Jeff Annison

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Jeff Annison is an American businessperson, and co-founder and president of Legion M, the world's first fan-owned entertainment company.[1] Annison is also the co-founder and CEO of New York Rock Exchange, co-founder and CEO of Underground Labs, and co-founder of MobiTV.[2][3]

Jeff Annison
NationalityUnited States
EducationBS Mechanical Engineering
Alma materUniversity of California, Los Angeles
OccupationCo-Founder and President of Legion M Co-Founder of MobiTV
AwardsEmmy for Technical Achievement in Advancing Television (2005)

Education and early career[edit]

Annison received his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, Los Angeles and began his career designing special effects for theme park rides at Universal Studios, and later designing toys for Hasbro.[4]

Legion M[edit]

Annison, along with business partner and MobiTV co-founder Paul Scanlan, founded Legion M in 2016 as the first entertainment studio allowing fans to invest in the creation of movies, TV shows, and other entertainment content.[5][6] Legion M's model was made possible after the SEC passed Title IV of the JOBS Act, which allowed non-accredited investors to make investments in small businesses.[7] Legion M is currently backed by Seth Green, co-creator of the Emmy-winning TV series Robot Chicken, and Gaston Dominguez of Meltdown Entertainment.[8]

New York Rock Exchange[edit]

In 2013, Annison, along with business partners Joe Krause and Eric Lam, founded New York Rock Exchange, the first marketplace that allows fans to purchase shares of individual songs.[9][10]

MobiTV[edit]

Annison partnered with Paul Scanlan and Phillip Alvelda to found MobiTV (originally known as Idetic) in 1999.[11] Annison's first role was engineering and product management. The company was founded in order to deliver television to mobile devices.[12] In 2005, Annison and his team were awarded an Emmy for Technical Achievement in Advancing Television for their work with MobiTV.[13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Thompson, Simon. "Seth Green Among The Backers Of Hollywood's First Fan-Owned Entertainment Company". Forbes. Retrieved 2016-04-18.
  2. ^ "New York Rock Exchange Sells Fans Shares of the Music They Love | Xconomy". Xconomy. Retrieved 2016-04-19.
  3. ^ Levy, Ari. "MobiTV Plans to Raise $75 Million in Initial Share Sale". Bloomberg.com. Retrieved 2016-04-18.
  4. ^ "MEET THE NYRE TEAM". New York Rock Exchange. Retrieved 2016-04-18.
  5. ^ Spangler, Todd. "Startup Legion M Launches Crowdfunded Studio That Lets Fans Buy Piece of Company". Variety. Retrieved 2016-04-18.
  6. ^ "Paul Scanlan & Jeff Annison, Legion M on CNBC 03/11/2016". clips.shadowtv.net. Retrieved 2016-04-18.
  7. ^ "Introducing "The World's First Fan-Owned Entertainment Company"". Co.Create. Retrieved 2016-04-18.
  8. ^ "Legion M Lets Fans Own A Piece Of The Hollywood Action". NASDAQ.com. Retrieved 2016-04-18.
  9. ^ "New York Rock Exchange Sells Fans Shares of the Music They Love | Xconomy". Xconomy. Retrieved 2016-04-21.
  10. ^ "Fans get a say in film production with alum's startup Legion M | Daily Bruin". Retrieved 2016-04-21.
  11. ^ Shah, Tarang; Shah, Shital (2012-01-24). Venture Capitalists at Work: How VCs Identify and Build Billion-Dollar Successes. Apress. ISBN 9781430238386.
  12. ^ Shah, Tarang; Shah, Sheetal (2011-11-16). Venture Capitalists at Work: How VCs Identify and Build Billion-Dollar Successes. Apress. ISBN 9781430238379.
  13. ^ "USATODAY.com - TV on cellphones? Funny but profitable". usatoday30.usatoday.com. Retrieved 2016-04-18.