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AFM Finance Conference II Quotes: Producing Studio Films with Independent Budgets

PRODUCING STUDIO FILMS WITH INDEPENDENT BUDGETS– QUOTES:   Paul Hanson CEO, Covert Media PreviousNext Close Paul Hanson, CEO of Covert Media “There’s a lot of doom and gloom but our experience has been that if we have something that’s real and its rational in terms of the pricing and budget, then yes, we’re still getting business done. There’s a great thirst at international distribution level for high q...

AFM Finance Conference II: The Film Finance Matrix: From Script to Screen

Joe Chianese, EVP of EP Financial Solutions, Brian O’Shea, CEO of The Exchange, Shirley Davis, Senior Vice President of Physical Production at Alcon Entertainment, Stefan Lutje, Partner at Greenberg Traurig, LLP, and Adrian Ward, SVP & Division Manager of Entertainment Industries Division at Pacific Mercantile Bank, arrive at the American Film Market Finance Conference II: The Film Finance Matrix: From Script to Screen at the Fairmont Hotel on Sunday, Nov. 6, 2016, in Santa M...

AFM Conference Quotes: Working With Talent Agents

Mark Ankner, Partner of Global Finance & Distribution at WME, Jessica Lacy, Partner/Head of International & Independent at ICM, Kevin Iwashina, Founder & CEO of Preferred Content, Rena Ronson, Partner/Head of Independent Film Group at UTA, and Maren Olson, Agent at CAA, arrive at the American Film Market Production Conference: Working with Talent Agents at the Fairmont Hotel on Monday, Nov. 7, 2016, in Santa Monica, Calif. (Photo by Dan Steinberg/Invision for IFTA/AP Images) &n...

American Film Market Roundtable - Distributing and Monetizing Feature Documentaries

Lise Romanoff, Managing Director/CEO Worldwide Distribution of Vision Films, Mike Runagall, Managing Director of Altitude Film Sales, and Kevin Iwashina, Founder & CEO of Preferred Content, speak at the American Film Market Roundtable - Distributing and Monetizing Feature Documentaries at the Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel on Monday, Nov. 7, 2016, in Santa Monica, Calif. (Photo by Dan Steinberg/Invision for IFTA/AP Images) Lise Romanoff, Managing Director/CEO Worl...

Black Night Fest First Feature Competition Jury, Fipresci, Netpac and Ecumenical Jury

First Feature Competition Jury   REZA MIRKARIMI Director Iran Reza Mirkarimi graduated from the Tehran Fine Arts University in graphic arts. His cinema activities began in 1987 with a series of shorts followed by two TV series for young people. His first feature „The Child and The Soldier“ (1999) was released in France in 2001. His second feature „Under the Moonlight“ won the 40th Critics’ Week Bes...

Black Nights Film Festival International Competition Jury

UBERTO PASOLINI Director, producer Great Britain, Italy Uberto Pasolini has worked in films since 1983 and became an independent producer in 1994 with „Palookaville“. He subsequently produced many other features, including „The Full Monty“. Uberto has directed two features, „Machan“ (PÖFF 2009) and „Still Life“, (closing film at PÖFF 2013) set in Sri Lanka and South London, respectively...

San Sebastian Ambiance and Portraits slideshow

Photos by Inés Barreda de Biurrun  ...

AFM Roundtable - The Passion of the Film: From Inspiration to Release

Barbara Mudge, President & Founder of Worldwide Film Entertainment, Rich Peluso, Senior Vice President of AFFIRM Films, Cindy Bond, Founder & President of Mission Pictures, and Andrea Nasfell, Screenwriter of "Moms' Night Out", speak at the American Film Market Roundtable - The Passion of the Film: From Inspiration to Release at the Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel on Sunday, Nov. 6, 2016, in Santa Monica, Calif. (Photo by Dan Steinberg/Invision for IFTA/AP Images) ...

AFM Finance Conference II: Producing Studio Films with Independent Budgets

Richard Botto, Founder & CEO of Stage 32, Zanne Devine, EVP of Film & Television at Miramax, Paul Hanson, CEO of Covert Media, Mitchell Peck, Producer at Peck Entertainment, and Michael Ryan, Partner at GFM Films and Chairman of IFTA, speak at the American Film Market Finance Conference II: Producing Studio Films with Independent Budgets at the Fairmont Hotel on Sunday, Nov. 6, 2016, in Santa Monica, Calif.  Michael Ryan, Partne...

