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WHO WE ARE

We are a team of movie-lovers, tech geeks, and app gurus, based out of Santa Monica, California. We work hard to make movies easy.

LEADERSHIP

Ameesh Paleja

Ameesh Paleja

CO-FOUNDER + CEO
Ameesh is an accomplished engineer and technology executive. After starting his career at Microsoft, he moved across town to join a small company called Amazon.com. At Amazon, he focused on building software and services that allowed the company to sell digital goods that didn’t come in little brown boxes. Ameesh helped launch Prime Instant Video, Amazon’s Appstore, Cloud Drive, and the Kindle product line. He then became the founding employee of Amazon’s digital R&D facility in Southern California, where he oversaw 550+ employees. Much of Atom's design was born of Ameesh’s frustration with planning a night out at the movies with friends. He has a B.Sc. in Computer Science from the University of California, San Diego, and holds 16 patents. He is not very good at poker but would be happy for you to invite him to a friendly game. Ameesh’s favorite movie is Gladiator (followed closely by Star Trek VI).
Matthew Bakal

Matthew Bakal

CO-FOUNDER + CHAIRMAN
Matthew has a unique background that includes extensive experience on both the creative and financial sides of the media business. He has worked for Warner Bros., Mandate Pictures, Good Universe, and IBM entertainment consulting. He has structured financial deals that balance creative ambitions with bottom line prudence. Previously at Lionsgate Entertainment, he oversaw day-to-day business development opportunities and strategic initiatives. Matthew wants more people to see more movies, and he thinks there should be an easier way for the industry to match movie supply with consumer demand. All this experience contributed to the spark that has become Atom and our successful capital raise. Matthew holds an AB in English and American Literature from Harvard College and an MBA from Harvard Business School. Matthew’s favorite movie is Caddyshack. But maybe Airplane. Or perhaps Animal House.
Geoff Shaevitz

Geoff Shaevitz

CO-FOUNDER
Geoff has spent the last 19 years in the film industry. He has been a development executive at Warner Bros., Summit Entertainment, and currently oversees the Summit label for Lionsgate Entertainment. He has worked on all sorts of movies, ranging from Batman Begins and Twilight to Red and Now You See Me. His desire to collaborate on Atom stems from his belief that all people (young, old, and everything in between) want to go out to the movies with friends – they just haven’t had the right tools. Geoff holds a BA from Stanford University and an MBA from Harvard Business School. In addition to being a film executive, Geoff is an avid chef and a horrible dishwasher. Geoff’s favorite movie is Black Hawk Down.
Alex Rouse

Alex Rouse

HEAD OF PRODUCT
Ever since founding a software startup in college, Alex has been passionate about using mobile technology to solve customer problems and build products that delight users. Prior to Atom, Alex worked for Amazon for 6 years and led a team that built digital products used by millions of people on Kindle Fire, Fire TV, and other devices. On a daily basis, Alex is involved with Atom’s continuing transformation from a great idea into a real, user-friendly app, but he’s always game to take a quick break if it involves working on cars. Alex holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from The Ohio State University and an MBA from MIT's Sloan School of Management. Alex’s favorite movie is A Few Good Men (or really anything written by Sorkin).

TEAM LEADS

Shannah Miller

Shannah Miller

HEAD OF MARKETING AND PR
Shannah is passionate about creating new marketing opportunities. Prior to Atom, she was the SVP of Brand Partnerships and Promotion at RCA Records, a division of Sony Music, where she helped build artists such as: Justin Timberlake, Usher, P!NK, Sia, Pitbull and Britney Spears into global superstars and household names. Within minutes of meeting with the Atom co-founders, she aspired to be a part of its spirited and talented team. Atom speaks to both halves of Shannah’s personality. As an executive, she is inspired to make Atom a household name, while, as a busy mom, she is thrilled to no longer wait in theater lines with her energetic boys and to be able to conveniently coordinate an outing with her friends to the movies. Shannah has a BA in Journalism from New York University. Her favorite movies are Love Actually and The Princess Bride.
Steve Joudi

Steve Joudi

HEAD OF OPERATIONS
Whether attending a music festival, or an intimate movie screening, Steve is energized by shared experiences. Before joining Atom, Steve spent 10 years at AEG, the world’s largest sports and live entertainment provider. There, he led AEG’s Global Support Services team providing operational and administrative support to hundreds of entertainment venues and sports teams around the globe. At Atom, Steve is responsible for introducing and servicing Atom’s ticketing system to venue partners. When he’s not on the road visiting theaters, you’ll probably find him taking in a sporting event with his family, or attending a concert. Steve holds a BA in Global Studies from the University of California Santa Barbara and an MA in Middle Eastern Studies and Journalism from The University of Texas. Steve’s favorite movie is Ferris Bueller's Day Off.
Nick Geller

