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.
Michael Mandaville has worked for 25 years as a Producer, line producer and UPM. He is also an internet entrepreneur working in the streaming and social media environments. The films he has worked on include “Taken”, “Taken 2” and “Taken 3” written and produced by Luc Besson, “Above Suspicion” starring Emilia Clarke directed by Philip Noyce and “Havoc” with Anne Hathaway.
He recently directed “Into the Flames” which was sold at Cannes through Glass House Distribution and “Conviction: Murder in Four Parts” which won the Culver City Film Festival for Best Screenplay. He also produced, directed and wrote “Beer Pong Coach” a webseries. He does presentations for his FilmmakingWithACalculator approach – how to reconcile the Creative with the Financial.
The other films that he has worked on are “The Kiss” with Terence Stamp and Billy Zane, (“American History X” (New Line Cinema) with Edward Norton and Edward Furlong, “Friends of Friends” with Bruce Davison and Sherilynn Fenn, “Blood and Wine” (Jack Nicholson, Director: Bob Rafelson), “Millenium’s Child” (Disney/Miramax) with William Windom and Karen Black, “Sensation” with Eric Roberts, Ed Begley Jr., Paul Le Mat and Ron Perlman. “Hail Caesar” with Anthony Michael Hall, Robert Downey, Jr. and Judd Nelson. “Pumpkin Head II” (MPCA) with Ami Dolenz and Steve Kanaly. Michael also produced “The Almighty Fred”, an independent film. He has directed a recent feature, commercials, shorts, a documentary and industrial films. He has also worked on “Manahi” an Arabic language comedy which was the first film shown in Saudi Arabia in 35 years.
Michael also worked on numerous TV pilots including “Chunks of Life” (ABC), “Criminal Obsession with Telly Savalas and “Wet” with Arliss Howard, Cynda Williams (Directed by Bob Rafelson). “The Double O-Kid” with Corey Haim, Brigitte Nielsen. “Girlfriend from Hell” and “Spirit of the Eagle” with Dan Haggerty and Bill Smith. Michael worked on a CD-ROM Project, “Monty Python’s Holy Grail CD-ROM” with Eric Idle and Terry Gilliam. As an executive with Queens Cross Productions, he worked on “Keys to Freedom” with Jane Seymour and Omar Sharif, “The Tunnel” with Jane Seymour and Peter Weller and “Tapeheads” with Tim Robbins and John Cusack.
Michael is a bondable line producer with Film Finance. He also worked as a Risk Manager at the Motion Picture Bond Company. Through Transcom Productions, Michael has done Scheduling and Budgeting for clients including Relativity, Intl. Sales Organization, Paramount Pictures, Viacom, Bob Rafelson, Kushner-Locke Company, Mark Damon Worldwide, Europacorp, etc.
Michael follows in the film industry in the steps of his aunt, Molly Mandaville, who worked as legendary film mogul Darryl Zanuck’s assistant for 35 years. He has written numerous scripts for option or for hire. Michael published a Trilogy of technothriller novels under the “Stealing Thunder” series which won the Thrillspy Award for best novel. He also published a mystery novel, “A Cold Death”. Both on Amazon. He has three more novels and several plays in process which usually keeps him out of trouble. He wrote a non-fiction book on counterterrorism. Michael received a Master’s Degree from USC in their prestigious Professional Writing Program. He attended the BA program for Columbia College and received a BA from UCSB in Philosophy.
As Head of Certification at the British Film Institute, Anna works closely with key stakeholders in government and across the Screen Sectors to provide advice and guidance on the application processes for all of the cultural tests, co-production treaties and policies relating to all of the Creative Sector tax reliefs for film, High-end, Animation Television, Children’s Television and Video Games. Anna regularly speaks on panels at conferences and events to promote the tax reliefs such as the Children’s Media Conference, the Develop Games conference and many others. In addition Anna has organised BFI-led seminars and events for the Animation, Video Games and Children’s Television sectors.
