Emilie Georges founded Memento Films Distribution and Production with Alexandre Mallet-Guy, in 2003. Since Memento Films International was launched at the 2005 Cannes Festival, Emilie Georges, President, defends arthouse films and acclaimed directors. She also produces through her own production company, La Cinéfacture, which develops European ambitious projects. For the film Call Me by Your Name, she was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture at the 90th Academy Awards.
Dede Nickerson has been living in China for over 25 years and has been a leading pioneer in China’s media sector. In 2015, Dede founded Infinity Pictures with China Media Capital. Infinity developed a slate of both Chinese films and English language films for the global audience. Dede is currently serving has been an advisor to Netflix and now advising Huanxi Media and executive producing a slate of films and series, including Hao Jingfang’s, Future Dust, Once Upon A Time In Beijing and the feature Yolk Man.
Prior to establishing Infinity Pictures, Dede was the Head of Production and Strategic Development at Sony Pictures China, where she produced Jiang Wen’s Gone with the Bullets, Chen Kaige’s Monk Comes down the Mountain,and the Chinese remake of My Best Friend’s Wedding. Dede was overseeing strategy across divisions for SPE: she established sales relationships with the digital platforms opening a lucrative new revenue stream for the studio’s content in China; leveraged relationships with the Ministry of Propaganda, SARTPP and Film Bureau to increase the number of Sony Pictures released in China; sourced financing for Sony’s studio slate from China Film and Wanda. Before joining Sony Pictures, Dede produced the Chinese remake of What Women Want starring Andy Lau and Gong Li; served as an advisor to Dune Entertainment; and consulted for Paramount Pictures and Paramount Digital Entertainment where she introduced the company to CJ launching their partnership in Korea and developed the company’s digital strategy in China.
From 2000-2005, Dede ran co-productions and acquisitions for Miramax Films in Asia: licensing libraries, remakes and new films from across Asia for global distribution. Key projects she oversaw include: Hero, Shaolin Soccer, The Touch, Infernal Affairs and the licensing of the Shaw Library. She also oversaw the production of Kill Bill and was credited as associate producer. Dede was responsible for the distribution and sales of Miramax Films into China and other Asian territories and managed GR for the company as well.
From 1995-2000 Dede led Warner Bros. initial efforts in China, key achievements include: an 18-picture output deal with Beijing Film Studio; acquisition of the Golden Harvest Library; and overseeing theatrical business and strategy across divisions. Prior to WB, Dede was in corporate finance with S.G. Warburg in Hong Kong working on the early H-share offerings.
In addition to her career in film and investment, Dede has devoted significant time to addressing education, development and healthcare issues in China. Dede is a board member of Serve for China and is on the advisory board of Duke Kunshan University. Before that she also served on the board of Teach for China and was a founder of Dandelion School for migrant worker children. Dede helped with the initial establishment and program development for the Special Olympics with the China Disabled Persons’Federation.
Dede graduated with a double major in Political Science and Chinese Studies from Trinity College in Hartford, CT and was a Princeton in Asia fellow at the People’s University in Beijing. Dede is fluent in Mandarin Chinese.
Scott Franklin was born and raised in New York where he has established himself as a critically acclaimed veteran of the NYC independent filmmaking community. Scott’s productions have garnered 11 Oscar Nominations (1 Win), 9 Golden Globe Nominations (3 Wins), 17 BAFTA Nominations (3 Wins), and 19 Independent Spirit Award Nominations (10 Wins), including two wins for Best Picture (Black Swan and The Wrestler).
Jonathan Kier is the President of International Sales & Distribution at Sierra/Affinity, a leading independent film finance, production, and foreign sales company which was created in January 2011 from the combination of Sierra Pictures and Affinity International. In addition to representing sales of third party films, the company acts as the exclusive sales agent for films developed and produced by Sidney Kimmel Entertainment, OddLot Entertainment, Bold Films, Lakeshore Entertainment, Blumhouse, eOne, Good Films and Sierra Pictures. While at Sierra/Affinity, he has managed the worldwide sales and distribution of such films as MANCHESTER BY THE SEA, NIGHTCRAWLER, WHIPLASH, DRIVE, THE PLACE BEYOND THE PINES, ATOMIC BLONDE, MOLLY’S GAME, and I, TONYA.
Prior to that, Kier was the Senior Vice President of International Sales and Distribution at the The Weinstein Company, where he was responsible for overseeing all aspects of TWC and Dimension releases in over 50 countries, from the initial local theatrical release, thru the home video, television and digital platforms. Additionally, he handled foreign sales on TWC and Dimension titles at all the major annual film markets. While at TWC, he handled films such as THE KING'S SPEECH, THE READER, HOODWINKED and PIRANHA 3D.
Prior to joining The Weinstein Company in 2005, Kier worked in Affiliate Sales Strategy at MTV Networks, analyzing all of the domestic cable and satellite carriage deals for over 30 channels ranging from Comedy Central to Nickelodeon to MTV and VH1. Prior to that, he worked in Production and Development at Universal-based Marc Platt Productions, on such films as LEGALLY BLONDE.
