CATHY ALFORDSearchlight +
Searchlight is the leading provider of executive search and recruitment services to the media and entertainment industry. Established in 1997, their continued success derives from the strength of the client and candidate relationships they’ve built across film, content distribution, broadcast, production, post production, music, digital media & mobile, home entertainment, and licensing. For further information about Searchlight please visit www.searchlight.com. To send your CV to searchlight, please email it to email@example.com
Cathy is the Managing Director of Searchlight. Prior to joining Searchlight, she was Business Manager at the BBC, negotiating and agreeing Factual production budgets on behalf of the BBC1 and BBC2 Commissioners. She was initially brought in to the corporation to help change BBC Post Production into a commercial, outward-facing, client-focussed business. Having managed large, multiple-site teams of creative, operational and commercial staff & a significant P&L, Cathy has the skills and experience to deliver on cross-functional senior placements.
To contact Cathy: firstname.lastname@example.org
GRANT CALTONIronbridge Capital Partners +
Grant is a an entrepreneur, investor and advisor with more than 25 years experience across multiple industry sectors in the UK, USA and Australasia.
His experience in the event cinema sector has included being co-founder of Omniverse Vision andhe consults to Fathom Events on international acquisitions. He is a partner in the investment/advisory firm Ironbridge Capital and sits on a variety of boards in the UK and beyond.
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CASSANDRA CHADDERTONUK Theatre +
Cassie is Head of UK Theatre, the leading professional membership organisation for theatre and the performing arts.
She is also on the Board of the National Campaign for the Arts.
Cassie spent the first decade of her career working in publishing with a wide range of authors – from James Ellroy to the Spice Girls. Then, as Director of Media and Stakeholder Relations for Arts Council England, she led communications and engagement programmes that made a difference to our cultural landscape.
Cassie is also a Trustee for Future Talent, a charity that supports gifted young musicians from low-income backgrounds.
BRIAN CHADWICKCooley +
Brian Chadwick specialises in cross-border mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, private equity and venture/growth transactions. Brian brings unique first-hand expertise in the digital media, entertainment and games industry having acted as the general counsel and director to leading mobile games developer Miniclip SA. for nearly seven years.
Brian is a dual-qualified lawyer who recognises that companies in the digital media space regularly face challenges and opportunities across national and international borders.
Brian is recommended in the latest version of the UK Legal 500 legal directory.
MELISSA COGAVINEvent Cinema Association (ECA) +
Melissa has worked in the distribution industry in the UK for 17 years - 7 years at Disney in International Distribution, and 3 years as Director of Film Operations at Paramount Pictures, both in London.
She set up her own consultancy in 2009 and worked closely with distributors and exhibitors in the Alternative Content, or Event Cinema industry, in a variety of capacities: research, sales, marketing and operations.
She has written about the industry for Digital Cinema Report as European Correspondent, and as a regular contributor for Cinema Technology Magazine. In October 2011 Dodona Research published their Alternative Content Report, which she co-wrote and researched.
In 2012 she set up the Event Cinema Association (ECA), recognising the need for support, infrastructure and promotion in this emerging market. Her vision was to create an information and networking resource for those involved in the event cinema industry, and supply the statistical data and research vital to help it grow and attract investment.
LUCIE CONRADProducer +
Lucie Conrad is a producer working in live arts and in performance on screen.
She has produced a number of performance captures including Matthew Bourne’s The Car Man from Sadler’s Wells (distributed in cinemas by More2Screen), Simon Rattle conducting the LSO and LSC in The Seasons at the Barbican, Bryn Terfel’s 50th Birthday Gala concert from the Royal Albert Hall, Vladimir Jurowski conducting the London Symphony Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall and Natalia Osipova and Sergei Polunin at Sadler’s Wells Theatre.
CHRISTINE COSTELLOMore2Screen +
Christine established the London-based More2Screen in 2006. Under her direction, it has established itself as one of the world’s leading Event Cinema distributors, having released over 100 programmes across the last decade, winning several industry awards in the process.
Operating across 50 territories and with a network of over 6000 screens worldwide, M2S has developed long-standing partnerships with such world-class providers as the Royal Opera House, the British Museum, the Berlin Philharmonic , Eagle Rock Entertainment and New York’s Lincoln Center.