Anna is a trustee for the Video Games industry’s charity ‘Games Aid’. She is in the GI Biz 100 women in the UK Games Industry. She is an ambassador for AutisticaPlay the video games arm of the charity Autistica and a Patron for Safe in Our World, the video games industry mental health charity. She is a member of the Production Guild of Great Britain and Women in Film and TV.
Evgenia Markova is the Head of the national informational and consultative agency, Roskino.
In 2019 Evgenia became a Director of industry relations for “Expocontent” company that consults Russian state structures and leading film, TV, and animation content producers and distributors on international promotion. In “Expocontent” Evgenia Markova coordinated the participation of the major Russian film producers under the unified national brand on the leading global film markets.
In January 2020 was appointed as the CEO of “Roskino”.
Along with the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation, Evgenia managed two international forums for content buyers – Key Buyers Event, in October 2019 and the first digital international market of Russian content “Key Buyers Event: digital edition” in June, 2020.
Colin McCormack is the Communications Manager of SAGindie. Before arriving at SAGindie, he managed a filmmaker outreach program for a national animal welfare nonprofit, assisting documentary and narrative filmmakers on production, financial grants, research, and marketing. As SAGindie’s Communications Manager, Colin handles advertising and promotions, filmmaker interviews, and web operations. See the fruits of his labor at sagindie.org.
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.
Lela Meadow-Conner is Executive Director of Film Festival Alliance and Founder of mama.film, a non-profit arts organization at the crossroads of art & advocacy – where storytellers, changemakers and nurturers come together to champion women of all kinds and their allies. She’s a co-founder of Wichita’s Tallgrass Film Association, has consulted for various film festivals including Woods Hole and Geena Davis’ Bentonville Film Festival. She has participated in the Artist Inc. program through Mid-America Arts Alliance, and The Industry Academy, a program of Film Society of Lincoln Center and the Locarno Film Festival. She currently serves on the Board of the Vidiots Foundation, and as co-Producer on Sav Rodgers’ forthcoming documentary Chasing Chasing Amy, and as Executive Producer on Niztan Mager’s web series Quarantine, I Love You.
BILLY MERNIT is a script consultant, a story analyst at Universal Pictures, was a Distinguished Instructor at the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program, and is the author of the bestselling screenwriting textbook Writing the Romantic Comedy (Harper/Collins), recently reissued in a revised, expanded, and updated 20th Anniversary edition. He’s also the author of the novel Imagine Me and You (Random House); during his many years in the entertainment industry, he has written for NBC’s Santa Barbara, and composed songs recorded by Carly Simon, Judy Collins, and Morrissey.
Chris Moore has been working as a producer in Hollywood since 1989. He was co-producer on Gus Van Sant’s Good Will Hunting, which was nominated for nine Academy Awards® including Best Picture and Best Director, and won for Best Supporting Actor (Robin Williams) and Best Original Screenplay (Ben Affleck & Matt Damon).
He has produced all four of the American Pie theatrical features, including the 2012 worldwide hit American Reunion, written and directed by Jon Hurwitz & Hayden Schlossberg. Another recent success produced by Mr. Moore was The Adjustment Bureau, adapted and directed by George Nolfi and starring Matt Damon and Emily Blunt.
Among his other features as producer are John Dahl’s Joy Ride, starring Paul Walker; Mike Barker’s Best Laid Plans, starring Reese Witherspoon; and John Frankenheimer’s Reindeer Games, starring Ben Affleck and Charlize Theron; his most recent theatrical release was “Promised Land,” which starred Matt Damon and John Krasinski. Movies that he has executive-produced include two cult favorites: Rob McKittrick’s “Waiting…” starring Ryan Reynolds and Anna Faris, and John Gulager’s “Feast”.
Mr. Moore was a co-creator and executive producer of the groundbreaking television series about filmmaking, “Project Greenlight.” He was one of the executive producers and directors of the acclaimed documentary “The People Speak,” broadcast domestically on the History Channel and based on Howard Zinn’s “A People’s History of the United States.”
