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ALL CONFERENCES WILL TAKE PLACE ON ZOOM
BAFF Film Distribution Summit provides filmmakers with feedback, strategies and guidance from established distribution companies and sales agents as they begin the process of of securing distribution for their projects.
10 a.m. EST
LICENSING YOUR FILM TO TV/STREAMING NETWORKS
LEV AVERY-PECK, MANAGER OF CONTENT ACQUISITIONS ,1091 PICTURES
JEFF PORTER, PRESIDENT, PORTER PICTURES
KEN DUBOW, SALES AGENT
LEV AVERY-PECK is the Manager of Content Acquisitions at 1091 Pictures. 1091 offers films and series owners licensing to over 100 countries, and includes partnerships with various platforms including Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Hulu, Apple TV, Tubi, Roku and more. 1091 Clients span award-winning filmmakers, TV producers, independent distributors, and a portfolio of globally-recognized content brands. They have proudly released thousands of films and pay millions in royalties to clients every year.
JEFF PORTER is the founder and president of Porter Pictures. Jeff has participated in the distribution and/or financing for over fifty plus films, as well as managing a team of acquisitions executives and overseeing the logistics of several theatrical releases. Porter Pictures releases include "Santa Girl", released on Netflix and NBCUniversal's Peacock Network, "Cut to the Chase" available on Vudu/FandangoNow, "On the Wings of Eagles" starring Emmy nominee and SAG award winner Joseph Fiennes (Hulu's "The Handmaid's Tale"), "Nun"(available on Fox's Tubi Network).
KEN DUBOW is a film sales agent with over 35 years of distribution experience, and is president of the boutique sales agency Access Entertainment. His experience includes serving as Executive Vice President, General Manager of Lightning Entertainment/Mainline Releasing, PorchLight Entertainment as President, Worldwide Distribution and helped the company forge a new identity in the theatrical distribution world with acquisitions from the Toronto, Sundance, Berlin and Tribeca film festivals. Prior to PorchLight DuBow was at First Look Studios initially as Executive Vice President of Worldwide Sales and then as its President of Television.
DuBow was President and CEO of Modern Entertainment, where he successfully sold the company's 324 title library to LionsGate Entertainment which included such iconic titles like Dirty Dancing and the Halloween films that DuBow had acquired for the company. He has also held executive positions with MGM/UA in syndication and as Head of their US Cable Sales unit, the Walt Disney Company in syndication, and Pandora Films in international film sales.
11 a.m. EST
THEATRICAL DISTRIBUTION, DOCUMENTARIES and narratives
KIRT EFTEKHAR, FOUNDER, AREA 23a FILMS
JIM BROWNE, FOUNDER, ARGOT PICTURES
SUSANNE JACOBSON, THEATRICAL FILM SALES AGENT
AREA 23A FILMS produces and distributes films that inspire and captivate global audiences. The company collaborates with filmmakers, leading media companies, and brands to make this happen. Select company distribution credits include the 2020 box office hit, Fantastic Fungi directed by Louie Schwartzberg, the Academy Award-nominated Glen Campbell…I’ll Be Me directed by James Keach, #1 iTunes best-seller, HEAL directed by Kelly Noonan Gores, fan-favorite, Revenge of the Electric Car directed by Chris Paine and the Oscar shortlist documentary, Soundtrack for a Revolution directed by Bill Guttentag and Dan Sturman..
ARGOT PICTURES, founded by Jim Browne in 2005, has distributed dozens of films, including Marshall Curry’s Academy Award®-nominated Street Fight, John Pirozzi’s Don’t Think I’ve Forgotten: Cambodia’s Lost Rock and Roll(available on Fox's Tubi network), Throw Down Your Heart, Stacy Peralta’s Crips and Bloods: Made in America(Sundance Film Festival, narrated by Oscar winner Forest Whitaker) and Leah Warshawski & Todd Soliday’s Big Sonia(Amazon Prime, Apple iTunes), which has received rave reviews from The NY Times, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, The Huffiington Post and the Boston Globe. Jim is also an exprienced film festival programmer, working for the Tribeca Film Festival, Abu Dhabi Film Festival and Shanghai International Film Festival.
SUSANNE JACOBSON is a Theatrical Film Sales Agent, who specializes in working with producers on conceiving and executing the release plans for independent and repertory films. She develops theatrical release strategies for Momentum Films, a subsidiary of Entertainment One, based in Beverly Hills(15-20 theatrical bookings per year).
Projects Susanne has worked on include "The Big Uneasy" starring Brad Pitt, John Goodman and Wendell Pierce, "Loving Vincent" starring Oscar nominee Saoirse Ronan(Amazon Prime) "Winston Churchill: Walking With Destiny" featuring Oscar winner Ben Kingsley, ""I Have Never Forgotten You - The Life and Legacy of Simon Wiesenthal", narrated by Oscar winner Nicole Kidman, "The Case Against 8"(Hulu, HBO Max), HBO's "Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck"(Hulu, HBO Max) and many more.
Susanne previously served as a manager at Sony Pictures Entertainment, working primarily on theatrical distribution and publicity.
