FILM/TV Production & Finance Summit
March 12, 2018 - Los Angeles, CA

Networking Seminars announces our 11th Annual Film/TV Production & Finance Summit. This conference is where film industry experts converge to discuss the basic mechanics for film finance, how to secure financing, what is being financed and the changes occurring in film distribution, marketing and social media.  This Summit provides an opportunity to learn about the film industry and network with senior level executives in the motion picture and television industries.

This Summit is for film and television professionals, film & television producers, finance executives, bankers, venture capitalists, high-net worth individuals, private equity & hedge fund executives, production & post-production executives, entertainment attorneys, finance & tax executives, digital distribution executives, film distributors, studio executives and filmmakers.

$445 Early Registration (by Feb. 20th) / $645 Regular Registration (after Feb. 20th)

Earn Up to 7.5 CPE/6.25 CLE Credits

Monday, March 12, 2018

Summit Leaders:

Lucie Guernsey, Managing Director, Woodland Bay Capital
David Steinberg, Partner, Dentons Canada LLP

8:00 AM – Registration Opens

8:45 AM – State of the Industry

This panel will address the current trends in the film industry with the direct to consumer deals getting financing and distribution, as well as, the moral and ethical issues in Hollywood following the woman’s movement.

Lucie Guernsey, Managing Director, Woodland Bay Capital
David Steinberg, Partner, Dentons Canada LLP
Karyn Edwards, Senior Counsel, Global Film, Netflix Inc.

9:15 AM – Networking Break

9:30 AM - The Essentials 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
  • Completion Bonds

Moderator: David Steinberg, Partner, Dentons Canada LLP

David K. Henry, FVP, Sr. Relationship Manager - Media & Entertainment, Bank Leumi USA
Nicholas Tabarrok, Producer & Owner, Darius Films Inc.

11:15 AM – Networking Break

11:30 AM – Film, TV & Digital Distribution and Marketing

  • Attaching International Sales Agents
  • When to Attach Domestic Distribution
  • Creating a Distribution Plan
  • Marketing, Social Media and Gorilla Marketing 
  • Exhibitors and Booking Agents – Dealing Directly with Exhibitors
  • The Current Role of Film Festivals and Markets
  • Digital Distribution/VOD markets

Moderator: Lucie Guernsey, Managing Director, Woodland Bay Capital

Audrey Delaney, Senior Vice President of Marketing & Acquisitions, Myriad Pictures
David Dinerstein,
President, D Squared Films
Karyn Edwards, Senior Counsel, Global Film, Netflix Inc.
Bec Smith, Independent Film, United Talent Agency
Russell Schwartz, Co-Principal, Pandemic Marketing Group

12:30 PM – Networking Luncheon

1:30 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

Moderator: Dama Claire, Incentives Special Consultant, EP Financial Solutions at Entertainment Partners

Peter Graham, Managing Partner, 120db Films
Karen Mbanefo, Director, Production Tax Planning & Incentives, Fox Entertainment Group
Steve Rothchild,
Managing Partner, Strategic Entertainment Partners

2:30 PM - Networking Break

2:45 PM - Financing 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

Moderator: Lucie Guernsey, Managing Director, Woodland Bay Capital

David Acosta, Senior Vice President, City National Bank
David Friedman, Executive VP and General Counsel, New Regency Productions
Karen Robson, Partner, Pryor Cashman LLP
Additional Panelists to Be Announced

3:45 PM - Networking Break

4:00 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 including fair use of music and the necessary errors & omissions (E&O) insurance.

David Steinberg, Partner, Dentons Canada LLP

5:00 PM - Conference Concludes - Networking Reception

Please visit the Film Finance Summit Website for complete details

Summit Location:

Luxe Hotel Sunset Blvd. 11461 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90049

Phone: (310) 476-6571

Speaker Biographies