In 2011, Mr. Moore established The Media Farm, which is focused on investing in and managing a portfolio of entertainment brands for exploitation in multiple media. His projects include “Survivor’s Remorse,” “Think Tank,” the continuation of “The People Speak” and “The Can,” a comedic online series, and “The Chair”, a competition documentary series that follows two directors through the process of bringing their first feature to the screen. Moore is represented by Hansen, Jacobson, Teller, Hoberman, Newman, Warren, Richman, Rush & Kaller in Los Angeles.
Linda Nelson began her career as an international investment banker, IT executive and entertainment real estate developer. After meeting Michael Madison, she pivoted into the movie business finally realizing her artistic potential. As an Executive Producer on NSYNC, she quickly realized that she was interested in being more “hands on” and was the DP for her next film, SHIFTED. As a Producer on DELIVERED she was finally able to gain experience in all aspects of the financing, development, production and distribution phases of moviemaking. In 2007, she co-founded Indie Rights with Michael Madison and has been active in distribution ever since. Indie Rights has a catalog of more than 1,000 feature films and boasts an innovative, cloud-based film management and delivery system that allows them to deliver hundreds of films in a matter of minutes to both new and existing streaming channels.
Joy Efe Odiete is the Managing Director and CEO of Blue Pictures Entertainment.
She is an Award-Winning independent film distributor and film sales agent, who possesses over 15 years’ experience in the film industry across Africa.
Joy holds a degree in Business Studies, a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing and membership of the National Institute of Marketing of Nigeria.
She began her career as a sales executive at NuMetro media store, rising through the ranks to reach the prominent position of Head of Operations for NuMetro Film Distribution in only six years.
In 2011, she made the decision to pursue her dream of launching her very own independent film distribution company in a male-dominated industry and hasn’t looked back – Blue Pictures Entertainment has since grown to become the Number 1 leading independent entertainment company in West Africa.
In 2018, Blue pictures ventured into Exhibition as a strategic move to further increase her Brand equity and ultimate goal of making the brand a household name in cinematic viewing experience.
Joy is motivated by her passion for making meaningful contributions to the African entertainment industry, from pre-production to distribution. Her goal is to enhance the viewing experience for movie fans and place original, well-produced Nigerian entertainment content on the global stage.
Her portfolio comprises a long list of the world’s most successful studio titles, distributed across Africa on behalf of major studios, including Warner Brothers Pictures, Walt Disney Pictures, 20th Century Fox, NuMetro Studios, Eros International, Studio Carnal, FilmFinity, Gravel Road Distribution, Black Sheep Entertainment and a number of Independent studios in the US, UK & South Africa. Joy is also a business consultant for Crimson Multimedia based in Kenya.
She has recorded major successes for foreign studios with franchise titles such as Harry Potter, Star Wars, Thor, Avengers, Batman, Iron Man and has broken box office records with the runaway success, Black Panther, amongst many more. She has also worked with Nollywood greats & distributed notable Nollywood box office hits such as Genevieve’s Lion Heart.
Joy is an aggregator as well to Platforms such as Netflix and other independent platforms locally and internationally.
Joy is the president of the Theatrical Distributors Association of Nigeria and is a member of the African Women in Leadership Organization (AWLO), a Member of Women in Exhibition (WIE) –International, and also a known speaker in a number of local and international conferences.
Dr. David Offenberg is an Associate Professor of Entertainment Finance in the College of Business Administration at Loyola Marymount University. Additionally, he is the Champion of the Entertainment Finance GOAL, which aims to make LMU the world’s leading institution for Entertainment Finance.
His alumni work across the industry, at the major studios, independent studios, agencies, and financial firms. Dr. Offenberg won the nation’s most prestigious teaching award for finance professors in 2018, the Financial Management Association’s Innovation in Teaching Award. He also provides financial and analytical consulting services to independent filmmakers and studios. Dr. Offenberg received his Ph.D. in finance from Purdue University.
