This list is designed to assist indie filmmakers, producers and writers in finding possible sources of coin for their projects. Companies listed can help finance, produce and distribute indie films. The list includes contact names and advice from companies on what they are looking for, and the correct procedures for contacting them. The list is extensive but is not comprehensive, as certain companies did not wish to be included, some did not respond to Daily Variety ‘s request for information and others responded too late to be included.


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A Happy Place
15 Brooks Ave.
Venice, CA 90291
Phone: (310) 450-0550
Fax: (310) 392-9992
Email: chris@happyplaceonline.com
Web site: www.happyplaceonline.com
Contacts: Rich Hull, Wendy Thorlakson, Lance Bass, Joe Anderson, Johnny Wright, partners
Type of business: Feature film production
Types of finance: Independent equity and debt financing/co-financing up to approximately $5 million on independent films
Types of projects sought: Mainstream, youth-oriented (age 35 and under), high-concept romantic comedies; specifically looking for projects that allow the company to put major music stars in front of the camera; should be studio-caliber with medium-range budgets
Projects in the works: “Daddy Boot Camp,” “CAT Squad”
Recent releases: “On the Line” (Miramax, October), “She’s All That” (Miramax), “Get Over It” (Miramax), “Jekyll Island” (Showtime)

A Plus Entertainment
15030 Ventura Blvd., Ste. 762
Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
Phone:(818) 994-9831
Fax: (818) 994-9837
Email: sales@aplusentertainment.com
Web site: www.aplusent.com
Contacts: Emilio Ferrari, president-CEO; Gregg Ratinoff, sales VP; Randy James, business affairs
Types of business: Production, distribution, finance, post-production facility
Types of finance: Equity, foreign pre-sales, gap
Types of projects sought: Action, thrillers, horror
Advice: Experience is important but honesty and integrity are far more.
Projects in the works: “I Know What You Did Last Winter,” “Never Say Nevermind,” “Mind Games”
Recent releases: “Luckytown,” “Sorted,” “Killer Instinct”

Abandon Entertainment
1817 Stanford Street
2nd Floor
Santa Monica, CA 90404
Phone:310-453-0900
Fax: 310-453-1881
Email: abandon@abandonent.com
Web site: www.abandonent.com
Contacts: Marcus Ticotin, president and CEO, Karen Lauder, Co-President
Types of business: Film/TV Financing and Foreign Sales
Type of finance: Production
Type of projects sought: Commercial
Advice: Have a great script
Projects in the works: “Picasso at the Lapin Agile,” “Alice,” “Max Payne,” “Out of Gas,” “Nocturne,”
“Camelot”
Recent releases: “Scotland, Pa.,” “Mexico City”

Afra-Film Enterprises
264 S. La Cienega Blvd., Ste. 1138
Beverly Hills, CA 90211
Phone:(323) 882-6193
Fax: (323) 882-6103
Email: sidarfov@earthlink.net
Contacts: Anatoly Fradis, president
Types of business: Finance, production, distribution
Type of finance: Financing up to 50% of the budget (up to $3 million)
Corporate ties: Several Russian banks; Vienna Film Financing Fund; German, Polish banks
Types of projects sought: Erotic, action, fairy tales
Advice: Need script, full budget, talent attached and up to 50% financing
Projects in the works: “La Femme,” “The Fairy Tale,” “Red America”
Recent releases: “Red Shoe Diaries,” “Black Sea-213″

AKA Movies Inc.
6464 Sunset Blvd, Ste. 920
Los Angeles, CA 90028
Phone:(323) 464-7345
Fax: (323) 464-7396
Email: akamoviesla@earthlink.net
Contacts: Michael Kananack, VP, sales; Claude Kananack, director, sales and administration; Arthur Kananack, president
Type of business: Worldwide sales representation consultants
Types of finance: Pre-sales, co-production
Types of projects sought: Action, adventure, film noir, suspense, sci-fi
Advice: Best to have elements like director and actor(s) attached; partial financing available would also help
Projects in the works: “Nomad, the Two Worlds,” “The Black Swallow of Death,” “The Watermen,” “The Reckoning”
Recent releases: “What’s Cooking?”

