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Friday, April 24th at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills

BritWeek is pleased to present a creative forum for UK and UK filmmakers about making movies across the pond. The day-long session will include four fun, informative and entertaining seminars that explore the creative challenges of bridging the cultural gap between the UK and US markets. Each session will include Q&A and audience interaction with panels comprised of US and UK entertainment industry leaders. The forum will be interactive, providing a perfect opportunity to network with likeminded filmmakers and find new opportunities. Read complete program and panelist information.

Breakfast, lunch, an afternoon drinks reception and a goodie bag are included! Cancellations will incur a $20 administration fee. No cancellations after April 17, 2009. Register early, space is limited! For further details call the BritWeek office at (310) 312-1012 or email heidi@britweek.org


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THE PROGRAM



Coffee and Registration 8:00am

DIRECTING OVER THERE • 8:45am • 10:15am
A discussion between British directors working in the mainstream with strongly contrasting approaches to where they work and where they find their material. This is a must for directors wishing to work across the pond, be it in that direction or this. Sure to be informative and engaging for anyone in any part of the film industry. The panel will look at the pitfalls and windfalls of working in each other's cultures and what these directors have found works best for their films.

Moderated by Directors Guild President and acclaimed director, Michael Apted (Rome, The World Is Not Enough), this panel includes actor/director Kenneth Branagh (Hamlet, Much Ado About Nothing, Peter's Friends), Jim Sheridan (In America, The Boxer, My Left Foot), Julian Farino (Entourage, The Office, Sex and the City), and Julie Anne Robinson (Pushing Daisies, Big Love, Grey's Anatomy).

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PITCHING OVER THERE • 10:45am • 12:15pm
This session will explore two subjects: 1) how talent agents, talent managers, and studio decision makers can be most effectively accessed in each market, and 2) how pitching, selling, financing and packaging film projects differ in each market. The panel covers not only differences in business practice but also the subtle differences in business culture that can determine whether a project succeeds or fails.

The panel will discuss:
  • How they scout material and decide whether to buy or represent a project.
  • The key differences between UK and US business culture and practice.
  • Examples of where those differences hampered good projects, how those problems might have been overcome, as well as what actually happened -- either resolving the problem or succumbing to it.
Moderated by lauded producer, Nigel Sinclair (No Direction Home: Bob Dylan, Terminator 3, The Life of David Gale), this panel includes Craig Emanuel (Loeb & Loeb), Judy Hofflund (Hofflund Polone Management), Danny Rosett (Overture Films) and Bill Gerber (Gerber Pictures).

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Lunch 12:30pm • 1:30pm

PRODUCING OVER THERE - PRODUCING IN THE UK AND THE US • 1:45pm • 3:15pm
This session explores the challenges of producers working in different production environments. Panelists will discuss major creative or production problems they've faced while working in each other's cultures. Audience participation is encouraged as the panel explores solutions to problems, what might have worked, what did and what didn't.

Moderated by Emmy winning producer and former President of HBO Films Colin Callender, panelists include Paula Weinstein (War Games, The Perfect Storm, Blood Diamond), Stephen Garrett (Life On Mars, Eastern Promises, Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day), Frank Doelger (John Adams, Rome, Into the Storm (post-production - new Churchill movie), and James Keach (Walk the Line, The Stars Fell on Henrietta).

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PLAYING OVER THERE - PLAYING AMERICAN / PLAYING BRITISH • 3:35pm • 5:15pm
This panel consists of a mix of British and American actors who have worked in each other's countries and in each other's accents. The challenges of cultural swap and degrees of success will be explored along with the joys and disasters of practicing their craft in each other�s countries. Sure to be lively and exciting, panelists will recount their best and worst experiences creating the movies and TV you know and love while interacting with audience questions.

Moderated by David Hunt (24, Amazing Grace, Everybody Loves Raymond), panelists include Hakeem Kae-Kazim (Hotel Rwanda, Pirates of the Caribbean III, Wolverine), Owain Yeoman (Troy, The Mentalist, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles), Anastasia Griffith (Damages, Alfie), Jim Piddock (Best in Show, A Mighty Wind), Sean Maguire (Prince Charming, Meet the Spartans, The Class) and Jared Harris (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, I Shot Andy Warhol).

