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Speakers Include:

Stuart Ford
IM Global

Doug Hansen
Present & CEO
Endgame Entertainment

Basil Iwanyk
Thunder Road Pictures

Tim O'Hair
Head of Production
PM Productions and Parallel Media

Nigel Sinclair
Co-Chairman & CEO
Exclusive Media

Leslie Urdang
President Olympus Pictures
Producer of Beginners

BritWeek Gala Dinner

Film & TV Summit

Friday, April 27 • The InterContinental Hotel Los Angeles Century City

2151 Avenue of the Stars • Los Angeles CA 90067

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The Departed • Hugo • In the Land of Blood and Honey • Rango

Sir Ben Kingsley

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About the Film & TV Summit

Following the success of the highly acclaimed 2009, 2010 and 2011 Film and TV Summits, BritWeek is pleased to present a new program for the entertainment industry in 2012. With a focus on topical filmmaking issues in the US and UK, the half-day Summit and Luncheon 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. 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 registration details, as well as program and panelist updates!

For panelist inquiries, please contact Linda Buckley at Variety.

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Early Bird Rate (register by 4/6/12): $99.00
Advanced Rate (register by 4/20/12): $129.00
Standard Rate (starting 4/21/12): $149.00

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The Program

8:30- 9:30am   Registration

9:30- 10:15am   The Power Players in Film

Top studio chiefs and producers will explore what it means to be successful in film. With the rising importance of international markets, what sorts of projects are impacting audiences worldwide?

  • What is critical to connect with evolving audiences, such as staying ahead of digital marketing and distribution trends?
  • What is the state of dealmaking for independent and character-driven projects that often have origins outside of the US? How do you translate the often critical success of these projects into box office and profit?
  • What are filmmaking stories behind projects that will launch in 2012?

PANELISTS: Stuart Ford • Doug Hansen • Basil IwanykNigel SinclairLeslie Urdang

10:15 - 11:00am   Keynote Q&A with Producer Graham King, Partner at KG Films

Interviewed by Tim Gray, Editor-in-Chief at Variety

11:00 - 11:15am   Networking Break

11:15 - 12:00pm   Global Television Hitmakers

As the UK’s Downton Abbey has become beloved on both sides of the pond, what is key in successfully importing and/or translating programming based elsewhere for US audiences? And what types of formats and storylines are American producers embracing because of their potential to travel well worldwide? Top TV executive and producers will explore the process of international hitmaking.

  • What storylines and formats can be universally entertaining?
  • What does it say about the ongoing success of UK actors, talent and personalities in popular shows, also including Game of Thrones and True Blood?
  • What projects are there in development that may be primed for international appeal?

PANLISTS: Paul Abbott • Gareth NeameJane Tranter

12:00 - 1:00pm - Keynote Q&A

1:00 - 2:00pm - Networking Lunch

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Who's Who

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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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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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Graham King: Partner at GK Films, Producer Hugo, The Departed

Graham KingAcademy Award winning producer Graham King’s projects have garnered a total of 53 Academy Award® nominations and earned over $2 billion in worldwide box office. His latest film Hugo earned 11 Academy Award nominations, the most in 2011, including Best Picture. Directed by Martin Scorsese, the film has won the award for Best Film from the National Board of Review, received 19 best picture nominations and has appeared on over 200 critics’ lists of the top ten films of 2011.

Previously, Graham won a Best Picture Oscar as a producer on the ensemble crime drama The Departed, directed by Martin Scorsese. Additionally, he produced the widely praised Howard Hughes biopic The Aviator, for which he earned an Academy Award® nomination and won a BAFTA Award for Best Picture. He was also honored by the Producers Guild of America with a Golden Laurel Award for Producer of the Year. He was co-executive producer on Scorsese’s Oscar-nominated epic drama Gangs of New York.

In May 2007, Graham launched GK Films with business partner Tim Headington. Recently, GK Films has announced several projects in development including the adaptation of the Broadway hit musical, Jersey Boys, the untitled Freddie Mercury story, and an original screenplay of The Battle Of Britain being written by Robert Towne. King will also serve as executive producer on the upcoming films Argo and Dark Shadows.

