Sheryl CROWN THE DOCUMENTARY COMPANY
| MD/Executive Producer
Sheryl Crown, Managing Director of the new Documentary Company is a highly experienced Independent Film and Television Producer, Executive Producer and Development Executive. She has an Industry track record in all aspects of the production supply chain; as an Independent Feature Film producer earning Oscar and Bafta nominations, an Executive Producer running feature film production funds and a development fund as well as a TV Drama producer and BBC script editor and ITV Drama consultant.
She has worked alongside many public financing institutions and private commercial equity funds. As an Executive Producer and Financier she has commissioned and assessed many projects for their commercial and creative potential across dramas, documentary dramas and is looking forward to the challenge of sourcing and working with Documentary Features for the Documentary Company.
About The Documentary Company – Biog
The Documentary Company funds documentaries that have the potential to entertain and inform in an international market place and wishes to make an impact with features that are creatively distinctive and commercially viable.
The Documentary Company will work with documentary producers and directors with strong track records and outstanding credentials to ensure that once made, films efficiently reach the viewing audience for which they are intended.
The Documentary Company shall primarily focus on documentary films from one or more of the following narrative categories: Political, Nature and the Environment, Music, and Human Interest.
The Documentary Company is structured as a commercial equity investment fund and the ethos behind our productions is to deliver high quality commercially successful films with a well-told underlying story that matters internationally.
In 2011 the Documentary Company invested and co-produced New Black Film’s acclaimed ‘ From the Ashes’ and most recently in Jan 2012, the successful Audience Award winning Sundance hit “ Searching for Sugarman” in association with Canfield Pictures, Red Box and Passion Pictures.
Mark REYNOLDS BBC WORLDWIDE
| Director of Factual, Content & Production
Mark Reynolds was appointed Director of Factual for BBC Worldwide’s Content & Production business in late 2011. He shares this role with Jo Sermon; as Co Directors they are responsible for the content development and acquisition strategy in the factual genre.
The factual team are responsible for securing content from BBC Vision, UK and overseas independent producers and BBC Worldwide Productions. They acquire the factual content for all of BBC Worldwide’s businesses.
Mark’s role also takes in development funding, investment and commercial guidance for a wide base of factual production clients. He has created new relationships with independent producers Fresh One, Oxford Film and Television, Ten Alps, 360 Production and Nutopia, and continues to work with other top factual producers such as John Downer Productions, Maya Vision, Two Four, Atlantic Productions and Indus Films.
In 2007 he was appointed Director of Factual at BBC Worldwide’s Indie Unit. In this role Mark led and managed BBC Worldwide’s factual acquisition strategy with independent producers.
International successes include Moonshot, a feature length co-production drama with Dangerous Films detailing the first ever lunar landing, Targeting Bin Laden, First Life, Earthflight, The Ascent of Money, Arctic with Bruce Parry, Fatal Attractions andThe Day the World Changed.
Prior to joining The Indie Unit, Mark was Head of Factual, Acquisitions and Co-productions for Granada International, where he worked with in-house factual production teams, co-production partners and leading independent producers from around the world.
Mark joined Granada International following a previous spell at BBC Worldwide as Director of News & Current Affairs. Before that, he was based in BBC Worldwide’s New York office as Vice President, Factual Co-productions and Sales.
About BBC Worldwide
BBC Worldwide Limited is the main commercial arm and a wholly owned subsidiary of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC). The company exists to maximise the value of the BBC’s assets for the benefit of the licence fee payer and invest in public service programming in return for rights. The company has five core businesses: Channels, Content & Production, Sales & Distribution, Consumer Products and Brands, Consumers & New Ventures, with digital ventures incorporated into each business area. In 2010/11, BBC Worldwide generated profits of £160 million on sales of £1158 million and returned £182m to the BBC. For more detailed performance information please see our Annual Review website: www.bbcworldwide.com/annualreview.
Danae RINGELMANN INDIEGOGO
| Founder & COO
Danae Ringelmann co-founded IndieGoGo - an online crowdfunding platform for ideas - to democratize fundraising. Passionate about helping artists and entrepreneurs embrace the DIWO (Do-It-With-Others) approach, Danae speaks often at conferences. Recent speaking engagements include SXSW, MAD Hong Kong, TEDx Dubai, and Ireland Web Summit. Fast Company Magazine recently named Danae one of the Top 50 Most Influential Women in Technology.
Prior to IndieGoGo, Danae was a Securities Analyst at Cowen & Co. where she covered entertainment companies including Pixar, Lionsgate, Disney, and Electronic Arts. Danae also focused on cable network, NFL, newspaper and hedge fund clientele while at JPMorgan's Investment Bank and Private Bank. In the wake of 9/11, Danae co-produced a concert reading of Incident at Vichy, an Arthur Miller play addressing the politically charged topic of racial profiling.
Danae is a CFA charterholder and holds an MBA from the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley. Danae graduated with a B.A. in Humanities from UNC-Chapel Hill, where she was a Morehead Scholar and varsity rower.