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The Solution Partnership Of Wilson & Nestel Debuts At Berlin

Lisa Wilson and Myles Nestel
The Solution Entertainment Group (The Solution), a partnership between Lisa Wilson and financier Myles Nestel makes its debut at the Berlin International Film Festival based at the Ritz Carlton. Geared to meet the changed environment of the industry and financially positioned to meet the need for theatrical titles for the market place, The Solution is a multi-dimensional fully rounded international sales and financing company.

Independent sales companies, the entrepreneurial bedrock of the global industry, function to their greatest advantage for all leaseholders and parties involved in a project when all facets of the process of production though to sales and distribution is controlled to maximize the financial return for all the involved parties, nurtured by hands-on expertise and the longevity of experience. In establishing The Solution Wilson said, "In today's world you have to be more than just a sales agent to be in a position to bring the very best theatrical titles to the buyers and that takes production funding. The Solution is a powerful new global entity that not only provides fully supported international distribution but also financing at all levels that allows us to partner with top filmmakers from the very beginning of a film. The Solution is perfectly positioned for current market conditions so I am thrilled to be partnering with Myles on this exciting venture."

Nestel added, "Having financed a significant number of projects over the course of my career, I came to the conclusion that in today's environment, the best way to protect capital & build a successful brand is to control the underlying sales process. As such, I am so happy to be partnering with Lisa, who is amongst the best & most experienced sales executives in the business today. We have established The Solution as a fully integrated, one-stop, turn-key finance, sales and business affairs provider, where we can assist our producer clients from script stage through distribution." He continued, "Beyond our current activities, our immediate goal is to secure even greater access to production funding through our private equity and Wall Street partners and finalize a number of key strategic producer partnerships which we will announce shortly. We have defined long-term ambitions that we know the market is looking for. These are exciting times for the industry."

The emergence of The Solution is indeed exciting times for the global independent film industry as it signals an underlying strength to the sector and a source for independent international buyers to have access to the pivotal theatrical product needed in a territory. At Berlin, The Solution will be presenting a slate of new films including, Writers, written and directed by newcomer Joshua Boone, and produced by Informant Media and Judy Cairo (Crazy Heart, Hysteria, The Expatriate). Set to start production in Spring 2012, Writers is Executive produced by Michael A. Simpson and Eric Brenner of Informant Media. Also on the slate is Hector and the Search for Happiness. British director Peter Chelsom (Serendipity, Shall We Dance?) will direct Egoli Tossell Film's adaptation of François Lelord's bestselling novel, Hector and the Search for Happiness. Chelsom and co-writer Tinker Lindsay have re-written the screenplay. Hector And The Search For Happiness a German-South African co-production, with production set for Spring 2012. Wild Bunch Germany is also on board as co-producers.

Wilson brings to The Solution the titles she handled and sold under the Parlay Films banner: The Bradley Cooper starrer The Words with Jeremy Irons, Zoë Saldana, Dennis Quaid and Olivia Wilde; Arbitrage starring Richard Gere, Susan Sarandon, Tim Roth and Brit Marling; and Rodrigo Cortés' Red Lights with Robert De Niro, Sigourney Weaver and Cillian Murphy. All three films premiered at the Sundance Film Festival 2012. Additionally, Wilson will continue to represent Amy Heckerling's Vamps starring Alicia Silverstone and Krysten Ritter, Roger Donaldson's Cities starring Kirsten Dunst and Orlando Bloom, and the romantic comedy A Little Something For Your Birthday starring Malin Akerman.

About Myles Nestel
Myles Nestel has financed over 75 film & television productions with total budget value of over $1 billion with independent film producers and production companies, international film sales organizations, banks, international film distributors along with all of the major film studios. He has acted as principal and arranger of funds for a range of media and entertainment transactions and advisory work including single picture project financings, gap & mezzanine financings, tax/subsidy based film financings, initial public offerings, private placements, corporate lines of credit, library financing and acquisition financing.

Nestel most recently arranged the financing and executive produced, Robert Rodriguez's 2010 release Machete, starring Jessica Alba and Robert De Niro, and the Marc Forster/Gerard Butler dramatic feature, Machine Gun Preacher through his Merlina Entertainment financing label.

Prior to Merlina, Mr. Nestel was founder and CEO of Oceana Media Finance LLC, a film finance company that was formed in 2007 and funded and acquired by American Capital Strategies. Projects at Oceana, which Nestel financed and executive produced, included Spread, starring Ashton Kutcher, The Greatest, starring Susan Sarandon and Pierce Brosnan, 13, starring Mickey Rourke and Jason Statham, and Conviction, starring Hilary Swank.

