Cathy Anderson – Head of UK Publicity, 20th Century Fox
I started my career in film distribution in 2000 in an assistant role and have progressed through a number of positions before becoming the Head of UK Publicity for 20th Century Fox in 2008. I am a highly motivated and passionate leader. I love my job; I strive to inspire, innovate and challenge my team every day. I work with an exceptionally broad slate of films and have gained extensive experience in delivering diverse PR campaigns, including 20th Century Fox’s biggest ever release AVATAR, and some of Fox Searchlight’s most successful films, including THE BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL and BLACK SWAN. I use efficient methods to build strong relationships with press that enable us to engage audiences with targeted messaging through the right platforms. I have successfully delivered unique and high profile publicity campaigns, winning Screen Marketing awards for Best Publicity Campaign 2014, Premiere of the Year 2015 and most recently, Publicity Team of the Year 2016.
Lucy Powell – Senior Publicity Manager, StudioCanal
After studying film at university and gaining valuable experience assisting in TV production roles, Lucy started her career in film distribution at leading UK independent Momentum Pictures in 2007. During her six years there she worked on a hugely diverse range of releases with varying distribution strategies, genres, budgets and talent. This included campaigns for THE KING’S SPEECH, THE YOUNG VICTORIA and QUARTET. The experience of working at such a collaborative company taught her the skills to help break out foreign language and arthouse gems such as JO NESBO’S HEADHUNTERS, LET THE RIGHT ONE IN and TROLL HUNTER.
Joining StudioCanal in 2014, Lucy has quickly risen up the ranks to now lead on and oversee campaigns for the company’s acquisitions and European productions, while managing a fantastic team of talented and hard working publicists. StudioCanal is growing quickly after huge box office successes such as THE IMITATION GAME and PADDINGTON. Its output ranges from upmarket adult dramas and thrillers, to an increasing number of successful British family films. With nine years of experience in UK film distribution, Lucy has gained a great understanding of the industry and the ever-changing UK film market. She continues to forge relationships with incredible British filmmakers and still enjoys the enormous satisfaction that comes from breaking a film out beyond its box office expectations.
Tiina Heinonen – Online Marketing Manager, Curzon Artificial Eye
Creative, analytical and detail-oriented, I have six years experience at Curzon in overseeing digital marketing campaigns for over 150 film releases as well as developing long-term online strategy for the Curzon group brands. Before that, I worked for Independent Cinema Office, Raindance and Greenwich Film Festivals as well as completing a MA in History of Film and Visual Media (under the invaluable guidance of Laura Mulvey) which included a placement with film curator and writer Mark Webber.
Having previously worked in online publishing, I have been able to learn all about copy and code, advertising and audiences, design and data, platforms and partners – and apply them to film distribution in fresh, effective and exciting ways. At Curzon, I currently oversee the online output for the company’s theatrical and home entertainment distribution brand Curzon Artificial Eye, having previously also looked after the online marketing for Curzon Cinemas and Curzon Home Cinema as well as the Curzon group’s corporate presence.
Ana Cristina Santos – Freelance Consultant, Legal & Business Affairs (Film)
I am an experienced acquisitions, and legal and business affairs professional with 14 years experience working in the UK film industry across production, distribution and exhibition. Following on from the company’s restructure in June, after nearly eight years leading the acquisitions and programming of the specialist content for film distributor/exhibitor Curzon Artificial Eye (35 screens, 12 cinemas, 7 franchise; approximately 30% of total income; +£1.5M turnover 2015), I am currently looking for the right opportunity to expand my knowledge base, to side-step back to a more legal role within distribution, combining my studies and work experience, and to work across several territories. I am a law graduate with a civil law bar membership and over three years experience working as trainee lawyer. I am finishing a Masters degree in Entertainment Law (LLM), which focused almost entirely on UK and US laws, and gave me a solid understanding of copyright and intellectual property law, and expertise in rights matters. Since the restructure, I have been freelancing on a few projects, but my ultimate goal is to operate at a higher executive level for the right company or to forge partnerships to run my own business in the near future.
