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David Acosta, Senior Vice President & Team Leader, Entertainment Division, City National Bank

David Acosta is a senior vice president and team leader at City National Bank, running the bank’s film, television and sports entertainment group. Mr. Acosta and his team of nearly a dozen colleagues are responsible for sourcing and structuring single- and multiple-picture film financings, financing for television productions, and financings for sports teams and other media businesses.

Mr. Acosta has more than a decade of experience in the entertainment and media financing business. Prior to his current role, he served as a senior vice president, head of the entertainment, sports and syndicated finance group, and head of mid-corporate banking for Israel Discount Bank of New York.

Mr. Acosta earned his bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Columbia University in New York.


Alonso Aguilar-Castillo, Director, Los Cabos International Film Festival

Alonso is the Director of Los Cabos International Film Festival since 2012; under Aguilar’s direction this festival has grown to become the fastest-growing meet-mart between Mexican, American and Canadian film industries. As a screenwriter, he served as Head-writer for the Latin American bureau of MTV News, as content manager at Televisa, and as story editor for numerous film and TV projects in Canada and Mexico. He was the Executive Coordinator of Mexico City International Film Festival (FICCO), Director of Spanish Cinema Week in Vancouver, and a collaborator at Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF). Alonso’s career has been focused on building bridges between Latin American cinema and the international market.


Amy Baker, Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Winston Baker

As Co-Founder and Managing Partner of WINSTON | BAKER, Amy Baker oversees the company’s business development and vendor relationships. Amy co-founded the FILM FINANCE FORUM ® in 2008, which provides the leading series of events dedicated to bringing finance and entertainment executives together from around the world. Prior to establishing Winston/Baker, she successfully directed B2B and B2C business development efforts for over 10 years by leveraging innovative sponsorship methods to engage business professionals. At ALM, as Vice President of Business Development, she provided finance executives and marketers with targeted channels for reaching decision-makers within the legal, entertainment, healthcare and tech sectors. In her previous position, Director of Business Development at RPMC, she worked with entertainment, music, and sports companies, creating event marketing programs, travel incentive services, sweepstakes, and media promotions. Amy received a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with honors from New York University.


Erik Andreasen, Vice President, Narrative Films, Participant Media

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Matt Brodlie, Director of Acquisitions, Netflix

Netflix is the world’s leading Internet television network with over 86 million members in over 190 countries enjoying more than 125 million hours of TV shows and movies per day, including original series, documentaries and feature films.

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Nicolas Chartier, CEO, Voltage Pictures

Nicolas Chartier, the Academy Award winning producer of The Hurt Locker, has been involved in the financing, production and distribution of over five hundred films. In 2005, he founded Voltage Pictures, an international financing, sales and production operation. The Hurt Locker was Voltage’s first in-house production and won 6 Oscars in 2009, including Best Picture. Killer Joe was Voltage’s second production, directed by William Friedkin and starring Matthew McConaughey and Emile Hirsch. Shortly after, Nicolas exec produced Dallas Buyers Club, which won Best Actor for Matthew McConaughey and Best Supporting Actor Jared Leto. He also produced The Company You Keep, directed by Robert Redford and starring Robert Redford and Shia LaBeouf which premiered at the 2012 Venice Film Festival. More recently Nicolas executive produced The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman directed by 4-time nominated DGA director Frederik Bond, starring Shia LaBeouf. He also produced Don Jon, directed by Joseph Gordon-Levitt, starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Scarlett Johansson, and Julianne Moore. Nicolas’ latest films are Good Kill, written and directed by Andrew Niccol, starring Ethan Hawke and Fathers and Daughters, starring Russell Crowe, Amanda Seyfried and Aaron Paul, and directed by Gabrielle Muccino. Nicolas is also Producer of I.T. directed by John Moore and starring Pierce Brosnan which was released in September and Executive Producer on A Tale of Love and Darkness, written, directed by and starring Natalie Portman which premiered in the 2015 Cannes Film Festival.

Prior to forming Voltage, Chartier was VP of sales and acquisitions at Myriad Pictures. He was involved in the sale of a diverse range of films there such as The Good Girl and Van Wilder. As the president of Vortex Pictures, he sold titles such as My Big Fat Greek Wedding and Nicolas Cage’s Sonny. As head of sales and acquisitions at Arclight Films, Chartier acquired Dean Devlin’s The Librarian, 2006 Academy Award winner Crash and The Matador starring Pierce Brosnan. During his time at Arclight, Chartier also sold Lord of War starring Nicolas Cage and The Merchant of Venice starring Al Pacino.


Michael Chong, Development, Production & Acquisitions, Amazon Studios

Michael Chong is a development, production and acquisitions executive in the feature film division of Amazon Studios. Most recently he oversaw the acquisitions of projects such as the Kevin Spacey / Michael Shannon vehicle Elvis and Nixon, the acclaimed documentary Author: The JT Leroy Story and Director Chan Wook Park’s The Handmaiden. Prior to joining Amazon Studios in 2011, Michael worked in development and production at Marvel Studios overseeing the summer film Thor. Michael was a business administration student at the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley and began his career at the William Morris Agency before moving in to the creative development and production space.


