Paul Haggis, “The Hero”
Award-winning Director, Writer and Producer
Show me a Hero. That’s the name of the new HBO mini-series, directed by Paul Haggis, which is rather fitting, considering Haggis is quite the hero himself. In 2004 and 2005, Haggis was the first screenwriter to write two Best Film Oscar winners back-to-back—Million Dollar Baby directed by Clint Eastwood, and Crash which he himself directed. Haggis also went on to receive his third screenplay Oscar nomination for his film Letters from Iwo Jima and continued to work on other notable projects such as Flags of our Fathers and In the Valley of Elijah. Although Haggis neither wears a cape nor fashions a giant “S” on his chest, there is no doubt that he is a hero and an inspiration to filmmakers everywhere.
Senior Vice President and Team Leader, City National Bank
With more than a decade of experience in the entertainment and media financing business, Mr. Acosta knows what it takes to finance films. Currently, he and his team are responsible for the sourcing and structuring of single- and multiple-picture film financings across all media platforms.
National Feature Film Executive, Telefilm Canada
Stephanie Azam is the National Feature Film Executive at Telefilm Canada, where she manages funding decisions for the National portfolio of English-language film investments. With a background in film finance and theatrical marketing from the Development Bank of Canada and Zeitgeist Films, Azam is an expert at spotting opportunities for film finance, funding, and development.
Miranda Bailey, "Quadruple Threat"
Producer, Cold Iron Pictures
Actor, writer, director, and producer—is there anything she can’t do? Most recently, you can catch Bailey both on the screen and behind the scenes in the Sundance Award winning film Diary of a Teenage Girl.
Senior VP of International Marketing & Communication, Content Media Corporation
Judith Baugin is the senior VP of International Marketing & Communication at Content Media Corporation. Looking to represent commercial feature films, Baugin and the rest of her team provide state of the art artistic and theatrical representation. Content Media’s latest titles include the Sundance selected Carnage Park and Too Late, starring Academy Award-nominee John Hawke.
"Editor in Charge"
The Hollywood Reporter
As a former entertainment lawyer, Belloni brings a unique and diverse experience to his role at The Hollywood Reporter. From overseeing editors and reporters, to writing articles on the business of Hollywood, Belloni understands the dynamics of showbiz and how to maneuver through the industry. You can also catch Belloni as a frequent television and radio commentator as he discusses the business of entertainment. With a background in entertainment law, business, and reporting, this guy has the knowledge and isn’t afraid to use it.
"The Full Package"
Development, financing and production, Bronfman does it all. His most recent work includes Sundance Award Winners The Witch and Indignation.
“The Seasoned Pro”
President, American Entertainment Investors
Meet Joseph Cohen, President of American Entertainment Investors. As a graduate of Yale and Oxford, Cohen is highly regarded for his investment banking and media expertise. With over thirty years of financial experience in the entertainment and media industries, Cohen understands feature film financing and funding. He has held several senior executive positions at N.M. Rothschild & Sons and Lehman Brothers and is a seasoned pro at finding the big bucks.
Julie Dansker, “The Campaign Specialist”
Vice President of Sales and Marketing, The Orchard
As Vice President of Sales and Marketing at The Orchard, Julie Dansker oversees all aspects of distribution. From the development marketing campaigns to the execution of sales operations, Dansker knows what it takes to navigate the industry. Her past projects include Sundance award winning hits All These Sleepless Nights and Life, Animated, as well as the Academy Award-nominated film Cartel Land.
“The Legal Conductor”
Partner, Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP
As a senior partner at Sheppard Mullin’s Entertainment, Technology and Advertising Practice Group, Darwell is the conductor of motion picture development, production, acquisition and distribution deals. With Darwell, uncover the secret route towards successful strategies. Learn how to stay on track of your project and discover the best ways to leverage financial resources. It’s time to pack your script and hop on board, next stop, the big screen.
"The PR All-Star"
Senior Vice President, Rogers & Cowan
As a Senior Vice President at Rogers & Cowan’s global entertainment division, Dembia has a highly respected roster of clients in the film and television space. He is responsible for managing the long-term and day-to-day strategic campaign initiatives for leading film and TV production companies, financiers, distributors, studios and sales companies. With over 15 years of experience in entertainment, Dembia is the real MVP when it comes to public relations and communications.
"The Distribution Dude"
Senior Director, Acquisitions,
This guy knows how to ride the wave of distribution! From licensing and film packaging to financing and production, he does it all. As the current Senior Director of Acquisitions at Gravitas Ventures and former Director of Worldwide Acquisitions at eOne, Fisher is a natural at reading the market tides and keeping up with the current trends. With Fisher, you can learn what it takes to sink or swim in the industry.
