Tuesday, April 28th, 2015

10:45 AM - Noon

Track VI: The Plaza Room

Investment & Funding of Indie Film and TV: from Theatrical Features to Cable Networks, Netflix and Amazon

René Bourdages, CEO, Elevado Media, Inc. Moderator

Sandy Smolan, Film & Television Director

Jane Goldenring, President, Goldenring Productions

Chuck Bush Jr, CEO, Great Road Capital

Randy Greenberg, CEO, The Greenberg Group

 

Director, Laval University Governance Program and was selected as one of Canada's Top 40 under 40. Mr. Bourdages is a member of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, the American Film Institute, the Executive Committee of the Canada California Business Council and the Economic Club of Canada.

 

Sandy Smolan, Film & Television Director:  Mr. Smolan is an award-winning director whose work spans features, documentaries, television, and commercials.  His critically acclaimed debut feature film “Rachel river", was nominated for the grand jury prize at the Sundance film festival and took awards for best cinematography and a special jury prize for actress viveca lindfors.  His most recent film, “The Human Face of Big Data” just won the Jury prize for Best Cinematography at the Boston International Film Festival and is being released in the fall of 2014.  his television movies include "the last soldier" for hbo, the mini-series “beach girls” with rob lowe and julia ormond for lifetime, "a place to be" for cbs and "taking a stand", an emmy award-winning film with Betty Buckely for abc, for which he was also nominated for best director. as a television director his credits include the acclaimed pilot for the series "middle ages", as well as over 50 network series including “brothers & sisters” , “ally mcbeal”, "everwood", “ED”, “the o.c.”, “Dawson’s Creek”, “Greek”, “LA LAW”, “Dangerous Minds”, “"chicago hope” and "northern exposure".  In original programming for the internet, He recently directed the ten-part web series “in gayle we trust” for nbc.com and the web series “First Dance” and “first day” for Alloy Entertainment, winner of an 2010 Advertising Age Media Vanguard Award.  His production company, Luminous Content, works with corporations, NGO’s and Foundations to explore the role technology can play in transforming lives around the planet.   The work includes a series films underwritten by HP about safe syringes and an innovative text messaging system being used in the developing world to help stop the spread of AIDS and other infectious diseases. He also recently produced and directed three short films for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation documenting an extraordinary $40 million pilot program attempting bring a million people of poverty in East Africa, four short films about a sustainable development in India, Georgia, Rwanda and Peru for Heifer International and a series of films for the Tech Museum sponsored by Intel, Microsoft, Applied Materials, BD Biosciences and Nokia.  smolan's documentary “12 stones”, about the transformation of a group of illiterate women in southern Nepal won the jury prize for best short documentary at the Tallahassee and Newport beach film festival.  Mr, Smolan was also the associate producer of two network documentaries for cbs news; "the cowboy the craftsman and the ballerina" with Morley safer and "juilliard: a life in music", narrated by Charles karat and winner of the Peabody award.  Mr. Smolan has been an Associate Professor at The University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts and a featured speaker at the  EG Conference in Monterey, California and the INK Conference in Association with TED, in Lavasa, India.  His work can be viewed at www.luminous-content.com

 

Jane Goldenring is the President of Goldenring Productions, where she is developing and producing projects for both film and TV. Her most current project is the independent film "Boychoir" which is currently in worldwide release.  Written by Ben Ripley ("Source Code"), she produced the movie with Carol Baum; with Francois Girard ("Red Violin”) directing and Dustin Hoffman starring along with Kathy Bates, Eddie Izzard, Josh Lucas, Debra Winger and Kevin McHale. She recently executive produced "Zapped" – a movie for the Disney Channel starring Zendaya, which aired in 2014. She was the Executive Producer on another Disney Channel movie, "Radio Rebel", which aired in 2012 and won a Humanitas Award. She has produced several movies for Lifetime, Hallmark Channel and ABC Family and produced indie films: "My First Mister" directed by Christine Lahti and starring Albert Brooks and "$5 A Day" directed by Nigel Cole and starring Christopher Walken. Her development slate includes “Double Life” - a TV series for New Regency and Fox TV; and indie films, "Starlight Falls"  and “Let Me Count the Ways” with Rachel Weisz attached; and "The Spire In The Woods" a horror film being written by Anthony Cipriano (“Bates Motel”). For eleven years, she was a production executive at Disney moving up the ranks from CE to Senior VP.  During her time at Disney she supervised the development and production of over 40 movies including  "Adventures In Babysitting," "Big Business," and "Cocktail," "White Fang," "The Rocketeer," "Captain Ron," "The Ref"; "Jefferson In Paris"; and "Phenomenon." After that she had first look deals with von Zerneck/Sertner Films and with Walt Disney Studios as a TV and film producer. Before joining Disney, Ms. Goldenring was based in Washington, D.C. where she worked in advertising and on documentaries as well as a five year stint as a Legislative Assistant to U.S. Senator Christopher J. Dodd. Ms. Goldenring is also an adjunct professor in the graduate film department at USC's School of Cinematic Arts.  She has also taught classes at Chapman University and lectured at AFI and UCLA.  Ms. Goldenring received her B.A. degree from Wesleyan University. She is a former Member of the Board of Women In Film and a member of the Producers Guild and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

