Winston Baker, the leading global producer of entertainment and finance conferences, will present the first ever Script to Screen Summit on September 9, 2016 at the Fairmont Royal York in Toronto, Canada. The goal of the summit is to provide aspiring filmmakers with the knowledge, tools and contacts to get their projects up and running.
Global conference producer honors Maven Pictures Duo Celine Rattray and Trudie Styler during private women's brunch in Cannes and takes on Canada and Mexico.
British-Indian filmaker Asif Kapadia blasted Donald Trump's proposed temporary ban on Muslim travel to America during a film forum Friday at the Cannes Film Festival.
“If he was president, I wouldn't be allowed into the U.S.,” said the Oscar-winning filmmaker.
Fresh from the Oscar success of 'Spotlight,' the indie production veteran outlined his company's strategy at the 7th annual Winston Baker Film Finance Forum in Cannes.
Winston Baker, the leading global producer of film finance conferences, will be presenting the 7th Annual International Film Finance Forum and presenting a new session with D'Hive on May 13, 2016 at the Intercontinental Carlton Hotel in Cannes, France.
This year's speaking faculty includes the financiers and producers behind such notable films as Still Alice, The Matrix, Lawless, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Y Tu Mamá También, The Kids are Alright, Margin Call, All is Lost, Saving Mr. Banks, and new projects such as American Honey, He Wanted The Moon, and London Town.
The 'Sopranos' and 'Boardwalk Empire' veteran reflected on a career of storytelling during his keynote address at Wednesday's Winston Baker TV + Film Finance Forum in New York.
April 5, 2016
Prior to the recent announcement of Dick Cook Studios’ $500 million dollar deal with China’s Film Carnival, I had the pleasure of attending the China-U.S. Motion Picture Summit on March 25th in Grand Epoch City (Beijing’s Hebei province neighbor), co-hosted by Dick Cook and showcasing an ensemble of Hollywood heavyweights.
The growth of China’s movie industry has been so robust that guests from both sides of the Pacific gathered at the inaugural China/U.S. Motion Picture Summit on the outskirts of Beijing last week were practically falling over themselves trying to find the perfect superlative to describe it. And yet they couldn’t seem to agree about how to keep up the positive momentum.
March 28, 2016
China-US Summit talks China co-pro, export blues
China’s domestic box office may be booming – and Chinese finance flowing into Hollywood movies – but speakers at the China-US Motion Picture Summit (March 25) discussed how successful Chinese co-productions and film exports remain scarce.
March 25, 2016
Alfonso Cuaron Says He Wants to Make a Film in Chinese
Backstage at the inaugural China-U.S. Motion Picture Summit, the 'Gravity' director spoke of his ambition to work in the world's fastest growing major movie market.
The inaugural film industry confab, to be held near Beijing on March 25, will also include talks given by Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs and Bill Borden, producer of 'The Mermaid,' China's top-grossing film ever.
The eighth annual Entertainment Finance Forum was presented by Winston Baker recently. Gathered in view of the Hollywood sign, attendees heard from a range of speakers.
The movie's long road to the big screen without help from the Hollywood studio system was detailed Wednesday at Winston Baker's Entertainment Finance Forum in Los Angeles.
February 24, 2016
Speakers unveiled for China-US Motion Picture Summit
Screenwriter Randall Wallace (Braveheart), producer Don Hahn (The Lion King) and Bill Borden, co-executive producer of The Mermaid, are among the speakers for the first China-US Motion Picture Summit (March 25).
The Academy and PGA toppers will appear at the inaugural conference in China on March 25.
February 23, 2016
Academy, Industry Head for China-U.S. Motion Picture Summit
AMPAS president Cheryl Boone Isaacs, PGA president Gary Lucchesi and Bill Borden, co-executive producer of Chinese record breaker "The Mermaid," will line up among the speakers at the China-US Motion Picture Summit next month
January 11, 2016
2016 CHINA-US MOTION PICTURE SUMMIT IN CHINA
China Media Culture Promotion Association and Beijing Film Academy Proudly Announce Citic Cuoan and Dick Cook Studios' 2016 China-US Motion Picture Summit in China
The business event, to be held near Beijing in March, will bring together Hollywood and Chinese executives and filmmakers for conferences and networking.
January 6, 2016
Inaugural China-US Motion Picture Summit to address trends
Film-makers, writers, technology leaders due to be among speakers.
