Speakers Include:

Orly Adelson
ORLY ADELSON
President
Dick Clark Productions


Jon Amiel
JON AMIEL
Director
Creation


Ashok Amritraj
Ashok Amritraj
Chairman & CEO
Hyde Park Entertainment


Lydia Antonini
LYDIA ANTONINI
Director of Digital Development
Warner Premiere


Stuart Ford
STUART FORD
Founder & CEO
IM Global


Conrad Green
CONRAD GREEN
Executive Producer
Dancing With the Stars


Taylor Hackord
TAYLOR HACKFORD
Director/Producer
President, Directors Guild of America


Peter Hoffman
PETER HOFFMAN
Founder and Chairman
Seven Arts Pictures


Basil Iwanyk
BASIL IWANYK
Producer
Thunder Road Pictures


todd jadwin
TODD JADWIN
Senior Managing Director
Houlihan Smith & Company, Inc.


William Kendall
WILLIAM KENDALL
Co-Founder & CCO
Digital Artists


Corky Kessler
HAL "CORKY" KESSLER
Partner
Levin Ginsburg


James Knight
JAMES KNIGHT
Motion Capture Producer
Giant Studios


mark koops
MARK KOOPS
Managing Director & Co-Head of Production
Reveille


Nigel Lythgoe
NIGEL LYTHGOE
Producer & President
19 Entertainment


Curt Marvis
CURT MARVIS
President of Digital Media
Lionsgate


Helen Mirren
DAME HELEN MIRREN
Actor
Photo by Giles Keyte


Simon Mirren
SIMON MIRREN
Executive Producer
Criminal Minds


Bob Peirce
BOB PEIRCE
Chairman
BritWeek


Rob Powers
ROB POWERS
Director, Entertainment & Media Development
NewTek, Inc.


John Saade
JOHN SAADE
SVP Alternative Series, Specials & Late Night
ABC Entertainment


Tim Sassoon
TIM SASSOON
Owner and Creative Director
Sassoon Film Designs


Woody Schultz
WOODY SCHULTZ
President & Partner
Winning Swimmer Productions


Tim Sassoon
JOHN ALAN SIMON
Producer/Director
Radio Free Albemuth


Neil Stiles
NEIL STILES
President
Variety


Jane Tranter
JANE TRANTER
EVP Programming & Production
BBC Worldwide Productions


Dick Wolf
DICK WOLF
Chairman & CEO
Wolf Films

 






BritWeek Film & TV Summit: Maximizing Success in the UK & US

In Association with the British Academy of Film and Television Arts/Los Angeles


Friday, April 23 • The Beverly Hilton Hotel • 9876 Wilshire Boulevard, Beverly Hills




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About the Film & TV Summit

Following the success of the highly acclaimed 2009 Filmmakers Forum Over There, BritWeek is pleased to present a new program for the entertainment industry in 2010. With a focus on maximizing success in the US and across the pond, the day-long Summit will feature insightful discussions on current topics and explore the challenges and opportunities from both creative and business perspectives in the two most globally successful filmmaking clusters in the world: Britain and Hollywood.

Each session will be led by a panel of US and UK entertainment industry leaders, and will invite Q&A and audience participation. Panelists will explore a range of topics, including opportunities in the UK for film and TV content creators, resources for UK filmmakers in the US, scripted and reality programming trends and the reasons British projects succeed or fail in the US and vice versa. The Summit will provide a welcoming environment in which to network and establish valuable new connections with likeminded filmmakers and business executives from the film, television and digital media worlds.

For complete list of speakers, click here

For panelist inquiries, please contact Linda Buckley at Variety.

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Registration

2010 BritWeek Film & TV Summit

Important Registration Notes

  • Your registration includes breakfast, lunch and afternoon drinks reception.
  • If you have difficulty with online registration, please email us at rsvp@britweek.org with the subject line "Film & TV Summit Registration."
  • To register by phone, contact the BritWeek office at (310) 312-1012 or (310) 312-1962.
  • Cancellations will incur a $20 administration fee. No cancellations after April 20, 2010.

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The Program

8:00 - 9:00 am   COFFEE AND REGISTRATION


9:00 - 9:15 am   WELCOME AND INTRODUCTIONS

Bob Peirce, Chairman of BritWeek


9:15 - 10:00 am   KEYNOTE CONVERSATION

Moderated by Neil Stiles
An up-close interview with renowned producers Nigel Lythgoe and Ashok Amritraj


10:00-10:45 am   PANEL - FILM

Moderated by John Alan Simon
Panelists: Jon AmielTaylor HackfordPeter HoffmanBasil Iwanyk

  • The pitfalls and windfalls of working in each other’s cultures
  • What works in each culture; what doesn’t
  • Cross cultural do’s and don’ts in pitching and development
  • Which is a friendlier environment for getting an indie project off the ground?

10:45 - 11:15 am   Networking and Refreshment Break


11:15 am - 12:00 pm   TV PANEL - SCRIPTED

Moderated by Brian Lowry (Variety)
Panelists: Simon MirrenJane Tranter Dick Wolf

  • The pitfalls and windfalls of working in each other’s cultures
  • Cross cultural do’s and don’ts in pitching and development
  • Why has UK scripted content been less successful in the US than unscripted?
  • Where do show runners have the most creative freedom?
  • Why is there so much UK talent working successfully in US television?

12:00 - 12:45 pm   NEXT GENERATION FILM AND TV PRODUCTION

Moderated by David Cohen (Variety)
Panelists: James KnightRob PowersTim SasoonWoody Schultz


12:45 – 2:00 pm   Networking Lunch


2:00 - 2:45 pm   DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION, DIGITAL CONTENT AND MONETIZATION

Moderated by William Kendall
Panelists: Lydia AntoniniCurt Marvis

  • New media business models: How are they evolving in the UK vs the US and who's leading the way?
  • New distribution platforms: Are they the same?
  • Who is making the most innovative digital content around existing film/tv properties?
  • Differences between audience engagement: What is working in the US vs the UK?
  • US vs UK funding opportunities: What brands and platforms are getting into sponsoring content?
  • Is it easier to launch or distribute content in one culture vs the other? Should you think about both markets when you develop content?

