BritWeek2011 Committee


Special thanks to our committee members, who work closely with the Board to plan and implement BritWeek events.


Committee

Honorary Committee

Stuart Bagshaw
Andrew Bentley
Sat Bisla
Valerie Blackholly
Kamilla Blanche
George Blodwell
Marla Brown
William Butler-Sloss
Miranda Carroll
Carlo Cavagna
Elizabeth Chamberlain
Jackie Chase
Cristina Cheever
Nigel Daly
Darren Darnborough
Gemma Dempsey
Oliver Drakeford
Emma Ferreira
Debra Fink
Mindy Gail
Simon Gammell
Kimberley Gebbett
John Gibson
Caroline Graham
Katy Haber
Ashley James
Kim Kessler
Stuart Kozlowski
Nancy Lesser
Andrew Lewis
Joanne Lichtenstein
Ruth McCartney
Cindi McIntosh
Shari Mesulam
Brian O'Connor
Jane Owen
Anne Reilly
Shaun Robinson
Arnold Schwartzman
Rebecca Segal
Christine Shaw
Francine Sheridan
Lisa Sjolund
Julian Stone
Bryson Strauss
Katrina Sutton
Ambassador Nigel Sheinwald
Ambassador Robert H. Tuttle
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa
Consul General Dame Barbara Hay

Tracey Emin
Simon Fuller
Taylor Hackford
Anthony Hopkins
Eric Idle
Timothy Leiweke
Helen Mirren
Zandra Rhodes
Ridley Scott
Jane Seymour
Charlotte Mailliard Shultz
Andrew Lloyd Webber
Michael York
Pat York



MEET THE COMMITTEE



STUART BAGSHAW is the founding member of British American Business LEAP, LLC, and as such is focused on helping British based companies successfully establish a US market presence. By leveraging many years of experience in engineering, sales, marketing and general management in Europe, Asia and North America, he is uniquely qualified to help management teams through the process of a successful market entry.

Prior to founding the LEAP (the Land Expand Accelerator Program), Stuart helped clients from a cross-section of industries turn their business dreams into reality through his executive management consultancy, Stuart Bagshaw & Associates. He also held a number of key leadership positions, including CEO, COO, President and General Manager, of several technology, communications and software companies.

Stuart started his career in the Royal Air Force, where he gained his engineering qualifications in communications and computer systems. He is on the board of Taulia, Inc., Chairman of CATERForce and the British American Business Council, Northern California, a member of the Institute of Directors, and has served as a board member and advisor for many UK and US based companies.

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SAT BISLA is the President and Founder of A&R Worldwide, a global talent discovery and development agency, and the annual music industry conference MUSEXPO. He is also DJ of the international radio show Passport Approved.

With Sat at the helm, A&R Worldwide has discovered and/or helped propel Keane, Lily Allen, Dido, Wolfmother, Ting Tings and many other acts toward international success. MUSEXPO originated in 2001 as a networking dinner co-hosted by Sat and Coldplay’s worldwide manager Dave Holmes. The concept to bring together forward-thinking executives from music, media and technology rapidly took hold. MUSEXPO became the first music industry conference and showcase event to launch successfully on three continents (North America, Europe, Asia/Pacific), and now hosts some of the most influential executive talent from around the globe.

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VALERIE BLACKHOLLY was born and raised in Newcastle, England and aside from two years in Hong Kong has lived in the USA since 1979. A former proprietor in the retail/hospitality industry with a background in sales and marketing, she has been involved with the British American Business Council, Orange County since 1991 and currently serves as its Executive Director. As such she is responsible for day-to-day operations, membership recruitment, connecting businesses, event planning and partnering with other significant OC enterprises for a variety of events, including a joint collaboration with the World Affairs Council and the OC Forum to host a lunch in honor of His Royal Highness, Prince Andrew the Duke of York.

