KFTV and Screen Talk: Locations experts to debate changing filming landscape

The Q&A Zoom event will take place May 13, 16:30pm BST, with major industry speakers

By Chris Evans 7 May 2020

KFTV and Screen Talk: Locations experts to debate changing filming landscape

KFTV and sister title Screen International are holding a live talk on Wednesday May 13 at 16:30pm BST, which will look at how the worldwide location landscape will be different once we emerge from Covid-19 and how production companies can prepare.

We will discuss which countries are opening up to productions already and what we can learn from them; whether producers will have to re-consider where and how they shoot; and managing logistical issues, like transport, insurance, visas, testing, health & safety, equipment, cast etc.


The speakers are Michael Moffett, managing director of the Production Service Network; Mike Fantasia, president of the Location Managers Guild International; Sam Breckman, line producer/unit production manager; Tony Armer, film commissioner at St Petersburg Clearwater; and Suresh Sivagnanam, CEO of vdoc.

The 30 minute long discussion will be followed by a 30 minute live Q&A in which the audience will be able to ask questions to the speakers; we can also take advance questions at orlando.parfitt@screendaily.com. The webinar password will be emailed after registration.

The Screen and KFTV Talk will be available to watch on Screendaily and KFTV.com after it has taken place.

This Talk is sponsored by St Petersburg Clearwater Film Commission.

The speakers are:

Mike Fantasia, President of the Location Managers Guild International

Mike is a vastly experienced location manager and production supervisor who has worked on over 30 major films, including Top Gun: MaverickThe Amazing Spider ManIndiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull and Godzilla. He is also a proud member of Teamsters Local 399 and is a founding member of the Location Managers Guild International.

Michael Moffett, Managing Director of the Production Service Network

Michael Moffett co-founded the Production Service Network (PSN), a one-stop shop built to help producers determine where best to film overseas and whom to rely on for local support. The Network plugs producers into local knowledge to build a better production plan, access incentives, and execute the most demanding of scripts. Before PSN, Moffett produced and serviced film and TV projects from his base in Spain.

Sam Breckman, line producer/unit production manager

Sam is a veteran line producer and unit production manager whose list of credits include His Dark Materials, Tomb Raider, Bourne 5, Monument Men, Game of Thrones, Captain Philipps and Captain America: First Avenger. He has worked with several major companies, including Netflix, Bad Wolf, MGM and Legendary Entertainment.

Tony Armer, Film Commissioner at St Petersburg Clearwater

As film commissioner, Tony covers 24 cities in Pinellas County. He is also an award-winning filmmaker and the founder and former executive director of the Sunscreen Film Festival.  He works with hundreds of productions each year and works closely with film distributors and sales agents attending markets like Cannes, Sundance, Toronto, AFM and more.  

Suresh Sivagnanam, CEO of vdoc

Suresh is the founder of vdoc, a video consultation doctor service providing members with rapid access to medical facilities around the world. vdoc’s largest client, VFS (Visa Facilitation Services) Global represent 64 client governments globally. Suresh was awarded the Entrepreneurship in the Private Healthcare Sector in 2017 at the House of Lords. He also owns and operates the Woodlands Healthcare Group, which was sold in 2009 to BMI Healthcare. He has extensive knowledge about healthcare, including measures that need to be taken in these tough coronavirus times.

Talk Sponsor: St. Pete/Clearwater Film Commission The St. Pete/Clearwater Film Commission serves Pinellas County, Florida, supporting and working to bring commercials, television shows, feature films, and digital media projects to the area.

 St. Petersburg/Clearwater Film Commission |

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