Speakers Include:

Jon Amiel
JON AMIEL
Director & Writer

Simon Andreae
SIMON ANDREAE
SVP Development/Production, West Coast
Discovery Channel


Phil Ashcroft
PHIL ASHCROFT
President & CEO
Island Nation Media


Hal Burg
HAL BURG
VP Branded Entertainment
Platinum Rye Entertainment


Craig Cegielski
CRAIG CEGIELSKI
President
GK-TV & GK Films


Jay Cohen
JAY COHEN
Partner, Head of Film Finance/Distribution
Gersh


Nick Emmerson
NICK EMMERSON
President
Shed Media US


Stuart Ford
STUART FORD
Founder & CEO
IM Global


Noel Hedges
NOEL HEDGES
SVP Sales & Acquisitions, The Americas
ITV Studios Global Entertainment


John Hesling
JOHN HESLING
Executive Producer of Top Gear
BBC Worldwide Productions


Peter Hoffman
PETER HOFFMAN
CEO & Directort
Seven Arts Pictures


Lynette Howell
LYNETTTE HOWELL
Owner/Founder, Silverwood Films
Producer pf Blue Valentine


Sir Ben Kingsley
SIR BEN KINGSLEY
Academy Award Winning Actor

Michael London
MICHAEL LONDON
Founder
Groundswell Productions


Brett Lyons
BRETT LYONS
President
Match Entertainment


Ian McShane
IAN MCSHANE
Actor

Michael Murphy
MICHAEL MURPHY
Executive Vice President
Gravitas Ventures


Celine Rattray
CELINE RATTRAY
President, Mandalay Vision
Producer of The Kids Are All Right


Chantal Rickards
CHANTAL RICKARDS
Head of Programming/Branded Content
MEC


Hal Sadoff
HAL SADOFF
Head of Int'l and Independent Film
International Creative Management


Greg Siegel
GREG SIEGEL
SVP Entertainment Development
Break Media


Carrie Stein
CARRIE STEIN
Head of Int'l Mgmt & Packaging
3 Arts Media


Joe Swift
JOE SWIFT
Director of Development
TLC


Alex Walton
ALEX WALTON
President International Sales & Distribution
Exclusive Media


Andy Weltman
ANDY WELTMAN
EVP, US Production
British Film Commission


Steve Woolf
STEVE WOOLF
VP of Content
Blip.tv


 





BritWeek Film and TV Summit: Breaking Through & Crossing Over in the US and UK

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


Friday, April 29 • The Beverly Hilton Hotel • 9876 Wilshire Boulevard, Beverly Hills



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Featuring a One-on-one Interview with Sir Ben Kingsley
And Keynote Q & A with Ian McShane

Sir Ben Kingsley

Film & TV Summit Sponsors


About the Film & TV Summit

Following the success of the highly acclaimed 2009 and 2010 Film and TV Summits, BritWeek is pleased to present a new program for the entertainment industry in 2011. With a focus on breaking through and crossing over in the US and UK, 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.

Check back frequently for program and panelist updates!

For panelist inquiries, please contact Linda Buckley at Variety.


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Registration

Register Now Your registration includes breakfast, lunch and afternoon drinks reception

Early Registration Rate (By April 12): $100
Standard Registration Rate (After April 12): $150


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The Program

8:00 am - 9:00 am     REGISTRATION

9:00 am - 9:15 am     WELCOME REMARKS

9:15 am - 10:00 am   THE MOVERS AND SHAKERS OF MAINSTREAM BREAKTHROUGHS

PANELISTS: Stuart FordLynette Howell • Rebecca Kearey • Alex Walton

Top film producers and distribution executives will talk about what it takes to achieve mainstream success with labor-of-love projects that might have seemed initially tricky to market. This premiere, kick-off session will look at how such films are made, distributed and marketed to wide audiences.

  • Brit-leaning The King’s Speech generated hot box office everywhere. Can this be duplicated with future projects?
  • Are their new trends in distribution and promotion to drive success on both sides of the pond?
  • What are the stories behind marketing these films to broader audiences?
  • What has been coming out of the film festival circuit that has potential to be breakthrough material?