Reception 5:30pm • 6:30pm

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MODERATORS AND PANELISTS

Michael Apted (Moderator: Directing Over There) is one of the most prolific British film directors of his generation. He studied history and law at Cambridge, and in 1963 joined a six-month apprenticeship at Granada TV in Manchester as a researcher. He stayed with the company for the next seven years, ultimately working on over fifty productions. One of his first projects at Granada would become perhaps his most famous: the Seven Up! series, which profiled 14 seven year-old children for the ground-breaking current affairs program World In Action. Such was its success that follow up programs have been made every seven years, with Apted as director, producer and presenter. The latest version, 49 Up, was released in 2005.

In 1970, Michael went freelance and spent the next two years directing plays for the BBC as well as the ITV companies. He made his cinematic directing debut in 1972 with The Triple Echo, followed by Stardust, The Squeeze and Agatha. In 1980, he directed Coal Miner's Daughter, the bio-pic of country singer Loretta Lynn for which Sissy Spacek won an Oscar® and which proved to be a tremendous commercial and critical success. Thereafter he moved to California, although he still returns to the UK regularly, and has continued to make films, TV programs and documentaries, including Gorillas in the Mist with Sigourney Weaver, Nell with Jody Foster and Thunderheart with Val Kilmer. He is also responsible for two big budget productions made in Britain: the nineteenth James Bond film The World is not Enough (1999), and an adaptation of the Robert Harris novel about the Bletchley Park code-breakers, Enigma (2001).

In 2003, Michael was elected President of the Directors Guild of America. He returned to television, directing the first three episodes of the TV series Rome, among others. His most recent feature film project was Amazing Grace, which premiered at the closing of the Toronto Film Festival on September 16, 2006. He was appointed Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George (CMG) in the 2008 Birthday Honours and is currently directing the highly anticipated feature The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (2010).

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Kenneth Branagh (Panelist: Directing Over There), famed as the foremost Shakespearian interpreter of the late twentieth century, became attracted to acting at the age of 15 after seeing Derek Jacobi performing Hamlet on stage. In 1979, he was accepted at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts and joined the Royal Shakespeare Company at the age of 23. In 1986, he co-founded the Renaissance Theatre Company, which produced a number of Shakespeare plays and gained an excellent reputation.

At the age of 29, Kenneth directed and starred in the film Henry V, earning him Oscar® nominations for Best Actor and Best Director. He was subsequently invited to Hollywood to direct his next film, Dead Again. The film was a huge international hit in 1991.

In 1993, Kenneth brought Shakespeare to the mainstream again with his hit adaptation of Much Ado About Nothing. This was followed by three more Shakespeare adaptations: Hamlet in 1996, Love's Labour's Lost in 2000 and As You Like It in 2005.

In recent years, Kenneth has starred in a series of non-Bard-related roles on television and in film, including Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Conspiracy, Warm Springs, Rabbit Proof Fence and Valkyrie.

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Colin Callender (Moderator: Producing Over There) holds a BA with Honors in Philosophy and Politics from the University of East Anglia. He began his production career at the Royal Court Theatre in London as stage manager and later joined Granada Television as a graduate trainee.

From 1978 until 1983, Colin was managing director of Primetime Television Ltd. In 1983, he won an Emmy� Award as producer of RSC�s The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby. From 1983-1987, he was managing director of The Callender Company Ltd., a London-based company that was one of the UK's leading motion picture and television producers.

With Colin at the helm as President of HBO Films from 1999 to 2008, the network earned an unparalleled reputation for producing top-quality movies and mini-series that ranged from independents like Oscar®-nominated Maria Full of Grace to epic movie events like Mike Nichols' Angels in America. During his tenure, HBO garnered numerous honors, including 84 Emmy� Awards, 26 Golden Globes, 9 Peabody Awards, and 12 Humanitas Awards, as well as multiple awards at the Sundance Film Festival and the Palme D�Or at the Cannes Film Festival.

