Alexia Melocchi, born in Italy and fluent in five languages, has had a successful career in the international marketplace as both a sales agent and buyer’s representative for eleven territories. As a consultant, she works on packaging films, securing co-productions, and arranging for U.S. and International Distribution of several projects. Alexia is also a producer representative and Executive Producer, with a clientele list of primarily European and American production companies as well as A-list directing and acting talent, including Italian filmmakers Marco Della Fonte and Andrea Lodovichetti; international best-selling author Valerio Manfredi; Emmy-nominated writer Anton Diether (Moby Dick miniseries); Extreme Make-Over producer Jay Hix Jones; best-selling author Luca di Fulvio.
Through Little Studio Films, Alexia is currently attached in a producer capacity to several projects, including Woody, Cisco & Me, a biopic on legendary folk singer Woody Guthrie directed by Mimi Leder (The Peacemaker); action thriller Bustin Palermo; and scifi thriller Invasion directed by Mick Garris.
Alexia is also an Advisory Board Member of the Los Angeles Greek Film Festival. She has been hired on numerous occasions as an entertainment industry expert consultant for the Gehrson Lehrman Group in New York.
Tekin Girgin, born in Agri, Turkey, is a film director, production designer and artist in Hollywood. He won Best Director at the 2012 Santa Barbara International Film Festival. Tekin went to the University of Hacettepe, and in 2001, he graduated with a degree in Graphic Design. He also attended Erie Community College Visual Communication Art while working full-time as a graphic design artist. In 2007, he opened his first business, Kahve Coffee House, in Niagara Falls, NY. In May 2010, he moved to Ventura, California to attend the Brooks Institute Film School.
Since then, he has directed films, music videos, commercials and professional photography. He later started production company Revolve Mediaand Production, which has created numerous music videos, commercials and films, assisted in art direction for various feature films, and continued with projects in graphic design. The company’s latest feature film Troy: The Odyssey Film, produced by The Asylum Studios, is currently in post production to be released Summer 2017. Tekin is also President of the Turkish American Film Council.
Robert Deege has deep experience in both the creative & business sides of entertainment, from script development, packaging and producing, to sourcing and procuring finance, sales and distribution. His previous projects at Indomitable Entertainment include the comedy Crash Pad (Domhnall Gleeson, Thomas Haden Church, Christina Applegate, Nina Dobrev), the Emily Dickinson story A Quiet Passion (Cynthia Nixon, director Terence Davies), action thriller Into The Grizzly Maze (James Marsden, Billy Bob Thornton), teen comedy The Secret Lives of Dorks (Jim Belushi, Jennifer Tilly), and Sony’s inspirational family film Soul Surfer (Dennis Quaid, Helen Hunt, Carrie Underwood).
Before Indomitable, Robert worked as a Production and Finance Contractor for Blowtorch Entertainment who produced and distributed Tenure (Luke Wilson, Gretchen Mol) and Spin (Bijou Phillips, Amber Heard). As a Producer at Discovery Communications, Robert wrote, produced, directed and edited for numerous shows on the Travel Channel, Discovery, TLC, Science Channel, Discovery HD Theater, Discovery Health and Animal Planet.
Robert is currently producing a diverse slate of feature films, documentaries and series; working as a script writer’s coach/consultant through two companies; and is consulting for Glass House Distribution on sales, acquisitions, and strategy.
Denise Wakeman is a Digital Marketing Strategist. Since 1996, Denise has worked with hundreds of creative professionals and online entrepreneurs around the world to help them build their business and strategically use social marketing to get more visibility, traffic, leads, customers and opportunities. Denise is passionate about travel and how it can inspire people to think bigger and reach these possibilities in business and life. As an early adopter and active experimenter, Denise has helped navigate the adventure of growing business on the web.
Nika Agiashvili was born and raised in the Republic of Georgia. He is now a writer, director and producer in Hollywood interested in the creative art of filmmaking. At the age of 5, he realized his passion for the director’s chair, so he learned English, later moved to Los Angeles and enrolled at the Los Angeles Film School.
