So you have a killer script and you believe it will make a great indie film. You have a small crew to get the job done but you need financing. What do you do? Where do you go? Do you try the credit card route? Do you try Indiegogo or Kickstarter? Bank financing is out of the question or is it?
Join us May 4th from 11am to 2pm at AZVirtual Studios as we tackle those questions and more with Adrian Ward Senior Vice President - Manager Entertainment Banking at Pacific Mercantile Bank. Adrian has over 20 years experience in the film financing world and has specialized in low budget financing to 2mm. Adrian will talk to us about film financing, the ins and outs, the market today and how to package your project to attract financing.
Topics to be discussed:
* Bank financing of independent films – the basics
* Alternative sources of financing
* The state of the current market
* Creating the package
* The role of third parties (sales agents, lawyers and bond companies)
* Foreign sales
* Tax credits
* Creating long term assets
If you are currently working on an indie film to find financing or even thinking about some day putting your own film together, you will not want to miss this seminar. It is a MUST see for every filmmaker. We are not talking about how to hit up your Uncle Bob for $500.00. We are talking about how to package your film so even banks who specialize in this product will want to lend you the money.
***Social/Mixer after event for all who attend***
Senior Vice President
Entertainment Industries Division
Pacific Mercantile Bank
Adrian joined the pioneering entertainment lender The Lewis Horwitz Organization (LHO) in 1991, where he was involved in the development and structuring of some of the first bank production loans based on international sales contracts. In the following years he was instrumental in the risk analysis that led to the first ever gap finance transactions and rapidly became one of the leading lenders within the unit. In 1998 Adrian returned to his hometown of London, England as LHO’s European Representative, where he specialized in packaging multi-party co-production transactions involving many of the available European tax incentives. Returning to Los Angeles in 2005 as the Portfolio Manager for ICB Entertainment Finance, he was responsible for oversight of production loans with an aggregate value of approx. $200,000,000. Titles funded at LHO/ICBEF included, “Big Fat Greek Wedding”, “Tristan & Isolde”, “Monster”, “The Illusionist”, and “The Tudors”. In April 2008, he became Senior Vice President of National Bank of California’s Entertainment, Sports & Media Department and provided financing for over 60 films, representing over $175,000,000 in production budgets, in over four years including “The Tempest”, “Red Dog” and “The Ward”.
In January, 2013, Adrian joined Pacific Mercantile Bank (PMB) where he is tasked with building upon the bank’s existing entertainment portfolio to take advantage of the numerous relationships he has built over 21 years in the business. Adrian’s breadth of knowledge, amassed over approximately 700 film and TV transactions, gives PMB the ideal platform to become an industry-leading institution in the increasingly complex world of entertainment finance.
Adrian, a UK native, is a permanent resident in Los Angeles and outside of work enjoys time with his family and on the golf course.