about DLA

Our films defy and deliver.

DisruptiveLA was founded to help bring original films to their broadest possible natural audiences, by

  • Producing fresh, compelling work by new and established writers and filmmakers, and
  • Marketing and distributing movies – our own and others’ – using our unique, disruptive methodology

We love great movies. We hate how nearly impossible it is for even the most outstanding product to reach screens where people who should see it can. That’s why, in 2014, we decided to establish our own production, marketing and distribution company with an eye to changing the odds. We hired digital marketer Rosetta, which patented personality-based segmentation marketing and changed how leading marketers reach their audiences, across a dozen industries. In bringing their methodology to entertainment, we’re disrupting the film marketing landscape. By now identifying and defining film personalities – through deep qualitative and quantitative research – we’re able to market precisely to an individual’s preferences, not her generic demographic. The result will be more targeted messaging, greater awareness of films that matter to that target, and more viewers of quality films that deserve it. Send us yours, and we’ll find the best possible market for it. Our deep commitment to supporting quality films comes from our own experience as actors, producers, writers, directors and marketers.

James Burke

Co-founder, DisruptiveLA, and award-winning Film and Theater Producer. Movie credits include “Thirteen Conversations About One Thing” (National Board of Review Top 10 and Sony Classics’ most successful release of 2002); “Aurora Borealis” (Official Selection of Tribeca Film Festival); and “Levity” (Opening Night Film for the Sundance Film Festival).  Theater projects include “Long Days’ Journey Into Night,” starring Vanessa Redgrave, Phillip Seymour Hoffman and Brian Dennehy (3 Tonys, including Best Play). James is a graduate of Middlebury College and the American Film Institute. 

Chris Miller

Co-founder, DisruptiveLA, and seasoned President of Production and Finance for such films as “Undefeated” (2012 Academy Award Winner); “Ides of March” (starring George Clooney);  “Snitch” (Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson); “Women in Black” (Daniel Radcliffe); and “End of Watch” (Jake Gyllenhal). Chris is former President, Spitfire Pictures and Exclusive Media Group and former Head of Production, National Geographic Films Worldwide. 

Chris Kuenne

Founding Board Member, Chris founded Rosetta and led it from its inception to become a leading global digital agency that was named the #1 Interactive “Agency to Watch” by Ad Age’s Agency A-List and was acquired by Publicis for a record, $575M in 2011.  He is currently the Founder and Chairman of Rosemark Capital and lecturer in high-tech entrepreneurship at Princeton University.  Chris holds a B.A from Princeton and an MBA from Harvard.