Christos Michaels

Christos Michaels

Christos is Head of Film at Lee & Thompson, the London-based law firm for the media, technology and creative industries.  The Film & TV Group comprises the largest team of lawyers in Europe working in the creative audio-visual sector, advising clients, internationally, at every stage of the creation of theatrical feature film and TV programmes. 

With significant in-house industry experience, including six years as Head of Business Affairs at Mel Gibson's Icon International Group, Christos stands out as one of the only private practice lawyers in the UK having worked with a leading US and UK vertically integrated independent film company.

Using his unique experience, Christos heads up the firm's representation of leading distributors and sales agents and also represents a range of new and established producers and financiers in the film and television industries.  He is particularly experienced in the structuring of finance and production for independent films and helping to implement exploitation models for sales agents and distributors of new and established media.

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Dr. Sebastian Wernicke

Dr. Sebastian Wernicke

Dr. Sebastian Wernicke serves as the Chief Data Scientist of ONE LOGIC, a boutique service and solution provider for Advanced Data Analytics, Machine Learning, and Artificial Intelligence that supports clients across industries to gain tangible value from data. Previously, he worked several years as a strategy consultant (BCG, Oliver Wyman, Solon) and served as Managing Director for Seven Bridges, a specialist for computational genetics. Dr. Wernicke originally studied bioinformatics and holds a Ph.D. in theoretical computer science. He is widely known for his TED Talks - some more serious than others - on data and analytics, with over 4.5 million views to date.

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Nadira Azermai

Nadira Azermai

Nadira is Founder and Chief Executive Officer of ScriptBook, a high-tech company that provides artificial intelligent screenplay analysis and forecasts the commercial and critical success of film and television projects from script to screen. ScriptBook was conceived when Nadira wrote her Master’s thesis on using artificial intelligence to quantify story-parameters into a predictive model that would enable stakeholders in filmed entertainment to assess their projects objectively and avoid financial failure. Nadira has been on a mission to unify A. I. with entertainment ever since.

ScriptBook is an artificial intelligence company with a mission to assist producers, sales agents, distributors and financiers by providing automated screenplay analysis and box office forecasts. ScriptBook's intelligent solution guides stakeholders in filmed entertainment with automated, predictive decision support from script to screen.

Research studies show that 87% of films lose money while just 6.2% of films account for almost 80% of total profit. ScriptBook aims to revolutionize the business of storytelling through the art of artificial intelligence. In 2018, ScriptBook received a Seal of Excellence, a quality label delivered by the European Commission to enterprises that are classified as highly innovative.

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Jonathan King

Jonathan King

Jonathan King oversees development and production of Participant’s narrative feature films. Participant Media’s slate is driven by the idea that a good story well told can inspire and compel social change. During his tenure, King has overseen the production of such films as 2016 Academy Award® Best Picture winner Spotlight, Beasts of No Nation, The Help, Contagion, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, and the upcomingDeepwater Horizon and Shot Caller.

Prior to joining Participant, King worked as both a producer and an executive for companies including Focus Features, Laurence Mark Productions, and Miramax Films. Some of the movies he has worked on include Dreamgirls, The Lookout, Finding Forrester, Studio 54, Guinevere, and Judas Kiss. He started his film career in MGM/UA’s New York office, scouting books, theater, and independent films.

King currently serves on the board of advisors for the Outfest Legacy Project, a partnership with the UCLA Film and Television Archive that restores and preserves important works of queer cinema. He also serves on the Dean’s Advisory Council of the Florida State University Film School, and on the board of directors of the John Alexander Project, a nonprofit dedicated to nurturing and supporting innovative investigative journalism.  

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Marcus Ammon

Marcus Ammon

Marcus Ammon is the Senior Vice President Film at Sky Deutschland. He is responsible for the set-up and expansion of the Sky film- and TV series channels and has significant influence on the negotiations with Hollywood studios. Among other projects, he lead the launch of the channels Sky 3D and Sky Atlantic HD as well as the engagement of Harald Schmidt at Sky. With more than 15 years of experience, Ammon has already had an extensive career in the German film and TV businesses. Between 2003 and 2009 he was the Managing Director of MGM Networks Deutschland GmbH; before that, he was the Program Director at Universal Studios Networks Germany GmbH (now: NBC Universal).

