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Our Story


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Our Story


 

THis is the story of TheaterEars

A story of a Latina who wanted to take her mom to the movies.

 
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Virginia Kawa, Co-Founder

Virginia Kawa, Co-Founder

It all started with Virginia her mom Maria... 

Virginia Kawa loves movies.  Growing up in Cali, Colombia, some of her fondest moments of her childhood were going to the movies with her mom, Maria.  Virginia had big dreams and graduated from the prestigious La Universidad Santiago de Cali or USC (La Santiago) with a degree in Finance and International Business Administration.  Post-graudation, Virginia came to the United States and put her education to work developing a successful career.    

After getting married, she wanted her mother back in Colombia to come and live with her in Florida.  Like Virginia, her mother loves the movies.  Unlike Virginia, her mother does not speak English.  So whenever the whole family would go to the movies, Maria would stay home.  That's when Virginia came up with the idea of making an app that would allow her mom to come with them to family movie night.

Teaming up with her husband Larry, they set out to solve the problem that they faced in their own lives. What they found out was that millions of Latinos across the United States faced a similar problem. Family members who do not speak English get left at home when the family goes out to the movies.  Our mission is to make that practice history. We believe that movies are a shared communal experience that should be enjoyed by all, regardless of language.

It is Virginia’s love for her mom that drove TheaterEars to have the social impact that it has had in the United States and Puerto Rico, and it is that same love that will make movies available to everyone, everywhere.


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Our Team


Our Team


Dan Mangru, Chief Executive Officer

Dan Mangru, Chief Executive Officer

Vineet Kashyap, CTO

Vineet Kashyap, CTO

Chris Sutton, Director of Production Services

Chris Sutton, Director of Production Services

Josh Seidenfeld, Of Counsel    Partner, Cooley LLP

Josh Seidenfeld, Of Counsel

Partner, Cooley LLP

Larry Canipe, Engineering Impresario & Consultant

Larry Canipe, Engineering Impresario & Consultant

Alex Goncalves, Social Media Influencer

Alex Goncalves, Social Media Influencer

 
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Advisory Board


Advisory Board


Ivette Rodriguez, President American Entertainment Marketing (AEM) .

Ivette Rodriguez, President American Entertainment Marketing (AEM).

Marty Pompadur, Former Chairman of News Corp. Europe, & Former President of ABC Inc.

Marty Pompadur, Former Chairman of News Corp. Europe, & Former President of ABC Inc.

Mitch Singer, Former CTO Sony Pictures (SPE)

Mitch Singer, Former CTO Sony Pictures (SPE)

Manuel Abud, CEO & President of Azteca America, Former President of Telemundo Station Group

Manuel Abud, CEO & President of Azteca America, Former President of Telemundo Station Group

Sandy Grushow, Former Chairman of FOX TV Entertainment Group

Sandy Grushow, Former Chairman of FOX TV Entertainment Group

Gavin Feinberg, Former Senior Vice President of Finance, Universal Pictures

Gavin Feinberg, Former Senior Vice President of Finance, Universal Pictures

Rob Rinderman, Former Managing Director of ScreenTrade Media

Rob Rinderman, Former Managing Director of ScreenTrade Media

Larry Namer, Founder E! Entertainment Television

Larry Namer, Founder E! Entertainment Television

Michael Stolper, Managing Director, The Stolper Group

Michael Stolper, Managing Director, The Stolper Group