The BritWeek Film and TV Summit is pleased to announce that producer and
GK Films' partner, Graham King, will keynote the event, produced in
association with Variety and the British Academy of Film and
The Film and TV Summit, one of several planned BritWeek 2012 events,
will be presented April 27 at the InterContinental Hotel in Century City.
King is a preeminent Academy Award winning producer whose projects have
grossed over $2 billion in box office worldwide. He is nominated twice
this year for Academy Awards. His most recent film Hugo, directed
by Martin Scorsese, has earned 11 Academy Award nominations, which is
the most for any film of 2011. In addition, his film, Rango, has
been nominated for Best Animated Feature Film of the Year. These
nominations follow the Best Picture Oscar win for The Departed,
also directed by Scorsese, and produced by King in 2006.
King recently produced the upcoming Tim Burton-directed Dark Shadows
starring Johnny Depp, which will be released by Warner Bros. in May
2012. Projects now in development at GK Films, which King launched with
partner Tim Headington in 2007, include the adaptation of hit Broadway
musical Jersey Boys being written by John Logan; the untitled
Freddie Mercury story and an original screenplay of The Battle of
Britain being scripted by Robert Towne.
Variety and BAFTA's BritWeek Film and TV Summit 2012 will explore
what it means to be successful in film and TV worldwide, and identify
projects that are winning crossover appeal between U.S. and U.K.
audiences and beyond. As the importance of international markets rise,
top film/TV executives and creative talent will share how they are
staying ahead of the latest trends in development, distribution,
marketing and more.
Additional high-profile speakers confirmed for the BritWeek Film and TV
Summit include Paul Abbot, Creator and Executive Producer of Shameless;
Doug Hansen, President and Chief Operating Officer at Endgame
Entertainment; Basil Iwanyk, Producer at Thunder Road Pictures (Clash
of the Titans, The Town, The Expendables 1 and 2, Wrath
of the Titans); Stuart Ford, CEO of IM Global; Tim O'Hair,
Head of Production at Parallel Media; Gareth Neame, Managing
Director of UK Production at NBC Universal International and Executive
Producer of Downton Abbey; Nigel Sinclair, Co-Chairman and
CEO of Exclusive Media; and Leslie Urdang, President of Olympus
Pictures/Producer of Beginners.
Sponsors for the Summit include Jaguar and the InterContinental Hotel.
For more information about the summit program, sponsorship opportunities
or to register visit: www.variety.com/britweek.
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innovation, creativity and excellence in the UK-California relationship
in business, arts and entertainment, design, science & technology,
sports links and philanthropy, through a program of events and
activities – including this Film & TV Summit – held every spring. The
events attract support from thousands of people including international
celebrities as well as business and political leaders.
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