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. Full Bio »
You've put in months, maybe years of effort planning, raising funds and shooting your film. You're incredibly proud of your efforts. Now all that remains is getting the film seen and returning some profits to your investors. But what's the best path? Should you enter festivals? Hire a sales agent? Go for theatrical distribution? Attempt to navigate the streaming and VOD platforms?
In short, how do you know what's the best route for your film in 2017?
Deciding on how to monetize your project can be very complex. With so many options out there it’s sometimes hard to know what is important and what you can skip. This Stage 32 Next Level Webinar will be your one-stop crash course on how to navigate the marketplace! Your host Bradley Gallo, Chief Creative Officer at Amasia Entertainment (known for The Call, Fear, Inc., Mr. Right, Careful What You Wish For, and the award-winning indie The Road Within) will discuss what options are available for your project once it's complete and help you decide if VOD, theatrical, a festival circuit run or hybrid strategy is best for your film. After giving you the lowdown on options, Bradley will quickly discuss the benefits of each and provide you with a gameplan depending on the path you decide to pursue.
Whether you’re selling the film yourself, looking for independent representatives to bring on board, or trying to get into a festival, it’s important to know the steps involved in selling a film, no matter your role in the filmmaking process. Indie films are getting produced and distributed every day! It’s time to learn how to take your film to the marketplace and show it to the world!
Your host, Bradley has produced a wide variety of films independently, guided some through the festival markets and sold directly to distributors. He will share his knowledge and real-life experiences exclusively with the Stage 32 community! You will walk away with a sense of the marketplace of today including an overview of how to approach the festival circuit, who should/should not rep your film, how to deal with distributors, VOD vs theatrical and so much more!
Get Real: Understanding your film and its prospects.
Festival Circut - Reality
Know what festivals are looking for and target those that fit your film. Discuss the major festivals around the world and the benefits/cons of each.
The Theatrical Release of Today - understand the global focus and intellectual property bubble. Why it may not be going away.
Video on Demand - the reality of going to VOD and protecting your investment
Discuss the blurring lines created by digital platforms. Understand the exclusive windows and financial models of these newer modes of distribution.
The importance of hiring a company/individual to rep your film. Use of private screenings/distributor screenings and festival screenings to get your film in front of distributors.
Making the Sale - the negotiation process
The Future of the Film Business For Now
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Learn how to approach and attach top talent to your projects that will help get them made from a producer who has worked with Emily Blunt, Jon Hamm, Halle Berry, Anna Kendrick, Christopher Walken, and more! Plus! You will receive an exclusive Sample Offer Letter for you to keep! When getting a new project off the ground you often hear about the importance of attaching top talent. There are a number of reasons the industry says you need to get recognizable talent attached to your project - it will help secure financing, land a pre-sale deal before you start filming, help stir up interest in your project from other cast and crew in the industry, and generally make your project more marketable and desirable across the board. While these are all true, it doesn't change the fact that it feels nearly impossible for a first time filmmaker to get a recognizable actor, writer, director, or producer to come on board your project. Most filmmakers early in their careers struggle with even conceptualizing the process to get top talent. How do you get the agent or manager to pay attention? How can you sound professional and knowledgeable so the talent and their reps take you seriously? If you are able to reach the actor and their team, how can you increase your chances of getting an official attachment? Filmmakers constantly grapple with these questions and, unfortunately, often make the wrong choices in going about this process. Many filmmakers waste money on offers to talent who are known but do not have any value in the current film market, or, conversely, make offers to marketable talent that are much too low and won't get the agent's attention. Luckily, this exclusive Stage 32 on-demand webinar will equip you with all the tools you need to appropriately approach top talent with the confidence and know-how to get an attachment! Teaching you the art and science of how to attach top talent is Bradley Gallo, the President and Co-Founder of Amasia Entertainment. If there is anyone in the industry that knows how to attach A-list talent to independent films it's Bradley. He has worked with some of the top A-list talent on his independent films including Oscar-winners Olivia Coleman, Halle Berry & Christopher Walken, Oscar-nominee Anna Kendrick, Jon Hamm, Jamie Dornan and many more. Bradley will pull back the curtain on the process and share tips & tricks on everything you need to consider to set yourself - and your project - up for success by getting top talent on board! Whether you are planning to make your movie now or plan to make a movie in the future, Bradley will provide you with the framework to know when is the right time to attach talent, how to evaluate which talent actually has value, how large (or small) your offers should be, and so much more! PLUS! You will receive a SAMPLE OFFER LETTER that you can use when approaching talent on your next project! Praise For Bradley's Previous Stage 32 Webinars: "Bradley was well-spoken, informative, engaging and made me confident in him. I would recommend this webinar to anyone looking to approach talent. Thank you!" -Maeve T. "Bradley is no bullsh*t. He is real, down to earth and tells it like it is. He is proof that anything is possible if you put the work into it." -- Stan S. "Bradley is creative in his approach and that's refreshing!" -- Samantha R. "Keep bringing Bradley back, please. He's one of the most honest voices I've come across in my 10+ years in the business." -- Martin C. "I could listen to Bradley teach all day. He's straight to the point, fun, and inspiring. He makes me believe anything is possible." --Melanie L.
