Rena Ronson

Rena Ronson is Partner and Co- Head of the Independent Film Group at leading global talent and entertainment company United Talent Agency.  One of the industry’s pre-eminent packaging and finance executives, Ronson specializes in global film finance, distribution and marketing strategies for independent and co-financed features, helping the world’s most acclaimed independent filmmakers see their work reach global audiences. 

Ronson oversees a group of agents known for packaging and representing many high-profile and critically praised independently financed films from a diverse range of American and international filmmakers, including Greta Gerwig, Asghar Farhadi, Wes Anderson, Michael Showalter, Marielle Heller, Haifaa Al-Mansour, Noah Baumbach and Ted Melfi to name a few.

Throughout her career, Ronson has been involved in numerous productions and co-productions, packaging, structuring financing and selling his profile films, including Oscars-winning films, I, Tonya, Room and Icarus, and Oscar nominated films, Hidden Figures, The Big Sick,  LadyBird, and Call Me By Your Name.  She is also known for working with acclaimed filmmakers on their feature directorial debuts, including Greta Gerwig’s Ladybird,  Scott Burns’ The Report, Haifaa Al Mansour's Wadjda, Don Cheadle’s Miles Ahead, Marielle Heller’s Diary of a Teenage Girl, Jill Soloway’s, Afternoon Delight, Jonas Cuaron’s Desierto, Crystal Moselle's Skate Kitchen, and  Emerald Fennel’s upcoming Promising Young Woman.

Additionally, Ronson is a supporter of the growing documentary business and has expanded UTA’s reach exponentially. Ronson has been involved in several impactful documentaries including Bryan Fogel's ICARUS, Jon Chester’s critically-acclaimedThe Biggest Little Farm, Bonnie Cohen and Jon Shank’s Audrey & Daisy, and the upcoming Athlete A, and Amy Ziering and Kirby Dick’s docu-series, Toxic Laborwith Harpo and Apple. 

Ronson is a perennial fixture on annual lists of the top women in filmmaking, including The Hollywood Reporter’s Women in Entertainment Power 100 and Variety’s Women’s Impact.  She proudly serves on the board of directors of Women in Film and as an ambassador for its Reframe initiative.  Ronson also is deeply involved in the Time’s Up movement that aims to elevate and empower women in the entertainment industry. In 2006, Ronson received “The Independent Hero Award” from the Creative Coalition and in 2008 was honored by WIF with its “Business Leadership Award.”

Datta Dave

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.

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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