Zach LeBeau is the co-founder and CEO of SingularDTV, whose mission is to build a decentralized entertainment industry that empowers creators, founded in 2014. In 2013, Zach moved to New York to become a part of the decentralization phenomenon. Zach wrote and directed his first feature film, THE SCIENTIST, starring Bill Sage. He then launched a women's luxury clothing line, building the brand from 4 stores to 110 throughout the United States and Canada. Zach was deeply influenced by an expedition to the Amazon rainforest that he took at 17, after which he spent the next 15 years living and traveling abroad to more than 50 countries on 5 continents.
David currently heads up investments and corporate development for 451 Media Group, a technology focused IP development and entertainment company co-founded by Director, Michael Bay (Transformers, The Rock) and industry veterans from Google, Raine Group, and partners who've created brands that reached over a billion in sales for Hasbro, Mattel, etc. 451 works with highly accomplished talent and cutting edge technology to build, produce and invest into a portfolio of exclusive tech, IP, and films. Previous to 451, David was hired in 2000 at Google as one of the first 200 employees, and was the first executive to lead their overseas business development, sales and operations, launching their first international offices around the world.
Following Google, he co-founded two venture funds and invested into over 40 companies with 13+ acquisitions that include Tapulous (acq. by Disney), Posterous (acq. by Twitter), Olaworks (acq. by Intel), Scoopler (acq. by Google), ABitLucky (acq. by Zynga), Chai Labs (acq. by Facebook), Cue (acq. by Apple), Kabam, Chartboost, nWay, Wish, and others. David is also an LP in YCombinator and SV Angel. He is on the advisory boards of ASES (Stanford Asia-Pacific Student Entrepreneurship Society), and HPAIR (Harvard Project for Asian and International Relations).
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.
Hendrik Lesser is Managing Director of the Munich-based production house Remote Control Productions, which he founded in 2005. He is Executive Producer of the development studio Chimera Entertainment as well as President of the EGDF, the European Games Developer Federation and executive board member of the non-profit association “Videospielkultur e.V.”, which focuses on the political and academic acceptance of video games as goods of cultural value.
Since 2005, he has been gradually building a network of development studios throughout Europe, which he has picked up at an early stage and developed into what they are today. The developer family now consists of more than a dozen companies, the biggest of which is Chimera Entertainment GmbH. Co-founded by Hendrik back in 2006, it is now a successful development studio with close to 50 employees and has developed more than 20 games, chief among them the global mega-hit "Angry Birds Epic" (85+ million downloads).
Arie Levy-Cohen has more than two decades of experience in international investment banking, financial advisory and generational wealth management. He is also a recognized global expert in blockchain technology, financing and smart contract systems.
Blockhaus is creating a platform to set the standard in blockchain property creation and distribution. In addition Mr. Levy Cohen is also the founder of Singular DTV, a blockchain based, decentralized entertainment management platform.
Laura Lewis is an agent in the film finance and sales group at the Creative Artists Agency. She has worked on packaging and financing films including DALLAS BUYERS CLUB, THE IMITATION GAME, THE BUTLER, and STILL ALICE. Prior to joining CAA in 2010, she worked at Double L Media and Strategy where she advised private equity companies, producers, and investors on their feature film financing funds. She was previously the Director of Development at Ed Saxon Productions and a Creative Executive at Twentieth Century Fox. Laura graduated from Duke University with a B.A. in Political Science and received an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.Read More
Tao Liu was from 2000-2008 President of Zhongqian Longde Culture Brokerage Ltd., which launched TV programs like An Ideal Couple, Behind the Vanity, and the spy thriller television series Harbin Enveloped in Darkness. Since 2008, he has been President of Huayi Brothers Artists Agency Ltd., which provides a variety of services for artists as well as strives to create an overall professional and systematic service platform for stars. In 2013, he acted as an independent producer for the first time, producing Love on the Cloud, which earned 300 million CNY at the box office. He also produced the programs Running Men, Three Dads, and is one of the investors in the TV program Ice Fantasy.Read More
As Executive Vice President of Production & Acquisitions at FilmNation Entertainment, Karen Lunder draws on her extensive studio and independent film background to oversee the development and production of many FilmNation production titles. Lunder most recently produced Marc Webb’s upcoming drama Gifted starring Chris Evans, Lindsay Duncan, Octavia Spencer and Jenny Slate. She executive produced Denis Villeneuve’s science fiction epic Arrival starring Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner and Forrest Whitaker as well as the The Founder, directed by John Lee Hancock starring Michael Keaton which will both be released later this year. She also developed and co-produced Gavin Hood’s 2016 political thriller Eye In The Sky starring Helen Mirren. Upcoming projects that Lunder is overseeing for FilmNation include The Good House, an adaption of the best- selling novel to be directed by Jill Soloway for Meryl Streep & Robert DeNiro and The Robber, an action thriller that is being developed for JC Chandor.
