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Panelists for the Stage 32's 1st Annual Online Film Finance & Producing Conference conference

This Panelist Viviana Zarragoitia Vice President, Three Point Capital

Viviana oversees all loan closing and advisory services in the Film and Television Division. Prior to joining Three Point, she worked at Lionsgate Entertainment for five years, starting in the Accounting Department and transitioning into the Profit Participation Group. While working in participations, she oversaw the preparation of multi-million dollar film and television distribution deals. She was then promoted to the group's Audit Division, where she managed film and television royalty audits of producers’ profit participation statements. Viviana previously worked in the accounting departments at Millennium Films and Bold Films.

She graduated Cum Laude with a double-major in Business and English from Loyola Marymount University.

 

DAY 1: SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 2017

3:15PM – 4:45PM

Financing $1MM-$5MM: Packaging/Pre-Sales/Tax Incentives

This Panelist Aaton Cohen-Sitt President of Jungle Software
Aaton Cohen-Sitt is currently the President of Jungle Software, makers of Gorilla, Film Production Software for Filmmakers along with other products for filmmakers and writers. He directed the award-winning short, Dr. Ded Bug, which Roger Ebert reviewed as “brief and brilliant”. His feature-length film debut, Interviewing Norman, was the driving force for creating Gorilla, software. Aaton gives seminars on filmmaking at various venues including film and producing expos, writing conferences, film schools, and film festivals.

He graduated UCLA (English Literature) and received an MFA from Columbia University (Screenwriting and Directing).
This Panelist Matt Enlow Emmy & Webby Nominated Writer/Director

Matt is an Emmy and Webby nominated director, writer & media-type living in Los Angeles. His work has been seen all over the world, and amassed millions of views.

He works with places like Comedy Central, VH1, Turner, College Humor, Awesomeness TV, Laundry Service, CBS, TruTV, Maker Studios, Big Frame, Google and Interscope Records to make sketches, commercials, music videos, digital series, and probably some other stuff thats harder to categorize (or explain to his parents).

He wrote and directed the show Squaresville, which won awards for Best Comedy, Best Writing, Best Ensemble, and Best Returning Show at the IAWTV awards. One time, Entertainment Weekly wrote about it, and that was pretty cool of them.

 

DAY 2: SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2017

 

1:45PM – 3:15PM

New Paradigm: Raising Financing For Proof of Concept, Short Films and Web Series

 

This Panelist Anne Marie Gillen CEO Gillen Group

Anne Marie Gillen, CEO of Gillen Group LLC is an independent Producer, Consultant, Lecturer and Corporate/Executive Coach who is extensively experienced in motion picture development and financing. Ms. Gillen is the co-author of the 3rd edition of The Producer’s Business Handbook – published by Focal Press and co-branded by Variety. Her second book The Business of Show Business for Creatives is coming out November 2013 published by Focal Press and co-branded by American Film Market (AFM). The AFM is produced by the Independent Film & Television Alliance®

Prior to launching her own company, Gillen was the Chief Operating Officer of Morgan Freeman’s company, Revelations Entertainment. She led the company in the strategic financing and distribution of Revelations’ projects.

As a producer, she has produced films ranging from studio fare (Fried Green Tomatoes), to passion projects (Under Suspicion starring Morgan Freeman & Gene Hackman) and low-budget indies (Into Temptation starring Jeremy Sisto & Kristin Chenoweth).

Her films have premiered at the Cannes Film Festival, New York Film Festival, San Francisco International Film Festival, and been nominated for Academy Awards, Golden Globes, Independent Spirit Awards and DGA Awards.

Gillen is a lecturer and panelist and gives workshop seminars for such organizations as: AFM; Bloomberg BNA, Puerto Rico Film Commission, California Lawyers for the Arts, NALIP (National Association of Latino Independent Producers), Pratt University, UCLA Film School, USC Film School and Chapman University.

 

DAY 2: SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2017

 

10:00AM – 12:30AM

Crowdfunding: Traditional & Equity Based

 

This Panelist Marisa Fernández Armenteros Producer, Media Pro

Filmography:

"A Perfect Day", Fernando León de Aranoa.
"Carnage", Roman Polanski.
"Midnight in Paris", "You will meet a tall dark stranger", Vicky Cristina Barcelona", "To Rome with Love", Woody Allen.
"Camino", Javier Fesser.
"Nobody wants the night", Map of the sounds of Tokyo", "Secret life of words", Isabel Coixet.
"Amador", "Princesas", Fernando León.
"Salvador (Puig Antich)", Manuel Huerga.
"The Dream. El Celler de Can Roca", Franc Aleu.

