Block programs Cannes slot


Alex Ben Block has been named director of programming for the American Pavilion at May's Festival de Cannes.

He will develop and oversee all programming for the Pavilion. He also will moderate panels, conduct interviews and lead discussions with critics.

Block said that in its 20th year, the Pavilion will "do more programming than ever featuring stars, filmmakers, talent representatives, executives and others as we work to address the pressing problems facing the global entertainment industry at a time of tremendous change.

"It has never been easy to get a good movie produced, marketed and exhibited, and now the whole business is complicated by the transformation to digital technology, online distribution and new emerging business models," he added. "We want to provide up-to-the-minute information how to take advantage of these changes, insights into key personalities and information on festival activities."

This will include the "industry in focus" panels; the "in conversation" series with actors and filmmakers; and the new "cocktails with critics" series.

Block is a senior columnist for Hollywood Today and is a former editor of The Hollywood Reporter.