Julia Oh is a Senior Commissioning Executive at Film4 in London. She runs a slate of features there that include projects from Steve McQueen, Will Sharpe, Julia Ducournau, and Yann Demange. Prior to joining Film4, Julia was a NYC-based independent producer. She co-produced AMERICAN HONEY (Jury Prize at Cannes Film Festival in 2016) and produced NASTY BABY (Teddy Award at Berlin International Film Festival in 2015). She also worked in development and production at Parts & Labor Films (THE WITCH) and Killer Films (CAROL).
Todd Olsson, President of International, adds to Highland Film Group a unique perspective; studio and indie experience on both the creative development and production side, coupled with extensive experience in financing, international marketing and distribution.
Todd began his career at The Walt Disney Company as Director of Acquisitions for international at BVHE, over the next six years Todd acquired more than 100 titles. He also managed the Miyazaki (Studio Ghibli) deal for the studio, valued at over $1 billion. Todd co-produced English language versions of KIKI’S DELIVERY SERVICE and CASTLE IN THE SKY, working with Kirsten Dunst, Anna Paquin, Cloris Leachman, Andy Dick, James Van Der Beek, and many others. He was also integral in the dubbing and release of PRINCESS MONONOKE with Claire Danes and Billy Bob Thornton through Miramax.
Todd left Disney to join independent film producer Mark Damon’s MDP (Behaviour, [now Media 8]) as VP International Sales. He handled such films as THE MUSKETEER, EYE OF THE BEHOLDER, FEAR.COM, and EXTREME OPS, along with a substantial library. Then Todd became Head of International for four years at Promark/Zenpix and American World Pictures, handling acquisitions, overseeing marketing, sales and worldwide distribution.
For the next six years, Todd worked as head of International for Bauer Martinez Studios and then Mark Amin’s Sobini Films, when the company was paired with Lionsgate. Those Sobini titles included BURNING BRIGHT, GARDENS OF THE NIGHT (Exec Producer), and THE PRINCE & ME 2, and he was instrumental in developing Sobini titles: STONEHEARST ASYLUM and upcoming ZORRO: THE BLACK FOX, starring Gael García Bernal to be directed by Jonás Cuarón (in pre-production).
At Bauer Martinez, Todd handled development, licensing, financing and marketing for such films as THE FLOCK (Richard Gere, Claire Danes), I COULD NEVER BE YOUR WOMAN (Michelle Pfeiffer, Paul Rudd), and THE GROOMSMEN (Ed Burns, Brittany Murphy), and for North American distribution; HARSH TIMES (Christian Bale) and VAN WILDER 2.
Following Bauer Todd was brought in as SVP International at Lakeshore Entertainment, working with titles AGE OF ADALINE, THE VATICAN TAPES and WALK OF SHAME and developing an innovative and progressive plan to reinvigorate sales on their considerable library over the next few years.
Todd spent several recent years as Head of International (SVP) at International Film Trust. At the time the company completed Stephen King’s CELL (John Cusack, Samuel L. Jackson), Werner Herzog’s SALT AND FIRE (Michael Shannon, Gael Garcia Bernal), AND THEN I GO, and TO THE STARS.
Todd then joined Highland film group and has been happy ever since. Some current projects include WASH ME IN THE RIVER (Robert DeNiro, John Malkovich, Taylor Kitsch), NOT WITHOUT HOPE (Miles Teller), MEDIEVAL (Ben Foster, Michael Caine), TWICE CUT (Samuel L. Jackson, Naomi Watts, Pete Davidson).
Todd has a Fine Arts degree in Cinema from Brigham Young University.
Ijeoma Onah is a Film and TV industry executive experienced in aggregation, acquisitions and distribution of Film and TV programming both foreign and local for exploitation of rights by different platforms /across territories.
She is happy to have pioneered major inroads to Africa TV/ Film industry by various international events by nurturing their confidence in Africa as an emerging market. Her efforts at various international events in ensuring that quality business and revenue generation from licensing of rights for Film and TV content has resulted in more African participations at international events . She has also worked on MAJOR international TV / Film markets and industry events in Europe, North America and Africa.