Kier earned a BFA in Film & TV from the Tisch School of the Arts and an MBA in Finance from the Stern School of Business, both at NYU. He is based in Los Angeles and is a dual national of Italy and the United States.
Colin Brady is an Executive at leading entertainment and sports agency Creative Artists Agency (CAA). Brady is based in the Los Angeles office and works closely with CAA’s Media Finance group to develop strategic business initiatives on behalf of the agency and its clients, focusing primarily on international markets.
Brady began his career in television, working as a Producer for the Discovery Channel and Viacom/MTV Networks. As a member of McKinsey & Co., Brady served a wide variety of media companies and major film studios. As Chief Operating Officer for the Product (RED) initiative that launched in 2006 as a collaboration between Bono and the Gates Foundation, generating more than $300 million to fight HIV/AIDS in Africa. Since joining CAA in 2011, Brady has overseen major strategic initiatives like the creation of the CAA China joint venture with China Media Capital.
A graduate of Harvard Business School, Brady received his B.A. in Visual Art and Media from Brown University.
Angus Sutherland is the Vice President of New Republic Pictures, a production, and finance company, whose latest titles include Dexter Fletcher’s “Rocketman” and Sam Mendez upcoming “1917”.
Angus Sutherland came to New Republic Pictures from MadRiver & IMR International, where he served as Vice President of Production and Acquisitions. Before joining IMR, Sutherland was an executive at Lotus Entertainment, where he co-managed a variety of projects, which include Halle Berry’s “Kidnap”, Tom Hanks’ “A Hologram for the King” and Stephen Knight’s “November Criminals”. Sutherland got his start in entertainment as a production coordinator at Spitfire Pictures, where he worked on the Academy Award-winning documentary “Undefeated”, The Grammy Award winner “Foo Fighters: Back and Forth” and the Emmy Award-winning Martin Scorsese feature “George Harrison: Living in The Material World.” Soon after, Sutherland was promoted to Director of International and Domestic Distribution at Exclusive Media, Spitfire’s parent company. There, he worked in sales, marketing, and acquisition on several critically acclaimed projects which include “The Ides of March”, “Rush” and “The Woman in Black”. Sutherland graduated Magna Cum Laude from Middlebury College receiving two bachelors of arts, one for film theory and media culture, the second philosophy.
Benjamin Kramer is Co-Head of the Media Finance group at leading entertainment and sports agency Creative Artists Agency (CAA). He has been deeply involved in the packaging, financing, and sale of over a hundred films, including WIND RIVER, I TONYA, AMERICAN HONEY, THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING MISSOURI, JOHN WICK, THE REVENANT, HACKSAW RIDGE, BIRDMAN, SICARIO, BROOKLYN, MUD, END OF WATCH, THE SESSIONS, BEGIN AGAIN, DUMB & DUMBER TO, BAD WORDS, and SING STREET among many others.
Ben began his career at the William Morris Agency. He joined CAA in 2005. In 2012, Kramer was named one of “Hollywood’s New Leaders” by Variety. He is a graduate of Wesleyan University, with degrees in Political Science and Film Studies.
Thorsten Schumacher is the founder and CEO of Rocket Science, a filmed entertainment company engineered for production, finance, sales and distribution. Setting out to create a diverse range of quality content for global film and television audiences, Rocket Science is building a commercial slate boasting
unique global appeal across all of its platforms and disciplines.
Upcoming projects include Kristin Scott Thomas’s The Sea Change; Taika Waititi’s stop-motion filmBubbles; David Lowery’s Old Man and the Gun starring Robert Redford and CaseyAffleck; Dominic Cooke’s film adaption On Chesil Beach starring Saoirse Ronan; and
Juliet, Naked for Judd Apatow.
Previously Managing Director at Hanway Films, Schumacher represented titles including Shame, Quartet, A Dangerous Method, High Rise, Only Lovers Left
Alive, and most recently Brooklyn, Carol and Anomalisa, which earned 15
BAFTA, 10 Academy Award and 5 Golden Globe nominations between them.
Prior to Hanway Films, Schumacher worked in development at the Los Angeles offices of Intermedia Films. He began his career in film production, starting withRoger Corman’s Concorde-New Horizon Pictures in Los Angeles, and then worked on various independent features in New York City and at Wim Wender’s
company Road Movies in Berlin.
Schumacher holds two Master of Fine Arts degrees in producing from the Film School in Berlin Babelsberg and the American Film Institute Conservatory in Los
Robert Lazar began his career in 1999 at International Creative Management (ICM) where he spent fourteen years as a television and motion picture literary agent. Five years ago he left agenting to become a literary manager and two years ago he co-founded his own company, Marathon Management, where he continues representing writers and directors in film and television. Robert holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of California, San Diego and a Juris Doctorate from Loyola Law School, Los Angeles. He is a member of the California Bar. He lives in Los Angeles.
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.Read More
After attending law school, Malte Grunert began working in the industry by producing documentaries. For several years he produced television at various companies including Bavaria Film and CLT UFA. From 2006 until 2009 he was the head of the feature division at Studio Hamburg before founding Amusement Park Film in 2009.
