NOVEMBER 2 - 7, 2021 • Santa Monica

2020 Speaker Bios

2020 Speaker Bios G-I

Adrian Garelik

Adrian Garelik is a filmmaker from Argentina – “To fool a thief” (2013), Netflix “Locked down” (2015)  – He discovered Bitcoin on 2014, and became one of the founders of RSK Labs, pioneer platform for smart contracts on top of Bitcoin’s blockchain. On 2016 he left RSK to mix video distribution and blockchain with Flixxo, an incentivised p2p network and a VOD platform for microseries with a disruptive model based on rewards, gamification schemes and social interactions.

Todd Garner

Todd Garner, the head of Broken Road Productions, is a veteran producer and Hollywood creative executive with a remarkable gift for creating and nurturing mainstream, commercial motion pictures. In various capacities throughout his career, Garner has developed, overseen, executive produced or produced well over 170 movies, many of them major hits for their respective studios. Formerly a founding partner of Revolution Studios and before that co-head of production at Walt Disney Studios, Garner founded Broken Road Productions in summer 2005. In the last fifteen years, Broken Road has produced 22 movies and 3 TV series. After producing the runaway hit PAUL BLART: MALL COP and its sequel, which combined grossed over $290 million in worldwide box office, Broken Road produced KNIGHT AND DAY for Fox grossing over $261 million worldwide, MGM & Sony’s ZOOKEEPER which grossed $170 million, and INTO THE STORM for New Line, which grossed over $161 million worldwide. In November 2018, Screen Gems’ THE POSSESSION OF HANNAH GRACE starring Shay Mitchell & Stana Katic finished with a stellar $45M WW on a $6M budget. Released summer 2019 was New Line Cinema’s TAG, starring Jon Hamm, Ed Helms, Jake Johnson and Isla Fisher and February 2019 featured the release of ISN’T IT ROMANTIC starring Rebel Wilson, Liam Hemsworth, Adam DeVine, & Priyanka Chopra. Garner is currently in post-production on MORTAL KOMBAT at New Line and the true story ALL MY LIFE for Universal. He is currently in production on the comedy VACATION FRIENDS starring John Cena & Lil Rel Howery at Fox/Hulu and the Netflix sitcom “The Crew” starring Kevin James. Garner has the Bert Kreischer series “The Cabin” premiering on Netflix this fall. Other features in development include: a SLEEPY HOLLOW reboot at Paramount Pictures, a remake of AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON at Universal, FUZZY TOWERS starring Kevin James at Netflix and SENIOR YEAR with Rebel Wilson at Paramount. Garner was an Executive Producer on films such as XXX, ANGER MANAGEMENT and 13 GOING ON 30. He joined Revolution as a partner in May 2000 and was responsible for overseeing all aspects of development and production for the company’s motion pictures during its remarkable first five years. During his tenure, Garner oversaw such hit Revolution films as BLACK HAWK DOWN, PUNCH DRUNK LOVE and HELLBOY. Todd currently hosts “The Producer’s Guide: Todd Garner & Hollywood’s Elite,” which takes an in depth look at the movie business and what it takes to be a producer in today’s world. Link to “The Producer’s Guide: Todd Garner & Hollywood’s Elite” below:

https://www.podcastone.com/the-producers-guide-with-todd-garner

Gregoire Gensollen

Gregoire Gensollen is the COO of Tucker Tooley Entertainment where he oversees all aspects of film and television financing, strategic planning, business development and operations. He works hand in hand with producer and CEO Tucker Tooley, whose films have earned more than $2.5 billion at the worldwide box office (IMMORTALS, LIMITLESS, THE FIGHTER, WE’RE THE MILLERS, DEAR JOHN, DEN OF THIEVES…). He is an Executive Producer on CONCRETE COWBOY, starring Idris Elba, which recently sold worldwide to Netflix after premiering at TIFF 2020.

Gregoire’s role includes structuring and overseeing first look and output deals with financiers, foreign and domestic partners, the structuring of finance plans for the company’s film and television productions, as well as establishing partnerships with new media companies to produce and finance virtual reality, podcast and digital series. Gregoire brings dual operational and strategic experience combined with an expertise in international co-productions and distribution, as well as relationships across all facets of the entertainment industry.

