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Inside Track Series
#4: Agents & Managers

mattJONATHAN DECKTER is a partner and President/COO of Voltage Pictures. Founded in 2005 by Academy Award© winning producer Nicolas Chartier, Voltage Pictures has emerged as one of the most distinguished international finance, production and distribution companies in the industry, having amassed a library of over a hundred films in its short nine year history. To date, Voltage’s films have been nominated for 15 Academy Awards, 5 Golden Globes, and won 9 Academy Awards and 2 Golden Globes.

Prior to joining Voltage, Jonathan Deckter spent five years at IM Global, where he served as President for three of those years. While there, he oversaw and ran the day-to-day operations for IM Global’s International Sales and Distribution activities (over 250 films with $5 billion dollars in worldwide box office); it’s Pan-Asian rights vehicle APSARA; the company’s strategic sales partnerships (Blumhouse International and Dolphin Films); and the company’s interest in Mundial, a Latin American based sales company focusing on Spanish language content. During his tenure at IM Global the company held the number-one box-office share for independent sales companies for two years straight, 2014 and 2013. The company sold over 100 new features into the market place, twenty of which were either financed in-house or co-financed with budgets totaling $450 million. In addition Deckter was instrumental in acquiring the distribution rights to the Spyglass, Beacon and Intermedia catalogues – over 150 films in total. The Butler ($176m WW box-office), Walking with Dinosaurs ($135m WW box-office) and Insidious ($97m WW box-office) were among the films distributed by IM Global during Deckter’s tenure.

Deckter joined IMG from Lakeshore Films, where he was Senior Vice President of International Sales for three years, with oversight for all foreign sales and management of a varied range of motion pictures that comprised Lakeshore’s 500+ title library. Before joining Lakeshore, Deckter served as President of International Sales at Arclight Films, managing the worldwide sales, distribution and acquisitions of the company's theatrical films and creating new alliances with companies such as Joel Silver's Zinc Pictures.

For five years prior to his tenure at Arclight, Deckter served as Vice President of Morgan Creek International, and before joining Morgan Creek, Deckter established FILMDECK, a boutique sales agency. Additionally, Deckter worked as a consultant for Screen Media Ventures and worked closely with industry veteran John Hyde, CEO of Crossroads V Communications.

Jonathan is a graduate of the University of Arizona, with a degree in Media Arts.