Phil Alberstat

Philip Alberstat

Managing Director

Law Degree, University of London

Strategy and Operations Advisory

Baker McKenzie, William Morris

As Managing Director, Philip leads the HR, Business Operations, and Strategic Growth teams, bringing 20+ years of experience in Media Entrepreneurship as operator and producer to the quickly growing team. 

In his most recent role as the Chief Operating Officer of Audio Up, Philip oversaw operations, business affairs, and production, as well as leading the process of the company’s Series A, B, and C funding rounds. He also executive produced numerous podcast series including, “Stephen King’s Strawberry Spring” the first-ever adaptation of the classic short story by Stephen King, James Ellroy’s “Hollywood Death Trip” and “American Tabloid”, weekly current affairs and political podcast series “Mea Culpa”, and “Where the Bodies are Buried”, which was named by “The Atlantic” as one of the best podcasts of 2020.

Prior to Audio Up he was the Co-founder and Chief Operating Officer of Contend a data-driven branded content agency that created materials for such clients as Microsoft, Bud Light, Lexus, Pizza Hut, Facebook, and others. He held this role for five years until the company was acquired by Carlyle-owned Mosaic.

Before Contend, he was EVP and Head of Production of Los Angeles advertising agency Omelet and an advisor to global advertising agency, JWT concerning branded content and entertainment.

Philip is well known for his role at the William Morris Agency within their independent film team. He worked on such noted films as, “Thank You For Smoking”, “Away From Her”, “Factory Girl” and “Frozen River”. He has produced numerous films and television series, and won an Emmy Award for his work on the film “The Incredible Mrs. Ritchie”. He was also shortlisted for an Academy Award for the documentary, “Downstream” and a nominee for a Critics Choice Documentary Award for the film “Into the Fire”.

He also spent time as Global Head of Media Law at the firm of Baker McKenzie in London, England specializing in media finance law. Philip is the author of several books, including, “The Insider’s Guide to Film Finance”, “Law and the Media”, and “The Content Maker’s Handbook”.

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