Prior to Tucker Tooley Entertainment, Gensollen was SVP, International Distribution & Strategy at FilmNation where he worked hand in hand with founder/CEO Glen Basner and COO Milan Popelka. His responsibilities included running film finance, distribution and strategy. In particular, he oversaw all releases worldwide for more than 60 titles that earned $1.3 billion at the box office and numerous Oscar nominations; such films included THE KING’S SPEECH, THE IMITIATION GAME, NEBRASKA, ROOM, MUD, LOOPER and MAGIC MIKE. He closed loans and helped structure the financing for Denis Villeneuve’s ARRIVAL and John Lee Hancock’s THE
FOUNDER.

Prior to joining FilmNation in May 2011 in New York, he spent five years at Lionsgate in Los Angeles as VP of International Strategic & Sales Planning. For both Film and TV, he was in charge of international deal structuring. He managed this for Sales as well as Motion Picture Acquisitions & Co-Productions, on projects such as HUNGER GAMES, and Paul Haggis’ NEXT THREE DAYS. During his tenure, he handled international pricing and distribution strategy of more than 50 feature film releases including the SAW franchise, KICK-ASS, IMMORTALS, LIMITLESS, DRAG ME
TO HELL and 310 TO YUMA.

He also was overseeing the Lionsgate UK acquisitions greenlight process and financing plan for local productions, in particular the financing of LGUK’s 1st local production BLITZ, and closed the funding of the LGUK-BBC co-production SALMON FISHING IN THE YEMEN.

Gregoire graduated in 2006 from UCLA Anderson’s MBA, with emphasis on Film Production through the UCLA Film Producers Program. He is a former Management Consultant and got his Master of Science in Industrial Engineering in 2000 from the University of Wisconsin Madison.

Gregoire was recently featured in the 2019 Variety’s “10 Producers to Watch” following the selection of his latest production PAPICHA in Cannes’ Un Certain Regard. PAPICHA was Algeria’s official entry for the Best International Feature Academy Award.

He was also featured in the 2012 Variety’s “Hollywood’s New Leaders

Justin Giddings

Justin Giddings is a classically-trained actor who got tired of waiting for permission to be creative and turned to filmmaking to continue his exploration of the human condition. His films have won multiple festivals around the globe and have received international distribution with companies like Gaiam TV and Gunpowder & Sky. He’s also an international speaker & teacher on crowdfunding having raised over $6 million for indie film projects through his company The Kickstarter Guy. He is also the co-founder of Film Festival Mastery, a training program for filmmakers seeking to optimize their film’s festival experience.

Mark Gill

Mark Gill is the recovering president of Warner Independent Pictures, Miramax & Millennium Films with a $2 billion track record on such films as Hitman’s Bodyguard, the Olympus Has Fallen series, Frida & March of the Penguins. He started a new independent film company, Solstice Studios, 22 months ago with $400 million in financing.

Solstice Studios is an independent movie company based in Los Angeles, founded in October 2018. The studio develops, fully finances, produces, sells internationally and distributes feature films in the U.S. on a wide-release basis. Solstice plans to produce 3-5 movies per year for a global audience—generally in the $20-80M budget range. It also plans to co-finance or acquire another 1-2 films per year for wide U.S. distribution. The company has a partnership with Ingenious Media.

Solstice’s first film, Unhinged, starring Academy Award Winner Russell Crowe was the first new movie back in US theaters in August. The studio also recently acquired Good Joe Bell starring Mark Wahlberg and is also producing Hypnotic starring Ben Affleck.

The Solstice team has a $5 billion production track record; the company’s senior team includes President & CEO Mark Gill, Head of Production Lisa Ellzey, Co-Production Head Guy Botham, Marketing/Strategy Head Vincent Bruzzese, Acquisitions & International Head Crystal Bourbeau, Head of Physical Production Dana Belcastro, Business & Legal Affairs Head Karen Barna, Chief Financial Officer Shaun Williams and Head of US Distribution Shari Hardison.

