Team

  • Frank Kostenko

    Co-Founder & CEO
  • Frank Kostenko

    Co-Founder & CEO

    Frank Kostenko embodies a rare combination of distinguished military service supporting U.S. Naval Special Forces operations and decades of cutting-edge Hollywood media production experience. On the military side, he leads large teams in complex scenarios including intelligence, engineering, science and communications. In Hollywood, he has earned a reputation for advanced media technology excellence, including work on the leading edge of Virtual Reality, IMAX, 4D, and other emerging technologies.

    In his role as co-founder and CEO of PacRim Media, he draws equally on these unique pools of experience to lead the company’s growth and development, and to ensure the success of PacRim’s varied and complex high-stakes production initiatives which often take place in dynamic and unpredictable settings and rely on experimental, innovative production technologies.

    Frank is currently a commander in the United States Navy Reserve, and has held a number of roles of increasing responsibility since joining the Navy in 1995. Prior to founding PacRim Media in 2016, he was EVP of Landmark Entertainment Group, a venerable global entertainment design firm where he oversaw the firm’s ambitious journey into the world of VR, and worked as the senior project producer on most of Landmark’s flagship projects, including: Terminator 2/3-D, Star Trek Adventure at the Hilton Las Vegas, and Jurassic Park: The Ride.

    Earlier in his career, interspersed with multiple deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan, Frank served as a senior staff producer for BMG Chrysalis Production, where he was responsible for producing HBO’s “Uncivilized,” “American Intellectuals,” “Interceptor,” and “Tactical Assault.” Prior to BMG, Frank served as assistant CFO at Silver Pictures at Warner Bros. Studios, managing multiple tentpole films that include “Speed Racer,” “Sherlock Holmes” and the “Matrix” trilogy. His production credits also include “Act of Valor,” “The Last Samurai,” “In Her Shoes,” “We Were Soldiers,” “Man on Fire,” “Streets of Fire” and the “CSI Las Vegas” pilot, among others.

    Frank earned his BS in communication from the University of New York, has a Masters of Arts and Science in Mobile Media from the Command and General Staff College, and earned a Masters in Project Management and Engineering from the Montana Tech School of Engineering. Kostenko is a member of the Directors Guild of America (DGA) and the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences. He lives with his wife and sons in Southern California.


  • Neal Allen

    Co-Founder & President
  • Neal Allen

    Co-Founder & President

    Neal Allen combines a passion for the latest cutting-edge technologies with a wealth of knowledge gleaned from a career spanning 25 years in all aspects of media production and management. Well-versed in all aspects of media production in all current formats and technology – 35mm film, 65mm film, HD, UHD, 4K, 6K, 6.5K, infrared, ultra high-speed and CGI/VFX – all the way to immersive formats such as virtual reality (VR) and Cloud Point Image Capture (CPIC), Allen also specializes in IMAX immersive 3D production. His credits span some of the most innovative 3D projects created to date, such as “Sea Monsters 3D,” “Siegfried and Roy 3D,” “Mysteries of the Unseen Universe 3D,” and key roles on pioneering 4D projects “Men in Black the Ride 4D” for Universal Studios, and “Haunted Lighthouse 4D” for Busch Gardens Entertainment.

    In addition to his technological production savvy, Allen cut his teeth working in some of the most hostile and politically complicated environments around the globe. His work has taken him from Cambodia, the DMZ of South Korea, to Israel, the Rainforests of Brazil, The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and India – just to name a few.

    A member of the Directors Guild of America since 1997, Allen has also worked for industry stalwarts MacGillivray Freeman Films, National Geographic, IMAX, Giant Screen Cinema and K2 Productions.


  • Brad Ohlund

    Director/DP
  • Brad Ohlund

    Director/DP

    Brad Ohlund has worked in the film industry for 25 years, specializing in IMAX photography. As Director of Photography, his projects include Everest, Dolphins, Adventures in Wild California, Journey Into Amazing Caves, Coral Reef Adventure, Mystery of the Nile, Greece: Secrets of the Past, Hurricane on the Bayou, Grand Canyon Adventure and Arabia.

    After attending Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara, California, Ohlund began his career with the classic film To Fly! Since then, his broad and varied assignments have included filming underwater reefs in the South Pacific and primitive tribes in New Guinea and Borneo. He has filmed from a plane, through the eye of a hurricane and captured on IMAX film in the fury of an approaching tornado.


