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SEBASTIAN TWARDOSZ

Born in Poland, and raised in Detroit, Michigan, Sebastian has worked with leading companies in both film and television for the last seventeen years.  He is currently a partner in the film distribution company Circus Road Film (circusroadfilms.com) which advises and represents emerging filmmakers. 

He was previously a senior acquisitions executive for Allumination FilmWorks (a division of Content Media Corp.) which specialized in the domestic distribution and foreign sales of independently produced feature films.  While there he managed one of the company's main accounts - a licensing agreement with the Slamdance Film Festival. 

Before that, Sebastian was the head of development for a Paramount-based production company called Craftsman Films which developed numerous studio projects, including early drafts of the feature film reinvention of the Star Trek franchise.  

For three years, he worked in comedy and drama development at Touchstone Television, the TV production division of the Walt Disney Company and ABC, where he staffed on six produced pilots.  He also worked on numerous pilots and on-air TV series for Imagine Entertainment. 

Sebastian recently co-produced the independent feature Small Town Saturday Night starring Chris Pine.  He has also served as an adjunct professor at both UCLA and USC teaching the art and business of film.  


RUSSELL SHARMAN

Russell Leigh Sharman is a writer, filmmaker and anthropologist.  He has written (and re-written) for Hollywood since 2008, working for several studios and production companies, including Warner Brothers, Fox, Disney, MRC, DeLine Pictures, 21 Laps, Participant Media, Montecito Pictures, The Mark Gordon Company and Real FX.  He is also the writer/director of the low-budget indie feature, APARTMENT 4E, an adaptation of his stage play, as well as a number of no-budget short films and documentaries.  

Russell's first stage play, "Small of her Back" on which his first feature film was based, was produced in New York City by the Jaradoa Theatre Company in 2008. That same year, "Bobbie Sue", won a spot on the coveted Hollywood Blacklist.  Russell holds a Ph.D. in cultural anthropology from Oxford University and is the author of two books.  He has published numerous essays on urban life, culture and aesthetics, and received grants and awards from the National Endowment for the Humanities, The Whiting Foundation and others.  

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TED CHALMERS

Ted, a sales and distribution veteran is the President and CEO of Tomcat Films LLC.   He has been involved with the sales and distribution of such well-known films as THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE, TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE: THE NEXT GENERATION, HELLRAISER, ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK, ONE FALSE MOVE, RE-ANIMATOR, BRIDE OF RE-ANIMATOR, SOCIETY and EVIL DEAD 2.

Ted began his career in 1990 working with Paul Rich at Trans Atlantic Entertainment.  After its sale to Lakeshore, he went on to lead the sales at Creative Light Entertainment and Moving Pictures Film and Television.  He was also Senior VP of Media Brokerage for ICAP Media, a division of ICAP Plc.

As a leader in film distribution to foreign markets, Ted successfully distributes feature, indie, and made for DVD films throughout the world.  His brand is globally recognized allowing new, independent and seasoned filmmakers to access the world audience.   The key to Ted’s success is leveraging his long term relationships with buyers in foreign countries and effectively structuring distribution opportunities creating revenue streams for maximum global profits.