Gianopulos to key note Circle confab

Runs Oct. 6-11 in Abu Dhabi

Jim Gianopulos, chairman and CEO of 20th Century Fox Film Corp., will serve as the keynote speaker at the 2008 Circle Conference which runs Oct. 6-11 in Abu Dhabi.

The Circle provides a variety of programs throughout the year to raise Abu Dhabi's visibility in the international film community by informing local investors of financing structures, showcasing new artists, improving the skills of Emirati and Middle East filmmakers, and facilitating production collaborations.

"Jim Gianopulos and 20th Century Fox have committed to emerging filmmakers by creating numerous initiatives including their Searchlabs," The Circle director Adrienne Briggs said. "Jim's global perspective and influence will enhance The Circle Conference's goal to showcase Abu Dhabi as a conduit for bringing together the region's top talent."

Designed to transform Abu Dhabi into a filmmaking and new media hub, The Circle supports the growth of filmmakers, regional investors and international co-productions.