ABOUT PRODIGY PUBLIC RELATIONS
Prodigy PR is a public relations and marketing firm headed by President & CEO Erik Bright, a veteran agency media strategist, and Chief Operating Officer Alex Klenert, an independent distribution publicity executive.
The company, headquartered in Santa Monica, CA, focuses on representation of independent production and financing companies, production and release campaigns for film, DVD, sports, and television projects, film festival and market strategies, and corporate communications for businesses that seek a presence in the entertainment business and financial media.
Also, Prodigy Sports offers options for filmmakers and producers with sports-themed films or TV shows to enhance their PR campaign with dedicated outreach to sports media.
Over the years, Prodigy PR clients have consistently appeared in major periodicals around the world including the Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Newsweek, Time, Forbes, Entertainment Weekly, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today, among others. We also closely oversee project and corporate announcements with the leading trades: Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, Deadline Hollywood, Screen International, Indiewire, TheWrap.com, and Movie City News, in addition to leading news outlets, online sources and consumer media to guarantee best possible placement of stories.
Prodigy PR's fully-staffed publicity and marketing teams design and execute campaigns and corporate strategies that go much further than traditional publicity and will assist you in every step of the process – from film acquisition announcements and unit publicity, to film festival coordination, to targeted audience strategies and major media outreach for distribution.
ERIK BRIGHT, PRESIDENT & CEO
Bright co-founded Prodigy in 2010 with the company’s Chief Operating Officer, Alex Klenert, and has helped grow the firm into an established and reputable fixture in the entertainment industry.
Erik Bright is President & CEO of Prodigy Public Relations, where he oversees and implements communications strategies for the firm’s corporate and film clientele. Over the past twelve years, Bright has overseen unit publicity, film festival, theatrical and home entertainment campaigns for more than 200 movies.
Bright’s recent film credits include the highly-anticipated thriller “All Is Lost” starring Robert Redford, “Hateship” starring Kristen Wiig and Guy Pearce, “Look of Love” starring Annette Bening, Ed Harris, and Robin Williams; “Kill Your Darlings” starring Daniel Radcliffe, Dane DeHaan, Elizabeth Olsen, Michael C. Hall, Jack Huston, and Ben Foster; “The Words” starring Bradley Cooper, Zoe Saldana, Dennis Quaid, Jeremy Irons, and Olivia Wilde; “Hysteria” starring Maggie Gyllenhaal, Hugh Dancy, Jonathan Pryce, and Felicity Jones; and the Academy Award nominated financial drama “Margin Call” starring Kevin Spacey, Paul Bettany, Jeremy Irons, Zachary Quinto, Penn Badgley, Simon Baker, Demi Moore, Stanley Tucci.
Past film credits range from big-budget tent-pole pictures to indie hits, including Academy Award winning projects “Little Miss Sunshine,” “Crash,” and “Sideways,” and film festival favorites such as “The Matador” starring Pierce Brosnan, in addition to major studio projects such as Disney’s “Invincible” starring Mark Wahlberg and MGM’s “Flyboys” starring James Franco.
Bright specializes in the representation of production companies, filmmakers and independent producers, working closely with companies in crafting nuanced industry profiles and project announcements. In his work with feature film clients, Bright has earned an outstanding reputation for providing big-picture, full-service publicity and marketing campaigns, tailoring strategies from pre-production all the way through to release. Bright has also developed, implemented, and supported media and marketing strategies and initiatives for corporate and brand clients including Intel, Airborne, Zone Perfect, Red Bull, and Comcast. He has further represented films and conducted brand campaigns at all of the major film festivals and markets including Sundance, Berlinale, SXSW, TIFF, Festival de Cannes, Venice, Tribeca, AFM, EFM, among others.
ALEX KLENERT, CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER
Alex Klenert is Chief Operating Officer at Prodigy PR
and he brings almost 15 years of entertainment public
relations and brand marketing experience to the
company. With a background primarily on the
distribution side, Klenert is able to offer a different
level of strategy to film campaigns film festival projects,
and corporate communications.
Some recent theatrical campaigns include Spike Lee's "Red Hook Summer;" Steve James' "Head Games;" "Ballplayer: Pelotero;" "The Trouble with Bliss" with Michael C. Hall, Peter Fonda, and Brie Larson; “Every Day” with Helen Hunt, Liev Schrieber and Carla Gugino; "Douchebag" directed by Drake Doremus; "Corman's World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel" documentary directed by Alex Stapleton about filmmaking icon Roger Corman; "Carol Channing: Larger than Life" documentary directed by Dori Berinstein about living legend Carol Channing; “The Double” starring Richard Gere, Topher Grace, and Stephen Moyer; “Women Without Men” directed by Shirin Neshat; and “Fubar: Balls to the Wall” directed by Michael Dowse. DVD campaigns include the "2010 NBA Champions Los Angeles Lakers DVD," "2012 NBA Champions Miami Head DVD," and "NBA A-Z: NBA's Best Bloopers, Highlights and Hijinx."
Before co-founding Prodigy with President & CEO Erik Bright in 2010, Klenert was VP of Publicity at the indie distribution company THINKFilm in New York. In his role there, he developed and implemented the publicity campaigns for over 50 films, most notably for the Academy Award winning documentary "Taxi to the Dark Side," in addition to the Academy Award nominated films "Murderball," "War/Dance," "Half Nelson" with Ryan Gosling, and Werner Herzog's "Encounters at the End of the World." Other theatrical campaigns included "The Aristocrats," Sidney Lumet's "Before the Devil Knows You're Dead," "Candy" with Heath Ledger, Danièle Thompson's "Avenue Montaigne," John Cameron Mitchell's "Shortbus," "Strangers with Candy" with Stephen Colbert and Amy Sedaris, David Wain's "The Ten," and "Good" with Viggo Mortensen and Jason Isaacs, among others. Beyond the theatrical campaigns, Klenert attended various film festivals with the movies in release such as Sundance and Toronto, handled all of the corporate communications and announcements for the company, and oversaw and managed the company's corporate website and online presence.
Prior to THINKFilm, Klenert worked as a publicist at the agency Donna Daniels PR where he publicized more than 45 films including the Academy Award nominated "Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room," in addition to Nimród Antal's "Kontroll," Mario Van Peebles' "Baadasssss!," David Cronenberg's "Spider," "Bon Voyage" with Isabelle Adjani, Gerard Depardieu, and Virginie Ledoyen, and "Metallica: Some Kind of Monster." He also worked with Sony Pictures Classics and the New York Film Critics Circle on their corporate communications.
Prior to film publicity, Klenert started off in hi-tech public relations in New York and then moved into corporate communications and strategic branding in Toronto. He is originally from New York and is a graduate of Roger Williams University.