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Springbok Films was founded in 2003 as a division of Kazmark Entertainment Group to produce and distribute film and television programming. The company currently partners with the media buying company Group M as the provider of syndicated television programming to over a hundred local television stations across the United States as part of the Group M Program Exchange. Participants in the credit line agreement include all broadcast companies and key nationally-advertising agency clients.
Springbok Films produced the documentary film “Vanishing Cultures: Bushmen of the Kalahari,” which received a number of awards on the international film festival circuit. The company also served as executive producer of the improvised comedy “The Enigma With A Stigma” and the acclaimed documentary short film “Merry Christmas, Baby!”

 

Jeff Kazmark

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Jeff Kazmark began his career as an account executive at WRC-TV, NBC’s station in Washington DC. A year later, he was promoted to Senior Account Executive and moved to NBC Spot Sales in Los Angeles. He spent the next several years moving up through the management ranks at the NBC owned-and-operated stations in both New York and Los Angeles, ultimately becoming Director of Sales at WNBC-TV in New York City. His post in New York led to an association with Orbis Communications, a subsidiary of Carolco Pictures, which offered him an opportunity to return to Los Angeles in an executive position for the syndication company. After Orbis was sold in 1992, Kazmark moved to Carolco Pictures as Vice President of Television, where he was responsible for the distribution of Carolco’s major motion pictures, including Terminator 2, Basic Instinct, LA Story, and Chaplin, to the pay-per-view, cable, and free television markets. In addition, Kazmark managed the Orbis/Carolco television credit line in association with Young & Rubicam.

Kazmark founded Kazmark Entertainment Group in 1993 after Carolco closed its doors. The company continues to provide television programming and operates a credit line agreement between major market television stations around the country and the media buying divisons of major advertising agency groups. Participants in the credit line agreement include all television companies and key agency clients.

Kazmark Entertainment Group is also involved in film production through its subsidiary Springbok Films. Kazmark was an Executive Producer of the award-winning documentary short film “Merry Christmas, Baby!” as well as the improvised comedy “The Enigma With A Stigma.” In 2003, Springbok Films produced the documentary film “Vanishing Cultures: Bushmen of the Kalahari” in association with the Tribal Trust Foundation. “Vanishing Cultures” received several awards on the international film festival circuit and is being distributed by Filmakers Library.

 

Paula Ely

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Paula Ely has been involved in the entertainment industry since 1991, when she joined the television division of Carolco Pictures, then Hollywood’s largest independent production company. After Carolco’s closing, Paula joined Kazmark Entertainment Group as Vice President, where her responsibilities include the administration of the company’s program credit line agreements with top advertising agencies and media companies, the license and delivery of programs to television stations across the U.S. as part of these agreements, and the management of the company’s business and financial affairs.

In 2005, Paula produced and directed Springbok Films’ documentary “Vanishing Cultures: Bushmen of the Kalahari,” an official selection at nine national and international film festivals. The film was named “Best Documentary” at the Gulf Coast Film & Video Festival, and Paula received the “Best Producer” award at the La Femme Film Festival in Los Angeles. The documentary was also selected to partner with the human rights group WITNESS in a Movies That Matter project with jaman.com. In addition to her roles at Kazmark Entertainment, Paula served as production manager for the December 2009 PBS pledge drive special “The Answer is You,” featuring Michael Bernard Beckwith, and is currently at work on a new documentary film on the subject of gold mining entitled “The Money Stone,” due to be completed in 2011.

Paula has also long been involved in community service, and received the Volunteer of the Year award in 2004 from PAWS/LA, a local non-profit group. Paula also produced and directed PAWS/LA’s showcase and fundraising videos in 2006 and 2009, and the organization’s PSA. She has taught as a volunteer adult literacy tutor with the Los Angeles Public Library literacy program and has worked as a volunteer with service programs in Costa Rica and Ghana. Paula also served on the awards committees for the 2009 and 2010 IDA Documentary Awards and the Roy W. Dean 2009 and 2010 Los Angeles Film Grant.