Edward Kostakis is CEO, Co-Founder and Head of Aerial Operations at Xizmo Media. Edward has logged thousands of hours on set piloting for live television broadcasts, feature films, commercials and music videos. He has spent over a decade developing custom equipment used on sets both domestically and internationally. Edward specializes in close proximity flying for highly complicated aerial shots and thrives in high pressure, high stress deadline driven environments. As an award winning Aerial Cinematographer, Edward has expanded his knowledge and abilities attaining his private pilots license, seaplane and helicopter licenses beyond drones. His work has been featured in publications like the NY Times, Popular Mechanics, the National Herald, Jalopnik and ABC News. Edward’s background includes having served in the United States Marine Corps for eight years as an Air Intelligence Officer, Senior Pilot in North America for DJI for four years and Adjunct Professor of Drone Cinematography at Adelphi University.
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Pablo Barrera is a founding partner of Xizmo Media and Operations Managers. Pablo started his career as a camera operator and producer in 2008, since then Pablo has contributed to dozens of TV shows, feature films and digital content. Pablo is a NY Emmy winner and two time Day Time Emmy nominated Producer with a vast resume in narrative and non-scripted productions. As one of the first camera operators to experiment with aerial cinematography using drones, Pablo has expanded his camera expertise by training and becoming a certified camera head operator and technician for Arri SRH360, Shotover, Newton heads and industry standard camera gimbals. Pablo’s work has been featured in the International Cinematographers Guild magazine. As part of the ongoing fight to change local laws restricting drone operations in New York City, Pablo founded and chaired the AITSE Local 600 Eastern Region Drone Committee and has lobbied as a citizen to several city agencies and council person to assist in the drafting of a more sensible drone laws. As a seasoned producer and traveler Pablo is a vital asset for all over seas Xizmo Media productions, coordination teams and operations as well as obtaining the required authorizations and permits.