Working with the most exciting emerging and established international talent, FilmWave is a film, television and content creation company producing quality commercial English language films and high-end television drama for the international market.
Chistian Grass – Co-Founder
Christian is the co-founder of FilmWave, and former President of International Production and Acquisitions at Universal Pictures International. Prior to UPI, Christian was Executive Vice President of Europe, the Middle East and Africa at 20th Century Fox International, and VP of International Marketing for Miramax International. Across acquisition, production, international marketing & distribution, Christian has been involved in a diverse list of films, such as Matthew Vaughn’s KICK ASS, Quentin Tarantino’s INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS and PULP FICTION, Andrés Muschietti’s MAMA, 28 DAYS LATER, THE FULL MONTY, SIDEWAYS, LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE, TITANIC and INDEPENDENCE DAY among many others.
Paul Trijbits – Co-Founder
Paul is the co-founder of FilmWave, and a producer with a career spanning over 25 years. His past credits include titles such as Disney’s BAFTA and Golden Globe-nominated SAVING MR BANKS, and J.K.Rowling’s THE CASUAL VACANCY for the BBC and HBO. Through serving as Managing Director of Ruby Films & Television, and Head of the UK Film Council’s New Cinema Fund, Paul has produced and executive produced many critically and commercially acclaimed films and television dramas, including Cary Fukunaga’s JANE EYRE, Andrea Arnold’s FISH TANK, Kevin McDonald’s TOUCHING THE VOID and Paul Greengrass’ BLOODY SUNDAY.
JJ Lousberg – COO & Producer
JJ recently joined FilmWave as COO and Producer. He is of Dutch origin, has lived and worked in the UK for 20 years and studied in Amsterdam and Rome. He started in the industry at New Line Cinema as a story editor, then joined the UK Film Council as production executive, working on projects such as The Constant Gardener, The Escapist and Happy go Lucky. Before FilmWave, he was SVP Production at Focus Features and Universal, in its international production and acquisitions arm working across the slate of films from development to release – including Ex Machina , Mama, Dad’s Army and Theory of Everything. At Universal, JJ also lead its local language strategy in Europe, LatAm and Asia and worked on bringing local hits such as Heartbreaker, Babysitting, Spanish Affair, The Physician and Julia’s Eyes to the studio.
Chris Spurgeon – CFO
Chris is CFO at FilmWave. He is a Chartered Accountant with over 20 years’ commercial experience in the UK creative industries sector. Prior to working with FilmWave, he was Director of Finance for FilmFour Ltd. 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.
Kate Boyle – Head of Business & Legal Affairs
Kate joined Filmwave in October 2018. Prior to this she worked at the BBC on scripted and factual Business Affairs. Before working in Business Affairs, Kate worked as an advisor to the BBC Trust and in various other corporate and public law roles in the UK and Australia.
Sylvie Richards – Business and Creative Development
After graduating from McGill Law School, Sylvie commenced her career as a New York corporate finance lawyer working for Hughes, Hubbard & Reed LLP in New York City. After a move to London, Sylvie joined Banque Paribas Capital Markets in the emerging derivatives securities group. She then decided to leave the finance world to pursue her love of arts, and started working at Christie’s following her studies in Art History at The American International University in London. Sylvie was also an executive producer on TIME TRIAL, before joining Filmwave in 2015 as a Business and Creative Development Executive.
Marina Brackenbury – Development Producer
Marina is the Development Producer at FilmWave. In her previous roles she acted as Head of Development at Shine Pictures, the feature film division of Endemol/Shine and Head of Development at the commercials and music video production house Stink, where she ran the feature film department, developing and producing long and short form narrative content with directors on the roster. Prior to working in development, she worked in acquisitions and co-productions in the London offices of Paramount Vantage, New Line Cinema and Bob Berney’s Picturehouse, travelling extensively on the festival circuit, sourcing several films, such as THE ORPHANAGE, PAN’S LABYRINTH AND SON OF RAMBOW.
Elizabeth Lobach and Will Lord – Assistants to the Producers
Elizabeth is from North Carolina, USA. She graduated with honours from the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts in 2016. After internships at New Regency and Twentieth Century Fox in Los Angeles, she moved to the UK to do a Masters in Producing Film and TV at Royal Holloway, and came to work at FilmWave upon its completion.
Will is from Essex in the UK. He went to university at King’s College London and graduated in July 2018 with an 2:1 in English with Film Studies. After studying abroad in California and internships in the US and at Filmwave in 2017, Will joined full-time in the summer of 2018.