Paul Yanover was named Fandango President in 2012, and since then has grown the company from a popular U.S. movie ticketing utility into an international digital network for all things movies. Serving more than 67 million unique visitors per month globally, Fandango provides best-in-class movie information, ticketing to more than 45, 000 screens worldwide, trailers and original video for movie discovery, home entertainment and movie fan merchandise.
Under Yanover's stewardship, the company's portfolio has grown to include a global suite of ticketing properties, including Fandango, MovieTickets.com and Flixster in the U.S.; Ingresso.com in Brazil; and Fandango Latin America, serving more than a dozen Spanish-speaking countries throughout the region. Fandango has pioneered many movie discovery and ticketing innovations with top online, mobile, social, AI bot and voice-activated technology platforms from Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Snapchat, Microsoft and others.
Yanover also added to the Fandango digital network world-renowned movie review site Rotten Tomatoes, Fandango Movieclips, the number one destination on YouTube for movie trailers and content and transactional video on-demand service, FandangoNOW.
Before being named to his post at Fandango, Yanover served as executive vice president and managing director of Disney Online, where he oversaw all Disney-branded initiatives on the Internet and mobile web, from Disney.com to Disney's suite of premium digital products including online games, virtual worlds, network of family targeted sites, and streaming service Disney Movies Online. Yanover began his career with Disney at Walt Disney Feature Animation, ultimately becoming vice president of technology and digital production for the division, and also served as senior vice-president of Disney Parks & Resorts Online, overseeing the ecommerce business across Disney's resorts and theme parks.
Yanover holds a Master of Science Degree in Computer Science from the University of Southern California and a double honors Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Economics degree from the University of Western Ontario.
Senior Vice President, Chief Commercial Officer
Kevin Shepela leads all commerce initiatives and business operations for Fandango, the ultimate digital network for all things movies. Shepela is responsible for developing and managing strategic exhibitor partnerships and overseeing the transactional operations for the company's global suite of ticketing properties, including Fandango, MovieTickets.com and Flixster in the U.S.; Ingresso.com in Brazil; and Fandango Latin America in more than a dozen Spanish-speaking countries across the region.
In recent years, Shepela has been instrumental in extending Fandango's ticketing business to hundreds of new exhibitors and expanding the company's global screen count to more than 45,000. He also oversees Fandango's digital and physical gift card business, selling gift cards online and at more than 77,000 retail outlets nationwide. He also directs the services groups that manage the day-to-day support for both customers and exhibitors. During his tenure at Fandango, Shepela has also led business development and helped expand the company's commerce distribution.
Before joining Fandango, Shepela led business development initiatives across a number of the former Comcast Interactive Media (CIM) properties; most notably, Comcast Digital Entertainment and DailyCandy. Prior to CIM, he was VP of Strategy and Business Development at retail digital ad network RippleTV, focusing on retail distribution and strategic partnerships. Shepela has also held business development roles at Yahoo! Entertainment, Movielink and Loudeye.
Kevin holds an MBA from Pepperdine's Graziadio School of Management and a BA in economics from UCLA.
Senior Vice President, Chief Creative Officer
Sandro Corsaro is Senior Vice President, Chief Creative Officer at Fandango, the ultimate digital network for all things movies. Corsaro provides strategic and operational leadership for all content development and creative executions across the company's online and mobile movie discovery and commerce properties, including ticketing brands Fandango, MovieTickets.com and Flixster; world-renowned movie review site, Rotten Tomatoes; Fandango Movieclips, the number one destination on YouTube for movie-related content and trailers, and video on-demand service, FandangoNOW.
Corsaro oversees visual design, editorial, content development and social media teams, as well as Fandango's robust video production unit, which creates original video content that runs across Fandango's digital portfolio and social channels. He has been instrumental in the strategic brand design and user experience of Fandango's many movie discovery and commerce innovations on top of online, mobile, social, AI bot and voice-activated technology platforms from Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Snapchat, Microsoft and others. Corsaro also works closely with the NBCUniversal ad sales organization to develop creative marketing solutions for studio clients and brand partners to reach the Fandango digital network's massive audience of entertainment fans.