10:00 am – 10:45 am   FROM THE TRENCHES: FILM FINANCE AND DISTRIBUTION TIPS

PANELISTS: John AmielJay CohenCeline RattrayHal SadoffAndy Weltman

The recent dismantling of the UK Film Council raises a lot of questions for how British projects will be developed and produced. However, there are a number of firms who remain interested in financing British works, and remain champions overall of quality fare from U.K., US and elsewhere

  • Who are the major finance players and what do they need to see before investing in a project?
  • What are their demands for film budget, cast and storylines?
  • With DVD sales falling, what is the best way to assure backers you can make the right revenues with projects?

10:45 am– 11:00 am   NETWORKING BREAK

11:00 am - 11:45 am   BRANDED ENTERTAINMENT AND BOOSTING TV REVENUES

PANELISTS: Phil Ashcroft • Chad Bennett • Hal BurgBrett LyonsChantal Rickards

For the first time, the UK is allowing product placement on a limited basis into its shows on commercial networks.

  • What are lessons to be learned from the US, who’ve been pioneering and exploiting this area for years?
  • How do you include brands creatively and seamlessly?
  • Which shows are getting it right? How do you avoid going overboard and producing long-form product commercials?

11:45 am - 12:30 pm   KEYNOTE Q & A WITH IAN McSHANE

12:30 pm - 1:45 pm   LUNCH

1:45 pm – 2:30 pm   WHAT DOES IT TAKE TO MAKE INTERNATIONAL CROSS-OVER TV

PANELISTS: Craig CegielskiNoel HedgesCarrie Stein

Truly successful TV needs to attract fans all over the world – what is critical in making shows that connect with both US and UK audiences?

  • How are companies approaching their latest big budget projects, such as Camelot, The Borgias and Game of Thrones, in the US and the UK?
  • For British imports, such as Showtime’s Shameless, what are strategies to translate and make and market shows for US audiences?
  • What is the state of the international distribution marketplace for TV – which countries are buying what? Are there commonalities in what is in demand?
  • What opens doors or raises interest for UK and US cross-over TV?

2:30 pm - 3:15 pm NAVIGATING DIGITAL TOOLS FOR PRODUCTION AND DISTRIBUTION SUCCESS

PANELISTS: Peter HoffmanMichael LondonMichael MurphyGreg SeigelSteve Woolf

Traditional theatrical distribution and funding is becoming more challenging for anything that’s not a special effects bonanza. How is technology helping people think out-of-the-box on their projects?

  • Is there a way to benefit from new video-on-demand models?
  • How can you use crowd-source services like Kickstarter to raise money to produce your films?

3:15 pm - 3:30 pm   NETWORKING BREAK

3:30 pm - 4:15 pm   THE NEW REALITY SHOW: ATTRACTING TODAY’S VIEWERS

PANELISTS: Simon AndreaeNick EmmersonJohn HeslingJoe Swift

  • What are the tricks in keeping long-running reality shows relevant? American Idol has successfully made over its formula this season with new judges - what are other strategies to freshen up a reality fixture?
  • How do you launch a new show, such as upcoming The X Factor, with so much clutter and competition? Non-fiction programming is as popular as ever. But what is the key to a strong debut?

4:15 pm – 5:00 pm   INTERVIEW Q&A WITH SIR BEN KINGSLEY

5:00 pm   COCKTAIL RECEPTION


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Who's Who


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Jon Amiel: Writer & Director

Jon AmielJon Amiel is a multi-award winning feature film director, writer and educator whose varied career has also encompassed work in television, theater and commercials. His most recent feature, the highly controversial Creation, starring Paul Bettany and Jennifer Connelly, was chosen to open the Toronto Film Festival and is currently playing throughout the US. Other feature credits include the The Core with Hilary Swank and 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.

After university, Jon's first job was running the Oxford and Cambridge Theater Company, which eventually led to directing for the Royal Shakespeare Company. He worked at the BBC for two years as a story editor before moving on to direct for television, including all six episodes of the multi award-winning drama series The Singing Detective, regarded as one of the greatest dramas made for television.

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Simon Andreae: SVP Development & Production, West Coast, Discovery Channel

Simon AndreaeAs Senior Vice President of Development and Production, West Coast, Simon Andreae is instrumental in Discovery's development and production of series and specials that contribute to the strategic vision and direction of the network. As a key member of the senior management team, he works closely with Eileen O’Neill, Group President of Discovery and TLC Networks, Clark Bunting, Discovery Channel President and General Manager, and Nancy Daniels, Executive Vice President of Production and Development, Discovery Channel.

