By thelaegotist / / Sydney, Australia and Los Angeles-based virtual reality studio Start VR has brought on Ela Topcuoglu in the new role of Development Executive and Producer, based out of their Los Angeles office. Ela will develop strategic partnerships and increasing business development in the heart of the entertainment and film industry. This hire comes on the heels of the VR studio’s signing to talent agency UTA, to bolster its U.S. presence and continue to secure partnerships with high-profile talent that will amplify the production of both original and branded cinematic VR content. Kicking off her position, Ela will assist with the production of Start VR’s upcoming original VR project Awake, an interactive cinematic VR experience that will be shot in Los Angeles and Seattle and feature top-tier creative talent. She comes to Start VR from Jaunt VR where she supported the CEO, CFO and Head of Corporate Strategy in spearheading partnerships between content providers and Jaunt VR. Prior to Jaunt VR, Ela served as an Executive Assistant to the Senior Vice President at leading films and TV studio MRC Studios, where she worked on top series as “House of Cards” and “Baby Driver,” as well as with top networks and distributors including Netflix, HBO, Starz and Sony, among many others. Throughout her career, Ela has forged a robust network of key players in entertainment and tech, working closely with acclaimed filmmakers, directors, and executives in Silicon Valley and Los Angeles’ entertainment industry.