Biography

Throughout his sixteen year career Mr. Chankin has created, produced and/or directed film and television projects, created and produced ad campaigns for advertising agencies, managed a boutique distribution company and assisted with financing several projects in various stages of production and distribution. Mr. Chankin believes the entertainment industry is a business and conducts his business as such.  Based on his beliefs and diverse experience he now views his next consult, entertainment financed deal and/or production with the same view in mind:  1st- identifying the market demand, 2nd – produce the project for the demand and 3rd strategically finance, produce and market within an budget that always generates a return.

Since 2010, Mr. Chankin has ventured into the family friendly market because of his belief in promoting a positive message by producing and distributing high quality products to an under developed market.  His most recent credits include, Escape, The Mark, Mark Redemption, Countdown, Secret At Arrow Lake, Mickey Madsen And The Copperhead Conspiracy and Christmas With A Capital C. Christmas With A Capital C, was given the highest nod of approval by Bill O’Reilly on the O’Reilly Factor (US Fox Network), honored with the “Faith and Freedom” award from the world’s most formidable family movie reviewer, Movieguide.org. and nominated for “Best Feature Film” by the Dove Awards.

During the period of 2004 through 2009, Chankin Entertainment (CE) partnered with ad agencies to develop campaigns producing over forty-five national short and long form commercial ads for the retail, cosmetic, health and music industry.  Mr. Chankin and CE has created and sold reality shows to Discovery Channel, A&E, and MTV, produced live concerts, music videos, documentaries for both the Spanish and English market, and one man live-shows for television.  CE’s clientele include NVE Pharmaceuticals, Stacker, Dawson Group, Storm Media, Universal Music Group, Bee Gees, Robin Gibb, Sir Paul McCartney, Ice-T, Juvenile, Go-Go’s, Michael Winslow, Alternitiva (Soie Cosmetics), Dynapep, Studio Estates, LLC, Eminem, Rascal Flats, Wyclef, Juice Newton, Godsmack, Looney Tunes, Joe Jackson, Daddy Yankee, AHM Music & Media Development, Palawan Productions, Conflict of Interest, LLC, Devils Thumb, LLC, and Mia Father LLC.

From 2001 through 2004, Mr. Chankin was key in the development and success of STS Media, a boutique home video distribution and production company that he co-owned. The company financed, acquired, produced, and distributed 35 titles in two years (independent films, TV series, documentaries and live concerts), garnering a Grammy nomination and over one million dollars in gross revenue.  As president, Mr. Chankin’s role in the company was to analyze, develop, and create programming that was commercially viable for the home video and television markets.  His responsibilities included oversight for new productions from their inception; securing capital; attaching and negotiating talent; selling the licensing to multiple territories; and creatively producing and directing the programs from concept to delivery.

In 2001, Mr. Chankin was the Vice President in Charge of Production for Coming Home Productions, where he was responsible for overseeing a live concert television and home video production slate.  He responsibilities included: strategic planning for the company, analyzing all potential projects, and making recommendations to identify which programs were financially stable, developing production budgets, coordinating talent-production relations, overseeing multiple live concert productions at any one time, coordinating crews, and producing programs across the United States.

The following is an abbreviated list of Mr. Chankin’s additional producer credits:  Corruption.gov, Emily’s Revenge, Vampire Survivor, Kings of Hop 1&2, Joe Jackson Live, Juvenile Live In St. Louis, Ice-T and SMG, Eminem AKA, Juice Newton Live At The Key Club, Michael Winslow Live At The Improv, The Making Of A Christmas Album with Robin Gibb, Straight Out Of Puerto Rico Reggatons Rough Road To Glory, and Godsmack Live.

 

Contact Information:
James Chankin
323.216.0865
chankinj@gmail.com