Cloud 21 and Kultura PR to Co-present Third Annual “Global Entertainment Showcase” as Part of FilmCapital.io Cannes 2020 Conference During Online Marché du Film

Panelists Include Threshold Entertainment Group CEO Larry Kasanoff, Roskino CEO Evgenia Markova and E! founder Larry Namer with Award-Winning Filmmaker Sue Vicory as Moderator

 Cloud21 International and Kultura PR International are pleased to co-present the third annual “Global Entertainment Showcase” on June 24, 2020 at 11 a.m. Pacific, as part of FilmCapital.io’s Cannes 2020 Zoom Conference that will be held from June 22-24, 2020 during this year’s Online Marché du Film.

“We have produced our very successful Global Entertainment Showcase series for the past several years, partnering with Roskino and hosting our live events at the Russian Pavilion during the Cannes Film Festival,” comments Nicole Goesseringer Muj, founder Kultura PR International. “We’re delighted to be working with Ali M. Aksu and Aya Kikimova, founders of FilmCapital.io, and participating in their groundbreaking, Cannes 2020 virtual conference.”

“The way we celebrate film and the industry today is very different due to the ongoing global health crisis,” adds Gotham Chandna, founder Cloud 21 International. “We’re delighted to invite our previous years’ attendees, filmmakers and industry executives from around the globe, to engage once again in a lively discussion on the international stage during Cannes, if only virtually this year.”

The by-invitation, online event “Global Entertainment Showcase 2020” is scheduled for June 24, 2020 at 11 AM PST/Los Angeles (2 PM EST/New York | 7PM GMT/London | 8PM CET/France | 9PM Moscow). Register for free event:   https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_iOC-ZiFrTqmbef4LLHEPAQ

Esteemed panelists include:

Larry Kasanoff, Chairman/CEO, Threshold Entertainment Group

Larry Kasanoff is the producer of all Mortal Kombat media, including two number one films, a television series, an animated series, platinum-selling soundtracks, direct to DVD, and a live tour.

Mr. Kasanoff is executive producer of the box office smash film, True Lies, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and directed by James Cameron. Previously, as president and co-founder of Lightstorm Entertainment, Larry supervised production, marketing, publicity and merchandising for the four-time Academy Award-winning hit Terminator 2 Judgment Day

He produced two movies with Academy Award-winning director Kathryn Bigelow. As a producer or studio head, Mr. Kasanoff has made over 250 feature films, including Dirty Dancing,  and Academy Award Winning Best Picture Platoon.  He has raised well over a billion dollars in the film business.

In the music world, he has packaged or produced video projects with several of the world’s biggest talents, including Michael Jackson, The Rolling Stones and Dick Clark. For Terminator 2, he produced MTV’s top video of the year, “You Could Be Mine” with Gun’s ‘N Roses.

Evgenia Markova, CEO, Roskino

Evgenia Markova has a wide range of experience in international marketing and management. She has worked for Philips and Russian Railways. From 2013-2018, she worked for the Group of Bank “Rossiya,” where she designed projects for the culture, tourism and social services.

In 2019, Ms. Markova became a Director of Industry Relations for Expocontent, a consulting company for key industry players dealing with film, TV and animation promotion at the international level. She coordinated the promotion of the Russian film Industry under the “Made in Russia” brand to international markets, including the Marché du film in Cannes, supported by the Russian Export Center, the American Film Market in Los Angeles and Toronto International Film Festival, where the “Created in Moscow” brand was used and was supported by the Moscow Export Center.

Under the leadership of Ms. Markova, supported by the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation, the Key Buyers Event was held in October 2019. The international forum that brought together more than 50 leading studios from the USA, China, Europe and Latin America, to promote Russian content to foreign content buyers.

Ms. Markova was also a member of the working group created to develop a national system of rebates for foreign film productions, an initiative signed by the Russian Government in November 2019.

