TheGrill@Tribeca 2011

TheWrap and Tribeca Film Festival Partner for
A New Conference Exploring the Business of Independent Film: 

(New York/Los Angeles) – TUESDAY, MARCH 15 – and The Tribeca Film Festival are pleased to announce an in-depth conference addressing the state of the independent film business.


TheGrill@Tribeca (, a day of thoughtful conversation and vigorous debate among the influencers and innovators in independent film, will be held on Friday April 22, 2011, at The Tribeca Grill, home of the festival’s main office.

The theme of the conference, to be held during the opening week of the Festival, is “The No-Fear Future of Independent Film.”
Among the speakers will be Sony Pictures Classics co-president Tom Bernard, Weinstein Company co-chairman Harvey Weinstein, Producer and Festival co-founder Jane Rosenthal, Sundance winner and writer-director Drake Doremus, producer Jonathan Schwartz, industry veteran Ted Hope and many others.

“We are delighted to bring our Grill format to the leading New York film festival,” said Sharon Waxman, Editor-in-Chief of TheWrap, who will be among the moderators. Said Tribeca Film Festival co-founder Rosenthal, “We are thrilled to have Sharon Waxman and The Wrap at Tribeca for what promises to be a provocative conversation for the industry.”


TheGrill, launched in September 2010, is a premium conference brand of The Wrap News, in which leading journalists have one-on-one conversations with entertainment industry decision-makers and business titans.

Last year’s Grill, a CEO-level conference on trends across the entertainment industry, featured Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz, Twitter CEO Dick Costolo, Electus CEO Ben Silverman, Relativity CEO Ryan Kavanaugh and many others.

The speakers will address the latest trends in financing, production, distribution, marketing and technology, as TheGrill@Tribeca fosters debate about the realities and opportunities for indie film professionals.

TheGrill presents a half-day program on Friday, April 22, 2011 at The Tribeca Grill. Sign-up at, attendance is extremely limited.

About TheWrap:

TheWrap ( is a unique primary news source focused on the business of entertainment and media. Offering its readers original reporting, exclusive contributions from industry leaders and curated news from around the globe, The Wrap is led by award-winning journalist and author Sharon Waxman with a team of veteran entertainment writers and editors including Lew Harris, Steve Pond, Dan Frankel and Dylan Stableford. TheWrap news organization is backed by Maveron, a venture capital firm based in Seattle, Washington and co-founded by Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz and Dan Levitan. TheWrap was named the best online news site for 2009 at the National Entertainment Journalism Awards by the Los Angeles Press Club, along with several other awards for investigative reporting, criticism and feature writing. TheWrap was named one of the “100 Most Important Online Publishers” in 2010 by OMMA, the magazine of online media, marketing and advertising.

About the Tribeca Film Festival:

The Tribeca Film Festival helps filmmakers reach the broadest possible audience, enable the international film community and general public to experience the power of cinema, and promote New York City as a major filmmaking center. It is well known for being a diverse international film festival that supports emerging and established directors.

Founded by Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal and Craig Hatkoff in 2001 following the attacks on the World Trade Center, to spur the economic and cultural revitalization of the lower Manhattan district through an annual celebration of film, music and culture, the Festival brings the industry and community together around storytelling.

The Tribeca Film Festival has screened more than 1,100 films from more than 80 countries since its first edition in 2002. Since inception, it has attracted an international audience of more than 3 million attendees and has generated an estimated $600 million in economic activity for New York City.

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