JERRY KELLY, BUSINESS ADVISOR

Jerry Kelly is a credit-trained specialist in project finance, trade finance, and corporate finance.  As a lender, he has provided these kinds of finance for Citibank, Crocker Bank, and Den Norske Creditbank.  Additionally, Jerry served as a long-term capital planner and strategic planner for Citicorp's Treasury Division, and developed management control systems for Citicorp Credit Services. He has been a lender to motion picture and television distributors and producers ranging in size from single-purpose start-ups to multinationals and Fortune 100 companies.  Jerry has developed (and continues to develop) innovative credit enhancements, credit policies, credit facilities, and related training for colleagues and clients. 

Jerry Kelly has provided finance or, as a consultant, arranged finance in these sectors: entertainment, media, consumer products, real estate, REITs, mortgage banks, and selected NGOs. He successfully provided and obtained full repayment of over two billion dollars of corporate finance and successfully financed and obtained full repayment of over 50 stand-alone motion picture projects he financed. Jerry additionally consulted and/or provided training for a number of financial institutions including GE Capital, Fitch IBCA, British & Commonwealth Merchant Bank, Security Pacific Eurofinance, Royal Bank of Scotland, and Midland Bank, plus private investors. He is a graduate of Yale University and the Harvard Business School.

JOHN F. SMITH, BUSINESS ADVISOR

John Freeman Smith is a tax and business lawyer with years of experience with management-led buyouts; mergers and acquisitions; domestic and foreign structured financings and private equity, venture capital and hedge fund investments.  As to things Brazilian, he is a big fan of the speed and delicate power of the guitarist, Bola Sete, the  dancing gait and good cheer of Campolina horses, the agile stealth and fierce strength of jaguars and the high spirits and integrity of the Beautiful Game project. 

GEOFFREY O'CONNOR, CREATIVE ADVISOR

Geoffrey O’Connor is an Academy Award-nominated director, producer and cinematographer In the Amazon of Brazil, where he made four documentaries including At the Edge of Conquest which was nominated for an Academy Award. His nonfiction book, Amazon Journal: Dispatches from a Vanishing Frontier, was chosen by The New York Times and the Los Angeles Times as one of the best works of nonfiction in 1998. He specializes in creating dramatic and compelling narratives, often with a humorous twist. As a documentary filmmaker, he has collaborated with the premier television and feature film producers in the world including Michael Moore, Louis Theroux, BBC 2, CBS’s “60 Minutes” and the National Geographic Channel. 

DAVID ZIEFF, CREATIVE ADVISOR

David Zieff has been crafting documentaries, feature films, and television for almost three decades, working in music, comedy and sociopolitical arenas, occasionally at the same time. Zieff is currently working on film series about the history of basketball.  Zieff recently directed and edited McConkey, a feature documentary about the extreme-skiing legend Shane McConkey, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival to rave reviews. Zieff was the creative consultant to the Oscar Award-winning documentary The Cove, and editor and producer of the critically-acclaimed feature doc Paul Williams Still Alive. He was the editor and producer of ESPN’s Sundance-nominated Winning Time: Reggie Miller vs. The New York Knicks, as well, winning a Peabody Award for the doc mini-series Black Magic. Zieff edited and produced Crazy Love, a Sundance nominee and winner of the Independent Spirit Award for Best Documentary. He was the supervising editor of the multiple award-winning Metallica: Some Kind of Monster, shaping over 1600 hours of footage into one of the most celebrated music films of all time.

FRANK COSTELLO, SOCCER ADVISOR

Frank Costello is Co-Founder and CEO of COPA Sports, a professional sports marketing and consulting firm specializing in soccer.  Working closely with legendary Brazilian stars such as Carlos Alberto and Zico, Costello has been instrumental in the development of academies and clinics in Brazil and the United States.  Frank has coached at all levels of soccer within the United States (from College to youth) and has a playing career of college and brief stints in England and Brazil.  He currently manages a number of successful community soccer programs in Connecticut.