Summit Leaders:

Lucie Guernsey, Managing Director, Woodland Bay Capital
David Steinberg, Partner, Dentons Canada LLP

8:00 AM – Registration Opens

8:45 AM – State of the Industry

This panel will address the current trends in the film industry with the direct to consumer deals getting financing and distribution, as well as, the moral and ethical issues in Hollywood following the woman’s movement.

Karyn Edwards, Senior Counsel, Global Film, Netflix Inc.
Lucie Guernsey,
Managing Director, Woodland Bay Capital
David Steinberg, Partner, Dentons Canada LLP

9:15 AM – Networking Break

9:30 AM – The Essentials of 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,
First Vice President 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 & Digital 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

Lucie Guernsey, Managing Director, Woodland Bay Capital

Audrey Delaney, Senior Vice President of Marketing & Acquisitions, Myriad Pictures
David Dinerstein, President, D Squared Films
Bec Smith, Agent, Motion Picture Literary and UTA Independent Film Group, United Talent Agency
Russell Schwartz, Co-Principal, Pandemic Marketing Group
Additional Panelist to be Announced

12:30 PM – Networking Luncheon

1:30 PM – U.S. States & International Jurisdictions Providing 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

Dama Claire,
Incentives Special Consultant, Entertainment Partners
Peter Graham, Managing Partner, 120db Films Inc.
Steve Rothschild, Managing Partner, Strategic Entertainment Partners
Additional Panelist to be Announced

2:30 PM – Networking Break

2:45 PM – Obtaining Funding for Film, Television & Digital Productions

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

David Friedman,
General Counsel & Executive Vice President, New Regancy Productions
David Acosta,
Senior Vice President, City National Bank
Karen M. Robson, Partner, Pryor Cashman LLP
Additional Panelists to be Announced

3:45 PM – Networking Break

4:00 PM – Chain of Title Documentation, Cast Agreements, Music Licensing and Other Key Production Agreements

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 – Networking Reception