  • Jeffrey Zabludoff

    Business Affairs Director
  • Jeffrey Zabludoff

    Business Affairs Director

    Jeffrey Zabludoff has spent 25 years bridging the gap between the creative and business sides of the entertainment, media, and technology industries.

    Prior to Pacific Rim Media, Zabludoff ran his own company, Viaje Productions, Inc., which specializes in project development, consulting, and media production. The company developed exclusive content for DIRECTV, created The Experience Music Project, a music museum funded by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen and designed by renowned architect Frank Gehry; The Championship Gaming Series, the first televised professional gaming league; and worked with AECOM, the world’s largest development and construction firm.

    Prior to striking out on his own, Zabludoff was one of the first employees of Universal Creative, a specialized division within Universal Studios focusing strictly on developing themed entertainment properties. Under Zabludoff’s leadership, over $5billion of new theme park and resort project developments were created – many of which set the bar for what theme park entertainment could achieve. Projects included Universal’s Island of Adventure, CityWalk, Jurassic Park: The Ride, Terminator 2 3D and Universal Studios Japan.

    Jeffrey started his career on the ground floor of the film business, first working in motion picture and television production at Paramount Pictures during one of the most prolific times in the history of the studio that saw the development and released over 60 films including “Forrest Gump,” “Wayne’s World,” “Clear and Present Danger” and “Patriot Games.”

    Zabludoff earned his Master in Fine Arts from the University of Southern California and his bachelor degree from Tulane University.


  • Brian Rogers

    Senior Producer -3D/AR/VR
  • Brian Rogers

    Senior Producer -3D/AR/VR

    Brian Rogers has vast experience in the film industry and a list of credits that includes theatrical motion pictures, special venue, 3D, IMAX films and television production. These have taken him to all parts of the world including India, Nepal, China, Japan, England, the Hawaiian Islands, and The Caribbean islands of Puerto Rico, St. John, St. Thomas and St. Lucia. This is coupled with his many years of pioneering producer work with new technology film-making including special venue, virtual reality, 3D production (including the first the first high definition digital 3-D production) and projects in both live action and computer-generated imagery. He was also a producer and line producer on many segments of the “Terminator 2 3D” show which was director James Cameron’s first foray into the 3D realm. Rogers’ has been a consulting producer for IMAX films and for television movie projects for Paramount and Granada USA

    His diverse slate of projects includes “Godzilla” for Legendary Pictures/Warner Brothers, and credits that include the James Bond actioner “License to Thrill,” “Men In Black,” and “Pirates 3D”. Rogers’ IMAX credits include “Dr. Bigscreen” for Sony Pictures and “Mystic India,” lensed in India and in the Himalayas of Nepal that utilized a total of 50,000 extras in period costuming.

    Rogers has an extensive history working on visual effects for VFX companies that include Digital Domain, IE Effects, R Greenberg/Imaginary Forces and Rhythm & Hues. This has been as a producer, VFX producer, and line producer, along with 3D stereo conversion supervision on such films as “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2,” “Green Lantern” and “The Hole.”

    He has been a featured guest speaker at the 3D Next Conference and the 3D Entertainment Summit held in Los Angeles. He is also a member of the British Academy Of Film & Television Artists.


  • Ross Lee

    Director - International Development
  • Ross Lee

    Director - International Development

    Ross Lee in an International development specialist, working to create new market strategies and programs. He is founder of Rising Tide, a Systems Integration company that specializes in Smart Card Technology, security services and multi-media.

     

    He graduated from the United States Merchant Marine Academy in 1992 with a BS in Maritime Engineering.  He is a licensed engineer certified with the following credentials STCW (Standard Training Certification of Watch standing), GMDSS (Global Maritime Distress Signals), Gas Turbines, Auxiliary Diesels, Liquid Natural Gas, High Voltage and Small Boat Repairs.  He continues to work in the industry and maintains his license in the Maritime industry.

     

    He received a MBA from the University of Chaminade and a MA in National Security and Strategic Studies from the United States Navy War College. Ross also attended the George C. Marshall School in Germany and completed NATO PFP Staff Officer Course, Asian Pacific Security Studies Center, Honolulu where he took part in the CSRT – Counter Security Response Terrorism Course.

     

    He is a Navy Officer who has served over 19 years in the Navy Reserve or Active duty.  His duty has taken him through various commands from MSCEUR, MSCCENT, SOCPAC, DET 115, and DET 701.  Among his military accomplishment he has achieved the rank of CAPT.


