SOURCE: Winston Baker

Winston Baker

December 12, 2013 10:48 ET

Winston Baker Kicks Off Series With Los Angeles Forum on Content, Innovation and IP Impact

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwired - Dec 12, 2013) - Winston Baker, the leading global producer of film finance conferences, announces the 2014 Film Finance Forum® lineup and will kick off their global series with the 6th Annual Film Finance Forum West to be held on March 4-5, 2014. The flagship event will be hosted just a few days after the 86th Academy Awards at the historical Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel's Blossom Ballroom, which hosted the presentation of the first ever Academy Awards in 1929.

The Los Angeles forum will offer an optional day of workshops on Financing Basics for Filmmakers, Intro to Film Business for Investors, and Innovative Immersion, which will tackle next generation financing, sourcing, marketing, and distribution strategies. The main conference day will host industry leaders who will address such topics as financing alternatives beyond the traditional capital stack, strategies for content creation, monetizing on IP and the new realities of distribution.

The 2014 Film Finance Forum® Series will also include:

  • 6th Annual Film Finance Forum East on April 15, 2014 in New York, USA
  • 5th Annual International Film Finance Forum on May 16, 2014 in Cannes, France
  • 2nd Annual Film Finance Forum China @ Shanghai International Film Festival in June 2014
  • 2nd Annual Film Finance Forum Latin America on August 20, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • 5th Annual Film Finance Forum @ Zurich Film Festival on September 27, 2014 in Zurich, Switzerland

"As we continue to host these forums around the world, we are witnessing a major paradigm shift in the way films are being financed, incentivized, produced, distributed, marketed, consumed and monetized. The industry is rapidly evolving, thus it is more important than ever to provide our series of forums throughout the year globally," said Katherine Winston and Amy Baker, creators and producers of the Film Finance Forum® Series, in a joint statement.

Supporting organizations for the 2014 Film Finance Forum® Series include Entertainment Partners, Film Production Capital, Motion Picture Association, Rothstein Kass, O'Melveny & Myers, Stroock and Stroock and Variety.

"Variety is excited to continue its long-term partnership with Winston Baker and their Film Finance Forum Series, which provides the film finance community with the best tools and most up-to-date strategies to succeed in this business that evolves on a daily basis," said Michelle Sobrino-Stearns, Publisher of Variety.

Robbert Aarts, Co-CEO of Fintage House said, ''There are no secrets to success -- it is the result of a great idea brought to life by hard working people. I admire Amy and Katherine for what they have created and developed. Their tenacity and persistence in seeking out a superior platform to discuss the complexities of the film business, has helped many newcomers, as well as veterans to understand the ever changing financing landscape."

To learn more about Winston Baker's Film Finance Forum® Series, visit

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