Film Carnival named strategic partner; Winston/Baker on-board to produce
Dick Cook Studios and Chinese state owned enterprise CITIC Guoan are to present a new China-U.S. Motion Picture Summit, to be held in China in March.
The prestigious China Media Culture Promotion Association (CMCPA) and the Beijing Film Academy have announced the inaugural 2016 China-US Motion Picture Summit presented by Citic Guoan Co. Ltd. and Dick Cook Studios.
LOS ANGELES, CA-- Winston Baker, the leading global producer of film finance conferences, announces their 2016 event lineup and will kick off their global series with the annual Entertainment Finance Forum (EFF) from March 1 - 2, 2016 at the Loews Hollywood Hotel in Los Angeles, California.
The series begins with the Entertainment Finance Forum on March 1-2 at the Loews Hollywood Hotel.
December 17, 2015
Winston Baker Hosted Successful Inaugural Asia Pacific Entertainment Finance Forum in Hawaii
Ground-breaking international forum featured Nina Yang Bongiovi, Schuyler Moore, Nansun Shi & more...
December 09, 2015
Hawaii International Film Festival is a Pacific Beacon!
In late November I had the privilege of being a guest at the Hawaii International Film Festival where a wonderful film business seminar was being held during and at the Fest in Honolulu...
November 15, 2015
Local filmmakers to talk story with entertainment industry leaders at HIFF
HONOLULU - Want a chance to learn from and perhaps collaborate with some of the world's most influential players in the entertainment industry? Check out the Asia Pacific Entertainment Finance Forum going on at HIFF November 18-20.
November 13, 2015
Hawaii Film Festival to host Asia Pacific Finance Forum
The Hawaii International Film Festival has partnered with Winston Baker to launch the first Asia Pacific Entertainment Finance Forum this month.
Major International Forum to Feature Nina Yang Bongiovi, Sunny Dhillon, Roy Lee, Matthew Liu, Thomas McGrath, Nansun Shi, and Bruce Tuchman.
October 13, 2015
Winston Baker lines up inaugural finance forum in Hawaii
The producer of entertainment finance conferences has announced its first Asia Pacific Entertainment Finance Forum at the Hawaii International Film Festival.
Winston Baker has announced its inaugural Asia Pacific Entertainment Finance Forum, which will take place during the Hawaii International Film Festival, with Variety as a media partner.
September 29, 2015
Zurich Summit: industry braces for consolidation
US producers and execs from HBO, HanWay and China’s Wanda Group discuss distribution challenges and impending consolidation.
September 27, 2015
Zurich Summit: film needs long-term approach to gaming
The film industry needs to look at the games industry as a long-term prospect, not a short term money-spinner.
September 27, 2015
Tennis Time in Zurich
Today’s film competition was off the red carpet and onto the green courts, as Zurich Film Festival and the Zurich Summit hosted their popular annual tennis tournament, bringing out the competitive side of some of the globe’s top film executives.
September 16, 2015
Christoph Waltz, Marc Forster set for Zurich Summit
This year’s Zurich Summit (Sept 26-27) is to feature keynotes from Thomas Ebeling, CEO of German media giant ProSiebenSat.1, Oscar-winning actor Christoph Waltz and Quantum of Solace and World War Z director Marc Forster.
September 2, 2015
Christoph Waltz to head Zurich Film Festival's Swiss jury
Oscar-winning actor will also hold a keynote conversation at the Zurich Summit and present a screening of Inglourious Basterds.
Chinese viewers are embracing digital distribution to a greater degree than ever before, offering filmmakers a new way to reach audience and monetize their films, said iQIYI Pictures President Li Yansong at a panel discussion hosted by Winston Baker.
A growing number of Chinese film companies intend to collaborate with Hollywood studios but cultural differences often make it a tricky business. The best way to overcome it is to hire local people to negotiate with them, said Eric Rong, president of TIK Films, a subsidiary of Hunan TV & Broadcast Intermediary Co.
June 16, 2015
Where Is Chinese-Foreign Co-production Going?
Winston Baker delivered, once again, a co-production panel this afternoon, starting with a speech made by MIAO Xiaotian, General Manager of China Film Co-Production Corporation. The Chinese government and other countries have signed more co-prod treaties: the Shanghai International Film Festival is one of the ideal locations to talk about this topic due to the city’s various incentives to promote the film industry.
