Patrick Wachsberger

Patrick Wachsberger

Patrick Wachsberger was the Co-Chairman of the Lionsgate Motion Picture Group for the past six years and has recently founded a new company. Lionsgate’s film slate has gener- ated successful global box office hits, led by the global box office phenomenon La La Land, winner of six Academy Awards , Wonder, the John Wick franchise and the blockbuster Hunger Games. Before joining Lionsgate, Wachsberger served as Chairman and President of Summit Entertainment, the company he helped launch in 1993, in addition to being CEO of Summit International. He led Summit’s evolution into one of the premier independent filmed entertainment studios worldwide, launching the blockbuster Twilight Saga franchise and The Hurt Locker, Mr & Mrs Smith and the Step Up franchise.

Lionsgate’s feature film slate has generated successful global box office hits, led by the global box office phenomenon LA LA LAND, winner of six Academy Awards, the blockbuster HUNGER GAMES, NOW YOU SEE MEand JOHN WICKamong others. Before joining Lionsgate, Mr. Wachsberger served as the Co-Chairman and President of Summit Entertainment, the company he helped launch in 1993, in addition to being CEO of Summit International. Mr. Wachsberger led Summit’s evolution into one of the premier independent filmed entertainment studios worldwide, launching the blockbuster TWILIGHT SAGAfranchise and THE HURT LOCKER. 

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Elizabeth Karlsen

Elizabeth Karlsen

Karlsen is an internationally award-winning producer and co-founder of the leading independent Number 9 Films (2002). Elizabeth Karlsen and Stephen Woolley have produced some of the most celebrated films in the US and Europe including: CAROL and YOUTH. Her films were selected for the Cannes competition and premiered in film festivals including TIFF, LFF and Sundance and has been nominated for several Academy Awards®. In addition to film work, MADE IN DAGENHAM: THE MUSICAL opened in London's West End in 2014 starring Gemma Arterton. Recent releases include ON CHESIL BEACH starring Saoirse Ronan, and COLETTE starring Keira Knightley. Elizabeth has served on the boards of The Edinburgh Festival i.a. and as the chair of Women in Film and TV UK.

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Tara Grace

Tara Grace

Tara Grace is senior vice president, HBO Films, responsible for overseeing the development and production of original movies for the premium network since 2016. Recently, Grace completed work on Emmy nominated films THE TALE by Jennifer Fox, FAHRENHEIT 451 by Ramin Bahrani, PATERNO by Barry Levinson. She was also the creative executive on Steven Soderbergh’s limited series MOSAIC and Barry Levinson’s film THE WIZARD OF LIES. Other projects include award winning films such as THE NORMAL HEART, GAME CHANGE, and BEHIND THE CANDELABRA. Prior to HBO, Grace worked at The Kennedy/Marshall Company and served as a co-producer on Marjane Satrapi’s PERSEPOLIS.

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Whitney Sudler-Smith

Whitney Sudler-Smith

Whitney Sudler-Smith is the Creator, Executive Producer, and star of the hit Southern Charm show on Bravo Network. In addition to the original “Southern Charm”, Whitney also created and produces “Southern Charm: New Orleans”, and is an Executive Producer on “Southern Charm: Savannah”. The show has spawned many spin-offs and is a growing franchise for Bravo. In 2010, Sudler-Smith directed the documentary “Ultrasuede: In Search of Halston” about Halston, the famous designer who first put American fashion on the map. It premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and was subsequently bought by Showtime. Sudler-Smith is also a screenwriter and a classically trained guitarist. He lives between Los Angeles and Charleston, South Carolina.

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Helen Lee-Kim

Helen Lee-Kim

Helen Lee-Kim is a respected industry veteran, one of the highest-ranking female executives at Lionsgate and a member of the Motion Picture Group leadership team. She is responsible for leading the company’s international motion picture business and oversees a film slate that has generated nearly $10 billion at the global box office over the past five years.

s. Lee-Kim manages a global distribution infrastructure encompassing output deals and partnerships with leading distributors around the world. In addition, she works closely with Lionsgate UK and IDC - Lionsgate’s joint venture in Latin America and oversees the Company’s growing film activities in China and India.  In addition to in-house productions, Ms. Lee-Kim also oversees the business of representing films for key third-party producers in the international marketplace.  She is also focused on expanding international co-production opportunities.