Originally focused on international theatrical arthouse the company has to date produced several award-winning feature films, collaborating with some of the most acclaimed talent in the industry such as Anton Corbijn, David Mackenzie, Mike Leigh, Martin Zandvliet and Julie Delpy.
2011 Malte Grunert coproduced PERFECT SENSE, starring Ewan McGregor and Eva Green, directed by David Mackenzie, in 2014 he produced A MOST WANTED MAN, based on the John le Carré novel and directed by Anton Corbijn. It stars Philip Seymour Hoffman, Willem Dafoe and Rachel McAdams in the lead roles. He also co-produced MR TURNER by Mike Leigh. The film premiered in competition for the Palme d'Or at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival. In 2015, he produced the British/German production REMAINDER and the Danish/German coproduction LAND OF MINE, which premiered in Toronto in 2015 and was nominated for a foreign language Academy Award in 2017. THE AFTERMATH a German/UK co-production with Fox Searchlight and Scott Free Productions, starring Keira Knightley, Alexander Skarsgård, and Jason Clarke was release in April 2019. MY ZOE, a film written and directed by Julie Delpy who also stars alongside Richard Armitage, Daniel Brühl and Gemma Arterton, premiered at Toronto International Film Festival in 2019 scheduled for release later in 2019.
In 2015 Daniel Brühl (THE ALIENIST, CAPTAIN AMERICA – CIVIL WAR, RUSH) joined AMUSEMENT PARK as a partner with the aim to further grow the company’s slate of projects. In 2018 Amelie von Kienlin, who had been previously responsible for the scripted department at Red Arrow Studios International in London, joined the company to focus on building up Amusement Park’s TV Slate.
The company’s key activity is the development, financing and production of high-end national and international arthouse films and television series with the aim to provide a home for outstanding national and international talent.
The current development slate includes the directorial debut feature of Daniel Brühl, based on an original script by bestselling author Daniel Kehlmann, a remake of French film classic LES AVENTURIERS with director Edward Berger and writer Gregory Burke, a serial adaptation of cult graphic novel BERLINOIR, a serial adaptation of THE TIN DRUM by Günter Grass and a political thriller series with Israeli writer Michal Aviram.
Datta Dave is the co-founder of Tulsea, a strategic talent and content management company which represents and advises India's leading content creators. Tulsea's clients work across platforms including motion pictures, television, new media, and publishing. The company is dedicated to identifying emerging creative talent that will be tomorrow's premier storytellers.
Tulsea's approach to its advisory services and talent management focuses on ensuring stakeholders across the value chain benefit equitably. Datta works with individual talent and corporate clients from a strategic perspective. He has deep relationships within the Indian and global entertainment industries, and advises several media and entertainment companies during various stages of their growth.
Prior to starting Tulsea, Datta was business manager to international filmmaker Shekhar Kapur. Previously, Datta was also a management and sales strategy consultant to various domestic and international corporations.
He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics-Accounting from Claremont McKenna College in Los Angeles, California.
Matthias Braun is a partner at Berlin based law firm Lacore and heads its transactional entertainment, media and technology practice.
He represents motion pictures studios and producers, game developer/publisher, live music/event productions, digital/web businesses, financial institutions, investors and other institutional and individual entertainment and media clients, including many foreign media companies (e.g. US, UK, France, Scandinavia) regarding their activities in Germany.
In the entertainment business, his experience includes providing legal and business services for single picture and “slate” financing agreements, structuring international joint ventures and international co-productions and consulting on local language (German speaking) films, series and OTT/web/streaming produtions.
Ollie Madden is Head of Creative at Film4, the multi-award-winning film arm of UK public service broadcaster Channel 4. Since joining Film4 in 2017 he has overseen a slate including Yorgos Lanthimos’ THE FAVOURITE, Armando Iannucci’s THE PERSONAL HISTORY OF DAVID COPPERFIELD, Edgar Wright’s LAST NIGHT IN SOHO, Sarah Gavron’s ROCKS, Coky Giedroyc’s adaptation of Caitlin Moran’s HOW TO BUILD A GIRL and Michael Winterbottom’s GREED. Prior to joining Film4 he had built a reputation as one of the most respected production executives in the UK, with over 20 years’ experience of all aspects of production and development from both the UK independent sector and the studio system, and across both TV and film, encompassing spells at Warner Bros, Intermedia and Miramax before he joined Kudos as Head of Film in 2011. His credits include SPOOKS: THE GREATER GOOD, the SHERLOCK HOLMES franchise, MAGICIANS and HBO / BBC1 mini-series GUNPOWDER, as well as forthcoming Film4 titles DREAM HORSE, THE FATHER, EVERYBODY’S TALKING ABOUT JAMIE and LOUIS WAIN.
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.Read More
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.
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 Movie, The Farmer’s Llamasand Early Man. He is currently directing Aardman’s latest feature film Shaun the Sheep: Farmageddon.
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.
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.Read More
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.Read More