Valerie was instrumental in founding the BABC OC Scholarship Awards, a program that sends American students to the UK for two weeks of cultural studies. Under her direction, the BABC OC chapter was a recipient of the AON Award for the greatest level of membership growth among the 25 worldwide chapters of the BABC. A staunch supporter of BritWeek from its inception, Valerie has involved businesses and organizations throughout Orange County in the celebration and recognition of all things British. She also serves as a board member for OC Innovation and is devoted to helping local charities, including Boys Town, Olive Crest, Orangewood Children’s Home and others.

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KAMILLA BLANCHE was born in London. After 20 as a professional actress in the film television and theatre industries, she moved onto writing and producing for TV and film in the UK.

With the reopening of the Griffith Park Observatory in 2006, Kamilla began working for Councilman Tom LaBonge and Council District 4. She is now that district’s Senior Deputy for Arts and Culture as well as Director of the Sister Cities of LA, producing many of their programs throughout the year and working to develop various arts projects for the City of LA. She is on the Board of the Ford Theater Foundation and the committee for LA Arts Month, and is partnering with the LA Art Show this year to produce the first Annual International Sister Cities Art Show for 2011.

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GEORGE BLODWELL is Editor-at-Large for GenLux Magazine and an acclaimed international fashion stylist. His flair, wit, charm and industry know-how have made him a favorite among celebrity clients, a fashion editor for numerous publications and a colorful personality for various talk shows and media outlets.

Born in Manchester, England, George spent his childhood in Scotland and started his fashion career at Browns in London while working nights as a runway model. He moved to Los Angeles in 1978 to be a fashion consultant for Maxfield’s, and also spent time at Ralph Lauren and Nino Cerrito. In 1986 he lived in Milan, where he was Editor-at-Large for Italian Harper’s Bazaar. He now lives in Los Angeles and routinely styles celebrities for the Oscars, Emmys and other red-carpet occasions. He has also been a consultant on designer advertising campaigns and a featured panelist for fashion symposiums.

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MARLA BROWN recently moved to Los Angeles from London, where she was Managing Director of the London office of Gensler, a global Design and Architecture firm with 32 locations around the world. Prior to her tenure at Gensler, she was Executive Vice President at Fitch, a Brand, Product and Retail Design firm.

Marla manages the integration of business strategy development, brand development and graphic design, consumer environments, digital design and product development. She works closely with companies to develop appropriate and efficient ways to communicate their brands and brand values to key audiences, and her expertise covers all stages of development, from startup to mergers & acquisitions and re-positioning. She has worked with and managed projects for many Fortune 500 companies, as well as start-up and mid-sized businesses spanning a broad range of industries.

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WILLIAM BUTLER-SLOSS produces commercials, films and television. He has worked as a motion picture executive for Mike Newell's Fifty Cannon Entertainment, which Executive Produced Steven Soderbergh's Traffic, and as a Producer of television series for premium cable channel Starz. Will has produced commercials for numerous Los Angeles-based production companies, as well as spots for the international market for multi-national agencies (such as DRAFTfcb, BBDO, Leo Burnett and McCann Erickson, among others) through his company, Kantara. An avid soccer player, Will plays for BAFTA/LA and organizes BritNight with the LA Galaxy.


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MIRANDA CARROLL is the Director of Communications at LACMA. She has vast local and international experience in the line of museum communications; since she arrived in LA in early 2005 she has worked as Director of Communications at the Santa Monica Museum of Art and the Hammer Museum at UCLA, and as Senior Communications Specialist at the Getty. In 2008, she worked for the Qatar Museums Authority in Doha, Qatar on a three-month consultancy as Director of Media Relations, focusing on the opening of the Museum of Islamic Art. She spent the first nineteen years of her career at the National Gallery in London.

Additionally, Miranda is a recipient of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) “Prism” Award 2007 for the exhibition ‘Holy Image, Hallowed Ground: Icons from Sinai’ at the Getty. She received her Bachelor of Arts in History of Art at Manchester University, England, and was born and brought up in London.

