Our Team

Avi Lerner

Chairman and Founder

Avi Lerner is the Chairman and founder of Nu Image, Inc., Millennium Films and all related companies. With more than 350 films to his credit, he is one of the most experienced, prolific and successful independent producers of our time.

Born and raised in Haifa, Israel, Lerner began as manager of Israel’s first drive-in cinema. In 1979, Lerner anticipated the explosion of home video rental, which led to his pioneering the largest specialized video distribution company in Israel and becoming a partner in the country’s largest theatrical distribution company.

In 1984, he executive produced the remake of King Solomon’s Mines. He then sold his Israeli company and relocated to Johannesburg, South Africa, where he founded the Nu Metro Entertainment Group. The company’s interests grew to include owned-and-operated theaters, a video distribution division representing top studios and independent companies, and a production arm that made over 60 features distributed worldwide by major studios. Lerner eventually sold Nu Metro to join MGM/United Artists.

In 1992, he moved to Los Angeles and opened Nu Image, Inc., focusing on production and distribution for the home entertainment market. In 1996, he launched Millennium Films, which produces theatrical motion pictures.

Under the Millennium Films label, Lerner has produced such films as Expendables 1, 2, and 3, Rambo IV, Olympus Has Fallen, London Has Fallen, Brooklyn’s Finest, and The Mechanic.

Trevor Short

CO-Founder and CFO

Co-founder and CFO Trevor Short oversees legal, finance and administrative operations for Nu Image, Inc., Millennium Films and all related companies.

Born in Harare Zimbabwe in 1955, Short obtained a Bachelor of Law from the University of Rhodesia and an MBA at the University of Cape Town where he was awarded the Gold Medal. In 1980 Short entered the world of banking and commerce, joining Standard Chartered Merchant Bank in Harare as head of Corporate Finance, responsible for takeovers, mergers and IPO’s. He then moved to Hill Samuel Merchant Bank in Johannesburg in 1984 as head of its Corporate Finance Division and subsequently to Investec Bank where he was responsible for eight IPOs on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange, as well as numerous mergers and acquisitions

In 1989, Short left the banking sector to join Lerner as a shareholder in and Chief Executive of Nu Metro Entertainment Group in Johannesburg. He continued to arrange financing for Nu Metro’s film production and was directly involved in its expanding its theater chain. In 1991, Lerner and Short used proceeds from the sale of Nu Metro Entertainment Group to start a new studio in California. Nu Image, Inc. opened its doors in Los Angeles in 1992.

Short’s expertise; in finance, law, investments, tax legislation, subsidies, international and domestic banking has been applied to the many foreign co-productions undertaken by the Nu Image group over the years. This includes the development of Nu Boyana Studios in Bulgaria a which is a full service production facilities available to the film industry and often used by Millennium Films.

Short has served as producer or executive producer on nearly all Nu Image and Millennium Films productions since the beginning. Recent franchise films include the Hitman’s Bodyguard franchise (1&2), the “Has Fallen” franchise (1-3) and The Expendables franchise (1-3).

Jeffrey Greenstein

PRESIDENT

Jeffrey Greenstein joined Millennium Media in 2010, handling more than sixty films during his tenure at the company, including The Expendables franchiseOlympus, London, & Angel Has Fallen, The Hitman’s Bodyguard, and Mechanic Resurrection.
Greenstein has risen through the proverbial ranks of Millennium’s corporate ladder with lightning speed. Named President of International Sales & Distribution at Nu Image/Millennium Films in April 2015, Greenstein oversaw the sales and distribution of all Millennium productions. In 2016, Greenstein became President of Millennium Media. In this role, he manages all aspects of the independent studio.
 
Next up for Millennium are The Hitmans Wife’s Bodyguard, directed by Patrick Hughes (Lionsgate releasing in 2021), The Asset starring Michael Keaton, Samuel L. Jackson and Maggie Q (Lionsgate releasing in 2021) and Jolt starring Kate Beckinsale.

