He has been involved in the financing and production of many independent films and won an Emmy as a producer for the film, THE INCREDIBLE MRS. RITCHIE"
Chris Auty started his professional career as a film journalist, running the film department of Time Out. From 1984-85 he was European Editor of The Hollywood Reporter.
She is widely respected as an independent film analyst, and works closely with writers and directors up and down the country.
Pippa was previously Head of Film at Granada. Her credits include MY LEFT FOOT, JACK AND SARAH, HOUSE OF MIRTH, THE HOLE, GHOSTWORLD, BLOODY SUNDAY, SHOOTING DOGS, HEARTLESS and the upcoming CHALET GIRL.
Christopher Fowler co-founded Creative Partnership, a company that changed the face of UK and international film marketin. He has spent nearly 30 years working in film. The award-winning author of thirty novels and short story collections, he has written for the BBC, The Times, Time Out, Daily Mail and has a regular column in the Independent on Sunday.
Lora Fox Gamble, is an independent producer and film commissioner with more than twenty years experience in film production, finance and distribution. Ms. Fox began her career in film and television working in development with veteran producer Freddie Fields at MGM. She moved to the Samuel Goldwyn Company in 1986, where she acquired films for television libraries and theatrical release. In 1991, she was named Executive Director of the International Documentary Association. In 1992, she produced and wrote her first independent documentary, THE VIEW FROM THE CAGE, and sold it to The Discovery Channel. This led to three years participating in underwater films both in front of and behind the camera. As Director of International Co-productions for Oregon Public Broadcasting, she helped create the Eyewitness series, a co-production with BBC's Natural History Unit and Dorling-Kindersley. In 1995, she became Managing Director of Pinnacle Pictures, an international film and television sales company based in London where she financed and marketed several independent feature films. In 2002, she produced the independent feature ANOTHER LIFE starring Nick Moran, Tom Wilkinson, Imelda Staunton and Ioan Gruffudd. In 2005, she was appointed by the Suffolk County legislature in New York to serve as a film commissioner on the Suffolk County Film Board. Recently, she produced THE SONG IS YOU FROM WATERMILL for PBS, and represented THE TEN, a feature film that will be theatrically released by ThinkFilm in August 2007.
He has produced over 150 short films, and 5 feature films. He has written eight scripts, one of which is currently in pre-production. He teaches writers and producers in the UK, Europe. Japan and America.
He has written three books which have become industry standards: RAINDANCE WRITERS LAB 2nd Edition (Focal Press 2008), RAINDANCE PRODUCERS LAB (Focal Press 2004) and 130 PROJECTS TO GET YOU INTO FILMMAKING (Barrons 2009). His first novel THE BANDIT QUEEN is scheduled for publication next year.
Open University awarded Elliot an Honourary Doctorate for services to film education in 2009.
Norma's credits include the Oscar, BIFA and BAFTA nominated MRS HENDERSON PRESENTS, the Oscar and BAFTA winning DANGEROUS LIAISONS, THE SECRET AGENT, GANGSTER NO.1, SISTER MY SISTER, THE HONORARY CONSUL, KISS KISS (BANG BANG) and BUSTER. She was one of the founders of WIFTV UK, and is on the board of the Soho Theatre.
Fred was the co-founder and producer of the British Independent Film Awards 1998-2001. He then set up Adara Pictures, a production company specialising in factual television formats. He is the writer/director of Northern Lights (2005), and currently co-runs the production company Black Island.
Robert Jones’ production credits include Academy Award™ winners The Usual Suspects,
Gosford Park and The Constant Gardener as well as Paul Thomas Anderson’s Hard
Eight, Stephen Frears’ Dirty Pretty Things, Mike Leigh’s Vera Drake, David
Schwimmer’s Run Fat Boy Run and Neil Marshall’s Centurion.
Formerly a professional music recording artist, Jones has 28 years varied experience in
the feature film industry and has built an impressive track record both working with
established filmmakers and identifying and developing new talent and commercial
feature film material. Starting out in distribution and acquisition Jones was responsible
at Palace Pictures and PolyGram for picking up such hits as When Harry Met Sally,
Wild At Heart, Cinema Paradiso, Reservoir Dogs and Shallow Grave. His various other
roles have included Head of the UK Film Council Premiere Fund and President of New
Line/Entertainment joint UK production venture Material Entertainment.
Jones is currently running Jonescompany Productions where he is producing film and
television projects with the likes of Academy Award™ winners Danny Boyle and Julian
Fellowes and Inkheart director Iain Softley.
