IIFF New York City Townhall Meeting (October 2007) 1st Anniversary Edition


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IIFF/NYC Townhall Meeting at NYFA in Manhattan –
Where Film & Finance Meet to Succeed Together

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The Institute for International Film Financing (IIFF) continues its popular series of Townhall Meetings in New York City with another special event at New York Film Academy (NYFA) on Union Square.

This "grassroots" community meeting is designed to foster productive relationships between filmmakers, entrepreneurs and financiers and to provide unbiased insight and education about the business of film. The event features a powerful roster of highly topical speakers from the worlds of film and finance. We are delighted to again welcome real-world financiers among our guests for the evening.

IIFF's one-of-a-kind mission is to sustainably expand the scope & appeal of film financing, and to do so for the benefit of the public at large. True to IIFF's proven motto, "democratizing film financing," our regular, monthly Townhall Meetings bring together a wide array of professionals from relevant backgrounds in film, finance and beyond for a vibrant evening of insightful presentations and speeches, inspiring discussion and focused networking. Past meetings (e.g.: October '07 New England Townhall in Boston, MA | September '07 Los Angeles Townhall in Santa Monica, CA & September '07 New England Townhall in Norwalk, CT | August '07 Los Angeles Townhall in Santa Monica, CA & August '07 New York Metro Townhall in Manhattan | July '07 New York Metro Townhall in Manhattan & July '07 Los Angeles Townhall in Santa Monica, CA | June '07 New York Metro Townhall in Manhattan | May '07 New York Metro Townhall in Manhattan & May '07 Bay Area Townhall in Mountain View, CA | April '07 New York Metro Townhall in Manhattan & April '07 Bay Area Townhall in San Francisco, CA | March '07 New England Townhall in Stowe, VT, March '07 Bay Area Townhall in San Rafael, CA & March '07 New York Metro Townhall in Manhattan | February '07 Townhall West in San Francisco, CA & February '07 Townhall East in New York City | January '07 Townhall in Santa Cruz, CA | December '06 Townhall East in New York City & December '06 Townhall West in San Francisco, CA | October '06 Townhall in New York City | September '06 Townhall in Oakland, CA | July '06 Townhall in Palo Alto, CA | June '06 Townhall in San José, CA | May '06 Townhall in San Francisco, CA | April '06 Townhall at Stanford business school) have reliably delivered useful insights into the business of film, provided valuable networking opportunities, and managed to draw large and enthusiastic crowds.

Who should attend? Entrepreneurs, technologists, attorneys, bankers, investment managers, venture capitalists and other non-film professionals are cordially invited to learn more about independent film. Are you considering taking an active role in film or would you like to expand your current involvement? Don't miss this opportunity to connect with the like-minded… Established and aspiring filmmakers are, naturally, more than welcome to join us as well!

The evening's five eight presentations plus panel discussion will address key issues relevant to filmmakers, financiers, and anyone interested in the economics, business mechanics, and financial dynamics of film. They will be followed by Q&A time. Attendees will also have ample opportunity to interact & network with our distinguished presenters and panelists and amongst themselves.

An informal après-meeting celebration will take place at an area restaurant.

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Featured Moderator:

The event will be expertly moderated by Bianca Bezdek, a seasoned attorney with years of experience in film finance, entertainment law and intellectual property. Ms. Bezdek worked at the top global and "magic circle" law firms Linklaters LLP and Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP in Prague, Berlin and London before founding her own practice, Bezdek Law, in New York. Her firm focuses solely on feature film and TV production, finance, distribution and related intellectual property matters. Clients have included Paramount, New Line, Universal, Miramax, Warner Bros. and Endemol, for whom she has structured the allocation of over $2 billion of international feature film private equity investment. She is also an adjunct professor at New York University and University of California Los Angeles. Prior to practicing law, Ms. Bezdek gained hands-on experience in the entertainment industry by working in development and production.

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Meeting Venue:

New York Film Academy (NYFA)
100 East 17th Street (at Union Square East)
4th floor, Robert K. Hartman Screening Room
New York, NY 10003
(212) 674-4300

Map: See NYFA at 100 E 17th St on a map from Ask, Google, MapQuest, Windows Live or Yahoo.

Closest subway station (ca. 0.2 miles walking distance): 14th Street–Union Square station served by the 4 5 6, N Q R W, and L lines; see all nearby subway stations here.