Jonathan Yunger

Co-President

Jonathan Yunger joined Millennium Films/Nu Image in 2011 and has worked on more than fifty films during his tenure at the company, including The Expendables franchise ($800M), Olympus Has Fallen and London Has Fallen ($375M), The Hitman’s Bodyguard ($175M), and Mechanic: Resurrection ($125M). Presently, Yunger is the Co-President of Millennium Media.

Millennium recently released Ric Waugh’s Angel Has Fallen starring Gerard Butler and Morgan Freeman. On Millennium’s upcoming slate are Rod Lurie’s adaptation of Jake Tapper’s Afghan war story The Outpost with Scott Eastwood, Caleb Landry Jones, Orlando Bloom, and The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard  with Ryan Reynolds, Samuel L. Jackson, and Salma Hayek. Yunger currently lives in Los Angeles and travels regularly to Millennium’s studio in Sofia, Nu Boyana Film Studios, for the productions of its films.

Boaz Davidson

Head of development and creative affairs

Boaz Davidson is the Head of Development and Creative Affairs for Millennium Films. He has been with the firm and its parent company, Nu Image, Inc., since 1992. However, he is equally well known as the writer-director of the critically acclaimed worldwide hit film Lemon Popsicle, which debuted at the Berlin Film Festival, receiving its Panorama Audience Award and spawning more than a dozen sequels.

Davidson was born in Tel Aviv, Israel, graduated from London Film School, and moved to the United States in 1979. He joined Cannon Films, where he oversaw production on such films as: Going Bananas, Delta Force, American Cyborg, Salsa; and most notably an American version of Lemon Popsicle titled The Last American Virgin. Today both Israeli and American versions are considered cult classics.

In 1992, Davidson joined Nu Image, Inc. co-founders and played an integral role forming the new independent studio. He continued to write, direct, and produce such films as Looking for Lola, Shadrach, and The Big Brass Ring. In 1996, Nu Image formed Millennium Films, where Davidson has overseen the development and production of such films as The Expendables, Rambo IV, Righteous Kill, 16 Blocks, The Mechanic and Brooklyn’s Finest and such forthcoming pictures as The Expendables 2, The Iceman, The Big Wedding, Playing the Field, and The Paperboy, an official selection of the 2012 Cannes Film Festival.

Lonnie Ramati

EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT OF BUSINESS AND LEGAL AFFAIRS

Born in New York City, New York Lonnie Ramati grew up as an Israeli (by birth) whose family had relocated to New York when he was 3. He attended Princeton University, graduated in the top 1% of his class, as English major with a minor in Economics and History, was awarded Phi Beta Kappa status, and graduated in the top 10% of his class at Osgoode Law School, an ABA recognized Canadian law school ranked as one of the top 3 law schools in Canada and practiced music and film entertainment law in Toronto, Ontario and Vancouver, British Columbia before starting his business affairs career in New York City and Los Angeles. With more than 20 years experience in business affairs in the film, television and music industries, Mr. Ramati has worked for more than 50 AFM/IFTA distribution companies and major distributors in foreign and domestic distribution of films and TV series. Known for his sincere, passionate, hard working, dedicated business affairs services as an employee who can be as comfortable doing a complicated deal as drafting a long form agreement or summarizing credits for the benefit of distributor, his experience in financing agreements, production agreements (film and TV series and movies-of-the week), distribution agreements (both domestic and foreign), soundtrack album, music publishing and record agreements provides him with substantial experience and knowledge in production and distribution business affairs for such deals.