Learn how to secure money for your film even after an investor says "no" from a producer whose raised over $15MM for her own projects and whose films have been in theaters, on HBO, Hallmark, Starz, Showtime, and more. Plus! You will receive an Investor Pitch Flow Chart, Sample Sponsorship Tiers, Sample Wish List, and a Sample In-Kind Letter of Intent to use on your own projects! Many filmmakers run into the same problem over and over again during their careers: they write a great script or find an exciting piece of IP, finish development, set up a meeting with an interested investor to fund the project then…the investors passes for any number of reasons. At this point, many filmmakers stop trying with that investor, curl into a ball and question why they chose this crazy industry, indulge in a pint of ice cream or bottle of wine, and threaten to quit the business. However, this does NOT need to be the case! There are steps that you can take with the investor who said "no" that can lead you to money for your film and we archer to show you how it's done. So, what exactly do you do when you get the dreaded "no" from a potential investor? This exclusive Stage 32 webinar will help you to make a little mindset shift and see every “no” as a wonderful opportunity to still finance your film…which oftentimes becomes the case! Here's how it's done... More often than not, the investor is excited about the project (they did take your meeting after all) but the financial ask is a bit too steep for their capabilities at the moment. So, it makes sense to approach them again with a new strategy. The strategic shift you need is simple and involves thinking as creatively on the business end as you have on the artistic end. When you are in this critical phase of raising money for your film, you are relationship building; you need to think about how you can reposition the deal, create partnerships, or potentially find "soft costs" to cut your budget to save money thus sweetening the deal. Working these types of angles with the potential investors who say "no" starts up fresh conversations and can lead to the success you're looking for. You’ll find that with the right tools and mindset at your disposal, the investor who initially told you "no" will become the perfect resource to help finance your film, expand your network, and get your film closer to a green light into production. Teaching you how to turn a “no” into actual financing for your film is producer and executive Sara Elizabeth Timmins, founder of Life Out Loud Films. Sara Elizabeth has raised over $15MM for her own projects using the tactics she is sharing in her webinar. Her films have been seen in theaters, on HBO, The Hallmark Channel, Starz, Showtime and internationally. She has worked with talented actors like Josh Lucas, Jane Seymour, Ellen Burstyn, Chris Cooper and Mackenzie Foy and writers like NY Times Best Selling Author David Baldacci. Sara Elizabeth has found success on numerous films by leveraging people who initially said "no" to an investment but whose connections, resources, and passion helped her save hundreds of thousands of dollars in in-kind, sponsorship, donations and connections. PLUS! Sara Elizabeth will provide you exclusive handouts you can use throughout your financing process. Downloads include: Investor Pitch Flow Chart - This Is A Step-By-Step Guide On How To Navigate An Investor's “No” Into Multiple Options That Can Lead To Money For Your Project Sample Sponsorship Tiers Sample Wish List Sample In-Kind Letter of Intent What you learn from Sara Elizabeth today can help get your movie financed and made tomorrow! Praise For Sara Elizabeth's Previous Stage 32 Webinars "Sara Elizabeth is just phenomenal. She teaches through her experience and successes, which really helped me learn how to navigate my filmmaking process." -- Mary S. "I've taken a handful of filmmaking and producing courses and none have compared to working with Sara Elizabeth. She is not only knowledgeable, but also cares about her students and offers help in any way she can!" -- Amanda B. "Sara Elizabeth really impressed me across the board. Her expertise, personality, and approach to the business and art of making movies is really top notch." -- Nick L.
