Steve Solot, one of the screen sector’s most experienced strategy professionals, has joined Olsberg•SPI as Associate covering Latin America. Steve has a distinguished career as Senior Vice President of Latin American Operations for the Motion Picture Association between 1995 and 2008; seven years as president of the Rio Film Commission; founder of the Brazil Film Commission Network; ten years as President of the Latin American Training Center-LATC, and most recently two years as Latin American production policy manager for Netflix.
Steve will be based in Brazil and will focus primarily on clients in the screen and creative industries, as well as workforce training, production incentives, and overall strategies for screen sector expansion. Having identified the screen sector as a significant driver for economic growth and job creation in the context of post-COVID recovery, SPI is positioned to guide public policy and government agencies to create strategies to stimulate expansion in the short and long-term.
Steve recently stepped down from his position at Netflix, where he supported a team focused on incentive management, workforce capacity development and infrastructure as part of the company’s public policy objectives in Latin America, Spain and Portugal, working fluently in English, Spanish and Portuguese.
SPI’s Managing Director Leon Forde said: “Jonathan Olsberg and I are thrilled that Steve will be contributing to SPI at a key juncture in the company’s development and expansion. Steve brings with him over 20 years of experience with public policy, with ministries of culture, economy and tourism, film institutes, trade associations and guilds throughout Latin America, Spain and Portugal. He has lived and worked in Chile, Spain, Mexico and Brazil, and his years of industry experience will add unparalleled insight and skills to enhance SPI’s client base across a range of areas.”
Steve Solot said: “I have worked with Olsberg•SPI on many occasions, and value their technical methodology and expertise which is highly-respected by public and private sector entities around the world. It’s a privilege to be joining their team and to contribute to the dynamic audiovisual industry by diagnosing deficiencies and recommending public policies to take advantage of the new platforms and opportunities they offer during this critical time, as the industry begins to recover in the post-COVID scenario.”
SPI provides a range of expert consultancy and strategic advisory services to public and private sector clients, specialising in the worlds of film, television, video games and digital media. Formed in 1992, it has become one of the leading international consultancies in these vibrant creative screen industries, with clients in all corners of the globe.
The firm’s expert advice, trusted vision and proven track record create high levels of new and repeat business from a diverse group of companies and organisations including:
- Supra-national public authorities
- National government bodies, including culture and economics ministries, film institutes and screen agencies
- Regional development agencies for the creative industries
- Streaming platforms and major production houses
- National and international broadcasters
- Independent companies involved in all aspects of the screen business value chain
- Trade associations and guilds
- Training and skills development organisations
- Publishers and conference organisers