Principals

Robert FriedlandChairman

A renowned financier in international mining, technology and real estate, Robert is the Founder and Chairman of the private firm Ivanhoe Capital Corporation, which is active in global capital markets and has an established focus on emerging markets. Since the early 1980s, he has specialized in financing the exploration and development of mineral and energy resources and advanced technology ventures.

John PenottiPresident

John Penotti has produced over thirty films and has been a prominent figure in the U.S. film industry since his start working with legendary director Sidney Lumet (Network, Dog Day Afternoon). As the founding partner and president of GreeneStreet Films, his credits include the five-time Academy Award nominated In the Bedroom, the #1 box office thriller Swimfan, the studio hit comedy Uptown Girls, and Robert Altman's A Prairie Home Companion.

Gary GartnerExecutive Vice Chairman

Gary is Managing Director of Alchemy Capital Planning LLC. Previously, he was a practicing attorney for over 30 years and most recently served as the head of the Tax Department at Kaye Scholer LLP. He has advised both U.S. and international corporations across a wide spectrum of industries on complex cross-border issues related to acquisitions, divestitures, joint ventures and financing transactions. Gary has significant expertise in the entertainment industry, having worked on M&A and financings of various companies. Gary has also advised on the international operation of both live and filmed entertainment businesses.

Govind FriedlandFounder

Govind Friedland is the founder and Executive Chairman of GoviEx Uranium, Inc., a private mineral resources company. As CEO of GoviEx, he raised $100 million to fund acquisitions and finance exploration focused on the Company's uranium assets in Niger. He championed the Company's policy of employing a 100% local workforce in Niger as the new paradigm for sustainable development in the region. Govind is also a co-founder of Ivanhoe Industries, the parent company of I-Pulse Inc., a hi-tech company providing innovative solutions for mining, oil & gas, and advanced manufacturing sectors based in Toulouse, France. Govind has lived most of his life in Asia, including ten years in Beijing, China. He earned his degree in Geology and Geological Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines."

Executives

Michael HoganPresident, International Production

Prior to Ivanhoe, Michael served as GreeneStreet Films' COO from 2006-2013. From 1999-2006, he was a Partner at Hart Sharp Entertainment, a New York-based production company (Boys Don't Cry, You Can Count On Me). At Hart Sharp, he created and managed two private equity funds that financed Hart Sharp's films. Michael has executive produced Nicholas Nickleby (United Artists, 2002), Just Another Story (Showtime, 2003), A Home at the End of the World (Warner Independent Pictures, 2004), P.S. (Newmarket Film Group, 2004), Proof (Miramax Films, 2005), The Night Listener (Miramax, 2006), Evening (Focus Features, 2007), Frozen (Anchor Bay Films, 2009) and All is Bright (Anchor Bay Films, 2013). Prior to his entertainment career, Michael was a Navy SEAL, serving in Iraq during the Persian Gulf War. He holds an B.A. from the College of the Holy Cross, an M.A. from the University of North Carolina and an M.B.A. from the Tuck School of Business Administration at Dartmouth College.

Brian KornreichHead of Business and Legal (EVP)

Brian began at GreeneStreet Films in 2003 and now oversees Ivanhoe's legal matters including structuring and negotiating transactions in connection with all motion picture and television projects. Previously, he worked for a business management company that oversaw complex backend participation deals for acting talent such as Mike Myers and Meg Ryan. He holds a B.S. in accounting from the University of Delaware and a J.D. from Brooklyn Law School.

Winnie LauEVP, Asia Production & Distribution

Before joining SK Global, Winnie Lau was the Head of International Productions and Distribution at Jet Tone Films, the production company of acclaimed director Wong Kar-Wai. Before Jet Tone Films, she served as Executive Vice President of Fortissimo Films in New York, where she worked from 2001 until September 2014.