 

Randy Greenberg is a strategic, senior entertainment executive producer and creative marketing & distribution executive who works for investors – finding the right IP to invest in and the right distribution partners to exploit the IP – and works for producers – finding the right partner investors and the right distribution partners to exploit the IP. Greenberg has worked with multi-million dollar entertainment brands driving marketing strategy, media strategy, investment, marketing operations, business development, PR strategy and he has run billion dollar divisions of large media corporations utilizing his marketing and distribution expertise to drive profitability and market growth. Over the past decade, Greenberg has run The Greenberg Group, an entertainment investment and content strategy consultancy. Currently, Greenberg is executive producer, of a feature film project for a producing duo and their Chinese investors, securing a world-wide studio distribution deal for project based on the NY Times’ best-selling book, “MEG”;  Greenberg is a manager handling marketing strategy and business development for upcoming children’s book author/illustrator, Ruthie Briggs-Greenberg (“Felicity the Dragon”  released in September 2015 and “Sea of Echoes” released in November 2015 by Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group imprint Taylor Trade Publishing); and Greenberg is consulting on business development and entertainment strategy to #1 leading global digital men’s magazine, Kandy.  Greenberg is also an Instructor for UCLA Extension’s “The Business of Entertainment”. Previously, Greenberg developed the business plan, strategy, financial plan and founded full-service, first-class talent agency, Resolution, in 2012 with private equity company, Najafi Companies; developed business plan, strategy and financial plan for entertainment industry library roll-up entity with JPMorgan/One Equity and the Najafi Companies and was head of Film & TV division of comic book publishing company, Platinum Studios, Executive Producing two feature films, “Cowboys & Aliens”, and “Dylan Dog: Dead of Night” and successfully negotiating 100+ feature film and TV project development, option and acquisition deals with various producers, networks and studios including: DreamWorks, Universal Pictures, Paramount Pictures, Sony Pictures Animation , Fox TV Studios, FremantleMedia, Landscape Entertainment, Top Cow Productions, Syfy Network, Alexandra Milchan Productions, Robert Cort Productions, Valhalla Motion Pictures, Blind Wink, Kurtzman/Orci, Practical Pictures, Mad Chance Productions, Random House, HarperCollins, IM Global, Preferred Content, Rumpus Entertainment and Threshold Entertainment. Prior, Greenberg was the Senior Vice President / Head of International Theatrical Distribution and Marketing for Universal Pictures, where he synergized and led stakeholder alliances for international theatrical box office growth by developing strategic marketing campaigns and restructured the division to align with fast emerging digital marketing platforms and opportunities. His cutting-edge digital and traditional international marketing campaigns drove the international theatrical division to $2.7 Billion in box office. In one year alone, Greenberg’s strategies produced six $100M+ international box office releases: breaking a company record and tying an industry record. Greenberg strategized and executed the overseas releases of such films as The Mummy Returns, Jurassic Park III, American Pie 2, The Fast and the Furious, The Bourne Identity, Red Dragon, 8 Mile, The Hulk, 2Fast 2Furious, American Pie: The Wedding and Intolerable Cruelty among over 40 others. Greenberg was also Vice President, International Theatrical Marketing for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM), where he synergized and led the Los Angeles international theatrical offices coordinating between all international stakeholders in home entertainment, international TV and international consumer products to drive international theatrical box office growth for The World Is Not Enough, The Thomas Crown Affair, Stigmata, Tomorrow Never Dies, Ulee’s Gold, The Birdcage, GoldenEye, Get Shorty and Rob Roy, among over 30 additional films.

René Bourdages, CEO, ELEVADO MEDIA, Inc., Film & Television Consulting: Rene Bourdages is a veteran entertainment executive with more than 30 years of senior level operating experience. Mr. Bourdages held many high level executive positions in Canada before relocating to Los Angeles and focusing his managerial skills on entertainment media consulting. Prior to founding Elevado Media, he was President of CBC merchandising from 2004 through 2011. He has also held Executive Vice President positions at Quebecor/Groupe TVA and Astral Media Movie Premium TV channels with direct responsibility for up to 1,200 employees and gross revenues of nearly $200 million. Previously, Mr. Bourdages served as Director of the Harold Greenberg Fund, which finances the development and production of Canadian feature films. He holds a Certificate in Business and Management of Entertainment from UCLA. He is a Chartered Board