October 26, 2007


Producers representing more than 40 countries and six continents will come together to exchange ideas, form partnerships and explore the latest trends and newest innovations in global film and video production. The theme of this year's event, "Show Me the Money," is intended to underscore the importance of creative dialogue and idea sharing to the international production community.

Among those attending are Peter-Christian Fueter, Oscar-winning producer of Journey of Hope; Sebastian Cardemil, executive director of Ecuador's ADN Digital, producers of some of the most popular television programs in South America; and Hirohisa Sugizaki, executive producer of Taiyo Kikaku, one of Japan's largest commercial production companies. The event will be hosted by Tribe Pictures founder Vern Oakley, director of the feature film A Modern Affair¸ starring Stanley Tucci and Lisa Eichorn, and the Emmy-winning children's television series Reading Rainbow. 

"The IQ Conference is a unique opportunity to meet with peers and to learn first hand about what is happening creatively and in terms of best practices in production centers around the world," said Oakley. "The quality of the participants, the cross pollination of ideas and the business opportunities it spawns, make IQ a very special event. There is nothing else like it." 

Previous IQ conferences have been held in Rome, London, Shanghai, Rio and Paris. This is the first time that the event will be held in the New York/New Jersey area since 1994. Keynote speakers include Michael B. Goodman, director of the Corporate Communication Institute and Professor of Corporate Communication at Baruch College in NY, who will discuss emerging opportunities in corporate media production. Entertainment attorney John Sloss will reveal how his "virtual studio," Cinetic Media, is helping independent filmmakers find financing and distribution. Bud Mayo, CEO of AccessIT, a leading developer of digital cinema technology, will discuss how new digital screening technologies are changing both the way cinemas receive content and the type of content they show. 

Conference highlights will also include a panel discussion on the future of international advertising, co-hosted by Tribe Pictures' Managing Director and international award winning (Cannes' Lion, Mobius, Clios) Director/Producer Dennis Gelbaum and Donna Svanberg owner Capitol Productions a commercial production company in Sydney, Australia. Panelists will include Lloyd Simon, a former executive with MTV and American Movie Classics and a current consultant to advertisers and agencies; Avi Savar, head of Savar Media, one of New York's top new media agencies; Alan Eisenberg, founder of the innovative digital studio Refinery; and John Caffera, executive vice president of EUE/ScreenGems and former head of production for Bates Worldwide. 

The producers of box office hits Super Size Me, 51 Birch Street and Mad Hot Ballroom will participate in a panel surveying the red-hot business of documentary filmmaking. The panel will be hosted by Tribe's Producer Felicia Jamieson, an Emmy award-winning producer of such documentaries as And They Flew and Focus Up! The conference will also include a tour of Goldcrest Studios, the New York affiliate of Goldcrest Films (producers of Chariots of Fire) and a world-class postproduction facility offering SD and HD digital postproduction services, including Digital Intermediate.