SOURCE: Winston Baker

Winston Baker

September 16, 2015 09:00 ET

Zurich Summit to Feature Thomas Ebeling, Marc Forster and Christoph Waltz

Speaking Faculty Will Also Include Award-Winning Producers of BIRDMAN, BLACK SWAN and TRUE DETECTIVE

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwired - Sep 16, 2015) - Winston Baker, a leading global producer of entertainment finance conferences, will present Zurich Summit 2015 at the Dolder Grand Hotel in Zurich, Switzerland from September 26 to 27 in partnership with the 11th Zurich Film Festival.

Zurich Summit is an exclusive platform that brings together entrepreneurs, business leaders and creative luminaries in the film, entertainment and media industries for an exceptional gathering focused on exchanging innovative ideas, establishing relationships and exploring new global business models. Discussions will include corporate partnerships, content production, financing, distribution and marketing strategies.

Winston Baker and the Zurich Film Festival are proud to announce a Keynote Conversation with the multi-talented filmmaker and screenwriter Marc Forster and Academy Award-winning actor Christoph Waltz at Zurich Summit. Since Mr. Forster broke into the industry in 2001 with the critically acclaimed Monster's Ball, he has directed a number of successful films including Stranger Than Fiction, The Kite Runner, the James Bond film Quantum of Solace, the 7-time Academy Award-nominated Finding Neverland, and World War Z, the highest-grossing zombie movie of all time. Mr. Waltz has been lauded for his work in filmmaker Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds and Django Unchained. He is currently involved in a number of hotly anticipated projects, such as directing and starring in the film The Worst Marriage in Georgetown and playing a starring role in Spectre, the latest installment in the James Bond franchise.

Finance and media juggernaut Thomas Ebeling, the Chief Executive Officer at ProSiebenSat.1 Media AG, will be the European Media Keynote speaker at Zurich Summit. Sharing with the audience insights gained from almost 30 years of experience and success in the business, Mr. Ebeling will speak about "The Future of the European Media Industry."

Zurich Summit's talented speaking faculty will feature top executives from the media and finance industries, including such power players as:

  • Damir Bandalo, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Superpopcorn
  • Marc Butan, Founder, MadRiver Pictures
  • William Feng, General Manager and Chief Representative, China, Motion Picture Association
  • Conrad Fritsch, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Tape.tv
  • Jack Gao, Group Vice President and Chief Executive Officer, International Investments and Business Developments, Wanda Cultural Industry Group
  • Alexis Garcia, Partner, Global Finance and Distribution, WME Entertainment
  • Steve Golin, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Anonymous Content and award-winning producer of "True Detective"
  • Phil Hunt, Co-Managing Director, Bankside Films and Head Gear Films
  • Georges Kern, Chief Executive Officer, IWC
  • Lenard Krawinkel, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Zoobe
  • John Lesher, Principal, Le Grisbi Productions and Oscar-winning producer of "Birdman"
  • Hendrik Lesser, Managing Director, Remote Control Productions and President of European Games Developer Federation
  • Laura Lewis, Finance and Sales Agent, CAA
  • Tao Liu, President, Huayi Brothers
  • Dan Maag, Chief Executive Officer, Pantaleon Entertainment AG
  • Christos Michaels, Partner, Lee & Thompson
  • Brian Oliver, President, Cross Creek Pictures and award-winning producer of "Black Swan"
  • Antony Root, Executive Vice President, Original Programming and Production, HBO Europe
  • Marc Rosen, Executive Producer, SENSE8
  • Thorsten Schumacher, Managing Director, HanWay Films
  • Daniel Steinman, Co-President and Chief Operating Officer, Black Bear Pictures
  • Dario Suter, Co-Founder and Managing Director, DCM
  • Roeg Sutherland, Co-Head of Finance and Sales, CAA
  • Sam Toles, Head of Global Content Acquisitions, Vimeo
  • Elke Walthelm, Senior Vice President, Partner Channels, Sky Deutschland

Participants of Zurich Summit will enjoy unique opportunities to forge new connections, discover innovative industry projects, and reap the benefits of discussing in detail relevant issues during the conference and its related high-level networking activities. Space is limited and registration is available on the Zurich Summit website.

Sponsors include Motion Picture Association, Lee & Thompson LLP, DCM, Alferano, Etihad Airways, Head, ICT4Peace Foundation, Terasse and The Dolder Grand.

About Winston Baker

Winston Baker produces conferences globally for the entertainment industry addressing strategies for finance and growth. In particular, Winston Baker is the leading producer of film finance conferences, successfully creating and organizing the Film Finance Forum® Series and hosting sold out events across the US, Europe, Asia Pacific, China, and Latin America. At each conference, Winston Baker brings together the most seasoned and successful entertainment executives and financiers to address current trends in the entertainment business. For more information: www.WinstonBaker.com / @WinstonBaker.

About Zurich Film Festival

The Zurich Film Festival has flourished since it was first established in October 2005, and today it is firmly entrenched in the national and international festival landscape. The 2014 event welcomed 79,000 visitors and upwards of 500 accredited journalists. The ZFF offers audiences insight into the work of filmmakers from around the world and promotes the exchange of ideas between established creative talent, emerging industry players, and the public. At the ZFF, up-and-coming directors can present their work to a broad German-speaking market and to participants that include media professionals and industry leaders from all over the world.

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