Thomas Ebeling was born in 1959. After earning a degree in psychology from Hamburg University, he began his career with Reemtsma in 1987. In 1991, he moved to Pepsi-Cola Germany, where he served as a marketing manager. Starting in 1994, he was National Sales and Franchise Director for the retail and restaurant sales of Pepsi-Cola, and in 1996, he was appointed General Manager of Pepsi-Cola Germany. In 1997, he switched to Novartis as General Manager of Novartis Nutrition for Germany and Austria. In 1998, Thomas Ebeling assumed worldwide leadership of the Novartis Nutrition Division. In 1998, he was appointed to the Novartis Executive Committee. From 2000 to October 2007, he served as CEO of the global Novartis pharmaceuticals business. Under his leadership, the company's revenues more than doubled from US$11 billion to US$22.6 billion. In October 2007, he was appointed CEO of the Novartis Consumer Health Division. Since March 2009, he is CEO of ProSiebenSat.1 Media SE. Thomas Ebeling was appointed to the Supervisory Board of Bayer AG in 2012. Since April 2017 he has been member of the Supervisory Board of GfK SE.
Over the past 26 years, Ruben Igielko-Herrlich, founding partner of The Propaganda Company, has served as a vanguard for the entertainment marketing industry with his ventures Propaganda GEM and PREVA Media residing under the group’s umbrella. In May 2016, Propaganda GEM became a fully owned subsidiary of the Wanda Cinema Line. Globally, the company is acknowledged as being one of the pioneers of branded entertainment, recognizing and developing innovative communication tools for global corporations by associating them with various forms of media. Igielko-Herrlich is credited with such dominating placements as the memorable Nokia integrations in both THE MATRIX and TRANSFORMERS and the impressive BMW integrations and promotional tie-ins with MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE – GHOST PROTOCOL and MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE – ROGUE NATION, just to name a few.
Academy Award-winning actress Alicia Vikander is one of the most promising actors of her generation. Since making her film debut in PURE in 2009, Alicia has garnered recognition for a diverse range of roles. Alicia's sensitive portrayal of “Gerda Wegner” in Tom Hooper's THE DANISH GIRL resulted in her winning an Academy Award® for Best Supporting Actress. She was also seen in the lead female role in Alex Garland's award winning directorial debut, EX MACHINA. Alicia has recently completed filming the much anticipated reboot of TOMB RAIDER and will soon be seen in Wim Wenders' romantic thriller SUBMERGENCE, opposite James McAvoy. In addition, Alicia has EUPHORIA alongside Eva Green and Charles Dance coming up. As well as starring in the feature, she also produced it through her company Vikarious Productions. Both will be released this year, along with Justin Chadwick's TULIP FEVER, produced by The Weinstein Company.
Christine Vachon is an Independent Spirit Award and Gotham Award winner who co-founded indie powerhouse Killer Films with partner Pamela Koffler in 1995. Over the past two decades, they have produced over 100 films and some of the most celebrated American indie features including: CAROL (nominated for six Academy Awards), FAR FROM HEAVEN (nominated for four Academy Awards), STILL ALICE (Academy Award winner), BOYS DON'T CRY (Academy Award winner), ONE HOUR PHOTO, KIDS, HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH, HAPPINESS, VELVET GOLDMINE, SAFE, I SHOT ANDY WARHOL, and I’M NOT THERE (Academy Award nominated). In television, Vachon executive-produced the Emmy and Golden Globe winning miniseries MILDRED PIERCE for HBO. Other recent work includes: GOAT, WEINER DOG, WHITE GIRL and BEATRIZ AT DINNER. Killer Films recently produced Z: THE BEGINNING OF EVERYTHING starring Christina Ricci for Amazon Studios, as well as Todd Haynes’ latest film, WONDERSTRUCK. They are currently in post-production on Paul Schrader's latest feature, FIRST REFORMED.
Vachon is also the director of the MFA program at Stony Brook University.