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Film Financing In Today’s Market

October 28, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm


Phoenix Screenwriters Association Film Series presents:

Film Financing In Today’s Market

To say the film industry is going through changes is the understatement of the decade. The disruptive forces that are currently reshaping how we finance projects have been both a blessing and a curse.

The old tried and true models that helped producers and distributors project cash flow are no longer valid as new channels have knocked out the video and dvd market. It is now easier than ever to make a film, the equipment, sources of funding and viewing channels are literally at your fingerstips but the ability to raise real money for your film is still as elusive as ever.

How is an indie filmmaker, with a great project and passion in their story supposed to get financed? How can indie filmmakers make money on their projects in this market? What new trends are happening in the film and television industry?

Join us Oct 28th from 10am to 1pm as Adrian Ward, SVP/Division Manager, Entertainment Industries Division of Pacific Mercantile Bank discusses these challenges and more. Adrian has over 20 years of experience in the independent film financing world. He has seen the good and the bad in the industry and will share his experience with us. Don’t miss out on this informative talk. Q&A will follow.

Some Topics To Be Discussed:

1. Current state of the domestic and international distribution markets

2. The rise of Netflix/Amazon and the effects on independent film & TV

3. Current trends in financing independent film & TV – debt, equity, crowd funding, online revenues

4. Packaging new projects



SVP / Division Manager, Entertainment Industries Division

Adrian Ward has 24 years of experience in entertainment banking. Focusing primarily on film/entertainment property financing, Adrian has worked on approximately 700 film and TV transactions over his career. Prior to joining Pacific Mercantile Bank in 2013, Adrian was Senior Vice President, Entertainment, Sports & Media at National Bank of California for four years, where he built and managed the bank’s film and television finance department and was responsible for more than $100 million in loan production. Earlier in his career, Adrian held relationship management positions in entertainment financing at Israel Discount Bank of New York, Imperial Capital Bank and The Lewis Horwitz Organization.


October 28, 2017
10:00 am - 1:00 pm
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