The Team

Christian Grass

Christian is the co-founder of FilmWave, and the former President of Production and Acquisitions, Universal Pictures International. Under Christian’s leadership the Universal Pictures International Production Division produced and acquired films such as Andrés Muschietti’s Mama, Matthew Vaughn’s Kick Ass, the Step Up franchise, Quentin Tarantino’s Inglorious Basterds, Rubbeldiekatz directed by Detlev Buck, Timur Bekmambetov’s Black Lightning and Park Chan-Wook’s Cannes award winner Thirst among many others. Before joining UPI, Christian was Executive Vice President of Europe, the Middle East and Africa for 20th Century Fox International. At Fox Christian oversaw the theatrical distribution, sales and marketing of all Fox and Fox Searchlight releases in EMEA including Titanic, 28 Days Later, Moulin Rouge, Independence Day and The Devil Wears Prada among many others. Prior to joining Fox in 1996, Christian served as Vice President of International Marketing for Miramax International, where he supervised the marketing and publicity for all Miramax International releases including Pulp Fiction, Pret A Porter and Bullets Over Broadway among many others.


Paul Trijbits

Paul is executive producer of Disney’s BAFTA and Golden Globe-nominated Saving Mr. Banks, starring Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson; and J.K.Rowling’s The Casual Vacancy for the BBC and HBO staring Michael Gambon and Keeley Hawes. Paul was formerly Managing Director of Ruby Films & Television and before that the Head of the UK Film Council’s New Cinema Fund. During his time at Ruby Films, Paul produced critically and commercially successful films including Cary Fukunaga’s Jane Eyre, Andrea Arnold’s Fish Tank and Stephen Frears’ Tamara Drewe among others. In his role at the UK Film Council, Paul was responsible for and executive produced titles such as, Kevin McDonald’s Touching The Void, Andrea Arnold’s Red Road and Paul Greengrass’ Bloody Sunday. Paul’s television credits include Stephen Poliakoff’s Golden Globe winner Dancing On The Edge for BBC2 and Starz, Case Histories for BBC1 and Emmy award-winning and BAFTA nominated Small Island.


Marina Brackenbury

Marina is Head of Development at FilmWave and prior to that Head of Development at Shine Pictures. Shine Pictures’ productions (under previous banner Kudos Pictures) include Eastern Promises, Brighton Rock, and Salmon Fishing in the Yemen. Marina previously acted as Head of Development at commercials and music video production house Stink, where she ran the feature film department, developing material with directors on the roster. She has also worked in acquisitions and co-productions for New Line Cinema, Bob Berney’s Picturehouse and Paramount Vantage. She also worked at HanWay Films and Recorded Picture Company in various roles.


Chris Spurgeon

Chris is CFO at FilmWave. He is a Chartered Accountant with over twenty years’ commercial experience in the UK creative industries sector. Prior to working with FilmWave, he was Director of Finance for FilmFour Ltd, the stand-alone feature film investment, production and distribution arm of Channel 4. Before that, he was also Finance Controller, then Finance Director of the Television Division of Chrysalis Group PLC, gaining extensive exposure to the independent television sector. 


Sylvie Richards

After Graduating from McGill Law School in 1986, Sylvie commenced her career as a New York corporate finance lawyer working for a top Wall Street law firm Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP.  Following a move to London Sylvie joined Banque Paribas Capital Markets in London, in the emerging derivatives securities group.  Having left the finance world to pursue her love of arts following her studies in Art History at The American International University in London and an internship at Christie’s, Sylvie joined Filmwave in 2015 as a business and creative executive.


Hugo Lynch

Hugo is Development Executive at FilmWave, and prior to that was the development assistant at Working Title TV, where he worked on productions such as BBC2 drama London Spy, Sky 1 comedy/drama You Me And The Apocalypse and Sky 1 fantasy comedy Yonderland. Before that, he was a freelance script reader and worked in various production roles for the BBC.