He is a Co-Executive Producer in addition to being production business affairs on the following films: (a) Killing Season (2013) starring Robert De Niro and John Travolta directed by Mark Steven Johnson, (b) The Iceman (2013) starring Michael Shannon, Winona Ryder, Chris Evans and Ray Liotta directed by Ariel Vromen, (b) Playing For Keeps (2012) starring Gerard Butler, Jessica Biel, Dennis Quaid, Uma Thurman and Catherine Zeta Jones directed by Gabriele Muccino, (c) The Big Wedding (2012)starring Robert De Niro, Diane Keaton, Katherine Heigl, Robin Williams, Susan Sarandon and directed by Justin Zackham, (d) The Expendables 2 (2012) starring Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Bruce Willis, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Chuck Norris, Jean Claude Van Damme and directed by Simon West,(e) Stolen (2012) starring Nic Cage, Josh Lucas and Danny Huston directed by Simon West, and (f) Lovelace (2013) starring Amanda Seyfried, Peter Saarsgard, James Franco, Chloe Sevigny, Sharon Stone, Hank Azaria, Eric Roberts, Wes Bently, Bobby Cannavale and Debi Mazar directed by Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman. And Olympus Has Fallen (2013), Homefront (2013), Legend of Hercules (2014), Expendable 1,2 and 3 (2014), Septembers of Shiraz (2015), London Has Fallen (2016), Criminal (2016), Mechanic (2016), The Late Bloomer (2016), Chuck (2016), Security (2017), Hitman’s Bodyguard (2017), Day of the Dead (2017), Hunter Killer (2018), Bullet Head (2017), Acts of Vengeance (2017), 211 (2018) and many more in development.

JJ Nugent

Vice President of International Sales and Distribution

JJ Nugent joined Millennium Media in March of last year and has since been actively involved in the sales and distribution of the company’s recent theatrical releases Angel Has Fallen ($186M) starring Gerard Butler, Morgan Freeman and Piper Parabo, and Rambo: Last Blood with Sylvester Stallone ($95M).

Nugent has over 7 years of international sales experience and recently served as Director of International Sales and Distribution at AMBI Group, where he worked on films including Arctic DogsTo the Bone, and In Dubious Battle. He also led sales and distribution efforts for AMBI’s catalogue of 400+ titles. Prior to AMBI, he worked for producer and Voltage Pictures CEO, Nicolas Chartier.

Next up for Millennium is The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard, starring Ryan Reynolds, Sam Jackson and Selma Hayek, directed by Patrick Hughes (Lionsgate releasing August 20, 2021), The Asset which stars Michael Keaton and Sam Jackson, directed by Martin Campbell (Lionsgate releasing April 23rd, 2021), and Jolt starring Kate Beckinsale.

Tanner Mobley

Vice President of Development and Production

Ten year company veteran, Mobley is VP of Development and Production for Millennium Media. Rising through the company ranks, his experience spans across all aspects of the business, including acquisitions, development, packaging, sales, and production. Directly overseeing the independent studio’s development slate of films, Mobley manages both the process and relationships with writers, directors and filmmakers, including packaging and preparing 6-10 films a year for production.

Mobley also serves on the Creative Council for The Moving Picture Institute, a non-profit fellowship that seeks to inspire and educate audiences with captivating stories about civil liberties and human freedom.

Nicole Swinford

Development Executive

With her B.F.A in Television and Broadcast Journalism from Chapman University’s Dodge College of Film and Media, Nicole’s work in media includes experience in multiple newsrooms on both the local and national level – and in mediums covering print, online, television, and radio.

Prior to her time in the LA film industry, Nicole lived in London where she received her double MA in Historical Research and Creative Writing from the University of Roehampton. During this time she also wrote three books on the disappearance of Amelia Earhart and worked in historical storytelling through such projects as the Digby Stuart WWI Memorial publications and performance tours for London’s Benjamin Franklin House.

Nicole returned to sunny CA through the Moving Picture Institute and joined Millennium Media in 2017 where she currently works as a development executive.

Heather Greenstein

Director of Marketing and Publicity

Heather Greenstein joined Millennium Media in early 2020 as the Director of Marketing and Publicity. She is working on upcoming projects such as The Asset, and The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard. Heather joined Millennium Media from Agency for the Performing Arts (APA) as part of the brand partnerships team. She focused on celebrity endorsements through strategic marketing campaigns.

Prior to completing her Marketing and Operations Management degree from the University of Colorado’s Leeds School of Business, Heather worked on the publicity team at Lionsgate UK in London. She helped organize and oversaw press junkets, screenings, and film premieres for hits including Valerian, All Eyez on Me, and The Hitman’s Bodyguard.