Bradley M. Gallo has 20 years of media and entertainment industry experience including film, television, commercials, digital/social media and journalism. Currently he serves as Chief Creative Officer for Amasia Entertainment. He produced numerous productions including the upcoming THEM THAT FOLLOW starring Olivia Colman, Thomas Mann, Jim Gaffigan and Walton Goggins. MR. RIGHT starring Sam Rockwell and Anna Kendrick, directed by Paco Cabezas; and THE CALL starring Halle Berry and Abigail Breslin. Bradley is also producing various other upcoming projects including THE CALL 2, FATE and the adaption of the world famous graphic novel MY FAVORITE THING IS MONSTERS by Emil Ferris with Columbia Pictures.
Prior to his post at Amasia Entertainment, Gallo served as the Head of Production and Development of Troika Pictures where he produced films such as CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR starring Nick Jonas and THE ROAD WITHIN starring Zoe Kravitz, Dev Patel and Robert Sheehan. Prior to joining Troika Pictures, Gallo was a freelance producer/ writer/on-air personality. In 2010 he finished up a fellowship at CNN in New York City where he produced numerous shows including Anderson Cooper and American Morning and was a reporter for CNN.com.
In 2010, Gallo received his Masters Degree from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, specializing in broadcast journalism. He graduated from Penn State University with a bachelors degree in psychology and minor in business.
Before journalism school, Gallo was an independent television producer. His producing credits include; Ultimate Fighter on Spike, Bobby G Adventure Capitalist on Mojo, and Under Fire on Court TV. He also produced two national commercials for 1-800- Flowers. In 2007, Gallo was a top 10 contestant on the reality show America’s Next Producer.
Before working in television, Bradley wrote several screenplays, including ATTRACTIVE DANGER and ONE STEP CLOSER, which won numerous awards. At the beginning of his career in film, Gallo wrote, directed and produced the feature film MAGIC ROCK.
Gallo is a member of Film Independent and the PGA and has served as Chairman of the Board of the non-profit Cody Foundation helping kids through experiential learning. He has been an angel investor in technology platforms and recently launched GVNG, a place to start your own non-profit. He currently resides in Santa Monica, CA.
Dr. Gao is the Founding Partner and CEO of “Smart Cinema”. He received Bachelor and Master Degree in applied mechanics in Harbin Institute of Technology, and Doctorate in UCLA.
From the year 2015-2017, Dr. Gao was the Senior Vice President of Wanda Cultural Industry Group and CEO of Int’l Business Department. In 2017, he also served as CEO of Legendary Pictures, Inc. From the year 2006-2014, Dr. Gao joined News Corporation and Twenty-First Century Fox, Inc. as Senior Vice President, and the CEO of Star TV China and the Chairman of MySpace China. During the past two decades, Dr. Gao had served as President and General Manager of Microsoft China, Global Vice President and President of Asia’s Largest Development Region of Autodesk.
In addition, Dr. Gao is a Guest Professor of the CUHK School of Management at The Chinese University of Hong Kong, and was respectively a member of the Board of Directors of the AFI and that of the global largest cinema lines AMC. In 2016 and 2017, he was named “the Most Powerful People in Entertainment” by Hollywood Reporter.
Darrien Michele Gipson is the Executive Director of SAGindie. Darrien leads a team that is responsible for independent filmmaker outreach and specializes in teaching low budget production focusing on the process for hiring professional actors via SAG-AFTRA’s low budget contracts. She is a frequent moderator and speaker on panels and workshops, negotiates sponsorship agreements with film festivals, spearheads annual national advertising campaigns, and oversees SAGindie.org. Darrien has an MFA from USC’s Peter Stark Producers Program and was formerly the VP of Production for DEF Pictures.
Florian Glatz is a lawyer, software developer and consultant with expertise in the blockchain sphere. Besides being the co-founder of Cinemarket, the Legal Tech Center and founder of the Blockchain Embassy, Florian currently serves as the founding president of the German Blockchain Association. Since 2014, he has provided his thoughts on the regulatory issues associated with blockchain technology in its early stages.
With a background in research, his most recent attribution is co-authoring the book “Rechtshandbuch Legal Tech”, and he is co-publishing a quarterly magazine called “Rethinking Law”.
Dr. Nelson Granados is the Executive Director of the Institute for Entertainment, Sports, Media, and Culture and Director of the Center for Applied Research at Pepperdine’s Graziadio Business School. His research on the impact of digital technologies on market transparency and digital distribution is published in top business journals like Management Science and MIS Quarterly. This research has won numerous academic awards (best conference paper, best IS paper of the year) and has been featured in premier business media outlets such as the NY Times, Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg Business Week, and Financial Times. He currently has a column in the Media & Entertainment section of Forbes.
He also consults on online pricing and distribution strategies in the travel, media, and entertainment sectors, and advises tech start-ups including blockchain ventures. Prior to joining academia, he held marketing management positions in the tech and travel sectors in South America, US, Asia, and Europe.
Jeffrey Greenstein joined Millennium Media in 2011 and has worked on more than fifty films during his tenure at the company, including The Expendables franchise ($800M), Olympus has Fallen and London Has Fallen ($375M), The Hitman’s Bodyguard ($175M), Criminal ($38M), and Mechanic Resurrection ($125M).
