Michael Ryan started his career working in the TV industry for Sir Lew Grade’s UK company, ITC. In 1978 he formed J&M Entertainment with a colleague, a distribution sales agent for independent films. As J&M grew, it developed its business model to also take responsibility for financing new films & providing production finance.
In 1980 Ryan and J&M were founder members of the American Film Marketing Association (AFMA) – later to be renamed Independent Film & Television Alliance (IFTA) – which was formed to provide an annual film market based in Los Angeles. Michael served two terms as Chairman of IFTA (2004-2008) and is currently serving his third term having been re-elected in September 2015, 2017, and 2019.
In 2000 Ryan partnered with Guy Collins. Between them they have financed, sold and produced over 200 films, including The Wild Geese, The English Patient, The General, Whats Eating Gilbert Grape, The Osterman Weekend, the Highlander series, Planet 51 and more recently, at GFM Films with Fred Hedman, Toei Animations Harlock, Absolutely Anything starring Simon Pegg and Simon West-directed action thriller Stratton starring Dominic Cooper.
With over 20 years of experience in sales, financing, and acquisitions, Tannaz Anisi has extensive experience and knowledge in both film and television. She started her career in television sales working for companies like 20th Century Fox, WIN and Kushner-Locke. She later transitioned into film focusing on pre-sales, financing, and acquisitions and consulted for companies such as Media 8, Voltage Pictures, and Sierra/Affinity, where she also utilized her expertise in television sales.
Anisi has used her experience and network to launch 13 Films. She decided to create an accessible and result oriented company. She brings an assertive, direct, and honest work ethic, and she is making 13 Films a reflection of her drive and passion for film.
Scott Bedno is currently Senior Vice President of Distribution & Acquisitions at Myriad Pictures. Prior to Myriad, Scott was Vice President of Sales at Voltage Pictures for nearly three years.
During Scott’s 20-year tenure in the international film & television sector, he has held executive positions on both the buying and selling side, giving him a unique perspective and insight on the global media marketplace.
After working in feature film production in Hollywood on movies starring Rob Schneider, David Carradine, Jennifer Morrison, Winona Ryder, Wes Bentley, and Steve Buscemi, to name only a few, Caroline Couret-Delegue chose to come back to Europe and relocate to London in 2008 as Director of Development & Marketing at Seven Arts Pictures.
In 2011, she joined AV Pictures where she gained invaluable knowledge in deal structuring from the company’s founder, Vic Bateman. After a few years, Couret-Delegue went on to launch
Metrodome International, the international sales arm of the Metrodome Group, handling a wide range of feature films from third party producers to in-house productions.
In 2016, she left Metrodome to launch her own company, Truffle Pictures, a London based international sales agency and production house, and subsequently Film Seekers Ltd. in February 2018.
Caroline is a French native based in London who speaks fluent French, English, and Spanish. She holds two post-graduate master degrees one in Chemistry from the University of Versailles and the second one in Business Management from the University of Bordeaux.
Clay Epstein is President of Film Mode Entertainment, a worldwide sales and production company he launched in March 2016 which aims to present 10-15 theatrical titles a year.
Prior to founding Film Mode, Epstein spent several years at Arclight Films as Senior Vice President, Sales and Acquisitions. While there, he represented such feature films as Dog Eat Dog, Paper Planes, Predestination, and Last Knights.
Before joining Arclight in 2012, Epstein worked at The Little Film Company where he served as Vice President, Sales and Acquisitions. He joined the company in 2002, where his responsibilities included film development, acquisition and distribution. While there, he helped grow the company into a leading boutique sales agency representing prestigious titles such as Academy Award nominees Tsotsi and The Last Station as well as Eye of The Storm.
Epstein was previously a sales executive at First Look Studios, where he was solely responsible for all distribution of the company’s 300-plus title library to Asia, ancillary and new media markets. He started his career at Kushner-Locke.
Since 2007, Patrick has been the CEO of Epic Pictures Group with the goal of bringing original and visionary storytelling to a worldwide audience. His career in the film business spans over 25 years as a senior level executive and he has been involved in the development, financing, production, marketing, and distribution of numerous independent films. A few of these are: Turbo Kid, The Lodgers, Extra Ordinary, and The Man Who Killed Hitler and then The Bigfoot. He is currently producing Sea Fever, The Winter Lake, The Ballad of Audrey Earnshaw, and Lucky.