3:00 - 3:45 pm   TV - UNSCRIPTED

Moderated by Cynthia Littleton (Variety)
Panelists: Mark Koops • Conrad Green • John Saade

  • The pitfalls and windfalls of working in each other’s cultures
  • Cross cultural do’s and don’ts in pitching and development
  • Why has UK scripted content been less successful in the US than unscripted?
  • Where do show runners have the most creative freedom?
  • Why is there so much UK talent working successfully in US television?

3:45 - 4:15 pm   Networking and Refreshment Break


4:15 - 5:00 pm   FINANCING AND DEALMAKERS SESSION

Moderated by Peter Caranicas (Variety) Panelists: Orly AdelsonStuart FordMicah GreenTodd JadwinHal "Corky" Kessler

  • What deals are getting done?
  • Financing trends in the UK and US
  • Co-productions and International Distribution

5:00 – 5:45 pm   Interview with Academy Award ® Winning Actor Dame Helen Mirren


6:00 – 7:00 pm   Networking Reception


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Who's Who


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Orly Adelson: President, Dick Clark Productions

Orly AdelsonAs President of dick clark productions (dcp), Orly Adelson oversees all aspects of the company’s development, production, distribution and network relationships on behalf of dcp’s titles, which include The Golden Globes, The American Music Awards, Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest, The Academy of Country Music Awards, So You Think You Can Dance and Shaq VS. She is committed to taking the iconic global brand and implementing new strategies to leverage and expand the company’s entertainment offerings in both traditional and new mediums.

Orly joined dcp from her own company, Orly Adelson Productions in the spring of 2008. Recognized as one of the most prominent and distinguished producers in independent entertainment finance, development and production, she created a dynamic, diverse and eclectic slate of high profile properties including scripted television series, feature length television movies, and reality programming. Her work has both received and been nominated for numerous awards, including an Emmy Award, SAG Awards, Independent Spirit Awards, WGA Awards, NAACP Award and AFI Awards.

In the early part of 2003, Orly and her company where tapped by ESPN to produce original programming for the network. She produced the second-highest rated basic cable movie of the year, the highly acclaimed 3, as well as Tilt, a series centered around the volatile world of high stakes poker, and the groundbreaking Playmakers, winner of the AFI award as one of the year’s top ten series and the GLAAD Award for Outstanding Drama Series.

Recently, Orly was named as one of Hollywood Reporter’s Powerful 100 Woman in Entertainment as well as Variety’s 2009 Women of Impact. She was also named as one of the 100 most powerful people in sports in America by the Sports Business Journal and is an honorary advisor for the Asian Film Awards.

A native of Israel, Orly served as a lieutenant in the Israeli Army prior to earning her Bachelor's degree in Sociology and Musicology from Hebrew University, simultaneously graduating from the Academy of Music and Dance. She also attended Tel Aviv University Graduate School before moving to the US.

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Jon Amiel: Director, Creation

Jon AmielDirector Jon Amiel has just completed Creation, a controversial and critically acclaimed portrait of Charles Darwin, starring Paul Bettany and Jennifer Connelly. The film was chosen to open the Toronto Film Festival. His most recent feature credits include the The Core, with Hilary Swank & Aaron Eckart, Entrapment with Sean Connery and Catherine Zeta-Jones, The Man Who Knew Too Little with Bill Murray, Copycat with Sigourney Weaver and Holly Hunter, and Sommersby with Richard Gere and Jodie Foster.

The British-born director’s first job after university was to run the Oxford and Cambridge Theater Company. He subsequently became Literary Manager for the Hampstead Theatre Company and began directing there before moving on to direct for the Royal Shakespeare Company. He worked at the BBC for two years as a story editor, developing scripts and stories for the legendary Play for Today series before moving on to direct for television. His first film, The Silent Twins was the BBC selection for entry at the Locarno and Montreal Festivals and In 1986 he directed all six episodes of the multi award-winning drama series The Singing Detective, which has come to be regarded as one of the greatest dramas ever made for television.

Jon’s feature film debut Queen of Hearts opened at Cannes and was named Best First Film at the Montreal Film Festival. His next film, Tune in Tomorrow won the Prix Publique at the Deauville Film Festival. He has also continued his career in television in the US. He has recently directed four successful pilots – Eyes, Reunion, Damages and Wedding Bells, as well as the season finale episodes of The Tudors.

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Ashok Amritraj: Chairman & CEO, Hyde Park Entertainment

Ashok Amritraj Ashok Amritraj is a landmark figure in contemporary entertainment who has produced or executive produced over 100 films during the span of his 30-year career, with a worldwide gross in excess of $1 billion. He has partnered with every major studio in Hollywood, and produced films starring the likes of Bruce Willis, Sandra Bullock, Sylvester Stallone, Angelina Jolie, Cate Blanchett, Dustin Hoffman, Steve Martin, Antonio Banderas, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Kate Hudson, Kurt Russell and Dakota Fanning.

As Chairman and CEO of Hyde Park Entertainment, Ashok has grown the company into a cutting-edge independent alternative to the traditional Hollywood studio system, fully realizing his vision of a progressive global company that incorporates the most essential elements of a full-fledged studio. Hyde Park’s offerings encompass live-action, animation and cross-cultural cinema, and the company is capable of developing, producing and financing projects, as well as handling international sales and marketing.

In addition to the various awards garnered by his films, Ashok has received numerous personal honors, including a special award from the American Indian Foundation (chaired by President Bill Clinton), a Certificate of Special Recognition from the United States Congress and the Producer of Vision Award. He was named “Producer of the Decade” by the Spirit of India Foundation and received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Indian International Film Academy. He served on the Foreign Film Board of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, was a member of Los Angeles Board for the British Academy of Film and Television Arts and the International Council for the Emmy Awards. A former tennis professional, Ashok played in every major tennis event including Wimbledon and the U.S. Open.

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Lydia Antonini: Director of Digital Development, Warner Premiere

Lydia AntoniniLydia Antonini has been Director of Digital Development for Warner Premiere, a division of Warner Bros. Entertainment that encompasses direct to DVD features as well as digital content, since July 2007. She is responsible for the development of all digital content and the management of production pipelines. She is also charged with defining new genres of content for the digital space by seeking new creative voices overlooked by traditional media, and for creating production efficiencies to accommodate the fluid nature of digital distribution.

