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MacGillivray Freeman produces a wide range of entertaining media tailored for multiple formats — from iPhone™ to IMAX®. Comprised of award-winning specialists in IMAX film production, marketing and distribution, we are a team passionate about visual storytelling, innovative cinematography and the latest advancements in digital technology. We offer a broad range of content producing services for multiple platforms, including theatrical, television, digital and social as well as inspiring educational media suited for public engagement campaigns.

 

Executive

Greg MacGillivray  |  Producer, Director, Cinematographer

President, MacGillivray Freeman Films
Producer, Director, Cinematographer
Chairman, MacGillivray Freeman Films Educational Foundation
Chairman, One World One Ocean Foundation

GregGreg MacGillivray is a giant-screen documentary filmmaker who has produced and directed some of the most successful films in the IMAX® film format, including the box-office hit “Everest” and the Academy Award®-nominated films “The Living Sea” and “Dolphins.” With 35 giant-screen IMAX/IMAX 3D films to his credit, MacGillivray has shot more 70mm film than anyone in cinema history—more than two million feet. He is the first documentary filmmaker to reach the $1 billion benchmark in worldwide ticket sales. An ardent ocean conservationist, MacGillivray and his wife Barbara recently founded the One World One Ocean Foundation, a non-profit public charity devoted to science education through giant-screen films and companion programming. The Foundation’s first initiative is the One World One Ocean campaign, MacGillivray’s most ambitious project yet: a sustained, multi-platform ocean media campaign aimed at changing the way people see and value the ocean. The campaign includes three IMAX films, a television series, a feature documentary, and a series of original Online programming—all to be released in collaboration with MacGillivray Freeman Films over the next five years. “To The Arctic” is the first film presentation of One World One Ocean. (www.oneworldoneocean.org).

Shaun MacGillivray  |  Producer, Managing Director

ShaunShaun MacGillivray is Managing Director of MacGillivray Freeman Films and the company’s One World One Ocean campaign, a multi-year, multi-platform ocean media initiative aimed at restoring the world’s oceans. He is the producer of the IMAX/IMAX 3D® film “To The Arctic,” the first film presentation of One World One Ocean and is currently producing the company’s forthcoming films “One World One Ocean” and “Everest: Conquering Thin Air.”  The son of Academy Award®-nominated filmmaker Greg MacGillivray, Shaun grew up on film locations all around the world.  Shaun graduated Magna Cum Laude from Emory University with a degree in economics, then went on to receive a graduate MFA degree in Film Production from the University of Southern California. Shaun and his wife Katie and son Charlie live in Laguna Beach, where they enjoy spending time with family.

Harrison Smith  |  Chief Operating Officer

HarrisonAfter a twenty-year career in international banking in New York City including a five-year stint at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, Harrison Smith joined MacGillivray Freeman Films in 1999 to oversee and manage the company’s day-to-day operations and all of its business matters, including strategic business development and corporate partnerships, sponsor recruitment, distribution contracts, co-production partnerships, corporate investments and finance.  Harrison has been instrumental in developing and managing production deals related to many of the company's films, including Adventures in Wild California, Journey Into Amazing Caves, Coral Reef Adventure, Mystery of the Nile, Greece:  Secrets of the Past, The Alps, and Grand Canyon Adventure: River at Risk.  In 2000, Harrison was the key architect of the MacGillivray Freeman Films Educational Foundation, a non-profit (c) (3) public charity founded by Greg MacGillivray to fund and produce giant screen films and companion educational programming, and serves as its Chief Financial Officer.  Harrison is currently a board member of the Discovery Science Center in Santa Ana, California.  He graduated Cum Laude from Claremont McKenna College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics.

Jeff Horst | Director of Finance

JeffJeff Horst’s career in accounting and finance spans more than 25 years.  He began his career with a national photofinishing firm where he served various corporate accounting roles, both in Southern California and Tampa, Florida.  He later moved to the Silicon Valley and served as Plant Controller for two photofinishing facilities in the Northwest.  Upon his return to Southern California, he continued his financial career with stints in the computer manufacturing, apparel and healthcare/medical device industries and most recently worked for eight years as Operations Accounting and Financial Reporting Manager for Advanced Sterilization Products, a Johnson & Johnson company.  Jeff joined MacGillivray Freeman Films in January 2005.  Born and raised in Costa Mesa, Jeff earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Accounting from California State University, Fullerton.  He is a member of the Institute of Management Accountants.

