Dimitri Villard graduated with a B.A. from Harvard University and has a M.S. from China International Medical University. He began his career with a New York investment banking firm where he specialized in international finance. Since 1980, he has produced a number of motion pictures. Among his producing credits are  In Love And War, directed by Richard Attenborough and starring Sandra Bullock and Chris O’Donnell (New Line);  Once Bitten, starring Jim Carrey and Lauren Hutton (Goldwyn); and Flight of the Navigator (Disney). From 1993 to 1996, he was a Managing Director of Laidlaw & Co., a New York investment bank. In 1997 he became a Director of Société Générale Investment Banking where he focused on entertainment/media transactions. In 1999 he co-founded and became CEO of Pivotal BioSciences, Inc., a biotechnology company developing oncology drugs in association with senior faculty of the University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine. In 2009 he became CEO of ArtistDIRECT, later rebranded as Peer Media Technologies, an Internet technology public company that provides anti-piracy and business intelligence services to the entertainment industry. As a member of the Executive Committee of the Los Angeles Chapter of the Tech Coast Angels, the largest private venture capital investment group in California, the Harvard Business School Angels, and as a Mentor at the Founder Institute, he has been active in identifying, mentoring, and leading investments in a number of early stage high technology ventures. He is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and a member of the Board of Directors of The Grilled Cheese Truck Company and Staffing 360.