera television. A sought after writer/script doctor, he continues to work on numerous outside projects including Samuel Goldwyn's recent family release Cowgirls n' Angels.
Prior to joining Gener8Xion in 2000, Blinn had a children's book and screenplay optioned by Disney, ghost wrote the sequel to the sci-fi hit Lawnmower Man for New Line Cinema and served as Head of Development for acclaimed commercial director Farhad Mann Productions.
Blinn grew up surfing in Malibu before graduating from UCLA where he played football, crowning his career with the 1994 Rose Bowl. He is married to his high school sweetheart and has five children who are a never-ending source of imagination and joy.
Richard P. Towne
General Counsel and Entertainment Attorney
Mr. Towne is a California-licensed business lawyer and litigator whose practice includes business transactions throughout California and the United States.
His experience over the last 30 years includes federal and state court trials and appeals up to the United States Supreme Court, and various business, corporate and entertainment transactions.
He received his law degree from UCLA Law School in 1979.
Member of the Board
Ronald Heineman serves as member of the Board of Directorsand formerly served as Chairman of the Board of Directors until June 30, 2012.Mr. Heineman is the Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Début Broadcasting Corporation, a publicly held company. Mr. Heineman was formerly the Chief Executive Officer of Resolve Incorporated, ELS, Inc. and General Employment Enterprises, which are publically held companies. He is currently Managing Director of the Investment Fund, RiverFalls Financial Services, and has served on the board of directors with Début Broadcasting and other public companies. In addition, Mr. Heinemanhas served as Chief Restructuring Officer (CRO) and CEO of several of RiverFalls' portfolio companies.
Dr. Ken Stokes
Member of the Board
Dr. Ken Stokes serves as member of the Board of Directors. He served as founder, chairman, and CEO of Santa Barbara Transportation (1983-2002). He helped found Student Transportation of America (STA) and served on the Board of Directors and as a Senior Vice President (1997-2002). STA is now the third largest publically held school bus contractor North America.
Previously, Dr. Stokes was a Human Resources executive with Blue Cross, Lockheed, and Information Magnets. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in business from California State Polytechnic University, a master's degree in business from California State University at Long Beach, and a Ph.D. degree in business administration from the University of Santa Barbara. Dr. Stokes served as an instructor at the University of California at Santa Barbara.
Dr. Stokes serves on several local non-profit boards and was awarded Volunteer of the Year for 2010 - 2011 by the Santa Barbara County United Way where he serves on the Leadership Circle. Dr. Stokes has received numerous recognitions from the local members of Congress, the State Senate, and the State Assembly for his leadership and generosity to local schools.
He lives in Montecito, California with his wife Joyce, their two children and two grandchildren. Dr. Stokes has been a long-time supporter and stockholder of Gener8Xion Entertainment, Inc.
Matthew & Laurie Crouch
Matthew & Laurie Crouch, the husband-and-wife producing team, are the founders of Gener8Xion Entertainment, Inc. Mr. Crouch served as Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer from November 18, 2004 to July 16, 2010. Prior to that, Mr. Crouch was Chief Executive Officer of a Hollywood-based independent film and television production company, which produced the number one theatrically released, independent film of 1999, The Omega Code.
Mr. Crouch also produced other theatrically released films such as Megiddo, the sequel to The Omega Code, and the film The Champion. Mr. Crouch served as Vice President of Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN), the largest group owner of television stations in the world, where for 15 years he oversaw all aspects of production for both the film and television divisions.
Matthew & Laurie are frequent hosts on various programs that air weekly throughout the world on TBN. They currently live in Orange County, California with their two sons.