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John has successfully led the vision, launch and/or expansion of five entertainment and media entities...
John has provided development and financing planning and execution in every aspect for dozens of motion pictures, television network series and specials, with combined production costs of over $470 million and global rights earnings exceeding $4 billion.
Here are some of the dozens of films John Lee has worked on. These are motion pictures you have heard of before, like The Terminator, Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, and The Nutty Professor.
John Lee has provided business, global distribution and financing for motion pictures released through Universal, Paramount, Sony, Disney, Warner Bros., HBO and many others.
John has successfully led the vision, launch and/or expansion of five entertainment and media entities, including Impression delivery Corporation that was subsequently acquired by CapCities, and Entertainment Business Group purchased by the Gillen Group.
John's Grandmother was an avid reader, lighting a fire in him to seek for and create audience-overwhelming stories.
John's early career started as a systems analyst then consultant within the Business Systems Division of the NCR corporation by day, while in the evenings writing scripts and stories, and studying entertainment's creative and business craft. John co- founded the highly successful San Diego Repertory Theatre, for which he provided business planning, funding, taught and directed. He executive produced and partially funded his first motion picture, Where's Willy? in 1976, doing many things contrary to his better business judgment.It was a clarifying learning experience.
This led John into international motion picture sales as Controller and then Business Affairs Vice President for global motion picture sales company Howard Goldfarb Distribution. Subsequently, in the same position for Heart Entertainment, he directed the distribution and funding of in-house and client projects and helped measure the value of their pictures' rights and plan their optimal global rights licensing and sales.
Though participating throughout his career in the business and creative aspects of motion picture and television productions, John also led four new-media companies including the direct broadcast satellite entity Impression Delivery Corporation (acquired by CapCities), and the ad sales units of TimesMirror Cable Television (acquired by Cox Communications).
In 1996, John joined the faculty of BYU's Film School, established and taught their Business of Film curricula, leading him to author The Producer's Business Handbook. This book is used by film and business schools the world over, is a standard professional media reference, a best seller in its obscure category, now in its fourth edition published by Focal Press and co-branded by AFM. John has also mentored 27 film students in their productions.
The book continues to benefit many in understanding the hybrid demands of global distribution and finance, and has brought him, as he likes to say, "more recognition, speaking engagements and enjoyable experiences than I deserve."
In 1999 John co-founded and was CEO of Entertainment Business Group, providing motion picture global finance, distribution and related business services to independent producers and industry entities, until The Gillen Group's acquisition.
In 2004, John became the co-founder and CEO of iCommunication Dynamics, and i.TV, Internet steaming television technology entities, eventually selling its majority interest, as well as separately its i.TV concept and domain, which became a top 100 iPhone and iPad application.
In 2008, John became Dean of India's high-tech entertainment and media college, Whistling Woods International, contributing to their expansion, attaining top ten global status, and bringing India its first Media and Entertainment MBA in partnership with Manipal University.
In 2011, John became Managing Director of Entertainment Strategy, where he directed the development, global distribution, funding and oversight of in-house and client entertainment projects.
In 2018, John’s Simple Little Stories co-ventured with Jason Brents’ Lady of the Lake Studios together with their China distribution relationships, forming OneDoor Studios, each partner company contributing three global, wide-audience projects, three of which are also franchise projects. Shortly thereafter OneDoor Studios brought in their crucial third full-partner, writer, director, editor, cinematographer Stephen Wollwerth, through his 3Gates Films.
John, Jason and Stephen now direct OneDoor Studios, currently developing nearly a dozen independent feature motion pictures and series, while expanding their global sales capacities.
John continues to story-search, write, surf, help his wife, Darylann, in her women and children humanitarian work, and together they labor in their most joyous production...their children, grandchildren and extended family.
Founder | Executive Vice President | CCO | Producer
Stephen entered the world of film production in 2010 with the development of aerial platforms before anybody knew what drones were...
Chiefly through his 3Gates Films, Stephen became a polished producer, known as a "Renaissance Man" through the many projects which he produced and contributed to as a producer, writer, director, director of photography, editor, and even FAA licensed drone pilot in motion picture, television and live event production. Stephen has established multi-cam streaming systems, and has served as a media broadcasting facility director.
Stephen started 3Gates Films in 2010 as designer, engineer, builder and cinematographer of the first aerial platforms that opened the liberating era of drones. Stephen’s innovative breakthrough aerial systems were featured in Scientific American magazine and many other publications and television programs. For a multi-million-dollar Fox Sports television commercial, Stephen became the first person to fly a cinema camera from a Blackmagic Design on a RC platform. He currently holds multiple FAA certifications, including part 107.39 for flights over people, a certification held today by only 18 individuals in the United States.
Stephen was the director of photography and editor on the 8.4/10 IMDB rated 2020 Film Hope for the Holidays released on Amazon Prime Video. He was also director of photography and editor for the 13th season of a PBS docu-series entitled Healing Quest. Stephen’s stock footage has been sold primarily for commercials thousands of times to companies worldwide. His footage has been purchased by National Geographic, Valvoline, Mahindra Tractors, Cenovas Energy, Spike TV, and hundreds of other companies.
In 2019 Stephen amassed a quarter of a million followers on TikTok with views in the tens of millions of videos telling stories of miracles in people’s lives. Stephen’s reputation as a world class editor is significantly enabled by his substantial production of live, multi-camera concerts, and his degree in music performance, with a minor in voice.
Stephen speaks Mandarin Chinese with a level of fluency from his 2 years living in Kunming and Xian, China. He is also an instrument rated private pilot, is fascinated with aviation, has continuing electrical engineering projects as a hobby, is an extreme mountain biker and is a father of three sons and one daughter.
Founder | President | COO | Producer
Jason’s awareness of the power of great stories to inspire and enable their viewers and readers drove him to study epic stories from as early as he could watch and read them...
In 2015, Jason began to lay the foundation of the mini-studio which would eventually become OneDoor Studios. He astutely applied his lifetime of studying and acquiring great world literature, researching and becoming deeply oriented in the business of global motion picture and series development, production, financing and distribution, as well as engaging relationships with bright key-entertainment industry players.
In July 2018, Jason founded OneDoor Studios with his friend and partner John Lee; they were joined a year later by their friend and third partner Stephen Wollwerth. Since then Jason has been developing IP for the company, setting up and closing development financing, and setting up OneDoor Studio Entertainment Properties, which may become the first entertainment industry Series Regulation A+ development funding platform. As OneDoor’s President, Jason continues to oversee all of its entities, developing their in-house story properties and connecting OneDoor Studios with its various production partners, which include his and OneDoor’s global community of film industry professionals.
Along with continuing to develop industry partnerships, Jason leads OneDoor’s public development funding, bank production financing and expanding the partners’ overall vision of becoming a mini-studio.
Jason began his career as an educator in 2001 teaching in the Bay Area, CA. Jason developed his entrepreneurial skills in 2005 when he launched a real estate development company, flipping real estate properties on the Big Island. This experience in real estate development helped to prepare him for the similarly financed film industry. In 2009 Jason moved his family to China to teach an international school, instructing some of China’s top international students from over 20 countries in history, government, philosophy, and film-making.
While in China he continued to mine many cultures for rich stories worthy to be developed into successful global motion pictures and series.
Jason speaks Mandarin Chinese with an intermediate level of fluency from his 6 years living in Tianjin, China. He continues to acquire and develop great literature, write, compose music, snow ski, cliff dive, and work together with his wife and five children to enable and uplift one another and everyone they meet to become all we are designed to be.