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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Sunny Dhillon

Sunny Dhillon

Sunny Dhillon is a partner at Signia Venture Partners, which he helped found in 2012 after launching one of the App Store's first mobile dating companies and investing in early stage digital media start-ups for Pritzker Group Venture Capital in LA and Chicago. He was previously an M&A analyst in technology investment banking at Rothschild in London, the first business development hire at a venture backed spin-off of New Line Cinema, and a corporate strategist for Warner Bros. He is on the board of Cents of Relief, a charity based in Connecticut that focuses on reducing human trafficking in Indian urban slums. He is a regular speaker and writer on AR/VR, gaming, media, and venture capital. Sunny serves as Board Observer with Signia’s investments in Super Evil Megacorp, Tenor, and 8i. He also worked closely with Signia's investments in auto startup, Cruise (acquired by GM for $1bn+), and PC gaming company, Phoenix Labs. He invests across consumer and enterprise sector startups, with a particular interest in gaming, consumer tech, e-commerce, and virtual reality.

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Scott Franklin

Scott Franklin

Producer Scott Franklin was born and raised in New York where he has established himself as a well-respected veteran of the NYC filmmaking community. He is an Oscar nominee for his work on BLACK SWAN and a two-time recipient of the Independent Spirit Award for Best Picture.
Franklin’s most recent film to hit theaters, Darren Aronofsky’s NOAH, starred Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, Anthony Hopkins, Emma Watson, Ray Winstone and Logan Lerman. Franklin’s previous hit BLACK SWAN, starring Natalie Portman, Vincent Cassel, Mila Kunis, Barbara Hershey, and Winona Ryder, opened at the 2010 Venice Film Festival and went on to earn Golden Globe and Oscar nominations for Best Picture. Natalie Portman won Best Actress at both.
Scott’s previous films include W.E. directed by Madonna and TWO DAYS IN NY, directed by Julie Delpy and starring Delpy and Chris Rock. Franklin also produced Aronofsky’s 2008 film THE WRESTLER, starring Mickey Rourke, Marisa Tomei, and Evan Rachel Wood, which was a recipient of the Golden Lion award at the 2008 Venice Film Festival and won multiple awards at the 2009 Independent Spirit Awards, including Best Picture.

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Jonah Greenberg

Jonah Greenberg

Jonah Greenberg is the Managing Director of CAA China at leading entertainment and sports agency Creative Artists Agency (CAA). Based in Beijing, Greenberg and his colleagues represent many of the most accomplished directors, producers, writers, and talent working in China. In addition, Greenberg helps guide and execute the agency’s strategy in developing cross-border opportunities for clients in the international marketplace. Prior to joining CAA in 2005, Greenberg was a production executive at Beijing-based Ming Productions. He graduated from Reed College with a degree in Chinese literature after two years of language and dramatic studies at Capital Normal University and the Central Drama Academy in Beijing.

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Wei Han

Wei Han

Wei Han is the founder and the CEO of Bliss Media Ltd., a production and distribution company with its HQ in Shanghai and subsidiary office in Los Angeles. A former investment banker and media sector M&A expert, she has dedicated herself to pioneering a business model that seeks to bring to the global film industry to the booming Chinese market, and the flourishing Chinese film industry to the world. Wei Han is also actively involved in the financing and production of international feature films. She is currently producing the action picture S.M.A.R.T. Chase: Fire and Earth, starring Orlando Bloom, and is also developing Michael Mann’s Enzo Ferrari and Christophe Gans’s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.

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Jens Hilgers

Jens Hilgers

Jens Hilgers is the Founder and CEO of DOJO Madness, a big data company in eSports focusing on coaching and training tools for gamers and eSports fans. Since graduating with a degree in software development in the late 90’s, Jens founded and led multiple startups in tech, games, and foremost, the eSports business. In 2000, he founded Turtle Entertainment. As CEO for ten years, Jens grew the company into the world's most prestigious eSports brand and, along with it, paved the way for eSports to go mainstream. In 2010, he transitioned to Chairman of the Board. After relocating to Berlin in 2011, Jens began to actively invest in and support startups in the gaming space. In addition to leading DOJO Madness, Jens invests in eSports companies with his investment vehicle BITKRAFT.