Lydia was responsible for shepherding the world-renowned Peanuts franchise by Charles Schulz into the digital world, and also helped to pioneer the Motion Comics content category for Warner Bros. Critically acclaimed DC Comic graphic novels, including Watchmen, Batman: Black & White and Superman Red Son, were all transformed into stunning visual experiences beyond the printed page.

In addition to working with established brands, Linda is responsible for a slate of original programs. The first recently announced title is H+ a live action digital sci-fi series. She is also working closely with recording artists to create next generation visual music experiences, the first of which was the award-winning The Adventures of One Eskimo.

Prior to joining Warner Premiere, Lydia was the Director of Development and Talent at JibJab, where she worked to position the site as a digital comedy network through the development and creation of both animated and live action new media content. She was responsible for developing new show concepts, managed a team of talent scouts across the country and produced The Great Sketch Experiment which showcased premiere up and coming sketch comedy troupes.

Lydia has over 10 years of creative development and business experience in film, television and digital programming and has worked for top entertainment companies including BBC Worldwide, Good Machine, Atom Films and Nick@Nite / TVLand. She is a voting member of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts and serves on the Performing Arts Advisory Council for the University of Notre Dame, from which she graduated Magna Cum Laude with a degree in Film, Television and Theater. She also has a Masters Degree in Media Studies from The New School in New York City. Her strong work record and experience in both Digital and Traditional Media landed her a spot in the Hollywood Reporter’s Next Generation (aka the 35 Under 35) list for 2009.

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Stuart Ford: Founder & CEO, IM Global

Stuart FordStuart Ford is founder and CEO of IM Global, a major international sales and distribution company formed in March 2007. The company has offices in Los Angeles and London, is one of the most active and high profile film and television sales operations in the worldwide entertainment community and is a prominent presence at the major international film festivals and markets. Among the many films on their slate is fashion icon Tom Ford’s award-winning directorial debut A Single Man.

Prior to founding IM Global, Stuart joined First Look Studios as President of First Look International. From 1997 to 2004, he was a senior executive to Harvey and Bob Weinstein at New York-based Miramax Films, where he filled a variety of roles, most prominently as Co-Head of Miramax International, the studio’s powerful international distribution and sales arm. Stuart was just 32 when he took the reigns at Miramax International and in 2004 was profiled by the Hollywood Reporter as one of Hollywood's top executives under the age of 40.

At Miramax International, Stuart operationally oversaw a staff of 28 people in New York, Los Angeles, Paris, Beijing and Sydney, self-distributing the studio’s pictures in many of the major international territories. Activities Stuart oversaw included strategy, marketing, publicity, physical distribution, legal and finance. Miramax International was also a major player in the international film sales arena and Stuart oversaw a prolific sales team that at the time was recognized as one of the major suppliers to the independent marketplace in much of Europe, Asia and Latin America.

Prior to his position at Miramax International, Stuart was Co-Head of the Miramax Acquisitions division, which was responsible for acquiring the best foreign language and independent product for distribution in the US and internationally and acquired numerous critical hits during his tenure.

Stuart was born in Liverpool, England and educated at St Edmund Hall, Oxford where he gained both a BA and MA (Hons) in Law. He began his career as a successful European based attorney at UK entertainment law firm, where for six years he specialized in film production, financing and distribution. He is a regular speaker and panelist around the world on the subject of international film sales and distribution and independent film financing.

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Micah Green: Co-head of Film Finance and Sales Group, Creative Artists Agency

Micah Green co-leads the Film Finance and Sales group at Creative Artists Agency (CAA), an entertainment and sports agency based in Los Angeles with offices in New York, London, Nashville, and Beijing. He works in the Los Angeles office and specializes in film financing and distribution.

Since joining CAA in 2005, Micah and his team have arranged financing and distribution for more than 200 independently produced feature films including The Hurt Locker, An Education, The Wrestler, The September Issue and the forthcoming The Hungry Rabbit Jumps, starring Nicolas Cage and directed by Roger Donaldson.

Prior to joining CAA in 2005, Micah managed film sales consulting firm Cinetic Media with entertainment attorney John Sloss. Over the course of his 8 years with Cinetic, he spearheaded the domestic sales campaigns for over one hundred feature films including Napoleon Dynamite, Supersize Me and Spellbound. He also assembled financing for a number of high profile features, including 2005 Sundance Audience Award Winner Murderball, for which he served as Executive Producer. Micah received a J.D. from USC Law School, an M.A. in communications management from USC’s Annenberg School and a B.A. from Colgate University.

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Taylor Hackford: Director/Producer; President, Directors Guild of America

Taylor HackfordTaylor Hackford is President of the Directors Guild of America. An Academy Award Winner, feature-film and documentary director for over 35 years, he has helmed such iconic feature hits as Ray, which was nominated for six Academy Awards including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actor, An Officer and a Gentleman, Against All Odds and The Devil’s Advocate.

Taylor Hackford is also the director/producer behind the cult thriller Dolores Claiborne, as well as White Nights, Everybody’s All-American and Proof of Life. In addition, he developed and produced La Bambai>, the most successful Latin-themed feature film in history. He is currently in post-production on the feature film Love Ranch, a fictionalized drama that stars Academy Award winners Dame Helen Mirren and Joe Pesci.

In 2009, Taylor received rave reviews for the musical Louis & Keely Live at the Sahara at the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles. Even though the production was his stage directorial debut, the show was an unqualified hit, playing for 8 ½ Months. His feature documentary work is equally acclaimed, with Chuck Berry: Hail!, Hail! Rock n’ Roll and the Oscar winning When We Were Kings, a behind-the-scenes look at the legendary 1974 bout between Muhammad Ali and George Foreman, dubbed The Rumble in the Jungle.

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Peter Hoffman: Founder and Chairman, Seven Arts Pictures

Peter Hoffman Peter M. Hoffman is the founder and Chairman of Seven Arts Pictures. Seven Arts' areas of operation include: development of international markets for domestic entertainment products; financial consulting to entertainment clients worldwide; and motion picture production and distribution. Seven Arts has produced and distributed over 30 films, including Deal, Autopsy, Asylum, Stander, An American Rhapsody, Johnny Mnemonic, and the Sundance 2001 Grand Jury Prize Winner The Believer.