Simon is currently spearheading development and production of new series Curiosity, the network’s largest programming initiative to date. The first episodes of this brand-definitional new series are set to debut on Discovery later this year.

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Phil Ashcroft: President & CEO, Island Nation Media

Phil AshcroftPhil set up Island Nation Media as a branded entertainment and digital production business late in 2008. Since launching, he has produced branded content for a Jenn-Air cooking show and recently finished work on integrating brands into a new show for the History Channel. Alongside this, he has partnered with a range of digital producers to create digital content for such high-profile platforms as Hulu, Daily Motion and Babelgum.

Prior to establishing Island Nation Media, Phil worked at BBC Worldwide Productions in Los Angeles, where he set up their digital and branded content business.

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Hal Burg: VP Branded Entertainment, Platinum Rye Entertainment

Hal BurgIn September 2008, Hal Burg started the branded entertainment division for Platinum Rye Entertainment, which is the “world’s largest broker of celebrity talent, models, recording artists, sports figures and other celebrities for Ad campaigns and PR events” according to Forbes Magazine. He currently works on behalf of dozens of leading consumer brands, helping them connect to consumers by leveraging the power of entertainment.

Prior to joining Platinum Rye, Hal helped invigorate and modernize the original product placement agency, UPP, by refocusing beyond barter placements and into integrations across multiple media platforms (digital, videogames, mobile).

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Craig Cegielski, President of GK-TV, GK Films

Craig Cegielski Craig Cegielski was named the President of GK-TV, a division of Graham King and Tim Headington’s GK Films, upon its launch in November 2009. He oversees day-to-day operations, including development, production and worldwide distribution. The first project for GK-TV is the epic series Camelot, which premieres in early 2011 on the Starz Network. Shot on location in Ireland, the series stars Eva Green, Joseph Fiennes, Jamie Campbell Bower and Tamsin Egerton.

Prior to his position at GK-TV, Craig was the Executive Vice President, Programming & Sales for Lionsgate International Television.

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Jay Cohen: Partner & Head of Film Finance and Distribution, Gersh

Jay Cohen Jay Cohen has over 25 years of combined business, film and TV experience. At Gersh, one of Hollywood’s oldest and largest talent agencies with seventy five-agents and offices in Los Angeles and New York, he manages a department which reps multiple equity funds, sells finished films and consults on independent financing for a wide spectrum of independent projects. He also oversees the agency’s film funds, including Queen Nefertari Productions, Northern Lights Films and Ketchup Media. In addition he is currently securing new international equity from Colombia, UK and China.

Prior to his career in Hollywood, Jay spent six years working on Wall Street, first at Van Kampen Merritt, where he launched the Wirehouse Broker Dealer Network and helped to generate close to $1 billion in new revenue. Later, he moved to Los Angeles to begin the Institutional Investment Program for Fiduciary Trust International of California, a subsidiary of FTI NY. He brought $250 million under management to the new entity.

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Nick Emmerson: President, Shed Media US

Nick EmmersonCurrently President of Shed Media US, Nick Emmerson was Executive Vice President of Ricochet Television since 2006, before that company became part of Shed Media US. He serves as Executive Producer of ABC's Supernanny, NBC’s Who Do You Think You Are?, Bravo's The Real Housewives of New York City and Bethenny Ever After, Animal Planet's It's Me or the Dog, CMT’s World’s Strictest Parents, VH1’s Basketball Wives, and TLC’s Freaky Eaters.

Nick began his 12-year career in television developing and producing documentary and factual entertainment in the United Kingdom in the fields of sports, children's content, current affairs, game shows and reality competition.

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Stuart Ford: Founder & CEO, IM Global

Stuart FordStuart Ford founded IM Global, a major international sales and distribution company with offices in Los Angeles, London, and Mumbai, in March 2007. The company is one of the leading film financing, sales and distribution companies in the world, championing a wide variety of cinema, including mainstream commercial, art house, foreign language and genre fare, and is a prominent presence at the major international film festivals and markets. In May 2010, Stuart sold the majority shareholding to Reliance Pictures, part of Indian conglomerate Reliance Group.

Prior to founding IM Global, Stuart joined resurgent First Look Studios as President of First Look International in August 2006. Previously he was at Miramax Films for seven years, where he was Co-Head of the Miramax Acquisitions division, and later Co-Head of Miramax International, the studio's powerful international distribution and sales arm. In this capacity he oversaw the company’s offices in New York, Los Angeles, Paris, Beijing and Sydney, and all of Miramax’s international distribution activities ,including strategy, marketing, publicity, physical distribution, legal and finance.