  • George Sanger

    Audio Director
  • George Sanger

    Audio Director

    Known and celebrated worldwide as “Legendary Game Audio Guru,”  The Fat Man, George Alistair Sanger, has been creating music and other audio for games since Thin Ice for Intellivision in 1983.

    Sanger was most recently the first audio hire, then Director of Sonic Arts, at Magic Leap, a technology/ entertainment-related company that started in late 2014.  Team that he created and led were responsible for the creation of audio hardware/software for a mixed-reality device and for creating content/research to allow external developers to make “Magic Audio”.

    For the 15 years from 1996 through 2010, George hosted the annual Texas Interactive Music Conference and BBQ (Project Bar-B-Q), the computer/music industry’s most prestigious and influential conference.  Based on the success of BBQ, for the 5 years from 2006 through 2010, he hosted Project Horseshoe, an intense think-tank aimed at solving game design’s toughest problems.

    Sanger is internationally recognized for having contributed to the immersive atmosphere of well over 250 games, including such sound-barrier-breaking greats as Loom, Wing Commander I and II, The 7th Guest I and II, (re-released for iPhone in late 2010), NASCAR Racing, Putt-Putt Saves the Zoo, and ATF. He was recording orchestral instruments for games as early as 1992, pressing to raise the quality of the gaming experience by using live instruments, lyrics, music videos, and digital recordings in games when they had not been used before.

    Sanger received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Game Audio Network Guild (GANG) in 2015.


  • Michael Caffrey

    Production Coordinator
  • Michael Caffrey

    Production Coordinator

    Working on multiple projects in all facets of production, Michael brings a half-decade of experience in creative development and media production to the table. He has produced live sports television for Networks such as CBS and NBC, supervising an award winning college football staff for WICB-Ithaca and produced/directed multiple short films.

    In 2012, Michael worked for NBC Sports as an editor during the London Olympics, along with the MLB Network for the 2012 baseball season. He followed that up by working with Precision Productions + Post as an assistant editor, before returning to the creative field to finish his education. He later returned to MLB Network in 2014, continuing as an Associate Producer through the end of the season.

    In 2015, Michael relocated to Los Angeles and worked alongside Frank, Bennie and many others at Landmark Entertainment Group. As one of the main driving forces behind the Virtual Worlds Fair, he wrote the script for the Virtual Worlds Fair demo and oversaw the creative development process through production.

    Michael graduated from Ithaca College in 2014 with a degree in Television, Radio and Film Production, along with a concentrated study in Journalism.


  • Cameron Balma

    Director of Project Management
  • Cameron Balma

    Director of Project Management

    With more than 15 years of experience in project management leading cross-functional teams in support of various assignments across the globe, Cameron Balma fuses different and disparate aspects of media projects with his extensive experience in information management, data procurement, and functional integration.

    Long dedicated to national service and security, Cameron is a Lieutenant Commander in the United States Navy with over 20 years of service to his name, including numerous deployments in support of counterterrorism, peacekeeping, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief missions.

    Cameron earned his Bachelor of Arts in Russian studies from the State University of New York, a Master of Arts from the American Military University, and earned a Master of Science from the National Defense University.


  • Yiyuan "Annabel" Wu

    Business Development Associate
  • Yiyuan "Annabel" Wu

    Business Development Associate

    Yiyuan Wu is a graduate student at School of Global Policy and Strategy in UC San Diego specializing in International Management and China. She obtained her bachelor degree in psychology from University of Michigan-Ann Arbor.

    Yiyuan joined Pacific Rim Media, Inc. in July 2016 as an associate for business development in China. Besides providing written translation of some documents, she also helps enhance the communication with Chinese business partners.

    Yiyuan has various internship experiences in different areas. Her professional experiences include working as a data analyst for BrandAmerica, Inc. in San Diego, CA; lobby manager at Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, Leshan Branch in Sichuan, China; manager assistant at Sichuan Jindi Real Estate Development Co., Ltd. in China and coordinator at Leshan United Pet Hospital in Sichuan, China.

    Besides the working experiences, Yiyuan also has rich research experiences regarding management, marketing and organizational issues. She was one of the researchers help GrollTex, Inc. develop market entering strategies and she also did researches concerning self-presentation and communication issues within organizations.