How to Finance Your Project with Equity Investors Using the Internet

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Anne Marie Gillen

Webinar hosted by: Anne Marie Gillen

CEO at Gillen Group LLC, former COO of Morgan Freeman's Revelations Ent.

Anne Marie Gillen, CEO of Gillen Group LLC: 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.  Anne Marie is a consultant and executive coach to independent producers and equity investors advising on script evaluation, business plans, financing, worldwide distribution and single film and/or film company cash flow projections - motto is "Fusing Business & Creativity.". 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. She is the co-author of the 3rd edition of The Producer’s Business Handbook – published by Focal Press and co-branded by . Her second book The Business of Show Business for Creatives is published by Focal Press and co-branded by American Film Market (AFM). Gene Massey is the CEO of MediaShares and its subsidiary, QwikShares: Gene's companies offer 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 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 methodologies for selling securities on the Internet, he is also known as an Internet marketing specialist. For many years he has owned and operated an online video production company, and worked personally for seven years with Ely Callaway, Chairman of Callaway Golf, creating over four hundred television commercials that introduced and promoted the "Big Bertha" line of golf clubs. During the years that Gene worked with Callaway, their total sales increased from $21 million to $843 million. About Special Guest Speaker, Lou Bevilacqua: Lou Bevilacqua is the founding member of Bevilacqua PLLC (www.bevilacquapllc.com), a boutique transactional corporate and securities law firm. He is also co-founder, President and General Counsel of Digital Offering LLC (www.digitaloffering.com), a FINRA registered investment bank. Previously, Mr. Bevilacqua was a partner in the Corporate and Securities Group at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP and held that position since October 2008. Mr. Bevilacqua counsels companies of every size ranging from entrepreneurs with just an idea to established companies whose securities trade on the NYSE or NASDAQ. He has broad experience representing issuers in public offerings and private placements of securities, Exchange Act compliance, angel and venture capital financings, and other areas of equity and debt financing. Mr. Bevilacqua also advised his clients on mergers, acquisitions and other business combinations, including “roll up” transactions. Mr. Bevilacqua has several years of experience working with microcap public companies whose securities are quoted on the Over-the-Counter Bulletin Board, and he understands the special needs of these companies. He also represented companies with international operations, including companies based in the People’s Republic of China and Taiwan, Republic of China, Latin America, Europe and Australia. Mr. Bevilacqua graduated Cum Laude from Fordham University and obtained a Juris Doctor from Fordham University School of Law where was a member of the Order of Coif. Mr. Bevilacqua is Chambers ranked in Capital Markets (International Firms) (Experts Based Abroad) and USA Capital Markets: Debt & Equity (Foreign Experts). Full Bio »

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Learn directly from Anne Marie Gillen, who has over 20 years of experience with independent film financing and has raised over $100M worldwide!

Joining Anne Marie are 2 special guests:

  • Gene Massey, CEO of MediaShares and an expert in marketing crowdfunded online stock offerings.
  • Lou Bevilacqua who is the founding member of Bevilacqua PLLC, a boutique transactional corporate and securities law firm. He is also co-founder, President and General Counsel of Digital Offering LLC, a FINRA registered investment bank.

There are approximately 9 million officially accredited investors in the United States alone - you can now legally solicit all of them to finance your project. This exclusive Stage 32 Next Level Webinar, How to Finance Your Project with Equity Investors Using the Internet will explain how.

Recent legislation has created an opportunity for equity-based crowdfunding as a financing model for indie producers of film, documentaries, series, games, and other creative endeavors. Get INVESTMENTS in your film instead of just DONATIONS. This is NOT another Kickstarter / IndieGoGo webinar!

Whether you are a veteran producer or a film student - you need financing! This is a webinar for all level filmmakers, given by experts in the new methods of online film finance, who will show how you can create a powerful online presentation and legally market your project to investors on the Internet. You will walk away with a clear understanding of the new SEC rules and regulations that allow you to raise equity funding online. You will learn from 3 of the industry's top financing and legal experts how to raise equity funding for your own project.

 

What You'll Learn

  • How to create a powerful investment package that will attract even the most sophisticated investors
  • The elements you will need to market your film package online
  • Valuable tools and special techniques to attract investors to your offering
  • Where to search for potential online investors
  • The new SEC rules and regulations for soliciting investors on the Internet and elsewhere:
    • SEC Rule 506(b)
    • SEC Rule 506(c)
    • JOBS Act Title III
    • Intrastate
    • JOBS Act Reg A+
  • Legal procedures and documents you will need to accept investments from equity investors
  • New SEC rules that create even better methods of fundraising

PLUS: Live Q&A – Gene, Lou and Anne Marie will answer your specific questions keyed to your projects and the current stage they are in. They have a wealth of knowledge and information to share with you so bring your questions!

