Partner With Us

Let’s Make & Amplify Brand-Supported Stories

Our partners know how important it is to create content that aligns with an audience’s values. Content that champions selfless people and their compassionate acts lifts our spirits and catalyzes kindness, one story at a time. We help our brand, filmmaker and non-profit partners connect meaningfully with a global audience in search of inspiration. That’s the power of Lightbeam.

Our Filmmakers
Are talented, passionate, and diverse. They value quality storytelling as well as having a meaningful impact.
Our Partners
Are committed to doing well by doing good and believe in the power of storytelling that champions changemakers.
Our Studio
Is experienced and award winning. We create in an array of mediums from traditional production, to live, animated, immersive, and audio.
Our Stories
Are carefully curated, and engender empathy, inspiration, and motivation. They herald everyday champtions.
Our Audience
Is a global community with shared values
and is seeking
inspiration and
purpose.

How we work with our partners

We co-develop and co-produce programming – series, micro-films and other media properties – alongside brand partners, bringing inspiring content to life through our award-winning Lightbeam Studios.

We amplify a brand’s existing impact storytelling by sharing brand-supported micro-shorts with our coveted audience and by surrounding them with our festival-quality uplifting content.

We create custom sponsorships, aligning a brand with content from our library that organically fits with its mission and affinity goals and co-presenting experiential events, livestreams, film contests, and more.

Meet the Beam Team!

Stephanie Sharis

CEO

  • 21 years creating trailblazing products and programming, 13 years in C-Suite roles
  • CEO, Cricket Media, renowned for children’s magazines and global learning network, ePals
  • CEO, Daily Clout, civic start-up, backed by the Knight Foundation, featuring interactive, embeddable bills
  • Founding COO of Ted Leonsis’ SnagFilms, a digital film distributor, and award-winning movie site, Indiewire. Grew company over 8 years, raised VC (NEA, Comcast Ventures), and pioneered multiplatform distribution, launching on iPad (2010) to 25+ mobile/OTT platforms
  • Started at AOL, developing first-gen branded programming in cooking, lifestyle and celebrity and debuting film streaming on AOL’s network
  • B.A. from Wesleyan University (Summa Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa, Ford Foundation Writing Fellow)
  • Master in Public Policy from Harvard University
  • Producer of 4 films

Andrew Mer

Head of Acquisition

  • 17 year veteran of the indie film community both as a producer and acquisitions and business development executive
  • SVP Acquisitions and Business Development of SnagFilms (2008-2015). Built library from 0 to 7,000 films, with titles from such esteemed talent like Barbara Kopple Alex Gibney, and Andrew Jarecki, and top caliber companies (Lionsgate, Sundance, Nat Geo, Vice, etc.)
  • Staunch ally to many producers and filmmakers and deep rolodex within the global creative community
  • Credits include: The Remix (Co-Producer, Co-Writer), 2019 Tribeca Film Festival premiere; Larry Fessenden’s Depraved (Co-Producer) and Gored (Co-Producer), 2015 Tribeca Film Festival premiere and acquired by Netflix
  • Graduate of Northwestern University, University of Iowa College of Law

Parker Williams

Chief Creative Officer

  • CEO, Wheelhouse Media. Clients include Bank of America, Abbott, Honeywell, Ritz Carlton, Barefoot Wine
  • Award winning production pioneer: innovated remote live streaming for Red Bull & Verizon, developed first-ever VR music album, created AR museum for Sean Mendes world tour
  • Wheelhouse Foundation (Founder, Trustee, ED). Content creation for American Heart Association and Dream Day.
  • Communications Corp of America: developed, produced and distributed original television programming across network, cable and digital platforms
  • Formerly Wasserman and Leverage Sports agency
  • Investor and advisor to startups, including Yola Mezcal, EQV Media, NowHow
  • Degrees in Film and Political Science from University of North Carolina in Wilmington​

Irfan Bhola

Head of Growth Marketing

  • 14+ years of digital marketing experience, managing GTM strategies, customer acquisition, P&L and growth for disruptive startups and Fortune 500 companies alike.
  • CEO & Co-founder of The Flower Agency, a digital marketing agency serving renowned cannabis, lifestyle and wellness brands (Kiva, Cann, etc.).
  • GM at Inflecto Media, an omni-channel media agency focusing on customer acquisition for brands such as Pampers, BP, Grubhub, Stubhub and Postmates
  • VP Programmatic at Blue Track Media, a DSP solution built for performance driven marketing. Clients included, Hotels.com, Expedia and Facebook
  • Director of Performance Media at Opera Mediaworks (later rebranded to AdColony), responsible for performance based mobile and video ad strategy. Clients included, Apple Music, Spotify, Hotel Tonight, Zynga and Google
  • B.A. in Communication from University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. Minor in Business
  • M.S. in Global Management from Thunderbird School of Global Management. Minor in Global Marketing