Zoe Sands – Senior Publicist, Sony Pictures Releasing UK
Zoe Sands has worked in film publicity since 2000, when she started her career on a temporary placement at Sony Pictures Releasing UK. She never looked back and now has over 16 years of major film studio experience, working across both blockbusters and more specialist films. As Senior Publicist, Zoe strategically plans and executes across film releases, working to deliver creative, stand out, multi-channel publicity campaigns. Zoe has worked across a diverse range of titles such as DOGTOWN & Z-BOYS, MOON, DISTRICT 9, MEN IN BLACK III, ONE DIRECTION: THIS IS US, FURY and most recently GHOSTBUSTERS. She’s currently working on A STREET CAT NAMED BOB, THE DARK TOWER, SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING and BLADE RUNNER 2049.
Sally Hodgson – Freelance
Sally Hodgson works across audience development, production, marketing, and distribution. Her film production and distribution experience stems from seven years working at EM Media, the first of the Regional Screen Agencies to launch a specialised film production fund. The films co-financed through the agency won five BAFTAs, three Scottish BAFTAs, ten British Independent Film Awards and three Michael Powell Awards. Since 2010 Sally has worked with agencies and organisations, online platforms, film directors and producers who are interested in exploring and exploiting opportunities to do things independently and with innovation. She has worked as Producer of Marketing & Distribution on three of Jeanie Finlay’s films; SOUND IT OUT, THE GREAT HIP HOP HOAX and ORION: THE MAN WHO WOULD BE KING.
She is currently releasing NG83 – WHEN WE WERE B BOYS, an award-winning feature documentary on the UK’s breakdancing scene. Sally is also Regional Marketing Officer (Midlands) supporting the national release of Ken Loach’s Palme D’Or-winning I, DANIEL BLAKE. She’s the Distribution Producer on Karen Guthrie’s THE CLOSER WE GET, winner of Best International Feature at HotDocs 2015 and Project Manager on Soda Pictures’ Children’s Cinema Club initiative. Recently Sally has started to work with the partners of the TIDE Experiment – leading European companies Under The Milky Way, The Festival Agency and The Film Agency – assisting with marketing and grassroots audience development across their innovative distribution strategies. Sally is a Trustee of Flatpack Festival.
Emily Compton – Head of Technical, Altitude Films
Although starting in post production at Technicolor, Emily Compton has spent most of her career working in film distribution. When at Momentum pictures Emily worked her way up from Assiatant to Technical Manager – Europe. She worked on a variety of campaigns and releases, from LET THE RIGHT ONE IN and the THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO trilogy, to THE KING’S SPEECH and LAWLESS. She also worked closely with iTunes and other digital platforms such as Sony and Google as they launched in the UK, ensuring Momentum Pictures and its product played a key role in shaping those early days. In 2013 Emily was head hunted by music studio Metropolis to head up the creative digital media team. While there she managed a team of nine, and oversaw all aspects of the day-to-day coordination of the creative, DVD/Blu-Ray, interactive and sales elements of the department. She had final creative sign off on all print and AV projects running through the department, from the Nitin Sawhney OneZero coffee table 12” book to the Jay Z animated commercial.
In October 2015 she was invited to join Altitude as Head of Technical, sitting within the distribution team. Here she works in a small team crossing all areas of distribution. The environment is an entrepreneurial one where engagement with all areas of film development, production and distribution is encouraged. Most recently in addition to working at Altitude, Emily is continuing to build and add to her understanding of the industry as a whole. To that end she is currently producing two feature films and two VR shorts.
Vicky Hine – Senior Marketing Manager: Theatrical, eOne
Vicky started her career at media agency PHD working on media planning for Warner Bros films. Four years later she moved to Warner Bros, where she worked across titles including THE HOBBIT and MAN OF STEEL, and led campaigns for titles such as THE CONJURING.
Being drawn to the independent sector, Vicky joined Entertainment One in 2013 as a Marketing Manager before being promoted to Senior Marketing Manager. There she manages one of two sub-teams within the marketing department, responsible for 50% of films released theatrically each year (approximately 20 titles) and four direct reports. In her time at eOne she has led the marketing campaigns for titles including DALLAS BUYERS CLUB, SPOTLIGHT and DAVID BRENT: LIFE ON THE ROAD.