Guillaume DeChalendar, SVP, Global Head of Media & Entertainment, Bank Leumi

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Jonathan Deckter, President & COO, Voltage

Voltage Pictures, established in 2005, is a privately held, leading feature film and television financing, production and sales entity.

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Claiton Fernandes, Owner, California Filmes

California Filmes is a distribution company operating for more than 25 years in Latin America.

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Stuart Ford, Founder & CEO, IM Global

Stuart Ford founded IM GLOBAL in 2007. The prolific independent studio operates one of the world’s leading international film and television production, sales and distribution platforms and has offices in Los Angeles, New York, London, Munich, Mumbai, Mexico City, Beijing and Shanghai.

In June 2016, Los Angeles and Shanghai based investment fund Tang Media Partners (“TMP”) acquired a majority ownership interest in IM Global from shareholders Ford and India’s Reliance Entertainment, and in a parallel transaction the company and TMP partnered under the IM Global Television banner with Asian internet giant Tencent in a television production joint venture which includes a dedicated television production investment fund.

IM Global has financed and/or produced over thirty Hollywood feature films deploying more than $500 million in production capital, establishing itself as one of the most prolific film financiers outside of the major studios.   Its current star-studded slate of forthcoming film releases include Mel Gibson’s Hacksaw Ridge starring Andrew Garfield and Vince Vaughn; Martin Scorsese’s Silence starring Andrew Garfield, Liam Neeson and Adam Driver; Eran Creevy’s Collide starring Nicholas Hoult, Felicity Jones, Anthony Hopkins and Ben Kingsley; André Øvredal’s The Autopsy Of Jane Doe starring Emile Hirsch and Brian Cox; and Brad Peyton’s Incarnate starring Aaron Eckhart. The company also controls a library of more than 600 films, which have collectively grossed more than $6 billion in global box office.

IM Global is a prominent player in the Hispanic entertainment arena - its subsidiary Mundial is a leading international film sales and licensing business handling global distribution of acclaimed Latin American feature films and libraries and is also a prolific aggregator of Latino and Ibero-American content for major US digital platforms, such as Netflix.  The company has worked with high profile Latin American talent including Academy® Award winning writer/director Alfonso Cuarón, writer/director Jonás Cuarón, Gael García Bernal and Diego Luna among many others.  Some of the award-winning Latino films they have handled include Gueros, winner of many awards including Best First Feature Award at the Berlin Film Festival and the Grand Jury Prize at AFI Fest; O Lobo Atrás da Porta (Wolf at the Door), which received the Horizontes Latinos award at the San Sebastián International Film Festival; Diego Luna’s Chavez, and the historical epic Libertador starring Edgar Ramirez.  Upcoming is Demián Bichir’s directorial debut Refugio starring Bichir, Eva Longoria, and Jason Patric and film noir The Black Minutes starring Diego Luna and Demián Bichir.

The company is also partnered in output deals with some of the most-high profile producers in Latin America including Gael García Bernal, Diego Luna and Pablo Cruz's production company, CANANA, Alex Garcia’s Itaca Film, and Monica Lozano’s Alebrije Cine y Video. Mundial is also partnered with MGM to sell their local language Brazilian productions.

IM Global is also a majority shareholder in Valor Entertainment Group, a Los Angeles based talent management and production company representing actors, musicians, writers and directors; based domestically, in Latin America, and Europe. Principals Carlos Bobadilla and Brandon Guzmán oversee Valor’s Literary division and Talent division respectively, and have an already extensive talent base including filmmaker Alberto Arvelo (The Liberator),  writer/producer Eduardo Cisneros (Instructions Not Included), Ariel award winning filmmaker Alonso Ruizpalacios (Gueros), and actors Xolo Maridueña (Parenthood), Goya award winner Irene Escolar (Un Otoňo Sin Berlín, La Corona Partida), Pili Montilla (Té Para Tres con Pili Montilla), Cristobal Tapia Montt (The Stranger), and Cristina Rodlo (2091, Ladrones, El Vato), and Nadia Mejia, the reigning Miss California (2016).

Outside of the Latin universe, IM Global Television is a joint venture with TMP and Asian internet giant Tencent and is a full-service television studio that develops, finances, produces, and distributes high-quality scripted dramas for the domestic and international marketplace, with a focus on “genre” programming such as science-fiction, fantasy/supernatural, and thriller. IM Global Television’s current slate includes projects with major talent such as award winning showrunner Noah Hawley, Oscar nominee M. Night Shyamalan, Johnny Depp and Christi Dembrowski’s Infinitum Nihil, Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Produced, Antoine Fuqua, Kevin Spacey and Dana Brunetti. IM Global Television also controls a dedicated $100M television production fund.

In December 2014, the company launched IM Global Music, a full-service music platform that exploits music publishing rights, releases soundtrack albums and develops music driven film and television content. The venture includes a strategic film production partnership with leading US record label Republic Records, a division of Universal Music Group, and a partnership with leading independent music publishing and global music rights management services company Kobalt.

