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Over the last few years I've been working in the film business, from production to distribution having got into the industry initially by attempting to act, which turns out I wasn't very good at, but it allow me to discover that my abilities behind the scenes were far superior to my camera-facing efforts. So having produced a number of small budget efforts, including the feature length, multi-platform documentary 11Eleven Project, I have now found myself in the increasingly popular "Event Cinema" sector, where I have been since early 2013. At Omniverse Vision I have been part of a small team that has released numerous titles covering various genres, including concerts, theatre, ballet and opera. These have included the Robbie Williams Live from Tallinn, Al Pacino's Salomé, Muse Live from Rome Olympic Stadium (first 4K concert film) and Julie Taymor's A Midsummer Night's Dream. As well as handling the sales and marketing side of things, I have been involved in the organisation of premieres, most recently overseeing A Midsummer Night's Dream's premieres in London and New York, which took place within 3 days of each other. The experience gained from covering a variety of areas is invaluable and has given me an in-depth working knowledge of what makes the sector tick, as well as what works and doesn't work, although unsurprisingly the area is ever changing and evolving. Aside from my work in this industry, I am passionate about keeping active and challenging myself. I recently completed a 2100 mile cycle through south east Asia that raised over £5,000 for the mental health charity, Mind, and plan to use this event as a basis for future events that I hope will get people involved in cycling (although not necessarily exclusively) as a way of keeping physically and mentally healthy.
- Handling of UK & European sales for this US-based event cinema distributor - Attendance at numerous industry events - Identifying relevant opportunities that the company can potentially take advantage of - Client liaising in the lead up to screenings with regards to delivery and marketing opportunities and requests - Box office report collection following screenings
- Developed a release strategy for an Ed Sheeran cinema event that was broadcast to over 2200 cinemas in 80 territories worldwide, with a box - Responsible for booking the live show into cinemas, negotiating contracts and maintaining contact and relationships with the exhibitors involved to make sure they were aware of updates and relevant goings on around the project - Handling the challenge of very short lead time and a busy ‘event cinema’ schedule, resulting in the need for a highly efficient approach to the event - Responsible for gathering sales data and box office reports
A charity cycling challenge that raised money for the mental health charity, Mind. The role involved publicising the event via social media and more traditional avenues such as printed press and television, as well as a fundraising event which was held at the Spinnaker Tower in Portsmouth. The event itself took place in SE Asia, with logistics being dealt with up to the day of departure, with continuous updates of the trip (Hanoi to Singapore) along the way, which was a great help in the fundraising efforts.
Omniverse Vision is a leading player in the distribution of 'Event Cinema', specialising in concerts, theatre, ballet, opera and sports to cinemas around the globe. - Responsible for selling-in of numerous ‘event cinema’ titles to cinemas around the globe - Working with PR agencies to ensure implementation of initiatives to raise publicity of projects - Development of social media strategies for each project - Organisation of film premiere events, including project management, location scouting, marketing collateral, insurance, guest lists and working with the wider film team. - Oversaw the release of the first 4K concert film (Muse Live from Rome Olympic Stadium), which went on to sell over 100,000 tickets worldwide. - Organisation of the New York and London premieres of Julie Taymor’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” - Developing and maintaining business relationships with exhibitors and sub-distributors locally and globally - Liaising with numerous stakeholders (i.e. band management, record labels, directors) from conception to completion of all projects