International Film Finance Summit
March 1, 2019 - Los Angeles, CA

Networking Seminars announces our 12th 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.

Super-Early Registration of $395 valid through December 31st. Early Registration $495 valid through January 31st; Regular Registration is $595. Groups of 2 or more save $50 off each registrant use code FL19

Earn Up to 7.5 CPE/6.25 CLE Credits

Friday, March 1, 2019

Summit Leaders:

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

Please visit the Film Finance Summit Website for complete details

Friday, March 1, 2019  (speakers subject to change)

8:00 AM – Registration Opens

9:00 AM – Welcome and State of the Industry

Overview of the day and discussion on the current trends in the film and television and industries and the trends that we can expect in the near future.

Lucie Guernsey, Managing Director, Woodland Bay Capital
David Steinberg, Partner, Dentons Canada LLP
Additional Speakers to Be Announced

9:30 AM – Networking Break

9:45 AM - Essential Elements for 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

David Steinberg, Partner, Dentons Canada LLP

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

11:15 AM – Networking Break

11:30 AM – 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

Lucie Guernsey, Managing Director, Woodland Bay Capital

Karyn Edwards, Business & Legal Affairs, Independent Film, Netflix
Russell Schwartz, Co-Principal, Pandemic Marketing Group
Additional Speakers to Be Announced

12:30 PM – Networking Luncheon

1:30 PM - United States & International Jurisdictions 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

David Steinberg, Partner, Dentons Canada LLP

Peter Graham, Managing Partner, 120db Films Inc.
Nancy Rae Stone, Program Director, Film & TV Tax Credit Program, California Film Commission
Christine Van Sant, Manager, Three Point Capital

2:30 PM - Networking Break

2:45 PM - Financing Options for Film, Television, Content

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

Lucie Guernsey, Managing Director, Woodland Bay Capital

David Acosta, Senior Vice President, City National Bank
David Friedman,
General Counsel & EVP, New Regancy Productions
Jeff Geoffray, Managing Partner, VX119 Media Capital
Karen M. Robson, Partner, Pryor Cashman LLP

3:45 PM - Networking Break

4:00 PM - Other Key Production Agreements: Chain of Title, Casting Agreements, Music, Etc.

This session will discuss the principal agreements required for a typical film. Many issues associated with production agreements are often misunderstood.  It will  demystify some of the agreements and explain common pitfalls and traps including music licensing for film and Errors & Omissions (E&O) insurance.

David Steinberg, Partner, Dentons Canada LLP

5:00 PM - Conference Concludes

5:00-6:00 PM Cocktail Reception

Summit Location:

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

Phone: (310) 476-6571

Speaker Biographies