 

DAY 2: SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2017

 

9:15AM – 9:45AM

Global Financing & Co-Productions

This Panelist Tiffany Boyle VP Packaging & Sales, Ramo Law

Tiffany Boyle has been with Ramo Law since 2009, where she works with the attorneys to review, collaborate, develop, submit and supervise creative materials on behalf of clients within the Firm. Boyle actively works with clients in connection to production and distribution opportunities that bring their new material to life. From television (unscripted/scripted) to feature films to internet properties, she oversees all creative content represented by the firm. Her recent projects include REBIRTH (Netflix original film), YOUTH IN OREGON (starring Christine Applegate, Billy Crudup and Frank Langella), SPRING (premiered in TIFF), THE 12TH HOUR (documentary narrated by Jeff Bridges), STUCK IN LOVE(starring Greg Kinnear and Jennifer Connelly), FRANKIE GO BOOM (starring Charlie Hunnam), SOME GIRL(S) (starring Adam Brody), and FREE SAMPLES (starring Jesse Eisenberg). She also executive produced I-LIVED (directed by Franck Khalfoun).

Prior to joining Ramo Law, Boyle was the Director of Sales at Crystal Sky Pictures (GHOST RIDER, TEKKEN). Her responsibilities included the creation of marketing materials, coordination of marketing and delivery materials for international buyers and planning and selling at markets and festivals (including EFM, AFM, Marche Du Film, MIPCOM, Sundance and Toronto). She also acted as the financial intermediary for buyer collections and proper bank filings.

Boyle was previously a development assistant at Crystal Sky, working under head of production Benedict Carver (UNDERWORLD, RESIDENT EVIL) and head of international sales Daniel Diamond (THE BELIEVER). She worked in all aspects of production on the company’s films, including DOOMSDAY, BIG STAN and BRATZ.

Tiffany Boyle graduated from Loyola Marymount University in 2006 with a Bachelors Degree in Film Production. Passionate about the entertainment industry, she immersed herself in internships at HBO Films, CFP Pictures (under the Paramount umbrella) and Frameworks Productions, among others.

 

DAY 2: SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2017

 

9:15AM – 9:45AM

Global Financing & Co-Productions

This Panelist Mia Bruno Distribution Expert (Formerly with Seed & Spark, Gravitas Ventures)

Mia Bruno combines her passion for independent film with a unique skill for devising distribution strategies that are both effective and creative. Mia is a fervent believer in filmmaking as a comprehensive process and works with filmmakers to build a distribution plan from the very onset of production. Mia most recently served as Head of Distribution at Seed&Spark, a crowdfunding film company, where she built an extensive distribution pipeline into the marketplace. She also helmed a distribution education initiative to help filmmakers maximize their opportunities. Previously, she served as the Director of Acquisitions at Gravitas Ventures, identifying and acquiring quality independent films for theatrical and digital distribution, including Dave Grohl's SOUND CITY, and Sundance favorite APPROPRIATE BEHAVIOR, garnering the company's first Independent Spirit Award nomination. With a background in film theory from Columbia University, and a career in the dynamic field of digital distribution, she inhabits the intersection of an abiding love of cinema with an expansive view of the ways it can reach audiences.

 

DAY 2: SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2017

 

3:30PM – 5:00PM

Current Landscape of Traditional vs. New Distribution (Netflix, Amazon, Hulu & more)

This Panelist Heather Hale Film & Television Screenwriter, Director, Producer and Consultant

Heather Hale is a film and television screenwriter, director, producer and consultant. She directed, produced and co-wrote the million dollar feature Absolute Killers (2011) which was marketed by distributors at Le Marche du Film and the American Film Market. She wrote the $5.5 million dollar Lifetime Original Movie The Courage to Love (2000). Her book How to Work the Film & TV Markets is due to be published by Focal Press/Routledge in the Spring. She leads StoryTellers on WalkAbout global creative retreats. She was the Independent Film and Television Alliance’s Industry Liaison for the 2013 American Film Market and the Vice President of Event Programming for the National Association of Television Program Executives (NATPE) and provides How to Pitch TV content for them. She teaches webinars and online classes for the Writers Store, Screenwriters University and Stage 32. She is a member of the TV Academy and ShowBiz Mensans.

