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Ron Senkowski and his production team

Ron Senkowski, Producer

Ron Senkowski, the president of Symply Entertainment, is currently working with Salma Hayek to produce the film based on the masterpiece The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran. The Prophet, an animated omnibus film is being financed by Participant Media, The Doha Film Institute and private equity out of Dubai, Lebanon and Russia. Additionally, Senkowski is actively producing television and film in both Los Angeles and the Middle East, with projects in development and production at a number of networks and studios. Senkowski has written, directed and produced a number of award-winning independent films and has written for Adam Sandler, Quentin Tarrantino, Barry Levinson, Michael Mann and others, as well as for nearly all of the major studios. He holds an MFA in Film and Television, from the University of Michigan and an MBA from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. He is an active member of the Writers Guild of America (WGA) and is also a member of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences as well as a Member of the Producers Guild of America.

Toni Oyry, Producer

Toni Oyry is a Finnish producer, filmmaker and management consultant based in Beirut. He was the Project Manager of Shankaboot, the world’s first Arabic language web series and the winner of the International Digital Emmy® Award 2011. The series was produced in partnership with Batoota Films (Beirut) and BBC World Service Trust (UK). Prior to moving to Beirut in 2009 Oyry worked at Al Jazeera English in London in its flagship and award winning documentary film program Witness. Oyry moved to Al Jazeera English from Reuters Foundation where he acted as a communications consultant specializing in new media tools and Online social networks while working as a journalist. Previously Oyry worked as the Head of European Marketing at a London City based financial consultancy specializing in equity marketing, investor relations and share register analysis. In early 2000s he was involved in an internet start up that developed mobile applications for global media organization. Oyry specializes in Film, TV and Web productions, online content distribution, audience engagement strategies and internet marketing. He also operates as a management consultant and lectures on online content distribution and audience engagement regionally and internationally. Oyry has a joint undergraduate degree in both Communication and Marketing from London Metropolitan University and a Masters degree in International Journalism from City University London.

Samira Kawas, Producer

Samira Kawas is a Lebanese producer and filmmaker based in Beirut. Kawas’s career in TV production includes working with Al Jazeera Children Channel, MTV Lebanon, MBC and many others. Previously Ms. Kawas worked as part of the producing team on the award winning Stray Bullet (2009). She is also a success in front of the camera, having performed as the lead in the world’s first Arabic language web series. The series, SHANKABOOT, produced in partnership with Batoota Films (Beirut) and BBC World Service Trust (UK), won the International Digital Emmy® Award in 2011. Ms. Kawas has a degreein Audio Visuals from Antonin University in Lebanon. She is currently working on the new animated feature based on Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet as well as producing a slate of television programming for both regional and international audiences, including a film based on Ports of Call by Amin Maalouf.