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.

CHIEF COMMERCIAL OFFICER

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.

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.

HEAD OF SALES

Janina Vilsmaier

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

Sales Executive

Jonathan Walik

Jonathan joins the Protagonist team after stints at both Westend Films and Carnaby International. His background includes a BA in Film Studies from Sussex University.

LIBRARY AND FESTIVALS MANAGER

Isabel Ivars

With a background in the Arts (MA Central Saint Martins, MA Research Goldsmiths in London) and Filmmaking (NY Film Academy), Isabel specialised in film marketing and distribution after a few years working at Merrill Lynch, combining her passion and knowledge for the arts with her experience and interest in financing and marketing.

Before joining Protagonist Pictures, Isabel previously worked as a Sales Agent for Wide Management  in Paris and Head of Festivals for Films Boutique in Berlin, as well as collaborating with Institutions on financing project reviews, seminars and works in progress to aid on the production, marketing, and distribution process.

SALES COORDINATOR

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.

HEAD OF MARKETING, DISTRIBUTION & PUBLICITY

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.

Marketing Manager

Alexis Hamaide

Alexis started his film marketing career at Playtime in Paris, before moving to social media with the launch of L’Avventura Studio in 2020, a boutique agency specialised in films. Alexis joined Protagonist in 2021.

Marketing Assistant

Natasha Oldham

Natasha started her career at Arrow Films as a Marketing Intern before embarking on the Marketing, Distribution, Sales and Exhibition Masters course at The National Film & Television School. She joined Protagonist Pictures in September 2020.

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.

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.

Legal and Business Affairs Executive

Lani Kovacevic

Lani joined Protagonist team in 2021, after working for a year at STX Entertainment as a consultant in business affairs.

HEAD OF OPERATIONS & POST-PRODUCTION

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 EXECUTIVE

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.

FINANCE DIRECTOR

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.

Accounts Receivable Assistant

Ceri Davies

Ceri comes from a senior credit control background having worked in the recruitment industry at Venn Group and prior to that in the world of media advertising at JCDecaux.