HollywoodDAO - changing the Hollywood financing game with a platform to crowdfund movies

Name of Project


Bootstrapping DAO Grant Proposal


  1. ACCESS: Expanding the inclusion of Hollywood in a way that any great film or TV creator can seek resources from Hollywood DAO, regardless of background or access via traditional Hollywood grounds.

  2. INNOVATION: Increasing innovation in TV, Film, and Games by allowing creators to have autonomous access and creative control over their own intellectual property. Web3 is going to allow creators to be curators offering certain rights to their IP to new creators to build on for collective benefit: a curated complex adaptive system, like a series of legos, where creators can let others expand on their IP.

  3. SUSTAINABLE ECOSYSTEM: Increasing overall revenue in the blockchain ecosystem by backing film, TV, and game projects that increase value and fun in the world, and in doing so return a greater reward to the DAO as well. These will be financed by the community treasury and will be decided upon with a Snapshot vote ensuring fair governance. As the community and the value of the IP increase, it creates a sustainable DAO ecosystem.


Over the next three months, we will have a highly-engaged discord, telegram, and Twitter community comprised of those interested in crypto x film. By then, we will host 1-3 events to bring our community together in real life. Finally, NFT sales, governance initiatives, and community-led decision-making will create a DAO experience that will make sure people want to contribute for the long term.


  1. Build up a community of 2k+ combined on Twitter and Discord. We will aim to onboard more than 100 filmmakers, actors, and producers alongside our open community.

  2. Make a roadmap to ultimately buy the IP to 1-3 films or TV series using the community treasury and a governance vote.

  3. Host a series of events in Hollywood, Lisbon, Miami, or Dubai. A total of 3 events would be hosted in 2022 and 2023 focused on the intersection of crypto and Hollywood, blockchain and storytelling, and onboarding the first 1b users on Harmony.


Jordan Norwood (COMMUNITY) is a Filipino American former professional football wide receiver and punt returner who played eight seasons in the NFL, where he won a Super Bowl championship with the Denver Broncos. Norwood holds the record for longest punt returner in super bowl history. Jordan is an early crypto investor and NFT holder.


Michael Fisk (ECOSYSTEM) is a senior marketing executive in the Entertainment industry having spearheaded over 450 marketing campaigns for studios like Sony Pictures, Lionsgate, NBC Universal, Warner Bros. and MGM. He’s worked on: James Bond’s No Time To Die, Spider-Man, La La Land, Crazy Rich Asians, A Star Is Born, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, and Aquaman. He is also Co-Founder of the Business Of Creating panel series which educates and empowers content creators across all platforms (film, tv, digital) by providing unique opportunities to gain useful information and apply practical action steps both in creating and in selling top-quality projects.


David Tao (ECOSYSTEM), David Thomas Tao (he/him) is an entrepreneur, editor, and voice actor based in New York City. He is the CEO and Co-Founder of BarBend.com, the largest media company dedicated to strength sports. Through BarBend’s media partnerships, he also serves as a color commentator for both National and International weightlifting competitions, along with the Reebok CrossFit Games. He is a veteran of niche content, with multiple media exits and acquisitions in the space. David is a 2019 Forbes 30 Under 30 list maker for Media. He is also a Founding Member of the Rolling Stone Culture Council. He graduated from Harvard University and is a proud Kentucky native. In his free time, he is a voiceover actor and can be heard in animated films, independent shorts, music videos, commercials, and podcasts.


Gabe Norwood (COMMUNITY) is a Filipino-American professional basketball player for the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters of the Philippine Basketball Association. He played college basketball at George Mason University. He has been a member of the Philippine national basketball team.


Rahul Rana (COMMUNITY), Author of “Making Moonshots,” a deep dive into the mindsets, philosophies, and strategies that are conducive to building moonshot companies—frontier tech + radical solutions + solving huge problems. A junior @ Rutgers University-New Brunswick studying Finance and Astrophysics. Rana has been Featured in/associated with Business Insider, The New York Times, and Undergrad Venture Summit.


Jan Ellwitz (DEVELOPMENT) is an Experienced Business Development Specialist with a demonstrated history of working in the blockchain industry. Enthusiast of blockchain, artificial intelligence, machine learning, and big data.


Jake Galey (FINANCE) was an early employee at Uber, joining as second Finance member. During his five-year tenure, he helped run Finance & Analytics as the company scaled from 3 to 70 countries, from 2 to 25 currencies, and from 200 to 17,000 employees. He currently serves as the Head of Finance for CloudKitchens, a real estate and technology company in the food delivery industry.


