American Film Market's Finance Conference Expands to Two Days

Weinstein Co.'s Harvey Weinstein, WME's Graham Taylor among participants expected at Nov. event.

With a line-up of participants that includes Sierra Pictures' Nick Meyer, Optimum Releasing's Danny Perkins, Film Finances' Steve Ransohoff, Nu Image's Trevor Short, WME's Graham Taylor, Icon's Stewart Till and the Weinstein Co.'s Harvey Weinstein, the American Film Market's annual Finance Conference is expanding to cover two days this year.

The conference is set for Nov. 5 and 6.

The opening session, titled "De-mystifying the Economic Implications of Electronic Delivery and the Recession on Film Performance," will offer an analysis by the Salter Group, followed by a panel discussion moderated by attorney P. John Burke and featuring Weinstein and the Salter Group's Patrick Russo.

The AFM will also offer a series of seminars such as a PGA panel on "New Strategies on how to Package and Finance Your Independent Project Overseas," with Film Colony's Richard Gladstein and Mandalay's Cathy Schulman.

A "Studio Finance and Distribution" seminar will include panelists Chris Aronson, svp domestic distribution, 20th Century Fox; Steve Bersch, Ppresident, Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions Group; Ron Hohauser, CFO, Summit Entertainment; and Jeff Small, president & COO, DreamWorks.

The complete list of seminars and conferences, announced Tuesday, follows:

AFM Finance Conference: Day 1

De-mystifying the Economic Implications of Electronic Delivery and the Recession on Film Performance
Moderator: P. John Burke, Partner, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
Initial Panelists: Harvey Weinstein, Co-Chairman, The Weinstein Company; Patrick Russo, Founding Principal, The Salter Group

The Expanding Role of Local Distributors in Production and Finance
Moderator: Mike Goodridge, Editor, Screen International
Panelists: Nick Meyer, President & CEO, Sierra Pictures; Danny Perkins, CEO, Optimum Releasing; Graham Taylor, Head of Global Finance & Distribution Group, WME; Stewart Till, Chief Executive, The Icon Group

AFM Finance Conference: Day 2

International Tax Incentives: Annual Update
Moderator: Will French, President, Film Production Capital, LLC
Panelists: Mary Ann Hughes, VP, Film & Television Production Planning, The Walt Disney Company;  Mark Manuel, EVP of Structured Finance, Lionsgate; Steve Ransohoff, President, Film Finances, Inc.; Jake Rose, Head of Movies & Mini-Series Production, Sony Pictures Television; Trevor Short, Chief Financial Officer, Nu Image

Driving Original Productions Through U.S. Pre-Sales
Moderator: Paul Hertzberg, President, Cinetel Films, Inc.
Panelists: Elizabeth Cullin, VP, Scheduling & Acquisitions, Lifetime Entertainment; Kevin Kasha, EVP, Worldwide Acquisitions & Co-Productions, Anchor Bay Films; Thomas Vitale, EVP, Programming & Original Movies, Syfy; Tom Zappala, EVP, Program Acquisitions & Scheduling, ABC Cable Networks Group

AFM Seminars

Hong Kong: Asia's Co-production Center and Gateway to the China Market
Programmed by: Hong Kong Trade Development Council

Pitch Me!
Moderator: Caroline Baron, Producer, A-Line Pictures

Film Marketing & New Social Media - Maximizing Exposure in the Internet Era
Programmed by: British Academy of Film & Television Arts, Los Angeles
Moderator: John Alan Simon, Writer/Director, Radio Free Albemuth; Producer, The Getaway; Former Staff Writer, New Orleans Times Picayune; Member, BAFTA/LA Board of Directors, Chairman, Learning & Events Committee
Panelists: Sheri Candler, Marketing/Engagement Media Strategist; Philippe Dias, Chairman & Founder, Cinema Libre Studios; Sacha Gervasi, Director, Executive Producer, Anvil! The Story of Anvil, and Screenwriter, The Terminal; Susan Jackson, President & Co-Founder, Freestyle Releasing; Jill Jones, SVP, International Marketing & Publicity, Summit Entertainment LLC; Beth Portello, SVP, Marketing & Publicity, Cinema Libre Studios

Piracy: The Real Cost of Free
Programmed by: Film Independent
Moderator: Michael Donaldson, Donaldson & Califf; author of Clearance and Copyright
Initial Panelists: Tony Knight, Senior Project Manager, Rovi; John Sloss, Founder, Cenetic Media and Cenetic Rights Management

Resources for Independent Filmmakers
Programmed by: SAGIndie and Writers Guild of America, West
Moderator: Todd Amorde, Member Services Representative, WGAW
Panelists: Lise Anderson, Senior Director of Contracts, WGAW; Mark Friedlander, National Director of New Media, SAG; Darrien Michele Gipson, National Director, SAGIndie; Kay Schaber Wolf, Independent Film Executive, WGAW

Studio Finance and Distribution
Programmed by: ScreenPlayLab
Moderator: Robin Rowe, President,
Panelists: Chris Aronson, SVP Domestic Distribution, 20th Century Fox; Steve Bersch, President, Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions Group; Ron Hohauser, CFO, Summit Entertainment; Jeff Small, President & COO, DreamWorks

The "Chick Flick" Grows Up
Programmed by: Women in Film International Committee
Moderator: Jane Fleming, President of Women in Film Los Angeles: Partner, Amber Entertainment

New Strategies on how to Package and Finance Your Independent Project Overseas
Programmed by: Producers Guild of America
Moderator: William Stuart, Producer, Aurora Productions, International Committee Co-Chair, PGA
Panelists: Richard Gladstein, President, FilmColony; Paul Green, President, Anonymous Content; Bill Johnson, Partner, Inferno Entertainment; Larry Kopeikin, Attorney, Morris, Yorn, Barnes & Levine, P.C.; Stacey Parks, Film Specific; Cathy Schulman, President, Mandalay Pictures

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