In addition to running Epic Pictures Group, Inc., Patrick heads DreadCentral.Com, a leading horror website and the recently branded genre label for Epic’s horror films.
Prior to Epic Pictures Group, Inc. (between 2005-2007), Patrick was President of Renegade Pictures, a production and sales company that sold independent genre films worldwide. Between 1999-2005, he was Executive VP, Development and Production at Crystal Sky Pictures and Jon Voight Entertainment. From 1995-1999, he owned Rogue Entertainment, a development and production services company that was eventually acquired by Universal.
He is a three-time Saturn Award winner as well as a member of the Producers Guild of America. A graduate of Duke University, he was the first student there to earn a degree focused on film studies.
Jeffrey Greenstein joined Millennium Media in 2011 and has worked on more than 50 films during his tenure at the company, including The Expendables franchise, Olympus has Fallen and London Has Fallen, The Hitman’s Bodyguard, Criminal, and Mechanic Resurrection.
Greenstein has risen through the proverbial ranks of Millennium’s corporate ladder with lightning speed. Named President of International Sales & Distribution at Nu Image/Millennium Films in April 2015, Greenstein oversaw the sales and distribution of all Millennium productions. In 2016, Greenstein became President of Millennium Media. In this role, he manages all aspects of the independent studio.
On Millennium’s upcoming slate are Mike Mignola and Neil Marshall’s reimaging of Hellboy; Angel Has Fallen, Rambo V, The Outpost, Poison Rose, and Kill Chain.
Greenstein is a graduate of the University of Central Florida – College of Business Administration, where he majored in marketing with a concentration in sales.
Prior to entering the film business, he was an Assistant Trainer for the Anthony Robbins Foundation, owned and published a performance driven magazine for young professionals, and owned and operated a commercial carpet cleaning company he started at the age of 19.
Jay Joyce, Vice President of Worldwide Sales with Artist View Entertainment, has more than 20 years experience licensing feature films and television movies in the Domestic and International markets. Jay currently oversees the licensing and distribution of a 200+ title library. He attends all major television and film markets including NATPE, EFM, FILMART, MIP-TV, Cannes Film Festival, NATPE Europe, TIFF, MIPCOM, and AFM.
Prior to Artist View Entertainment, Jay has held the position of Vice President of International Sales at Cinetel Films and Mainline Releasing. Jay began his international career at MGM in the International Television division. Mr. Joyce has previously served four terms on the IFTA Board of Directors, most recently Vice Chairperson, Finance.
Jay holds a Bachelor of Arts degree, Radio/Television / Film with an emphasis in Media Management from California State University, Northridge.
Lloyd Kaufman is co-founder and President of New York-based production and distribution company Troma Entertainment. Over the course of 35 years, Troma’s visionary body of work has had a huge impact on pop culture and today’s mainstream filmmaking.
According to the New York Post film critic Lou Lumenick, Kaufman “has been cited as a major influence by Peter Jackson and Quentin Tarantino, among others.”
In 1984, Kaufman’s The Toxic Avenger led to an animated spin-off series, several different Marvel comic book titles and is now an Off-Broadway musical.
Kaufman, who has published five books and been honored by numerous international film festivals over the years, most recently wrote and directed Poultrygeist: Night of the Chicken Dead.
Nat McCormick currently serves as Executive Vice President of Worldwide Distribution for The Exchange where he oversees all sales and distribution activity for the company.
Prior to The Exchange, McCormick served as Director, International Sales & Operations at IM Global when he handled sales on such films as Dredd, Hummingbird, and The Butler. He also managed the physical sales operation and tracked and reviewed all international release plans.
From 2009 to 2011, McCormick was Director, International Sales & Acquisitions for Affinity International handling sales on such films as Drive, Beastly, Casa de Mi Padre, and From Prada to Nada. In addition, McCormick assisted with acquisitions for Affinity, working closely with the major agencies and leading independent producers and financiers.
As Manager of Worldwide Distribution at Odd Lot International, McCormick handled sales on such films as Rabbit Hole, The Open Road, and The Spirit. Prior to joining the international division, he worked for Odd Lot Entertainment in development, production, and business & legal affairs.
