JOIN the leading minds behind this year’s notable films such as CRAZY RICH ASIANS, CALL ME BY YOUR NAME, LADY BIRD, THE POST, I, TONYA, ICARUS, PHANTOM THREAD, MUDBOUND, THE BIG SICK, THE FLORIDA PROJECT, THE TALE, BLACKKKLANSMAN, PATTI CAKE$, and more at the Script to Screen Summit, an event designed to inform and inspire the next generation of storytellers and dealmakers. 

FRIDAY |  September 7, 2018
@Delta Toronto Hotel

12:30 - 1:00 pm
Registration and Networking

1:00 - 1:10pm
Introduction and Welcoming Remarks

Summit Producers: Katherine Winston, Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Winston/Baker
Emily Vogel, Event Producer, Winston/Baker

1:10 - 1:40pm
From Script to Screen: Keynote Conversation with Teddy Schwarzman

Learn the ins and outs from the script to the screen with Academy Award-Nominated Producer Teddy Schwarzman. As President & CEO of Black Bear Pictures, the company behind such films as The Imitation Game, Mudbound, The Happytime Murders and upcoming Ben Is Back starring Julia Roberts and Lucas Hedges, Teddy oversees all operations of Black Bear, including development, production, finance, and distribution. Since its launch, Black Bear’s slate has grossed over $325,000,000 worldwide, been nominated for 13 Academy Awards, 9 Golden Globes, 10 BAFTAs, and premiered at some of the top film festivals around the world. In addition, Black Bear owns leading Canadian distributor Elevation Pictures Corp. and recently launched its own independent television studio. During this discussion, get advice from Teddy on how to create high quality content in a rapidly changing media ecosystem, the need to diversify content genres and platforms, how Black Bear assesses material wearing the different hats of producer, financier, TV studio and film distributor, and what it takes to get material noticed by independent studios like Black Bear.

Teddy Schwarzman, President and CEO, Black Bear Pictures
MODERATED BY: Tatiana Siegel, Deputy Film Editor, The Hollywood Reporter

1:40 - 2:20pm
Make Your Script Matter  

Production offices throughout Hollywood are filled with great scripts. But there is no reason why your script should simply ‘blend in’ with the others, especially when you’re in complete control of the project. During this discussion, gain expert advice into what it takes to get your screenplay noticed. From creating your story and developing memorable characters to formatting your script and selling it to studios.   

Mike Gabrawy, Chief Creative Officer, Arclight Films
John Collee, Writer, ‘Hotel Mumbai’
Gary Pearl, Chief Executive Officer, Aquarius Content
Trevor White, Founder/ Managing Partner, Star Thrower Entertainment

2:20 - 2:40pm
Building Your A-Team: Better Identify, Analyze and Compare Talent

Do you spend countless hours researching suitable talent? There are new data tools that can quickly identify actors, directors or writers and determine their relative economic value to find the best fit for a project. This presentation will help you gain a better understanding of the trends in the industry, what new technologies exist that can reduce the time and effort it takes to identify and source talent, and how to leveragedata to analyze a talent’s value by profession, genre, country and even release window (BO, HV, TV)!

A PRESENTATION BY: Tobias Queisser, Co-Founder, Cinelytic

2:40 - 3:25pm
Location, Location, Location: Using Co-Production Deals to Get Your Movie Made

Why not film in New Zealand when you can recoup 25% of your production budget? When it comes to raising funds, and putting together a budget for your film, it’s important to consider tax incentives as a way to cut costs and promise higher returns for your investors. During this session, explore the process and structure of a co-production deal and learn which locations offer the best incentives for your project.

MODERATOR: John Hadity, Executive Vice President, Entertainment Partners
John Penotti, President, Ivanhoe Pictures
Andrea Scarso, Investment Director, Ingenious Media
Nick Spicer, Partner, XYZ Films
Shawn Williamson, President, Brightlight Pictures

3:25 - 3:45 pm
Networking Break

3:45 - 4:45pm
Finance Re-Defined: Getting Creative About Getting Money

In today’s climate, we have to innovate to survive by constantly finding new channels of funding from non-traditional sources. It used to be that all you needed were A-list stars and an A-list director to get your film financed, but nowadays they are just one part of a larger matrix of packaging elements. Other considerations now enter the equation when it comes to attracting investors. From digital distribution, team dynamics, and audience demand to production budgets, social media strategy, and market intelligence, learn what it takes to increase investor confidence and maximize your project’s industry appeal.

MODERATOR: Robb Klein, Partner, Head of Entertainment, Technology & Advertising Group, Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP
PANELISTS: Adhrucia Apana, Managing Director, Creative Wealth Media
Howard Barish, Award-Winning Producer and President, Kandoo Films
Daniel Levin, Managing Partner, Narrative Capital
Milan Popelka, COO, FilmNation Entertainment
Stephen Wolf, Head of Production Finance, Annapurna
Christopher Woodrow, Chairman and CEO, MovieCoin

4:45 - 5:15pm
Branding and Marketing Your Film

With the digital age in full effect, there is now an opportunity to build an audience from day one, which is why the sooner you define your audience and develop a marketing plan the better. During this session discover the best ways to reach your market and connect them with the material. Learn the ins and outs of traditional marketing, digital advertising, social media outreach, film marts, and festivals, and ultimately become an expert on selling your vision - without having to break the bank.

Marian Koltai-Levine, EVP, Entertainment Strategies, PMK•BNC
Julie Dansker, Vice President, Sales and Marketing, The Orchard
Lindsay Nahmiache, Co-Founder and CEO, Jive PR + Digital
Llewellyn Radley, VP Marketing, UK & International, STXinternational

5:15 - 6:00pm
Size Doesn’t Matter: Getting on Every Screen, Big and Small

Nowadays, it’s not just about gracing the big screens of every AMC and Cineplex, but more about accompanying someone on a commute home via a mobile screen. Last year, the Netflix original film Mudbound went onto receive 8 Oscar Nominations and was granted limited theatrical release. Other Academy Award-Winning and Nominated films such as Manchester by the Sea and The Big Sick, which were both distributed by Amazon Studios, received a full theatrical release before making it onto Amazon Prime. During this session familiarize yourself with the ever-changing worlds of traditional and online distribution. Learn how to capitalize on these markets correctly and discover which distribution platform is right for you.

MODERATOR: Christos Michaels, Partner and Head of Film, Lee & Thompson
PANELISTS: Mark Ankner, Partner, Endeavor Content
Arianna Bocco, EVP of Acquisitions and Production, IFC Films
Jessica Lacy, Partner/Head of Independent and International Film, ICM Partners
Laurie May, Co-President, Elevation Pictures

Liz Polk, Senior Counsel, Original Independent Features, Netflix
Rena Ronson, Partner and Head of Independent Film Group, United Talent Agency (UTA)

6:00 - 8:00 pm
Networking Reception


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