Wendy Bernfeld,(@wbernfeld), former Montrealer and founder/CEO of Rights Stuff (Amsterdam) www.rights-stuff.com, is a passionate film buff with 25+ years in film/paytv/vod /OTT channel startup ,biz dev and content/programming experience in N.A. and EMEA/international. This includes (before Rights Stuff) prior multi-region roles as CEO Canal+ International, MD Alliance Atlantis , SVP MovieNetwork(Canada) and earlier on as entertainment lawyer.
Since founding Rights Stuff in '99 (www.rights-stuff.com), she provides content strategy and pragmatic licensing, including curation, acquisition, distribution (digital and hybrid) and development, to maximise rights/windows/audiences across an evolving digital landscape. Key expertise is international pay/svod/OTTcuration, licensing and Originals deals – whether traditional, digital-first/webseries, short-form episodic, cross platform, blockchain VOD and/or VR), and going beyond just the big5 to other thematic and regional services – the new buyers and funders - who compete and complement them.
Alongside Rights Stuff, Wendy is also a frequent lecturer on digital media , blockchain VOD and VR (business side), as well as a strong supporter of the production/festival and VOD sectors, including advisory boards (IDFA, Tom Skerritt’s HEYOU Media, Miners Inc INDIA Blockchain VOD, Binger Film Institute, The Film Collaborative LA etc). IN 2010, Wendy was named as one of the “Brave Thinkers of Indie Film, 2010” by Oscar-winning independent producer Ted Hope.
Wendy has a J.D./LLB from Queens University, after one year of BA/MBA at McGill & University of Toronto. She was earlier, one of 10 Law Clerks to Chief Justice, Supreme Court and remains a member of the Ontario and UK bars.