Inspired by my students at UCLA and by my distinguished colleagues who supported me in writing this book, I wrote my book Entertainment Finance Today primarily to accompany my entertainment finance courses.
By now, emerging and expanding industry professionals as well as investors, and readers from all over the world have bought my book to help guide them in understanding the complexity of the Hollywood industry, making informed decisions, and understanding risks and mitigation strategies when financing, producing and distributing film and television content.
“Amazing, one-of-a-kind book to understand every step -- from the inception of an idea to get it on screen as a film or TV show! A detailed and easy-to-understand manual for getting a film made and generating profits"
"This book offers real hands-on tools to make a film happen. From choosing the right idea that can sell to attracting investors with a solid financial plan that defines all the finance sources available today, to get the right distribution deal, and avoiding pitfalls"
“Amazing book. There is nothing like this available to buy anywhere. It is actually a fun read, and I couldn't put it down when I was reading about the author's mishaps. Comprehensive and super helpful information on how to get film and TV projects financed and green-lit today"
News, Trends, Events, 1-on-1's
Join our "Sunday Morning Coffee Break" -
ASK ME ANYTHING
Every first Sunday of the month, we have an online Zoom meeting with content creators, producers, distributors, writers, actors, directors, financiers, and anyone looking to expand into the entertainment industry for an ASK-ME-ANYTHING session. We discuss industry trends and news, we talk about people's projects and related questions, and we discuss any other questions that come up. It's a FREE one-hour session!
Feel free to join us every first Sunday of every month at 10 a.m. (PST) and log on HERE.
Book a virtual 1-on-1 Session-
ASK ME ANYTHING
If you have questions about the steps to take to get your project green-lit, how to secure distribution and investments, or what steps to take to expand your career, or how to invest in a project safely, or if want to ask me anything, then feel free to email me to book a 1-on-1 Zoom session.
Special Starter Rates: 30 minutes: $150. One hour: $250.
Important Film Markets: Los Angeles
American Film Market
The best way to dive into the entertainment industry and connect with important players, such as distributors, producers, and financiers, is to attend one of the leading film markets. The American Film Market in Santa Monica takes place every year around the end of October / beginning of November for 5 days. If you have a project you want to sell, this is the place to do it. If you have questions about how best to efficiently work the AFM and how to get meetings with distributors and buyers, we can help. Book a 1-on-1 and we will get you set up properly.
Important Film Markets: Cannes
The Cannes Film Festival
The Cannes Film Festival is one of the leading film markets in the world. All the important industry players, such as distributors, producers, a-level talent (cast & directors), and financiers are in attendance in mid-May of every year in the beautiful city of Cannes, on the Cote D'Azur in France. It's the ideal event to network with important industry execs, sell a project, and elevate your career. If you have questions on how to prepare for this important and glamorous festival, feel free to reach out, and book a 1-on-1.
Important Film Markets: Berlin
The Berlin International Film Festival, usually called the Berlinale, is a major international film festival held annually in Berlin, Germany. It's a leading festival for international distributors and buyers, and ideal for anyone engaging with foreign buyers, financiers, and producers concerning film and television content that is geared toward co-productions to incorporate elevated subsidies of up to 50% of the budget.
If you have questions on how to work the Berlinale and set your project up as a co-production, feel free to reach out, and book a 1-on-1.
Important Film Markets: Toronto
The TIFF - Toronto Film Festival
The Toronto International Film Festival is one of the most prestigious and largest publicly attended film festivals in the world, taking place each September. The industry uses TIFF to focus on a film's domestic distribution (i.e. US).
If you have a film that could be of interest to US buyers (streamers, networks, and studios) TIFF is the place for you to lock in your distribution. If you have a film that needs distribution, feel free to reach out, to book a 1-on-1.
Important TV Markets: Cannes
MIPCOM is the world's largest exhibition of studios and distributors, as well as the top showcase for content across all genres and platforms, and it takes place every October in Cannes (France). The market is focused on television films and television series for global distribution with studios, networks, and streamers. If you have a television film or series (fiction and non-fiction), this is the place to pitch and sell it. Feel free to reach out with any questions on how to prepare your pitch deck and materials for MIP COM, and book a 1-on-1.
Important TV Markets: Cannes
Each April, MIPTV gathers participants from 100 countries for three days in Cannes (France) and provides a global meeting-place for four key TV communities: Documentary (MIPDOC), Formats (MIPFORMATS), Drama (MIPDRAMA), Kids (Future of Kids TV Summit). Feel free to reach out with any questions on how to prepare your pitch deck, your sizzle reel, and any other project materials for MIP COM, and book a 1-on-1.
WORKSHOPS & SEMINARS & GREENLIGHT LABS
ONLINE & 1-on-1's
Navigating the entertainment industry is not easy, even for someone who's experienced. Through my workshops, seminars, and project development labs with Netflix, Stage32, and UCLA Extension (among many others), I have developed a "Path To Greenlight" concept that helps content creators, producers, financiers, and industry newcomers, identify and implement the right steps in creating content, attaching talent, funding and distribution and generating profit through feasible production budgets, balanced finance plans, and optimized distribution deals.
Feel free to check out the various FREE workshops and reach out HERE to inquire about upcoming workshops, seminars, and labs.