IM Global and Ford were the winner of the Variety Achievement in International Film Award in 2015.


Cécile Gaget, Head of Int’l Production and Distribution, Gaumont

Leveraging its ties with high profile talent and producers in the US and in Europe, Gaumont has recently assigned Cecile Gaget with spearheading international production for the company. Gaget, who 's been shepherding worldwide sales at the French mini-major since 2010, keeps involved overseeing international distribution and is in charge of producing or co-producing English and local-language movies.

She is also looking to spark greater synergies between Los Angeles-based Gaumont TV and Gaumont's film studio in Paris.

Gaget has more than a decade of experience in movie business, starting at her career at TF1 International as VP Marketing & Sales, then co-founded Rezo Films International.


Cristina Garza, Vice President, Mundial

Cristina is the Vice President of MUNDIAL, a Mexico City-based international film sales joint venture between prolific Hollywood production financing and distribution company IM GLOBAL and CANANA, one of Latin America’s top production and independent distributors.  MUNDIAL is a full service international distribution platform for Latin American filmmakers handling worldwide sales of Latin and Ibero-American cinema. Before her work at MUNDIAL, Cristina served as Head of Distribution at CANANA, the production and distribution outlet helmed by Gael García Bernal, Diego Luna, and Pablo Cruz. Before arriving to Mexico, Cristina lived in New York for ten years and served as Manager of International Sales at FiGa Films, an international sales and micro-distribution company. She also co-founded FilmCatcher.com, an online video magazine for independent film. She was the the U.S. Delegate for the International Critics Week of the Cannes Film Festival for three years, and produces with CANANA and filmmaker Robert Rodriguez Mercado Fantástico at Fantastic Fest in Austin, Texas, the first co-production market for genre films from Latin America. She graduated Cum Laude from New York University with a Bachelors in Economics.


Micah Green, Co-Head, Film Finance and Sales Group, CAA

CAA’s Film Finance & Sales Group specializes in the packaging, financing, and distribution of feature films. The group also serves as consultants to financiers and funded production entities, guiding them in all aspects of business strategy.


Phil Hunt, Founder & Co-Managing Director, Bankside Films and Head Gear Films

Phil is the founder and Co-Managing Director of Bankside Films, an international film distribution company and Head Gear Films, a film, TV and video games investment company.

Phil produces or executive produces and in the past decade has invested in over 100 feature films. Head Gear Films is now one of the UK’s biggest financiers of independent film, investing in around 50 projects a year, some of which are TV and video games.

Other aspects to his career include being a BAFTA voting member; mentor to National Film and Television producing students and others; regular speaker on the industry circuit; and founder/festival director of the British Film Festival of Kurdistan, Iraq.

Phil began producing feature films in the mid 90’s with micro budgets that occasionally found more than a micro audience… Prior to the film business, Phil was an advertising and music photographer including working with post punk bands such as Big Audio Dynamite. He sporadically still dusts off his Hasselblad


Karina Juarez, Director, Diamond Films

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Mark Kassen, Actor/Filmmaker, Like Minded Entertainment/R2

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Jeremy Kay, Editor, Screen International

Screen International is a Trade website covering film and TV industries.-

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Kilian Kerwin, President of Production, Ivanhoe Pictures

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Jonathan Kier, President of International Sales & Distribution, Sierra-Affinity

Jonathan Kier is the President of International Sales & Distribution at Sierra/Affinity, a leading independent film finance, production, and foreign sales company which was created in January 2011 from the combination of Sierra Pictures and Affinity International. In addition to representing sales of third party films, the company acts as the exclusive sales agent for films developed and produced by Entertainment One, Sidney Kimmel Entertainment, OddLot Entertainment, Bold Films, Blumhouse Productions, and Sierra Pictures. While at Sierra/Affinity, Kier has managed the worldwide sales and distribution of such films as HELL OR HIGH WATER, MANCHESTER-BY-THE-SEA, WHIPLASH, NIGHTCRAWLER, ENDER’S GAME, DRIVE, THE PLACE BEYOND THE PINES and THE GIFT.

Prior to that, Kier was the Senior Vice President of International Sales and Distribution at the The Weinstein Company, where he was responsible for overseeing all aspects of TWC and Dimension releases in over 50 countries, from the initial local theatrical release, thru the home video, television and digital platforms. Additionally, he handled foreign sales on TWC and Dimension titles at all the major annual film markets. While at TWC, he handled films such as THE KING'S SPEECH, THE READER, HOODWINKED and PIRANHA 3D.

Prior to joining The Weinstein Company in 2005, Kier worked in Affiliate Sales Strategy at MTV Networks, analyzing all of the domestic cable and satellite carriage deals for over 30 channels ranging from Comedy Central to Nickelodeon to MTV and VH1. Prior to that, he worked in Production and Development at Universal-based Marc Platt Productions, on such films as LEGALLY BLONDE.

