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.
Producer at EON productions
The daughter of Albert R Cubby Broccoli, the legendary producer who turned 007 into the longest-running series in movie history, Barbara began working on the Bond films at the age of 17. Together with her brother Michael G Wilson, she has produced the previous eight Bond films, including Skyfall (for which she shared a BAFTA win for Best British Film) and most recently, the box-office hit Spectre, the 24th 007 adventure, directed by Sam Mendes and starring Daniel Craig.
Together with Michael G Wilson, Barbara has produced a number of stage productions including La Cava (2000 London), Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (2002 London, 2005 Broadway), and A Steady Rain starring Daniel Craig and Hugh Jackman (Broadway 2009). In 2012 Wilson and Broccoli adapted the critically acclaimed film Once for stage, which opened on Broadway and in London to rave reviews and garnered 8 Tony Awards, 2 Olivier Awards and a Grammy. They also adapted Chariots of Fire which opened in July 2012 and Strangers On A Train in November 2013, both opening in London's West End. Love Letters opened on Broadway in September 2014.
Barbara was awarded the OBE (Order of the British Empire) in Her Majesty the Queen's New Year's Honours list 2008. Barbara was also the Chair on the board of directors for First Light.
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 and as an Advisor to Tower Hamlets.
Founder and CEO of IMDb.com
Col Needham is the founder and CEO of IMDb, the number one movie website in the world. 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 in Bristol.
IMDb grew out of a personal database of movie information which Col created as a teenager, combined with similar data collected on the Internet in the late 1980s/early 1990s. Col published the first version of IMDb online in October 1990 and co-ordinated IMDb as a worldwide volunteer effort from 1990-1996.
IMDb incorporated in January 1996 with the volunteers as shareholders and IMDb became a wholly owned subsidiary of Amazon.com in April 1998. Col continues in his original role to this day, working from an office in Bristol with IMDb staff members in countries around the world.
Col received a 2014 Creative Coalition Independent Spotlight award for his work to support independent filmmaking and was a jury member at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival.
President, Distribution, Universal Pictures International
Duncan Clark is President of Distribution for Universal Pictures International (UPI), a position he has held since June 2011. During his years at the studio, Clark has guided Universal Pictures to some of its best years at the international box office.
Clark was a key executive in helping to set up Universal's standalone distribution operations internationally as the company transitioned from its UIP joint venture with Paramount Pictures in 2007. He supervises Universal Pictures International's operating companies, United International Pictures (UIP), as well as UPI's independent partners and sales agents.
In 2015 the studio crossed the $4 billion mark at the international box office for the first time in its history, propelled by such hits as Minions, Fast and Furious 7, Jurassic World, Fifty Shades of Grey and Everest.
Prior to joining Universal, Clark was a marketing and distribution consultant for Steven Spielberg on War of the Worlds and Munich, taking on a similar role on the 21st Bond film, Casino Royale.
Clark spent fourteen years at Columbia Pictures/Sony Pictures from 1986-2000 in New York and Los Angeles - first as head of its international marketing division, culminating in his role as President of the International Distribution. During his years at Sony, he oversaw the release of such critical and commercial hits as Men in Black, Sense and Sensibility, As Good As It Gets, Jerry McGuire, and The Mask of Zorro.
As an original resident of the UK, Clark headed up marketing/distribution from 1980-1986 for UIP/UK, distributor at the time for Universal, Paramount and MGM/United Artists.
Clark is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) and the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA). Clark is married with a son.
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 currently on the board of the TBAP Multi-Academy Trust.
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.
Director of Film at Freud Communications
Kate has over 30 years of experience as a Film Publicist and UK Film Distributor. Since joining Freud Communications as a Director and Stakeholder in November 2000, she has created a highly sought after film publicity division and the largest in Europe.
Kate develops and implements strategic campaigns across film production and theatrical releases. She also runs large-scale media events and handles corporate business strategy. She represents individual Filmmakers, production companies and individuals.She handles the corporate and consumer communications for some of the most exciting production companies, new actors and Filmmakers in the UK and internationally. She represents in the U.S and UK including BBC Films, Working Title, BAFTA, Studio Canal, DNA, Number 9 Films, Fudge Park and Baby Cow. Other clients include Paramount, Warner Bros and 20th Century Fox, Sony, Bend It Films, Aardman and Framestore.
Prior to this Kate was part of the team that set up Polygram UK office in 1998 launching such titles as Four Weddings and a Funeral and Bridget Jones's Diary. Prior to that, Kate ran the Disney UK press office.
Kate independently sits on the BAFTA Film Committee and the Debut Category Judging Panel. She is on the Advisory Committee for the BIFAs and supports many up and coming new Filmmakers and mentoring projects.
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, Lucas Film, 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 Star wars, The Jungle Book, Darkest Hour and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. 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 is best 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. This also marked the beginning of their long-standing collaborations with Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, which continued with the cult comedy Shaun of the Dead, for which Park received a BAFTA Outstanding Debut Award nomination and was subsequently named as one of Variety's 10 Producers to Watch.
The film was the first instalment of Wright's iconic ‘Three Flavours Cornetto Trilogy' (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, The World's End), all starring Pegg and Frost. Park went on to produce Wright's Scott Pilgrim vs. The World and most recently Baby Driver, which was released in June 2017 to huge critical acclaim and grossed over $225M worldwide.
Park has 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, and most recently his critically acclaimed action adventure movie The Kid Who Would Be King, which Nira produced for 20th Century Fox. In addition to working with unique artists such as Wright and Cornish, Nira has produced: Greg Mottola's Paul, written by and starring Pegg and Frost; Ben Wheatley's multi-award winning black comedy Sightseers, which premiered at Cannes; Jeremy Lovering's critically-acclaimed psychological horror In Fear, which premiered at Sundance and was nominated for a British Independent Film Award; Cuban Fury, starring Nick Frost, Chris O'Dowd, and Rashida Jones; Man Up, written by Tess Morris and directed by Ben Palmer and starring Simon Pegg alongside Lake Bell, which premiered at Tribeca and won Best Comedy at the 2016 National Film Awards; and Sacha Baron Cohen's action comedy Grimsby.
Park has also produced numerous television series and award winning documentaries, including three series of the double BAFTA award-winning sitcom Black Books, as well as Free Agents, which she spear-headed alongside Sharon Horgan for Channel 4. Park also acted as executive producer on the US adaptation of Free Agents for NBC starring Kathryn Hahn and Hank Azaria and was an executive producer on Friday Night Dinner and the BAFTA award-winning Him & Her.
Currently in production is Edgar Wright's Last Night in Soho, which Park is producing with Eric Fellner and Tim Bevan for Focus and Film4, and Ben Wheatley's adaptation of Rebecca, starring Lily James, Armie Hammer and Kristen Scott Thomas, which she is also producing alongside Eric Fellner and Tim Bevan for Netflix.
Nira Park founded award-winning UK film and television production company Big Talk in 1995. She left the company in July 2018 to set up a new venture with Edgar Wright and Joe Cornish.
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.