Earlier in his career, McCormick produced unscripted television for A&E, HDNET, SPIKE TV, and COURT TV, and served as co-creative director for Edward James Olmos Productions based at Walt Disney Studios. He is a graduate of Loyola Marymount University with a degree in Film Production and a minor in Business Administration.
Jeannine Tang, Senior Vice President of Business and Legal Affairs at Participant Media, began her entertainment career in creative development.
At DreamWorks Animation, she collaborated in developing films including the Shrek franchise, Kung Fu Panda and Shark Tale; later at Sony Pictures Animation, she transitioned to production on the film Surf's Up.
After several years in creative, Jeannine attended UC Berkeley School of Law where she specialized in intellectual property law. After law school, she practiced at O'Melveny and Myers, LLP in the Entertainment, Sports and Media Group, primarily focusing on film and television with an emphasis on complex copyright and film financing. She represented a wide range of clients including investors, production companies, producers and motion picture studios. Illustrative matters include the Warner Brothers acquisition of Alloy Entertainment and the Lionsgate acquisition of Summit Entertainment.
After over 6 years at O’Melveny, Jeannine moved in house to one of her top clients, The Weinstein Company. At TWC, Jeannine served as Associate General Counsel and Senior Vice President of Business and Legal Affairs where she advised on general corporate matters, financing, and strategic partnerships as well as licensing, distribution and production matters. She worked on several critically acclaimed films, including, The Hateful Eight and The Upside. She departed TWC at the end of 2017 and began at Participant Media. At Participant, Jeannine advises on all aspects of the film and television business, including the company’s social action campaigns. In her spare time, Jeannine and her family enjoy traveling, urban hikes, and a Sunday ritual of attending movies.
Alison Thompson’s career in International Film Sales spans three decades during which she has consistently delivered films that have garnered commercial and critical success. After short stints at The Rank Organisation and Channel Four Television, she joined The Sales Company at its inauguration where she rose through the ranks to become Chief Executive in 1996.
During her time there, The Sales Company collaborated on more than 100 titles with leading filmmakers including Bille August, Stephen Frears, John Huston, Neil Jordan, Ken Loach, Roger Michell, Nanni Moretti, Nicholas Roeg, and Michael Winterbottom. In 2000 Thompson headed to Pathé Pictures International and continued to work with many of the same filmmakers as well as Jane Campion, Gurinder Chadha, Kevin McDonald, and Walter Salles.
Prior to setting up Cornerstone, Thompson spent 8 years heading up Universal’s Focus Features International. Highlights of her career include Blue Jasmine, Brokeback Mountain, Burn After Reading, Cloud Atlas, The Constant Gardener, The Crying Game, Girl With A Pearl Earring, Land And Freedom, The Motorcycle Diaries, Scandal, The Snapper, Volver and most recently, Mike Leigh’s acclaimed Mr. Turner and Asif Kapadia’s Academy Award-winning Amy.
Frederick Tsui is currently in charge of sales and international co-production as the General Manager at Media Asia Film. After graduation in the USA, Tsui joined the programming team in an English TV channel in Hong Kong, before parlaying into acquisitions and strategic planning in the then Hong Kong Telecom, responsible for spearheading the launch of the world’s first commercial VOD service.
A member of the Hong Kong Film Critics’ Society, Tsui has been writing film reviews for magazines and newspapers since his university days.
Adam Wright is an entertainment executive with over 30 years of international and domestic sales and distribution experience. Wright joined Voltage Pictures in July 2019 as Executive VP, Sales & Acquisitions and is a key member of Voltage's international and domestic sales, distribution, and acquisitions team. Prior to Voltage, Wright served as Executive VP, Sales & Acquisitions for nine years as Vision Films Inc. where his responsibilities included worldwide licensing, distribution, legal, marketing, acquisitions, production, accounting, and collections. Before Vision, Wright served as President of Regent Worldwide Sales and held senior management positions at PorchLight, CineTel, Rysher, and Turner Pictures Worldwide Distribution.
Wright was a multiple term IFTA Board Member. He currently sits on various IFTA committees and enjoys participating in industry related events. Adam continues to be active in the community and supports various children and animal related charities. He enjoys outdoor activities and loves spending time with his wife and two daughters.