Crowdsourcing. What is it? Is it different to crowdfunding? How and why? Join our panel of experts as we discuss the importance of creating and leveraging your audience, using social media and the web to further your film career and build a following (as well as raise money for your next project!).
Founder & CEO, Stage 32
Richard "RB" Botto is the Founder and CEO of Stage 32 (www.stage32.com with over 400,000 members), the world's largest social media site and educational hub for film, television and theater creatives. Botto is a screenwriter (represented by David Greenblatt of Greenlit Creative), producer, actor and author. He served as associate producer on Sam Levinson’s debut Another Happy Day, which starred Ellen Barkin, Demi Moore, Thomas Hayden Church, Kate Bosworth and Ellen Burstyn and premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, winning Best Screenplay. In 2014, Botto executive produced All Things Hidden. Botto’s own latest script, The End Game, is currently in development. Prior to creating Stage 32, Botto was the Founder, Publisher and Editor of RAZOR magazine, a national men’s lifestyle magazine which boasted a readership of 1.5 million at its peak. A former radio host on ESPN and FOX Sports affiliates, Botto has appeared on such networks as CNBC, MSNBC, NBC News, FOX News, CBS News and VH1, riffing about the entertainment business and social media. Botto's book on crowdsourcing for film will be published by Focal Press in 2015. Oh, and he was once named one of People Magazine's Most Eligible Bachelors (no lie).
Managing Director, Stage 32
Amanda is the Managing Director of Stage 32, the world's largest social network and educational hub for film, television and theater creatives. As a seasoned business development and marketing executive, Amanda began her career in marketing with RAZOR Magazine, working on programs with brands including NBC, Touchstone, Disney and Jaguar. By the time she turned 30 she built The Taka Group from the ground up - her first million + dollar business, which worked on international marketing programs with some of the world's most recognized brands including Oakley, Guess?, Prada, Dolce & Gabbana, Ray Ban, Giorgio Armani, Nine West and more. After her exit from The Taka Group, she became a partner in Stage 32 and as it's Managing Director, oversees operations and business development for the global business. Amanda is inspired by innovation and companies that change industries, something Stage 32 is accomplishing daily. Amanda is a passionate entrepreneur, avid world traveler and lives by the motto "if you love what you do, you'll never work a day in your life."
Founding Member, Park Bench Pictures ‘Common People‘ was the first feature film co-produced and directed by Kerry Skinner and Stewart Alexander and became a breakthrough hit in 2014. It won numerous awards at international film festivals and played to packed houses for 9 weeks at one London cinema before receiving a nationwide release in Picturehouse cinemas throughout the UK. The film screened in consideration for British Academy Awards in 2015 and BAFTA host Stephen Fry wrote that, “Common People is a rare gem, the kind that makes you thrilled to have discovered it.” Kerry has a BA (honours) Degree in Drama Film & TV and has been working as a filmmaker for the past 7 years. Prior to this she trained as an actor and it was at drama school that she met Stewart Alexander and their collaboration began. Their first production was the stage play “Body Checks”, which they co-produced to widespread critical acclaim. This has now been adapted into a screenplay which has been added to Park Bench Pictures slate for future productions.
Alpha Stars Production He has worked in the UK TV and Film industry for over 20 years for the BBC, Channel four and five as well as directing a feature film of his own. Simon is currently shooting his Sci-Fi feature film “Kaleidoscope Man”. Ten years ago Simon left London and relocated to Warwickshire where he set up Alpha Star Productions, providing a local production service to complement the work retained from existing clients in London. Over the years he has invested heavily in high end HD camera and editing equipment, the first company in the region to do so. He has produced many corporate videos, pop promos, commercials, training and event videos. In addition, he has edited two Screen WM award winning shorts, co-produced two independent feature films, was 2nd unit director on “Gone Fishing”, an OSCAR short listed short film and was editor and 2nd unit cameraman on the feature documentary, “Charles Dickens’s England” starring Sir Derek Jacobi. Recently, Simon was awarded a Godiva Award for "Best Business Innovation", for his documentary, Discover Warwickshire. This was followed up by, Discover Shakespeare’s Stratford Upon Avon, which is currently selling in Shakespeare's Birthplace shop in Stratford upon Avon.