Steve Solot is currently President of the Rio de Janeiro Film Commission, www.riofilmcommission.rj.gov.br the official, combined municipal and state government office 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), www.latamtrainingcenter.com a regional media training and consulting center in Rio de Janeiro, specialized in creative training programs for audiovisual content producers in Latin America and Spain. LATC is affiliated with CILECT, the International Association of Film and Television Schools, and maintains formal agreements with: IFTA-Los Angeles (Independent Film and Television Alliance) Foundation, NALIP-Los Angeles (National Assn. of Latino Independent Producers), IFP-NY (Independent Feature Project), The Incentives Office - Los Angeles, and EGEDA-Madrid (Entidad de Gestión de los Derechos de los Productores).
Prior to establishing the LATC, he served as Senior VP, Latin American Operations of the Motion Picture Association - MPA, the US film industry trade association that represents the major Hollywood studios including: Buena Vista International (Disney), Sony Pictures Releasing International Corporation, Paramount Pictures Corporation, Twentieth Century Fox International Corporation, Universal International Films, Inc., e Warner Bros. International Theatrical Distribution.
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.
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His recent publication, Current Financing Mechanisms for Audiovisual Content in Latin America (LATC, 2011) is available as a free download (Spanish only) at www.latamtrainingcenter.com/?page_id=2712&lang=enMr. 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.