 

DAY 1: SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 2017 

 

10:00AM – 11:30AM

Raising Financing for Microbudget Features (Under $100K)

 

3:15PM – 4:45PM

Financing $1MM-$5MM: Packaging/Pre-Sales/Tax Incentives 

This Panelist JT Mollner Writer/Director, 'Outlaws & Angels' (Sundance)

Mollner's Writer/ Director credits include "The Red Room" (2008), "Henry John and the Little Bug" (2009), and "Sugartown" (2011); all 3 award winning shorts that played the festival circuit and have now been acquired by Shorts International for worldwide distribution -- a rarity in the world of short form cinema. JT has directed numerous commercials and music videos, most noteworthy being a spot for Lincoln MKS that aired during the Grammy Awards in 2011. In 2015, Mollner made an impact by presenting screen legend Dee Wallace (America's Mom) in the against-type role of a drug addicted, chain smoking bad girl in his 16mm short film "Flowers in December" - inspired by the gritty, "blue collar dramas" of the 1970's. His debut feature film, "Outlaws and Angels", Produced by Rosanne Korenberg (Half Nelson, Hard Candy) and Chris Ivan Cevic is scheduled to shoot in late 2015 from his own original screenplay. It's being described as a brutal, ultra-realistic home invasion drama set in the old west: Peckinpah's "Straw Dogs" meets "Lolita".

JT is a proponent of celluloid image capture and has partnered with Kodak Motion Picture Film and Panavision on multiple projects.

After winning multiple awards at Hollyshorts Film Festival, JT became a Jury member in 2012 and has remained ever since.

Mollner's production company, "No Remake Pictures", is committed to injecting original, unique, and sometimes controversial stories into a market saturated with remakes and safe, formula fare. The company (an advocate of real film stock, and not digital) is a proponent of practical effects over CGI and VFX.

 

DAY 2: SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2017

1:45PM – 3:15PM

New Paradigm: Raising Financing For Proof of Concept, Short Films and Web Series

This Panelist Bill Taub TV Writer & WGA Instructor

A native New Yorker who lives and works in Los Angeles. Veteran TV pilot writer, and Instructor. TV credits include two series honored among the WGA’s 101 Best Written TV Series, Barney Miller and Hill Street Blues -- with pilots written for Friday the 13th: The Series, Relic Hunter, NBC, Columbia, Warner Brothers, Paramount, syndication, and co-wrote the pilot for Dark Shadows. Bill Taub’s spec pilot, Raffle Guy, won first place with Scriptapalooza. Psycho Babble, his first web series, was done for Strike TV as an outgrowth of the 2008 WGA Strike. He teaches TV Pilot Writing and Creating A Web Series online through UCLA Extension’s Writers’ Program, and wrote the book Automatic Pilot adapted from his workshops (available on Amazon). And has just finished his latest hour drama, political thriller pilot UNSWIT which he co-wrote with Scott Ritter and will hopefully be set up by the time you read this. He and his wife reside in Los Angeles where he joined her part-time online Arbonne health and wellness business. He is now being forced to learn bridge -- which is only slightly less boring than dressage.

 

DAY 2: SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2017

1:45PM – 3:15PM

[Moderator] New Paradigm: Raising Financing for Proof of Concept, Short Films and Web Series

This Panelist Aaron Wolf Howling Wolf Productions, Co-Founder

Aaron Wolf is a director, writer and actor based in Los Angeles. An honors graduate from the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University, he is the co-founder of Howling Wolf Productions. Currently, Wolf is wrapping up post-production on the feature film, TAR, a thriller about an ancient creature beneath the La Brea Tar Pits that is awoken by the construction of the new Los Angeles subway. Oscar-nominees Timothy Bottoms (Last Picture Show, The Paper Chase) and Graham Greene (Dances With Wolves, The Green Mile, Die Hard, Longmire) star alongside Wolf and Max Perlich (Cliffhanger, Maverick).

Recently, Wolf previewed the feature documentary, Restoring Tomorrow. Wolf’s personal journey of rediscovery comes alive in Restoring Tomorrow, an extraordinary story of a treasured local temple near demise that was saved by a Jewish community’s determination to achieve the impossible. The film has received extensive coverage in publications such as The Los Angeles Times, Tablet Magazine, Guidepost Magazine and The Times of Israel and will hit theaters in 2017. Wolf’s narrative films include the award-winning “Guest House,” starring Michael Gross (Family Ties, Tremors, Suits) and Heather Lind (Boardwalk Empire, Turn); and “The Walk,” starring Oscar- and Emmy- nominee Peter Riegert (Animal House, Crossing Delancey) alongside Wolf himself.

Howling Wolf Productions is a full-service production company producing award- winning narrative and documentary features as well as corporate and commercial work for clients like DreamWorks Animation, Adobe, Lucky Brand and the University of Southern California. Wolf and HWP are currently at work on two films, one documentary and one narrative, to break the stigmas associated with learning disabilities.

 

DAY 2: SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2017

1:45PM – 3:15PM

New Paradigm: Raising Financing for Proof of Concept, Short Films and Web Series

This Panelist James Kicklighter Filmmaker

James Kicklighter is a multi-award winning writer/director whose work has been recognized by the world’s press, including The Hollywood Reporter, The Times of India, Film Courage and FilmInk Australia.

