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When: Thursday, September 24
7:30 PM
Where: Gray Krauss Stratford Des Rochers, LLP
207 West 25th St.
New York, New York  10001
United States

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The PGA East Documentary Committee invites you to...


Thursday, September 24
7:30pm - Doors open
8:00pm - Event begins
Gray Krauss Stratford Des Rochers, LLP
​207 West 25th St., 6th Floor

PGA members - Free
Non-member guests - $20

Are you tired of the funding merry-go-round at the studios or broadcasters? Do you know there are many other ways to get a pilot, sizzle or independent film made? Apart from the well-known and highly competitive funds, there are tax credits, angel investors, Wall Street financiers and in-kind services and contributions. Our expert panel will explore a variety of options and avenues available to finance your next project. We will share valuable information with great take-away advice for any independent producer and filmmaker!

Jonathan Gray 
A practicing attorney since 1990, Jonathan is a dedicated advocate for emerging and established directors, producers, production entities, screenwriters, investors and distributors in film, television and other media. He is the senior partner at Gray Krauss Des Rochers LLP, a full-service entertainment law firm concentrating in independent film and television production, financial structuring and distribution, as well as music and intellectual property matters. The firm's clients include motion picture and television producers, directors, writers, distributors and financiers. Jonathan has performed production counsel services on well over 100 feature films.

Larry Meistrich

Larry is a native New Yorker, graduate of Johns Hopkins, and the founder of the The Shooting Gallery, the first Independent Studio as well as Film Movement, a New York-based company enabling a national audience of film enthusiasts the ability to participate on a first-run basis, no matter where they live. At the age of 24, he founded The Shooting Gallery (TSG). He took part in the production of roughly 100 films, commercials and music videos including the Academy Award -winning film "Sling Blade" and the Academy Award-nominated film "You Can Count on Me." 
"Sling Blade" was purchased by Miramax for a price that broke all previous sales records in independent film. Larry's new venture is NEHST, a production company which makes the process of participating in, creating, and distributing content more accessible. They have a large tax-based fund and are actively looking for new talent and content.
John Hadity
John Hadity is the Executive Vice President for EP Financial Solutions, the film financing subsidiary of Entertainment Partners, the global leader in entertainment payroll, residuals, extras casting, tax incentives and other integrated production management solutions. Hadity specializes in the monetization of tax credits. With over 20 years of studio experience, John previously served as the EVP of Motion Picture & Television Production Finance for Miramax Films. During his 12 years with the company he was responsible for a portfolio of production budgets valued in excess of $4 Billion. John is the Chair Emeritus of the Producers Guild of America East, and has served on the MPAA’s Worldwide Production and International Tax Committees.
Jane Applegate
Jane Applegate has produced a variety of award-winning documentary and narrative films, most recently "To Keep the Light," a historical drama written and directed by Erica Fae. In recent months, she's produced three short films currently in post-production: "Icarus Stops for Breakfast," directed by Abigail Z. Bess, "The Hanji Box," written and directed by Nora Jacoboson and "Unfinished," written and directed by J.P. Pacca. Applegate is an active member of the Producers Guild of America East and New York Women in Film and Television. Prior to producing independent films she was a syndicated business columnist for the L.A. Times and a producer at CNN and Bloomberg Television.