At the beginning of 2009, Colin left HBO to set up his own entertainment and content company.

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Frank Doelger (Panelist: Producing Over There) was one of three Americans in 1975 to be awarded a Keasby Scholarship to Oxford University, where he was awarded his MA. While at Oxford he directed numerous shows and was honored at the Edinburgh Festival for his work. Upon returning to New York, he worked for Columbia Pictures as a story editor before joining ABC, where he developed more than a dozen dramatic specials, including the award winning shows The Late Great Me and A Special Gift.

In 1980, Frank became vice president, Family Programming for Highgate Pictures/Learning Corporation of America, where he quickly moved up the ranks to become vice president and executive producer by 1984. He produced more than 30 hours of award-winning programming for ABC, CBS, NBC, HBO and PBS. In 1986, Frank formed Trinity Productions, producing four television specials: Soldier Boys, Gangs, Unfinished Business and Taking A Stand, which won an Emmy® Award for Outstanding Special.

In 1988, Frank co-founded The Entertainment Group, for which he produced dramatic films and documentaries for HBO, American Movie Classics, PBS, and all four networks. Projects incuded HBO's Emmy Award-winning A Child Betrayed: The Calvin Mire Story and Dead Drunk, as well as the Emmy® nominated Dead Ahead: The Exxon Valdez Disaster and Public Law 106: The Becky Bell Story. Among his other TV credits are "Remember WENN," "Children Remember the Holocaust," "Everyday Heroes" and "Lethal Innocence."

While vice president of HBO NYC Productions, Doelger oversaw production on the Emmy® Award-winning films Miss Evers' Boys and A Lesson Before Dying, as well as the Emmy® nominated For Love Or Country and Always Outnumbered.

In 2001 and 2002, Frank won back-to-back Emmy® Awards for executive producing the HBO Films Conspiracy and The Gathering Storm, followed soon after by the Emmy® winner "My House in Umbria." He was an executive producer on the multi Emmy® winning HBO mini-series "John Adams" as well as the HBO series "Rome".

Doelger is now president of the London-based Rainmark Films which, along with HBO Films, produced "My Zinc Bed," "A Number" and "Primo." He is currently in post-production on “Into the Storm” for BBC & HBO Films.

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Craig Emanuel, Esq. (Panelist: Pitching Over There) (Loeb & Loeb: Partner and Chair, Los Angeles Entertainment Department; Chair, Talent Practice Group) counsels advertisers and other media clients on a variety of issues and transactions ranging from sponsorship agreements, media and celebrity placement agreements to matters related to branded entertainment. His practice includes representation of high level writers, directors, actors and producers in all aspects of motion picture and television transactions, both at the studio and independent level. He is also involved in the negotiation of strategic distribution relationships with the major studios, including licensing of digital media content. He has a background in representing European banks in film finance transactions and has experience in the structuring of international co-productions.

Among Craig�s talent clients are directors Tony Gilroy, Robert Rodriguez, Ryan Murphy, Gabriele Muccino, Iain Softley, Peter Chelsom, Russell Mulcahy, Alex Proyas, Stephan Elliott, Dan Harris and Gary Scott Thompson; and actors Gary Oldman, Julie Delpy, Leelee Sobieski, Vanessa Marcil and Paul Hogan. His producer clients include Mark Ordesky, William Horberg, Cathy Schulman, Anthony Bregman and Don Murphy. He has also been involved in the structuring of a large number of independent films on behalf of both talent and producer clients.

Craig serves as legal counsel to the Sundance Institute and advises on matters pertaining to the Sundance Film Festival. In addition, he is on the advisory board for the Los Angeles Film Festival and is frequently asked to speak at film festivals and entertainment industry-specific events, including the Annual UCLA Entertainment Symposium and the Women in Film and Television Summit. He was a moderator at this year�s Middle East International Film Festival (MEIFF) in Abu Dhabi, as well the inaugural festival last year.

