Trend Media incubates television shows through an innovative and disruptive development process. The boutique studio was formed in 2009 by independent producers Rob Shalhoub and Rani Aliahmad with the goal of capturing opportunities presented by the convergence of traditional and new media.
By employing studio techniques, Trend Media develops entertainment properties fit for network broadcast and then produces cost-effective, quality webisodes intended for new media audiences.
After creating and producing “Homeland Insecurity”, an ensemble workplace comedy set at airport security, Trend Media partnered with Sony Television and sold the show to CBS in 2010. Trend Media has several shows in development with major studios, networks, and independent production companies, and is rolling out a slate of 16 projects over the next 2 years in comedy, drama, and unscripted formats.
Trend Media is represented by Creative Artists Agency and has a first-look deal with Sony Television.
To learn more about Trend Media or the shows currently in development, please contact us.
Chief Executive Officer
As CEO of Trend Media, Rani brings with him extensive experience and relationships from the entertainment, technology, and financial industries. Mr. Aliahmad has raised over $200 million for various ventures and investment funds, including media funds, and he currently serves on the board of directors of several firms.
Mr. Aliahmad recently co-produced “Operation Endgame”, a feature film that brings together a fantastic ensemble cast of Zach Galifianakis, Rob Corddry, Maggie Q, Ellen Barkin, Odette Yustman, Emilie de Ravin, Jeffrey Tambor, and Ving Rhames.
As Director of Craftsman Capital, Mr. Aliahmad has provided venture structure, financing and merchant banking services for both entrepreneurs and venture investors in the technology, biotechnology, entertainment and fashion industries. As part of the group’s investment in Stargate Studios, a pioneer in visual effects for the TV and film industries, he has worked closely with the company to expand their immersive Virtual Backlot service and library.
While President of USA Call, a provider of end-to-end mobile solutions and services for the marketing arena, his team launched the first text messaging marketing campaign in the US for P&G.
He received his BA in Economics from Yale University and his MBA in Information Technology and Entrepreneurship from MIT. While at MIT, he worked on some of the first Internet commercial applications. Mr. Aliahmad remains closely affiliated with the MIT Entrepreneurship Center and the Media Lab.
As COO Rob Shalhoub brings a wealth of industry experience and relationships from a decade as Managing Partner of a group of independent studio, distribution and production service firms.
As Vice President of Acquisitions for Avalon Entertainment, Mr. Shalhoub acquired the foreign distribution rights to more than 11,000 hours of film and television programming. Each year, Mr. Shalhoub attends several international film festivals and markets and maintains close relations with hundreds of global sales reps and foreign distributors from AFMA, IFTA, NAB, and WAEA.
Mr. Shalhoub co-founded Apex Stock, a boutique stock footage agency that owns a vast digital asset library and is distributed globally by Getty Images, Corbis Motion, Thought Equity Motion, and National Geographic.
As the Managing Partner of Air Hollywood, a specialty film studio, Mr. Shalhoub directed the firm’s strategic planning and business development and guided the firm’s expansion into several high growth areas such as visual effects, set design and fabrication, prop rental, and event production.
Before moving to Hollywood, Mr. Shalhoub worked at Sapient Corporation, an S&P 500 business and technology consultancy. While at Sapient, Mr. Shalhoub consulted for clients such as Staples, Verizon and Union Gas on their online brand strategy.
With an undergraduate degree in International Relations from Tufts University, Mr. Shalhoub also studied Film Production, Screenwriting, Film Theory and Directing. In addition to Trend Media’s shows, Mr. Shalhoub has independently written and/or developed several feature screenplays and has produced and directed several short films.
Gil Cates Jr. is a writer, director, and actor who is currently a partner at Ten/Four Productions. He has written and directed such films as $pent, Deal, and Lucky. Gil is currently developing three comedies with his company Ten/Four Productions.
Dave Goetsch is a writer, producer, and actor in film and TV. He is currently a Co-Executive Producer on The Big Bang Theory and has worked on such productions as 3rd Rock From the Sun, and Grounded For Life, and Game Over.
Mark Goldman is the CEO of BE network, an HD lifestyle network dedicated to yoga and wellness featuring many of the brightest stars in the field. Most recently he was the COO of Current TV, an online channel featuring Peabody and Emmy Award-winning TV series, original programming, and movies.
Chantal Feghali is a Visual Effects Producer who has worked on such movies as This Is It, Terminator Salvation, Cloverfield, Stardust and many more. She also worked on the critically acclaimed film Super 8, which was written and directed by J.J. Abrams and Produced by Steven Spielberg.
Vince Thompson is an author, speaker and management consultant with a special expertise in online media sales. He started out as a screenwriter, then went into local television, ran ad sales in the west for AOL and joined Facebook in the company’s very early days. Today he leads a small consultancy that is dedicated to elevating the relationship between digital content producers, marketers, and consumers.