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Roundtable Speaker Bios

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Judith Becqueriaux

Judith Becqueriaux is the Rights Manager of Editions Denoël.

 

Since its foundation in the 1930s, Denoël has published a wide range of literary genres and many prestigious international authors: Louis Aragon, Isaac Asimov, Blaise Cendrars, Robert Crumb, Hans Fallada, Norman Mailer, Curzio Malaparte, Arto Paasilinna, Georges Perec, Sylvia Plath, Jean Rhys, Sempé, Patti Smith and many more.

 

Through distinct series, Denoël publishes around 50 titles per year: literary and commercial fiction, crime stories and thrillers, science fiction and fantasy, essays and non-fiction, graphic novels and illustrated books. Over the years, several novels published by Denoël have been adapted for the big screen, including Vertigo by Alfred Hitchcock, A Very Long Engagement by Jean-Pierre Jeunet and Suite Française by Saul Dibb.

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Cindy Bond

Cindy Bond, a globally recognized leader and pioneer in the world of faith-friendly entertainment, Bond has worked in the distribution, sales, marketing, production or finance of over 200 films to date.

 

Bond began her career in 1990 as President of Wild Horse Entertainment. In 1996 Bond co-founded Norann Entertainment, a faith-based production company, with Interstate Batteries Chairman Norm Miller. In 1998, Norm and Cindy co-founded Providence Entertainment, a faith-based US theatrical distribution company, renowned for distributing and marketing THE OMEGA CODE, the #1 limited theatrical release of 1999. In 2002 Bond co-founded Promenade Pictures with Paramount Pictures President, MGM/UA Co-Chairman Frank Yablans. In 2008 Bond Co-founded Mission Pictures International to open up the international marketplace for faith-friendly films. In 2013, Mission Pictures became worldwide with the releases of I’M IN LOVE WITH A CHURCH GIRL in partnership with Film District and THE JESUS FILM in partnership with Cinedigm. In 2014 Mission established an output deal with High Top Releasing/Focus Features.

 

On the production side Bond was a producer of THE JOYRIDERS, STRANGER IN MY HOUSE, EXTREME DAYS, THE TEN COMMANDMENTS, NOAH’S ARK, Hallmark Channel Originals THE NOTE, THE SHUNNING and THE CONFESSION, TV One’s A BEAUTIFUL SOUL, UP Channel’s highest rated series of movies LOVE FINDS YOU IN SUGARCREEK (2014 MovieGuide Epiphany Prize Winner) , LOVE FINDS YOU IN CHARM and LOVE FINDS YOU IN VALENTINE, and Lifetime Channel’s HEAVEN SENT. Current projects Bond is producing include I CAN ONLY IMAGINE, MISS BRENDA AND THE LOVELADIES, PRAYER OF JABEZ and HERO DOGS.

 

In addition to her corporate responsibilities, Bond serves or has served on various boards including Women In Film, Mastermedia, The Dove Foundation, The Heartland Film Festival, The James Jordan Foundation, and The Christian Film and Television Commission.

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Alexandra Buchman

Alexandra Buchman, a former lawyer, was member of the Paris Bar for five years and specialized in movie rights. She is still a solicitor and a member of the London Bar.

 

She decided to join a publishing house as a legal manager for intellectual property for Flammarion and Hachette before becoming the rights manager for Editions Stock.

 

For the past two years, she has served as the Rights Director for Place des Editeurs, an international publishing house with several bestsellers authors such as Haruki Murakami, Harlan Coben, Elisabeth George, or Danielle Steel.

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Nathalie Carpentier

After studying literature, Nathalie Carpentier joined the Faculty of Law of Paris.  She pursued a license in political sociology with Professor Nicos Poulantzas.

 

In 1974 she worked with her mother in her gallery that represented contemporary Gobelin tapestry.  Between 1977 and 1984, Nathalie held 105 exhibitions around the world on the theme “From Lurçat to Calder.”  In 1986 she set up her own gallery of paintings representing the movement of the French Figuration 50s and more particularly that of “l’homme témoin” (Man Witness) created by Bernard Buffet and Bernard Lorjou in opposition to the rising abstraction.

