Focus on the speakers
|Michael Karagosian - MKPE Founder and President
Michael Karagosian is the founder and president of MKPE Consulting LLC, a Los Angeles-based consultancy in the entertainment industry. He is a 30 year veteran of the cinema industry, and has been active in the digital cinema space for the past decade. Michael's recent efforts include the negotiation of digital cinema deployment agreements for Ireland-based Digital Finance Limited and DCinema Alliance in the Philippines. He was an advisor in business planning for the Pirate Eye camcorder detection technology, and was responsible for the development of license-free standards for closed caption systems. He served for eight years as senior technology adviser to the US-based National Association of Theatre Owners. He is a member of the board of directors for In-Three, and was an advisor to the UK Film Council in the UK government-financed rollout of digital cinema. In the late 70's and early 80's, Michael led the development of cinema and studio products at Dolby Laboratories. In the 90's he was co-creator of the Peavey CinemAcoustics product line, and led the development of networked audio and control systems for Disney theme parks. He chairs the SMPTE TC-21DC30 Digital Cinema Working Group for Exhibition, and is the editor of mkpeReport (http://report.mkpe.com). His company site is www.mkpe.com
Ron Sterk (1963) is managing director at the Dutch Exhibitors' Association (NVB), representing all exhibitors in the Netherlands. The association works to promote all aspects of the industry, takes responsibility in defending common interests and informs its members about recent developments.
Next to his work for the NVB, Ron is managing director at Cinema Digitaal BV. The foundation works with a unique national and collective approach which will see all Dutch cinemas digitalized by the autumn of 2012.
Ron Sterk has extensive experience in cinema and movies and has been managing director at Minerva Cinema's for 11 years.
|Silvana Pasqualino - EACEA - Education, Audiovisual & Culture Executive Agency
Since 2006, Silvana Pasqualino has been working in the EACEA - Education, Audiovisual & Culture Executive Agency. Before joining the Media unit in July 2009, she worked for the culture and youth units. She is on the Monitoring Team of the Distribution Sector and is responsible for monitoring projects in the MEDIA Programme's Selective Scheme, supporting the trans-national distribution, promotion, dubbing and subtitling costs and costs of digital distribution for European films.
|Christine Costello - Managing Director and Co-Founder More2Screen Ltd
Christine is Managing Director of More2Screen, the company she and business partner Penny Nagle co-founded in the UK in 2006. Under her stewardship, it quickly established itself as a leading player in delivering alternative content to digital cinemas worldwide and was judged by IHS Screen Digest to be the leading UK supplier of such content in the period Jan - June 2011. With an active network of 3000 screens around the globe looking to More2Screen for special theatrical events, Christine and Penny's achievements include bringing the first-ever LIVE HD event to European cinemas (Robbie Williams), and the first 3D ballet (Giselle from the Mariinsky Theatre) plus the first ever LIVE 3D opera (the ENO's Lucrezia Borgia) broadcast to cinemas worldwide.
At the time of launching the company, Christine had 18 years' commercial experience at board director level behind her. She has been involved in the cinema industry since 1999, when she was appointed Managing Director of the Pearl & Dean screen advertising business. For seven years she was CEO of SMG's Out Of Home division, with responsibility for both cinema and outdoor businesses (she was running Primesight concurrent with Pearl & Dean), and acted as Vice President of SAWA, the global trade body for cinema advertising. She is an acknowledged expert in the field of alternative content and is regularly invited to speak on the subject at cinema-related conferences around the world. She is based in London.
Marieke Jonker is stakeholder and Managing Director of film distribution company Amstelfilm BV, a young, Amsterdam based film distributor with a passion for arthouse films. Besides its own titles Amstelfilm handles films and documentaries for Mokumfilm Distribution (a foundation dedicated to artistic and lateral films) and for independent filmmakers and producers. As a distributor Amstelfilm main focus is how small, beautiful films can find a larger audience.
In The Netherlands Amstelfilm tries to combine digitization with new business models. Their newest project is called We Want Cinema (wewantcinema.com), the new online platform where you decide what is shown in the theatre.
Marieke Jonker has a Masters in Preservation and Presentation of the Moving Image, is an ex-programmer of Filmtheater De Uitkijk, and is passionate about digitization.
