Jim Cardwell

Jim Cardwell
Jim Cardwell leads Broadvision’s distribution division Broadvision Entertainment Releasing (BER).  He was formerly President (worldwide) of the world’s largest home video distribution company, Warner Home Video, from 2002 to 2006.  A $5.5 billion global operation with 1,700 employees and 25 subsidiaries, Warner Home Video’s revenue stream and profitability increased by 10-35% each year and maintained #1 market share in the home entertainment industry during his tenure as President.  Jim created two new divisions (TV on DVD and Special Interest), which each contributed $1.5 billion in annual sales in less than three years.  He was instrumental in paving the way for WHV’s strategic positioning in emerging technologies such as Hi-Def DVD, electronic sell-though, and portable video.

A Master’s degree holder in Economics from the University of Manchester in England, Jim Cardwell’s remarkable career with WB started in 1977 when he joined the corporate finance department from Price Waterhouse Coopers.  Jim was responsible for Warner Home Video’s operations in the US and Canada for over 15 years, later adding Mexico, Australia and New Zealand to his oversight in 1999.  Among his notable contributions: successfully executing Warner Home Video’s strategic move to convert the video business from rental to sale; terminating the use of rack jobbers (middlemen) thus enabling direct-selling to major retailers; and creating revenue-sharing plans with rental retailers.  He was responsible for Warner Home Video’s purchase of video distribution rights to the MGM, UA, Cannon, Thorn EMI and other libraries.  His tremendous contributions to WHV helped it grow to the world-leader position.

Leveraging on his formidable expertise, Jim is now an entertainment industry entrepreneur and expanding his horizons to the content production end of the entertainment industry, with a special focus on strategic financing and new business development for projects.  In 2007, Jim launched JFC Consulting providing consulting services and short term financing for entertainment related projects.  His completed ventures include Cannes: All Access and The Final Season.  Several other projects are in development.  In 2012, he acquired E-T Pictures which is a full service North American motion picture distribution company with a library of over 250 titles.  Jim has been Chairman since 2013 of WR Films, which was formed to acquire literary rights and produce motion pictures based on such rights.  WR Films acquired the rights to produce motion pictures based on Louis Masterson’s best-selling Morgan Kane books, and recently (January 2016) was listed on the Norwegian stock exchange.

Iris Yamashita

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Iris Yamashita is a screenwriter nominated for an Academy Award for the movie Letters From Iwo Jima, directed by Clint Eastwood.   Letters from Iwo Jima received a Golden Globe award for “Best Foreign Language Film” and was nominated for 4 Oscars®.  Iris is the only female of Asian descent ever to have been nominated in the “original screenplay” category.  She has also optioned or been assigned to various screenplays, working with internationally acclaimed directors such as Wayne Wang, Shekhar Kapur and Hideo Nakata.

Ms. Yamashita has taught screenwriting at UCLA, USC, CalTech and the University of Hawaii at Manoa.  She has also been a judge or mentor for programs sponsored by the Writers Guild of America, Film Independent, the Korean Film Council, the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival and the San Francisco International Asian Film Festival, and is a member of the advisory board for the Asian Culture & Media Alliance.

Currently, Iris is the writer and creative consultant on an originally conceived stage show, which is scheduled to debut at Tokyo Disneyland in the summer of 2016.  She continues to work on projects for both film and television.

 

Neil Landau

Neil Landau is the Associate Director of UCLA’s Department of Film Television & Digital Media’s Screenwriting MFA program and their Graduate Professional Program in Writing for Television. His film and TV credits include the cult teen comedy Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter’s Dead starring Christina Applegate; Melrose Place, The Magnificent Seven, Doogie Howser, M.D., The Secret World of Alex Mack, Twice in a Lifetime, MTV’s Undressed, The Young & the Restless, Monarch Cove, and one-hour drama pilots for CBS, ABC, ABC Family, Warner Bros., Disney, Lifetime, and Freemantle.  Neil also served for several years as Executive Script Consultant in the international divisions of Sony Pictures Television and Columbia Pictures.  His animated movie projects include the animated feature Tad: The Lost Explorer (aka Las Adventuras de Tadeo Jones) for which he earned a Spanish Academy “Goya” Award and Cinema Writers’ Circle Award for Best Adapted Screenplay (2013). Tad2 is in production for a 2016 release, also from Paramount.  Neil co-wrote and served as Co-Executive Producer on the animated feature Capture the Flag for Paramount; and the animated movie, Sheep & Wolves, for Wizart Animation (The Snow Queen), which is scheduled for a 2016 release.  

