Our Team

OUR TEAM

JASON ALLISON | CEO

Jason Allison is a writer and development executive born in North York, Ontario, Canada, who represented his country at the World Junior Hockey Championships in 1994 and 1995. He helped his team win back-to-back gold medals by leading the tournament in scoring. At the age of 18, he started his professional hockey career in the National Hockey League, playing with the Washington Capitals. He later played for the Boston Bruins, LA Kings, and Toronto Maple Leafs. Jason was best known for his time as team captain of the Boston Bruins, where he was an All-Star, and 4th leading scorer in the NHL. After a 14 year run, Allison invested in and operated a hockey organization in Ontario.

Later, he took ownership in Vision Sports Entertainment Company with his business partner Bryant McBride. In 2016, he then joined forces with Michael S. Smith to launch a successful finance company, which led to his latest venture, Don Kee Productions, a film and television production and financier company based out of Los Angeles.

MICHAEL S. SMITH | Advisor

Michael S. Smith has over forty-five years of entrepreneurial experience, founding more than thirty companies worldwide in varied industries. These include ventures in oil exploration, entertainment and land development. Michael has a particular passion for finance, personalized healthcare and individualized medicine. He is currently CEO of Focus Energy Ltd., and CMC Capital Corporation, among other active business interests.

A one-time serious amateur hockey player, Smith established and is Chairman of a not-for-profit to honor his close friend Igor Korolev. Share the Dream provides children of all ages, races, religions and economic backgrounds with the chance to share a moment in their life with one of their sports heroes. Michael and his wife Rhonda support Breakfast for Learning, a Toronto-based foundation ensuring all children start the school day with a healthy breakfast.

Franchesca Lantz | Head of Development

Franchesca Lantz was born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana as Franchesca Emma Elder. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism from Louisiana State University in 2005, and furthered her education to receive a Film degree in 2007. Franchesca worked at Fox Sports before moving on to work at The Collective, Tower Hill Entertainment, Mandate Pictures, Movie Package Company, and After Dark Films.

In 2014, Franchesca was named Vice President, Marketing & Development for the newly formed Cinelou Films. Cinelou completed its first film in 2014 entitled Cake, starring Jennifer Aniston, Adriana Barraza, Anna Kendrick and Sam Worthington. Cake earned nominations from Golden Globes, Screen Actors Guild, and Critics Choice in 2015, as well as brought awareness to the issue of chronic pain. They went on to produce numerous projects including, Mr. Church, starring Eddie Murphy; Burn Your Maps, starring Vera Farmiga; The Comedian, starring Robert De Niro; and The Yellow Birds, starring Alden Ehrenreich and Jennifer Aniston.

In 2018, Franchesca joined the newly formed production and financier company Don Kee Productions as Head of Development.

Taylor Bergesch | Development Coordinator

Taylor Bergesch was born and raised in Redondo Beach, California. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Multimedia Production from California State University, Northridge in 2013 and worked various roles at After Dark Films and Crystal Sky Pictures before joining Cinelou Films. She joined Don Kee Productions as Development Coordinator in early 2019, where she has been developing current content in addition to handling all incoming submissions. She also heads the highly sought after internship program, focused on giving students a chance to discover what drives them in the industry.