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CARLO CAVAGNA is UK Trade & Investment's US sector leader for the creative & media industries (including music, film, television, digital content, and video games). In this role, he provides business development services to UK exporters, wins US investments for the UK, and plays a key role in setting UK Trade & Investment's business strategy in the United States. In his last position, Carlo was Business Development Coordinator for VOD distributor CinemaNow, Inc. Before coming to Los Angeles, he was a policy analyst and investigator with the US Government's International Trade Administration. He has also been an online movie reviewer and journalist, a music manager, director of a residential screenwriting workshop in Tuscany, an Italian language teacher and a voiceover artist. He is a member of the Screen Actors Guild. Carlo holds an MA in international affairs from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, a BA from Columbia University, and a diploma from UCLA's Advanced Professional Screenwriting Program.

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CRISTINA CHEEVER is the Director, Automotive Relationships for Robb Report Magazine. Prior to working with Robb Report, she launched Starring You, a versatile marketing & communications company based in Orange County CA that works with some of the leading brands on the market.

Christina has vast experience in the luxury automotive sector. She was the VP of Marketing & PR for Fisker Coachbuild and launched the premium plug in hybrid sports car company Fisker Automotive. Prior to this, she was head of Marketing & PR in North America for Aston Martin, after working on the PR team for Jaguar on the east coast. She hails from Brooklyn, New York and holds degrees in International Business and Finance.

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NIGEL DALY has worked for leading industry trade magazine Screen International since 1998. In 2003, he left England for the US and a position as the publication’s Vice President. Originally an actor, Nigel trained with the Court Theatre Company in London and went on to become a founding member of the international arts collective The Laboratory. In addition to acting, Nigel produced and directed the short film Cat Burglar, which has played at numerous international film festivals, and most recently produced and acted in An Acre of Moon, which is currently in post production.

A champion of the independent filmmaker, Nigel is always keen to encourage original voices. He was an official Judge at the 2009 Palm Springs Short Film Festival and serves on the Board of Directors of the British Academy of Film and Television, Los Angeles (BAFTA/LA).

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GEMMA DEMPSEY has worked in various aspects of radio, music, film, advertising, television and the online world both in Los Angeles and London for almost twenty years. She began her career as a Music Supervisor on films such as 'The Last Emperor' and 'Stormy Monday'. She later moved to Los Angeles and became the producer for KCRW Radio's 'Morning Becomes Eclectic,' and also began representing composers and songwriters for film, television, online and commericial opportunities at Zomba, Chrysalis Music and Kobalt UK.

Other work at KCRW includes "Manager of the Online Music Channel" (Eclectic24), host of "The Global Gig Guide" podcast and current producer of “The Treatment With Elvis Mitchell”. Separately, Gemma consults on the marketing and development of a number of international and emerging artists, is a music supervisor and voice artist. She has also been an active board member and the Event Coordinator for the non profit Hollywood Heart since 1995.

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OLIVER DRAKEFORD began his career in the music industry while studying for his Business Degree in Manchester. He managed to find the time to write his dissertation while simultaneously working at SonyBMG with acts such as Westlife, 5ive and Dido, who went on to become the biggest selling British female solo act of the year. After graduating, Oliver moved to Los Angeles, where he pursued his passion in music management, working with the likes of the Dixie Chicks, Everclear and internet star Tila Tequila. In 2006, he opened East West Lounge, a luxury upscale bar in West Hollywood.

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EMMA FERREIRA is a world-renowned contemporary artist whose paintings, photos and mixed media works have gained considerable notoriety. Her artwork is regularly featured in magazines alongside iconic artists, has been sold at the prestigious auction house Christies in Beverly Hills and is collected internationally by private estates, corporate collections and galleries. Born in Buckinghamshire and formally educated in London, she now calls Southern California home. She has been a full-time contributor to the contemporary art world since 1998 and is already a preeminent young mixed media artist in Los Angeles.

Emma’s passion is evident not only in her thought-provoking images, but in her dedication to philanthropic endeavors. An avid supporter of numerous humanitarian organizations, including Operation Smile, Dreams Can Come True, The Art of Elysium, HMF, Witness, Hollywood Hearts and Project Angel Food, she is a champion of many causes and a strong advocate for children’s charities in particular.

