After a decade-long career as a journalist, Simon joined international sales agent and production company XYZ Films in 2011 as the company’s first international executive. In addition to acquisitions, this role sees Simon managing the development of XYZ’s Australian and New Zealand production slate, currently about a dozen projects. He also handles acquisitions for XYZ’s joint venture with Aus/NZ production company, General Film Corporation. Simon has worked on dozens of projects for XYZ including The Dead Lands, These Final Hours and Wyrmwood and international films such as Sweet Virginia, The Raid 2 and The Night Comes For Us.
Simon is hosting two Roundtables – the first on “Partnering with Netflix” and the second focused on XYZ Films.
Ready, Steady, Pitch!
XYZ films is looking for elevated genre films, an umbrella term which includes thriller, horror, action, sci-fi, supernatural, crime drama, black comedy etc. XYZ does not handle family movies, drama, broad comedy, rom-com, or animation. We are a director-driven company and we are interested in bold cinematic voices who want to tell genre-defining works with strong complex characters, a visceral and thrilling approach to action, and a strong grasp of what they want to say. Budgets can range from $1m to $20m and films for our international slate need to have strong name cast attached.