H'wood tour to strengthen ties with U.S. film industry
A group of 13 film executives and producers from the U.K. are in Los Angeles this week to commence the second stage of a three-step film business training initiative called Inside Pictures. Program, designed to maximize the group’s networking opportunities and strengthen their ties within the U.S., takes place through Friday with a celebratory reception hosted by the British Film Office and the British Consulate-General today.
The participants, chosen from a pool of 220 applicants, include Kenton Allen (creative director of Shine), Mia Bays (head of marketing and distribution at the Film Consortium), Gillian Berrie (producer at Sigma Films), Marc Boothe (founder and director of B3 Projects) and Andrew J. Curtis (media lawyer at Drew & Co.).
Visiting exex offices
To gain a better grasp on the inner workings and politics of the international film industry, the group is visiting the offices of executives such as Rick Finkelstein (Universal), Liza Chasin (Working Title), Beth Goss (Universal), Peter Graves (Cinemarket), Gareth Wigan (Columbia TriStar), Nigel Sinclair (Spitfire Pictures), John Ptak (CAA), Tony Safford (Fox), Joanna Johnson (Paramount), Bill Murray (MPA), Colin Callender (HBO Films) and chairman of the Film Council Alan Parker.
The participants are also attending numerous seminars and workshops headed by senior industry professionals that address such topics as U.S. marketing and distribution, the connection between cable and film, the independent producer’s relationship with the studios and how to get a movie greenlit.