Chief Operating Officer
Mike spent 6 years heading up acquisitions for Kaleidoscope, one of the UK’s leading independent film studios and entertainment content distributors. During his time he sourced and acquired a number of titles ranging from the award winning The Wolfpack, through to breaking the company into animation with Top Cat Begins (sold to Warner Bros in the UK).
Working across the UK and International sides of the business, Mike has a very strong understanding of the industry and a wealth of experience on the frontline of distribution and sales.
Mike has served on the judging panel for the short animation award for BAFTA, and spoken on panels for Raindance, Ffilm Wales and the BFI amongst others.
Business Development Exec.
Upon leaving university, Fatima joined the London based sales agency, SC Films International.
There she gained a strong foundation of the sales and acquisitions process, whilst aiding in the development of titles such as ‘Sherlock Homes & The Case Of The Missing Santa Claus’ and ‘Hallowaiian’.
She then went on to join Cinestaan International Sales in 2016 where she focused on acquiring Indian led content for the international market.
Chief Executive Officer
Simon is one of the most respected names in the film sales industry. Founder of Velvet Octopus and formerly Head of Sales at Mel Gibson’s Icon Entertainment International and Capitol Films (Gabor Csupo’s The Secret Of Moonacre, Sony’s Legion, George Clooney’s Sand and Sorrow, Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ). Simon has a wealth of experience in the International sales, production and distribution business.
In November 2008 Simon decided to go solo and formed SC Films International with financier Matthew Joynes. SC Films is an international sales and production company with recent titles including: Monkey King – Hero is Back (No.1 Chinese animation film of all time: $155,000,000 BO), The Reef animation franchise, Yellowbird from TeamTo, and cult hit Cockneys Vs Zombies.
Simon is currently Chairman of Film Export UK.
Matthew was called to the Bar in 1993 and completed his legal training at 1 Crown Office Row, before working in the banking and entertainment sector. Matthew has extensive legal experience of corporate finance transactions and entertainment law.
Matthew is currently based in LA and is involved extensively in new tech businesses and film production. Recent successes include: Apple gaming tool ‘Gamevice’, tablet ‘Wikipad’ and the recently launched ‘Gaming Hall of Fame’ for gamers and VR. Matthew recently produced two films: ‘Stolen’ starring Nic Cage, and ‘Bullet’ starring Danny Trejo.
Russell is a graduate of Goldsmiths University, BA Sociology.
Upon leaving higher education he joined the production team on the Oscar-winning film ‘The Hurt Locker’ working as a camera trainee. The experience spurred him into pursuing a career in the film industry and shortly thereafter Russell enrolled on the MA Screen Project Development course at Screen Academy Scotland. During the year Russell produced the short film ‘Downing’ which travelled festivals worldwide and was later acquired for UK distribution by Peccadillo Pictures.
In 2010 Russell returned to London. He gained an array of industry experience in development, sales and distribution as he completed work placements at a number of companies, latterly working as a Production Associate at Matador Pictures on six feature films including ‘Good Vibrations’ and ‘Outpost: Black Sun’.
Russell has been at SC Films International for the last 6 years working across acquisitions and business affairs.
FUMIE SUZUKI LANCASTER
Acquisitions Consultant – Asian Content
Fumie is a graduate of Rikkyo University (Tokyo, Japan) in International Law.
She joined GAGA in 2002, which is one of the most successful distribution companies in Japan. Fumie was in charge of the Acquisition and Marketing of the European film department.
In her role as a film buyer, she was responsible for finding high quality arthouse films for the Japanese market. She worked on more than 40 films such as Oscar-winning film ‘March of the Penguin’, ‘Downfall’ ,’Girl with a Pearl Earring’ etc, and as a result, she gained an expertise into worldwide and also Japan’s current markets. Fumie moved to London in May 2007 and joined SC Films International as a Sales and Marketing Executive, specialising in Far Eastern territories. Now Fumie is responsible for all non-english speaking International sales and aquisitions (recently licenced ‘Monkey King: Hero is Back’ the No.1 Chinese animated film of all time $155,000,000 BO).