A seasoned content creator, producer and animator, Corsaro was the executive producer and creator of the Disney XD animated series, “Kick Buttowski: Suburban Daredevil,” where he led all aspects of the Emmy Award-nominated show including writing, design, animation, and casting. Prior to that, Corsaro held the position of creative director at Disney Interactive where he supervised all online creative across design development, original content, ad sales, and user experience, as well as overseeing the company's connected, cross-platform media experiences. During his tenure at Disney Interactive, Corsaro oversaw two major re-launches of Disney.com, successfully helping increase traffic to successive record levels. Corsaro has also designed and consulted for clients such as Adobe Systems, MTV Networks, The Marketing Store Worldwide and Warner Bros.
Corsaro graduated from The University of Southern California with degrees in both Fine Arts and Animation.
Senior Vice President & General Manager, Rewards Programs
Jason Davis is responsible for the management of Fandango Rewards, the loyalty and rewards business division at Fandango. Davis oversees all sales, marketing and daily operations for the Fandango Rewards group, which helps connect major brands and their consumers with blockbuster movies through creative ticketing and movie streaming promotions and customer loyalty programs. Davis also works closely with NBCUniversal's Digital Media Sales unit for integrated campaigns and cross-media planning, using Fandango's movie ticket, concession rewards and virtual rewards to help drive customer engagement and purchase intent.
Prior to Fandango, Davis was the EVP of Marketing and Product Innovation for Quantum Rewards, a consumer loyalty and incentives company and creator of Hollywood Movie Money™, the nation's most widely accepted promotional movie certificate. Quantum was acquired by Fandango in 2013. Prior to that, Davis was SVP, Product and Technology for Examiner.com, where he managed the product development, creative, technology and project management teams.
Davis spent more than six years at The Walt Disney Company in various senior level positions. Most recently, he was the VP of Disney Online, responsible for business management, product development and operations for all Disney-branded online and mobile entertainment products and online destinations, including the #1 online destination for kids and families, Disney.com. While at Disney, Davis and his team won numerous awards for their online and mobile products, including an Emmy Award for interactive media.
Senior Vice President, PMO
Lisa Holleran is SVP, PMO at Fandango, the ultimate digital network for all things movies. She oversees all program management functions across Fandango's digital network, which includes online ticketing properties Fandango, MovieTickets.com and Flixster in the U.S.; Ingresso.com in Brazil; and Fandango Latin America; as well as world-renowned movie review site, Rotten Tomatoes; and the fast-growing on-demand video service, FandangoNOW.
At Fandango, Lisa Holleran has built a program management team responsible for creating and driving product development roadmaps across the business. Her team works in partnership with product, technology, business development and executive teams to deliver compelling digital products that serve hundreds of millions of moviegoers worldwide each year.
Prior to joining Fandango, Holleran was the Head of Program Management at GoPro. She has also held senior positions at leading technology companies such as eBay, Adobe and LucasArts, where she built and managed teams that oversaw the development of highly regarded consumer technology products, including Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Creative Cloud, Palm hand held devices and ecommerce capabilities on the eBay Marketplaces platform.
Chief Marketing Officer
Lori Pantel is the Chief Marketing Officer for Fandango, the ultimate digital network for all things movies. Pantel directs all brand and marketing strategies across the company's ecommerce and editorial content portfolio, including Fandango, Rotten Tomatoes, Flixster, MovieTickets.com, Fandango Movieclips, and the fast-growing on-demand video service, FandangoNOW.
Throughout her career, Pantel has effectively redefined and executed strategies for global consumer brands, with a focus on ensuring a cohesive global brand DNA that resonates with consumers, retailers and partners. Before joining Fandango, Pantel served as Senior Vice President and Global General Manager for Mattel's Girls' brands. In this role, Pantel oversaw global teams responsible for worldwide brand and marketing strategy, creative execution and product development for Mattel's Monster High and Ever After High brands, as well as the company's DC Super Hero Girls line. Prior to that, Pantel served as Vice President of Marketing for Mattel's North America Division, Vice President of Global Brand Marketing, and Associate Brand Manager on the Barbie brand.
Pantel earned a Bachelor of Commerce degree from McGill University in Montreal, and an MBA degree from Harvard Business School. She resides in Los Angeles with her husband and two sons Jack and Will.