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Cameron Bailey

Cameron Bailey

Cameron Bailey has been the Artistic Director of the Toronto International Film Festival since 2008. He is responsible for the overall vision and execution of the festival's selection. Before assuming his current role, Bailey worked as journalist, film critic and a programmer for TIFF. In addition, he has programmed and hosted TIFF’s highly successful subscription series "Reel Talk," and headed TIFF’s "Perspective Canada" series as well as curated films for Cinematheque Ontario, the National Gallery of Canada, the National Film Board of Canada, and Australia’s Sydney International Film Festival. As the artistic director of one of the world’s biggest and most important film festivals, Bailey brings a comprehensive wealth of experience to his position, and under his lead the festival continues to grow in size and significance every year.

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Damir Bandalo

Damir Bandalo

Damir Bandalo is an entrepreneur, engineer and movie enthusiast who loves pushing the envelope on mobile UX and UI. He is currently the CEO of Superpopcorn. He holds a masters degree in finance from the University of Zagreb. Having started out his career in banking, he quickly realised the opportunities that exist in the mobile sector and left to start his own business. After running a successful mobile development studio for a couple of years, he decided to switch focus once again and pursue a passion project for enhancing the cinema-going experience full time. The project, now known as Superpopcorn, is the fastest and easiest way to buy cinema tickets online in Germany with more countries launching soon.

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Michael Barker

Michael Barker

As Co-Founder and CEO of Sony Pictures Classics, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2016, Michael Barker (with Tom Bernard), has distributed (and quite often produced), some of the finest independent movies over the past 30 years.  Previously he was an executive at United Artists (1980-1983) and went on to co-found Orion Classics (1983-1991) and Sony Pictures Classics.
Over the span of his career, Barker’s films have received 159 Academy Award® nominations including several for Best Picture: WHIPLASH; AMOUR; Woody Allen’s most successful film of all time, MIDNIGHT IN PARIS; AN EDUCATION; CAPOTE for which Philip Seymour Hoffman won the Academy Award® for Best Actor; CROUCHING TIGER HIDDEN DRAGON, recognized as the highest grossing foreign film of all time in North America; and HOWARDS END. Other notable award wins include 41 Independent Spirit Awards and 22 Golden Globe® Awards.

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Markus Barmettler

Markus Barmettler

Markus Barmettler is president of the Omega Entertainment Ltd., a vertically integrated global film entertainment company, founded in 2005 with the backing of the strategic Chinese investment group Tiger 8 Media. Omega Entertainment develops, finances, produces and sells prestige and talent driven commercial feature films on a global basis through strategic alliances.

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Jean-Julien Baronnet

Jean-Julien Baronnet

Jean-Julien Baronnet is CEO of Ubisoft Motion Pictures, created in 2011. He began his career with the Bernard Krief Consulting Group, where at the age of 30 he beca- me President. This was followed by engagements as Division President at Rhone Poulenc (today Sanofi/Aventis), COO at Rhodia and CEO at EuropaCorp. Baronnet has always been passionate about filmmaking. His scripts have won numerous French accolades. Several of them have been sold to French Production companies, among which EuropaCorp and Man- darin Films, including a commissioned script with a budget of ten million dollars. Baronnet holds an MBA from the Bordeaux School of Business and the London Business School.

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Anke Beining

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Anke Beining is the Founder and Managing Director of Utofilm and Interim Managing Director of Munich-based world sales company Global Screen.  On behalf of Teleclub she has co-produced over 40 feature films and series. From 2011 to 2015 Anke was Board Member, MD and COO of Switzerland's leading Digital TV and Media Platform Teleclub. During this time she managed Teleclub’s Pay TV Channels and VOD service, launched new German- and French-language platforms and TV channels. Prior to that and for ten years, she was an Executive Board Member of The Walt Disney Company in Munich where she oversaw legal and business affairs for all divisions and was responsible for TV-channel Distribution and Affiliate Sales in German-speaking Europe. Earlier achievements include implementing Kinowelt’s international production and distribution network and organizing Senator Film’s IPO. An expert in the international content business, she is admitted to the bar in New York and Germany and holds a PhD in law.


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Pascal Bérard

Pascal Bérard is a joint PhD student at the Computer Graphics Lab at ETH Zurich and at Disney Research Zurich. He is researching new methods to capture, model, and animate virtual humans for applications in the visual effects industry. Pascal’s primary focus is on the human eye and he designed new systems for the acquisition and creation of high-fidelity models of human eyes. Pascal contributed to movies like Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and Doctor Strange and he recently made it onto the Forbes 30 under 30 Europe list.