Subway & walking directions: Take the 4, 5, 6, N, Q, R, W, or L train to Union Square and walk three blocks north on Union Square East to the NE corner of Union Square Park; look for NYFA's big red banner on the historic Tammany Hall building that NYFA calls home; turn right (east) on E 17th Street – NYFA's main entrance is just around the corner, on the block between Union Square East & Irving Place.

Our Host:

This month's Townhall Meeting is graciously hosted by New York Film Academy (NYFA), a leading film school headquartered in New York City.

NYFA was founded in 1992 at Robert DeNiro's Tribeca Film Center and has since expanded into a global educational force in filmmaking and acting for film. The Academy was founded on a belief that a top quality education in filmmaking should be accessible to anyone with the dirve and passion to make films. The Academy offers year-round study options at its global headquarters in New York City's Union Square; at Universal Studios in Los Angeles; and in Central London, England; and summer study options in Paris, France; Barcelona and Bilbao, Spain; Florence and Milan, Italy; and at Harvard University, Cambridge; and Universal Studios and MGM-Disney in Orlando. NYFA also announced the planned opening of a new year-round location for Miami, FL for fall 2007.

Very special thanks go to Jack Newman, NYFA's Director of Outreach and Development, for making this event possible!

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  6:00-6:30 pm ... Registration, welcome and introductions
  6:30-7:50 pm ... Four featured presentations with Q&A (4x 20 min)
  7:50-8:00 pm ... Networking break I (10 min)
  8:00-9:20 pm ... Four featured presentations with Q&A (4x 20 min)
  9:20-9:30 pm ... Networking break II (10 min)
  9:30-10:00 pm ... Moderated panel discussion with Q&A (30+ min)
10:00+ pm ... Community time at area restaurant

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Program Details:

1) An Insider's View To Alternative Investments, Including Movies, in an Increasingly Complex Financial World (Part 1)

— by Shawn Rubin (bio), NYC-based wealth manager with 15+ years experience in financial services; Senior Advisor at Citi Family Office, a unit of Citigroup's Smith Barney division serving high net-worth individuals; Founder & leading member of The Abacus Group at Smith Barney, steadily growing his wealth management practice over past 9 years; recently ranked among "20 Rising Stars of Wealth Management" & "Top 40 Advisors Under 40 in America" by leading industry publications; participates in numerous social & philanthropic organizations in NY & NJ; Co-owner of successful restaurant STK in Manhattan's Meatpacking District … (more)

2) Strategically Funding Independent Films Using Tax Credits

— by Vinca Jarrett (bio), leading innovator & representative in entertainment industry with full-service legal practice & film financing company; Managing Attorney at Boston-based Law Offices of Vinca Jarrett & Associates, assisting clients organize their companies, negotiate deals, and package & find distribution for their projects; Owner & President at consulting firm FilmPro Finance, serving film investors & A-list producers by introducing producers with film slates to funding sources including bank financing, co-production money & equity capital; Executive Producer on several features (e.g., Jane Spencer's "Men Don't Lie") … (more)

3) The Business Side of Filmmaking: An Executive Producer's Guide To Packaging & Investor Presentations

— by Stewart Lowinger (bio), successful financier of film, TV & music; CEO at wireless entertainment company Digitune; currently arranging funding for new global TV network, several pre-IPO film production/distribution co's, etc.; Exec. Producer & financial consultant on multiple movies going into pre-production, production or post-production (e.g., "The Next Bollywood Star", "Dorothy of OZ", "You're Nobody 'til Somebody Kills You", "Chasing the Green"); Producer of TV show "Independence" & award-winning short "All Bookies Wear Speedos"; Associate Producer on indie slate incl. "Chlorine" (Ray Liota, Demi Moore); fmr. VP at int'l plastic poly bag maker; fmr. Broker/Distributor of semiconductor components … (more)

4) The Nuts & Bolts of Success with Your Film: Packaging, Marketing, Festival Publicity & Release Strategies

— by Sindy Gordon (bio), film marketing & PR expert with extensive experience developing festival, publicity & release strategies plus related materials; Co-founder & Director at NYC-based filmmaking consultancy BAT Entertainment with clients like The Weinstein Company & Alliance Atlantis; fmr. Executive Staff member at WGA East, handling all press, PR & events; fmr. Producer of WGA Awards in NYC for 4 years; fmr. Co-founder & Principal at PR & marketing firm Psychosis Productions; client projects included campaigns for Academy Award winners "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" & "Into the Arms of Strangers" as well as representing films at the Sundance & Toronto festivals … (more)