Chief Financial Officer
Dee Patel is the Chief Financial Officer of Fandango, the ultimate digital network for all things movies, where she oversees all of the company's financial functions. Her career spans more than 20 years of varied experience in financial management, business development, and corporate strategy.
Before joining Fandango, Patel was the Chief Financial Officer of Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. In this role, Patel executed business development initiatives and played a key role in NBCU's 2016 acquisition of DreamWorks Animation. Prior to that, Patel served in numerous senior-level roles within the Universal Film Group – from oversight roles in global controllership to operational roles handling finance and logistics. She has also held business and finance positions at GE Capital and General Motors.
Patel trained with PwC in London and earned her equivalent to the CPA, specializing in transaction services and corporate finance. She graduated top of her class at the University of Nottingham with a degree in Economics.
Senior Vice President, Head of Business & Legal Affairs
Kerry Samovar serves as SVP, Head of Legal and Business Affairs for Fandango, the ultimate digital network for all things movies. In leading the legal and business affairs group at Fandango, he is responsible for structuring and negotiating Fandango's contractual relationships, setting legal policy, supporting M&A activity, litigation, intellectual property, compliance and other legal, administrative and business affairs activities.
Samovar oversees legal and business affairs functions for all properties in Fandango's portfolio, which includes online ticketers MovieTickets.com and Flixster in the U.S.; Ingresso.com in Brazil; and Fandango Latin America, serving more than a dozen Spanish-speaking countries. He is also responsible for world-renowned movie review site Rotten Tomatoes; Fandango Movieclips, the number one destination on YouTube for movie trailers and content; and the fast-growing on-demand video service, FandangoNOW.
Samovar has served in a number of senior legal leadership roles at technology and media companies, including SVP & Deputy General Counsel at Rovi Corporation (now known as Tivo), SVP of Legal Affairs for Gemstar-TV Guide, and SVP of Policy & Legal Affairs and Chief Privacy Officer for Ticketmaster. He has also served as the General Counsel of Styleclick, a publicly traded e-commerce company controlled by IAC, and General Counsel of New.net, an Idealab-funded domain name and search company. Samovar also worked in legal and business affairs at Universal Home Entertainment, Universal Television, and USA Networks, where he was the VP of Business & Legal Affairs, after starting his career at Latham & Watkins. Samovar holds both a JD and BA from UC Berkeley.
Chief Technology Officer
Braxton Woodham leads Fandango's product and technology groups, and is responsible for building and operating products that serve the needs of moviegoers and fans for the company's network of digital brands, including Fandango, Rotten Tomatoes, Flixster, MovieTickets.com, and the fast-growing on-demand video service, FandangoNOW. He drives new product initiatives and continued innovation in the areas of ticketing, e-commerce and content engagement across a variety of platforms including web services, social integrations, mobile applications and connected devices.
Woodham brings to Fandango many years of strong technical and product leadership with proven ability to scale operations teams from seed stage start-ups to hyper-growth mode, managing 100-plus person teams across multiple locations. He joined Fandango from Sun Basket, where he was the Co-Founder, President and CTO. Previously, Woodham co-founded Tap11, Inc., which was acquired by AVOS Systems in 2011. He also served as the CTO of InfoSpace's mobile division and held executive roles at Moviso, Sony Music Digital Media Ventures and US Web. His mobile and online products have been honored with Webby Awards and Mobile Excellence Awards. Earlier in his career, Woodham served as Lead Propulsion Engineer for two Atlas missions and was a decorated Captain in the United States Air Force.
Senior Vice President, Global Strategy & Business Development
Mark Young leads Global Strategy and Business Development for Fandango, the ultimate digital network for all things movies. Mark is focused on providing insights into consumer and technology trends and capitalizing on them to grow all lines of Fandango's business, domestically and internationally, including FandangoNOW, the company's fast-growing on-demand video service, FandangoNOW, Rotten Tomatoes and Movieclips.
Mark also oversees distribution and co-marketing of mobile services, commerce and video with third-party partners such as mobile network providers, handset manufacturers, connected devices, social media and digital video platforms, app stores and retailers.