RJ Roberts (COMMUNITY) is the founder of Contribution Labs, a creative studio with which he partners with high-profile philanthropists for social impact projects. He is also the founder of ContributionDAO.

D.C. Cassidy (ECOSYSTEM) is a writer/producer and founder of Diamond Entertainment, an animation development company.



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The next election will take place on February 9th at our biweekly community call.


Really excited by this and to be working with the team on this. Truly believe as there are many successful block chains, there will be many successful Hollywood DAOs that finance films! And just as DAOs compete with VCs now in positive-sum games, soon DAOs will compete with hollywood studios too.


Truly believe Next Hollywood’s model/DAO will change the industry in allowing creators to bring their art to life!


I’m a writer-producer who’s been working in Hollywood for 20+ years and I’ve seen how the industry has changed for the better in some ways and has gotten worse in others. I’m involved in NextHollywood because I honestly think this is the future of the industry. From the bottom up, with fans supporting and financing projects that have the most merit. Eliminate the tastemakers/gatekeepers and let the people decide what they want! Not only does this make the industry more democratic, but vastly improves representation across the board. Good ideas win! No barriers to entry. Cass knows what he’s doing and he’s creating the future of Hollywood today. I believe in this wholeheartedly and that’s why I’m not just a creative partner but also an investor.


I’m really excited about this project. I think this is one of the breakthrough applications of NFTs. The team is very solid and they are catching a lot of attention!


This project serves an unmet need and will be a cornerstone as the Web3 revolution captures mainstream media attention. The icing on the cake is the passionate team and leaders backing this project


NextHollywood is the most exciting new development in independent film and television financing in years. The team is second to none and I’m thrilled to be able to witness and participate in the inception of this revolution!


One thing I think it’s especially important to highlight when it comes to NextHollywood’s potential: A pipeline to more diverse stories, perspectives, and creators. We’ve seen Hollywood portray new faces, stories, and cultures on screen — but at a snail’s pace, and usually only when there’s already a proven market through other channels. Instead of an industry playing catchup, this could be a more direct, faster mechanism for diversity in storytelling, one that more accurately reflects what’s resonating with consumers in the here-and-now.


NextHollywood will change the landscape of the motion picture industry as we know it. I can’t wait for more equity, more diversity, and stories to be told that people want to hear and see. Informed art with not just a pulse on the general populous, but the general populous as the heartbeat of creation is right around the corner.


Fantastic proposal Hollywood Team! I particularly like the emphasis on IP holders maintaining full rights of use and therefore can receive more revenue from commercialisation. As a creative working with large media corporations I know first hand how difficult it can be to balance the integrity of the artistic vision and what the other stakeholders require. With a decentralised media industry we can start to transfer equity and create real value for everyone. I fully support this proposal and look forward to #HERDAO working with you all :slight_smile:


Extremely excited about the vision of this proposal. HollywoodDAO is the future of the industry. The team is experienced and has the network of fantastic individuals to take this project to the next level. Looking forward to the progress of this proposal!


Super interesting, was waiting for someone to equip creators with smart contracts. From my work with Hollywood companies, they still operate a very old school and don’t offer fans many options to own any parts of their work. Love those creators will get total control over the primary and secondary market.


This project has a ton of talented individuals working passionately to bring back authenticity to the entertainment industry! Next Hollywood will be the name to remember. #DAOFTW


Dave is becoming an incredible founder and I fully believe this will be the web3 version of Netflix - instead of users paying to subscribe to be entertained, they will be paid to be entertained. Flips the entire model on it’s head - i love it. LFG.


I am excited to be part of this project!
Let’s disrupt Hollywood by building a sustainable platform which is community driven!
Happy to answer questions about development.


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Glad to be part of the development team!
I can’t wait to see how the ecosystem around this project starts to build.
Let me know if you have any questions regarding smart contract or DAO setup.


Innovation in this space is very much needed, and HollywoodDAO is a clear example of the power of what can be done!


Do you have social media platform like twitter ?


Over the years in helping content creators (Film/TV/Digital), particularly the indie community, I see the biggest pain points for them are having access to funds in order produce their projects, being able to connect directly with fan communities (NFTs), and maintaining some sort of downstream control to their projects (smart contracts).

HOLLYWOODDAO is what will help creators get their diverse stories told and for fans to have a direct line with them (and vice versa).