Our Story
Bringing an imaginative perspective to stories with an emotionally rich takeaway.

With a focus on highly imaginative and emotionally rich cinema, Luma Features is independently developing, producing, and fully financing original films in close collaboration with each filmmaker. Our aim is to help fulfil the most creatively ambitious and meaningful version of a filmmaker’s vision, while providing them with key design, visual fx, and digital production support from Luma Pictures’ world-class creative studio.

Meet the Team

Luma Features is headed by Founder/CEO & Chief Creative Payam Shohadai, along with COO Grady Gamble. Our team of seasoned executives and Oscar-nominated artists hail from top entertainment companies including Paramount, Miramax, and Pixar and share a vision in producing truly imaginative stories.

Steve Squillante, Head of Physical Production

Steve most recently headed up the build out of Netflix's Global Local Language Originals Teams, where he oversaw a slate of over 300 shows in two years, including The Witcher, Dark, La Case De Paper, and The Kingdom. He has over 100 credits to his name from roles including Head of Production for IM Global, stints in-house and on productions as a line producer, and a studio exec for Warner Bros., Sony, Miramax, Hallmark, and AGC Studios. He has also produced and financed a number of independent projects.  

Kyle Franke, Head of Development

Kyle began his career at Fox Searchlight, before making his way to 20th Century Fox as a film executive. He served as Head of Development for XYZ Films, where he worked on films like The Raid, The Invitation, Under the Shadow, and The Endless. As an independent producer, he worked on I Kill Giants, which premiered at the Toronto Film Festival. Prior to joining Luma, Kyle collaborated with the Oscar-nominated writer Eric Heisserer. 

Vincent Cirelli, VP | Head of Digital Production

Vincent brings over 20 years of experience within the visual effects industry and provides a deep understanding of client needs from a creative and technical standpoint. Since joining Luma in 2004, Vincent has worked on over 70 feature films including Guardians of the Galaxy, Black Panther, Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, No Country for Old Men, and True Grit. Most notably, he was Oscar-nominated for his work on Doctor Strange, and is one of the founding fathers of our sister studio in Melbourne, Australia.

Loic Zimmermann, Creative Director | Head of Art Department

Loic’s impressive career in visual effects and animation spans 20 years working for notable global studios. His work as an Art Director and Concept Artist can be seen in Godzilla: King of Monsters, Maleficent: Mistress of Evil, Ghost in the Shell, and Guardians of the Galaxy. Previously, he served as the Global Head of Arts at MPC.

Andrew Coats, Director

Andrew joined Luma in 2018 following his directorial role for the Oscar-nominated animated short Borrowed Time. Andrew has also held positions at Pixar and Blue Sky where he worked on films including Brave, Inside Out, Finding Dory, The Incredibles 2, and Horton Hears a Who.

Nicole Sanders, Manager of Creative Affairs

Nicole brings over eight years of experience in the entertainment industry, most recently as a Creative Executive at Miramax where she was involved with building their content division and contributed to the acquisitions of I, Tonya, Whitney, Southside with You, and Mr. Holmes.