Our team has leveraged their 50+ years of collective experience in digital media to deliver best in class services and products in the areas of software, operations, quality control, engineering, and production management from leading global companies.
Meet the team
Paulette Pantoja – CEO
Paulette Pantoja is Founder and CEO of Blu, a full service provider of logistics, distribution, licensing and quality assurance solutions for content creators, hardware and software developers. Since the company’s founding in 2007 Paulette has helped Blu play an increasingly influential role within the home entertainment (Digital, Film/TV, Media) industry.
Irwin Jacobson – Chief Financial Officer
With over 30 years of finance experience working in the media and entertainment industry, Irwin is a CPA with an extensive record of leadership in world-class public and privately held companies – including Sony Pictures, Warner Bros, Technicolor, Deluxe and most recently Vubiquity. He has a full portfolio of skillsets, including strategy development, M&A/integration efforts, operational improvements, financial controls implementation and business analytics.
George Rausch – Vice President, Product
Rausch is responsible for managing Blu’s expanding suite of video distribution, qualification and operational solutions for the entertainment industry. He was part of the launch team at Pluto TV as their founding Director of Content (2013-17). Most recently, George was the Head of Product Marketing for Frequency as a leader on the product team behind the development of Frequency Studio, a suite of cloud services for content management and distribution, focusing on linear scheduling and playout in the cloud.
Rohit Marble – SVP, Digital Media Services
With 22 years of experience in the Hollywood Home Ent. industry, Rohit has helped produce thousands of movies on Home Entertainment platforms such as DVD, Blu-ray and digital media including iTunes, Netflix, HULU, Amazon and VOD, etc. Rohit is a seasoned digital media services executive overseeing production and operations teams at Deluxe, Filaments and more.
Ray Panahon – SVP, Technology
Technology engineering leader and individual contributor with a background in building and scaling teams, technology infrastructure, program and operations management. Former Technical Operations Head at Riot Games, Head of Technology for Intervision, and servicing companies such as Warner Bros and Yahoo!
Sarah Dixon – VP, Client Services
Sarah is an experienced Client Services leader with a history of demonstrable results in the film and television industry. Skilled in Film Production, Television, Marketing, Home Entertainment, Digital Platforms and Emerging Technologies. Formerly at Deluxe, Lionsgate, Summit Entertainment and Paramount Pictures.
Maurice Ferkranus – VP, Business Development
Focused on business growth at Blu. Formerly of Deluxe, Vuulr, Sony, THX and more, Maurice has an enormous background and expertise in Media & Entertainment and has extensive international experience bridging the gap by partnering with production, distribution, and engineering stakeholders.
Michael Thexton – Executive Director, Media Engineering
Michael has been primarily focused on providing automated content services in support of new OTT SVOD platform launches for Shomi (Rogers Communications) and Lightbox (Telecom Digital Ventures). He was instrumental in the successful launch of the world’s first 3D Blu-ray Disc and was the recipient of Technicolor’s President’s Award in recognition of his achievements and contribution to Technicolor’s Blu-ray Disc efforts.
Clay Levering – Executive Director of Product Engineering
Clay is a highly technical, delivery-driven product manager and coach specializing in web & platform development. He is a seasoned engineer with experiences most recently as the Architect for the Content Services Software at Pluto TV. Clay is responsible for all aspects of technology decision-making, process definition / execution and team management for the software engineering team at Blu.
Stefanie Gamberg – Executive Director of Product Management
Stefanie oversees the implementation and evolution of Blu’s core product portfolio from roadmap to release. Incorporating 20+ years of experience in Product Management and Technical Operations across studios and vendors (Comcast/NBCUniversal, Bunim/Murray Productions, Deluxe, TMZ, TechTV), Stefanie provides a unique perspective on streamlining digital distribution workflows and monetizing TV/Film/Web content for the Media & Entertainment industry.