Programme Director Content,
From a background in advertising and consumer PR, Julia joined Rank Film Distributors in the early 1990s. After moving to PolyGram, she became responsible for running the theatrical marketing department in the UK, releasing such films as TRAINSPOTTING, FOUR WEDDINGS AND A FUNERAL, FARGO, TWELVE MONKEYS and THE USUAL SUSPECTS. After PolyGram closed in 1999, Julia moved to Redbus (now Lionsgate) and Film Four Distribution. In 2003 Julia set up Verve Pictures with Colin Burch, and for two years was Head of Acquisitions (Consultant) at The Works. She is actively involved in delivering several high profile training courses for both the Film Distributors Association and Creative Skillset. She is also a trustee of the Independent Cinema Office, and a guest speaker at the NFTS, MetFilm School, London Film School and mentors producers from Creative Scotland and Film Agency Wales training initiatives.
Programme Director Operations,
She then spent three years working for the UK Film Council as part of their film export unit, where, amongst other things, she managed the UK film industry presence at a number of key film festivals and markets, including Berlin EFM, Toronto International Film Festival and Hong Kong Filmart. Corinne has managed the Inside Pictures programme since 2011. She holds a first class degree in Modern Languages (French and Portuguese) from Wadham College, Oxford.
From February 2013 – May 2015 Jill was Executive Vice-President, Commercial Affairs Universal Pictures International (UPI), where she headed Universal Pictures International Production (UPIP) where she oversaw the two most profitable and productive years of the division’s eight year history. Prior to this, with her two partners, Jill established and co-owned independent feature film production company Qwerty Films, where she served as Co-Managing Director. Qwerty raised a $100 million equity fund to produce and finance 10 international films, including the DUCHESS, SEVERANCE and KINSEY. During this period Jill also grew her own consultancy practice, as well as designing and managing leadership programmes including Inside Pictures and CC-TV. From 1989-1999, Jill headed the international Business and Legal Affairs department for Polygram Filmed Entertainment which grew to become Europe’s largest fully integrated film studio with operations in 14 countries, producing over 100 movies before its acquisition by Universal Studios in 1999. Jill is a qualified solicitor and practiced as a commercial and investment specialist before moving into the entertainment sector.
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