His first feature film, Desires of the Heart, was released theatrically across India in November 2015. The film was an official selection of numerous festivals across the United States and around the world, including the Cannes Marché du Film and was the winner of Best Foreign Film at the Los Angeles Femme Film Festival.

In May 2016, James completed Digital Edition, a documentary about the Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s transition from print to digital as they operate in a new media environment. Additionally, he is revising his first book, the biography of famed entertainment publicist Bobby Zarem, and shopping the coming-of-age screenplay Escaping Bellview, featured on The Black List, SpecScout, Slated and most recently, named to the Top 50 in the 2016 International Screenwriters’ Association Fast Track Fellowship.

James is developing several films with a southern voice for producers Richard Saperstein (The Mist, Se7en), M. Elizabeth Hughes (Short Term 12, Girlfriend’s Day) and Beau Turpin (Beneath the Leaves, Counterpunch), including The Perpetual State of Georgia from Casey Nelson and Kate Murdoch (The Last Treasure Hunt) and Erk, a biopic about legendary college football coach Erk Russell.

He serves on the Advisory Board for the Department of Communication Arts at Georgia Southern University, his alma mater, where he was recently chosen out of over 30,000 living graduates to be listed on the inaugural “40 Under 40 Alumni” for “impact in business, leadership, community, educational and/or philanthropic endeavors.”

 

DAY 2: SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2017

11:00AM – 12:30PM

Raising Financing for Microbudget Features (Under $100K)

This Panelist Bruce Wayne Gillies Producer/Filmmaker (LOOPER, BLAIR WITCH, DON JON)

Filmmaker and DGA member Bruce Wayne Gillies is lucky enough to be a successful motion picture producer of independent features for companies like EndGame Entertainment, Trigger Street Productions, Snoot Entertainment, Showtime Networks, Rhino Films, Good Universe and more.

An accomplished filmmaker, Bruce Wayne Gillies has been creating, writing, producing, directing, and professionally working on Hollywood independent feature films and network television programs for over two-and-a-half decades as an Executive Producer, Line Producer, UPM, Director or Assistant Director .

Recently, Gillies was unit production manager on THE MASTERPIECE starring & directed by James Franco. Kevin Pollak was the director of THE LATE BLOOMER that he helped produce, just prior. Bruce was also the Line Producer on Adam Wingard’s THE GUEST for Snoot Entertainment and LP/UPM A MANY SPLINTERED THING (aka PLAYING IT COOL) with Justin Reardon helming for Voltage Picture and Wonderland Sound & Vision. Earlier, and along with Ram Bergman, Bruce also produced on Joseph Gordon Levitt’s director/writer debut feature Sundance hit, DON JON.

On the smart, sci-fi action thriller LOOPER, Bruce Wayne Gillies directed second unit for director Rian Johnson. Gillies directed additional photography on the upcoming Bruce Willis ONCE UPON A TIME IN VENICE and also on second unit for the Warner Bros. television series THE NEW ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD. He also directed second unit on ATLAS SHRUGGED, DEVIL'S POND THE HEBREW HAMMER and more.

In addition he’s a producer on Ayn Rand’s magnum opus ATLAS SHRUGGED PART 1 and MORNING with Jeanne Tripplehorn, Leland Orser and Laura Linney. The gritty, indie-drama COLUMBUS DAY starring Val Kilmer for Kevin Spacey’s Triggerstreet Prods was line produced by Bruce. Ron Livingston starred in the powerful docudrama MUSIC WITHIN with Michael Sheen, Melissa George and Rebecca Demornay – Bruce Wayne Gillies was the line producer. WHAT WE DO IS SECRET starring Shane West screened at the Los Angeles Film Festival and Gillies gladly line produced.

Other pictures Bruce helped produce are the well received SEXUAL LIFE directed by Ken Kwapis with Anne Heche, BAADASSSSS! the Mario Van Peebles IFP Spirit best feature nominated biopic about his father Melvin Van Peebles, DEVIL'S POND with Tara Reid and Kip Pardue, and LOVE OBJECT for Ed Pressman's Content Film - just to name a few.

Gillies also directed the charming romantic-comedy feature BULLFIGHTS, an independent film for Quixotic Films, shot in and around Hollywood, CA. Additionally, Bruce has directed three well- received short films and two new music videos.

Just prior to directing on BULLFIGHTS Gillies helmed the music video "Aliens' for the progressive rock band NEON VENUS. Bruce also directed a music video for the techno-group A VIOLENT LIFE and their song "Xpresso Bongo". The song, 'Xpresso Bongo', and music video is full of energy .