Ms. Lee-Kim has worked with leading film industry entrepreneur Joe Drake for nearly 15 years, joining him first at Mandate Pictures, then working with him at Lionsgate during their first tour of duty at the studio, then leaving to partner in building Good Universe and returning to Lionsgate last October. Ms. Lee-Kim heads a team with unparalleled knowledge of the international film marketplace, strong relationships with best-in-class talent and expertise in creating bold, original films that resonate with a global audience.

Lionsgate’s upcoming film slate includes the eagerly-anticipated Kingkiller Chronicle, directed by Sam Raimi and executive produced by Lin-Manuel Miranda, the third installment of the hit action franchise John Wick: Chapter Three, and the star-driven comedy Flarsky, starring Seth Rogen and Charlize Theron.

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Wendy Mitchell

Wendy Mitchell

London-based Wendy Mitchell is a contributing editor for Screen International, which she first joined in 2005 and where she later served as editor in chief for two years. She has also been a staff writer and editor at Entertainment Weekly, indieWIRE and Rolling Stone. She also consults for the Zurich Film Festival, San Sebastian Film Festival, Goteborg's Nordic Film Market, Flanders Image's Connext and other film industry events. Her website is filmwendy.com.

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Sedika Mojadidi

Sedika Mojadidi

Independent filmmaker, producer, and writer, Sedika directed her first feature documentary, MOTHERLAND AFGHANISTAN for PBS’ Independent Lens in 2006. Sedika has produced and filmed television projects for over a decade. Her credits include: ABC News, The Discovery Channel, Guardian Multi-Media, Human Rights Watch, A&E, TLC, New York Times Television and the Food Network. Her writing was featured in the anthology of Afghan American writing, ONE STORY, THIRTY STORIES, winner of the 2012 Independent Book Publishers Silver Award for Best Anthology. She has traveled and filmed throughout Afghanistan since 2003 and speaks Farsi (Afghan Persian) fluently. Sedika was born in Kabul, Afghanistan and grew up in Florida.

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Robert Franke

Robert Franke

After graduating from the University of Management and Communication in Potsdam Robert Franke was a production manager and director at Suburban Productions in Nauen and thereafter co-founder and executive producer of Cmate Entertainment GmbH & Co KG. From July 2007 onwards, he was Head of Content of Viewster Digital Video Access AG in Zurich before joining MyVideo as Head of Content. In August 2013 Robert Franke became Chief Content Officer and Managing Director of Viewster Germany GmbH. Since November 2015 Franke heads the department responsible for the commercialization of ZDF's drama program output as well as for international coproductions and own program developments.

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Phil Hope

Phil Hope

Phil Hope is the Group Managing Director of the Cutting Edge Group, the leading international independent music company for film, tv, advertising, games and digital content. During his time at Cutting Edge the company has worked on the music for over 400 films including THREE BILLBOARDS, WHIPLASH, DRIVE and the JOHN WICK franchise. Through its web platform Music.Film Cutting Edge licences film music for use in trailers, commercials and othermedia.With over 30 years of experience in the music industry Phil has built and sold multiple independent music publishing businesses, produced records, managed artists, worked as a film music supervisor and had Executive Producer film credits including 2010’s Oscar winning THE KING'S SPEECH. 

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Roeg Sutherland

Roeg Sutherland leads the Film Finance and Sales Group at leading entertainment and sports agency Creative Artists Agency (CAA). Sutherland works in the Los Angeles office and specializes in the packaging and representation of independently financed films and international co-productions.  He also works with writing, directing, acting, and producing talent in the motion picture area.

Sutherland has led the packaging and financing of such projects as HACKSAW RIDGE, JACKIE, BIRDMAN, THE IMITATION GAME, 12 YEARS A SLAVE, THE HURT LOCKER, BLACK SWAN, THE WRESTLER, ZERO DARK THIRTY, DALLAS BUYERS CLUB, and LEE DANIELS’ THE BUTLER, among others. He joined CAA in 2001. Sutherland received his B.A. from Princeton University.

Cliff Martinez

Cliff Martinez

Cliff Martinez moved to California in 1976, landing in the middle of the punk movement. As drummer he joined the Red Hot Chili Peppers and later the Dickies. It was during his tenure with the Chili Peppers that he began exploring the new technologies of that era.