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Julian Farino (Panelist: Directing Over There) was born and raised in London and educated at Cambridge University. He began directing film documentaries at Granada Television in England, including One of the Girls, about drag queens in Manchester, and The Gift, based on the famous Chethams College of Music. They Call Us Nutters was a fly on the wall observation of psychopaths in a maximum security hospital, the first time access had been granted, and Savage Skies, about the coldest inhabited place on earth where temperatures fall to -67F.

Julian has directed film drama in the UK since 1997, including an adaptation of Charles Dickens� Our Mutual Friend, which won 4 BAFTA Awards including Best Drama. His projects Bob and Rose won Best Series at The British Comedy Awards, and Flesh and Blood won the Prix Europa for Best Film. For the BBC he made the feature film The Last Yellow and Byron. In 2000, he directed 7 Up 2000, featuring 7 year olds from all over Britain, and followed this with 14 Up in 2007. In the US, Julian directed two episodes in the last season of Sex and the City for HBO, and has also directed episodes of Entourage and Rome.

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Stephen Garrett (Panelist: Producing Over There) is joint managing director (with Jane Featherstone) of Kudos Film & Television Ltd., which he founded and which is now Britain's premier independent producer of television drama.

Since its inception in 1992, Kudos has produced such notable projects as the miniseries Tsunami: The Aftermath, which was nominated for three Golden Globe Awards; the hit caper series Hustle; the BAFTA Award-nominated cop fantasy series Life on Mars; Paul Lynch's International Emmy Award-winning The Magician's House; Grant Gee's Grammy Award-nominated feature documentary on Radiohead,Meeting People is Easy; and the BAFTA Award-winning spy drama series Spooks (titled MI-5 in the U.S.), which was based on an original idea of Stephen�s and which gave Matthew Macfadyen his breakout role.

Stephen was executive producer of David Cronenberg's award-winning Eastern Promises (also a Focus Features release), which was the first project for the Kudos' new film division. Other producing credits include Gillies MacKinnon's Pure, starring Keira Knightley, and Sam Miller's Among Giants, starring Pete Postlethwaite and Rachel Griffiths. Currently in production is the miniseries Burn Up, starring Bradley Whitford and Neve Campbell. On the feature side, Kudos is in production on the documentary The Crimson Wing. Back to panel



Bill Gerber (Panelist: Pitching Over There) began his entertainment career in the music business, promoting concerts in Los Angeles. In 1979, he joined Elliot Roberts� Lookout Management, where he oversaw the careers of Devo, The Cars, Heaven 17 and ABC. In 1984, he began his producing career with projects at Warner Bros. and Paramount, and in 1985 formed Gerber/Rodkin, a management production company that represented Judd Nelson, Robert Downey, Jr., Billy Zane, Sarah Jessica Parker and Dan Hartman.

In 1986, Bill left his firm to join Warner Bros. as Vice President of Theatrical Production. He remained there for twelve years and was promoted to President of Worldwide Theatrical Production in 1996. While at Warner Bros., he oversaw such films as L.A. Confidential, Unforgiven, Twister, Selena, Reversal of Fortune, A Little Princess, Goodfellas, Heat, JFK, Disclosure, Grumpy Old Men, Grumpier Old Men, You�ve Got Mail and Analyze This. He was also involved in the development of several projects, including The Perfect Storm and Space Cowboys.

In 1998, Bill ventured out to form his own production company, Gerber Pictures. Under this banner he has produced a wide range of films, including American Outlaws, Juwanna Mann, What A Girl Wants, The In-Laws, Grind, The Dukes of Hazzard and Beerfest. In 2008, he produced Gran Torino with Clint Eastwood and Rob Lorenz, a film which won the National Board of Review�s prizes for best actor (Eastwood) and best original screenplay.

In addition, Bill served as an executive producer on Get Carter, Queen of the Damned, A Very Long Engagement and the biopic James Dean, for which he earned an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Made for Television Movie. The telefilm earned a remarkable 11 Emmy nominations in all, including one for James Franco, who also won a Golden Globe for his performance in the title role.

