Who we are
Our story begins years ago, on a film set in the desert… an atypical origin story for an atypical company. Nic Gonda and Ken Kao met while co-producing a film and found common ground in their shared interest in wellness and the belief that it should be more accessible to a broader population. Soon they realized they weren’t the only ones who felt this way—much of the talent they worked with harbored similar aspirations of building mission-driven businesses outside of their film and TV careers. These conversations led to the 2020 founding of Parallel, a company built to both offer influential people opportunities parallel to their primary careers, and, ultimately, to create a parallel universe where wellness is for everyone.
Collectively, the Parallel team has spent decades at the intersection of content production and brand building, and, as a result, we have relationships at all corners of entertainment, marketing, and digital media. As investors and company builders, members of our team have launched and sold our own startups, managed nonprofits, and accrued a few JDs and MBAs (nbd). As creative people, we’ve worked on all kinds of projects, including Oscar winning films, immersive experiences, digital newsletters, podcasts, Broadway shows, well known ad campaigns, and apps, just to name a few.
In 2010, Ken co-founded Waypoint Entertainment, a production, development, and financing company that has produced numerous films, including Best Picture Oscar nominee The Favourite, The Glass Castle, Hostiles, and The Nice Guys.
In 2016, following their several collaborations, Ken and Ryan Gosling partnered to form and operate a film and television production company, which has a development slate that includes a Wolfman remake for Universal and Project Hail Mary for MGM.
Ken also co-founded Bloom Media, an international film distribution, sales, and financing company acquired by Endeavor (WME/IMG) in 2017.
Ken has been named by Variety as one of the "10 Producers to Watch," and prior to entering the entertainment industry, was an attorney and practiced law in the tech, sports, and fashion industries.
One thing that makes Ken feel well
Named one of Indiewire’s inaugural “Influencers,” Variety’s “10 Producers to Watch” and Details Magazine’s “Digital Mavericks,” Nic has produced over 20 movies including Tree Of Life (Oscar nominee for Best Picture and winner of the Cannes Palm d’Or).
Nic also founded and acted as CEO of Tugg, the pioneering crowdsourcing platform that lets audiences choose the films that play in their local theaters.
Just prior to founding Parallel, Nic served as Chief Content Officer and EVP of Entertainment at Meow Wolf, responsible for building a trans-media content studio for its rapidly growing community of artists and audiences.
One thing that makes Nic feel well
Consistent exercise and sleep… the latter I'm not doing a good job with yet :)
Jocelyn started her career as the Associate Producer at NYC venue Ars Nova, helping bring to life hundreds of hybrid comedy, music, and scripted shows from emerging artists.
Immediately prior to joining Parallel, Jocelyn was the Creative Director of the in-house agency at business news publication, Quartz (qz.com), overseeing the design, engineering, and branded editorial teams and helping Fortune 100 clients make interesting and effective work for a global audience of business leaders.
Jocelyn currently sits on the board of LA comedy venue The Elysian, is a college application advisor at Scholar Match, and holds an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.
One thing that makes Jocelyn feel well
Long walks with stops to observe trees I don't know the names of
Brittany recently graduated from UCLA with a Neuroscience degree, Art History minor. She was involved in Korean Culture Night at UCLA, founded a mental health organization focused on peer support, and also records episodes for her podcast whenever time permits. She is starting her career here at Parallel, where she is excited to utilize her passion for creativity, production, and mental health.
One thing that makes Brittany feel well A full 8 hours of sleep + a cup of black coffee in the morning
Ciara started her career on the Events and Civic Engagement teams at The Wing. Before Parallel, Ciara worked in Accenture’s Strategy division with clients including Voya Financial, National Grid, and Bose. She holds a B.A. from Columbia University in Sociology and Ethnicity & Race Studies.
One thing that makes Ciara feel well
Evelyn CrowleyGM, Prism
Evvie is the founder of her own consulting business for content strategy with clients including Spotify, Levis, Fenty and Sonos. She holds a B.A. from Trinity College and M.A. in Cinema & Media Studies from U.C.L.A. and runs her own site/newsletter on digital culture called The Caret. Evvie started her career in editorial, working on-staff for publications including W magazine and Vogue.com before transitioning to the brand side where she helped launch and run the Kardashian apps.
One thing that makes Evvie feel well
Katherine SkylarDirector of Operations
Katherine started her career supporting creative entrepreneurs, bringing their vision to life (most often on the unglamorous side of things). She has worked with brands like J.Crew and Beautycounter and with bespoke artists like Kelly Lamb and Bare Collection.
She holds a B.S. from Drexel University in Design & Merchandising.
One thing that makes Katherine feel well
Live music + dancing
Lorin BrownCreative Lead
Since 2011, Lorin has run the illustration-focused studio practice Intents & Purposes, creating apparel, album art, editorial illustrations, digital content, and printed matter. Lorin’s notable clients include: Arkitip, Band Of Outsiders, Beck, Better Than Ezra, Bloomberg Businessweek, GOOD Magazine, HUF, IKO IKO, Nike, Stussy/Stussy Deluxe, Sony Red, RedCat, The New York Times Co., and Urban Outfitters. Before Parallel, Lorin worked in-house at Urban Outfitters, Wieden+Kennedy, OptimistLA, and Harry’s. He has taught at Pratt Institute for the last several years and currently teaches at CalArts.
One thing that makes Lorin feel well
Sensory deprivation tanks