Mr. Climan is recognized as one of the most innovative deal creators in the worlds of media and entertainment. Since 1999, through his company Entertainment Media Ventures, Mr. Climan has been actively working on a portfolio of venture-backed companies at the forefront of the digital media revolution. He also serves as a senior advisor to global corporations on their media and entertainment initiatives. In traditional media, Mr. Climan has maintained an active role in developing motion picture and television properties. Mr. Climan took up his post as CEO of All Nippon Entertainment Works Inc. as of February 2012.
Mr. Climan serves on several professional and charitable boards, including the American Cinematheque, the Yale School of Management CEO Leadership Institute, and the UCLA School of Theater, Film & Television. He also serves as an advisor to the World Economic Forum on entertainment and media.
Sanford R. (Sandy) Climan is the CEO of All Nippon Entertainment Works Inc. (ANEW), with offices in Tokyo and Los Angeles. Funded by Innovation Network Corporation of Japan (INCJ), ANEW is a global entertainment studio that adapts, co-develops and produces the best creative properties and brands from Japan into English Language, global entertainment. ANEW is supported in this effort by a consortium of the most important entertainment, media and communications companies in Japan.
In 1999, Mr. Climan founded Entertainment Media Ventures (EMV), a company active in media investment and strategic advisory work, with a particular focus on innovative technologies pushing forward the boundaries of media and entertainment. Mr. Climan has also been active in both motion picture and television production, most notably as Executive Producer of the first digital live-action 3D motion picture, “U2 3D,” Co-Executive Producer of the CBS primetime series “Robbery Homicide Division,” and as Producer of “The Aviator,” the Howard Hughes biographical feature film directed by Martin Scorsese and starring Leonardo DiCaprio, for which Mr. Climan was awarded a British Academy Award and a Golden Globe Award.
Prior to founding EMV, Mr. Climan served in a number of corporate senior management positions in media and entertainment. From 2007 to 2010, Mr. Climan served as the first CEO of 3ality Digital, a leading company in the development and commercialization of technologies which enable perfect digital 3D image capture, digital 3D broadcast and software that enables consumer applications of 3D entertainment. Within four years, Mr. Climan took the company from no certified products to 3ality being recognized as a global leader in 3D technology.
Earlier positions have included Executive Vice President and President of Worldwide Business Development of Universal Studios from 1995 to 1997, and as a member of the senior management team at Creative Artists Agency from 1986 to 1995 and 1997 to 1999, serving as both a talent agent and as founding head of CAA’s corporate representation practice. At Universal, Mr. Climan oversaw corporate international strategy, strategic marketing and five studio operating divisions with $1.4 billion in sales: Consumer Products, Home Video, Pay Television, New Media and Spencer Gifts. At CAA, Mr. Climan was part of the senior management team for 12 years, representing talent including Robert De Niro, Robert Redford, Kevin Costner, Danny DeVito, and Michael Mann. Mr. Climan also served as the founding head of CAA’s corporate practice, working with global companies including Sony Corporation on its acquisition of Columbia Pictures, Matsushita Electric on its acquisition of MCA/Universal, Coca-Cola on revitalizing its advertising, Credit Lyonnais on the restructuring of MGM, and NYNEX, Bell Atlantic and Pacific Telesis on the creation of their video joint venture, Tele-TV.
Prior to joining CAA, Mr. Climan held various executive positions in the entertainment industry. He served as President of Lion’s Gate Studios; President of Wescom Productions, a subsidiary of Chronicle Publishing; and Vice President of Production for The David Gerber Company, a major independent television company. He began his career at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, overseeing pay-television, international theatrical distribution and, later, working in feature film production.
Mr. Climan serves on several professional and charitable boards, including The American Cinematheque, The Fulfillment Fund, The Chief Executive Leadership Institute of the Yale School of Management, and the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television. He is a member of the Advisory Committee to the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and also serves as an advisor on entertainment and media to the World Economic Forum and its Annual Gathering in Davos, Switzerland.