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Using the backdrop of A Field in England, this panel will discuss the pros and cons of alternate releasing strategies.
The collapse of the traditional windows for release is the new reality for content creators and distributors. This panel will discuss the pros and cons of the day and date release, multi-platform and multi-territory, and other types of releasing strategies.
- Ezra Doner
Entertainment & Copyright Lawyer (MODERATOR)
Ezra is a New York-based production, finance and distribution lawyer for film and television. His clients include producers, distributors, financiers and exhibitors of filmed entertainment; filmmakers, writers and other artists; rights holders; and companies and entrepreneurs in allied industries. He also serves as an IFTA arbitrator, and handles producer's rep assignments. Before entering private law practice, Ezra was an executive and lawyer with film companies in New York and Los Angeles, including Miramax Films, Gladden Entertainment, Cinema Group and Paramount Pictures. He is a graduate of Yale University and Columbia Law School.
- Philipp Hoffmann
During his studies in Film Production at the ifs international filmschule in Cologne, Philipp Hoffmann produced several award-winning short films and developed a student scholarship fund. He then worked at Eyeworks Entertainment, Cologne Gemini Filmproduktion and Wiedemann & Berg Filmproduktion, and did script coverage and analysis for the feature film division at RTL Television. As Head of Marketing at The Match Factory, he oversaw the international marketing and festival campaigns for such films as Waltz with Bashir, Soul Kitchen and Desert Flower. He established his own consulting company in 2011 and conducts seminars on world sales, distribution and international marketing.
- Sue Bruce-Smith
Head of Commercial and Brand Strategy, Film4
Following an already established career in the film industry, Sue joined Film4 in 1997 as a Film Sales Manager and became Director of International Sales and Marketing overseeing such titles as East Is East, Sexy Beast and Charlotte Gray. After a brief move away from Film4 wherein Sue pursued production work, she re-joined the company in 2004 as Head of Commercial Development, tasked with helping to steer the financing and distribution strategies for Film4 films. She was an executive producer on Miranda July's second feature film The Future and more recently Roger Michell's Le Weekend. Her title recently changed to reflect her increasing responsibility for managing the future commercial and brand strategy for the division. Sue is currently a board member of Protagonist Pictures, The Dublin International Film Festival and a governor of the London Film School.
- Alex Walton
President of International Sales and Distribution, Exclusive Media
Alex joined Exclusive Media in May 2010 and has since overseen sales and all aspects of the distribution business on Ron Howard's Rush, Parkland, End of Watch and The Ides Of March. Prior to joining Exclusive Media, Alex served as Senior Vice President of International Sales at Paramount Vantage where he was responsible for running the International Sales division, representing films from Paramount Pictures, and overseeing the distribution of Overture Films product in international territories. Titles he worked on include Shutter Island and No Country For Old Men. Prior to Paramount, Alex was at HanWay Films, where he was Director of International sales, handling films including Woody Allen's Match Point and Richard Linklater's Fast Food Nation.