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ANASTASIA GRIFFITH (Panelist: Playing Over There) Born in Paris to her American father and Northern Irish actress mother, Anastasia Griffith has proven herself a formidable talent on whichever continent she settles. Currently residing in New York City for production on the Emmy and Golden Globe-nominated FX drama series Damages, Griffith has accumulated a variety of credits since moving Stateside, inclusive of the upcoming film Solitary Man with Michael Douglas, and the NBC drama pilot Trauma.

Though Damages deals with the trials and tribulations of high-stakes litigation, Griffith stars as an enterprising young chef and restaurateur. She becomes embroiled in an intricate and fatal scheme due to the under-handed dealings of her primary investor (Ted Danson). The series also stars Academy Award winner William Hurt and Glenn Close.

Additional television credits include guest-starring roles on The Cleaner with Benjamin Bratt, Lipstick Jungle, Law & Order: SVU, and New Amsterdam, which reunited her with co-star Nikolaj Coster-Waldau from the film The Headsman. She has also appeared in BAFTA-winning drama Dirty Filthy Love opposite Michael Sheen, and in the remake of Alfie with Jude Law.

Griffith trained at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art having previously completed a degree in History of Art at Bristol University. As a result of her theatrical background, she has mastered a variety of dialects and starred in numerous stage productions.

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Jared Harris, a true actor�s actor who disappears completely and thoroughly into his characters, has played key roles in over forty films. His chameleon-like ability to morph from one character to another has garnered him great praise and kept him in the company of some of today�s most creative filmmakers.

The son of famed Irish actor Richard Harris, Jared was born in London and was educated at Duke University, where he majored in drama and literature. After graduation, he studied at the Central School of Speech and Drama (alums include Sir Lawrence Olivier and Vanessa Redgrave) and then went on to become a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company. His first screen appearance was in 1989�s The Rachel Papers, the directorial debut of his older brother Damian.

Jared quickly earned a reputation for playing a variety of unique and riveting characters and has received international critical acclaim. He played Captain Mike in The Curious case of Benjamin Button, Andy Warhol in I Shot Andy Warhol and the guitar-playing lothario Russian cab driver in Todd Solondz�s Happiness. Among his many other films are Smoke, Far and Away, Mr. Deeds, The Notorious Betty Paige, Lady in the Water and the BBC film Coup!. He will soon begin work on the feature film Crowley and currently appears on the hit Fox show Fringe as Mr. Jones, a sociopathic bio weapons expert.

In addition to film and television work, Jared has performed in some of New York and London�s most renowned theater companies, including the New York Shakespeare Company, the New Jersey Shakespeare Company and the Vineyard.

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Judy Hofflund (Panelist: Pitching Over There) is the head of The Hofflund Company, a high-end talent management company in Beverly Hills. She represents a range of actors and directors who work in film, television and theater, including Kevin Kline, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Sally Field, Kenneth Branagh and Ellen Pompeo.

Judy began her career as the first woman in the mailroom at Creative Artists Agency. After working her way up at CAA, she moved on to form the successful boutique agency, Intertalent, which later merged with United Talent Agency, where she was a partner for two and a half years.

In 1996, Judy teamed with Gavin Polone to form the management and production company Hofflund/Polone. Among the successful films she produced are As You Like It and Drop Dead Gorgeous. An amicable split in 2006 led Judy to establish her own company. She currently works primarily as a manager representing a small and select group of clients.

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David Hunt (Moderator: Playing Over There) hails from the UK. He graduated from the Advanced Program at the Juilliard School in New York and has since become a familiar face on both British and American television. He has appeared in series and films on BBC, ITV and Sky in the UK. His US credits include Everybody Loves Raymond, Numb3rs, Monk and the mega-hit 24 as well as the film Murder on the Orient Express with Alfred Molina and the TNT mini-series The Grid.

In addition to television, David has appeared in many films, including Amazing Grace, The Dead Pool with Clint Eastwood, Jade (for director William Friedkin) and The Deal, with William H Macy and Meg Ryan, which premiered at the 2008 Sundance Festival.

David is married to actress Patricia Heaton (Everybody Loves Raymond), and they have four sons. In 2001, David and Patricia founded their own production company: FourBoys Films. Under this banner they produced Amazing Grace (2006), The Engagement Ring (2005) for TNT the 2005 documentary The Bituminous Coal Queens of Pennsylvania, which David also directed.

