Marc Butan

Marc Butan

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.

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Nicolas Chartier

Nicolas Chartier

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.

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Lindsay Conner

Lindsay Conner

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.

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Michael C. Ellis

Michael C. Ellis

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.

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