Christos joins Inside Pictures panel as aspiring film business leaders are put to test

11 January 2019

As Inside Pictures wrapped its Class of 2018 programme this week, our Head of Film (and Inside Pictures alumni) Christos Michaels joined a panel of top-level film executives to assess participants’ project presentations.

Christos shared the esteemed judging panel with Nik Powell – Former Director of the National Film & Television School, Toby Hill – Head of Acquisitions & Development at Westend Films, Alexander Janssen – Head of Acquisitions at Universum Film, Paul Miller – Producer/Financier at Escape Pictures, Mark Woolley – Finance and Commercial Director at Ecosse Films, Pim Hermeling – CEO at September Film Distribution, Julie Baines – Producer at Dan Films, Sara Boss – Head of Sales at Viond GmbH, Matthew Baker – Director of Acquisitions at HanWay Films, Genevieve Lemal – CEO at SCOPE Invest, Annabel Hutton – Senior Account Director at Premier PR and Jill Tandy – Executive Producer at Inside Pictures.

This  final stage of the programme followed a week-long business development module of the programme which took place in November 2018, when Christos shared his perspective on studio business affairs with participants, at Lee & Thompson’s offices.  We also hosted the course’s first ever virtual reality ‘spacewalk’ experience for the students following a immersive storytelling session.

The Class of 2018 participants comprised a handpicked group of film industry from twelve different countries:

  • Jo Allan – Storyworlds Producer, The Ink Factory, United Kingdom
  • Sol Bondy – Managing Partner / Producer, One Two Films, Germany
  • Marina Brackenbury – Development Producer, FilmWave, United Kingdom
  • Paula Devonshire – Producer, Devonshire Productions Inc., Canada
  • Kęstutis Drazdauskas – Producer, ARTBOX, Lithuania
  • Jonathan Halperyn – Producer / EVP Business Development, Korda Studios, Hungary
  • Oli Harbottle – Head of Distribution and Acquisitions, Dogwoof, United Kingdom
  • Paula Heffernan – Head of Production, Element Pictures, Ireland
  • Rajko Jazbec – Managing Partner / Producer, CognitoFilms Zürich & Serienwerk Berlin, Switzerland
  • Justin Kelly – Head of Business and Legal Affairs, Hanway Films & Recorded Picture Company, United Kingdom
  • Gijs Kerbosch – Managing Director / Producer, Halal, The Netherlands
  • John Keville – Managing Director / Producer, Savage Productions, Ireland
  • Eun-Zi Kim– Business and Legal Affairs Manager, DCM, Germany
  • Kristine M.I. Knudsen – Producer, Den siste skilling AS, Norway
  • Charlotte Mardon-Heath – Senior Marketing Manager of New Media, Entertainment One, United Kingdom
  • Alison Meese – Head of UK Acquisitions, STUDIOCANAL, United Kingdom
  • Carla Quarto di Palo – Director of International Sales, Cornerstone Films, United Kingdom
  • Jørgen Storm Rosenberg – Producer, 74 Entertainment, Norway
  • Janey van Ierland – CEO / Talent Manager, Nummer19 management, The Netherlands
  • Yvette Zhuang – VP International Sales, STX Entertainment, USA

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