Paul Bernon is a Co-Founder and Partner of Burn Later Productions. Paul began his producing career with the Joe Swanberg film DRINKING BUDDIES, starring Olivia Wilde, Jake Johnson and Anna Kendrick. Since then, he has gone on to produce 18 features and documentaries. Previous credits include: THE INTERVENTION (Paramount), RESULTS (Magnolia), ADULT BEGINNERS, (Radius, Universal), LEMON (Magnolia), and SMALL CRIMES (Netflix). His documentary BEST KEPT SECRET, which deals with adults with autism aging out of the Newark school system, won a Peabody Award in 2014.
His latest films, A KID LIKE JAKE, starring Claire Danes, Jim Parsons, Octavia Spencer and Priyanka Chopra, and HEARTS BEAT LOUD, starring Nick Offerman, Kiersey Clemons, Ted Danson, and Toni Collette, will have their world premieres at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival.
Paul is also a Managing Partner at Rubicon Real Estate, LLC, which owns and manages approximately 1.5 million square feet of investment property across the United States. He is a board member and co-founder of the Creative Council at EMILY’s List, and a board member of the Alliance for Business Leadership. Paul was formerly finance co-chair for the campaigns of Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick and Attorney General Martha Coakley, as well as Finance Chair of the Massachusetts Democratic Party. In 2015, he was the recipient of the Visionary Leadership Award from the Jewish Community Relations Council. Paul graduated from Boston University with a degree in Film Studies, and earned a Master’s of Science in Real Estate from New York University. He is a member of the Producers Guild of America. He divides his time between the Los Angeles and Boston offices.
Sam Slater is a Co-Founder and Partner at Burn Later Productions, and is responsible for overseeing the company’s operations, with specific focus on development, packaging, finance, and the sales and marketing process.
His most recent films, LEMON and SMALL CRIMES, respectively, had their world premieres at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival and 2017 South by Southwest Festivals. Both films are scheduled for a 2017 release; LEMON through Magnolia Pictures and SMALL CRIMES through Netflix.
Past films include THE INTERVENTION, which was released by Paramount Pictures in 2016, RESULTS starring Guy Pearce and Cobie Smulders, which was released by Magnolia Pictures in the summer of 2015, ADULT BEGINNERS, starring Rose Byrne, Nick Kroll, and Bobby Cannavale, which was released theatrically by Radius-The Weinstein Company and Universal, and DRINKING BUDDIES, which stars Olivia Wilde, Jake M. Johnson, and Anna Kendrick, was released theatrically by Magnolia Pictures and Sony Pictures in August 2013.
Sam is Managing Partner of Tremont Asset Management LLC, which owns and manages over 3,000 Class A apartments, office properties, and agricultural properties throughout the United States and Canada. Sam is a Board Member and Development Chair at The Lenny Zakim Fund and serves as the Executive Director of The Slater Foundation. In 2012, Sam was appointed by Governor Deval Patrick to the Board of Directors of The Massachusetts Cultural Council, the state agency which funds cultural, arts, and interpretive science programs throughout the state. Sam previously served on the finance committees for Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick and Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley, and as a Board Member for the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Boston.
Sam graduated from George Washington University with a degree in History and earned his Master’s in Public Administration at Suffolk University. He is a member of the Producers Guild of America. Sam divides his time between the Los Angeles and Boston offices.
David Bernon is a Partner at Burn Later Productions. He joined the company in 2013, and his list of productions include; Janicza Bravo’s LEMON (Magnolia), Clea Duvall’s THE INTERVENTION (Paramount), Andrew Bujalski’s RESULTS (Magnolia), and the Radius film ADULT BEGINNERS, starring Rose Byrne, Nick Kroll and Bobby Cannavale. His most recent credits include Brett Haley’s HEARTS BEAT LOUD starring Nick Offerman, and Silas Howard’s A KID LIKE JAKE, starring Claire Danes, Jim Parsons and Octavia Spencer. Both films will have their world premiere at Sundance 2018. In addition, he recently wrapped production on Andrew Bujalski’s latest film SUPPORT THE GIRLS starring Regina Hall and Haley Lu Richardson.
Prior to joining Burn Later, David worked in development at Overnight Productions and was part of the team that produced Robert Rodriguez’s MACHETE, as well as Darren Aronofsky’s Academy-Award winning BLACK SWAN. He got his start working for Michael Barker at Sony Pictures Classics.
In addition to producing, David is an actor. He graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Drama from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. He is a member of the Screen Actors Guild-AFTRA as well as the Producers Guild of America.
Rowan Riley is Vice President, Development & Production at Burn Later Productions. Rowan focuses on identifying and developing projects, analyzing film-related investments, and working with writers and directors at all stages of production.
Her most recent film, LEMON premiered at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival and 2017 South by Southwest Festivals. LEMON is scheduled to release in 2017 through Magnolia Pictures. Prior to arriving at Burn Later, Rowan was at Anonymous Content where she served as producer on projects such as THE END OF THE TOUR and CHRISTINE.
In addition to producing, Rowan is a fellow of the Sundance Producing Lab and member of Cinefamily’s Advisory Board. She graduated from Sarah Lawrence College, where she concentrated on Creative Writing and Art History. She is based out of the Los Angeles office.
Philip Keefe is an Associate at Burn Later Productions. Philip is responsible for reading and evaluating screenplays for potential production value. He also assists the Vice President of Development & Production, Rowan Riley, and Producing Partner David Bernon, on current and future project development. Philip graduated from Fordham University with a degree in English, and earned a Master’s in Education from Boston College. Before landing at Burn Later Philip interned at Gran Via Productions.