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Session Note

A wrap up of the day with one of Asia's experienced producers.

Introduction: Karen Thorne-Stone

Respondent: Patrick Frater

Guest Biographies

    • Patrick Frater
    • Asia Bureau Chief, Variety (MODERATOR)

      Patrick Frater has over 20 years of experience writing about and analyzing the international film industry for publications such as Variety, Screen International and The Hollywood Reporter. He was Asia editor of Variety between 2005 and 2009 and re-joined the publication in July 2013. In 2010, he co-founded the regional film trade publication Film Business Asia and consultancy firm F Media. Based in Hong Kong, F Media operates as a bespoke research consultancy on behalf of film festivals and markets, and to governments and major international institutions. It also acts as programmer to festivals and TV channels, and occasionally as executive producer/producers’ rep.

    • Karen Thorne-Stone
    • Karen Thorne-Stone is the President and CEO of the Ontario Media Development Corporation, a crown agency responsible for stimulating investment and job creation in Ontario's creative media industries including book and magazine publishing, music, film, television, and interactive digital media. As head of OMDC, Thorne-Stone works to foster an advantageous business environment, facilitates innovation, supports cross-sector collaboration, enhances and leverages investment, and promotes Ontario as an international centre of excellence. OMDC delivers a wide range of programs and services including tax credits, investment funds, research initiatives, and international partnerships. During her career, she has served as a Director on a several Boards including the Toronto Economic Development Corporation and is currently a member of Ryerson University's Program Advisory Council.