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March 2-3, 2017


















8:00 – 8:45 am:           Networking Breakfast and Registration

8:45 – 8:50 am:           Welcome Remarks and Program Introduction

Forum Producers: Katherine Winston and Amy Baker, Co-Founders and Managing Partners, Winston Baker

8:50 – 9:05 am:           The Impact of Fake News on the Industry

Opening Presentation: Richard Lui, News Anchor, MSNBC / NBC News

9:05 – 9:30 am:         M&A Madness: What’s Next for Mergers and Acquisitions?                                               
The value of announced U.S. entertainment industry mergers and acquisitions for 2016 reached $150+ billion, up sharply from $33 billion for all of 2015 and $14.5 billion for 2014, according to Mergermarket. Get the inside scoop on the latest deals emerging between new digital companies and traditional media and what it means for the rest of us. You’ll be hearing from industry veteran Roy Salter, whose analysis and forecasts serve as the top executives’ go to so be prepared to take some serious notes.

Keynote Presentation by: Roy Salter, Senior Advisor, FTI Consulting

9:30 – 10:15 am:       The New Reality: What’s Worth Your Money?
Emerging as the fundamental driving force behind the industry’s success, innovation has become the center of film, television, media, and technology. The excitement around virtual, augmented and mixed reality, for instance, has introduced advanced alternatives for audience engagement and more opportunities for monetization. There continues to be growth in new television programming, distribution online platforms and mobile applications as well. Speakers will address the latest developments in the marketplace, investment trends worth following, and where your money should be going in 2017.

Moderator: John Burke, Partner, Akin Gump                        
Panelists: Laura Kennedy, Executive Vice President, TV Operations & Corporate Development, Lionsgate
Patrick Russo, Partner, Shamrock Capital Advisors
Brad Sharp, Senior Managing Director, FTI Consulting               

Michael Yang, Managing Director, Comcast Ventures

10:15 – 10:30 am:       The Hope Award Presentation: Ted Hope
The Hope Award was created to acknowledge the positive changes being made by visionaries in film, television and technological development.

Award Recipient: Ted Hope, Head of Motion Picture Production, Amazon Studios

10:30 – 10:50 am:       Networking Break

10:50 – 11:50 am:       Indie Ventures: Finding Golden Opportunities in Independent Films
Make money making independent movies! Sounds like an ad from the roaring twenties. Does it still happen? Well, according to the multi-billion dollar independent film sector, it does exist and dreams still do come true in Hollywood. Content is still king; however, understanding the financial process helps. From approaching equity players to finding pre-sales and tax incentives to funding P&A, hear these experts discuss some valuable strategies for independent producers looking to find success in the new era of Hollywood.

Panel Introduction by: Steve Soffer, Founding Partner, Media Funding Partners
Moderator: Joseph Chianese, Executive Vice President, EP Financial Solutions, Entertainment Partners        

Panelists: Shirley Davis, Senior Vice President, Physical Production, Alcon Entertainment
Jane Evans, Executive Producer
Monica Levinson, President of Production, ShivHans Pictures
Rachel Shane, President of Production, OddLot Entertainment
Jennie Yamaki, Vice President of Physical Production, Digital Studios, Lionsgate

11:50 – 12:30 pm:      The Art and Engineering of Animation: Trends, Growth and Forecast
Be our guest. Join us as the original Beauty and the Beast producer, Don Hahn divulges the secrets to successful animation. Discover opportunities for growth and investment as Hahn discusses his work on some of the most profitable animated films in history including The Lion King, Fantasia, and The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Hahn has also worked on Disney’s recent Maleficent and upcoming Beauty and the Beast. You won’t want to miss this opportunity to learn about the current state of the animation from one of the industry’s greatest minds.

Keynote Presentation: Don Hahn, Award-Winning Producer and Director

12:30 – 1:30 pm:         Networking Luncheon                 

1:30 – 2:15 pm:      Reinventing the Movie Business Model
From traditional studios like Warner Bros revamping movie distribution structures to online platforms such as Apple and Amazon providing original content, the entertainment industry is being fundamentally shifted by a tsunami of global and technology disruptions. From the way we create and distribute content to the way we market and consume it, executives from small, medium and large film companies are faced with similar challenges. Gain insight on how innovators are getting ahead of the next wave of changes.

Moderator: Peter Csathy, Chairman, CREATV Media
Panelists: David Alpert, Chief Executive Officer, Skybound Entertainment
Jen Hollingsworth, EVP, Strategy, Operations & Business Development, Motion Picture Group, Lionsgate
Marisa Polvino, Partner and Co-Chief Executive Officer, Straight Up Films
James Shani, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Madison + Vine

2:15 – 2:45 pm:           Inside the Playbook: Profitable Plays for Gaming and the Film Industry
It’s not just money that is flowing into the games industry – it’s talent and a sense of possibility. Like the early days of cinema and television, gaming is a young medium, and one that is still growing. With a shift from physical games to digital software, the gaming industry has unleashed new opportunities for investors and content creators alike. Uncover what’s ahead and how gaming will continue to transform the film and entertainment industry.