American Film Market Arbitrator Breakfast at the Fairmont Nov. 5, 2016

American Film Market Arbitrator Breakfast at the Fairmont Hotel on Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016, in Santa Monica, Calif. (Photo by Dan Steinberg/Invision for IFTA/AP Images) American Film Market Arbitrator Breakfast at the Fairmont Hotel on Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016, in Santa Monica, Calif. (Photo by Dan Steinberg/Invision for IFTA/AP Images)   ...

Roundtable: ‘Making an Impact: How Telling LGBT Stories Can Pay Off’

Ambiance Roundtable: ‘Making an Impact: How Telling LGBT Stories Can Pay Off’ featuring J. Todd Harris, Executive Producer, The Kids Are All Right; Melissa Coghlan, Producer, Below Her Mouth; Tina Mabry, Writer/Director/Producer, Queen Sugar; Mississippi Damned; and Cassian Elwes, Independent Producer/Agent, Dallas Buyers Club. Producer Melissa Coghlan, Producer J. Todd Harris, Lucy Mukerjee-Brown, Director of Programming of Outfest, Prod...

John Cleese joins Samantha Bee and Martin Short in Eliott The Littlest Reindeer

Jason Moring, President of DDI, has announced that Oscar nominated actor John Cleese joined Emmy nominee Samantha Bee (Full Frontal With Samantha Bee, The Daily Show) and award-winning actor Martin Short (Saturday Night Live, FRANKENWEENIE) and award-winning actor Martin Short (Saturday Night Live, FRANKENWEENIE) to the animated feature ELLIOT: THE LITTLEST REINDEER.   John Cleese is represented by Anonymous Content, CAA and Independent Talent Group. DDI is selling ELLIOT: THE LITTLEST...

Depardieu in JS BACH biopic

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The life of Johan Sebastian Bach, simply entitled BACH, is being prepared for the big screen, and will go into production in 2017. The story of Bach, tagged ‘Orphan, Convict, Rebel, Genius’, will be brought to life by director Eric Styles (That Good Night, Legendary) and the production is attracting a host of prominent actors. Already attached are Gérard Depardieu, Max Von Sydow, Axel Milberg and Marianne Sagebrecht. The Production team is in discussions with...

Panel Spotlight Safe and Sound: Why Safety and Security Matter

Panel sponsored by     The news is flooded with stories of meteorological, medical, security and financial disasters at festivals. Within minutes, a festival’s reputation and financial stability can be upended. But what if these disasters could be prevented, minimized or insurable? How can preplanning and on-site crisis management reduce or eliminate risk and reduce yo...

Speakers Not To Be Missed at FestForums

  Nia Peeples Actor, singer, dancer, and a beautiful free spirit. Come hear this "Pretty Little Liar" spill all the truths during her 20/20 on Sunday at 11:30. True North: The Power in Trusting What You kNOw           ...

Dont miss the fun and the connections in Santa Barbara at The Fess Parker Resort November 19-21st.

Looking forward to meeting you all in Santa Barbara There’s no reason to miss FestForums this year as we present the finest in food, thought provoking panels, complimentary cocktails, film screenings, cooking demos, live music, awesome swag, free massages, wave therapy, and The Dome (last year’s hit) in Santa Barbara at The Fess Parker Resort November 19-21st....

Michael De Luca And Jennifer Todd To Produce The 89Th Oscars®

"What a talented team," said Boone Isaacs.  "Mike and Jennifer have a great working relationship and a tremendous love and respect of film, and will surely draw from their vast experience to create an exceptional and unforgettable event for movie fans everywhere."LOS ANGELES, CA — Three-time Oscar®-nominated producer Michael De Luca and Emmy®-nominated producer Jennifer Todd will produce the 89th Oscars® telecast, Academy President Cheryl Boone Isa...