The last short film from writer, producer and director Bruce Wayne Gillies is entitled INNOCENT BYSTANDER. Bruce Wayne Gillies is also the writer, producer and director of the twisted short film THE SPLITTING HARE-ACHE. Gillies' first short was a Palm Springs International Film Festival, Hamptons International Film Festival, Wine Country Film Festival and The London Halloween Society Official Selection. CAR TROUBLE, DARLIN’ - is a shocking short film that Bruce co-wrote, produced and directed.

INNOCENT BYSTANDER THE SPLITTING HARE-ACHE and CAR TROUBLE, DARLIN' were all included in the URBAN LEGENDS AND SUSPICIOUS TALES television pilot directed by Gillies. It was produced by Digital Pictures Studios and submitted to ABC, FOX, UPN among other networks for considerationAll of these productions clearly demonstrate Bruce Wayne Gillies' natural filmmaking ability.

As a fifteeen year-old high school sophomore Bruce picked up his dad's Super 8mm camera and began his filmmaking career by shooting scenes of his friends during the first Olympics, in costume with a soundtrack. Bruce continued his directing campaign in college as an undergraduate helming multi-camera coverage of NCAA college sports.

He's created, written and directed several professional television news and entertainment programs for cable and PBS. Gillies worked professionally as a director/editor at WCMU TV while attending college at Central Michigan University majoring in Cinematic Arts and a minor in management.

Bruce has been the director of several television sports, entertainment and news shows and many commercials. He was also a production manager at Cable Vision Inc., Mt. Pleasant, MI, and as a Radio D.J. at WCFX, Clare, MI and WLMA in Alma MI.

Bruce has written six screenplays, five short films, and three television treatments and is currently busy writing his seventh screenplay.

In addition, Bruce has even focused his sense of motion pictures towards the Internet creating content with the launching of ShortFilmChannel.com in 1997 predating what is now YouTube.

Bruce Wayne Gillies grew up near Detroit in the suburb Southgate, Michigan and moved to Hollywood directly after college to pursue his filmmaking career. He now resides in Southern California with his wife and children.

 

DAY 2: SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2017

5:15PM – 6:15PM

Current Landscape of Traditional vs. New Distribution (Netflix, Amazon, Hulu & more)

This Panelist Bradley Gallo Producer, CCO Amasia Entertainment

Bradley M. Gallo has over 15 years of media and entertainment industry experience including film, television, commercials, digital/social media and journalism. Currently, he serves as Chief Creative Officer for Amasia Entertainment. He recently Exec Produced FEAR INC. and the new documentary ZEDD TRUE COLORS. He produced new releases MR. RIGHT starring Sam Rockwell and Anna Kendrick, directed by Paco Cabezas; and CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR starring Nick Jonas, Isabel Lucas and Dermot Mulroney, directed by Elizabeth Allen Rosenbaum, and THE ROAD WITHIN starring Robert Sheehan, Dev Patel, Zoe Kravitz, Kyra Sedgwick and Robert Patrick, directed by Gren Wells. Bradley is also producing various other upcoming projects including THE CALL 2, FATE and BREAKOUT.

Gallo served as the Head of Production and Development of Troika Pictures for 2 years which produced THE CALL starring Halle Berry and Abigail Breslin, directed by Brad Anderson.

Prior to joining Troika Pictures, Gallo was a freelance producer/ writer/on-air personality. In 2010 he finished up a fellowship at CNN in New York City where he produced numerous shows including Anderson Cooper and American Morning and was a reporter for CNN.com.

In 2010, Gallo received his Masters Degree from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, specializing in broadcast journalism.

Before journalism school, Gallo was an independent television producer. His producing credits include; UlWmate Fighter on Spike, Bobby G Adventure Capitalist on Mojo, and Under Fire on Court TV. He also produced two national commercials for 1-800- Flowers. In 2007, Gallo was a top 10 contestant on the reality show America’s Next Producer.

Before working in television, Bradley wrote several screenplays, including ATTRACTIVE DANGER and ONE STEP CLOSER, which won numerous awards.
At the beginning of his career in film, Gallo wrote, directed and produced the feature film MAGIC ROCK.

Gallo graduated from Penn State University with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and minor in business.

Gallo is a member of Film Independent and has served as Chairman of the Board of the non-profit Cody Foundation helping kids through experiential learning.

 

DAY 2: SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2017

5:15PM – 6:15PM

Current Landscape of Traditional vs. New Distribution (Netflix, Amazon, Hulu & more)

This Panelist Alan Pao Producer & CEO of Tunnel Post

Alan Pao - Producer & CEO of Tunnel Post Alan Pao is a producer and executive producer of over 80 (yes, 80!) feature films spanning various genres. His produced film slate ranges from micro-budget (under $1M), to low budget ($1M-$5M), to mid budget ($15M-$27M).

