Keynote Speaker dylan leiner executive Vice President, Acquisitions & Production

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Keynote Speaker
DYLAN LEINER (Executive Vice President, Acquisitions & Production, Sony Pictures Classics, USA)

Dylan is Sony Pictures Classics’ Executive Vice President, Acquisitions & Production.  Involved with the acquisition and production of a broad range of films dating back to IN THE COMPANY OF MEN, RUN LOLA RUN, THE SPANISH PRISONER, POLLOCK, DOGTOWN AND Z-BOYS, THE TRIPLETS OF BELLEVILLE, CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON, CACHE, FRIENDS WITH MONEY, THE LIVES OF OTHERS, FROZEN RIVER, THE WACKNESS, RACHEL GETTING MARRIED, I’VE LOVED YOU SO LONG, THE CLASS, WALTZ WITH BASHIR, MOON, WHATEVER WORKS, COCO BEFORE CHANEL, BROKEN EMBRACES, AN EDUCATION, THE WHITE RIBBON, A PROPHET, THE SECRET IN THEIR EYES, GET LOW, ANIMAL KINGDOM, INSIDE JOB, IN A BETTER WORLD, MIDNIGHT IN PARIS, THE GUARD, TAKE SHELTER, A SEPARATION and more recently Jacques Audiard’s RUST AND BONE and Michael Haneke’s AMOUR.  Dylan oversees Sony Pictures Classics’ physical and post production services.  Dylan has been named by The Hollywood Reporter as a member of its 35 under 35 “Next Generation Group” and by Crain’s New York Business among its 40 executives under 40.

PANEL 1: Money Talks & Art Matters

Eamon Bowles (Magnolia Pictures, USA)

Eamonn is President of Magnolia Pictures, the distribution arm of Todd Wagner and Mark Cuban’s 2929 Entertainment. Bowles started Magnolia in September 2001, with partner Bill Banowsky, concentrating on independent and foreign films acquired and released on a modest scale and amassing specialized theatres strategically around the country. Early film successes included the Israeli film, Late Marriage, the French thriller READ MY LIPS, and the controversial documentary CAPTURING THE FRIEDMANS. In 2004, Cuban and Wagner, formerly investors in the company, bought the company outright, merging its theatres with the Landmark Theatre chain. Magnolia has since been a pioneer in developing alternative distribution strategies, such as the day and date multi-window release, to create efficient economies for the increasingly challenging theatrical marketplace. Some of Magnolia’s more prominent releases include ENRON: THE SMARTEST GUYS IN THE ROOM; ONG BAK: THE THAI WARRIOR, THE WORL’S FASTEST INDIAN; CONTROL ROOM, JESUS CAMP, THE HOST, PULSE, END OF THE CENTURY: THE STORY OF THE RAMONES and CRAZY LOVE among others.

Jeremy Baxter (Protagonist Pictures, UK)

Jeremy joined Protagonist in 2008, having previously held posts with Focus Features and Universal Pictures International as worldwide acquisitions manager. Commercially minded and creatively spirited, Protagonist is a London based international sales and financing company committed to strong relationships with film-makers, investors and distributors. Our shareholders include Film4, Vertigo Films and Ingenious Media. Protagonist’s current slate includes THE DOUBLE, CALVARY, HOW I LIVE NOW, SIGHTSEERS, THE SWEENEY, SEARCHING FOR SUGAR MAN, THE IMPOSTER and STREETDANCE 1 & 2.

Lucas Webb (Fox Searchlight / Ingenious Films, UK)

Lucas is currently the Director of Production and Acquisitions for Ingenious Media and Fox Searchlight UK, responsible for identifying British feature films for production and distribution under the Searchlight banner, at any stage in their production life cycle. Previously he headed up the UK office of The Weinstein Company as Vice President of Acquisitions and Co-Productions. He brought in and oversaw production on MY WEEK WITH MARILYN starring Michelle Williams, Kenneth Brannagh, Judi Dench and Eddie Redmayne. He also participated in every major film festival as part of the acquisitions team, during which time TWC acquired BLUE VALENTINE, COMPANY MEN, THE TILLMAN STORY, SUBMARINE, DIRTY GIRL and CORIOLANUS amongst other titles. Lucas joined TWC in January 2011. Prior to TWC, Lucas ran the UK office of Disney’s Miramax under Daniel Battsek and production head Keri Putnam, as Senior Manager of UK Production & European Acquisitions from 2006 to 2011. Productions included BRIDESHESAD REVISITED, BECOMING JANE and VENUS. Acquisitions included THE DIVING BELL & THE BUTTERFLY, HAPPY GO LUCKY and TSOTSI. Prior to Miramax, Lucas worked in local production for Disney/Buena Vista UK, from January 2004.