5) Metamorphosis of Book To Movie: Making Literary Adaptations Work

— by Peter Miller (bio), a.k.a. 'The Literary Lion'; prolific, veteran talent manager & Executive Producer with 30+ years experience; President of PMA Literary & Film Management, Inc. and Millennium Lion, Inc.; successfully managed diverse clientele of highly accomplished writers & authors on 1,000+ books worldwide (including 11 New York Times Bestsellers), as well as dozens of movie & TV properties; Executive Producer of 11 produced films, 3 of which received one or more Emmy nominations: "Helter Skelter", "A Gift of Love" & "Goodbye, Miss Fourth of July" … (more)

6) Indie Film Finance Done Right: Legal Structures, Production Company Formation, Film-specific Investment Vehicle & Typical Deal Structure

— by Innes Smolansky (bio), seasoned transactional entertainment attorney representing clients in independent film, TV & theatrical productions, book publishing, and personal management deals; provides expert counsel on entertainment-related legal & business transactions including drafting, reviewing & negotiating development, financing, production, co-production & distribution agreements; clients include authors, writers, producers, directors & distributors; fmr. attorney at leading law firms Cowan DeBaets, Leavy Rosensweig, Gordon Altman, and Dewey Ballantine in NYC … (more)

7) Funding & Negotiating Above- & Below-the-line Low Budget Agreements: A 'How-to' for Independent Filmmakers & Financiers

— by John Contrubis (bio), Co-founder & Director at BAT Entertainment, serving business & career needs of emerging & established writers & filmmakers; fmr. legal counsel & Executive Staff member at Writers Guild of America, East (WGA East), representing motion picture & TV writers in & around NYC; responsible for WGA's Minimum Basic, Low Budget & Documentary Screenplay Agreements; fmr. Business Agent for Local 161, IATSE; fmr. VP of Congressional Research Employees Association in Washington, DC; fmr. Legislative Attorney at Congressional Research Service (CRS), advising Members of Congress on Health Care, Voting Rights, Campaign Finance & Consumer/Administrative/Labor Law issues … (more)

8) An Insider's View To Alternative Investments, Including Movies, in an Increasingly Complex Financial World (Part 2)

— by Joshua Malkin (bio), Partner on wealth management team at Citigroup's Smith Barney division, representing select high net-worth clients by effectively serving as their personal CFO; focuses on alternative investments incl. hedge funds & private equity; fmr. attorney at leading int'l law firm Davis Polk & Wardwell, responsible for negotiating deals & drafting contracts in various corporate fields such as M&A, private equity & hedge funds; received JD from Duke Law School (magna cum laude & top 10% of class) with concentration in private equity, hedge fund & corporate law, and Bachelor's degree from Cornell … (more)

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Speaker Bios:

– Shawn A. Rubin, CIMA: Mr. Rubin is a NYC-based wealth manager & Senior Advisor with the newly formed Citi Family Office, a unit of Citigroup's Smith Barney division dedicated to serving high net-worth individuals. He joined the firm in 1998 and has more than 15 years experience in the financial services industry. Mr. Rubin founded The Abacus Group at Smith Barney and has grown his practice steadily over the last 9 years. The Group's stated mission is "to be the most competent and respected solutions-based wealth management team, providing the highest level of service to a select group of people"; it strives to be the Chief Financial Officer of all their clients' lives. As the leading member of The Abacus Group, it is Mr. Rubin's primary responsibility to captain the team's overall investment strategy, monitor & select investment managers, coordinate trust & estate planning, analyze alternative investment strategies, and support clients' philanthropic efforts. He has recently been recognized by leading industry publications including Institutional Investor, which recognized him as one of the "20 Rising Stars of Wealth Management" (Sept. '07), and On Wall Street Magazine, which named him one of the "Top 40 Advisors Under 40 in America" (Dec. '06). Mr. Rubin is a 1992 graduate of Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ and a Certified Investment Management Analyst (CIMA), a designation he achieved by completing an executive program at the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. He participates in numerous social & philanthropic organizations in the New York and New Jersey area. Mr. Rubin is also an owner of STK, a successful restaurant in the heart of Manhattan's hip Meatpacking District.

