Producer Marianne Gray to Deliver Keynote at The Film London Production Finance Market

7:42 AM PST 10/13/2011 by Stuart Kemp

Swedish producer at "Millennium" trilogy maker Yellow Bird to talk co-prodcutions.

LONDON -- Prolific Swedish producer Marianne Gray is lined up to deliver this year's keynote address at the Film London Production Finance Market (PFM) later this month.

Gray, whose production banner Yellow Bird is well-known for its adaptations of Stieg Larsson's Millennium trilogy – released in over 50 countries and the highest grossing series of foreign language films ever made -- is expected to deliver an European perspective on the global film industry and the current financial climate it operates in.

Yellow Bird is one of Scandinavia’s highest profile production companies and focuses primarily on international co-productions, something which many if not all attendees at the PFM are involved in.

Gray, who started her career with studios including Disney, Warner Bros. and Twentieth Century Fox, most recently produced Norwegian feature Headhunters, which will unspool next week during the BFI London Film Festival.

Gray is producing the U.S. remake with Summit Entertainment.

Film London and British Film Commission chief executive Adrian Wootton said: “With each year, the PFM attracts producers and financiers from new territories as we aim to continue to forge new international co-productions and cross-territory relationships."

This year the PFM has attracted over 60 producers presenting projects with almost €245 million ($335 million) of production value.

The 57 financiers attending including reps from private equity firms, tax-structured financiers, sale companies, distributors and public and broadcaster representatives.

Companies repped at the PFM include Paramount Pictures International, Focus Features, Endgame Entertainment, Ealing Metro International, Entertainment One  and Pinewood Films.

The PFM runs Oct. 19 and 20 in association with the BFI London Film Festival.

Running since 2007, the event aims to connect producers and financiers to encourage fresh film financing relationships by facilitating 800 face to face meetings and a further 300 financier-to-financier meetings over the two days.

The PFM is supported by the BFI, the Mayor of London, MEDIA, U.K. Trade & Investment and peacefulfish. 

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