Webinar: Film Financing - Leading Practitioners and Investors at the Forefront of Investing Reveal How Bankers, Deal Makers, Asset and Hedge Fund Managers Have Altered the Way Films are Being Financed Today

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Opalesque, the world's largest subscription-based publisher on alternative investments, hosts a webinar with leading practitioners on Film Financing May 13, 2008 (16.00 GMT) (17.00CET) =11.00 am (EST)

Bankers, deal makers, asset and hedge fund managers have altered the way in which films are being financed today. Institutions like Citigroup, Merrill Lynch, Deutsche Bank, Dresdner Kleinwort, GE Capital etc. and high net worth individuals like Sheikh Waleed Al Ibrahim, in conjunction with other private equity groups and hedge funds are increasingly drawn to financing film deals.

Opalesque's A SQUARE, the world's first publication and independent research platform dedicated to "alternative alternatives", has drawn leading film financing experts to share their views in an interactive webinar:

  • Simon Fawcett, Chief Executive of Aramid Capital Partners
  • Aaron Kaufman, Principal, Barbarian Films, LLC
  • Moderator: Sona Blessing, Director of Research, Opalesque Ltd

Simon Fawcett is Chief Executive of Aramid Capital Partners. He was finance director of Path Entertainment for the past 8 years, and had been actively involved in the growth of Path&rom a small independent UK distributor into an international production and distribution studio operation.

Aaron Kaufman is a principal at Barbarian Films, LLC. He was vice president of Spackman Group a private equity firm based in Hong Kong which specialized in media investments. He began his career in film finance working as SVP of business development for Chris Blackwell's Palm Pictures Group.

The experts will share insights and perspectives based on their "hands-on-experience" in this space and will address the following:

  • Debt financing opportunities in film entertainment
  • Risk Management and Performance Optimization in the film space
  • The difference between debt and equity investment opportunities in the space - the benefits / risks of each
  • Film financing fund fee structures

A SQUARE subscribers can confirm their participation in this webinar here: http://www.opalesque.com/index.php?act=webinar. In order to participate, you are formally required to register to confirm your attendance.

Non-subscribers to A SQUARE can set up their subscription here: http://www.opalesque.com/main.php?act=registration and participate for free in the webinar. See here for A SQUARE subscription rates: http://www.opalesque.com/main.php?act=A2Rates.

Non-subscribers can also purchase an admission pass for this webinar here: http://www.opalesque.com/index.php?act=RegWebinar($80 admission).

If you have questions you'd like the panel to address: please direct them to: blessing@opalesque.com

About A SQUARE:
Opalesque A SQUARE = Alternative Alternatives is the first web publication, globally, that is dedicated exclusively to alternative investments. A SQUARE's weekly selection feature unique investment opportunities that bear virtually no correlation to the main stream hedge fund strategies and/or distinguish themselves by virtue of their "alternative" motive - social, behavioural, natural resources, sustainable /environment related investing.

With its "research that reveals" approach, fast facts and investment oriented analysis, A SQUARE offers diversification and complementary ideas for: private, high net-worth and institutional investors, pension funds and endowments, portfolio and hedge funds managers. For more information please go here: http://www.opalesque.com/index9.html.

The A SQUARE archive can be accessed here: http://www.opalesque.com/index.php?act=archiveA2&sMonth=2008-05-01&formsearchorder=category

About Opalesque:
Since February 2003, Opalesque is publishing Alternative Market Briefing, the premium news service on hedge funds and alternatives. The launch of these Briefing was a revolution in the hedge fund media space ("Opalesque changed the world by bringing transparency where there was opacity and by delivering an accurate professional reporting service." - Nigel Blanchard, Culross) combining proprietary news with the "clipping service" approach of integrating third party news. Each week, Opalesque publications are read by more than 360,000 industry professionals from all over the globe.

Opalesque is the only daily hedge fund publisher which is actually read by the elite managers themselves (http://www.opalesque.com/op_testimonials.html). For more information, please go to http://www.opalesque.com.

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