Markus GoergCo-Founder / Producer / Manager
Markus was born and raised in Germany and came to the US in 1997 to attend Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA, where he graduated cum laude in 2000 with a degree in Photography and Cinematography.
After spending years at two major talent and literary agencies and running development for a film and television director thereafter, Markus partnered with his long-time friends Mikhail Nayfeld and Dick Hillenbrand in November 2007 to found Heroes and Villains Entertainment, making a dream come true.
Markus primarily focuses on unique voices in the drama, thriller, and action genres as well as IP creators in those arenas. He's worked with numerous storytellers in Film, TV, comic books, and novels and enjoys helping his clients excel in their respective areas of interest.
When Markus is not working on his clients' behalf, he enjoys spending time with his wife and son, who's adorable as heck. Seriously. Super cute. He also loves staying active and participated in the Los Angeles marathon in 2014, which he finished in just under six hours, although he could not walk at all the next day. He became a dual citizen (US/Germany) in the fall of 2010.
Dick HillenbrandCo-Founder / Producer
In November 2007 Dick co-founded Heroes and Villains Entertainment with partners and long-time friends Mikhail Nayfeld and Markus Goerg. “Heroes and Villains is the culmination of business and creative experiences… and for me, the perfect synthesis of two worlds. I feel very fortunate to be working with my friends and partners who are two of the brighter, young minds in the world of entertainment. Whether management or production, we are in the business of great stories. To that end, we look forward to servicing our clients and customers and, together, writing another great story at Heroes and Villains.”
In his free time, Dick is an avid fisherman, photographer, skier, and outdoorsman, loves all things sports-related, sings, plays guitar and piano, and indulges in a healthy dose of travel. He is a Principal of Hillenbrand Capital Partners, a private-family wealth partnership, a Board Member of NextStep Fitness, a non-profit aiding the fitness and wellbeing of para and quadriplegics, and a member of the Georgetown Scholarship Program, a financial aid vehicle for non-financially qualified students. But most importantly, Dick dotes on his 20 nieces and nephews…all of whom are under eleven. And, to this end, he says, “Eat your heart out, John Cougar.”
Mikhail NayfeldCo-Founder / Producer / Manager
Born in Minsk, Belarus, Mikhail immigrated into the United States with his parents at the tender age of three. His family eventually settled in the Bay Area, where the TV helped keep him out of trouble while igniting a passion for entertainment.
Mikhail is an alumni of CalState Long Beach and joined ICM in 2002. In 2006 he left to join Mandate Pictures (Juno, Stranger than Fiction, Harold & Kumar, The Grudge) where he founded and ran their Television Division bringing their film brand into the TV space. Reporting directly to principles Joe Drake and Nathan Kahane, he spearheaded the creation of 25 original ideas and successfully packaged 15 projects with WGA writing talent. He identified and negotiated the rights to Sports Agent Matt Sosnick’s life story, featured in the bestselling novel, License to Deal: On the Run with a Maverick Sports Agent, and packaged the show with Executive Producer Michael Ross (Julie Reno) and 20th Television. His proudest accomplishment was discovering and helping to develop writer Adam Cozad (Dubai/Paramount Pictures, Brotherhood of the Rose/Warner Bros.) who has gone on to become a hot, young political thriller writer.
In November 2007, Mikhail joined his partners and long time friends Dick Hillenbrand and Markus Goerg in forming Heroes and Villains Entertainment, which was the perfect culmination of his odd mix of experiences. “Growing up, my favorite memories have always been linked to comics, video games, movies, and television, so it makes sense that I would eventually create a company that works in all of these media. In the end they are all about story, and I love story. Once upon a time, these worlds were distinct and separate, but they are quickly bleeding into one another and borrowing from the same pool of ideas, so it makes sense to build a company that builds brands that can exist in all of these worlds.”
