MajorJazz was founded by Michael Richter and James Shifren to acquire, develop, and produce prestige and elevated genre (a.k.a. prestige popcorn) projects for film and television. Richter is an award-winning writer and producer (Torn, Presque Isle), and a seasoned technology and media executive (Facebook, eBay, PayPal, Fin). Shifren is a Sundance award-winning producer (Sangre De Mi Sangre, Cold Souls, Live Free or Die), and experienced hedge fund principal. MajorJazz is currently producing Borough of Churches, a gritty police drama set during crack-era Brooklyn, written by Michael Richter and David Kukoff, and The Black Room, a paranormal-horror story written by Grady Hendrix and Nicholas Rucka.
Michael is an award-winning writer-producer and seasoned technology and media executive. Michael wrote and produced TORN, which won the award for Best Feature Film at both the Rhode Island International Film Festival and the Irvine International Film Festival. Michael also served as the Executive Producer of PRESQUE ISLE, the prequel to the film NORTHERN LIGHTS which won the Camera d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival. Michael previously worked at Facebook (as Chief Privacy Officer), eBay and PayPal, Fog City Pictures, and Aftershock Comics (as Chief Creative Officer).
James is an award-winning film producer and media and entertainment investor. James served as Executive Producer of 2007 Sundance Winner SANGRE DE MI SANGRE and as Executive Producer of COLD SOULS, PRETTY BIRD, AND LIVE FREE OR DIE. James is also a Founding Principal at Buckland Partners, a family of long/short equity funds for public market investing and a co-founder of Great Road Holdings, an investment partnership for private equity and venture capital investing.