Learn directly from Anne Marie Gillen, who has over 20 years of experience with independent film financing and has raised over $100M worldwide! There is no getting around it. If you want to make your own project, if you want to control your own career, you will need financing. In order to secure that financing you will need the necessary tools, language and know-how. Equity is King – and finding and closing it is the key component to funding every project no matter what the budget! This webinar will address 5 key strategies regarding financing that most filmmakers do not know. Are you stressed & overwhelmed with the thought of finding money for your film? Do you know how to talk the language of an equity investor? Entertainment is a high risk investment. Do you know how to mitigate that risk to get investors to a "Yes!" PRAISE FOR ANNE'S TEACHINGS: "Although I have extensive experience as a Line Producer on studio films, Anne Marie Gillen gave me the map of how to successfully negotiate the strange land of independent film production. She showed me which doors to knock on and how to get them to open. In three months, I went from being a clueless indie neophyte to negotiating with foreign sales agents bolstered by the confidence that comes with knowledge." - Robert Latham Brown - S.W.A.T., Charlie's Angels, Spider-Man "Anne Marie Gillen's captivating personality and unquestionable knowledge of financing films in the digital age were key in providing the vital tools to the Puerto Rico film industry." - Puerto Rico Film Commission "Anne Marie Gillen is exceptionally knowledgeable about independent producing and film finance. Her seminar on the principles and practices of successful producers is extremely lucid, helpful, and keenly observed, drawing from her many years' experience as an industry professional and broad base of relationships. Her sessions on business plans and financing tools are invaluable for the serious independent content creator: inside information with very current details and examples from the ever-changing funding and distribution marketplace. Spend time with her in one of these seminars if you can!" - Executive Director, NALIP (National Association of Latino Independent Producers) "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 Eccelsine - Independent Producer (12 films & over 700 TV episodes) "Your insight cleared up my eyesight... What a great seminar! The information you provide on the business principles and practices of the entertainment industry is an invaluable tool for producers." - Karen T. Bolt - Development Executive, Carrie Productions (Danny Glover) "Anne Marie's workshop was the best eight hours I spent for getting comprehensive and practical information. She not only shared a wealth of knowledge but actual documents and worksheets for real-world application. And to top it off, she made the day fun, lively and collaborative. I walked away completely satisfied and, more importantly, energized and enthused about producing my film." - Debra Weeks - TV Producer
As an independent filmmaker or producer, you likely start working on a new endeavor for creative reasons—the chance to tell an amazing story, build worlds, create something of cultural value. Yet this is of course not the only element of filmmaking. Like it or not, your independent film is not just a creative endeavor; it’s also a business. You’re sourcing financing and bringing in investors, building a team, and creating a property that will (hopefully) ultimately make money. In this way you’re not just a making a piece of art; you’re also running a business. To operate successfully in the world of independent film and continue to make films that you’re proud of, you need to be able to think like an entrepreneur and understand the dynamics and the relation between financing, distribution and recoupment of film investments. The business side of films is often especially difficult for filmmakers and creative producers, but it's doable. In fact, there’s a bit of a sweet spot for independent films in the $1MM range and a viable path to profitability for films of this level. The key is to intimately understand how money—both hard money and soft money—flows in and out of the project. Getting a handle on this flow puts you in a powerful position, because not only can you make your current film profitable; but you will also create a business model that you can apply to your future projects, and eventually a portfolio of profitable assets (or films) that will serve as an effective and undeniable calling card as you continue to grow in the industry. This entrepreneurial approach might not be second nature to creatives, but it’s something you can learn and something that will aid you tremendously. David Zannoni is consultant for Fintage House, the world's most respected company for revenue and rights protection for industry professionals and companies. He serves as the company's representative for the Americas. David negotiates agreements for films and television series and is involved in business development and relationship management specifically in the US, Latin America and Europe. As an international film business specialist David is continuously present to make deals and speak at international film markets, festivals and conferences, including: the Cannes Film Festival, the European Film Market (EFM) in Berlin, the American Film Market (AFM), Ventana Sur, the Bogota Audiovisual Market (BAM), and the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), and travels regularly to the United States, the Netherlands, Europe, and all over Latin America. David is intimately familiar with