10 a.m. EST
DISTRIBUTING FILMS FOR AFRICAN AMERICAN AUDIENCES
JEFF CLANAGAN, FOUNDER, CODEBLACK ENTERPRISES AND CEO, LOL NETWORK
LEONARD BURNETT, Jr, FOUNDER, HOMESTEAD ENTERTAINMENT
JEFF CLANAGAN is currently holds roles as CEO of Laugh Out Loud, the entertainment company from comedian Kevin Hart, and CEO of Codeblack Films and Codeblack Digital, a film production and distribution company dedicated to super-serving the black community worldwide.
At LOL, Clanagan oversees multi-platform distribution deals with digital partners like NBCUniversal’s Peacock, PlutoTV, Roku Channel, Bell Media, Snap, YouTube, Facebook, and more.
In his role with Codeblack Films, Clanagan and his team have acquired and developed films for distribution such as the Golden Globe® nominated indie drama Frankie and Alice starring Oscar winner Halle Berry and The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete(Sundance Film Festival) starring Jennifer Hudson and Anthony Mackie.
Clanagan broke new ground in theatrical marketing with his digital-first approach to the successful release of films like The Perfect Match and the Tupac Shakur biopic All Eyez On Me, which generated $27 million in its first week.
In 2013, Clanagan partnered with Hart to produce and release his concert movie, Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain, which went on to gross $32 million at the box office and was also the producer of Hart’s stand-up comedy tour, What Now? which is the best-selling comedy tour of all time, grossing over $100 million with 1.3 million tickets sold.
Codeblack Films has entered into agreements with various studios throughout its history, including 20th Century Fox and a multi-picture deal with Fox Faith to produce six original films targeting the African-American faith-based market, and in 2012 partnered with Lionsgate for distribution and formed Codeblack Films under Lionsgate.
Clanagan has released over 300 movie titles, which have grossed over $350 million dollars in revenue.
HOMESTEAD ENTERTAINMENT is a global distribution company with offices in Los Angeles and New York. Homestead partners with the largest distribution channels for TV and Film, such as streaming platforms and broadcasting television, including Netflix, Prime Video, Tubi, NBC, Hulu, Roku, Starz, Lifetime and more...
Homestead releases include "Honor Up", starring Damon Dash(Founder Roc-A-Fella Records) and Billboard Top 100 rapper Cam'Ron, "The Stuff"(available on Tubi), "Twenty Pearls" starring Emmy nominee Phylicia Rashaad and more...
11 a.m. EST
what is the best distribution model for your film?
RJ MILLARD, PRESIDENT, OBSCURED PICTURES(SALES AGENCY/PUBLICITY)
MEGAN HUGGINS, ACQUISTIONS COORDINATOR, GRAVITAS VENTURES
RYAN KAMPE, SALES AGENT, FOUNDER/PRESIDENT VISIT FILMS
KENT SANDERSON, PRESIDENT ACQISITIONS AND ANCILLARY DISTRIBUTION, BLEECKER STREET MEDIA
R.J. MILLARD is a sales agent/publicist, and president of Obscured Pictures, as well as the former VP of Publicity at Focus Features, SVP Marketing and Publicity at Samuel Goldwyn Films/Roadside Attractions/IDP Distribution and and Press Officer, New Media Development at the Sundance Film Festival. With over 20 years of experience in the industry, his work includes working with filmmakers and producers on securing distribution deals, representing filmmakers at domestic and international film markets, and film festival strategies. RJ’s clients have included Bleecker Street Films, Amazon Studios, Focus Features, IMAX, Roadside Attractions, A24, IFC Films, Broad Green Pictures and more. He has overseen campaigns for top filmmakers from Terrence Malick (VOYAGE OF TIME) to Jim Jarmusch (GIMME DANGER) and ran awards campaigns for multiple Academy Award nominated films, as well as numerous Golden Globe and Independent Spirit Award nominated films.
GRAVITAS VENTURES was one of the first companies to develop a global network of digital media platforms as partners and now has relationships with many of the key providers of cable video on demand (“VOD”), subscription video on demand, electronic sell through and electronic rental platforms around the world.
The company releases over 300 new films annually and is a scalable partner to new media outlets interested in licensing from their library of thousands of titles.
Gravitas distribution partners Apple TV, Comcast, Hulu, Prime Video, Vudu, FandangoNow and more...
RYAN KAMPE is the president and founder of Visit Films and Monument Releasing. Visit Films is a world sales company that represents Oscar-nominated and award winning films from the world's top festivals, including Cannes, Berlin, Sundance, Rotterdam, Toronto, SXSW, Tribeca, and many more. With years of extensive expertise and a catalog of 200+ titles, Visit understands what it takes to navigate today's constantly evolving market. As one of the only true worldwide sales companies with a strong presence in the American market handling sales to N. America, the company is able to strategize and plan for coordinated worldwide releases.
Visit has helped to launch some of today's most talented and innovative filmmakers, including the Safdie brothers, David Robert Mitchell, Eliza Hittman, and Kogonada, while continuing to cultivate relationships with steadfast auteurs such as Werner Herzog, Harmony Korine, Josephine Decker, and the Duplass brothers. Visit Films is also the parent company for US based distributor Monument Releasing.
