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Inside Pictures Celebrates 10TH Anniversary

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Inside Pictures Celebrates 10TH Anniversary

Applications open for 2013 programme 'From Europe to Hollywood'

Inside Pictures, the leading film industry business training and leadership skills development programme for 24 high-flying executives and producers has launched its 2013 programme as it celebrates its 10th anniversary.

Applications are now open for this top level and highly regarded programme that includes three intensive one-week modules and a tailored project based both in London and Los Angeles between June and November 2013. The focus of the programme will be to develop the cutting edge industry business knowledge, management skills, profile and cross-industry contact network needed for leaders to thrive in the global business of film.

Seminars, workshops, studio visits and events will cover all aspects of the international film business from development through production, financing, worldwide distribution, marketing and exhibition and latest digital developments. The successful applicants will be executives from across the value chain who display determination to succeed. They will have at least five years’ experience in film or an associated creative industry, such as television. Applications can be made online from www.inside-pictures.com. The deadline for applications is 15th March 2013.

This year marks the 10th edition of the Inside Pictures programme, which was originally conceived and designed as an initiative by Qwerty Films. The programme is now delivered by the NFTS, the UK's national centre of excellence for postgraduate education, and is supported by the MEDIA Programme and Creative Skillset’s Film Skills Fund as part of A Bigger Future 2.

Jill Tandy, the programme’s Executive Producer, said: “10 years on, we have the most impressive group of 147 alumni for across Europe – Oscar winners, BAFTA winners, executives from the highest echelons of many of Europe’s most successful companies - a very hard act for the 2013 participants to follow and yet, with our fabulous speaker line-up, this promises be the best year ever!”

Many of the most experienced and very highest level industry professionals in America and Europe will take part as speakers, including Romain Bessi, EVP Strategy Finance & Technical, Studio Canal; Kieran Breen, EVP Intl Marketing, 20th Century Fox International; Jim Buckle, COO, LOVEFiLM; Christine Corner, Partner Media & Entertainment Group, Grant Thornton; Eddie Cunningham, President, Universal Pictures International Entertainment; Will Davies, Screenwriter; Kristina Fugate, EVP Marketing Theatrical Release, Warner Home Video; Steve Golin, CEO, Anonymous Content; Vincent Grimond, Chairman and CEO, Wild Bunch; Steve Knibbs, Chief Operating Officer Vue Cinema; Johannes Larcher, SVP International, Hulu; Ian Lewis, Director of Sky Movies,
BSkyB; Bill Mechanic, President and CEO, Pandemonium Films; Belinda Menendez, President, NBCUniversal International Television Distribution & Universal Networks International, NBCUniversal; Charles Moore, Partner, Wiggin LLP; Ted Sarandos, Chief Content Officer, Netflix; Nico Simon, CEO, Utopia S.A.; Paul Verhoeven Director; Robert Walak, SVP Acquisitions Worldwide, Alliance Films; Jeremy Zimmer, Founder, Board Member and Agent, United Talent Agency. A full list of speakers can be found at www.inside-pictures.com

Agnieszka Moody, Director of MEDIA Desk UK, said: “I am delighted to witness the added value this programme is now delivering for professionals, and it’s the benefit of developing contacts with their like-minded peers from other European countries. This international mix of participants is a value in itself, and is as relevant as the quality and level of learning provision. I’m happy to see the MEDIA Programme contributing to it.”

Dan Simmons, Head of Film at Creative Skillset said: “Improving Business Skills across the film spectrum continues to be a funding priority for Creative Skillset on behalf of the UK creative industries. Inside Pictures targets and nurtures the film business and industry leaders of tomorrow, helping to keep the UK film industry at the forefront of the global marketplace. We have supported Inside Pictures for many years and are proud of the achievements of the impressive alumni of the scheme who are testimony to the enormous value of this programme to the UK Film Industry.”

Nik Powell, NFTS Director, says: “The NFTS is extremely proud to be presenting Inside Pictures alongside our partners, the MEDIA Programme and Creative Skillset. During the ten years since the programme began, we have attracted the elite of the European film industry. We look forward to another successful edition in 2013 and, beyond that, ten more years to come. I wholeheartedly recommend this course to anyone in Europe with ambitions of leading our industry.”

Inside Pictures thanks Ingenious Media, the Film Distributors Association and the Irish Film Board for providing scholarship funding for this year’s edition of the course.