Alan's most recent produced films include Outlaws and Angels, which premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival, starring Chad Michael Murray and Francesca Eastwood and Yoga Hosers, directed by Kevin Smith starring Johnny Depp and Lily-Rose Depp. Some of the more recent titles include November Man, It Follows, And Punching the Clown, Kid Cannabis, and Puerto Ricans in Paris.

Alan is also the CEO of Tunnel Post, the Santa Monica based full service post-production company. Having guided hundreds of films through various phases of the post-production process, Alan has become one of the foremost experts in the post industry.

 

DAY 1: SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 2017

3:15PM – 4:45PM

Financing $1MM-$5MM: Packaging/Pre-Sales/Tax Incentives

This Panelist John T. Trigonis Indiegogo’s Head Film/Creative Campaign Strategist

A behind-the-scenes consulting machine, John T. Trigonis has mentored hundreds of filmmakers and other content creators worldwide to create compelling crowdfunding experiences that not only reach, but exceed their goals. A writer, indie storymaker, and successful crowdfunder himself, Trigonis has literally written and rewritten the book on Crowdfunding for Filmmakers, and after spending a few years as a private consultant, he puts his prowess to its ultimate use as Indiegogo’s Head Film/Creative Campaign Strategist.

 

DAY 2: SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2017

9:15AM – 10:45AM

Crowdfunding: Traditional & Equity Based

This Panelist Chad Miller CEO, Cinema Media Management

Chad Miller has been working in the entertainment industry for more than 15 years. For the past baker's dozen of those years his career has been specifically focused on the business of on-demand entertainment. Back in 2002 cable companies were just beginning to explore the possibilities of "on-demand" entertainment. In fact, primarily content was available on a Pay-Per-View basis with customers being forced to press 'play' at a very specific time when the next available version of whatever they might want to watch would be made available. At iN Demand Chad helped schedule the content for availability, trying to squeeze in as many opportunities for customers to watch popular movies as the system would allow. For instance, if SPIDER-MAN (2002) has a run-time of 2 hours and 1 minute and iN Demand was willing to dedicate 4 different PPV channels to offering that film, his job was to work with the system administrators to schedule it as many times as possible. It was an infuriating experience for customers who could not pause the content and had to sit-down in front of their televisions (and only televisions) at a very specific time, pre-determined by yours truly.

Thankfully the true promise of an on-demand business landscape soon emerged and Chad joined the team at AT&T U-verse where he helped that product from it's conception with just 32,000 test subscribers in Texas to a point six years later when the service was available nationwide and had nearly 4 million active subscribers. At AT&T Chad worked with all of the major studios ensuring that both their big tentpole titles were available to customers and also helped evaluate new content from new content aggregators and distributors.

Which is how, after six years with AT&T, he found myself joining a small, independent distribution company called Gravitas Ventures. Chad was their 5th employee and during the time he was with their team it grew to more than 20 employees and was twice listed on Inc Magazine's "Fastest Growing Companies". That's a metric based largely on revenues, not employees. At Gravitas, Chad was the person that sought out content for distribution at film festivals and also simply through referrals from executives at Amazon, Hulu and Netflix.

Presently, Chad is an independent consultant providing distribution strategy advice to a wide range of people, from independent content creators, to established production companies looking to re-evaluate their distribution process, to encoding vendors who are seeking to bridge the gap between content creators and the platforms where customers are going.

 

 

DAY 2: SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2017

5:15PM – 6:15PM

Current Landscape of Traditional vs. New Distribution (Netflix, Amazon, Hulu & more)

This Panelist David Zannoni Fintage House

David negotiates agreements for films and television series for Fintage House clients, is involved in business development, maintains relationships with clients specifically in the US, Latin America and Spain, and represents Fintage at film markets.

On behalf of Fintage House, David has given presentations, workshops and seminars at universities across the globe and at events such as the yearly conference of the National Association of Latino Independent Producers in the US (NALIP), the Winston Baker Film Finance Conferences, the Rio Film Market and the Bogota Audiovisual Market (BAM). David currently resides in Mexico and speaks fluent English, Spanish, Italian and Dutch.

 

DAY 2: SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2017

3:30PM – 5:00PM

Global Financing & Co-Productions

This Panelist Franco Sama CEO Samaca Films

Independent feature film producer Franco Sama has Executive Produced an impressive array of over twenty (20) independent feature films including cult favorite “Guns, Girls and Gambling” starring Gary Oldman, Christian Slater and Dane Cook; this film was released into theatres and acquired a worldwide distribution deal from Universal Pictures.

Sama boasts a remarkable and extensive history in public speaking, public relations and a decade of independent film development, production and financing.