– Vinca Liane Jarrett, Esq.: Ms. Jarrett is the Managing Attorney of the Law Offices of Vinca Jarrett & Associates, a full-service entertainment law firm located in Boston, MA with worldwide clients particularly in the film, TV & music industries. Admitted to practice in New York & Massachusetts, she represents a variety of established & budding filmmakers (producers & directors), screenwriters, composers, songwriters & musicians, talent, and production & distribution companies from the organization of their companies through packaging and finding distribution for their projects. She is also the Owner & President of FilmPro Finance LLC, a financial consulting service for investors & A-list producers, founded in 2001 to introduce financiers to top tiered producers with A-list packaged projects for slate financing (15+ pictures for studio output deals utilizing bank financing & equity and smaller slates combining soft money incentives & equity). Recently completed projects include "Doorman" (directed by Steven Leeds), "Disappearances" (directed by indie veteran Jay Craven, starring Kris Kristofferson), "Within" aka "The Cavern" (horror feature by director Olatunde Osunsanmi, released by Sony Pictures), and "Mission to Matrimony" (documentary on legalization of gay marriage by Noah & Matthew Pohl, screened at HBO). Other projects in distribution include "Touching the Game" (about the Cape Cod Baseball League, aired on the WB in 2004), the Roger Corman film "The Strangler's Wife" (distributed worldwide in 2003), and "The Rising Place" (released in 2002). In 2006, Ms. Jarrett established Massachusetts Production Capital (MPC) with partners Stephen Roberts & Will French, founders of Louisiana Production Capital (LPC), and recently merged MPC into the newly formed North East Production Capital (NEPC). NEPC, LPC & Arizona Production Capital are subsidiaries of Film Production Capital LLC (FPC), the largest provider of independent film funding through the purchase (and sale) of US state tax credits, having already financed more than $100M in state credits including "Ray", "Factory Girl" & "The Runaway Jury". Ms. Jarrett is also attached as Executive Producer to several feature projects both in the US and internationally, focusing on packaging films to producers, distributors, financiers & talent, currently working on "Men Don't Lie" (written & directed by Jane Spencer, to be filmed in Paris & Romania, to star Julia Jentsch, Michael Madsen & Guillaume Depardieu) and "Agenda One" (will film in Iceland & UK). Focused on film finance, Ms. Jarrett speaks around the world addressing investors & industry professionals in LA & New York (e.g., National Investment Community's Forum on Entertainment Finance in 2006), and film, business & law students at Harvard University, MIT, UCLA, NYU, Boston University, Boston College of Law, New England School of Law, North Eastern School of Law & NY Film Academy. She has served as Chairperson of the Boston Bar Association's Arts & Entertainment Committee, has been a Board Director of Mass Media Alliance & ImprovBoston, has raised funding for Coolidge Corner Theater, is currently on the Board of Advisors to the Golden Trailer Awards, and is a regularly featured moderator of the International Film & Television Finance Summit held bi-annually in LA & New York. A graduate of Hofstra University School of Law where she received her JD in 1988, Ms. Jarrett co-founded the Hofstra Arts & Entertainment Law Digest which, in 2005, featured her lead article on "New York State and City Tax Incentive for Film".

– Stewart Lowinger: Mr. Lowinger is a successful financier & Executive Producer of film, TV & music projects as well as the CEO of a wireless entertainment company. He started his prolific career by producing his first concert at the tender age of 16, while still in High School on Long Island, NY. He then studied Engineering & Economics at Columbia University, where he served as Concert Chairman on the Board of Managers, and Business & Communications at California State University, Sacramento. Mr. Lowinger went on to work as Vice President of an international plastic poly bag manufacturer & distributor and as Broker/Distributor of semiconductor electronic components for a variety of manufacturers & OEMs both in the U.S. & overseas. His fields of expertise include sales, marketing, management, finance & overseas banking, Lines of Credit, distribution, business development & planning, integration, strategic planning, software/technology development & applications as well as music, television & film. Since 2000 he is the CEO of wireless entertainment start-up Digitune. Mr. Lowinger produced the Allman Brothers after-party at The Knitting Factory (Spring '05), the TV show "Independence" (Fall '04) & the award-winning short film "All Bookies Wear Speedos" (Fall '04), and worked on a group of independent film projects including "Chlorine" (starring Ray Liota & Demi Moore) as Associate Producer ('05-'06). He currently serves as Financial Consultant on "Chasing the Green"/"Driven" (in post-production) and as Executive Producer for several film projects which are going into pre-production, production or post-production during Sept. '07-Jan. '08, including: "Emily's Song", "The Next Bollywood Star", "Not Forgotten", "Dorothy of OZ", "Flare", "You're Nobody 'til Somebody Kills You", "The Last Swim", etc. Mr. Lowinger is also working with & arranging funding for several record labels/music production companies, a new global TV network, a content telecommunications venture, and multiple pre-IPO film production/distribution companies going public on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange.