Alcon Entertainment
10390 Santa Monica Blvd., Ste. 250
Los Angeles, CA 90025
Phone:(310) 789-3040
Fax: (310) 789-3060
Email: info@alconent.com
Contacts: Kira Davis, VP of production; Steven Wegner, VP of development
Types of business: Self-financed production company with a distribution deal with Warner Bros.
Types of finance: Equity investors, studio partner
Corporate ties: Warner Bros.
Types of projects sought: All genres with budgets from $12 million to $60 million
Projects in the works: “The Affair of the Necklace,” “Insomnia”
Recent releases: “My Dog Skip”

Allengate Film Group
4335 Van Nuys Blvd., #282
Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
Fax: (818) 783-1180
Email: allengate@aol.com
Contacts: Casey Valentine, David Myrck, Bill Gardiner
Types of business: Acquisition and distribution of indie features
Type of finance: We are currently not financing projects.
Types of projects sought: All types, but preferably action, horror, suspense, shot on color film only please; also interested in children’s films/programming
Advice: Producers may submit a nonreturnable VHS of their trailer/feature for distribution consideration — both foreign and domestic. We also accept faxes but prefer email inquiries.
Projects in the works: We are not currently producing.
Recent releases: “Our Father,” “Shadowtown,” “Allie’s World”

Alliance Atlantis
121 Bloor St. East, Ste. 1500
Toronto, Ontario, Canada M4W 3M5
Phone:(416) 967-1174
Fax: (416) 960-0971
808 Wilshire Blvd., 3rd Fl.
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Phone:(310) 899-8000
Fax: (310) 899-8100
Web site: www.allianceatlantis.com
Contacts: Seaton McLean, president, motion picture production; Victor Loewy, chairman, motion picture group; Patrice Theroux, president, motion picture distribution; Mark Horowitz, president, Alliance Atlantis Pictures Intl.
Types of business: Production, distribution
Type of finance: Full or partial against distribution rights
Types of projects sought: Budgets between $3 million and $20 million in a variety of genres: thrillers, comedies, dramas that are entertaining and accessible to large audiences domestically and internationally with international profile and sales potential
Advice: We want to hear from filmmakers whose projects have an original cinematic voice; scripts with traditional story values told in a non-traditional way; dramatic and humorous themes that entertain the audience — all the elements that capture the spark that mark great independent features.
Projects in the works: “Ararat,” “The 51st State,” “Owning Mahowny,” “Morvern Callar,” “Men With Brooms,” “Claire’s Hat,” “29 Palms,” “Dirty Deeds”
Recent releases: “Sunshine,” “Jesus’ Son,” “Maelstrom,” “Possible Worlds,” “Waydowntown”

Alpine Entertainment
6919 Valijean Ave.
Van Nuys, CA 91406
Phone:(818) 909-5207
Fax: (818) 902-5021
Email: jbunzel@alpine-ent.com
Web site: www.alpine-ent.com
Contacts: Juhn Bunzel, president, film production; Rene Torres, president, Alpine Intl.; Tom Hamilton, senior VP
Types of business: Production, foreign pre-sales
Types of finance: Production, foreign pre-sales, equity investors
Corporate ties: Trendata
Types of projects sought: Genre-specific projects that have unique stories
Advice: Bring us quality projects with name attachments.
Projects in the works: “Daze of Summer,” “Love Is the Drug”
Recent releases: “The Convent”

American World Pictures
21700 Oxnard St., Ste. 660
Woodland Hills, CA 91367
Phone:(818) 715-1480
Fax: (818) 715-1081
Email: awpics@earthlink.net
Contacts: Mark L. Lester, president; Todd Olsson, exec VP of acquisitions and worldwide distribution
Types of business: Production, foreign distribution
Types of finance: Pre-sales, equity
Types of projects sought: Genre films: suspense/thriller, action adventure with name actors attached
Advice: Need a script, director and actor; equity is helpful
Projects in the works: “Walter’s Purple Heart,” “White Rush”
Recent releases: “Bad Karma,” “Instinct to Kill,” “Devil’s Prey”

