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When: Wednesday, September 14
Where: HSBC Bank
452 5th Ave.
New York, New York  10018
United States

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The PGA East Seminars Committee invites you to...


Wednesday, September 14

Join us for a discussion on what financiers are looking for, and require, when evaluating a project seeking funding.

452 Fifth Ave., enter on 40th St.
HSBC Tower, 11th Floor

6:45pm - Reception
7:30pm - Panel Begins
PGA Members: Free
Guests and Non-Members: $20 (You can forward this invite to a guest so they may purchase a ticket)

Getting a film financed can take a long time, but knowing in advance what the money is actually looking for can often times shortcut the journey. Join PGA East Chair John Hadity as he moderates a panel of film financiers who are actively providing funding for projects of all shapes and sizes.

Discussion will include the relevance of all sources of funding available today:
- Equity
- Bank Debt
- Privately placed gap/mezzanine loans
- Presales
- Grants
- Soft Money
- Tax Incentives

Veteran Film Financing Experts Include:

A. Searle Field, United Atlantic Studios
Searle developed the highly successful UAS business model that established effective business decision-making, combined with risk mitigation, for investing in the robust media sector. In the past year the model has been effectively deployed in six film projects, and currently serves as the basis for a fund being created to finance a much larger slate of films. With an extensive background in business, government, and the law, Searle has advised professional sports franchises, overseen the largest casino in the world (Foxwoods), and developed a business that trained top-level executives with the Center for Creative Leadership and Yale. Searle has a degree in economics from Princeton and graduated at the top of his class from Georgetown Law. He served on the U.S. Senate Watergate investigation, and as Chief Counsel of the original Intelligence Committee in the U.S. Congress, assignments that ranged from prosecution of Presidential tax returns to reinvestigation of the Kennedy Assassination. Searle was the CEO of Field Industries, Inc. and Founding Chairman of a commercial bank. During the 1990's banking crisis, Connecticut Governor Weicker made him President of the Connecticut Development Authority, overseeing a multi-billion dollar credit response that stabilized Connecticut's commercial lending with credit enhancements and legislative tax initiatives. He also served as Chief of Staff to Governor Weicker. Searle has a deep interest in Mystic Seaport, serving as a Board Member for 30 years.

Laurence Freed, Worldview Entertainment
Laurence Freed is CFO of Worldview Entertainment, a film finance and production company based in New York. Worldview was founded in 2007 to intermediate capital investment in the independent film sector. Recent Worldview projects include Killer Joe,Welcome To The Punch, which is in production, directed by Eran Creevy and starring James McAvoy and Mark Strong.

John Hadity, Hadity & Associates
John Hadity (Hadity and Associates) is an independent producer and financier, who also serves as the President and CEO of Hadity & Associates, Inc., a consultancy firm that specializes in risk management and production finance for film and television. With over 20 years of studio experience, Hadity most recently served as the Executive Vice President of Motion Picture & Television Production Finance for Miramax Films. During his 12 year tenure with the company he was responsible for a portfolio of production budgets valued in excess of $4 Billion. Hadity oversaw the strategic planning, risk management, labor relations, business affairs, tax, government relations and financial reporting for over 250 production entities, as well as managed all of the parent company's structured finance and off balance sheet transactions. He has worked closely with government policymakers on the regional, state, provincial, and national levels, all over the world, to incentivize the movement of production to these areas, resulting in over $250 Million being brought back into the studio while supporting inward investment in those territories. In addition to his corporate responsibilities at the company, Hadity also served as production rep on several Miramax releases including Academy Award winners Shakespeare In Love, The English Patient, Emma and Restoration.

Dominic Ianno, Indomitable Entertainment
Dominic Ianno is the CEO and founder of Indomitable Entertainment, a film financing, production, and media strategy/consulting firm. The primary business is executive producing films and Broadway shows with interesting additional finance or marketing exploitation opportunities beyond a standard model. The Company has three feature films in market in 2011 that it was a key mover/participant in, including Soul Surfer starring Dennis Quaid, Helen Hunt and Anna Sophia Robb, acclaimed drama The Whistleblower starring Rachel Weisz and Monica Belluci, and the comedy The Secret Lives of Dorks starring Jim Belushi and Jennifer Tilly.Previous films executive produced by Ianno include Tenure with Luke Wilson and Gretchen Mol, Spin with Bijou Phillips and Amber Heard, and I Hate Valentine's Day starring Nia Vardolos and John Corbett. In a strategy/advisory capacity, Ianno provides consulting services, strategic planning, financing advice and management to companies such as Ology (a next generation social media company focused exclusively on interest-based socializing reaching 28 million uniques), where he is a board member. In addition, he and film finance attorney/partner Michael Barnes run the Greentrestle Bridge Fund that provides micro cap bridge financing for films. Prior to forming Indomitable Entertainment, Ianno served as the Head of Strategy for Outlaw Productions where, working alongside the late Bobby Newmyer, he led the financing and strategy for a slate of modestly budgeted comedies as a principal. Before Outlaw, Ianno held the position of Senior Vice President for Artisan Digital Media. Ianno is a graduate of Harvard Business School and Carnegie Mellon’s management program, and a current member of the Producers Guild of America.

Adam V. Parr
, Global Film Finance
Adam has over 16 years experience advising, designing and executing complex structured financing transactions in Europe, North America, Australia and New Zealand. Having developed and implemented innovative film financing and investment structures for the motion picture and media industry Adam’s has worked extensively with many of the major US studios and successful independent producers. Adam’s experience includes investments made in Nine (Daniel Day Lewis), the film adaptation of the successful Broadway show, Where the Wild Things Are, Derailed (Clive Owen, Jennifer Aniston) and King Arthur (Clive Owen, Keira Knightley) amongst others. Whether an investment is made on behalf of high net worth individuals, institutional or corporate investors the use of structural support elements and tax incentives has enabled investors to gain exposure to real commercial upside whilst mitigating the downside risks associated with film production and distribution. This allows studios and independent producers to reduce the cost and risk associated with film production.

Richard Sheehan
, Entertainment & Media Group, HSBC Bank
Richard Sheehan has been in banking for over 25 years, the last 9 with HSBC Bank, USA. As a student at Fordham University, Richard studied screenwriting and filmmaking and volunteered at what was once the IFP Film market. Now, many years later, as co-manager of the Media & Entertainment Group, he works every day with producers that are shooting their projects in the Tri-State area on their production accounts. Working very closely with members of his team, the senior credit officers of the bank and the Governor’s Office for Film & Television over the last two years, Richard is proud to be able to work with his clients on financing their New York State tax credit.

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