From April 1, 1986 to March 31, 1992, Peter served as President and CEO of Carolco Pictures Inc. During his tenure, Carolco developed into a leading independent film entertainment company. He was also directly involved in the production of a large slate of independent motion pictures, including such features as Terminator 2, Basic Instinct, Total Recall, Rambo III, The Doors, Mountains Of The Moon, Angel Heart, LA Story, Air America, Music Box and Jacob's Ladder.

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Basil Iwanyk: Producer, Thunder Road Pictures

Basil Iwanyk Basil Iwanyk is the head of Thunder Road Productions, a film and television production company he founded in 2003. He is an active film producer with a first-look motion picture deal at Warner Brothers Studios as well as an exclusive television deal with Warner Brothers Television. He served as producer on the recently released Brooklyn’s Finest and Clash of the Titans, as well as the upcoming films The Town and The Expendables. Other credits under the Thunder Road Productions banner include “Firewall and We Are Marshall.

Thunder Road Productions has twenty-two projects in various stages of development, including A Star Is Born, which is pre-production with Nick Cassavettes attached to direct, and serves as home to a Direct-to-DVD division, producing Lost Boys 2, Lost Boys 3 and a spin-off of Clash of the Titans.

From 2000 through 2003, prior to starting Thunder Road Productions, Basil was President at Intermedia Films, the largest independent film company in the world at the time. During his tenure, he oversaw films such as Terminator 3,Alexander, and K:19: The Widowmaker, as well as Academy Award nominated films The Quiet American, Iris and Adaptation. He also worked on the studio side of the film industry as Vice President at Warner Brothers Studios from 1995 through 2000. During his tenure at Warner Brothers, he oversaw the development and production of Ocean’s 11, Training Day, U.S. Marshalls and Insomnia. He joined Warner Brothers as a Creative Executive after beginning his career in the mailroom at United Talent Agency. A New Jersey native, Basil graduated from Villanova University with a B.A. in Political Science.

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Todd Jadwin: Sr Managing Dir./Head of West Coast Investment Banking, Houlihan Smith & Co

Todd Jadwin Todd Jadwin is a Senior Managing Director at Houlihan Smith & Co. and Head of West Coast Investment Banking and Media & Communications Groups. He has more than 20 years of business and investment banking experience and has led or been instrumental in over $20 billion of successful mergers and acquisitions and financings for corporate clients. He has held senior positions at global, bulge-bracket and specialty investment banks, and his experience spans large-capitalization and middle-market companies in a variety of industries, including media, communications, the Internet, retailing, consumer products, healthcare, business services, technology, energy, aerospace, real estate and manufacturing. Over the years, his clients and transactional experience have included Fox Entertainment, MGM, Paul Allen, NBC, AOL, USA Networks, Ticketmaster, Charter, DreamWorks SKG, Starwood Lodging, Public Storage, Realty Income, Watson Land, Hollywood Park, Summa/Howard Hughes Corporation, 99 Cents Only Stores, Nestlè, Dole Food, Wickes and Tosco.

At Houlihan Smith, Todd leads client services on the West Coast in a host of industries. As Head of the Media & Communications Group, he leads the firm's efforts nationally in serving clients in specific segments such as content, distribution, the Internet, videogames, publishing, cable/satellite, streaming video, broadband and communications.

Prior to joining Houlihan Smith, Todd was a Senior Managing Director and Head of both the Media & Communications and Consumer/Retail Groups at Alexander Dunham Securities. He has has also served as a Managing Director for Banc of America (BofA) Securities' Media & Communications Group and Co-Sector Head of its Diversified Media and Sector Head of the Internet Group. He joined BofA's predecessor NationsBanc Montgomery Securities, where he opened and ran its Los Angeles office. Previously, he was a Senior Managing Director of EVEREN Securities and headed its National Consumer Group practice. He was also a Vice President at Bear, Stearns & Co., where he spent more than seven years.

Todd has held Advisory Board positions for several emerging companies and has been a private investor in many technology, communications and media companies. He currently sits on the Advisory Boards of UCLA Extension's Certificate in Finance Program and Santa Monica College, was a member of the National Association of REITs (NAREIT) and is actively involved with charitable and community organizations. He frequently appears in the media, including CNBC, Dow Jones, the Los Angeles Times, The Hollywood Reporter and the Los Angeles Business Journal. He received a B.S. in Psychobiology from UCLA and an M.B.A. with Honors from the University of California at Berkeley.

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William Kendall: Co-Founder & CCO, Digital Artists

William Kendall William Kendall creates stories and characters that travel -- connecting worlds across motion picture, game, television, web, mobile and emerging storytelling environments. He is the co-founder and Chief Creative Officer of Digital Artists, an independent, venture-funded I.P. development studio based in Los Angeles. D.A. partners with leading creative artists, athletes and brands to produce and distribute premium digital entertainment with crossover franchise appeal.

As a veteran studio executive, digital showrunner and transmedia producer, William has delivered multiplatform creative successes for major entertainment and new media brands, including NBC Universal, SyFy, Fox, Universal Interactive, Marvel, Vivendi Games, MTV's Logo and Yahoo. He oversaw studio content development, creative integration and talent collaboration on several tentpole film-game properties, including Scarface, Robots, The Chronicles of Riddick (MTV and Spike TV’s movie Game of the Year), Van Helsing, The Hulk, Dr. Seuss' The Cat in the Hat, Battlestar Galactica and The Thing. His online producing credits include: Battlestar Galactica: The Resistance; Eureka: Hide & Seek; Destination Truth; Who Wants to be a Superhero: The Aftershow featuring Stan Lee, and Sci Fi Classics.

William graduated from Stanford University with a B.A. in Urban Studies (Planning & Design) and a focus on Asian Studies. He serves on the board of Children Uniting Nations, advises the Sheenway School and Culture Center in South Los Angeles, and mentors at the American Film Institute's Digital Content Lab.