At the time of launch, Christine had 18 years' commercial experience at board director level behind her. She has been involved in the industry since 1999, initially as CEO of Pearl and Dean’s cinema advertising business and Vice President of SAWA, the global trade body for cinema advertising. She is a member of the British Academy of Film & Televised Arts ( BAFTA).
CHRIS COULTERCooley +
Chris Coulter is a partner in the London office of international law firm, Cooley.
Chris has over twenty years of experience as a commercial lawyer, with a focus on complex transactions involving technology, and the creation, protection and licensing of digital content and IP. Chris advises both users and suppliers of technology, and his clients range from start-ups through to international businesses.
He has been involved in digital cinema since 2006 and has advised on a variety of digital cinema projects in the UK, Ireland, continental Europe and Australia. Chris’ knowledge of the sector allows him to help his clients remain focused on their core business in an evolving and competitive digital landscape.
Chris’ clients include Odeon & UCI Cinemas Group, The Digital Funding Partnership and Les Cinemas Gaumont Pathé. Clients cited in leading independent guides to the legal profession describe Chris as a "top-quality lawyer" and as someone who "takes an interest in our business, and is knowledgeable and highly skilled."
Chris is a graduate of Oxford University and author of the Ecommerce volume of Butterworth’s Encyclopaedia of Forms and Precedents.
NIGEL CROWEncompass Digital Media +
Nigel has worked in the broadcast industry for the past 25 years and has been involved in the planning and delivery of live events throughout his career.
He has been part of Event Cinema from its early days and has helped provide transmission infrastructure for many of the arts, music and premier content delivered to exhibitors across the globe.
He is Sales Director for Encompass Digital Media and continues to support the growth of Event Cinema with satellite and internet delivery solutions.
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JOE EVEACinEvents +
Joe has served in a range of publishing and commercial roles, including 4 years as Commercial Director of Digital Cinema Media (DCM) where he managed all commercial activity.
Prior to DCM, he worked at Bauer Media and its predecessor, EMAP, for eight years, most recently as the director of its digital publishing business.
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ISABELLE FAUCHETEvent Cinema Association (ECA) /
Live Digital Cinema +
From 2009 to 2013, Isabelle was Head of Cinema at the Royal Opera House where she built up a trusted network of 100 cinema partners in 45+ countries and oversaw with her team, the delivery of ballet and opera live and recorded titles to over 1,000 cinemas.
Late 2013, she set up Live Digital Cinema Ltd, offering consultancy in event cinema delivery and distribution to distributors and content providers worldwide. Clients include More2Screen, Cote Diffusion and the ECA.
Before moving to theatrical distribution, Isabelle came from the international TV documentary world where she worked for 17 years. She has extensive experience in developing, financing, producing and distributing international documentary films mostly current affairs and music documentaries on DVD and to TV channels worldwide. She also produced and directed two x 1 hour documentaries one of which was shown on French Television (France 3/France O) and one edited on DVD.
Other highlights of her career have been setting up the Documentary Funding Department of the Media II Programme of the European Commission in the mid-90s and acting as an expert assessor of documentary proposals for the European Commission for 5 years as well as setting up new departments within small independent outfits and larger organisations.
In September 2012, she became one of the founding members of the ECA Board. She stepped down from her position in September 2015 but continues to work very closely with the ECA.
KYMBERLI FRUEHFathom Events +
Kymberli Frueh is at the helm of all programming acquisition in the alternative content space for Fathom Events, from series initiatives, to perennials to unique one-time-only events.
Frueh is responsible for leading the entire programming team in focusing on key verticals and opportunities that optimize success for Fathom’s founding members and its Affiliates. She also handles international content partner relationships in sending content abroad and launching global event cinema initiatives. She is responsible for driving multi-million dollar revenue goals year after year.
Frueh has been with Fathom since 2005 and has over 25 years of successful experience working in entertainment. During her tenure with Fathom she has negotiated some of our largest high-profile events including all Floyd Mayweather title fights, Andrew Lloyd Webber and Cameron Macintosh Broadway Anniversary initiatives, The Annual Grateful Dead Meet Up, Sherlock Season Opener, BBC series, One Direction, Monty Python Live and more.
