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2019 Speaker Bios M-O

Katherine MacDonald

Kate MacDonald is a studio marketing executive based in Los Angeles. She is the Vice President of Marketing and Production at Paramount Pictures. During her career, Kate has worked on a variety of both large and more targeted films such as Wedding Crashers, the Saw horror franchise, World War Z, the Star Trek franchise, Wolf of Wall Street and The Big Short.

Marshall, Amanda

Amanda Marshall

Amanda Marshall is a hands on producer focused on making perspective driven films. As President of Cold Iron Pictures, an independent film and television production company based in Los Angeles, she’s responsible for overseeing all projects from the development phase through post-production and release.

Debra Martin Chase Temp

Debra Martin Chase

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Nat McCormick

Nat McCormick

Nat McCormick currently serves as Executive Vice President of Worldwide Distribution, and oversees all sales and distribution activity for the company.

Prior to joining The Exchange, McCormick held the position of Director, International Sales & Operations at IM Global. While at IM Global McCormick handled sales on such films as DREDD, starring Karl Urban and Olivia Thirlby, SINISTER, starring Ethan Hawke, BULLET TO THE HEAD, starring Sylvester Stallone, DEAD MAN DOWN, starring Colin Farrell and Noomi Rapace, HUMMINGBIRD, starring Jason Statham, and THE BUTLER, starring Forest Whitaker and directed by Lee Daniels. Nat also managed the physical sales operation, and tracked and reviewed all international release plans.

From October 2009 to March 2011, McCormick held the position of Director, International Sales & Acquisitions for Affinity International, the foreign distribution company jointly owned by Bold Films and Odd Lot Entertainment. In that capacity he handled sales on such films as DRIVE, starring Ryan Gosling and Carey Mulligan, BEASTLY, starring Alex Pettyfer and Vanessa Hudgens, CASA DE MI PADRE, starring Will Farrell, and FROM PRADA TO NADA, starring Camilla Belle and Alexa Vega. In addition, Nat assisted with acquisitions for Affinity, working closely with the major agencies and leading independent producers and financiers.

Previous to Affinity, McCormick held the position of Manager, Worldwide Distribution at Odd Lot International, the foreign distribution arm of Odd Lot Entertainment. From November 2008 to October 2009 McCormick handled sales on such films as RABBIT HOLE, staring Nicole Kidman and Aaron Eckhart, THE OPEN ROAD, starring Jeff Bridges and Justin Timberlake, and THE SPIRIT, starring Samuel L. Jackson and Scarlett Johansson. Prior to joining the international division, McCormick worked in development & production, and business & legal affairs at Odd Lot Entertainment, and was production consultant on GREEN ST. HOOLIGANS 2.

Before working in independent film, Nat produced unscripted television for A&E, HDNET, SPIKE TV, and COURT TV, and served as co-creative director for Edward James Olmos Productions based at Walt Disney Studios. Nat graduated from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles with a degree in Film Production and a minor in Business Administration.

Metzger, Natalie

Natalie Metzger

Natalie Metzger is an award-winning producer whose credits include THE WEREWOLF, GREENER GRASS (Sundance Film Festival, SXSW), THUNDER ROAD (Grand Jury Award at SXSW; Spirit Award Nominee), THE ROBBERY (Sundance Film Festival), MATPAT’S GAME LAB (Streamy Award), Lil Dicky’s FREAKY FRIDAY (over 433 million views), HYDRANGEA (Vimeo Staff Pick), THE ARRIVAL (Jury Award, Napa Valley Film Festival), THE STOP (Vimeo Staff Pick), TOPLESS WOMEN TALK NFL (Aurora Award), and the virtual reality miniseries GLOBAL GAMER, among numerous others.

Metzger’s directing credits include AT&T original documentary ALONE IN THE GAME (AFI Docs, Frameline, Outfest); SPECIAL BLOOD (Dolores Huerta Award for Best Director at Long Beach Indie Festival, Best Feature Documentary at California Women’s Film Festival); public service announcement TOPLESS WOMEN TALK NFL (Aurora Award; Telly Award; featured in Washington Post, Huffington Post, Vice), CAMP KESEM (Aurora Award, Telly Award), and VERDI CHORUS (Aurora Award); and short films BARELY (Best Director – L-Dub Film Festival); ARENA (Best Experimental Film, California Women’s Film Festival; Best Music Video, Silent River Film Festival); FOR WATER (Best Short and Best Experimental Film nominations, Female Eye Film Festival), amongst others. Also an accomplished writer, Metzger won the Gold Prize at the Page International Screenwriting Awards for her sci-fi script IMMORTAL.

Metzger holds a Master of Fine Arts from California Institute of the Arts and a Bachelor of Arts from Emory University, where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa and Summa Cum Laude and received the Sudler Award in the Arts and the Pioneer Award.

Miller, Melanie

Melanie Miller

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Mudge, Barbara

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, and the acclaimed TRADE OF INNOCENTS, through her company, Worldwide Faith Entertainment On Demand, LLC.  Currently, Mudge is a marketing and licensing consultant.

Nahimas, Alysa2

Alysa Nahmias

Alysa Nahmias is an award-winning filmmaker and founder of the Los Angeles-based production company Ajna Films. Alysa’s directorial debut feature, Unfinished Spaces, co-directed with Benjamin Murray, won a 2012 Spirit Award, numerous festival prizes, and is in the permanent collection at the Museum of Modern Art, New York. As a producer, Alysa’s most recent film is the Emmy-nominated and Sundance award-winning Unrest (2017) directed by Jennifer Brea, and as an executive producer What We Left Unfinished directed by Mariam Ghani which premiered at the Berlinale and SFFILM Festival (2019). Her producing credits also include: the Los Angeles Film Festival award-winning scripted feature No Light and No Land Anywhere (2016) by director Amber Sealey with executive producer Miranda July; and Afternoon of a Faun: Tanaquil Le Clercq directed by Nancy Buirski with creative advisor Martin Scorsese (2013). As a consulting producer, Nahmias frequently advises on films such as Academy Award-nominated director Jennifer Redfearn’s Tocando La Luz (2015), Hao Wu’s People’s Republic of Desire, and Abby Epstein and Ricki Lake’s Weed the People (2018). Alysa’s work has been shown at festivals and exhibitions worldwide, including Sundance, Berlinale, SXSW, HotDocs, Sheffield Doc/Fest, CPH:DOX, Film Society of Lincoln Center’s Sound + Vision, and has been released theatrically in the US and UK, exhibited at MoMA and the Venice Biennale, and broadcast on platforms including Netflix, PBS, and HBO. Alysa is a 2019 Sundance Institute Momentum Fellow and a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

David Offenberg

David Offenberg

Dr. David Offenberg is an Associate Professor of Entertainment Finance in the College of Business Administration at Loyola Marymount University. Additionally, he is the Director of the Business of Film Certificate Program at LMU, which teaches filmmakers the business fundamentals that they need to get their films financed, produced and distributed.

His alumni work across the industry, at the major studios, independent studios, agencies, and financial firms. Dr. Offenberg’s innovative teaching has received national recognition from academic finance organizations. He also provides financial and analytical consulting services to independent filmmakers and studios. Dr. Offenberg received his Ph.D. in finance from Purdue University.