 

After the birth of their daughter in 1982, Nathalie accompanied Jean Marie Carpentier, her husband, on his travels and participated in his transactions to negotiate literary and audiovisual rights for works of le Fleuve Noir editions, for which he has served as the general secretary since 1962.

 

In 1996, Jean Marie Carpentier created the first agency in France dedicated solely to trading audiovisuals rights of literary works: literary and audiovisual creation (C.A.L.).  At the time, C.A.L. represented the publishing houses Plon-Perrin and Fleuve Noir.  In 2009, Nathalie took over the management of C.A.L., which today represents 12 publishers. www.calfrance.fr

 

Nathalie went on to create her own publishing house in 2016, French Pulp editions, which is dedicated to French popular literature.  French Pulp editions has, to date, a collection of more than 2,000 titles.  Each month it publishes 3 pockets books from the collection and 2 table books from contemporary authors.  www.frenchpulpeditions.fr

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Lesley Chilcott

Lesley Chilcott is an award winning filmmaker, documentarian, and producer. In addition to award winning documentary features and shorts, she is the Chair of the West Coast Producers Guild of America (PGA) Non-Fiction documentary committee while hosting a popular screening series for them, The Doc Club.

Chilcott got her start in film and production with MTV Networks and before she made documentaries she produced and directed hundreds of TV commercials. She was a producer of the 2007 Academy Award winning documentary, AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH, and she also produced the amazing rock documentary IT MIGHT GET LOUD (2009,) about legendary guitarists, The Edge, Jimmy Page and Jack White. Other notable Chilcott-produced films include A MOTHER’S PROMISE, the Barack Obama biographic film for the Democratic National Convention in 2008 and WAITING FOR SUPERMAN (2010) for which she was awarded a win by the PGA for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Documentary.

In 2014 Chilcott directed the feature documentary, A SMALL SECTION OF THE WORLD, about a village of women coffee producers from the Talamanca mountains of Costa Rica which played at the Stare Department of the UN in Geneva. The film also had and theatrical run and aired in 40 countries through Sundance International. Her short film CODESTARS garnered over 20 million views online and was the number one video on youtube.com for two days.

In November of 2015 Chilcott released the documentary CODEGIRL, which follows the annual Technovation Challenge, a competition where high school-aged girls from around the world design an app that solves a problem in their community. Chilcott filmed teams all over the world including Moldova, Mexico and Brazil, documenting how exposure to technology and computer science can transform young girl’s lives. CODEGIRL was the first movie to have it’s premiere exclusively on youtube.com before going to theaters and other outlets, and the first film ever to stream on Mashable and STEAM. CODEGIRL was recently selected for the American Film Showcase, the premiere film diplomacy program of the U.S. State Department for 2016.

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Melissa Coghlan

Melissa Coghlan is a Canadian Producer. She began her film career working in Theatrical Distribution at Alliance Atlantis. In 2009, Melissa produced the documentary short, Amerika Idol. After playing at several film festivals across the U.S., it landed at Toronto’s prestigious Hot Docs Festival. Her first feature film, Below Her Mouth, premiered at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival.

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Marie Dormann

After studying literature and garnering experience in journalism and advertising, Marie Dormann began working for Albin Michel Publishing, where she was a reader and press attaché.  She now leads the subsidiary rights department at Albin Michel.

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Laurent Duvault

Laurent Duvault began his career as an independent journalist specializing in comic books and television critique. His first foray into the world of publishing was at Zenda, as press attaché. He then took on the role of Foreign Rights Manager at Delcourt and in 1995, became the Editorial  Director at Dupuis and then at Soleil and Soleil Manga in 2004.

 

In 2006, he was named the Director of Audiovisual and International Development of the Dargaud Group, that brings together other Dargaud publishing houses such as Dargaud itself, Dupuis, Le Lombard, Kana and Urban Comics.

 

He has also worked as a translator (Calvin & Hobbes, Gary Larson, The Simpsons) as well as a screenwriter (Kid Paddle, Spirou).

