Friday, February 7, 2020   

8:00 AM – Registration Opens

8:45 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
Brad Sharp, Senior Managing Director, FTI Consulting

9:15 AM – Networking Break

9:30 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,
Managing Director, Alvarium
Nicholas Tabarrok, Producer & Owner, Darius Films Inc.

11:15 AM – Networking Break

11:30 AM – Film & TV Distribution and Marketing

  • Creating a Distribution Plan/Line
  • Marketing, Social Media and Gorilla Marketing (YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat)
  • Video on Demand Markets & Direct to Consumer Apps
  • Film Accelerators & Contests
  • P&A Advertising, Brand Recognition

Lucie Guernsey, Managing Director, Woodland Bay Capital

John Evershed, Founder and former CEO, Mondo Media
David Dinerstein, President, Aviron Pictures
Additional Speaker 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

Marco Cardova, Director, West Coast Tax Credit Investments
Antonio F. Sifre, President. Sifre Group, Puerto Rico Incentives
Additional Speaker To Be Announced

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

Lucie Guernsey, Managing Director, Woodland Bay Capital

David Acosta,
Senior Vice President, City National Bank
Adrian Ward, Senior Director Market Executive, Barc of California
Ali Jazayeri, Executive Vice President, Three Point Capital
David Friedman,
Executive Vice President, New Regency Productions

4:00 PM – Networking Break

4:15 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

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