Prior to Oceana, Mr. Nestel was co-founder, partner and Head of Business Affairs of the Los Angeles office of Cobalt Media Group. Cobalt was formed in October 1999 and soon became one of the leading independent film financing and international sales companies in the industry, with offices in Los Angeles and London having financed films including House Of Sand And Fog, Timeline, House On Haunted Hill, Open Range, Gothika, Swimfan, and Band Of Brothers.

Prior to forming Cobalt, Mr. Nestel was co-head of the Los Angeles office of London based National Westminster Bank Plc., where he spearheaded the building of the Bank's Los Angeles Media and Entertainment Finance Group. At National Westminster Bank, Mr. Nestel provided the film and entertainment industry with a full range of advisory, financing, and investment banking services. He was also co-founder of International Film Finance Corporation (IFFC), a joint venture between Natwest and American insurance industry companies, Aon and CNA using ground breaking techniques to finance Hollywood pictures. Myles Nestel is a chartered accountant and worked with the media division of KPMG Peat Marwick in London and a first-class honors graduate of The London School of Economics and Political Science.

About Lisa Wilson
Lisa Wilson prior to forming The Solution with Myles Nestle was President of International Distribution of GK Films, where she handled the company's worldwide sales on features that include Angelina Jolie's directorial debut In The Land Of Blood And Honey, Edge Of Darkness starring Mel Gibson, The Rum Diary starring Johnny Depp, and William Monahan's London Boulevard starring Colin Farrell and Keira Knightley.

Wilson established Parlay Films, a GK Films affiliate company to handle the international sales for third party pictures. Titles executive produced by Wilson and represented by Parlay Films include films selected for the 2012 Sundance Film Festival: Rodrigo Cortés' Red Lights starring Robert De Niro, Sigourney Weaver and Cillian Murphy, financial thriller Arbitrage starring Richard Gere, Susan Sarandon and Tim Roth, and the romantic drama The Words starring Bradley Cooper and Jeremy Irons. Other high profile titles include Henry's Crime directed by Malcolm Venville and starring Keanu Reeves, Vera Farmiga and James Caan which premiered as a Special Presentation at the Toronto International Film Festival 2010, and Amy Heckerling's Vamps starring Alicia Silverstone, Krysten Ritter and Sigourney Weaver.

A highly respected and seasoned executive in international distribution, Wilson began her career in 1972 with John Heyman's World Film Services. In 1974 WFS amalgamated with ITC Entertainment under the leadership of entrepreneur Lord Grade. During the next several years Wilson climbed the corporate ladder under the personal mentorship of Grade, becoming Director of Latin American sales, the youngest executive at the company. Titles sold by ITC at that time include Jesus Of Nazareth (Zeffirelli), The Muppet Movie, and On Golden Pond.

The opportunity for growth came with a move to Los Angeles in late 1985 when she joined Scotti Bros Pictures in Santa Monica as President of International Sales. In 1987, she segued to Epic, run by Eduard Sarlui and Moshe Diamant, which amalgamated with Mark Damon's MDP in 1988, where she worked closely with Ernest "Etchie" Stroh handling sales for all international territories. In July 1990, Lisa joined Nu Image, initially as a part-time consultant, which became a full time job as President of International Distribution.

In 1994, Wilson joined Phoenician Entertainment, which was amalgamated with sister company, Franchise Pictures, and she became President of Distribution for the joint venture, selling such titles as The Whole Nine Yards and Art Of War and working closely with Warner Bros., the domestic distributor for all Franchise titles.

In 2002, Lisa Wilson joined Splendid Pictures, which was acquired by Bob Yari in 2003 to become Syndicate Films (later the Yari Film Group). As President of the International Division she handled such titles as Hostage, The Painted Veil and the Academy Award winning picture Crash. In 2005, Lisa joined Hyde Park Entertainment to create a new sales arm, Hyde Park International. As President of the company, Wilson built HPI into a thriving sales entity, adding pictures from outside producers including Astronaut Farmer and Chaos Theory from Warner Independent Pictures, Trade (Aka Welcome To America) from producer Roland Emmerich, and Flawless, starring Michael Caine and Demi Moore, from Pierce Williams Entertainment.

Lisa Wilson is currently a fourth term member of the Board of IFTA and a frequent guest speaker on various instructional panels. Wilson is also a long-term member of BAFTA LA.


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