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DEBRA FINK has been Executive Vice President of Screen International for six years. Though based in Los Angeles, she is responsible for all sales, marketing and advertising strategies in North America. Debra began her career at Screen International as US Sales Director, was former Regional Director at United Feature Syndicate and a costume designer on two feature films. London-based, Screen International is a must-read magazine for the international film industry. Readers rely on the publication for expert news analysis, insights, data and the stories behind the headlines.

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MINDY GAIL, a fourth-generation Californian, was born and raised in the San Fernando Valley, where she attended Village Christian High School and California State University Northridge. She worked in the corporate home office of the Farmers Insurance Group of Companies in Claims, Marketing and Executive Administration for more than 15 years.  Subsequently she became a full time parent volunteer if the Development Office at Los Angeles Baptist High School, where she focused on programs to fund upgrading the school’s athletic facilities; produced the Annual Fashion Show and talent showcase; and sponsored the Theatre Club and Varsity Football and Golf teams. She also owned a wholesale fashion accessories and jewelry business, and an onsite catering and event service.

Mindy joined the BABC LA in 1998, serving on the Events Committee and becoming a Board member in 2005. She helped coordinate the BABC 2007 Annual Transatlantic Conference and the US/UK Aviation & Defense Business Leadership Conference 2007.  From 2008-1010 she served as Executive Director of the BABC LA, and was Executive Director of BritWeek from 2009 – 2011.  She currently serves as Executive Director of the Public Relations Society of America, LA Cahpter.  She is actively involved with community outreach sports and arts programs for children and teenagers and is a founding sponsor of the Youth Musical Theatre Association.

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SIMON GAMMELL OBE re-located to LA in August to take up his new position in the British Council's leadership team for USA. His mission is to open up a whole new set of relationships and engagement for the British Council on the West Coast, designed to build up cultural relations action both between UK and USA, and together through the rest of the world.

Simon was educated at the Universities of Cambridge and London. His first career was as a theatre director in Scotland, England and Italy; he also worked as a freelance journalist, teacher and film-maker. In 1985, he joined the British Council and worked for several years in Italy and Argentina. Between 1994 and 1999 he worked in London, first as Director of the British Council's Performing Arts department, and latterly as Director of the Arts Group. From 1999 to 2006, he lived in Sydney, working as Director of the British Council in Australia. In 2005 he was awarded an OBE by the Queen for services to British-Australian cultural relations. For the last four years he has been Director of the British Council in West India, based in Mumbai.

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KIMBERLEY GEBBETT has been at Variety in Los Angeles since June 2008, and in her role as Director of Marketing heads up audience development, branding, research, events and PR for the well known publishing brand. Prior to this, she worked in San Diego for Variety's parent company, Reed Elsevier. Originally from Surrey, England, Kimberley studied for her International Marketing degree in Bristol. Her professional background is in both marketing and journalism, and she has worked across four different markets at Reed Business Information's London office.


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JOHN R. GIBSON MBChB, MRCP (UK), FRCP (Glasgow) is President and CEO of Orange County companies Healthwise International, Inc. and Jangus Music, Inc.; and Investor In/Fundraiser for a portfolio of seven start-ups. He received his medical degree from Glasgow University in 1973, and subsequently trained in general medicine, infectious diseases and pediatrics in Zimbabwe and the UK.

John has a passion for drug development, medicine and entrepreneurialism. He was appointed Honorary Consultant Dermatologist at the Royal London Hospital in 1982, has three decades of international experience in all aspects of drug development with three major pharmaceutical companies (Wellcome, Bristol-Myers Squibb and Allergan), and a record of product approvals worldwide in dermatology, ophthalmology and neurology, with experience in oncology, allergy and anti-infectives, including anti-virals. He was the Senior VP of Global Development at Allergan in Irvine for 15 years, and also served as Volunteer Clinical Professor of Dermatology at the University of California at Irvine.

