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Pinaki Chatterjee
Pinaki2Flat # B_18 Greenfield C.H. S, Mith Chowky Behind Giridhar Park Malad West, Mumbai

   400064 Mobile: +91-9892507490 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.(passport : F6834964)



Summary of Skills

•Comprehensive knowledge and exposure in best production and production management practices with optimum cost-efficiency and working with a never say no attitude under intense pressure environment within strict deadlines for delivery and due compliances.

• Training and hands-on experience in end-to-end aspects of film & television content creation.

• Ideating, developing and approving for delivery ideas of all varieties for creative and media industries.


Professional experience:

Production and Marketing Head-CFSI (Children's Film Society India -under Ministry of I & B ) June 2012- present

·         Working closely with script development,production, postproduction and final materials delivery for film festivals and international sales agents of children's feature films like Rajan Khosa's GATTU, Buddhadeb Dasgupta's WOH and Bakul Mukhtiar's KAPHAL aka WILD BERRIES ( premiered at MAMI festival and now playing at Gothenberg International Film Festival Sweden) and also in the process of creating global marketing and monetisation strategy for Shilpa Ranade's debut Hindi animation feature GOOPI GAWAIYAA BAGHA BAJAIYAA based on classic Bengali film by Satyajit Ray ( Played in official selection at the Toronto International followed by Busan, MAMI and Dubai International film festivals).

·         Also involved with overall creative and production management , budgetary and creative production supervision starting with ideation/optioning of material for development or assigning writers for rewriting of story/dialogue/screenplay right upto tweaking rough cut till final approval by creative and script/budget committee and executing final delivery for other CFSI pan-Indian slate with feature films like SUMMER HOLIDAYS (Malayalam) by Murali Nair, KIMA' S LODE by Zwala, a Mizorami film, BHUJANG (Hindi) by Mohinder Pratap Singh, PAPPU KI PAKDANDI( Hindi) by Seemaa Desai and GAURU (Hindi) by Ramkishan Choyal in various stages of pre-production, production and/or postproduction.


Senior Producer Prime Focus Limited Mumbai May 2011- April 2012 (www.primefocusworld.com)

·         Rendered project management/operations for film digital intermediate workflow and co-ordinated with

a large number of industry film production houses related to booking/scheduling of the studio with respective colorists and VFX team. Also handled business development and client servicing. Actively liaised and co-ordinated with potential international clients from Europe, Australia and North America.

·         Digital re-mastering, subtitling, telecine and conversion of feature films from SD to HD servicing channels like STAR TV, COLORS, UTV DISNEY and also marketing the idea of restoration for putting up old library content via Cloud Computing.


Associate Producer - Future East Mumbai January 2010- April 2011

Worked as in-house producer for tv-commercials and also supervised line production, budgets, schedules, postproduction upto final delivery after approval of the clients and advertising agencies. Involved with the development, preproduction, contractually binding cast and crew including discussing and negotiating monies and numbers, budgeting and scheduling , music licencing and optioning rights domestically and internationally for commercial usage in soundtrack etc for company's maiden fiction motion picture venture, MISS LOVELY directed by Ashim Ahluwalia. Also handled final material deliveries for the film by liaising and coordinating postproduction in Film Republic Lab Germany and also devised international positioning and festival strategy of the film by premiering in Cannes followed by Toronto International Film Festival 2012 leading to successful acquisition by global sales companies, Fortissimo Films for global rights and Cinetic Media for North America. (Recently worked closely with company as a consultant for domestic Indian distributon of the film last month.)


Executive producer - Rising Star Entertainment Pvt. Ltd, Mumbai   August 2009- December 2009

English Feature film A PRAYER FOR RAIN starring Martin Sheen, Mischa Barton, Martin Brambach, Kal Penn, Rajpal Yadav,Tannishtha Chatterjee. Writer/Director: Ravi Kumar (in postproduction). Was involved in developing the project with British Indian director including vetting legal agreements/contract for entire cast and crew with international lawyers, negotiating postproduction and soft deals and managing entire above the line talent including Hollywood and other international agents/managers & SAG( Screen Actors Guild). Also structured finance, controlled line production, packaged the cast, cracked sales and distribution deal with top-brass British executive producer and found global world sales agents for international sales.


