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Conversation with Michael Apted and Variety's Anna Marie De La Fuente: Saturday, 17, 11am
Join us for a conversation between Anna Maria De La Fuente, Chief Latin America writer for Variety and Michael Apted, acclaimed director and 2012 BIFF tribute recipient.

Distribution: Saturday, November 17, 12pm
Jonathan Deckter, President of Sales, IM Global
David Dinerstein, President, LD Distribution
Cristina Garza, Head of Distribution, Canana
Scott Shooman, EVP Acquisitions and Productions, CBS Films
Jim Stern, CEO, EndGame Entertainment
MODERATOR:
Jon Gerrans, Co-President, Strand Releasing

Financing Panel: Saturday, November 17, 2pm
Daniel Diamond, President of International, QED
Ricky Margolis, Vice President, Future Film Group
Bahman Naraghi, Producer, former COO GK Films
Corrie Rothbart, CFO, Voltage Pictures
Mimi Steinbauer, President and CEO, Radiant Films
William Mapother, Founder, Slated
MODERATOR: Bahram Naraghi

VARIETY CONVERSATION BIOS:

Michael Apted:
Michael Apted is one of Hollywood’s leading film directors, and serves as the current Secretary Treasurer of the Directors Guild of America, having formerly served as the organization’s President. Among his honors, Mr. Apted was awarded the C.M.G. for his ser- vices to British film and television, and has received over 30 professional awards and nominations for his amazing body of work. He has directed over 70 film and television projects, and has directed three differ- ent actors to Oscar-winning and Oscar-nominated performances, including Sissy Spacek in ‘Coal Miner’s Daughter,’ Jodie Foster in ‘Nell,’ and Sigourney Weaver in ‘Gorillas in the Mist.’ His stellar directorial work also includes the standout films ‘Blink,’ ‘The World Is Not Enough,’ ‘Enigma,’ ‘Enough,’ ‘Amazing Grace,’ ‘Class Action’ ‘Gorky Park,’ ‘The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader,’ and his newest film, ‘Chasing Mavericks,’ starring Gerard Butler and Jonny Weston.

Anna Marie De La Fuente: Anna Marie De La Fuente is the Chief Latin America writer for Variety.  A Spanish national born in the Phillipines, De La Fuente began her career in journalism while living in Madrid. She was the Spanish bureau chief for the Hollywood Reporter from 1990-96, at which time she moved to Los Angeles and became a freelance media writer. In 1998 she was ap-pointed Latin America bureau chief for Screen Intl. De La Fuente has written widely on the entertainment industry, contributing to the Los Angeles Times, Variety Deal Memo, Bill-board and Broadcast.

PANELIST BIOS:

Jonathan Deckter:
Jonathan Deckter joined IM Global in April 2010 as President, International Sales & Distribution, overseeing sales and distribution for the company's five divisions with titles sold including Walking With Dinosaurs, Dredd, Sinister, Insidious and Paranoia.  Prior to joining IM Global, Deckter in senior executive roles Lakeshore
Entertainment, Arclight Films and Morgan Creek International.  

Daniel Diamond:
Daniel Diamond has served as a top executive in the International Motion Picture business for over a quarter of a century and currently is currently the President of International at QED.  Prior to QED he served as of President of Morgan Creek International, President of Fireworks Pictures, and President of International Distribution for Franchise Pictures.  During his nearly 3 decade career, Diamond has financed, produced and distributed scores of motion pictures including Hollywood Blockbusters such as ""Austin Powers" as well as highly regarded independent films such as Sundance Grand Prize winner "The Believer".

David Dinerstein:
David Dinerstein has built and managed several independent companies from their inception. His films have garnered over 72 Academy Award Nominations and 15 Academy Awards. Dinerstein co founded Paramount Vantage. He was one of the original architects of Fox Searchlight and head of marketing at Miramax films. He is currently President of LD Entertainment

Cristina Garza:
Cristina is the Head of Distribution at CANANA, a indie production and distribution company based in Mexico City founded in 2005 by Gael García Bernal, Diego Luna and Pablo Cruz. Before arriving to CANANA, Cristina lived in New York for ten years and served as Manager of International Sales at FiGa Films, an international sales and micro-distribution company. She also co-founded FilmCatcher.com, an online video magazine for independent films. She is currently the U.S. Delegate for Critics Week of the Cannes Film Festival, rides a 10-speed Peugeot, and lives with her husband and chocolate lab in Mexico City. Cristina Garza es la Directora de Distribucion en CANANA, una productora y distribudora de cine fundada en 2005 por Gael García Bernal, Diego Luna y Pablo Cruz. Antes de llegar a CANANA vivía en Nueva York diez años, trabajando por FiGa Films, una distribuidora y agencia de ventas de películas Latino-Américas, y donde cofundó FilmCatcher.com, un sitio web social para el cine independiente. Actualmente es el delegado de EE.UU. para la Semana de la Crítica del Festival de Cine de Cannes y vive con su esposo y labrador chocolate en la Ciudad de México.