Kier earned a BFA in Film & TV from the Tisch School of the Arts and an MBA in Finance from the Stern School of Business, both at NYU.


Helen Lee Kim, Partner/President, International Sales, Good Universe

Good Universe is a leading motion picture production and global sales company. Led by Helen Lee-Kim, the international group oversees a robust third-party sales agency business including such titles as: MUDBOUND, THE BILLIONAIRE BOYS CLUB, HIGH WIRE ACT and BEFORE I FALL.


Nick LoPiccolo, Talent Agent, Motion Picture Finance, Paradigm

Paradigm is a full-service entertainment agency with offices in Beverly Hills, New York, Monterey, Nashville, London and Austin.

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Thad Luckinbill, Producer, Black Label Media

THAD LUCKINBILL (Producer) partnered with Molly Smith and Trent Luckinbill in 2013 to form the finance/production company Black Label Media (BLM) to finance and produce quality commercial content. Through BLM, Thad and his partners financed and produced “The Good Lie” with Reese Witherspoon, which was released in the fall of 2014 through Warner Brothers. BLM also financed and produced Denis Villenueve’s “Sicario” with Benicio del Toro, Emily Blunt, and Josh Brolin.  BLM’s “Demolition,” directed by Jean-Marc Vallee and starring Jake Gyllenhall and Naomi Watts, was released this past spring. The film received the Headliners Audience Award at SXSW. Black Label has acquired two films for distribution, “Begin Again,” directed by John Carney and starring Keira Knightley and Mark Ruffalo, as well as “71, directed by Yann Demange and starring Jack O’Connell.

Black Label Media has numerous TV and Film projects in active development. Projects shooting this fall include “Horse Soldiers,” the story of a small band of Special Forces soldiers who secretly entered Afghanistan following 9/11 and rode to war on horses against the Taliban. Black Label is financing and producing with Jerry Bruckheimer, with Chris Hemsworth, Michael Shannon, and Michael Pena attached to star, and commercial director Nicolai Fuglsig directing. Also shooting this fall is “Soldado,” the sequel to “Sicario,” which Stefano Sollima will direct, with Josh Brolin and Benecio del Toro starring. Black Label is financing the film with Lionsgate, and producing with Thunder Road and Ed McDonnell.

Black Label also produced and financed “Rebel in the Rye,” based on ‘J.D. Salinger: A Life’ by Kenneth Slawenski. This marks the directorial debut for Danny Strong (writer of “The Butler” and “Hunger Games: Mockingjay.”) Nicholas Hoult and Kevin Spacey are starring along with Zoey Deutch, Sarah Paulson, Victor Garber, and Brian d’Arcy James. Black Label recently finished shooting “Granite Mountain,” which Black Label financed with Lionsgate and produced alongside Lorenzo Di Bonaventura and Conde Nast. Joe Kosinski (“Oblivion”) directed the film, which tells the true story of the Granite Mountain Hotshots, a group of firefighters, many of whom tragically lost their lives in one of the deadliest wildfires in history in order to save an Arizona town. The film stars Josh Brolin, Miles Teller, Jeff Bridges, and Jennifer Connelly and is set to be released in fall 2017.

On the other side of the camera, Thad has appeared on both the large and small screen for over a decade, including recurring roles on “Nikita,” “8 Simple Rules…for Dating My Teenage Daughter,” and “Undressed.”

Among his many guest roles are “Major Crimes,” “Rizzoli & Isles,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Law and Order: Criminal Intent,” “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” “CSI: Miami,” “CSI: NY,” “Ghost Whisperer,” “Without a Trace,” “Nip/Tuck,” HBO’s “Ballers,” and “Criminal Minds.”

Thad’s previous film credits as an actor include Shawn Levy’s “Just Married” and “Sleepover.” He was recently cast on the ABC pilot “Broken,” executive produced by Reese Witherspoon.

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Trent Luckinbill, Producer, Black Label Media

TRENT LUCKINBILL (Producer) has an extensive legal and financial background working in both the private and public sectors at the Department of Treasury’s Office of Financial Stability and as a lawyer at the Department of Justice in Washington D.C. After moving to Los Angeles, he formed Black Label Media (BLM) with partners Molly Smith and Thad Luckinbill in 2013 to finance and produce high quality commercial content.

Through BLM, Trent and his partners financed and produced “The Good Lie” with Reese Witherspoon, which was released in the fall of 2014 through Warner Brothers. BLM also financed and produced Denis Villenueve’s “Sicario” with Benicio del Toro, Emily Blunt, and Josh Brolin. BLM’s “Demolition,” directed by Jean-Marc Vallee and starring Jake Gyllenhall and Naomi Watts, was released this past spring. The film recently the Headliners Audience Award at SXSW. Black Label has acquired two films for distribution, “Begin Again,” directed by John Carney and starring Keira Knightley and Mark Ruffalo, as well as “71, directed by Yann Demange and starring Jack O’Connell.