Greenstein has risen through the proverbial ranks of Millennium’s corporate ladder with lighting speed. Named President of International Sales & Distribution at NuImage/Millennium Films in April 2015, Greenstein oversaw the sales and distribution of all Millennium productions. In 2016, Greenstein became President of Millennium Media. In this role, he manages all aspects of the independent studio.
Currently in theaters for Millennium is Hunter Killer starring Gerard Butler,Gary Oldman and Common. On Millennium’s upcoming slate are Mike Mignola and Neil Marshall’s reimaging of Hellboy starring David Harbour; Angel Has Fallen, directed by Ric Waugh; Rambo V starring Sylvester Stallone; Rod Lurie’s adaptation of Jake Tapper’s Afghan war story The Outpost with Scott Eastwood, Caleb Landry Jones, Orlando Bloom; Poison Rose starring John Travolta, Famke Janssen, Morgan Freeman and Robert Patrick; and Kill Chain with Nicolas Cage and Ryan Kwatan.
Greenstein is a graduate of the University of Central Florida – College of Business Administration, where he majored marketing with a concentration in sales.
Prior to entering the film business, he was an Assistant Trainer for the Anthony Robbins Foundation, owned and published a performance driven magazine for young professionals, and owned and operated a commercial carpet cleaning company he started at the age of 19.
Hailing originally from Heidelberg, Germany, Lisa Gutberlet has been working in Hollywood in the world of independent feature film sales and distribution for over a decade.
In her role as Executive Vice President, International Sales & Acquisitions at Blue Fox Entertainment, Lisa heads up the international department, overseeing the acquisition and global distribution of Blue Fox’s feature film slate. Blue Fox Entertainment is a global distribution and sales company specializing in connecting filmmakers to audiences and buyers around the world. Blue Fox Entertainment’s AFM sales slate includes Christopher Cantwell’s (Halt And Catch Fire) thriller THE PARTS YOU LOSE starring Aaron Paul, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Scoot McNairy and Danny Murphy; the young adult thriller SAVING ZOE, starring Laura and Vanessa Marano; the coming of age comedy SUMMER ’03 starring Joey King, Jack Kilmer, Andrea Savage, Paul Sheer and June Squibb; as well as the timely biopic SAINT JUDY starring Michelle Monaghan, Leem Lubany, Common, Alfre Woodard and Alfred Molina, slated for an early 2019 theatrical release.
Prior to joining Blue Fox Entertainment, Lisa was the Senior Vice President of Worldwide Sales & Distribution at Myriad Pictures. She oversaw Myriad’s worldwide sales and distribution across all platforms, including international sales of worldwide hits such as The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby, starring Jessica Chastain and James McAvoy; The Last Word, starring Shirley MacLaine and Amanda Seyfried; 5 Flights Up, starring Diane Keaton and Morgan Freeman; Margin Call, starring Jeremy Irons, Zach Quinto, the Jeepers Creepers franchise, the Van Wilder franchise, and many others. Lisa began her career in Hollywood at The Weinstein Company. Before moving to Los Angeles in 2005, she held positions at Turner Broadcasting International in Frankfurt, and The World Bank in Washington D.C.. She received her MBA from the European Business School in Germany. Lisa is also currently serving on the advisory board of StarMetrics, a new entertainment analytics platform and suite of tools – www.StarMetrics.com
Victor Hadida is a leading figure in the French and European film industries. He and his brother Samuel co-own and are co-presidents of prominent distributor Metropolitan FilmExport. Victor has also served as president of both the National Federation of French Film Distributors (FNDF), representing over fifty active companies in France responsible for over 80% of French box office admissions, since 2006, and since 2007 the International Federation of Film Distributors (FIAD), representing 275 active companies in twelve European countries. He has also served on the board of governors of the Cannes Film Festival for many years as well as being its Treasurer, and currently serves as head of the Cinema Industry Liaison Office (BLIC), the umbrella organization of trade associations comprising all the French film industry.
Victor has been at the forefront of contemporary French and European discussions regarding such hot-button topics as the mandatory chronology of sequential media windowing in France, territorial limitations on film licensing within the EU, the emerging role of SVOD, the fight against piracy in association with the MPAA, and the overall future of film distribution within France and the European Union. In addition to his industry public service and being on the leading edge of innovative approaches to film distribution, Victor is widely regarded for his work in production and in the discovery of new creative talent.
Victor and Samuel have shepherded Metropolitan (a company founded by their father, David, in 1978) to the pinnacle of independent European production and distribution companies with such commercial and critical successes as the LORD OF THE RINGS trilogy, RESIDENT EVIL and HUNGER GAMES franchises, SILENT HILL and EXPENDABLES sagas, and films by such renowned directors as George Clooney, Terry Gilliam, Brian De Palma, David Cronenberg, Christophe Gans, David Fincher, Chan-Wook Park, Martin Scorsese, Sam Raimi, Claude Lelouch, David O. Russell, Terrence Malick, and Steven Spielberg. The quality and originality of the movies they have presented has led to multiple selections by the most prestigious festivals in the world.
