Lia Devlin – Head of Marketing, Altitude Films
Lia has worked in film marketing since 2000, when she started her career working on both blockbusters and specialist films at Sony Pictures UK.
After a year out traveling and working in Sydney, she joined leading independent distributer Momentum Pictures in 2006 and contributed to breaking out a number of foreign and arthouse films including Let the Right One In, Jo Nesbo’s Headhunters, The Raid and Steve McQueen’s Shame. In 2011 Lia became Marketing Director and contributed to breaking box office records for The King’s Speech and The Woman in Black.
Lia joined start-up distributor Altitude Films in 2014, a vertically integrated British independent, co-founded by Optimum Releasing’s Will Clarke. Her most recent successes include leading the world’s marketing strategy for Asif Kapadia’s Oscar-winning documentary Amy, which broke the UK box office record for the biggest British documentary of all time.
Lorna Mann – Senior Vice President Publicity, Lionsgate UK
Never one to go with the grain, Lorna started working in an unconventional way as a teenager on a work experience placement at DDA PR in 1998. Having three years of training during her studies meant that she had the grounding to start her career at the leading publicity agency in 2001. Through tenacity and sheer hard work, she climbed the ladder internally and was managing her own clients within three years of working at DDA.
In 2008 Lorna joined Lionsgate UK as Publicity Director, leading the communications strategy across the business. Still at the company, Lorna remains in charge of the public voice of the company – overseeing Theatrical and Home Entertainment campaigns, Corporate strategy, International Film Festivals and Production comms.
Lorna likes to lead by example and feels she has never lost her passion to continuously learn on the job, develop her skills and lead a team that is proud in what they achieve.
Sophie Glover – Head of Publicity, Pathé UK
Sophie has worked in the film industry for over eight years. She started at Premier PR in the film team and moved to Pathé UK in 2011.
At Pathé, Sophie is responsible for all aspects of publicity on all of our films – from production to distribution through to awards campaigning – in the UK. She liaises closely with the filmmakers and the talent representatives on the logistics of the promotion of the film.
Sophie also hires and manages publicity agencies and works closely with them on Pathé releases to garner the most effective and targeted coverage to reach our core audiences. Sophie’s role also requires her to work with international distributors, who buy Pathé’s films, to ensure they have all the materials and talent access they need.
Lucy Savage – Content Distribution Digital Distribution, StudioCanal
Lucy is a sales professional with 20 years experience gained in both the technology and media & entertainment sectors, the last 12 years spent working within film distribution predominately in television sales and digital distribution. Prior to working in film distribution she worked at Apple Computers, BBC, UPC and agency Razorfish in sales, consultancy, business affairs and content acquisition roles. Lucy first started in film in 2003, joining Pathé Distribution to help sell their output to TV platforms and channels, and within the burgeoning digital platforms. After Pathé Distribution’s closure in 2009 she set up the TV and Digital sales division at Revolver Entertainment, shaping strategy, negotiating and managing all digital platforms from TVOD/EST to SVOD and other TV and ancillary sales. Following Revolver’s closure she joined Kaleidoscope Entertainment to set up their TV and Digital division as well as devising new release strategies including Premium VOD and digital only releases.
In 2015 Lucy joined StudioCanal as Director of TV/Digital (maternity leave), to help release their biggest Home Entertainment titles to date, Paddington and The Imitation Game, set up and managed Sky’s Buy and Keep service, and was responsible for all SC’s sales and marketing of its television and digital distribution output. Since July 2015, Lucy has been working as a freelance sales and distribution consultant while also preparing a new start-up within the digital distribution sector.
Kristin Ryan – Head of UK Marketing, Home Entertainment & Digital, StudioCanal
With over 15 years’ experience in film distribution, Kristin began her career in film working at Polygram (subsequently Universal Pictures) in the rental division of Home Entertainment working on successful British films including Bridget Jones’ Diary and Billy Elliot, as well as large scale US studio films. After two years at Universal Pictures, Kristin moved to creative agency Jigswaw Graphics as account manager for Film4. She then moved back to distribution and joined the team at one of the UK’s leading independent distribution companies, Momentum Pictures, working for over 10 years on projects such as <em?The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo trilogy, The Woman in Black and the phenomenally successful The King’s Speech.
Having worked on the HE side of the business for over 12 years Kristin took the opportunity to gain valuable Theatrical experience at eOne as Senior Marketing Manager overseeing the team on high profile campaigns including 12 Years a Slave and Divergent, as well as local productions such as Nativity 3 and Jimmy’s Hall. Taking time out to travel, Kristin returned to the UK as a freelancer at StudioCanal, working on the Home Entertainment releases of Paddington and Shaun the Sheep before being offered a permanent role as Head of UK Marketing, Home Entertainment and Digital. She’s now planning the strategy for leading the team through an amazing 2016 slate which encompasses feature film, TV, leading kids brands and an extensive and diverse back catalogue.
Louisa Mitchell – Marketing Director, Home Entertainment, eOne
Louisa is currently responsible for overseeing Home Entertainment marketing at eOne, the UK’s largest independent film distributor whose portfolio includes 12 Years a Slave, the Twilight franchise and later this year the much-anticipated adaptation of Roald Dahl’s The BFG, directed by Steven Spielberg. Louisa manages the development and execution of the marketing strategy for the company’s slate, which includes feature films, TV product and non-traditional multi-platform releases. Her 20 years’ experience in entertainment marketing began at The Mean Fiddler, Europe’s leading live music promoter, where she was marketing manager with sole responsibility for the advertising of eight annual music festivals (including Reading) as well as the company’s venues, concerts and national tours.
