About Us

Andre Relis

 Andre Relis, has been at the forefront of feature film distribution and production for over 20 years. Most recently, Mr. Relis produced such upcoming releases as WANDER, starring Tommy Lee Jones & Aaron Eckhart, ARKANSAS starring Vince Vaughn, Liam Hemsworth & John Malkovich & GRAND ISLE starring Nicolas Cage & Kelsey Grammer. In 2010, he founded VMI Worldwide, the Hollywood based finance, production and sales company which he runs today. Prior to VMI, Andre began his career as a producer of a Fox Sports Television Series in the late 90’s before transitioning into film distribution at Amazing Films / Highland Crest Pictures as the Director of International Sales. In 2000, Andre moved into Domestic Distribution at renowned Troma Entertainment where he managed the West Coast Division and was promoted to Director of Worldwide Sales. In 2002, Andre transitioned once again to a small boutique sales company Vision Films in the role of Vice President of sales. Due to his role in the dynamic growth at Vision, including the launch of Vision Music, a dedicated music division, Mr. Relis was promoted to Managing Partner and 50% owner of both companies. Andre’s leadership brought both companies to an unprecedented level of success before branching out on his own to launch VMI Worldwide. Andre’s vision for VMI was not only acquiring notable commercial pictures but also developing and producing in house feature films on a collaborative level with independent producers. Some notable past productions produced by Mr. Relis include the Sundance premiere OUTLAW’S & ANGELS, starring Luke Wilson and Francesca Eastwood, Wesley Snipe's Sci-Fi THE RECALL, Jonathan Rhys Meyer's Crime Thriller, AWAKE, Sean Bean's and Abigail Breslin’s Action Thriller, WICKED BLOOD and Dolph Lundgren's and Mickey Rourke’s WWII ensemble WAR PIGS. arelis@vmiworldwide.com

Andre Relis

CEO
 arelis@vmiworldwide.com
J.D. Beaufils

A Sales & Distribution Film executive for 15 years, J.D. Beaufils began his Entertainment career in 1999 at LA based Overseas Filmgroup (now First Look Studios) as a Junior Salesman, climbing up to the position of Director of Sales handling major European territories as well as the Asian continent.  In 2005 he joined Bauer Martinez International contributing through key pre-sales to the financing of major motion pictures domestically distributed by MGM and The Weinstein Co. He has since served as Sr. Vice-President at Family and Animation-oriented Porchlight Entertainment as well as genre outfit Epic Pictures Group before moving from Hollywood to the San Francisco Bay Area to bridge the gap between the Film Industry and New Media and launch the North American operations of Under The Milky Way, a worldwide preferred iTunes aggregator responsible for the release of 1,000+ titles on major digital platforms such as iTunes, Sony Entertainment Network, Google Play, Vudu and Amazon. Some of the tentpole pictures Beaufils handled are:  Fox Searchlight’s TITUS, Directed by Julie Taymor and starring Anthony Hopkins, HARSH TIMES with Christian Bale and Eva Longoria directed by David Ayer (Training Day, End of Watch), THE FLOCK  starring Richard Gere & Claire Danes) and directed by Andrew Lau (Infernal Affairs I, II & II), I COULD NEVER BE YOUR WOMAN (Paul Rudd, Michelle Pfeiffer & Sairse Ronan) as well as Animated Feature Films  AQUA TEEN HUNGER FORCE COLON MOVIE FILM FOR THEATERS (distributed in US Theaters by Warner Bros) and SPACE DOGS 3D.  He has a degree in Economics from the University of Paris – Sorbonne and a B.A. in English Literature & Linguistics from the University of Minnesota and lives with his wife in the heart of Hollywood where dreams are made.                                             
jd@vmiworldwide.com

