Coverage of Isa’s (International Sales Agents) has resumed for The American Film Market. This segment follows leaders and innovation in the world of international film sales and distribution.
Lisa Wilson is an accomplished and widely respect Hollywood veteran. She is a Partner and Co-Founder of The Solution Entertainment Group
, and has been in international film distribution for nearly forty years. She has handled Academy Award Winner “Crash”, “The Tourist”, “Hugo
” and “Arbitrage
”. She serves on the board of the Independent Film & Television Alliance and is a current member of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts.
Lisa talks about The Solution Entertainment Group
, her full service international sales and financing company:
This is our third Afm. Berlin was my first market, almost four years ago. I had been in sales for almost four decades, working for other companies. My partner was a banker, and he was working in film financing. He had various experiences where he had gone to a sales company to sell a film, and then the sales person would leave in the middle of working with him. He was looking to start a company, but he wanted a partner that was in sales so that couldn’t happen to him again. And so we joined forces. We have a third partner – Craig Chapman
– and we’re based on the Siren Lot in Hollywood. We’re very branded, and very strategic about what we bring to the market. We’re not looking to do a massive amount of product. We’re looking to do high quality product with real talent attached.
The new one now that we’re selling here is” Oppenheimer Strategy” with Richard Gere
and shoots in January. It’s being directed by Israeli director Joseph Cedar
, whose last two films were both in Cannes and were both nominated for best foreign film at the Academy Awards. That’s a really good example of what we’re looking to do.
How did you enter the business?
It was an accident. I had a temporary secretarial job with John Heyman
, who is David Heyman
’s father, which turned into a career in international distribution. I love it
. It’s certainly challenging now, far more than it was in the DVD glory days. I still think if you have the right product, you can do well, because there’s an awful lot of wrong product.
What inspires you in your work?
For me it’s the material. We read everything ourselves, and we’re always looking for that ‘something special’. It has to sing to me. For better or for worse, what you see on the slate is my taste. I make no excuses for it. It’s nice to be able to do that.
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More about The Solution Entertainment Group
The Solution Entertainment Group
is a multi-faceted, full service international sales and financing company which offers filmmakers access to development funding, production funding, production and post-production services as well as international distribution. The Solution was founded in 2012 by international sales veteran, Lisa Wilson, and leading film financier, Myles Nestel
, who are both partners.
The Solution’s current slate of titles includes three films which made their market premieres at Afm: How To Make Love Like An Englishman
starring Pierce Brosnan
, Salma Hayek
and Jessica Alba
, Jenny’S Wedding starring Katherine Heigl
, Tom Wilkinson
and Linda Emond
as well as The Forger
with John Travolta
, Christopher Plummer
and Tye Sheridan
, which world premiered at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival.
The Solution’s additional titles include the recently announced political thriller Oppenheimer Strategies set to star Richard Gere
, psychological thriller Man Down
starring Shia Labeouf
, Gary Oldman
and Kate Mara
, currently shooting as well as Bleed For This
set to star Miles Teller
and Aaron Eckhart
and executive produced by Martin Scorsese
, which will begin principal photography later in the month.
Other titles include three films currently in Us theatrical release: Lynn Shelton
with Keira Knightley
, Chloë Grace Moretz
and Sam Rockwell
, which is being distributed by A24 Films, Roger Donaldson
’s November Man with Pierce Brosnan
, in theatres through Relativity Media
starring Joel Edgerton
via Gravitas Ventures
Their films in post-production include The Ticket
with Dan Stevens
and Malin Akerman
as well as Ten Thousand Saints
starring Ethan Hawke
, Asa Butterfield
and Hailee Steinfeld
, directed by Bob Pulcini and Shani Berman.