Monella Kaplan founded eMotion Entertainment to develop and produce projects with commercial appeal and artistic depth. The company has offices in Los Angeles and Munich.
Monella has worked in the entertainment for over 20 years, initially for TV and print media in Germany, including for the news magazine FOCUS and RTL Television. She moved to Los Angeles in 1997 to focus on the US film industry.
Throughout her career in the US, Monella worked for Nu Image/Millennium Films for eight years as a producer and executive on multiple movies. During her time at Hollywood’s leading independent film studio, she has worked on projects starring Morgan Freeman, Justin Timberlake, LL Cool J, Sylvester Stallone, Gerard Butler, Jason Statham, Dylan McDermott, to mention a few.
In 2016 Monella launched eMotion Entertainment. The most recent production under the banner is the romantic drama SEE YOU SOON starring Liam McIntyre, Harvey Keitel, Poppy Drayton and Jenia Tanaeva, released by Vertical Entertainment in the US on July 26, 2019.
With a passion for ideas and connecting people, Monella is also the founder of LIFE-Summit, a global networking and speaking series for like-minded entrepreneurs focusing on combining topics and personalities from the industries of luxury, technology and entertainment. The idea to the series ignited while Monella worked as a Business Development Consultant for Icon Distribution in UK. LIFE in Cap Ferrat, LIFE in Paris, LIFE in London and LIFE in New York featured speaking contributions from José Neves (CEO Farfetch), Paul Van Zyl, (CEO Maiyet), UK Music agent legend Carl Leighton-Pope, to mention a few.
Monella still enjoys writing, she is a frequent contributor for the European luxury magazine Ccercle.
Monella has Masters degrees in Communications and Political Sciences from the elite university Ludwig-Maximilian-University in Munich (LMU) and in film production from University of California (UCLA). She speaks six languages: Romanian, German, French, English, Italian and Dutch.