Founder and CEO
I'Ezra Ezzard is the Founder and CEO of ARTIFICATION, the modern media company behind the distribution of the New York Times Critics Pick Documentary SYSTEM K by Renaud Barret, and THE STATE AGAINST MANDELA AND THE OTHERS. Prior to current role he has worked at BBC Studios, where is work has included the acquisitions and distribution of content for the US and Canadian territories to digital and retail partners including Best Buy, Amazon and Starz. Some of these titles included both the indie films, the Oscar shortlisted WE COME AS FRIENDS by Academy nominee Hubert Sauper and the National Theatre’s cinematic verbatim-style musical LONDON ROAD starring Academy Winner Tom Hardy, Emmy Award Winner Olivia Colman and the Tony Award winning Kate Fleetwood. During his time at BBC Studios, he also worked on key campaigns for global television tentpoles, Planet Earth II, Enchanted Kingdom, Doctor Who, Luther, Orphan Black and Sherlock. He is a graduate of the prestigious Ailey/Fordham BFA program under the direction of Denise Jefferson, where he worked with some of the most celebrated dance arts in the world, including Max Luna, Hope Boykin, Ronald K. Brown, Jaculyn Buglisi, Christopher Huggins, Alvin Ailey and more. Ezra serves on the Board of Directors for Harlem School of the Arts and is a BAFTA member.
"Founding ARTIFICATION was really about creating space for the artists narrative, collapsing walls that exist between art and commercial entertainment and championing compelling stories that center artists, people of color and those from marginalized communities. " - Ezra Ezzard