Long known for their marketing acumen, and led by both their audacity and passion, Victor and Samuel moved quickly into feature film production through their production company Davis Films. In 1991, they bought a screenplay from a then unknown screenwriter, Quentin Tarantino, and produced his script, TRUE ROMANCE, with Tony Scott directing. Their productions, also distributed by Metropolitan, include flagship French cinema production, European productions and co-productions, and American productions.
While Samuel focuses on development, packaging and production of their projects, Victor handles production financing and distribution. He has guided the company into long term agreements over the years with such prodigious companies as New Line Cinema, Lions Gate, and Dreamworks, ensuring a rich catalog and providing the means for development of their own production profile. Victor has also led Metropolitan into the world of Asian cinema. Through Metropolitan’s HK label, European audiences since the 1980’s have been introduced to directors such as Tsui Hark and John Woo, and to then-unknown actors including Jet Lee, Jackie Chan, Chow Yun Fat and Michelle Yeoh.
Metropolitan has been a leading investor in new technologies for both marketing and content delivery. Metropolitan pioneered the transition to digital cinema and 3D technology. It is now the largest shareholder of leading French VOD operator (as well as DVD distributor and rights aggregator) Le Meilleur du Cinéma, whose other shareholders include the government of France (through La Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations), private investors, and the most active French independent producers and distributors.
Le Meilleur du Cinéma operates the French VOD platform Cinema à la Demande for Metropolitan as its VOD service, and also provides technical deployment services to public and private sector organizations such as TV5 Monde, the Bibliotheque National de France (BNF), and the television service ARTE, with whom it created the Mediatheque plateform available in public Libraries, and more recently the author and director driven platform La CINETEK. Victor has also led Metropolitan’s international expansion into VOD platforms throughout Europe in Spain, Benelux, and recently in Germany.
Victor was born in 1960, graduated from the leading business school Ecole Supérieur de Commerce de Paris (ESCP) and the University of Paris-Dauphine in international business, and lives in Paris with his wife. They are the proud parents of two grown children, who are now each pursuing their own professional careers.
Kim Roberts Hedgpeth is the Executive Director of the Film Musicians Secondary Markets Fund (FMSMF), a 501(c)(6) non-profit that collects and distributes musicians’ residual payments from exhibition of films and television programs in “supplemental” markets as defined by the AFM-AMPTP collective bargaining agreements. From 2005-2012, Hedpgeth led the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA) as its National Executive Director. During her 31-year association with AFTRA, Hedgpeth’s responsibilities included leading negotiations covering all areas of entertainment, news and information programming and sound recordings. She was a key leader in the successful merger of AFTRA with the Screen Actors Guild. Hedgpeth received her B.A. from Harvard University and J.D. from Georgetown University, and has served as a Vice President of the Associated Actors and Artistes of America; Trustee of the AFTRA Health and Retirement Funds, and Trustee of the AFM-AFTRA Intellectual Property Rights Distribution Fund. Her other board memberships have included the Alliance of Artists and Recording Companies, SoundExchange, and as a member of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco’s Twelfth District Economic Advisory Council. She is currently Chair of FilmL.A., Inc., the 501(c)4 not-for-profit public benefit organization and the official film office of the City and County of Los Angeles, as well as increasing roster of local municipalities, which provides streamlined permit processing and production planning services to filmmakers and comprehensive community relations, marketing services, film policy analysis and more to local governments in the Greater Los Angeles area.
PAUL HERTZBERG is the President and Chief Executive Officer of CineTel Films, Inc. Under his auspices and direct involvement since its founding thirty eight years ago, CineTel has become one of the leading independent production and distribution companies in the entertainment industry. In addition to theatrical features, the firm has been highly successful in the production of pay television specials for HBO, Lifetime and the SyFy Channel. New Line, Warner Bros., Lions Gate, MGM and Anchor Bay have distributed much of the CineTel product, 20 of which have been released theatrically.
“We’ve now begun our thirty eighth year,” says Mr. Hertzberg, “and it’s been an exciting, tremendously rewarding experience for all of us. In November of 2003 we sold our 100 film library and since then we have produced and distributed 150 films. We have worked with some of the top talent in Hollywood including Will Smith, Sharon Stone, Ray Liotta, Robert Downey Jr, Vanessa Redgrave, Dolph Lundgren, Dennis Hopper, and Nicolas Cage.”
Mr. Hertzberg is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences-Producers Division (AMPAS), and served as a two term Chairman of the Independent Film and Television Alliance (IFTA).
Matt Holzman is host and producer of The Document, KCRW’s mash-up of radio and documentaries and host and curator of KCRW’s documentary screenings series of the same name. A veteran public radio producer and reporter for film, culture, and the arts, he previously created The Business, KCRW’s weekly show about the entertainment industry, and has appeared regularly on KCRW’s Press Play and Public Radio International’s Studio 360.
Over 12 years, Karl has been producing Music Videos, Motion graphics, Media Façade, Advertisements, Movies. Karl began his career as a founder of Plug studios, a Motion Graphic studio, worked in different fields of advertisement including Korean National Broadcasting System. After joining Sangwha, a dark horse in new media advertisement, Karl worked as a Producer for Samsung’s global advertisements and launching shows better known as ‘Samsung Unpacked’, a global launching event for Samsung’s representative hero mobile device ‘GALAXY’ series. Karl is now one of Executive Producers in Mofac, Supervising overseas sales and marketing.
