3 items from 2013
1. Jason Feuerstein, 34
VP of Entertainment Finance, Union Bank
Feuerstein is relationship manager for FilmNation, Gaumont Intl. Television, Annapurna, Gold Circle and Weinstein Co. He’s already executed more than $1 billion in commitments, including $45 million for a StudioCanal co-finance, $300 million for the Beverly 2 finance fund and $300 million for Weinstein. He also led a number of syndicated loan transactions. Prior to Union, he worked in production and development.
2. Christopher Spicer, 34
Partner, Akin Gump Strauss
Hauer & Feld
Spicer was involved in the $1 billion-plus financings for Comerica, Union Bank, Endgame, East West Bank and other financiers on multiple, single-project loans for such global franchises as “Twilight” and “The Hunger Games.” He also repped Media Rights Capital in connection with a five-year senior secured $350 million revolving credit facility with J.P. Morgan.
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3. Sarah Fergusson Chambless, 32
Associate, entertainment, Manatt, Phelps & Phillips
The former teacher focuses on startup company formation, »
- Variety Staff
Aiming to increase production, FilmNation Entertainment has obtained $50 million in additional capital via an equity-backed revolving credit facility with Bank Of America Merrill Lynch and Union Bank.
The announcement comes a week ahead of the opening of Cannes, where FilmNation is premiering a trio of titles — Alexander Payne’s “Nebraska” in competition, Sofia Coppola’s “The Bling Ring” opening Un Certain Regard and J.C. Chandor’s “All Is Lost” (pictured) screening out of competition.
The five-year-old sales-financing-production company said the additional funds are in line with its long-term growth strategy. It noted that it recently acquired the majority of worldwide rights to David Michod’s “The Rover,” starring Guy Pearce and Robert Pattinson, and is co-financing Nic Mathieu’s “Story of Your Life” with Lava Bear Films.
FilmNation pointed out in the announcement that the funds come at a time when major studios are devoting increasing resources to tentpole fare, »
- Dave McNary
3 items from 2013
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