Founders

Mary E. Dickinson Chief Executive Officer

Mary Dickinson has 20 years of experience in building businesses, investment and restructuring in the entertainment and sports sectors.  She restructured and ran micro-cap media companies Teton Gravity Research (TGR). With extreme sports film production company TGR, she restructured debt with: banks, talent, and industry suppliers;  secured  representation with leading talent agency CAA; cut a mass market distribution DVD deal, developed multi-platform revenue streams; produced two NBC Primetime pilots with Ben Silverman’s television production company Reveille  (producers of Biggest Loser, The Office, Ugly Betty); hired Aura 360 to secure and structure TGR’s deal Jeep World of Adventure Sports TV series on NBC.

After TGR, Dickinson was lead financial and business development consultant to RedBone Films, producer of Stephanie Daley,  a Sundance award winner . During the dot-com era, she raised $8.5 million from notable angel investors and was named a Silicon Alley Woman of the Year.

Dickinson started her career on U.S. Senator Daniel P. Moynihan’s staff. She was then agent to Indianapolis 500 champion Arie Luyendyck.  Dickinson received her AB  in European Studies from Smith College where she also earned 12 varsity letters.

Charlene Fisher – President and Chief Operating Officer

Charlene Fisher

Charlene Fisher has 16 years of experience in business development and restructuring in the entertainment, sports and Internet industries. Fisher’s experience as both strategic planning and new business development consultant as well as well as CEO and president of small, cutting edge companies provides her with the operational and managerial experience DF Independent Studios (DFIS) will need to reach its greatest level of success. Fisher’s focus will be on implementing operational structure, strategic planning, fiscal responsibility, investor communication and management/leadership for DFIS.

Among her accomplishments include work with some of the most recognizable consumer and entertainment brands and properties including GE Asset Management, France Telecom/GlobeCast, ABC, NBC, HBO, CBC, ESPN, The Golf Channel, USA Networks, The Masters, the NBA, NHL, MLB, the PGA and LPGA Tours, the AVP Tour, the WTA Tour, World Cup 1998, String and A Can Productions and RedBone Films.

Fisher most recently restructured and managed a portfolio company for GE Asset Management and then worked with RedBone Films to develop a dynamic new independent film production business model. This model was the predecessor to DFIS. RedBone Films’ first indie production, Stephanie Daley, went on to receive numerous film festival awards including the prestigious 2006 Sundance Film Festival Screenwriter’s Award.