THE WITHOUTABOX TEAM
David Straus, Chief Executive Officer
David Straus, a Fulbright scholar, brings a diverse background that encompasses both film and business.
For four years, Straus co-founded and managed a production company. During this time, he developed and produced ten short films and four features, which received limited domestic and international distribution, as well as notable attention on the festival circuit.
In 1993, Straus and business partner Joe Neulight co-founded a successful post-production company, which doubled its revenues within a few years.
Straus brought his film experience to the political realm, leading a team authorized by former President Clinton to film his 1992 inaugural activities.
From this varied experience, Straus and his partners developed and founded Without A Box, Inc. As chairman and chief executive officer, Straus leads the Company in its financing endeavors and oversees its long-term business planning.
Straus recently served as a member of the Board of Directors of Clinica Para Las Americas, a community health care clinic serving the Pico-Union area of Los Angeles. He has an undergraduate degree from Pitzer College and is a graduate of the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television MFA program.
Joe Neulight, Chief Operating Officer
A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Dartmouth, Joe Neulight's professional background includes filmmaking, post-production and technology.
Neulight is an experienced writer, director and editor, and is well versed in the intricacies of applying to and participating in film festivals.
His award-winning films have earned him distribution and acclaim on international television, video, and the Internet.
Neulight served as Animatics Lab Supervisor for Sony Pictures Entertainment, where his restructuring of operations increased efficiency and streamlined television delivery schedules.
Neulight also worked as an independent consultant for website architecture and interface design. His interactive, lifeskills learning environment for inner-city youth is now being deployed by The National Urban Technology Center in community organizations and schools throughout the country.
As president and chief operating officer of Without A Box, Neulight conceived the Film Festival Submission Service, wrote the Company's business plan, and designed its proprietary software.
Neulight holds an undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College and is a graduate of the MFA program at the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television.
Charles Neulight, Chief Financial Officer
Charles Neulight is a proven financial strategist, recently serving as a Senior Manager for Unisys Corporation.
His previous background includes serving as Head of IT Procurement for General Accident Insurance (now One Beacon); Systems Development Team Leader for Pep Boys; and Financial Analyst for Elf Atochem North America (now AtoFina).
Neulight is Contributing Editor, Events for CMP Media's InformationWeek, a weekly print magazine that reaches 440,000 business and IT professionals at more than a quarter million businesses.
Neulight is Director and Vice President of the Board of Non-Profit Technology Resources, Inc., an organization working to bridge the digital divide between low-technology families and the high-technology economy. He is also an active member of the Computer Law Association, National Association of Purchasing Managers, and the Purchasing Management Association of Philadelphia.
Neulight holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Economics from Drexel University, Philadelphia.
Jacques Thelemaque, Chief Community Officer
In 1993, Jacques co-founded Filmmakers Alliance, and as President, has built the grassroots collective from a loose-knit group of eight filmmakers into an important independent filmmaking resource organization with over 400 members. He has overseen the production of hundreds of films and videos and facilitated a regular series of seminars and workshops covering all aspects of filmmaking.
His writer-director filmography includes Infidelity (in equal parts) (Sundance Film Festival, Los Angeles Film Festival), The Dogwalker (Los Angeles Film Festival, Hong Kong International Film Festival, Best First Feature - Cinequest Film Festival), Egg (Mill Valley Film Festival, Best Comedy Short - Cinequest Film Festival, Jury Award for Best Short - Methodfest) and Love Without Socks (AFI International Film Festival), as well as several other films which he wrote, directed and/or produced.
Thelemaque sits on the board of directors of various festivals and is an advisor and mentor to young filmmakers.
Jennifer Moss, Director of Information Technology
Jennifer Moss brings over 20 years of I.T. experience to Without A Box, including 15 years in relational database architecture and programming, and 8 years' experience in the internet arena. Moss has been instrumental in bringing large, consumer-oriented sites to market such as eToys.com, Korn Ferry's Futurestep and her own BabyNames.com.
From 1998-2000, Moss served as Vice President of Technology at Zkey.com, where she architected and managed the development of an personal information management system, which subsequently won PC Magazine's Editor's Choice Award two years in a row.
Since its launch in 1996, BabyNames.com has been deemed one of the top parenting sites on the internet by such media as Reuters, CNN, MSNBC and Yahoo Internet Life. Moss has grown BabyNames.com to one of the top 5000 most visited sites on the web, with over 1 million unique visitors per month.
Moss is also a public speaker and published writer on topics relating to the internet industry with work appearing in Red Herring and Working Woman Magazines.
Moss is a graduate of Northwestern University in Evanston, IL.
Fred Kramer, Director
Fred Kramer joined Without A Box, Inc in January of 2000 and established a New York presence for the company in June of 2002. Prior to working at Without A Box, Inc, Kramer produced the feature film Amy's Orgasm, for Without A Box Productions LLC. Following successful screenings at film festivals all over the world, it was released in theaters in 2003 by Catchlight Films and is currently enjoying a decent run in video stores under the title Amy's O (Sundance Home Video), and on cable Television.
In 1998, Kramer co-produced Brad Marlowe's Wednesday's Child a feature film, also for Without A Box Productions LLC. (Best Picture,1999 Austin Film Festival)
In 1997 Kramer began producing film at The Filmmaker's Resource, a Los Angeles production services company, where he shepherded a wide variety of low-budget projects including short films, features, commercials and music videos, producing a number of short films, commercials and television promotions. Prior experience also includes employment with Warner Brothers Producer Denise Di Novi and Carole Black - CEO of Lifetime Entertainment Services as well as the entertainment division of public relations and marketing giant Rogers & Cowan.
Jolyon Terwilliger, System Administrator/Developer
Jolyon Terwilliger has over 15 years' experience in both the Broadcast and Information Technology arenas. Since the late 1990's Terwilliger has worked as a Consultant in Software Development and Systems Administration for such companies as L.L. Bean and Fairchild Semiconductor. Terwilliger is educated in DHTML, PHP, PERL, JAVA, Microsoft and Linux technologies. He enjoys his summers and weathers the winters in Portland, Maine.
Sean Scott, Oracle Database Administrator
Sean Scott has ten years of experience as an Oracle database administrator, working in a variety of environments including the energy, manufacturing, automotive, ecommerce, pharmaceutical, and software industries. He is currently the Vice President of the San Diego Oracle User Group, and has written several presentations and articles on Oracle technology. He is also well versed in Microsoft SQL Server, MySQL, and PostgreSQL.
Sean is a graduate of Long Beach State University, where he received a degree in Physics and Mathematics.
Rich Yaker, Technical Advisor & Founding CTO
Richard Yaker has over 14 years of experience in the technology field and provides Without A Box with an insider understanding of Internet dynamics.
Rich Yaker joined Without A Box as one of its first employees in June of 2000 and under his tenure as CTO Yaker implemented much of the technology which the company opened it's doors with in Sept of 2002. In January of 2003, once Yaker completed the initial tasks he joined the company to accomplish he transitioned his role with the company to that of Advisor.
Prior to joining WAB Yaker helped Netscape launch and maintain the DevEdge Community Program, advising management on issues crucial to the program's success, devising and recommending key member benefits such as developer-only beta software and one-on-one support. He also acted as the senior technical advisor to DevEdge high-profile clients: CNET, Hotwired, ABC, Disney, CNNfn, and CBS Sportsline. Yaker is a graduate of Columbia University, with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering.