AMMO Entertainment is an independent film production company specializing in creating economical horror and thriller titles based on Asian-inspired intellectual properties. Our projects include the horror film ROOM 203 (based on the novel published by Kobunsha, released 4.15.22) and the dramatic thriller ROOT LETTER (based on the Kadokawa Games videogame) released 9.1.22.
In addition to its own slate, AMMO Entertainment also manages the development library of Akatsuki Entertainment, for which Ammo Entertainment CEO Annmarie Sairrino previously served as president. We are also affiliated with the Japan-based AMMO Inc., which has co-managed the development of ROOM 203 and ROOT LETTER.
With extensive international rights and creative relationship management experience, including the review of over 1,800 Japanese and other existing intellectual properties, AMMO Entertainment provides consulting and advisory services in the fields of intellectual property procurements and assessments, international partnerships, and the development of independent and modestly-budgeted film productions. We provide experience, value and insight that can benefit our clients and their projects.
Annmarie Sairrino is an experienced international producer who has specialized in adapting Japanese creative properties for global, English-language production. She has led AMMO Entertainment since establishing the company in 2020.
Ms. Sairrino began her entertainment career in 2003 with Golden Globe-winning producer Sandy Climan (THE AVIATOR) and his firm Entertainment Media Ventures. In 2012, she joined All Nippon Entertainment Works (ANEW), rising to senior vice president of development and production and serving with the company for five years. During her time with ANEW, Ms. Sairrino set up a diverse slate of projects derived from Japanese properties, including the superhero action title TIGER & BUNNY (Imagine Entertainment), the action-thriller SHIELD OF STRAW (Depth of Field), the horror-thriller GHOST TRAIN (Depth of Field, with Sonic the Hedgehog franchise screenwriters Josh Miller and Patrick Casey), the action-horror SOUL REVIVER (Bedford Falls), the dramatic horror BIRTHRIGHT (Depth of Field), the action-sci-fi GAIKING (Valhalla Entertainment), and the survival horror 6000 (Phoenix Pictures).
In 2017, Ms. Sairrino left ANEW and established Akatsuki Entertainment USA, a film division of leading Japanese mobile game developer Akatsuki. While leading the company, she developed a large slate of projects and produced the feature films ROOM 203 and ROOT LETTER.
Today, under the auspices of her AMMO Entertainment banner, Ms. Sairrino manages the properties and slate of projects initiated by Akatsuki Entertainment USA, and is additionally developing further adapted and original properties from across the globe.
In addition to AMMO Entertainment, Ms. Sairrino is currently Co-Founder and CEO of a new, upcoming intellectual property joint-creation venture company called AM3, which Jeff Pulver and Nicholas Zabaly are Co-Founders.
Kat McPhee is an experienced producer and development executive, who began her career working for a wildly diverse group of A-list talent including James Cameron, Norman Lear, Kat Von D, and Bobcat Goldthwait.
Most recently serving as Vice President of Development & Production at Ammo Entertainment, Kat McPhee started working alongside her friend and colleague, Annmarie Sairrino, in 2015, at ANEW and then continued on via Akatsuki Entertainment, where she served as VP, Development.
Together they identified countless properties for development from Japanese IP, identified new and emerging talents in the fields of writing and directing, commissioned treatments and scripts, and took two features from conception to filming and post-production.
In 2022, via Ammo Entertainment, they released horror film, Room 203, and dramatic thriller Root Letter, which was awarded the ReFrame Stamp of Distinction for Gender-Balanced Productions.
Recently, Kat launched her own production company, Second Rodeo Media, in 2022, and has a slate of genre projects in active development including Faerie Tale and Shallow End with writer/director Noah Dorsey.
Nicholas Zabaly is an expert in building relationships with Japanese creators. He has more than a decade of experience cultivating trust and connections with veteran and emerging creators, as well as companies within the Japanese animation industry. Well-versed in all aspects of Japanese storytelling, industry standards and practices, and creator networks, he also possesses a wealth of knowledge of fan preferences and activities within Japan and throughout the world.
After starting his entertainment career in various capacities with Leonardo DiCaprio's production company Appian Way, Nina Jacobson's production company Color Force, and the groundbreaking Japanese animation studio Madhouse, Mr. Zabaly joined CEO Annmarie Sairrino in 2012 and has collaborated with her for the past ten years. During that time, he specialized in the development of film stories, from original concepts and adaptations through scripting, pre-production, and release. In his time with All Nippon Entertainment Works (ANEW), Akatsuki Entertainment USA, and now AMMO Entertainment, he served as the manager of intellectual property research, assisting Ms. Sairrino in the selection and development of titles, as well as in the production of the feature films Root Letter and Room 203.
Separately from his work with Ms. Sairrino and her ventures, Mr. Zabaly has also served as a producer within the animation world. In his capacity as an affiliate of the Japanese animation studio Science SARU, he served as associate producer on the studio's contributions to the award-nominated Disney+ anthology series Star Wars: Visions.
He is also producing the short animated film The Flower, a project originally initiated at Disney in the late 1990s which was recently revived as an independent, international production.
Ty Scott has developed and filmed music videos, viral web shows, reality shows and short films for global clients. Her directorial work includes the award winning and nominated short film, Parker & Angel, (Amazon Prime), Counterblow (2019), Amphibious Princess (2018), and Lala Land (based on the book Girl Interrupted, a best-selling 1993 memoir by Susanna Kaysen) in 2018.
Ms. Scott is the co-producer of Room 203 and helped oversee virtually all post supervision for the film.
Ms. Scott is also currently the founder and CEO of her own multi-national independent production company, Oshun Entertainment.
Most recently, Ty was recognized and honored by The Artists Forum as July 2022's Artist Of The Month.
Jeff Pulver is an internet pioneer and futurist known for his work in the field of Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP), as well as his embrace of Web3 innovations. A serial entrepreneur and technologist, he is the founder of Jeff Pulver Entertainment (pulver.com), the co-founder of Vonage, Vivox, and Zula, and has served as an advisor and investor to over 400 startups, including several internet video companies.
In 1995, he coined the term “VON” to represent Voice and Video on the Internet. Since 1996, he has been active on the world stage at major tech and business conferences. Mr. Pulver created, hosted, and curated the global VON Conferences from 1997 to 2008, which helped accelerate the global acceptance of Internet Voice and Video technologies. He subsequently launched numerous other technology and internet conferences, most recently with a series of online events during the COVID-19 pandemic. A frequently-cited expert on developments in the internet and computer industries, he has been named a Guru of Technology by Bloomberg Businessweek.
Mr. Pulver entered the technology and communications industry via the revolution of VoIP, the underlying innovation which has made current video call applications (such as Skype and Facetime) possible. His early work in this field, beginning in the 1990s, paved the way for the emergence of Vonage, a company he co-founded and which, after subsequent developments, was acquired by Ericsson in 2021 for $6.2 billion. In the years since, he became an early advocate for the adoption of social media communities, internet video teleconferencing, and most recently, decentralized peer-to-peer internet applications (commonly known as Web3).
A jack of all trades for our modern technological era, Mr. Pulver is an investor, oracle, and astrophotographer. He understands how the advent of Web3 will change business for the better, and has been involved in the formative underpinnings of digital social representation (now commonly termed the Metaverse) since 2007. His passion for driving innovation in a positive, Web3 direction has served as motivation for the live classes he offers to aid understanding of NFTs and Web3. Via his frequent seminars and talk sessions with innovators in the Web3 space, he has helped guide the implementation of the transformational benefits that Web3 technologies can have for creators, artists, musicians, and now with AMMO Entertainment, filmmakers.
In 2022 and beyond, he is slated to continue his advocacy and educational activities, as well as to launch a new Web3 site coupled with a social-focused NFT offering. Jeff is also currently a Fintech advisor to the Premier of Bermuda, a country that has embraced the concepts of decentralized finance and NFTs.
In addition to his work in business and entrepreneurship, Mr. Pulver helped change the way the world communicates. The passing of The Pulver Order by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in 2004, which ruled that VoIP is an internet application and not a telecommunication service, opened the door to the development of video and voice communications over internet broadband free of tax and regulation, thereby helping to set the stage for a world where consumers can communicate openly and freely.