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Speaker Bios

2020 Speaker Bios P-Q

Phil Pangalos

Philip Pangalos is a British journalist, broadcaster and consultant with more than 30 years of experience working for some of the world’s leading media organizations. He worked as a staff journalist for The Times in London from 1986 for 11 years, where he was Business Correspondent and Times columnist until 1997 and also worked for the Sunday Times as a sub-editor. He has been in Greece since 1997, predominantly working as an Athens-based foreign correspondent for The Times, Sunday Times, Sky News, Reuters News and Television, Bloomberg News, Dow Jones Newswires/Wall Street Journal and Euronews, and was a television news anchor for the daily English-language news programme of the Hellenic Broadcasting Corporation (ERT) – broadcast live in Greece and around the world. He has also worked on a freelance basis for BBC radio and television, Newstalk radio in Dublin, Radio New Zealand, ITN, the FOX television network, Institutional Investor and a number of other leading international print and broadcast media organizations. A former President and Vice President of the Foreign Press Association of Greece, Philip was also Editor-in-chief of Business File – Greece’s leading English-language business magazine for the best part of a decade. He was also the co-head of the inaugural Greece Investor Guide, published in 2020, a comprehensive 300-page guide to investing in all sectors of the Greek economy – including shipping, tourism, film, logistics and IT. He has also regularly worked as a financial, political and communications consultant. He spent two years as a Media and Communications consultant for the European Investment Bank, responsible for Greece and Cyprus, and was formerly head of international relations at Greece 2021, set up in 2019 to celebrate Greece’s bicentenary next year

Patrice Poujol

Patrice is the founder and CEO of Lumière (芦明). He is an EnTech research expert and a film professional. He has 8-year experience in the financial sector and movie finance and 12-year experience as a creative consultant and producer in the movie industry. In 2018, he obtained the first PhD worldwide on the integration of blockchain technology in Creative Media (CityU Hong Kong) through an academic exchange with UCLA and a participation in the MEFTI programme organised by MIT. Patrice is a member of the Hong Kong Internet Governance Forum (HKIGF) and has been an EnTech public policy postdoctoral research fellow at the centre for Applied Computing and Interactive Media (ACIM – CityU). His book “Online Film Production in China Using Blockchain and Smart Contracts” was published by Springer in March 2019.

Created in 2016, Lumière (芦明) is headquartered in Hong Kong with an office in Singapore. Lumiere is the exclusive media and entertainment provider for Finfabrik. Lumière is the exclusive media and entertainment partner of Finfabrik since 2019. Together they have created a series of film finance tools aimed to facilitate access to film funding for independent producers. 

In parallel, their digital asset solutions reduce investment risks for film financiers. Elemis, their live audit app. supports remote monitoring for production expenses. ‘Papicha’, their first tokenised film, was selected by the Cannes film festival, it was Algeria’s nomination for Best International Feature Film for the 2020 Oscars, and won two César awards on 28th February 2020. 

Lumière has since been selected to service tokenisation and blockchain powered traceability to the ESG compliant Green Light Media Fund (GLMF), a US$30M tokenised media and entertainment fund domiciled in Asia.

Yelena Popovic

Yelena Popovic is a Serbian/American actress, writer, director, and producer. She wrote and directed “Man of God” starring Mickey Rourke and the 2013 NYIIFVF Audience Award Winner, “L.A. Superheroes”. Popovic produced “Monday Nights at Seven” starring Edward James Olmos through her company Simeon Entertainment and has several other active projects in development including Greta Garbo and Moses the Black. She studied at Playhouse West, an industry-recognized premier acting school and training ground for actors, writers, and directors, founded by Robert Carnegie and Jeff Goldblum.

Catalina Porto

TV Executive with more than 20 years of experience working in the most important telecommunications, media and entertainment companies in Colombia. Lawyer by profession, has directed the legal areas of different production companies In Colombia. She has a master’s degree in Telco’s and digital technologies and studies in Business Management.

Currently works as Executive Manager of the Caracol TV Production Business Unit, where she is in charge of developing and executing the strategy for new production projects.

During her career, has excelled in the design of structures and team management, as well as in business affairs, compliance and M&A issues. Recently she has been Executive Producer of series such as Chichipatos, Siempre Bruja and la Reina de Indias.

Katerina Pshenitsyna

Katerina Pshenitsyna is a senior executive with 7-years’ experience in international distribution of Russian content. She started her career at Wizart Animation, a leading production and sales outlet for top-quality animation, and afterwards moved to Central Partnership, the industry distribution leader, to oversee international sales of the company. In 5 years at Central Partnership she has handled international sales of over 50 Russian projects and has overseen over 220 international theatrical releases. Over the course of her career in the industry, Katerina has handled international sales for such well-known Russian projects as the CREW, VIKING, the SNOW QUEEN franchise, THREE SECONDS, the BOLSHOI, the FIXIES animated features franchise, etc.

Marc Putman

After being responsible for new business development within the cable and pay-tv business for years, I decided to explore the opportunity of launching our own gay-minded TV channel in 2004. We now run our business with multiple tv-channels in various countries in Europe, Israel and LATAM. In 2018 we launched our own ‘Gay Netflix’ VOD platform to address the LGBTI-audience in Europe. OUTTV Media runs a 360 degrees content exploitation model, owning the film distribution partners PRO-FUN MEDIA based Frankfurt and Cinemien in Amsterdam, focusing on the distribution of European arthouse films. Since the 22nd October 2020 he is also taking the lead of EUROVOD association as President.

John Qu

John Qu is one of the well-known Chinese film industry leaders. As an award-winning documentary and film producer, he has directed many well-received works. Now, John Qu served as CEO of CITIC New Bridge Studios China and President of New Bridge Media in US.

John graduated from Beijing Film Academy. His films “Tibetan” and “Dancing Stars of Tomorrow” have won awards in China. John moved to Los Angeles in 1996. In the US, he directed a series of documentaries such as “Glorious March”, “Hudson”, “Touch Life”, “Heaven on Earth” etc. From 2014, John was invited back to China and founded a high-standard film studio and post-production facilities. At the same time, John also served as the producer of several films such as “Dream of Red Mansions” produced in the studio. John Qu was a professor of film studies at the Communication University of China. John also served as a board member of the China Academy Association for Film and TV Studies. John focuses on training film talents in production practice, and he has strong connections with China Film industry.

Tobias Queisser

Tobias is a Co-Founder and the CEO of Cinelytic. He has a strong background in finance, tech ventures and the entertainment industry. Prior to Cinelytic, Tobias worked 10 years in finance as an investment banker at Ermgassen & Co, advising companies on complex international M&A deals, and later co-founded and managed a global investment fund in London, which was acquired in 2013. That year Tobias founded Arctic Pictures Limited, an international film production company based in London that focuses on sourcing, development, financing, and production of filmed entertainment. Tobias holds a MSc in International Accounting & Finance from CASS Business School London and a BA Honours from the European Business School, London. Further he studied Film Finance & Production at UCLA Los Angeles and Film Production & Production Management at the National Film and Television School London.