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David Lee

David Lee

David currently heads up investments and corporate development for 451 Media Group, a technology focused IP development and entertainment company co-founded by Director, Michael Bay (Transformers, The Rock) and industry veterans from Google, Raine Group, and partners who've created brands that reached over a billion in sales for Hasbro, Mattel, etc. 451 works with highly accomplished talent and cutting edge technology to build, produce and invest into a portfolio of exclusive tech, IP, and films.  Previous to 451, David was hired in 2000 at Google as one of the first 200 employees, and was the first executive to lead their overseas business development, sales and operations, launching their first international offices around the world.
Following Google, he co-founded two venture funds and invested into over 40 companies with 13+ acquisitions that include Tapulous (acq. by Disney), Posterous (acq. by Twitter), Olaworks (acq. by Intel), Scoopler (acq. by Google), ABitLucky (acq. by Zynga), Chai Labs (acq. by Facebook), Cue (acq. by Apple), Kabam, Chartboost, nWay, Wish, and others.  David is also an LP in YCombinator and SV Angel.  He is on the advisory boards of ASES (Stanford Asia-Pacific Student Entrepreneurship Society), and HPAIR (Harvard Project for Asian and International Relations).

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Philip Lee

Philip Lee

Philip Lee is a film Producer and Financier. He has been involved many critically acclaimed and box-office hit films. Throughout his career he has worked to close the gap between US and Chinese filmmaking, from serving as a local line producer for Hollywood films in Hong Kong and China to creative-producing and financing of US-China Co-Productions. Last year he executive produced Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s "The Revenant” as well as the upcoming Justin Kurzel’s “Assassin’s Creed” together with his producing-partner Markus Barmettler. Together, they formed the financing and production company Facing East Entertainment.
Facing East is currently producing Peter Segal’s “Inversion”, a $136m Sci-fi action film for which Paul Haggis wrote the script. Facing East is also developing “Shipbreaker”,  an adventure sci-fi film based on the same titled award winning book written by American Writer Paolo Bacigalupi to be scripted and directed by Paul Haggis.
His prior credits include: Tom Tykwer and The Wachowskis’ "Cloud Atlas", Chris Nolan’s "The Dark Knight", Ang Lee’s "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon", Chen Kaige's "The Emperor and The Assassin", Zhang Yimou’s "Hero" and Ronny Yu’s "Fearless". He holds a Bachelor of Arts from the College of Arts at Nihon University in Japan, a Master of Fine Arts in Producing from The American Film Institute (AFI), and a Doctorate in Business Administration from Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

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Hendrik Lesser

Hendrik Lesser

Hendrik Lesser is Managing Director of the Munich-based production house Remote Control Productions, which he founded in 2005. He is Executive Producer of the development studio Chimera Entertainment as well as President of the EGDF, the European Games Developer Federation and executive board member of the non-profit association “Videospielkultur e.V.”, which focuses on the political and academic acceptance of video games as goods of cultural value.  
Since 2005, he has been gradually building a network of development studios throughout Europe, which he has picked up at an early stage and developed into what they are today. The developer family now consists of more than a dozen companies, the biggest of which is Chimera Entertainment GmbH. Co-founded by Hendrik back in 2006, it is now a successful development studio with close to 50 employees and has developed more than 20 games, chief among them the global mega-hit "Angry Birds Epic" (85+ million downloads).

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Laura Lewis

Laura Lewis

Laura Lewis is an agent in the film finance and sales group at the Creative Artists Agency. She has worked on packaging and financing films including DALLAS BUYERS CLUB, THE IMITATION GAME, THE BUTLER, and STILL ALICE. Prior to joining CAA in 2010, she worked at Double L Media and Strategy where she advised private equity companies, producers, and investors on their feature film financing funds. She was previously the Director of Development at Ed Saxon Productions and a Creative Executive at Twentieth Century Fox. Laura graduated from Duke University with a B.A. in Political Science and received an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.