In 2009, he wrote, produced and directed his first feature film, The Harsh Life of Veronica Lambert. His next project, A Green Story starred Ed O’Ross, Billy Zane and Malcolm McDowell. It was theatrically released in the U.S. and Greece by Indican Pictures in 2013 and is now on VOD. In early 2014, Nika wrote, directed and produced Tbilisi, I Love You as part of Emmanuel Benbihy’s ‘Cities of Love’ franchise that started with Paris, je t’aime and New York, I Love You. It is a series of ten short films written and directed by natives of Tbilisi, Georgia. Nika directed the shorts starring Malcolm McDowell, Ron Perlman, George Finn and Sarah Dumont. Storyman Pictures released the film in the U.S. and Georgia, and it is now on VOD.
In 2016, Nika’s spec script Silver Arrow was sold to Imprint Entertainment’s Michael Becker and Green Light International’s Chad Moore and Jeff Elliott, with Academy Award nominated cinematographer Phedon Papamichael attached to direct. Nika will produce alongside Michael Becker.
Christopher Fink is a screenwriter, director and producer. He is a member of the Writer’s Guild of America, having written movies, television pilots and other projects for companies including Disney Studios and Paramount Pictures. He has written, produced and directed two feature films, Moving August and None, as well as TV commercials and political ads.
Exploring Louisiana for a production, Christopher recognized a need for infrastructure and through his company, Nova Features, co-founded Louisiana’s largest, Hollywood class motion picture studio, the 40 acre Celtic Media Centre. Christopher also served as Mission Leader for an international film industry conference in Beijing, China to explore co-production opportunities.
Robert Burke is a veteran theatrical motion picture creative, marketing and distribution executive who founded Ten One Entertainment in 2010, a Hollywood-based consulting agency designed to support the independent film industry. Ten One specializes in strategic global theatrical release campaigns that include crafting 360 creative campaigns, social & digital assets, publicity tours, theatrical distribution strategies within 80+ countries including modeling and dating films, film positioning & testing analytics, oversight of product placement and integration during production, and activation at time of release.
Robert has worked directly with and toured with notable filmmakers and actors including Clint Eastwood, Ron Howard, George Clooney, Matthew McConoughey, Charlize Theron, Jake Gyllenhaul, Ryan Gosling, Robert Benton, Richard Gere, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Nicole Kidman, Jason Statham and Zach Braff. He has managed the release of 120+ films in his career with an estimated box office exceeding $2 billion.
In 2016, Robert was retained by the world’s biggest rock band – The Beatles – to direct the creative campaign and global release of Ron Howard’s documentary The Beatles: Eight Days a Week – The Touring Years.
Debbie Vandermeulen, founder of Fusion Features, is an international industry executive with over 23 years of experience in successfully working with filmmakers to turn their ideas into cinematic entertainment. Her countless achievements have earned her recognition at multiple renowned festivals including Cannes, Sundance and Toronto.
Known for ensuring bottom line responsibility, Debbie has facilitated many aspects of film production while remaining hands-on in each phase, including development, financing, post-production, and marketing and distribution. Throughout her distinguished career she has cultivated partnerships in a broad spectrum of industries and organizations: entertainment, corporate, education, sports, radio, non-profit, government and community. She is highly adept at developing strategic pairings across multiple industries to secure proper funding and ideal talent for every project.
She is known for creating and utilizing Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme (SEIS) and Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS) in the UK to aid film projects in generating development and production funds that will provide tax advantages for the investors.
Debbie’s numerous roles and credits include managing/executive director for organizations like the Foundation of International Film Artists and producer on projects such as full-length feature Life Tracker; documentary We’ll Always Have Dingle; shorts Amma and Truth and feature film My Eleventh.
Toni Bell is the Filmmaker Services Manager at the International Documentary Association. She has an M.A. in Visual Anthropology from USC. Her foray into documentary film began when she started writing and editing the newsletter for the Black Association of Documentary Filmmakers – West. This led to her first gig as production assistant then archival researcher for the film, Bridging the Divide: Tom Bradley and the Politics of Race, which aired nationally on PBS. Since then she has done research for several films and television shows including Centric’s Being.