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Hal "Corky" Kessler: Partner, Levin Ginsburg

Corky Kessler Hal "Corky" Kessler has extensive entertainment law, corporate and worldwide entertainment industry experience, and regularly speaks on the business and legal aspects of feature film development and tax incentives in connection with the entertainment industry. He has successfully worked with governors and United States Congressmen in several states to implement new laws and federal tax incentives for investments in qualifying film and television projects, which led to Sections 181 and 199 of The American Jobs Creation Act of 2004.

Corky has also authored a reference book covering such federal and state tax incentives. He has been the attorney and or executive producer of over 15 films and 3 film funds, and is currently active on over 12 films and 2 film funds. One of his most recent films is Certifiably Jonathan, a documentary starring Jonathan Winters, Robin Williams, Howie Mandel, Sara Silverman, Jimmy Kimmel, Nora Dunn, Kevin Dunn and many others.

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James Knight: Motion Capture Producer, Giant Studios

James Knight

James GH Knight is a motion capture producer/project manager based at Giant Studios in Los Angeles. After three years managing virtual production (on set and in post), he recently completed work on James Cameron's critically and commercially acclaimed film Avatar, the first film to be shot almost entirely using performance capture technology. He has also worked on other films, including I Am Legend, Hulk and Prince Caspian.

Before moving to Los Angeles, James worked in Business Development and as a Post Production Supervisor for Crawford Post Production in Atlanta GA, where he was instrumental in growing the facility to the largest in the Southeast and expanding the client list to include Warner Brothers, UA, MGM and ABC. This granted him the opportunity to supervise work on films like We Are Marshall and Racing Stripes, and TV shows including Commander In Chief and Lost.

James got his start in the movie side of entertainment in 2002, when he and a childhood friend started Fifth Wheel Films and began producing music videos (Barry White, Chuck D, UB40, Martine McCutcheon). Previously he was a popular on-air personality on Atlanta radio stations Z93 and 99X. James attended Berry College and grew up in London, Atlanta, and Tokyo... where he once filled vending machines for Coca-Cola.

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Mark Koops: Managing Director & Co-Head of Production, Reveille

Mark Koops As Managing Director and Co-Head of Domestic Television at Reveille, Mark Koops is responsible for creating and developing a wide range of innovative programming and content for television audiences. Having been with Reveille since its inception in 2002, he is one of four Reveille executives who share management responsibilities for the company.

Mark is co-creator and executive producer of NBC’s The Biggest Loser. Since its debut in 2004, he has helped transform the show into a standalone health and lifestyle brand by developing tools and products inspired by the show and approved by its doctors and experts. Anchored by the subscription-based Biggestloserclub.com, The Biggest Loser Meal Plan, The New York Times best-selling books series, best-selling fitness DVD series, a line of appliances, fitness equipment, protein supplements and countless other health and lifestyle based products, The Biggest Loser consumer products program has generated over $50 million in spending with presence at more than 25,000 major retailers to date.

Mark also serves as executive producer of NBC’s American Gladiators and Nashville Star, Bravo’s Shear Genius, MTV's Legally Blonde the Musical: The Search for Elle Woods, History’s Shadow Force and TruTV’s Maui Chopper. He previously served as co-executive producer on NBC’s Identity and The Restaurant and Bravo’s Blow Out. His additional credits include Scream Play and the Morgan Spurlock series 30 Days.

Prior to joining Reveille, Mark worked in the New York branch of the William Morris Agency, starting in the literary division before transferring to the television and corporate consulting divisions. As an agent, he represented high profile U.S. and European clients including Jules and Gedeon Naudet, whose Emmy Award-winning film 9/11 received several prestigious accolades. He is a graduate of Reading University in the United Kingdom.

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Nigel Lythgoe: Producer, President of 19 Entertainment

Nigel Lythgoe Nigel Lythgoe is the co-founder and President of Big Red 2 Entertainment (a company newly formed with 19 Entertainment founder Simon Fuller) and most recently served as president of 19 Television. He has been a driving force in the world of performing arts as co-creator and executive producer of the award-winning series So You Think You Can Dance, which has garnered numerous Emmy Awards (including two in 2009, for Outstanding Choreography and Outstanding Costumes for a Variety/Music Program or a Special), as well as NBC’s Superstars of Dance and Fox’s Carrie Underwood: An All-Star Holiday Special.

In 2010, Nigel took So You Think You Can Dance to the UK, where he is reprising his role as judge. He also executive-produced seven seasons of the TV juggernaut American Idol, which has been nominated for more than 40 Emmy Awards, and Idol Gives Back, which raised more than $140 million for charity and in 2007 received the prestigious Governors Award, the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences’ highest honor.

Along with director Adam Shankman, Dancing with the Stars judge Carrie Ann Inaba and actress Katie Holmes, Nigel recently founded the Dizzy Feet Foundation, a nonprofit organization that provides scholarships and assistance to talented, underserved youth to help them realize their dreams of becoming professional dancers. The organization is also working to elevate and standardize dance instruction nationwide.

In the summer of 2009, the UK’s University of Bedfordshire awarded Nigel with an honorary Doctor of Arts for his outstanding contribution to the performing arts in television. He currently lives in Los Angeles.

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Curt Marvis: President of Digital Media, Lionsgate

Curt Marvis Curt Marvis was appointed President of Digital Media at Lionsgate, the leading next generation filmed entertainment studio, in 2009. He is responsible for guiding the entire Lionsgate portfolio of digital businesses, including its equity investment in Break.com, the FEARNet VOD and Internet branded horror channel, the new EPIX premium entertainment channel (with partners Viacom and MGM), and the broad spectrum of digital delivery agreements for filmed entertainment content currently available on digital platforms like iTunes, Amazon, Movielink, Netflix and Blockbuster.

A few months after his appointment, Curt orchestrated an unprecedented deal with Google’s YouTube, setting an industry precedent and making Lionsgate the first studio to create an innovative revenue sharing deal with the leading site for online video. The evolving alliance has formalized a Lionsgate-branded channel, reaching out to hundreds of millions of next generation entertainment consumers in the digital space.