Mark joined NBCUniversal from Comcast Interactive Media (CIM) where he led mobile strategy and business development across a portfolio of digital properties, as well as co-led the strategy and go-to-market launch of Xfinity's initial video service on iOS (iPad & iPhone) and Android devices.
Prior to Comcast, Young was at The Walt Disney Company for seven years, of which the last three years he served as the vice president of strategy and business development for The Walt Disney Internet and Mobile Group. Prior to Disney, he was the vice president of business development and partner management for mobile data services pioneer Moviso/Infospace, and an executive at IBM's Innovation Center where he advised studios and media companies on digital asset distribution and management.
He is a member of the Center of Technology Management at USC.
Vice President, Communications
Dana Benson is VP, Communications for Fandango, the ultimate digital network for all things movies. Benson directs all corporate communications and public relations functions across the company's ticketing, ecommerce and editorial content portfolio including Fandango, Rotten Tomatoes, Flixster, MovieTickets.com, and the fast-growing on-demand video service, FandangoNOW. She also oversees public relations for subsidiaries Ingresso.com in Brazil, and Fandango Latin America.
Prior to joining Fandango, Benson was Director, Public Relations at Disney Interactive where she led public relations efforts for The Walt Disney Company's Internet businesses including Disney.com, DisneyFamily.com, DisneyBaby.com and Babble.com, and Disney-branded online games, virtual worlds and mobile apps. Benson has held senior positions at top family entertainment and technology companies including Hasbro, Mattel and Broderbund Software, and public relations agencies Edelman, B/HI and The Lippin Group. Benson earned a BS in business administration at the University of Southern California Marshall School of Business.
Head of Human Resources
Katie Ibay is Head of Human Resources for Fandango, the ultimate digital network for all things movies. A veteran human resources professional, Ibay directs all employee relations, talent development and recruitment, organizational and productivity solutions, company culture initiatives and more, for the company's suite of movie ticketing brands including Fandango, MovieTickets.com and Flixster; movie review site, Rotten Tomatoes; and the fast-growing on-demand video service, FandangoNOW. Ibay also oversees human resources for Fandango's Latin American subsidiaries Ingresso.com in Brazil and Fandango Latin America, serving more than a dozen Spanish-speaking countries throughout the region.
Prior to joining Fandango, Ibay was the VP of Human Resources for the Brand Development division within the Universal Filmed Entertainment Group, a unit of NBCUniversal. She has also held executive level human resources positions at Sony Pictures Entertainment's television and home entertainment divisions, as well as at Activision Blizzard, the world's leading video game publisher. Before entering the entertainment business, Ibay oversaw human resources for the west coast division of Nestle Waters North America, the largest water company in North America and managed a variety of human resources functions for Citibank. Ibay earned a BS in labor relations degree at Cornell University.
Vice President, Advertising Sales & Strategy
Hilary Maitland is VP, Advertising Sales and Strategy for Fandango, the ultimate digital network for all things movies, and a unit of NBCUniversal. In her role, Maitland builds integrated advertising and marketing solutions for clients across Fandango's portfolio of digital brands, including Fandango, Rotten Tomatoes, Fandango Movieclips, MovieTickets.com and Flixster, reaching more than 67 million unique visitors per month. Her account teams work with Fandango's content and marketing groups to innovate custom activations, such as branded entertainment, original video, social media marketing, online and mobile advertising, and more.
Maitland began her digital career at Yahoo!, where she started in the sales group as an entertainment account manager and was promoted into a leadership role, responsible for launching a new mobile and innovation advertiser solutions group. After five years at Yahoo!, Maitland joined The Walt Disney Company to launch the mobile and social gaming advertiser solutions group for Disney Consumer Products and Interactive, focused on video, social and mobile games for Disney, Marvel, and Star Wars brands.
As location technology was becoming an even more important data source for mobile advertising, Maitland joined Thinknear, a mobile locations ad network owned by navigation company Telenav, to lead the national client strategy team. Prior to launching her career in digital ad sales, Maitland held other sales and marketing positions, including as the founder of an extreme sports marketing agency and designer and founder of high-end dog collar company, My Hollywood Dog.