Founder/Owner and CEO of Studio Movie Grill
Brian Schultz is the founder/owner and CEO of Studio Movie Grill (“SMG”), the original cinema-dining concept combining first-run movies with table service restaurants. Schultz is credited as the leader and innovator of this rapidly growing segment of the exhibition industry. He championed and won the ability to show first run movies for his Movie Grill concept in the late 90’s, opening the original Studio Movie Grill in 2000, and allowing for the cinema-dining segment of the movie exhibition industry to see enormous growth in recent years.
Currently, SMG has theaters in Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Texas. Studio Movie Grill offers state-of-the-art sound and projection capabilities, 100% reserved seating and an eclectic American Grill menu featuring its own signature STUDIO wines from Central California. SMG attracts more than 11 million patrons annually and hosts thousands of corporate and special events. As part of its conscious business initiative and its mission to open hearts and minds, one story at a time, SMG hosts special needs screenings, outreach and fundraising events and offers a Chefs for Children program that donates a percentage of proceeds from the purchase of specific menu items.
Schultz, who received a Bachelor of Science in Business Finance from California State University, is a founding member of the Young Entrepreneurs Organization and was the recipient of the 2013 Regional Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year® . He is currently a member of YPO and Conscious Capitalism. For the second consecutive year Inc. magazine has ranked Studio Movie Grill on its annual Inc. 5000 for 2017, an exclusive ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies in America.