Mofac Creative Works, located in a modern six story building in the heart of Seoul with a staff of Three hundred employees, and state of the art technology, is a VFX CG animation studio dedicated to creative and technical excellence. MOFAC has become one of the top five VFX facilities in Asia, providing services to a broad slate of feature film, Television and a myriad of other projects. Having an artist at the helm of the company ensures that every project will be given the highest level of creative scrutiny, guaranteeing that anything that leaves the studio with MOFACs name attached will meet the peak standards the industry demands.
BUILDING UPON their successes in Korea and the burgeoning Chinese Film market MOFAC has started US projects in Los Angeles California and New York City. With a growing slate of Feature Film, Series Television and Streaming Video in the development pipeline, MOFAC is ready to meet any challenge head on.
CREATIVE EXCELLENCE is the cornerstone upon which MOFAC has built its reputation and we look forward to unleashing our unlimited passion and world class talent on your next project.
Stephen Hwang is the marketing manager at Studio Macrograph, a VFX studio based in Seoul, South korea.
Studio Macrograph was initially derived from the Korean Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute’s Digital Actor Team and began its successful journey in April 2007. Upon its establishment, Studio Macrograph immediately received its first project, which entailed its substantial involvement in the Hollywood film “The Forbidden Kingdom”, and was the first in Asia that had made such accomplishment. For a decade, Studio Macrograph has participated in numerous projects and successfully produced high quality outcomes, such as “The Roaring Currents”, the highest grossing Korean film of all time, and “Mermaid”, one of the highest grossing Chinese films of all time, and Studio Macrograph has received excellent remarks as being recognized as Asia’s No.1 CG/VFX studio. Recently, Studio Macrograph received the honor of winning the 8th Beijing International Film Festival’s Tiantan award for best visual effects for its superb work on the feature film “Operation Redsea”.
Studio Macrogrpah remains restless, as it continues to maximize its potential in VFX of the filming industry and endeavors to set the bars high in highly anticipated fields, such as games, 3D figures, virtual reality, augmented reality, holograms, digital signage, cloud renderfarm and many more.
Sun Hye, Min is a Chief Producer at WYSIWYG STUDIOS. With more than 17 years of experience in CG/VFX and industry, she participated in major Korean films and TV series including “I Saw The Devil”, “The Man From Nowhere”, “The Brotherhood of War”. In addition to her career as a producer, she has expertise in commercials and marketing. As a PR Director, she has produced TV commercials for Hyundai Motors, Amorepacific, Hanhwa and many more.
Andrea Iervolino, 30 years old, is considered one of the most powerful Italian businessmen. In 2015 he was named one of Variety’s Dealmakers and became “Ambassador of Italian Cinema in the world” and “Best Italian Businessman of the world.” He was awarded Best Producer at Venice Film Festival, together with Al Pacino, Barry Levinson and James Franco and was named filmmaker of the year for his role as producer of In Dubious Battle at Capri Hollywood Film Festival 2016. He was awarded Best Producer and businessman by The Italian Contemporary Film Festival (ICFF) in 2016 and 2018 and recently received an Honoris Cause Degree from Vasile Goldis University, in the city of Arad. He has received many other awards during his successful career. On June 18, 2018 he was awarded Knighthood of Italian Republic (Cavaliere della Republica Italiana) by the President of the Italian Republic Sergio Mattarella and the Italian Consulate of Canada for recognition of his outstanding achievement in the fields of business and media culture.
At thirteen, Andrea Iervolino launched a small tech business selling websites with his friends to local entrepreneurs in Cassino, where it was unusual to use the Internet for advertising. Andrea has been a producer since the age of 15, producing, financing and distributing over 70 films and involving Hollywood stars such as Al Pacino, Alec Baldwin, Morgan Freeman, Sarah Jessica Parker, Nicole Kidman, Naomi Watts, John Travolta, Johnny Depp, Robert Pattinson, James Franco, Selena Gomez, Robert Duvall, Ed Harris and many others. Co founder with Monika Bacardi of a number different production companies, he is currently on of the youngest and most highly regarded Italian entrepreneurs in the world of film-making.
Andrea Iervolino and Monika Bacardi’s AMBI Media Group is currently on a strong upward roll, producing and putting together many of those films that will be screened in forthcoming movie and television seasons. In 2015, Iervolino’s company acquired 85% of the Exclusive Media Group (EMG) film librarary in partnership with New York-based private equity firm Raven Capital Management granting licensing, sequel and remake rights to over 400 features including Begin Again, Cruel Intentions, Donnie Darko, End of Watch, Ides of March, Rush, The Skulls, Snitch, Undefeated, and Momento. These along with many more worldwide box-office hits are now listed in AMBI Exclusive’s library and re-licensed to clients around the world.
In 2018, Andrea launched TaTaTu – a block-chain based platform, intertwining social media activity with entertainment viewing through which users are rewarded to watch movies, television episodes and other forms of content, and receive additional rewards from their friends’ viewing. In June 2018, TaTaTu Token sold over $575 million worth of its currency through an initial coin offering (ICO), making it the third-largest coin offering, behind Telegram and EOS, respectively.