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CAROLINE GRAHAM is the Founder & CEO of C4 Global Communications, a strategic marketing and PR company that plans annual award shows and arts exhibits for clients around the world. She is a former West Coast Editor of The New Yorker and Vanity Fair Magazine, and was a Columnist for the Los Angeles Herald Examiner. Early in her career, Caroline was Assistant Secretary to renowned Columnist Liz Smith and served as Director of the Monaco Government Tourist Office.

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KATY HABER began her film industry career working on various productions in England. Her work with Sam Peckinpah on Straw Dogs brought her to the US for seven films, including Junior Bonner, The Getaway, Pat Garrett and Billy The Kid, Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia, Killer Elite, Cross of Iron and Convoy. Next she worked with Producer Michael Deeley at EMI Films and was Post Production Supervisor on the Academy Award-winning The Deer Hunter. In 1981, they joined forces again to produce Ridley Scott’s Bladerunner. Thereafter, Katy returned to EMI as Head of Production, and was the Executive in Charge of Production on Paul Bartel’s Not For Publication.

After a successful career in film, Katy moved into the television arena as Head of Development at Consolidated Television and Head of Creative Affairs at Island World Productions, where she developed Movies of the Week and reality programming. She also co-produced Sam Peckinpah: Man Of Iron, a documentary for BBC/A and E; and co-produced two documentaries for Channel 4 on Straw Dogs and the The Pink Panther. She is currently in production on Arc, a TV drama series for Scott Free/ Paramount.

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ASHLEY JAMES is Executive Chef of the Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles and has the enviable task of keeping one of the city’s hottest dining spots sizzling. He was raised in England, and at 20 crossed the Channel to work in the kitchen at a French country hotel. There he was insulted, pushed, even smacked by the chef, but stayed on just to show he could! He went on to earn spots at Michelin-starred restaurants and win Young Chef of the Year in France in 1992. Next Ashley went to Spain, then on to the Four Seasons postings in Singapore, Mexico and finally Buenos Aires, where he was offered a cooking series of his own after being taped for a segment with a local celebrity chef. He banked 12 shows before leaving Buenos Aires for Los Angeles.

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KIM KESSLER is Director of Public Relations at Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills, and has more than a decade of public relations experience in the luxury hotel sector. Prior to Four Seasons, she spent three years at The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua on Maui, where she conducted a successful media relations campaign surrounding the $180 million transformation of the resort. From 2004 to 2006, she worked at The Ritz-Carlton, Huntington Hotel & Spa, where she was named Western Regional Public Relations Director of the Year and Leader of the Year in 2006. Before that, she spent nearly five years at Murphy O'Brien Public Relations, where she oversaw the publicity for Esperanza (an Auberge Resort in Cabo), Peninsula Hotels, See's Candies and Morton's Steakhouse. She began her career at the Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel as a public relations/sales coordinator. Kim is a third-generation Los Angeles native and has a bachelor's degree in public relations from Pepperdine University in Malibu.

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ANDREW LEWIS is the Consul and Head of Trade & Investment at the British Consulate-General in Los Angeles and manages the 15-person UK Trade & Investment team. His team advises US companies looking to expand their operations in Europe and supports UK companies doing business in the US, with a focus on the Biopharma, Clean Technology, Information Technology, Financial Services, Aerospace and Creative Industries sectors.

Prior to joining the British Consulate-General, Andrew was Vice President for a management consulting firm in Los Angeles where he managed technology clients in the US and UK. Before coming to the US in 1998, he worked for Europe’s largest market analysis firm, where he was responsible for business development in Europe, Asia Pacific and the Americas, working out of offices in London, Frankfurt, Hong Kong and New York. Originally from Belfast, Northern Ireland, Andrew holds a BA (Honours) in Marketing from the University of Stirling in Scotland and is fluent in German. He is board member of the BABC LA and the Commerce Committee in Orange County.

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RUTH McCARTNEY is CEO, Co-Founder and "Digital Diva" of McCartney Multimedia Inc., a full service Creative Solutions Agency that represents some of the world’s finest creative, advertising and marketing talents. She coordinates sales of web and database building services, as well as online messaging and communications for a vast clientele. MMI's proprietary technology, iFanz.com, securely safeguards the databases and statistics of a wide array of renowned clients, from John Cleese to the State of Nevada.