Nick Geller

HEAD OF LEGAL
Nick has spent the majority of his career working in the sports and entertainment industry, and believes that buying tickets to anything shouldn’t be such a painful process. Before joining Atom, Nick spent 6 years as Vice President & Senior Counsel at AEG, the world’s largest sports and live entertainment provider. Prior to AEG, Nick practiced M&A and Corporate Finance law at Dewey Ballantine in NYC. At Atom, Nick oversees the deal making process with Atom’s commercial partners, manages all day-to-day legal matters, and is actively involved in exploring and developing new strategic opportunities. In his free time, Nick enjoys playing tennis, intense games of tag and hide-and-seek with his daughters, and backgammon battles against his iPhone. Nick holds a BS from Vanderbilt University and a J.D. degree from Boston College Law School. Nick’s favorite movie is ¡Three Amigos!
Drew Tennenbaum

Drew Tennenbaum

HEAD OF ENGINEERING
Drew found his passion for technology at the early age of 12 programming on his Commodore computer. Since then, he has led teams building products that range from massively multiplayer online video games to consumer apps running on mobile devices. Before joining Atom, Drew managed multiple teams at Amazon’s Appstore in Southern California. The desire to transform the industry is what “drew” him to Atom. When not keeping up-to-date with new technology, you can usually find Drew teeing it up on the golf course. Drew holds a BS in Computer Science and Math from The University of Arizona. Drew’s favorite movie is The Empire Strikes Back.

TEAM

Max Lynn
Max Lynn
Road Warrior
Favorite Movie
Up in the Air
Michael Barlow
Michael Barlow
The Wandering Ticketer
Favorite Movie
Abre Los Ojos
Amanda Ruland
Amanda Ruland
SVP Voice Overs
Favorite Movie
Entourage
Mitchell Kim
Mitchell Kim
SVP of Hot Sauces
Favorite Movie
The Shawshank Redemption
Enoch Owen
Enoch Owen
CEO of Umbrella Corp
Favorite Movie
Princess Mononoke
Tara Kistler
Tara Kistler
Promo Code Queen
Favorite Movie
The Other Boleyn Girl
Trent DiBacco
Trent DiBacco
What did you just call me?
Favorite Movie
Forrest Gump
Jordan Marinov
Jordan Marinov
Director of Drone Operations
Favorite Movie
Cast Away
Kenley Capps
Kenley Capps
Chief Samosa
Favorite Movie
Raiders of the Lost Ark
Mike McMaster
Mike McMaster
SVP Chat Applications
Favorite Movie
American Ninja 2: The Confrontation
Alan Raddatz
Alan Raddatz
Former King of Ephyra
Favorite Movie
Wedding Crashers
Mayank Patel
Mayank Patel
Principal Foodie
Favorite Movie
Lord of the Rings
Ricardo Olvera Cano
Ricardo Olvera Cano
SVP PC Affairs
Favorite Movie
Airplane!
Jedd Weise
Jedd Weise
SVP Movie Quotes
Favorite Movie
Magnolia
Kennly Lam
Kennly Lam
Code Poet
Favorite Movie
August Rush
Matt Jones
Matt Jones
Newsletter Contributor
Favorite Movie
High Fidelity
Aaron Alcock
Aaron Alcock
GM of Atom Softball Team
Favorite Movie
The Dark Knight
Michael Beenen
Michael Beenen
Future Legacy Software Architect
Favorite Movie
Good Will Hunting
Chris Brucia
Chris Brucia
Guy Behind the Guy
Favorite Movie
The Big Lebowski
Melanie Capps
Melanie Capps
Chieftess Samosa
Favorite Movie
The Godfather
Korinna Cardiff
Korinna Cardiff
The Energizer Bunny
Favorite Movie
Finding Nemo
Lucas Dickey
Lucas Dickey
Chief Ethics Officer
Favorite Movie
High Fidelity
Jeremy Mann
Jeremy Mann
Atom Roadrunner
Favorite Movie
Goodfellas
Matthew Maciejewski
Matthew Maciejewski
Lunch Specialist
Favorite Movie
Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls
Jeff Hsu
Jeff Hsu
Doughnut Getter
Favorite Movie
Remember the Titans
David Marlor
David Marlor
Chief Beer Taster
Favorite Movie
Empire Strikes Back
Christina Springer
Christina Springer
Resident Political Analyst
Favorite Movie
Pulp Fiction
Shatil Rafiullah
Shatil Rafiullah
The Help
Favorite Movie
The Usual Suspects