Basil Iwanyk is the founder and owner of Thunder Road Pictures, which he started in 2004. Currently in theaters is the action crime-thriller SICARIO: DAY OF THE SOLDADO, starring Benicio del Toro and Josh Brolin reprising their respective roles from 2015’s SICARIO. Upcoming film credits include: A STAR IS BORN starring Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga; THE CURRENT WAR, an upcoming American biographical historical film, starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Michael Shannon; the Dev Patel and Armie Hammer starrer HOTEL MUMBAI; HOOD, a gritty reimagining of the classic Robin Hood tale starring Taron Egerton in the titular role; the action thriller THREE SECONDS starring Joel Kinnaman, Rosamund Pike, Common and Clive Owen; and A PRIVATE WAR, starring Rosamund Pike and Jamie Dornan, with Matthew Heineman directing. Thunder Road is currently in production on the third installment of the popular JOHN WICK franchise, starring Keanu Reeves.
Past films include: the actioner JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 2 and JOHN WICK starring Keanu Reeves, both of which were critical and commercial successes; the Oscar nominated SICARIO; the critically acclaimed drama THE TOWN, directed by Ben Affleck; the epic action adventure CLASH OF THE TITANS, and its sequel, WRATH OF THE TITANS; three installments of THE EXPENDABLES; BROOKYLN’S FINEST; and WE ARE MARSHALL.
Juliana da Cunha Jacobsen is a Brazilian consultant in the Latin American entertainment industry with 8 years of experience in acquisitions, sales and distribution of feature length content. Following her experience in international sales at LA based Myriad Pictures, Juliana joined the acquisitions team at BF Distribution. Since then, she has been working closely with the company’s CEO attending all major film markets. BF releases an average of 45 titles a year and is the leading independent distributor in its territories; operating in Chile, Perú, Bolivia and Argentina. As BF’s Director of Acquisitions Juliana’s main responsibilities are: Leading acquisitions, looking for new business opportunities, overseeing business affairs and developing relationships for the multi territory distribution company. She has been involved in the distribution of a variety of movies of
all sort of genres. Most notably bolckbusters The Hunger Games, Divergent, The Expendables and The Twilight Saga, Academy Award nominees LA LA Land, Wonder, Silver Linning Playbook, The Impossible. Critically acclaimed titles The Intouchables, Goodnight Mommy and Train to Busan as well as audience pleasers The Hitman’s Bodyguard, Non Stop and My Little Pony.
Byungho Jeong started his first career as assistant manager at Zalman USA in 2008 to produce and manage 3D animated medias for marketing. Due to his creative management and communication skill, Byungho was asked by Stereo Pictures, with 500 artists scaled stereo 3D post production house in Korea, for a Production manager. He managed 400 artists to produce Cats and Dogs 2, Chronicles of Narnia 3, Twixt, Hoodwinked2 and other projects. And helped RND for efficient work pipeline. He was more into developing a multi purpose team that same team can do VFX and Stereo VFX, Animation and other type of post production. For own risks, he decided open his own studio with colleagues in 2011, his business model was approved by Seoul Start up company plan and named the company as Cocktail Partners. And he was asked by Global Star Production to help to deliver VFX shots for The Monkey King in 2011-2012, And partnering with Thomas Polson at 3D Paint, Delivered Fox Home Video’s 3 Features Stereo VFX, Jumper 3D, Preadator 3D and iRobot 3D. And his team was asked to produce Japanese famous TV series Anpanman, Chinese Animated TV series Danne and Chubong. Simultaneously he had to finish 40 Real estate 3D animated advertisement from Hyundai/SK Apartment and Offices and 10 Game PV animations in 2 years. in 2014, Byungho’s Team also helped MBC(Korean broadcasting company) to produce 5 Movies in 4K and setup efficient pipeline for 4K. In 2015, VRSE asked to help and develop their 40 VR project post production, and helped Tom to deliver all 40 VR projects in 1.5 years including 24 Legacy by Fox and MR.Robot. And produced and finished 3 episodes of animated VR series Gideon VR by Incheon government. After 2015, Due to his fast and efficient pipeline and Demand of Multi-format contents in China helped Mr. Choung to open a new studio BAOLIN in Beijing Production partner of Magnon Studio Korea and Byungho Jeong is producing and manage teams in Magnon Studio Korea, America and Vietnam studio
Mathew Joubert is the VP of Marketing at SHIFT72 – the Film industries leading online video platform provider, specialising in Video on Demand and Live Stream solutions. SHIFT72 has built up a global customer base of prestigious brands, including AFM, Festival De Cannes, SXSW, POFF Film Festival, PBS, Blue Ant Media, HGTV and Lonely Planet. Leading this market acquisition has been SHIFT72’s reputation as a trustworthy and reliable online video platform provider; one who excels at protecting valuable films – they have the security tick of approval from all leading Film Studios; including Paramount Pictures, Sony Pictures, Warner Bros., Universal Pictures and 20th Century Fox.
Mathew, is also heavily involved in the development of a new streaming service for the global marketplace. He is also currently working with a number of independent films, helping to create cost-effective digital marketing campaigns for theatrical and video on demand releases.
Jeremy Kay is the Americas Editor at Screen International and covers independent production and financing in the US, Canada and Latin America, as well as digital, box office, and awards season. He is a regular face on the festival and market circuit, reporting from the AFM, Toronto, Sundance, Cannes, and Berlin, among others. He lives in Los Angeles.