Larry Namer, E! Founder | President/CEO, Metan Global Entertainment Group

An entertainment industry veteran with close to 50 years professional experience in cable television, live events and new media, Larry Namer is a founding partner of Metan Global Entertainment Group (MGEG), a venture created to develop and distribute entertainment content and media specifically for Chinese speaking audiences in China and abroad. In 2018, the company launched the MGEG Film Fund I and serves as managing partner.  He is also the executive producer on the recently announced feature film EMPRESS, a new travel series for the China audience titled Explore The World, and an executive producer of the new crime series Nova Vita.

Mr. Namer is the co-founder of E! Entertainment Television, a company now valued at over four billion USD, and the creator of several successful companies in the United States and overseas. Among those companies are Comspan Communications that pioneered Western forms of entertainment in the former Soviet Union and Steeplechase Media that served as the primary consultant to Microsoft’s MiTV for developing interactive TV applications.  

Early on, he was named the youngest general manager of a major cable system at Valley Cable TV (VCTV) in Los Angeles. His vision and direction garnered VCTV several Emmy and Cable ACE award nominations, as well as recognition by Forbes magazine as the national model for local cable television programming. In 1989, he was awarded the prestigious President’s Award from the National Cable Television Association. He was honored with the “Outstanding Contribution to Asian Television Award” at the 19th Asian Television Awards in Singapore, and most recently was presented with the International Media Legacy Award at the 2017 Elite Awards Foundation Gala and the Hollywood Lifetime Achievement Award in Entertainment at the 2018 Hollywood Tribute Awards and the 2019 Hollywood China Night by the American-Chinese CEO Society (ACCS), both in celebration of the Academy Awards®.  He also was awarded The Tribeca Disruptor Award at the Novus Summit, held at the United Nations in July 2019.

The event will be moderated by three time Telly Award-winning filmmaker Sue Vicory. Ms. Vicory has been creating community-based films and projects within her not for profit production company Heartland Films, Inc. since 2003. Her works include  Homelessness & the Power of One, feature documentaries One and Kansas City Jazz & Blues; Past, Present & Future and short films Absent and 1898, The W.F. Norman Story. In 2015, she founded Team XX, an all female team of 25 filmmakers that created the award-winning film Down Stage.
 
Ms. Vicory is a member of the Los Angeles-based Alliance of Women Directors and creator of the Website  www.womendocumentaryfilmmakers.com, designed to increase visibility for female filmmakers. She is the creator of the non-profit brand My Power of One (MPO1).  In 2015 under the MPO1 banner, she filmed a 48 state tour completing 12 Acts of Kindness.  She is currently working on a feature documentary and short narrative parody film. 

Additional panels during the three day event will include “Independent Filmmaking Hacks” with The B.C. Entertainment Group founder Bob Cook and NiteLite Pictures founder Harry Lowell; “Pandemic and Investor Psychology” with Hatem Dhiab, managing partner, Gerber Kawasaki Wealth & Investment Management; “Three Secrets of Film Finance” with Pascal Borno, president, Angel Oak Films; “Emerging Tax Incentive Secrets” with Hal “Corky” Kessler, Partner, Rubenstein Business Law and Todd Hein,  Partner, Lockyer + Hein LLP, and others.

Cloud 21 PR International and Kultura PR International have produced events at Cannes and Sundance Film Festivals, including most recently the “Indie Entertainmnet Showcase at Park City” from 2018 – 2020, “Production Without Borders” during AFM and “A Salute to Akira Kurosawa” with China’s Jinke Entertainment at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival. The companies have co-produced events and worked with top entertainment and technology brands, including E! Entertainment Television, Eurocinema, Metan Global Entertainment Group, 8K Miles Media Group, Maverick Entertainment, Sony Interactive, Oculus, Cinando, Euromed, ECU Film Festival, Creative Coalition, plus many others.

Roskino, formerly SOVEXPORTFILM, is the Russian establishment responsible for consulting with the Russian Government regarding the international image of the Russian film industry and is the only company promoting the country’s motion-picture art internationally. Founded as a film production and distribution company in 1924 under the name SOVKINO, the company reformed as SOVEXPORTFILM, an import and export film company in 1945. From 2012, the company has been rebranded as ROSKINO, a state funded body responsible for promoting Russian films and filmmakers internationally.

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