Isaac Lee is the founder of EXILE, a media company dedicated to acquiring and developing premium original content for audiences across the U.S. and Latin America, which he established in 2019.
Prior to this venture, Lee served as the Chief Content Officer for Univision Communications and Televisa, where he led broadcast networks, a film studio and cable, streaming and digital properties.
In scripted content, Lee produced the award-winning film Paraíso Travel, and executive produced the mini-series for TVE, Operation Checkmate, which was nominated for an International Emmy. He also executive produced three seasons of El Chapo for Netflix. In non-scripted, Lee served as executive producer on Who Killed Malcolm X? (Netflix), the award-winning documentary Science Fair (NatGeo/Disney+), Outpost (HBO), The Traffickers (Netflix ), Food Exposed (Netflix) and Residente (Netflix), as well as Hate Rising with Jorge Ramos, among many other documentaries. Additionally, the investigative pieces he produced with Frontline won multiple awards including Peabody and DuPont.
Lee is a board member of the Associated Press (AP), the Committee to Protect the Journalists (CPJ) and Columbia Journalism Review (CJR). He also serves on the Journalism Advisory Board at ProPublica and as a Trustee of the Hirshhorn Museum of contemporary art. He is a member of the Council of Foreign Relations (CFR).
Alejandro Uribe is Chief Executive Officer of EXILE, a media company dedicated to acquiring and developing premium original content for audiences across the U.S. and Latin America.
Prior to his role at EXILE, Uribe oversaw the restructure of the content division of Televisa, the largest Spanish language producer, where he led all new business development endeavors. As interim CEO of Blim, Televisa’s direct-to-consumer offering, Uribe was instrumental in growing the company into the second-largest SVOD in Mexico and forming an in-house studio that entered into a multi-series agreement with Amazon.
Uribe’s career highlights also include stints in Los Angeles’ and San Francisco’s venture capital industries, as well as at Sony Pictures Entertainment and Orange Telecom, where he was responsible for investing in and operating media technology companies.
Originally from Medellin, Colombia, Uribe is the founder of La Tienda, a Colombian non-profit art institution. He graduated from Columbia University with an engineering degree.
PRESIDENT OF CONTENT
Daniel Eilemberg is President of Content at EXILE, a media company dedicated to acquiring and developing premium original content for audiences across the U.S. and Latin America.
Prior to joining EXILE, Eilemberg served as president and chief content officer of Fusion, a multi-cultural cable and digital media company owned by Univision, where he oversaw all content and operations for the network and its diverse platforms. During his tenure, Fusion grew its distribution, ratings, and revenues, and earned over 75 television and journalism awards.
Previously, Eilemberg founded and served as president of Animal Político, which began as the Twitter account Pájaro Político and went on to become one of the most recognized and influential news brands in America. Under his guidance, the site was honored with Spain’s Ortega y Gasset, Mexico’s Premio Nacional de Periodismo and Gabriel Garcia Marquez Journalism Awards.
Eilemberg’s executive producer credits include the Sundance Audience Award Winner Science Fair, Who Killed Malcolm X?, Murder Mountain, Food Exposed, Big Papi Needs a Job, Car vs America, Shade: Queens of NYC, The Traffickers and INSIDE: FARC Hostage Rescue (for National Geographic Channel).
A journalist at heart, Eilemberg gained experience early on in his career as editor of PODER, Hispanic Magazine and LOFT, and at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer where he worked in the creative department. Eilemberg is a 2014 visiting Nieman Fellow at Harvard University and one of NAMIC’s 2017 class of Next Generation Leaders and Luminaries.
MARIA TERESA PEREZ
María Teresa Perez Lobatón is Chief Operating Officer of EXILE, a media company dedicated to acquiring and developing premium original content for audiences across the U.S. and Latin America. As chief operating officer since 2018, she is responsible for overseeing the Company’s operations and functionality in order to achieve optimal and sustainable growth.
Prior to joining Exile, Lobatón worked as Director of Digital Operations for Televisa Media Group, where she helped restructure the business unit to maximize audience size and engagement and increase the worldwide digital footprints and revenues of its subsidiaries. Before this, she served as COO for Grupo MYT, a Mexico City-based hospitality group that designs, builds and operates experiences in Mexico and the U.S.