In 1999, Curt co-founded and became CEO of CinemaNow, an innovator in digital entertainment technology and delivery across multiple platforms. Previously he served as President of publicly held game developer 7th Level, leading their successful restructuring into delivery of web-based technology applications. There he created and implemented business partnerships with Microsoft, Real Networks, GeoCities, broadcast.com, IBM and MTV and helped orchestrate a merger to create Learn2.com.

Curt was also founder of the multimedia start-up Powerhouse Entertainment and served one year on the IBM Multimedia Task Force. From 1984 to 1994, he co-founded and served as CEO of The Company, an award-winning music video and commercial production company. With partner Director Wayne Isham, he produced many of the most popular and critically acclaimed videos in the history of MTV. They were awarded MTV's Video Vanguard Award for lifetime achievement in 1991. Curt is a graduate with honors from UCLA with a BFA in Motion Picture and Television Production.

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Dame Helen Mirren: Academy Award ® Winning Actor

Helen Mirren Dame Helen Mirren is one of the best-known and most respected actors, with an international career spanning stage, screen and television. She is renowned for tackling challenging roles and has received numerous awards for her powerful and versatile performances, including an Academy Award as well as awards from the Golden Globes, BAFTA, SAG and others for her work in The Queen.

This fall, Dame Helen will star in Miramax and John Madden’s The Debt as an Israeli Mossad agent whose pursuit of a Nazi war criminal comes back to haunt her 30 years later. Her most recent role in Sony Pictures Classics’ The Last Station garnered Best Actress nominations from the Golden Globes, Screen Actors Guild, Film Independent Spirit and Academy Awards. She recently completed principal photography on a quartet of films, including Love Ranch, inspired by the story of the first legalized brothel in Nevada and directed by husband Taylor Hackford, the espionage thriller Red, Julie Taymor’s gender-twistingThe Tempest and a new version of Brighton Rock.

Though her film career began with Michael Powell’s Age of Consent, Dame Helen’s breakthrough role was in John Mackenzie's The Long Good Friday opposite Bob Hoskins. She has starred in such acclaimed films as John Boorman’s Excalibur and Neil Jordan’s Irish thriller Cal, for which she received the Best Actress Award at the Cannes Film Festival. She continued to push boundaries in Peter Weir’s The Mosquito Coast, Peter Greenaway’s The Cook, the Thief, his Wife and her Lover and Terry George’s Some Mother’s Son, which she also co-produced. She earned her first Academy Award nomination for her performance as Queen Charlotte in The Madness of King George, for which she won Best Actress Award from the Cannes Film Festival. She earned her second Oscar nomination for her role in Robert Altman’s Gosford Park. Additional film credits include Calendar Girls, The Clearing and State of Play.

In television, Dame Helen starred in the award-winning PBS series Prime Suspect as Detective Chief Inspector Jane Tennison. The Final Chapter - Prime Suspect 7 was released in 2006, bringing this iconic role to its conclusion after an unprecedented number of nominations and awards. Other television credits include The Passion of Ayn Rand, Losing Chase (Golden Globe Best Actress), Door to Door, The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone and most recently Elizabeth I (Emmy and Golden Globe for Best Actress), in which she gave a tour de force performance as another English queen.

Dame Helen launched her career in London as Cleopatra at the National Youth Theatre. She went on to star in a number of esteemed productions for the Royal Shakespeare Company and in 1972 joined renowned director Peter Brook’s theatre company and toured the world. Her more recent stage credits include Phedre at the National Theatre, London and New Shakespeare Theatre, Washington D.C., A Month in the Country, for which she received a Tony nomination, The Dance of Death on Broadway opposite Sir Ian McKellan, and Mourning Becomes Electra at the National Theatre, for which she was nominated for an Olivier Best Actress Award.

Helen Mirren became a Dame of the British Empire in 2003.

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Simon Mirren: Executive Producer, Criminal Minds

Simon Mirren Simon Mirren is an award winning writer/producer hailing from the UK. He is currently an Executive Producer on the CBS series Criminal Minds. Prior to that, he served as a Supervising Producer on Third Watch for NBC, and as a Producer on Without A Trace for CBS.

Simon earned the BAFTA Award for his work as a writer/producer on the BBC1 series Spooks (MI5). He has also been recognized for his writing on the award winning mini-series Waking the Dead. He currently has a development deal with CBS Paramount Network Television and is an active member of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.

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Bob Peirce: Chairman, BritWeek

Bob Peirce Bob Peirce (Chairman of BritWeek) served as British Consul General in Los Angeles from June 2005 until July 2009. In 2006, he organized the first ever visit by a British Prime Minister to Los Angeles, which included a historic agreement on clean energy between the UK and California governments, signed by Prime Minister Tony Blair and Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Prior to moving to Los Angeles, Bob was head of the Political and Public Affairs sections of the British Embassy in Washington, where he introduced a number of initiatives, including the development of close links between police departments in the UK and the US, sharing best practice exchanges on all aspects of policing, from forensic DNA to public order policing to counter-terrorism. He joined the British Diplomatic Service in 1977 and has worked in a number of key positions, serving in China and Hong Kong, at the United Nations in New York and in Uganda. He was Private Secretary to three British Foreign Secretaries (equivalent of the US Secretary of State): Sir Geoffrey Howe, Sir John Major and Lord Douglas Hurd. Twice a member of the Hong Kong Government (in the 1980s and again in the 1990s), from 1993 to 1997 Bob was the Secretary responsible for Hong Kong's external affairs under Governor Chris Patten. For most of the period from 1979 to 1997, he was directly involved in the negotiations with China that culminated in the handover of Hong Kong in 1997.

Raised in Britain and South Africa, he was educated at St. Catherine's College, Oxford University, where he earned a BA and MA in Modern History. Subsequently he studied Chinese at Cambridge University.

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Rob Powers: Director of Entertainment & Media Development, NewTek, Inc.

Rob Powers Rob Powers is Director of Entertainment and Media Development at NewTek, Inc. A seasoned professional with over seventeen years experience in film and television animation and effects, he began with a traditional film school education. He is a graduate of the USC Cinema Production program and an attendee of the Academy of Motion Pictures, American Film Institute.