Vincent Lucassen (Under The Milky Way, Austria)

Vincent Lucassen was born in the Netherlands. He studied sociology at the University of Wageningen and worked as a lobbyist in Brussels. After finishing his study at the Media Academy in Hilversum he moved to Vienna where he set up the production company WILDart FILM. In 2001 he co-founded, the Association for the Austrian Documentary Film, in 2004 he created DocuZone Austria – a collaboration between right holders to promote films in the age of digital. DocuZone was part of the world’s first international digital cinema network: CinemaNet Europe. In 2011, Vincent became part of Under the Milky Way (UMW), and is responsible for Austria, Switzerland and Germany. UMW’s main activity is to act as a feature film aggregator and ensure the operational, editorial, marketing and financial interfaces between the rights-holders and the VoD platforms. UMW facilitates the process of releasing and exploiting feature films and closely curates their marketing and editorial positioning in order to maximise their visibility on our partner VoD platforms. UMW aggregates content for iTunes, Sony and Google and many others.

CHAIR: Stephen Kelliher (Bankside Films, UK)

Stephen is Head of Sales & Marketing at Bankside Films, an international sales, production and financing company he co- founded in January 2007. Stephen has over 17 years experience in international sales at companies including Beyond Films and Vine International Pictures. Notable films Stephen has sold during his career to date include CHOPPER, LANTANA, A GOOD WOMAN, IN SEARCH OF A MIDNIGHT KISS, YOU INSTEAD, THE CALLER, TRISHNA and ILL MANORS. Stephen is the current Chair of Film Export UK, the trade association which represents the interests of sales companies with offices in the UK.

PANEL 2: The Future Is Unwritten
Elizabeth Karlsen (Number 9 Films, UK)

Elizabeth co-founded Number 9 Films with Stephen Woolley in 2002 after a long collaboration together under the Palace Pictures and Scala Productions banners. There Elizabeth co-produced Neil Jordan’s THE CRYING GAME, nominated for six Academy Awards®, and produced Mark Herman’s LITTLE VOICE, which was nominated for six Golden Globe® Awards, an Academy Award® and six British Academy Awards®, including Best Picture. At Number 9, Elizabeth’s credits include the multi award winning films LADIES IN LAVENDER, MRS HARRIS, AND WHEN DID YOU LAST SEE YOUR FATHER, HOW TO LOSE FRIENDS AND ALIENATE PEOPLE and the critically acclaimed, award-winning feature documentary SOUNDS LIKE TEEN SPIRIT. Other productions include PERRIER’S BOUNTY and MADE IN DAGENHAM. Currently in post-production are BYZANTIUM and GREAT EXPECTATIONS. Forthcoming Number 9 productions include an adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s novel CAROL, scripted by Emmy-nominated Phyllis Nagy (Mrs Harris) and starring Cate Blanchett and Mia Wasikowska; an adaptation of Peter Ackroyd’s DAN LENO AND THE LIMEHOUSE by Jane Goldman (Kick Ass, X Men: First Class, Stardust); an adaptation of Lissa Evans’ THEIR FINEST HOUR AND A HALF by Gaby Chiappe; and Taichi Yamada’s ghost novella STRANGERS. Elizabeth is a board member of the regional film funding body EM Media (This Is England, Control) and was recently selected as one of sixteen women to take part in the Marie Claire/Prince’s Trust ‘Inspire and Mentor’ campaign.

