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AFMA sets 1st confab on indie finance/production

Rehme to give opening address at Marketing Assn. event

Later this month, the American Film Marketing Assn. will conduct the first of what it expects will be annual conferences on production, financing and other industry matters.

Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences president Robert Rehme will give the opening address at the Sept. 23 event at the Wyndham Bel Age Hotel in West Hollywood.

AFMA’s recently formed producers’ committee, chaired by Win Ventures chairman Pierre David, is organizing the event.

“The conference is designed to enlighten the independent production community to the changes in virtually every aspect of the business that will affect production professionals and that are occurring with greater frequency,” David said.

“We intend to address many of the important issues confronting independent producers, who may not be fully aware of solutions available to them regarding key aspects of filmmaking.”

Intertainer co-CEO and co-chairman Jonathan Taplin will give the keynote luncheon speech at the conference, the theme of which is “Staying Ahead of Change.”

Panelists will include attorney Sam Berliner; Tom Berry, president of Legend Entertainment; Greg Coote, a partner at Coote/Hayes Prods.; Cassian Elwes, senior VP, William Morris Agency; Franchise Pictures president Andrew Stevens; Jeffrey Tolin, director of Entertainment Tax Services at Ernst & Young; cinematographer John Alonzo (“Chinatown,” “Scarface”); Steven Puri, founder of Centropolis Effects; and Christa L. Thomas, VP at Chase Securities.

Admission is $85 for AFMA members and $125 for non-AFMA members, and includes breakfast, lunch and a reception.

For information, contact Kay Schaber at AFMA, (310) 446-1088.