May 17, 2019
Cannes: Solstice Studios Boss Mark Gill on How to Survive (and Thrive) in the Indie Market

If you want your film to sell and make it into theaters worldwide, good is just no longer good enough.

“You have to be very good, or great, or you're dead,” said Mark Gill, the former Miramax and Millennium Films executive, who recently launched high-end production outfit Solstice Studios. “In today's market you ...
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May 14, 2019
Cannes: David Linde, Mark Gill, Tom Quinn to Keynote Winston Baker’s Film Finance Forum (Exclusive)

The annual conference, which kicks off Friday, will feature three events, beginning with the Immersive Summit, in partnership with the Marché du Film.
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2019 Speaker Announced: Al Munteanu, Chief Executive Officer, SquareOne Entertainment GmbH

Al Munteanu is a 25-year veteran of the international media industry and founded SquareOne Entertainment in 2002 after a decades-long career spanning film, TV and radio...
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2019 Speaker Announced: Fabien Riggall, Founder and Chief Creative Officer, Secret Cinema   

Fabien Riggall is the Founder and Chief Creative Officer of Secret Cinema, one of the most talked-about global cultural phenomena of recent times. Recognising a...
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2019 Speaker Announced: Mark Hutchison, Tax Partner, Armanino  

Mark has over 25 years of experience as a tax partner specializing in entertainment industry taxation, real estate and personal financial planning for owners and...
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2019 Speaker Announced: Viviana Zarragoitia, Vice President, Three Point Capital 

Viviana Zarragoitia began her career in the entertainment industry working in production accounting at Millennium Films and Bold Films....
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2019 Speaker Announced: Peter Trinh, Managing Director, International and Independent Film | Esports Groups, ICM Partners

Peter Trinh is an agent (Managing Director) in the international and independent film group of ICM Partners, a talent and literary agency representing clients...
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2019 Speaker Announced: Bronwyn Cornelius, Award-Winning Producer

Bronwyn Cornelius is a Sundance Grand Jury Prize award-winning producer and ardent supporter of female content creators and diverse voices behind and in front of...
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2019 Speaker Announced: Will French, President of Finance, Cloudlight Entertainment  

Will French is President, Finance at Cloudlight Entertainment, a next-generation film finance group. Prior to co-founding Cloudlight, Will was a pioneer...
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2019 Speaker Announced: Robin Bronk, Chief Executive Officer, The Creative Coalition  

Robin Bronk is the CEO of The Creative Coalition (, the leading nonprofit, nonpartisan, 501(c)(3) charity arm of the entertainment...
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2019 Speaker Announced: John Friedberg, President, STXinternational  

Prior to his recent appointment as President of STXintnerational, Friedberg was the studio’s President of International Sales, overseeing all aspects of STX...
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2019 Speaker Announced:  John Zois, EVP Acquisitions & Co-Productions, Anton  

John Zois joined Anton in February to oversee Production and Acquisitions on both their Film and US TV operations. Since joining, Zois has acquired ...
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2019 Speaker Announced: Simon Gillis, Chief Operating Officer, See-Saw Films 

Simon Gillis is Chief Operating Officer of the film division at See-Saw Films, the international film and ...
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2019 Speaker Announced: Mike Gabrawy, Chief Creative Officer, Arclight Films   

Mike Gabrawy, Arclight Films’ Chief Creative Officer, got his start in the entertainment industry in the early 1990s working in various roles in feature film production.
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2019 Speaker Announced: Nicolas Chartier, CEO, Voltage Pictures 

Nicolas Chartier, the Academy Award winning producer of The Hurt Locker, has been involved in the financing, production and distribution of over five hundred films...
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Bankable talent needed for feature projects, say industry experts

May 13, 2018 | “If you can structure your project the right way, it releases pressure off the marketplace, which has never been harder. We’re no longer competing within film for talent, we’re competing with over 700 scripted TV shows,” said Mike Gabrawy, chief creative officer at Arclight Films on the talent shortage in the independent film space, at the annual International Finance Forum presented by Winston Baker on May 11.
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Taika Waititi lights up Cannes Film Financing Forum

May 12, 2018 | At the annual International Finance Forum presented by Winston Baker at the Carlton Hotel on May 11, Paul Dano, whose directorial debut Wildlife opened Critics’ Week, and Taika Waititi, director of Hunt For The Wilderpeople and Thor: Ragnarok, kicked off the afternoon in a talk moderated by Screen International contributing editor Wendy Mitchell.
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Cannes: Taika Waititi Talks 'Bubbles,' 'What We Do in the Shadows' Spinoff and 'Thor'

May 11, 2018 | Taika Waititi stopped by the Croisette on Friday to discuss several of his upcoming projects, while describing his time on undoubtedly the biggest film of his career to date.
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Taika Waititi and Paul Dano to Keynote at Winston Baker's International Film Finance Forum on May 11

May 7, 2018 | Winston Baker will host its annual conference in Cannes with Award-Winning Director Taika Waititi, Award-Winning Actor Paul Dano and other special guests as they celebrate ten years of producing entertainment industry events around the world.
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MoviePass CEO Addresses Privacy Concerns, Says App Has Never Monitored Users’ Locations

March 12, 2018 | MoviePass CEO Mitch Lowe said he misspoke at a recent industry conference in describing the kinds of data the company tracks on its users — and he emphasized that the startup will always allow customers to opt in to location-based marketing offers in the future... 
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NEON assembling platform to distribute documentaries (exclusive)