Arrow Entertainment Inc.
25 West 45th St., Ste. 707
New York, NY 10036
Phone:(212) 398-9511
Fax: (212) 398-9558
Email: arrowfeatures@aol.com
Web site: www.arrowfeatures.com
Contacts: Dennis Friedland, president; John Cusimano, VP, business and legal affairs; Michael Broder, director of domestic distribution; Kristi Sutton, executive assistant
Types of business: U.S. theatrical, homevideo, television, and foreign distribution and production
Types of finance: Production, post-production and finishing funds
Types of projects sought: Features, homevideo and TV projects
Advice: Think about what would make your film marketable. A film which is autobiographical in nature and reflects your personal experiences, while relevant to you and those close to you, may not connect with audiences (unless you have some serious star power attached). For the first-time filmmaker who seeks distribution, stick to a classic genre (horror, thriller, action, sci-fi, family) and do not mix genre elements within a film (do not make a sci-fi/horror/comedy).
Projects in the works: “Bones,” “Hannah and the Angels,” “Maelstrom,” “Dog Run,” “Jump,” “Milk,” “The Piano Player”
Recent releases: “Restless,” “30 Days,” “The Autumn Heart,” “Ponette,” “Bandit Queen,” “My Life’s in Turnaround”

Artisan Entertainment
2700 Colorado Ave.
Santa Monica, CA 90404
Phone:(310) 449-9200
Fax:(310) 255-3860
Web site: www.artisanent.com
Contacts:Amir J. Malin, CEO; Ken Schapiro, Bill Block, presidents; Patrick Gunn, exec VP; Andrew Golov, exec VP, production
Types of business:Film production, acquisition and distribution; home entertainment production and distribution
Types of finance:Production and acquisition project finance
Types of projects sought:Edgy, provocative projects that skew a bit left-of-center as well as moderate-budgeted pics that appeal to mainstream audiences
Advice:The company does not accept scripts or projects that do not have representation.
Projects in the works:“Iron Fist,” “Dirty Dancing 2″
Recent releases:“Made,” “Startup.com,” “Requiem for a Dream”

Artist’s Colony
256 S. Robertson Blvd., Ste. 1500
Beverly Hills, CA 90211
Phone:(310) 720-8300
Fax: (323) 930-7919
Email: mail@theartistscolony.com
Web site: www.theartistscolony.com
Contacts: Lloyd A. Silverman, prexy-CEO; Steve Grill, N.Y. office; Ginnina D’Orazio, director of development
Types of business: Feature film production, high-definition video feature production, TV production
Types of finance: International co-productions, equity investors, studio finance
Types of projects sought: Intelligent, compelling thrillers, dramas and entertaining, fresh hybrids
Advice: Be passionate in vision and committed to production.
Projects in the works: “Orpheus,” “Waking up the Day,” “Caravaggio,” “Cassandra Speaks”
Recent releases: “Snow Falling on Cedars,” “Shattered Image,” “Solid Ones”

Asylum
6671 Sunset Blvd., Bldg. 1593
Hollywood, CA 90028
Phone:(323) 463-6575
Fax: (323) 463-6299
Email: asylumthe@aol.com
Contacts: David Rimawi, acquisitions; Sherri Strain, international sales; David Michael Latt, production
Types of business: Production, international distribution, U.S. video label
Type of finance: Foreign pre-sales
Types of projects sought: Independent films aimed at the MTV generation — completed or in post-production
Advice: We are especially looking for films aimed at young audiences around the world — and they respond best to genre films with a young, hip point of view.
Projects in the works: “The Source,” “Killers 2″
Recent releases: “Man Called Hero,” “The Others,” “She Lives by Night,” “Stormriders”