Other films Sama has produced include; “Black Limousine” starring David Arquette, Vivica Fox and Bijou Phillips, “Tooth and Nail” starring Michael Madsen and Vinnie Jones, “The Penitent Man,” starring Lance Henriksen and Andrew Keegan and "Paid," starring Corbin Bernsen and Tom Conti.

Sama also serves as Executive Producer on the recent film festival darling “Petunia” starring Thora Birch, Brittany Snow and Academy Award winner Christine Lahti.

Sama has spent the first quarter of 2014 traveling back and forth to Trinidad and Tobago in the West Indies working closely with government officials, film entrepreneurs and Question Mark Entertainment in an effort to help revitalize the film industry in that country. Sama is currently seeking a script that can be shot in Trinidad for $1M (USD).

His shingle “Samaco Films” is currently funding a slate of several independent feature films, including "Bless Me Father" starring John Turturro, Michael Rapaport and Michael Rispoli as well as a moving military drama titled "Through My Daughter's Eyes" being directed by Dallas Burgess, starring ingénue Avi Lake as well as "Jarhead" and the "The Island" veteran actor Martin Papazian.

Samaco Films releases two films in 2015, the first, "The Livingston Gardner" stars James Kyson the beloved "Ando" from the NBC television hit series "Heroes" and the second, "3 Days In Havana" starring Ally McBeal alum, Gil Bellows; both of which have been released through Samaco Films' sister company, Synergetic Distribution and have been released via all digital and Video on Demand (VOD) platforms world wide.

And the company's latest film "Game of Aces" directed by Aussie director, Damien Lay and starring former "American Pie" star Chris Klein alongside Victoria Summer (Transformers: Age of Distinction") and Werner Daehn ("Valkyrie", xXx) was released in 2016.

 

DAY 1: SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 2017

3:15PM – 4:45PM

Financing $1MM-$5MM: Packaging/Pre-Sales/Tax Incentives

This Panelist Vinca Jarrett, Esq. Entertainment Attorney

Vinca L. Jarrett, Esq. is an entertainment lawyer and president of FilmPro Finance, a financial consulting service for investors and producers for funding one-off films and building film slates. She has worked on many slate financing deals with banks and investment banks including CIBC, West LB, Bank of America, Merrill Lynch and ICB to introduce financiers to top tiered producers with A-list packaged projects for slate financing. Her top tiered clients have included Cosmic Entertainment, APG, Icon, Focus Films and the producers of Catch Me if You Can and I Robot. Filmpro has served as the holding company for financing distribution of films that include DIE HARD 4, THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL, and ALIENS VS. PREDATORS. Other film projects she has counseled include SWING AWAY, which wrapped in June, 2015, and filmed in Greece starring Shannon Elizabeth, GAME FOR MOTEL ROOM, shot in Boston in January, 2015, starring French actor Pierre Perrier, and currently in post-production, PEACE, LOVE AND MISUNDERSTANDING which premiered at Toronto International Film Festival in 2011 and is directed by Bruce Beresford starring Jane Fonda, Catherine Keneer and Elizabeth Olsen; THE PERFECT GAME directed by William Dear, starring Clifton Collins Jr., Cheech Marin and Moises Arias, released theatrically in April 2010 and on VOD and DVD in summer 2012, THE FOURTH KIND starring Milla Jovovich and Will Patton, which released in Fall 2009 and surpassed $50M in worldwide profits and for which she is a co-executive producer; the micro independent YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO REMAIN VIOLENT released straight to video in 2010 for which she is an executive producer; DISAPPEARANCES directed by indie veteran Jay Craven starring Kris Kristofferson and Luis Guzman in 2007; THE CAVERN, a horror feature released by Sony Pictures in 2006; THE STRANGLER’S WIFE, a Roger Corman film distributed worldwide in 2003; and THE RISING PLACE directed by Tom Rice, and starring Frances Fischer, Frances Sternhagen, Tess Harper, Gary Cole and Liam Aiken in 2001. She has also counseled numerous documentaries including RAISING MATTY CHRISTIAN, which has won 10+ festivals and recently screened as part of the Docs Corner at Cannes Film Festival, Far Out Isn’t Far Enough: The Tomi Ungerer Story, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in September, 2012 and was recently released theatrically in the US; WITCH HUNT, narrated by Sean Penn which premiered at the 2008 Toronto International Film Festival and sold at AFM to NBC Universal airing nationwide on network television in 2009; MISSION TO MATRIMONY about the legalization of gay marriage which screened at HBO; THE SURGE by Deborah Scranton shown on PBS’s Frontline in 2008; TOUCHING THE GAME: ALASKA which completed in 2009 following the successful release of TOUCHING THE GAME: CAPE COD which aired on the WB in 2004/2005. Vinca is an Associate Producer of the Off-Broadway Play 5 LESBIANS EATING A QUICHE which ran in 2012 at the Soho Playhouse and opened in summer 2013 in Provincetown, produced by Tony Award Winning client John Pinckard (A Gentlemens Guide to Love and Murder, Clyborne Park, American Idiot, Hair).