how independent films are financed and made profitable all over the world and will share what he knows exclusively with the Stage 32 community. David will focus on the US market and walk you through what you need to know to finance your independent film, $1MM or less, and leave profitable. He will begin by explaining what a $1MM or under budget looks like, whether it’s considered a small film or microbudget, and how it compares in the larger worldwide film market. He’ll delve into how to see your film as an asset and how to use this viewpoint to work with investors and provide profit. David will give you the tools to think like an entrepreneur and explain the relationship between financing, distribution, and recoupment of investment. David will then teach you how to take a business approach to a $1MM and under film project. He will discuss debt and equity financing and compare it to soft money, demonstrating both of their impacts on your recoupment. He’ll then go over how to finance your film through bank loans, tax credits, private lenders, equity investors, and family and friends. In doing so, he’ll demonstrate the differences between lenders and investors and demonstrate how to make—and keep—all of your investors happy. He’ll also go over ways to mitigate risks for yourself and your investors. Plus, David will show a case study of a real $1MM US film to illustrate how a film of this level can be profitable and exactly how the money flows through from beginning to end. He’ll show financing documents and spreadsheets to illustrate the financing structure, the role of the sales agent, and how he navigated the film’s distribution agreement. Through this detailed and practical demonstration, you will leave with strategies and a deep understanding of how to approach your own $1MM film as an entrepreneur and build a finance structure that will leave you and your investors profitable. Praise for David's Previous Stage 32 Webinars: "David is incredible and lovely and clearly knows his stuff." - Cynthia P. "Eye-opening information. A no-brainer approach that wouldn't be so obvious to the uninitiated." - Gary O. "By far, the best class I've seen on the subject." Kirk K. "David is a fantastic teacher. And what a voice! I could listen to him all day. More importantly, I learned so very much!" - Isabella T.
Stage 32 is proud to continue our partnership with Raindance Film Festival for the 5th year in a row, and while we may not be able to all come together in London to celebrate so many amazing and talented filmmakers, we're thrilled to partner with Raindance to highlight global talent virtually and from the comfort and safety of our own homes. Even in its virtual format, Raindance continues to showcase and champion the best new films from all over the world, and included in this year's incredible program is a collection of remarkable short films. Stage 32 is bringing together some of the world's top up and coming short filmmakers whose most recent films are playing Raindance. Included in this conversation will be Arjan Brentjes, whose animated short film SAD BEAUTY is playing at Raindance, along with almost 30 other film festivals this year alone. Also featured will be London-based director and cinematographer Molly Manning Walker whose debut short film GOOD THANKS, YOU? will be playing this year's Raindance in addition BFI London, Bilbao, and Palm Springs Film Festivals. Rounding out the panel, is Will Niava, an Ivorian-Ghanaian film director based in Montréal, Canada, whose film ZOO won Stage 32's 5th Annual Short Film Contest and is currently selected at over 40 international film festivals. In this FREE Stage 32 webinar, Arjan, Molly, and Will will take part in an exclusive Q&A moderated by our very own Stage 32 Managing Director Amanda Toney to discuss the state of short filmmaking today and how they put together their most recent projects.
A New Exclusive Webinar! Learn how to strengthen your mindfulness and happiness as a creative from an Emmy-winning Executive Producer and a Ph.D. in Conscious-Centered Living, who's worked with A&E, ABC, CBS, NBC, TNT, Lifetime, and more! The entertainment industry can be challenging. The rejections, self-doubt, and pressure can wear on even the most mentally resilient creatives. Many believe that when they land the big TV show or the top manager, they’ll be happy, but that’s not how it works. Those external factors are great, but you need internal strength in order to maintain your mental health no matter the ups and downs that come with working in this industry. In this exclusive Stage 32 webinar, you’ll learn the seven-step process to crafting your Inner Sanctuary as a creative from a veteran industry executive and wellness teacher so that you'll be able to keep striving forward against setbacks. Guiding you is Maria Baltazzi, an Emmy-winning executive producer with a Ph.D. in Conscious-Centered Living. Maria has worked with A&E, ABC, CBS, NBC, TNT, Lifetime, and many more. She was even one of the original producers of SURVIVOR, the game-changing reality series for CBS that pushes contestants to their absolute physical and mental limits. Maria will take you through her tried-and-true process to dispel the myths of happiness and show you her essential seven-step process to build a rewarding and intentional life that is mindfully lived with creative purpose. Best of all, those who attend the live webcast will have the chance to ask Maria any questions about strengthening your Inner Sanctuary while building a career in the entertainment industry. Start 2023 with a fresh perspective and the tools to have your happiest and most creative year yet!