David began his career working for producer Scott Rudin, after which he moved to Goldcrest Films, where he produces in addition to running Saboteur Media, which is their documentary finance, distribution and sales company. David’s credits include, Rubble Kings, Stretch and Bobbito: Radio That Changed Lives, Tell Spring Not to Come This Year, Dramatic Escape, and Being George Clooney. David’s next project as a producer is, Living in Stereo, which chronicles the beginning of MTV, and is set for release on A+E Network in early 2019. Saboteur is currently in post production on the Australian war epic, Danger Close: The Battle of Long Tan, which is set for release in 2019.
Arvand Khosravi is a senior associate at Endeavor Content, a division of global entertainment leader Endeavor (formerly WME | IMG). In his role, he works with producers and distributors on all aspects of packaging, financing, sales and distribution for scripted television series.
Khosravi was recently involved in the sale of Nick Hornby’s new shortform series starring Rosamund Pike and Chris O’Dowd, “State of the Union,” to SundanceTV, as well as “A Discovery of Witches” to AMC’s OTT digital platforms. In addition, he consulted on the sale of Bad Wolf & BBC’s ambitious new series adaptation of “His Dark Materials” to HBO on behalf of BBC Studios.
Jonathan King is Participant Media’s President of Narrative Film & Television, managing the development and production of the company’s narrative feature films and television projects. The Company’s upcoming slate of narrative films includes Alfonso Cuarón’s Golden Lion winner Roma; Peter Farrelly’s TIFF People’s Choice Award winner Green Book, starring Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali; and On the Basis of Sex, directed by Mimi Leder and starring Felicity Jones and Armie Hammer. Additionally under King’s leadership, Participant’s first limited drama series, Ava DuVernay’s Central Park Five, will launch on Netflix in 2019.
Since 2007, King has built a robust film slate including the 2016 Academy Award® Best Picture winner Spotlight, 2018 Academy Award® Best Foreign Language Film winner A Fantastic Woman, last year’s sleeper hit Wonder, Lincoln, The Help, Contagion and The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. In 2012, he launched Participant’s effort into making films in Latin America, which has produced Pablo Larrain’s No and Neruda, A Fantastic Woman and Roma. Prior to joining Participant, King worked as both a producer and an executive for companies including Focus Features, Laurence Mark Productions, and Miramax Films. He started his film career in MGM’s New York office, scouting books, theater, and independent films.
King currently serves on the board of advisors for the Outfest Legacy Project, a partnership with the UCLA Film and Television Archive that restores and preserves important works of queer cinema. He also serves on the Dean’s Advisory Council of the American Film Insitute, and on the board of directors of the John Alexander Project, a nonprofit dedicated to nurturing and supporting innovative investigative journalism.
Sam holds a degree in Applied Mathematics from Moscow University of Economics and Statistics. He moved to Gothenburg, Sweden in 1991 and worked as a software engineer and a CTO for several Swedish companies until 1996 when he started a film distribution company Maywin Media / Cinema Without Borders, which became a leading force of independent and arthouse film distribution in the territory of former USSR where it released over 600 films in the course of 20 years.
Sam also produced and co-produced 5 motion pictures and hosted a prime-time TV show about modern and classic cinema. In 2017 Sam co-founded a Swedish startup Cinezen, which became one of the world’s leaders in bringing blockchain technology to the world of film distribution.
Katie Krentz is an Executive Producer with an overall deal at CBS TV Studios.
Krentz developed 35 pilots and over 15 series during her time at Cartoon Network. There she earned a reputation for shepherding artist-driven programming such as the Emmy-winning limited series, “Over the Garden Wall.” Among the other shows she developed are “Steven Universe,” “We Bare Bears,” “Uncle Grandpa,” “Clarence,” and “OK K.O! Let’s Be Heroes,” as well as the upcoming “Apple and Onion,” “Summer Camp Island,” and “Craig of the Creek.” Krentz also developed “Close Enough” for TBS.
Prior to her time at Cartoon Network, Krentz spent six years at 20th Century Fox Television, where she worked on “The Simpsons,” “Family Guy,” “American Dad,” “King of the Hill,” “Futurama,” and “Bob’s Burgers.”
Krentz’s deal is the first with a comedy-animation producer for CBS Television Studios, which produces Stephen Colbert and Chris Licht’s “Our Cartoon President” for Showtime. Her most recent project includes Star Trek Lower Decks, with a two-season order by CBS All Access where she’ll serve as an Executive Producer.
Tim has produced over several international co-production features, some which have played in festivals such as Sundance Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival, Berlin International Film Festival, Rotterdam International Film Festival, Hong Kong International Film Festival and Golden Horse Film Festival. His previous employment had him working for international companies such as Warner Bros, New Regency Productions, Emperor Group and others. He currently serves as an Advisor to the Hong Kong International Film Festival and its Film Financing Forum.