Prior to joining Fathom Events, Frueh spent over 10 years holding various positions at Viacom within the Showtime Networks and MTV Divisions. She was also on the original launch team of the Sundance Channel. She began her career as a television news anchor and reporter at various local affiliates in the Midwest and holds a dual degree in journalism and radio, television and film from Bowling Green State University. She currently resides in Denver, is a proud member of The Broadway League and is extremely passionate about live theatre, concerts and events.
RICKARD GRAMFORSFolkets Hus och Parker +
Rickard started his career at Folkets Hus och Parker in 2001, as Project Manager, responsible for the rollout of digital cinemas, as well rights negotiations, programming and marketing of alternative content, and setting up technical support as well as implementing technical certifications of alternative content cinemas.
He has spent 28 years in the film industry in various roles, including 16 years at the Swedish Film Institute as programme officer (Cinematheque), then as Head of International Department, editor-in-chief of Chaplin magazine, CEO of its publishing company, and Mediadesk. After SFI, he became editor-in-chief of Total Film magazine, and CEO of video-on-demand company V2H.
MIKE GUBBINSSampoMedia +
Michael Gubbins is co-founder of SampoMedia, a company working in film, converged media and audience analysis around the world. He is also chair of Film Cymru Wales. Gubbins was editor of titles, including Screen International and Screen Daily, and Music Week in a 25-year career in newspapers and magazines.
He writes influential reports on the changing media environment and is a sought-after and experienced moderator, keynote speaker and organiser of conferences, workshops and think tanks.
Among recent SampoMedia clients are CineRegio, Europa Cinemas, Europa Distribution, Europa International, Welsh National Opera, Arthouse Convergence (USA), Binger Film Institute, Telefilm Canada, BFI, Film London and the Swedish Film Institute.
DAVID HANCOCKIHS Markit +
David Hancock is a Research Director at IHS Markit, founding and leading the Film and Cinema team for the past 20 years. In this role he set-up the online data and analysis service, Cinema Intelligence, and is in charge of the company’s digital cinema activities.
David has been involved in numerous large-scale consultancy projects and specializes in new business models, market sizing and valuation, competitor analysis and benchmarking, strategic roadmaps, due diligence and in-depth market analyses.
He is an expert on global cinema markets, cinema exhibition, cinema technology, digital cinema, digital movie distribution and content services, the internationalisation of cinema, Event Cinema, Pop-Up cinema and much more. David is the President and a longstanding Board Member of the European Digital Cinema Forum (EDCF).
David is a frequent contributor to newspapers, trade press, radio and television regarding the film industry and has given over 400 public speeches and presentations in his 25 years in the business.
EMMA HILLDepartment for Trade & Industry (UK) +
Business, Funding & Export Advice
Emma is an International Trade Adviser at UK Trade & Investment London working with small and medium businesses in the Creative Sector helping them to grow their business in overseas markets.
ISABELLE KNIGHTStrike Media +
Isabelle has built a strong reputation in film and entertainment publicity over her career spanning some 13 years.
Previously Head of Publicity at the former leading all rights distributor Revolver Entertainment, she has more lately worked as a Publicity Consultant at a handful of the most respected PR agencies in the business and throughout her career has covered a diverse client list that includes Warner Bros Home Entertainment, UPHE, Disney, SPHE, Arrow Films, Independent Films, Film4, Middle East International Film Festival, BFI LFF, Amazon LOVEFilm, ITV and more.
Isabelle has handled campaigns across Unit, Theatrical and HE releases for studios and the leading indies, as well as Corporate PR for major production companies and personal and festival publicity.
PETER KNIGHTMad Cornish Projectionist Services +
With a long history of working hands on from a practical technical experience, training projectionists through the International Moving Image Society Cinema Technology Committee and as a Technical Ambassador for the Independent Cinema office. Added to this Peter has many years experience writing on the topic for various publications including his own website and Cinema Technology Magazine. Peter has also worked in the broadcast and video on demand worlds specialising in software development and metadata management.