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Cassian Elwes

Elwes began his producing career with 1983’s “Oxford Blues” starring Rob Lowe and Ally Sheedy and quickly went on to make another 29 films, including “Men At Work,” with Emilio Estevez and Charlie Sheen, and “The Chase” with Sheen.

 

In 1994, Elwes joined William Morris and headed William Morris Independent for 15 years. He financed such indie hits as “Slingblade” and “The Apostle,” both of which were nominated for multiple Oscars. “Monster’s Ball” was their follow up, which won the “Best Actress” Oscar for Halle Berry, the first African American woman to do so.

 

Wikipedia calls Cassian Elwes one of the most important figures in independent cinema and an expert in the field of arranging financing and distribution for independent films, having done so for 283 films during his tenure at William Morris Independent.

 

Since leaving William Morris Independent 5 years ago, Elwes has either produced or executive produced 40 films including John Hillcoat’s “Lawless,” Lee Daniels’ “The Paperboy,” and David Lowery’s “Ain’t Them Bodies Saints”, which was nominated for a Gotham Independent Film Award for “Best Feature.”

 

Recently, Elwes produced the hit period drama “Lee Daniels’ The Butler,” which featured an all-star cast headed by Forest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey. He also executive produced J.C. Chandor’s “All Is Lost” starring Robert Redford and executive produced and arranged financing for the Oscar winning hit “Dallas Buyers Club” directed by Jean-Marc Vallee, starring Matthew McConaughey, Jared Leto and Jennifer Garner.

 

Elwes executive produced the Kevin Costner release “Black and White”, directed by Mike Binder, and has produced both Werner Herzog’s “Queen of the Desert” and Eli Roth’s “Knock Knock”. His most current release was “Elvis & Nixon” starring Michael Shannon and Kevin Spacey. Cassian is in post on the 1980’s Los Angeles-set thriller “The Billionaire Boy’s Club”, starring Ansel Elgort, Taron Egerton, and Kevin Spacey.

 

Elwes most recently finished shooting “Mudbound”, which is being directed by Dee Rees, starring Jason Clarke, Garrett Hedlund, Carey Mulligan, and Jason Mitchell.

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Matthew Gamarra

Matt Gamarra is Senior Manager of Special Events & Independent Organizing for the Directors Guild of America. Working with the DGA’s Independent Directors Committee, he identifies opportunities for outreach to emerging talent in indies. Matt also works with the DGA’s Special Projects Committee on members-only event seminars and workshops, as well as programming for the Documentary Series and Global Cinema Series. He is a graduate of Syracuse University.

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Steven Gaydos

Steven Gaydos is Vice President and Executive Editor at Variety, where he is responsible for over 250 reports a year in both Daily and Weekly Variety, producing territorial surveys, film and TV market reports, genre studies as well as business-oriented personality and corporate profiles. An editor with Variety since 1994, Steven also created and directs the “10 to Watch” program for Variety, spotlighting emerging talent from around the world in the fields of directing, screenwriting, cinematography, producing and acting. Steven created and continues to oversee the “Variety Critics Choice: Europe Now” official sidebar at Karlovy Vary Film Festival. This section, in partnership with European Film Promotion, is now in its 17th year and focuses on presenting the best in new European cinema at one of Europe’s oldest and most distinguished film festivals. Steven also originated many of Variety’s best known editorial feature franchises including “Variety Impact Reports,” “Hollywood’s New Leaders,” “Variety Creative Conscience Award” and many others. An expert on the international entertainment business, Steven is regularly featured in newspaper, radio and TV interviews both in the U.S. and abroad, contributing his expertise to publications such as The Washington Post, The Guardian, London Telegraph and Times of London as well to broadcasters in the U.K., Europe, Australia and elsewhere. Prior to joining Variety, Steven worked in Hollywood and Europe as a screenwriter. His produced films include director Monte Hellman’s Venice Film Festival award-winning films “Road to Nowhere” and “Iguana,” “All Men are Mortal” for director Ate de Jong and director Nouchka Van Brakel’s “One Month Later.” Steven is also editor of The Variety Guide to Film Festivals, (Variety/Putnam) and is also co-editor of Movie Talk from the Frontlines (McFarland) and Cannes: 50 Years of Sun, Sex and Celluloid (Miramax/Hyperion). Steven is a member of the Writers Guild of America, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts and the European Film Academy.

