LEGAL & FINANCE: Wheeling and Dealing with the Players at Cannes Film Festival

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LEGAL & FINANCE: Wheeling and Dealing with the Players at Cannes Film Festival


Byline: GARY SMITH

I recently returned from my annual visit to the Cannes Film Festival with Intandem Films.

The main purpose of Intandem's attendance was to screen our film Stoned, about the colourful life and mysterious death of Brian Jones the founder of The Rolling Stones in the 1960s, to a rapturous audience of more than 1,000 people over three screenings.

We are looking forward to the film's release later this year.

Another reason for attending Cannes is to meet with all the various other players in the international film industry.

These are a diverse range of characters including distributors from around the world, Los Angeles agents, producers of all types of films ranging from blockbusters to more risque films, bankers, equity financiers, government film bodies from around the world and, of course, our friends the lawyers.

Finding the finance for films is the holy grail of the film industry.

An interesting observation at this market was the number of new equity sources from high net worth individuals and hedge fund managers from the US.

Funds have been established which have poached film specialist bankers to manage their investments into the film industry. Whilst this is a sensible and prudent decision in theory, in practice, a banking training is not the same as equity management as the risk profile and returns for equity is different than that for a bank lender.

It was interesting to meet with some of my acquaintances who have made the leap from a banking to an entrepreneurial type of organisation. …

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