Among the 100+ speakers are FilmNation’s Glen Basner, Phoenix PicturesMike Medavoy and China Film Co-production Corporation’s Miao Xiaotian

The 2015 American Film Market, taking place November 4-11 in Santa Monica, has today announced its initial speakers. Among the leading producers, distributors, financiers, marketing executives and festival heads that are confirmed to attend are FilmNation Entertainment’s CEO Glen Basner and Cinetic Media’s John Sloss participating in the new Festival Conference, and The Orchard’s Paul Davidson and Broad Green Pictures’ Steve Nickerson addressing the latest trends in VOD during the Distribution Conference.

AFM’s programming connects attendees to thought leaders from across the industry, providing participants with exclusive access to insider knowledge and insight. Speakers will appear on various AFM platforms between Thursday, November 5th and Tuesday, November 10th. The Roundtables commence on November 5th, the Conference Series begins the next day, with Conferences on Finance, Pitching, Production, Distribution and new additions the China Conference and the Festival Conference, and the new Festival Focus series begin on November 7th.

Confirmed speakers, in alphabetical order, include:

  • Richard Abramowitz, President, Abramorama
  • Mark Adams, Artistic Director, Edinburgh International Film Festival
  • Tobin Armbrust, President, Worldwide Production & Acquisition, Virgin Produced
  • Richard Baker, EVP, Marketing & Creative Advertising, FilmNation Entertainment
  • Paul Bales, Partner, The Asylum
  • Glen Basner, CEO, FilmNation Entertainment
  • Mayenzeke Baza, Director of International Relations, Association for Transformation in Film and TV
  • Steve Break
  • John Burke, Partner, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
  • Jamie Carmichael, President, Film, CONTENT
  • Joseph Chianese, EVP, Entertainment Partners
  • Ted Crockett, Executive Director, Nashville Film Festival
  • Paul Davidson, SVP, Film & TV, The Orchard
  • Mitch Davis, Co-Festival Director & Co-Director of International Programming, Fantasia International Film Festival
  • Cassian Elwes, Independent Producer/Agent
  • Clay Epstein, SVP Sales & Acquisitions, Arclight Films
  • Arianne Fraser, Founding Partner & CEO, Highland Film Group
  • Patrick Frater, Asia Bureau Chief, Variety
  • Darrien Michele Gipson, National Director, SAGindie
  • Scott Glosserman, Founder/CEO, Gathr Films
  • Richard Gray, Producer, Yellow Brick Films
  • Paul Hertzberg, President & CEO, CineTel Films, Inc.
  • Kevin Iwashina, Managing Partner, Preferred Content
  • Shi Jianxiang, Chairman, Shanghai Kuailu Investment Group
  • David Jourdan, SVP of International Business Development & Operations, IM Global
  • Jeremy Kay, U.S. Editor, Screen International
  • Senain Kheshgi, Director/Writer/Producer, Senain Kheshgi Pictures
  • Jon Larson, Associate Western Executive Director, Directors Guild of America
  • Mike Medavoy, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Phoenix Pictures
  • Sonia Mehandjiyska, Head of International Distribution, Electric Entertainment
  • Charlotte Mickie, President, Mongrel International
  • Barbara Mudge, President & Founder, Worldwide Film Entertainment
  • Steve Nickerson, President, Home Entertainment, Broad Green Pictures
  • Stephanie Palmer, Founder, Good in a Room
  • Rich Peluso, Senior Vice President, AFFIRM Films/Sony Pictures Entertainment
  • Bennett C. Pozil, Executive Vice President – Head of Corporate Banking, East West Bank
  • Lise Romanoff, Managing Director/CEO Worldwide Distribution, Vision Films
  • Roy A. Salter, Senior Advisor, FTI Consulting Inc
  • Pascal Schmitz, Head of Sales, AAA Entertainment
  • Russell Schwartz, Co-Principal, Pandemic Marketing Corp
  • Peter Shiao, Founder & CEO, Orb Media Group
  • John Sloss, Principal, Cinetic Media
  • Carl Spence, Artistic Director, Seattle International Film Festival
  • Chris Spicer, Counsel, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
  • Gareth Unwin, CEO & Founder, Bedlam Productions
  • John Volmink, Co-Founder, Diprente Films
  • Adrian Ward, SVP, Entertainment Industries Division, Pacific Mercantile Bank
  • Kay S. Wolf, Independent Film Executive, Writers Guild of America, West
  • Miao Xiaotian, President, China Film Co-production Corporation
  • April Ye, CEO, Film Finances China

The AFM will run November 4-11 at the Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel. The Conferences will take place at Santa Monica’s Fairmont Miramar Hotel and the Roundtables and Festival Focus will take place at the Loews Hotel, AFM Studio. For more information please see: and

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About the American Film Market
The business of independent motion picture production and distribution reaches its peak every year at the American Film Market.  The global film industry converges in Santa Monica for eight days of deal‐making on films in every stage of development and production, as well as screenings, conferences, networking and parties.

With 8,000 industry leaders from more than 80 countries, 700 screenings and the industry’s largest Conference Series, AFM is the pivotal destination for filmmakers, producers, writers, distributors, financiers, industry executives, talent, the international media and all those who provide services to the worldwide motion picture industry.

The AFM is produced by the Independent Film & Television Alliance® the global trade association of the independent motion picture and television industry.

About The Independent Film & Television Alliance

The Independent Film & Television Alliance (IFTA) is the global trade association for the independent motion picture and television industry. Headquartered in Los Angeles, the organization represents more than 150 member companies from 23 countries, consisting of independent production and distribution companies, sales agents, television companies and financial institutions engaged in film finance. IFTA is dedicated to protecting and strengthening its Members’ ability to finance, produce, market and distribute independent films and television programs in an ever‐changing and challenging global marketplace.

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