Anna Godas

Anna is CEO of Dogwoof. The company had its first release in 2005, and since then,  Anna has steered the company from a small indie film distributor to a leading global brand in the field of documentary, with theatrical distribution, sales, and production. In 2011, Anna was directly responsible for the creation of Dogwoof’s international sales arm. Presently, Anna is focusing on growing Dogwoof’s production and development side, via the production fund TDog Productions, investing in feature-length documentaries, documentary series and remake options. Her mission is to create a fully integrated true stories mini-studio.

Anna was born in Barcelona, Spain. She has an Executive MBA, and MAs in film production and screenwriting, and has two daughters who she is proud to be a strong role model for.

Jill Goldsmith

Jill joined Deadline in 2019 after working as a New York-based contributor. She follows corporate finance, deals and publicly traded companies in media and entertainment, film financing, and New York film and TV production.

Gregg Goldstein

Coming Soon.

Chris Gore

Chris Gore is the publisher of FilmThreat.com and host of the Film Threat Podcast. The author of several books, most notably The Ultimate Film Festival Survival Guide, Chris is also a filmmaker and TV producer, having written and produced My Big Fat Independent Movie. Chris has also appeared as a film expert on MSNBC, E!, CNN, and has hosted shows on FX, Starz, IFC and was a regular on G4TV’s Attack of the Show.

Magdalena Górka

Coming Soon.

Richard Gray

Richard Gray is an Australian film director and producer known for his feature films SUGAR MOUNTAIN, THE LOOKALIKE, and many more. His most recent film, ROBERT THE BRUCE (2020), has been a top selling independent film in the US this year. Richard was Runner-up in Project Greenlight 2007 with his screenplay, Summer Coda, which became his debut feature film back in 2010

Jeffrey Greenstein

Jeffrey Greenstein is the President of Millennium Media, a Los Angeles-based entertainment finance, production and sales company.  Through Millennium, Greenstein finances and produces films and has worked on more than fifty films during his tenure at the company, including The Expendables franchise, Olympus Has Fallen and London Has Fallen, The Hitman’s Bodyguard, and Mechanic Resurrection. Most recently, Greenstein produced the Megan Fox starrer Till Death at Millennium Media’s Nu Boyana Sophia-based studio successfully using Covid-19 safety protocols.

Greenstein started in international sales and distribution and has risen through the company to his current position as President.

Jeffrey is a board member of IFTA.

Michael Gubbins

Michael Gubbins is an analyst, journalist and consultant, working in the international film, entertainment and media industries, with particular expertise in the changing on-demand digital economy. He has worked across the film and media value chain, and has created influential reports, workshops, labs and events for a wide variety of businesses and organizations in more than 30 countries. He is also a sought-after chair of conferences and a frequent keynote speaker. He was chair of the innovative film agency Ffilm Cymru Wales until his tenure ended in 2019. In more than 30 years in journalism, Gubbins edited Screen International and ScreenDaily, Music Week and business technology magazine Computing, as well as editing and writing for daily newspapers in the UK and Europe. Recent major projects included leading a project to build a creative cluster in the West Midlands region of the UK. Michael Gubbins is also consultant and moderator of EUROVOD professional meetings, and the writer of EUROVOD Report 2020.

D.J. Gugenheim

D.J. Gugenheim grew up in New York, Israel and Florida. At 16, Gugenheim moved to LA by himself and studied theater and business at UCLA where he won the Gilbert Cates award for outstanding production for a multimedia version of Fahrenheit 451. After graduating Gugenheim worked at a think-tank in DC, the Woodrow Wilson Center, and on Capitol Hill. Gugenheim returned to LA to work for filmmaker Joel Zwick (MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING) on FAT ALBERT. Gugenheim then went on to work at CAA and Paramount Vantage while they made THERE WILL BE BLOOD and NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN. He also ran development at Universal based Captivate Entertainment where he was the executive on multiple projects including BOURNE LEGACY. Before joining Andrew Lauren Productions in April 2015, D.J. was the Executive Vice President of Production of Lotus Entertainment where he Executive Produced KIDNAP with Halle Berry as well as NOVEMBER CRIMINALS with Chloe Moretz and Ansel Elgort. Today, with Andrew Lauren Productions, D.J. produced Claire Denis’s English Language debut HIGH LIFE with Robert Pattinson and Juliette Binoche as well as VOX LUX from Brady Corbet with Natalie Portman and Jude Law.  He is currently prepping Brady Corbet’s follow up, THE BRUTALIST with Joel Edgerton, Mary Rylance and Marion Cotillard and is working on projects with José Padilha, Sam Esmail, Taylor Sheridan, Anne Hathaway and Billy Porter among others.

