Valenti speech helps open AFM activities next month

The American Film Market kicks off Feb. 25 at the Miramar Sheraton in Santa Monica with MPAA president Jack Valenti giving the opening speech.

On March 2, keynote speaker Jeff Berg, chairman/CEO of ICM, will give another speech as part of a four-day series of forums focusing on a broad range of issues facing the film industry.

The first forum, “Moral Rights: Whose Movie Is It Anyway? The Battle for Creative and Financial Control,” is set for 8 a.m., March 1. Panelists include Carolco Pictures counsel Lorin Brennan, producer Mace Neufeld, writer-director Phil Alden Robinson, director Bertrand Tavernier and Strauss Zelnick, prez/chief operating officer, 20th Century Fox. Entertainment attorney Peter Dekom will moderate.

March 2 sesh is “High Technology Takes Off: Will Hollywood Be Aboard?” Specialized multimedia panelists include Stan Cornyn (retired prez/CEO of Warner New Media), Dr. Diana Gagnon Hawkins, Trip Hawkins, prez/CEO of the 3DO Co., and others.

The following day “Project Financing: Pulling It All Together” addresses questions of who is lending and bonding. Panelists include attorney Katherine E. Goodman, Lewis Horwitz, Michael Mendelsohn, Nigel Sinclair, Bette Smith of the Completion Bond Co. and Patrick Wachsberger, newly appointed prez/CEO Odyssey Distributors.

“Minority Filmmakers in Hollywood: Are They All Created Equal?” on March 4 will be moderated by journalist Charles Champlin.

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