Amstelfilm, based in Amsterdam, is a young independent film distributor with a passion for arthouse and digital innovations. We believe the digitization of cinemas is an opportunity for the independent European cinema industry. When approached in the right way, the digital screen - combined with the possibilities for niche products in a world with social media - can fight the increasing lack of variety in the cinemas. Going to the movies is going to be a more interactive social event-based experience. We are the first Dutch distributor producing alternative content events (Cinema Events) for independent cinemas in The Netherlands.
|Paul Huis in 't Veld - CEO/Owner - Gofilex
Gofilex is an independent company founded in 1938. Traditionally working for (and with) both studios & independent distributors and cinemas & art houses for 35MM, merchandise and digital content. This means that Gofilex has both digital and physical facilities for temporary and permanent shared storage, handling, secure (inter-)national transportation and content network services. All supported with inhouse-developed multidisciplinary ICT architecture.
In 2008 Gofilex had already started to implement a nationwide terrestrial network. Via this highly secure network Gofilex operates their unique Organized Digital Delivery (Gofilex ODD). This system includes a variety of digital services (eg. versioning, conversioning, KDM and ingesting). Gofilex ODD integrates the operational logistical activities for file-based content, hard drives, 35MM and merchandise into ONE WORKFLOW. The business aim is to extend the terrestrial footprint in Europe to deliver comprehensive services.
Up to 2004 Paul worked for more then 20 years for international companies in the field of Supply Chain Logistics and Change Management. Paul has a BBA degree and two masters in Logistics and Supply Chain Management. Company website www.gofilex.com
|Frank de Neeve - Editor of Cineserver
Frank de Neeve is the editor of Cineserver.org, one of the very few European websites dedicated solely to digital cinema. By providing d-cinema news and information, he aims to help exhibitors, distributors and producers in making the right decisions and choices in the digitization process. The site is a result of De Neeve's years of involvement in digital cinema. He has organised a number of 'digital cinema think tank events' for the Dutch cinema industry and was a member of the former digital cinema commission of the Dutch exhibitors association NVB. He has lectured on digital cinema for organisations like Norway's Film & Kino, EDCF and ICTA.
Frank de Neeve has worked in the cinema industry for nearly 20 years, mainly in technical positions. He also works as a freelance journalist for magazines like Holland Film Nieuws and Cinema Technology Magazine, and for three years he was one of the editors of the former arthouse magazine Skrien. De Neeve mainly writes about cinema technology, always aiming to make technology understandable and to focus on how it can help to improve the cinema experience.
Ido Abram is Director of Communications of the EYE Film Institute Netherlands.
Abram is part of EYE's management team and heads the following departments: National and International Communication, Marketing, Public & Industry Relations, and Networking.
EYE unites the Filmmuseum, Holland Film, the Filmbank, and the Nederlands Instituut voor Filmeducatie in one organization, under one name. EYE combines an extensive, world-renowned film collection with cutting-edge expertise in restoration and research, with educational programmes and international promotion. EYE promotes film culture, debate, reflection and innovation through adventurous film programming, distribution, research and experimentation.
Before he joined EYE, Ido was the director of the Binger Filmlab and CineMart Director at the International Film Festival Rotterdam. In addition, he is a member of the International Advisory Board of the CineMart and a member of the International Advisory Board of the Hong Kong Asian Film Financing Forum. Ido is a board member of ACE and a member of the European Film Academy.
Peter trained as an apprentice electromechanical engineer in the late 1960's, from there he had a spell working in education at Portsmouth University, The Royal College of Art & Design and The National Film and Television School.
In the Early 1980's Peter moved on to Sony and from mid 1985 to 1992 was responsible for all Sony's HD strategy in Europe. This was a pioneering time and laid the foundations for HD Digital Production and Digital Cinema. Peter facilitated the first HD Multi-camera Music shoot, Genesis @ Wembley in 1987 and the first uncompressed Digital Delivery to a Cinema @ IBC 1988.
In 1991 Peter moved to Snell and Wilcox where he product planned and managed more than 20 HDTV and Large Screen Display Products.
Peter currently runs his own Consultancy, High Definition and Digital Cinema Ltd, is the Director of the European Digital Cinema Forum Technical Support Group and sits on various Governmental and Professional Committees.
