2014 Speaker Bios




Friday (Pro-Card holders only) 4 - 8 p.m.


 Saturday (General admission ) 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.


 Sunday (General admission) 10 a.m - 5 p.m.


List subject to change.

Keynote Speakers

  IMATS London 2014 Keynote Speaker: Allan A. Apone 



Make-up artist Allan Apone is the president and CEO of Makeup & Effects Laboratories, or MEL, a highly regarded supplier of make-up effects products in North Hollywood. With actor Tom Berenger’s production company, he co-produced Rough Riders, Avenging Angel and An Occasional Hell. MEL has provided effects elements on more than 250 films and 100 television shows; Apone has worked as a make-up artist on more than 170 films and 250 television episodes. He has also been the personal make-up for artist Samuel L. Jackson, Chris Evans and Sir Ben Kingsley on films including The Avengers, Ironman 3, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Django Unchained, Battleship, Dinner for Schmucks, Unthinkable, We Bought a Zoo, 22 Jump Street and Avengers: Age of Ultron. He is a member of the Make-up Artists & Hair Stylists Guild Local 706, the Television Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. He was nominated for Emmy Awards twice for Star Trek and for an Emmy and a CableACE Award for And the Band Played On. He was also nominated for a Make-up Artists & Hair Stylists Guild Award for Three Kings.


Sun. June 29 - 4 p.m. (Main Stage)


His credits include:



  IMATS London 2014 Keynote Speaker: Neill Gorton 



In a career spanning more than two decades, Neill Gorton, with his company Millennium FX, has designed make-up effects, prosthetics and animatronic creations for hundreds of films, TV shows and commercials, including Saving Private Ryan, Gladiator, Inkheart, The Wolfman, Doctor Who, Little Britain and Torchwood. In this time he’s won six Royal Television Society awards, three Welsh BAFTAs and a BAFTA Craft Award, along with several other nominations. Gorton also runs the Neill Gorton Prosthetics Studio, providing training in prosthetics and make-up effects to newcomers and professionals alike.


Sun. June 29 - 2:15 p.m. (Open Forum Stage)


His credits include:



  IMATS London 2014 Keynote Speaker: Ve Neill 



Over the course of her career, Ve Neill has won three Oscars, two Emmys, four Saturn Awards, a BAFTA and many more awards and nominations. From her early career as a rock ‘n’ roll stylist, Neill developed her skills as a make-up artist and designer specializing in extreme fantasy and character looks. Her film credits include Star Trek: The Motion Picture, Galaxy Quest, Beetlejuice, The Lost Boys, Batman Returns, Batman Forever, Edward Scissorhands, Mrs. Doubtfire, Ed Wood, The Grinch Who Stole Christmas, A.I.: Artificial Intelligence, the Pirates of the Caribbean series, Sweeney Todd, Thor, The Amazing Spider-Man films and The Hunger Games series. Neill’s celebrity clients include Johnny Depp, Jack Nicholson, Keira Knightley, Julia Roberts, Danny DeVito, Sarah Jessica Parker, Uma Thurman, Orlando Bloom, Sigourney Weaver, Jude Law, Catherine Keener, Jim Carey, Jennifer Lawrence, Woody Harrelson and William Hurt. She is a judge on Syfy’s make-up effects show Face Off.


Sat. June 28 - 4 p.m. (Main Stage)


Her credits include:




Featured Speakers


   IMATS London 2014 Featured Speaker: Einat Dan



Einat Dan is an award-winning, Berlin-based make-up artist working in fashion, beauty and body painting. She has done campaigns for Valentino, Fendi, Oxus and more, and has worked on fashion shows worldwide. Her work has appeared in Vogue, Elle, Posh, InStyle, Maxim and other publications. She teaches international master classes and workshops for professional make-up artists. In 2012, she created her line of beauty brushes, m.i.a. by Einat Dan.


Sat. June 28 - 1 p.m. (Main Stage)

  IMATS London Featured Speaker: Michael Spatola




Bio coming soon.



Sun. June 29 - 11 a.m. (Apex Room)



   IMATS London 2014 Educator: Yolanda Bartram



Bio coming soon.


Sun. June 29 - 11 a.m. (Club Room)

   IMATS London 2014 Educator: Kevin James Bennett



Kevin James Bennett created IN MY KIT® (http://www.inmykit.com), a cosmetic buying guide for professional make-up artists, and Makeup Art + Design Enterprises Inc, a cosmetic consulting company focusing on product design and development, brand strategy, copywriting, sales promotion and more. Bennett has worked on retail, print, runway and celebrity projects. His television work has earned him five Emmy nominations and two wins. His credits include the Law & Order franchise, Another World and As the World Turns. He has appeared as a beauty expert on programs including Access Hollywood, Entertainment Tonight, Good Morning America and Today, and his beauty advice has appeared in Elle, InStyle and Town & Country.


Sat. June 28 - 11:30 a.m. (Club Room)

   IMATS London 2014 Educator: Phyllis Cohen



Bio coming soon.


Sun. June 29 - 2 p.m. (Club Room)

   IMATS London 2014 Educator: Thomas Surprenant



Thomas E. Surprenant has been a make-up artist for more than 28 years and has developed products and techniques to further the craft. He has been nominated for three Emmys and has won twice. Surprenant has also been part of two Academy Award-winning make-up crews and has received a Make-up Artists & Hair Stylists Guild Award. He contributes to the Syfy show Defiance and has designed brushes with the Bdellium Tools SFX Line.


Sat. June 28 - 11:30 a.m. (Open Forum Stage)

   IMATS London 2014 Educator: Courtney Tichman



Courtney Tichman is the global brand manager and lead make-up artist for Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics. She has been cultivating her craft for more than 16 years. With more than 13 years of fashion show experience, she has traveled all over the world supporting some of the world’s most influential designers.


Sat. June 28 - 11:30 a.m. (Apex Room)

   IMATS London 2014 Educator: Sheelagh Wells



Sheelagh Wells has worked on everything from TV period drama and science fiction to award-winning ballet and opera productions. Her broad spectrum of work also includes major documentaries and feature films. She was nominated by the Royal Television Society and won a BAFTA for her work on the Doctor Who series in 2006. She also worked on the original Doctor Who when she was a department head at the BBC in London.


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