Barbara MacGillivray | Director of Partner Outreach

barbaraBarbara and Greg met in high school and making films has always been a part of their relationship, including bringing their two children, Meghan and Shaun, along with them whenever possible on film shoots. Over the years, Barbara has worked in multiple capacities with production and post-production of the films, but research has always been her passion. With a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, Barbara has also worked for 30 years in Children, Youth Services for the Orange County Health Care Agency as a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and devoted time to local philanthropic work. She continues to do research for films as well as partner outreach for the One World One Ocean Campaign.

Meghan MacGillivray | Outreach Manager, Executive Assistant to Greg MacGillivray

meghanMeghan grew up in California surrounded by the ocean and a film legacy. Daughter to Greg and Barbara MacGillivray, Meghan started working for MacGillivray Freeman Films as an intern in middle school. After obtaining a Master’s Degree in English from Chapman University and dabbling in culinary arts, she came back to work full-time for MFF. Meghan now works in outreach, social media, and research, as well as acting as Executive Assistant to Producer/Director Greg MacGillivray. She lives in Laguna Beach with her husband Louis.

 

Production

Stephen Judson  |  Vice President of Film Production and Post Production

SteveOver the past 25 years, Stephen Judson has made major creative contributions to nearly all of MacGillivray Freeman Film’s giant screen motion pictures.  As Vice President of Production and Post Production, he focuses mainly on crafting the films. Steve has directed six of the company’s films including the critically acclaimed films The Alps and Journey Into Amazing Caves. His skill as a producer, director and writer helped shape the company’s smash hit Everest (which he also edited).  Steve has lent his screenwriting talents to ten of the company’s giant screen films, including the Academy Award®-nominated film Dolphins. He has edited over two dozen films for the company, making him the most experienced editor in the giant screen field.

Before joining MacGillivray Freeman Films, Steve worked as a writer/director/editor at a number of production companies in Hollywood, including long stints at ABC and Universal Studios. He is a graduate of Yale University and holds a Master of Arts degree from the USC cinema school. He is a member of the Writer's Guild of America, and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. His miniature schnauzer, Maximillian, is in charge of security for MacGillivray Freeman Films.

Brad Ohlund  |  Director of Photography

Brad Ohlund has worked in the IMAX® industry for 25 years.  As Director of Photography, his projects with MacGillivray Freeman Films include “Everest,” “Dolphins,” “Adventures in Wild California,” “Journey Into Amazing Caves,” “Coral Reef Adventure,” “Mystery of the Nile,” “Greece: Secrets of the Past,” “Hurricane on the Bayou,” “Grand Canyon Adventure” and “Arabia.”  After attending Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara, California, Ohlund began his career with the classic film “To Fly!” Since then, his broad and varied assignments have included filming underwater reefs in the South Pacific and primitive tribes in New Guinea and Borneo.  He has filmed from a plane, through the eye of a hurricane and captured on IMAX film the fury of an approaching tornado.

Rob Walker  |  Associate Editor and First Camera Assistant

RobRob Walker began his career in large format filmmaking in 1993. Since then he has worked as an Assistant Editor, Associate Editor, Production Assistant and Assistant Cameraman on 17 giant screen films for MacGillivray Freeman Films. His varied workload has taken him from behind the editing machines to being launched off an aircraft carrier, rappelling into caves, climbing some of the highest peaks in Northern California, mountain biking with Marla Streb, rafting down the Nile River and hiking the rims of volcanoes in Greece.

Matthew Muller  |  Post-Production Coordinator

MatthewA 15-perf 70mm veteran, Matthew Muller has helped realize all of MacGillivray Freeman's giant screen films since joining the company in 1981. As Post-production Coordinator, he currently oversees negative handling from developing through negative cutting, answerprinting and the making of protection elements. Muller has designed title and credit layouts for a number of years, and contributed to Eastman Kodak’s 1996 re-design of 65mm negative edge numbering format. He works closely with optical, title, lab and film-finishing facilities to ensure that what the director and editor envision is realized on the giant screen.

