Mechanic to give indie prod'n confab keynote

Held Sept. 29 at Century City’s InterContinental Hotel

Producer Bill Mechanic will deliver the keynote address at the 11th annual Independent Film & Television Alliance's Production Conference on Sept. 29 at Century City's InterContinental Hotel.

Chairman and CEO of Pandemonium, Mechanic is the former chairman and CEO of Fox Filmed Entertainment. His independent company has produced "Coraline," "The New World" and "Dark Water." During his tenure at Fox, he oversaw such films as "Titanic," "X-Men," "Independence Day," "Ice Age," "Moulin Rouge" and "Boys Don't Cry."

Mechanic led all operations of the studio, including worldwide feature film production; marketing and distribution, as well as all worldwide operations for Fox Video; Fox Interactive; Licensing and Merchandising; and Fox Music.

Earlier in his career, Mechanic was president of international distribution and worldwide video at Walt Disney Studios.

He serves on the board of governors for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the board of counselors for the USC Film School, and the board of American Friends of the National Film Theatre of England.

In addition to the keynote, the conference will be comprised of two panels: "What Comes Next? New Distribution Options for the Future" and "Invention and Imagination: Ways to make it Happen in Hollywood Today."

Panelists for "What Comes Next?" include Mitchell Berman, CEO, ZillionTV; Steve Bickel, president, international, The Film Department; Marc DeBevoise, svp, digital media, business development & strategy, Starz Media; Nolan Gallagher, founder and CEO, Gravitas Ventures; Elizabeth Guider, editor, The Hollywood Reporter; Curt Marvis, president of digital media, Lionsgate; and Gustavo Montaudon, president, Alebrije Entertainment. Pierre David, chairman and CEO of Imagination Worldwide, LLC, and chairman of the IFTA producers committee, will serve as moderator.

"Invention and Imagination" will feature panelists Mark Burg, co-founder, Evolution Entertainment and producer of the "Saw" franchise; Paul Colichman, chairman & partner, Regent Entertainment and founder & CEO, Here!; Stan Foster, writer/director/producer, Stan Foster Pictures; Gary Randall, executive producer of "Saving Grace" and owner of Grand Productions; and Eric Schotz, president & CEO, LMNO Productions. Paul Hertzberg, president of CineTel Films, and IFTA vice chairman/secretary, will moderate.

The conference has been programmed by Pierre David, chairman–CEO of Imagination Worldwide and chairman of IFTA's producers committee.