Trinabh Gupta

Trinabh Gupta is an assistant professor in Computer Science at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He received his PhD in Computer Science from The University of Texas at Austin. He works in the area of computer security and privacy. The most relevant project he worked on is called Popcorn, which a privacy-preserving Netflix-like media streaming service that streams movies to its users without requiring to know which movies users are asking to watch! He also serves as an advisor to Data Secrets, Inc., which is a company focusing on privacy protection in the enterprise.

Will Gurman

Will Gurman is VP of Global Content Partnerships at Pluto TV. In his current role, Will works cross functionally to optimize the growth and performance of Pluto TV’s content partnerships and to expand the global reach and monetization of the content Pluto TV acquires. He sources, evaluates, and acquires TV series, films, sports, and digital content, to distribute across Pluto TV’s expanding portfolio of ad-supported linear channels and AVOD platforms. In addition, he manages key partnerships with top entertainment and news networks, major studios, and indie distributors by delivering business reviews, optimizing content pipelines, and developing and executing against individualized strategic plans.

Prior to joining Pluto TV, Will was Senior Director of Content Acquisition and Strategy at Fullscreen, where he served a key role bringing Fullscreen’s SVOD service to market by shaping content strategy, budget plan, and programming schedule, and by sourcing and acquiring content for a millennial and Gen-Z audience.

Will began his career at Twentieth Century Fox Television in the Brand Management & Strategy group, where he evaluated opportunities and advised on strategies to maximize the value of all studio properties, including “The Simpsons,” “Family Guy,” “Glee,” “Modern Family,” “Homeland,” “Sons of Anarchy,” “How I Met Your Mother,” “24” and “The X-Files.”

Will graduated from Yale University with a B.A. in Political Science and earned an M.B.A. from UCLA Anderson.

Steven Haft

Currently: Head of Global Partnerships at Consensys and Director of the Blockchain Social Impact Coalition. Until 2018, oversaw innovation as SVP at TIME Inc, strategy SVP at AOL’s Ad Sales;  produced films/tv DEAD POETS SOCIETY, EMMA, HOCUS POCUS & MADtv; is a Fellow at Prof Clay Cristensen’s Disruptor Foundation, Trustee Emeritus at The Sundance Institute and thought leader on media, digital innovation, civil society and the arts.

Elizabeth Haggard

As Vice President of Narrative Film, Elizabeth is involved in the day-to-day development and production of the narrative film slate for Participant, the leading media company dedicated to entertainment that inspires audiences to engage in positive social change.  Prior to joining Participant, Elizabeth was a Production Executive at Ramona Films where she oversaw the development and production of their film and TV slate. While there, she produced the upcoming Janicza Bravo film Zola for A24, Dave Franco’s directorial debut The Rental for IFC and Black Bear, and was an Executive Producer on the UCP pilot Masters of Doom, based on David Kushner’s critically acclaimed book of the same title.  Before that she was an executive at Universal Pictures where she oversaw the Story Department and worked on a wide variety of films. Elizabeth received a BFA in Theatre Studies and a BA in English from Southern Methodist University.

Eliza Hajek

Eliza Hajek is the Manager of Development and Sponsorship at SAGindie. Her duties encompass traveling to film festivals, speaking on panels and at seminars, and interacting with independent producers worldwide in order to get the word out about the SAG-AFTRA Low Budget Agreements. You can also find her working on her first film, a documentary about the impossibly bizarre story behind the bat bombs of WWII.

Mark Ham

Mark has been with the Government of Alberta for 17 years and has served in a variety of policy and planning roles with Municipal Affairs, Justice and Solicitor General, and Treasury Board and Finance before joining Culture, Multiculturalism and the Status of Women two years ago in his current role.  In addition to supporting Alberta’s film and television industry, the Cultural Industries branch also supports the growth of the magazine and book publishing and music sectors and is responsible for the day to day management of two 2500 seat government-owned theaters in the cities of Edmonton and Calgary.  Mark believes Alberta has a significant opportunity to be a destination of choice for productions that are looking for a versatile location that is successfully and safely relaunching.

