Camille Brayer Heads Business Development Division
At London-Based Creative Video Productions
Creative Video Productions (CVP), one of the UK and Europe’s leading production solutions providers, has appointed Camille Brayer (pictured above) as Business Development Manager, to strengthen the customer experience team based in London.

CVP Managing Director Jon Fry said: We are delighted to welcome Camille to CVP. She is an experienced and empathic Account Manager who has demonstrated great awareness in prioritising client needs. She is an invaluable addition to the client-facing ethos at CVP, enhancing the bespoke and personalised service we deliver and enriching our visitors’ experience even further as we help our visitors build their perfect solution.”
Camille Brayer says: “It’s an exciting time to join CVP and to be part of a growing team who are committed to finding the best solution to fit each individual’s needs. I look forward to meeting new and existing clients who come in and visit us at Newman House.”
About Camille Brayer: Brayer joins CVP from Panavision subsidiary Direct Digital, where she held a wide-ranging brief encompassing managing studio shoots, advising on the best choice of equipment for budgets, supporting demonstrations. In line with her industry experience she has a BA in art and film from UEA in Norwich, and an MA in cinematography from NYC and LA.
About CVP Newman House Showroom: Newman House is a five-story building showcasing up-to-date acquisition and production equipment. It is open to visitors on a by appointment basis, which allows them to get hands-on with the latest technology solutions from as ARRI, RED, Sony, Canon, Zeiss, Panasonic, Blackmagic Design, as well as getting advice from industry experts.
Trio Leads Expansion Of Autentic Sales Division
Based in Cologne, Autentic Distribution, the sales division of Autentic, the factual content documentary label for Beta Film Group, welcomes new members to its acquisitions and sales team, to continue to strengthen its expertise in the sourcing, curating and financing of world-class factual content.

Mirjam Strasser (pictured left), commenting on her new team members, says: “The content demand is high and it’s getting more difficult to source factual programs with the quality we need for our clients. I am thrilled about the expansion of our team with those absolute professionals in their fields. With the expertise of Angelika and Birte, we can evolve with the ever-changing market and continue to curate top-notch factual productions for our sales catalogue and channels.”

Angelika Stebbings (pictured centre) will take on the responsibility for the international acquisition of high-end documentaries and factual series for the sales catalogue. She will be the key contact for all producers who are looking for a distribution partner for their productions in all stages. Over the years, she was able to work her way through all genres, from Anime to German romantic productions. Angelika brings many years of experience in both acquisitions and sales, working at companies such as KirchMedia, EM Entertainment, YEP TV, and Mainstream Media.

Birte Zywko (pictured right) has supported the sales team since July. She is responsible for all sales into France and Benelux, Nordics, and UK, LATAM, Spain and Portugal as well as USA and Canada. A Studio Hamburg alumna, Birte brings more than 20 years of expertise in international sales of non-fictional content.

About Autentic Distribution: Autentic Distribution is the sales division of Autentic, a subsidiary of Jan Mojto’s Beta Film, and one of the leading German global distributors of high-quality documentaries and factual series. Over the years, Autentic Distribution has grown an international network within public and private commercial broadcasting, streaming services and other relevant platforms. Our wide-ranged and unrivaled distribution catalogue offers the best non-fiction productions from independent producers and established media agencies from around the world.
Anchorage The Feature Directorial Debut Of
Scott Monahan Goes Behind The Opioid Crisis
That Devastated Areas Of The United States
Anchorage, the feature film directorial debut of Scott Monahan (pictured left) has been acquired by The Mise En Scène Company (MSC) for worldwide distribution. MSC which debuted at AFM 2020 is among a number of new international sales entities, of enterprising young independents fully geared to the 21st century worldwide digital distribution landscape.

Director Scott Monahan comments: “We've been following the rapid progress of the MSC for a while now and were really struck by the perseverance and hard work they have been putting in for all their films, especially during such a hard time. We're really happy to have found a team and home for Anchorage with MSC and we can’t wait to share this film with the world.

Paul Yates, MSC CEO, said: “It’s a huge opportunity and privilege for MSC to be representing such a profound and riveting film. We consider Anchorage to be the Easy Rider of the opioid age. It's so often we see stories coming out of the U.S. regarding the opioid crisis and it's extremely exciting for us to be representing one that talks about it in such an intimate, character-driven way.”

Anchorage screenplay is written by Dakota Loesch, who says: “Creating this film was a way for us to process how the opioid epidemic has affected our lives and the lives of people around us.” Director Monahan says: “This story is just a teardrop in the ocean of stories of those affected by this drug.”

