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Finance & Distribution: How to Get the Money to Make Your Film
LA Live Regal Cinemas
Los Angeles, CA
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Finance & Distribution: How to Get the Money to Make Your Film
LA Live Regal Cinemas Theatre 14
Saturday March 25, 2:00PM

If you are an independent filmmaker the hardest part is getting the funding to actually make your film. This panel of experts will provide real world solutions to your issues and illustrate methods that can be mastered to make your dream a reality.  Points covered include: accessing tax credits, domestic and international financing and foreign sales.  

Moderator Deborah Gilels,  President LA Media Consultants
Panelists: Larry Namer, founding partner of Metan Global Entertainment Group (Metan)/Julia Verdin, Founder Rough Diamond Productions/Ilyssa Goodman Producer and Veteran Entertainment Executive/Susan Simms,State of Florida film office

Deborah Gilels
Deborah Gilels has run a successful media consulting company for the past 12 years, assisting writers, filmmakers, and actors launch their careers in the entertainment industry, as well as promote independent feature films and documentaries, by way of public relations, marketing, distribution and project development. Gilels company, LA Media Consultants has successfully run PR campaigns for independent films and shorts, as well as project and strategic development for production companies, writers and directors.

Larry Namer
Larry Namer founding partner of Metan Global Entertainment Group (Metan)
An entertainment industry veteran with over 40 years professional experience in cable television, live events and new media, Larry Namer is a founding partner of Metan Global Entertainment Group (Metan), a venture created to develop and distribute entertainment content and media specifically for Chinese speaking audiences in China and abroad. An accomplished entrepreneur, Mr. Namer is the co-founder of E! Entertainment Television, a company now valued at over $3.5 billion USD, and the creator of several successful companies in the United States and overseas.

Julia Verdin
Julia Verdin has established herself as one of Hollywoods leading independent producers, with over 31 critically acclaimed feature films produced to date; including the Newmarket release Stander, directed by Bronwen Hughes starring Tom Jane, Deborah Unger, Dexter Fletcher and David OHara; Sony Classics release The Merchant of Venice, directed by Michael Radford, and starring Al Pacino, Jeremy Irons and Joseph Fiennes; and Riding the Bullet based on a Stephen King story, directed by Mick Garris, and starring David Arquette, Jonathan Jackson, Erica Christensen and Barbara Hershey. Her recent faith based film, Lionsgate release, The Least Among You, starring Lou Gossett Jr., Lauren Holly and William Devane, premiered on Showtime and was featured in many major festivals. The film was nominated for the 2012 NAACP awards for Outstanding Television Movie and Best Lead Actor.

Ilyssa Goodman
Ilyssa Goodman is a veteran entertainment executive, who has increased the corporate value of some of the largest entertainment brands in the world, including: Disney, Fox, ABC Family Channel, Discovery and Warner Bros.   With more than fifteen years experience in the entertainment industry, Ilyssa draws upon a unique dual perspective having served as both senior management for studios, broadcasters, production companies and distributors as well as performing as a producer and creator for more than a dozen movies and television series.  Most notable among them is A Cinderella Story an its two sequels for Warner Bros. Additionally, Ilyssa recently produced and implemented a successful digital distribution strategy for the teen comedy 16-Love, which went on to be a top performer for Warner Digital, iTunes and Netflix.

Susan Simms
Susan Simms has been the Los Angeles Liaison for the Florida Film & Entertainment industry for over 20+ years, spanning the administrations of 4 Governors. In addition to her tenure for the State of Florida, she also works for the statewide industry trade group, Film Florida, which represents some 60 local film offices, 16,000 businesses and 100,000 Floridians working in the film, TV and digital media industries. She has helped secure countless high-profile projects for the state including the current Emmy nominated Bloodline for Netflix, shot in the Florida Keys and HBOs new dramedy hit, Ballers, shot in Miami. In addition to numerous financial incentive projects, Simms also helps work on more than 1000+ projects a year, shooting throughout the State of Florida.
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LA Live Regal Cinemas (View)
1000 W Olympic Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 91504
United States

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Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


Owner: Alliance of Women Filmmakers
On BPT Since: Feb 05, 2009
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