Hollywood Exec Bill Block to Speak at Haas March 4

Entertainment executive Bill Block, who has made successful bets on such films as District 9 and The Blair Witch Project, will speak at the Haas School on Thursday, March 4.

Block, executive producer and founder of QED International, a motion picture financing, sales, and production company, will speak at 12:30 p.m. in the Wells Fargo Room. The event, which is part of the Dean’s Speaker Series, is currently full. If you would like to be added to the waitlist, visit register.haas.berkeley.edu/BillBlock/BillBlock.aspx.

Block leads day-to-day operations and strategy for QED International, which he founded in December 2005. Films co-produced by QED include District 9, Oliver Stone’s W, and The Hunting Party with Richard Gere. District 9, a movie about an alien spaceship that lands in South Africa, was recently nominated for an Academy Award for best picture.

Previously, Block was president of Artisan Entertainment, where he supervised all divisions – film production and acquisitions, international distribution, home entertainment, and television. While at Artisan, Block acquired The Blair Witch Project, which realized one of the most profitable returns on investment in film history.

Block also managed senior lending and international distribution relationships at Artisan, which was sold to Lionsgate in December 2003. Before Artisan, Block was one of the industry’s leading talent agents as head of West Coast operations for International Creative Management and founder of the Intertalent Agency.

Visit QED International's website for more details about Block and the company.