Sarah Hatton – Sales Manager, eOne
Sarah Hatton joined Warner Bros in May 2001, as PA to the Director of Sales, and supporting the Sales and Technical teams. She was part of the launch of blockbuster releases such as the HARRY POTTER series, OCEAN’S ELEVEN and OCEAN’S TWELVE, THE MATRIX franchise, as well as two SCOOBY-DOO movies and CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY. In October 2006 she went on to Universal, a territory start-up with its first film being released in January 2007. She started as Sales Co-ordinator of a brand new team and worked her way up to Sales Executive and Sales Manager, managing several accounts during her time there, including all the independents, Showcase, ICO, Empire and Odeon. Over her seven years at Universal she was an integral part in the distribution of more than 180 movies, 27 of which grossed over £10m, including blockbusters MAMMA MIA!, LES MISERABLES, DESPICABLE ME 1 & 2, the FAST & FURIOUS, THE WOLF OF WALL STREET, BRIDESMAIDS, THE BOURNE ULTIMATUM and HOT FUZZ, as well as the more arthouse titles such as A SERIOUS MAN, BEGINNERS, THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT and MOONRISE KINGDOM,
In May 2014, looking for a new challenge, she made the move to the biggest independent distributor, eOne, where she currently works as Sales Manager, reporting directly to the Head of Sales and looking after major accounts such as Odeon and Picturehouse. She’s already released more than 70 films, playing a significant role in distributing such releases as THE BFG, MR TURNER, SPOTLIGHT and THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN.
Louise Repka – Head of Technical: Shared Services, eOne
Louise has been working in the film industry for the past 13 years. She started out her career working at boutique DVD authoring company DMC, where she gained a good technical understanding of the DVD production process and her first insight into the world of distribution, working with various independents. In 2004 she entered the world of distribution when she joined independent distributor Metrodome, where she spent five years working across operations and technical servicing for theatrical and home entertainment, gaining a real understanding for distribution and realising her desire to focus on the technical theatrical aspects of the business.
In 2010 she joined Entertainment One, managing all things technical for the theatrical team. Since then eOne has expanded dramatically and so have Louise’s role and responsibilities. She now heads up technical for shared services, with a team of seven people overseeing the entire scope of the technical and servicing operation for the UK office. This encompasses all inbound and outbound delivery for content acquired by eOne, managing all parts of the production process for the various divisions as well as the distribution of content into exhibition, working across 30-40 releases a year, ranging from titles such as Ken Loach’s I, DANIEL BLAKE to Steven Spielberg’s THE BFG.
Anne-Cecile Mulin – Universal Pictures International
Born in France, I grew up in Holland, Italy, Canada, USA and Mexico. I have now been calling London home for the past 10 years. I am a very international person. Ever since I was 11 years old, I have wanted to work in film – as a film composer at first. I had a fondness for Maurice Jarr. After graduating from business school, I decided to go to NYU (Tisch School of Arts) to study production. It was a fantastic experience. I wrote, shot and edited (and cut my fingers in the process) five short films on 16mm. I also enrolled in a class called “Working for credits” which landed me an internship at Miramax. That is when my career in distribution really started.
After my American experience, I moved to London determined to join a studio in their distribution department. I worked for two years at Screen International until I joined the EMEA distribution team at 20th Century Fox. I analysed performance of films for the major European territories at first and then moved on to planning releases across all of EMEA and developing new business opportunities. I am proud to have been working on releases such AVATAR (the challenge of it being the first wide 3D release and reward of it being the biggest grossing film ever) as well as films such as BLACK SWAN. I also actively participated in the opening of their offices in India due to my passion, knowledge and contacts there.
I have now been working for the past three years at Universal Pictures International, in a role that expands my remit to APAC and LATAM. Here, I am in charge of maximising business opportunities for our distribution teams and developing new business opportunities. I lead a project on how to optimize our booking process and our relationships with exhibitors, have organised events around film launches and just opened a new office in Brazil. I have many interests in life – one of which is film. I consider myself very fortunate to be working in an industry I am passionate about. I hope to have a continued and growing impact in the years to come.