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Hakeem Kae-Kazim (Panelist: Playing Over There) Having trained at Britain’s Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, in 1987 Hakeem Kae-Kazim joined the prestigious Royal Shakespeare Company where he remained until 1989, roles included the Prince of Morocco in The Merchant of Venice and Claudio in Measure for Measure. In 1990 he joined the Royal National Theatre and received great reviews from his performances as Edmund in King Lear with Brian Cox and Tyrell in Richard III with Ian McKellan. Over the next five years he remained in Britain acting as leads in top stage productions across the country and numerous television productions include Trial and Retribution for Lynda La Plante, The Bill for Thames TV, Grange Hill for the BBC, Ellington for Yorkshire TV, and the title role in Julius Caesar, once again for BBC-TV.

After settling in South Africa, Hakeem soon made his mark as one of the country’s top actors and well known stars, appearing in numerous television productions and a large number of feature films, including Secret Laughter of Women, After the Rain, Desert Rose, Scarback and God is African. Hakeem was nominated for an Avanti award (SA) for Madame and Eve. He also received attention for his fashion sense being nominated for the Elle Fashionably First award (SA).

Hakeem then played the role of Iago in a highly successful feature film of Othello and went on play the lead in a new television sitcom series entitled The London Guy.

In 2003 Hakeem was nominated for a Gemini award for Best Actor in a supporting role for his performance in Human Cargo.

In 2004 Hakeem gained international notoriety for his wonderful portrayal of George Rutugunda in the Oscar® nominated film Hotel Rwanda. His performance gained the attention of those in Hollywood, which led to leading roles in the TNT movie Librarian 2 opposite Noah Wyle, and The Triangle opposite Eric Stoltz and Sam Neill

Other recent work includes indie film The Front Line, from acclaimed director David Gleeson. Captain Jacard in Pirates 3 with Johnny Depp and Keira Knightley and Guest stars on Lost, Law and Order Special Victims Unit, Cane.

Hakeem has also completed indie movies The Fourth Kind – a thriller with Milla Jovovich and Elias Koteas and Dafur – a poignant drama about American Journalists in the Sudan with Billy Zane and Kristaana Loken – both to be released later this year as well as Wolverine for Fox.

He recently wowed audiences with his stunning performance as Colonel Ike Dubaku in the movie “24- Redemption” and the recent season of the TV series “24

Hakeem currently resides in Los Angeles with his wife Bronwyn and his two daughters, Ayesha and Shadha.

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James Keach (Panelist: Producing Over There), born in New York, has been a part of the film industry as an actor, director, writer, and producer. A graduate of Northwestern University and the Yale School of Drama, he received classical training as an actor at the New York Shakespeare Festival and was a founding member of the Body Politic Theater in Chicago. James has appeared in over fifty feature films and has produced and directed theater in Chicago, New York, and Los Angeles.

His most recent success was Walk the Line, for which he was nominated Motion Picture Producer of the Year by the Producerís Guild of America. Walk the Line was also nominated for several Academy and Golden Globe awards, winning the Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture and garnering Reese Witherspoon her Academy Award for Best Actress.

In association with Clint Eastwood and Malpaso Productions, James directed the Warner Brothers feature film The Stars Fell on Henrietta, starring Robert Duvall. He received the Cable Ace Award for the cable feature The Forgotten which he co-wrote and directed. He also received the Western Heritage Award for Best Director for the series The Young Riders.

Other films James has produced include the feature The Experts for Paramount, and A Winner Never Quits for ABC, which won the Humanitas Award. He co-wrote and executive produced Armed and Dangerous for Columbia, and co-wrote, co-executive produced and starred in the classic western The Long Riders with his brother Stacy Keach.

James and his wife, Jane Seymour, have worked together on the film Blind Dating and on numerous movies. They starred opposite each other in The New Swiss Family Robinson for Disney and in Enslavement for Showtime. They have also produced the television films The Absolute Truth, A Marriage of Convenience, Murder in the Mirror, Blackout, A Passion for Justice, Praying Mantis, Sunstroke, Revolutions, and the series Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman in which Jane starred and James directed.