For International Film / TV content markets, she has mobilized Africa and Nigeria in particular on behalf of the organizers. She has been instrumental in mobilizing the entire Nigerian TV industry for MAJOR international TV events and has taken pride in helping producers/distributors and broadcasters get the much needed experience, knowledge and exposure offered by their participation in these events. Both locally and at the international stage, she has been able to bridge gaps and provide much needed guidance and advisory roles in the film and TV business. With a very rich International database of contacts which include but not limited to Nigeria, Anglophone and Francophone sub-Saharan Africa and beyond Africa she has got access and contacts to all that matter in the industry.
She is the Founder of Nigerian International Film Summit taking place annually in Los Angeles and Lagos and Nigerian International TV Summit which also an annual event in Paris and Lagos. These are business-to-business and networking events that seeks to bring together executives in film and TV industry for engaging discussions in the film and TV Ecosystem in Nigeria.
Brian O’Shea, with more than 25 years of experience in the entertainment industry, holds an extensive track record in the entertainment industry ranging from independent sales to financing and distribution.
Mr. O’Shea is currently the C.E.O. of The Exchange, a commercially minded and creatively spirited film financier, international sales and production company committed to strong relationships with filmmakers, investors and distributors.
The Exchange’s current projects are Liev Schreiber’s ACROSS THE RIVER AND INTO THE TREES, Trace Lysette and Patricia Clarkson’s MONICA, Oliva Munn’s REPLAY, Peter Dinklage, Noomi Rapace’s THE THICKET, Sesame Street documentary STREET GANG and Sundance’20 / Berlinale’20 documentary WELCOME TO CHECHNYA.
The Exchange has sold and/or financed notable films with stellar, high profile casts such as Tribeca’20 Drew Barrymore’s THE STAND-IN (first movie produced by The Exchange), Sundace darlings Justin Samien’s DEAR WHITE PEOPLE, Jeremiah Zagar’s WE THE ANIMALS, and James Ponsoldt’s THE SPECTACULAR NOW, blockbuster Denzel Washington and Mark Wallberg’s TWO GUNS, Netflix Originals IRREPLACEABLE YOU starring Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Michiel Huisman, Kate McKinnon, Steve Coogan, award-winning director Ondi Timoner’s MAPPLETHORPE, TriStar’s SOUL SURFER, award winning documentaries THE BIGGEST LITTLE FARM and GLEASON, Sony International’s A STREET CAT NAMED BOB, Oren Uziel’s SHIMMER LAKE, YOUNG ONES, starring Nicholas Hoult, Michael Shannon and Elle Fanning, HIGHER GROUND, directed by and starring Vera Farmiga.
Mr. O’Shea is the former President of Worldwide Sales and Distribution for Affinity International, formerly known as Odd Lot International, which he helped make one of the leading independent film production, sales, and distribution companies in the United States.
While at Affinity, Brian was directly responsible for all international acquisitions, sales,and distribution activities. His successes at Affinity include films such as the critically acclaimed RABBIT HOLE, starring Nicole Kidman and Aaron Eckhart, CASA DE MI PADRE, starring Will Ferrell, Gael Garcia Bernal and Diego Luna, BEASTLY, starring Vanessa Hudgens and Alex Pettyfer from CBS Films, and DRIVE, starring Ryan Gosling and Carey Mulligan.
Some of Mr. O’Shea’s other previous roles include Senior Vice President of Worldwide Distribution at Media 8, Senior Vice President of International Sales at First Look International, and Vice President of Legal Affairs and International Sales at Concorde-New Horizons. During his tenure at these companies, Mr. O’Shea was instrumental in securing, financing, and selling such films as MONSTER, UPSIDE OF ANGER, BEFORE NIGHT FALLS, and WAKING NED DEVINE.
Brian was also an active member of the Board of Directors of the Independent Film and Television Association (IFTA) from 2008 to 2016. In addition, he is a member in good standing of the State Bar of California.