"The Risk Mitigator"
Executive Vice President, Entertainment Partners,
EP Financial Solutions
This guy knows how to monetize the heck out of tax credits and manage risk. He also has over 20 years of studio experience where he was responsible for production budgets valued in the billions. Oh and he is Chair Emeritus of the Producers Guild of America East. Boom.
Chief Executive Officer, Covert Media
As the founder and CEO of Covert Media, Hanson will guide you on a secret mission behind the scenes of what it takes to finance your film. Prior to Covert Media, Paul was Chief Operating Officer of Annapurna Pictures, where he managed all of the business activities of the company. Annapurna projects released during Paul’s tenure included David O. Russell’s American Hustle, Spike Jonze’s Her, and Bennett Miller’s Foxcatcher.
Tifanie Jodeh, “The Dealmaker”
Founder and the Managing Partner at Entertainment Law Partners, PC
As the Founder and Managing Partner at Entertainment Law Parterns, PC, Jodeh specializes in representing artists, producers and companies in their entertainment, corporate and business affairs. Before starting her own practice, Jodeh represented several award winning television networks and management companies in addition to producing numerous films. With an extensive background in both law and entertainment, Jodeh can teach you everything you need to know about how to get your script to the screen.
Head of International and Independent Film, ICM Partners
As the head of International and Independent Film at ICM, Lacy is an expert at structuring and arranging financing, packaging and securing distribution for independent films. Her past projects include award-winning films Tangerine, Maya Forbes’ Infinitely, Polar Bear, and Sian Heder’s Tallulah.
‘The Media Expert"
Senior Vice President, Movio
Movio is the global leader in marketing data analytics and campaign management. With an expertise media and entertainment, Liebmann understands the needs of the market. He can teach you the best ways to use data to navigate the industry, get to know your audience and how to sell your vision.
Laurie May, "The Veteran"
Co-President, Elevation Pictures
Over the past 17 years, May has played an active role in entertainment business and legal affairs. From developing Academy Award Winning films to starting her own distribution firm, this woman has seen it all. But it doesn’t stop there! Today, May continues build her legacy as the co-president of Elevation Pictures, bringing state of the art films to audiences around the world.
"The Movie Mogul"
President, Sidney Kimmel Entertainment/Co-Founder, Ivanhoe Pictures
If there is one thing this guy is passionate about, it’s making a darn good movie. Penotti has produced nearly 50 films during his career, and it doesn’t stop there. As the President of Sidney Kimmel Entertainment and co-founder of the international film finance and production entity Ivanhoe Pictures, Penotti is an expert in domestic and international film packaging as well as film finance.
Christina Piovesan, “Madame President”
As the president of First Generation Films, Piovesan is an expert at the filmmaking process. Piovesan and her company have been behind such notable films as Amreeka, The Whistleblower and new projects such as Regression, directed by Academy Award winning director Alejandro Amenabar and starring Ethan Hawke. Most recently, FGF produced acclaimed actress Chloë Sevigny’s directorial debut, Kitty, which closed Critics Week at Cannes.
"The Money Guy"
Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Productivity Media
Although well known for his film Born to Be Blue, Santor knows more about what it takes to get the green. As a senior lender to film and television productions, Santor’s company provides short-term financing for quality projects.
Co-Founder, Big Beach
Saraf knows what it takes to your ideas on to the screen. His feature film credits include Adaptation, Little Miss Sunshine, Our Idiot Brother and The Kings of Summer.
“The Literary Agent”
Literary Agent, The Characters Talent Agency
Learn from the tastemaker himself on how to attract the right people to your venture. As a Literary Agent at Canada's prestigious agency, The Characters Talent Agency, Sherman has packaged both film and television productions across the globe for companies such as NBC, Nickelodeon, Disney Channel, HBO, and the BBC. Prior to joining The Characters, Sherman oversaw the development of producers Drew Barrymore and Nancy Juvonen.
Managing Partner, Concourse Media
As a worldwide sales agent, Shreder is a pro at packaging. He has worked on over 28 award winning films, and his upcoming film, The Little Hours, starring Dave Franco is set to release in 2017.
"The Acquisition Magician"
SVP, Acquisitions and Co-Productions, IM Global
Abracadabra…unlock the secrets behind the tricks of the trade. Between working at FilmNation and EuropaCorp to dealing with A-list stars, this guy knows the magic behind what it takes to survive in the filmmaking industry. As the current SVP of acquisitions for IM Global, Zois is an expert in the intricate world of distribution.
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