Founded in February 2020, the Glickmania Media Group is a next generation incubator focusing on established and emerging storytellers across all platforms – including franchise films, television, music, podcasts, comics and new media – in order to make high quality productions while creating an IP rights library.

Our Team

Jonathan Glickman

Founder and CEO

Jonathan Glickman, a seasoned veteran of over 25 years in the entertainment business, founded the Glickmania Media Group, an independent production company in February 2020. It is the natural evolution of his continued focus on developing IP for established and emerging storytellers across all content platforms, including film, television and podcasting.

Glickmania has a first look film pact with MGM, where Glickman will continue in his role as producer on Respect, the Aretha Franklin biopic starring Jennifer Hudson set for release Christmas 2020. Other key productions on the slate include The Addams Family 2, a sequel to the hit animated film to be released October 22, 2021; Scandalous!, based on the clandestine affair between Kim Novak and Sammy Davis, Jr, starring Tony and Emmy award nominated Jeremy Pope (Hollywood) to be directed by Janet Mock (Pose); Forever, an adaptation of the classic Mildred Cram (Love Affair) romance written by Pulitzer Prize winner David Auburn and directed by Tom Harper (Aeronauts; Wild Rose); Valet, an actioner written by Jason Hall (American Sniper) and Geneva Robertson (Captain Marvel); The Dark Half, a Stephen King adaptation written and directed by Alex Ross Perry (Her Smell) and Creed 3, the sequel to the blockbuster franchise starring Michael B Jordan.

Outside of feature films, Glickmania has ramped up its television business with “Wednesday”, a tv series based on the Wednesday Addams character. Glickman will executive produce the series, with legendary filmmaker Tim Burton set to helm every episode.

The new venture marks a return to independent production for Glickman after a successful eight year run as President of the MGM Motion Picture Group, where he guided a bankrupt company into a thriving studio with a full slate, two labels and theatrical distribution. During his tenure, Glickman oversaw production on Eon’s Skyfall and Spectre, the two highest grossing installments of the James Bond franchise, as well as the forthcoming No Time to Die, Daniel Craig’s final outing in the series. Other notable highlights of his tenure include overseeing the production of the Rocky spinoff Creed, and the sequel Creed 2, starring Sylvester Stallone and Michael B Jordan, as well as the 2019 animated hit recreation of The Addams Family. Notably, during Glickman’s term at MGM, he was ahead of the industry’s diversity hiring initiatives, with 24% of his slate featuring female filmmakers and 27% featuring directors of color, far exceeding the industry average.

Glickman began his career at Caravan Pictures, where he produced such hits as While You Were Sleeping, Grosse Pointe Blank and the global phenomenon Rush Hour franchise which brought Jackie Chan to the Western audience.

He moved on to become the President of Spyglass Entertainment, producing such worldwide successes as Four Christmases, 27 Dresses, The Count of Monte Cristo and The Vow.

Outside of the studio, Glickman serves on the National Board of the Posse Foundation and Story Pirates. In 2014, Glickman started the Visiting Producer Series Endowment Fund in the Department of Screen Arts & Cultures at the University of Michigan.

Molly Mankiewicz

Vice President of Production

An accomplished entertainment industry executive, Molly Mankiewicz is the Vice President of Glickmania Media Group, overseeing production and development across film, television, and new media platforms.

Prior to that, she served as the Director of Creative Affairs for the Motion Picture Group at MGM, where she provided targeted support for successful, high priority projects and filmmakers, such as the two films in the “Creed” franchise, “Tomb Raider” (in partnership with Warner Bros), “The Magnificent Seven” (in partnership with Sony) and the upcoming James Bond Film “No Time To Die,” directed by Cary Fukunaga. Mankiewicz was also instrumental in the United Artists Releasing joint venture by providing guidance and synergy opportunities.

Before joining MGM, Mankiewicz worked for Nic Pizzolatto throughout development and production of his groundbreaking HBO series “True Detective” and provided similar support for showrunner Dan Schneider on his Nickelodeon series “Victorious.” Mankiewicz studied Media Arts and Political Science at Emerson College and worked on political campaigns before getting into show business.

Helena Budnik

Vice President of Production 

Helena Budnik is the Vice President at Glickmania, where she focuses on developing IP for established and emerging storytellers across all platforms, including film, television, and podcasting.

Prior to joining Glickmania, Budnik worked with veteran producer Lynette Howell Taylor (A Star Is Born), serving as the Vice President at 51 Entertainment, Taylor’s inclusively female, filmmaker-driven production company. While at the company, Budnik oversaw the company’s television deal with MRC and worked on multiple series including HBO’s Emmy nominated, Mark Ruffalo-helmed limited “I Know This Much Is True” written and directed by Derek Cianfrance (Blue Valentine), as well as an upcoming CIA drama series for Apple starring Brie Larson (Captain Marvel).

Previously, Budnik worked at Scott Rudin Productions as a creative executive where she managed the company’s film and television slates and played an integral role in facilitating a first-look deal for the company with Fox Networks Group. Among the shows she worked on while at the company include FX’s critical darling “What We Do in the Shadows,” Jason Segel’s “Dispatches from Elsewhere” for AMC, and the period epic “Barkskins” for National Geographic based on Pulitzer Prize-winning author Annie Proulx’s bestselling novel. Budnik got her start working as an assistant within CAA’s motion picture literary department as well as at Fox 2000 while the company developed the Academy Award® nominated film, Hidden Figures, among others. Budnik was a double major at the University of Michigan and earned a B.A. in Film and TV Production and a B.A. in History.

Roni Stein

Director of Development

Roni Stein is the Director of Development at Glickmania, collaborating with artists in both the film and television spaces to elevate fresh voices and tell classic stories from a new perspective.

Before joining the Glickmania team, Roni worked as the Creative Executive at FilmNation Entertainment where she worked on films such as Emerald Fennell’s breakout Sundance hit PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN as well as the upcoming Cold War spy thriller THE COURIER, starring Benedict Cumberbatch. She developed and helped package upcoming projects such as THE OUTFIT, the directorial debut by Academy Award Winning screenwriter Graham Moore (THE IMITATION GAME) and THE FRESHENING, a short story to be adapted and directed by Cathy Yan (BIRDS OF PREY). Prior to FilmNation, Roni worked in the Independent Film Group at United Talent Agency. She got her start working for prolific director Jerry Zucker at Zucker Productions.

Roni is a graduate of the University of Michigan with BA degrees in both Screen Arts & Culture as well as Communication Studies.

Isabel Aurichio

Podcast Development Producer

Isabel Aurichio a Podcast Development Producer at Glickmania, where she focuses on coordinating and helping to execute the pre-production phase of all podcast projects in development.

Prior to joining Glickmania, Isabel wrote, edited, and narrated the podcast It’s Good to be the King, a freelance production in collaboration with Jill Mazursky and Alice Fiori. 

Isabel graduated from Colorado College in the spring of 2020 with a major in Film & Media Studies and a minor in Feminist & Gender Studies.