March 12,2018 | 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 more

20 May, 2017 | By Geoffrey Macnab | US producer and director delivered a keynote at the festival today. In his keynote address at the Winston Baker Film Financing Forum today (May 19), an ebullient Brett Ratner revealed just how he rescued Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Oscar winner The Revenant when it went over budget; why he will soon be returning to directing; his plans to enter the TV business in a major way; and why he thinks VR is ideal for porn. Ratner isn’t just a filmmaker whose own movies have grossed over $2bn. He’s also a prolific... read more

Brett Ratner On RatPac As Filmmakers’ Guardian Angel & How “The Middle Has Fallen Out” At The Box Office – Cannes

by Anthony D’Alessandro | May 19, 2017 5:57am | Brigitte Lacombe “My dream as a kid was to make movies and I never imagined I’d have my own company and business,” filmmaker Brett Ratner said today about his film finance label RatPac Entertainment. The comments came during Winston Baker’s eighth annual Cannes Film Finance Forum. Since launching RatPac five years ago, Ratner is an anomaly in the business, a savior not just for the major studios but more so for filmmakers when their films are in need of cash — read Alejandro González...  read more

Dealmaker Spotlight: Susan Williams

Susan Zuckerman Williams, Partner, Loeb & Loeb LLP Susan Zuckerman Williams is a force of nature. As one of the most influential entertainment lawyers in America, according to The Hollywood Reporter, Ms. Williams routinely advises clients on the financing, investing and distribution arrangements for motion pictures, television and new media. Over the past several years she has handled more than $2 billion in transaction value, including major independent production companies involved in complex distribution and co-financing agreements... read more

Video on demand has forever changed the film acquisitions game. So what will happen at Cannes this year?

Access to the marketplace is no longer exclusive. And as a result, filmmakers can get their films in popular marketplaces without a traditional distributor. What does this mean for traditional movie buyers and sellers? And how are the top dealmakers surviving and thriving in this rapidly changing marketplace? Learn more about the panelists who will be joining our discussion at Cannes to address these critical questions.   Tamara Birkemoe, President and Chief Operating Officer, Foresight Unlimited Tamara Birkemoe serves as President and... read more

David Linde and Stuart Ford to Keynote at Winston Baker’s International Film Finance Forum in Cannes on May 13

LOS ANGELES, April 28, 2016 | PRNewswire | Winston Baker, the leading global producer of film finance conferences, will be presenting the 7th Annual International Film Finance Forum and addressing the theme of “Exploring Global Strategies for Film Financing, Risk Mitigation and New Distribution Avenues” on May 13, 2016 at the InterContinental Carlton Hotel in Cannes, France. The notable speaking faculty will include keynote conversations with David Linde, Chief Executive Officer of Participant Media and Stuart Ford, Founder... read more

Global strategies for film financing and distribution tackled at Cannes

by Birgit Heidsiek | 18/05/2015 | CANNES 2015: The Annual International Film Finance Forum brought together leading producers, financiers, distributors and sales agents At the sixth Annual International Film Finance Forum in Cannes, which was presented by Winston Baker, speakers addressed global strategies for film financing and distribution in the on-demand era but also offered some advice for producers. Danish director Lone Scherfig (An Education [+]) pointed out in her opening speech that she doesn’t like traditional test screenings.... read more

Finance panel: Friends in high places

16 May, 2015 | By Geoffrey Macnab | Billionaires in the film business are given a bad rap. That was the consensus from a panel with the provocative title, Is It Real Movie Money Or Just Another Big Yacht Passing?, at the 6th Annual Winston Baker Film Finance Forum on Friday afternoon in Cannes. A high level panel including Micah Green, Co-head Film Finance and Sales Group CAA, Mark Hutchison, Partner NKSFB and Bill Lischak, Co-President, Oddlot Entertainment, pointed to the transformative role played by “high net worth individuals” in today’s...  read more

CANNES: Top Executives Demystify China’s Growing Film Market

MAY 15, 2015 | 11:34AM PT | Patrick Frater Asia Bureau Chief Demystifying China’s growing film market was the key task of senior executives assembled Friday in Cannes at a finance summit conference. The annual event is organized by Winston Baker and sponsored by Variety. “China’s BO market potential is a mystery, but the way that the system operates is not,” said Jeffrey Chan, COO of Bona Film Group. “With the exception of the import quota, the distribution system is basically the same as everywhere else.” Producer David U. Lee, head of Leeding...  read more

Winston Baker Announces Lineup for International Film Finance Forum in Cannes

Seth Kelley @SethMKelley Variety Winston Baker has unveiled the lineup for its sixth annual International Film Finance Forum, sponsored in part by Variety, to coincide with the 68th Cannes Film Festival. The forum, which takes place on May 15 at the Carlton hotel in Cannes, will feature top entertainment industry professionals including directors, producers, financiers, agents and executives. Featured events during the half-day program include a panel on digital strategies and a director’s keynote panel with Lone Scherfig (“An Education,”... read more

Winston Baker Celebrates Seven Years and Hosts Top Producers at Film Finance Forum in Cannes

Los Angeles – (Broadcasting & Cable: The Wire) – May 5, 2015 – Today, Winston Baker, the leading global producer of entertainment finance conferences, celebrates its seventh anniversary and has announced their “6th Annual International Film Finance Forum” lineup. Winston Baker will host this momentous event on May 15, 2015, during the 68th Festival de Cannes at the prestigious Carlton Hotel located on the Boulevard de La Croisette in Cannes, France. “One of our recent keynotes, John Sloss, the founder of Cinetic Media, said it...  read more

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