SOURCE: Winston Baker

Winston Baker

July 16, 2014 09:00 ET

Winston Baker LatAm Forum Ramps Up in Rio as World Cup Concludes

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwired - Jul 16, 2014) - Winston Baker, leading global producer of film finance conferences, today announced the 2nd Annual TV and Film Finance Forum Latin America to be hosted on August 13, 2014 at the Copacabana Palace in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The forum will consist of panel discussions, strategy sessions, and featured case studies. The program has been designed for attendees seeking to learn more about Brazil and Latin America's growing audiovisual sector and will include topics on:

 - Financing Latin America: Investor Challenges and Opportunities
 - The Rise of Consumption for Latin American Content
 - Monetizing the Digital Potential of Latin America: PayTV, VOD and Beyond
 - Bridging the Gap: Gateways to Working with Traditional Gigantes
 - Enhancing Revenue Streams through Brand Partnerships
 - Increasing Production and Distribution Values through Co-Production
 - Selling Across Borders on the Big and Small Screens

This year's speaking faculty will include experts from Brazil, Mexico, Netherlands, Spain, the US and more including:

 - Elie Wahba, Senior Vice President, Latin America and the Caribbean, 20th Century Fox
 - Gary Pearl, Founder and Partner, Aquarius Television
 - Vania Catani, Producer, Bananeira Filmes
 - Pablo Cruz, Producer, Canana Films
 - Fabio de Sa Cesnik, Founder and Partner, Cesnik, Quintino & Salinas Law Firm
 - David Zannoni, Representative, Las Americas, Fintage House
 - Daniela Busoli, Chief Executive Officer, FremantleMedia Brazil
 - Santiago Garcia Galvan, Chief Executive Officer, Itaca Films
 - Steve Solot, Founder and President, Latin American Training Center
 - Marisa Fernandez Armenteros, Producer, MediaPro
 - Cristina Garza, Head of Sales, Mundial
 - Gabriel Mena, Agent, Paradigm
 - Sergio Sá Leitão, Chief Executive Officer, RioFilme
 - Rodrigo Texeira, Chief Executive Officer, RT Features
 - Fabio Lima, Founder, Sofa Digital
 - Jose Mauricio Fittipaldi, Managing Director, Brazil, Televisa Internacional

"It is truly amazing to have major events in Rio this year such as the World Cup and TEDGlobal and we very much look forward to hosting our second edition of the TV and Film Finance Forum with distinguished audiovisual experts from around the world," said Sergio Sá Leitão, Chief Executive Officer of RioFilme.

Winston Baker is presenting the forum in partnership with lead sponsor RioFilme; local co-producer Latin American Training Center (LATC); US media partner Variety; and Latin America media partners FilmeB, LatAm Cinema, and Prensario Internacional. Sponsors include Cesnik, Quintino and Salinas Law Firm; DGCINE; IM Global; Mundial; and DSF. Supporting associations include SICAV and ABPITV.

Additional speakers will be announced shortly. For updates and more information about the program, please visit: http://www.filmfinanceforum.com/latam.

About Winston Baker

Founded by Katherine Winston and Amy Baker, Winston Baker produces events globally for the filmed entertainment and media industries addressing strategies for investment and growth. In particular, Winston Baker is the leading producer of film finance conferences, successfully creating and producing the Film Finance Forum ® Series and hosting sold out conferences across the US, Europe, Pacific Asia, China, and Latin America. At each event, Winston Baker brings together the most seasoned and influential entertainment executives and financiers to address changing trends. For more information: www.WinstonBaker.com.

About RioFilme

RioFilme is an equity and P&A investment company owned by the City of Rio. Founded in 1992, its task is to promote the development of Rio's growing audiovisual industry. For the past 20 years, RioFilme invested in more than 300 Brazilian films, such as "Central Station," by Walter Salles Jr., and "Elite Squad 2," by José Padilha, among others. In 2012, 9 films in the Brazilian top 10 BO hits were co-produced and/or co-distributed by RioFilme. Nowadays, Rio is Latin America's main center for film and TV production and distribution.

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