James is currently in post production on Waiting for Forever, which he directed and produced with Trevor Albert, a feature film starring Tom Sturridge, Rachel Bilson, Richard Jenkins, Blythe Danner, and Nikki Blonsky.

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sean Maguire

Sean Maguire began acting at age five in the motion pictures Voyage Round My Father with Sir Lawrence Olivier and Waterland with Jeremy Irons. He went on to television fame in the United Kingdom in the hit Children series, Dodgem and Grange Hill followed by Dangerfield and the hugely successful series Eastenders.

Immediately upon arriving in the U.S. Sean landed the title role in the TNT movie Prince Charming with Christina Applegate and Martin Short. He went on to work in the independent films, The Dukes, Third Wish and L.A. Blues before being cast in the lead role in the Fox genre comedy, Meet the Spartans.

On American television Sean has had lead roles in the series Off Centre created by the Weitz Brothers for the WB, EVE for UPN and last season's comedy series The Class for CBS, created by Jeffrey Klarik and David Crane (Friends).

On stage, Sean has performed in Romeo and Juliet as Romeo, Joe Orton’s Loot and Funny About Love. He is also a member of the Los Angeles Shakespeare Company headed by Rita Wilson and Tom Hanks and a member of BAFTA Los Angeles.

He can be seen now in the Comedy Central series Kord Mandoon And The Flaming Sword Of Fire, in the title role.

Born in London on April 18th, Sean live is Los Angeles and keeps a home in Ilford, Essex.

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Actor, writer and producer Jim Piddock began his career on the stage in England before immigrating to the US in his early twenties. He has appeared in a succession of television shows, including The Tracey Ullman Show, Angel, ER, Friends, Crossing Jordan, The Drew Carey Show, Lost, Monk and Without A Trace.

Jim made his first film appearance in the top-grossing film of 1989, Lethal Weapon 2. Other big screen roles soon followed, including notable appearances in Independence Day, Austin Powers 3 and The Prestige. His memorable performances in the improvisational Christopher Guest comedies Best In Show (as the Dog Show commentator with Fred Willard), A Mighty Wind and For Your Consideration earned him a reputation as an impeccable, chameleon character actor.

Jim created, wrote and produced the BBC series Too Much Sun, starring Mark Addy, Alex Jennings, and Lee Majors.

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Julie Anne Robinson (Panelist: Directing Over There) is a BAFTA and Golden Globe-nominated television director. In British television, her credits include the critically-acclaimed BBC pilot Viva Blackpool as well as the BAFTA-nominated television movie Coming Down The Mountain.

In American television, Julie Anne has directed the ABC pilots Girl On The Bus and The Middle starring Patricia Heaton. Her television credits also include episodes on a variety of television series, including Grey�s Anatomy, Pushing Daisies, Weeds and Big Love. She is currently under a blind directing commitment at ABC Studios.

Julie Anne is currently developing a feature at Warner Brothers and will begin shooting The Last Song for Disney in June. This project, based on the Nick Sparks book of the same title, will star Miley Cyrus.

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Danny Rosett (Panelist: Pitching Over There) is COO of Overture Films, where he is responsible for overseeing all aspects of operations, including development, productions, marketing and distribution, business affairs and finance. Prior to his position at Overture, Danny served as President of United Artists, where he oversaw the production and acquisition of several Academy Award nominated and winning films, including Hotel Rwanda, Bowling for Columbine, No Man�s Land, Pieces of April and Ghost World. Other releases under Danny�s guidance included Golden Globe winner Osama, critical favorites Saved! and Igby Goes Down, as well as the successful Jeepers Creepers films. He also served as an Executive Producer of the UA film Capote, which was nominated for five Academy Awards. Prior to heading up United Artists, Danny served as Executive Vice President of Marketing and Distribution for MGM, a role in which he oversaw international theatrical distribution for all MGM and UA films in overseas markets. Prior to joining MGM, he worked at Walt Disney Studios in a series of finance and operating positions. Back to panel



Jim Sheridan (Panelist: Directing Over There) is a master story teller. His films have achieved popular and critical acclaim throughout the world, garnering sixteen Academy Award nominations, two Oscars® wins and numerous prestigious international awards.