Barry Landis is the Chairman and Co-Founder of the Ribbow Media Group in Nashville, TN., a digital marketing firm which has been the lead marketing agency on movies such as Paul, Apostle of Christ (Sony AFFIRM), I Can Only Imagine (Roadside Attractions), The Shack (Lionsgate), Hacksaw Ridge (Summit Entertainment), God’s Not Dead (Pure Flix), War Room (Sony TriStar), Woodlawn (Pure Flix), Risen (Sony AFFIRM), Do You Believe (Pure Flix) and more than 100 others. Before Ribbow, he was a partner in The Working Title Agency and led the marketing campaign for the theatrical launch of the first Pure Flix movie, God’s Not Dead, which earned more than $60 million at the box office.
He is the founder of the Faith in Film Breakfast Clubs, a networking gathering which meets monthly in Nashville, Atlanta, Los Angeles and New York and is on the faculty of Belmont University in Nashville where he teaches courses on Motion Pictures Marketing and Distribution.
After a master degree in political sciences and media management, and then a one-year internship at the San Francisco Film Society, Clémence LAVIGNE studied film distribution at France’s La Femis film school where she wrote an essay on film sales and financing which eventually brought her to start working as a sales agent for Celluloid Dreams in 2016. She joined Doc & Film International in January 2018 as the acquisition and sales manager of the cinema department.
David U. Lee is the founder and CEO of Leeding Media, a production, finance and distribution company that serves as a bridge between the U.S. and Chinese entertainment industries. The company works with American studios, filmmakers and rights holders as well as Chinese investors, distributors and media companies to identify, negotiate and execute mutually beneficial partnerships and co-productions. Lee’s expertise on business opportunities and practices in China and the U.S. is highly sought after by prominent companies in both countries.
Since its formation in 2007, with offices in both Los Angeles and Beijing, Leeding Media has become the premier independent aggregator and marketer of world-class films in China. In collaboration with its partners, Leeding Media is currently in production on the comedy drama, Richard Says Goodbye, starring Johnny Depp, has marketed 12 feature films theatrically and controls exclusive digital distribution rights to nearly 500 titles in China. They include such award-winning and critically acclaimed films as Million Dollar Baby, Whiplash, Nightcrawler, Rush, Bobby, A Single Man and Kinsey, as well as blockbusters including the Divergent series, Ender’s Game, Ghost Rider 2, Underworld, Malcolm X, GI Jane and The Wedding Planner.
In 2014 the company helped orchestrate the launch of the groundbreaking Chinese subscription streaming service Lionsgate Entertainment World, a joint venture between Alibaba Group and Lionsgate. Leeding Media continues to aggregate and license Chinese digital rights to titles from the libraries of companies including IM Global Films, Exclusive Media, Lakeshore Entertainment, Myriad Pictures, Voltage Pictures and Intermedia.
Lee has played instrumental roles in five groundbreaking film productions in China. Most recently he served as U.S. post-production producer on director Jiang Wen’s Gone with the Bullets. In 2011 he produced Inseparable, starring two-time Academy Award® winner Kevin Spacey. In 2009 Lee advised China Film Group Corporation on the structuring of its co-production with Sony Pictures Entertainment on The Karate Kid, starring Jackie Chan and Jaden Smith. Lee is a co-executive producer of Shanghai starring John Cusack, Gong Li and Chow Yun-fat, and The Forbidden Kingdom, the most successful China-U.S. co-production in history, which stars Jackie Chan and Jet Li.
In 2009 Lee was named an inaugural member of The Hollywood Reporter’s Next Generation Asia, which honored rising young stars of Asia’s media and entertainment industry. He is frequently invited to speak at major China-U.S. entertainment industry conferences.
Lee was born in China and raised in Los Angeles. He received his bachelor’s degree from the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California before starting his entertainment career at Miramax and serving in various positions at Telemundo, Sony Pictures Entertainment and Revolution Studios. After returning to USC and receiving his MBA in 2004, Lee move to Beijing where he joined the venture-capital arm of American publishing firm IDG Asia. As director, and later vice president of business development for IDG, he oversaw the launch of the Chinese edition of entertainment-industry trade paper Variety.
Jonathan throws himself into the movie industry since 2001, he has served as associate director for over 27 movies, his film credits include blockbuster hits Infernal Affairs 3 (2003), Overheard 2(2011), The Blind Detective (2013) and more. Jonathan made his directional debut for the movie The Brink (2017), and was nominated for Best New Director at The 37th Hong Kong Film Awards.
Sebastian Lee is a Los Angeles based, Korean born, film and television producer. Lee is dedicated to bringing foreign formats to the United States and Asia for adaptation as well as to create co-production opportunities in the U.S.
He has produced “City Hunter”(2011) for SBS, “Dramaworld”(2016) for Viki and Netflix, and the Korean adaptation of “Suits”(2018) for KBS in Korea. Lee is also an executive producer on ABC’s “The Good Doctor”. The series is currently in its second season.
