Mark Gooder is a NZ native who began his film career in Australia and New Zealand over 20 years ago. He established Icon Distribution in Sydney in 2000 for Academy-Award winning Producer/Director and Actor Mel Gibson and his producing partner Bruce Davey. In 2006 he re-located to Los Angeles to oversee the Icon group of companies including an international sales arm, UK and Australian distribution and the Icon Productions banner. In 2012 he became the President of Acquisitions for The Weinstein Company. In 2015 he established international sales company Cornerstone Films with business partner and former Focus Feature’s International President, Alison Thompson. The company is located in Santa Monica and London. Cornerstone works with Producers to help finance and and sell films to the domestic and international marketplace. The company has also expanded to focus on TV series development with its German partner, X Filme who produced and financed the most expensive German TV series BABYLON BERLIN now on Netflix.
Mark has built a reputation as a film executive with impeccable taste and strong commercial foresight. His acquisitions for the US, UK and Australasian marketplace have included some of the most successful and acclaimed independent films of all-time including SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE, 12 YEARS A SLAVE, BEND IT LIKE BECKHAM, THE QUEEN, AMELIE, THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT, PARANORMAL ACTIVITY, PHILOMENA, ONCE, LA VIE EN ROSE and THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST.
Cornerstone Films titles include the Academy Award winning documentary, AMY; the 2019 Sundance Film Festival opening night film, AFTER THE WEDDING starring Julianne Moore and Michele Williams and Gurinder Chadha’s comedy BLINDED BY THE LIGHT to be released through Warner/New Line in August 2019.
John Hadity is the Executive Vice President of EP Financial Solutions, the film financing subsidiary of Entertainment Partners, the global leader in entertainment payroll, residuals, extras casting, tax incentives, finance and other integrated production management solutions. Mr. Hadity specializes in the monetization of tax credits and Minimum Guarantees.
With over 20 years of studio experience, Mr. Hadity previously served as the Executive Vice President of Motion Picture & Television Production Finance for Miramax Films. During his 12 year tenure with the company he was responsible for a portfolio of production budgets valued in excess of $4 Billion.
Mr. Hadity is a former Chair of the Producers Guild of America East, and has served on the National Board of Directors. He has served on the MPAA’s Worldwide Production and International Tax Committees, and has extensive experience working with governments on the local, provincial and national levels to incentivize production in those areas. He is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Film Finance at Columbia University and is a graduate of Hamilton College. His board Service includes Hamilton College, IFP, and Tectonic Theater Project.
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).
An experienced feature film Producer, Emmanuel Itier directed several pictures before completing in 2012 the Peace documentary ‘The Invocation’ narrated by Sharon Stone and staring Desmond Tutu, HH The Dalai Lama, Deepak Chopra as well as many worldwide peace activists. In 2013 Mr. Itier executive-produced a Drama filmed in Hong Kong: ‘Red Passage’ which won many Awards in the Festival circuit. Itier has been a buyer for many French and American Film distribution companies for the last twenty five years. He was on the board of directors of the Santa Barbara Film Festival for a decade. He is also very involved with charities and the political world. Mr. Itier seats on the board of Directors of ‘Darfur Women Action Group’ in an attempt to bring Peace to Darfur. He is also the founding President of the Rotary E-Club of World Peace ( www.RotaryEclubofWorldPeace.org ) and he is part of the U.N Association, Santa Barbara chapter.
Emmanuel Itier released in 2014 another inspiring documentary Celebrating Women around the planet: ‘FEMME-Women healing the World.’ This Documentary earned over 20 Awards around the World. Late 2017 Mr. Itier completed his third feature Documentary: ‘Shamanic Trekker’, about shamanism in Peru. Mr. Itier has just released two more documentaries in order to keep “Making Peace, One movie at a time.”
In 2019 he completed ‘The Cure: Healing The Mind, Healing The Body, Healing the Planet’ and the politically loaded Doc: ‘We The People: A Re-Evolution of Economics and Politics’, which is sure to shake the system!
Finally Mr. Itier is a recipient of the ‘2018 Global Citizen Award’ from the prestigious United Nation Association and he was named President of The Year 2018 by the Rotary E-Club of World Peace.