A tape Martinez had put together using these new technologies made its rounds, leading him to score an episode of Pee-Wee’s Playhouse. The same recording also ended up in Steven Soderbergh’s hands and Martinez was hired to score 1989’s sex, lies, and videotape

Martinez’s scores tend towards being stark and sparse, utilizing a modern tonal palette to paint the backdrop for films that are often dark, psychological stories like Drive (2011)Martinez has been nominated for a Grammy Award (Traffic), a Cesar Award (A L’origine), and a Broadcast Film Critics Award (Drive). His score for The Neon Demon was awarded Best Soundtrack at Cannes in 2016. 

Still the drummer at heart, Martinez’s use of audio manipulations, particularly for percussive sounds, has been evolving through the years and is evident in films like Kafka (1991), Solaris(2002), Narc (2002), and The Lincoln Lawyer (2011).

Martinez’s recent films include Hotel ArtemisDen of ThievesThe ForeignerThe Company You Keep, and Spring Breakers (co-composed with Skrillex). Only God Forgives, earned Martinez a 2014 Robert Award (Danish Academy Award). Next up will be the limited series Too Old to Die Young.

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Thomas Benski

Thomas Benski

BAFTA and Grammy-nominated producer Thomas Benski is Pulse Films's global CEO and co-founder.

Since launching Pulse Films in 2005 with Marisa Clifford, Benski has led the company's evolution into a multi-disciplinary, award-winning global studio. He is responsible for the studios worldwide creative and strategic development as well as producing and overseeing all output from the company's Fiction and Non-Fiction divisions. In March 2016, Vice Media acquired a majority stake in Pulse Films, continuing the company's rapid growth.

Thomas’ credits include the BAFTA nominated AMERICAN HONEY, directed by Andrea Arnold, which won the the Jury Prize at Cannes, and Sundance winners THE WITCH and ALL THESE SLEEPLESS NIGHTS. He also produced 2017’s Grierson Award winning KINGDOM OF US and Sundance hit TROPHY. Further notable credits include the multi-award winning 20,000 DAYS ON EARTH and Beyonce’s groundbreaking LEMONADE film.

Benski has enjoyed success producing television formats for many leading global broadcasters including MTV, Sky, HBO, Channel 4, and ITV, with more currently in development including the forthcoming GANGS OF LONDON helmed by Gareth Evans (The Raid) for HBO's Cinemax and Sky.

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Maren Olson

Maren Olson

Maren Olson is an Agent in the Media Finance department at leading entertainment and sports agency Creative Artists Agency (CAA).  Olson works in the Los Angeles office and specializes in feature film packaging and arranging financing for content across all media formats.

Olson joined CAA in 2015 from Traction Media, an independent film production company, where she served as President and oversaw the creative development, packaging, production, financing, and sales of films on the Traction Media slate, including SHORT TERM 12, which won both the Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award at SXSW, and THE WANNABE, starring Academy Award-winner Patricia Arquette.

Olson graduated from University of Southern California with a degree in Film and Television Production.  

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Vincent Maraval

Vincent Maraval

Vincent Maraval is one of the co-founders of the international sales companies WILD BUNCH & INSIDERS.

He began his career in the video department of UGC before working at TF1, and then at Studio Canal. In 2002, together with Brahim Chioua and Vincent Grimond, he created the label Wild Bunch, designed to promote art-house cinema.

In 2015, he launched a new Los Angeles-based sales company called INSIDERS. This entity is focusing on high-profile English-speaking movies such as LOVING by Jeff Nichols, or JACKIE by Pablo Larrain. One year after its creation, INSIDERS merged with sales structure MAD RIVER to become IMR.

Vincent Maraval also worked as a producer, executive producer and co-producer on several titles such as CITY OF GOD by Fernando Mereilles; THE WRESTLER by Daren Aronofsky; WHATEVER WORKS by Woody Allen; ONLY GOD FORGIVES by Nicolas Winding Refn; BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOUR by Abdellatif Kechiche; LOVE by Gaspar Noé or I, DANIEL BLAKE by Ken Loach.