– Sindy F.M. Gordon: Ms. Gordon began her career in Toronto, Canada working with independent writers, directors and producers as well as orchestrating mainstream film releases. In 1998 she moved to New York and co-founded Psychosis Productions, a PR & marketing firm. New York clients included mPRm & Magic Lantern Inc., at which she assisted with the campaign for "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" and was their senior publicist for two years at the Sundance Film Festival. She also worked on the New York release of the Academy Award-winning documentary "Into the Arms of Strangers". She has represented films at the Toronto International Film Festival for over 10 years. In addition to film releases she has developed marketing materials, press campaigns & managed personal publicity. She is also a consultant to writers & filmmakers to develop festival, publicity & release strategies. In 2002, Ms. Gordon joined the Executive Staff of the Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE) in New York to execute all press, public relations & events. Working closely with the communications department, she wrote & designed marketing materials and created campaigns. She co-produced the 2003 WGA Awards and continued as Producer from 2004 to 2006. During her tenure at the Guild she negotiated & coordinated all festival sponsorships and also represented the Guild at the Nantucket Film Festival, Austin Film Festival, NALIP, IFP & the Alliance for Inclusion in the Arts, where she continues to serve as an advisor. Ms. Gordon left the WGA East in 2006 to launch BAT Entertainment Inc. with former WGAE counsel John Contrubis. She has participated in numerous film & marketing panels for NALIP, NYU Tisch School of Dramatic Writing, NYFA, the Austin Film Festival, IFP Market & SAG Foundation. BAT Entertainment clients have included Infant Monster Productions, The Weinstein Company & Alliance Atlantis Motion Picture Distribution.

– Peter Miller: Mr. Miller has been an extraordinarily prolific literary & film manager for more than 3 decades and is known as "The Literary Lion". He manages highly accomplished writers & authors as diverse as Kay Allenbaugh, Raymond Benson, Shane Berryhill, Jay R. Bonansinga, Joan Brady, Nell Brien, Vincent T. Bugliosi, Clyde Burleson, Wensley Clarkson, James Dalessandro, Paul & Hollace Davids, Anthony DeStefano, Joan Detz, David Dreman, Michael C. Eberhardt, Peter Edles, Roy Feinson, Christopher Cook Gilmore, John Glatt, Stanley Hilton, William Jenkins, Freddie Lee Johnson III, Lynne Kaufman, Brian Karem, Gary C. King, Tammy Kling, Timothy Knight, Walter Maksym, John McCord, Fred Minnick, Kien Nguyen, Dr. Richard W. Oliver, Holly Payne, M. William Phelps, Chris Rogers, Steve Salerno, Dr. Leah Schwartz, Steven Travers, Joe Watson, Chuck Whitlock, and Angela Winters. As President of PMA Literary & Film Management, Inc. and Millennium Lion, Inc., he and his company have successfully managed more than 1,000 books worldwide, as well as dozens of motion picture & television properties. These works include 11 New York Times Bestsellers & 11 produced films that Mr. Miller has managed or executive produced. Three of those films have been nominated for Emmy Awards: "Helter Skelter" (CBS, 1 nomination), "A Gift of Love" (Showtime, 2 nom's) & "Goodbye, Miss Fourth of July" (Disney Channel, 4 nom's). In addition, Mr. Miller has a number of film & TV projects currently in active development —with some nearing production— in association with Warner Bros. Features, Sony Pictures Television, Warner Bros. Television, DreamWorks, and many other producers & production companies.