Atlantic Streamline
1323A Third St.
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Phone:(310) 319-9366
Fax: (310) 319-9235
Email: info@atlanticstreamline.com
Web site: www.atlanticstreamline.com
Contacts: Marco Weber, President & CEO; Fran Lucci, Sr. Vice President, Production & Finance; Vanessa Coifman, Executive Vice President, Creative Affairs; Miggel Schwickerath, Vice President, Physical Production; Shane Kuhn, Vice President, Marketing & Interactive
Type of business: Film Production, New Media
Type of finance: Production, P&A
Type of projects sought: Our company mandate is good original material–stories that feel fresh and break new ground. Currently our slate runs the gambit from children’s books to historical dramas to psychological thrillers. We embrace the idea of working and taking chances with talented new filmmakers as well as cultivating writers who wish to try their hand at directing. We are open to finding story ideas in all various forms, from articles, to books, to completed screenplays. We believe that by beginning with a foundation of strong material we will be able to attract top talent in all arenas.
Projects in the works: “All The Queen’s Men,” “Igby Goes Down,” “Black Monday,” “Leap Into Darkness”
Recent releases: “The Thirteenth Floor,” “You’re Dead”

Atmosphere Entertainment
1828 Broadway
Santa Monica, CA 90404
Phone:(310) 449-9220
Fax: (310) 449-9240
Email: movies@atmosphereent.com
Web site: www.atmosphereant.com
Contacts: Christopher J. Fries, president; Barbara Mannion, VP of sales and acquisitions; Omar Kaczmarczk, sales consultant; Jerry Kohn, VP of business affairs
Types of business: Producer, foreign sales agent
Types of finance: Equity, pre-sales, gap and co-production deals
Types of projects sought: A strong script is the key. All genres with a recognizable cast as well as director or some sort of financing in place gets our attention quicker.
Advice: Call and discuss your project with us regarding genre, budget and cast before you start production.
Projects in the works: “Crossbow,” “Perserverance,” “Partition”
Recent releases: “The 12 Greatest Rounds of Boxing,” “Jimmy Zip,” “Silverman,” “The Smokers,” “Lured Innocence”

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Beech Hill Films
450 W. 15th St., Ste. 602
New York, NY 10011
Phone: (212) 989-7400
Fax: (212) 989-7722
Email: afogelbhf@aol.com
Contacts: Alexa L. Fogel, producer-casting director; Joseph Infantolino, producer; Sue Grennan, director of operations
Types of business: Film-TV production and casting
Types of finance: Private equity and pre-sales
Types of projects sought: Well written, particularly by first- or second-time writer-directors
Advice: Be able to articulate a clear vision; please fax a brief letter of introduction as the first step
Projects in the works: “Face,” “Daddy Cool,” “A Hole in One,” “Shot in the Heart”
Recent releases: “Our Song” (IFC), “Charming Billy” (Winstar), “Oz” (HBO)

Bergman Lustig Prods.
3940 Laurel Canyon Blvd., P.O. Box #356
Studio City, CA 91604
Phone: (818) 557-7490
Fax: (818) 557-7494
Email: bergmanlustig@hotmail.com
Contacts: Ram Bergman, Dana Lustig, partners; Raymond Izaac, development
Types of business: Production, finance
Types of finance: Pre-sales, equity investors
Corporate ties: Production deal with Curb Entertainment
Types of projects sought: Quality scripts
Advice: It’s essential to have all the following elements in place: good script, clear vision, persistence, knowledge of the market.
Projects in the works: A Michael Radford trilogy about love, “Unknown”
Recent releases: “Dancing at the Blue Iguana,” “Kill Me Later,” “Zoe,” “Stranger Than Fiction,” “Partners in Crime,” “Black and White,” “Wedding Bell Blues”

Blow Up Pictures
44 Hudson St.
New York, NY 10013
Phone: (212) 587-8800
Fax: (212) 587-1950
Email: bup@blowuppictures.com
Contact: Gretechen McGowan, VP of production
Types of business: Film production, finance
Type of finance: Equity investor’s fund
Corporate ties: Subsidiary of Open City Films
Types of projects sought: Fiction and nonfiction digital video features, budgets from $200,000 to $1 million for theatrical release
Advice: Please send a letter, synopsis, information on the key attachments and a sample of previous work. We will consider fiction projects at the script stage and documentaries at all stages of development.
Projects in the works: “The End of Love,” “Untitled,” “Never Get Outta the Boat,” “The Pornographer: A Love Story”
Recent releases: “Series 7″ (USA Films), “Chuck & Buck” (Artisan Entertainment)