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Karen Lunder

Karen Lunder

As Executive Vice President of Production & Acquisitions at FilmNation Entertainment, Karen Lunder draws on her extensive studio and independent film background to oversee the development and production of many FilmNation production titles. Lunder most recently produced Marc Webb’s upcoming drama Gifted starring Chris Evans, Lindsay Duncan, Octavia Spencer and Jenny Slate. She executive produced Denis Villeneuve’s science fiction epic Arrival starring Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner and Forrest Whitaker as well as the The Founder, directed by John Lee Hancock starring Michael Keaton which will both be released later this year. She also developed and co-produced Gavin Hood’s 2016 political thriller Eye In The Sky starring Helen Mirren. Upcoming projects that Lunder is overseeing for FilmNation include The Good House, an adaption of the best- selling novel to be directed by Jill Soloway for Meryl Streep & Robert DeNiro and The Robber, an action thriller that is being developed for JC Chandor.
Prior to joining FilmNation, Lunder was President of Production at Gil Netter Productions, where she developed and oversaw an ambitious slate of book adaptations including Marley and Me and The Blind Side. Prior to that she headed up development for Landscape Entertainment, building the company’s comedy business and producing several comedies including Betty Thomas’ teen comedy John Tucker Must Die. She began her career in New York at October Films, working on various independent films such as Todd Solondz's Happiness and Robert Duvall's The Apostle.

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Steven Neubauer

Steven Neubauer

Steven Neubauer ist seit Februar 2014 Mitglied der Unternehmensleitung der NZZ-Mediengruppe und seit Januar 2015 Geschäftsführer des Geschäftsbereich NZZ Medien. Er leitet den Geschäftsbereich zusammen mit dem Chefredaktor der Neuen Zürcher Zeitung Eric Gujer. Seit Juli 2016 leitet er zusätzlich interimistisch die NZZ Media Solutions, den Werbevermarkter der NZZ Mediengruppe. Zuvor war Steven Neubauer Associate Partner im Zürcher Büro von McKinsey & Company und Mitglied der Leitung der europäischen Medien- und Sport-Practice von McKinsey. Er verfügt über eine langjährige Erfahrung in der Beratung von europäischen Medien- und Telekommunikationsunternehmen. Der gebürtige Deutsche studierte Betriebswirtschaft (Marketing, Finanzen, Wirtschaftsinformatik) an der Universität Bayreuth und promovierte 2008 an der Universität Aachen im Bereich Innovationsmanagement.

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Max Rheiner

Max Rheiner

Max Rheiner is head of the Master Design Interaction Program at the Zurich University of the Arts (ZHDK), who has been teaching in both the bachelors and masters programs for the Department of Interaction Design, since 2006. He received his Diploma from Zurich University of the Arts in the field of New Media Arts, in 2003. The main areas of discipline that he specializes in are Embodied Interaction and Physical Computing. Of these topics, he conceived and developed the Physical Computing Laboratory for the Department of Interaction Design that has been running since 2006. In 2015 he founded the first ZHDK Spin-Off 'SOMNIACS SA', which transformed the research project 'Birdly' into a commercial product.
His research and artistic interest center on interactive experiences which utilize methods from Virtual/Augmented Reality and Immersive Telepresence. Moreover, his artistic work has been recognized and exhibited in a number of international and well-renowned venues such as the Museum of the Moving Image/USA, Sundance Film Festival/USA, Biennale Venice/Italy, Ars Electronic Linz/Austria and Yamaguchi Center for Arts and Media/Japan.

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Christian Scheurer

Christian Scheurer

Christian Scheurer was born in Bern, Switzerland. Son of a zoologist father and an artist mother, he lived in several countries throughout his childhood; from the bush in South Africa to the Seychelles Islands. He made his abitur in math and science in Liestal, Switzerland and went on to St. Luc art academy in Belgium, majoring in visual communications with an emphasis on graphic novels.
After winning the prestigious Philip Morris Award for his graphic novels, he was selected to be one of the official artists of the 700-year celebration of Switzerland. In 1995 he moved to Los Angeles to work for Jim Cameron’s VFX company DIGITAL DOMAIN on the his first two feature films Titanic and the Fifth Element. Since then, he lent his unique creative vison to over 24 feature films, which have garnered in total 16 academy awards. He specializes in high concept architectural concepts, vehicles, creatures and characters for major feature films, video games and theme parks.

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Thorsten Schumacher

Thorsten Schumacher

Thorsten Schumacher initially started his career in the music business where he founded and ran Sponge, an alternative music magazine. His work in film production started at Roger Corman’s Concorde-New Horizon Pictures in Los Angeles, various independent features in New York City followed, and eventually he worked at Wim Wender’s company Road Movies in Berlin. He holds two Master of Fine Arts degrees in producing from the Film University Babelsberg and the American Film Institute Conservatory in Los Angeles. He worked in development at the LA offices of Intermedia Films before relocating to London in 2003. He has been with Hanway Films since and runs the company as its Managing Director since 2011.