Previous projects produced under the GK Films banner include In The Land Of Blood And Honey written and directed by Angelina Jolie, the animated tale Rango directed by Gore Verbinski, The Town, written and directed by Ben Affleck, The Tourist, starring Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp, Edge of Darkness, starring Mel Gibson and The Young Victoria starring Emily Blunt.

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Gareth Neame: Managing Director NBC Universal International, Exec Producer Downton Abbey

Gareth NeameGareth Neame is Managing Director of NBC Universal’s TV production in the UK. He oversees all UK television production initiatives in Drama, Comedy and Entertainment, and is tasked with increasing NBC Universal’s presence in the UK. He is one of the UK’s leading producers and is responsible for Downton Abbey, the Golden Globe and Emmy Awards winning global TV phenomenon; and has also been recognised by The Producers Guild of America with the David L. Wolper award for outstanding producer of long-form television.

In 2008. Gareth sold the independent production company Carnival to NBC Universal. Carnival recently produced the British Academy Award winning Best Drama serial Any Human Heart for C4, among many others top rated UK shows produced over the years, including Hotel Babylon, Poirot, Enid, Sea of Souls, Jeeves and Wooster, As If, Rosemary and Thyme and Traffi. Carnival received The Broadcast Award in 2012 and The Bulldog award in 2011 for Best Production Company.

Prior to NBC Universal and Carnival, Gareth had a successful career as Head of Drama at the BBC and was instrumental in the significant growth in independent production.

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Tim O'Hair: Head of Production, Parallel Media

Gareth Neame Tim O’Hair Is the Head of Production for film finance and production companies PM Productions and Parallel Media, having joined after serving as a senior agent in the Motion Picture Finance division of Paradigm Talent Agency. Prior to becoming an agent, he was an independent producer operating through his Armagh Films label in Los Angeles. He was a producer on the 2011 Phase 4 release Brotherhood, the 2008 IFC release How to Rob A Bank, and the 2006 Sony release The Plague. He also worked with Inferno Entertainment as a creative/production consulting executive on their productions of The Women and Hachiko: A Dog’s Story.

From 1997 to 2003, Tim was a production executive at Universal Pictures, where he helped oversee numerous projects through development and production, including Bring It On, Bridget Jones’s Diary, 8 Mile, The Family Man, How High, U-571 and Hulk. He began his career in New York, as a financial and sales executive at Orion Pictures International. He holds a B.A. from Dartmouth College and an M.B.A. from Columbia University.

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Nigel Sinclair, Co-Chairman & CEO, Exclusive Media

Nigel Sinclair Nigel Sinclair is Co-Chairman and CEO of Exclusive Media, one of the industry’s leading independent production and distribution companies. Together with his partner Guy East, they launched their independent feature film and television production company, Spitfire Pictures, an Exclusive Media company, in early 2003. Prior to starting Spitfire, they co-founded renowned production company, Intermedia (in 1996).

Most recently, Nigel served as executive producer on George Clooney’s critically acclaimed The Ides of March, and the Academy Award nominated documentary feature film Undefeated. He also served as an executive producer on the horror-drama Let Me In and The Resident starring Hilary Swank. His producer credits include the critically acclaimed The Way Back, Snitch and So Undercover. Recent documentaries produced include George Harrison: Living in the Material World and The Last Play at Shea.

In May 2007, Nigel and Guy East joined the board of Hammer as non-executive directors, following the signature of Spitfire’s first-look development and production pact with the newly revived British horror studio. Also in the fall of 2007, they collaborated with Universal Pictures on Amazing Journey: The Story of The Who with Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshead. In 2005, Nigel produced the critically acclaimed No Direction Home: Bob Dylan, directed by Martin Scorsese, and in 2002 he produced Bob Dylan’s Masked and Anonymous, starring Bob Dylan, Jeff Bridges, Penelope Cruz, John Goodman, Jessica Lange and Luke Wilson.

