Finance and Distribution: How to get the money to make your film!
Panel 4: SUNDAY OCTOBER 22, 10am-12noon
How to get the money to make your film!
Venue: LA Live – Regal Cinema: 1000 West Olympic BLVD., Los Angeles 90015 (3rd Fl-screening room)
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. Q & A to follow.
$20 per seminar Ticket purchase below
Deborah Gilels (Moderator)
Deborah Gilels has run a successful media consulting/PR company for the past 13 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. She launched the prolific documentary Keiko the Untold Story of the Star of Free Willy at the 20th Anniversary celebration of Free Willy at Hollywood’s Egyptian Theater. Partners included the Los Angeles Unified School District and New Regency Productions. Other launched projects include the television debut of Cevin Soling’s award-winning documentary The War on Kids that recently on Pivot, the Lion’s Gate release of Chazz Palminteri- Andie MacDowell family drama Mighty Fine, with an opening at the Museum of Tolerance, the US premiere of the documentary Fallout and James Haven’s short film Court of Conscience presented by Kat Kramer Films that Change the World, as well as launching the new amime series Lupin 3rd Part 4 on Adult Swim.
Currently Gilels’ PR projects include the indie film The World Without You starring Radha Mitchell and the US theatrical debut of Hayao Miyazaki’s Lupin the 3rd: The Castle of Cagliostro opening in 500 screens September 2017. She has successfully promoted films in festivals such as Dances With Films, LA Femme, Toronto International Film Festival, Palm Springs International Film Festival, New Filmmakers, Burbank, and in markets such as AFM, Berlin, Cannes, and MIP-TV.
As a media consultant for actors, writers and producers, Gilels has helped build their representation teams, placing clients with top management companies and agencies such as Ensemble Entertainment, Code Entertainment, the Arlook Group, Opus Entertainment, Echo Lake Management, the Warden Group, Shoreline, Infinity, ICM, Kazarian Measures, and Gersh.
Gilels experience in the entertainment industry has run the gamut from film/television production and development, to mergers and acquisitions in the international film market and public relations for film companies, writers, actors, authors and directors. .
Prior to that, as a producer and development executive Gilels collaborators included actors Robert Duvall and Rachel Leigh Cook; writers and directors A. Scott Berg, Michael Hirst, and Paul Verhoeven. Companies and producers such as: Warp Films, Disney/Hollywood Pictures, ESPN, Wind Dancer Films and New Line Cinema/TV.
Gilels has also taught at USC Film School Writer’s Program and been a guest lecturer at UCLA Extension School, Columbia College, and LA Film School. She was also a judge for the screenplay competition of the LA Greek Film Festival and has been an active board member for the LA Femme Film Festival for the past 12 years. At La Femme, Deborah has been in charge of the educational aspect of the festival, including all panels, seminars and special screenings, as well as corporate sponsorship.
Specialties: Deborah Gilels currently is a media consultant representing screenwriters, directors, actors, production companies and book authors. Consulting duties include project development and packaging, production, public relations, brand launch, strategic alliances and marketing.
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Ilyssa is a as senior level 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 Networks, Warner Bros. Paramount Pictures, HBO, Netflix and Hulu among others. With more than a decade of entertainment industry experience, Ilyssa draws upon a unique dual perspective having served as both senior management for studios, broadcasters and distributors as well as performing as an independent sales agent and producers rep, brokering numerous worldwide distribution deals. As a producer and director, Goodman is known for films in the teen and family genres. Most notable among them is the “Cinderella Story” franchise for Warner Bros. and the indie teen comedy “16-Love” which went on to break download records on Warner’s digital platforms and is recognized as a number one performer on iTunes. Goodman’s 2016 directorial debut, “The Standoff,” in which she also produced, has been released by Sony and can currently be seen on Netflix in the US and around the globe. In 2012 Ilyssa contracted with RGH Entertainment to conceive and implement their motion picture distribution strategy which is comprised of traditional distribution models while leveraging new and emerging digital distribution channels to fully maximize content value. While at RGH, Ilyssa had brokered deals for their films directly, to more than 75 countries around the globe and has brought to the company, lucrative domestic deals with Paramount Pictures, In- Demand, Netflix and Warner Digital among others. Having started her career working in distribution for Miramax Films in NY, Ilyssa moved to Los Angeles for a post at Universal Studios and eventually became Vice President of Filmed Entertainment for the international production and distribution company, Bonneville Worldwide Entertainment (BWE). At BWE Ilyssa supervised the distribution of an extensive film and television library, marketing content for all media platforms throughout the world. Along the way, Ilyssa developed a great eye for marketable entertainment content, forged strong industry relationships and became an expert dealmaker. Ilyssa Goodman is currently working as a finance, distribution and marketing consultant to independent filmmakers as well as developing a number of projects in which she’ll be producing and directing.
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.