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Timon Birkhofer

Timon Birkhofer

Timon Birkhofer und Jørg M. Kundinger are the producers and directors of the first documentary worldwide about crowdfunding. Over the course of two years, they observed dozens of crowdfunding projects and talked to experts from MIT, Harvard, NASA and the White House. Their crowdfunding documentary Capital C has received a lot of attention from the media and film distributors. It is screening at international film festivals like the Zurich Film Festival and will be released in movie theaters in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and Japan in 2015. Before this project, Kundinger and Birkhofer worked in advertising and video production for European and international artists like Sunrise Avenue, AVICII and Lady Gaga.

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Claudia Blümhuber

Claudia Blümhuber

Claudia Blümhuber is CEO and Managing Partner of Silver Reel Partners. In this function she has financed and executive produced a wide range of independently produ- ced motion pictures, including: Jonathan Glazer's Under the Skin starring Scarlett Johans- son, Tanya Wexler’s Hysteria, starring Maggie Gyllenhal, Andrew Niccols screen adaptation of Stephenie Meyer’s bestseller The Host, following her blockbuster Twilight Series, Jonathan Teplitzky’s The Railway Man starring Nicole Kidman and Colin Firth and Grace of Monaco, directed by Olivier Dahan and also starring Nicole Kidman. The latest project is Fallen, directed by Afonso Poyart and starring Sir Anthony Hopkins and Colin Farrell.

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Moritz Borman

Moritz Borman

Producer Moritz Borman was born 1955 in Germany. He is a graduate of the 'American Film Institute' and has been living in Los Angeles since 1976. He began his career in 1970 as a producer for German television and director of commercials. In the late 1980's he started to produce feature films.
Moritz Borman's productions include big-budget films like Terminator 3 - Rise of the Machines (2003) by Jonathan Mostow, K-19: The Widowmaker (2002) by Kathryn Bigelow and award-winning independent films like Under the Volcano (1984) by John Houston, Das Feuerschiff (1985) by Jerzy Skolimowski, Homer and Eddie (1989) by Andrey Konchalovskiy, Nurse Betty (2000) by Neil LaBute and The Quiet American (2002) by Phillip Noyce.
Borman already worked five times with multiple Academy Award-winning director Oliver Stone on ambitious and controversial projects like Alexander (2004), World Trade Center (2006), W. (2008), Savages (2012) and the upcoming Snowden (2016).

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Jill Gwen Braginets

Jill Gwen Braginets

Jill Gwen Braginets is Head of Finance and Operations at Fox Searchlight Pictures and has worked on films like The Grand Budapest Hotel, 12 Years A Slave, Tree of Life, Black Swan, and Slumdog Millionaire. Prior to Searchlight, she was with 20th Century Fox’s International Theatrical Distribution division. She began her entertainment career at Walt Disney Studios where she was responsible for international financial planning. Gwen Braginets recently was the Keynote Speaker at the Women of Entertainment Finance event at the Cannes Film Festival in 2014. She also founded the non-profit organization "Go Soular" that focuses on worldwide disaster relief and recovery.

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Marc Butan

Marc Butan

Marc Butan launched MadRiver Pictures in May to develop finance and produce 3-4 director and star-driven films per year in the $15-50 million range with global releases. The company is actively developing Harmony Korine’s The Trap. His slate includes John Hillocat’s Triple 9 starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, Casey Affleck, Woody Harrelson, Kate Winslet, Aaron Paul and Anthony Mackie, released by Open Road Films on September 11. Marc remains partnered with Sierra/Affinity where he was co-president. He worked for Megan Ellison’s Annapurna/Panorama and ran Mark Cuban’s 2929 Productions after 6 years at Lionsgate. His career began in investment banking after graduating magna cum laude from Ohio State University in 1992.

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Nicolas Chartier

Nicolas Chartier

Nicolas Chartier one of the Academy Award® winning producers of The Hurt Locker has been involved in the financing, production and sales of a diverse range of films. In 2005, he founded Voltage Pictures, an international financing, sales and production operation. Chartier has handled over 150 films in the past 6 years. The Hurt Locker was Voltage Pictures’ first in-house production and claimed 6 Oscars in 2009, including Best Picture. Chartier’s recent production Dallas Buyers Club was awarded two Oscars for the performances of Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto. He also produced Don Jon, Joseph Gordon-Levitt's acclaimed directorial debut, starring Gordon-Levitt himself, Scarlett Johansson, and Julianne Moore.

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