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New York City born, New Jersey bred, and University of Wisconsin educated, Allard Cantor started life as an envelope salesman in Manhattan before choosing to follow his passion for film and moving to Los Angeles.


He attended the American Film Institute, where he received his MFA from their prestigious producing program. There, he discovered an aptitude for helping writers develop their material—a skill which, combined with his years of sales experience, led to an organic shift into management. In 2012, Allard met his partner Jarrod Murray, and EPICENTER was born.




Jarrod Murray grew up in small-town Alabama, and attended the University of Southern Mississippi. After saving up money working in construction, he paid his dues interning in New York before finally making the cross-country trek to LA for grad school at the American Film Institute's producing program. From there, he worked his way up to creative executive for agent-turned-producer Marty Adelstein, where he worked on Prison Break, Black Christmas (2006), and discovered Seth Lochhead’s Hanna script during his tenure.


In 2008, he left to run development at PCH Films (Groundhog Day and Walk the Line), where he worked with future Black Panther writer and Emmy winner Joe Robert Cole. In 2011, Jarrod decided to strike out on his own as a producer, setting up the David Morrell novel Brotherhood of the Rose at Gold Circle Films and selling Dennis Tafoya's book The Wolves of Fairmount Park to RCR Pictures. One-on-one collaboration with writers still called to him though, and he soon segued into literary management.

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