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Darrien Michele Gipson

Darrien Michele Gipson is the National Director of SAGindie, an educational program that teaches independent filmmakers with limited budgets how to hire professional actors for their films. Darrien is an M.F.A. recipient from the Peter Stark Producer’s Program at USC and was formerly the Vice President of Production for DEF Pictures. As National Director of SAGindie, Darrien is responsible for the strategic planning and oversight of the organization and acts as a liaison between filmmakers and SAG-AFTRA, the actors union.

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J. Todd Harris

Todd Harris is the founder and CEO of Branded Pictures Entertainment, which acquires and develops branded intellectual properties for repurposing in film, TV and stage. He’s recently produced the musical Doctor Zhivago and American Psycho on Broadway and produced Heathers The Musical Off Broadway in 2014. Among his 41 produced movies are the Academy Award-nominated The Kids Are All Right, several Sundance entries, including Bottle Shock, as well as studio movies such as Piranha 3D and Dudley Do-Right. He has several branded titles in the early stages of development. Originally from New York, Mr. Harris earned his BA and MBA from Stanford. He has been a member of producers branch of the Motion Picture Academy for 16 years and recently joined the PGA and the Broadway League.  He has taught Chapman University’s MFA program and is a founding board member of the Napa Valley Film Festival. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife Amy Powers and two teenage sons.

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Kevin Iwashina

Kevin Iwashina is the Founder & CEO of Preferred Content, a film, television and digital sales & finance company.

 

Founded in January 2010, Preferred Content (PC) specializes in the sale of North American and Worldwide distribution rights for both narrative and documentary filmed entertainment content. Additionally, PC represents filmmakers to assemble creative and financial elements for film, TV and digital projects.

 

Recent PC projects include FRANK AND LOLA, LOVESONG, and the documentary BAD KIDS which all premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival. Additional titles include the 2016 Sundance Midnight features ANTIBIRTH and TRASHFIRE, the 2016 SXSW documentaries ORANGE SUNSHINE and SILICON COWBOYS, I’LL SEE YOU IN MY DREAMS distributed by Bleecker Street and Rodney Ascher’s THE NIGHTMARE. PC also produced and handled worldwide sales on the hit documentary JIRO DREAMS OF SUSHI released by Magnolia Pictures.

 

Iwashina holds a B.A. in English Literature with minor in French Language and Culture from U.C.L.A. He is active in the non-profit sector and serves as the Chairman of the Board of the Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment (CAPE) and is a member of the Board of Directors of the International Documentary Association (IDA). He began his career in the mailroom at the United Talent Agency (UTA).

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Alexandra Johnes

A primetime Emmy-winning producer, Alexandra has worked most notably as a producer of feature documentaries for acclaimed directors Alex Gibney, Eugene Jarecki, Jehane Noujaim and Lucy Walker. Most recently, Alexandra produced HOLY HELL (dir. Will Allen), which premiered in competition at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival and was released this year by CNN Films and Netflix. Alexandra is also an Executive Producer on A24’s critically-acclaimed, indie box office hit THE WITCH (2015, dir. Robert Eggers).

 

Johnes’ documentaries have received several awards and nominations, including an Oscar nomination for Jehane Noujaim’s THE SQUARE, the Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival, a DGA award, several Peabody Awards, and several Primetime Emmys.

 

Other recent films include MEA MAXIMA CULPA: SILENCE IN THE HOUSE OF GOD, THE HOUSE I LIVE IN, THE LAST GLADIATORS, RAFEA: SOLAR MAMA, REAGAN, MAGIC TRIP: KEN KESEY’S SEARCH FOR A KOOL PLACE, CLIENT 9: THE RISE AND FALL OF ELIOT SPITZER, CASINO JACK AND THE UNITED STATES OF MONEY, MY TRIP TO AL-QAEDA and FREAKONOMICS.

