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Winston Baker

January 20, 2010 12:00 ET

Film Finance Forum Agenda and Speakers Announced

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwire - January 20, 2010) - Winston | Baker today announced the speaking faculty and detailed program for the 2nd Annual Film Finance Forum, which will be held in Los Angeles on March 2-4, 2010 in association with Variety and Thomson Reuters.

"Variety has long been at the forefront of the film industry, and by getting involved in the Film Finance Forum we can ensure that we continue to be there, leading the discussion on emerging trends and innovations within the film financing world," says Linda Buckley-Bruno, Publishing Director, Variety.

"These are very interesting times for financing films, so our main goal for this year's forum is to cultivate discussions on viable strategies in this challenging market by bringing together industry leaders from both entertainment and finance sectors," said Katherine Winston, Managing Partner, Winston | Baker.

From the financial community, participants will include ABRY Partners; Bank Leumi; Bank of America; Banner Capital; Clear Scope Partners; Comerica Entertainment Group; Newbridge Film Capital; Qualia Capital; Salem Partners; The Salter Group; Union Bank of California; Vine Alternative Investments; and Winchester Capital Partners; among others. From the entertainment field, veteran executives from Affinity International; After Dark Films; Endgame Entertainment; Fox Searchlight Pictures; Lionsgate; Paramount Digital Entertainment; Saltire Entertainment; Sony Pictures Entertainment; Summit Entertainment; and many others will address the state of the industry in a new environment, alternative financing from debt and equity sources, risk management, digital and global distribution, marketing online and offline, library valuation, distressed investing, and the M&A landscape.

Additionally, the keynote address will be presented by Ashok Amritraj, Chairman and CEO of Hyde Park Entertainment Group. Representatives from the California Film Commission; Irish Film Board; Manitoba Film & Music; Michigan Film Office; South Carolina Film Office; and The Incentives Office will be discussing the latest in tax incentives domestically and abroad. And finally, a special interactive session will be presented by Andy Wing, President, Cantor Entertainment of Cantor Fitzgerald where the audience will have the opportunity to participate in a live trading session on the Cantor Exchange.

Sponsors for the 2nd Annual Film Finance Forum include Cantor Fitzgerald, Kajama Group, Magnet Media Group, and Sonenshine Partners. For additional program and registration details, view

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