She also represents Golden Horde Entertainment as producer of the Off-Broadway hit FREUD’S LAST SESSION which ran for two years to rave reviews in New York, and now is being staged worldwide. She is also counsel to Golden Horde’s narrative film DON’T STOP ME NOW based on the Bafta Award Winning feature documentary, The Boy Whose Skin Fell Off. Other client projects include an animated feature entitled LAZY JACK, produced by Tony Award and Olivier Award Winning producer Jack Dalgleish (Spring Awakening, Dream Girls), and WERNER’S TURN, to be directed by Jim Amatulli (Flying By, Artworks), the true story of undercover cop Chip Werner who was set up by Whitey Bulger and the FBI as he is about to bring down indictments; and I AM LUPE written by James Manos (Dexter), and starring Lauren Velez (Dexter) and pop star Ricky Martin. She is also counsel to the leading U.S. art house cinema, the COOLIDGE CORNER THEATRE FOUNDATION. She has represented several tax credit jurisdictions including Puerto Rico, Louisiana and Arizona, and helped to create the first film tax credit in Massachusetts. Vinca is co-chair of the prestigious BLOOMBERG INTERNATIONAL FILM & TV FINANCE SUMMIT which takes place bi-annually in New York and LA. She speaks around the world on film finance addressing investors, financiers and industry professionals, and has appeared as a featured key note speaker and on panels at Cannes, Berlinale, Toronto International Film Festival, Turks & Caicos International Film Festival, and at festivals and throughout New England, as well as at Harvard University, MIT, Boston University, Emerson College, Boston College, UCLA, NYU, NY Film Academy and Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD). Vinca led two TV panel at Cannes for Bloomberg TV in 2012, one on bank financing with bankers from National Bank of California, 120db, Coutts and National Bank of Canada, the other on the currently released feature Lawless with its Executive Producers, Cassian Elwes and Rob Barnum; appeared on CBS News in 2015 related to the MA Film Tax Credits; has been interviewed on NPR’s All Things Considered (2011) on the economic relevance of film tax credits; Fox Business News (2010) on issues of studio financing and other news programming, as well as been featured in several film industry periodicals.

She is currently writing the non-fiction work SHOW ME THE F#©K!NG MONEY: HOW TO INVEST, RAISE AND RECOUP MONEY IN THE FILM INDUSTRY and launched in 2014 a TV web series of the same name with LA based manager/producer Steven Adams, as co-host, co-creator, and co-producer, in which Vinca interviews A-list film financiers and industry professionals with new episodes going up every Wednesday. The show can be seen with new weekly episodes on www.showmethefkingmoney.tv. Vinca is on the Board of Directors of INTERLOCK MEDIA, a documentary film non-profit organization, and COMPANY ONE, named Boston’s Best Theatre Company in 2013 by the improper Bostonian and recipient of many Elliot Norton Awards. She has served as the Chairperson of the Arts & Entertainment Committee of the Boston Bar Association, been a member and Board Chair of ImprovBoston, and been a Board of Advisor to the Golden Trailer Awards. A native New Yorker, whose extended family is based in Los Angeles, she currently resides in Boston, Massachusetts.

 

DAY 1: SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 2017

11:45AM – 12:45PM

Get Legal: Key Contracts & Agreements For Offers

This Panelist Gene Massey CEO MediaShares

Gene Massey is the CEO of MediaShares and its subsidiary, QwikShares, companies offering innovative CrowdFinance solutions for marketing and transacting online securities offerings. MediaShares licenses its U.S. Patented methodology, system, and software to FINRA Brokers and their companies to facilitate CrowdFinancing Public Offerings. MediaShares methodology helps companies with online fans, customers, and affinity groups raise capital by selling their private and public shares directly to their online communities. Using this system and software in Regulation D and Regulation A+ securities offerings, both the stock issuer and its FINRA broker collect valuable data from their massive online community of shareholders.

Gene is a regular speaker at Wall Street conferences and in addition to creating transformative software solutions for transacting securities on the Internet, he is also known as an Internet marketing specialist.

Gene is now a part owner of a bound-for-Broadway musical, “Starring Clara Bow,” based on the life of Clara Bow, Hollywood’s most popular silent screen star.

 

DAY 2: SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2017

9:15AM – 10:45AM

Crowdfunding: Traditional & Equity Based

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