Currently Ruth is co-executive producer of The iConz of Rock Project, a series of digitally re-mastered spoken word interviews with music legends. The project, which aims to preserve rock n' roll history for future generations, is available on iFanz Records thru iTunes. A sought-after motivational speaker, Ruth has appeared at many Beatles fan conventions and cutting-edge digital events. She is an avid philanthropist and will soon unveil an online fundraising project to aid hundreds of thousands of charities throughout the US.

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CINDI McINTOSH is a professional musician/piper, with a background in Marketing and Advertising. She enjoys working with the United Way on the homeless problem in Los Angeles, the homeless capital of the world. She also loves teaching music to children, and anything involving art and children with special needs. Cindi remains actively engaged with the children’s art program hosted by BritWeek last year.

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SHARI MESULAM is a Vice President of Entertainment at mPRm Public Relations. In addition to BritWeek, her recent clients and campaigns include BAFTA/LA, Los Angeles Ballet, The Feast of San Gennaro Los Angeles, "I Have a Dream"® Foundation/Los Angeles, Fox Reality Channel, Premiere Props, OutFest and The Orange County Super Fair. She began her career as a music and entertainment publicist at Solters/Roskin/Friedman and then Rogers & Cowan, and also has experience as a journalist producing entertainment news for CNN’s Showbiz Today and CBS’ Early Show. In addition, she has served as a talent booker for programs including MTV’s FANatic, Columbia/TriStar’s The Ricki Lake Show and USA’s Happy Hour.

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BRIAN O'CONNOR is Director of Marketing & Public Relations for Cunard Line, the iconic Brithish ocean liner company that operates QUEEN MARY 2, QUEEN VICTORIA and, in October 2010, he and his team launched the new QUEEN ELIZABETH during a Royal Naming Ceremony, attended by Her Majesty The Queen, in Southampton, England. Brian is responsible for strategic brand marketing, advertising, public & media relations, promotions and special events throughout North America. He is a Telecommunications graduate from Michigan State University.

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JANE MORTON OWEN was raised in England and Greece, and is the President and Co-Founder of P3R Publicity, a rapidly growing Beverly Hills PR firm that handles Fashion, Luxury Brands, Lifestyle, Talent and Events.

After graduating from Brunel University in London, Jane worked in Music Publicity and then in Fine Jewelry PR, with brands such as Van Cleef & Arpels, bringing this traditional jewelry house to a new generation by teaming up with emerging designers to dress Young Hollywood celebrities. She has applied this model to her clients, expanding the role of Publicist to include cross promotion, strategic partnerships, celebrity affiliations and more. Jane moved to the US in 2004 and worked in High Profile Events and Fashion PR, in both Los Angeles and New York, before forming P3R Publicity in 2008.

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ANNE REILLY is Vice President of Media Relations at HBO and has been with the company since 1996. As a publicist for HBO Films, she has worked on a variety of award-winning UK-related films, including Elizabeth I, The Gathering Storm, Into the Storm, The Life and Death of Peter Sellers, RKO 281, My House in Umbria, and, most recently, The Special Relationship. Previously, Anne held executive positions in the publicity departments of MGM/UA, Columbia Pictures and Lorimar Films; and spent 8 years as a freelance unit publicist for feature films. She is a member of AMPAS, ATAS; and is an Associate Member of BAFTA.

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SHAUN ROBINSON has been General Manager of the Hilton Orange County/Costa Mesa since September 2005, and has over 30 years experience in the hospitality industry. Originally from Liverpool, England, he attended the Camborne Hotel School and served his apprenticeship at the Edgcumbe Hotel in Cornwall before moving to the USA in November 1983.

During his 25 years with Hilton Hotels, Shaun has held General Manager positions in Del Mar and Scottsdale, as well senior management positions in San Diego, Irvine, Minneapolis and Beverly Hills. He has been a board member for the San Diego and Phoenix Chapters of the BABC, and currently serves as a Vice President of BABC-OC and Chairman of the Costa Mesa Conference and Visitors Bureau.

