Bank pair set up film finance unit

Lewis, Doby-Flewellyn set up FilmBankers Intl.

Harold Lewis and Brenda Doby-Flewellyn, formerly entertainment loan execs with Union Bank of California, have set up FilmBankers Intl. to assist filmmakers with financing, sales and distribution of projects.

The company announced Monday that it’s representing Tom Walsh’s EnterAktion Studios in toy licensing on four animated projects; assisting Frigate Bay Filmworks and producer Rudy Langlais with financing and distribution; helping New York-based production company Garbus Krupa Entertainment with financing and distribution; and raising the P&A fund for “Save Me,” to be distributed domestically by Roadside Attractions.

FilmBankers said it’s involved in negotiating co-financing for the Bob Marley film “No Woman, No Cry” on behalf of producer Langlais and his Frigate Bay Filmworks. Production is scheduled to begin lensing later this year on locations in the Caribbean. It also said negotiations are under way for a director and star of a Miles Davis biopic.

The company also said it’s representing Bennett Five Entertainment and Donlyn Prods. for domestic and international distribution of “Contradictions of the Heart,” directed by Walter Allen Bennett Jr. and starring Clifton Powell and Wendy Raquel Robinson. Pic was produced by Dawn Carter and Terrah Bennett Smith.

Doby-Flewellyn’s background includes a stint at the Lewis Horwitz Organization, where she was involved with arranging gap financing.

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