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Noel Hedges: SVP Sales & Acquisitions, The Americas, ITV Studios Global Entertainment

Noel Hedges As head of the ITV Studios Global Entertainment’s US office based in Los Angeles, Noel Hedges oversees the North and Latin American sales operations. He has particular responsibility for drama acquisitions and development, raising co-production and sourcing pre-sales finance for drama projects from the region. Formerly, he was Head of Drama at ITV Studios Global Entertainment, and prior to that was VP of Sales at Granada International in charge of sales to France and Scandinavia. Fluent in French and German, Noel joined the Granada International sales team in 2003 after being a Sales Executive at Carlton International.

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John Hesling: Executive Producer, Top Gear, BBC Worldwide Productions

John Hesling John Hesling is Executive Producer of Top Gear, produced by BBC Worldwide Productions and airing on HISTORY. He launched the US series in 2010 and is currently in production on its second season.

John has also held the role of Senior Vice President of Programming for BBC Worldwide Productions, where he led the development team in Los Angeles, creating new and innovative unscripted programs for US audiences, as well as adapting successful BBC formats. He has been responsible for the development and sale of titles including The Great American Road Trip, Dance War: Bruno vs. Carrie Ann, How Much is Enough? and Bank of Mom and Dad. He also served as Executive Producer on The Great American Road Trip and Dance War: Bruno vs. Carrie Ann.

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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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Lynette Howell: Owner/Founder, Silverwood Films and Producer, Blue Valentine

Lynette Howell Lynette Howell produced Blue Valentine, which starred Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams in performances that garnered Golden Globe nominations for both actors and an Oscar nomination for Michelle. She recently completed filming Shark Night 3D for release on Labor Day Weekend 2011. Other recent Silverwood Films movies include Terri, which premiered in competition at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival and will be released this summer. Also in competition at Sundance was On The Ice, which won the Crystal Bear Award and Best First Feature at the Berlin International Film Festival. The Space Between starring Melissa Leo is set to release on USA Network on the 10th anniversary of 9/11, and An Invisible Sign Of My Own starring Jessica Alba comes to theatres in May.

Previous films include Half Nelson, starring Ryan Gosling in a performance which garnered him a Best Actor Oscar nomination; Stephanie Daley, starring Tilda Swinton, Timothy Hutton and Amber Tamblyn; Mark Heller’s The Passage, which premiered at the 2007 Toronto International Film Festival; Phoebe in Wonderland and The Greatest, starring Pierce Brosnan, Susan Sarandon and Carey Mulligan. In 2007, Lynette was named in Variety’s "Ten Producers to Watch" list.

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Michael London: Founder, Groundswell Productions

Michael London Academy Award-nominated producer Michael London founded independent production and financing company Groundswell Films in 2006, with a mission to create a thriving home for filmmakers with singular voices that reach broad audiences. Prior to founding Groundswell, he produced numerous successful films, including Sideways, which won a Golden Globe for Best Picture (comedy or musical) an Independent Spirit Award and an Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay, as well as The Family Stone, The Illusionist, King of California, House of Sand and Fog and Thirteen.

Michael spent five years as a production executive at Fox, ultimately as Executive VP or Production. Films under his supervision included Alien 3, Die Hard 2, Sleeping with the Enemy, Hoffa and The Sandlot. He began his career as a staff writer for the Los Angeles Times after receiving his undergraduate degree from Stanford University.

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Brett Lyons: President, Match Entertainment

Brett Lyons Brett Lyonsis one of the early pioneers in the new revolution of branded entertainment. For over 20 years he has worked with major national advertisers and their agencies to develop and sell opportunities within the broadcast network and cable television, syndication, live event, feature film, online, video game and mobile industries.

In 2008, Brett formed Match Entertainment, a west-coast branded entertainment studio specializing in multi-platform branded content opportunities & sponsorships. He has created strategic alliances with multiple companies to develop, sell and execute powerful platforms and partnerships for both the brand and content producer.

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Ian McShane: Actor

Ian McShane This summer, award-winning actor Ian McShane stars in the Walt Disney Pictures/Jerry Bruckheimer Films blockbuster Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides as the fearsome pirate Blackbeard, opposite Johnny Depp, Geoffrey Rush and Penelope Cruz. The film is scheduled to open May 20, 2011 and is directed by Rob Marshall (Chicago, Memoirs of a Geisha).