In 2001, Intermedia produced two of the year's number one films in the US: K-PAX, starring Kevin Spacey and Jeff Bridges, and The Wedding Planner, starring Jennifer Lopez, on which Nigel also served as an Executive Producer. Other productions on which he served as executive producer include Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, the Academy Award winning Adaptation, Academy Award and Golden Globe nominated The Quiet American, Academy Award nominated Hilary and Jackie, Iris, K-19: The Widowmaker, Enigma, The Life of David Gale and Sliding Doors.

Nigel currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Governors of the British Film Office in Los Angeles and is a current Board Member of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts Los Angeles. In 2000, Queen Elizabeth appointed him a Commander of the British Empire (CBE) in recognition of his work in the film industry.

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Jane Tranter: Head of BBC Worldwide Productions

Jane TranterJane Tranter kick-started the scripted and unscripted push of BBC Worldwide Productions in January 2009 as EVP and head of the company. In addition to refreshing and overseeing hit shows such as Dancing with the Stars (ABC) and What Not to Wear (TLC), Jane has seen into production Torchwood: Miracle Day (Starz), Top Gear (HISTORY), Hairy Bikers (HISTORY) and a vast slate of upcoming shows including Da Vinci’s Demons (Starz), The Week the Women Went (Lifetime), Lovetown, USA (OWN), The Next Big Thing (Oxygen), Lives on Fire (OWN), Untitled Stacy London Fashion Series (w/t) (TLC) and Richard Hammond’s Crash Course (BBC America). Working across both reformats of acclaimed British shows for U.S. audiences, as well as original pieces, Jane and her team work with broadcasters, producers and talent on both sides of the Atlantic.

Before coming to the States to join BBC Worldwide Productions, Jane held the post of Controller of BBC Fiction in the UK. With a budget of approx $500 million, Jane was responsible for commissioning the BBC’s entire drama, comedy, motion picture and program acquisition output, leading a portfolio of diverse and distinctive productions including Little Dorrit, Criminal Justice, Gavin and Stacey, Heroes, House of Saddam, Doctor Who, Rome, Blackpool, Bleak House and State of Play.

From 2000 to 2006, Jane was Controller of BBC Drama Commissioning, responsible for leading the team that modernized and reinvented the BBC’s drama output. Before that, Jane headed up in-house drama at the BBC working as an Executive Producer on a number of award-winning films, mini-series and series. In 2009, she received BAFTA’s Special Award in recognition of her outstanding creative contribution to the television industry.

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Leslie Urdang, President, Olympus Pictures & Producer, Beginners

Leslie Urdang Leslie Urdang is the Producer and President of Olympus Pictures, a production company chaired by Dean Vanech that finances and produces low budget features and develops and produces films of all budget sizes. Olympus' first feature, ADAM, was released by Fox Searchlight in 2009. Recent projects include Rabbit Hole, which earned Nicole Kidman a 2011 Oscar nomination for Best Actress, and Beginners, which earned numerous nominations and awards, including the Gotham Award for Best Picture, the Oscar, Golden Globe and several other Best Supporting Actor Awards for Christopher Plummer.

Presently, Leslie is producing Andrew Adamson's first independent feature titled Mr. Pip alongside Eyeworks New Zealand. Olympus is also in post-production alongside Class5 Films on Thanks For Sharing, starring Mark Ruffalo, Tim Robbins and Gwyneth. Lesli founded Serenade Films and produced the Independent Spirit Award nominated film 12 And Holding, The Great New Wonderful, Game 6 and The Narrows. Among her other producing credits are A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Me And Veronica and People I Know. She was also a producer for Robert Redford's company, Wildwood Enterprises, and for Gary Ross' Larger Than Life. At both companies she developed several projects, including Motorcycle Diaries.

In the theatre, Leslie founded and continues to be a Producing Director of New York Stage and Film that for over 20 years has developed and produced the new works of hundreds of artists for Broadway and theaters throughout the country. Some of these include the Tony Award winning plays Sideman And Tru, and most recently John Patrick Shanley's Pulitzer and Tony Award winning play Doubt.

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