L.A. based producer Donald De Line scored his first major hit with the 2003 heist thriller THE ITALIAN JOB. De Line’s continued success includes Ridley Scott’s BODY OF LIES and John Hamburg’s I LOVE YOU MAN. In addition to his producing career, De Line has held positions as a studio executive, serving as President and Vice Chairman of Paramount Pictures, and President of Touchstone Pictures. Among the films under his aegis were PRETTY WOMAN, Wes Anderson’s RUSHMORE, Tim Burton’s ED WOOD, and the blockbuster ARMAGEDDON. De Line believes in hard work and the power of keeping oneself well- informed about everything going on in film business. His career proves this philosophy is a key to success.
Born in Germany and raised in Switzerland, Marc Forster is one of the most successful and versatile directors worldwide. After finishing NYU Film School and moving to Los Angeles in his early years, he shot his first masterpiece EVERYTHING PUT TOGETHER, which was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance Film Festival. Forster’s filmmaking style was clearly evident in this searing psychological drama, which he also co-wrote. In the very same year, Forster won the Someone to Watch Award at the Independent Spirit Awards. His break through film, MONSTER'S BALL, was a critical and commercial success and received two Oscar nominations with Halle Berry winning for Best Actress. More great projects followed, such as STAY, STRANGER THAN FICTION, THE KITE RUNNER and FINDING NEVERLAND. The latter masterpiece was nominated for seven Oscars. Forster has worked with countless Hollywood stars including Johnny Depp, Kate Winslet, Naomi Watts and Dustin Hoffman. In 2008, Mr. Forster was asked to direct the James Bond Franchise’s QUANTUM OF SOLACE. The highly gifted director also triumphed with his latest coup; WORLD WAR Z has grossed more than 500 million dollars worldwide to date.
Tim Bevan was born in Queenstown, New Zealand in 1958 and was raised in the south of England. He is one of the most well-known international film producers. In the early 1980’s, alongside Sarah Radclyffe, he created the production company Working Title Films. They achieved many successes early on, leading to the company now being an essential part of Universal Pictures. Bevan himself speaks about his films having a certain “Britishness”. It is exactly this Britishness that seems to be his recipe for success: Bevan produced films such as FOUR WEDDINGS AND A FUNERAL, LES MISÉRABLES, ABOUT A BOY, ATONEMENT and ELIZABETH. For the latter two he was nominated for an Oscar. The remarkable producer remains humble despite all this success: “Ultimately, films are a director’s medium – I merely create the right environment for them to do the best job they can”. At the ZFF MASTERS, Tim Bevan will speak about his work as a producer. What exactly is this “Britishness” that makes his films so successful? What important qualities must a producer possess and why must a producer have knowledge in finance?
At only 29 years old Indian native Guneet Monga has already achieved widespread success. Her first big international film was the Academy Award nominated short KAVI in 2009. In 2013 The Hollywood Reporter voted ‘New Wave’ producer Monga one of the top twelve women achievers in the Global Entertainment Industry. She has paved the way for Indian cinema globally with her films premiering at prestigious festivals like Cannes, Sundance and Toronto. Two of her films, THE LUNCHBOX and MONSOON SHOUTOUT, were selected for screenings at the Cannes Film Festival in May of this year. During her ZFF MASTER CLASS Guneet Monga will talk about her occupation as a producer, as well as insight into the Indian film industry: How involved is she as a producer in the creative part of filmmaking? What are the cultural challenges in making Indian films? What are the difficulties of financing a film in India that is outside the Bollywood genre? How important are personal relationships in the industry in India and what are the differences to Hollywood? Guneet Monga will also analyze some clips from her film THE LUNCHBOX.
Born in Dublin and educated at Trinity College, David Flynn began his film career working as a production assistant on BRAVEHEART (1995). He was a founding partner in the LA-based management/production company, Chaos Management, producing SERAPHIM FALLS (2006), starring Pierce Brosnan and Liam Neeson. Flynn’s other credit’s as producer include Rodrigo Cortés’ BURIED (2010) starring Ryan Reynolds and the critically acclaimed documentary RESTREPO (2010), which won the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival. Flynn currently works as an agent representing filmmakers, writers and producers, and he currently represents the Swedish director Daniel Espinosa, director of SAFE HOUSE (2012), who will also be appearing at the festival. In the ZURICH MASTER CLASS we want to get an insight into Flynn‘s work as an agent. To what extent does he foster the careers of directors and other filmmakers? How can agents assist and support directors’ careers?
Jerry Weintraub is one of the last Hollywood legends, although his career actually began in music. As one of the biggest concert promoters of the 70s, Weintraub worked with such luminaries as Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra and Bob Dylan. Conveniently – given his musical upbringing – Jerry’s first hit as a film producer was with 1975’s country and gospel music themed, NASHVILLE, directed by Robert Altman. With his next film as producer, DINER (1982), Weintraub helped launch the careers of a new generation of acting talent, including Mickey Rourke, Kevin Bacon and Ellen Barkin. Some of Weintraub’s most commercially successful films include the original version of THE KARATE KID (1984) and the OCEAN’S trilogy (2001/2004/2007), directed by Steven Soderbergh and starring George Clooney, Matt Damon and Brad Pitt. His future projects include a film about the life of notoriously flamboyant pianist Liberace, starring Michael Douglas and Matt Damon and a planned Hugh Hefner biopic, written by Peter Morgan (Frost/Nixon, The Last King of Scotland.)
Born in France and raised in the United States, Frank Darabont became involved in filmmaking at the age of 20, making his feature length directorial debut withTV movie, BURIED ALIVE (1990).
Darabont is arguably best known as director of prison drama THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION (1994), starring Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman, and based on a short story by Stephen King. The film was nominated for seven Academy Awards including Best Film and for Darabont’s Adapted Screenplay.
Darabont’s relationship with King’s work continued with adaptations of his novel THE GREEN MILE (1999), which he scripted, directed and produced, and his novella THE MIST (2007).
He was also the executive producer of the first series of zombie drama series THE WALKING DEAD (2010), for which he directed the pilot episode, and L.A. NOIR (2013), a new series for TNT.
Frank Darabont will talk about his work as an author, director and producer; the topics interest him and how he chooses his projects. We want to know what fascinates him about writing, about cinema, TV and films in general.