Among those companies are Comspan Communications that pioneered Western forms of entertainment in the former Soviet Union, including the syndication of the popular soap opera Santa Barbara, which ran for 10 years in the region, and Steeplechase Media that served as the primary consultant to Microsoft’s MiTV for developing interactive TV applications. Steeplechase was also involved in the early development of ITV programming, creating interactive episodes of Baywatch, Pacific Blue and over 250 episodes of Judge Judy. Mr. Namer was also the Primary Strategic Consultant to The Documentary Channel.
A cable industry pioneer, Mr. Namer began his career in 1971 at Time Incorporated Manhattan Cable, and served as Vice President and General Manager of Valley Cable Television (VCTV) in Los Angeles, the nation’s first 61-channel two-way cable system. His vision and direction garnered VCTV several Emmy and Cable ACE award nominations, as well as recognition by Forbes magazine as the national model for local cable television programming. In 1989, he was awarded the prestigious President’s Award from the National Cable Television Association. Most recently, Mr. Namer was honored with the “Outstanding Contribution to Asian Television Award” at the 19th Asian Television Awards in Singapore.
Mr. Namer is recognized as one of the world’s leading experts on new technology and how it is fundamentally altering the business of international media and entertainment. Among the companies that have enlisted his expertise are Microsoft, Paul Allen’s Digeo, World Digital Media Group (a joint venture of Radio Shack), EchoStar and Sirius Radio network.
Today, Mr. Namer serves as President/CEO, Metan. Metan’s flagship series is Hello! Hollywood, a weekly entertainment news series tailored to Chinese audiences, offering up the latest in celebrity, pop culture and lifestyle news. Since its launch in summer 2009, the series is now available on over 40 television stations in China and six in North America reaching over one billion Mandarin speaking viewers. Hello! Hollywood’s premier content is also available on 10 of China’s top online portals, reaching more than four million viewers weekly, and recently was revamped for Metan’s new HOLLYWOOD CHANNEL on Tudou.
Metan is currently adapting popular Western TV formats for localized versions, including Go Dance! from Ukraine and Elite Model Search. The company has also developed the original sitcom Return to Da Foo Tsun and the recently launched Web series Planet Homebuddies, that has garnered an online audience of over seven million only one month since its launch. Metan was instrumental in joining together top China production houses Mei Tian and H&R Century TV with Warner Brothers International Television Production and the creators of Gossip Girl to develop a groundbreaking new teen drama series for China, to which Metan is also a consultant. Recently, Metan and a coalition of North America’s top TV and film writers partnered to launch Metan Wen Zhi Ku, a joint venture linking Western writing talent with transmedia projects for the China market. He also serves as Senior Advisor, Strategic Development to Eurocinema On Demand and is the co-founder of MINGYIAN INC., a China brand management startup for Western celebrities and influencers.
Susan Simms is the Los Angeles Liaison for the Florida Governor’s Office of Film & Entertainment. She is responsible for all aspects of the operation of the LA office and has worked on over 6000 motion picture, television, commercial, documentary and still photography projects since relocating to Los Angeles in January of 1994. Her office acts as the primary liaison between West Coast clients, state government and the network of 54 local film offices throughout the State of Florida.
Prior to moving to LA, Susan was President of Multi-Media Marketing in Orlando, FL, a full-service entertainment marketing company specializing in motion picture and television development, promotion and packaging. Her clients included independent motion picture and television producers and production companies, large format production companies, toy designers and manufacturers and international still photographers and videographers.
Before that she was a partner in Chameleon Entertainment Group, specializing in co-productions with Latin American partners and, prior to that was Director of Marketing for Storer Entertainment Group, where her duties included assisting in the opening of six large format theaters in China. Preceding, she was the Vice President of Land and Leisure Advertising and was responsible for all major clients along the Eastern seaboard. She began her career working for Bob Hope, packaging his quarterly television specials and promoting his signature Bob Hope Desert Classic in Palm Springs.
Susan is a founder of the Florida Chapter of Women in Film, a member of Women in Film/Los Angeles, and an Advocate member of the American Film Institute. She was the co-founder of thpe Central Florida Film Institute, co-founder of the Central Florida Film Council and a board member of the Florida Entertainment Commission.
Rachel Koehler serves as Director of Acquisitions for Freestyle Digital Media. Her most recent acquisition of note is Lysa Heslov’s documentary SERVED LIKE A GIRL. Prior to Freestyle, Ms. Koehler served as Manager of Acquisitions at Gravitas Ventures where she acquired SCORE: A FILM MUSIC DOCUMENTARY, ALMOST ADULTS, EMBRACE, AND BAKERY IN BROOKLYN amongst several other titles. Before Gravitas Ventures, Ms. Koehler was Manager of Digital Sales and Acquisitions at Cinedigm where she managed top partners including iTunes, Amazon, Xbox, and Hulu. She holds a BA in Film from Virginia Tech.