While enrolled in Stanford University’s MBA program, Lobatón, with a particular interest in impact and social change, interned for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. She also worked as a strategic consultant for several years for Deloitte Consulting Group.
Lobatón is an active member of the YaesHora initiative, which started the #metoo movement in Mexico, and the Women in Film and Television Association. She is a CREA Foundation Board Member, where she helps support women from disadvantaged sectors on their entrepreneurial endeavors.
In addition to earning her MBA, Lobatón has bachelor degrees in Industrial and Systems Engineering from the Monterrey Institute of Technology in Mexico and in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Technology in Sydney, Australia.
Julia Saenz-Rosenthal is Chief Marketing Officer of EXILE, a media company dedicated to acquiring and developing premium original content for audiences across the U.S. and Latin America. She is also the head of Exile Impact, a division dedicated to creating social impact content on such issues as freedom of the press, the environment, science, diversity and LGBTQ rights.
Before joining EXILE, Saenz-Rosenthal worked at Univision Communications where she started as a reporter in 2011 and grew into her last role with the company in 2016 as VP of Special Projects, overseeing the production of award-winning content and special projects in different formats (TV series, experiential events, and digital content). She was part of the teams that produced RiseUp, an event in Washington, DC that gathered youth leaders from all over the world to have a conversation about change, and RiseUp as One, a concert at the US/Mexico border in which over 14,000 people gathered to celebrate music, diversity, and unity.
HEAD OF DEVELOPMENT
Alonso Aguilar is Head of Development of Exile, a media company dedicated to acquiring and developing premium original content for audiences across the U.S. and Latin America.
Prior to joining EXILE, Aguilar was head of innovation at Televisa Studios, where he launched the company’s first pilot season. Since 2012, he helmed the Los Cabos International Film Festival, which Variety described as “the fastest-growing meet-mart in North America.”
Previously, Aguilar served as head writer for the Latin American Bureau of MTV News, as COO of Mexico City International Film Festival (FICCO) and as a programmer at Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF).
In addition, Aguilar launched the Gabriel Figueroa Film Fund to support emerging Mexican filmmakers and showrunners and was a member of the Tribeca Film Institute (TFI) Advisory Board since 2015. He is a screenwriter first and foremost, with credits as executive producer on productions in L.A., Barcelona and Mexico.
HEAD OF PRODUCTION
Arturo Sampson is the head of production at EXILE, a media company dedicated to acquiring and developing premium original content for audiences across the U.S. and Latin America.
Sampson is based in Mexico and oversees scripted and unscripted projects for Mexico, Spain, the United States, and Colombia. Prior to joining EXILE in 2020, Sampson worked at a variety of film and commercial production companies, including Canana, where he became a partner in 2011, and sister company Gloria, where he became a partner in 2014.
Sampson’s prior credits as producer include such feature films as Catherine Hardwicke’s Miss Bala, Werner Herzog’s Salt & Fire, David Pablos’ The Dance of the 41 and The Chosen Ones, Diego Luna’s Mr. Pig and Chavez, Gerardo Naranjo’s I´m Gonna Explode, Jonás Cuarón’s Aningaaq (short film for Gravity), Michael Rowe’s The Well, Revolución (segments by Diego Luna and Gael García Bernal), Laura Amelia Guzmán and Israel Cárdenas’ Cochochi, Gael García Bernal’s Déficit , Mariana Chenillo’s Paradise and Humberto Hinojosa’s Black Sheep, Paraiso Perdido, I Hate Love and Camino a Marte (as an associate/consulting producer).
His fictional and unscripted TV series credits as producer include Luis Miguel The Series S1 and S2 (MGM/Netlfix), The Taco Chrónicles S1 and S2 (Netflix), Fear The Walking Dead (S2) (AMC), Niño Santo (Holy Child) S1 and S2, Alguien Más and I’m Your Fan (Soy tu fan), as well as other TV shows and branded content pieces, including HBO´s Insecure (as production service).
In addition to his production projects, Sampson directed the short films Godot and Red Fish and the documentary The Latest on Fashion and co-directed 20 and 10, The Fire, The Word, and a Coca-Cola spot for the halftime of the Futbol Worldcup 2014.
