Jean-Yves Roubin

Jean-Yves Roubin started very soon as an executive producer, mainly for documentary and fiction features. In 2007, with 7 years of experience, he found Frakas Productions. His goal is to combine the development of major features with international coproductions. He aims at producing films that match the expectations of the market without denying cultural diversity, always casting a critical glance at our society. Associating with the Dardenne brothers and Tarantula Belgium, Frakas Productions cofounds Cinéfinance, a Tax Shelter raising company. Cinefinance was bought by Casa Kafka Pictures (intermediate company co-founded by the RTBF, Belgian television) and linked to Belfius Bank, one of the three most important Belgian banks. As an administrator of Universciné Belgium, Jean-Yves is a member of its direction board. He is also a member of the ACE network, of EAVE and was a member of the Belgian French Speaking National Film Center’s Film Selection Committee for 4 years. Jean-Yves is also the president of UPFF – the Belgian Producers’ Guild (French speaking part). 

Jean-Yves Roubin’s latest productions and coproductions include Marta Bergman’s Alone At My Wedding; Lukas Dhont’s Girl (2018), Mati Diop’s Atlantics (2019) Lorcan Finnegan’s Vivarium (2019), Julia Ducournau’s Raw (2016), Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s Daguerrotype. Michaël R. Roskam’s Racer and the Jail Bird, Jaume Balaguero’s Muse, Visar Morina’s Exil, Neasa Hardiman's Sea fever (2019), Jeremy Guez’s The Sound of Philadelphia, 

After have shot Banu Akseki’s and Christophe Hermans’ first feature, Frakas Productions will shoot later this year : The Calendar, Patrick Ridremont’s horror movie, Titane, Julia Ducournau’s second feature and Inexorable, Fabrice du Welz’s new thriller.

Richard Phelan & Will Becher

Richard Phelan

After graduating from the National Film and Television School, Richard worked at several London animation studios before joining Aardman as a story artist on Shaun Series 3.  Since then he has worked on feature films and TV shows including Shaun the Sheep: The MovieThe Farmer’s Llamasand Early Man. He is currently directing Aardman’s latest feature film Shaun the Sheep: Farmageddon.

Will Becher

Will Becher is a Director and Creative at Aardman Animations in Bristol. He began his career in the late nineties when he landed a summer work placement on Chicken Run –in the ‘clay wings’ department. During his degree in Edinburgh he kept in contact, and on graduation was invited by Nick Park to join the animation team on Curse of the Were Rabbit (becoming one of Aardman’s youngest ever feature film animators). The film went on to win the Academy Award and BAFTA for Best Animation.  Will has since worked on series, commercials and feature films as a Lead Character Animator on both The Pirates! and Shaun the Sheep Movie. More recently, he directed Shaun the Sheep Series 5 before taking the role of Animation Director on Early Man

For the last 18 months he’s been working on Shaun the Sheep Farmageddon with fellow director Richard Phelan. 

Paul Kewley

After a successful career as a TV producer, Paul was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to study on the prestigious Peter Stark Producing Program at the University of Southern California in 1995. After graduating he set up numerous projects as an independent producer with major Hollywood studios and spent more than a decade working in the US film industry. 

Paul returned to the UK in 2009 to join Aardman where he was a key player in developing the company’s feature film slate. Paul Produced the Oscar, BAFTA and Golden Globe nominated ‘Shaun The Sheep The Movie’ with Julie Lockhart. He also produced ‘The Farmers Llamas’ a BAFTA and EMMY nominated Shaun Sheep special with John Woolley. Paul raised financing for various films on Aardman’s feature slate including Nick Park’s ‘Early Man’ and was the architect of the BFI/ Aardman Film Lab, a scheme intended to develop animated projects in the UK. Paul now has his own business PEK Productions through which he is developing films as well as producing ‘A Shaun The Sheep The Movie: Farmageddon’ for Aardman Animations and StudioCanal.

Kim Magnusson

CEO and Producer // Dansk Film Kompagni and M&M Productions ApS.
Kim Magnusson is prolific Danish producer and has produced or executive produced more than 120 films. His primary objective is to make exciting films of high quality that focus on a good and powerful story, to as many audiences as possible.
Kim Magnusson has produced many popular feature and short films that has achieved both national and international recognition and awards. His company has taken part in numerous co-productions and produced several beloved children’s and youth feature films.
Kim Magnusson founded and owns M&M Productions ApS with his father, Tivi Magnusson. In 2010 he also launched Dansk Film Kompagni to develop and produce high-end, commercial-driven film for the international market. He spends a good amount of his time between Copenhagen and Los Angeles, USA, where he has multiple projects in development.
Kim Magnusson has been Oscar® nominated in the category Live Action Short Film six times, and won the coveted award in 1999 for ELECTION NIGHT and in 2014 for HELIUM. Kim Magnusson has been the chairman of the Danish Producers Association for 9 years, as well as chairman of the Danish Film Academy - a position he has have had since 1999. Kim is a voting member of AMPAS® and as well as both The Danish and The European Film Academy.

Gilles Marchand

Gilles Marchand

Director General, SRG SSR – Swiss Broadcasting Corporation 

Gilles Marchand (born 2 March 1962) was named Director General of SRG SSR in November 2016. He took up his role as head of the Corporation on 1 October 2017. Prior to that he was Director of TSR (Télévision Suisse Romande), which became RTS (Radiotélévision Suisse) in 2010 following the merger of radio and television into a single broadcasting entity. 

Gilles Marchand holds a master’s degree in sociology from the University of Geneva, and worked on the newspaper la Tribune de Genève between 1988 and 1990. He subsequently joined the Ringier media group in French-speaking Switzerland, where he headed up the research, marketing and communications department before taking over as director of the group in 1998. 

In parallel, he also has seats on various corporate and institution boards: TV5 Monde (board member), European Broadcasting Union (member of the Executive Board and Personnel Committee) and the University of Geneva (member of the strategy committee). 

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Nathalie Wappler

Nathalie Wappler

Nathalie Wappler read history, politics and German language sciences at the University of Constance. Studies abroad took her to the University of Bristol in Great Britain and to California's Stanford University. Nathalie Wappler began her professional career as an Editor at the German TV channel 3sat («Kulturzeit»), before moving to ARD/WDR («Joachim Gauck») and then ZDF («aspekte», «Maybrit Illner»). She joined Schweizer Fernsehen in 2005 as the Editor of «Kulturplatz», and went on in 2008 to become the Executive Editor of «Sternstunden» before becoming the channel's Head of Culture in 2011. In the latter role, Wappler merged the TV, radio and online editorial departments, modernised Radio SRF 2 Kultur, and developed new strategies for film and TV series. Nathalie Wappler changed channel again in 2016 to become the Programme Director at MDR, where she was responsible in the culture, youth, education and science sectors for their TV, radio and online programmes and the orchestras. She has been the director of Schweizer Radio und Fernsehen since 2019.

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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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