Black Label Media has numerous TV and Film projects in active development. Projects shooting this fall include “Horse Soldiers,” the story of a small band of Special Forces soldiers who secretly entered Afghanistan following 9/11 and rode to war on horses against the Taliban. Black Label is financing and producing with Jerry Bruckheimer, with Chris Hemsworth, Michael Shannon, and Michael Pena attached to star, and commercial director Nicolai Fuglsig directing. Also shooting this fall is “Soldado,” the sequel to “Sicario,” which Stefano Sollima will direct, with Josh Brolin and Benecio del Toro starring. Black Label is financing the film with Lionsgate, and producing with Thunder Road and Ed McDonnell.

Black Label also produced and financed “Rebel in the Rye,” based on ‘J.D. Salinger: A Life’ by Kenneth Slawenski. This marks the directorial debut for Danny Strong (writer of “The Butler” and “Hunger Games: Mockingjay.”) Nicholas Hoult and Kevin Spacey are starring along with Zoey Deutch, Sarah Paulson, Victor Garber, and Brian d’Arcy James. Black Label recently finished shooting “Granite Mountain,” which Black Label financed with Lionsgate and produced alongside Lorenzo Di Bonaventura and Conde Nast. Joe Kosinski (“Oblivion”) directed the film, which tells the true story of the Granite Mountain Hotshots, a group of firefighters, many of whom tragically lost their lives in one of the deadliest wildfires in history in order to save an Arizona town. The film stars Josh Brolin, Miles Teller, Jeff Bridges, and Jennifer Connelly and is set to be released in fall 2017.


Karen Lunder, EVP, Production, FilmNation

FilmNation is a leading distributor, financier and producer of independent films, and is a destination for many of the world's most renowned filmmakers.

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Vincent Maraval, Co-Founder, Wild Bunch
Vincent Maraval is one of the co-founders of the international sales companies WILD BUNCH & INSIDERS. He began his career in the video department of UGC before working at TF1, and then at Studio Canal. In 2002, together with Brahim Chioua and Vincent Grimond, he created the label Wild Bunch, designed to promote art-house cinema.

In 2015, he launched a new Los Angeles-based sales company called INSIDERS. This entity is focusing on high-profile English-speaking movies such as LOVING by Jeff Nichols, or JACKIE by Pablo Larrain. One year after its creation, INSIDERS merged with sales structure MAD RIVER to become IMR.

Vincent Maraval also worked as a producer, executive producer and co-producer on several titles such as CITY OF GOD (2002); THE WRESTLER (2008); WHATEVER WORKS (2009); ONLY GOD FORGIVES (2013) or BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOUR (2013).


Jon Oakes, SVP of Production and Development, Bold Films
Bold Films (DRIVE, WHIPLASH, NIGHTCRAWLER) is an Indie Finance & Production company operating in the $10 million to $40 million range.
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Ivan Orlic, Founder & CEO, Seine Pictures

Ivan Orlic is the founder of and serves as President at Seine Pictures, where he oversees the development, financing, production and distribution of its feature film projects. Upon premiering at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival, Seine Picture’s first film, an off-beat detective comedy co-produced with Sam Raimi of Raimi Productions, Inc. (director of Oz the Great and Powerful, Spider-Man 3) entitled “Murder of a Cat” (starring Greg Kinnear, Nikki Reed, Fran Kranz, Blythe Danner, and J.K. Simmons), enjoyed a theatrical and multiplatform release in 2014 and 2015. But Seine Picture’s flagship project to date has been “Pele: Birth of a Legend”, the biopic about legendary Brazilian footballer Pelé that was first introduced to the market at the Cannes Film Market by Mr. Orlic in association with the commercially and critically acclaimed iconic producer Brian Grazer of Imagine Entertainment and the legend himself, Pelé. Mr. Orlic is very hand-on and was in charge or supervising the day-to-day development, production, post-production and delivery of the film, in addition to working in coordination with Exclusive Media, Bloom, Creative Artists Agency, and William Morris/Endeavor, on the worldwide distribution of the ‘Pele’, which premiered at 2016 Tribeca Film Festival, and is currently enjoying a successful worldwide commercial release rollout. Seine Pictures is actively developing new projects and is looking to produce up to two films per year starting in 2017.

Mr. Orlic has managed his own investment portfolio since 2008, and currently served as Director of Investments TNS Investments since 2010, in addition to being a partner at innovative startup company Kernel. A graduate of the Second City Hollywood Conservatory for improv and sketch comedy, he is also active in the live performance community in Los Angeles. A published author in two college-level textbooks, Mr. Orlic originally studied science and holds a B.S. degree in Zoology, and an M.S. degree in Fisheries Oceanography from Michigan State University, in addition to a professional certificate in film production from UCLA.

Mr. Orlic was also featured as a speaker at several conferences and seminars around the world, including the first Winston Baker Film Finance Forum Latin America held in Rio de Janeiro in 2013 and Hispanicize LA 2016, and has been a featured gust lecturer at UCLA Extension’s Film Finance course since 2014.


