About Maverick Entertainment
Privately held Maverick Entertainment Group (MEG) has a reputation for consistently releasing niche genre films that major studios often overlook. These genres include urban (inspirational, action, comedy), Latino, Horror, and LGBT titles. Maverick now in its 21st year in 2018, having released over 800 films over the past 21 years currently controls the world's largest library of African American feature length films. Maverick currently controls over 400 titles that are distributed both physically and digitally. Maverick's direct relationships with WALMART, REDBOX , AMAZON PRIME, GOOGLE, HULU, NETFLIX, iNDemand, TUBI TV, VUDU and PLUTO TV allow Maverick to connect with its consumer base through DVD, Video-on-Demand, and streaming.
Maverick supports independent film producers by providing a pipeline of content that streams from filmmakers to movie watchers. Likewise, Maverick accommodates consumers with a consistent flow of the genre films they wish to view. By maintaining an exemplary reputation within the film and business communities, as well as establishing direct relations with content creators and media providers, Maverick positions itself as a leader within the home entertainment industry.
Doug Schwab founded Maverick in 1997 and continues to oversee the company. He and his team of key personnel have forged the cornerstone to the company's growth over the last 21 years and the team is excited to charge into the future.
About Our Cast
President and Founder
Doug Schwab, President and Founder of Maverick, was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana. With over 30 years in the home entertainment industry, Schwab has established himself as a leader in independent film distribution and as a champion for independent filmmakers everywhere.
Schwab has launched over 1,000 feature films since Maverick’s inception. He utilized the expertise and contacts he gained as a Blockbuster buyer to initially develop Maverick and now leads creation, promotion, and distribution efforts for various genres within the independent film category. Schwab and Maverick maintain an impeccable reputation within the industry and with filmmakers worldwide.
Following Schwab’s vision, Maverick serves as a pipeline between independent filmmakers and movie fans everywhere. Unlike major movie studios, Maverick releases a consistent and constant supply of films consumers wish to view. Through relationships and output deals, Maverick can distribute its films across all media platforms so film lovers can watch Maverick movies when and where they choose. For Doug, Maverick is all about the people.
Digital Media Specialist
Abel Franklin is Maverick’s Digital Media Specialist. He obtained a Bachelor of Science in New Media Arts and Science from Indiana University Purdue University of Indianapolis in 2009. He followed that with an Associates of Science in Film Production from the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale in 2013.
Franklin focuses on DVD authorizing and digital deliveries. Further, he maintains Maverick’s YouTube page and collaborates with other departments to ensure synchronization across all digital platforms. Known as the Silent Assassin for his quiet demeanor and killer work ethic, Franklin continues to build Maverick’s social media presence. For Abel, Maverick is all about the teamwork.
Digital Media Specialist
Evan Liss is responsible for all things digital at Maverick. His main responsibilities include editing, creating teasers, authoring DVDs and being an important part of the Maverick digital team.
He graduated from the International Academy of Film and Television (2013) with a degree in Advance Filmmaking. He's truly passionate about the art of film and it shows in his work.
Shortly after graduating, one of his first shorts, called The Thrilling, received numerous awards, including Audience Program favorite, runner up Florida favorite, and Overall Audience favorite from various film festivals. Impressive - and he's only getting started.
In his off time, Evan teaches acting, writes, directs and creates micro-budget short films.
For Evan it's all about filmmaking.
Mike Haslam is Maverick’s lead Graphic Designer. He graduated at the top of his class from the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale and won the Best Portfolio Award for his immaculate graphic design work.
With a background in Illustration and Design, Haslam brings his unique artistic style to Maverick’s marketing efforts, which include key art campaigns, graphics, and branding for Maverick’s website and popular YouTube channel. For Mike, Maverick is all about the creative process.
Delivery and Legal Coordinator
Erica plays an integral role as the delivery and legal coordinator. Responsibilities include but are not limited to gathering all the needed documents from the filmmakers and working closely with the lawyer to ensure Maverick can successfully and legally release films out into the traditional and digital marketplace.
Erica Barrabi, a native Floridian, holds a degree in Criminal Justice from Florida Atlantic University. She is also currently taking courses to obtain her paralegal certification at FAU, with thoughts of pursuing a degree in law in the future. In her off time, she loves to travel to new places, watch movies, and take long runs. For Erica, Maverick is all about chain of title.
Michael Marine heads Maverick’s Accounting Department. Marine adheres to Maverick’s financial, accounting, and inventory criterion that provide a yellow brick road to a pile of green bills. In addition to bringing many years of management experience in finance, accounting, and taxation, Michael is an actor, writer, and musician who enjoys Maverick’s creative atmosphere.
Marine obtained a Bachelor’s from Cornell University and a Master’s from Tulane. He is an active, licensed CPA to this day. For Michael, Maverick is all about the bottom line.
Accounting and Digital Analyst
Jake grew up in a small town along the Mississippi River 90 miles north of St Louis. He went to the local Franciscan University and received his bachelor of science in Accounting. He is adept at all facets of accounting. He enjoys analyzing the digital platforms to help deliver the best product in the most user and ad friendly way.
Away from the office Jake is a huge sports fan. He is die hard St Louis Cardinals fan. He also is an avid Disc Golfer and enjoys being active and outside.
Emia Willingham is from Albany NY, the Capital City of New York State. She is an early graduate from Siena College. She obtained her bachelor's degree in Psychology while playing division I basketball. From being an athlete she is very competitive which motivates her to want to learn as much as possible.
Although, she was born in the winter and is used to cold weather and inches of snow, she loves the Florida weather, palm trees, and beaches. Her positive energy and laughter brings out excitement and happiness in other people around her.