His clients include Peter O'Toole, Jeanne Moreau, Bruce Beresford, Frederic Raphael and Julie Walters. Steve is also a member of both the American and British Motion Picture Academies and PMA (Personal Managers Association) Council.
Ollie Madden started his career at Graham Broadbent and Damian Jones' company, Dragon Pictures. He later became an Acquisitions Executive at Atom Films, the world's largest short film distribution company. In 2001 Madden moved on to be a Director of Production and Development at Miramax Films, where he worked for three years and was involved with such films as DIRTY PRETTY THINGS, COLD MOUNTAIN and PROOF. In late 2004, Madden joined Intermedia Films as Head of UK Production and Development, where he worked on THE HUNTING PARTY, DARK FIELDS, and produced comedy MAGICIANS for Universal Pictures. In 2007 Madden joined Warner Bros. as their UK based VP of Production where he has worked on SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE and the Guy Ritchie directed SHERLOCK HOLMES franchise.
Neil’s first feature as a producer was Season of Mists, an Anglo-Russian film first released in Moscow in 2009. His second was The Empty Home, a co-production involving Kyrgyzstan, Russia, France and the UK, which was Kyrgyzstan’s entry for this year’s Academy Award for Best Foreign-Language Film.
He also produced Vision Shorts, the programme about the IFT’s film-making courses which was broadcast on the Community Channel in 2010, and many of the IFT’s videos. Neil acts as a mentor on the masters programme run by the IFT and Raindance in partnership with Staffordshire University, which leads to an MA or MSc in Film by Negotiated Learning.
He is a member of the European Film Academy and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and has served on many film juries including the Faithful Heart film festival in Moscow in October 2008, the Watersprite student film competition in Cambridge in 2011, 2012 and 2013, and the Rushes Soho Shorts festival in 2011 and 2012.
Martin Myers is the fourth generation of his family to enter movie business. His Great Grandfather and Grandfather owned cinemas across London. An accomplished professional with broad experience of the film and video business in both corporate and independent sectors. Martin has substantial experience of taking a product from concept/script to completion with sales and marketing expertise.
Following early roles in distribution, sales and marketing for CIC, UIP, Martin became Sales and Marketing Director of Miracle Films and later took on the same role (along with responsibility for acquisition) at Vestron Pictures where he released PRINCESS BRIDE, BUSTER and DIRTY DANCING. He was subsequently appointed Theatrical Director of First Independent Films Limited, where he oversaw acquisitions and release.
In 1999 he set up Miracle Communications, focusing on the distribution and sales. He now consults for various theatrical and dvd companies, as well as producers and directors in the planning and releasing of their product into the UK theatrical market.Martin also actively represents a number of UK companies exploiting their rights for Airlines ,Non Theatrical and TV sales. He also reads scripts for a number of producers who want an answer from a distributors point of view.
Sarah Radclyffe co-founded Working Title in 1984 with Tim Bevan and whilst there produced several films including MY BEAUTIFUL LAUNDRETTE, WISH YOU WERE HERE and A WORLD APART. Following the acquisition of Working Title by Polygram in 1993, Sarah left to pursue a more independent career and set up her own company, Sarah Radclyffe Productions. Since then, she has produced or executive produced, amongst others, SECOND BEST, COUSIN BETTE, LES MISERABLES, THE WAR ZONE, RATCATCHER, THERE’S ONLY ONE JIMMY GRIMBLE, LOVE’S BROTHER, HOW ABOUT YOU and THE EDGE OF LOVE. Sarah is executive producing RAFINA which is currently shooting in Pakistan. She served on the board of Channel 4 and the BFI between 1997 and 1999 and the UK Film Council from 1999-2004.
In 2005 she left the BBC to set up Rainmark Films, a television and film production company based in London, with producer Frank Doelger. In 2007, their production slate includes: PRIMO, A NUMBER, MY ZINC BED, CHURCHILL AT WAR and THE OTHER MAN, a feature film to be directed by Richard Eyre.
James Wilson began his career as a Production Executive at Fox Searchlight Pictures in Los Angeles, and subsequently at FilmFour in London. Over eight years he worked on the development, production and acquisition of a range of films including Sexy Beast, Dancer in the Dark, The Filth and The Fury, The Low Down, The Last King of Scotland, The Full Monty, Nil By Mouth and The Ice Storm.
Since becoming a producer he has served as an Executive Producer on Edgar Wright's Shaun of The Dead, and produced James Marsh's The King with Milo Addica. Along with Nira Park, he is currently producing Joe Cornish's Attack The Block.