THE TEAM

CEO

Dave Bishop

Prior to becoming CEO in 2017, Dave started his Protagonist adventure five years earlier as Director of sales, before then assuming the position of Head of Worldwide Acquisitions.

Dave’s early career saw him hold senior acquisitions and distribution roles at Sony Pictures Entertainment where he worked for over ten years. This was followed by the role of Head of Acquisitions at Revolver Entertainment.

HEAD OF SALES

George Hamilton

George joined Protagonist in 2013, rising to the role of Head of Sales and becoming an integral part of the company’s work with producers to help structure and find finance for projects.

George began his career producing and directing digital content for a wide range of brands and agencies, as well as a number of short films through his own boutique production outfit.

DIRECTOR OF SALES

Janina Vilsmaier

Janina joined Protagonist from HanWay Films sales team having previously worked in production on German films.

Sales ASSISTANT

Alexandra Da Silva

Before joining Protagonist, Alexandra worked in production for film and theatre. She also worked for the BFI as part of the Programme and Guest team for the London Film Festival.

DIRECTOR OF MARKETING

Mounia Wissinger

Mounia started out her career working in international sales and marketing, before specialising in domestic and international publicity. After leading the international publicity department at Studiocanal, she joined Netflix in Amsterdam, where she managed EMEA and global projects.

She then reconnected with marketing and communication through her own company, Challenge Accepted, before joining Protagonist in 2018.

HEAD OF ACQUISITIONS

Luane Gauer

Luane joined Protagonist from Focus Features, where she most recently held the position of Focus Features vice-president of production and acquisitions in Los Angeles.

Prior to Focus, Gauer was based in London as part of the international production and acquisitions team at Universal Pictures, and before that was located in Berlin and worked on co-productions such as David Cronenberg’s A Dangerous Method.

HEAD OF DEVELOPMENT

Len Rowles

Len joined Protagonist from Wildgaze Films where she was Head of Development across Film & TV.
She previously worked in development at Pathé Productions, prior to which she was an independent producer working across live action and animation.

DEVELOPMENT & ACQUISITIONS EXECUTIVE

Marielle Membreno

Marielle has worked in various coordinating and production roles in both Los Angeles and London.

COMMERCIAL DIRECTOR

James Pugh

James joined in 2017 from Studiocanal UK.
Prior to that, he worked in business affairs at Curzon Artificial Eye and Revolver Entertainment.

Legal and Business Affairs Executive

Coline Moret

Coline joins Protagonist Pictures after two years at SACEM (French Society of Authors, Composers and Publisher of Music ) in the Audiovisual and Private Copying Department.

DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS

Anne-Lise Fernandez

Anne-Lise started her career at Gaumont and previously worked at eOne as well as Studiocanal in Paris, before joining the UK team.

OPERATIONS COORDINATOR

Katie McGovern

Katie joins the operations team following two years at Warner Bros. Prior to this she worked in a servicing role at Studiocanal where she gained her technical experience.

FINANCIAL CONTROLLER

Emma Kinnersley

Emma started her finance career in the music industry before progressing into TV and Film. Prior to joining Protagonist in 2019 she worked for Boatrocker Rights UK and Fremantle.

FINANCIAL ACCOUNTANT

Sharoon Budhani

Sharoon joins us having previously gained experience at the BBC in similar capacity, and starting his career at the Bank of New York Mellon.