Eric Fellner, CBE — Into Film Chair
Co-Chairman of Working Title Films
Eric Fellner is the Co-Chairman of Working Title Films with partner Tim Bevan. Together they have made more than 100 films that have grossed over $6 billion worldwide. Their films have won 10 Academy Awards (for Tom Hooper's Les Misérables, Joe Wright's Anna Karenina, Tim Robbins' Dead Man Walking; Joel and Ethan Coen's Fargo; Shekhar Kapur's Elizabeth and Elizabeth: The Golden Age; and Joe Wright's Atonement) and 35 BAFTA Awards and numerous prestigious prizes at the Cannes and Berlin International Film Festivals.
Fellner has been honoured with the Producers Guild of America's David O. Selznick Achievement Award in Theatrical Motion Pictures, the PGA's highest honour for motion picture producers. Jointly with Tim, Eric has been accorded two of the highest film awards given to British filmmakers; the Michael Balcon Award for Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema, at the Orange British Academy Film [BAFTA] Awards, and the Alexander Walker Film Award at the Evening Standard British Film Awards. They have also both been honored with CBEs (Commanders of the Order of the British Empire).
The company's commercial and critical hits include The Interpreter, About a Boy, Notting Hill, Elizabeth, Fargo, Dead Man Walking, Bean, High Fidelity, Johnny English, Billy Elliot, Four Weddings and a Funeral, Bridget Jones's Diary, Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason, O Brother, Where Art Thou?, Love Actually, Shaun of the Dead, Pride & Prejudice, Nanny McPhee, United 93, Mr. Bean's Holiday, Hot Fuzz, Elizabeth: The Golden Age, Burn After Reading, Frost/Nixon, Atonement, Senna, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Contraband, Anna Karenina, Les Misérables, I Give It A Year, About Time, and Rush.
Working Title's current slate includes Tom Hooper's The Danish Girl, starring Eddie Redmayne and Alicia Vikander; Hail Caesar! Fellner's eighth film with Joel and Ethan Coen, starring George Clooney, Josh Brolin and Channing Tatum; Louis Leterrier's Grimsby starring Sacha Baron Cohen, Rebel Wilson, Isla Fisher and Mark Strong and Bridget Jones's Baby directed by Sharon Maguire starring Renée Zellwegger, Colin Firth and Patrick Dempsey.
Barbara Broccoli, CBE
Producer at EON productions
Barbara Broccoli is a film and theatre producer. In film, she is primarily recognised as a producer with Michael G. Wilson of the James Bond films and as proprietors of EON Productions Ltd., a film production company founded by their father, the late Albert R. Broccoli, in 1961. Broccoli and Wilson produced GoldenEye together, followed by the next eight Bond films: Tomorrow Never Dies, The World Is Not Enough, Die Another Day, Casino Royale, Quantum Of Solace, Skyfall, Spectre and No Time To Die.
Broccoli has produced and executive produced several independent film projects including The Rhythm Section, The Silent Storm, Radiator, Nancy, Film Stars Don't Die In Liverpool and Till.
Broccoli has produced a number of successful stage productions in the USA and London, including Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, A Steady Rain, Once (winner of 8 Tony Awards, including Best Musical), Othello, The Band's Visit (winner of 10 Tony Awards, including Best Musical) Cyprus Avenue, ear for eye, Macbeth and Sing Street.
Broccoli is Vice President for Film at British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) and President of the National Youth Theatre Great Britain. In 2014, Broccoli and Wilson were honoured by the Producers Guild of America with the David O. Selznick Achievement Award in Theatrical Motion Pictures. In 2008 Broccoli was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) and in 2022 she was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE). In June 2022 Broccoli and Wilson were awarded BFI Fellowships, the highest honour bestowed by the BFI.
Sir Alasdair Macdonald
Sir Alasdair Macdonald was Headteacher of Morpeth School until August 2013, and during his 21 years at the school, Morpeth's attainment at all Key Stages improved significantly. In February 1999, Morpeth School received the Evening Standard's first ever award as the Most Improved Secondary in London.
In 2000, Alasdair was awarded the CBE for services to education in Tower Hamlets and a knighthood in 2008 for services to both local and national education. In November 2008, Alasdair was asked to lead a review into the proposal to make PSHE statutory, and the report was completed and presented in April 2009.
Alasdair is currently working for the Welsh Government as Advocate for The Pupil Deprivation Grant and as a Champion for the Schools Challenge Cymru. He is also working at the Institute of Education, as an Advisor to Tower Hamlets, and was rated outstanding by OFSTED on two occasions.
Founder and CEO of IMDb.com
Col Needham is the founder and CEO of IMDb, the world's most popular and authoritative source for information on movies, TV, and celebrities. Col has had a lifelong interest in both technology and films and, after starting a computer games software business at the age of 14, he went on to complete a computer science degree at Leeds University before commencing a career in technology research, publishing the first version of IMDb online in October 1990.
Col is a board member of Film Independent and, in 2014, he received Creative Coalition Independent Spotlight award for his work to support independent filmmaking. Col has been a jury member for leading film festivals around the world, including the Mumbai Film Festival, the Sundance Film Festival, SXSW, and the Tribeca Film Festival. Col was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Bristol in 2018.
Lisa Bryer, OBE
Producer and Founder of Cowboy Films
Lisa Bryer started work within the film industry in the 1980s, working for Tony Palmer on Wagner. She then set up her own company, Cowboy Films. Lisa is a trustee of Action on Addiction, was a governor for six years of the Westside school, and is co-founder of The London Screen Academy.
Having set up Cowboy Films with director Tim Pope, between them they made more than 300 music videos for bands and artists like The Cure, David Bowie, Talk Talk, and The The.
