Barrett Wissman has served for over 20 years as the Chairman, CEO and now Chairman Emeritus of IMG Artists. the global leader in the performing arts talent management, touring, event management and consulting business. While at the helm of IMG Artists, the Company expanded its presence across the Americas, Europe and Asia. IMG Artists represents over 500 artists, arts organizations and companies in addition to founding and operating festivals and working with non-profit arts organizations around the globe.
Barrett Wissman is the Executive and Artistic director of the Taormina Film Festival. The 2023 and recent editions of the Festival have showcased a wealth of incredible films, premieres and masterclasses, and have hosted world-famous stars such as Harrison Ford, Nicole Kidman, Francis Ford Coppola, Robert De Niro, Richard Gere, Zoe Saldana, Russell Crowe, Michael Douglas, Willem Dafoe and Amber Heard to name just a few.
Held in the picturesque town of Taormina, the Taormina Film Festival is one of the most prestigious film festivals in Europe and Italy, attracting international filmmakers, actors, and film lovers from all over the world. The screenings take place in the stunning Ancient Theatre of Taormina. The 2023 Festival hosted over 60 films and screenings including Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny, as well as masterclasses from A-List talent such as Willem Dafoe, Abel Ferrara and John Landis.