 

Production and distribution partners on her films have included Magnolia Pictures, Participant Media, Netflix Originals, Disney, A24, Universal, CNN Films, A&E, ITVS, BBC, ZDF/ARTE, Optimum Releasing, Film Rise, and HBO.

 

From 2007 – 2012, Alexandra ran Alex Gibney’s company, Jigsaw Productions, managing all aspects of development and production.

 

In 2012, she was selected as one of eight US producers for the TAP Producing Fellowship, sponsored by the Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP).

 

In 2015, she began working with Time Inc. to oversee creative development and production of documentaries and docuseries for the Time Inc. portfolio of brands. Current projects include ARETHA (dir. Sydney Pollack) and THE MARS GENERATION (dir. Michael Barnett). Outside of Time Inc., she is currently story producing Season 4 of the Gimlet Media podcast START UP and continues to work as an independent producer on both feature documentaries and fiction films.

 

Alexandra is a graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.

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Belsasar Lepe

A co-founder of Ooyala, Belsasar Lepe now oversees the company’s Products and Solutions group. Bel is also responsible for technology partnerships around the world, with a focus on building close and collaborative relationships with partners critical to our customer’s success. Before founding Ooyala, Bel was a Google systems engineer.

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Fabio Lima

Fabio Lima is the Founder of Sofa Digital – a VOD aggregator based in Latin America and dedicated to Emerging Markets. It is the Preferred Aggregator and Encoding House of iTunes, GooglePlay, Netflix and Local Platforms. Fabio is specialized in Digital Distribution and prior to Sofa Digital has worked as Digital Theatrical Distributor of alternative and independent content.

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Tina Mabry

A native of Tupelo, Mississippi, Tina Mabry is an alumna of USC’s School of Cinematic Arts graduate film program. In 2007, Mabry co-wrote the feature screenplay Itty Bitty Titty Committee directed by Jamie Babbit. In 2008, Mabry participated in the FIND’s Directors Lab with her feature film, Mississippi Damned; the film was later awarded the Kodak Film Grant. Mississippi Damned premiered on Showtime Networks in February 2011. Mabry was named among the “25 New Faces of Independent Film” in Filmmaker Magazine in 2009; recognized by Out Magazine as one of the most inspirational and outstanding people of 2009; and featured in the Advocate magazine as part of their “Top Forty Under 40” issue. In 2012, Mabry participated in the Fox Writers Intensive, a highly selective writer’s initiative designed to introduce experienced writers with unique voices and backgrounds to FOX’s television and feature film audiences. ITVS produced Mabry’s latest short film, Ant, as part of their Futurestates program; a series of independent shorts showing visions of what life in America will be like in decades to come. The films stars Guillermo Diaz and focuses on mental health care. Mabry also wrote and directed Crossover for Futurestates (2012). Mabry is a producer, writer, and director for season one of OWN’s Queen Sugar and just finished directing two episodes of Netflix’s Dear White People and Amazon’s An American Girl Story – Melody 1963: Love Has to Win. She is currently and a writer and co-producer for USA’s Queen of the South.

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Barbara Mudge

Barbara Mudge began her career in domestic theatrical distribution booking drive-in theatres, before entering the international field at the Cannon Group and continuing at New World Communications as Managing Director. Ms. Mudge moved to 20th Century Fox as Vice President of Sales, where she created New World’s International Home Video Specialty Label.  She founded her own sales agency in 1998 which has represented several notable libraries, including Universal Studios affiliate Studio USA, Andrew Stevens/Don Kushner’s Focal Point Releasing, and World Wide Pictures from the Billy Graham Evangelical Organization. Mudge’s television and film experience including licensing Palme d’Or winner A CRY IN THE DARK, Oscar winner THE ASSAULT, SPIDER-MAN the Fox series, PBS mini-series COURAGE, NEW HAMPSHIRE and the acclaimed TRADE OF INNOCENTS.  Mudge currently offers a full library of Faith-content and Family genre product through Worldwide Faith Entertainment On Demand, LLC.

www.faith-on-demand.com

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Lucy Mukerjee-Brown

Lucy Mukerjee-Brown is a film producer and programmer, an LGBTQ activist and an advocate for minority filmmakers.

