FOUNDER/CEO, NOVA FILMHOUSE, INC.
Dror Soref is an award-winning filmmaker who started his career directing music videos for “Weird Al” Yankovic, which helped establish the rock parodist as a major star. Following his success in music videos, Soref directed the Gold Hugo Award nominated short film Platinum Blonde, which drew the attention of Paramount Studios’ President. Consequently, Soref was retained under contract to develop projects at Paramount beginning with his feature directorial debut, The Seventh Coin starring Peter O’Toole which won festival awards, including Best Picture.
During his 25-year relationship with Paramount, Soref founded Orbit Entertainment Group, serving as one of its directors. As Orbit’s CEO, Soref ran one of Hollywood’s fastest growing commercial production companies at the time. Clients included Ford, Coca Cola, Toyota, McDonald’s, and Fujifilm, and ads broadcasted on the Super Bowl and Academy awards shows. Soref also dabbled in episodic television, directing a number of episodes of Power Rangers, the hit children TV series.
Soref parlayed a successful career in commercials into feature films, signing a multi-picture deal with Mike Medavoy’s Phoenix Pictures (Black Swan, Shutter Island) where he co-produced Basic, starring John Travolta and Samuel L. Jackson, released by Columbia Pictures. Soref then co-wrote, directed, and produced the critically acclaimed thriller Not Forgotten, starring Simon Baker, Paz Vega, and Chloe Moretz which was nominated for a Saturn Award by the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror (2010).
Soref received a BA in Economics from the University of Haifa, Israel, graduating with Honors. While a student, he wrote frequently on Israeli-Palestinian relations, and was nominated by his party, at the age of 23, to run for Parliament. Soref served in the Israeli Defense Force as a combat officer in the elite Golani Brigade, where the unit under his command was cited for excellence. Soref studied film production in the MFA Program of the School of Cinema Arts at the University of Southern California (USC)