Following a distinguished career in the theatre between the 1960s and the 1980s, Jim wrote and directed his first critically acclaimed feature My Left Foot in 1989. This was followed in 1990 by The Field, which he also wrote and directed. Other films include Into The West (writer), In The Name of the Father (writer, director, producer), Some Mother�s Son (writer and producer), The Boxer (writer, director, producer), Agnes Browne (producer). Jim is also executive producer of Borstal Boy, On The Edge and Bloody Sunday. His film In America, which he produced, directed and wrote, was released in 2003.

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Nigel Sinclair (Moderator: Pitching Over There)was born in Dumfries, Scotland and attended Cambridge University. He obtained a Master of Law from Columbia University in New York and practiced law in both the UK and Los Angeles, co-founding an LA entertainment law firm in 1989. In 1996, with Guy East he co-founded Intermedia Films, one of the world�s leading independent producers.

In 2001, Intermedia produced two of the year's number one films in the US: K-PAX, starring Kevin Spacey and Jeff Bridges, and The Wedding Planner, starring Jennifer Lopez, on which Nigel also served as an Executive Producer. Other productions on which he served as executive producer include Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger; the Academy Award winning Adaptation, starring Nicolas Cage; Iris, starring Dame Judi Dench, the Academy Award and Golden Globe nominated The Quiet American, starring Michael Caine; the Academy Award nominated Hilary and Jackie, starring Emily Watson; K-19: The Widowmaker, starring Harrison Ford, Enigma and The Life of David Gale, starring Kate Winslet; and Sliding Doors, starring Gwyneth Paltrow.

Nigel and partner Guy East launched their independent feature film and television production company, Spitfire Pictures, in early 2003. Credits include Possession, Amazing Journey: The Story of The Who and No Direction Home: Bob Dylan. Currently there are five projects in pre or post-production.

In 2000, Nigel was awarded the position of Commander of the British Empire for his contributions to the British film industry in the United States.

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Paula Weinstein currently oversees Spring Creek Pictures. During her expansive 22-year career in the entertainment industry, she has worked with virtually every major film studio. One of the entertainment community�s most dedicated political activists, she is as well-known for her involvement in social issues as she is for her production acumen.

Paula�s venerable body of work includes such films as Nine to Five, War Games, Yentl and Something to Talk About. Among other films she has produced are the box office smash Analyze This (which stars Billy Crystal and Robert DeNiro and has earned more than $100 million to date), The Perfect Storm (starring George Clooney and Mark Wahlberg), the critically acclaimed HBO movie about the women�s Suffragette movement Iron Jawed Angeles (starring Oscar® winner Hillary Swank and Golden Globe winner Anjelica Huston) and the Warner Bros. film Blood Diamond (directed by Ed Zwick and starring Leonardo DiCaprio).

A founding member of the Hollywood Women�s Political Committee, Paula was honored by the National Urban League Guild at their Beaux Arts Ball in 1990. When Nelson Mandela made his first official visit to the United States, Paula served as the official representative from the Hollywood community and supervised all elements of his visit to Los Angeles. She was also honored by Women in Film with a Crystal Apple Award in recognition of her extraordinary contributions to the entertainment community.

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Owain Yeoman (Panelist: Playing Over There) is a classically trained actor who graduated from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London. In his native UK, he appeared in the ITV drama Midsomer Murders and starred in and directed Othello at the Oxford Playhouse. He has also appeared in such productions as Man, Beast & Virtue, The Wizard of Oz and As You Like It. Owain�s first US audition was for Warner Bros.' epic film Troy, and it landed him the role of Lysander, the captain of the Trojan Army. Owain capitalized on his Troy popularity and continues to entertain American audiences in The Mentalist, Generation Kill and Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles. He is married fellow panelist and The Office star Lucy Davis. Back to panel


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