Where Content Meets Creative Financing

A Survivor’s Guide – Part II

2017 Featured Countries and Regions: Wales, United Kingdom, Miami-Dade County Florida

Onsite registration for the Congress/MMFM will take place in the foyer of the MACC (Miami Airport Conference Center 711 NW 72 Ave)

Badge pick-up available starting June 5  th   in the MACC Foyer   10:00 am to 4:00 pm, first floor

All MMFM Events, Sessions, Networking will take place in the 2  nd   story of the MACC Center (MACC 1 Room and Foyer)

Daily access is through the escalators in the foyer which are clearly visible

MMFM Participants are welcomed to attend the nightly networking receptions of the Hemispheric Congress

MMFM VIP Reception with “Moonlight” slated for June 7  th    at 6 pm/MACC 1 Foyer (Second Floor)

Parking in the rear (north parking lot). Self-parking $5.00 per person.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

8:30 am Badge Pick-up,   MACC Foyer

9:00am-9:45 am   Morning “Cafecito” at MMFM & Pre-Conference Networking,   MACC 1 Foyer (Second Floor)

9:45 am – Welcome Remarks/ MMFM Gurus

10:00am-11:00 am Karen Hall Series Writing Master Class

Presented by:

Episodic/ Series Writing Master Class with Karen Hall

Ms.Hall is an award-winning, 6-time Emmy-nominated writer, producer, and showrunner, whose credits include M*A*S*H ,  Hill Street Blues ,  TheGlades , and  The Good Wife  among others.

Facilitated by: JM Garcia,  Writer, Producer,  MMFM Committee Member

11:00 am – 12:00 pm   “Funny, How?” Creating Comedy that Kills! 

Presented by:          

An open and interactive discussion on writing for comedy and adding humor to your scripts. 

Karen Hall,  Writer, Producer,  M*A*S*H ,  Hill Street Blues

Ethan Banville,  Writer, Producer, iCarly ,  Drake & Josh ,  My Babysitter’s A Vampire

JM Garcia,  Writer, Producer,  MMFM Committee Member

Moderated by Jose Luis Martinez, Creative Director MMFM

12:00pm-1:00 pm   A Conversation with Legendary Visual Effects Supervisor, Producer Dean Lyon.”Mr. Lyon’s credits include‘Armageddon’, ‘Independence Day’, ‘Air Force One’and the ‘Lord of the Rings’ trilogy among other blockbuster Hollywood movies.

Moderated by Kevin Sharpley, Vice Chair MMFM Steering Committee

1:00pm-2:00 pm   Lunch Break (On Your Own)

2:00 pm-3:00 pm   Child’s Play” Creating Content for Kids in the Digital Age.

Presented by:             

An open discussion on the challenges, and opportunities, of creating content for kids and “tweens” in today’s multi-screen, social media, and a content crowded world.

Luis Santeiro   – 20 Time  Emmy Award   Winning Writer,   Sesame Street

Eric Gaunaurd     Award   Winning   Exec Producer,   MTV & Nickelodeon’s I Am Frankie

Alex Pereira     Award Winning   &  Emmy Nominated   Producer,   Fusion   & CEO of   Atomic Digital Media (New kids video app)

Ethan Banville   , WGC Nominated Writer, Producer,  iCarly  ,   Drake & Josh   ,   My Babysitter’s A Vampire

Moderated by Jose Luis Martinez, Creative Director MMFM


3:00pm-5:00 pm   Elevator” Pitch Session* –This is your chance to pitch your feature, TV, or digital project to a panel of seasoned veterans, creatives, and Hollywood dealmakers.


Karen Hall , Writer, Producer, Showrunner,  M*A*S*H, The Good Wife

Ethan Banville,  Writer, Producer, iCarly ,  Drake & Josh ,  My Babysitter’s A Vampire

Matthew Stein , Producer, M.E.S. Productions, Sony Pictures,  Amityville: The Awakening, Halloween, Scream 4

Dean Lyon,  Visual Effects Supervisor, Producer, ‘Armageddon’, ‘Independence Day’, ‘Air Force One , ’ The ‘Lord of the Rings’ trilogy

Facilitated by Jose Luis Martinez, Creative Director MMFM

*Awards will be presented for the “best pitches.” Winners will be announced at the Networking Reception, Wed, June 7th at 6:00 p.m.

5:00 pm – 6:00 pm   “A Conversation with   John Kricfalusi” Creator of Nickelodeon’s Hit “Ren & Stimpy Show. 

Get an insider’s guide on how to write for cartoons and create groundbreaking work in the animation space. This conversation will also feature a “sneak-peak” at Mr. Kricfalusi’s latest work.

Moderated by: Jose Luis Martinez, Creative Director MMFM

Nightly Networking Reception/CAMACOL Expo First Floor

Wednesday, June 7, 2017 

9:00am-9:30am   Morning Cafecito & Pre-Conference Networking,   MACC1

9:30am-10:30am   On “Immersive Content.”

