Chevonne O’Shaughnessy – President
Chevonne O’Shaughnessy is the co-founder and president of Mission Pictures International, and American Cinema International.
O’Shaughnessy began her career as the President of International sales for PM Entertainment. Her 10 years in this position resulted in the production and sales of over 176 feature films and two successful television series. PM produced and distributed original prime time product for numerous international TV clients and domestic cable networks, with the distinction of being one of the first suppliers for HBO World Premier Movies. PM remains one of the few among the competitive world of independent filmmaking that consistently generates high quality Action Adventure feature films. She has also served as the executive producer of numerous films and TV-mini series’ including El Dorado, Born to Race, Power Play, Phase IV and many more.
In 2000, Chevonne founded American Cinema International, along with George Shamieh, with the goal of distributing and producing high quality commercial motion pictures throughout the world. In less than ten years, ACI has produced 20 action/disaster films with international sales and domestic prime time broadcasts on USA, SCI-FI, and HBO Premier. The company utilizes ACI studios in foreign markets such as Canada, Spain, Brazil, and Romania to ensure tax incentives and higher production values.
Throughout her experience in international sales, O’Shaughnessy recognized a niche market for inspirational and family oriented material. In 2008, she founded Mission Pictures International along with Promenade Pictures COO and President, Cindy Bond, with the goal of creating a brand of quality content that will best serve this unique market. Within their first year, Mission Pictures successfully acquired more than 12 titles for theatrical and TV releases, and is quickly achieving their mission to bring positive, inspirational messages back into the global marketplace.
Since its inception, MPI has acquired over sixty films for theatrical, home video and TV release, and has become the international destination for films to the family and faith market. Some of the major feature films include box office hit, October Baby, The Heart of Christmas, which was nominated for an Emmy Award in 2012, Letters to God, Mighty Macs and more.
In addition to her corporate responsibilities, Chevonne serves on the Trustee Board of Women in Film Foundation and her families Foundation Board, where The O’Shaughnessy Foundation gives generous amount of monies to Notre Dame and St. Thomas. Chevonne was also a member of the Glendale Memorial board for five years. Additionally, Chevonne makes guest appearances at Chapman University each quarter and teaches International Distribution to students.
Cindy Bond - President
An entertainment industry veteran, Cindy Bond, is acclaimed for her pioneering work in distributing, marketing and producing uplifting, entertaining and inspirational films for families and people of faith worldwide. In 2008 Cindy co-founded Mission Pictures International, a foreign sales, distribution, finance and production company, with American Cinema International co-founder and President Chevonne O’Shaughnessy. Since its inception, Mission Pictures has acquired over sixty films for theatrical, home video and TV release, and has become the international destination for films in the family and faith market.
In 2002 Bond co-founded Promenade Pictures, a U.S. theatrical distribution, marketing and production company, with former Paramount Pictures President and MGM/UA Co-Chairman Frank Yablans. As President and Chief Operating Officer of Promenade Cindy created a twelve film animated franchise entitled “Epic Stories of the Bible.” The feature film series debuted with Movieguide’s Epiphany Prize Nominee “The Ten Commandments” followed by “Noah’s Ark: The New Beginning.” Notable actors in the series include Sir Ben Kingsley, Elliott Gould, Alfred Molina, Christian Slater, Jason Lee, Michael Keaton, Marcia Gay Harden, Rob Schneider, Kristin Stewart, Ana Ortiz, Howie Mandel and Eliza Dushku. Additionally, Cindy served as Co-Executive Producer on the Camie Award winning Film “The Note” starring Genie Francis and Ted McGinley, the first in the film franchise she set up at the Hallmark Channel.
In 1998 Cindy served as President of Production and Acquisitions at Providence Entertainment, a U.S. theatrical distribution, marketing and production company she co-founded with Interstate Batteries Chairman Norm Miller. Providence was renowned for its pioneering work in faith-based grassroots marketing and for distributing the faith market breakthrough film “The Omega Code” starring Casper Van Dien and Michael York. Omega Code was the #1 independent theatrical release of 1999. Other feature films Providence distributed were “Grizzly Falls,” starring Richard Harris and Bryan Brown, “Mercy Streets” starring Eric Roberts and Stacy Keach, “Revelation,” starring Jeff Fahey and Nick Mancuso, “Extreme Days” starring A.J. Buckley and Dante Basco, “The Joyriders” starring Martin Landau, Kris Kristofferson and Elisabeth Moss, “The Amati Girls,” starring Mercedes Ruehl, Cloris Leachman and Paul Sorvino (Marco Island Festival Audience Award winner and Heartland Film Festival Award of Excellence winner) and j.k.livin Productions’ critically acclaimed documentary “Hands on a Hard Body.”
In 1996 Cindy served as President of Norann Entertainment, a production company she co-founded with Interstate Batteries Chairman Norm Miller and his wife Anne Miller. While at Norann Cindy produced Movieguide Award winner “The Joyriders”.
Throughout her career, Cindy has produced or executive produced other notable films such as “A Beautiful Soul” starring Deitrick Haddon and Lesley-Ann Brandt, “The Confession” starring Katie LeClerc, Sherry Stringfield and Adrian Paul, “The Shunning” starring Danielle Panabaker, Bill Oberst Jr. and Sherry Stringfield and “Stranger in My House” starring Lindsey Crouse, Dan Lauria and Jay Thomas.
In addition to her corporate responsibilities, Cindy serves on various boards including the Trustee Board of Women In Film, the advisory board of the Dove Foundation and the advisory board of the Christian Film and Television Commission. Cindy is also a member of the Producer’s Guild, the Screen Actor’s Guild and the Biola University Studio Task Force. Cindy previously served as an advisor to The Heartland Film Festival, The Marco Island Film Festival, The James Jordan Foundation, GodTube.com and the marketing committee of the U.S. Equestrian Federation. Cindy also co-founded Women in Entertainment and The Backyard National Children’s Film Festival, a festival that showcased films made by kids.
Travis Mann - Head of Production
Travis is a producer and entertainment attorney specializing in the finance, development and production of feature films and unscripted television series. Travis began his career working as a production assistant on Oliver Stone’s “Born on the Fourth of July” and “JFK” while simultaneously pursuing a degree in finance from Southern Methodist University, followed by a Juris Doctor from the UCLA School of Law where Travis was an editor of the UCLA Law Review. Shortly after graduating from law school, Travis worked in Theatrical Legal Affairs for Walt Disney Pictures where he negotiated and drafted writer, director, actor and producer agreements for the studio, and served as production counsel for a number of live-action and animated feature films.
Following Disney, Travis joined Rosenfeld, Meyer & Susman, LLP in Beverly Hills where he represented Warner Bros. and New Regency, as well as a host of independent producers and production companies. Travis later acted as head of business affairs and business development for Crystal Sky Pictures, Inferno Entertainment and Infinity Films, where he supervised the production of pictures financed through a variety of foreign pre-sales models. In addition, Travis has created and sold a number of television formats to E! Entertainment Television, Universal Television, Fox Studios, and The Learning Channel, with high-profile partners including The San Diego Zoo and Safari Park, Club Med, The Washington Redskins and Red Bull.
In the feature film arena, Travis also optioned his original pitches “Camp Woodward” to Storyline Entertainment and Disney, “Fearless” to Rob Schneider and Sony, and “Smoke” to Bruce Willis and Cheyenne Enterprises. He’s also produced and co-produced a number of motion pictures, including “Shadow People,” “Dark Fields,” and “Mercy Streets,” and his screenplay “Godspeed” recently won a national screenwriting competition. Travis and his wife are members of Saddleback Church in Orange County.