The latest event in Winston Baker’s highly successful international Film Finance Forum® series will feature a speaking faculty of seasoned leaders from American, Chinese and international entertainment industries who will discuss China’s growing film market.
Top executives from China and the U.S. will address the expanding presence of China’s online giants in the business and the future of the country’s local film production, and consider the implications of the growing alliance between Hollywood and China through a case study of the recent deal between Hunan TV and Lionsgate.
The forum will feature a Keynote Conversation with IMAX, delivered by industry juggernaut Rich Gelfond, the Chief Executive Officer of IMAX. Under Gelfond's leadership, IMAX recently announced its plans for a Hong Kong IPO for its booming business in China, news that sent the company's stock soaring to all-time highs. Winston Baker's special session is an invaluable opportunity to gain insight into Gelfond's experience, savvy, and global success.
In celebration of the special event, Winston Baker presented the inaugural Pioneer of the Year Award to Claudia Bluemhuber, a long time speaker and supporter of the Film Finance Forum ® Series. As she presented the award, Amy Baker explained, “We honor Claudia for her work as a producer who is paving the way for female talent and for her innovative work as a film financier.” Claudia is the CEO and a Managing Partner of Silver Reel Partners.
May 16, 2015
Finance Panel: Friends in High Places
Billionaires in the film business are given a bad rap. That was the consensus from a panel with the provocative title, Is It Real Movie Money Or Just Another Big Yacht Passing?, at the 6th Annual Winston Baker Film Finance Forum on Friday afternoon in Cannes. A high level panel including Micah Green, Co-head Film Finance and Sales Group CAA, Mark Hutchison, Partner NKSFB and Bill Lischak, Co-President, Oddlot Entertainment, pointed to the transformative role played by “high net worth individuals” in today’s film industry.
“China’s BO market potential is a mystery, but the way that the system operates is not,” said Jeffrey Chan, COO of Bona Film Group. “With the exception of the import quota, the distribution system is basically the same as everywhere else.” David U. Lee, head of Leeding Media, helpfully explained why box office records are being broken with such regularity.
Winston Baker has unveiled the lineup for its sixth annual International Film Finance Forum, sponsored in part by Variety, to coincide with the 68th Cannes Film Festival. Featured events during the half-day program include a panel on digital strategies and a director’s keynote panel with Lone Scherfig (“An Education,” “One Day”) and writer and director Ariel Vromen (“The Iceman”).
Leading global forum will feature award-winning producers, directors, distributors, financiers, agents, and executives from The Weinstein Company, CAA, IM Global, Mediapro, Wild Bunch, Sidney Kimmel Entertainment, iQiyi, IFC Films, Digital Film Cloud Network, Hyde Park and more.
Winston Baker will host its annual international program during the 68th Festival de Cannes at the prestigious Carlton Hotel located on the Boulevard de la Croisette. This particular forum will be a half-day program on the afternoon of May 15, 2015 geared towards global strategies for financing films, mitigating risk, aligning interests with partners worldwide, and identifying viable distribution in the age of “watch it when you want and where you want it."
The aptly named Dream Downtown Hotel, in the hip meatpacking district of New York City, hosted Winston Baker’s 7th Annual Film Finance Forum East on April 14, 2015. Managing partners Katherine Winston and Amy Baker designed an intimate and informative conference, aimed at industry professionals and hopefuls who dream of making it big in the movie business.
"Everything is changing. The form of the content, the way it's being financed, the way it's being delivered, the way it's being consumed."
Winston Baker’s seventh annual TV and Film Finance Forum East for investors and film and TV executives will take place April 14 at the Dream hotel in downtown Manhattan. The one-day forum features notable entertainment professionals such as producers Christine Vachon (“Still Alice”) and John Sloss (“Boyhood”), and financiers Dan Steinman (“The Imitation Game”) and Wayne Marc Godfrey (“Cake”).
Winston Baker's one-Day Forum for investors and film and TV Executives will feature financiers, producers, and agents of Silence, Boyhood, The Imitation Game, Cake, Zero Dark Thirty, 12 Years a Slave and More
Three titans of film industry finance predicted the future of film consumption as part of the inaugural Entertainment Finance Forum at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel on Tuesday morning. Confab was presented by Winston Baker. The topic of the keynote conversation was “State of the Industry: The Future of the Big Screen.” James Moore, CEO and managing partner of Vine Alternative Investments, moderated the discussion between Christophe Lambert, CEO of EuropaCorp, and Peter Adee, founder and CEO of 88 Media.
