Envision Media Arts (EMA) is an award-winning feature film, TV and television commercial production company based in Hollywood, California, the entertainment capital of the world. The company has taken projects from start to finish with consistent proven success since 2002. It has produced theatrical and commercial releases throughout the U.S. and around the world.
Lee Nelson, President and CEO, founded EMA in 2002. He has produced and executive produced award-winning spots for Coca-Cola, Sony, Ford, Toyota, and T-Com among hundreds of other spots for prestigious accounts. Notably, his commercials have aired 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, 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 Vice President of Creative Affairs, 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, 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, EMA’s VP of Finance, 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.