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.
JD Beaufils started his entertainment career 20 years ago at the now defunct, yet greatly influential Overseas Filmgroup under the leadership of Robbie Little.
Learning the trade, filling Sales & Distribution Executive positions at Bauer Martinez International, Porchlight Entertainment, Epic Pictures and Under The Milky Way, he has these last five years enjoyed a rewarding role as President of Sales for leading production and distribution outfit VMI Worldwide; financing, pre-selling and licensing high profile feature films starring prominent cast.
He is an immense fan of American popular culture and praises every day spent under the California sun.
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.
Since 2018, Jody Cipriano, a 20-year industry veteran, has served as Head of Global Distribution & Acquisitions for MarVista Entertainment, a leading global independent entertainment studio that produces, acquires and distributes premium film and television content with approximately 60 new movies per year.
Jody is responsible for spearheading all cross-platform content sales and acquisitions worldwide.
Prior to joining MarVista, Jody served as senior vice-president of worldwide distribution at Cinetel Films.
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 has more than 20 years experience licensing feature films and television movies in the Domestic and International markets. He most recently served as Vice President of Worldwide Sales with Artist View Entertainment where he oversaw 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.
Prior to becoming a partner in Metro International Entertainment, Will was head of Ealing Metro International, created through a merger between Ealing Studios International and Metropolis Film Sales. Before the merger, he was Head of Distribution at Ealing Studios International, responsible for international distribution and day to day operations at the company.
He was previously head of the Capitol Films specialist division, Thinkfilm International where he was responsible for a diverse slate of films. Between 2003 and 2007, Will worked at UK production company, Carnaby Films PLC where he launched the international sales arm before taking on additional duties including financing, business affairs and overseeing production on Carnaby titles.
Between 1999 and 2003, Will worked for Lolafilms, then owned by multinational Admira (formerly Telefonica Media). As Co-President of International Sales, he was responsible for world-wide sales and acquisitions as well as English language co-productions.
Having worked in Canada and the UK in production, Will began his career in film sales and distribution in 1996 as a sales executive at Capitol Films. His production credits include films such as Agatha Christie’s Crooked House directed by Gilles Paquet Brenner, RC Sherriff’s Journey’s End directed by Saul Dibb, Zoo, Never Grow Old, Creation Stories and Australia’s highest grossing doc of all time That Sugar Film to name a few.
Will served on the board of Ffilm Cymru Wales (formally the Film Agency for Wales) from 2008–2017 and is a member of the British Academy of Film and Television. He is regularly invited to speak at festivals and industry forums on a variety of subjects relating to film finance, production, sales and distribution.
Lise Romanoff, Managing Director/ CEO of Vision Films, Inc. has been in the distribution business for nearly 30 years. Today, Vision Films is a worldwide Distribution company and a direct VOD Aggregator with a library of over 800 independent feature films and documentaries.
Domestically, the company issues 2-4 new release titles each month and manage all windows, including limited Theatrical, DVD, TVOD, SVOD, AVOD and Television. Under Lise’s leadership, Vision has developed deep relationships across all of the premium Cable VOD services and digital streaming platforms, both domestically and internationally. The company is an approved content partner to iNDemand, Vubiquity, Dish, Direct TV, Shaw, Rogers, Bell and Telus, FandangoNow, Google Play, iTunes, Amazon Prime, Netflix, The Peacock, PlutoTV and Tubi, just to name a few.
Internationally, Vision participates in the all the Film and Television and specialty Sales Markets (albeit now virtually), has a staff of three sales people that specialize in different parts of the world.
A long-time active member of IFTA, Lise has previously served on the IFTA Executive Committee, and is also involved with IFTA's Legal Committee.
Nick is a founding partner of XYZ Films, an independent production company, financier and worldwide sales agency based in Los Angeles.
XYZ specializes in filmmaker-driven elevated genre films with a distinct global outlook. Nick has overseen the production and distribution of films from over 40 countries. In 2019, Nick and his partners launched a talent management division representing filmmakers from all around the world.
XYZ is known for its creative licensing structures and has been at the forefront of digital distribution since its inception.
Prior to co-founding XYZ in 2008, Nick developed and produced unscripted television series and local-language feature films.
Nick received an MFA from the UCLA Producers Program in 2006. He majored in English, History and French at Rice University, where he was a National Merit Scholar. He graduated Magna Cum Laude in 2004. Nick was born in Seattle, Washington.
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.
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.