Peter is currently consulting on HDTV, Digital Cinema, 3D & advanced TV systems.
Peter also runs training courses on behalf of Skillset and independently. Typical topics covered are Digital Cinema Mastering, Stereoscopic 3D Live Production and HDTV.
Peters catch line is "I always work on things that haven't happened yet".
A graduate of the Kozminski University in Warsaw and of the Management Department at Cracow's University of Economics, Anna has worked in banking, in the sector of capital operations, and as a marketing expert.
As a cultural events organiser, she has participated in the preparation, promotion and organisation of many cultural events, including the Impressionist Exhibition "From Manet to Gaugin", as well as the TRANSALPINUM exhibition at the National Museum. She has also played an important role in organising many special events for various commercial entities. Between 2001 and 2005 Anna was the producer of the Film and Art Festival "Film Summer", and has also co-operated in the production of documentary films. She gives lectures at Warsaw University on management in the culture sector.
Since 2008 she has been the head of the Department of Education and Dissemination of Film Culture at the Polish Film Institute. She supervises the implementation of educational programmes, such as the "School Filmotheque" addressing secondary schools and the Polish Film Academy addressing university students. She is responsible for the system of subsidies for film schools and other institutions conducting film education programmes. She is also responsible for projects connected with the development of cinematic activities, including the improvement of infrastructure and digitisation, and for co-operation in the implementation of the national digitisation strategy for the audiovisual archives. She manages a team dealing with the national promotion of Polish cinematography, art house cinemas and film clubs.
Jorien Scholtens is researcher and permanent secretary of the Netherlands Film Research Foundation (Stichting Filmonderzoek). Film Research is an independent research foundation that conducts research for the film business.The research field includes cinemas, distributors and film production. Film Research aims to provide practical information and advice for the film industry. Alongside the annual study on the consumer behavior of moviegoers, the Cinema Monitor, commissioned by the Dutch Exhibitors Association and the Dutch Distributors Association, Film Research carries out additional research into various subjects, such as video-on-demand, film education, art house cinemas and digital cinema roll-out.
Jorien Scholtens has a Masters degree in film and television studies. During her study she did internships at a film production company and the Dutch Cultural Media Fund and worked as a research assistant at Utrecht University. After graduating she worked for EYE Film Institute on the digitization project Images for the Future.
Thomas is the founder of Arts Alliance, Arts Alliance Media, Love Film and the Met Film School and is both an artist and an entrepreneur.
|Thijs van Exel - Knowledgeland
Thijs van Exel (1978) works with think tank Knowledgeland. He is responsible for the communication of the project Images for the Future (www.imagesforthefuture.org), and is involved in the development of several innovative concepts, such as MapIt1418, the Nationaal Archief open data app competition and Celluloid Remix 2: Found Footage.
Annemieke McCabe (1976) studied hotel management in Leeuwarden where she graduated in 2000. In 2004 she started as an operational manager at The Regardz "Silver Tower" in Amsterdam, a high-end meeting center on the top floor of a high rise in Amsterdam. In 2006 she was promoted to General Manager in the same location. Early 2010 she started as General Manager during the pre-opening of CineLounge, the first fully digital cinema in Holland. Recently CineLounge welcomed its 500,000th visitor. Annemieke McCabe combines her job with her marriage and two wonderful daughters.
Geert Wissink - Head of Project Management Office, Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision
After completing his education in cognitive science, Geert worked at several online and digital media platforms for commercial and governmental organisations. At Sound and Vision he is responsible for implementing project and programme management standards within the organisation. He is involved in a variety of projects and programmes dealing with access to the collection, IT, exhibitions, digitization and national partnerships.
Olivier Hillaire is the manager of Manice, a consultancy dedicated to digital cinema.
Manice assists cinema exhibitors in converting their screens to digital: management of the tender procedure towards d-cinema integrators, choice of the financing solution. Manice does market research on the economic and technical impact of digital cinema and is also the editor of two websites providing straightforward explanations on digital cinema technology and economy: Manice.org for French cinema professionals and Manice.net (in English) for the international market.
Sébastien joined dcinex in early 2010 as Supply Chain Director. He is mainly responsible for all Logistics and Supply Chain aspects of the Deployment and Customer Support processes.