Heidi has cast a broad array of films from the Academy Award-winning Best Picture, The Artist, directed by Michel Hazanevicius, to films for directors including Oliver Stone, Wayne Wang, Sally Potter, Wim Wenders, Diego Luna, Kim Nguyen, Neil Labute. Other films cast include JFK, Nixon, Natural Born Killers, The Rock, The Joy Luck Club, Smoke, Nurse Betty, Lakeview Terrace, Chavez, Ginger and Rosa, and Don’t Come Knocking. Heidi often collaborates as a producer with the directors she casts for, and has been a part of the producing team on Wayne Wang’s films, The Chinese Box, starring Gong Li and Jeremy irons and most recently, Coming Home, starring Justin Chon. In 2015 Heidi cast and associate produced Diego Luna’s film, Mr. Pig, starring Danny Glover and Maya Rudolph which premiered at Sundance 2016, as well as Kim Nguyen’s, Two Lovers and A Bear. This past year Heidi cast and executive produced Kim’s latest film, The Hummingbird Project, starring Jesse Eisenberg, Salma Hayek and Alexander Skarsgard, which premiered at TIFF2018 and will be released this Spring by The Orchard. She also continues to work in Los Angeles theatre, having just cast a revival of Lynn Nottage’s Pulitzer Prize winning play, Sweat at The Mark Taper Forum.
Currently, Heidi is casting the new Bertrand Tavernier film, Snowbirds, and is casting and executive producing Sally Potter’s film, Molly, starring Javier Bardem, Elle Fanning, Chris Rock, Savion Glover and Salma Hayek.
In partnership with Academy Award-winning documentary film maker, Alex Gibney, Heidi is producing an anthology series called, Exiles on Main Street. The series will be a collection of one hour episodes, each based on a different short story by our most celebrated authors and each story deals with culture clash and immigrant and refugee experience/ weaving together a tapestry of human portraits of what it means to live in America as a foreigner.
In 2010 she created an iPhone App called Actor Genie which has been featured twice on the front page of the iTunes App Store. She is a member of AMPAS and the Casting Society of America and is based in LA but often works in New York and abroad. Heidi is a graduate of Barnard College and the American Film Institute where she is currently an adjunct professor in directing.
As Director, Los Angeles of the HKTDC, Chris is responsible for facilitating enterprises in the United States to invest, trade and do business in Asia, particularly in China, through partnership with Hong Kong. His portfolio covers the HKTDC’s trade programmes and operations in the West Coast of the United States. He also leads the development of US-Hong Kong business exchange in the entertainment industry through the annual American Film Market (AFM) and the Hong Kong FILMART.
Chris joined the HKTDC in 2000 and has proven experience in directing trade and investment promotion for various prioritized manufacturing sectors, financial services, tech commercialization, infrastructure investment as well as real estate-related services. He was posted to the HKTDC Paris Office from 2005-07 as Marketing Manager. Prior to his current role, Chris led HKTDC’s promotion of Hong Kong’s creative industries including design, advertising and marketing services, and was actively engaged in capacity building programme for Chinese mainland enterprises to upgrade and transform.
Chris also worked for the United Nations, the Government of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region and the Hong Kong Tourism Board specializing in trade development, city branding and development.
Born and raised in Hong Kong, Chris earned a master degree in public affairs (MPA) from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris and a master degree in e-business from Curtin University Australia. He is an amateur trail-runner, cyclist and an enthusiast in art, film and wine.
Born in Hong Kong, raised in Toronto and a former New York investment banker, Cybill moved to Los Angeles a decade ago to start a career in film. Cybill founded and owns Anova Pictures, which acquires, develops and produces low to mid-budget levels on feature films, supporting established and emerging visionary filmmakers. Cybill’s past projects include sci-fi thriller After the Dark / The Philosophers which received a Best Motion Picture nomination at the Sitges International Film Festival and thriller/horror Pay The Ghost starring Nicholas Cage. She was instrumental to many films including Casino Jack which premiered at TIFF 2013 as a Special Gala Presentation. Announced upcoming projects include The Mirage Man based on the book by a Pulitzer Prize-winning author which Cybill is producing with 21st Century Fox and Oscar-winner Steve Zaillian, thriller The Silencing with Nikolaj Coster-Waldau starring as a hunter for a serial killer, and sci-fi drama Warning with an ensemble cast starring Alex Pettyfer, Charlotte LeBon, James D’Arcy, Lana Condor, Laura Harrier, Mena Massoud and Benedict Samuel. Anova Pics is in development on a number of additional studio and indie projects.
During her time in New York, she was with ProCure, where she raised capital from European banks to build proton radiotherapy cancer treatment facilities in the U.S., funding the nation’s first two private practice proton centers treating thousands of patients a year. Prior to, Cybill worked on Wall Street at investment bank CIBC World Markets’ technology, media and telecom group. She advised senior management on equity, debt, private placements and M&A deals totaling over $1 billion. Clients included Village Roadshow, Fried Films, Vanguard Animation, etc.
As the first inducted Chairperson of Girls Quest Young Professionals Committee, Cybill raised funds, awareness, provided mentorship, and was invited to join the Board. Dedicated to nurturing girls from low-income families in the New York City area, Cybill supported this non-profit focused on building teenage girls’ social competence and confidence.
Cybill graduated with High Distinction (Suma Cum Laude) from the University of Toronto in 2003, where she received a BBA degree with a focus on Finance. She continues to remain active as an alumnus and participates in keynote speaking engagements, guest lectures, and judging student competition events.
Growing up, Cybill danced classical ballet for 13 years, performed Chinese dance, played the piano, the flute, the piccolo, competed in speech arts, worked as a fashion model and starred in a dozen television commercials. Her mother, a Cantonese opera singer, ran a music shop in Toronto along with her dad.