J.D. Beaufils

President of Sales
jd@vmiworldwide.com
Andre Relis

 Andre Relis, has been at the forefront of feature film distribution and production for over 20 years. Most recently, Mr. Relis produced such upcoming releases as WANDER, starring Tommy Lee Jones & Aaron Eckhart, ARKANSAS starring Vince Vaughn, Liam Hemsworth & John Malkovich & GRAND ISLE starring Nicolas Cage & Kelsey Grammer. In 2010, he founded VMI Worldwide, the Hollywood based finance, production and sales company which he runs today. Prior to VMI, Andre began his career as a producer of a Fox Sports Television Series in the late 90’s before transitioning into film distribution at Amazing Films / Highland Crest Pictures as the Director of International Sales. In 2000, Andre moved into Domestic Distribution at renowned Troma Entertainment where he managed the West Coast Division and was promoted to Director of Worldwide Sales. In 2002, Andre transitioned once again to a small boutique sales company Vision Films in the role of Vice President of sales. Due to his role in the dynamic growth at Vision, including the launch of Vision Music, a dedicated music division, Mr. Relis was promoted to Managing Partner and 50% owner of both companies. Andre’s leadership brought both companies to an unprecedented level of success before branching out on his own to launch VMI Worldwide. Andre’s vision for VMI was not only acquiring notable commercial pictures but also developing and producing in house feature films on a collaborative level with independent producers. Some notable past productions produced by Mr. Relis include the Sundance premiere OUTLAW’S & ANGELS, starring Luke Wilson and Francesca Eastwood, Wesley Snipe's Sci-Fi THE RECALL, Jonathan Rhys Meyer's Crime Thriller, AWAKE, Sean Bean's and Abigail Breslin’s Action Thriller, WICKED BLOOD and Dolph Lundgren's and Mickey Rourke’s WWII ensemble WAR PIGS. arelis@vmiworldwide.com

Andre Relis

CEO
 arelis@vmiworldwide.com
J.D. Beaufils

A Sales & Distribution Film executive for 15 years, J.D. Beaufils began his Entertainment career in 1999 at LA based Overseas Filmgroup (now First Look Studios) as a Junior Salesman, climbing up to the position of Director of Sales handling major European territories as well as the Asian continent.  In 2005 he joined Bauer Martinez International contributing through key pre-sales to the financing of major motion pictures domestically distributed by MGM and The Weinstein Co. He has since served as Sr. Vice-President at Family and Animation-oriented Porchlight Entertainment as well as genre outfit Epic Pictures Group before moving from Hollywood to the San Francisco Bay Area to bridge the gap between the Film Industry and New Media and launch the North American operations of Under The Milky Way, a worldwide preferred iTunes aggregator responsible for the release of 1,000+ titles on major digital platforms such as iTunes, Sony Entertainment Network, Google Play, Vudu and Amazon. Some of the tentpole pictures Beaufils handled are:  Fox Searchlight’s TITUS, Directed by Julie Taymor and starring Anthony Hopkins, HARSH TIMES with Christian Bale and Eva Longoria directed by David Ayer (Training Day, End of Watch), THE FLOCK  starring Richard Gere & Claire Danes) and directed by Andrew Lau (Infernal Affairs I, II & II), I COULD NEVER BE YOUR WOMAN (Paul Rudd, Michelle Pfeiffer & Sairse Ronan) as well as Animated Feature Films  AQUA TEEN HUNGER FORCE COLON MOVIE FILM FOR THEATERS (distributed in US Theaters by Warner Bros) and SPACE DOGS 3D.  He has a degree in Economics from the University of Paris – Sorbonne and a B.A. in English Literature & Linguistics from the University of Minnesota and lives with his wife in the heart of Hollywood where dreams are made.                                             
jd@vmiworldwide.com

J.D. Beaufils

President of Sales
jd@vmiworldwide.com




Sherri Hewett

Raised in Bradenton, Florida, Sherri received her Bachelor of Business Administration in accounting from Emory University. After two years in public accounting with BDO Seidman in Atlanta, her passion for the entertainment industry brought her to Los Angeles where she began at Warner Bros. as a financial analyst. Her desire to learn hands-on filmmaking led her to transition into film production, by co-producing the dark comedy American Cowslip with an ensemble cast that included Bruce Dern, Cloris Leachman and Peter Falk in his last picture, and script supervising numerous shorts and features. She enjoyed her time in film production very much but is glad to be back doing accounting full-time and being able to combine her financial skills and experience with her passion for film with VMI. Sherri joined VMI Worldwide as Controller of Finances in 2019.

 

accounting@vmiworldwide.com

Sherri Hewett

Controller of Finances
accounting@vmiworldwide.com
Jessica Bennett

Born in Stockton, California, Jessica moved to Los Angeles in 2011 after graduating Lincoln High School. She received a Bachelors Degree from The Art Institute of California Los Angeles in Digital Filmmaking and Video Production. In 2013, she directed a successful web series called "Pensado's Place" for thirty plus consecutive episodes. She is also co-creator and director of a web series called "The Bianca Bee Show." Jessica has directed and produced numerous short films, commercials and music videos. She interned for Cinelou Films, was a Production Assistant on Mr. Church starring Eddie Murphy and was an assistant to Wayne Marc Godfrey at The Fyzz Facility. Jessica became Acquisitions & Development Coordinator for VMI Worldwide in 2015. Soon after she put her production experience to the test and  produced the feature documentary NWA & Eazy-E: Kings of Compton. After one year at the company she was promoted to Director of Acquisitions, Development and Marketing. In 2019 Jessica was promoted to COO, Productions and Acquisitions where she now heads up VMI's growing production department. 