– Innes Smolansky, Esq.: Ms. Smolansky is a seasoned transactional entertainment attorney specializing in representing producers, production companies, distribution companies, management companies, writers, authors, directors, performers, visual artists & composers in independent motion picture productions, documentaries, television, theatrical productions, book publishing, and personal management deals. Her practice includes counsel on legal & business transactions in the entertainment industry such as drafting, reviewing, negotiating & counseling clients on development, financing, production, talent, employment, management, and distribution deals, including international co-productions. Prior to opening her own firm 4 years ago, Ms. Smolansky worked for 5 years as an entertainment attorney at leading NYC-based media & entertainment law firms Cowan DeBaets Abrahams & Sheppard and Leavy Rosensweig & Hyman; and prior to that for 3 years in the corporate department of Gordon Altman Butowsky Weitzen Shalov & Wein and at the New York office of Dewey Ballantine. Ms. Smolansky is a member of the New York State Bar Association and the Association of the Bar of the City of New York. She frequently writes & lectures on film & television law at DCTV, IFP, NYU, The New School and at other entertainment industry related seminars & festivals. Ms. Smolansky was born in St. Petersburg, Russia and studied at Brown University (BA magna cum laude), University of Pennsylvania (JD) and University of Paris X (Diploma of European Legal Studies).

– John Contrubis, Esq.: Mr. Contrubis graduated from the University of Pennsylvania and received his JD from Brooklyn Law School. He began his career as a Legislative Attorney with the Congressional Research Service (CRS). In that capacity, he advised Members of Congress on issues involving Health Care, Consumer Law, Voting Rights, Administrative Law (Executive & Legislative Powers), Labor Law (mostly involving Beck issues) and Campaign Finance. He has been published in the U.S. Congressional Record and elsewhere. In 1997, while still working for CRS, he became Vice President of the Congressional Research Employees Association and represented employees in grievance & arbitration matters and was the legal advisor for the contract negotiating team. Upon his return to New York, he continued working for labor as Business Agent for Local 161, IATSE in 2000. In 2002, Mr. Contrubis joined the Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE) Executive Staff. One of his first assignments was to resume his legislative work by becoming involved in matters such as media consolidation, which affect the interests of writers. Consequently, he was the author of the WGAE's reply to the FCC's Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on the media ownership rules and met with Members of Congress and their staff to educate them on legislative matters concerning the Guild. As Assistant Counsel at WGA East, Mr. Contrubis represented motion picture & television writers, along with newswriters in the New York metro area. One of his primary responsibilities was the administration of the WGA Minimum Basic Agreement (MBA) and the WGA Low Budget and Documentary Screenplay Agreements. As the counsel responsible for the WGA Low Budget Agreement, he appeared on panels to organizations such as NALIP, IFP, AIVF, the Alliance for Community Media, SAG Foundation, Austin Film Festival, DC Film Festival, Trenton Film Festival, NYU Tisch School, NYFA & Texas Bar Association. Mr. Contrubis left the WGA East in 2006 and co-founded BAT Entertainment Inc. to work with, serve & prolong the careers of writers & filmmakers, both emerging & established.

– Joshua D. Malkin: Mr. Malkin is a partner on a wealth management team at Smith Barney, a division of Citigroup Global Capital Markets, a global full-service financial firm with client assets in excess of $1.5 trillion, providing brokerage, investment banking & asset management services to corporations, governments & individuals around the world. He represents select high net-worth clients in their financial planning, including investments, lending, insurance and estate planning. His key focus is on alternative investments, including hedge funds & private equity, as one of his partners is on the Citigroup Alternative Investment Committee. Mr. Malkin's team at Smith Barney effectively serves as the Chief Financial Officer of their clients lives', personally tailoring investment strategies for each client, depending on his or her objectives & risk tolerance. Previously, Mr. Malkin worked as an attorney at Davis Polk & Wardwell, one of the world's most prestigious & profitable international law firms, headquartered in New York. There he was responsible for negotiating deals & drafting contracts in various corporate fields, including mergers & acquisitions, private equity and hedge funds. Mr. Malkin graduated from Duke University School of Law, magna cum laude, and Order of the Coif (top 10% of his class), where he concentrated in private equity, hedge fund & corporate law. He received his Bachelor's degree from Cornell University with a major in industrial & labor relations and a focus on finance & economics.

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Online registration is available at http://nym.filmfinancing.org/102407 (top of this page)

Early bird registration NLT Tuesday, October 2:
IIFF Member ... $25 if registered online no later than 10/2
Non-member ... $40

Regular registration NLT Tuesday, October 16:
IIFF Member ... $35 if registered online no later than 10/16
Non-member ... $50

Last minute registration NLT Tuesday, October 23:
IIFF Member ... $45 if registered online no later than 10/23
Non-member ... $60

On-site registration (at the door):
IIFF Member ... $55
Non-member ... $70

To learn more about membership with IIFF, email our Membership Bureau, or approach an IIFF team member at or after the event.

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