ABOUT PRODIGY PUBLIC RELATIONS
Prodigy PR is a public relations and marketing firm founded by President & CEO Erik Bright, a veteran agency media strategist, and Chief Operating Officer Alex Klenert, an independent distribution publicity executive.The company offers services including release publicity (theatrical, VOD/DVD, literary); unit publicity; film festival and market media strategies; social media campaigns; corporate communications for production, sales, and financing entities; and personal PR for filmmakers. Additionally, Prodigy PR specializes in sports public relations and offers options for filmmakers and producers to place editorial with sports media outlets and journalists. This service extends beyond sports-themed films or TV shows, and can be an effective tool for non-sports themed content as well.
Prodigy PR has executed strategic publicity campaigns for major studios and entertainment companies including 20th Century Fox, Paramount, Lionsgate/Roadside Attractions, eOne Films, Cinetic Media's FilmBuff, Anchor Bay Entertainment, Image Entertainment, Phase 4 Films, Variance Films, Dean Devlin's Electric Entertainment, Hyde Park Entertainment, Screen Media Films, Freestyle Releasing, Gravitas Ventures, GoDigital, Benaroya Pictures, Zachary Quinto's Before The Door Pictures, XYZ Films, Well Go USA, BiFrost Pictures, Cassian Elwes' e2b Capital, among others.
ERIK BRIGHT, PRESIDENT & CEO
Erik Bright co-founded Prodigy in 2010 and has helped grow the firm into an established and reputable fixture in the entertainment industry. He specializes in film festival and market strategies, corporate communications, investor relations, and manages and executes campaigns for theatrical, home entertainment, and unit publicity film projects.
He directly oversees corporate communications and media strategies for the firm’s production company and filmmaker clientele, working closely with them in crafting nuanced industry profiles and branding. 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. He has worked on over sixty films as a unit publicist and has managed countless release campaigns.
Bright’s recent credits include Lionsgate/Roadside Attractions’ “All Is Lost” starring Robert Redford, Sony Pictures Classics’ “Kill Your Darlings” starring Daniel Radcliffe, Dane DeHaan, Elizabeth Olsen, Michael C. Hall, Jack Huston, and Ben Foster; IFC’s “Hateship, Loveship” starring Kristen Wiig and Guy Pearce, “We’ll Never Have Paris” starring Simon Helberg, Zachary Quinto, Alfred Molina, Melanie Lynskey, Jason Ritter, and Maggie Grace “The Face of Love,” starring Annette Bening, Ed Harris, and Robin Williams; “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 favorites, including some of this generation’s most highly regarded independent films such as Academy Award-winning projects “Little Miss Sunshine,” “Crash,” and “Sideways.”
He started his entertainment PR career at Eddie Michaels & Associates in 2001, which changed its moniker in 2005 to Insignia Media Strategies and Public Relations. Bright was named a partner of the company in 2006 and over the years worked on accounts of the firm’s clientele that included The Mark Gordon Company, The Producer’s Guild of America, Morgan Freeman’s Revelations Entertainment, Drew Barrymore’s Flower Films, Endgame Entertainment, among many others.
Bright has a Bachelor’s Degree in Speech Communication from Ithaca College.
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
Some recent theatrical campaigns include Spike Lee's "Red Hook Summer;" Shane Carruth's "Upstream Color;" Johnnie To's "Drug War;" "The Lifeguard" starring Kristen Bell, Mamie Gummer, and Martin Starr; 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.