Jennifer Anderson Merchant
Jennifer Anderson Merchant
Senior Associate Director, Career Education & Advising, Columbia Business School

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Jennifer has served as a Senior Associate Director, Career Education & Advising in the Career Management Center at Columbia Business School for four years and as a Career Coach focused primarily on tech, entrepreneurship, media and entertainment and venture capital career paths.

Prior to career advisory work, Jennifer has over fifteen years of experience in film finance and technology, distribution, strategy and operations – including greenlighting P&L creation and analysis, talent deal term negotiations, and slate financing both for big budget movies as well as indie art house fare. During her time at Paramount, Jennifer worked on major motion pictures such as Mission Impossible 3, Mean Girls, and School of Rock, as well as the Oscar-nominated and award-winning films, Babel, An Inconvenient Truth, No Country for Old Men, and There Will Be Blood.

After Paramount, Jennifer became Head of Finance and Strategic Operations for Red Envelope Entertainment, a subsidiary of Netflix, where she evaluated the company’s opportunities for film acquisition and electronic delivery. She focused on developing a strategy for content to be distributed through Netflix’s nascent streaming service at that time.

Jennifer transitioned into an entrepreneurial role when she joined the New York startup space as COO of Slated, Inc., an online venture that gives investors exclusive access to a sociallyvetted marketplace of high-quality filmmakers, distributors, sales agents, and other industry veterans. She has also regularly worked as an independent consultant, where her projects have spanned the gamut from assisting entrepreneurs and small companies with establishing business plan strategies, financial forecasting, creating investor decks and improving operational efficiencies.

Prior to business school, Jennifer was an investment banking analyst at J.P. Morgan, after which she moved on to Butler Capital, a middle-market private equity firm based in New York City. She received an MBA with a concentration in media management from Columbia Business School in 2001, and also holds a B.S. in Business Administration cum laude from Georgetown University with majors in Finance and International Business and a minor in Psychology.