Anatol Chavez, Head of Acquisitions, Synergetic Distribution, has overseen the release of over 300 titles into the domestic marketplace. This includes a wide gamut of genres including theatrically released feature films, television series, documentaries, and special interest titles. Upcoming releases include Sami Blood, winner and in competition in over 20 festivals including Venice, Toronto, and Sundance; Soy Nero, a late summer theatrical release on the “Green Card” soldiers; and Croatian The Constitution, the Santa Barbara Award winning feature film, coming to theaters this Fall.
Chantal Chauzy brings to SEEfest a wealth of experience in international film sales, acquisition of foreign language films and domestic distribution. She served for 10 years as Vice President of Acquisitions and Homevideo at Strand Releasing, one of the leading independent film distributor in the U.S. She attends domestic and international film festivals and markets year round. After graduating from ESEC (Ecole Superieure d’Etudes Cinematographiques) in Paris, France, Chantal worked in film production in Europe, and in 2003 moved to Los Angeles to attend UCLA’s Producers Program. She holds an M.A. in film studies and a B.A. in English from the Sorbonne University in Paris.
Legal Clinic Team
Natasha Mandich, Film & Ink partner/founder, is involved in all aspects of entertainment law with a focus on transactional matters. Natasha represents both institutional and individual clients in connection with the development, production, distribution and marketing of feature film, television and new media productions. She negotiates and drafts all forms of rights acquisition, development and production agreements, including above-the-line agreements for writers, directors, actors, and below-the-line agreements for key crew members. Furthermore, Natasha assists productions during all stages of physical production with respect to day-to-day legal and clearance issues.
To complete the full lifecycle of the productions, Natasha negotiates distribution agreements, advises and assists clients with the legal delivery of independent feature films to distributors, provides assistance regarding marketing-related issues and negotiates marketing agreements such as creative vendor agreements, publicity and marketing services agreements, photography buyout agreements, and clearance agreements in connection with the creation of extra content. Before founding Film & Ink, Natasha was in-house counsel for MGM Studios, Universal Pictures and Warner Bros. Pictures
Trisha Gum, partner/founder at Film & Ink, practices the business and legal affairs for feature film, television, home entertainment and new media industries. Trisha structures, negotiates and drafts acquisition, licensing and distribution agreements, as well as marketing and promotion agreements for feature film, television and new media properties. In addition, she handles agreements in areas such as mobile games and consumer products, including merchandising, publishing and live stage.
Adept at rights analysis for television and motion picture derivative productions, including sequels, remakes and live stage, and separated rights analysis, Trisha also advises clients on marketing and advertising issues for theatrical and ancillary markets including matters related to co-promotions, contests and sweepstakes, commercial tie-ins, audio/visual marketing materials, as well as guild and MPAA-related issues. Before founding Film & Ink, Trisha served as in-house counsel for MGM Studios and Screen Actors Guild.
Jennifer Richmond has a vast range of legal and business affairs experience in the feature film, television, home entertainment and new media industries. Jennifer’s key practice areas include acquisitions, licensing and distribution, and marketing and promotions for feature films, television and new media. In addition to negotiating and drafting domestic and international content acquisition and distribution agreements for television, feature film and digital properties, Jennifer also handles a range of other entertainment related agreements including production services, talent, vendor, co-promotion, commercial tie-in and publicity agreements. Her practice also involves advising clients on matters relating to contests and sweepstakes, guild issues relating to marketing materials, and copyright and trademark issues. Prior to joining Film & Ink Jennifer served as in-house counsel at Sony Pictures Television, Warner Bros., Community Television of Southern California (KCET), Upper Deck and The Walt Disney Company.
Duc Le’s practice covers Licensing and Distribution, Intellectual Property, Marketing and Promotions. He structures, negotiates and drafts agreements relating to the distribution, licensing, marketing, and promotion of feature film, television and digital media properties along with providing analysis and legal advice on intellectual property rights, separated rights and revenue participations issues. Prior to joining Film & Ink Duc served as an associate at Allen Matkins Leek Gamble Mallory & Natsis LLP, Ford & Harrison LLP, Haight, Brown & Bonesteel LLP, and Reed Smith LLP, where he worked on a variety of litigation matters relating to employment, government tort, product liability, and copyright and trademark infringement.