Prior to joining FilmNation, Lunder was President of Production at Gil Netter Productions, where she developed and oversaw an ambitious slate of book adaptations including Marley and Me and The Blind Side. Prior to that she headed up development for Landscape Entertainment, building the company’s comedy business and producing several comedies including Betty Thomas’ teen comedy John Tucker Must Die. She began her career in New York at October Films, working on various independent films such as Todd Solondz's Happiness and Robert Duvall's The Apostle.
Dan Maag has been producing theatrical feature films since 1999, including numerous English-language productions such as DEAD FISH (2004) starring Gary Oldman and Robert Carlyle, the internationally successful thriller OPEN WATER 2 (2006), as well as the drama STREETS OF RIO (2007). His German-language productions include No.1 box-office hits like MRS. ELLA, JOYS OF FATHERHOOD, or THE NANNY. In 2012, Dan became CEO of Pantaleon Entertainment AG, which he runs as chairman of the board since its conversion to a publicly held company. As chairman, he is responsible for the day-to-day business of Pantaleon Group.Read More
Rudolf Matter is the Executive Director of Schweizer Radio und Fernsehen (SRF), the market leader in television and radio broadcasting in German-speaking Switzerland. He is a historian holding a Masters degree in history and philosophy and started his journalism career as a newspaper editor in Basel. Since 1976, Matter has worked in various positions as a TV journalist. He joined Ringier AG in 1993 where he developed and mana- ged the TV program "Cash TV". In 1997 he joined the news channel n-tv in Berlin as Head of Business News, and was later promoted to Director of Programming. In 2006, Matter returned to Switzerland as Editor-in-Chief of Schweizer Radio DRS, an entity of SRF.Read More
Alexander Mazzara is the CEO and co-founder of joiz, the Social-TV channel headquartered in Zurich. Joiz has been on air in Switzerland since 2011 and joiz Germany has been on air since August 2013. Before joiz, the 39-year-old worked for 10 years as program developer, producer and project leader in various departments at Schweizer Fernsehen, the biggest television broadcaster in Switzerland. He also helped establish the business magazine "ECO". Prior to this, he took part in the launch of the Swiss regional programs of RTL and Pro7, was a leading music editor at Swiss music television Swizz and operated as a freelance journalist for, among others, German television stations ZDF and ARD. Alexander Mazzara holds a diploma in engineering as well as a post-graduate diploma in journalism.Read More
Akshay Mehta is a Media Finance Agent at leading entertainment and sports agency Creative Artists Agency (CAA). Mehta is based in the Los Angeles office and specializes in film financing and distribution.
Prior to joining CAA in May, Mehta was Vice President of International Sales for Good Universe. He was instrumental in the worldwide sales of TALLULAH, WHEN WE FIRST MET, and KIN, as well as the launch of numerous other titles, including Dee Rees’ MUDBOUND, Ansel Elgortand Taron Egerton’s upcoming THE BILLIONAIRE’S BOYS CLUB, and Awesomeness Films BEFORE I FALL. He also initiated a partnership with multi award-winning video game studio Campo Santo.
Mehta graduated from the University of Edinburgh with a Master of Arts in History and graduated from The College of Law with a degree in Law.
Janus Metz is a Danish director and documentary filmmaker. Alongside finishing a Master’s degree in Visual Anthropology he moved to South Africa and filmed his debut documentary Township Boys (2005). Shortly after this he made the double feature film project Love on Delivery (2008) and Ticket to Paradise (2008), which won the prize for ‘Best Documentary’ at Nordic Film Days. He stepped firmly into the international limelight with the documentary Armadillo (2010) winning the Grand Prix at the Semaine de la Critique in Cannes, Best International Documentary at ZFF and a range of other international awards. Metz went on to direct the episode “Maybe Tomorrow” of the critically acclaimed TV-series True Detective and is now presenting his narrative feature debut Borg/McEnroe, the opening film of both the 13th Zurich Film Festival and the Toronto International Film Festival.
