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Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP is a leading global law firm providing innovative legal services and business solutions to individuals and institutions. We are one of the world’s largest law firms, with more than 900 lawyers and advisors in 21 offices. The firm’s clients range from individuals to corporations and foreign governments. Our entertainment practice has been recognized for many years as a key industry player in global entertainment and media transactions. The foundation of our entertainment practice is the representation of clients in complex transactions involving the production, financing and distribution of films, television and digital media worldwide. Based in our Los Angeles office, our entertainment lawyers execute deals efficiently and seamlessly around the world with the assistance of our lawyers on the ground in New York, Dallas, Abu Dhabi, Hong Kong, Beijing, London and Moscow. For more information, please visit www.akingump.com.
100 years, and counting. When M. L. Seidman founded Seidman & Seidman in 1910, there were just over 2,000 accountants in the entire United States. Armed with an unfailing commitment to exceptional client service, the firm quickly expanded both its services and geographic reach across the country. In the early 1960’s, alliances were created with like-minded firms in Canada and throughout Europe, and by the 1980’s the global network had been established – and the firm was renamed BDO Seidman. Today, BDO’s entrepreneurial spirit lives on, and the firm continues its history of growth as it expands around the world. Yet, no matter how large we become, we will continue to remain united under a common purpose: helping people thrive, every day. For more information, please visit www.bdo.com.
MovieCoin is a next-generation financial technology company focused on leveraging blockchain technology, proprietary applications and cryptographic tokens to become the leading entertainment transaction platform for businesses and consumers and the standard currency for funding motion pictures, television and other media. The Company has operations spanning content finance and production, business and consumer services and technology development and licensing. MovieCoin’s content finance and production businesses offer programmatic ownership of filmed entertainment assets to financial investors seeking institutionalized exposure to premium content, while the technological development of its digital assets platform utilizes cryptographic tokens to provide businesses with innovative solutions to streamline operations and entertainment enthusiasts with unique and more engaging ways to participate in the movie experience. The Company has offices in Vancouver, British Columbia and Los Angeles, California. For more information, please visit www.movie.io.
Fifth Third Bancorp is a diversified financial services company headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio. As of December 31, 2018, Fifth Third had $146 billion in assets and operates four main businesses: Commercial Banking, Branch Banking, Consumer Lending and Wealth & Asset Management. Fifth Third is among the largest money managers in the Midwest with $356 billion in assets under care, of which it managed $37 billion for individuals, corporations and not-for-profit organizations through its Trust and Registered Investment Advisory businesses. With more than 155 years of experience, Fifth Third has the expertise, leadership and innovative technologies to help your organization succeed in a rapidly changing global marketplace. For more information, please visit www.53.com/commercial. Member FDIC.
Understanding and solving the problem before it becomes one. Delivering clear and practical advice that gets your job done. Hogan Lovells offers extensive experience and insights gained from working in some of the world’s most complex legal environments and markets for financial institutions, corporations and governments. Our 2,500 lawyers on six continents provide practical legal solutions wherever your work takes you. Hogan Lovells’ Entertainment/Media Finance practice brings together a multi-disciplinary group of lawyers to allow it to effectively and efficiently handle a broad range of entertainment finance transactions. For more information, please visit www.hoganlovells.com.
Ramo Law PC provides comprehensive legal services to its clients in the entertainment industry with a specialized focus in representing financiers, producers, directors, distributors, studios and production entities in all transactional aspects of film, television and digital content. The firm provides experienced legal services to optimize its clients’ financial, legal and business position in the financing, production and exploitation of their content.
West End Capital and Advisory is a unique, high-touch financial advisory boutique that provides quality, bespoke advisory services to entertainment companies and financial firms. We possess consummate negotiating skills, have a deep understanding of asset values and appropriate risk-adjusted returns, and wide-ranging experience investing both debt and equity which gives us an intimate understanding and appreciation for investor priorities. We have a deep base of relationships with investors, top management teams and legal professionals; a reputation for high ethical standards; and investment and advisory expertise through many years of successful investing and restructuring at a range of leading financial institutions.
