Round up the usual suspects
Adrian Politowski - CEO & Co-Founder
Adrian Politowski is the Co-Founder and previous CEO of Umedia (2004-2019) where he grew the group organically with Nadia Khamlichi from a modest 3 person organization into the $100M+ turnover international production group with 200 staff.
While with Umedia, Politowski worked as a co-producer/executive producer/producer on over 450 films including such hits as the multi Academy Award winning THE ARTIST, MANDY, HBO's MY BRILLIANT FRIEND, SEVEN SISTERS (WHAT HAPPENED TO MONDAY), GRACE OF MONACO, YVES SAINT LAURENT, THE MUSTANG and I KILL GIANTS to name a few. Films have garnered 24 Official Cannes Selection, 11 Oscar Nominations (5 wins) and 62 nominations (and 20 wins) at the French César Awards.
Adrian currently splits his time between Los Angeles, Brussels and Stockholm. He holds Masters in Engineering and a Masters in Economics, both from Oxford University. He is a member of the PGA (Producers Guild of America), the European Film Academy and sits on the Advisory Board of WIFTI (Women in Film and TV International).
Best decribed as: In the words of Chaplin "A tramp, a gentleman, a poet, a dreamer, a lonely fellow, always hopeful of romance and adventure".
Favourite movie quote: "Plastics" - THE GRADUATE (or was it MEAN GIRLS?)
Nadia Khamlichi - Chairwoman & Co-Founder
Nadia has been co-CEO of the Umedia since its creation. Originally, she was more specifically taking care of Brussels and Paris offices, supervising Umedia's fundraising operations and investments in Belgium as well as managing the French production company and the visual effects activity. As of 2019, with Adrian stepping down as co-CEO of Umedia, Nadia fully leads the 200 person organisation.
She has co-founded Align and serves as its Chairwoman on its boards and investment committees.
Nadia has graduated from Solvay Business School of Economics and Management and is a member of YPO (Young President Organization).
Favourite movie quote: "Hasta la vista, baby"
Best decribed as: Chief Happiness Officer
Martin Metz - Senior Vice-President of Production
After starting his career at Disney France, Martin Metz joined Umedia in 2008 until 2018. His credits include ME MYSELF AND MUM, YVES SAINT LAURENT, BLACK 47 and SUBMERGENCE. His first film as a lead producer, I KILL GIANTS premiered at TIFF in 2017 and he quickly followed with MANDY which premiered at Sundance and went on to the Director's Fortnight in Cannes in 2018. Martin left Umedia in 2018 when he joined Adrian Politowski’s newest venture Align as the team’s SVP of Production. At Align he utilizes his vast knowledge of the European marketplace with his many years of production experience to lead the team on all productions.
Favourite movie quote: "Having a ball...wish you were here!" - PARIS IS BURNING
Best decribed as: "That is the last time we're taking directions from a squirrel" - THE EMPEROR'S NEW GROVE
Nessa McGill - Senior Vice-President of Legal & Business Affairs
Nessa McGill has worked as a lawyer specializing in film in television since 2002. She previously worked for a top 20 global law firm as head of their film and television unit based in the City of London. Her specialty is the media industry, and in particular all aspects of film and television production, financing and distribution. She also has considerable experience in other areas of content production including advertising, advertiser funded programming, sponsorship and product placement.
Before joining Umedia, Nessa represented major studios, financial institutions and leading production companies in the UK, the US and Europe. She has also represented a number of government agencies.
Nessa is qualified as a solicitor in both England and Ireland and has been ranked in the law directories Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners as a leader in her field.
Favourite movie quote:
Nessa McGill - Commercial Director
Nessa McGill has worked as a lawyer specializing in film in television since 2002. She previously worked for a top 20 global law firm as head of their film and television unit based in the City of London. She specializes in the media industry, with particular emphasis all aspects of film and television production, financing and distribution. She also has considerable experience in other areas of content production including advertising, advertiser funded programming, sponsorship and product placement. Before joining Align, Nessa acted as Head of Legal at the Umedia Group and previous to that while in private practice, represented major studios, financial institutions, and leading production companies throughout the UK, the US, and Europe. She has also represented a number of government agencies throughout her career.
Favourite movie quote: "I want the truth! You can't handle the truth!" - A FEW GOOD MEN
Best decribed as: Someone who did not fill this section in time before the site was published.
Sierra Garcia - Vice-President of Production
Sierra Garcia began her career at Harbinger Pictures, the boutique production company behind the multi-academy award nominated THE HELP. It was there she worked to grow the development team and slate, bringing several projects to the screen including WALKING OUT the Matt Bomer survival thriller that premiered at Sundance Film Festival and A UNITED KINGDOM from Amma Asante that premiered at TIFF.
From Harbinger Sierra joined the Umedia team in 2017 where she worked on MANDY the Nicolas Cage thriller that premiered at Sundance and Cannes respectively. In 2018 she joined the Align team as the VP of Production, where she heads up the LA office.
Favourite movie quote: "We haven't broken any rules...yet!" - BOOKSMART
Best decribed as: Torn between the desire to create dreams and the desire to destroy them.” - Lucy Van Pelt (CHARLIE BROWN)