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NOVEMBER 6 - 13, 2019 • SANTA MONICA

Speaker Bios

2019 Speaker Bios D-F

David Pierre

Pierre David

Pierre David’s 50-year career encompasses all aspects of development, financing, production and distribution of motion pictures worldwide.

In 1969, while running the live entertainment division of the Mutual Broadcasting Network in Montreal, he was given the mandate to create a new film distribution company: Mutual Films. In 1972, Mutual moved into production and as producer or executive producer, David was involved in the production and worldwide distribution of 19 French-language Canadian films. A few years later, David formed a partnership with Roger Corman and established New World Mutual Pictures of Canada. New World became the largest independent film distributor in Canada, handling films for New World Pictures, AVCO-Embassy, as well as European, American and Canadian acquisitions.

In 1978, David teamed Mutual Films with Victor Solnicki and Claude Heroux to produce English-language motion pictures. David pioneered the three-picture concept, by which Canadian investors funded a series of three films per year, thereby minimizing the risk. He established a close relationship with David Cronenberg and produced his three critically-acclaimed and widely-received films The Brood, Scanners and Videodrome. He moved to Los Angeles in 1983 and amongst his credits are production executive on Oliver Stone’s Platoon.

In January 1987, David became Chairman of the Board and CEO of Image Organization an international production/distribution company formed by David, Malofilm Group, Nelvana Entertainment and New Star Entertainment. In April 1989, David and Rene Malo acquired the shares of New Star and Nelvana. By 1996, Image had represented more than 40 production companies and 100 feature films in the international market.

In the spring of 1989, David with Frank Mancuso, Jr. produced the box office success and critically acclaimed film Internal Affairs for Paramount. Directed by Mike Figgis it starred Richard Gere and Andy Garcia. In December 1989, David produced a sequel to Scanners. Directed by Christian Duguay, Scanners II, the New Order starred David Hewlitt and Deborah Raffin. In 1991 David produced Deep Cover, directed by Bill Duke and starring Lawrence Fishburne and Jeff Goldblum. He also produced Deadbolt starring Justine Bateman and Adam Baldwin.

In 1993 he produced and directed Scanner Cop which starred Daniel Quinn and Darlanne Fluegel. He then executive produced The Paperboy and produced Open Fire starring Jeff Wincott, The Force and Stalked. In 1994, David produced Scanner Cop 2, The Secretary, The Wrong Woman and produced and directed Serial Killer starring Kim Delaney and Tobin Bell. In October of 1996, David and his partner Rene Malo sold Image Organization to Behavior Communications. David then produced Wishmaster for Live Entertainment, a Wes Craven presentation. In June 1998 David became Chairman of WIN Ventures a company affiliated with World International Network where he continued his production activities.

In April 2002, David reactivated his Lance Entertainment banner. His first thriller was A Woman Hunted with Alexandra Paul.

Since 2003, David has executive produced or produced over 100 movies, which were mainly television MOW’s for major US cable networks. In addition, he is currently developing a remake of Scanners.

David is also an active member of the Independent Film and Television Alliance of which he served on the board for many years.

Darren Ehlers

Darren Ehlers

Darren Ehlers, SVP, Product Management at Entertainment Partners, leads EP’s product teams to deliver on the overall product strategy at EP. Ehlers was the co-founder of Scenechronize, the industry leader for digitizing, automating and securing the production office. Since joining EP in 2015 as part of the Ease acquisition, he has overseen SmartStart, which has jumped to the market leading solution for digitally on-boarding crew, in addition to extending Scenechronize’s market leadership and overseeing EP’s Movie Magic products.

Bruce David Eisen

Bruce David Eisen

Bruce David Eisen is a veteran entertainment attorney and media executive. His legal practice focuses on the intersection of new and traditional media and the technology powering them. Eisen’s current and recent clients include Shout! Factory, Brainstorm Media, Rubicon Entertainment, Shoreline Entertainment, among others.

Eisen’s services include structuring, drafting and negotiating film development agreements, content acquisition and distribution agreements, film finance agreements, technology agreements, production legal services as well as and providing general legal/business affairs services for film, television, new media and other clients. Other recent activities include M&A legal work on multi-million dollar deals representing the Hollywood Film Awards in its sale to Dick Clark productions.

Eisen was recently engaged by the Entertainment Merchants Association (“EMA”) to represent the trade association and negotiate its agreement with Premiere Digital Services with respect to the EMA’s Video Repository. Eisen has recently negotiated with individuals and companies on behalf of his clients including, but not limited to, Allison Janney, Sean Hayes, James Cromwell, Bruce Dern, Bret Easton Ellis, James Franco, Cross Creek Pictures, Palm Star Media, Voltage Pictures, Netflix, Amazon, PlayStation Network, Showtime, Starz, HBO, and Vimeo.

In addition to his legal practice, Eisen is head of Content Strategy and Acquisitions for Nagra’s myCinema (www.mycinema.live) an event cinema initiative, that uses new technology to bring a broad variety of specialized content to movie theaters across the United States.