Karl Urban (Star Trek, upcoming Thor: Ragnarok) to join Brenton Thwaites in the action thriller Entry Level

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International star Karl Urban (Star Trek, upcoming Thor: Ragnarok) is in negotiations to join Brenton Thwaites (Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales; The Giver) in the action thriller Entry Level, it was announced today by producers Craig Perry and Sheila Taylor (the Final Destination and American Pie franchises) of Practical Pictures and Tannaz Anisi, President of 13 Films.   Written by Benjamin Hurley, Entry Level will be directed by critically acclaimed filmmaker Franck Kha...

Cheers at American Film Market China Reception

Jonathan Wolf, Executive Vice President & Managing Director of the American Film Market, Haifeng Chen, Vice President of Weying Technology, Jean M. Prewitt, President & CEO of IFTA, Jing Zhang, Peng Chen, China Beijing Film Delegation, and Luke Xiang, VP and Head of International of Beijing Weying Technology Co., Ltd., cheers at American Film Market China Reception at the Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel on Wendeday, Nov. 2, 2016, in Santa Monica, Calif. (Photo by Dan Steinberg/Invision fo...

Jessica Chastain in Susanna White’s Woman Walks Ahead from Black Bicycle Entertainment

First-look image of Academy Award nominee Jessica Chastain in Susanna White’s Woman Walks Ahead from Black Bicycle Entertainment who is financing and producing alongside Bedford Falls in association with Potboiler. IM Global is selling the international rights at AFM, with CAA handling domestic. ...

Actor Ye Liu is attached to the upcoming production THE LADY AND THE PANDAS by director, Justin Chadwick

Brian O'Shea, The Exchange CEO, announced today that Chinese super star actor Ye Liu is attached to the upcoming production THE LADY AND THE PANDAS by director, Justin Chadwick (THE OTHER BOLEYN GIRL) joining Golden-Globe nominee Rebecca Ferguson (MISSION IMPOSSIBLE franchise) as her love interest.   Through his amazing performances, Ye has captured the attention of directors internationally, and has continued to reach viewers in unique and remarkable ways. Ye's talent has been...

Chiara Gelardin and Claire Taylor join London Headquarters of Rocket Science

ROCKET SCIENCE EXPANDS TEAM WITH KEY HIRES       Rocket Science, the newly-launched multi-faceted venture from Thorsten Schumacher, has today announced dual appointment of key executives in its London headquarters, as the company continues to expand its UK offering.   Claire Taylor and Chiara Gelardin will be heading International Sales of all titles on the company’s slate, with future plans to work across production, development and financing on both the film and...

IM Global Television has signed an exclusive two year first-look TV deal with award-winning writer and producer David Goyer

IM Global Television has signed an exclusive two year first-look TV deal with award-winning writer and producer David Goyer, it was announced today by IM Global Founder and CEO Stuart Ford and IM Global Television President Mark Stern. Under his Phantom Four banner Goyer has extensive credits in both film and television.  On the film side, Goyer most recently executive produced and Kevin Turen produced Fox Searchlight's Birth of a Nation.  In addition, Goyer was the screenwriter...

JOEY SCARPELLINO and JORDANA LAJOIE Join the Cast of Millennial “No Labels” Movie MORNING AFTER

Work-in-Progress will be pitched at AFM to secure distribution and sales for the feature. Flirt Films, in collaboration with Byron A. Martin Productions, are proud to announce the wrap of Morning After, a bold and playful drama about sexual fluidity. The film is helmed by award-winning director Patricia Chica from an original screenplay by Kristian Hodko. Byron A. Martin and Marc Carle act as Executive Producers. Filming happened in Montreal’s Plateau Mont-Royal neighborhood this past...

Universal Forum "Expanding the Conversation: Asian Americans in Media."

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The Center for Asian American Media (CAAM), in partnership with Comcast NBC Universal, present “Expanding the Conversation: Asian Americans in Media,” an interactive conversation with Sandra Oh (Sideways, Grey’s Anatomy), Grace Lee (Peabody Award-winning director of American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs), Rashad Raisin (Executive Producer/Staff Writer - Shades of Blue and Burn Notice), Karen Horne (SVP, Talent Development & Inclusion, NBCUniversal), with ...
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