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Graham King Headlines BritWeek Film & TV Summit, April 27

The BritWeek Film and TV Summit is pleased to announce that producer and GK Films’ partner, Graham King, will keynote the event, produced in association with Variety and the British Academy of Film and Television Arts.

The Film and TV Summit, one of several planned BritWeek 2012 events, will be presented April 27 at the InterContinental Hotel in Century City.

King is a preeminent Academy Award winning producer whose projects have grossed over $2 billion in box office worldwide. He is nominated twice this year for Academy Awards. His most recent film Hugo, directed by Martin Scorsese, has earned 11 Academy Award nominations, which is the most for any film of 2011. In addition, his film, Rango, has been nominated for Best Animated Feature Film of the Year. These nominations follow the Best Picture Oscar win for The Departed, also directed by Scorsese, and produced by King in 2006.

King recently produced the upcoming Tim Burton-directed Dark Shadows starring Johnny Depp, which will be released by Warner Bros. in May 2012. Projects now in development at GK Films, which King launched with partner Tim Headington in 2007, include the adaptation of hit Broadway musical Jersey Boys being written by John Logan; the untitled Freddie Mercury story and an original screenplay of The Battle of Britain being scripted by Robert Towne.

Variety and BAFTA’s BritWeek Film and TV Summit 2012 will explore what it means to be successful in film and TV worldwide, and identify projects that are winning crossover appeal between U.S. and U.K. audiences and beyond. As the importance of international markets rise, top film/TV executives and creative talent will share how they are staying ahead of the latest trends in development, distribution, marketing and more.

Additional high-profile speakers confirmed for the BritWeek Film and TV Summit include Paul Abbot, Creator and Executive Producer of Shameless; Doug Hansen, President and Chief Operating Officer at Endgame Entertainment; Basil Iwanyk, Producer at Thunder Road Pictures (Clash of the Titans, The Town, The Expendables 1 and 2, Wrath of the Titans); Stuart Ford, CEO of IM Global; Tim O’Hair, Head of Production at Parallel Media; Gareth Neame, Managing Director of UK Production at NBC Universal International and Executive Producer of Downton Abbey; Nigel Sinclair, Co-Chairman and CEO of Exclusive Media; and Leslie Urdang, President of Olympus Pictures/Producer of Beginners.

Sponsors for the Summit include Jaguar and the InterContinental Hotel. For more information about the summit program, sponsorship opportunities or to register visit: www.variety.com/britweek.

About BritWeek

BritWeek’s mission is to celebrate and create greater awareness of innovation, creativity and excellence in the UK-California relationship in business, arts and entertainment, design, science & technology, sports links and philanthropy, through a program of events and activities – including this Film & TV Summit – held every spring. The events attract support from thousands of people including international celebrities as well as business and political leaders.

About Variety

Variety is the leading publication for business entertainment news, recognized and respected throughout the world of show business. The Variety Group – Daily Variety, Daily Variety Gotham, Weekly Variety and Variety.com – are all owned by Reed Business Information (RBI), the largest business publisher in the U.S. RBI is a member of the Reed Elsevier Group plc (NYSE: RUK) and (NYSE: ENL).

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