Jessica Bennett

COO, Productions & Acquisitions
acquisitions@vmiworldwide.com
Mickey Guerin

Born and raised in Los Angeles. Grew up in Beverly Hills in an entertainment family of performers stretching back generations. Graduated from UCLA, with a BA in History, continuing his post-graduate education at UCLA Extension with various courses and fields of study, including obtaining a Paralegal Certificate in Corporations and Litigation. First job after college was as an Agent-Trainee for William Morris Agency. It was there he solidified his desire to work in Business Affairs, as a way to work on the business side of The Biz. Has spent the remainder of his working career, up to today, as a Business and Legal Affairs executive. Previous experience includes William Morris Agency, Dreamworks Animation Studio, Brillstein-Grey Management, Landscape Entertainment (subsequently merged with Artisan Entertainment), Escape Artists (Sony), Mandate Pictures, Warner Bros, Exclusive Media, and Vision Films. Experienced in all manner of Business and Legal Affairs departments, working all along the spectrum from development & production through sales & distribution, and ranging in size and scope from Studio to Production Company to Sales Agent/Distributor.

contracts@vmiworldwide.com


Mickey Guerin

Head of Business & Legal Affairs
contracts@vmiworldwide.com
Roni Canieso

Roni Canieso is a writer, journalist & producer. She is a first generation Pinxy - Born in the Philippines, and growing up in California’s Bay Area. Roni earned her Bachelors of Fine Arts degree in Screenwriting from the Academy of Art in San Francisco. When not servicing and delivering films for VMI Worldwide, she is serving as an executive officer for LA-based creative organization, FilAm Creative, and bringing together creatives in the community through education and empowerment. She is also a producer on FilAm Creative’s podcast: Voices - a podcast celebrating Fil-Am entertainers, creatives, and their allies. Roni is a published intersectional feminist film critic and has written for Wear Your Voice Magazine in Oakland and Kore Asian Media in Los Angeles. Her feature-length screenplay Mr. Slice & The Oblivion was awarded “Top Ten Un-Produced Screenplays” at the FilmQuest Film Festival in 2015. She is an advocate for representation, equality, and diversity in the media.

delivery@vmiworldwide.com

Roni Canieso

Delivery Coordinator
delivery@vmiworldwide.com
Sherri Hewett

Raised in Bradenton, Florida, Sherri received her Bachelor of Business Administration in accounting from Emory University. After two years in public accounting with BDO Seidman in Atlanta, her passion for the entertainment industry brought her to Los Angeles where she began at Warner Bros. as a financial analyst. Her desire to learn hands-on filmmaking led her to transition into film production, by co-producing the dark comedy American Cowslip with an ensemble cast that included Bruce Dern, Cloris Leachman and Peter Falk in his last picture, and script supervising numerous shorts and features. She enjoyed her time in film production very much but is glad to be back doing accounting full-time and being able to combine her financial skills and experience with her passion for film with VMI. Sherri joined VMI Worldwide as Controller of Finances in 2019.

 

accounting@vmiworldwide.com

Sherri Hewett

Controller of Finances
accounting@vmiworldwide.com
Jessica Bennett

Born in Stockton, California, Jessica moved to Los Angeles in 2011 after graduating Lincoln High School. She received a Bachelors Degree from The Art Institute of California Los Angeles in Digital Filmmaking and Video Production. In 2013, she directed a successful web series called "Pensado's Place" for thirty plus consecutive episodes. She is also co-creator and director of a web series called "The Bianca Bee Show." Jessica has directed and produced numerous short films, commercials and music videos. She interned for Cinelou Films, was a Production Assistant on Mr. Church starring Eddie Murphy and was an assistant to Wayne Marc Godfrey at The Fyzz Facility. Jessica became Acquisitions & Development Coordinator for VMI Worldwide in 2015. Soon after she put her production experience to the test and  produced the feature documentary NWA & Eazy-E: Kings of Compton. After one year at the company she was promoted to Director of Acquisitions, Development and Marketing. In 2019 Jessica was promoted to COO, Productions and Acquisitions where she now heads up VMI's growing production department. 

