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Richard J. Fox
Executive Vice President,
Warner Bros. Entertainment International

A highly respected member of the international film community, Richard Fox serves as
Executive Vice President, International, Warner Bros Entertainment. A 35-year company
veteran, he works closely with Warner Bros.' senior management to develop
opportunities emerging from the company's international growth to expand newly
acquired businesses worldwide.

One of Fox's major responsibilities is managing the company's extensive indigenous film
production initiative, in which Warner Bros. Pictures serves as a producer, production
partner or distributor of local-language films in various countries around the world. A
guiding principle behind this initiative, beyond promoting cultural diversity, is to employ
local management and crews to produce films in a country's native language, while
working with the broadest range of in-country talent available. When applicable, the
Studio commits its worldwide resources to exporting these films beyond their country of
origin, bringing a "local" film to an international audience.

Fox also oversees Warner Bros. International Cinemas' operations, as well as works
closely with the Studio's International Theatrical Distribution, International Television,
Home Entertainment and Consumer Products divisions.

In November 2008, Fox received the honorary title Commendatore dell'Ordine al Merito
della Repubblica Italiana (Commander of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic),
which is conferred by the President of the Italian Republic on Italian and foreign citizens
who have distinguished themselves through lasting contributions to Italian society. Fox
was recognized for his lifetime commitment to cultural diversity and for his significant
contribution to the development of local production in the Italian movie industry.

In February 2006, Fox was named Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (Knight of
the Order of Arts and Letters) for his lifetime commitment to cultural diversity as
exemplified by his achievements in the world of international film. This honor from the
French government recognizes individuals who have distinguished themselves by their
contributions to creative life in France and throughout the world.

 

Paul Hanneman
Co-President,
Twentieth Century Fox International

Paul Hanneman has served as co-President of Twentieth Century Fox International since September of 2005. During his tenure, Fox International has enjoyed unprecedented success. Just last year, the overseas distributor earned a record $2.45 billion, the highest annual international box office cume ever in the industry. This achievement stemmed from the extraordinary results of several films over the course of the year, most notably AVATAR which, at a jaw-dropping $1.996 billion, is poised to break the $2 billion mark in the next few weeks and is now the highest grossing film of all time. Also in 2009, Fox's ICE AGE 3 collected a phenomenal international cume of $693 million to become the industry's third highest grossing film (now fourth all-time, following AVATAR's release) . In fact, Hanneman, together with Fox International co-President Tomas Jegeus, has helped launch three of the four highest grossing films in the industry overseas: AVATAR (#1), TITANIC (#2) and ICE AGE 3 (#4). In addition, he has overseen other recent hits such as KNIGHT AND DAY, X-MEN ORIGINS: WOLVERINE, JUMPER, ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS 1 and 2, WHAT HAPPENS IN VEGAS, NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM 1 and 2, THE SIMPSONS MOVIE, DIE HARD 4.0, BORAT and THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA.

Having served as Executive Vice President of Sales and Strategic Planning for Fox International from 2002 to the fall of 2005, Hanneman was responsible for the development and execution of distribution strategies for the entire slate of releases, including STAR WARS: EPISODE III - REVENGE OF THE SITH, FANTASTIC FOUR, KINGDOM OF HEAVEN, THE DAY AFTER TOMORROW, X-MEN 2, STAR WARS: EPISODE II - ATTACK OF THE CLONES, ICE AGE and DIE ANOTHER DAY.  

Hanneman first joined Fox International in 1990 and, after a year-long training stint in Panama and Australia, was made Managing Director of the Korean operation.  In 1993, he moved to Japan as Managing Director, supervising three of the top six Japanese releases at that time:  INDEPENDENCE DAY, DIE HARD 3 and SPEED.  From 1995 to 2002, he served as Senior Vice President, Asia/Pacific, managing the business across the region (13 markets) out of Hong Kong. In this role, he spearheaded the openings of such blockbusters as TITANIC and STAR WARS: EPISODE 1 - THE PHANTOM MENACE. 

Prior to joining Fox, Hanneman worked as a Commercial Investment Agent for Norris, Beggs & Simpson in San Francisco.  He also served as Corporate Finance Associate at Bankers Trust Company in New York and Los Angeles from 1983 to 1985.  Hanneman holds an MBA in International Marketing from the Anderson School of Management at UCLA and a BBA from the University of Texas, having majored in International Business.

Hanneman is currently overseeing the distribution and marketing of several highly-anticipated releases including WALL STREET: MONEY NEVER SLEEPS, GULLIVER'S TRAVELS and THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA: THE VOYAGE OF THE DAWN TREADER .