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ARNOLD SCHWARTZMAN OBE RDI is an Oscar ® winning documentary film director, noted graphic designer, and author and photographer of a score of books. He received the 1981 Oscar for his acclaimed feature documentary film Genocide. In 2002, he was appointed an Officer of the British Empire (OBE) for services to the British Film Industry in the USA, and in 2006 was conferred the distinction of Royal Designer (RDI) by the Royal Society of Arts.

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REBECCA SEGAL is the Los Angeles based SVP for the UK’s BSkyB satellite network, where she works on the acquisition of US programming and co-productions. She has over 20 years of experience in the international programming area, having worked for the BBC channels, Network TEN Australia and others. Previously she ran her own PR and marketing firm, specializing in the international television industry and working with top clients like HBO International and ReteItalia. She began her entertainment career in the concert and music business as a tour manager for music groups such as Alice Cooper, The Carpenters and Herb Alpert.

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CHRISTINE SHAW is Vice President, Communications for BBC Worldwide Productions and BBC Worldwide America. In this position she covers internal and external communications for BBC Worldwide Productions and their shows, including Dancing with the Stars, Top Gear, Torchwood: Miracle Day and What Not to Wear. Additionally she manages the communications strategy for BBC Worldwide’s digital entertainment and gaming business, BBC Motion Gallery and Lonely Planet Television out of Los Angeles.

Prior to joining BBC Worldwide, Christine spent 10 years at entertainment and consumer lifestyle public relations agencies, including Rogers & Cowan, Bragman Nyman Cafarelli and Murphy O’Brien. Her clients included FX Networks, Animal Planet, See’s Candies and Morton’s The Steakhouse, among others.

Christine attended the University of Southern California, where she received a B.A. in Critical Studies from the School of Cinematic Arts and a B.A. in Journalism from the Annenberg School for Communication.

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FRANCINE SHERIDAN is Regional Director Europe, Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) and LA INC, the Los Angeles Convention and Visitors Bureau, based in London, England. She was appointed to setup the European sales and marketing office in April 1999, and implements and oversees the marketing and promotional initiatives for both LAWA and LA INC. in the European marketplace.

With experience that spans over twenty-five years, Francine has a broad knowledge of travel and tourism industries, including destination marketing, luxury tourism marketing, resort branding, aviation, sponsorship, corporate event planning and media relations.

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LISA SJOLUND is the Travel Trade partnership development executive covering the Western & Central United States for VisitBritain, the national tourist board for England, Scotland and Wales. Based in Los Angeles since 2003, Lisa works with US travel companies and British strategic partners, Visit London, Visit England, Visit Scotland and Visit Wales. Her responsibilities include consumer, trade and online marketing campaigns as well as business to business activities. Britain is still the #1 choice for American travelers going overseas. California ranks second only to New York as the state with the highest number of American visitors to Britain. Prior to joining VisitBritain, Lisa worked for the Hong Kong Tourism Board for over ten years.

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JULIAN STONE was born on the south coast of England and studied English at Southampton University and Rutgers University in New Jersey, readying himself for life as a journalist. Acting, however, reared its seductive head, and for the past twenty years he has enjoyed a successful and award-winning career as an actor on stage and screen. He has worked with such Oscar-nominated directors as William Friedkin and Scott Hicks, became a recognized face in daytime soap opera as part of the Emmy-winning cast of General Hospital, and is a member of BAFTA/LA and four professional acting unions: British Equity, SAG, AFTRA & AEA.

In addition to acting, Julian is an accomplished writer and producer. He edited and wrote features for Father Inc., a new magazine for the modern dad, is currently editorial director for the BAFTA/LA website, has written six screenplays and recently formed Tasty Films with his producing partner to develop a slate of intriguing projects. Locally, he is a School Board member for St. Euphrasia Elementary School and a Sports Rep for Notre Dame High School. Julian runs the Academy soccer team for BAFTA/LA and this will be his third year organizing the BritNight with the LA Galaxy celebrity soccer match.

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