Jonny Blitstein is the COO and Head of Studios at Tandem Pictures. He has worked in various roles in entertainment for 15+ years, most recently as VP Branded Entertainment at Astronauts Wanted (Sony Music) and at Maker Studios (Disney) working with clients such as Walmart, CoverGirl, Wendy’s, Sprint, and Procter & Gamble.
Prior to the founding of Tandem Pictures, in 2006 he first partnered with Julie Christeas to produce the film LET THEM CHIRP AWHILE starring Justin Rice (MUTUAL APPRECIATION) and Brendan Sexton III (3 BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING MISSOURI) which premiered as an Opening Night Film at the 2007 Woodstock Film Festival. It was released theatrically in the US by producer Houston King (THE HERO, HEARTS BEAT LOUD), and distributed on Netflix. Jonathan also produced several plays including the original production of Keep Your Baggage With You (At All Times) for which he won the New York Innovative Theater Award and kicked off the founding of the theater company Lesser America. As a screenwriter, Jonathan partnered with CAA, and developed original story projects including for Lionsgate, HeyDay Films’ Producer Jeff Clifford (UP IN THE AIR) and The Linson Company (SONS OF ANARCHY).
He previously managed digital marketing campaigns at Special Ops Media for arthouse releases such as THE SQUID AND THE WHALE, and OLDBOY. While at tech startup CrowdTwist, Jonathan’s vision led to the subsequent launch of MARVEL INSIDER, the official loyalty program rewarding fans for their engagement with Marvel Studios/Disney properties. He also advised the non-profit LONELY WHALE.ORG, leading to their development of the #STOPSUCKING campaign which has been seen by hundreds of millions of consumers and has sparked the elimination of plastic straws in restaurants, stadiums and other venues. Other early career roles include work at iHeartmedia, MTVNews, and Killer Films.