Marc Schmidheiny started in the film business with Christoph Daniel and Dario Suter 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.
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.Read More
Michael Shamberg is the producer of A Walk Among the Tombstones starring Liam Neeson and Wish I Was Here directed by and starring Zach Braff, both premiering at the ZFF. He is currently in production on the independently financed Freeheld starring Julianne Moore and Ellen Page, and an untitled comedy about an American chef in London, directed by John Wells and starring Bradley Cooper. Shamberg's other credits include Django Unchained, Contagion, World Trade Center, Out of Sight, Get Shorty, Gatta- ca, Garden State, Reality Bites, Pulp Fiction, The Big Chill and A Fish Called Wanda.Read More
Scott Shooman is the Executive Vice President of Acquisitions and Co-Productions for CBS Films. Since joining the company in 2011, he has overseen numerous productions including SEVEN PSYCHOPATHS and THE WOMAN IN BLACK, and has acquired films such as Academy Award best picture nominee HELL OR HIGH WATER, and Golden Globe best picture nominees SALMON FISHING IN THE YEMEN and INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS. Prior to his time at CBS Films, Scott spent a decade at Sony Pictures Entertainment where he began as an assistant at the studio’s Screen Gems division. Shooman graduated from USC’s School of Cinema Television with a bachelor’s degree in Critical Studies in 2000, and in 2013, he received his MBA from USC’s Marshall School of Business.
Resh Sidhu is one of the most well-regarded names in Virtual Reality driving the medium forward with her fearless creativity and innovative approach. Resh’s most recent work is the groundbreaking Fantastic Beasts VR experience launched on Google’s Daydream platform.
Resh’s role extends well beyond the scope of creative leadership, she lectures and talks extensively all over the world on designing compelling experiences in VR and AR. Resh joined Framestore from Award winning innovation agency AKQA in London where, as Creative Director, she led a multi-disciplinary team across a wide client base. Resh has a diverse skillset with specialties in Virtual Reality, creative direction, interaction design, conceptual ideas, strategy and creative leadership.
Resh’s influential work is recognized worldwide for its pioneering approach that continues to
define and lead the Virtual industry. She was recently named as a leading female pioneer in
VR by Marie Claire Magazine, awarded The Voice a Woman Award for her pioneering creative
work in Virtual reality and was Featured in Campaign Top 30 Women creative trailblazers redefining adland.
Nigel Sinclair launched White Horse Pictures in 2014 with longtime business partner, Guy East. Prior to launching White Horse, Sinclair was the CEO and Co- Chairman of Exclusive Media, a global independent film company that financed, produced and globally distributed feature films and documentaries.Read More
Soumya Sriraman joined BBC Worldwide Americas as Executive Vice President Home Entertainment and Licencing in 2011. Her role involves expanding the business through new products, maximizing distribution, creating partnerships and developing brand platforms. Prior to that, Sriraman was President and CEO for Palisades Tartan US and UK, a premiere distributor of independent and arthouse cinema. She was named among Home Media Magazine’s "40 Under 40 executives" in September 2011. Her previous position was Senior Vice President at Vivendi, Universal Music and Video Distribution’s film entertainment arm and, before that, she held positions at Warner Home Video and Universal Home Entertainment.Read More
Dan Steinman serves as Co-President & COO of Black Bear Pictures. Before joining Black Bear in January 2015, Daniel was a longtime film finance and sales agent at CAA, where he specialized in packaging and arranging financing for motion picture projects and handling the sales of domestic distribution rights. Some of his more recent projects in this position include IMITATION GAME, BIRDMAN, ZERO DARK THIRTY, and 12 YEARS A SLAVE. Prior to joining CAA, he was a partner in Sloss Law Office, where he negotiated the sales of finished films. Daniel has also held editorial positions at Esquire Magazine, The Paris Review and Let’s Go Travel. He holds B.A. and J.D. degrees from Harvard University.Read More
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.
Robert Sumner is the Associate Director of Disney Research Zurich (DRZ) and an Adjunct Professor at ETH Zurich. At DRZ, Robert leads the lab’s research in animation and games. His research group strives to bypass technical barriers in animation and game production pipelines with new algorithms that expand the designer’s creative toolbox in terms of depiction, movement, deformation, stylization, control, and efficiency. Robert received a B.S. degree in computer science from the Georgia Institute of Technology and his M.S. and Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He spent three years as a postdoctoral researcher at ETH Zurich before joining Disney. At ETH, Robert teaches a course called the Game Programming Laboratory in which students from ETH and the Zurich University of the Arts work in small teams to design and implement novel video games. In 2015, Robert founded the ETH Game Technology Center, which provides an umbrella over ETH research, teaching, and outreach in the area of game technology.
