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

Moderator:
David Steinberg,
Partner, Dentons Canada LLP

Panel:
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 – Film & TV 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

Panel:
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

Moderator:
Dama Claire, Entertainment Partner LLP

Panel:
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

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

Panel:
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

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