Eisen was one of the principals who started CinemaNow in 1999 and, as the company’s general counsel, negotiated financing for the company in excess of $40 million, negotiated CinemaNow’s agreements with over 200 content licensors including all of the major Hollywood studios as well as agreements with local ISPs, portals and film distributors to bring CinemaNow to the U.K., the Netherlands, Taiwan, Philippines, Latin America, and Singapore. In addition, Eisen was instrumental in creating CinemaNow Japan, Inc., an affiliated entity that raised over $15 million in funding.

Eisen structured the strategy and business aspects of CinemaNow’s technology requirements to enable the efficient, cost-effective distribution of content on a worldwide, video-on-demand basis and, in that regard, licensed all required technology including agreements for content delivery network services, data services, data hosting, geo-targeting, recommendation engines, web analytics, network storage and customer relation management with companies such as Akamai, Limelight, Savvis, Intel, Microsoft, EchoStar and Qwest.

Eisen received his J.D. from the University of Southern California and his B.A. cum laude with high honors in Philosophy from Clark University.

Cassian Elwes

Cassian Elwes

Cassian Elwes (Producer/Elevated Entertainment) is an independent film producer, beginning his career in 1984. 30 films and 10 years later, Elwes joined William Morris and headed William Morris Independent Film for 15 years where he worked on 283 films. Since leaving William Morris 10 years ago, Elwes has either produced or executive produced 60 films, is currently in post-production on Nicholas Jarecki’s DREAMLAND and Dee Rees’ THE LAST THING HE WANTED, and in active development on multiple projects. Cassian is well known for producing Academy Award winning and nominated films such as Dee Rees’ MUDBOUND (2017), Jean-Marc Vallée’s DALLAS BUYERS CLUB (2013) and LEE DANIELS’ THE BUTLER (2013). Throughout his career, Elwes has worked closely alongside many of the world’s best directors including Gus Van Sant, Marc Forster, Werner Herzog, David Lowery, J.C. Chandor, Derek Cianfrance, John Hillcoat, and Eli Roth among hundreds of others.

Clay Epstein

Clay Epstein

Clay Epstein is President of Film Mode Entertainment, a leading worldwide sales agent, production entity and distribution company, focusing on commercially driven feature films of all genres and budget sizes. Film Mode represents projects at all stages of the filmmaking process, often as Executive Producer, with the aim of helping producers and distributors achieve maximum exposure for their films.

Film Mode’s recent titles include CRYPTO starring Kurt Russell, Luke Hemsworth and Alexis Bledel, BAILEY AND DARLA starring Brittany Snow, Sam Richardson and Vivica A. Fox, STAGE MOTHER starring Academy Award nominee Jacki Weaver, Lucy Liu and Adrian Grenier, BURN starring Josh Hutcherson and Suki Waterhouse, and RABID, a reimagining of David Cronenberg’s 1977 cult horror classic, directed by the Soska Sisters. Previous releases include SUGAR MOUNTAIN starring Jason Momoa, and THE GOOD NEIGHBOR starring Academy Award nominee James Caan. In 2019, Film Mode accelerated its growth and expanded its capabilities by entering into a partnership with SCREEN MEDIA, representing their catalogue of over 600 titles, including WHAT’S EATING GILBERT GRAPE starring Leonardo DiCaprio, who was nominated for an Academy Award and a Golden Globe for his performance, and MONSTER, starring Charlize Theron who won an Academy Award and Golden Globe for Best Actress for the film. The company also has its own distribution arm, as well as a documentary label, DocMode. Film Mode is based in Beverly Hills, CA.

Ewald, Patrick

Patrick Ewald

Patrick Ewald became the CEO of Epic Pictures Group, Inc. in 2007 with the goal of bringing original and visionary storytelling to a global audience. Patrick’s career in the film business spans over 20 years as a senior level executive and has been involved in the development, financing, production and marketing of over 100 films. Patrick has produced/executive produced over 35 films which include: “TURBO KID,” “SPACE DOGS,” “WHO GETS THE DOG,” “TALES OF HALLOWEEN,” ENTERTAINMENT,” “JERUZALEM,” “ENTERTAINMENT,” “THE DEVIL’S CHAIR,” “11-11-11” and is currently producing/executive producing “SEA FEVER,” “THE WINTER LAKE,” and “THE BALLAD OF AUDREY EARNSHAW.” You might find Patrick vanquishing man-eating spiders or orbiting space in the company of the first interstellar canines. You might find him quelling a zombie uprising or navigating an apocalyptic future with superheroes by his side. You might find him at any of the former, but more likely you’ll find him at home with his wife, three daughters, and dog, Lola, curled up on the couch engrossed in a film. A New York City native, Mr. Ewald is a two-time Saturn Award winner and an active member of the Producers Guild of America. He graduated from Duke University with a degree in film studies.

Randi Feldman

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