Elizabeth "Bess" Austin
Film Sales, Acquisition, Executive Production & Voice
Successful work in film requires developing a network of people with the ability to buy, sell, promote and believe.
I studied music, drama, Arts management and writing in the U.S. and Europe. Living overseas gave me a broader view of films and the audiences that watch them.
To locate a winning film, sell a package or help to create a path for a production, my focus is interrelating with others to present compelling cinematic and audio stories to the public.
Years of experience in executive production, acquisition and sales. Chicago, Los Angeles and Texas
Vice-President of Sales & Licensing
ECHELON STUDIOS, INC.
Review catalogue content for offering to digital platforms, channels & network. Presentation and contract negotiation with buyers. Review and modify legal agreements for signature. Global networking with streaming sites to expand title licensing. Contact producers, distributors and festivals to acquire English and foreign language films. Metadata preparation for delivery. Write and prepare marketing plans on foreign language films for U.S. digital releases. Corporate representation for event and film promotion.
Director of Acquistion & Sales
Screened & selected films for acquisition. Assisted on legal agreements, copyright and contract negotiation. Networked to broaden relationships and acquire specific content for digital/DVD. Made initial presentation to buyers. Selected titles and prepared metadata submissions for platforms.
AUDITORIUM THEATRE OF ROOSEVELT UNIVERSITY
Created sales plan & developed multi-state patron base. Contact and direct marketing sales to B2B, non-profits and business groups. Social media and email marketing campaigns.
Created and oversaw all aspects of film title selection, packaging, and presentation. Headed team in authoring business plans and acted as liaison for funding. Developed client relationships and worked with team to build partnerships. Script analysis and coverage.
Film & Project Sales
Film Selection for Distribution
Copy & Creative Writing
Film & TV Acquisition
Voice Over & Dialects