While working as Fortissimo's Director of International Acquisitions and Sales in Hong Kong, she brought more independent foreign language films to audiences around the world, and acquired and licensed award-winning films from international filmmakers, including SHINE A LIGHT, WINTERS BONE, JIRO DREAMS OF SUSHI, IN THE MOOD FOR LOVE, THE GRANDMASTER, SUPER SIZE ME, LOVE IS STRANGE, SHORTBUS, MYSTERIOUS SKIN, FOOD INC., MARLEY, DEVILS ON THE DOORSTEPS, BLACK COAL THIN ICE.

Winnie's other producer credits include INVISIBLE WAVES, directed by Penek Ratanaruang, a co-production between Hong Kong and Thailand with Japanese actor Asano Tadanobu and cinematography by Christopher Doyle; the feature film EUROPE RAIDERS by Jingle Ma, a Jet Tone Films Production; and the upcoming HOW TO TALK TO GIRLS AT PARTIES, directed by John Cameron Mitchell and starring Nicole Kidman and Elle Fanning.

In 2015, Winnie co-produced the exhibition CHINA THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS at the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art, with Wong Kar-Wai and Andrew Bolton.

Winnie has been working in the international film production and distribution world for over 20 years; her earliest experiences include a role at Golden Harvest Film Studios in Hong Kong as an international distribution executive; she also served as production coordinator for the Benny Chan/Jackie Chan feature film WHO AM I?

Born and raised in Rotterdam (The Netherlands), Winnie is an AMPAS and BAFTA member. She is a graduate of Erasmus University in Rotterdam, Netherlands where she studied Art and Cultural Sciences.

Kilian KerwinEVP, International Development and Production

 Kilian started in production as assistant to acclaimed director Tony Scott and has served as line producer and assistant director on commercials, short films, and documentaries.  Kilian is also experienced in the development arena, first as an executive for Dennis Quaid's production company at Orion Pictures and then as a screenwriter.  Over a ten-year span he wrote projects for Universal Pictures, Miramax, Paramount Pictures, Fox 2000, Dreamworks Animation, and Twentieth Century Fox.  Kilian also wrote and directed a feature film, Learning Curves, which aired on Showtime Networks.

Xian LiSVP, Production

Xian Li joined SK Global Entertainment as Senior Vice President, Production in September 2018. In this capacity, she works together with domestic and international teams and is charged with enhancing and expanding the company's slates of Asia-focused, globally minded film and TV projects. This is following the great success of SK Global's co-financed and co-produced project 'Crazy Rich Asians'.

Prior to joining the company, Li had led Asia productions at Twentieth Century Fox International, where she oversaw creative development and production across Asia. She specializes in international co-productions as well as sourcing international materials for global English-language features.

Li has extensive experience across all creative and business functions within the film industry. For her work in development and production, Li has been shepherding feature film projects with Hollywood filmmakers as well as top filmmakers from Asia. She also works closely with business affairs to help negotiate deals in Asia. Additionally, Li also worked for Twentieth Century Fox International Theatrical, where she helped manage international marketing and distribution for over thirty film titles from 2012 to 2015.

Li worked in TV Media, business development and private equity before starting her career in film with Sony Pictures Entertainment in Los Angeles. Born and raised in China, Li graduated from Peking University and University of Southern California.

Catherine ZhengDirector of Development, Asia

Based in China, Catherine has worked for top digital platforms and studios - including Youku Tudou, Wanda, and HeroKiddo -- and has extensive experience in marketing, business development, PR, and project management. Starting as a marketing professional, Catherine has truly followed her enthusiasm in the creation of premium content.

Prior to Ivanhoe, Catherine worked for HeroKiddo, where she was responsible for promoting several local hit webseries in China - including Raksasha Street, Women in Beijing, and Mr. Bug - and liaised between digital platforms, production teams, and local talent/agents. Catherine also worked in development for Youku Tudou, one of the top digital platforms in China, scouting talented young directors for new projects.

As an experienced translator and interpreter, Catherine has bridged the communication gap and brought various forms of content to local audiences and abroad, including TV series, movies, musicals, scripts, and books.

Born and raised in China, Catherine holds an M.A. from Kent State University and a B.A. from Yantai University.