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Sarah Schweitzman

Sarah Schweitzman

Sarah Schweitzman is a Media Finance Agent at leading entertainment and sports agency Creative Artists Agency (CAA). Schweitzman is based in the Los Angeles office and specializes in feature film packaging and arranging financing for content across all media formats.

Schweitzman also represents filmmakers, helping to package, source financing for and/or sell distribution rights to their films, including Nadine Labaki (CAPERNAUM) and A.B. Shawky (YOMEDDINE), as well as Sophia Takal, among others.

Schweitzman began her career at CAA and rejoined the agency in 2017 from client Alex Kurtzman’s Secret Hideout. She previously held positions at 21st Century Fox and Vendôme Pictures. Schweitzman graduated from Smith College with a Bachelor of Arts in Film and French Literature.

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Luke Rodgers

Luke Rodgers

Luke Rodgers is an Agent in the Film Finance & Sales Group at leading entertainment and sports agency Creative Artists Agency (CAA). Rodgers is based in the Los Angeles office and works with many of the leading film financiers, producers, directors, writers, and actors working across the international and independently financed film landscape, including Fisher Stevens, Omar Sy, Ana Lily Amirpour, Claire Denis, Jean Dujardin, Stella Meghie, Juan Cabral, and Gaspar Noé.

Most recently, he has been involved in the financing, packaging, and/or sale of Claire Denis’ HIGH LIFE, Reed Morano’s I THINK WE’RE ALONE NOW, Sean Baker’s THE FLORIDA PROJECT, Silas Howard’s A KID LIKE JAKE, and Joe Berlinger’s EXTREMELY WICKED, SHOCKINGLY EVIL, AND VILE, among others.

Rodgers previously worked at Leeding Media and Scott Free Productions, before joining CAA in 2012.

He graduated from Pepperdine University with a degree in Film Studies and International Studies.

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Stéphane Mitchell

Stéphane Mitchell

Stephane Mitchell graduated Tisch School of the Arts, NYU, with a BFA in “Film and TV production”. Her scripts include Best Swiss Film 2003 winner, Back for More by Vincent Pluss, and the awards-winning Arte RTS TV movie UnleaSHEd by Raymond Vouillamoz. Her other TV credits include headwriting the popular miniseries Banking District, Heidi 15 and T’es pas la seule! She has also written for the most popular RTS’s miniseries Port d’attache and the long running sitcom Les Pique-Meurons. Currently in development for season II of Banking District.

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Bea Hegedus

Bea Hegedus

Bea is Vice President of Global Scripted Content for ITV Studios GE in the UK, where she is leading scripted strategy, financing premium high-end drama content and managing international co-productions. Prior to joining ITV Studios, Bea was Head of Television for Silver Reel Partners leading the company’s scripted television development and financing efforts. During her career, she has worked on both sides of the creative/commercial divide starting out in production and going on to hold a variety of senior distribution and financing roles at companies including Pinewood Pictures, MTG and Fox TV Studios. She also launched and became Managing Director of Lionsgate’s UK television sales subsidiary, Debmar-Mercury International, while during her early years as a producer, she was the recipient of an International Emmy - the Joan Wilson Drama Award. Bea is an active member of BAFTA, International Emmys and the Royal Television Society.

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Alex Brunner

Alex Brunner

Alex Brunner is an agent in the Independent Film Group at leading talent and literary agency UTA, where he focuses on the global finance, packaging and distribution strategies for independent and co-financed feature films. Titles he has worked on in this capacity and been instrumental in, include the upcoming THE EARTHQUAKE BIRD, THE PERSONAL HISITORY OF DAVID COPPERFIELD, IRONBARK and COME AWAY, and past titles such as PEPPERMINT, MISS SLOANE, FIRST THEY KILLED MY FATHER and HIDDEN FIGURES.

Prior to joining UTA in 2014, Brunner was one of the original co-founders of Exclusive Media. In this role, Brunner worked on titles including RUSH, END OF WATCH, THE IDES OF MARCH, UNDEFEATED, THE WOMAN IN BLACK, BEGIN AGAIN and he personally produced LET ME IN, SNITCH, FOO FIGHTERS: BACK AND FORTH and DARK PLACES.

Brunner was born in London, raised in Hong Kong and the United Kingdom and educated at Ampleforth College and Boston University.

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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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