Throughout 2004, Rob worked on James Cameron’s Aliens of the Deep Stereoscopic IMAX film, on which he did creature design, rigging, texturing and animation, as well as the main title opening sequence. In June 2005, he was the first 3D artist hired by Lightstorm for the Avatar feature film project. Working closely with James Cameron and the core art department design team, Rob provided 3D concept and motion studies of key character, creature and environmental assets for the film. Subsequently he created and supervised the first ever Virtual Art Department or VAD for the film.

As Supervisor of the Avatar Virtual Art Department and the Virtual environments, Rob along with his team developed the real-time environmental assets for the production, and developed numerous innovative Virtual workflow techniques and tools that helped facilitate and define the process used by James Cameron to make the film.

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John Saade: SVP of Alternative Series, Specials and Late Night, ABC Entertainment

John Saade John Saade oversees Alternative Series, Specials and Late Night for ABC Entertainment as senior vice president and head the department along with Vicki Dummer. He focuses on development, management of the Alternative Series staff and spearheading creative efforts for upcoming projects.

John has been instrumental in acquiring, developing and overseeing such hits as Dancing with the Stars, The Bachelor, The Bachelorette, Extreme Makeover and The Mole, among many others. He has overseen many high profile specials, including The Oscars, The Emmy's, the David Blaine specials and Oprah Winfrey's specials Oprah’s Big Give and Leadership Academy. In latenight, he oversaw the late night series Politically Incorrect, and was instrumental in launching Jimmy Kimmel Live.

Prior to his tenure at ABC, John worked at Dakota Films, where he produced a wide variety of shows, including The Best Commercials You've Never Seen, In Style’s Celebrity Weddings, Billy Crystal films that opened the 1999 Academy Awards, and a series of stand-up comedy specials for HBO. He was also coordinating producer on Mr. Show with Bob and David and Tenacious D.

A graduate of Northwestern University, John worked his way up the production ranks as a runner on award shows, an Associate Director on Muppets Tonight, and a writer, supervising producer, or associate director on numerous variety and comedy series and specials.

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Tim Sassoon: Owner and Creative Director, Sassoon Film Design

Tim Sassoon London-born Tim Sassoon is President of Sassoon Film Design (SFD), a pioneering Visual Effects and post-production facility in Santa Monica, California that opened in 1997. SFD has extensive experience in large format, stereo and feature films, and its key personnel have won more Visual Effects Society Awards than those of any other facility of its size.

In addition to working with high-resolution stereo imagery, SFD excels in the conversion of standard 2D images to stereoscopic 3D. It has completed two full-length IMAX 3D conversions, including Lions 3D for National Geographic, and the cutting edge Mummies, Secrets of the Pharaohs 3D, the first film planned for 3D, but shot in 2D purposefully for post conversion. SFD also provides scene conversions and Visual Effects services for many other 3D films and has completed more live action conversions actually in release than any other company.

Tim studied Cinematography and Motion Graphics at CalArts, and trained in stage motion control/downshooter and optical printing before going digital in the early 1990's. He taught at Art Center College of Design for many years, contributes to various industry magazines, forums and panels (including Daily Variety’s 2008 10 Innovators to Watch), is an exhibiting artist and professionally active photographer and cinematographer. He is a member of SMPTE, the Giant Screen Cinema Association (GSCA) and the Visual Effects Society (VES), and ¬¬¬has supervised large productions at companies as diverse as Dream Quest Images and Buzz/FX.

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Woody Schultz: President & Partner, Winning Swimmer Productions

Woody Schultz Woody Schultz is an actor, producer, writer and the President and Partner of Winning Swimmer Productions. He has produced several short films and documentaries, including the multiple award-winning comedy Dirty Mary and the documentary Inside Out, which opened the 2008 Elevate Film Festival. During his nearly 20 years of entertainment production, he has worked in film, network and cable television, commercials, music videos and web series, as well as numerous live music and theatrical events for such companies as Comedy Central, CBS, HBO, Paramount, Sony, Warner Bros. and Universal.

In addition to producing, Woody has been a successful actor for over 15 years, including a decade of experience in performance capture, to which he was introduced when he was cast in Robert Zemeckis' pioneering film The Polar Express. He went on to work with Zemeckis twice more in Monster House and Beowulf (in which he played 11 different characters). He then moved on to Avatar for director James Cameron, playing both live action and performance capture characters for the hybrid film. His latest "perf-cap" project is The Adventures Of Tintin: Secret Of The Unicorn, the first in a series for directors/producers Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson.

Woody ventured into the video game arena in The Bourne Conspiracy and currently has two webseries airing: Marriage Trial: Prop 8 and Suitemates with Kevin Pollak and Ray Wise. A member of The Motion Capture Society, Woody is writing a book for actors on performance capture, as well as developing a talk show and feature length comedy using performance capture technology. He has also worked in casting, is very involved in LA theatre, teaches at the Young Actors’ Theatre Camp and is a graduate of the Maryland School For The Arts. You can follow him on Twitter @UGottaWoody.

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John Alan Simon: Producer/Director, Radio Free Albemuth (Moderator, Film Panel)

John Alan Simon As President and CEO of Discovery Productions, John Alan Simon has been involved with the production, financing, sales, distribution and marketing of many successful independent features, including The Wicker Man, The Haunting of Julia, Basket Case and Out of the Blue. He recently directed and completed posted production on the feature adaptation of Radio Free Albemuth (based on the novel by renowned science-fiction writer Philip K. Dick), starring Jonathan Scarfe, Shea Whigham and singer Alanis Morissette.

In partnership with Rosenbloom Entertainment, Discovery acquired film rights to three novels by Philip K. Dick, whose works have formed the basis for such successful science-fiction films as Blade Runner, Total Recall, Minority Report and A Scanner Darkly. John’s script for Flow My Tears, The Policeman Said was optioned late last year by Halcyon Entertainment for a 2011 start date, and he will also be a producer. In 1994, he developed and produced The Getaway, starring Alec Baldwin, Kim Basinger, and Philip Seymour Hoffman.

Prior to working in the film industry, Simon was a successful journalist and film critic, both as staff writer for the New Orleans Times Picayune and as editor-in-chief of New Orleans Magazine. He has also written reviews and feature articles for numerous publications and taught courses in film and writing at Tulane University, Loyola University and the University of Illinois, as well as a course on micro-budget filmmaking at UCLA extension.