Benjamin Blake joined Heroes and Villains in 2015. He previously was the founder and manager/producer of Freyadog Entertainment LLC in NYC. Benjamin has a passion for writers, filmmakers, and writer/performers who come from an outside the traditional Hollywood model.
He began his career in show business rigging lights in off-off Broadway theaters before moving to LA, where he worked for CAA. He continues to spend time in NYC and LA, with his daughter Caily and his dog Freya.
Henry Huang joined Heroes And Villains as Manager in 2015. He was previously Manager & Head of Television at Station 3 Entertainment and Manager/Producer at Industry Entertainment. Henry manages writers, directors, and talent in television and film. Henry started in the business at International Creative Management and Sidney Kimmel Entertainment and holds a Bachelors in Economics from Johns Hopkins University.
Jen Ray comes to Heroes and Villains from Principal/Gotham. She is an alumnae of Cornell University and the Peter Stark Producing Program at USC. Jen’s focus is on developing strong female voices across genres, and she is proud to have a client list that is 80% women (but please don’t hold that against her male clients.)
Jen also produced the indie comedy For A Good Time, Call… that premiered at Sundance 2012 and was distributed by Focus Features. She lives in Atwater Village with her husband Josh and their two corgis.
Gary joined Heroes And Villains in 2017. Before becoming a manger Gary ran a number of studio based production companies and produced projects for Film an Television. His passion for story-telling brought him to manage the careers of writers and directors while exploring opportunities in new media.
Gary and his husband live in Silver Lake with their amazing dog Edie.
Chris Coggins has over 14 years over experience in feature and television series development and production. She began her career directly after graduation from The University of Southern California School for Cinematic Arts working as a Creative Assistant at Escape Artists/Sony Pictures.
At Escape Artists she assisted on productions The Pursuit of Happyness, The Weather Man, The Taking of Pelham 123, Knowing and The Great Debaters. There, she ascended through the ranks and procured numerous projects for the company including The Ends of the Earth, Fall From Grace, Seven Pounds, Masterpiece, Rumspringa! and I Want to *$&% Your Sister. She also secured the scripts for and co-produced The Back-Up Plan and Hope Springs .
Coggins then moved on to working at Allison Shearmur Productions at her home studio Lionsgate and procured projects Burial Rites, Endangered and Nerve for the studio. There, she also developed Pride, Prejudice and Zombies and Cinderella.
She then progressed to Rock Paper Scissors Entertainment as Head of Development. There she built a production slate, produced the PSA Take Yourself on a Date and was responsible for development on the company’s new media projects for The Oscars, HBO and Amazon.
Coggins recent independent projects include producing the spec pilot Angelino Heights, PSA Not on My Watch and the music video for Alekesam's All is Forgiven.
Next, Coggins worked at Luc Besson’s studio EuropaCorp and procured projects Unt. Aniston Superhero Project, Fae and the English-language remake for the Japanese blockbuster Shield of Straw.
Currently, She is a member of Film Independent, LACMA, the LA Conservancy and the spcaLA.
Born and raised in a little medieval town between Rome and Tuscany, Isabella decided at the age of 18 to say goodbye to her conservative and loud Italian family to embrace the fun and the fashionable lifestyle of Milan.
After earning a bachelor and master degree at the prestigious Bocconi University School of Law and studying abroad in Strasbourg and Boston, she packed her colorful suitcase to move to LA to enroll in Business & Management of Entertainment at UCLA and pursue her longtime dream of making movies in Hollywood, where she is now putting all of her passion, talent, and heart.
She started her career at Verve in the motion picture literary department, transitioned to The Kennedy / Marshall Company, and landed at Heroes and Villains where she is focusing on International formats and European writers and directors.
You can easily persuade her with pistachio ice cream and peonies, and she makes the best gnocchi alla sorrentina in town.
Taylor is an alum of the undergraduate film and television program at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. She worked for producer Joe Pichirallo in New York before moving to Los Angeles to pursue a career in television. She loves science fiction and fantasy, antique art prints, and board games.