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Winston Baker

February 11, 2015 12:00 ET

Winston Baker Announces Inaugural Entertainment Finance Forum in Los Angeles

Three-Day Forum for Entertainment Financiers and Executives to Feature James Moore as Keynote, With Additional Speakers From Top Companies Including The Weinstein Company, Fox Searchlight Pictures, Sony Pictures Television, Electus, EuropaCorp, CAA and ICM Partners

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwired - Feb 11, 2015) - Winston Baker, the leading global producer of film finance conferences, announces its inaugural "Entertainment Finance Forum" (EFF), to be held March 9-11, 2015 at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel in Los Angeles, CA. The full agenda can be viewed online: http://entertainmentfinanceforum.com/program/.

Keynote speakers will include leading industry executives and active investors such as James Moore, Chief Executive Officer and Managing Partner of Vine Alternative Investments, who recently announced the closing of the company's third fund focused on investments in film, television, and entertainment assets with over $500 million of capital commitments. EuropaCorp Chief Executive Officer Christophe Lambert and Schuyler Moore, Partner, Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP will also serve as keynotes.

"This is a very exciting time for the entertainment industry and finance community, with all the developments in technology and new distribution platforms. Audiences are finding new ways to consume entertainment, interact with and influence peers, and engage with brands and content creators," said Katherine Winston, Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Winston Baker. "This is a crucial time to expand our conference coverage as well and introduce groundbreaking ideas, successful strategies, and investment opportunities to our attendees."

The entertainment industry is going through an innovative revolution. Content producers are finding ways to tell their stories on various platforms. Marketers and distributors are getting more creative in reaching wider audiences. And more than ever, there is an abundance of prospects for investors to fuel growth and make meaningful revenues. EFF was designed and produced by Winston Baker to provide insight to equity and debt financiers on investment opportunities, challenges and strategies for increased upside as they relate to film, TV and innovations in the digital space. The forum also offers workshops and sessions for producers and innovators looking for effective approaches to fundraising, marketing, distribution, and profitability.

"We continue to find the media and entertainment sector an attractive place to invest. Whether we invest directly in content or invest in top-tier owners and creators of content, international growth and technological advancements continue to drive non-correlated returns," said James Moore.

In addition to insightful keynotes, the Los Angeles forum will host workshops on film and TV finance, crowdfunding and production incentives. Featured panel discussions will address:

- Equity Evolved: Approaches to Smarter Money
- Distribution Disrupted: Emerging Independent Platforms
- Television Redefined: New Business Models and Revenue Streams
- Getting in on the Action of the Big Gaming Industry
- Racing for the Gold Rush: Taking Mobile Apps from Development to Market

The notable speaking faculty features some of the industry's most seasoned executives and financiers, award-winning producers, and the newest innovators who are shifting the paradigm, including: David Acosta, City National Bank; Paul Audley, FilmLA; Timon Birkhofer, Father & Sun; Michael Blank, Creative Artists Agency (CAA); Mark Borde, Freestyle Releasing; Joseph Chianese, Entertainment Partners; Robert Donnell; Brand Arc; Sarah Early, ICM Partners; Brian Fargo, inXile Entertainment; Ross Fremer, Cinetic Media; Maurice Mitchell Gallegos, StoryBeats; David Glasser, The Weinstein Company; Griffin Gmelich, Gravitas Ventures; Alfredo Guilbert, Digital Film Cloud Network; Jill Gwen Braginets, Fox Searchlight Pictures; Aykut Karaalioglu, Mobile Action; Cindy Kirven, Endgame Entertainment; Dana Loberg, MovieLALA; Katerina Markov, Atom Factory; Don McNeill, Digital Kitchen; Jason Michael Berman, Mandalay Pictures; Marc Mitchell, Lootsie; Ahmed Nassef, Vyu; Karen North, Ph.D, USC; Rob Ogden, One Media; Gary Pearl, Aquarius Television; Margo Plotkin, CAA; Sam Rogoway, Victorius; Kim Rozenfeld, Sony Pictures Television; Patrick Russo, Shamrock Capital Advisors; Teddy Schwarzman, Black Bear Pictures; Russell Scott, Jetset Studios; Eli Shibley, Electus; Jason Sklar, J.P. Morgan; Dave Sobieraj, Nu Image; Marshall Sonenshine, Sonenshine Partners; David Stelzer, CAA; Peter Tortorici, GroupM Entertainment Global; Silvia Vannini, O'Melveny & Myers LLP; Mauricio Vedovato, Lilla, Huck, Otranto, Camargo Advogados; Bonnie Voland, IM Global; Larry Wasserman, Skydance Productions; and Kevin Winston, DigitalLA.

Sponsors and Partners for Winston Baker's Entertainment Finance Forum include IM Global; Entertainment Partners; Digital Film Cloud Network; Vine Alternative Investments; FilmL.A., Inc.; Lilla, Hulk, Otranto, Camargo; O'Melveny & Myers LLP; Sonenshine Partners; Stroock & Stroock & Lavan; and Variety. To learn more, visit www.EntertainmentFinanceForum.com or join the conversation online using hashtag #EntertainmentFinanceForum.

About Winston Baker
Winston Baker produces conferences globally for the entertainment industry addressing strategies for finance and growth. In particular, Winston Baker is the leading producer of film finance conferences, successfully creating and organizing the Film Finance Forum ® Series and hosting sold out conferences across the US, Europe, Asia Pacific, China, and Latin America. At each event, Winston Baker brings together the most seasoned and successful entertainment executives and financiers to address current trends within the entertainment business. For more information: www.WinstonBaker.com / @WinstonBaker.

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