Founder and CEO
James founded Dogfish in 2009 to produce and invest in independent film (in which he made 6 films). He was named by Deadline Hollywood as one of 2012’s 10 Producers to Keep Watching. In 2013 he launched the Dogfish Accelerator program after an inspiring experience working for TechStars in Boulder, Colorado. He’s a Northwestern University graduate and received his MBA from NYU Stern in 2013. He currently is an Adjunct Professor at NYU Tisch School of the Arts where he teaches Strategies For Independent Producing. James aspires to be one of the world’s most renowned hermits. He tends to spend most of his free time in South Williamsburg watching cartoons and googling “best Texas BBQ in NYC.” He also runs a monthly meetup called A Presentation of the Deplorable, Bizarre, and Terrible in which he binge watches 10 films in a row that most of the world has never seen (most of the time for glaringly obvious reasons). As of July 2014 only 3 people have attended.
Creative Director and In-House Producer
Matthew Smaglik is a creative and a producer working in NYC. He was brought on to support Dogfish’s first accelerator class in 2013, stayed on, and has never looked back. He now is a active independent producer in NY, having worked with a range of companies; VICE, AMC, Billboard, PBS, and Sundance. Started by bootstrapping in the Rocky Mountains, writing and directing his first feature film and several documentaries for PBS, leading him to television work in LA and commercial work in Chicago. He is a principal at Section II, a benefit corporation working for better representation of LBT women in media. He co-produced sci-fi feature Diverge this past year and is producing two projects shooting this upcoming spring.