Sampson was born in México City, where he studied film at Centro de Capacitación Cinematográfica and minored in directing and producing. He was selected into the Berlinale Talent Campus in 2005 and received the Young Artists Fellowship 2009-2010 for screenwriting. He has also attended workshops on screenwriting, acting, and directing at the EICTV School of San Antonio de Los Baños, Cuba, where he later returned to teach a production workshop and serve on the thesis committee.
CREATIVE ADVISORY BOARD
Adam Grant has been Wharton’s top-rated professor for 7 straight years. As an organizational psychologist, he is a leading expert on how we can find motivation and meaning, and live more generous and creative lives. He has been recognized as one of the world's 10 most influential management thinkers and Fortune's 40 under 40.
He is the author of 4 New York Times bestselling books that have sold over two million copies and been translated into 35 languages: Give and Take, Originals, Option B, and Power Moves. His books have been named among the year's best by Amazon, Apple, the Financial Times, and the Wall Street Journal, and praised by J.J. Abrams, Richard Branson, Bill and Melinda Gates, Malcolm Gladwell, and Malala Yousafzai.
Adam is the host of WorkLife, a chart-topping TED original podcast. His TED talks on original thinkers and givers and takers have been viewed more than 20 million times. He received a standing ovation at TED in 2016 and was voted the audience's favorite speaker at The Nantucket Project. His speaking and consulting clients include Google, the NBA, Bridgewater, and the Gates Foundation. He writes on work and psychology for the New York Times, serves on the Defense Innovation Board at the Pentagon, and has been honored as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. He has more than 3 million followers on social media and features new insights in his free monthly newsletter, GRANTED.
Adam was profiled in The New York Times Magazine cover story, Is giving the secret to getting ahead? He was tenured at Wharton while still in his twenties, and has received the Excellence in Teaching Award for every class that he has taught. He is the founder and host of the Authors@Wharton speaker series, and co-director of Wharton People Analytics. He curates the Next Big Idea Club along with Susan Cain, Malcolm Gladwell, and Dan Pink, handpicking two new books each quarter for subscribers and donating 100% of profits to provide books for children in under-resourced communities. He is also the cofounder of Givitas, a knowledge collaboration platform that makes it easy to give and receive help in five minutes a day, and an angel investor in startups in HR and culture, technology, and consumer products. He and his wife Allison have a children's picture book on generosity, The Gift Inside the Box.
Adam earned his Ph.D. in organizational psychology from the University of Michigan, completing it in less than 3 years, and his B.A. from Harvard University, magna cum laude with highest honors and Phi Beta Kappa honors. He has earned awards for distinguished scholarly achievement from the Academy of Management, the American Psychological Association, and the National Science Foundation. His pioneering research has increased performance and reduced burnout among engineers, teachers, and salespeople, and motivated safety behaviors among doctors, nurses, and lifeguards. He is a former magician and Junior Olympic springboard diver.
ELIZABETH CHAI VASARHELYI
Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi is an Academy Award winning filmmaker. Most recently Vasarhelyi directed and produced Free Solo. The film offers an intimate, unflinching portrait of rock climber Alex Honnold, and was awarded a BAFTA and the 2019 Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature.
Vasarhelyi’s other films as a director include Meru (Oscars Shortlist 2016; Sundance Audience Award 2015); Incorruptible (Truer Than Fiction Independent Spirit Award 2016); Youssou N’Dour: I Bring What I Love (Oscilloscope, 2009), which premiered at the Telluride and Toronto Film Festivals; A Normal Life (Tribeca Film Festival, Best Documentary 2003); and Touba (SXSW, Special Jury Prize Best Cinematography 2013). Vasarhelyi has directed two New York Times Op Docs, two episodes for Netflix’s nonfiction design series Abstract and two episodes for ESPN’s new nonfiction series Enhanced. She has received grants from the Sundance Institute, the Ford Foundation, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, Bertha Britdoc, the William and Mary Greve Foundation and the National Endowment of the Arts. She is a member of the DGA as well as AMPAS. She holds a B.A. in comparative literature from Princeton University and splits her time between New York City and Jackson Hole, Wyoming, with her husband Jimmy Chin, their daughter, Marina, and son, James.