John graduated from Harvard College with honors in History and Literature and served as an editor of the Harvard Crimson. He received his master's degree from the Writer's Workshop program at the University of Illinois. He is currently a directing member of the Los Angeles-based Classical Theatre Lab and in the summer of 2010 will direct Tennessee Williams’ Small Craft Warnings as part of the City of West Hollywood’s 25th Anniversary celebration. For the last four years, he has produced and moderated BAFTA/LA’s annual seminars for the American Film Market on such topics as British filmmaking tax-incentives and strategies for U.S. theatrical distribution. He is a member of WGA-West and a newly elected Board member of BAFTA/LA.

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Neil Stiles: President,Variety

Neil Stiles As President of Variety, Inc., Neil Stiles is responsible for the global business operations of the Variety franchise, including Variety, Daily Variety, Daily Variety Gotham and Variety.com. Additionally, he oversees MarketCast, the leading provider of marketing research for the film and television industries.

A native of Great Britain, Neil has more than 30 years of experience in the magazine industry, beginning as a music industry journalist in the mid-1970s and moving into sales management positions throughout the 1980s.

Before joining the Variety team in 2008, Neil played a large role in the success of sister company Reed Business Information- UK. As Division Managing Director, he oversaw a number of online initiatives, including eMedia, an online marketing business, and XpertHR, the UK’s leading online human resources tool. In addition, he managed the print and electronic portfolios of more than two dozen products including Personnel Today, Hairdressers Journal, Travel Weekly, Commercial Motor, Motor Transport, Truck and Driver and Utility Week. He also served as Chief Revenue Officer and was responsible for pricing consulting internally, as well as launching the division’s digital advertising network.

Since moving to Los Angeles almost two years ago, Neil has joined the Boards of LA’s BEST, an after school enrichment program, and BritWeek, a charitable organization celebrating British contributions to the Los Angeles community. He has a judged a number of awards including the One Show Awards, a celebration of product integration within programming, and the LARC Awards, a recognition of innovation within the Los Angeles Urban landscape. He speaks frequently at conferences on the issues of changing revenue models in democratized distribution channels and pricing in the online space. Neil is also a member of British Academy of Film and Television Arts Los Angeles.

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Jane Tranter: EVP of Programming & Production, BBC Worldwide Productions

Jane Tranter Jane Tranter joined BBC Worldwide Productions in January 2009 as Executive Vice President, Programming & Production, and leads the team in the Los Angeles office. In addition to developing new and innovative programs for US networks, she is charged with taking acclaimed British formats, both scripted and unscripted, and packaging them for US audiences. She and her team work with producers and rights holders in the BBC, UK’s independent production community, and talent in the US to identify existing programs and develop new formats, while managing the production process through strategic partnerships.

Before joining BBC Worldwide, Jane held the post of Controller, BBC Fiction in the UK. In this role, she was responsible for all drama commissioning, as well as comedy commissioning, program acquisitions and BBC Films departments, leading a stable of diverse and impressive productions including Cranford, Tess Of The D'Urbevilles, Gavin And Stacey, Merlin, Summer Heights High, Survivors, Heroes, The No.1 Ladies Detective Agency, A Short Stay In Switzerland and Little Dorrit.

From 2000 to 2006, Jane was Controller, Drama Commissioning, green-lighting productions including Cranford, Rome, Jane Eyre, Life On Mars, Bleak House, New Tricks, Hustle, Robin Hood, Five Days, White Girl, Doctor Who, Torchwood, Blackpool, Criminal Justice, Stuart A Life Backwards and Spooks. From 1997 to 2000, she worked as an executive producer in films and single drama before becoming Head of Drama Serials, spearheading the department with shows such as Care, Warriors, The Way We Live Now, Wives & Daughters, The Sins, The Lost World, Babyfather and Crime & Punishment – titles that were transmitted to critical and audience acclaim.

Before returning to the BBC in 1997, Jane held the posts of executive producer and drama commissioning editor for Carlton Television. Prior to that, she worked as an assistant floor manager on the BBC's then burgeoning soap EastEnders and Bergerac, and then as a script editor on the fourth series of Casualty. Her broadcast career began in 1985 as a secretary in the BBC Radio drama department.

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Dick Wolf: Producer, Chairman & CEO, Wolf Films

Dick Wolf

Two time Emmy-winner Dick Wolf, one of television’s most respected drama series creator/producers, is the architect of one of the most successful brands in the history of television: Law & Order. He serves as creator and executive producer of the three Law & Order drama series from Wolf Films and Universal Media Studios: Law & Order (in its 20th season), Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (11th season) and Law & Order: Criminal Intent (9th season).

The Law & Order series continue to rewrite the annals of television history. With over 400 episodes under its belt, it is the longest-running current drama series on television and the second longest of all time, second only to Gunsmoke. It has won multiple awards, including an Emmy for Outstanding Drama Series, and Law & Order SVU has won several Emmys in acting categories.

Wolf Films produced Twin Towers, the 2003 Academy Award winning Short Documentary about two brothers, a policeman and a fireman, who lost their lives in the line of duty on September 11th. Wolf Films also produced When You’re Strange, the critically-acclaimed documentary about The Doors, which premiered at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival and won the coveted 2010 SXSW Audience Award.

In 2007, Dick Wolf executive-produced the critically-acclaimed HBO original movie Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee, which won six Emmy Awards, including Outstanding Made for Television Movie. The film garnered a record 17 Emmy nominations, and also received the prestigious Broadcast Film Critics Association’s Critic’s Choice Award for Best Picture Made for Television.

Dick Wolf has been a creative force in television for more than 25 years, beginning his illustrious career as a top advertising executive and continuing as one of tv’s most prolific producer/writers with such series as Conviction, L.A. Dragnet, Hill Street Blues, Miami Vice, New York Undercover, Arrest & Trial, South Beach, Feds and Players. Among his feature film credits are the screenplay for the hit Paramount release School Ties, writer and executive producer of Masquerade and writer and producer of No Man’s Land. He has received multiple personal awards and honors for his contributions. He is also an Honorary Consul of Monaco and is actively involved in the principality’s prestigious annual television Festival, and is its primary liaison with the entertainment community.

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