Bluevision Media
546 Rose Ave.
Venice, CA 90291
Phone: (310) 396-1919
Fax: (310) 396-2991
Email: info@bluevisionmedia.com
Web site: www.bluevisionmedia.com
Contacts: Lucas E. Devenn, CEO-president; Markus Baettig, CFO; Jeanette Gardzelewski, director, creative affairs
Types of business: Finance, film production, international distribution
Types of finance: Initial funding comes from a consortium of institutional leaders, European venture capital
Corporate ties: Hong Kong-based Panorama Entertainment
Types of projects sought: High-quality, independent cinema
Advice: Interesting cinema is in constant pursuit of passionate storytelling.
Projects in the works: “The Russian Girl,” “Stealing Buddha”

British Connection
11955 Missouri #10
Los Angeles, CA 90025
Phone: (310) 820-7280
Fax: (310) 820-3286
Email: info@britconnection.com
Web site: www.britconnection.com
Contact: Judy Hevenly, president
Types of business: Film financing, hotel/theme park/entertainment complex and movie studios financing
Types of finance: Equity financing, debt/equity loan programs
Types of projects sought: Films, budget $5 million and over, films completed, theme parks, digital companies
Advice: Excellent script, stars attached, good director
Projects in the works: “Latch Key Kids”

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Capella Films
9200 Sunset Blvd., Ste. 315
Los Angeles, CA 90069
Phone: (310) 247-4700
Fax: (310) 247-4701
Contact: Craig Arrington, CFO
Types of business: Production, finance
Types of finance: Pre-sales, equity
Types of projects sought: International projects, co-productions
Advice: Attachments of talent or positive financing important

CatchLight Films
4216¾ Glencoe Ave.
Marina del Rey, CA 90292
Phone: (310) 827-3797
Fax: (310) 827-2533
Web site: www.catchlightfilms.com
Contacts: Jeanette Volturno, partner (for script submissions); Trey Wilkins, partner (for finishing funds); Rick Osako, coordinator (for office space/Avid)
Type of business: Independent film production and production services
Types of finance: Finishing funds, development funds. CatchLight Fund invests in eligible films through all unfinished stages of post-production: editing, music scoring or clearance, post-supervision, deliverables, negative cut, lab fees, etc. CatchLight will develop a marketing strategy with the filmmaker with the intention of securing a viable source of distribution. Fund also invests in promising projects/screenplays that need help in the last stages of development.
Type of projects sought: We appreciate and support films of all genres, with the exception of films containing gratuitous sex and violence.
Advice: When soliciting for finishing funds, please be prepared to provide a trailer or rough edit of the film and a synopsis of the plot and your specific request. Have releases, budget, and projected post budget in order.
Projects in the works: “Black Tulip,” “Night Deposit,” “Crayons.”
Recent releases: “World Festival of Sacred Music — The Americas,” “In the Weeds”

CAVU Pictures
630 Ninth Ave., Ste. 411
New York, NY 10036
Phone: (212) 246-6300
Fax: (212) 246-6086
Email: cavupictures@aol.com
Contacts: Michael Sergio, president; Isil Bagdadi, executive VP, production
Types of business: Film production, theatrical distribution, acquisition, finance
Types of finance: Private, equity investors
Types of projects sought: Seeking quality scripts that can be made for under $5 million
Advice: Submit one- to three-page synopsis of finished scripts and details of elements in place via fax or email. Projects must have some financing in place.
Projects in the works: “Cinderella Nights,” “To Die in Ireland,” “The Knowers”
Recent releases: “Under Hellgate Bridge”

Cinemancer
11225 Peach Grove St., #306
North Hollywood, CA 91601
Phone: (818) 505-9020
31 International Business Park, #02-04
Singapore, 609921 (Singapore)
Phone: (65) 560-0200
Fax: (65) 560-0201
Email: mail@cinemancer.com
Contacts: Jian Hong Kuo, president; Anthony Fu, VP, production
Types of business: Film-TV production
Projects in the works: “Avatar”