Diego Luna is an actor, director and producer for theater, film and television. He gained international recognition in 2001 with the film Y Tu Mamá También, directed by Oscar winner Alfonso Cuarón. Since then, he has participated in more than 30 films produced in Mexico, Spain, the United States, England and Germany, with directors such as David Trueba, Steven Spielberg, Harmony Korine, Gus van Sant and Woody Allen. In 2007 he directed his first feature film, the documentary J.C. Chávez; and he has since directed the features Abel (2010), César Chávez (2014) and Mr. Pig (2016). In 2016 he had a breakthrough in the English speaking market with his role in Star Wars: Rogue One, and in 2018 he starred in the Netflix series, Narcos: México, for which he was nominated for the Critic Choice Awards.
In addition to his acting career, Diego is committed to causes that generate a social impact. Such is the case of Ambulante, a traveling documentary film festival that fosters cultural exchange, created in 2005 together with Gael García Bernal, Pablo Cruz and Elena Fortes; and El Día Después, an NGO based in Mexico City that works as a bridge between longtime organizations and citizens willing to contribute to bringing about change in the country.
In 2018, together with his partner Gael García Bernal, Diego launched La Corriente del Golfo, a company dedicated to the production of film, theater, television and community projects.
DR. SERENA McCALLA
Dr. Serena McCalla is the founder of iResearch Corporation, the parent company of iResearch Institute, iResearch Foundation and iResearch Science where she shares her training and research practices with educators and students from around the globe. She is also the Science Research Coordinator for Jericho UFSD in Jericho, NY. Since assuming the position in 2008 Dr. McCalla has engineered Jericho High School’s Science Research curriculum to become one of the preeminent science research programs on Long Island. Her students are continuously recognized as awards recipients for Regeneron Science Talent Search (STS) and the International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF), and during her tenure, Jericho HS has received more collective research awards than any other school in the world.
Dr. McCalla played a principal role in the National Geographic documentary, Science Fair, which chronicles the importance of science fairs in the high science learning experience, winning the 2018 Sundance Audience Award and a 2019 Emmy among other awards and recognition's.
Dr. Serena McCalla earned a Bachelors Degree, in Biological Sciences from State University of New York at Binghamton University and has a MS degree in Hematology/Microbiology, a PhD that explored the use of diagnostic tests to improve the understanding of genetics, photosynthesis, and respiration in secondary and collegiate courses.
GAEL GARCÍA BERNAL
Award winning actor, Gael García Bernal began performing in stage productions with his parents in Mexico, and later studied at the Central School for Speech and Drama in London. He has acted in Alejandro Gonzalez ́s Amores Perros and Babel, Alfonso Cuarón's Y Tu Mamá También, Carlos Carrera's The Crime of Father Amaro, Walter Salles ́s The Motorcycle Diaries, Pedro Almodóvar's Bad Education, James Marsh's The King, Michel Gondry's The Science of Sleep, Hector Babenco ́s El Pasado, Carlos Cuaron's Rudo y Cursi, Fernando Meirelles' Blindness, Lukas Moodysson's Mammoth, Jim Jarmusch's The Limits of Control, Icíar Bollaín’s Even the rain, Pablo Larraín’s No and Neruda, Roberto Sneider’s You’re killing me Susana and Pablo Fendrik’s El Ardor, amongst others.
His most recent films are Desierto, by Jonás Cuarón, Salt and Fire, by Werner Herzog and Museo by Alonso Ruizpalacios. In 2016 he received a Golden Globe as Best Comedy Actor for the Amazon series Mozart in the Jungle. He also portrayed the voice of Héctor in Disney-Pixar’s Coco, which won an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature in 2018.
In 2019 he will appear in Olivier Assayas’ Wasp Network and Pablo Larrain’s latest film Ema.
García Bernal made his directorial debut with Deficit. He also directed the short film The Letter for the full-length feature film 8, the short film Lucio for the collective Mexican film Revolución, the four documentary shortfilms The Invisibles for Amnesty International. He has also directed episodes in Mozart in the Jungle and Aquí en la Tierra. Chicuarotes is his second feature film, which premiered at this year’s Cannes Film Festival.
In 2005 he founded Ambulante (www.ambulante.org) along with Diego Luna, Pablo Cruz and Elena Fortes. Ambulante is an itinerant not-for-profit documentary film festival, it promotes documentaries within Mexico and abroad.
He has recently opened his new production company, La Corriente del Golfo together with Diego Luna.