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Paul Bernon

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, had their world premieres at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, and were distributed through IFC Films, Gunpowder & Sky, and Sony Pictures Worldwide.

Paul is an active volunteer in Democratic politics. He is a board member and co-founder of the Creative Council at EMILY’s List, and a member of the National Finance Committee at the Democratic National Committee. Paul was formerly finance chair for the campaigns of Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, Attorney General Martha Coakley, and the Massachusetts Democratic Party. He is a past recipient of the Visionary Leadership Award from the Jewish Community Relations Council, and has lectured at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, the University of Southern California, and Boston University about politics, film finance, production and entrepreneurship in media.

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, and divides his time between the Los Angeles and Boston offices

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Sam Slater

Sam Slater is a Co-Founder and Partner at Burn Later Productions. Sam entered the film scene in 2012 with the Joe Swanberg film DRINKING BUDDIES starring Olivia Wilde, Jake Johnson and Anna Kendrick. Since then, he has gone on to produce more than 25 films.

His list of productions include; MILE 22, an action-thriller starring Mark Wahlberg, Ronda Rousey, and John Malkovich, which was released by STX Entertainment in August of 2018. His other recently completed films include, HEARTS BEAT LOUD, starring Nick Offerman, Kiersey Clemons, Ted Danson, and Toni Collette, and A KID LIKE JAKE, starring Claire Danes, Jim Parsons, Octavia Spencer and Priyanka Chopra, which had their world premieres at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, and were distributed through Gunpowder & Sky, Sony Pictures Worldwide, and IFC Films. Sam also produced and developed Andrew Bujalski’s SUPPORT THE GIRLS with Regina Hall and Haley Lu Richardson, which premiered at the 2018 SXSW Film Festival and was distributed by Magnolia Pictures.

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, and ADULT BEGINNERS, starring Rose Byrne, Nick Kroll, and Bobby Cannavale, which was released theatrically by Radius-The Weinstein Company and Universal.

Sam is a principal at 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 a Director of The Slater Foundation. He also serves on the Board of Overseers at both The New England Aquarium and The Boston Children’s Museum. 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.

Sam graduated from The George Washington University with a Bachelor of Arts in History and earned his Master’s in Public Administration at Suffolk University. He is a member of the Producers Guild of America and is a frequent guest lecturer at the Communications Studies Department at Northeastern University. Sam is based in the Boston office.


David Bernon

David Bernon is a Partner at Burn Later Productions.  He joined the company in 2013, and is based in Los Angeles. He runs all creative affairs for the company. Since entering the industry, he has gone on to produce more than 15 films.

His list of productions include; MILE 22, an action-thriller starring Mark Wahlberg, Ronda Rousey, and John Malkovich, which was released by STX Entertainment in August of 2018. His other recently completed films include, HEARTS BEAT LOUD, starring Nick Offerman, Kiersey Clemons, Ted Danson, and Toni Collette, and A KID LIKE JAKE, starring Claire Danes, Jim Parsons, Octavia Spencer and Priyanka Chopra, which had their world premieres at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, and were distributed through Gunpowder & Sky, Sony Pictures Worldwide, and IFC Films. David also produced and developed Andrew Bujalski’s SUPPORT THE GIRLS with Regina Hall and Haley Lu Richardson, which premiered at the 2018 SXSW Film Festival and was distributed by Magnolia Pictures.

Past films include Janicza Bravo’s LEMON (Magnolia), 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, and ADULT BEGINNERS, starring Rose Byrne, Nick Kroll, and Bobby Cannavale, which was released theatrically by Radius-The Weinstein Company and Universal.

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. David also spent time working at New Line Cinema and 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.


Rowan Riley

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

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.


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