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Winston Baker Presents Content Capital Summit on April 19 in New York City

MAR 15, 2018 | Winston Baker, leading global producer of entertainment conferences, announced the inaugural Content Capital Summit taking place on April 19, 2018 at the Dream Downtown in New York City. Keynote speakers to include world renowned transmedia expert Jeff Gomez, Tony Award-Winning Broadway Producer Barbara Whitman, and Academy Award-Winning Believe Entertainment Group’s Brian Hunt …

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NEON assembling platform to distribute documentaries (exclusive)

MAR 5, 2018 | NEON is in the early stages of putting together a programme to support what co-founder Tom Quinn referred to as the “sustainable theatrical release” of documentaries. Quinn, whose company acquired Tim Wardle’s Sundance US Documentary Competition selection Three Identical Strangers in January, teased the initiative at a Hollywood panel on the evolution of the industry although he declined to go further, adding that it was still too soon to unveil comprehensive details.

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MoviePass CEO Expects to Top 5 Million Subscribers By 2019

MAR 2, 2018 | MoviePass will more than double its current subscriber base of 2 million before 2019, the movie-ticketing company’s CEO, Mitch Lowe, projected Friday. “We’ll be over 5 million paid subscribers by the end of the year and buying roughly 20% of all movie tickets” in the U.S., he said in a keynote Q&A at Winston | Baker’s Entertainment Finance Forum in Los Angeles. MoviePass currently buys approximately 6% of all domestic tickets sold.

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Vine Alternative Investments Acquires Rights to Several Relativity Films

APR 27, 2017 | by Mia Galuppo | Earlier this month, Vine acquired a controlling interest in Village Roadshow Entertainment Vine Alternative Investments on Thursday announced that it has acquired Manchester Library Company, a holding company whose slate of 30 films includes such Relativity Media titles as the Oscar-winning The Fighter, Limitless and Dear John. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but the 30 movies were said to have collectively grossed $1.5 billion in worldwide box office. The library includes the underlying remake and…

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Donna Gigliotti to Keynote at Winston Baker’s TV and Film Finance Forum in New York

APR 19, 2017 | The forum on April 27 will host award-winning producers of Hidden Figures, Lion, Boyhood, and Silver Linings Playbook; mergers and acquisition experts from Time Warner Inc. and ACF Investment Bank; as well as active financiers from Fifth Third Bank, Crayhill Capital Management, and more.   NEW YORK, March 30, 2017 /PRNewswire/ – Winston Baker, the leading global producer of entertainment finance conferences, will be hosting their 9th Annual TV and Film Finance Forum East on April 27, 2017 at the Dream Downtown Hotel in New York City….

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DEALMAKER SPOTLIGHT: Kevin Khanna

APR 5, 2017 |  Kevin J. Khanna Managing Director and Head of Media & Technology, TMT Group, Fifth Third Bank   With over 20 years of experience in the entertainment sector, Kevin Khanna is an expert in the world of content related technology and media financings. As the current managing director and head of Media & Technology within the TMT Group at Fifth Third Bank, Kevin focuses on corporate banking for large and mid-size media, entertainment and technology companies. Through his work, he has committed more than $3 Billion of capital…

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UP NEXT: Dealmakers & The City

APR 5, 2017 | Who’s Breaking Barriers and How? During our New York forum on April 27th, hear from legendary dealmakers in the industry who have been pioneers in breaking diversity barriers. These women have been instrumental in driving finance, production, marketing, distribution, and talent management. For years, these dynamic veterans have been working hard to have a voice on screen and behind the scenes in the television and film business. Hear what they’ve been up to and what’s next. – Donna Gigliotti, “The Academy Award-Winning…

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Dealmaker Spotlight: James Moore

MAR 8, 2017 | Meet James Moore, Managing Partner and Chief Executive Officer of Vine Alternative Investments. As a founding member of the firm, Mr. Moore provides strategic direction and executive management oversight. With over 20 years of experience, including 16 years at JP Morgan, Mr. Moore brings years of senior level transaction structuring expertise and execution leadership to Vine. He has also originated and structured a broad variety of commercial and consumer structured products, creating over $20 billion of securities. With a successful track…

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WORD ON THE STREET

MAR 8, 2017 | We’ve got a long way to go when it comes to shortening the diversity gap. If you are a financier or producer focusing on this very issue, contact us so we can feature you at one of our upcoming conferences. Last week we heard Dr. Stacy Smith of USC Annenberg break down the facts for us and we were disappointed by the numbers so we need to do more. Financing the diversity gap offers opportunities for growth, equality, and profit. We’ve seen numerous studies which demonstrate that films produced by, written by or starring women enjoyed a…

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Terence Winter Describes ‘Vinyl’ as Learning Experience, Wonders If Project Came “Too Soon”

APR 14, 2016 | By Jessie Katz | Terence Winter speaking at Wednesday’s TV + Film Finance Forum East in New York Courtesy of Subject The ‘Sopranos’ and ‘Boardwalk Empire’ veteran reflected on a career of storytelling during his keynote address at Wednesday’s Winston Baker TV + Film Finance Forum in New York. “I’m still learning,” Terence Winter said of his experience as showrunner of HBO’s freshman rock ‘n’ roll drama Vinyl, which stars Bobby Cannavale as a ’70s…

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Dream Big, Plan Bigger: Winston Baker’s Film Finance Forum East

APR 23, 2015 | By James McSherry | The aptly named Dream Downtown Hotel, in the hip meatpacking district of New York City, hosted Winston Baker’s 7th Annual Film Finance Forum East on April 14, 2015. Managing partners Katherine Winston and Amy Baker designed an intimate and informative conference, aimed at industry professionals and hopefuls who dream of making it big in the movie business. Forum chairman John Hadity, executive vice president of EP Financial Solutions at Entertainment Partners, led panels of industry experts, who spoke for…

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John Sloss on VOD Numbers, the Changing World of Film Finance and How France Has the Right Idea

APR 15, 2015 | By Travis Clark | Indiewire | “Everything is changing. The form of the content, the way it’s being financed, the way it’s being delivered, the way it’s being consumed.” [Photo by Evly Pacheco] John Sloss with moderator Greg Clayman of Vimeo The world of film finance is changing so quickly that John Sloss had difficulty preparing for his recent keynote on the subject. “I sat down to think of a list of recent trends during this incredibly dynamic period we’re in the middle of, and…

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Winston Baker Finance Forum to Feature ‘Boyhood,’ ‘Still Alice’ Producers

APR 7, 2015 | GETTY IMAGES | 12:40PM PT Seth Kelley | Winston Baker’s seventh annual TV and Film Finance Forum East for investors and film and TV executives will take place April 14 at the Dream hotel in downtown Manhattan. The one-day forum, of which Variety is a sponsor, features notable entertainment professionals such as producers Christine Vachon (“Still Alice”) and John Sloss (“Boyhood”), and financiers Dan Steinman (“The Imitation Game,” “Birdman”) and Wayne Marc Godfrey (“Cake,” “Silence”). Sloss, founder of Cinetic…

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