February 11, 2015
Winston Baker Teams with Variety on Entertainment Finance Forum L.A.
With the entertainment industry making a revolutionary shift in the way it delivers storytelling, distributes content and markets to specific audiences, there’s a lot of room left for investors to support innovative TV, film and digital endeavors. At the Entertainment Finance Forum L.A. conference, to be held March 9-11 at the Hollywood Roosevelt, conference producer Winston Baker, in association with Variety, will provide insight for investors and financiers and address challenges, strategies and investment opportunities in entertainment. The conference will offer sessions and workshops on fundraising, marketing, distribution and profitability. Guest speakers include the Weinstein Co. prexy-COO David Glasser and James Moore, CEO of Vine Alternative Investments Group, which has raised a $500 million fund for TV, film and entertainment investments and has invested in Legendary Pictures, Lakeshore and Alcon.
October 21, 2014
Winston Baker Names TrueSpark as Charity Partner
Winston Baker announces a national partnership with TrueSpark, a non-profit education organization engaging teens about positive character through films. As a national partner, Winston Baker will support TrueSpark's mission to positively impact the lives of American youth by providing character-based educational programs at school and youth organizations.
September 6, 2014
Brazil Pay TV and Internet Are Booming
Presented recently at Winston Baker’s TV & Film Finance Forum Latin America in Rio de Janeiro, report reveals that Brazil’s pay TV market is expected to grow 13.3% between 2013 and 2017 compared to a global average of 3.8%. Internet access will likely grow by 14.7% in contrast to a global average of 11.1% and filmed entertainment should grow by 6.7% compared to a global average of 3.6%.
Zurich Film Festival co-founder and artistic director Karl Spoerri and the Film Finance Forum’s Katherine Winston and Amy Baker have announced the launch of the Zurich Summit, an event designed to be a hub for entrepreneurs, leading figures and innovators from the filmed entertainment and media industries.
July 25, 2014
Zurich Summit to launch in Sept
2014.07.21 | Winston Baker, empresa dedicada a la producción de conferencias sobre financiación de cine, confirmó la realización del segundo Annual TV and Film Finance Forum Latin America, que se llevará a cabo el miércoles 13 de agosto en el Copacabana Palace, en Río de Janeiro.
LOS ANGELES, CA – (Marketwired - Jul 16, 2014) - Winston Baker, leading global producer of film finance conferences, today announced the 2nd Annual TV and Film Finance Forum Latin America...
Global financial and film conference producer Winston Baker announced today it will host the 2ndAnnual TV and Film Finance Forum Latin America on August 13. The one-day forum...
Rio de Janeiro se prepara para recibir la segunda edición del TV + Film Finance Forum Latinoamérica, foro dirigido a profesionales interesados en conocer en profundidad las...
Digital and demographic changes force traditional film companies into rethink. Co-productions lose allure.
May 18, 2014
The New Money
Experts at the fifth International Film Finance Forum in Cannes say there is liquidity in the market and a need for more content.
May 15, 2014
Cannes: Finance Forum kicks off Friday
Speakers include David Glasser, Pierre-Ange Le Pogam and Jessica Lacy.
May 12, 2014
Pierre-Ange Le Pogam, Grace of Monaco
When veteran producer Pierre-Ange Le Pogam first came to Cannes in the 1970s, he slept in a tent. Some 40 years later, the former Gaumont and EuropaCorp exec is on the Croisette with his fledgling company Stone Angels and opening night film Grace Of Monaco. Melanie Goodfellow reports.
May 5, 2014
Winston Baker Comes to China
April 24, 2014
Screen, Winston Baker team on Cannes Finance Forum
Screen International becomes media partner on 5th Annual International Film Finance Forum.
April 15, 2014
Alcon Entertainment Launches Music Division
Alcon Entertainment, the production company behind such features as “The Blind Side” and “Beautiful Creatures,” has partnered with Sleeping Giant Media on a music division titled ASG Music Group.
When it comes to second-screen activity around television programs, execs think it’s just a matter of time before advertisers warm up to its potential as a marketing platform.
Winston Baker, the leading global producer of film finance conferences announces the program and speaking faculty for the 6thAnnual Film Finance Forum ® West in association with Variety.
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