POP TWIST ENTERTAINMENT was founded by Doug Zwick in 1997. The Los Angeles-based company now represents hundreds of hours of television programs and films on multiple global platforms. It is a leading force in pop culture and music documentaries, and its catalog includes independent films, series, dramas, and animations.
Acclaimed projects that Zwick and Pop Twist have created, positioned, and/or represented include nominees and winners of multiple Oscars, Emmys, IFTAs, BAFTAs and a Grammy.
Its DVD platform presence has expanded beyond its core Pop Twist label, including The Ecstasy of Isabel Mann, executive produced by Zwick.
DOUG ZWICK started Pop Twist Entertainment after a high-profile career in television programming.
During ten years at The Disney Channel as Senior Vice-President of Orignal Specials and Acquired Programming, he was a central force in strategizing its transformation from a struggling children's channel into one of the world's most successful pay television networks. He led its first successful primetime approach to adults and oversaw original, award-winning music documentary productions, along with children's animated and live action programs. He structured and negotiated comprehensive deals with all major studios, and with independent companies and producers.
Prior to his years at Disney, Zwick was a key programmer at Z Channel, the legendary Los Angeles pay television channel that inspired IFC and Sundance.
He launched worldwide distributiobn as a consultant for Specialty Studios, and created a non-fiction unit for children's producer/distributor Porchlight Entertainment. As a director/partner in Skryptonite Ltd, the UK-based animation company which co-created Lego's Bionicle IP, he developed, wrote and executive produced numerous projects.
ZINA KLAPPER recently returned to Pop Twist as Head of Marketing. Her successful campaigns have included music doc Shane MacGowan: If I Should Fall From Grace, the 19-episode TV series of Beckett's plays, and the launch of Dublin Noir, Pop Twist's genre label.
As a journalist, she was one of the first editors of Mother Jones magazine and its Managing Editor during its first five years. She served as a film critic at MS magazine and elsewhere, and covered media trends within the finance industry. More recently, her advococy op-ed writing has appeared frequently in the world's major news outlets. She continues to create content and marketing initiatives for print and digitally-based platforms both within and outside the entertainment industry.