The Secrets of Distribution Panel
Free to all Pass Holders
Friday, June 7, at 6pm.
The Producers Club
358 West 44th Street New York, NY 10036

Colin Brown

Colin Brown is a New York-based media analyst widely regarded as one of the leading authorities on the economics of the global entertainment production and distribution landscape. Formerly the longest-serving editor of the respected film business publication Screen International, Colin is currently the Managing Partner (International) for MAD Solutions, the world’s leading distributor of Arab-language films and also the world’s largest promotional agency and management company for Arab creative talent. Colin helped decode entertainment financing through his Filmonomics and Streamonomics blogs, has chaired a global conference on “Green” filmmaking, and continues to lecture at NYU Stern School of Business on the globalization of media and entertainment. He is a partner in Embla, the Icelandic company behind what will be Iceland’s first purpose-built studio and one of the world’s first fully green content creation hubs.

Alesia D. Abatie

Alesia D. Abatie is a graduate of California State University Northridge with a B.A. in Radio-Tv-Film and has worked as a Producer, Writer, Development, Production and Acquisitions Executive in Film and Television for over 25 years. As a Producer, she Produced THIS IS LA and THIS IS SF on CBS and 3-one-hour comedy specials THE DYLAN BRODY SHOW, which air on REVRY, NEXTUP COMEDY and AMAZON PRIME. As a Writer, her feature length screenplay, PASSING TRAINS, a Nicholl Fellowship quarterfinalist, is currently being rewritten as a Limited Series and she has written two one-hour drama television pilots, COPDADDY and DIPLOMATIC RELATIONS. Last year, she wrote INVISIBLE VILLAINS an episodic comedy show which is currently being pitched to companies such as Comedy Central, Showtime, HBO and Netflix. Her career highlights include working on Films such as TRYST, POOL, BATMAN FOREVER, DRAGONHEART, HEAT, KULL THE CONQUEROR, MC HALE’S NAVY, and INDEPENDENCE DAY. She was fortunate to have worked with such talented Directors and Producers such as Peter Foldy, Scott Bagley, Joel Schumacher, Rob Cohen, Michael Mann, John Nicolella, Brian Spicer, Roland Emmerich, Wolfgang Petersen, McG, Raffaella DeLaurentiis and Peter MacGregor-Scott. Currently, Ms. Abatie works in Acquisitions for Cinema Management Group, a well known International Sales Company, where she regularly attends Film Festivals and Screenings in search of high quality, live action films with compelling stories for International Distribution.

Doval Bacall

Doval Bacall , with deep resources within the Wall Street Financial sector and international Sovereign Wealth funds, focused on helping the independent filmmakers community getting financed, he is in the process of launching several verticals and film funds starting at USD 250M each vertical, financing, debt, private equity, genre based, P&A, and other funds focusing on working with A level talent, AND up and coming talent, AND working with overlooked talented writers, directors, producers, actors, and ALL ARTISTS overlooked by the entertainment industry or artists that need a launching pad to boost their careers.

Matthew Post

Matthew Post is a 15+ year veteran in the the film and commercial production business. He currently owns and operates two entities. UNDERRATED is a feature film distribution and streaming platform aimed at unique and auteur-driven stories by underrepresented filmmakers. At present UNDERRATED has 150+ titles under management in 35 languages from 75 countries. The films have all received critical acclaim from the world’s top film festivals including Cannes, Sundance, Berlin, and Toronto. UNDERRATED Studios is a director and mission driven boutique production services representing 10 diverse directors in 3 continents. Matthew’s work has won multiple Clios, Cannes Lions, has been qualified for Oscar submission and continues to pitch and build meaningful stories aimed for the streaming services and independent releases.

Taylor A. Purdee

Taylor A. Purdee is the first bi-racial director/star of African American descent to have a fiction film theatrically released in America in the 21st Century. The screenplay and original music of his narrative debut film “Killian & the Comeback Kids” were preserved by The Academy in 2022. 
He is the executive curator of theatrical distribution label Hope Runs High. Notable releases include Tribeca winner WE MIGHT AS WELL BE DEAD (Academy Preservation 2024: Screenplay), BAFTA Nominee REBELLION, and triple 2024 Spirit Award nominee and SXSW winner CHRONICLES OF A WANDERING SAINT. As well as many repertory titles, including recent restorations and re-releases of films by Academy Award winner Lee Grant.