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.Read More
Sam Toles is an 18-year veteran of the entertainment industry. His career began in theatrical marketing with New Line Cinema and Warner Brothers, followed by home entertainment marketing roles at Paramount Pictures and Rhino. In 2005, Sam joined FremantleMedia as Vice President of Business Development overseeing media licensing for their extensive stable of brands. As Vice President of Content Strategy at Gaiam Entertainment, Sam successfully crafted the content plan for GaiamTV, a proprietary SVOD service. He then joined Vimeo as Vice President of Global Content Acquisitions and Business Development, focused on substantially expanding the content offerings and revenue growth for Vimeo On Demand.Read More
Eric Tveter is an all-round manager with extensive knowledge and experience in the US, UK, and European cable industry. In May 2009, he joined upc cablecom, a Liberty Global plc company, as CEO. The American citizen was President of UK cable operator Tele- west Global Inc. (2004 to 2006) and held a range of senior management positions at Time Warner Cable, Comcast Corporation and Cablevision Systems Corporation. Tveter was a Non-Executive Board Member of Open TV and formerly served as Chairman of Sightspeed Inc., a video conferencing and communications provider. He has an M.B.A. from Rutgers University, as well as a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics and Accounting from Long Island University.Read More
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 decade and a half, the two have produced 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, CAMP, SWOON and I’M NOT THERE (Academy Award nominated). In television, Vachon recently executive-produced the Emmy and Golden Globe winning miniseries MILDRED PIERCE for HBO and Z an upcoming series on Amazon based on the life of Zelda Fitzgerald. Other recent work includes: KILL YOUR DARLINGS, GOAT, and WEINER DOG. Additionally, Christine has just wrapped filming on WONDERSTRUCK directed by Todd Haynes from the bestselling book by Brian Selznick.Read More
Laure Vaysse is Chief Operating Officer at Georgeville Television / Motion Picture Capital. She is responsible for monitoring and managing the structures in place, supporting the Chief Executive Officer, Leon Clarance, in the evaluation of investment opportunities and handles distribution in Motion Picture Capital’s territories. In addition, Vaysse also gets involved in Georgeville Television’s day-to-day operations and productions. Vaysse began her career in France working for two major stakeholders of the industry: StudioCa- nal and TF1. She holds two Masters degrees, an MSc in Finance from the EDHEC Business School as well as an MSc in Film Business from top ranked Cass Business School in London.Read More
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.
Patrick Wachsberger is Chairman of the Lionsgate Motion Picture Group, joining the Company when Lionsgate acquired Summit Entertainment in January 2012. He has proved during more than 30 years in the motion picture industry to be one of the leading international film executives in the world. 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 ME and JOHN WICK among 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 SAGA franchise and THE HURT LOCKER.
Elke Walthelm is Senior Vice President Partner Channels at Sky Deutschland and the deputy of Gary Davey, Executive Vice President Programming. She is responsible for the development and expansion of the partner channel portfolio at Sky, negotiating with international and local partner channels broadcasting series, documentaries, kids’ programs, lifestyle, music, etc. and managing these channels and their content at Sky, both the linear and non-linear distribution. She played a major role in the HD expansion at Sky and was responsible for the launch of several new HD channels including Pro7Fun HD, Spiegel Geschichte HD, and Disney Junior HD. Prior to joining Sky, she gathered 15 years of experience at strategic consultancy company BBDO Consulting, Premiere, and Premiere Star.Read More
Christoph Waltz is an Austrian-German actor best known for his works with American filmmaker Quentin Tarantino. For his performances in INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS (2009) and DJANGO UNCHAINED (2012) he won an Academy Award, a BAFTA Award, and a Golden Globe Award each. Additionally, he received the Best Actor Award at the Cannes Film Festival and a Screen Actors Guild Award. He also portrayed 007's nemesis and head of SPECTRE Ernst Stavro Blofeld in SPECTRE (2015), the twenty-fourth James Bond film.Read More