They used to say that the bottleneck in filmmaking was actually making a film: everyone had an idea, but not everyone could make a film. Now everyone has the opportunity to make their movie idea come true on the lowest of low budgets, the bottleneck has moved up to distribution: there’s a lot of films out there, but not all will get seen by an audience. Discover ways to navigate the ever-changing waters of indie distribution.
David Wilkinson - Guerrilla Films
David Nicholas Wilkinson, founder of the Guerilla companies, is unique in the UK entertainment industry. Since entering the industry in 1970 his hands-on experience and depth of knowledge in a range of different show business sectors is almost certainly unequalled by anyone else working in Britain today.
Tanya Laird - Founder of Digital Jam
Tanya has been working in the digital industry across entertainment IP and innovation for the last ten years working primarily with global gaming and entertainment franchises such as Star Wars, Marvel and Moshi Monsters that have achieved BAFTA, Golden joystick, Develop, Chartered Institute of Marketing, The Queen’s Award for Enterprise (Innovation) and Telly Awards respectively. Tanya also provides mentoring and consultancy to new tech startups across a wide variety of business incubators and accelerators including Wayra, Wayra Ultd, Oxygen Accelerator, The New Entreprenurs Foundation and The School of Communication Arts 2.0. She is also an expert judge for the Future8 awards and an expert adviser for Power to the Pixel. Her work spans across multiple industries and disciplines with one unifying trend: forward thinking innovation.
Ben Johnson, Founder, Gruvi
I am the Founder and Opportunity Architect at Gruvi (A Startup Bootcamp 2010 Alumni). I love to spot the opportunities and make them happen. My company Gruvi produces cutting edge interactive solutions for marketing entertainment content on social networks for web and mobile environments that boost conversion and engagement. Gruvi works with major film studios and has global Master Service Agreements with Disney, Warner and Sony as well as agreements with many independent distributors across Europe. Based on these technologies I launched Wave In 2014 - a cloud-based campaign management platform that simplifies the complex world of digital marketing that increases the speed, transparency, scalability and performance of digital marketing campaigns on social media. In 2014 we also launched Wave into new content verticals including TV, major cinema chains and secured deals with Cinemaxx and trials with BskyB and Mediacom.