Peter Travers host


Peter is an American film critic, who has written for, in turn, People and Rolling Stone. Travers also hosts a celebrity interview show called Popcorn on ABC News Now and ABCNews.com.

Travers joined Rolling Stone in 1989 after a four-year stint with People. He's best known for his basic writing style that eschews a more sophisticated analysis for an easy-to-read and often very opinionated form.

According to efilmcritic.com, Travers is the nation's most blurbed film critic. Peter has hosted the NYFCS for over 10 years. In addition to Rolling Stone Magazine, ABC-TV, Peter appears regularly on Newsweek & The Daily Beast, The Soho Apple Store, and CNN.

Alison Bailes co-host

Alison is the film critic for More Magazine and a contributing critic for "Ebert Presents at the Movies" on PBS. She appears on NBC's Today Show as a film critic and industry reporter. Alison also appears regularly on Charlie Rose along with A.O. Scott of the NY times and others. She guest hosts the New York Film Critics Series® and maintains her own film website www.alisonbailes.com.

From 2005-2009 Alison co-hosted the NBC Universal weekly movie review show "Lyons & Bailes Reel Talk". She and Jeffrey Lyons shared their different perspectives on the latest film and DVD releases, gave viewers the latest news from the box office and reported on industry trends. "Reel Talk" also featured celebrity interviews.

Prior to joining WNBC, Alison created "At The Angelika" for the Independent Film Channel. She wrote, produced and hosted this monthly look at the independent film scene, which later became known as "At The IFC Center."

Previously, Alison was a senior producer of the weekly film magazine show, "Flix" on VH1. She began her career at CNN, working for their daily entertainment news show "Showbiz Today." A UK native, Alison has lived in the United States since 1989. She graduated from Oxford University, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in French and German Literature. An avid tri-athlete, she also received a sporting honor, half-blue, in rowing.

Mark Ehrenkranz series producer

For 22 years, Mark has been producing The New York Film Critics Series® (NYFCS®), one of the leading US word-of-mouth and marketing screening companies which he created.

Mark has invested 35 years of life in the movie business. He has done everything besides be an agent or work for a studio. His experience includes producers’ rep; film financial and marketing consultant; festival panels; screening host; teacher; and all facets of theatrical and home entertainment distribution. His specialties include feature film sales and monetization at all stages of development. Ehrenkranz also consults on film strategies, including legal and planning during and prior to funding process.

He has recently been a consultant and contractor for Specticast, Inc. There he was involved with strategic planning and execution of Kevin Smith’s Yoga Hosers. Mark helped to market and release Stage Russia for the company and manages the project’s producer. He brought Wayne’s World’s 25th Anniversary to Specticast for 800 theaters. He produced the value-added content for WW25 with Peter Travers, Mike Meyers, Lorne Michaels, Rob Lowe, Dana Carvey and Director Penelope Spheeris. His most recent project there included sales, marketing, and booking of Specticast’s licensed John Carpenter’s Halloween series.

For 23 years, Ehrenkranz had also been award-winning, national, key account marketing and sales executive for Ingram Entertainment, the nation’s largest home media distributor. Mark also created and ran VideoLine® 1-800 VIDEO-411® as a home alternative to MovieFone®.

He is the head writer on a new Rock-Doc Series Inside the Devil’s Playhouse, The Last 100 Days of Historic Webster Hall, Untitled Mathew Modine Sea World Project and Dog Gone Happy. His Edison Papers project was invited to the prestigious Sundance writer’s lab and he is executive producing the TV doc series Addiction Warriors in association with producer Mark Bakshi and Radical Media. He is also producing Turbulent Souls a full-length feature film based on the memoirs of Stephen J. Dubner (co-author of Freakonomics).

Mark started out making music videos at 14 at the House of Music in West Orange, NJ with Kool and The Gang. More continued with The Romantics, Nikki and The Corvettes, and The Infidels in Michigan. Once in Los Angeles Mark directed music videos with Black Flag, The Suburban Lawns, and Fear. He had his first music video on MTV at 16.

His credits include Michael Nesmith's Prime Time NBC Series; Television Parts. Also, USA's Nightflight, Radio 1990, Lifestyles of The Rich and Famous; Entertainment Tonight; CBS's America; To Hear - A PBS Special Presentation Hosted by Joel Grey. Assistant to Harvey Miller on Private Benjamin, Protocol, Bad Medicine. Music Coordinator for Fire and Ice, A Ralph Bakshi/Frank Frazetta Production and Twentieth Century Fox. Assistant to Jerry Belson on Fun with Dick and Jane, Surrender, Always. Mark has written and produced Really Cool Jobs™, Save The Child, Know Your Logic, and Return of The Squeegee Men.

Michael Wynne associate producer and exhibitor relations

Michael Wynne has worked with the NY Film Critics Series for 5 year in a variety of rolls, and currently serves as an Associate Producer for the series. He graduated from Boston University in 2008 where he majored in Film and Television. In the past, he has worked for Good Morning America and Dr. Phil as well as a Producer for Theory Films, Inc. In his current position, Michael helps oversee screening operations to guarantee the highest quality events for audiences. He works with all: theaters, distributors, key PR firms and talent on a constant basis for the series. mikew@nyfilmcriticsseries.com

Enrico Paola marketing and sponsorships

Enrico Paola is a marketing consultant who has developed entertainment marketing partnerships for movie theatres, content partners and agencies. With an extensive background in filmed entertainment and theatrical marketing, Mr. Paola held senior roles at Loews Cineplex Entertainment and Cinema Scene Marketing before launching his own consultancy. His clients have included concession packaging and distribution companies, new technology start-ups, real-estate developers and most recently, the new state-of-the-art CityPlex12 theatre in Newark, NJ. Mr. Paola brings 20 years of experience in marketing and sponsorships and holds an MBA from the Fordham Graduate School of Business. The Paola Group, LLC, Morristown, NJ, enrico@paolagroup.com

The Erlick Group marketing and sponsorships

Independent Theaters

The NYFCS network of U.S. theaters are independent partners that are dedicated to presenting the finest films available. These are exhibitors who take great pride in their shows and provide patrons with state-of-the-art, live HD experiences in the comfort of their convenient locations. Each location has been carefully chosen to ensure the best possible experience that is available in domestic, independent cinema today.