Jérôme Paillard, Executive Manager, Festival de Cannes-Marché du Film

Jérôme Paillard joined the Festival de Cannes in November 1995 as Executive Director of the Marché du Film to oversee the development and management of what is now heralded as the world’s leading film market. He is also since its creation in Buenos Aires in December 2010 the Co-Director of Ventana Sur, the first market specialized in latin-american films. Alongside the Marché du Film, Paillard is also the founder of Cinando.com, a leading online resource, communication and screening platform for the industry.

After obtaining degrees in mathematics and music, Paillard started his career as an oboist and his talents as a professional musician led him to become a producer for the French classical record company Erato. As a publisher he started at the same time the complete musical works of Claude Debussy. In 1984, he became CFO of Erato.

After completing his MBA at HEC in Paris in 1991, Paillard became General Manager of Erato Films alongside Daniel Toscan du Plantier where he executively produced over a dozen feature films by famous directors including Mehdi Charef, Souleymane Cissé, Maurice Pialat, Jean-Charles Tachella…

Jérôme Paillard joined several commissions of CNC and SACEM, act as professor at ESCP-EAP, INA SUP, University of Avignon, Lausanne, is consultant and Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres.

59 years old, Jérôme Paillard is married with two children.


Gastón Pavlovich, Chairman & CEO, Fábrica de Cine

Gastón Pavlovich is a Mexican businessman and filmmaker who founded Fábrica de Cine in 2013, an international production company based in México City with presence in Los Angeles and Rome.

In barely three years, Fábrica de Cine produced eleven films.

Gastón Pavlovich, invited by Martin Scorsese, participated as the lead, hands-on Producer realizing a project over 20 years in the making, the movie Silence, directed by Oscar-winner Martin Scorsese, starring Liam Neeson, Andrew Garfield, and Adam Driver – slated for a 2016 release by Paramount.

Prior projects include Producing Waiting for the Miracle to Come alongside music talents Willie Nelson and U2 legend singer Bono, as well as acclaimed actress Charlotte Rampling, directed by Lian Lunson and opening in theaters in 2017; also Executive Producing A Hologram for the King, another independent film starring Academy Award winner and acclaimed actor Tom Hanks in a German-US-Mexican co-production.

Pavlovich participated in Cannes in 2013 exhibiting Executive Produced film Max Rose starring Jerry Lewis. He was also Produced The Price of Desire a French-Irish-Belgian co-production starring Vincent Pérez, Orla Brandy, and Alanis Morissette. The Price of Desire became Gastón´s first stepping stone of a full European content and production film.

Over the three years serving as Chairman of the Board, as well as overseeing the day to day operations for Fábrica de Cine, Gastón has also produced the international film Milagro en Praga, filmed in Prague, starring Mexican talent Aislinn Derbez and Dolores Heredia. The Mexican version Produced by Fábrica de Cine is based on the Czech version, runned for over six months in Mexican theatres since its launch in December 2014.

Gastón recently finished principal photography on his most recent Mexican film, 108 Costuras (Stiches), written and produced by Gastón, starring Mexican talent Kuno Becker, José Ángel Bichir, and Ximena Navarrete (Miss Universe 2010), it is to be presented at a premiere at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles in 2017. This film punctuates Gastón´s interest in continuing to produce Mexican films that will have a broader international audience.

The latest success in his career is to bring together, along Paramount, the talent of acclaimed director Martin Scorsese with Robert De Niro and Al Pacino to The Irishman. Gastón will lead produce this film planned to begin shooting first semester 2017.

Pavlovich formerly a government official, political advisor and self-made businessman turned writer and producer in 2009 when his grandparent’s love story became the Mexican classic El Estudiante. The film was featured at the Chicago Latino Film Festival and the Michigan Latin America Film Festival, winning awards at both the San Diego and Chicago Film Festivals and then going on to win the Mexican Film Critics Award Diosa de Plata in six different categories, including Best Film for 2009.

Gastón graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from the University of San Diego, later earning a Masters in Economics from Anáhuac University in México City and a postgraduate degree from Institut du Aix-en-Provence in France as well as a Philosophy degree from Instituto de Estudios Superiores in Rome, Italy.

Working in film was not something Gastón had originally aspired to, but El Estudiante was an incredible first success in independent filmmaking, which moved to study film through Hollywood Film Institute´s Filmmaking Seminar, Robert Mckee’s Story Seminar and John Truby’s Story & Screenplay Seminar. These experiences and studies led Gastón to embark on this extraordinary new journey in film business and filmmaking with his company Fábrica de Cine.


Sebastien Raybaud, CEO, Anton Capital Entertainment

Anton co-finances distribution companies like Studiocanal and Elevation, as well as investing in individual productions.
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Jason Sklar, Managing Director, Shamrock Capital Advisors

Jason Sklar brings over ten years of media and entertainment experience, with specific expertise in the global content industry. Prior to joining Shamrock, Jason was an Executive Director with J.P. Morgan’s Entertainment Industries Group where he successfully raised and managed a portfolio of over $15 billion in capital for leading filmed entertainment, television, music and media distribution companies.

