2018 UMFF Distributor panel

Universe Multicultural Film Festival--2018
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 2018 UMFF Distribution  Panel 

TOPICS:

Film distribution is changing day by day,there’s no one model for the trajectory of a feature film’s release. This panel is about:
- what is working and what is not
- What’s the best marketing strategy to ensure a successful release
- How can enterprising filmmakers get the edge on distribution
- Find the best release strategy and marketing plans 

Time: 11:00-12:30PM; April 8, 2018
Location: Fireside room @Fred Hesse Community Park Center,(29301 Hawthorne Blvd; Rancho Palos Verdes, Ca 90275;  Admission by  Panel Pass.

 

 The Panel Speakers: 

  Lynn Tang, Producer, Festival Director
Ms. Tang is a film and Broadway musical producer. She is the executive director of Universe Multicultural Film Festival; director of San Diego International Kids’ Film Festival; Founder of Epic ACG Fest; Chairwoman of Maeya Art Festival.
As film producer, her feature movie (China and Hollywood) ”Hiding Sword “ won the best actor & actress awards at the Los Angeles Nollywood Film Festival. As the executive producer of Hollywood film “Senior Entourage” that with all Hollywood Icons : Ed Asner; Mark Rydell; Dick Van Dyke ; Helen Reddy; Mario Ross and Charlie Robinson. Currently, pre-production two feature films that titled as “ Kingdom of Hulu” and “The Cupid”
As Broadway musical producer, her production “Chen Ying Rescuers the Orphan “made to Dolby theater (Oscar award Home theater) in Oct. 2016. It become the first Broadway Musical appears in Dolby theater in history.
She has been 6 years in a roll as film jury and international commissioner of Seoul Guro International Kids Film Festival ( Korea); Three years in a roll as Asian Film Block director of the Broadway International Film Festival –Ensenada ( Mexico)
Before the entertainment industry, she was a Project Manager specializing in international business exchange; she has served as a management specialist for Fortune 500 companies. She is the Shanghai (China) Zhabei District Investment Advisor and currently serves as the CEO of Maeya Films.
  John Rodsett, Distributor, Producer, Author, Professor
Prior to owning and operating a successful film and media production and distribution company for over 25 years in Los Angeles, John was a TV executive with 20th Century Fox and was also a Vice President at the Los Angeles Olympic Games Organizing Committee. His film and video achievements include producing, funding and distributing twenty one of his own feature films and documentaries plus distributing hundreds of feature films in the international market.
John has written and published eight books, five on the independent feature film business and three on career development plus he was a full time lecturer at the University of Miami, School of Business.
RICK RIEGER , Distributor, CEO
Rick Rieger is a veteran of both the Film and Music industries with over 20 years of experience in sales and distribution. Having started his career with BMG Classics where he became the VP of US Sales, he worked also worked for Microsoft, I-Jam Multimedia, Warner Elektra Atlantic where he was the VP of Sales and Marketing, and now Cinema Libre Studio where he is the Head of Home Entertainment. Rick has extensive knowledge of the entertainment industry having helped Cinema Libre expand from DVD sales to rapidly changing digital world online, bringing Cinema Libre's extensive library of over 150 titles to platforms including iTunes, Hulu, Netflix, Amazon, Vudu, DigiDev TV to name a few.
  Bill H McKinney, Distributor, Producer
Bill is a entertainment Consultant/ Producer/ founder/CEO of Global Pictures Studios, and Corporate Liaison for IMPACT NETWORK which is the first African American nationally owned Christian TV Network as well the Founder of MoovieTyme.com( an Online Movie Streaming Business) . A highly creative and idealistic professional, with over 20 years of experience in various aspects of the business and entertainment arena. Bill McKinney quickly became a house hold name as a film producer after successful releases of "Blessed & Cursed" and Hit Comedy Movie "Corner Store". Bill, also teamed up with Brandon T. Jackson, Tanya Ryno and Funny or Die to Produce a Viral Short "BIG TWEET" that help revolutionize short film parody videos. Bill McKinney currently became a worldwide distributor of Films and recently became a Co-Founder with 8 others of The Motown Project 313 and have engineer a deal with the highly anticipated launch of Faith-Based Films. Bill and wife Amyra McKinney formed McKinney Entertainment Agency in 2013, an Entertainment Employment staffing agency that specialize in scouting and placing Talent for local or national jobs. With Film Producing being Bill first priority, Conquering the Faith-Based film genre have taken Bill on a quest to create a worldwide Film Ministry preaching through Film. 
  Mark Sonoda, Distributor
Mark Snoda is the CEO of Dauntless Studio, BA in Film Production / Screenwriting from Miami International University, His career within the film industry began during his college years, from a solid line producer, then working on over a dozen feature films, and become the production consultant for Warner Brothers International in Australia and Romania. After completing his tenure with WB, he joined the development team at Eclectic Pictures, had worked on Bobby Z (Paul Walker, Lawrence Fishbourne & Olivia Wilde), My Mom's New Boyfriend (Meg Ryan, Antonio Banderas & Colin Hanks) and over two dozen other pictures. After that, Mark created Red Shogun Pictures, has been involved in the financing, production and distribution of over 20 films. In 2014, Mark founded Dauntless Studios, an independent distribution company that acquires feature films and provides turn-key film distribution to independent filmmakers seeking to break away from the standard studio model. In additional to DS TKD modeling, the company just recently launched and new subsidiary company FEROX DISTRIBUTION, which provides filmmakers with low-cost, high revenue recovery platform distribution service. "
Rosario Elena, Producer, Actress
Rosario Elena is a bilingual Los Angeles-based actress, with a decade of acting experience. She is SAG-AFTRA and represented by Eileen O'Farrell Personal Management and SF Top Models and Talent. She recently booked the leading role of "Lena" in the feature film "The Manifest", co-starring with actor/comedian Angel Salazar from Scarface. And she will be playing Wednesday in the new film "Season of Rage,” co-starring actor Daniel Trejo and Emilio Rivera. Aside from acting, Rosario has a business degree and 13 years in Media Communications. Rosario is a seasoned producer, to say the least. Before branching out into the commercial video and the motion picture industries, she worked with the television network giant Univision for 8 years. Skilled in preparation, execution, and management, she is the glue and muscle behind the success and completion of each project. For more: www.imdb.com/name/nm2837814
Jake Coburn, Director
Jake Coburn is the Director of Aggregation Services at post and encoding house Visual Data Media Services in Burbank. His mission there is to tailor a digital services department that specializes in meeting the individual needs of independent filmmakers and film distributors as they seek to break through an oversaturated digital landscape. Before that, he worked as an independent film distribution consultant at Magnetbox Films, and as an Account Manager at encoding house Premiere Digital, where, he oversaw the digital distribution hundreds of titles from ingest all the way through delivery. Jake comes to the technical side of distribution by way of production, where he has cut, sound mixed, and done VFX work on many films, as well as worked in commercials on projects for brands such as Kia, Apple, and Google