About Us

Company

Led by Founder and CEO David Garrett, Mister Smith Entertainment is involved in the financing, production, licensing and distribution of high-quality mainstream feature films and filmmaker-driven movies for the global theatrical market.

Since launching at the Cannes Film Festival in May 2012, we are proud to have represented top commercial-quality films with some of the most prestigious names in the industry. We have worked with high profile directors such as STEVEN SPIELBERG (The BFG and The Post), TERRENCE MALICK (Radegund [working title]), BILL CONDON (The Fifth Estate), DEREK CIANFRANCE (The Light Between Oceans) and LASSE HALLSTRÖM (The Hundred Foot Journey and A Dog’s Purpose).
Our films have also attracted A-list talent such as Academy Award® Winners: HILARY SWANK, MERYL STREEP, TOM HANKS, AL PACINO, ALICIA VIKANDER, HELEN MIRREN, JEREMY IRONS, MARK RYLANCE and RUSSELL CROWE, and Academy Award® Nominated ANNETTE BENING, BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH, MICHAEL FASSBENDER and DEV PATEL.

Mister Smith Entertainment prides itself on working with the best independent producers and maintaining strong partnerships with the leading independent distributors throughout the world. For both our high-profile producers and our trusted distributors, Mister Smith Entertainment is a reliable partner in bringing studio-level product and service to the independent film marketplace.

Team

The company's experienced team of marketing, sales and finance professionals headquartered in London is perfectly poised to anticipate and navigate the complex and constantly evolving international film industry, managing all functions in-house; differentiating itself from other basic sales agency operations.

David Garrett, CEO

 

David Garrett was the co-founder and former President of International at Summit Entertainment. He implemented ground-breaking distribution structures during his 19-year tenure with the company, prior to its merger with Lionsgate. During this time, David oversaw the sales and global distribution on Summit-produced, co-produced and acquired titles such as THE TWILIGHT SAGA franchise, RED, THE STEP UP franchise, KNOWING, the Palme d’Or winner TREE OF LIFE, AMERICAN PIE, MEMENTO, MR. & MRS. SMITH, and the Cannes official selection BABEL. In addition, he supervised international and Brit productions including LOCK, STOCK, AND TWO SMOKING BARRELS and Mike Leigh’s HAPPY-GO-LUCKY. David continues to leverage his existing industry relationships and forge new partnerships with top producers on both sides of the Atlantic, to create a diverse, commercial slate of films for the global marketplace under the Mister Smith Entertainment banner.

Dan Fisher, COO

 

Dan was previously at CME Development Corp., a NASDAQ-listed vertically-integrated multimedia corporation, where he was VP in charge of Business Development across Western and Eastern Europe. Prior to this, he held various COO, CFO, and Legal & Business Affairs positions at the British Broadcasting Corporation, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, Deluxe Media Services, Warner Music, Burnett Associates Group, Universal Pictures International, and Columbia Pictures Corporation.

Ralpho Borgos, EVP

International Licensing and Distribution 

Previously Senior Vice President of International Sales at Summit Entertainment, Ralpho oversaw international sales and distribution on all Summit titles including: THE TWILIGHT SAGA franchise, RED, SOURCE CODE, KNOWING and the Palme d’Or winner TREE OF LIFE. Before moving to Summit Entertainment in 2006, Borgos was based in Los Angeles with New Line Cinema for 11 years where he handled titles such as RUSH HOUR and the AUSTIN POWERS and LORD OF THE RINGS franchises.

Jill Jones, EVP

Marketing and Distribution 

Jill Jones was previously EVP International Marketing and Publicity at Lionsgate /Summit Entertainment where, in addition to the international releases of THE TWILIGHT SAGA, she oversaw the international launch of films including THE IMPOSSIBLE and the Palme D’Or winner THE TREE OF LIFE. Prior to her position at Summit, Jones held SVP Publicity and Marketing positions with the international publicity agency Dennis Davidson and Associates (DDA) and Canada’s Alliance Atlantis.

Dave Mepham, EVP

Finance 

Before joining Mister Smith Entertainment, Dave was at Momentum Pictures where he was responsible for a variety of financial & commercial roles, producer liaison and financial evaluation of acquisitions & productions. In addition, he formed part of the integration team transitioning the business to eOne Entertainment following their acquisition of Momentum's parent company Alliance Films. Dave has also held a number of diverse financial roles at Sanctuary Records Group & Clear Channel UK.

Laura Grange, VP

International Licensing and Distribution