The company expanded into making commercials with award-winning directors; short films, including Andrea Arnold's oscar winning Wasp; and feature films, including the BAFTA and Oscar® winning The Last King of Scotland.
Partner, Saffery Champness LLP
John provides specialist advice on accessing film and television financing opportunities in the UK and overseas. John's list of clients includes many significant members of the international film and television community. These include Universal Studios, Lucasfilm, Disney/Marvel, Paramount, Working Title, Lionsgate and Warner Bros. to name a few.
During his career, John has been involved in advising on hundreds of films, including more recently No Time to Die, Thirteen Lives, Cruella, Pinocchio, Death on the Nile and See How They Run. Away from the cut and thrust of the commercial world, John has been a mainstay of film policy in the UK for a number of years, advising both the UK government and key strategic film agencies
Nira Park founded award-winning UK film and television production company Big Talk in 1995. She departed in July 2018 to launch a new production company, Complete Fiction Pictures with long-term friends and collaborators Edgar Wright, Joe Cornish and Rachael Prior. Complete Fiction is focused on providing a vibrant home for brilliant creative people who share their passion for original movies and television
Park is known for her collaborations with Edgar Wright, having produced all of his work over the past two decades. Their partnership began with the award-winning television series Spaced and continued with the cult comedy Shaun of the Dead, for which Park received a BAFTA Outstanding Debut Award nomination. The film was the first instalment of Wright's iconic ‘Three Flavours Cornetto Trilogy' (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, The World's End). Park went on to produce Wright's Scott Pilgrim vs. The World and Baby Driver. Their latest productions together are Wright's first feature documentary The Sparks Brothers and Last Night in Soho, which they produced with long-term producing partners, Working Title, for Focus Features and Film4.
Park has also worked closely with Joe Cornish over the years, their relationship beginning with the SXSW Audience Award-winning and BAFTA Outstanding Debut-nominated feature Attack the Block (the sequel of which they are currently developing alongside John Boyega) and more recently his action-adventure movie The Kid Who Would Be King. Joe and Nira are currently in post-production on Lockwood & Co., an 8 x 60' supernatural action-adventure series for Netflix, based on the best-selling novels by Jonathan Stroud. The series, due to be released at the start of 2023, marks Complete Fiction's first foray into television.
In addition to her work with Wright and Cornish, Nira has produced: Greg Mottola's Paul; Ben Wheatley's multi-award-winning black comedy Sightseers; Jeremy Lovering's critically acclaimed psychological horror In Fear; romantic comedies Cuban Fury and Man Up; Sacha Baron Cohen's Grimsby and more recently Ben Wheatley's adaptation of Daphne du Maurier's Rebecca with Working Title, for Netflix.
Park has also produced numerous television series and award-winning documentaries including all three series of BAFTA-winning sitcom Black Books, as well as Free Agents for Channel 4. Park also acted as executive producer on the US adaptation of Free Agents for NBC and was an executive producer on award-winning comedy Friday Night Dinner and the BAFTA award-winning Him & Her.
Vice President, Original Series at Netflix
Prior to joining Netflix, Anne was Director of Drama and Sky Studios at Sky UK. Before joining Sky, Anne served as Head of Independent Drama at the BBC as well as Head of Drama for BBC Scotland. Anne has commissioned a wide variety of internationally acclaimed dramas such as the BBC's Wallander with Kenneth Branagh, BAFTA award winning Patrick Melrose starring Benedict Cumberbatch for Sky/Showtime, John Ridley's political drama Guerrilla as well as BAFTA and Emmy award winning Sky/HBO drama, Chernobyl.
Currently, Anne is an Independent Governor and Chair of the Diversity Committee at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, Chair of the RTS Craft Awards 2020 as well as sitting on the Board of ScreenSkills, a UK based charity dedicated to training in the television and film sector. She is a member of the 2018 Class of Henry Crown Fellows within the Aspen Global Leadership Network at the Aspen Institute.
Partner, Film & TV Group, Wiggin LLP
Gráinne McKenna is a partner in the Film & TV Group at the specialist media law firm Wiggin LLP. She has over twenty years' experience in film and television production and exploitation, both within law firms and leading production companies. She provides strategic business affairs and legal advice on all aspects of film and television production, financing and exploitation.
Prior to joining Wiggin Gráinne was SVP Business Affairs at Working Title Films and then Head of Business Affairs within NBCUniversal International Productions. Gráinne's breadth of expertise enables her to represent a wide range of clients, from major US film and television studios (such as Paramount, Sony, Universal, Focus Features etc.) to mini-majors and independent film and TV production companies (such as ViacomCBS, eOne, Bad Wolf, Carnival, ABC Signature, Working Title and many more).
Danielle Lewis-Egonu is an Executive Headteacher of a group of Primary schools in Dartford, Kent. She has worked for nearly two decades in Education across London, Essex and Kent schools and has a passion for school improvement, inclusion, professional development of teachers and curriculum development.
She is the co-author of the NAHT's You Are Not Alone: Leaders for Race Equality book and is a Unit Award Scheme coordinator, responsible for running an AQA accreditation centre, where she delivers and writes units for children and adults.
Most recently she has started work with the Department of Education regarding the Statement of Intent for a diverse teaching workforce and is developing modules for teacher training and early-career teachers as part of this work.
Lisa Williams is a passionate leader of learning. She is an accomplished Headteacher experienced in leading challenging schools. For the past 10 years she has served as a Headteacher in inner-city Birmingham and London Schools. She has the National Professional Qualification for Headship and Primary Executive Headship.
She is skilled in transforming high potential staff into outstanding leaders who demonstrate the creativity and reflectiveness that is critical to leadership. Lisa is an ardent supporter of stimulating learning opportunities that engage learners.