Last summer, Ian earned a Golden Globe Nomination (Best Actor in a Mini Series) for his portrayal of Waleran Bigod in The Pillars of the Earth, the television event of the year based on Ken Follet’s best selling novel. He also starred in the motion picture 44 Inch Chest (a drama by the same team that created Sexy Beast) alongside Ray Winstone, with whom he was co-executive producer. In early 2009, he voiced the role of Mr. Bobinksy in Laika Entertainment's first animated feature, Coraline, and in the past several years his unique voice was also heard in two Dreamworks releases, as Captain Hook in Shrek The Third and as the villainous snow leopard Tai Lung in Kung Fu Panda.

Ian earned the coveted Golden Globe Award "Best Actor in a Television Drama" for his versatile performance as Al Swearengen on HBO's hit series Deadwood. He has also been named one of GQ's Men of the Year, and dubbed by The New York Times as One of the Most Interesting Villains on Television

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Michael Murphy: EVP, Gravitas Ventures

Michael Murphy As Executive Vice President of Gravitas Ventures, Michael Murphy is responsible for acquiring & programming more than 30 independent films and events to over 70 cable, satellite, and telco operators in North America each month. He has been instrumental in growing the company’s distribution footprint, and has negotiated numerous license agreements with leading entertainment companies, including Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, Amazon, AT&T, Charter, Rogers Cable, Cogeco, Hulu, Netflix, Google/YouTube, Suddenlink & DISH Network.

Prior to joining Gravitas Ventures in 2007, Michael was a Captain in the US Army, serving for over four years on active duty as a Judge Advocate.

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Celine Rattray: President, Mandalay Vision and Producer, The Kids Are All Right

Celine RattrayCeline Rattray is the President of Mandalay Vision, the newly launched independent development, production and financing company that will continue to build upon the brand’s impressive history of independently financing films for the global marketplace. Mandalay Entertainment Group is a strategic investor in Mandalay Vision.

Focusing primarily on innovative storytelling with premier talent, Celine produced The Kids are All Right, the 2010 Sundance Film Festival darling directed by Lisa Cholodenko and starring Julianne Moore, Annette Bening and Mark Ruffalo. The film garnered 4 Academy Awards nominations and 2 Golden Globes wins, as well as 4 BAFTA and 5 Independent Spirit Award Nominations.

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Chantal Rickards: Head of Programming/Branded Content, MEC

Chantal RickardsChantal Rickards has been Head of Programming/Branded Content at MEC in London for the EMEA region since June 2007, prior to which she worked at UKTV, a network of channels owned by BBC Worldwide and Virgin Media. She spent nearly six years in commissioning and channel management for the BBC, concentrating on their lifestyle channels: UKTV Style, UKTV Food and UKTV Gardens. Her programs ranged from serious documentaries to practical 'how to' lifestyle series, and several of her projects were funded by advertisers, including Ikea and Renault. At UKTV, she was responsible for commissioning and executive producing up to 16 television series a year, in addition to acquisitions and scheduling.

Prior to UKTV, Chantal ran the Carlton Food Network, re-branding it as the Taste Network and helping create a joint venture between supermarket chain Sainsbury's and Carlton TV. In 2006 and 2007, she sat on the BAFTA judging panels for both the Comedy and Entertainment categories.

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Hal Sadoff: Head of International and Independent Film, International Creative Management

Hal SadoffHal Sadoff joined International Creative Management as Head of International and Independent Film in December 2004, overseeing packaging, financing and distribution for feature films. Over the past twenty-three years, he has developed an extensive global network of relationships within the media, entertainment, and financial communities through his involvement in numerous financing transactions with film producers, distributors, production companies, international film sales organizations and banks, as well as all of the major and mini-major film studios. He has played an integral role in more than 350 film productions and financings totaling over $3.0 billion.

Immediately prior to joining ICM, Hal served as an Executive Producer and financial consultant on several films, including Hotel Rwanda, which was nominated for three Academy Awards.

