Steve Solot | Rio Film Commission, President, Latin American Training Center

Steve Solot is currently President of the Rio de Janeiro Film Commission, the combined municipal and state government office created from a partnership between the State Secretariat of Culture and RioFilme, via the municipality of Rio. Its mission is to attract audiovisual productions of any format and content to both the city and the state of Rio de Janeiro, as well as offer for all audiovisual production needs within the state of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, including permits, locations, incentives and police assistance. He is also founder and President of the Latin American Training Center (LATC), the regional media training and consulting center based in Rio de Janeiro, specialized in creative training programs for audiovisual content producers in Latin America and Spain. LATC is affiliated to: CILECT – Centre International de Liaison des Ecoles of Cinéma et de Television (Brussels); IFTA – Independent Film & Television Alliance (Los Angeles); IFP – Independent Filmmaker Project (NY); NALIP – National Association of Latino Independent Producers (Los Angeles), The Incentives Office (Los Angeles); EGEDA – Entidad de Gestión de Derechos de los Productores Audiovisuales (Madrid), The Incentives Office (Los Angeles). Prior to establishing LATC, he served as Senior VP, Latin American Operations of the Motion Picture Association – MPA, the US film industry trade association of the major US studios including: Buena Vista International (Disney), Sony Pictures International Corp., Paramount Pictures Corp., Twentieth Century Fox International Corp., Universal International Films, Inc., and Warner Bros. International Theatrical Distribution. In that capacity Mr. Solot was responsible for government relations and management of operations in all territories in all-media sectors, including: theatrical, home entertainment, broadcast television, Pay-TV and protection of intellectual property rights in digital environments. Prior to joining the Motion Picture Association, Mr. Solot served as loan officer and economist in the Rio de Janeiro branch of the Bank of Boston, Consultant and Professor at the Center for Foreign Trade Studies (FUNCEX) and the Center for Joint Latin American Economic Integration Studies (ECIEL) in Rio. Steve Solot holds MA degrees in Economics from Boston University, and Latin American Studies, from the University of the Pacific. Memberships and affiliations: US member of the Fulbright Commission of Brazil 1999-2010
Secretary and Director, American Chamber of Commerce, Rio de Janeiro, Current

President, Board of Directors, American School of Rio de Janeiro, 2002-04
Lecturer, Fundação Getulio Vargas, Film & Television Business, 2003-04
Chairman, Anti-piracy Committee, American Chamber of Commerce, São Paulo, 2006

Coordinator, US Delegation, US-Mexico Bilateral Film Industry Committee (2003-08)
Chair, Intellectual Property Rights Committee, American Chamber of Commerce, 2007–present
Member, Bd. of Directors, Brazilian Assn. of Intellectual Property Rights – ABPI (current)
Recent publications: – “Current Financing Mechanisms for Audiovisual Content in Latin America” (LATC/Casablanca, 2011) – “Fiscal Incentivs for Audiovisual Production and Co-produciton in Iberoamerica, Canada and the U.S.” (LATC/EGEDA, 2009) Forthcoming Publication: – “The Brazilian Audiovisual Industry: An Explosion of Creativity and Opportunities for Partnerships,” (LATC/Cesnik, Salinas & Quintino Law Office), 6/2012) Mr. Solot is a consultant and frequent lecturer in seminars and multi-lateral meetings on audiovisual co-production legislation, intellectual property rights, digital content and technology, and general film industry issues.