Jonathan Ross has more than 20 years of experience in business development, strategic planning, distribution & sales, marketing and branding across the film, television, music, media and technology industries.
For the past several years, Jonathan has served as Managing Director of ROQ Group, an independent boutique consulting firm he founded to provide major corporations, media, technology, and startup companies with services including corporate strategy and planning, market research, business plan writing, project management, financial analysis and business modeling. Current and past clients include Pantelion Films (Lionsgate), Universal Music, The New York Times Digital, Louis Vuitton, Moët-Hennessy (LVMH), and others.
From 2010 to 2011, Jonathan formed and led a new Content & Distribution division for XpanD, a global leader in 3D technology and entertainment. At XpanD, Jonathan helped to develop, produce, acquire and distribute original stereoscopic 3D content for Theatrical, Television Broadcast, VOD/PPV, IPTV, Bluray 3D channels, and for distribution to additional markets such as Educational and Faith-based.
From 2008 to 2009, Jonathan was responsible for Digital Cinema strategy and implementation for 20th Century Fox where he led the charge across its international markets to help Exhibitors worldwide transition from 35mm to digital-based projection. As well, he helped forge the distribution and 3D glasses strategy for Fox International on the studio’s very first 3D release ICE AGE 3D and its next 3D film, AVATAR, the highest grossing film (2D or 3D) in film history.
From 2005 to 2008, Jonathan was the Associate General Sales Manager for Theatrical Distribution & Sales with Fox Searchlight Pictures, the specialty film division of 20th Century Fox. During his tenure, Jonathan helped strategize and distribute the theatrical release for such notable films as SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE, JUNO, and LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE among others and also worked to forge new avenues of distribution for Fox Searchlight slate and library content.
Additionally, Jonathan has held business development and corporate strategy positions with BMG/Bertelsmann AG and Showtime Networks/Viacom in New York and has lived in Europe for almost four years. He began his career in film and television production first as an Assistant Director with Canal Plus and then as a News Producer and Cameraman with news agencies including CNN, Reuters, and France 2/3 while based in Paris, France.
Jonathan speaks fluent French and holds an MBA in Finance, Information Systems and Digital Economy from NYU’s Stern School of Business as well as a Master of International Affairs from the School of International & Public Affairs (SIPA) at Columbia University.
About WORKING WITH THE ECA
"It is an honor and privilege to represent the Event Cinema Association (ECA) as it embarks on its next stage of development and expands across North America, Latin America and beyond. Event Cinema has proven itself to be one of the hottest and fastest areas of growth in an otherwise highly mature film exhibition industry. I am excited to bring my experience in theatrical distribution, strategic planning and business development to bear on the ECA’s efforts to be the premiere organization dedicated to supporting and promoting Event Cinema around the globe."