The Advisory Board

Heidi Stangeland
Dimitris-Sawaidis
Alexia Melocchi
Jeremy Kaufman
Heidi Stangeland

Heidi Stangeland

A Norwegian Native, Heidi is an optioned and award-winning screenwriter and the co-founder of the Hané- Saga Filmmakers Conference. Heidi has always had a passion for storytelling and has been writing stories from a young age while also exploring storytelling through photography.

Dimitris-Sawaidis

Dimitris Savvaidis

Dimitris Savvaidis (GR) is a storyteller, animation and comic artist. He lectures in Greece and abroad about animation, storytelling and scriptwriting, and has won several awards in comics. He is the founder of the annual festival TAF (Thessaloniki Animation Festival) and the cultural production and animation series studio AddArt. AddArt’s projects focus on raising awareness through animation, illustration and in general cultural activities about various socially sensitive subjects. He participated as a trainer in workshops and training courses for Peace, Meditation, Mindfulness, Storytelling, Animation and Comics.

Alexia Melocchi

Alexia Melocchi

Alexia Melocchi has over 25 producing credits of films from emerging filmmakers from all over the world and has been an instrumental facilitator to the financing process of movies by pre-buying on behalf of her International Distribution clients, which grossed 900 Million US in the box office in the last decade. She attends all Major Film and Television Markets and is fluent in five languages. She is also the host of the 5-Star rated podcast THE HEART OF SHOW BUSINESS and the author of the book by the same name, out for release at Christmas 2021

Mark LaVine

Jeremy Kaufman

Jeremy is a veteran IP attorney in the entertainment field.  Before working at Netflix, he worked at Disney and 20th Century Fox.  Some of the shows he has worked on include High School Musical, The Muppets, Avatar, Modern Family, The Simpsons, X-Men, Ice Age, Empire, Family Guy, Glee, Sons of Anarchy, Stranger Things, The Witcher, When They See Us, and Bridgerton.  Now he leads Netflix’s Content IP legal team, which helps create Netflix’s global content. That content includes original films, series, documentaries, unscripted shows, stand-up comedy that are produced around all the world to satisfy Netflix’s global membership.
The IP team is based in Los Angeles, but has teammates deployed in 11 other offices, who navigate local variations in the law and the business of making great entertainment.  While the team is deeply involved in IP policy, litigation, and marketing issues, at its core it manages the legal risks arising from the storytelling itself, such as copyright or defamation risks.  Jeremy has been recognized as an IP Star by Managing IP, as a top 300 in-house IP professional by World Trademark Review, and the Netflix team has repeatedly been nominated as one of the best in-house teams in its industry, region, and the world. 

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