Jon Gerrans:
Jon Gerrans is Co-founder and Co-President of Strand Releasing, an independent distribution company.  Strand acquires and distributes 20-25 narrative features and docs each year across all media platforms.  Specializing in director driven, commercial art-house films, Strand has amassed a library of 300+ films in its 24 years of business.  Recent Spanish language releases are:  “Bonsai”, “Pelotero”, “Carancho”, “Daniel & Ana”, “Rabia”, “Ano Bisiesto” and upcoming films include: “White Elephant”, “The Condemned” and “Post Tenenbras Lux”.

Ricky Margolis:
Ricky joined Future Films USA in March 2007 and is currently the Vice President. His responsibilities include the tracking of projects that require financing and helping them to progress into production, liaising with the various film commissions and the development of relationships with sales agents. Prior to joining Future Films USA, Ricky worked for nearly three years at Filmax International in Barcelona, Spain. Ricky gained extensive experience working directly with producers, directors, writers, talent, agents and financiers.

Bahman Naraghi:
Bahman Naraghi is a film producer and seasoned film executive, with over two decades of diverse industry experience.  He was most recently the COO of GK Films where he supervised the making of such films as The Tourist and Hugo. In recent years, Naraghi has made significant contributions to the independent film world – founding Red Envelope Entertainment at Netflix, and running Intermedia – after more than a decade of senior Studio executive positions at Universal Pictures and Miramax Films.

Corrie Rothbart: 
Corrie Rothbart is CFO of Voltage Pictures, one of the premier independent sales, production and financing companies in the market today with more than 10 fully or co-financed films alone this year alone. Ms. Rothbart oversees all financial planning and aspects for the company, including negotiating all single picture loan and other financings, production finance, corporate treasury, and day-to-day operations.  

Andrew Ruf:
Andrew Ruf is the head of the Paradigm Talent Department and serves on the agency’s Management Committee, which oversees the companies day to day operations.  Andrew began his career in the Paradigm mailroom 17 years ago directly out of law school.  He is a graduate of Cornell University and Miami Law School.

Scott Shooman: 
Scott Shooman currently serves as CBS Films' EVP of Acquisitions+Co-Productions where he has overseen titles such as THE WOMAN IN BLACK, SALMON FISHING IN THE YEMEN and SEVEN PSYCHOPATHS.  Shooman joined CBS Films after a decade long tenure in Acquisitions for Sony Pictures Entertainment.  

Mimi Steinbauer: 
Mimi Steinbauer launched Radiant Films International to bring quality commercial films to the worldwide marketplace.  Prior to launching Radiant, Steinbauer ran Hyde Park International.  Steinbauer was previously Vice President of Distribution at New Line Cinema, Sales and Distribution Consultant for Voltage Pictures, President of International Sales and Distribution at Franchise Pictures, and Head of International Television at Trimark Pictures.

Jim Stern:
As CEO of Endgame Entertainment, Stern has produced over 50 shows and films, including Oscar-nominated An Education, The Brothers Bloom, Hotel Rwanda, I’m Not There and Looper.  Broadway credits include Tony® winning musicals The Producers and Hairspray.  He directed the critically-acclaimed Every Little Step and HBO series Sport in America.

William Mapother
William Mapother has appeared in over fifty films and television shows. Recent film work includes The Drew Peterson Story, the Sundance hit Another Earth, Edwin Boyd, and FDR: American Badass. Other films include the Oscar-nominated In the Bedroom, World Trade Center, The Grudge, Lords of Dogtown, The Burrowers, and Without Limits. His television work includes Lost (as Ethan Rom), Prison Break, Criminal Minds, Touched by an Angel, CSI: Vegas, CSI:Miami, and Law & Order:SVU and Criminal Intent. He is a Founding Partner and Board member of Slated, a tech and finance company for the film industry. Slated will soon launch an exclusive online marketplace for film finance, the first of its kind, connecting filmmakers and financiers all over the world. Mapother has made use of his varied interests and talents in unique ways, both on and off screen. His voice has been heard in animation, video games, documentaries, PSAs, and commercials. He is currently writing and producing a film based on an episode of This American Life. In July 2011 at NYC's Lincoln Center Festival, he appeared in three of David Michalek's remarkable Portraits in Dramatic Time, a series of high-definition super- slow motion films featuring Alan Rickman, Patti Lupone, Liev Schreiber and others, all projected on an 85 x 45 outdoor screen at Lincoln Center Plaza. He is a National Director of the Screen Actors Guild, a co-founder of the Flyover Film Festival, and a member of the Kentucky Film Commission. He is a spokesperson for the cause of Elder Abuse Awareness and on the Board of the Community Foundation of Louisville. Prior to acting, Mapother worked in various positions in the film industry and taught grades seven to twelve in East Los Angeles. He grew up in Louisville, KY and received a BA in Literature from Notre Dame. He lives in Los Angeles.

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