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With over thirty years experience, Nick Iannelli is a respected executive of the Toronto & international screen-based industries, and the Senior Vice President of Take 5 Productions, where he heads up all the post production and visual effects departments. Prior to joining Take 5 Productions, Iannelli was Senior VP at Deluxe Toronto, where he was responsible for the team which delivered Guillermo del Toro’s Academy Award-winning film Shape of Water and Pans Labyrinth, every SAW film installment from SAW 2 onwards, and Paul W.S. Anderson’s Resident Evil films.
Iervolino is an Italian-Canadian producer who, since the age of 16, has produced, financed, and distributed over 60 films and has won several international awards and recognitions. In 2013, Iervolino co-launched AMBI Media Group that, since then, has been producing several award-winning films. He also produces animation with his company Iervolino Studios, amongst them the latest work, Puffin, a cartoon voiced by Johnny Depp. Iervolino was awarded Best Producer at the 71st edition of the Venice Film Festival and was named filmmaker of the year for his role as producer of In Dubious Battle at the Capri Hollywood Film Festival 2016.
Michael Paszt is one of the most respected names in the arena of independent film. A Managing Partner in Raven Banner Entertainment, Michael has focused on building a brand that represents unique genre driven films including The Autopsy of Jane Doe, Gaspar Noe’s Climax, Tigers Are Not Afraid and the Oscar® nominated, Embrace of the Serpent. Michael has also Executive Produced over 30 feature films including the Sundance Film Festival hit, Turbo Kid and SXSW hit PG: Psycho Goreman. Michael originally began his career as a director on music videos working mostly with metal bands such as Sacrifice and Anvil. Nail in the Coffin: The Fall and Rise of Vampiro is his feature documentary debut.
VP, Global Business Development, Wattpad WEBTOON Studios
As Vice President, Global Business Development at Wattpad WEBTOON Studios, Muriel Rosilio leads entertainment and publishing partnerships across Europe and Latin America for the studio’s growing slate of adaptations from WEBTOON and Wattpad. Rosilio has led international studio partnerships with Mediawan, Banijay, Leonine, and Leone Film Group, as well as publishing partnerships with Penguin Random House Grupo Éditorial, Sperling & Kupfer’s Gruppo Mondadori and Hachette Livre. She has also overseen a number of Wattpad WEBTOON Studios’ international production deals, including the “A Través De Mi Ventana” film franchise with Nostromo Pictures and Netflix, “Boot Camp” with Junction Hammer, “Sigue Mi Voz” with Zeta Studios and Beta Fiction Spain and “Love Me, Love Me” with Leone Film Group.
Carlo Salem is the head of international film at Leone Film Group. Salem’s experience in the film industry brings a plethora of knowledge and experience. He first started out as an assistant director at Taodue Film Production, following that holding a position at Lucky Red where he worked as a script reader. In 2014, he joined Leone Film Group in film acquisition and marketing. Leone film group manages a library of about 500 titles and is constantly growing due to their strong relationships with US independent producers. In the film acquisition and marketing department, he worked on social and website platforms as well as the marketing campaign during 2015-2016. In this role he also discovered and evaluated projects, discussed and negotiated deals with sales agents for Italian Film Distribution Licenses and supported in project management. Based out of Los Angeles, he currently operates as the head of international film.
Stefan Scaini’s career began directing live newscasts at City TV in Toronto before moving to CBC, where he directed classics like “The Beachcombers” and “Street Legal.” As a top episodic director, he collaborated with major networks and worked with stars like Jennifer Lopez.Stefan’s unique style earned acclaim in melodramas, family/kids’ content, and sitcoms like “Life With Boys.” His versatility extends to VFX-driven shows like “Annedroids” and “Odd Squad,” earning him two 2016 Daytime Emmy nominations. With a diverse portfolio in features, episodic content, sitcoms, and more, Stefan Scaini continues to make a lasting impact. Presently, he’s focused on writing and developing a series of global family movies, including his work on the Italian-Canadian series “Home Sweet Rome.”
Marco Serrecchia is the leading producer at DOPPIO NODO DOUBLE BIND. He has vast international experience in this field and has worked with award-winning directors such as Martin Scorsese, Luca Guadagnino, Jonathan Nossiter and Michelangelo Frammartino. Throughout his career, he has taken the role of line producer, executive producer and producer for projects both fiction and documentary along with TV series.“Il Buco” by M. Frammartino is the first feature film produced by Doppio Nodo Double Bind, winner of the Special Jury Prize at 78th Venice International Film Festival – Biennale 2021. SACRED CREATURES by Frieda Luk is the first feature film Co-produced with Canada.
Frank Siracusa is a Canadian producer and director. He is the president and CEO of Whizbang Films, Inc. Siracusa works as an executive producer on Star Trek: Discovery since the second episode and produced all the live-action episodes of Star Trek: Short Treks. In universe, the Tactical Ops personnel F. Siracusa and F. Siracusa (mirror) on the Discovery and ISS Discovery dedication plaques are named after him. He previously worked on the TV shows Due South, The Handmaid’s Tale, Locke & Key, along with the film Hobo with a Shotgun.
Roberto Stabile is the Head of International Relations of ANICA (Italian Film Audiovisual And Multimedia Industries Association). He has established a network of information and representative desks for the international audiovisual industry relations with Italy, set up in major global markets and with the most important cinematographic foreign authorities. At the moment there are two permanent offices in Los Angeles and Shanghai, and a series of information desks in the major cities around the world.
Sarah Timlick has been in the film business for over a decade. She is currently the head of sales, Director of Distribution & Development for Elevation Pictures. Elevation is one of the largest independent distribution companies in Canada, with titles such as The Imitation Game the 2014 TIFF People’s Choice Award and Academy Award for Best Screenplay, ROOM the 2015 TIFF People’s Choice Award and Academy Award for Best Actress, Moonlight 2017 Academy Award Best Picture and most recently this summer, Paw Patrol: The Movie now the highest grossing Cancon film of 2021.