 

Business Development

Shaun MacGillivray  |  Producer, Managing Director

ShaunShaun MacGillivray is Managing Director of MacGillivray Freeman Films and the company’s One World One Ocean campaign, a multi-year, multi-platform ocean media initiative aimed at restoring the world’s oceans. He is the producer of the IMAX/IMAX 3D® film “To The Arctic,” the first film presentation of One World One Ocean and is currently producing the company’s forthcoming films “One World One Ocean” and “Everest: Conquering Thin Air.”  The son of Academy Award®-nominated filmmaker Greg MacGillivray, Shaun grew up on film locations all around the world.  Shaun graduated Magna Cum Laude from Emory University with a degree in economics, then went on to receive a graduate MFA degree in Film Production from the University of Southern California. Shaun and his wife Katie and son Charlie live in Laguna Beach, where they enjoy spending time with family.

 

Sales / Marketing / Communications

Bob Harman  |  Director of Distribution

BobBob Harman began his career at MacGillivray Freeman Films in 1997 following 8 years as President of Lee and Associates Commercial Real Estate Services in Irvine, California. Prior to that he was the Western Regional Sales Manager for Xerox Medical Systems in Pasadena, California. He has a Bachelors degree in Business from the University of Oregon and a Masters degree in Finance from California State University Long Beach. He served for 3 years as a Finance Officer in the US Army. He has been happily married for over 25 years to his wife Dona and they have three grown children who are the “lights of their lives.”

Lori Rick  | Senior Director of Marketing and Communications

LoriLori Rick joined MacGillivray Freeman Films in 1998 following a 10-year career in book publishing. As Senior Director of Marketing and Communications, Lori is responsible for all aspects of the company’s corporate and film marketing.  In addition to developing each film’s marketing campaign, she also works with MacGillivray Freeman’s corporate  and NGO partners to activate their film campaigns, including Coca Cola, Teva, Porsche and World Wildlife Fund.  Lori also manages the company’s education program and book publishing projects and has overseen the publication of nine successful film tie-in books.   Lori has a Masters degree in English from New York University.

Mary Jane Dodge  |  Director of Theatre Marketing and Development

Mary JaneA twenty-nine-year veteran of the giant screen industry, Mary Jane Dodge joined MacGillivray Freeman Films in 2006 to develop strategic business partnerships, sponsorship opportunities and also to play a role in the marketing and distribution of films.  Mary Jane began her career in the giant screen industry by overseeing the successful launch and operation of numerous IMAX® Theatres in such prestigious museums as Boston’s Museum of Science, the Denver Museum of Natural History and the Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center.  She also helped launch the commercial giant screen theatre industry by launching and operating the first commercial IMAX theatre in New York City. The theatres in Boston and New York went on to become two of the most successful and influential theatres in the industry.   Throughout her career, Mary Jane has consulted for more than twenty-eight different institutions and giant screen theatres around the world including the Smithsonian Institution, the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia and the Museum of Science in Barcelona.  Her expertise lies in writing innovative marketing plans to help launch new films and new theatres and developing creative strategies for implementing marketing programs for film partners.

Chip Bartlett  |  Director of Distribution Media & Technology

Staff - ChipAs Director of Distribution Media and Technology, Chip Bartlett oversees physical distribution of all company film prints, as well as the transfer to Blu-ray, DVD and television. Chip began his career in live news and sports after attending the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication.  He eventually moved into television and film production at Warner Bros., Dreamworks, and Paramount working across the spectrum of production with writers, producers, directors and editors. Chip joined the company in 2006 after gaining experience with the 15perf/70mm format when he produced The Persistence of Dreams, which was the first recreation of Abraham Lincoln's assassination to ever be filmed at Ford's Theater in Washington D.C.

Jeff Girard | Director of Design

Starting in 1993 with the film The Discoverers, Jeff has created and produced award-winning print and online communications for MacGillivray Freeman Films, including film posters, websites, educational guides and marketing materials. He also serves as Design Director at The Surfer’s Journal. Jeff has taught design courses at California State University, Fullerton, The Laguna College of Art and Design and the University of the Nations. In addition, he has designed books and periodicals for The Surfer’s Journal, Surfer Magazine, Quiksilver, Hurley, and the Laguna Art Museum. He is a world-traveled surfer and lives in San Clemente, California.