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:
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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
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.