Marianne Gray (Yellow Bird Films, Sweden)

Following film and television studies at UCLA, Marianne started her career in Los Angeles as an Executive Assistant to producer Dawn Steel at Walt Disney Studios. She later moved on to work in development/production for companies at Warner Bros, and Twentieth Century Fox. In 1998 Marianne moved back to her native Sweden to head up the drama and feature film department at Jarowskij. Productions include a feature film for Svensk Filmindustri and several Award winning series for public broadcaster SVT, including The Laser Man starring David Dencik. Currently a producer at Yellow Bird (acquired by Jarowskij parent company Zodiak) she has just produced the Norwegian feature HEADHUNTERS, directed by Morten Tyldum and based on a thriller by Jo Nesbø. Other Yellow Bird titles include THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATOO, THE GIRL WHO PLAYED WITH FIRE and THE GIRL WHO KICKED THE HORNET’S NEST, based on Stieg Larsson's critically acclaimed Millennium trilogy and both the Swedish and UK versions of Henning Mankell’s WALLANDER starring Kenneth Brannagh.

CHAIR: Jackie Larkin (Newgrange Pictures, Ireland)

Jackie is a highly experienced producer who has been involved in Ireland’s film and independent television industry for the past 20 years. Jackie is joint managing director of Newgrange Pictures a film company formed in December 2005. Jackie is currently financing two indigenous feature film projects and is also working on a number of European co-production projects. Along with numerous documentaries and short films her feature film credits include STELLA DAYS and KINGS. She is a former board member of SPI (Screen Producer’s Ireland), a member of ACE the European Association of Producers and graduated from the Media Business School in 2003.

PANEL 3: The Money Pit

Dean Fisher (Scanner Rhodes, UK)

Dean is an independent film producer, who has now set up funds to produce and fully finance feature films. Dean has produced five successful feature films, a number of shorts and a full-length documentary. Dean’s short film was in 2004 and was the self-penned multi award-winning TEN MINUTES which has been screened at numerous international film festivals and broadcast around the world. Dean’s first feature was the cult NIGHT JUNKIES in 2006, with a budget of only £45,000. It went on to become a commercial success with sales to US co Allumination, Zone Horror in the UK and various other countries. His second feature CITY RATS became a UK top three hit when it was released by Revolver Entertainment in April 2009. In that year it also screened both at Slamdance and the East End Film Festival. Dean’s most recent feature STORMHOUSE, was a high concept horror which premiered at the prestigious Edinburgh Film, Scream Fest and was seen at Frightfest. STORMHOUSE was released by Lionsgate in the US in winter 2012. Other ventures include Canary Wharf Films and Mirror Image. Mirror Image is a partnership with Scanner-Rhodes Productions, Kaledeidoscope Film Distribution and Graham Associates. Mirror Image will produce and fully fund four feature films through the new government initiative the SEIS. Each film will receive a guaranteed theatrical release in the UK and world sales through Kaleidoscope. Canary Wharf Films is a new EIS venture which will produce and fully finance 6-8 £1 million movies.

John Byrne (Crowe Horwath, Ireland)

John is a Partner in the firm's Tax department. A member of the Irish Taxation Institute, John has 24 years' professional experience, and acts as taxation partner on a broad range of the firm's clients, including high-net-worth individuals and small- and medium-sized companies. He provides advice on personal corporate tax issues for companies and their shareholders. In addition he routinely provides advice across all taxation heads including VAT, payroll taxes, expatriate issues and stamp duty. Over the last number of years John has focused on Irish companies expanding their operations abroad and on international companies setting up in Ireland and has provided advice on both the strategic and practical tax issues faced by such companies and their employees. John also has significant experience in providing taxation advice to Irish family-owned companies and foreign companies (primarily from the US and the UK) operating in Ireland. John has expertise in advising clients both in advance of and during the course of Revenue Audits and negotiates directly with Revenue on issues arising on personal tax, corporate tax, payroll taxes and VAT. John also provides taxation advice on the payroll and VAT obligations of a number of not for profit organisations. He regularly leads a team that provides detailed compliance reviews for a number of large not-for-profit organisations.

Lenny Crooks (Killer Films, USA)

Former Head of UK Film Council’s New Cinema Fund, Lenny’s recent investments included Lynne Ramsay’s WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN, Paddy Considine’s TYRANNOSAUR and Ben Wheatley’s KILL LIST. Lenny is currently a New York based consultant advising European producers on transatlantic co-production opportunities and working with Killer Films on its development slate.

Paul Brett (Prescience, UK)

Paul is a director of Prescience and has worked in the media industry since leaving university 28 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 Pathé. 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 art-house and commercial cinemas. Prior to this, he worked for Miramax International as Vice President of European Marketing, as well as Pathé/Guild, VCI and CIC (a joint venture between Paramount and Universal).