 

In January 2015, Lucy joined Outfest as the Director of Programming, where she is responsible for the programming of Outfest Los Angeles, Outfest Fusion, and NewFest, as well as overseeing the Legacy Project, the Screenwriting Lab and OutSet. She previously programmed for the Long Beach LGBTQ Film Festival, QFilms, and the Los Angeles Film Festival as well as being a Screener for the Sundance Film Festival.

 

Lucy has a decade of experience as a Producer, having produced 20+ feature films for Lionsgate and Warner Bros. She also curated the bestselling independent film series Horrorfest: 8 Films To Die For. Her latest feature film Jack Of The Red Hearts won the Grand Jury Prize at Geena Davis’ inaugural Bentonville Film Festival and was released nationwide by AMC Theaters earlier this year.

 

Lucy is a two-time Film Independent fellow, having been selected for both Project Involve and the Producing Lab. She is on the Selection Committee for the Independent Spirit Awards and the Lambda Literary Awards, and is a proud member of BAFTA and the Producers Guild of America.

 

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Andrea Nasfell

Andrea Nasfell is a screenwriter whose most recently released film MOMS’ NIGHT OUT (Sony AFFIRM/Provident Films) won a Dove award for Inspirational Film of the Year. She also wrote the Christmas movies SILVER BELLS and CHRISTMAS ANGEL, the most-watched movie on UP TV in 2012. Her movies CHRISTMAS WITH A CAPITAL C and WHAT IF… were nominated for Epiphany Prizes in TV and film. WHAT IF… was selected by Movieguide as one of 2010’s “Ten Best Films for Family Audiences” and CHRISTMAS WITH A CAPITAL C won their Faith & Freedom Award.  In January 2017, her faith-based comedy THE RESURRECTION OF GAVIN STONE will release in theaters via BH Tilt and WWE Studios. As a graduate of Act One: Writing for Hollywood, Andrea frequently serves as a script consultant and screenwriting professor. She is a graduate of Asbury University and earned an MFA in Creative Writing from Spalding University.

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Maria Lo Orzel

A Hong Kong and Los Angeles based independent producer, MARIA LO ORZEL shot two English-language films in Hong Kong over the course of 24 months. The award–winning crime thriller “Four Assassins” stars Hollywood actors Will Yun Lee and Miguel Ferrer. “Lost for Words”, a cross-cultural romance features American star Sean Faris and Hong Kong actors Terence Yin and Grace Huang.

 

Ms. Orzel founded the production and creative consultancy company Studio Strada in 2001. The company has collaborated closely with Oscar-winning producer Bill Kong on many of his projects and served as Creative Consultant to high-profile directors like Zhang Yimou on “HERO”, ”House of Flying Daggers” and “Curse of the Golden Flower”.

 

Studio Strada is in active production on “Vanishing Planet: Asia” – a 12-part documentary series focusing on the endangered cultural heritage and disappearing traditions in Asia. “Vanishing Planet: Asia” is premiering at AFM 2016. “Blackout”, a non-stop Hong Kong-style action film is currently in pre-production.

 

Ms. Orzel began her entertainment career as an executive holding several high level positions first at Home Box Office in the United States, then as Regional Vice President at United International Pictures (a Paramount, Universal and MGM/UA company). She was the first woman to head an international operation of any U.S. studio, and the first woman to Chair a chapter of the MPEAA.

 

Ms. Orzel graduated Bachelor of Arts, Magna cum Laude from the University of Wisconsin and received an MBA from Syracuse University, New York. She is a member of the Producers Guild of America.

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Rich Peluso

Rich Peluso is the Executive Vice President of AFFIRM Films, a division of Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) focused on the development, production, acquisition and marketing of faith-based and inspirational films.

 

These films span a wide range of genres and budgets and enjoy the various global distribution platforms at SPE including theatrical, television, church exhibition and home entertainment.

 

Peluso reports to Steve Bersch, President, Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions.