 

Robert G. Kirby
Chairman,
Village Roadshow Limited

Robert Kirby has 35 years experience in the world of cinema, film and entertainment industry.

In the 1970's he was instrumental in establishing the early film production arm of Village Roadshow, including the first Max Max film.

In the '80s Robert was the pioneer of the Australian home video revolution in Australia. In the late 1980's he initiated Village Roadshow's international multiplex cinema expansion into eventually 22 countries, and including 25 years partnership with Golden Harvest, building cinemas in Korea, Singapore Taiwan, Thailand, Malaysia and Hong Kong. This Orange Sky Golden Harvest cinema partnership with Village Roadshow continues with the highly successful and dominant Golden Village Cinema sites in Singapore.

In 1998 he was responsible for the public listing of Village Roadshow and the world class building of Warner Bros. Movie World theme park, Wet'nWild water park and the subsequent acquisition and regeneration of Sea World on "the Gold Coast" of Queensland Australia.

In the 1990's Robert Kirby created one of the most successful radio companies in the world with the acquisition and merger of Triple M and Austereo Radio companies.

As Co-Chief Executive of the publicly listed Village Roadshow Limited, he is the key strategist behind the company's international theme parks expansion, Gold Class Cinemas in the USA and a continuing role with Village Roadshow Pictures (including Concord Music).

Robert Kirby is the Executive Chairman of Village Roadshow Limited.

Deputy Chair, Peter Mac Cancer Foundation; Director, National Institution of Integrated Medicine; Member Patrons Council, The Epilepsy Foundation Vic; Patron of Victorian Arts Centre;

 

Victor Loewy
Chairman,
Alliance Films Inc

With more than 30 years of experience, Mr. Loewy is an accomplished film veteran who has been instrumental in establishing the Canadian motion picture distribution industry. Mr. Loewy co-founded his first company, Vivafilm, in 1972 and subsequently Alliance Communications Corporation in 1985, which grew under his leadership to become Canada's leading independent distributor of record-breaking Canadian films plus motion pictures from US studios including New Line Cinema, Focus Features and Miramax Films.

Following the 1998 merger of Alliance with Atlantis Communications, Mr. Loewy continued as CEO and Chairman of the motion picture distribution division and expanded its international distribution platform by establishing subsidiary Momentum Pictures in the United Kingdom and acquiring Aurum Producciones in Spain. With the 2007 sale of the motion picture distribution business to Goldman Sachs, Mr. Loewy became Chairman of the newly formed Alliance Films Inc., a leading distributor and a co-financier of motion pictures in all media in Canada, the UK and Spain.

He is the recipient of dozens of awards celebrating his contribution to motion picture distribution and, in 2009, was inducted into the Canadian Film & Television Hall of Fame alongside fellow Canadians David Cronenberg, Christopher Plummer and Denys Arcand.

 

Kishore Lulla
Chairman & CEO,
Eros International

Kishore Lulla is the Executive Chairman of Eros International, one of India ‘s largest film and entertainment companies with a library of over 2,000 films and operations in over 50 countries.

Mr Lulla graduated with a bachelor's degree in Arts from Mumbai University . He has over 20 years of experience in the media and film industry. He is a member of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts and Young Presidents' Organisation and is also a board member of the University of California , Los Angeles ("UCLA"). He has been honoured at the Asian Business Awards 2007 and the Indian Film Academy Awards 2007 for his contribution in taking Indian cinema global. As Executive Chairman of Eros, he has been instrumental in spearheading the growth of Eros International Plc and expanding their presence in UK , USA , Dubai , Australia , Fiji and other international markets.

 

Roger Pollock
Executive Vice President,
Paramount Pictures International

Roger Pollock's career in the media and entertainment industry began in 1982 at
the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) in London. Initially working for the
BBC's World Service radio network he later joined BBC Worldwide, the
commercial arm of the BBC, selling television programming to European networks.

In 1987 he joined United International Pictures (UIP) based at their Head Office in London as part of a small team developing new and emerging international
markets.

His first overseas posting was in 1990 when he was appointed as UIP's General
Manager in Thailand. In 1992 he moved to Seoul, Korea as UIP's Representative
Director and in 1994 was appointed as Managing Director for UIP subsidiaries in
Singapore and Malaysia.

In April 2000 Pollock was appointed as head of UIP's Asian Distribution and Marketing operations based in Singapore.

In April 2003 he relocated to UIP's head office in London to take up the position as Head of Europe, Middle East and Africa and held the position of Senior Vice-President.

In January 2007, following the decision at the end of 2005 by Paramount Pictures and Universal Pictures to set up stand alone international operations, Roger was appointed to his current position as Executive Vice President of Distribution and Operations for Paramount Pictures International based at PPI Head Office in London.