Cinetic Media
555 W. 25th St., 4th Fl.
New York, NY 10001
Phone: (212) 204-7979
Fax: (212) 204-7980
Email: office@cineticmedia.com
Web site: www.cineticmedia.com
Contacts: John Sloss, Micah Green, Matt Littin, Erin Heidenreich
Types of business: A full-service consulting firm specializing in all aspects of motion picture project finance; we are also the largest seller of quality independent features in the U.S. market
Types of finance: All types with an emphasis on pre-sales and equity
Types of projects sought: Projects with established and emerging filmmaking talent; we work effectively in most genres and budget ranges, with a strict focus on quality filmmakers
Advice: Please forward an email with a brief project description to office@cineticmedia.com or fax (212) 204-7980
Projects in the works: “Far From Heaven” (Killer Films/USA Films/Clear Blue Sky/ARP), “Coastlines” (Clear Blue Sky), “Party Monster” (Killer Films/Fortissimo), “Billy Dead”
Recent releases: “Boys Don’t Cry” (Fox Searchlight), “Hamlet” (Miramax), “Lone Star” (Sony Pictures Classics), “Ulee’s Gold” (Orion), “Blow” (New Line), “Girlfight” (Sony Screen Gems), “Road Trip” (DreamWorks), “American Movie” (Sony Pictures Classics)

Cobalt Media Group LLC
(formerly MM Media Capital Partners)
150 S. Rodeo Drive, Ste. 120
Beverly Hills, CA 90212
Phone:(310) 777-6500
Fax:(310) 777-6509
Email: lindsay.kaloper@cobaltmg.com
Web site: www.cobaltmg.com
Contacts:Hal Sadoff, Myles Nestel, Peter Rogers, Rodney Payne, partners; Alton Irby, chairman; Jackie Levine, creative
Type of business:Finance and international sales
Types of finance:All types of film finance
Types of projects sought:Commercial films with an international appeal
Projects in the works:“Killing Me Softly,” “SwimFan 85,” “Vacuums”
Recent releases:“The Anniversary Party,” “Perfume,” “Heartbreakers,” “Band of Brothers”

Concorde-New Horizons Group
11600 San Vicente Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90049
Phone: (310) 820-6733
Fax: (310) 207-6816
Email: derykm@concorde-newhorizons.com
Web site: www.newconcorde.com
Types of business: Production, distribution
Types of finance: Negative pickup, completion
Types of projects sought: Budgets between $1 million and $3 million, at least one known name
Genres: Thriller, erotic thriller, horror, action, martial arts, family
Advice: Projects should be in production or completed
Projects in the works: “Enchantment,” “Avalanche Alley,” “Shakedown,” “Firestorm,” “The Haunting of Slaughter Studios”
Recent releases: “The Arena,” “Harold Robbins’ Body Parts,” “Battle Queen 2020,” “The Doorway,” “Hard as Nails”

Curb Entertainment
3907 West Alameda Ave.
Burbank, CA 91505
Phone: (818) 843-8580
Fax: (818) 566-1719
Email: curbfilm@earthlink.net
Contacts: Carole Curb Nemoy, president; Glen Reynolds, director, acquisitions
Types of business: International film distribution and production
Types of finance: Co-production for select projects
Corporate ties: Division of Curb Records, the largest independently owned record label in the U.S.
Advice: We are passionate about forming partnerships with filmmakers to take the project to the next level.
Types of projects sought: All independent films have one thing in common: a vibrant script with a compelling story and engaging characters. We are seeking mainstream thrillers with the potential to be produced on a modest budget.
Projects in the works: “Pipe Dream,” “Pressure”
Recent releases: “Kill Me Later,” “The Operator,” “The Doe Boy,” “Zoe,” “Out of Line”

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Davis Entertainment Classics
2121 Ave. of the Stars, Ste. 2900
Los Angeles, CA 90067
Phone: (310) 551-2266
Fax: (310) 556-3760
Email: galt1138@hotmail.com
Contacts: J. Todd Harris, president; Craig Davis Roth, VP of production
Type of business: Production
Types of finance: Equity; foreign sales, pre-sales; producer for hire
Corporate ties: Davis Entertainment, 20th Century Fox
Types of projects sought: Drama, comedy, thriller (under $10 million)
Advice: Significant talent attachments and impassioned directors committed to making the film at any budget level are very important. Have some thoughts on your project’s marketability. Partial financing already in place also will help.
Projects in the works: “Happy Hour,” “29 Palms”
Recent releases: “Denise Calls Up,” “Bad Manners,” “Digging to China,” “Urbania,” “Sordid Lives”

