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).Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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).
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.Read More
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.Read More
Judith Chan is currently a Director in the Media Banking division of Coutts & Co. She is responsible for originating new corporate business and developing new products for the Bank, and specialises in structuring film and television transactions.Read More
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.Read More
Lindsay Conner is a Partner and Co-Chair of the Entertainment and Media Practice in Los Angeles. He focuses on the worldwide finance, production, and distribution of film, television and new media content. Conner advises film studios and television networks, production and distribution companies, financial institutions, private equity groups and individual investors. He was honored as one of The Hollywood Reporter’s "Top 100 Power Lawyers" in Hollywood, as well as in Variety’s "2014 Legal Impact Report: 50 Game- Changing Attorneys". Conner received his J.D. degree, magna cum laude, from Harvard Law School and his B.A., summa cum laude, from UCLA.Read More
Chief Executive Officer, Zoobe
Christoph Daniel started in the film business with Dario Suter 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.Read More
Eben Davidson is a long time Paramount employee. As Senior Vice President Acquistions & Production, Eben oversees theatrical acquisitions as well as a slate of development and productions. Current projects awaiting release are BEN HUR with MGM, CAPTIVE starring David Oyelowo and Kate Mara, STORY OF YOUR LIFE directed by Denis Villeneuve and starring Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner and Forrest Whittaker and Richard Linklater's comedy EVERYBODY WANTS SOME!!. Some notable past projects include JACKASS 3D, JUSTIN BIEBER: NEVER SAY NEVER, JACKASS PRESENTS: BAD GRANDPA, and TOP FIVE.Read More
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.Read More
Michael C. Ellis is the President and Managing Director of the Asia-Pacific Region for the Motion Picture Association (MPA). As a specialist in facilitating industry-government cooperation worldwide, Ellis has successfully forged strategic partnerships and alliances that promote and protect the commercial and creative interests of Asia’s screen commu- nities in the digital age. His accomplishments have helped to gain market access for the MPAA member companies’ entertainment offerings, as well as to improve and enforce the laws pertaining to intellectual property rights (IPR) in Asia Pacific countries. Ellis is also an adjunct lecturer at the University of International Business and Economics in Beijing.Read More
William Feng is the Country General Manager and Chief Representative for the Motion Picture Association (MPA) in China where he works with Chinese government authorities and other stakeholders. Feng has a long career with more than 20 years experience in government and Global Fortune 500 companies both in China and the United States, serving companies and organizations such as the China Federation of Literary and Art Circles, the Smithsonian Institution, Hill and Knowlton Public Relations Worldwide, Dell China, and Viacom China. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the Beijing Foreign Studies University and a Master of Arts degree from George Washington University
With a notably versatile range of films to his credit, Marc Forster has persistently evaded categorization, having helmed a slate of major motion pictures of varying scale and genres for studios and independents alike, starring many of the industry’s premier talent. Celebrated for his unique aesthetic and compelling visuals, Marc has tackled deeply emotional themes in his largely character driven films, ranging from stylish studio blockbusters to his modestly budgeted, Oscar-nominated Best Picture.Read More