 

Raja Sharif
VP, Director of International Affairs,
Alnoor Holdings

Raja Sharif is a UK qualified barrister, and has worked in the media, technology and telecoms sector since 1995. As well as a degree in Law, he has a Masters Degree in International Commercial Law (Trade, Banking and Finance) from the University of Nottingham. He has extensive corporate and commercial experience, working as an senior executive in multinationals based in the UK.

Currently, Raja Sharif is VP, Director of International Affairs at Alnoor Holdings and is one of the directors of the Alnoor Fund Ltd based in the Cayman Islands. His experience in the media industry and his legal background makes him ideally placed to manage these roles within Alnoor. He has been responsible for setting up the corporate structure of the company and the fund as well as negotiating with third parties in respect to Alnoor's activities at an International level, including public relations, selection of executives, relationships with studios, producers and related management issues.

Prior to this, Raja was the Deputy CEO of Barwa Media which was focused on the creation of the Qatar Media City, a very unique vision to build the most technologically advanced, inspiring global smart city appealing to the TMT sector.

Raja was also the Legal Advisor to the Director General of the Al Jazeera Network, a strategic role involved advising on and resolving many sensitive and confidential issues for the Al Jazeera group of companies.

Until his move to Qatar, Raja has lived and worked in London, and has worked for a number of multinationals, including Colt Telecom, British Telecom and Globix.

 

Chris Thomas
Chairman & CEO,
BBDO / Proximity Asia

Chris graduated from Bristol University with a joint honors degree in History and English. He entered the advertising business at Dorlands in 1984.

In 1986, he joined Abbott Mead Vickers BBDO as an account manager where he spent the next ten years. During this time, he worked across a broad range of the agency's clients including Volvo Cars, Smiths Crisps, The Leeds Permanent Building Society, Cellnet, and the Health Education Authority.  

When he left the agency he had been new business director for three years.

 In 1997, Chris joined Ammirati Puris Lintas as Managing Director.  Two years later, Ammirati Puris Lintas merged with Lowe Howard-Spink, and Chris was appointed Managing Director of the newly formed Lowe Lintas.  The merger created a top 5 UK agency. In the year after the merger, Lowe Lintas was awarded Campaign Agency of the Year in 2000 and European Agency of the Year.

Chris was appointed Chief Executive of Lowe Lintas in April 2001 and worked on a range of the agency's clients including Vauxhall, Nestlé, Unilever, Johnson & Johnson, HSBC and Braun to name a few.

 In September 2003, he was appointed Chief Executive of Proximity London, which is the leading integrated, direct and digital agency in the United Kingdom .

 During his tenure at Proximity, the agency was the third most awarded direct agency in the world, top of the UK client satisfaction survey and voted IPA's Best of the Best Integrated Agency.

 In January 2006, Chris was appointed Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of BBDO and Proximity in Asia .  He is responsible for all of BBDO's advertising and Proximity's integrated, direct and digital business in Asia .

Clients include Procter & Gamble, SingTel, HP, Pepsi, FedEx, Wrigley, Mars, Fonterra and Akzo Nobel. Chris is based in Singapore and is married with four children.

 

Stewart Till
CEO,
Icon UK

Stewart Till is Chief Executive of, and a shareholder in, Icon UK, a group of companies that includes Icon UK Distribution and Icon International Sales.

He is Vice Chair of Skillset, the Sector Skills Council for the UK's Audio-Visual Industries.
Until August 2009 he was Chairman of the UK Film Council, the body established by the Government to manage the lottery monies and grants they allocate to the UK film industry.

From the end of 2002 until December 2006, Till was Chairman and CEO of United International Pictures, the international joint venture of Paramount Pictures and Universal Studios International. With offices in 35 countries, it was the world's leading distributor of feature length motion pictures to theatrical exhibitors.

From early 2000 until November 2002 Stewart Till was President of Signpost Films, a worldwide production and distribution company formed after an agreement between Stewart Till, CDP Capital Communications and the Mosaic Media Group

Until February, 2000 Stewart Till was President of London-based Universal Pictures International, responsible for all of UPI's international theatrical and video distribution activities.

Till held a similar role at PolyGram Filmed Entertainment where he was responsible for all of PolyGram's film activities outside of the USA, including its international television division, as well as its US video company. During that time he established operations in 13 countries.

Stewart joined PFE at its inception in 1992 from BSkyB where he had been Head of Movies and prior to that Sky Television's Deputy Managing Director.

He had previously worked at 20th Century Fox Video (Vice President, Northern Europe)
WEA Records (Marketing Manager) and Saatchi and Saatchi (Account Supervisor)

In June 2000 he was awarded a CBE for services to the British film industry

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