Double Tree Entertainment
9606 Santa Monica Blvd., 3rd Fl.
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
Phone: (310) 859-6644
Fax: (310) 859-6650
Email: mjbarab@barablaw.com
Contact: Martin J. Barab, president
Types of business: Film production, finance and distribution
Types of finance: Bank and co-production equity, traditional gap financing
Types of projects sought: Canadian content, Canadian/U.K. co-production or other qualified co-productions
Advice: Please make sure to have the chain of title and at least one or two above-the-line elements, director and star.
Recent releases: “State and Main,” “Love & Sex”

Dream Entertainment
8489 W. 3rd St., Ste. 1038
Los Angeles, CA 90048
Phone: (323) 655-5501
Fax: (323) 655-5603
Email: dreamenter@aol.com
Contacts: Ehud Bleiberg, Yitzhak Ginsberg, co-founders-producers; Dave Schulz, development and operations; Nadine De Barros, acquisitions and sales
Types of business: Production, foreign sales
Types of finance: Foreign pre-sales, equity investors, gap
Types of projects sought: Big-budget, star vehicles and small- to medium-budget niche projects
Advice: Talent attachments, partial financing and a clear, well-thought-out vision obviously make any project more appealing.
Projects in the works: “Shoot ‘Em Up,” “Capital Kids,” “Monsterman”
Recent releases: “According to Spencer,” “Girl Fever,” “100 Girls”

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Echo Lake Prods.
213 Rose Ave., 2nd Fl.
Venice, CA 90291
Phone: (310) 399-6194
Fax: (310) 399-9278
Email: contact@echolakeproductions.com
Web site: www.echolakeproductions.com
Contacts: Doug Mankoff, president, producer; Andrew D. Spaulding, executive VP; Peter Wetherell, international foreign distribution consultant, executive producer; Mark Dempsey, director of development
Types of business: Production, finance
Types of finance: Film financing on a project-by-project basis; gap and bridge loans, finishing funds. On some investments, Echo Lake invests alongside a bank, on others, it invests without bank involvement.
Types of projects sought: Strong emphasis on the script and the director; seeking stories with substantive themes
Advice: Come to us early in the process. We can also help connect projects with appropriate foreign sales agents.
Projects in the works: “Tsotsi,” “Thirteen Conversations About One Thing”
Recent releases: “Things Behind the Sun”

Eurobridge TV Intl.
2490 Sepulveda Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90064
Phone: (310) 475-8121; (310) 261-1280
Fax: (310) 470-3285
Email: renatoromano@euramcopictures.com
Contacts: Ben Harris, sales; Renato Romano, VP in charge of finance
Types of business: Feature productions and distribution worldwide
Types of finance: Private parties and pre-sales from major markets
Types of projects sought: Family movies, current events, TV series to be shot mainly in European locations
Advice: Eurobridge provides partial funding for above-the-line and total below-the-line services
Projects in the works: “My Fathers Crime,” “Once Upon a Blue Sky,” “Icarus Squad,” “Murder and the Muse”

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Film Bridge Intl.
1316 Third St. Promenade, Ste. 105
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Phone: (310) 656-8680
Fax: (310) 656-8683
Email: eswbridge@aol.com; ipbridge@aol.com; lkmbridge@aol.com
Contacts: Ellen Wander, president; Incoronata Pagliuca, head of sales; Lori Mathison, international distribution coordinator
Types of business: Production, foreign, domestic pre-sales
Types of finance: Foreign, domestic pre-sales; equity investors
Corporate ties: National Geographic, HBO
Types of projects sought: Made-for pics for paid and free TV, budgets from $2 million-$5 million
Projects in the works: “Say Nothing,” “The Count”
Recent releases: “Lying in Wait,” “Beyond the Summit: The Everest Environmental Expedition”

