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Christopher Kikis | Thoma Kikis | Nicholas Levis | Cherise Wolas | Alan Zelenetz


Cherise Wolas Cherise Wolas

There are probably only a handful of lawyers who also have extensive feature film development talent and expertise. As Co-President of Ovie Entertainment, Cherise Wolas brings an impressive array of talent, skills and experience in a variety of areas, including formulating Ovie's business strategies, negotiating all aspects of Ovie's contractual relationships, and feature film acquisition and development for all of Ovie's creative projects. After graduating with a BFA in Film from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, where she wrote, directed and produced a variety of films, Ms. Wolas was a story editor and development executive for film companies in New York and Los Angeles. In addition, she worked as an independent literary agent and focused on discovering emerging writing talent.

Licensed to practice law in both New York and California, Ms Wolas practiced at major national and international firms, specializing in corporate reorganization, and also in general corporate practice. Her legal practice included restructuring private and public companies, private equity placements, mergers and acquisitions, capital finance and other specialized transactions, including entertainment-related transactions. She received her law degree, cum laude, from Loyola Law School, was inducted into the Order of the Coif, was a Dean's List honoree and Editor-in-Chief of the Loyola Entertainment Law Journal.

As one of Ovie's founders, Ms. Wolas' responsibilities are expansive and varied. In addition to focusing on Ovie and its business strategies, she scouts American and global literature for potential fiction and non-fiction projects as well as for new writing talent. She reads and analyzes all potential film projects to determine their feasibility as a potential Ovie film. Ms. Wolas fully develops the film projects, works closely with writers on script revisions, and she is involved in all the creative aspects of Ovie's endeavors,including talent attachments for its film projects and film slates, final edits on the films and for potential coproducer relationships. Ms. Wolas also negotiates all of Ovie's contractual arrangements, including script acquisitions, collaboration agreements, production agreements, distribution and ancillary rights agreements, private placement documentation, etc. In addition, she supervises the team of script readers Ovie utilizes and manages the internship program.