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Greg Siegel: SVP Entertainment Development, Break Media

Greg SiegelGreg Siegel leads Break Media’s entertainment partnerships and film and television initiatives. Prior to this, he spent twelve years as a talent agent at the Endeavor Agency (now William Morris Endeavor Entertainment), starting in 1995 as the industry’s youngest agent. In this role, Greg signed and oversaw the careers of Jennifer Garner, Ashton Kutcher, Tracy Morgan and Michael Chiklis, among many others. He was responsible for making Jennifer Garner the highest paid actress on television at the time; establishing Ashton Kutcher’s successful production company, Katalyst Films (including overseeing cable, network and digital distribution deals with MTV, ABC and AOL); and making Michael Chiklis the highest paid actor on basic cable for The Shield.

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Carrie Stein: Head of International Management & Packaging, 3 Arts Media

Carrie SteinCarrie Stein joined 3 Arts Entertainment late last year and heads up an international television management/packaging division for the company. She represents production companies throughout the world and is instrumental in helping global clients expand their reach in television.

Prior to joining 3 Arts, Carrie was the Chief Executive Officer at Alchemy Television, a UK based production and distribution company that exploded onto the television landscape, producing a slate of high-end television productions, including Coco Chanel, Burn Up, The Company, Iron Road and Diamonds, and distributing the CBS/CTV hit series Flashpoint.

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Joe Swift: Director of Development, TLC

Joe SwiftJoe Swift leads internal development for TLC's West Coast team, creating new program concepts for the network. As Director of Development at WEtv from 2006-2009, he was responsible for soliciting, reviewing and shaping programming proposals from production companies, as well as generating ideas on casting, music and other programming and development elements. During his tenure, WE's ratings soared due to hit series like The Locator, Raising Sextuplets, My Fair Wedding, Little Miss Perfect, and others.

Prior to joining WE, Joe was an Executive Producer at the Travel Channel, overseeing more than 100 hours of original non-fiction programming annually. He launched and was responsible for the first four seasons of the World Poker Tour, which created a new genre of television. He executive produced much of Travel's most successful programming, including Tribal Life, the network's highest rated limited series; and specials like Best Places to Find Cash & Treasures and Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern, both of which led to series. Before Travel, Joe was at TLC for seven years, where he oversaw acquisitions and Standards and Practices and produced and developed programs, including the project that became On The Ropes, a Sundance award winner and the only Discovery Networks program ever nominated for a Best Documentary Feature Film Academy Award.

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Alex Walton: President International Sales & Distribution, Exclusive Media

Alex WaltonAlex Walton is Exclusive Films International's President, International Sales and Distribution. He joined Exclusive Media Group in May 2010 and has since overseen sales and all aspects of the distribution business on The Ides Of March, directed by George Clooney and starring George Clooney, Ryan Gosling, Paul Giamatti, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Marisa Tomei; So Undercover, directed by Tom Vaughan and starring Miley Cyrus; The Woman In Black, directed by James Watkins and starring Daniel Radcliffe; The Way Back, directed by Peter Weir and starring Colin Farrell and Ed Harris; and Let Me In, directed by Matt Reeves and starring Kodi Smit-McPhee, Chloe Moretz and Richard Jenkins.

Prior to joining Exclusive, Alex served as Senior Vice President of International Sales at Paramount Vantage. During his three years there, he was responsible for running the International Sales division, representing films from Paramount Pictures and overseeing the distribution of Overture Films product in international territories.

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Andy Weltman: EVP, US Production, British Film Commission

Andy WeltmanAs Executive Vice President, US Production for the British Film Commission (formerly the UK Film Council), Andy Weltman acts as the first point of contact for US studios and independent film companies considering shooting in the UK. Based in Los Angeles with a primary focus on business development for the UK film industry, he promotes the UK as a filming destination and maximizes every available opportunity for companies to film there.

Andy has an extensive background in feature film production and development. Prior to joining the UK Film Council, he worked with some of the top filmmakers in Hollywood, including Peter Weir, Wolfgang Petersen and Steven Spielberg.

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Steve Woolf: VP of Content, Blip.tv

Steve WoolfSteve Woolf manages West Coast operations for blip.tv's content team, and has been working in online media for over a decade as a writer, producer, and technologist. He is living proof that building a sustainable independent show is a great way to circumvent the gatekeepers and realize your ambitions and personal vision.

A two-time Webby Award winner and four-time nominee for Epic Fu, Steve co-created, writes, directs and produces the pioneering independent web show about emerging global culture that has become one of the most well-known shows on the Internet. He was also honored with two Streamy Awards and three nominations for his work on that show.

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