Associate Producer - Ocean of an Old Man                                                             January 2008- July 2009

·         Produced this microbudget indie feature which was first Indian film to be awarded the Asian Cinema Fund and the entire lineproduction was supervised locally at the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

·         for postproduction in Korea and world premiered in competition at Busan International Film Festival in 2008 and then travelled to Rotterdam Cinemart Market in 2009. Has won several awards, accolades worldwide ever since. Also granted Global Film Intiative grant for North American distribution.

·         Distributed the film in domestic market in May 2009 through Enlighten Film Society, Mumbai.


Development and creative producer - Idol Films Hong Kong (www.idolfilms.com) June 2007- December 2007

• Setting up the company's Indian operations and creation of their future feature film slate in Mumbai.

• Scouting for material from India and indigenous Indian fiction in translation for optioning and developing them into quality screenplays before taking them to studios with packaging attached.

• Writing marketing and sales pitches as well as business plans for the company's future feature film projects.

• Fundraising endeavors for setting up a corpus fund in India for South Asian films and documentaries.


Executive Producer - Seven Entertainment, Mumbai   June 2005-June 2007

Hindi feature films produced:

Pankaj Advani's SANKAT CITY (in preproduction only)

Anubhav Sinha"s CASH.

Macbool Khan"s KABOOTAR (unreleased). coproduction with Percept Picture Company and K Sera Sera

Bappaditya Roy's EK DIN ANJAANE MEIN (unreleased).

Handled development, scripting, preproduction, packaging, budgeting, scheduling and overall production management and domestic marketing & distribution strategy for the above films. Represented the company in international film marts like the European Film Market/EFM in Berlin,Marche du Film in Cannes, MIPTV

MIPCOM, Busan Asian Film Market in South Korea for content sales of these films in international territories and appropriate festival positioning.


Founding partner of PALADOR PICTURES Mumbai April 2004- May 2005

The first world sales company for independent cinema from India and also the only major acquisitions company for buying foreign and indie cinema titles for India from major international distributors/studios/library and catalogues worldwide.

• Liaise and coordinate with sellers and principals and work closely with them for acquisition of content.

• Finding hitherto unheard off new turk directors from different parts of India and/or their offbeat films or scripts/projects for pitching or distributing them internationally and also through alternative mechanisms/platforms in India.

• Collaborated in evolving a mission statement and overall strategy related to production and distribution.

• Attended most of the major film markets and festivals and developed THE OLIVE COLLECTION home video label (later rechristened as THE ONE WORLD collection) and REELOAD, the 365 film festival.


Salient international film/tv credits as production coordinator and assistant :

   THE NAMESAKE -dir: Mira Nair (2005)

   FLYING LESSONS- dir: Francesca Archibugi (2005)

   THE AMAZING RACE ( season 1)- Shot this reality TV mini series in various part of Northern India ( 2004)

   LOOKING FOR COMEDY IN THE MUSLIM WORLD -dir: Albert Brooks (2004)

   HOTEL VERY WELCOME -dir: Sonja Heiss (2003)

Other positions served:

PricewaterhouseCoopers, Kolkata   February 1998-January 2000 ( As a retainer )

Principal consultant for the E-Commerce and new media -division and worked as a project manager for content. Major clients: RD Bansal for Satyajit Ray CD-ROM called ‘Ray's World', Usha Martin Group, Bharti Group, ITC etc.

Pentamedia and Graphics Ltd, Chennai and Mumbai  June 1995- December 1997

Worked as project coordinator for VFX/film and TV/broadcast markets in India, Asia-Pacific and Europe.



Academic Qualifications :

Masterclass on International Film producing, co-production and global film business at International Film School Cologne in Germany ( sent on a student exchange scholarship from FTII Pune)   2005
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             
PG Diploma in Film editing/ postproduction from FTII (Film &Television Institute of India) Pune    2002-2005

PG Diploma in Mass communication from Jadavpur University Kolkata (final exam unattended)              2001                          

MA in Comparative Literature from Jadavpur University Kolkata                                                       1998-2000                                  

Bachelors of Commerce (Honours) from Kolkata University                                                                1995-1998    


Relevant Vocational Education :

Attended the Producers Network and related film business masterclasses at the Cannes film festival.           2006

Attended the BerlinaleTalentcampus and talent project market as an independent Indian producer.               2006

Attended the Docedge Professional International documentary film pitching, packaging and marketing       2005

Workshop conducted by European Documentary Network, Denmark at SRFTII, Kolkata.      


Remuneration:            

Negotiable                                                                                                                                    


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