Mr. Sklar has specialized in executing highly structured debt and equity financings as well as M&A advisory assignments for global intellectual property production and distribution companies. Jason has led many of the industry’s most transformative transactions including MGM Studios, DreamWorks Studios, Legendary Entertainment, Media Rights Capital, Studio 8, Alcon Entertainment, Summit Entertainment, Revolution Studios, Starz, El Rey Network, National Geographic and Participant Media among others.

Prior to J.P. Morgan, Mr. Sklar was an Associate with Bank of America and an Analyst at Arthur Andersen LLP.

Mr. Sklar holds a Masters Degree in Business Administration from the USC Marshall School of Business and a BS in Business Administration with an emphasis on Finance and Accounting from the University of Arizona. Jason is also a frequent speaker and guest lecturer on various entertainment and media financial topics.


Bec Smith, Literary Agent, United Talent Agency

Bec Smith is an agent at UTA in Los Angeles, a major talent agency with additional offices in New York, Nashville, Miami, London, Toronto and Malmo in Sweden.

As a member of the Motion Picture Literary group she represents writer/directors Benedict Andrews, Lake Bell, Garth Davis, Hannah Fiddell, Mia Hansen-Love, Miranda July, Julia Leigh, Adam Leon, David Michôd, Joshua Oppenheimer, James Ponsoldt, Sebastian Silva, Ben Young, and writers Luke Davies and Frank John Hughes, to name a few.

As part of UTA’s Independent Film Group Bec focuses on packaging, financing, and selling films. In this capacity she has worked on titles including THE CIRCLE, ANIMAL KINGDOM, THE END OF THE TOUR, THE SPECTACULAR NOW, THE ROVER, SON OF A GUN, THE SKELETON TWINS, WELCOME TO ME, THE D-TRAIN, PARTISAN, TRAMPS, IN A WORLD, DON’T THINK TWICE, MARGIN CALL, BEGINNERS, and ADVENTURELAND.

A former producer and film writer, Bec joined UTA from the Sydney office of Working Title Films where she was Head of Development. Bec executive produced ANIMAL KINGDOM, which won the 2010 Sundance Film Festival’s Dramatic World Cinema Jury Prize. Prior to working in development and production she was the Australasian bureau chief of the Hollywood Reporter and the editor of Inside Film Magazine in Australia.

She is on the Board of Los Angeles  cinematheque The Cinefamily, served on the advisory board of IFP, and is a regular attendee of major film festivals and markets including Sundance, Berlin, Cannes, Venice, Toronto and the American Film Market.


Todd Steiner, Vice President, Entertainment Group, Comerica Bank

Steiner has extensive media and entertainment industry experience across multiple disciplines, including creative development, finance and production, studio operations, theatrical marketing and distribution, and corporate strategy.

As a Vice President in Comerica Bank’s Entertainment Group, he has structured, negotiated and arranged over $2.5 billion in debt financing for leading entertainment production and distribution companies such as: A24 Films, Amblin Partners, Cross Creek Pictures, Endgame Entertainment, IM Global, Intrepid Pictures, The Jim Henson Company, Legendary Entertainment, LG Films. LSC Films, Media Rights Capital, Participant Media, QED International, RatPac-Dune Entertainment, Reliance Big Entertainment, and Summit Entertainment. Notable transactions include serving as the lead /co-lead agent bank for: Amblin Partners and A24 Film's corporate credit facilities; Summit Entertainment's production, P&A, and ultimate revenue credit facilities; Endgame Entertainment’s P&A facility; and DreamWorks’ foreign receivables facility. Select single film and television financing transactions include the complete "Twilight" series, "District 9”, and over 45 others.

Before joining Comerica Bank, Steiner worked in various executive capacities including as the Director of Development at The Shooting Gallery, where he helped supervise the creative development and production of a yearly slate of feature films ("You Can Count on Me," Academy Award nomination, "Henry Fool," Cannes Best Screenplay award, and "The Minus Man," Sundance Grand Jury nomination.)

He holds a MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Management, and a BA from Dartmouth College.


Gabrielle Stewart, Managing Director, Hanway

HanWay has established itself as a leading international sales, distribution and marketing company specialising in high-profile quality films from worldwide talent.
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Craig Sussman, Senior Director of Acquisitions, The Orchard

Mr. Sussman currently serves as Senior Director, Acquisitions Film & Television for The Orchard (a Sony Music Company).

Sussman was the former Executive Vice President of home entertainment company Ventura Entertainment, founder of international distributor MediaWorks Entertainment & Senior Vice President, Sony Music Entertainment, Business Affairs & Business Development.

Mr. Sussman’s other positions include founder of Cypress Records (a joint venture with A&M Records), Director of Business Affairs/Administration for CBS Records and as a licensed CPA/Business Manager with entertainment firm Gelfand, Breslauer, MacNow, Rennert and Feldman. Mr. Sussman is a graduate of UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business with a specialization in finance.


