David L. Garber C.E.O.

     In 1975, Garber began his career in theatrical distribution with Sunn Classic Pictures working as a copyrighter and backroom personnel.  Moving up through the ranks managing operations, theatrical sales, marketing and distribution.  He became Vice President East Coast Sales for Associated Film Distribution, and then segued to film buying for a regional theatrical chain.  He then became Division Manager for Roger Corman’s New World Pictures, again moving up the ranks to the position of Assistant General Sales Manager, North America.  He then became Vice President of Acquisitions and Ancillary Sales, before moving to President of Marketing and Distribution for Charles Band’s Empire Pictures in 1987.  He worked in a variety of Senior Executive positions at various independent distribution companies including New World Pictures, Epic Productions and Michael Douglas’ Stone Group Pictures where he managed operations, sales, and marketing of the releases of several major features through Columbia Pictures Entertainment including Double Impact starring Jean-Claude Van Damme.  Garber managed at these entities. 

     He then moved to LIVE Entertainment where he was a key member in the management team that helped the company to grow from potential bankruptcy to a profitable, publicly held status.  During his tenure at LIVE, he was responsible for all the company’s operations, post-production, purchasing, theatrical sales, television and ancillary sales.  He then created the company’s Television division where he negotiated several multi-million dollar television output arrangements including the company’s Showtime and All American deals.  While at LIVE, Garber created its New Media Division where he supervised all of LIVE’s Interactive and worldwide sales activities the independent leader in this field. 

     Most recently, he formed Lantern Lane Entertainment as the principal officer of the company, he licenses films in all areas of entertainment and consults on marketing and distribution issues worldwide.  Most recent projects include consulting on "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" and the licensing, consulting, and implementation on the U.S. release and Academy campaign for Charlize Theron's "MONSTER".  Lantern Lane also recently formed a theatrical division to help independents release on a limited basis.  The company's initial releases were "Aileen: The Life and Death of a Serial Killer" from Nick Broomfield and "Seeing Other People" from Pariah, Gavin Polone's company.  As producer's reps and sales agents, the company places about 30-50 titles into varying rights license agreements annually.


Lantern Lane Entertainment, November 1997 – Present           

President/CEO and Co-Founder

  • Lantern Lane Entertainment is a full service marketing and distributing solution for entertainment properties in the U.S. and throughout the world.  The company has been conceived to offer strategic planning and marketing implementation to production companies and individual producers.  It sells, creates, develops, and produces original Film and Television product.

 LIVE Entertainment, Van Nuys, CA, July 1996 – November 1997         

Executive Vice President of Television and New Media

  • Created DVD division, responsible for strategic planning, marketing, and production of all DVD product to date
  • Managed all sales and marketing of LIVE’s Television library
  • Formed LIVE’s Television production division
  • Created New Media division responsibilities for all LIVE’s Interactive and World Wide Web activities
  • Managed all ancillary sales and new business activities
 LIVE Entertainment, Van Nuys, CA, February 1993 – July 1996            

Senior Vice President of Marketing and Distribution

  • Co-Managed Theatrical Distribution and Marketing
  • Oversaw LIVE’s Operations Department responsible for the inventory, production, manufacturing, and management of over 8 million units in Video annually
  • Managed all Corporate purchasing
  • Managed Post Production responsible for the creation of all marketing materials, delivery of elements for all sales contracts, acceptance of all acquisition elements
  • Managed all Television sales and marketing
 Epic Productions, Inc., Los Angeles, CA, May 1990 – January 1993    

Senior Vice President, Marketing and Distribution

  •  Management of domestic marketing and distribution for theatrical, video, pay-per-view, pay-tv, free-tv and all other ancillaries
  • Supervision of video and theatrical distribution output arrangements with Columbia Pictures for Michael Douglas’s Stone Group Ent. and Epic Prod.
 Epic Productions, Inc., Los Angeles, CA, May 1989 – May 1990          

Vice President, Acquisitions and Ancillary Sales

  • Acquired rights of fully financed feature films for all markets worldwide
  • Licensed all domestic ancillary rights

 Empire Pictures, Inc., Los Angeles., CA, April 1988 – May 1989                      

President, Worldwide Marketing and Distribution

  • Developed concepts and full scale marketing and distribution plans for all product
  • Supervised all branch operations and accounting
  • Supervised and negotiated all product acquisitions and domestic ancillary sales
  • Licensed, marketed and settled worldwide film rights
  • Created, managed and marketed overseas sales company

 New World Entertainment, Ltd., L.A., CA, June 1987 – April 1988       

Vice President, Acquisitions and Ancillary Sales

  • Acquired rights of fully financed feature films for all markets worldwide
  • Licensed all domestic ancillary rights
 New World Entertainment, Ltd., L.A., CA, February 1986 – June 1987      

Assistant General Sales Manager

  • Supervised domestic theatrical branches and account receivables nationwide
  • Consulted on national marketing policies
  • Managed specialized theatrical distribution projects
  • Sold, negotiated and settled national accounts

 New World Entertainment, Ltd.,  Philadelphia , PA, April 1982 – February 1986 

District Sales Manager

  • Negotiated and licensed product in the Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Boston and New Haven film exchanges
  • Created localized promotions and publicity campaigns
  • Consulted on local marketing and media budgets

 Budco Quality Theatres, Philadelphia, PA, March 1981 – April 1982       

Film Buyer and Booker

  • Screened and evaluated major first run theatrical product
  • Booked, programmed and licensed films for circuit-wide exhibition
 Associated Film Distribution Corp.,  Phila, PA, April 1979 – March 1981

Branch Manager

  • Negotiated and licensed product in the Washington, D.C. film exchange area, and managed office and accounting operations

 Sunn Classic Pictures, Inc.,     Washington, D.C., June 1977 – April 1979

Area Manager

  • Negotiated and licensed product in all northeastern film exchanges
  • Conducted marketing analysis and feature placement planning
  • Budgeted advertising, produced TV advertising taglines and managed office operations
  • Sold local television syndication packages
 Sunn Classic Pictures, Inc., Boston, MA, February 1976 – June 1977  

Operations Manager

  • Booked film and managed theatre hosting operation and cash flow
  • Budgeted and placed local newspaper advertising
  • Coordinated localized promotions and special projects


  • 1987 Distributor of the Year
  • Mid-Atlantic National Association of Theatre Owners
  • Guest Lecturer:
  • UCLA Extension
  • Loyola University
  • Cinetex
  • Vancouver Film Festival


  •  Founding Vice President of the DVD Video Group
  • Variety Club International
  •  American Film Institute
  • Motion Picture Associates Foundation
  • CTAM

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