Neil received his BA in Motion Picture/Television at UCLA in 1985.  He joined UCLA’s MFA in Screenwriting faculty in the Department of Film, Television & Digital Media in 2001, and was an instructor in UCLA’s Professional Program in Screenwriting since its inception, and teaches a TV development course in the UCLA MFA Producers’ Program.  He has also taught screenwriting classes in USC’s School of Cinematic Arts, and served as a Faculty Advisor in the low residency MFA in Creative Program at Goddard in Vermont.


Neil is the author of the bestselling books: 101 Things I Learned in Film School (Grand Central Publishing, 2010); The Screenwriter’s Roadmap (Focal Press, 2012); and The TV Showrunner’s Roadmap (Focal Press, 2014). He’s been a member of the Writers Guild of America west, since 1987; is a member of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences; and sits on the advisory board of “Direct-to-Series” via the film and TV branch of the Consulate General of France. Neil gives lectures and hosts workshops around the world on the art and craft of screenwriting, including La Femis in Paris, University of the Andes in Santiago, and the Alexander Mitta Film School in Moscow. His new book, TV Outside the Box: Trailblazing in the Digital Television Revolution, will be published in January by Focal Press/Taylor & Francis, and sponsored by NATPE as the premiere book in their new educational book series.

BVE President Jean Su at the U.S. – China Film & Television Industry Expo

Jean Su, President of Broadvision Entertainment, featured on the opening panel discussion on the future of film production and distribution at the U.S. - China Film & Television Industry Expo in Los Angeles, sponsored by Variety magazine.

Jean Su, President of Broadvision Entertainment, featured on the opening panel discussion on the future of film production and distribution at the U.S. – China Film & Television Industry Expo in Los Angeles, sponsored by Variety magazine.

The panel discussion was moderated by Janko Roettgers of Variety, with panelists William Pfeiffer, CEO of Dragongate Entertainment (an Asian-focused film and television production company backed by Lionsgate), and Aynne Kokas, Professor of Media Studies at the University of Virginia and expert on the intersections between the U.S and China media and technology industries.

Charity screening of Grey Lady

Writer/Director of "Grey Lady" John Shea at a special charity screening for the Dreamland Film and Performing Arts Center of Nantucket.

Writer/Director of Grey Lady John Shea at a special charity screening for the Dreamland Film and Performing Arts Center of Nantucket.

Tony Scott, Jean Su, Wendy Schmidt, Mary Haft, Jimmy Cummings.

Tony Scott, Jean Su, Wendy Schmidt, Mary Haft, Jimmy Cummings.

Q&A session after the charity screening of our movie "Grey Lady" with Writer/Director John Shea; Producer and Chairman of Beacon Pictures Armyan Bernstein; and Executive Producer/philanthropist Wendy Schmidt.

Q&A session after the charity screening of our movie Grey Lady with Writer/Director John Shea; Producer and Chairman of Beacon Pictures Armyan Bernstein; and Executive Producer/philanthropist Wendy Schmidt.

Grey Lady  after-screening party in Nantucket

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With actress Carolyn Stotesbery, who “killed it” in Grey Lady – at the after-screening party.

 

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Tony Scott and Jean Su at the after party for our movie Grey Lady with our friend and lead Producer Armyan Bernstein of Beacon Pictures.

 

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Tony with great actor and friend Chris Meyer, who delivers an awesome performance in Grey Lady.

 

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Jean Su, John Shea, Tony Scott, and Jimmy Cummings.

 

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At the after screening party with cast and producers of our movie Grey Lady. Co-stars Chris Meyer and Carolyn Stotesbery; Broadvision Producers Tony Scott and Jean Su; Beacon Pictures Producer and Chairman Armyan Bernstein; Co-star and Broadvision Producer Jimmy Cummings.

 

BVE on the set of Agent X

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The Broadvision Entertainment team on the set of TNT’s new TV show Agent X, featuring Sharon Stone and John Shea of Broadvision Entertainment – produced by our partners in producing the feature movie Grey Lady – Beacon Pictures.

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