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Winston Baker

March 15, 2011 09:00 ET

Winston Baker and Variety to Host 2nd Annual International Film Finance Forum in Cannes

Aon/Albert G. Ruben, Motion Picture Association, Magnet Media Group, and Rothstein Kass to Sponsor Annual Forum for Second Year in a Row

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwire - March 15, 2011) - Winston Baker, a global producer of finance conferences, announces the 2nd Annual International Film Finance Forum (IF3) to be held on May 13, 2011 in association with Variety, the world's leading content provider for the entertainment industry, at the Majestic Barriere during the 64th Annual Festival de Cannes.

"This year's international forum speaking faculty will address key strategies for global and US distribution, international co-productions, and the future of soft monies," said Katherine Winston, Managing Partner, Winston Baker.

"It goes without saying that the complexity and sophistication in film finance continues to increase," says Fred Milstein, Managing Director of Aon/Albert G. Ruben Insurance Services. "With this backdrop and the increased production volumes and budget concentrations, it is critical that producers and the film executives understand the current finance landscape and the latest innovative strategies. The International Film Finance Forum provides a perfect platform to foster this dialogue."

The Film Finance Forum Series has been offered in Los Angeles, Cannes, New York, and Zurich and has hosted the most notable names in the business, including high-caliber finance and entertainment executives from ABRY Partners, BAML, Blackstone, CAA, Constantin Films, DreamWorks, Dune Capital, Elliott Associates, FilmDistrict, FilmNation, Fox Searchlight, Goldman Sachs, Grosvenor Park, IM Global, Ingenious Media Investments, JPMorgan Chase, Liberty Associated Partners, Lionsgate, Mandate Pictures, Motion Picture Association, Netflix, Paramount Pictures, RealD, Relativity Media, Shamrock Holdings, Sony Pictures, Starz, Universal Studios, Vine Alternative Investments, Walt Disney Pictures, Warner Bros., Wells Fargo, Wild Bunch, WME Capital, ZM Capital, and many others. Winston Baker will also launch inaugural events as part of the Film Finance Forum Series in Singapore and Moscow during the summer of 2011.

Sponsors of IF3 include Aon/Albert G. Ruben Insurance Services, Motion Picture Association, Rothstein Kass, Magnet Media Group, Parallel Media, K5 International, Lleju Productions, and O'Melveny & Myers LLP. To learn more about sponsorship benefits and opportunities, contact Amy Baker at 917-992-6118 or abaker@winstonbaker.com.

Additionally, Variety will be featuring a special Film Finance Update in the May 9th issue of Weekly Variety. Copies of the issue will be distributed throughout the Cannes Film Festival and IF3. For advertising opportunities, contact Natasha Gerdau at 323-617-9236 or natasha.gerdau@variety.com.

For additional program and registration details, visit www.IntlFilmFinanceForum.com.

About Winston Baker
The Winston Baker team specializes in educational forums for the financial community, offering timely programs which address emerging investment trends and finance strategies. For more information: www.WinstonBaker.com.

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