Founder and MD, Rights Stuff
Wendy Bernfeld, founder and MD of Rights Stuff Amsterdam since 1999, is a passionate film buff specialized in content acquisition and distribution, licensing negotiations, and related strategy and rights advice, for traditional media (film, TV, Pay TV), digital media (Internet, IPTV, mobile/tablets, VOD, OTT /connected devices, and the business side of web, cross platform, transmedia and VR production and distribution.
Originally from Montreal and Toronto, then in Europe since ’91, Wendy has over 30 years (20+ in Europe) experience in film/Pay TV/VOD channel startup and program buying, beginning originally as an entertainment lawyer, then crossing over to the business side in various international pay tv networks. Her earlier in-house positions (before Rights Stuff) were as SVP Acquisitions/Special Projects for Movie Network (Canada)(1984-‘91); then as M.D. Alliance-Atlantis(international distribution/coproduction)(1991-‘93),and finally as CEO Canal+ International Acquisitions (1993-‘98)(multi–territory, multi-platform buying, new channel startups for Filmnet/Nethold/Canal+,specialized in MPAA studio “output” deals and international “indies”)
Wendy has a Juris Doctor Law Degree (L.L.B.)/J.D.) from Queens University, after a year of B.A./M.B.A. courses in McGill and University of Toronto. She is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada as well as on the Roll of Solicitors in the UK. Earlier, she practiced law with Blake Cassels, and Silverstein’s, and before that was one of 10 honored appointees as Law Clerk to the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.
Alongside Rights Stuff, Wendy is a frequent lecturer on digital media, as well as a strong supporter of the production and festival sectors, including on advisory boards (IDFA, Binger Film Institute, Seize the Night Outdoor FilmFest, The Film Collaborative, Viewster, Online Film Fest, etc). Wendy was named as one of the “Brave Thinkers of Indie Film, 2010” by Oscar-winning independent producer Ted Hope. One of her more well-known detailed articles (“Brave New World: Digital Distribution Beyond the Old World”, spring 2012) was published by Sundance. Later, she published a detailed opening chapter in June 2014 of TheFilmCollaborative book Selling Your Film Outside the U.S.: Digital Distribution in Europe3. In May 2016, in time for the Cannes Film Festival, she published her latest article on the ever-changing digital sector, An Update on International VOD Opportunities Outside the U.S. in The Indie Film Sector4, for TheFilmCollaborative blog.