INDUSTRY PANELS 2017
This year’s edition of Finnish Film Affair will feature two expert industry panels that will pull back the curtain on the international media business and reveal the best opportunities for Finnish filmmakers. The first panel will present up-to-the-minute information from the most prominent streaming and VOD companies, including what they are looking for and how they like to work with producers and directors. The second panel will include internationally recognized agents and managers who will share step-by-step plans for how to work best with talent representatives. The panels are moderated by Adam Leipzig.
VOD from A, B, C to X, Y, Z and Å too
VOD releases – whether global on Netflix or Amazon, or within specific countries – represent the growth area of entertainment media, and your project can’t reach its audience without a successful VOD partner. In this panel, industry experts share up-to-the-minute insights on the most prominent streaming and VOD companies, including case studies, transaction examples, what they are looking for, and how they like to work with producers and directors.
Adam Leipzig, CEO, Entertainment Media Partners, moderator
Aram Tertzakian, Partner, XYZ Films
Bobby Allen, VP of Content, MUBI
Adam Chapnick, Founder, Distribber
Laura Kuulasmaa, Executive Producer, Elisa Viihde
Do you need an agent or manager to advance your career? How do you get one? If you have one, how can you make the most of your working relationship? In this panel, internationally recognized agents and managers share personal stories and step-by-step plans for how to work best with talent representatives.
Adam Leipzig, CEO, Entertainment Media Partners, moderator
Camille McCurry, Agent, United Agents
Dana O’Keefe, Manager/Senior Executive, Cinetic Media
Justin Littman, Manager, Gotham Group
Adam Leipzig (Entertainment Media Partners)
Adam Leipzig has been a producer, distributor or supervising executive on more than 30 films that have disrupted expectations, including A Plastic Ocean, March of the Penguins, Honey, I Shrunk the Kids, Dead Poets Society and Titus. His movies have won or been nominated for 10 Academy Awards, 11 BAFTA Awards, 2 Golden Globes, 2 Emmys, 2 Directors Guild Awards, 4 Sundance Awards and 4 Independent Spirit Awards. Collectively, his projects have generated over $2 billion in revenue on $300 million production spending, and twice he has been responsible for the ‘most profitable picture of the year.’
Adam is founder and CEO of Entertainment Media Partners; Senior Creative Advisor to CreativeFuture, a non-profit organization that advocates for the rights of creative communities; and a faculty member at the prestigious UC Berkeley Haas School of Business. He is also the former President of National Geographic Films, and a former Senior Vice President at Walt Disney Studios.
Over the course of his career, Adam has worked with more than 10,000 creatives in film, theatre, television, music, dance, poetry, literature, performance, photography, and design. In addition to the many established actors and directors with whom he has worked, Adam has launched the first films of Julie Taymor, Jon Turteltaub, Joe Johnston, Craig Leeson, Lu Chuan, Luc Jacquet, Byambasuren Davaa, Luigi Falorni, Christopher Dillon Quinn, and Mary Agnes Donoghue, and he produced the first plays directed by the late Robert Altman.
Adam publishes the popular digital magazine Cultural Weekly, a curated open forum for creative people expressing their perspectives on our culture.
Adam is author of two books for emerging filmmakers published by Macmillan: Inside Track for Independent Filmmakers and Filmmaking in Action: Your Guide to the Skills and Craft, which has become the standard learning text at universities and colleges. Adam has written for the New York Times, CEO.com, Smart CEO Magazine, and many others.
Adam is working on his next two documentaries and his next book, which is designed to empower creative people to lead more sustainable lives.
Adam Chapnick (DIstribber)
Adam Chapnick is a globally recognized serial entrepreneur known for disrupting long-established industries with tech-supported new-model approaches. He’s an active consultant to tech founders on strategy, operations, and financing.
Adam founded Distribber.com, the flat-fee VOD distribution service that empowers content creators to distribute their work like a major studio. Filmmakers keep all rights, and get all their revenue.
Adam has proudly served on the Board of Directors of the International Documentary Association since 2009.
A prolific thought-leader on rewards-based and equity crowdfunding, Adam has presented on the subject at hundreds of events around the world and in dozens of verticals since 2010.
He was a Principal at Indiegogo, which he helped build into the world’s largest crowdfunding platform, with over 200,000 campaigns, users in over 175 countries, operating in multiple languages and 5 currencies.