The film follows Jacob (played by Monahan) and John (played by Loesch), two brothers who attempt to drive a trunk full of opioids from Florida to Alaska to cash in big in the Land of Gold. A split-second act of violence somewhere in the California desert derails their trip and sets them on a crash course with tragedy.
About The Mise En Scène Company (MSC): Based in London, UK, MSC is an international sales agency dedicated to bringing highbrow yet mass appeal content to the international market. Our passion is to work with films of signature and vision, to seek out fresh new voices from around the world. The MSC is building strong relationships with promising directors and producers with a powerful original style. MSC acquired a number of projects in final stages of production, when it launched at the AFM 2020, followed by virtual and physical attendance at EFM and Cannes 2021, respectively.
Locarno Gets Underway As A Full Physical
Event & Introduces Kevin B. Lee Professor For
The Future Of Cinema And Audiovisual Arts At
USI Università Della Svizzera Italiana
The Locarno Film Festival got underway yesterday at The Palexpo (FEVI) and the Piazza Grande. Geared for a full physical event, the Festival is complete with the competition sections, plus new items such as the Concorso Corti d’autore in the short films sidebar Pardi di domani.
Kevin B. Lee (USA) (pictured above) has been appointed Locarno Film Festival Professor for the Future of Cinema and Audiovisual Arts at USI Università della Svizzera italiana. Professor Kevin B. Lee will be officially introduced to the Locarno Film Festival public today, 5 August in the Forum @Rotonda by la Mobiliare. He will be joined by the Rector of USI Boas Erez and, on behalf of the Locarno Film Festival, by President Marco Solari, Artistic Director Giona A. Nazzaro, and COO Raphaël Brunschwig.
Kevin B. Lee says: “I am grateful to be entrusted by the Università della Svizzera and the Locarno Film Festival with this unique and exciting role. Through my 15 years producing video essays, I have witnessed how the dedicated study of cinema in an expanded media environment leads to new insights and innovations. I am excited to work with my colleagues and students in both exploring and contributing to the future of cinema.”
Boas Erez, Rector of USI remarks: “With the recruitment of Kevin B. Lee, USI and the Locarno Film Festival will be able to respond to the current challenges in a dynamic and innovative industry, and to grasp the opportunities that the changing environment brings. The know-how, dynamism and commitment of Prof. Lee will feed into USI, the Festival and the whole Ticino region. The new chair deepens our collaboration with the Festival and strengthens USI’s presence in Locarno.”
Marco Solari, President of the Locarno Film Festival says: “It’s a source of pride for us that Italian-speaking Switzerland, the Locarno Film Festival and USI should be behind this vanguard project. Planning for the future of the cinema with a university chair tied to innovation in the academic and festival domains is especially important as we respond to the radical changes in the audiovisual world and in cultural events. A festival that stands still is dead. We will therefore engage deeply with the suggestions that Professor Kevin B. Lee will be giving us, thanks to his decades of experience in digital media and with contemporary audiovisual languages.”
Lee will take up his post from 1st January 2022. The new position consolidates and strengthens the synergies between the Festival and USI, launching a project whose aim is to enhance their combined cultural and academic dimensions at local and international level. Kevin B. Lee will be active in USI’s Faculty of Communication, Culture and Society, combining teaching and research with a consultancy role within the Festival itself, which will benefit from the input of know-how and contacts towards its future development.

The Locarno Film Festival runs until 14th August 2021.
Melissa Lim Is The New Kids Content Acquisition
Leader In APAC For WarnerMedia Including POGO
Cartoon Network And Boomerang
To augment the growing slate of kids and family programming on the regional streaming service, HBO GO in Southeast Asia, WarnerMedia has appointed Melissa Lim as the new head of content acquisitions and co-productions for its kids networks in Asia Pacific, which include POGO, Cartoon Network, and Boomerang.
On the appointment, Leslie Lee, Head of WarnerMedia Kids APAC, commented: “Pinpointing and securing the world’s best third-party animation that sits perfectly alongside our originals is no easy task. I know that Melissa’s experience and passion will ensure we provide our fans a complete on-brand entertainment experience. Her role is particularly important at a time when our networks are evolving and expanding viewer demos.”
Based in Singapore, Lim reports to Leslie Lee. Working closely with counterparts in the original production and development team, as well as programming, she also advises on licensing content to fuel HBO GO. Her key areas of focus are exploring co-production opportunities and acquiring kids content for the region. For the latter, she also works with colleagues from other WarnerMedia acquisitions teams in the US, EMEA and LatAm.
Melissa’s previous roles include stints at MTV Asia and StarHub, where she spent 13 years gaining invaluable insight into the kids programming world. Most recently, she was managing co-production and acquisitions at Disney for its channels and regional streamer.
About WarnerMedia: WarnerMedia is a leading media and entertainment company that creates and distributes premium and popular content from a diverse array of talented storytellers and journalists to global audiences through its consumer brands including: HBO, HBO Max, Warner Bros., TNT, TBS, truTV, CNN, DC, New Line, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, Turner Classic Movies and others. The organization also includes Xandr’s suite of advanced advertising solutions designed to help to improve advertising for brands, publishers, and consumers. WarnerMedia is part of AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T)

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