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Strategic advisors

For us, there is no ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach; all markets and developments are different and we work with clients to get the best outcome. We are constantly collating new ideas to deliver global best practice for clients.

Rob Arthur

Rob was previously Managing Director of Apollo Cinemas, overseeing an estate of 14 cinemas and 83 screens until its sale in 2012. In mid-2013, he was appointed as the Interim Director of Operations at Curzon Cinemas, London’s leading independent and arthouse cinema group and led a project in early 2014 to upgrade their projection, sound and satellite network.

Rob has worked in the UK and International Cinema sector for the past 24 years with companies such as Vue Entertainment, SBC International Cinemas,

as Director of Special Projects and Vice President Operations; Warner Village, Warner Bros and UCI where he held senior executive and operational management positions.

Rob has extensive cinema opening and operating experience in Taiwan, Portugal, Romania, United Kingdom and Ireland and he has worked on many cinema and leisure development projects.

Mike Thomson

Mike Thomson’s background is both operational and commercial. His expertise is in developing commercial strategies for cinema and leisure owners, operators or developers. As a Director at Virgin, UGC Cinemas, and Cineworld Mike headed up the combined marketing, film programming and retail functions, developing fully integrated commercial strategies, including the development and launch of the ‘Unlimited’ card – the UK’s first, and largest, cinema subscription scheme. Mike recently created a new cinema concept and brand position for The Light Cinema’s, the UK’s fastest growing cinema chain, including its subscription card, Infinity.

Prior to the cinema industry Mike held senior executive positions at BHS and Virgin Megastores. This background in retail and cinema uniquely positions Mike to help local authorities, developers, shopping centre managers and investors on delivering integrated entertainment offers within malls or town centres.

Over the last 10 years Mike has gained extensive knowledge of International markets working across Europe, with particular focus on the emerging Eastern European market, The Nordics, Middle East and India.

John Sullivan

John is a long term property professional and has acted in a senior development and agency capacity on numerous retail, leisure and residential schemes throughout Australia, Asia, Europe and the UK.

From 1996 John has been based in London, UK, acting initially for Warner Village (UK) Ltd as property director and in development roles for Village (Greece), Warner Lusomundo (Spain, Portugal), CGV (South Korea), Warner Village (Taiwan), Village (Germany/ France), Warner Village (Italy), Vue (UK), The Eye (Eire), Village (South Africa).

In 2002, John set up his leisure consultancy group which evolved into CinemaNext Consulting, advising property groups with a long term development strategy (Westfield, Henderson, Land Securities, Hammerson, Multiplex, Centros Miller, ING, St Modwen etc) in addition to advising international clients (CGV, Warners, Village etc), on cinema development and strategy through markets in Europe, Russia, Asia and Australasia.

Judith Querfurth

With a BA in Communications, Judith has held several roles as a Communications Consultant for various companies including ING Real Estate in the Netherlands.

Judith's main focus has been on delivering comprehensive reports for Local Authorities on cinema provisions, particularly in the North West of England. In addition Judith provides wide-ranging support on all consulting projects and manages all financial aspects of the business.

Kath Knight

Kath is an experienced administrator who has spent the last 15 years working in the cinema sector. At UK Film Council, Kath coordinated the assessment process for all Distribution & Exhibition funding applications and was involved in the roll-out of digital screens across the UK, both at UK Film Council and subsequently at the Digital Funding Partnership.

More recently, Kath has been working in the cinema equipment services sector, providing administrative and finance support at Cinema Next UK.

Associate Advisors

Damian Drabble
Damian Drabble

A Northern Europe based Operations specialist with 30 years of experience in cinema exhibition. Particular knowledge and skills in: General Operations, Procurement, Financial analysis, Project Management, training and HR. Having previously worked as a consultant with companies in the UK, Central Europe, Middle East and the US.

Kevin McCarthy
Kevin McCarthy

Kevin has been working within the cinema exhibition industry since 1985. Highly experienced in cinema operations within the UK (Warner Bros Cinemas, Warner Village Cinemas & VUE), Romania & Kuwait (KNCC). In recent years Kevin has focused on cinema operational management training and guidance.

Kevin is also very technically minded and has devised digital marketing initiatives for cinema operators in order to maximise their customer engagement and increase market share within a competitive market space. Kevin has also built a number of websites and SEO (search engine optimised) campaigns for exhibitors and industry providers (including The Big Picture).

Jordi Wientjes
Jordi Wientjes

Jordi has been involved in all major cinema chains in the Netherlands as well as companies abroad. Applying his extensive knowledge and experience, he advises and supports real estate companies and investors worldwide. Jordi considers market developments, cultural aspects and environmental influences. He facilitates the transformation of leisure companies into profitable organisations and the development of leisure allocated sites.

Achieved results include renovating cinemas, expanding businesses and developing new cinema products. For Jordi, service and hospitality go hand in hand with profitability. As the associate consultant, Jordi represents among others The Big Picture in the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg and Germany.

jordi.wientjes@the-bigpicture.com | wsolutions.nl
Heike Wolkerstorfer
Heike Wolkerstorfer

Heike has over 25-years experience in exhibition, distribution, film strategy as well as in production. Having worked for companies such as UGC, Virgin, Cineworld, Tartan, Disney and Twentieth Century Fox she has vast know-how in commercial strategies and operational management for the independent sector as well as for studios. Heike also spent 6 wonderful years in Sub-Saharan Africa where she worked with agencies such as UNICEF, UNDP, WHO and EU to develop awareness raising and behaviour change campaigns.

John Younis
John Younis

Based in Greece/Romania with 10 years of cinema exhibition and entertainment experience at the general manager level. Previous experience was in DBS (direct broadcast satellite) services provision, telecoms, IT project management and management consulting. Particular expertise in Business Planning, Product Marketing, Commercial Strategy, Expansion Strategy, Project Management.

Need expert advice?Please get in touch:+44 (0) 7807 013 265 | judith.querfurth@the-bigpicture.com