Louisa’s extensive career in film distribution began when she joined Universal Pictures UK in 2001, where she was responsible for the marketing of new release videos including film and special interest product. Louisa managed campaigns for numerous Working Title films and the release of many stand-up comedy DVDs, including Eddie Izzard’s live DVDs. She joined Momentum Pictures in 2005 and as VP of Marketing was responsible for overseeing the implementation of numerous successful Home Entertainment marketing campaigns. A personal highlight was working on The September Issue, which was one of the UK’s first innovative multi-platform releases and won a British Video Association Marketing Award.
Christina De Rienzo – Head of Theatrical Marketing, Curzon Artificial Eye
Christina De Rienzo is Head of Theatrical Marketing at Curzon Artificial Eye. Christina studied film in Canterbury, Kent where she specialised in producing. Beginning her career at Momentum Pictures, she went onto work for the production team at Deluxe Digital Studios before her love of independent and foreign language films led her to a role at Curzon Artificial Eye.
Christina cemented her experience by assisting on campaigns such We Need to Talk About Kevin, Melancholia, Amour, The Great Beauty and Blue is the Warmest Colour. Since being Head of Theatrical Marketing at Curzon Artificial Eye she has shaped the marketing campaigns for films such as Still Alice (the highest grossing release for Curzon Artificial Eye), 45 Years, Two Days, One Night, Wild Tales, Ida, Force Majeure, Nymphomaniac and many more.
She is currently working on Charlie Kaufman’s Anomalisa, Son of Saul, Mustang and Whit Stillman’s Love & Friendship.
Faith Taylor – Senior Marketing Manager, eOne
After completing a Masters in Film Business at Cass Business School, Faith started working in the film industry at independent distributor Soda Pictures in 2008, beginning as a publicist and later managing the publicity and marketing campaigns for all Theatrical and Home Entertainment campaigns.
During her five years at the company, Faith worked on over 100 films including BAFTA winner Skeletons, the Murakami adaptation Norwegian Wood, US indie thriller Compliance and Wadjda, the first film ever to be made in Saudi Arabia.
In 2013 she joined Entertainment One and managed the campaigns for The Raid 2, Suite Francaise, Tarzan and British breakout Mr Turner before being promoted to Senior Marketing Manager, leading a team of four to deliver marketing campaigns for 20 films a year.
Sophie Doherty – Theatrical Sales Manager, Walt Disney Studios UK
The Vue Film Buying team of 2006 gave Sophie her first opportunity in the business of film, where she was able to apply first-hand knowledge of cinema audiences and operations to the fine art of film booking. Championing smaller and upmarket films, helping develop overall market share, and identifying and supporting new booking talent made for nearly five years with a fantastic team.
Momentum Pictures enabled Sophie to leap the fence from exhibition to distribution as a Theatrical Sales Executive, where she was part of the team who released the biggest-grossing British horror ever, The Woman in Black. A company merger with Entertainment One saw Behind the Candelabra become one of Sophie’s proudest releases, as she and the team created a relative Theatrical success of a film which was made in the States by HBO, for HBO.
A move to Walt Disney Studios UK as Sales Manager in 2013 has seen her role as UK & Ireland Sales Lead on Star War: The Force Awakens – both a career and a personal geek-fulfilling highlight. In her time in Distribution, Sophie has helped shape releases to break a multitude of box office records (among them, fastest film to £100m and biggest UK film release ever), built relationships with independent clients from London to the UK regions, and specialised in negotiating film openings and hold-overs with key accounts Odeon, Cineworld, Vue, Empire, Picturehouse and Curzon.
Pritica Aneja – Associate Finance Director, EMEA, 20th Century Fox UK
I have 12 years experience working in the film industry at both a regional and territory level within the Finance division of two leading film studios: Paramount Pictures and 20th Century Fox. My experience encompasses the Home Entertainment and Theatrical side of the business and I have worked across the APAC and EMEA markets in particular. Working at an international level in the finance industry has enabled me to develop not only my analytical skills but has also given me a greater understanding of working with many different cultures, how they operate and how best to streamline processes in order to be more efficient and effective.
My role at 20th Century Fox over the last 8.5 years has been varied and challenging and I’m currently an Associate Finance Director, EMEA in the Theatrical team. I’ve become a close business partner to the various divisions in the business as well as managing and tracking the P&Ls for all our titles and territories (40) across the region. The role is ever changing due to the huge financial pressures that are placed on the company to succeed, and as a result I’ve taken on much more of a procurement focus and am responsible for management of costs across the division.
Lucy Hill – Theatrical Sales Manager, Warner Bros. Pictures International UK
Lucy is the Theatrical Sales Manager at Warner Bros. Pictures International UK (Harry Potter franchise, Dark Knight Trilogy) and has been working there for just over five years. Lucy started her career in 2000, on the other side of the industry in exhibition, as a Film Buyer at Warner Village Cinemas (latterly Vue Entertainment) where she worked for 11 years not only programming but managing the trailer plans, Vue West End front-of-house, as well as alternate content screenings.
At Warner Bros. Lucy is the account manager for Odeon, Picturehouse, Showcase, Everyman and Curzon as well as multiple solo, twin and triple-screen independent cinemas around the UK. Alongside this her responsibilities include theatrical release strategies for a diverse slate of films as well as release dating and being part of the Warner Bros acquisitions group, where she can indulge her love of script reading! More recent titles that Lucy has worked on include The Lego Movie, American Sniper, Inherent Vice, Mad Max: Fury Road, Irrational Man, Creed, Batman v Superman and Me Before You.