Dallas, TX (PRWEB) August 19, 2013
EchoLight Studios announced today the appointment of entertainment industry veteran Ernie Z. Frausto as Chief Operating Officer, reporting directly to EchoLight CEO, Rick Santorum.
Throughout his career Frausto has worked with acclaimed creatives and high quality entertainment and inspirational content. He has served as Executive Producer, Distributor, or Studio Executive affiliated with thirteen theatrical feature motion pictures (including two Academy Award winners), several Emmy Award winning television series, scores of critically acclaimed 4-Dove Approved Family Friendly direct-to-DVD programs and multiple Super Bowl aired and Clio Award winning commercial spots.
“I am proud to get in on the ground floor of what we believe will be transformational for faith-based entertainment, reaching broader audiences as we continue to raise the bar for excellence in engaging, inspirational entertainment”, said Frausto. “I am especially pleased that we are also committed to support the broader Christian filmmaking community by releasing powerful message films produced by others.”
Ernie’s role at EchoLight spans the direct leadership of all aspects of the distribution, marketing, sales, licensing, public relations, social media, operations, as well as oversight of the finance and business affairs for the studio’s in-house productions, co-productions and acquisitions.
“I am thrilled to have someone with Ernie’s breadth of marketing, distribution and production expertise join our executive ranks,” EchoLight Studios CEO Rick Santorum said. “His background and proven success record is sure to energize and motivate our team from success to success.”
Ernie’s most recent assignment was President of NEST Family Learning, best known as the award-winning producers and distributors of the world’s largest and finest Animated New Testament and Hebrew Bible DVD series, The Animated Hero Classics made-for-television DVD series, and The Swan Princess motion picture series. Under his leadership NEST has expanded into Home Education curriculum, e-Commerce, specialty retail, digital delivery, broadcast, DRTV, mobile Apps, and globally into over 125 countries.
Also prior to joining EchoLight, Ernie served as President & COO of Lyrick Studios (PBS’ Barney the Dinosaur and PBS’ Wishbone the Reading Dog), COO of John Dykstra's Special Visual FX house Apogee Productions, and COO of Sam L Grogg's specialty feature film distribution and production venture, FilmDallas Pictures.
In addition to his years of marketing, sales, distribution and production experience, Frausto brings to EchoLight strategic foresight coupled with both entrepreneurial and corporate executive management experience which began with his tenure as Senior Manager in the Business Consulting Group of Arthur Andersen’s Global Media and Entertainment division, based in Southern California.
Frausto added, “I have a special appreciation and passion for entertainment that resonates with families and messages that inspire positive life change. I am excited to be part of the EchoLight team.”
ABOUT ECHOLIGHT STUDIOS: EchoLight Studios is the first vertically integrated studio to finance, produce, market and distribute inspirational, high-quality movies for families of faith globally, across all traditional and new media platforms. For more information, please contact Alice.Stewart@EchoLight.com or go to http://www.EchoLight.com/