AFEX is a major LA based, global foreign exchange and risk management specialist, with offices and clients around the world. Whether you’re making or receiving international payments, hedging foreign tax credits or pre-sale obligations, we provide a highly competitive, customized solution to increase the value of your international transactions and mitigate currency risk, with no minimums or fees.
Based in LA, Living Popups is an augmented-reality platform and media company focused on interactive, episodic storytelling through the medium of AR. Founded by former Fox Broadcasting Network Senior Vice President Cheryl Bayer and visual effects wizard Jamie Dixon, Living Popups specializes in creating AR products for enterprise, education, and tourism markets.
Oracle NetSuite is proud to sponsor the Entertainment Finance Forum. For more than 20 years, NetSuite has helped organizations grow, scale and adapt to the rapidly changing media landscape. NetSuite provides a suite of cloud-based applications, which includes financials. HR, customer relationship management (CRM), resource management and more, used by more than 15,000 customers in 203 countries and dependent territories. NetSuite has also developed a solution specifically for entertainment and production companies to get them up and running faster with the help of leading practices from across the industry. For more information and a free product tour, please visit: www.netsuite.com/media.
The Association of Media & Entertainment Counsel (AMEC) was formed in late 2005. AMEC was founded by Arnold Peter, President and Managing Partner of the boutique law firm, Peter Law Group and the former Vice President of Legal Affairs and Labor Relations at Universal Studios, Bill Simon, Chair of the Global Media & Entertainment Practice at executive search firm Korn Ferry International and Peter Winkler, then the marketing leader of the PricewaterhouseCoopers Global Entertainment & Media Practice.
Our founders were concerned that there was no organization representing the interests and celebrating talented in-house counsel and attorneys at Entertainment and Media companies. While organizations existed to support and honor the achievements of other professionals – from actors to costume designers, there was one exception – in-house counsels and business affairs attorneys. AMEC’s goal was to change that.
Today, AMEC is a 14 year old organization comprised of more than 14,000 accomplished men and women working in a variety of executive roles including in-house counsel and business affairs attorneys at major entertainment and media companies and law firms. Once a year we host The Counsel of the Year Awards, an annual event celebrating the crème de la crème of the legal world in Media & Entertainment.
Women In Film advocates for and advances the careers of women working in the screen industries – to achieve parity and transform culture.
Women In Media encourages gender balance in film and entertainment industries by providing networking, professional development, and advocacy for above and below the line women and the people who love making movies with them. We are an intersectional group of women and woman identifying crew members in the film, television, and new media industries.
Moffitt is dedicated to one lifesaving mission: to contribute to the prevention and cure of cancer. The Tampa-based facility is one of only 49 National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers, a distinction that recognizes Moffitt’s scientific excellence, multidisciplinary research, and robust training and education. Moffitt is a Top 10 cancer hospital and has been nationally ranked by U.S. News & World Report since 1999. Moffitt devotes more than 2 million square feet to research and patient care. Moffitt’s expert nursing staff is recognized by the American Nurses Credentialing Center with Magnet® status, its highest distinction. With more than 6,000 team members, Moffitt has an economic impact in the state of $2.1 billion. For more information, call 1-888-MOFFITT (1-888-663-3488), visit MOFFITT.org, and follow the momentum on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.
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Winston Baker is focused on providing effective ways to connect entertainment, media and finance professionals online, offline, and avenues in between. We produce educational forums and networking experiences that re-define the way companies meet their business development goals and continuing education needs. In addition, we provide marketing programs that reach the new breed of targeted audiences – who are online, on the move, and constantly searching for a greater social and business network. For more details on our sponsorship and partnership programs, please contact Amy Baker at 917-992-6118 or via email.