StudioCanal UK CEO joins the summit line-up alongside Google content exec Lisa Rousseauand writer-director Jane Linfoot.

Danny Perkins, the chief executive of StudioCanal UK, is to deliver a keynote speech at the upcoming Screen Film Summit, which takes place at the BFI on Monday (Dec 1).

Perkins has overseen the release of more than 300 titles theatrically and 1,000 titles in home entertainment, including Pan’s Labyrinth, The Hurt Locker and upcoming releases The Imitation Game and Paddington.

The exec has long been a strong advocate for homegrown UK talent and during his tenure at StudioCanal, the company has supported independent British features such as Yann Demange’s ‘71, Joe Cornish’s Attack the Block and forthcoming Aardman production Shaun the Sheep.

His afternoon speech will be just ahead of a session that will debate ‘What’s next for UK film’, with panellists including Big Talk MD Matthew Justice, Lionsgate CEO Zygi Kamasa, BBC Films head Christine Langan, Independent film sales MD Andrew Orr, Vue CEO Tim Richards and Framestore CEO and co-founder William Sargent.

As previously announced, the morning keynote will be delivered by the Bafta award-winning writer-director of period drama Belle, Amma Asante, who will discuss her career to date, breaking through as a new talent, the need for more diverse stories, challenges facing the UK industry and more.

Google exec joins Summit

Lisa Rousseau, manager of content partnership at YouTube and Google Play, has joined ‘The changing audience’ panel.

The panel, which will debate how the film industry can best respond to changing audience habits, will also include Picturehouse director of programming and acquisitions Clare Binns; BFI director of digital Edward Humphrey; Archery Pictures MD Liza Marshall; and Dogwoof chairman Andy Whittaker.

Rousseau leads film and TV content partnerships for Google Play in EMEA. Prior to this, she was director of TV sales for the UK and pan-EMEA at BBC Worldwide, where she managed BBC Worldwide’s YouTube channels and concluded deals with emerging digital video platforms such as Netflix and Amazon Prime.

Linfoot’s got talent

Joining the Britain’s got talent session is Jane Linfoot, a self-taught filmmaker currently in post-production on her debut feature The Incident, which she has written and directed.

Linfoot, a former Screen International Star of Tomorrow, has previously made four short films including Sea View, which was nominated for a Best British Short BAFTA in 2013.

Other panel discussions on the day will include an exploration of the current film finance landscape, and how British films can maximise their potential to travel abroad.

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