LIZ LEYSHONStrode Theatre +
Liz Leyshon has been Manager of Strode Theatre & Cinema on Street, Somerset, since 1993, with responsibility for programming live events, event cinema and film.
A 343 seat venue with a mixed arts programme, Strode lost all its local authority funding in 2011 but is continuing with a programme that is attracting a growing audience. The recent addition of Event Cinema by satellite and the development of a Friends organisation have enabled Strode to survive and in the summer of 2015 Screen 2 was developed from three rooms on the first floor, a 64 seat small scale venue with Dolby 7.1, retractable seating and screen. The income for this project, totalling £180,000, has come from local trusts and personal donations from Friends of the Theatre. The new Studio has allowed for further development of Event Cinema and arthouse film programme.
She has also project managed a £1.2million National Lottery funded extension to the theatre building in 1998; a production and south west tour of a new play in 2001; a revival of the same play at Southwark Playhouse in 2002; an exhibition of large scale portraits in 2005; produced a documentary film about Glastonbury in 2010 as well as numerous other smaller productions and projects with public and private funding.
KEVIN MARKWICKPicture House Uckfield +
Kevin is the owner of The Picture House cinema in Uckfield, one of the UK’s leading independent cinemas.
The Picture House recently celebrated its centenary and is going from strength to strength recently adding a large restaurant to its operations. Uckfield is one of the top sites in the country for event cinema where events regularly sell out. The Uckfield Picture House won the Best European Independent Cinema award at the 2015 ECA Conference. Kevin writes and broadcasts regularly on the subject of cinema for the BBC.
WEZ MERCHANTStrike Media +
Strike Media began life in 2009 under the stewardship of Wez Merchant, who started his PR career way back in 2002. Since its inception Strike has worked with all manner of clients PR'ing, marketing and promoting over 300 film, cinema event, DVD, VOD, brand, fashion, book and music campaigns. Recent and current clients include Paramount Pictures UK, Secret Cinema, Pop Up Screens, Nightspot Cinema, Spirit Entertainment and The Movie Partnership.
PENNY NAGLEFlaming Lassie +
Penny Nagle is a pioneer of Event Cinema. She was responsible for screening some of the first live to cinema events in 2002 working with Robbie Williams and Led Zeppelin. She co-founded More2Screen in 2006 and was its Creative Director.
Penny was appointed to the Appeals Committee of the Video Standards & Games Rating Authority and she has been a judge at the British Video Awards, as well as speaker at many other cinema festival and events including Film Cymru, the Scottish Documentary Institute, Irish Film Board and Film London. She has also consulted to some of the biggest organisations in the world including EE (formerly Orange), Sony, Warner Music, the Space and the BBC.
Penny was a Nesta Fellow on the Clore Leadership Programme 2011 and is a credited Executive Coach. She is also a qualified IP barrister.
In 2016, she was awarded funds by the BFI to run 35 film events in Somerset, and programmes Event Cinema and film for independent cinema Westlands Yeovil, as well as offering bespoke distribution and producing services through her company Flaming Lassie.
BEN RAPPManaged Networks +
Ben founded Managed Networks in 1998 as a spin-out from his previous software business. Focused on IT support and outsourcing for small and medium-sized businesses, Managed Networks is the leading provider of IT services to the live entertainment sector.
He is also the founder and a principal consultant at Securys, a boutique information security firm specialising in cyber-security governance and board-level consultancy.
He holds a number of non-executive positions, including having served as a Director of TechUK – the UK trade federation for technology – and is serving on and chairing various TechUK committees. He presently also sits on the Professionalism Board of BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT.
He is a graduate of Oxford University, with an MA in French & Philosophy from Wadham College; a Chartered Fellow of the BCS; a Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Information Technologists and a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) with the Information Security Systems Management Professional (ISSMP) concentration.
Ben is married with two school-age children, is a keen cyclist and charity fund-raiser and was named NSPCC Fundraiser of the Year for 2014.
HARRY SCHUSTEROVGofilex +
Harry Schusterov (Director Business Development, Gofilex) has worked in the film industry for over 12 years in various positions.
