Production: Catch 22 – Acquiring Talent

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To attract the big bucks, you need a name attached to your film. But as we all know, big names come with big paychecks, so how do you navigate your way through this conundrum? At what point do you need the talent in place to secure the funds? Find out how to negotiate the mind-field of packaging your film in order to get the cast and the finances.


Steve Kenis 140 cropSTEVE KENIS

Steve Kenis entered the entertainment industry with William Morris Agency in Beverly Hills and was subsequently transferred to the company’s London office.  He was its Managing Director until 2000 when he set up his own agency, Steve Kenis & Co which continues. He is a member of the Personal Managers Association and serves on its Council.  He also serves on the Advisory Board of the British Independent Film Awards.  He is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the British Academy of Film & Television Arts.  He was the Chairman of the Artists’ Agents and Managers Section of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art Centenary Appeal, was a member of the Aids Crisis Trust of London, and was on the board of the ASK Theatre, Los Angeles. He is married to the musician Linda Thompson and lives in London.  He is a dual Anglo/American national.

julia-verdin 140 cropJULIA VERDIN

British Producer Julia Verdin has established herself as one of Hollywood’s leading independent producers, with over 30 critically acclaimed feature films produced to date. Julia has produced theatrical releases including the Newmarket release Stander (2003), starring Tom Jane, Deborah Unger, Dexter Fletcher and David O’Hara directed by Bronwen Hughes; Sony Classics release The Merchant of Venice (2004), directed by Michael Radford, starring Al Pacino, Jeremy Irons and Joseph Fiennes; and Riding The Bullet (2004) based on a Stephen King story, directed by Mick Garris, starring David Arquette, Jonathan Jackson, Erica Christensen and Barbara Hershey. Her recent faith based film, Lionsgate release, The Least Among You, starring Lou Gossett Jr., Lauren Holly and William Devane, premiered on Showtime and was featured in many major festivals. The film was nominated for the 2012 NAACP awards for Outstanding Television Movie and Best Lead Actor.

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