CHAIR: Mark Byrne (Element Pictures, Ireland)

Mark recently joined Element Pictures to take up a new role of Head of Business Affairs. Mark has over 13 years’ experience working in the film and TV business and for the last 6 years worked with Bord Scannan na hEireann/the Irish Film Board as initially Business & Legal Executive and more recently Head of Legal Affairs. Prior to that Mark ran his own law practise specialising in media and entertainment and during that time he was production lawyer on a number of projects including ADAM AND PAUL and the Oscar winning film ONCE. In 2006 Mark was co-producer of the IFTA award winning film MIDDLETOWN starring Matthew Macfadyen. Mark is a former board member of the Irish Film Institute and Filmbase and is a member of the European Film Academy. Mark is currently participating on Screen Leaders, a leadership and strategic company development programme for the screen industries. Element Pictures recent credits include THE GUARD (John Michael McDonagh) starring Brendan Gleeson and Don Cheadle, THIS MUST BE THE PLACE (Paolo Sorrentino) which stars Sean Penn & Francis McDormand and ESSENTIAL KILLING (Jerzy Skolimowski) starring Vincent Gallo which won the prestigious Jury Prize at last year’s Venice Film Festival.

PANEL 4: To Boldly Go…

Ciaran Crowley (Windmill Lane, Ireland)

Having spent over ten years in the  Internationally acclaimed  VFX industry houses of London,  mostly at Double Negative gaining extensive experience, Ciarán returned home to Ireland to set up and work as 2d supervisor at Windmill Lane VFX on LOCKOUT and then as Windmill Lane’s Visual Effects Supervisor on TITANIC: BLLOD & STEEL. Past credits include INCEPTION, THE DARK KNIGHT, BATMAN BEGINS, IRON MAN 2,THE BOURNE ULTIMATUM, and various Harry Potters to mention but a few.

Ed Bruce (Screen Scene, Ireland)

Ed is currently the VFX Supervisor in Screen Scene post production facility. He has been involved in VFX since the turn of the century. Back in 2000, Ed started his career as a 3D digital artist working in a post production house called Pluto. After a few years he joined Screen Scene, one of Dublin’s largest post production facilities, continuing to work in 3D and as a compositor. In 2006, Ed was made Head of 3D where he managed a team working on commercials and a variety of films. From 2007, he began doing VFX Supervision on many different projects from films to commercials. He has collected a number of industry awards both nationally and internationally including a VES Award for my role as a VFX Supervisor on Game of Thrones in 2012.

Liam Neville (Egg Post Production, Ireland)

Liam Neville, a native Australian, graduated in 2002 with degrees in TV Production and Multimedia from Charles Stuart University in New South Wales, which is highly regarded in these fields. He then began freelancing for such companies as Emerald City Design and Spinifex in editing, motion graphics and compositing. He excelled in the area of compositing and worked for Fuel VFX, one of the largest VFX houses in Australia, on several feature films including IRON MAN 2, Baz Luhrmann’s AUSTRALIA and THE SPIRIT. And whilst visiting home in 2011 he returned to Fuel briefly to work on AVENGERS ASSEMBLE. Liam moved to Ireland in 2010 and worked on GAME OF THRONES before joining Egg Post Production in the Autumn of 2011 and has been a key member of the VFX team working on SINBAD for SKY Television.

CHAIR: Bill Daly

Bill served at Warner Bros. for 25 years overseeing hundreds of theatrical motion pictures including all of the HARRY POTTER films, SPACE JAM, LETHAL WEAPON, THE MATRIX trilogy, BATMAN AND ROBIN, BATMAN BEGINS, TROY, THE CORPSE BRIDE, Stephen Spielberg’s OCEAN’S 11, THE PERFECT STORM, SUPERMAN RETURNS, THE DEPARTED, HAPPY FEET, 300 and THE DARK KNIGHT. Bill moved to Post Production as its Director in 1997; became its Vice President in 2003 and Senior Vice President in 2006. Bill departed Warner Bros. Pictures in December 2011 upon the completion of SHERLOCK HOLMES: A GAME OF SHADOWS and THE LUCKY ONE.

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