After completing several film projects as a Production Manager and Location Scout, he moved to the Berlin based independent film company Epix Media AG in 2006, where he oversaw as Sales Director all film releases into theatrical, home entertainment, rental and VOD markets.
He was responsible for the release of over 200 independent film titles, ranging from American and British independent films, European and international Arthouse, documentaries, classics, German films, as well as select TV Series.
As territory Manager Germany, Switzerland, Austria for the London based British digital cinema services company Arts Alliance Media, he was responsible for the sale and implementation of the entire suite of AAM’s digital cinema software products with accompanying hardware solutions, as well as VPF financing solutions in the G-A-S territories.
As of 2014, he holds the position of Director Business Development at Gofilex, offering distributors and cinemas of all sizes a proven, terrestrial E-Delivery solution for the electronic delivery of all types of needed content into cinemas, including Live, Semi-live and recored cinema Events for Event Cinema distributors.
The Gofilex ODD™ - Organized Digital Delivery System operates in multiple territories within Europe, but also worldwide.
JONNY SOUTHCinemaLive +
CinemaLive is a multi-award winning specialist in Event Cinema which distributes and delivers live and recorded content theatrically to over 70 countries worldwide, covering a range of genres including music concerts, opera, theatre, musicals and comedy.
Jonny has over ten years varied experience in the entertainment industry including marketing, digital marketing, artist management, PR and content acquisition working with clients such as André Rieu, Elton John, Jamie Cullum, Jason Mraz, Digital Theatre, Opera Australia and The Old Vic.
PATRICK VON SYCHOWSKICelluloid Junkie +
NICK WALLISBBC's The One Show +
Nick is a regular One Show reporter and the presenter of Channel 5’s hugely successful Caught on Camera strand. He is a journalist by trade, starting out as an entertainment reporter at Radio 1 (where he interviewed Madonna, Halle Berry, Bruce Willis and Mick Jagger among many others) before switching into current affairs and investigative journalism, recently producing a well-received Panorama.
Nick has considerable experience of the corporate world and enjoys working with clients and audiences to give them the best possible experience, whether in live presenting or recorded audio/visual work.
Nick also spent six weeks in training to perform a stand-up routine for Comic Relief in front of Jo Brand, Hugh Dennis and Emma Freud, and he survived to tell the tale.
PETER WILSONHDDC Ltd +
Peter has a long and esteemed history in the cinema industry. He set up his company High Definition & Digital Cinema Ltd in 2005, specialising in hi-tech consultancy and training. He has had a fascinating and wide-ranging career, constantly managing to be at the forefront of pioneering technical developments in television and film.
Under the HDDC banner, Peter provides training in HDTV, UHD TV and Digital Cinema matters. Peter is a respected lecturer in several European countries. Peter now chairs the Event Cinema Association's Technology Group.
PETER WORSLEYEagle Rock Entertainment +
Managing Director, Theatrical and Production for Eagle Rock Entertainment.
Experienced producer, coproducer and TV and event cinema distributor in music programming and documentaries. Peter has overseen event cinema releases of films from artists including Rolling Stones, Queen, Imagine Dragons, Kiss, Motley Crue, Alice Cooper, Eric Clapton and The Who.
Eagle Rock Entertainment are the audio-visual subsidiary of Universal Music Group. The world’s largest producer and distributor of music programming for Cinema, TV, DVD, Blu-Ray and Digital Media. Eagle produces and acquires high quality music films, both concerts and documentaries, from artists including The Rolling Stones, Kiss, The Who, Paul McCartney, Eric Clapton, Queen, Pink Floyd, Katy Perry, Iggy Pop and Jeff Beck.
JOHN WYVERIlluminations +
John Wyver is a producer of performance and arts media for broadcast, cinema and online distribution.
He produces the RSC Live from Stratford-upon-Avon cinema screenings, and his other event cinema productions include The Rocky Horror Show Live, Shakespeare Live! From the RSC and Richard III with Ralph Fiennes.
His broadcast productions have been honoured with BAFTA, International Emmy and Peabody awards. He is Senior Research fellow in the School of Media, Arts and Design, University of Westminster, and he is writing a book about film and television adaptations of RSC stage productions.