 

Peluso works with writers, directors and independent producers at various stages of production from concept and script, through production and completion, to produce and distribute quality entertainment that inspires, uplifts, challenges and captivates.

 

Recent films he has worked on include the #1 box-office hit WAR ROOM, HEAVEN IS FOR REAL, SOUL SURFER, RISEN, MIRACLES FROM HEAVEN, COURAGEOUS, FIREPROOF, WHEN THE GAME STANDS TALL and MOMS’ NIGHT OUT.

 

Peluso has led AFFIRM Films since 2007. Over the last 9 years AFFIRM has earned 4 coveted A+ CinemaScore ratings (SOUL SURFER, COURAGEOUS, WAR ROOM and MIRACLES FROM HEAVEN) and exceeded $420 million in domestic box office making it the most successful faith-based film studio worldwide.

 

Prior to joining Sony Pictures Entertainment, Peluso served 15 years at EMI Christian Music Group/EMI Music (now known as Capitol Christian/Universal Music) as the president of EMI CMG Distribution. He was also president of The Safe Side Company, a children’s entertainment company founded by John Walsh (Host of America’s Most Wanted) and Julie Clark (Founder of The Baby Einstein Company).

 

He lives in Leiper’s Fork, TN with his wife and four daughters, and commutes to his office in Culver City, CA.

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Lise Romanoff

Lise Romanoff, Managing Director/ CEO of Worldwide Distribution at Vision Films, celebrates 25 years in the Feature Film and Television Distribution business. Lise also currently holds the post of Vice Chairperson Secretary on the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of the Independent Film and Television Alliance (IFTA), is an active member of their Legal Committee.

 

4 years ago, Vision Films announced their expansion into the domestic DVD and Video On Demand and Digital (VOD) sector of the media. Their domestic partners include Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, iNDemand (Comcast, Cox, Time Warner), Vubiquity (Verizon, Charter and many other MSOs), Dish, Direct TV, Amazon, iTunes, PlayStation, Xbox, Vudu, Vimeo, Google Play, Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime and Shaw, Rogers, Bell and Telus in Canada. Vision Films releases 2-4 titles a month (2 Documentaries and 2 Feature Films) and is actively acquiring top-notch independent feature films and documentaries that entertain, inspire, and inform audiences.

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Mike Runagall

Founded in 2012 by Will Clarke, Andy Mayson and Mike Runagall, Altitude Film Entertainment is a vertically integrated film company comprising production, international sales and UK distribution. Altitude Film Sales handles international sales and distributon for all in-house productions, as well as third party films. Altitude productions include Owen Harris’ KILL YOUR FRIENDS, based on John Niven’s novel starring Nicholas Hoult, James Corden and Craig Roberts and Jalmari Helander’s BIG GAME starring Samuel L Jackson, Ray Stevenson and Jim Broadbent. Third party titles include Julius Avery’s SON OF A GUN, starring Ewan McGregor, Alicia Vikander and Brenton Thwaites, Johannes Roberts’ 47 METERS DOWN starring Claire Holt and Mandy Moore, Colm McCarthy’s THE GIRL WITH ALL THE GIFTS, starring Glenn Close, Gemma Arterton and Paddy Considine, MARADONA – the new feature documentary from the Oscar–winning team behind AMY and WHITNEY, a revealing portrait of global superstar Whitney Houston, from Oscar-winning producer Simon Chinn and Academy-Award winning director, Kevin Macdonald.

 

Prior to this, Runagall served a SVP international sales for Pathe International, where he oversaw international sales and distribution for both Pathe Productions and third party films, including, THE QUEEN, THE IRON LADY, THE DESCENT, GNOMEO AND JULIET, DON’T BE AFRAID OF THE DARK and SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE.

 

He began his career at the BFI and Film4.

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Liz Shackleton

Based in Hong Kong, Liz Shackleton is Asia Editor for Screen International (www.screendaily.com) and the founder of Chime Consulting, which helps Western companies and government organisations to work with the fast-developing Chinese and Indian film industries.