KENT SANDERSON is President, Acquisitions and Ancillary Distribution at Bleecker Street Media, LLC. He was previously Director, Alternative Content & Distribution at Focus Features, and spent time at the WME Agency.
Bleecker Street is a global distribution company, releasing numerous critically acclaimed films each year. The company signed a multi-year home entertainment distribution deal with Universal Pictures Home Entertainment, now distributed by Studio Distribution Services, LLC., a joint venture between UPHE and Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. Bleecker Street followed that up with an exclusive multi-year licensing agreement with Amazon Prime.
In 2019, Bleecker Street partnered with Hulu on a new output deal granting Hulu exclusive SVOD rights to all upcoming Bleecker Street theatrical films.
Bleecker Street films recent releases include "Together" directed by Academy Award nominee Stephen Daldry(The Hours, Billy Elliot), "I'm Your Man", directed by Emmy Award winner Maria Schrader(Netflix's Unorthodox), "Mass" (Sundance Film Festival), "Golda" from Oscar winning director Guy Nattiv, starring Academy Award winner Helen Mirren.
10 a.m. EST
short film distribution
JEFF ALLEN, PRESIDENT, ShortsTV
DOUG ROLAND, OSCAR NOMINATED FILMMAKER
Based in Los Angeles, JEFF ALLEN is president of ShortsTV (U.S.), the first and only 24/7 linear and OTT HD TV channel dedicated to short form video entertainment, and its Latin American channel TVCortos. He is an industry veteran with over a decade of experience at the intersection of entertainment and technology.
Prior to ShortsTV, he was vice president of operations at Hallmark Labs, LLC, the subsidiary of Hallmark Cards, Inc., that enables their digital, direct-to-consumer (DTC) businesses including Hallmark Movies Now.
DOUG ROLAND is an Oscar-nominated filmmaker for his short film 'Feeling Through' which is the first film to star a DeafBlind actor. Featured on The Nightly News with Lester Holt, The Daily Show, in The New York Times, and LA Times, Feeling Through is executive produced by Oscar winner Marlee Matlin and was made in partnership with Helen Keller National Center.
Doug's short film Jada played in over 2 dozen festivals around the world(NYC Premiere Big Apple Film Festival) before becoming a viral sensation with over 24 million views on YouTube, garnering thousands of comments and emails from viewers around the world deeply moved and inspired by it.
11 a.m. EST
licensing your film to TV/streaming
SAL SCAMARDO, FILMRISE, VICE PRESIDENT OF DISTRIBUTION AND MARKETING
JOSH NADLER, SONY PICTURES/AFFIRM FILMS, DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT AND ACQUISITIONS
GARY RUBIN (SALES AGENT)
FILMRISE is an industry-leading film and television distribution company and streaming network. FilmRise content can be found in theaters, FilmRise proprietary channels and on many popular streaming platforms including Amazon, Netflix, The Roku Channel, HBO, Pluto, Apple and more.
FilmRise has raised $112 million in capital to fund its aggressive acquisition strategy and has acquired over 20,000 titles in a wide range of genres — and the company is constantly adding to its extensive roster of releases.
Its diverse collection of movies includes Oscar® nominee MEMENTO, directed by Christopher Nolan; MONSTER, which won a Best Actress Academy Award® for Charlize Theron; the Oscar®-nominated THE ILLUSIONIST, starring Edward Norton; Best Picture Academy Award® winner SPOTLIGHT; and HBO’s Emmy Award®-winning GOING CLEAR: SCIENTOLOGY AND THE PRISON OF BELIEF.
JOSH NADLER is Director of Development and Acquisitions at Sony Pictures Entertainment Affirm Films.
He started in TV and Film production, then moved over to creative development. During the past 13 years, Josh helped build Sony's faith based division, Affirm Films. He's worked on over 30 films including Soul Surfer (starring AnnaSophia Robb, Golden Globe nominee Dennis Quaid, Academy Award winner Helen Hunt, Carrie Underwood) Heaven is For Real (starring Academy Award nominee Greg Kinnear, Academy Award nominee Thomas Haden Church), Risen(starring Emmy nominee Joseph Fiennes), and Miracles From Heaven (starring Emmy nominee Jennifer Garner and Queen Latifah). Affirm Films is also distributor on the Academy Award nominated film A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (starring Tom Hanks).
GARY RUBIN is a film sales agent, and has over 30 years of experience in the motion picture and television businesses encompassing acquisitions, production, distribution and management responsibilities. In those years he acquired nearly 100 films, and helped create multiple nine figures in domestic sales.
Rubin has previously served as Executive Vice President, TV Sales and Acquisitions, for Artisan Entertainment(The Blair Witch Project), executive produced films for the Disney Channel and formed First Independent Pictures, a specialty distribution company, known for distributing films starring various Academy Award and Golden Globe winners and nominees including Working Title’s SIXTY SIX starring Helena Bonham Carter; BIG FAN starring Patton Oswalt and Michael Rapaport; and HOLY ROLLERS starring Jesse Eisenberg.