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Natalie Lawley

Managing Director

Natalie started in distribution with Indigo Film & Television in London before establishing the company in Australia, managing Asia, Australia & New Zealand. In 2010, Natalie took over as Manager, Content Sales for ABC Commercial  following the merger with ABC Digital Sales. During Natalie’s time as Manager, Content Sales, she consistently exceeded annual budgets whilst also refreshing the catalogue with premium titles across each genre and investing in blue-chip projects. During her time at ABC Commercial she oversaw products such as A Cautionary Tail narrated by Cate Blanchett, The WotWots by Weta Workshop, Bananas in Pyjamas and the beautiful Adventures of Figaro Pho. Natalie also oversaw the acquisition of high profile docos such as Search for the Ocean’s Super Predator and Shark Girl. In addition, Natalie played a major role as Executive Producer in setting up ABC Commercial’s first feature documentary, Stop At Nothing: The Lance Armstrong Story. Escapade Media was started in November 2013 with the assistance of Ambience Entertainment and Omnilab Media. To date, she has 3 Executive Producer roles one of which is for drama series, Art of Killing

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Anthony Mrsnik

Director

Anthony has over 25 years experience in film and television (including production, financing, co-production, distribution), radio, music, licensing, print publishing and digital and across all genres (drama, kids, light entertainment, comedy, news & current affairs, documentary & factual, sport). Previously, Anthony was the Director of Legal & Business Affairs and General Counsel for Showtime Australia (owned by 20th Century Fox, Paramount, Sony, Universal and Liberty Media). The role included the management of Showtime’s Feature Film and Drama Investments, which saw over 100 hours of original commission series drama (including Satisfaction) and approximately 65 feature films (including Animal Kingdom). Anthony has also worked for a number of organisations in Legal and Business Affairs roles, including Foxtel, the former Grundy Organisation – now Fremantle Australia (including as head of Grundy Music Publishing), ABC Legal, and Southern Star Entertainment. Some of Anthony’s notable achievements include the rights acquisition, financing and distribution of Cloudstreet; the launch of the highly successful Showcase channel and negotiation of HBO supply agreements; the legal work for the establishment of ABC’s Bananas In Pyjamas; and, feature film script assessment and investment structuring for Showtime.

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Jessica Stonehouse

Head of Sales, Partnerships and Business development – UK & US

Jessica Stonehouse joins the Escapade Media team as an accomplished integrated marketing professional with diverse knowledge and experience of international markets.  Previously, Jessica worked as the Head of Partnerships & Marketing Events for Food Network EMEA, following roles at several leading and renowned broadcasters such UKTV and BBC in the U.K, and Showtime in her native Australia.  At Food Network EMEA she led and managed the Marketing Events & Partnerships division, with international remit and responsibility for driving tune-in and traffic to linear & non-linear platforms and building relationships with key stakeholders in the industry.  More recently, Jessica worked at Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia as Associate Director of Events & Partnerships, successfully overseeing events and executing the top tier integrated marketing campaigns for sales and marketing.  Jessica joins Escapade Media as an independent consultant and lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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Torquil Macneal

Consultant: Korea, China, Thailand and Taiwan.

Torquil Macneal has worked in TV and film distribution since 1990, starting with Virgin Vision (London) followed by ABC International and Beyond International in Sydney. In 1999, he moved to London to work with Hallmark Entertainment, handling France (where he established the company’s first output deal with M6) and Japan, before returning to Sydney in 2003 to take over Hallmark’s Asia Pacific operation. He established output deals with Channel 7 (Australia) and TVNZ as well as significant sales on the Asian continent, including DINOTOPIA to TV Asahi and AFTERSHOCK to Fuji. He left Hallmark in 2006 and set up his own distribution entity Mintaka Pty Ltd to become the exclusive rep for Hallmark (later RHI/Sonar) and Power Corp (UK). He now represents Gaumont International Television and MarVista.

In a previous life Torquil was a very average runner/assistant director on a succession of forgettable films produced in Australia from 1986-1988, as well as a disastrous attempt at Continuity on one TV movie.

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Lilium Distribution – Paola Zani

For Italian Sales Enquiries

Lilium Distribution is an Italian independent distribution company, based in Rome, specialized in the distribution of television programming through all media and all platforms. Lilium operates both within the Italian and the International market. The company was founded by Simona Garibaldi in 2004, her profound knowledge and understanding of the industry has grown and consolidated in over 20 years of experience working in both film & television distribution. 

In the Italian market the company positions itself as a point of reference for the industry as a supplier of fiction and non-fiction programming ranging from documentaries to factual entertainment and formats, from Tv series to docu-dramas and libraries.

Lilium’s activities and services also include:

Dubbing: Lilium takes care and supervises the dubbing of documentaries, films, TV series, kid’s programming and animation. Despite Lilium does not have in-house facilities, it has worked throughout the years with different dubbing studios, selecting, case by case, the best laboratory to produce the Italian tracks of a specific program. Lilium oversees and maintain editorial control of the dubbing process: supervises the adaptation, select the voices.

Reversioning: The importance (and processes) of reversioning and adjusting content to provide networks with bespoke programming solutions: Lilium’s focus is on satisfying commercially and editorially the needs of its content suppliers and broadcasters.

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Luk

FOR SPANISH & PORTUGUESE SALES ENQUIRIES

Luk Internacional is a full service distribution company and one of the largest independent companies in Spain with close to 40 years’ experience in the Spanish and Portuguese markets. Apart from Television distribution, Luk also has a licensing, promotion and marketing division and a full service laboratory and services such as translating and adaptation as well as dubbing.

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Bender Services

FOR LATIN AMERICAN SALES ENQUIRIES

Susan Bender’s career in the television distribution business began in Los Angeles in 1972 at Metromedia Producers Corp., a subsidiary of Metromedia Inc., owned by John Kluge.  Susan was involved in all facets of the distribution business, beginning in accounting, promoted to Director of Worldwide Contract Administration, and further promoted to Executive Director of International Sales.

In 1986, Susan left Metromedia to become Vice President of Latin American Television Sales for Paramount Pictures, where she remained for 20 years.  Susan then opened her own company, Bender Media Services Corp., and is headquarted in New York City.