Culture minister to give talk and take part in Q&A; other confirmed speakers include Jane Wright, Barnaby Thompson, Danny Perkins and Olivier Courson.

Culture Minister Ed Vaizey is confirmed to speak at the Screen International Film Summit, to be held Oct 13 in London.

Vaizey will deliver a talk and then take part in a 15-minute Q&A, sure to be an especially lively one given the Government’s recent shock announcement that it plans to abolish the UK Film Council.

Other confirmed speakers at the high-level conference include UKFC chief executive John Woodward, BBC Films MD Jane Wright and a senior executive from Film4.

More industry experts set to speak include StudioCanal CEO Olivier Courson, Big Talk MD Matthew Justice, Ealing Studios head Barnaby Thompson, Lionsgate UK CEO Zygi Kamasa, E1 Entertainment director of E1 Film Alex Hamilton, Revolver CEO Justin Marciano, Optimum new CEO Danny Perkins, Northern Ireland Screen CEO Richard Williams, LoveFilm CEO Simon Calver, Screen England executive director Ruth Pitt, PACT CEO John McVay, Grant Thornton partner Christine Corner, Goldcrest partner Adam Kulick, and Olsberg SPI chairman Jonathan Olsberg.

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