LONDON — Duncan Clark, president of distribution at Universal Pictures Intl., has been appointed as an industry ambassador to Inside Pictures, the film industry training and leadership skills development program. Clark will act as a “champion” for the program.

The program is comprised of three intensive one-week modules, taking place in London and Los Angeles between June 2015 and January 2016.

Inside Pictures has selected the 20 participants for this year’s edition, who were selected from more than 100 applicants from various sections of the industry. The program is open to applicants from around the world who “demonstrate a firm commitment to the European film industry.”

This year’s cohort come from the U.K., Belgium, Croatia, Finland, France, Greece, Holland, Italy, New Zealand and Spain. They are:
• Agathe Theodore, VP international sales, Pathe Distribution
• Aleksi Hyvarinen, producer and CEO, Don Films
• Amit Dey, acquisitions manager, UPHE Content Group
• Anna Godas, CEO, Dogwoof
• Caroline Couret-Delegue, head of sales and acquisitions, Metrodome International
• Courtney Noble, head of acquisitions and development, Goldcrest Films
• Daniel Campos Pavoncelli, head of film and TV, Indiana Production Company, and producer, Amaro Films
• Eduardo Panizzo, director and founder, Coffee & Cigarettes
• Ivy Vanhaecke, producer, Caviar
• James Brown, producer
• Jill Macnab, general manager, Vendetta Films
• Joris van Wijk, owner, Le Boxeur
• Karen Finnegan, director, sales EMEA, Miramax
• Libby Durdy, company director and producer, Duck Soup Films,
• Lucas Ochoa, head of film and scripted television, Pulse Films
• Maria Tsigka, producer, Argonauts Productions
• Patrick Fischer, co-founder and managing director, Creativity Capital
• Sinisa Juricic, producer, Nukleus Film
• Steve Jamison, managing director, Archer’s Mark
• Xavier Granada, producer, A Contraluz Films.

This cohort will benefit from a new mentoring program through which each new participant will be matched with an alumni of Inside Pictures, who will follow their progress and support their experience of the course. This pilot initiative is designed to strengthen cross-year networking within the program’s alumni base, which now comprises almost 200 executives and producers.

The program’s speakers include the following:
• Steve Bersch, president, Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions
• Tim Bevan, co-chairman, Working Title Films
• Kieran Breen, exec VP, international marketing, 20th Century Fox International
• David Flynn, agent, Motion Picture Literary, Independent Film Group, United Talent Agency
• Stuart Ford, CEO, IM Global
• David Garrett, CEO, Mister Smith Entertainment
• Steve Golin, CEO, Anonymous Content
• Simon Hewlett, exec VP, International Marketing, Universal Pictures International
• Matthew Justice, managing director, Big Talk
• Rebecca Kearey, exec VP, international marketing & distribution, Fox Filmed Entertainment
• Cameron McCracken, managing director, Pathe Productions
• Bill Mechanic, president & CEO, Pandemonium Films
• Hannah Minghella, president of production, Columbia Pictures
• Bryan Noon, director, original series, Netflix
• Joe Oppenheimer, commissioning executive, BBC Films
• Robert Walak, managing director, Europe, The Weinstein Company
• Fabien Westerhoff, head of sales, WestEnd Films
• Nina Wolarsky, director, original series, Netflix
• Stephen Woolley, producer/director and co-director, Number 9 Films

Inside Pictures is presented by the National Film and Television School, and is supported by Creative Europe and by Creative Skillset’s Film Skills Fund.