Jessica Bennett

COO, Productions & Acquisitions
acquisitions@vmiworldwide.com
Mickey Guerin

Born and raised in Los Angeles. Grew up in Beverly Hills in an entertainment family of performers stretching back generations. Graduated from UCLA, with a BA in History, continuing his post-graduate education at UCLA Extension with various courses and fields of study, including obtaining a Paralegal Certificate in Corporations and Litigation. First job after college was as an Agent-Trainee for William Morris Agency. It was there he solidified his desire to work in Business Affairs, as a way to work on the business side of The Biz. Has spent the remainder of his working career, up to today, as a Business and Legal Affairs executive. Previous experience includes William Morris Agency, Dreamworks Animation Studio, Brillstein-Grey Management, Landscape Entertainment (subsequently merged with Artisan Entertainment), Escape Artists (Sony), Mandate Pictures, Warner Bros, Exclusive Media, and Vision Films. Experienced in all manner of Business and Legal Affairs departments, working all along the spectrum from development & production through sales & distribution, and ranging in size and scope from Studio to Production Company to Sales Agent/Distributor.

contracts@vmiworldwide.com


Mickey Guerin

Head of Business & Legal Affairs
contracts@vmiworldwide.com
Roni Canieso

Roni Canieso is a writer, journalist & producer. She is a first generation Pinxy - Born in the Philippines, and growing up in California’s Bay Area. Roni earned her Bachelors of Fine Arts degree in Screenwriting from the Academy of Art in San Francisco. When not servicing and delivering films for VMI Worldwide, she is serving as an executive officer for LA-based creative organization, FilAm Creative, and bringing together creatives in the community through education and empowerment. She is also a producer on FilAm Creative’s podcast: Voices - a podcast celebrating Fil-Am entertainers, creatives, and their allies. Roni is a published intersectional feminist film critic and has written for Wear Your Voice Magazine in Oakland and Kore Asian Media in Los Angeles. Her feature-length screenplay Mr. Slice & The Oblivion was awarded “Top Ten Un-Produced Screenplays” at the FilmQuest Film Festival in 2015. She is an advocate for representation, equality, and diversity in the media.

delivery@vmiworldwide.com

Roni Canieso

Delivery Coordinator
delivery@vmiworldwide.com

VMI Worldwide is one of the leading, international sales, film finance and production companies based in the heart of the movie making capital of the world, Hollywood, California. Founded in 2010 by Andre Relis, VMI has an impeccable reputation in the industry by building a strong collaborative and transparent relationship with filmmakers, financiers, and distributors. VMI’s mandate is to support high quality independent filmmaking from all sides of the spectrum. By bringing together visionary talented filmmakers and collaborating with financiers and distributors, VMI empowers its filmmakers by providing the support needed to facilitate production. VMI's goal is to establish long-term partnerships by building strong and honest relationships, while acquiring and producing cast driven, commercial and marketable feature films, documentaries and TV content.

VMI has moved aggressively into production, with it's star studded lineup including blacklist script THE LAST SON OF ISAAC LEMAY starring Sam Worthington and Machine Gun Kelley, conspiracy thriller WANDER starring Aaron Eckhart and Tommy Lee Jones. VMI secured a six-picture slate venture with Canadian based Mind's Eye Entertainment and a multi picture production output deal with Cinedigm (Nasdaq CIDM). This has resulted in the production of AWAKE starring Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Francesca Eastwood and William Forsythe, DAUGHTER OF THE WOLF starring Richard Dreyfuss and Gina Carano, THE HUMANITY BUREAU starring Nicolas Cage, THE RECALL starring Wesley Snipes & RJ Mitte and WAR PIGS Starring Mickey Rourke and Dolph Lundgren. VMI’s in house productions include THE PERFECT WEAPON starring Steven Seagal, Wicked Blood starring Sean Bean & Abigail Breslin, BLOOD OF REDEMPTION starring Dolph Lundgren, Vinnie Jones and Billy Zane.

VMI’s dedicated music division, Vision Music is proud to have represented and released such fine documentaries as the most dangerous group in the world and creators of "gangsta rap" NWA & Eazy-E: Kings of Compton, Soaked in Bleach, the detective story about who was really behind the murder of the iconic Rock Legend Kurt Cobain, Lemmy, about the life and career of the lead singer of Motorhead; Upside Down: The Creation Records Story, about the hugely successful independent label behind the band Oasis and Lil Wayne: The Carter, an unbiased look at one of music’s biggest and most controversial superstars, and many more.

VMI attends and exhibits at all the major film and television markets including: NATPE, Berlinale, Hong Kong Filmart, MIPTV, the Marche du Film at the Cannes Film Festival, LA Screenings, DISCOP, MIPCOM, AFM and ATF in addition to regular sales trips throughout the world. VMI’s films have played and competed at the most prestigious film festivals around the world including Sundance, SXSW, Cannes, Berlin, Tribeca, Toronto International Film Festival, etc.