Nishat Hashem

Nishat Hashem is the CEO & Founder of Apojo Publications, an e-commerce platform for creatives where they are able to publish and sell their work directly on the platform to those with demand for the content. An innovator, philanthropist and thought leader, Nishat has been in the technology industry for over fifteen years, all the while being an integral part of the creative industry as a Writer, Poet, Actress, Director, and Producer. Apojo Publications combines her passion for creativity and expertise in technology all into one best in class platform, with the needs of the independent writers and producers at the core of it all. Her own experiences as well as conversations with many writers and producers at AFM 2019 contributed to the birth of this unique concept. She is excited to be launching the Apojo App at AFM 2020 Online, with the support of her dedicated team and Brand Ambassador Bryony Cole.

Sonja Heinen

Sonja Heinen is the Managing Director of European Film Promotion (EFP), a pan-European network dedicated to the promotion of European movies worldwide.

As Head of the Berlinale Co-Production Market for twelve years and Project Manager of the Berlin-based World Cinema Fund (2003-2016), she has been a driving force behind the international co-productions of films and funding films from developing countries. Before joining the Berlinale, she worked as a producer and project coordinator for Gemini Film and International West in Cologne. She started out at the Filmstiftung NRW in Düsseldorf, where she became Assistant to Executive Director Dieter Kosslick and especially responsible for international contacts, organizing the Co-Production Meetings and developing the International Co-Production Market Cologne.

Bryan Hill

Bryan Edward Hill is an American author, screenwriter, musician, comic book writer, and graphic designer. Hill was hired by Top Cow Productions to expand the Witchblade universe by writing the trade paperback Broken Trinity:Pandora’s Box with former Top Cow Productions editor Rob Levin. Hill later wrote the book 7 Days from Hell for Top Cow Productions, and was later hired to adapt it into a screenplay. He also co-wrote Netherworld, a comic book, for Heroes and Villains. He co-wrote the comic book Postal with Matt Hawkins, which began publication in 2015. He began writing it by himself at issue #12.

Eve Honthaner

Eve Honthaner has been the Deputy Director of the California Film Commission since 2013.  Having previously come from an extensive background in production management, she worked in various saff positions and in every freelance capacity from PA to line producer.  She worked for companies such DreamWorks and Legendary Pictures and on films such as Titanic, Just Married and Tropic Thunder.  She’s the author of two entertainment industry standards: The Complete Film Production Handbook (4th Edition) and Hollywood Drive: What it Takes to Break in, Hang in & Make it in the Entertainment Industry (2nd Edition), both published by Focal Press.  From 1999-2018, Eve taught a course she created for USC’s School of Cinematic Arts Summer Program called “Breaking Into The Industry.  She founded and ran the Los Angeles-based non-profit organization Film Industry Network (2000-2008), has lectured at multiple colleges and universities throughout the country, is a member of the Producers Guild of America and is on the Advisory Board of the California State University Entertainment Alliance.

Carla Hool

Carla Hool began her career as a casting director on the film MAN ON
FIRE for director Tony Scott. Since then she has been responsible for casting
such notable films as, MISS BALA, ICEBOX, COCO, LOS INFILTRADOS, THE
33, A BETTER LIFE, BLESS ME ULTIMA, DESPICABLE ME 2, CHE, VANTAGE
POINT, INNOCENT VOICES, NACHO LIBRE, APOCALYPTO, SIN NOMBRE,
BEVERLY HILLS CHIHUAHUA and RAMBO: LAST BLOOD among many
others. She also cast NARCOS and NARCOS MEXICO for Netflix, LOS
ESPOOKYS for HBO, SELENA for Netflix, GENTEFIED for Netflix, EAST LOS
HIGH for Hulu, THE BRIDGE SEASON 2 for FX, and EASTBOUND & DOWN
SEASON 2 for HBO.

Carla is very proud of her work on the soon to be released romantic drama
2 HEARTS, directed by her uncle Lance and produced by her father Conrad.
2 HEARTS is truly a Hool family affair since it was also written by Carla’s cousin
Veronica and her cousin Brett composed the songs.