About Your Instructor

Anne Marie Gillen, CEO of Gillen Group LLC:

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.  Anne Marie is a consultant and executive coach to independent producers and equity investors advising on script evaluation, business plans, financing, worldwide distribution and single film and/or film company cash flow projections - motto is "Fusing Business & Creativity.".

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.

She is the co-author of the 3rd edition of The Producer’s Business Handbook – published by Focal Press and co-branded by . Her second book The Business of Show Business for Creatives is published by Focal Press and co-branded by American Film Market (AFM).

Gene Massey is the CEO of MediaShares and its subsidiary, QwikShares:

Gene's companies offer 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 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 methodologies for selling securities on the Internet, he is also known as an Internet marketing specialist. For many years he has owned and operated an online video production company, and worked personally for seven years with Ely Callaway, Chairman of Callaway Golf, creating over four hundred television commercials that introduced and promoted the "Big Bertha" line of golf clubs. During the years that Gene worked with Callaway, their total sales increased from $21 million to $843 million.

About Special Guest Speaker, Lou Bevilacqua:

Lou Bevilacqua is the founding member of Bevilacqua PLLC (www.bevilacquapllc.com), a boutique transactional corporate and securities law firm. He is also co-founder, President and General Counsel of Digital Offering LLC (www.digitaloffering.com), a FINRA registered investment bank. Previously, Mr. Bevilacqua was a partner in the Corporate and Securities Group at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP and held that position since October 2008. Mr. Bevilacqua counsels companies of every size ranging from entrepreneurs with just an idea to established companies whose securities trade on the NYSE or NASDAQ. He has broad experience representing issuers in public offerings and private placements of securities, Exchange Act compliance, angel and venture capital financings, and other areas of equity and debt financing. Mr. Bevilacqua also advised his clients on mergers, acquisitions and other business combinations, including “roll up” transactions. Mr. Bevilacqua has several years of experience working with microcap public companies whose securities are quoted on the Over-the-Counter Bulletin Board, and he understands the special needs of these companies. He also represented companies with international operations, including companies based in the People’s Republic of China and Taiwan, Republic of China, Latin America, Europe and Australia. Mr. Bevilacqua graduated Cum Laude from Fordham University and obtained a Juris Doctor from Fordham University School of Law where was a member of the Order of Coif. Mr. Bevilacqua is Chambers ranked in Capital Markets (International Firms) (Experts Based Abroad) and USA Capital Markets: Debt & Equity (Foreign Experts).

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Testimonials

Testimonials About Anne Marie Gillen:

"… Anne Marie's all-encompassing knowledge of the business is remarkable." ~ Jody M.

"… In an industry known for hype and flash over substance, Anne Marie provides real-world, actionable steps to help the filmmaker with what is usually most elusive." ~ Anthony C.

In show business, everyone is in love with the show, but it’s the business of making significant money that turns on the big boys and girls inside the tent. Learn what they already know…” ~ Steve E.

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Reviews Average Rating: 4.5 out of 5

  • This webinar provided an in-depth and clear explanation of the various SEC crowd-financing rules. The instructors were knowledgeable and delivered the info with clarity and a lot of humor which was great! I also appreciated that it only took about 90 minutes. I think the title of the webinar aligned perfectly with the info- they told how to use the internet to finance the project. Due to the strict SEC rules, you will need your own securities attorney to help with your specific film projects and assess investors. I highly recommend this webinar for anyone who wants to crowdfund around $1 million or more.
  • High level information. Would not recommend for a beginner in the industry. The panel members are great contacts if you are looking to offer 'shares' for your project, or looking for an entity that can get your business plan in order for investing and dealing on the stock market. My question would be how many major motion pictures have gone this route to get investors for the film? The presentation got convoluted about half way through. If you have a business background in the entertainment industry from college or entry level internship - this is for you. I got one good piece of advice, so it was not a total loss.
  • Excellent webinar. Explains the process for different types of investment capital for projects and how the process works. Well worth the money.
  • They are obviously very knowledgeable, but I agree with Duke - it was the how I was hoping to get out of it. I believe many of us are looking at the web portal/broker option and it did not go down that road much. I get that there are a lot of variables and that attornies need to speak in more general terms, but it lacked the information that the title suggested. I don't mind the sales pitch at the end of it if I had gotten some solid info/direction. I wanted to know what's the best type of company to set up for a web portal launch and are there any SEC elements that I need to know about that I may trip up on...I'm still unsure.
  • Solid presentation. Would have been more helpful if there were actionable items presented.
  • Very helpful, very knowledgable lecturers!
  • Great over view of information. Presented in a clear and concise way. All three speakers contributed and dove tailed very well. Thank You. JD
  • Overall, I felt that the webinar was informative, but it never answered the question it posed in the title. I still don't know to finance my project using the internet to finance and acquire equity investors. There was a lot of discussion about "what" but not a lot of how discussion about the "How" of using the internet. Unfortunately, the "how's" that were discussed were buried within the discussions of other elements.

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