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Oliver Stone

Oliver Stone

Oliver Stone has been credited with writing and or directing over 20 full-length feature films, earning him a well-respected place in cinematic history for some of the most influential and iconic films of the last two decades.
Throughout his long career, which began at a young age writing short plays for his family, Oliver Stone has served as director, writer and producer on a variety of films, documentaries and television movies. He is widely recognized for his controversial versions of recent American history, some of them at deep odds with conventional myth -- films such as 1986's “Platoon,” the first of his Vietnam trilogy, or 1991’s “JFK” and 1994’s “Natural Born Killers” and “Nixon,” his 1995 take on the finer points and parables of the Nixon administration, as well as on George W. Bush in “W.” (2008) Stone says his films are "first and foremost dramas about individuals in personal struggles," and considers himself a dramatist rather than a political filmmaker.

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Dario Suter

Dario Suter

Dario Suter started in the film business with Christoph Daniel and Marc Schmidheiny in 2008. In Berlin, the three partners founded DCM and have already produced and distributed multiple films: THE ARTIST, QUARTET, KON-TIKI, BEHIND THE CANDELABRA, THE GREAT BEAUTY, and BIBI&TINA among others. Since Joel Brandeis joined the eponymous partners in 2010, DCM stands for a Swiss quartet. DCM’s other business field is supporting internet startups as a business angel. Currently, DCM has a total of sixteen shareholdings in its portfolio, which is divided into three areas: Entertainment, technology and e-commerce. As lead investor, DCM is highly involved in the strategic development of its entertainment start-ups Zoobe, tape.tv and Flimmer.

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Geling Yan

Geling Yan is one of the most acclaimed contemporary novelists and screenwriters writing in the Chinese language today and a well-established writer in English.

Born in Shanghai, she served with the People's Liberation Army (PLA) during the Cultural Revolution, starting at age 12 as a dancer in an entertainment troupe. After serving for over a decade with the PLA that includes tours in Tibet and as a war correspondent during the Sino-Vietnam border conflict, Geling Yan was discharged with a rank equivalent to Lieutenant Colonel.

Geling Yan went to the United States at the end of 1989 for graduate study. She holds a bachelor's degree in literature from Wuhan University and a Master's in Fine Arts in Fiction Writing from Columbia College, Chicago. To date she has published over 20 books in various editions in China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, the US, the UK and elsewhere; has won over 30 literary and film awards; and has had her work adapted or written scripts for over a dozen film, TV and radio works.  Her works have been translated into fifteen languages.

She published her first novel in 1985 and ever since has produced a steady stream of novels, short stories, novellas, essays and scripts. Her best-known novels in English are Little Aunt Crane, The Flowers of War; The Banquet Bug (written directly in English) and The Lost Daughter of Happiness. She has also published a novella and short story collection called White Snake and Other Stories.

Several of Geling Yan's works have been adapted for film, including internationally distributed films XIU XIU: THE SENT-DOWN GIRL (directed by Joan Chen) and SIAO YU (directed by Sylvia Chang; script co-written by Ang Lee). Chinese director Zhang Yimou made THE FLOWERS OF WAR, an internationally well-claimed film based on her work set during the 1937 Rape of Nanking, starring Academy Award winning actor Christian Bale, and COMING HOME, based on her novel The Criminal Lu Yanshi.  She has also written numerous scripts based on her own and other authors' work, both in English and Chinese, including FOREVER ENTHRALLED, a script for a biopic on the iconic Peking opera star Mei Lanfang, directed by Chen Kaige and starring Ziyi Zhang.  Additionally, she wrote the script DANGEROUS LIAISONS, a Chinese-language film directed by South Korean director Hur Jin-ho and starring Ziyi Zhang, Jang Dong Gun and Cecilia Cheung. 

Geling Yan is affiliated with both the Chinese Writers' Association of the People's Republic of China and Hollywood's Writers' Guild of America

Moritz Zumbuehl

Moritz Zumbuehl

Moritz Zumbuehl is an entrepreneur in Zurich and Chairman of Cross Media Agency Feinheit AG. With Feinheit he created Blindflug Studios, which produces games and market their products worldwide. Their Mission: We create beautiful, imaginative and incredibly fun games, did center around complex, real world dilemmas Implementing interesting new game mechanics and Involving settings.

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