Key ideas from our experts

Our 11th Annual Film/TV Production & Finance Summit has concluded and we wanted to thank everyone who attended our event on Monday, March 12th at the Luxe Sunset Blvd. Hotel in Los Angeles.

Some key take aways from the event are that technology has taken over the space on how filmmakers can get their productions made, viewed and marketed to an audience, and build a fan base for the type of genre the film is geared towards.  The next generation will certainly use on the demand to view content over portable devices over any other option.  Subscriber based services, such as Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, Apple, will certainly be funding many major motion pictures and television series in the future with a theatrical release being less important over the subscriber based services.  As with so many other industries, the on demand industry, will be the future for theatrical or entertainment content.

Staying with this theme of independent services providers will be the wave of low-budget independent films proven by the list of movies nominated by the 90th Academy Awards this year.  There are independent financiers, wealthy individuals, interested in funding a film and it is possible to raise all the money necessary for a low budget film through these wealthy individuals if they are intrigued by the script. One of our panelists has recently completed a film all the funds coming from private funds.

Tax incentives still play a major role in movie “soft money” for tax credits and rebates. Where you shoot your film is important to location scouting, banks, access to production crews and talent.  Make sure you consult with an experienced tax credit company who can assist with location and the best possible incentives available for filming.

Remember that it’s extremely important to involve an experienced entertainment attorney to clear chain of title for any film production and also make sure you have a production accountant involved in your budget planning.  Having these two professionals, has been and always will be key, to helping with budget planning, licensing, clearances, and any other obstacles you can encounter on a film or television production.   Happy Storytelling!  We hope to meet you at our next event!

The stage is set for the 11th Annual Film/TV Production & Finance Summit

Networking Seminars is excited to be hosting our 11th Annual Film/TV Production & Finance Summit on March 12, 2018 at the Luxe Sunset Blvd. Hotel located at 11461 Sunset Boulevard Hotel in Los Angeles.  We are honored to be working again with some of the best business and studio executives in the entertainment industries!

David Steinberg, a film and television industry veteran attorney, will guide you through a typical film and television finance transaction on our “The Essentials of Financing Film & TV Productions.”  What are the first steps? And how to you approach independent producers, bankers, equity financiers and “guarantee” that your film will finish and be able to return on their investments?  David has been through so many and always has a great story or two to tell our audience.

“The Essentials of Financing Film & TV Productions” panel will also include our veteran banker, David Henry, First Vice President, Sr. Relationship Manager, Media & Entertainment at Bank Leumi USA, and Nicholas Taborrok, a veteran Producer and Owner of his own film and production company, Darius Films Inc., with has offices in Los Angeles and Toronto. He has produced over twenty feature films that have received both commercial and critical success. Many of them have premiered at the world’s top film festivals: The Life and Hard Times of Guy Terrifico (Toronto International Film Festival, SXSW), Hank and Mike (Karlovy Vary 2007), Surviving Crooked Lake (Slamdance 2008), Weirdsville (Toronto International Film Festival and opening night gala of the Slamdance and Raindance Film Festivals), Coopers’ Christmas, starring Samantha Bee, Jason Jones, and Dave Foley (Toronto International Film Festival 2008), and Defendor (Toronto International Film Festival 2009).

The Art of the Steal, starring Kurt Russell, Matt Dillon, Jay Baruchel and Terence Stamp, premiered at TIFF 2013 with a Gala Presentation and was distributed by Radius-TWC and Sony Pictures. The Calling, starring Susan Sarandon, Ellen Burstyn, Donald Sutherland and Topher Grace was released by Sony Pictures in September 2014.

In 2015, Sony Pictures released The Intruders, starring Miranda Cosgrove, Donal Logue, Austin Butler, and Tom Sizemore. In addition, Man Vs., starring Chris Diamantopoulos, premiered at the Sci-Fi-London Film Festival in May 2015.

Most recently, Nicholas has produced three highly anticipated feature films: The Padre, starring Tim Roth, Nick Nolte, and Luis Guzmán. Stockholm, starring Ethan Hawke, Noomi Rapace, and Mark Strong. Benjamin; directed by and starring Bob Saget, as well as Rob Corddry, Kevin Pollak, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Dave Foley, and Cheri Oteri.

Nicholas also produces television; the adult animated series, Fugget About It, has completed three seasons and is entering a fourth. Nicholas has several other television projects currently in development with networks and studios including the historical drama The Lords of Opium with Oscar-winner Paul Haggis as Executive Producer for HBO Canada and the BBC.

He is a proud member of the Producer’s Guild of America, the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, and the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television. Nicholas was honored by Variety Magazine as one the “Top Ten Producers to Watch” in 2008.

Don’t miss this opportunity to meet these three veterans participating in our 11th Annual Film/TV Production & Finance Summit on Monday, March 12, 2018.  We’ll be announcing the rest of our amazing panels over the next few weeks.  For more information call us at 877-500-1510 or email: info@filmfinancesummit.com