Films (Guernsey) Ltd.
1753 Viewmont Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90069
Phone: (310) 659-6824
Fax: (310) 659-6836
Email: gjorge@financefilm.com
Contact: Jorge Gallego, president
Types of business: Finance
Types of finance: Production finance secured on pre-sales and estimated value of unsold foreign rights; single films, slates, revolving credits, library financing
Corporate ties: Banque Internationale Luxembourg; U.S. rep, American Film Services
Types of projects sought: Over $5 million
Advice: Early involvement helps speed up the process and avoids costly errors
Projects in the works: “Ripley’s Game,” “City of Ghosts,” “Gosford Park,” “Carolina Torn Asunder”
Recent release: “Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles”

Fine Line Features
116 North Robertson Blvd., 5th Fl.
Los Angeles, CA 90048
Phone: (310) 854-5811
Fax: (310) 659-1453
Web site: www.flf.com
Contacts: Mark Ordesky, president, Fine Line Features; Ilene Maisel, senior VP, European production (London); Arianna Bocco, VP, acquisitions and production (L.A.); Alexandra Rossi, director, European acquisitions (London); Meredith Finn, director, acquisitions and production (N.Y.)
Types of business: Distributor, buyer, production
Types of finance: Co-productions, negative pickups, acquisitions
Types of projects sought: Filmmaker-driven material, packaged scripts, finished films
Advice: Send a fax with all the appropriate information or have an agent call on your behalf.
Project in the works: “Ripley’s Game”
Recent releases: “The Anniversary Party,” “Hedwig and the Angry Inch”

First Look Media/Overseas Filmgroup
8800 Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90069
Phone: (310) 855-1199
Fax: (310) 855-0719
Email: info@firstlookmedia.com
Web site: www.firstlookmedia.com
Contacts: Christopher J. Cooney, co-chairman of the board and CEO (First Look); Robert B. Little, co-chairman of the board and president (First Look); William F. Lischak, CEO-CFO-secretary-director (First Look); MJ Peckos, president, First Look Pictures; Robert B. Little, president and co-chairman (Overseas); Liz Mackiewicz, senior VP, worldwide sales & distribution (Overseas); Brian O’Shea, senior VP, worldwide sales & distribution (Overseas); Douglas B. McClure, VP, business & legal affairs (Overseas); Mansour Mostaedi, senior VP, finance & accounting (Overseas)
Types of business: Worldwide sales, domestic distribution, packaging, financing
Types of finance: Pre-sales, gap financing, equity, co-productions
Types of projects sought: Finished films seeking worldwide distribution, films in need of finishing funds, projects that are packaged with director, some casting elements, partial financing
Advice: Come to us when your project is ready to go … script is near shooting draft, some cast in place and partial financing.
Projects in the works: “Cheri,” “Lake Eerie,” “The Godmother,” “The Snow Walker,” “Flush”
Recent releases: “Before Night Falls,” “Chopper,” “Bread & Tulips,” “Soulkeeper,” “Thirteen Conversations About One Thing”

Fred T. Kuehnert Prods.
10550 Wilshire Blvd., Ste. 304
Los Angeles, CA 90024
Phone: (310) 470-3363
Fax: (310) 470-0060
Email: Fkuehnert@earthlink.net
Contacts: Fred T. Keuhnert, managing partner; Sandra Chouinard, exec assistant; Robert Birmingham, Grant Guthrie, partners
Types of business: Motion picture production
Types of finance: Private equity/pre-sales
Types of projects sought: Material with international appeal
Projects in the works: “Ton up Boys,” “The Fallen,” “My Father’s Son,” “Nature of the Beast”
Recent releases: “Beneath Loch Ness” (AFM)

Furst Films
8954 West Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90035
Phone: (310) 278-6468
Fax: (310) 278-7401
Email: info@furstfilms.com
Contacts: Sean Furst, producer; Bryan Furst, Darren Boghosian, development
Types of business: Feature film and television production
Types of finance: Studio, equity and co-financing
Types of projects sought: Unique movies for digital production $500,000-$1.5 million, and high-end independent projects with seasoned filmmakers; all genres
Advice: We seek fresh, well-written projects driven by visionary filmmakers. A faxed introduction is preferrable.
Projects in the works: “Rain Falls,” “Control,” Untitled Hughes Bros., “Son of the Wolfman”
Recent releases: “Everything Put Together,” “Blue Ridge Fall,” “Owning Mahowny”

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