Christos Michaels is a partner in the Film & TV Group at Lee & Thompson LLP, a London-based law firm for the creative industries. With significant in-house industry experience, including six years as Head of Business Affairs at Mel Gibson's Icon International Group, Christos stands out as one of the only private practice lawyers in the UK having worked with a leading US and UK vertically integrated independent film company. Christos represents leading distributors and sales agents along with a range of new and established producers and financiers. He also specializes in structuring finance and production for independent films and helps implement exploitation models for sales agents and distributors of new and established media.Read More
Guneet Monga was voted one of the top 12 women achievers in the Global Entertainment industry by The Hollywood Reporter and is the youngest recipient of the "Most Powerful Women in Indian Business Award" by Business Today. She has been a ground-breaker in representing Indian cinema at a global level. Many of her films were premiered at prestigious film festivals like Cannes, Venice, Sundance, and Toronto. Recently, Monga produced the striking success The Lunchbox. Along with producing, she also handles international sales & distribution for independent films. One of her upcoming projects is Tigers, directed by Oscar-winning director Danis Tanovic, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival.Read More
Steven Neubauer ist seit Februar 2014 Mitglied der Unternehmensleitung der NZZ-Mediengruppe und seit Januar 2015 Geschäftsführer des Geschäftsbereich NZZ Medien. Er leitet den Geschäftsbereich zusammen mit dem Chefredaktor der Neuen Zürcher Zeitung Eric Gujer. Seit Juli 2016 leitet er zusätzlich interimistisch die NZZ Media Solutions, den Werbevermarkter der NZZ Mediengruppe. Zuvor war Steven Neubauer Associate Partner im Zürcher Büro von McKinsey & Company und Mitglied der Leitung der europäischen Medien- und Sport-Practice von McKinsey. Er verfügt über eine langjährige Erfahrung in der Beratung von europäischen Medien- und Telekommunikationsunternehmen. Der gebürtige Deutsche studierte Betriebswirtschaft (Marketing, Finanzen, Wirtschaftsinformatik) an der Universität Bayreuth und promovierte 2008 an der Universität Aachen im Bereich Innovationsmanagement.Read More
Kirsten Niehuus has been the Managing Director of the Film Funding Department of the Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg since 2004. Prior to that she worked in the film industry in various positions including as a lawyer for the German national film fund - Filmförderungsanstalt (FFA) in Berlin and then as the acting director of the FFA. She was also the German representative to Eurimages as well as its vice-president for two years. She is a board member of various institutions, such as German Films, the Deutscher Filmförderfonds
(DFFF) and the Kuratorium der Berliner Filmhochschule (dffb). From 2012 until July 2016 she served as a member of the ZDF-Fernsehrat. In 2013 she was honored with the French order “Chevalier of Arts and Literature” and in 2014 became honorary professor at the Filmuniversität Babelsberg Konrad Wolf where she teaches film funding and film policy.
Patrick O’Luanaigh is the founder and CEO of nDreams Ltd, a fast-growing independent games developer and publisher focused on virtual reality (VR) games and experiences. O’Luanaigh has over 19 years' experience within the gaming industry, having previously held senior positions at Codemasters including Head of External Development and Acquisitions, signing and producing titles such as the Music/MTV series and Operation Flashpoint. From 2000 to 2006, Patrick was Creative Director at Eidos/SCi, where he was responsible for game design, gameplay and overall quality on all titles, including Tomb Raider: Legend, Hitman: Blood Money, Just Cause and Conflict: Desert Storm. Patrick founded nDreams in late 2006, and has grown the company from a one-man team to one of the world’s leading VR specialists with over 40 full-time studio staff. Patrick is proud to have been a games member of BAFTA for many years.
Brian Oliver is an Academy Award nominated producer and veteran film executive. He has been working in the entertainment industry for over 14 years. Currently, he serves as President of Cross Creek Pictures with the personal objective of producing and financing thought-provoking, commercial movies in a filmmaker friendly environment. He received an Oscar nomination for producing Cross Creek’s first film, the award-winning box-office success BLACK SWAN. Among his other productions are THE IDES OF MARCH, THE WOMAN IN BLACK, RUSH, and A WALK AMONG THE TOMBSTONES. His current slate includes EVEREST, BLACK MASS, LEGEND, and PRIDE AND PREJUDICE AND ZOMBIES, all of them with star casts.Read More
Quinn is the CEO and Founder of the newly launched label NEON (COLOSSAL, INGRID GOES WEST, BEACH RATS, BEACH BUM and I, TONYA). As a distributor, Quinn is credited with having created a new distribution paradigm for such groundbreaking films as SNOWPIERCER, IT FOLLOWS and BACHELORETTE, while simultaneously championing a traditional distribution model for recent back-to-back Oscar winners 20 FEET FROM STARDOM and CITIZENFOUR. Having acquired, produced and distributed over 200 films spanning a 20 year career, Quinn is responsible for launching 2 distribution labels: the boutique label RADiUS for Bob and Harvey Weinstein and the groundbreaking genre label Magnet for Mark Cuban and Todd Wagner. He also played a key role in pioneering the use of VOD platforms as the Senior Vice President at Magnolia Pictures, and served as the VP of Acquisitions at Samuel Goldwyn where he was responsible for SUPER SIZE ME. Quinn is the recipient of the Visionary Award alongside Eli Roth and Elijah Wood from the Stanley Film Festival, and the Leading Light Award from the DOC-NYC Film Festival.