Julie Taymor, Award-Winning Director of Theater, Opera and Film

Julie Taymor recently directed the play Grounded, starring Anne Hathaway, at the Public Theater and completed a cinematic version of William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, filmed during her critically acclaimed, sold-out stage production at Theatre for a New Audience in Brooklyn. Film credits include Titus, starring Anthony Hopkins, Jessica Lange, and Alan Cumming; Frida starring Salma Hayek (nominated for six Academy Awards, winning two); Across the Universe (nominated for a Golden Globe), and The Tempest, starring Helen Mirren. In 1998 she became the first woman to win the Tony Award for Best Direction of a Musical, and won a Tony for Best Costumes, for her landmark production of The Lion King. Her credits also include Broadway’s Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, The Green Bird, and Juan Darien: A Carnival Mass (five Tony nominations.) Operas include Oedipus Rex, with Jessye Norman (earning the International Classical Music Award and an Emmy for a subsequent film version), The Flying Dutchman, Salome, The Magic Flute at the Metropolitan Opera; and Grendel, composed by Elliot Goldenthal. Taymor is a recipient of the 1991 MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship and a 2015 inductee into the Theater Hall of Fame for Lifetime Achievement in the American Theater. Upcoming productions include the revival of M Butterfly on Broadway.-


Dimitra Tsingou, COO, Protagonist Pictures

Dimitra has served as COO of Protagonist Pictures since 2015. She’s amassed a wealth of experience over 12 years in Business Affairs and Film Finance, with completed transactions on close to 70 films and aggregated budgets of around $750 million. Whilst at Protagonist, Dimitra has overseen the day-to-day operations across the company’s entire slate (which includes LOVE & FRIENDSHIP, AMERICAN HONEY and HUNT FOR THE WILDERPEOPLE), executive produced forthcoming Protagonist financed feature THE DISCOVERY and expanded the company’s development and finance initiatives. Prior to Protagonist, Dimitra was a Senior Legal and Business Affairs Executive at Film4, working on titles such as SUFFRAGETTE and THE LOBSTER. She also served as Head of Production and Business Affairs at Swarovski Entertainment, structuring its film production activities. Dimitra previously worked for Aramid Capital Partners, Future Films and is a qualified Solicitor.


Harold van Lier, Partner, Anton Capital Entertainment

Anton co-finances distribution companies like Studiocanal and Elevation, as well as investing in individual productions

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Laura Walker, CEO, AG Capital

AG Capital is the film financing arm of Alex Garcia’s AG Studios, a latin company that encapsulates over 40 entertainment-based enterprises. Backed by equity, AG Capital is a commercial and prestige label that creates English language content for film, television, and digital platforms.


Alex Walton, President, Bloom

Alex Walton partnered with Ken Kao to form Bloom and launched the company in May 2014, at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival. As President, Alex oversees International Sales and Distribution for Bloom’s current slate, including Shane Black’s The Nice Guys, starring Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling, George Clooney’s Suburbicon, starring Matt Damon and Julianne Moore, and Scott Cooper’s Hostiles, starring Christian Bale, Rosamund Pike and Wes Studi.

Prior to Bloom, Alex was President of International Sales and Distrubtion at Exclusive Media, where he oversaw International Sales and Distribution on films including Ron Howard’s Rush, David Ayer’s End of Watch, George Clooney’s The Ides Of March, James Watkin’s The Woman in Black and Matt Reeve’s Let Me In.

Previously, Alex served as Senior Vice President of International Sales at Paramount Vantage. During his three years there, he worked on International Sales and Distribution of films including Shutter Island, Michael Moore's Capitalism: A Love Story, No Country For Old Men, Into The Wild, Son Of Rambow, The Kite Runner, Last Chance Harvey, Traitor and The Crazies.

Prior to Paramount, Alex was at HanWay Films in the UK, where he was Director of International sales, handling such films as Match Point, Goya’s Ghosts, Becoming Jane, Fast Food Nation, and The Squid And The Whale.

Before beginning his career in film, Alex attended Newcastle University in England, where he graduated with B.A. Hons in Combined Arts, majoring in History.


Katherine Winston, Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Winston Baker

Katherine Winston has been at the forefront of event production and marketing for over fifteen years. As co-founder and managing partner of WINSTON | BAKER, she oversees the production of events and marketing initiatives. Winston co-founded the FILM FINANCE FORUM® in 2008, which provides the leading series of events dedicated to bringing finance and entertainment executives together from around the world throughout the year. In her previous role as Director of Marketing for RealD, she was in charge of creative advertising, supervised public relations, and organized event participation, product launches, and screenings. Prior to RealD, Winston was Senior Marketing Manager for GoTV Networks, where she was responsible for all aspects of marketing strategy and execution, including corporate and consumer marketing, web-to-mobile advertising, print, online, and experiential marketing, public relations, and managing brand partnership deals. Before GoTV, Winston was Conference Producer for Strategic Research Institute where she was responsible for producing high profile investment conferences for various sectors, including e-commerce, nanotech, defense & aerospace, biotech, law, real estate, and entertainment, among others. Winston earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology with honors from the University of Washington and is a Phi Beta Kappa member.

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