Christos returns to Inside Pictures panel to judge aspiring film business leaders

13th January 2020

13 January 2020


As Inside Pictures wraps up its Class of 2019 programme this month, our Head of Film (and Inside Pictures alumni) Christos Michaels joined a panel of top-level film executives at VUE Piccadilly on Thursday last week to assess participants’ project presentations.

Christos shared the esteemed judging panel with:

  • Chris Auty, Head of Producing at National Film & Television School
  • Jasper van Hecke, SVP of Acquisitions & Production at Universal Pictures
  • Jill Tandy, Executive Coach, Mentor & Consultant
  • Jonathan Rutter, Director of Film Premier PR
  • Jonathan Sadler, Owner & Creative Director of Magus Marketing
  • Julie Baines, Producer at Dan Films
  • Mark Woolley, CEO of Ecosse Films
  • Matthew Baker, Director of Acquisitions at HanWay Films
  • Paul Sweeney, Consultant for AdHoc Cinema
  • Pim Hermeling, CEO of September Film Distribution
  • Rebecca O’Brien, Producer at Sixteen Films
  • Tom Harberd, CEO of Headgear Films

This final stage of the programme followed a week-long business development module of the programme which took place in November 2019, when Christos shared his perspective on studio business affairs with participants, at Lee & Thompson’s offices.

The Class of 2019 participants, who completed their first module in June 2019 at Lee & Thompson, comprised a handpicked group of film industry executives from twelve different countries:

  • Gary Cranner – Producer, Chezville Germany
  • Alice Damiani – VP International Sales, TF1 Studio
  • Sander Dikhoff – Entertainment Lawyer, Dikhoff Van Dongen Advocaten
  • Karina Gechtman – Head of International Marketing and Publicity, Altitude Film Sales
  • Matthew Gledhill – CEO/Producer, Wheelhouse Productions
  • Verena Gräfe-Höft – CEO/Producer, Junafilm UG
  • Sophie Green – Head of Acquisitions and Development, Bankside Films
  • Gints Grube – CEO/Producer, Mistrus Media
  • Oliver Huson – International Sales Manager, IMG Media
  • Tessa Inkelaar – Vice President, Creative, Cinestaan Film Company/C International Sales
  • Mike MacMillan – Producer, Lithium Studios Canada
  • Ailish McElmeel – Co-founder, Deadpan Pictures Ireland
  • Don McNicholl – Senior Legal & Business Affairs Manager, Film4
  • Cristian Nicolescu – Co-Owner/CBDO, Avanpost Media Romania
  • Samanta Roberts – Marketing Director, Film, eOne Spain 
  • Frédérique Rouault – Director of International Sales, Playtime
  • Hannah Saunders – Marketing and Distribution Manager, Film4
  • Anna Smith Tenser – Managing Director/Executive Producer, Iconoclast London
  • Leanne Tonkes – CEO/Producer, Sense & Centsability
  • Lena Vurma – Head of Acquisitions/Producer, NFP Marketing & Distribution, Dragonfly Films


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