THE TEAM

 “No matter what people tell you, words and ideas can change the world.”

- Robin Williams

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DAVID MILCH

Partner & President

Tal Lazar is an Israeli-American filmmaker and educator. As a cinematographer, Lazar worked on over a dozen narrative feature films domestically and internationally. Following the recognition of his work as a filmmaker, he was invited to teach at prestigious academic institutions such as the American Film Institute Conservatory, of which he is an alumnus. Nowadays, Lazar teaches at Columbia University, the City University of New York and Berklee College of Music.

Lazar completed his military service at the IDF with a sign of excellence in service bestowed on him by the president of Israel. Upon earning a BFA degree at Tel Aviv University, he moved to Los Angeles in 2007 to pursue a graduate degree at AFI. He was both the cinematographer and producer of Every Time I Die and co-founded MiLa Media in 2017.

Dr. David Milch is a 1980 graduate of Harvard medical school. Upon finishing his clinical and research responsibilities in 1984, Dr. Milch moved to New York City to pursue his business career, soon branching into venture investments in technology and the life sciences. In the last decade Dr. Milch has broadened his entrepreneurial focus to include early-stage medical device and biomedical companies based in Israel.
 

Dr. Milch has a long history of supporting the arts. He has invested and participated in producing live theatrical shows including Avenue Q, In the Heights, West Side Story and Finian’s Rainbow, for which he received a “Best Musical Revival” Tony Award nomination as producer in 2009.

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Tal Lazar

Founding Partner

Tal Lazar is an Israeli-American filmmaker and educator. As a cinematographer, Lazar worked on over a dozen narrative feature films domestically and internationally. Following the recognition of his work as a filmmaker, he was invited to teach at prestigious academic institutions such as the American Film Institute Conservatory, of which he is an alumnus. Nowadays, Lazar teaches at Columbia University, the City University of New York and Berklee College of Music.

Lazar completed his military service at the IDF with a sign of excellence in service bestowed on him by the president of Israel. Upon earning a BFA degree at Tel Aviv University, he moved to Los Angeles in 2007 to pursue a graduate degree at AFI. He was both the cinematographer and producer of Every Time I Die and co-founded MiLa Media in 2017.

Tal Lazar is an Israeli-American filmmaker and educator. As a cinematographer, Lazar worked on over a dozen narrative feature films domestically and internationally. Following the recognition of his work as a filmmaker, he was invited to teach at prestigious academic institutions such as the American Film Institute Conservatory, of which he is an alumnus. Nowadays, Lazar teaches at Columbia University, the City University of New York and Berkley College of Music.


Lazar completed his military service at the IDF with a sign of excellence in service bestowed on him by the president of Israel. Upon earning a BFA degree at Tel Aviv University, he moved to Los Angeles in 2007 to pursue a graduate degree at AFI. He was both the cinematographer and producer of Every Time I Die and co-founded MiLa Media in 2017.

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Ohad AshKENAZI

CEO

Ohad (Odi) Ashkenazi is a prolific media professional with experience in production, management, social media operations, distribution, content development, writing and directing. Among his many successes are the launch of the Israeli Comedy Central (on behalf of Viacom and Ananey Communications), a TV channel he then managed for five years after which he became a member of Comedy Central's International Development Advisory Team. Ohad developed many TV formats globally, initiated partnerships and co-productions and ultimately sold them to industry leaders such as Netflix, Viacom channels, Lifestyle and more. 

 

Ohad served as SVP of content at Mana Originals, Director at Keshet International and as a manager of the Israeli humor channel "Bip."He has also directed numerous TV award ceremonies and was the showrunner for several entertainment shows. 

Ohad (Odi) Ashkenazi is a prolific media professional with experience in production, management, social media operations, distribution, content development, writing and directing. Among his many successes are the launch of the Israeli Comedy Central (on behalf of Viacom and Ananey Communications), a TV channel he then managed for five years after which he became a member of Comedy Central's International Development Advisory Team. Ohad developed many TV formats globally, initiated partnerships and co-productions and ultimately sold them to industry leaders such as Netflix, Viacom channels, Lifestyle and more. 
 

Ohad served as SVP of content at Mana Originals, Director at Keshet International and as a manager of the Israeli humor channel "Bip."He has also directed numerous TV award ceremonies and was the showrunner for several entertainment shows. 

Phil Newsom is an Oscar-nominated, New York City film producer. Hailing from Denver, Colorado, Phil moved to NYC in 2006, where he led the creation of an international short film festival and founded ArtEffects, a forward-thinking arts organization dedicated to fostering artistic growth. Phil parlayed his past experiences into a successful, award-winning career in independent film, producing a dozen feature films and short films, for incredible filmmakers and actors. Phil produced, Feeling Through which starred the first deafblind actor to be in a lead role in a film, and it was nominated for an Academy Award for best Live-action short, in 2021. Phil's films have premiered at AMC Theatres, Netflix, Amazon Prime, and many other outlets and theaters across the globe. His films have won national and international awards. 

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Phil Newsom

CFO & Head of Production

Eli Zavala was born in Mexico and now lives in NYC. She enjoys working in both sides of the camera but her areas of expertise in the business of film are PR&MKT, sales, distribution and production. Her film “Still the Earth Moves” is considered as one of the best films of the year by the BFI (British Film Institute) Sight&Sound. Her productions have been released in North America, Europe, Asia and Latin America. Eli studied Law (Honors) at ITESM, specialized in intellectual property and served as Commissioner of Honor and Justice at the highly respected Phi Delta Phi while there. She is also a probono board member of Cinematográfica y Escenica de Mexico, a non for profit whose mission is to bring better representation of minorities to the screen. Eli is just passionate about films. 

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Eli Zavala

Film Sales & Distribution

Jessica Moore is a New York City based filmmaker and educator, who recently graduated with her Master's in Film from The City College of New York. Prior to attending City College, she received a Bachelor's in Film from Syracuse University, where she also studied and made films in Bologna, Italy and Prague, Czech Republic. Her senior thesis, Unattainable, screened at Altfest 2016 at Anthology FIlm Archives. Jessica also received a Master's in Teaching from RELAY Graduate School as she worked as a teacher in her home city of Brooklyn, New York. She's excited to be a part of MiLa-Media as the new Brand Protection Specialist to help keep copyrighted content protected for the company. 

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Jessica Moore

Brand Protection Specialist