Speakers and Panelists

A Conversation With Adrian Wootton

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Chief Executive, Film London and the British Film Commission Adrian Wootton – Chief Executive of Film London – the agency charged with developing the film and media industry in the capital. Adrian was Acting Director of the British Film Institute (BFI), Director of the London Film Festival (LFF) and the National Film Theatre (NFT). He was founding Director of Broadway Media Centre in Nottingham and Director of the Bradford Playhouse & Film Theatre.

Paul Brett, Prescience/U.K.
Paul is a co-founder and director of Prescience, an integrated media company that focuses on film and television production and financing. Launched in 2004, it has provided over £300m of film finance for more than 50 independent UK and US productions, including multiple Oscar winner The King’s Speech and last yePaul Brettar’s highest grossing Independent film, Chef, where Mr. Brett was Executive Producer. Recent Prescience TV projects include Wolf Hall, starring Damian Lewis and Mark Rylance and The Dresser starring Sir Anthony Hopkins and Sir Ian McKellen. Paul has worked in the media industry since leaving university 32 years ago. He has worked at Video Arts, (the world’s first audio/visual training company), Catalyst (the world’s first audio-visual publishing company backed by Goldcrest), TEN – The Movie Channel (Britain’s first PAY TV company), Video Collection International, (the world’s first sell through label), Paramount Pictures, Universal Studios and Pathe/Guild. Paul developed and implemented the UK exhibition and distribution strategy over a three year period at the British Film Institute/UK Film Council, leaving to found Prescience with Tim Smith. At the BFI/UKFC, Paul was responsible for the BFI’s relationships with exhibitors throughout the UK and Northern Ireland, including both arthouse and commercial cinemas. Prior to this, he opened the Miramax International office in London as Vice President of European Marketing. Paul’s film credits number more than two dozen including, in addition to the above, Harry Brown, 360, Easy Virtue, Dorian Gray, sex&drugs&rock&roll, Song for Marion plus the upcoming Madame Bovary and The Hallows. Paul lives in London with his partner Meredith, children Polly and Felix as well as a menagerie of domesticated animals.
Andrew Curtis, Politestorm/U.K.
Originally in finance, Andrew worked in the City for several companies, notably Hambros Bank, Mitsubishi Finance International and UBS Phillips & Drew which he founded in 2000. Andrew has extensive experience in all areas of independent film from micro budget productions (£25,000) to large budget features ($25m) acting for clients from initial rights acquisitions of books and screenplays, on development and production financing, through all aspects of production (documentationAndrew Curtis and physical) culminating in distribution, exploitation and third party revenue collection. Andrew is well versed in all aspects of rights clearance including documentary archive and music. Andrew has negotiated with major Hollywood studios, national and international broadcasters, banks, financiers, gap funders, private investors and investment funds, distributors, record companies, publishing companies (music and books), exhibitors (including IMAX) collection agents and completion guarantors. In addition to working for clients through Drew & Co, Andrew has developed and produced feature films on his own as Polite Storm and with partners through Mythic International Entertainment. Andrew produced Mythic’s first feature, Ironclad, a $25m medieval action adventure starring Paul Giamatti, James Purefoy, Kate Mara, Brian Cox, Derek Jacobi, Charles Dance and Jason Flemyng. Ironclad is based on the true story of the battle of Rochester Castle and was released worldwide in 2011. Most recently Andrew produced The Ecstasy of Wilko Johnson, which was directed by the iconic Julien Temple and premiered at SXSW to critical acclaim. It will be released in the UK in July 2015. In conjunction with Richard Conway, and a private investor, Andrew recently founded Essential Film and Development, to develop finance and produce feature films, the first of which is entitled “What’s Going On”. Andrew is a board member and shareholder of Chicken House Entertainment Limited, the rights exploitation arm of Chicken House, the acclaimed children’s publisher founded by Barry Cunningham OBE, the man who discovered JK Rowling. Andrew has first hand experience of fund raising, budgeting, cash flows, production and post-production schedules,
Matthew Stein, VP Sony Pictures Entertainment International/Los Angeles, CA/USAMatthew Stein

Is currently VP., prior to that he was an independent producer under the moniker, MES Productions. Formerly he was EVP, Production for Dimension Film, the genre division of The Weinstein Company, where he oversaw all phases of production and development for the division, and was Executive Producer on varied films. Matt has overseen the production of over 35 films. He graduated from the University of Miami and currently resides in Los Angeles, CA

Karen Hall, Karen Hall Productions/ USA

After impressing Alan Alda with her talent, she got her first job on “M*A*S*H.” This led to her being brought on staff (as the only female writer) for “M*A*S*H,” which the Writers Guild of America has ranked it as the fifth best-written TV series ever and TV Guide has ranked it as the eighth greatest show of all time. She also wrote the final episode (“Goodbye, Farewell and Amen”) which to this day remains the most watched television show in American history, both in Karen Hallratings and share. Among her many credits as a screenwriter, producer and “showrunner” are “Hill Street Blues,” “Moonlighting,” “Northern Exposure,” “Quantum Leap,” “I’ll Fly Away,” “Roseanne,” “Grace Under Fire,” “Judging Amy,” “The Glades” and “The Good Wife,” along with such movies as Toughlove, The Betty Ford Story and The Women of Brewster Place. She has received 6 Emmy nominations, 7 Writer’s Guild of America Awards nominations and has won one Writer’s Guild of America Award for her work on Hill Street Blues, as well as the Women in Film Luminas Award, the Humanitas Award, and the Scott Newman Award. She has also written a novel titled Dark Debts due out next spring by Simon & Schuster. She is also a professor of screenwriting at Appalachian State University and she and her husband run Black Bear Books in Boone, NC.

Elvi Cano, Egeda U.S.A./Spain

Elvi CanoHas been working in tv and film production, casting, international sales and also as a tv correspondent and talent manager . She has worked with Casting director April Webster( taking part in the international cast of tv series like “Lost” and “Army Wives”) and with Spanish tv stations such as La Sexta and Tele 5 . In 2009 she took part in the production of the internationally acclaimed documentary “The Spanish Hollywood”. In January 2010 she joined EGEDA as Executive Director and Communications Director US, organizing events such as “The Recent Spanish Cinema Series” and most recently the first edition of THE PLATINO AWARDS.