ENVISION MEDIA ARTS (EMA) is an award-winning production company based in Hollywood, California. We work diligently to produce films, commercials, and television shows to the highest ethical standards.
LEE NELSON, President and CEO
Lee Nelson founded EMA in 2002. He has produced and executive produced award-winning commercials for Coca-Cola, Sony, Ford, Toyota, and T-Com among hundreds of other prestigious accounts. Notably, his commercials have air during the Academy Awards and Super Bowl. Nelson was the Managing Partner and Chief Creative Officer of Canvas Advertising, which produced all of the broadcast TV commercials for Marshall Fields the Minneapolis-based retailer with $2.5 billion of annual sales. Nelson is also a founding board member of the Temper of The Times Foundation. Started with his family’s company, the Foundation underwrites advertising that promotes the conservation and restoration of native wildlife, plants, and ecosystems around the United States and the Caribbean. Since its inception the Foundation has given Millions of Dollars to more than seventy different Environmental Organizations. Nelson graduated from Bard College with a BA in history and received a certificate in French civilization from the Sorbonne in Paris. He lives in Los Angeles, CA with his actress and activist wife, Gina Philips and three children.
DAVID BUELOW, President of Film and TV
David Buelow oversees all business and creative aspects of the company. In addition to producing the company’s films, he Executive Produced the smash musical “Teen Beach Movie”, which was the 2nd highest rated movie in cable television history. Before E.M.A., Buelow was President of Brookwell McNamara where he produced films for Universal, Fox, and MGM. Including a sequel to the wildly successful “Legally Blonde” franchise executive produced with Reese Witherspoon. Buelow had previously been Executive VP of Creative Affairs at The Don Johnson Company for seven years supervising a range of television and film properties. Buelow was also Executive in Charge of Production for more than two hundred episodes of syndicated television for MCA-Universal Television.
DAVID TISH, Executive VP of Creative Affairs
David Tish manages the development of the company’s slate of film and television projects. Prior to E.M.A., David worked at Starz in original program development, Dreamworks Animation in post-production, and at the talent management company The Firm. David also served as Production Executive on the film CELESTE AND JESSE FOREVER and Executive Produced E.M.A.’s latest feature, MR. CHURCH starring Eddie Murphy and directed by Bruce Beresford. In TV, he is currently developing projects with The Mark Gordon Company, EP/Director Roland Emmerich, and Director Lee Toland Krieger.
ANDY TRAINES, Executive Producer
Andy boasts over two decades of experience in commercial production and has a proven track record for building and growing production companies internationally. He has worked with some of the industry’s top directorial talent including David Fincher, David Kellog, Mark Romanek, Andrew Douglas, David Slade, Malcom Venville, and Garth Davis and has served as a member of the AICP West Board from 1999 to 2011 and served as its President from 2003 to 2005. With a background in theatre, Traines followed a passion for storytelling into production, getting his start in commercials as a bidder at Smillie Films. He worked his way up to Head of Production there and later at Tool of North America. He moved on the serve as an Executive Producer at such revered shops at Propoganda, Omaha Pictures, and Anonymous Content, where he was co-head of the commercial division and started and supervised V3, Anonymous’ integrated media division.
WENDY KAY MOORE, VP of Finance
Wendy is an executive producer who is seasoned in structuring equity, debt, and P&A financing. She started her career as an assistant producer for Dan Grodnik (Powder) whom she ultimately worked with for seven years. During that time, she helped launch Bold Films (Drive, Whiplash) and assisted in the production of a dozen films. In 2008 she became a bank financier for the National Bank of California and left in 2011 to help launch the entertainment lending team at First Republic, who’s clients included all US and Canadian mini-majors, producers, equity financiers, sales agents, and industry law firms. Wendy left banking in 2013 to launch the US operations of equity financier, Prescience (The King’s Speech), while there, she negotiated development deals with top level producers, vetted finance packages, placed bridge facilities, negotiated equity and credit facilities, and executive producing deals. Wendy left Prescience at the end of 2014 to launch her own consulting and finance company. Since then, she has signed-on to executive produce two dozen 3rd-party projects, and place debt, equity, and specialty financing as a consultant.
KELLY SOCHA, Head of Production
Kelly joined EMA with over 10 years of experience freelancing throughout the entertainment industry. As a native East coaster, she began her career in Philadelphia working on the sets of Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, Law Abiding Citizen, The Answer Man, and Its Always Sunny in Philadelphia. In 2010, Kelly settled in Los Angeles to further pursue her career in the entertainment industry. For the next five years, she assisted award winning producers and executives from Lakeshore Entertainment, New Regency, Blumhouse Productions, EuropaCorp, Disney Channel, and Cartoon Network.
During Kelly’s tenure as a freelancer, she gained valuable experience and insight to the production side of filmmaking. In March of 2015, Kelly joined the EMA team where she handles the company’s physical production operations.