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Saudi Entertainment & Amusement (SEA) Expo
7-9 MAY 2024

Riyadh Front Exhibition & Conference Center

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Todd A. Nims

Todd A. Nims

Executive Creative Producer, Empty Quarter

An award winning creative executive heavily involved in the Gulf region’s film, theater, arts & immersive entertainment development. Mr. Nims co-produced BORN A KING, a major feature shot in London and Saudi Arabia that broke box office records for the Gulf, featuring Ed Skrein, Hermione Corfield and Laurence Fox and budgeted at $20 million USD. The movie was a coming-of-age and an extraordinary real
life story set in 1919, about Faisal, a 14-year-old teenage Arab prince who is dispatched from the deserts of Arabia to London by his warrior father, Prince Abdul Aziz, on a high stakes diplomatic mission to secure the formation of his country.

He held the Film Producer position at the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s state-of-the-art hub for inspiring creativity and global culture, Ithra, for six years where he established the Kingdom’s first cinema and assisted in launching the first Saudi Film Days program to provide funding and development to Saudi filmmakers while screening their films in Hollywood. He produced the feature film JOUD for Ithra, its first feature film, with its debut at Cannes Film Market.

Mr. Nims’s previous accolades include, capturing a Silver Dolphin at the Cannes Media & TV Awards and two Golds at the New York Festivals' World's Best Awards for his short film series CHILDREN OF THE WORLD. Additional film credits include: producing the Saudi Arabian portion of JUST LIKE US (2010), an official selection at the Tribeca International Film Festival; and PUSH TUNISIA (2012) an
award winning short on skateboard artivism shot 11 months after the Tunisian revolution. He first rose to prominence with his highly praised debut feature documentary HOME: THE ARAMCO BRATS' STORY (2007), distributed on MBC network. Mr. Nims is also active in the Kingdom’s booming social media scene. He was a co-founder of C3 Films and has participated in many of its shows on its Telfaz11 platform with over 3.3 million subscribers such as Khambalah, La Yekthar, and Temsa7ly. He curated the inaugural film program for Noor Riyadh, the annual festival of contemporary art and light and one of the pillars of Riyadh Art, a program established by Royal Decree in 2019 under the auspices of HRH Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud.

In theater, Mr. Nims produced two original large scale theatrical productions inspired from Al Balad (Jeddah’s Historical District)’s culture and lore. The first was an immersive theater, BAIT AL DAHALEEZI, a supernatural murder-mystery taking place within almost half of the 100 rooms within the old Jamjoom house, a UNESCO heritage site within Jeddah’s Al Balad district, in which audiences are transported back to 1919 Al Balad life and deemed suspects in the murder of Saleh Al Dahaleezi. The second was an interactive comedic family drama street theater, Ozwa Street. Set in a prominent Al Balad square in 1960’s, over 100 actor dress traditionally with a brightly colored twist. Both plays ran during the inaugural Jeddah season to rave reviews.

In addition to his creative work, Mr. Nims is a guest lecturer at KAUST University, where he delivers a yearly course to its PHD candidates on Cinematic Science helping scientist to produce films communicating their research in partnership with the Cinematic Science Company.

Mr. Nims is founder of Empty Quarter, a boutique advisory for film production and cinematic immersion based in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and sits as chairman of the American Chamber of Commerce’s committee for Arts, Culture, and Entertainment (ACE) in KSA.

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