8:00 AM – Registration & Continental Breakfast

9:00 AM – The Essential Elements of Financing Film & TV Productions

This panel will examine in great detail the process of financing a feature film or television production and the legal documents that are typically applicable.

  •       Structure of a Financing Transaction
  •       Components of Financing: Pre-Sales, Equity & Incentives
  •       Security Interests and Financier Controls
  •       The Role of Producers, Bankers, Lawyers & Accountants

David Steinberg, Partner, Dentons LLP
David K. Henry, FVP & Managing Director, Bank Leumi USA
Lee Kim,
Producer, Resolute Films known for The Conspiracy (2012), Operation Avalanche (2016) and Our House.

11:00 AM – Networking Break

11:15 AM – Film, TV & Digital Distribution, Marketing & Social Media

• Attaching International Sales Agents
• When to Attach Domestic Distribution
• Creating a Distribution Plan
• Social Media and Gorilla Marketing
• When to Start Marketing
• Exhibitors and Booking Agents – Dealing Directly with Exhibitors
• Distributor/Rent A System Deals
• The Current Role of Film Festivals and Markets
• Distributing Digitally

Lucie Guernsey, Managing Director, Woodland Bay Capital
David Dinerstein, President, D Squared Films

12:15 PM – Networking Luncheon

1:15 PM – U.S. States & International Jurisdictions Providing Production Incentives

• State Tax Credits in their Jurisdictions
• What is Local Spend?
• Interim financing for US tax based soft money
• Combining U.S. State and foreign incentives

Dama Claire, Incentives Special Consultant, EP Financial Solutions at Entertainment Partners
Nancy Rae Stone, Program Director, California Film Commission
Kathleen Thompson, Vice President, EP Financial Solutions at Entertainment Partners
Ortwin Freyermuth,
President, Freyermuth & Associates Inc.

2:15 PM Networking Break

2:30 PM – Obtaining Funding for Film, Television & Digital Productions
This panel will explore the role of debt lenders in film finance and the conditions a producer needs to satisfy to secure such financing.

• Banks – Commercial and Private
• Private Equity
• Banking Presales & Tax Credits
• Gap and Bridge Loans
• Brand Integration

Lucie Guernsey, Managing Director, Woodland Bay Capital
David Acosta, Senior Vice President, City National Bank
Karen Robson, Partner, Pryor Cashman
David Friedman, Executive Vice President and General Counsel, New Regency Productions
Ali Jazayeri, Executive Vice President, Three Point Capital

3:30 PM Networking Break

3:45 PM – Chain of Title Documentation, Cast Agreements, Music Licensing and Other Key Production Agreements

This session will discuss the principal agreements required for a typical film. Many issues associated with production agreements are often misunderstood. The panel will attempt to demystify some of the agreements and explain common pitfalls and traps.

David Steinberg,
Partner, Dentons LLP

4:45 PM Conference Concludes