Executive Team

  • Rick Allen

    Rick Allen, Chief Executive Officer and Board Member

    Rick Allen has run successful companies in nearly every form of media, and helped to develop or extend some of the country's most prestigious brands. Rick is the CEO of SnagFilms which he helped to found with Ted Leonsis. The two produced Kicking It, which screened at Sundance, Tribeca and other film festivals and was aired by ESPN; for the film and their work on homelessness, Leonsis, Allen and colleagues received the 2009 Stewart B. McKinney Award from the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty. In 2010, Leonsis and Allen produced A Fighting Chance, which aired on ESPN in November, 2010.

    Allen previously was President and CEO of Sporting News, the country's oldest sports media company, leading a revitalization that saw it named twice to Adweek's annual "Hot List" as a top-10 media property. Earlier, he served as President and CEO of the for-profit arm of the National Geographic Society, responsible for television and film; interactive products, websites and e-commerce; maps; travel; retail; catalog; and consumer products. Under his leadership, the National Geographic Channel was launched and became one of the fastest growing cable channels in recent history. Before coming to National Geographic, Rick was a senior executive at Discovery Communications, parent of the Discovery Channel, where he extended the company's brand into filmed entertainment, education, technology and retail.


    He also served in the White House as a Deputy Assistant to President Clinton, helping to establish AmeriCorps (the domestic Peace Corps). Before his White House service, Allen was CEO of a privately-held group of 35 companies based in Los Angeles. He has written and lectured widely, and been active in civic affairs particularly dealing with education, including service with the advisory boards to the California State Board of Education and the Southern California Association of Governments, and as Vice Chairman of Project Exploration, a nonprofit science organization that makes science accessible to the public "especially minority youth and girls" through personalized experiences with scientists and science. He has been a member of the Dartmouth Alumni Council, serving on its Enrollment and Admissions Committee, and as an elected member of the Nominating and Alumni Trustee Search Committee. Rick lives in Potomac, Maryland with his wife and three sons.

  • Stephanie Sharis

    Stephanie Sharis, Chief Operating Officer

    Stephanie Sharis has over twelve years experience in New Media and Entertainment. Before joining SnagFilms in early 2008, from 2004 through 2007, she worked at AOL in Premium Services and then Original Programming. Her last role was as Director of Creative Development where she developed episodic web-based series sponsored by major clients like GM and P&G. She also built and managed AOL True Stories, a broadband channel for documentaries, which was the precursor for SnagFilms.

    Before joining AOL, Sharis co-founded and served as Co-President of Transmission Films, an online distributor of independent and foreign films. She has also worked as a project consultant for New York Office, Walden Media, Content Film, Urbanworld Films, JP Morgan and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

    Sharis is similarly comfortable in a creative role: she co-produced THE PROMISE, a short film starring Saundra Santiago and Kevin Conway, MUSIC INN, a documentary which premiered at the 2007 Tribeca Film Festival, and THE PARTY?S OVER, a feature documentary starring Philip Seymour Hoffman that was released in theaters internationally and aired on the BBC.

    Sharis graduated summa cum laude from Wesleyan University in 1994 and received her graduate degree in public policy from Harvard University in 1999

  • Manik Bambha, CTO

    Manik Bambha has successfully led technology for variety of companies. As CTO of Snagfilms, Manik runs the technology, operations and new media initiatives of the company. Before joining Snagfilms Manik led the technology for a gaming and online events based startup in NYC. Before that he was a key technical leader in Myspace and was involved in Myspace video, Myspace music initiatives that are one of the biggest media initiatives in history. Manik also has extensive experience in online video distribution, online video chat, web and mobile gaming.

    Manik has got extensive experience in media and CDN space and is heavily involved in boot strapping the media and web arms of company. He has key knowledge in every form of media and bringing media to web and mobile. He has done a lot of work in research and holds 9 patents in field of advanced media, monetization and user discovery.  Manik has broad experience from web technologies for large scale sites, video encoding software, MU online gaming, large data storage in PBs.

    Manik has a Masters in CS from University of Southern California and a Bachelors in Computer Science from Pune University.

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