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Felix Tsang

Felix Tsang is the Sales & Acquisitions Manager at Golden Scene in Hong Kong. Founded in 1998, Golden Scene is an independent distribution company renowned for its diverse lineup. Apart from mainstream entertainment, such as the ‘Twilight’ series, and the ‘Step Up’ series, Golden Scene is also the distributor of various award-winning arthouse gems, such as ‘Spotlight’, ‘The Intouchables’, ‘A Separation’, and ‘The Hurt Locker’. Golden Scene is also the distributor of contemporary Asian cinematic masterpieces, such as Hou Hsiao Hsien’s ‘The Assassin’, and Jafar Panahi’s ‘Taxi’.

 

Moreover, Golden Scene has always been committed to supporting local Hong Kong film productions, such as ‘The Way We Dance’ (2013), and ‘The Midnight After’ (2014). Widely known for being supportive toward new directors, Golden Scene is also the international sales agent of various directorial debuts, such as the controversial ‘Ten Years’, ‘Weeds on Fire’, and ‘Mad World’, which debuted in the Toronto International Film Festival this year.

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Fred Wang

Wang Cheung Yue, Fred – Chairman, Salon Films Group of companies. The Wang family founded Salon Films (Hong Kong) Limited in 1969. Mr Wang has been a Director of Salon since 1969 and he has worked with various major Hollywood film and television companies in setting up projects in Asia. Since 1985, Mr Wang has been involved with various investment groups in Asia. Mr Wang is the Hon. Vice President of the China Film Foundation, Director of the Board of the Hong Kong International Film Festival Society Limited, a Member of the Board of Asian Film Awards Academy, a Member of the Board of Governors of the Federation of Hong Kong Business Associations Worldwide and a member of the Hong Kong Advisory Board of British Academy of Film and Television Arts. Mr Wang graduated with the Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business and Economics from Whittier College, California.

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Kay S. Wolf

Kay S. Wolf is the Writers Guild of America, West’s Independent Film Executive. She conducts outreach to narrative and documentary screenwriters and filmmakers, encouraging them to use WGA contracts both domestically and overseas. Kay started at the WGAW in 1995 and oversaw many of the Guild’s burgeoning new media, animation and nonfiction activities before her assignment to independent film in 2000. In addition to helping draft various agreements, she spearheaded efforts with the WGAW team to address industry realities by revising the current versions of the WGA Low Budget Agreement and Documentary Screenplay Contract for feature films. In 1999, she also worked a year at IFTA (Independent Film and Television Alliance) as the Director of Producer Services. Before her WGAW work, Kay was at ABC Productions/The Hemisphere Group in Los Angeles developing and producing foreign co-productions and at Saban Entertainment in development. Kay received a B.A. in Telecommunications and Broadcast Journalism from Indiana University.

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Jonathan Wolf

Jonathan Wolf is Managing Director of the American Film Market and Executive Vice President of the Independent Film & Television Alliance. Jonathan’s full bio is on his LinkedIn page and he welcomes connections with all AFM participants.

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Joseph Yeung

Mr Joseph Yeung introduced film production insurance products from London, UK into Hong Kong in 2011, and insured numerous productions by a HK-based investment company filming in Thailand, Malaysia and the Middle East.

 

In 2012, Mr Yeung extended his service offerings to the Greater China region. Using reinsurance concept and terms, he was able to create suitable production insurance that specifically catered to the China market.

 

Mr Yeung’s extensive experience in the reinsurance market allowed him to satisfy a US regulatory requirements for mandatory insurance while significantly reduced premium for a Greater China media company in the midst of going public. He further insured several of its documentary productions involving filming near volcanos, chasing after tornados and venturing deep into areas of military conflicts.

 

In 2014, Mr Yeung introduced prize indemnity products that allowed customers to upgrade the value of their promotional prizes while staying within their budgets. Within a year, Mr. Yeung was able to issue the first of many film production insurance and prize indemnity insurance from within China, one of which is the online giveaway event for the promotion of the box-off hit Tiny Times 4.

 

This year, Mr Yeung has successfully introduced the first completion bond and production insurance to an established Hong Kong film company for its production in Europe. He continues to pave ways and build bridges for the international insurance industry to customize and explore opportunities in Asia, particularly in China.