A dialogue with trailblazing entrepreneurs on the present, future and
opportunities in the world of Virtual Reality.

Jonalex Herrera, CEO & Co-Founder,  New Discovery Media

 Liz Pasilla, COO & Co-Founder,  New Discovery Media

Moderated by Kevin Sharpley, Vice Chair MMFM Steering Committee



10:30am-11:15 am   A Conversation on British Production with, “An Eye on Wales.”

Join our special guests “From Across the Pond” engaging in an insightful conversation on filming in the UK, where “Creativity is Great.” Plus, get an inside look at the filming of Warner Brother’s epic  feature King Arthur: Legend of theSword, filmed in Snowdonia!

Introduction by Justin Jones, BritWeek

Dave Prodger,  British Consul General,  Miami

Jonathan Walters , Deputy Head of North America,  Welsh Government/Llywodraeth Cymru

Moderated by Jose Luis Martinez, Creative Director MMFM

11:15am-12:15 pm Climbing Mount Olympusat.”

Get an inside look at one of South Florida’s most powerful, cutting edge, international media companies, boasting an extensive portfolio which includes 100+ Spanish & English language TV networks.

Carlos Lopez, VP Marketing & Communications,  Olympusat

Pablo Lopez, Art Director,  Olympusat

Moderated by Kevin Sharpley, Vice Chair MMFM Steering Committee

12:15-1:00 pm Keeping it Real” How to Develop Dynamic Content Based on “True Stories.”

Veteran producer Sam Tedesco and reality TV star, Yacht Captain Sandy Yawn, discuss a case study in turning Dawn’s real life experience of being chased down by Somali pirates on the open sea into a  feature length film.

Sam Tedesco,  Location Manager & Producer,  Rock of Ages, Marley & Me, Bad Boys

Sandy Yawn,  Reality TV Star, Veteran Yacht Captain,  Bravo’s Below Deck Mediterranean

Moderated by Jose Luis Martinez, Creative Director MMFM

1:00pm-2:00 pm   Lunch Break (on your own)

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm   Documenting Our World.”A Creative Roundtable on the Making of Riveting Documentaries.

Katja Esson,  Academy Award® Nominated Filmmaker,  Ferry Tales, Miami que Linda es Cuba

Kevin Sharpley,   Sundance Institute   Filmmaker,

Purvis Young

JIANG XIAO YU  江小  , Award
Winning Director, 
 Confucius Meets Hemmingway, Beijing Olympics Ceremonies

Moderated by Jose Luis Martinez, Creative Director MMFM

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm Presentation of Epic Series of Movies on Polish History (Saints & Heroes Series).

Presentation of Polish Center in Miami.

1. Lady Blanka A. Rosenstiel, Honorary Consul of the Republic of Poland
2. Fr. Tomasz Jegierski, Producer and Distributor, FT FILMS POLAND
3. Patricia Arias
4. John Macho
5. Mike Cheves, Maga Solutions Inc.
Saints & Heroes Series:
1. Invincible Hero – script partly based on the first novel titled, With Fire and Sword  (from the trilogy, written by Henryk Sienkiewicz, Polish Nobel Prize novelist)  Action/thriller movie based on the 17th century Cossack revolt, known as the Chmielnicki Uprising, and life and martyrdom of St. Andrew Bobola, patron saint of Poland.
2. The Red Poppies on Monte Cassino – Action/thriller movie of Polish heroes during World War II. Story of General Anders and his Army of Polish II Corps.
3. Project of Polish Center in Miami – the biggest Polish Center in Americas, documenting the convergence of Polish/American business and culture.

4:00 pm – 5:00 pm   From Concept to Production…and Beyond.   An open and interactive discussion on the evolving process of bringing an idea to life, and finding the resources to get it done! Plus, how to get it out there and find an audience!

Matthew Stein , Producer, M.E.S. Productions, Sony Pictures,  Amityville: The Awakening, Halloween, Scream 4

Kareem Tabsch,  Founder O-Cinema & Filmmaker,  Dolphin Lover

Thomas Hamilton,  Producer,  The Man Who Gave a Damn

Tracy Jenkins,  Producer, filmmaker,  The Man Who Gave a Damn

Sandy Lighterman,  Miami-Dade County,  Film Commissioner & Chair MMFM Steering Committee

Moderated by Jose Luis Martinez, Creative Director MMFM

5:00pm-6:00 pm

Made in Dade: “A Conversation with Andrew Hevia.” A candid conversation with a producer of the groundbreaking, three-time  Academy Award® winning feature film  Moonlight . Mr. Hevia is a co-founder of Borscht Corp, the non-profit film collective behind the Borscht Film Festival, which was called “the weirdest film festival on the planet” by Indiewire.

Moderated by Jose Luis Martinez, Creative Director MMFM 

Mr. Hevia will be presented with a Special recognition following his “Conversation”

Panel Presented by:

A VIP Reception to Follow at the MACC 1 Foyer

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