Keynote Presentation:  Jean-Julien Baronnet, Producer and Chief Executive Officer, Marla Studios 

2:45 – 3:00 pm:           Networking Break    

3:00 – 4:00 pm:           China and Hollywood: The Love Affair – The End or Just the Beginning?
Is the Honeymoon over or are we just getting started? Sure there have been a few deals that imploded right before our very eyes between China and Hollywood; however, as the global film industry continues to mature, what’s in store for existing and future strategic alliances? Hear from both sides of the spectrum as they explore the possibilities and realities for the future of the Chinese-American film market and its effect on global storytelling.

Moderator: David U. Lee, Chief Executive Officer, Leeding Media
Panelists: Rong Chen, Chief Executive Officer, Perfect World Pictures
Rob Minkoff, Award-Winning Director
Neal Moritz, Producer and Founder, Original Film
Bennett Pozil, Executive Vice President, Head of Corporate Banking, East West Bank
Stacey L. Rosenberg, Partner, Hogan Lovells

4:00 – 5:00 pm:           Keynote Conversation: Financing the Diversity Gap
There is no doubt that Hollywood suffers from a major diversity problem. It’s time to reverse this stereotypical thinking and create a system of equality. Hear how these like-minded individuals are creating opportunities and improving the industry’s landscape and how you can get involved.

Keynote Presentation: Dr. Stacy L. Smith, Associate Professor, USC Annenberg
Followed by a Panel Discussion with: Richard Lui, News Anchor, MSNBC
Gil Robertson, President, African American Film Critics Association
Cathy Schulman, President and Chief Executive Officer, Welle Entertainment & President, Women in Film
Moderated by: Rebecca Sun, Senior Reporter, The Hollywood Reporter

5:00 – 7:00 pm:           Networking Reception and Exhibits


→ Workshops A & B run simultaneously from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm

9:00 am – 12:00 pm | WORKSHOP 1A: Business Basics
Starting an Independent Production Company
Starting a production company isn’t easy, but with blood, sweat, tears and a dose of this workshop, you’ll be running the show in no time. From business plans and legal entities to marketing, operations and management, get a grip on what it takes to be your own boss.

Workshop Leaders: Dallas King, Professor, Loyola Marymount University and Producer & Founder, Red Rabbit Pictures
Joshua Blum, Founder and President, Washington Square Films
R. Andru Davies, President, Mt. Hollywood Films
Russell Levine, Producer and Chief Executive Officer, Route One Entertainment

Courtney Lauren Penn, Producer and Founder, Boundless Pictures   

9:00 am – 12:00 pm | WORKSHOP 1B: Financing Fundamentals
Film Investment Models, Valuation and Risk Mitigation
So you’ve always wanted to be in the movie business, but have no clue how to start as an investor. Being at this conference is a great start! After the first day of sessions, you might feel a bit overwhelmed with information, but this workshop will help. Gain a better understanding into the nuances of the movie business over other alternative investments. Panelists will address how to evaluate a film’s economic value; take risk-mitigated measures to increase upside; assess potential domestic and international sales; and evaluate the pros and cons of getting involved in financing various stages of a movies such as development, production, P&A, and distribution.

Workshop Leaders: Douglas Hansen, President, Hansian Media Capital
Ross Fremer, Senior Executive, Head of Business Development, Cinetic Media
Paul Hanson, Chief Executive Officer, Covert Media
Mark Hutchison, Tax Partner, Armanino LLP

Mimi Steinbauer, President and Chief Executive Officer, Radiant Films International

→ Workshops A & B run simultaneously from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

1:00 – 4:00 pm | WORKSHOP 2A: Fundraising 101
Equity, Gap, Mezz and More: Where to Find It and How to Close the Deal
Understand the capital structure. Find the right finance partners. Prepare pre-packages. Book solid talent. Learn how to approach and pitch financiers. Figure out where to get last minute financing and fast. Seems like a lot to learn in three hours, right? Our workshop leaders will literally blow your minds.

Workshop Leaders: Jeff Geoffray, Managing Partner, VX119 Media Capital
Anthony Beaudoin, Managing Director, Entertainment Finance, MUFG Union Bank                       

Peter Graham, Principal, 120dB Films
Matthew Malek, Co-founder and President, Foxtail Entertainment
Steve Soffer, Founding Partner, Media Funding Partners

1:00 – 4:00 pm | WORKSHOP 2B: Finding Returns
Investing in Wonderland: Capitalizing on Animation and Visual Effects
Hard to imagine you could make money investing in dreams, especially ones with thin margins. Happens everyday in Lalaland, but how? The current investment trends point towards virtual reality, distribution, and content. This workshop will dive into the latter and explore ways in which investors are finding returns while enhancing content through animation and visual effects. Experts will address the evolving business models, competitive landscape, the financial breakdowns, industry challenges, and underlying opportunities.

Workshop Leaders: Kevin Winston, Founder, DigitalLA
Penney Finkelman Cox, Co-President and Producer, Original Force
Chris Henderson, Founding Partner, Astro-Nomical Entertainment
Jon Levy, Agent, United Talent Agency | UTA
Chris Lytton, COO and EVP, Strategy and Business Affairs, The Jim Henson Company