Adam is an advisor to the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce’s Technology and Innovation division, and is embedded with their Entrepreneur In Residence program.
He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and two daughters, is an avid sand sculptor, and sings when others wish he wouldn’t.
Aram Tertzakian (XYZ Films)
Aram Tertzakian is a founding partner at XYZ Films. The Los Angeles based company was founded in 2008, and has been behind films such as The Raid franchise, BAFTA winner Under the Shadow, and Sundance winner I Don’t Feel at Home in this World Anymore.
Aram oversees the identification of creative talent, acquisition of projects for global sales, and production of projects on the company’s slate.
Before founding XYZ Films, Aram primarily focused on creative development, having held various positions for a diverse group of filmmakers such as director Alexander Payne, producers Frank Marshall and Kathleen Kennedy, and producer Ted Field.
Aram received a Masters of Fine Arts from the UCLA Producers Program in June 2007. He completed his undergraduate study at Georgetown University, majoring in English with a focus on Film. He graduated Magna Cum Laude in 2004.
Bobby Allen (MUBI)
Bobby Allen is an experienced film sales, acquisition and production executive. He is currently the VP of Content for MUBI, he was previously the VP Acquisitions at Celluloid Dreams, Head of Production at MTV Films Europe and Head Of Acquisitions at Film Four Limited.
Camille McCurry (United Agents)
Camille is an agent at leading London talent and literary agency United Agents, representing directors and screenwriters across film and television. She was selected as a Screen International ‘Future Leader’ in 2016. Prior to joining United Agents Camille qualified as an attorney in New York, where she worked in the music industry. She joined United Agents at its inception in 2007.
Dana O’Keefe (Cinetic Media)
Dana O’Keefe is a manager, sales agent and producer at Cinetic Media, a New York-based film and media company founded by John Sloss, producer of BOYHOOD. Cinetic is a boutique film consultancy that provides an exclusive group of entertainment clients with advisory services in every aspect of development and operations related to motion pictures. The firm specializes in film finance, sales, distribution, talent management, and corporate consulting, occupying a unique position in the film industry as representatives of marquee talent at the intersection of financing and distribution. O’Keefe is a partner at Cinetic.
Justin Littman (Gothan Group)
Justin Littman is a manger/producer at The Gotham Group, working with writers and directors in both film & television. He previously served as Creative Executive at Gail Katz Productions, where he spearheaded projects such as PAWN SACRIFICE and CASHMERE MAFIA. The latter of which he oversaw for Gail Katz while in production of the first season of the series. At The Gotham Group, Justin has built a list of exciting international filmmakers, including recent Oscar Winning director, Kristof Deak, who won the Academy Award in 2017 for Best Live Action Short, Oscar Nominated director Patrick Vollrath, whose film EVERYTHING WILL BE OKAY was nominated for Best Live Action Short in 2016, and Spanish directing team, Juanfer Andres & Esteban Roel, who directed SHREW’S NEST, which was nominated for multiple Goya Awards, including for Best First Feature. Additionally, Justin works with a group of exciting screenwriters, including Paul Dichter, who is going into his second season as a writer on STRANGER THINGS, Alice O’Neill, who writes on BILLIONS, and Andy Bellin, who wrote THINK AARON for HBO Films and is currently writing DRONE WARRIOR for Paramount and Michael Bay. As a producer, Justin recently set up the re-make of SHREW’S NEST with Weed Road at Paramount. Justin graduated from The University of Southern California with a Bachelor’s Degree in International Marketing.
Laura Kuulasmaa (Elisa Viihde)
Laura Kuulasmaa is leading SVOD business and original programming at Elisa Viihde, the market leading Finnish entertainment and VOD service. Her role includes content acquisitions and operating as an executive producer for Elisa Viihde original series, such as the Downshifters and Konttori (Finnish remake of the Office). Prior to the movie and TV industry she has worked with e.g. digital books and music services.
Peter Trinh (ICM Partners)
Peter Trinh is an agent (Managing Director) in the international and independent film department of ICM Partners, a talent and literary agency representing clients in the fields of motion pictures, television, publishing, music, theater, corporate branding and digital media. In his role at ICM Partners, Mr. Trinh, on top of being on teams for various clients throughout the agency, packages creative and financial elements to films and negotiates the distribution deals for independent films. He was named by Variety as one of “Hollywood’s New Leaders” in 2012 and Fade In Magazine’s “The Top 100 People in Hollywood You Need to Know 2013.”