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Christopher Petzel

Christopher Petzel

Christopher Petzel is the CEO of Fierce Entertainment, a Los Angeles-based production company he founded in early 2001. Since the firm's inception, he has produced or executive produced seven feature film and television projects in the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, Italy and Canada.

In addition to its creative development and production activities, Fierce Entertainment represents a number of foreign distributors and financiers and advises on territorial rights acquisitions, film financings and corporate transactions. More details can be found at www.fierce-entertainment.com.

Before founding Fierce Entertainment, Christopher was a member of Houlihan Lokey Howard & Zukin's entertainment investment banking practice, where he advised The Walt Disney Company, Axel Springer Verlag, DreamWorks SKG, Pacific Data Images, Landscape Entertainment, Sundance Productions, Constantin Film AG, VCL Film + Medien AG, Castle Music, Centropolis Effects, EM TV, the Kirch Group and others.

Christopher has lectured extensively on film production and financing at various institutions, including the American Film Institute, the University of Southern California, the University of Berlin, the Beverly Hills Chamber of Commerce, the University of North London, and the Swiss Forum of Communications Law.

Prior to moving to Los Angeles in early 1999, Christopher worked for the media finance department of Berliner Bank AG (London Branch), where he was responsible for the marketing, analysis and structuring of project loans and secured corporate debt for film, television and video game industries.

Christopher began his career at Goldcrest Films International, where he served as a sales executive and executive assistant to the CEO. He studied business administration at the Universities of Barcelona (Spain) and Fribourg (Switzerland), where he graduated summa cum laude, ranking number one in a class of over 400. He is fluent in German, English, French and Spanish.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2007.

Christopher Petzel Facts

BirthdayJuly 30, 1971 (51)
BirthplaceFrankfurt, Germany

Selected Filmography

Seeking Justice
Shadows in the Sun
War/Forbidden Kingdom
War / The Condemned
American Soldiers
Faces in the Crowd
To Kill a King
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