She has collaborated with Directors Tony Scott, Chris Weitz, Cary Joji Fukunaga,
Catherine Hardwike, Lee Unkrich, Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Jose Padilha, Guillermo
Navarro, Carl Franklin, Jody Hill, David Gordon Green, Luis Mandoki, Jared
Hess, Pete Travis, Richard Shepard, Emilio Maillé, Lance Hool, Carlos Cuarón
and Mel Gibson.

Carla is widely considered to be one of the most knowledgeable internationally
focused casting directors in the film and television industry. Carla lives and
works full-time in Los Angeles but continues to work on international projects with
strong casting affiliations in Mexico, Central and South America, and Spain.
Carla has been nominated and won the prestigious Artios Award for Best Casting
for the animated feature film COCO. She has also been nominated for an Artios
Award for Best casting in the Netflix Drama series NARCOS. Carla has just
been welcomed into the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences as a new
member.

Terry Huang

Terry is the Director of Product and Data at the Black List, where he works with the company’s CTO to manage its product development. He formerly worked in tech and finance and studied economics at Georgetown University.

Darnell Hunt

Darnell Hunt is Dean of the Division of Social Sciences and Professor of Sociology and African American Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Dr. Hunt has written extensively on race and media, including four books and numerous scholarly journal articles and popular magazine articles. Prior to his positions at UCLA, he chaired the Department of Sociology at the University of Southern California (USC). For more than two decades, Dr. Hunt has worked on numerous projects exploring the issues of access and diversity in the Hollywood industry. He was lead author of UCLA’s2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019and 2020 Hollywood Diversity Reports, which provide comprehensive analyses of the employment of women and minorities in front of and behind the camera in film and television. He authored the last six installments of the Hollywood Writers Report, released by the Writers Guild of America (WGA) in2005, 2007, 2009, 2012, 2014 and 2016. He was principal investigator of The African American Television Report, released by the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) in June of 2000. He has also worked in the media and as a media researcher for the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights’ 1993 hearings on diversity in Hollywood. Recently, he has worked as a consultant on film and television projects focusing on sensitive portrayals of race, ethnicity and other social issues. Dr. Hunt has also been a frequent public commentator on questions of media and race. He has been interviewed for hundreds of television and radio programs on the topic, and the findings of his research studies have been reported in thousands of print, radio, broadcast, and on-line media outlets throughout the United States and abroad. He has also participated in and moderated dozens of panel discussions about media diversity sponsored by entities such as the Federal Communications Commission, the United Nations, the Congressional Black Caucus, and numerous colleges and universities. He was listed among Ebony magazine’s “Power 150 Academia” for 2009-2010.

Charlotte Hurni

Coming soon.

Kevin Iwashina

Kevin Iwashina is a Senior Associate at Endeavor Content, a division of global entertainment leader Endeavor (formerly WME | IMG). In his role, Iwashina identifies financing opportunities, handles sales and provides advisory services for media companies and content creators in the premium non-scripted space.

Endeavor Content finances, packages and sells over 100 feature films and television series a year. In premium non-scripted, recent film and television projects include: “Chef’s Table,” “Won’t You Be My Neighbor,” “The Elephant Queen,” “The Apollo,” “Killer Inside: The Mind of Aaron Hernandez”, “We Are Freestyle Love Supreme” and “Hamilton,” among others.

Iwashina joined Endeavor Content in 2017. Prior to that, he served as Founder & CEO at Preferred Content, a film, television and digital sales, production and advisory company. During his tenure, he oversaw the representation of fiction and non-fiction content creators to secure financing and distribution of feature films and episodic series concepts. Iwashina was the lead producer of the 2011 hit documentary “Jiro Dreams of Sushi,” the precursor to “Chef’s Table.”

Prior to launching PC, Iwashina was a senior agent in CAA’s Independent & International Film Group, after initially beginning his career in the mailroom at UTA. He holds a B.A. in English literature with a specialization in French language and culture from U.C.L.A. and is active in the non-profit sector. In addition, he served as the Chairman of the Board of the Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment (CAPE) and as the President of the Board of Directors of the International Documentary Association (IDA).