Prior to partnering with Barry Barnholtz, ARO Entertainment was founded in 2008 by independent producer Jeffrey Schenck. Prior to starting ARO, Schenck was the president of Regent Studios and, over the past thirteen years with the company, had been involved with over fifty movies from conception to completion.
Schenck oversaw the entire production arm of Regent, which services content for all of the company's distribution platforms as well as other television networks. He was responsible for the studio's operations including development, financing and all aspects of budgeting and physical production. Schenck also directed the domestic distribution relationships including television and home entertainment. Under Schenck's leadership, Regent became one of the most prolific producers of television/DVD content in the entertainment industry. Notable films he produced include several highly rated television films such as DOOMSDAY ROCK, CATCH ME IF YOU CAN (Family Channel), CHUPACABRA, ICE SPIDERS (Sci Fi Channel), I SAW MOMMY KISSING SANTA CLAUS (Pax), EVE'S CHRISTMAS, HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS (Lifetime), CHASING CHRISTMAS, CHRISTMAS DO-OVER (ABC FAMILY).
Schenck's professional roots are also strongly intertwined with his personal history. His family was involved in the origins of the motion picture business, including the founding and management of MGM and Fox.
Since its conception, ARO Entertainment has produced several movies which include SILENT VENOM, starring Luke Perry, Krista Allen and Tom Berenger released by 20th Century Fox; THIRST, an indie thriller starring Lacey Chabert; the highly-rated SYFY Originals MALIBU SHARK ATTACK with Peta Wilson and Warren Christie and ICE ROAD TERROR with Brea Grant, Dylan Neal and Ty Olsson; and several LIFETIME Original Movies which include ENCOUNTER WITH DANGER starring Shannen Doherty, A TRUSTED MAN with Charisma Carpenter, DEADLY HONEYMOON, starring Summer Glau and Chris Carmack and VIRTUAL LIES with Christina Cox.